Daniel Rodriguez's The Watchtower's Coming Crisis

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  • yknot

    Yes the publications are wedging a third class as Mad Sweeney brings out..... GB, Average no better than a GT publisher FDS, and GT

    I fully expect us to surpass 11,000 come March!

    Futher I also expect at some point the GB to make partaking of the emblem symbolic while keeping the 144,000 literal in a bid to remain in authority and of course the R&F will lap it up! With everyone partaking than there will be no way to keep count. It will continue to blur the line between average FDS and GT so that the GB will continue to rule as complete authorities.

    Frankly I would love for someone to make an educated guess at how many Bethelites-USA claim anointed are left......or have most of them been put out to Special Pioneer pastures? I mean imagine the if the only alleged anointed in Bethel -NY were the GB.....

  • yadda yadda 2
    yadda yadda 2

    MadSweeny is referring to the June 15 2009 Watchtower Study article, "The Faithful Steward And Its Governing Body". In this article they continue with the standard line that all members of the anointed class make up the 'faithful and discreet slave'; however, the article makes it very clear that only the GB "writes the books" and makes the big decisions and that they do not need to consult with others of the anointed about any of this, ie, they control all doctrinal matters, period! All the rest of the anointed 'faithful slave' are said to feed spiritual food by just preaching whatever the GB dishes up (which they mostly do via their public door-to-door work, not to each other as domestics.)

    Whether or not they eventually say that only the GB is the actual faithful and discreet slave is hard to say. If that eventually happens you could look back at this article and say it laid the foundation for that.

    14 How should these anointed ones view themselves as they await their heavenly reward? They realize that although they have received a wonderful invitation, it is only that-an invitation. They must remain faithful until death in order to obtain this prize. In humility, they echo the words of Paul: “Brothers, I do not yet consider myself as having laid hold on it; but there is one thing about it: Forgetting the things behind and stretching forward to the things ahead, I am pursuing down toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God by means of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13, 14) The anointed remnant must do their utmost to ‘walk worthily of the calling with which they were called, with complete lowliness of mind,’ doing so “with fear and trembling.”-Eph. 4:1, 2; Phil. 2:12; 1 Thess. 2:12.

    15 On the other hand, how should other Christians view a person who claims to have received this anointing and begins to partake of the emblems at the Memorial? He or she should not be judged. The matter is between this person and Jehovah. (Rom. 14:12) However, Christians who have truly received this anointing do not demand special attention.They do not believe that their being of the anointed gives them special insights beyond what even some experienced members of the “great crowd” may have. (Rev. 7:9) They do not believe that they necessarily have more holy spirit than their companions of the “other sheep” have. (John 10:16) They do not expect special treatment; nor do they claim that their partaking of the emblems places them above the appointed elders in the congregation.

    16 Are all these anointed ones throughout the earth part of a global network that is somehow involved in revealing new spiritual truths? No. Although as a composite body the slave class is responsible for feeding the spiritual household, not all individuals of the slave class have the same responsibilities or work assignments. (Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-18.) As noted earlier, in the first century, all were involved in the vital preaching work. But only a very limited number were used to write the books of the Bible and oversee the Christian congregation.

    17 To illustrate: The Scriptures at times speak of “the congregation” as taking certain action in handling judicial matters. (Matt. 18:17) In real terms, though, it is only the elders who take this action in their capacity as representatives of the congregation. The elders do not contact all members of the congregation to ask their various opinions before they make a decision. Theocratically, they perform the role that they have been assigned; they act on behalf of the whole congregation.

    18 Similarly, today a limited number of anointed men have the responsibility of representing the slave class. They make up the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. These spirit-anointed men oversee the Kingdom work and the spiritual feeding program. As in the first century, though, the Governing Body does not consult with each individual member of the slave class before making decisions. (Read Acts 16:4, 5.) However, all anointed Witnesses are deeply involved in the vital harvest work that is now taking place. As a class, “the faithful and discreet slave” is one body, but as individuals, they have various work assignments.-1 Cor. 12:19-26.

    19 What effect should the above facts have on the ever-increasing great crowd who hope to live forever on earth? As part of the King’s belongings, they are happy to cooperate fully with the arrangement made by the Governing Body, which represents “the faithful and discreet slave.” Members of the great crowd appreciate the spiritual food produced under the Governing Body’s direction. But at the same time, while respecting the slave as a class, members of the great crowd are careful not to elevate any individuals who claim to be part of that slave. No Christian who genuinely receives the anointing with God’s spirit would want or expect such treatment.-Acts 10:25, 26; 14:14, 15.

    20 Whether we are “domestics,” who are part of the anointed remnant, or we are members of the great crowd, let it be our determination to cooperate fully with the faithful steward and its Governing Body. May each of us “keep on the watch” and prove ourselves faithful until the end.-Matt. 24:13, 42. (Bold mine)

  • choosing life
    choosing life

    In paragraph 19 of the above quoted watchtower, it says that "while respecting the slave as a class, members of the great crowd are careful not to elevate ANY individuals who claim to be part of that slave."

    That would include those who are on the governing body, as they are individuals who claim to be part of that "slave class". So, really they are no different than anyone else, by their own admission.

    Are we finally all equal now? I know they don't believe that, but it is interesting language.

  • TheOldHippie

    The 2010 Yearbook shows there were close to 1,000 MORE partakers in 2009 than in 2008 ..................

  • agonus

    That's right, TOH. At that rate of growth amongst the anointed, the GB should be afraid... very afraid...

  • boyzone


    They're afraid already, thats why the recent desperate attempts to revamp the existing FDS doctrine and explain the increase in partakers. They're protecting their power and control, nothing else matters.

  • ziddina

    As many have pointed out, the WTBTS will "shuffle the deck" or "mutate", and the "sheeple" will follow...

    However, Villalobo's comment, "The JWs are a high turnover religion which is discouraged from even having its old literature kept, collected or investigated and because of its high turnover (average 8 years) do not even have an individual memory of its constantly mutating doctrines...."

    set me to musing upon the WTBTS' historical antipathy towards the Catholic Church...

    Now, the Catholic Church admittedly has flaws, but one thing you CAN say about them is that they have served reasonably well as stewards of history... The records at the Vatican probably rival the fabled library of Alexandria... They've kept much ancient material, even when it presented embarrassing versions of their past actions. [Think Copernicus, Galileo, Inquisition, etc...] Not that we average Joes or Jills can just wander in and check out a book, however... But nowadays most of their library is generally available to most serious researchers... [No, don't think about "The Da Vinci Code"!!!]

    On the other hand, [as many have pointed out] the WTBTS screams a 'girly' scream and runs like a scorched coyote whenever someone brings up "Old Light"... But what a funny incongruity between the two religions...

    Final guess as to what will ultimately take the WTBTS down??? Time and technology. Zid

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