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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.



“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)”

Find the source of this information here:

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.



  • Shannon

    Whether the governing body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is a governing body that is to the one doing research to find out as for me I forgive those who have hurt me over the years God will judge between me and them not that I condone the hurt but I cannot speak good or bad concerning anything my only hope the God will have mercy on me and I will continue to grow spiritually may we all love is Jesus dead and try to do our best not to criticize others ssh

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Hi Shannon so nice to hear from you. I understand what you are saying. Myself I don’t really have too much to forgive, I find. Since I have left I have heard stories that brings you to tears. I have not been as beat up by the organization’s teachings etc, because if I didn’t understand it or believe it I just ignored them. The pedophile cases opened my eyes and the continual outright lying of the organization plus blaming the victims. I knew I had to separate from such an organization because my going was helping to validate and keep them in business. I wish them no harm. I don’t even follow what they write. I consider them like all other religions or corporations in this case. People have the right to support them and believe what they say.
      I also have the right to leave and not be punished in any way by family or local witnesses. My family have let me go in peace and I don’t try to harm their faith in the organization they choose.
      So nice hearing from you, you have a nice spirit about you. Take Care

      • Shannon

        God is love,my purpose as a bible student is to love all condoning what others do is different from love I hope someday soon to completely concencrate with Jehovah but that step I a big commitment I want to be honest I’m just gonna have to work harder than ever I know he has called me to live with him Satan trying to come between us soon I will turn my complete life to Jehovah to avoid unforgivable sin I must be ready to live up to his love may we all have love

        • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

          You are doing the best you can Shannon Jehovah knows your circumstances. You are a good man. Try to come on Wednesday if you can and you can have some association.

  • Mike

    Dear Admin,

    going back to the 128th annual meeting, discussion was made about the ‘domestics.’ Not being part of the Society, I’m do not totally understand everything of it’s structure. But it appears that the anointed have in the past at least, been considered the ‘domestics’ who have the heavenly hope. However, as of the 128th meeting, that changed to include all witnesses. Is that correct?


    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Hello Mike, this is a link to articles concerning the Jehovah witnesses term “Anointed”. Perhaps these articles will help you. http://www.friendsofjehovahswitnesses.com/category/the-anointed
      Witness theology changes every year back And forth so it is difficult to know exactly what you are referring to in this 128 annual corporate meeting. Do you have the transcript? They are always available. Do you have the links to their previous teachings on domestics?
      I ask this so the administrators can familiarize themselves with what they have taught in the past.
      Truth doesn’t change back and forth. The theology according to Raymond Franz books is all messed up. In other words we would have to comment and unravel on a false and jumbled foundation. Their great mystery of the so called “Anointed doctrine” is there to keep witnesses under their spell.
      The Bride of Christ has no such authority over you on earth now. They equate the “Anointed” as a class of faithful and discreet slave. These are two separate jw doctrines all mixed up together.
      Hopefully with Bible in hand you can get an understanding from the link above. Take Care Mike and thanks for commenting.

      • Mike

        Jacqueline thank you for your reply. I have pasted what is found on the JW website concerning the domestics. It was my understanding that only the anointed class were considered domestics before this meeting. Now it appears all JW’s are domestics, which then brings up another question. IF it is true that all Witnesses are domestics, then does it not mean that all Witnesses now have the heavenly hope?

        Who Are the “Domestics”?
        Jesus said that “his domestics” would receive “food at the proper time.” All genuine followers of Jesus are fed by “the faithful and discreet slave.” Therefore, all of Christ’s disciples—both individual anointed Christians and members of the “other sheep”—are “his domestics.”—John 10:16.

        After the speaker explained this aspect of Jesus’ prophecy, the audience erupted in sustained applause. Several in attendance later expressed their profound gratitude that Jesus considers them among “his domestics.”

        • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

          Okay now I understand that you aren’t asking us to explain this thinking just stating what they are saying. Lol
          Christ during this Christian age is offering ALL footstep follows to run the race for the upward call.
          Phillippians 3:14: ” I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” NIV
          Witnesses are running to survive armageddon and live on earth and that is okay if they are not called.
          But you can’t use the Bible scriptures that are talking to the called out Christians. Why don’t they just tell them the truth, that they can run for heaven. Some have said no they desire to live on earth and that IS the salvation for man, so that is okay. This is something special Jesus offered for the Christian era and once all have been sealed it will end.
          I agree witn Raymond Franz they need to throw out Rutherford, Knorr and Fred Franz teachings, say they are sorry and start over.
          Because these people won’t read or listen to anyone else on scripture they will, like cult followers clap and make these expressions of joy when Simon says turn around.
          I find it painful to speak to a witness that is not awakening. So I don’t attempt to call out the uncalled. I believe God has let these systems exist for a purpose, some can’t function without this control. I see this on Facebook pages, some are going off the deep end. Atheism and the Occult. Some use their freedom now to delve in some of the deep wickedness of this world, so I am careful to answer only if asked. The pages are disturbing with the suicide attempts. I think they can save face by starting their theology over, because they have some truths. But it must be what God wills.

