Classic WT "Governing Body" article

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  • refiners fire
    refiners fire

    I may start a series, "classic articles".
    This article is from the Watchtower of December 15, 1971
    Title: "A Governing Body as different from a legal corporation"

    .."On Friday morning,October 1,1971,the legal corporation known as Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania held its annual corporation meeting"....

    fine, but here we go.

    ..."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...and the Governing Body...Are they the same, identical, or are they different?"....

    Well, the org is the channel of God, dont THEY know what, who and where the governing body is? Obviously there is no formal governing body. Why else ask the question?
    Next it says:

    ..."Such questions were due to the fact that it has been published
    in print that the Governing Body of Jehovahs Witnesses at headquarters
    is associated with the Board of Directors...does this make the Board of Directors the same as the Governing Body?"...

    So theyve published that theres a Governing Body running the Organization, but noone knows who is on this Governing Body, or even exactly what it is.
    A conundrum indeed.After all:

    ..."In the year 1944 the Watchtower magazine began to speak about the governing body"...

    So the WT has been talking, for 27 years about a Governing Body that doesnt even formally exist, and that noone knows who comprises the members there of.

    ..."Let us keep in mind that the governing body must be made up of dedicated, baptized Christians who are annointed...and who are to be united with the glorified Christ in the heavenly kingdom"...

    So the Governing Body has to comprise of men who are of the annointed class.
    But theres a problem:

    ...." Not all these present day members of the Society are spirit annointed members of the faithful and discreet slave class. At this writing there are just 450 members of the society, but less than half
    (200) of them are of the annointed remnant of the 'slave class'"...

    So. Now its clear. THe Society wants to create a Governing Body of spirit annointed persons but these have to be voted into office by persons who are not spirit annointed!
    Isnt that the Tail wagging the Dog? Isnt the Remnant supposed to be running this organization?

    ...." the question arises, can this majority of voters who are made up of such 'other sheep' voting in the members of the annointed governing body"...

    What a predicament!
    Anybody know how they got themselves out of THIS one?

  • LDH


    too good to let go. I will have to give this some thought.

    What is the new status?


  • refiners fire
    refiners fire

    Of course this article was published at the very time of the actual governing body being created. 1971.
    As far as I am aware this is as much as the general masses of the organization were ever told.
    Towards the conclusion of the article it says:

    ..." 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 Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania"....

    Evidently?. According to the facts available?
    What do these terms mean?
    Evidently, they mean that there has always been a governing body running the org, but noone ever knew it. It has been an "invisible' governing body.
    The writer continues:

    ..."Annointed Christians became associated with that society...they rendered themselves available for special work of the 'faithful and discreet slave' class...thus a governing body made its appearance.
    This was evidently under the guidance of Jehovahs invisible active force...the members of that governing body were not directly appointed"...

    Evidently, again it was invisible, just like the Return of Christ.

    Anybody know how they jiggled the votes at the corporation meeting? Indeed, whether they DID vote?
    Of course, in 1971, being on the threshold of the 1975 'New World'
    it seemed an appropriate time for Jehovah to streamline his Organization into full 'theocratic' structure. The main change was the difussion of power within local congregations.Up to that time
    (correct me if I am in error here, I could be,)
    I believe there was an appointed congragation pastor, one man, this 'streamlining' introduced bodies of elders and rotating headship so that no man might become 'puffed up' with pride. Stamping out the last vestiges of pastorial authority, such an issue for the organization since Rutherfords day.

    All quotes from Watchtower , December 15, 1971.
    Article: "A governing body as different from a legal corporation"

  • ElijahTheThird

    Holy shit Batfarts! (sorry couldn't help my exclamation)

    This is gonna tie in with a thread I am about to start about the Annointed's letters of "insight" and the deception of the GB.

    *grins* this ought to be fun!

  • oscartheduck

    Easy on the voting one: They put all the votes into a single big box, and then took them away to a magical counting room full of pixies and elves who lost the slips.

    One of the governing body members slapped himself comically on the head and said "Well, if we just say that we knew the result of the vote because it was directed by God, then that's good enough for me!"

    And lo! The vote was rigged!

    The Watchtower, April 15, 1928, p. 126 "As every one knows, there are mistakes in the Bible "

  • VeniceIT

    How come Jehovah only inspires 2/3 of them at a time???


    "Injustice will continue until those who are not affected by it are as outraged as those who are."

  • cellomould

    I think this is when they resurrected the 'urim and thummim':

    Ezra 2:63

    Consequently the Tirshatha said to them that they could not eat from the most holy things until a priest stood up with Urim and Thummim.
    That will show what Jehovah's will is!


    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Edmund Burke

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