Sunday, May 29, 2011

Exactly Who Does The Governing Body Represent?

For many decades the community of Jehovah’s Witnesses has been told by the Watchtower organization that its Governing Body headquartered at Brooklyn, New York represents and acts for what it terms the “anointed ones” on earth.

For example, in 1976 Watchtower stated:

In an attempt to explain the apparent disconnect between itself and those whom it supposedly represents, Watchtower states:

All the corporations branch offices and printeries and their personnel serve under the direction of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, a body that represents and acts for all the spirit annointed worsjippers of Jehovah God on earth.
Source:
The Watchtower. May 1, 1976, pg 266


Yet in recent years Watchtower has stated:

Are all of these annointed ones throughout the earth part of a global network that is somehow involved in revealing new spiritual trughts? No.
Source:
The Watchtower, August 15, 2011, pg 24

The Governing Body does not maintain a global network of annointed ones.
Source:
The Watchtower, August 15, 2011, pg 22


At face value it seems absurd that Watchtower’s Governing Body can rightly be understood to represent the “anointed ones” on earth given that it neither has nor maintains a network of those whom it purportedly represents.

In an attempt to explain the apparent disconnect between itself and those whom it supposedly represents, Watchtower states:

Although as a composite body the slave class is responsible for feeding the spiritual household, not all indiiduals of the slave class have the same responsibilities for work assignments (Read 1 Corinthians 12: 14-18.) As noted earlier in the first century, all were involved in the votal preaching work. But only a very limited number were used to write the books of the Bible and oversea the Christian Congregation.
Source:
The Watchtower, June 15. 2009, pg 24


That is an amazing piece of explanation. Why?

Watchtower teaches that the composite “slave class” is the sum total of all “anointed ones” on earth at any given time, and that these "anointed ones" have the assignment to provide spiritual food. Specifically, Watchtower states:

We accept the teaching that all of the annointed ones living on earth at any given time constitute the faithful and discreet slave that Jesus said would provide timely food for his domestics.
Source:
The Watchtower, November 1, 2007, pg 30


According to the above, as recent as year 2007 Watchtower’s Governing Body taught that all of the “anointed ones” would provide spiritual food. Yet Watchtower’s 2009 explanation expresses that some of the “anointed ones” do not have the assignment to provide spiritual food.

Watchtower’s teaching on this point is cloaked in the conundrum of “a composite body”. The apparent theory of this “composite body” is that though it is made up entirely of the “anointed ones” and no one else, and though all of the “anointed ones” comprise this “composite body,” when the “composite body” acts in its singular assignment it is not the whole “composite body” that is acting in that singular assignment, that is to provide spiritual food.

Notwithstanding supposition of various “work assignments,” one can only wonder how an organization can rightly claim to represent persons for whom admittedly it neither has nor maintains a network of.

1 comment:

jwbaptism said...

Who truly is 'the faithful and discreet slave' from a legal point of view? Look inside the publications and see who owns the copyright to the ‘spiritual food’. There is evidence from the Society's own publications, even if they deny such a legal entity exists.

"Quoting from the Charter: 'The purposes of this Society are: To act as the servant of and the legal world-wide governing agency for that body of Christian persons known as Jehovah’s witnesses;'" (Watchtower 15 December 1971, page 759)

"They have a legal organization known as the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society of Pennsylvania. This organization they use as a servant or steward to plan their activity and to provide them with spiritual food." (JW yearbook 1970, page 64)

So, the Governing Body of JWs is really the representative of the CORPORATE 'slave/servant/steward' whose identity is the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society of Pennsylvania, and NOT the so-called 'anointed class' of JWs!