          PS: My understanding of the domestics is the other workers of the household of faith when the last days began and a servant is pulled out to direct them with the truth. It can’t be the collective body or the governing body because they need leading. I don’t make the Bible harder by overthinking this scripture of the domestics. Everyone understands how a household with servants operates. One Main servant directs them in their duties.

          • Mike


            I appreciate your time and effort in trying to help me out, but I don’t think you are understanding what I’m asking for.

            It is my understanding that the ‘domestics’ referred only to the anointed class, and only the anointed class had the heavenly hope. But as of the 128th annual meeting, and the quote I showed you from that meeting, that says ALL Witnesses are now part of the ‘domestic’ class – does not that imply that ALL Witnesses now have the heavenly hope? That is what I heard in 2012, yet Witnesses today have not heard that, they still think they will inherit the earth.

            thanks again.

            • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

              Mike, I think I understand perfectly what you are asking. Whether the governingbody has said in the past that the domestics were only anointed but now you ask, is the 128th annual meeting saying that all witnesses are domestics. I have lived thru many changes on this subject. One being that the domestics help the faithful slave distribute the understanding of the word and they themselves are anointed. Which caused a problem because anointed ones said “but you don’t consult us or know who we are”.
              So it would seem logical they are now saying at my last recollection that only those that have lived in New York city Bethel are the faithful slave, the feeders of the household of faith. Now to cut out those guys who say they should help because they are anointed,THEY CAN NOW SAY THE DOMESTICS ARE ALL JEHOVAH WITNESSES!
              Jesus said “Over his household” (Matt 24:45) Which is to me saying, His faithful people in general, but not nominal Christian professors in general. The household of Faith are all running for the upward call according to scripture. There is no other call being put out in this gospel age.

              Now you are asking me to say yes or no that the society is saying all witnesses are of the domestics and therefore are anointed.
              This is a question that I think you should ask, call them (they will talk to you, I have done it dozens of times). Mention what was said then let them explain whether they are saying that.
              If they are then maybe they are changing their doctrine a little at a time to straighten out what the call is now.
              What do you glean they are saying? If you ask the average witness they will tell you NO, I don’t wish to strive to live in heaven but on earth.
              I do understand what you are asking, but you should ask the society what they MEAN by their statements and please tape the conversation or come back and let us know.
              I can only tell you why they are taking the domestics away from being of the “so called anointed class”. To keep the anointed from saying they also have the right to teach and make policy.
              They are not as deep as you think. They also know the average witness does not comprehend what they say because they only read and look up answers in their books and use their bible.
              Beware of a religion that have a need for their own bible. Take Care hope you call them to get the clarification. Me I don’t think they are saying all witnesses are domestics that also go to heaven

              PS: For others reading this, the other sheep was mentioned in that quote from the 128th annual meeting, please go here to understand this 3rd party mentioned.


            • Bret (Bible Student)

              I would like to add a little input. Jesus of course was referring to his followers who received the invitation to be his footstep followers and become so by being baptized into christ Jesus. There is no other baptism other than being baptized into Christ and a part of his body. The inheritance of the earth is for the “Nations” these nations which are referred to by the prophets are simply unbelievers who will be judged during christ millennial reign. So the domestics are definitely those with a heavenly hope.

            • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

              Mike I thought a little and wondered if you know we are not Jehovah’s witnesses but the Bible students?
              I believe out of the household of faith there would be a servant that would be helped with understanding of what the master is doing in the time of the end. This servant would tell (feed) the others of that same household, the domestics (who are like him except he was chosen to head the new, clear understanding). They all have the same hope of Heaven as a follower of Christ. Most of the world today don’t follow Christ, Muslims being just one example.
              The other sheep to my understanding is the Gentiles being allowed the privilege of heaven. They were not of the Jewish fold.

              So maybe you can understand why I can’t speak for what the governing body is saying because our beliefs on scripture understanding is different. I do not consider any changes they make to be valid for consideration.
              I prefer to just go to that scripture and see what the Bible actually says on the matter. I hope you understand why I personally don’t consider their teachings of any consequence. Take Care.

