Faithful and Discreet Slave- why not mentioned after Jesus death?

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  • architect

    During the service meeting part that dealt with how the organization is govern, I can't help but wonder...Looking at the time from Jesus death to the death of the apostle John some 60 years +/-, the times of the apostles, the letters of Paul and the others, the letters to the 7 congregations- where is the mention of looking to the Governing body- look to the faithful and discreet slave? wouldnt you think Jesus in talking to the 7 congregations would have mention that since the counsel he gave meant their salvation? especially since the WTBS says there has always been a FDS thru out time !!!!

    what gives?

  • drew sagan
    drew sagan

    One hell of a point! Great way to put it.
    It's because these congregations of Christians where on their own, the technology for a 'spiritual feeding' program wasn't possible.

  • Justin

    I don't like to play the Devil's advocate, but I think a JW could answer your questions.

    First, as pointed out, the seven congregations of Revelation really were on their own. If the book of Revelation was written toward the close of the first century, the activities of a governing body would have already been abolished by the Roman destruction of Jerusalem. It can be disputed that there really was a permanent governing body in Jerusalem, but anyone who could have acted as a governing body would (according to tradition) have been driven east of the Jordan River into a mountainous region known as Pella, and the local congregations would have been left on their own. This, according to JW thinking, would have been OK for that time because the Christians were headed toward the apostasy.

    Secondly, remember that in theory there is a distinction between the governing body and the FD&S (though not in reality among JWs) - the FD&S is simply the spirit-anointed congregation. So the ones being addressed in the letters were the FD&S of that time.

    Third, why weren't they specifically called the "faithful and discreet slave" at that time? Because the question regarding the identity of the slave (Matt. 24:45) was given for those living in the last days, and thus the concept of an FD&S - while referring to a reality that has existed since the first century - is one specifically to be formulated and used in this conclusion of the system of things.

    I hope I'm not turning into a Watchtower apologist!

  • architect

    Thanks for the answers!

    WT says that Jehovah has always had an organization, one we just don't know about.

  • james_woods

    Blondie made by far the best point on this a while back - if you really think the f&ds was around continuously since the time of Christ --

    OK, so who was the faithful and discrete slave immediately before CTRussell? Did they pass the reigns over to Charles Taze personally, or did he just disqualify them and take up the mantle on his own?

    And, why did he think it was him personally rather than the group of the annointed class?

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