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IS THE GOVERNING BODY THE FAITHFUL AND DISCREET SLAVE?

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Recently, the Governing Body has modified the definition of the Faithful and Discreet Slave to exclusively apply to themselves and to not include the thousands of other anointed.

In the past, Jehovah’s Witnesses have believed that The Faithful and Discreet Slave is the collective body of “anointed” Christians alive on earth and that they exercise teaching authority in all matters pertaining to doctrine and articles of faith.  This belief is based on an interpretation of Matthew 24:45-47.

Watch Tower Society publications teach that Jesus uses this group exclusively “to publish information on the fulfillment of Bible prophecies and to give timely direction on the application of Bible principles in daily life as the only means of communicating God’s messages to people.  Hence, it is referred to as God’s “prophet and “channel”.

Appointments to positions of responsibility and decisions on doctrines, activities and oversight of Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide are made by the members of the Governing Body, who are said to serve as representatives of the “slave class”.  However no global network of anointed Witnesses exists to reveal new spiritual truths, and the remainder of the “slave class” are not consulted when making decisions.

Recently, some members of the anointed class wrote the Governing Body disagreeing with the way they were treating God’s household and questioning some of the teachings.  The Governing Body has permanently resolved this problem of dissent by cutting the other anointed out of the Faithful and Discreet Slave class, thereby completely consolidating their power and eliminating all opposition.

Do you believe the Faithful and Discreet Slave class of Matt 24:45-47 is:

* The Governing Body
* All “Anointed” JWs
* All “Anointed” Christians, even if not JWs
* C.T. Russell
* Not sure of the answer
* Other (Explain by posting a comment)

How would you apply the verses in Matt 24:45-47?

We would love to hear your thoughts.

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UPDATE

“Reports are emerging of an announcement at the 128th Annual Meeting of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania that the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses now considers itself to be the Faithful and Discreet Slave Class of Matthew 24:45 in its entirety.”

“Suspicions were raised in the minds of many thinking Witnesses after reading articles such as the Questions From Readers of the August 15th 2011 Watchtower, where it was admitted that the Governing Body has no actual communication with memorial partakers (the “anointed”) and even feels that some of these ones may be mentally imbalanced. (see w11 8/15 p. 22)”

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I am not totally satisfied that this new change is well documented, so if anyone has additional concrete information or support, please share it with us.

 

159 comments to IS THE GOVERNING BODY THE FAITHFUL AND DISCREET SLAVE?

  • Nikster

    Funnily enough i was just wondering about something similar today!! I was looking at jwvictims.org earlier (feeling totally disgusted just as I felt when reading Franz’s Crisis of conscience incidentally). I have lots of things with the bible in general that I can’t reconcile as well as the WTS. One of these things that I cannot reason out is the following:

    When I was wee being brought up in the jw teaching there was a lovely humble old man called Charlie Russell in the congregation who was one of the anointed ones. Just knowing that he was of that group gave me a tremendous awe!! I remember being at his funeral and saying he is King Charlie now he’s in heaven waiting for the rest of the anointed finishing their life and ruling with Christ – Wow what a thought eh. So the problem I have with the organization is this. How is it that worldwide the jw are organised and given instruction on beliefs and teachings/practices from the Governing body who are not going to be co-rulers over the earth with Jesus and not the anointed ones?? I would reason that revelations etc would come from these ones with a heavenly calling, anointed personally with gods holy spirit and really “living and feeling the truth”, not a group of men who have an earthly callling – does not make sense to me somehow. Of course I have never asked the elders about this as I would b questioning the organization and probably wouldn’t get a satisfactory answer anyway – is there even an answer?? Also I have wondered if any of the anointed have left if they do not agree with teachings and counsel? Could they even be disfellowshipped – surely their understanding of God’s principles and will be more vast as they have the holy spirit in them?? Just something I have wondered about over the years and wonder if anyone else has considered anointed vs governing body before

  • Bret

    Here is what brother Russell stated about the “False Messiahs and False Teachers” mentioned in Matthew 24. Every Witness should read this information…

    “If any man shall say unto you then, Lo here is Messiah, or there, believe it not. For there shall arise false Messiahs, and false teachers, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that if it were possible they would deceive the very elect. Remember I have foretold you.” Matt. 24:23-25

    The deceivers here described certainly are not the fanatics who from time to time have claimed to be Christ and have deceived but few possessed of any degree of common sense and judgment.

    Various Protestant denominations, although they acknowledge no head except Christ, nevertheless practically make their Synods, Conferences and Councils into heads, from which they take their laws, usages, and confessions of faith, instead of the one only head of the one true Church.

    For a large period and to a greater or less extent these systems of men have so counterfeited the genuine Messiah (head and body) as to partially deceive many.

  • sherry

    Thanks for the answer you had it right as far as I know.

  • sherry

    Was their ever a Israelite woman as a governess?

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Sherry – A governess is a woman employed to teach children in a private household. I don’t recall that station mentioned in the Bible. Did I get your question right or are you asking whether there was ever a Jewish female governor in Israel?

  • sherry

    Yes that would be okay. Was Nehemiah and Zerubbabel a govener?

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Sherry,

      Both Nehemiah and Zerubbabel were Governors of Judah in that order.

      Nehemiah 5:14 (NASV) “Moreover, from the day that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, for twelve years, neither I nor my kinsmen have eaten the governor’s food allowance.”

      Nehemiah 8:9 (NASV) “Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law.”

      In the 20th year of Artaxerxes, king of Persia, Nehemiah was cup-bearer to the king. Learning that the remnant in Judah were in distress and that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, he asked the king for permission to return and rebuild the city. Artaxerxes sent him to Judah as governor of the province with a mission to rebuild, Once there, Nehemiah defied the opposition of Judah’s enemies on all sides—Samaritans, Ammonites, Arabs and Philistines—and rebuilt the walls within 52 days.

      Zerubbabel was a governor of the Persian Province of Judah (Haggai 1:1). He was the grandson of Jehoiachin, the captive king of Judah (1 Chr. 3:17). A descendant of David, he was in the direct line of the ancestry of Jesus (Luke 3:27; Matt. 1:12). With the blessing of Cyrus (Ezra 1:1-2), Zerubbabel and Jeshua the high priest led the first band of captives back to Jerusalem. They also returned the gold and silver vessels that Nebuchadnezzar had removed from the Temple.

      In fact, Zerubbabel was the prime builder of the second Temple, which was later re-constructed by King Herod. For some 20 years he was closely associated with prophets, priests, and kings until the new Temple was dedicated and the Jewish sacrificial system was re-established.

  • sherry

    To Jan Hoekstra:
    was able to check out your web site. Notice their is a chairman running your organization. And three kinds of gifts along with traveling around the world.

    Sorry, why I eat gmo foods and get pollution stuffed in me, I can see your farming is no working.

    Also saw you blast Catholics for hundreds of years.

    And as far as I can see, you miss use scriptures just like the Catholics.

    So, tell me, what is different between you and any other religion.

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Sherry are you addressing Jan Hoekstra? That is his website. If so I can include the name Jan there so he knows it is for him if that is okay.

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