Any recent copies that show JW's still believe in a F&DS?

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  • FreedomFrog

    I'm doing a report on controlling religion and I need a relatively recent copy showing that they still feel the "leaders" are the faithful and discrete slave. The only copies I'm seeing is back in 1800's or early 1900s....this won't do since I need "updated" information to add to my report.



  • jwfacts

    There are several recent quotes at such as

    Watchtower 1995 May 15 p.16 ?In this regard, the book God?s Kingdom of a Thousand Years Has Approached stated: "As to just how the ?faithful and discreet slave? class existed and served down through the centuries after the death of the apostles of the Master Jesus Christ, we do not have a distinct historical picture. Apparently one generation of the ?slave? class fed the next succeeding generation thereof . (2 Timothy 2:2)?

    Watchtower 1981 March 1 p.24 Do You Appreciate the ?Faithful and Discreet Slave?? ?Jehovah?s Witnesses believe that this parable pertains to the one true congregation of Jesus Christ?s anointed followers. Beginning with Pentecost, 33 C.E., and continuing through the 19 centuries since then, this slavelike congregation has been feeding its members spiritually, doing so faithfully and discreetly?. the one approved channel representing God?s kingdom on earth in the ?time of the end.? ?

  • blondie

    The WTS refers to Matthew 24:45-47 at least once in every WT if not more. Here is 2005 quotes.



    Hence, we need to meditate deeply on what we learn and closely heed the counsel of "the faithful and discreet slave." (Matthew 24:45-47)



    The faithful and discreet slave" regularly exhorts God?s people to stay spiritually vigilant and to keep their senses. (Matthew 24:45, 46; 1 Thessalonians 5:6) Do you appreciate these timely reminders?



    Regularly studying God?s Word and the publications of "the faithful and discreet slave" may require great effort on our part. (Matthew 24:45)



    Under the direction of "the faithful and discreet slave," God?s people around the world are like an international family. The slave class looks after the spiritual needs and when necessary even the physical needs of the family of Jehovah?s servants?irrespective of their national origin or social standing.?Matthew 24:45.


    For example, the Awake! magazine contains many articles on a wide variety of subjects. Such articles may pave the way for conversations about Jehovah?s animal creation, places of natural beauty around the world, and the wonderful variety among human cultures and ways of life. Such conversations may move young ones to read more of the literature provided by the faithful and discreet slave class.?Matthew 24:45-47.


    Consider some statistics. Fifty years ago our literature was published in 90 languages. Today, that number has risen to over 400. "The faithful and discreet slave" has spared no effort in providing literature even for some whose language is spoken by relatively few people. (Matthew 24:45)


    Jehovah has provided teachings and instruction through the publications of "the faithful and discreet slave," which explain the Scriptures. (Matthew 24:45) For example, consider the box entitled "Questions for Meditation" at the end of most chapters in the book DrawClosetoJehovah.


    Though some study the Bible, they do not want to believe what it says. They refuse to accept that Jehovah teaches his people through his faithful and discreet slave class of anointed Christians. (Matthew 24:45) We, though, understand that Jehovah is teaching his people and that the understanding of divine truth has always been progressive. (Proverbs 4:18)


    We must be on guard against taking a human view of the earthly part of Jehovah?s organization. Our doing so can lead to a complaining spirit and a loss of appreciation for Jehovah?s representatives as well as for the spiritual food provided by "the faithful and discreet slave."?Matthew 24:45.


    Commenting on his presence and the conclusion of the system of things, Jesus said: "Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time? Happy is that slave if his master on arriving finds him doing so. Truly I say to you, He will appoint him over all his belongings."?Matthew 24:3, 45-47.

    9 The "master" is Jesus Christ. The "slave" is the group of anointed Christians on earth. This slave class is entrusted with caring for Jesus? earthly interests and with providing timely spiritual food. A small group of qualified overseers from among the composite "faithful and discreet slave" form the Governing Body, serving as the representative of the slave class. They direct the worldwide Kingdom-preaching work and the supplying of spiritual nourishment at the right time. Christ thus leads the congregation by means of the spirit-anointed "faithful and discreet slave" and its Governing Body.


    Blessings result from our loyal cooperation with "the faithful and discreet slave" in connection with the well-organized worship of Jehovah today.?Matthew 24:45.


    Christians are helped to maintain genuine lowliness of mind by focusing on the best examples of humility, Jehovah God and Jesus Christ. Doing this involves a regular study of the Bible and Bible study aids provided through "the faithful and discreet slave." (Matthew 24:45)


    Through the faithful and discreet slave class, Jehovah has provided us with helpful publications and rich programs at meetings, assemblies, and conventions?all of which fill our spiritual needs. (Matthew 24:45-47) There is certainly no shortage of spiritual food. "The faithful and discreet slave" has produced millions of Bibles and Bible study aids, and such publications are now available in 413 languages.

  • FreedomFrog

    Thank you jwfacts....thanks Blondie...this is exactly what I needed.

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