              • Mike


                No, it was not me on the internet broadcast. I’m beginning to realize that you must not be of the Watch Tower Society, from the things you are saying. Yes, I understand that they do not have a clear understanding of what the Bible really teaches, If they did, then the Witnesses wouldn’t even exist. The same for the Catholics, Methodists, etc. As for the average Witness, that is the problem I’m running into, the ones I’ve talk with have never heard of this statement about the domestics and what it implies. It appears that Bret has a handle on what was said at the 128th meeting, because that’s what I got out of it.

                thanks for your help.

                • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

                  Mike, You are welcome. I was a witness over 60 years and have relatives in Bethel for over 45 years and beyond. We often get the memo before the announcements are made. They made a similar change in the late 1970’s to DF Raymond Franz. Then they changed the rule back 2 years later after they DF him. So knowing why they made the statement is essential to understand they aren’t making a change just discrediting the other anointed.
                  Could we hear your experience of how you found this site? Are you a witness still? Last night on sixscreens there was a JW by the name of Mike and an anonymous, both and the others are still witnesses so I thought you were this person. Take Care

                  • Mike


                    I am not a Witness and never have been. I am a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My Son-in-Law was brought up in the Witnesses, and I was able to help him reason his way out of that group, now he is a faithful Christian in the Lord’s church. I wrote a book, exposing the errors of the Watch Tower, and to make a long story short, I can’t find the same information about the 128th meeting as I did before the book was published, which means something changed (again). Like you have pointed out, they are constantly tweaking their beliefs, which makes it very hard to tie them down to what they truly believe. So I was googling the 128th meeting and your site came up with this discussion, so I thought I would ask if any knew what was going on.

                    Thanks for your time and help

                    • Jacqueline (Bible student)

                      Thanks for the information. We also help persons work their way out and provide spiritual help. You are doing a good work because many don’t understand why it is difficult for most to leave. I should have asked who you were in the beginning, please excuse that. My answers were directed to a witness but using the term 128th threw us off as witnesses would never refer to the annual meetings by the number.
                      I have been to a few of the annual meetings. The average witness will never be invited or know what was actually said there unless they have special access to the transcript. They are coveted TICKET ONLY events, attended by big shots.
                      My son was actually visiting the headquarters last week and could have gotten the transcript for us from a relative that gave them to me often in the past.
                      So now that I know you are not a witness, after researching with others within the religion (Saturday night actual JW elders, one named Mike, lol ), none of them have ever heard that the Governing body has changed the teachings. They do not teach that all JW are domestics at this time. They have never taught that rank and file goes to heaven.
                      This reference you made had a specific purpose and the 2013 study copies of the Watchtowers gives you the new and current teachings now. A few changes are due in 2016 however. The things I wrote in my former comments would only be understood by an informed witness, so sorry for the detailed explanations.
                      I would like to read your book, please. Where can I get a copy.
                      The Catholic Church also have programs to help Jehovah witnesses adjust to life outside of the organisation.Thank you.

                      Go here to hear the 2012 Annual meeting: https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?type=odc179&hspart=avast&hsimp=yhs-001&p=2012+annual+meeting+of+Jehovahs+witnesses

            • Jacqueline (Bible student)

              Mike hello, can you give me a yes or no on whether you and I was on the same internet broadcast last night.
              I hope this is you and also anonymous. I am that Jacqueline if you are. This would be crazy if you are. I will wait for your yes or no. Thanks.

              • Mike


                My book is available on Amazon – it’s entitled “Jehovah’s Witnesses” – So-Called

                thanks again for your time and help.

  • 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

    • Peter K. (admin)


      Actually, the Governing Body claims to be anointed with a heavenly calling. However, I am not sure if there are any left in their writing department that are anointed. How is it that with thousands of anointed in the organization, that material is not exclusively written by those with spiritual insight, who have the Holy spirit indwelling?

      You asked if someone anointed could be disfellowshipped? You mean like Ray Franz? Well then yes. That answers the question. I would imagine though if someone anointed were disfelloeshipped, that the assumption would be that they were a fake, never really anointed.

      Based on what I have seen, I imagine that there are many who believe they are anointed that are hiding their conviction for fear of disaproval from the elders. On the other hand, how many that publically claim to be anointed actually are?

      From the anointed, we would expect to see genuine humility, a spiritual drive and passion for the Bible and spiritual interests and greater insight.

  • 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)


      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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