* ** w72 11/15 p. 703 Questions From Readers ***
Why do we use the term "governing body" for the elders that preside over the work of Jehovah’s witnesses?—U.S.A.
The term "governing body" as such is not found in the Scriptures. However, there is ample evidence that a body of elders serving in a governing capacity did exist in the first-century Christian congregation.
Although Scripture does not give us a formulated doctrine of the "governing body," it contains all the elements (or ample evidence) out of which theology has constructed the doctrine."
*** w84 8/15 p. 27 One God in Three?***
In its article "Trinity," a Protestant work (TheIllustratedBibleDictionary) states: "The word Trinity is not found in the Bible . . . It did not find a place formally in the theology of the church till the 4th century . . . Although Scripture does not give us a formulated doctrine of the Trinity, it contains all the elements out of which theology has constructed the doctrine."
*** w68 10/1 p. 581 Who Is God? ***
Many religions of Christendom teach that God is a "Trinity," although the word "Trinity" does not appear in the Bible.
The Watchtower Society (FDS) teaches that there is a governing body that led the Christian congregation although the words "governing body" do not appear in the Bible.
Who has the WTS taught is the "governing body" from 1879 to 1971 and from 1971 to today?
** w71 12/15 p. 760 A Governing Body as Different from a Legal Corporation ***
How did this governing body make its appearance in recent times? Evidently under the direction of Jehovah God and his Son Jesus Christ. According to the facts available, the governing body became associated with the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. C. T. Russell was patently of that governing body back there in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
*** w50 8/15 p. 251 par. 8 Answering the Foes of His Government ***The Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, with main offices in Brooklyn, New York, acts advisorily as the governing body and servant of Jehovah’s witnesses in all lands.
*** w50 1/1 pp. 10-11 par. 2 Reviewing the Past Year’s Work World-wide ***The Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, the governing body of Jehovah’s witnesses, has pointed out through its publications that the kingdom of heaven was established in 1914, and it has shown in its writings how the signs of the present day are fulfilling prophecy in proof of the establishment of that kingdom.
*** w71 2/1 p. 81 par. 26 Proclaiming Good News World Wide ***This governing body is closely associated with the board of anointed directors of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania.
*** w71 12/15 p. 755 A Governing Body as Different from a Legal Corporation ***At this meeting a question came up and was discussed from the platform. It was as to what the relationship is between the Board of Directors of the Society as a legal corporation and the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Christian witnesses. Are they the same, identical, or are they different? Such questions were due to the fact that it has been published in print that the Governing Body of Jehovah’s witnesses at headquarters is associated with the Board of Directors of the said Society.
*** w95 5/15 p. 22 par. 8 Part 2—Flashes of Light—Great and Small ***For many years the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses was synonymous with the board of directors of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, and matters were largely in the hands of its president.