Members of Governing Body preach door to door?

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  • alanv

    Hi illuminator, just need to correct what you said. Jesus actually said those words in Luke 10:7. Easy mistake to make as I believe Luke wrote both bible books. A good scripture certainly to show to witnesses.

  • mimimimi

    Jookbeard, you said they all probably think they've done their fair share of door banging and want to live their remaining years in luxury and leisure, would you blame them? Well, would they blame the rank and file publisher who felt the same way? Absolutely they would - they would push them to get out there and still do more than humanly possible to get it done. Even invalids and disabled people are supposed to do what they can, to the point of allowing them to turn in fractions of hours to show they have done it. Shame, shame, shame on the governing body!

  • jookbeard


    hypocrisy and double standards from the GB? surely not?

  • Gayle

    And when they rarely did, they would go on and on about it in their "Text"/Morning Worship week, with a kind of talk that made it sound like they frequently went in F.S.

    Though, I do remember that Gangas frequently went out in F.S. in one congregation I was in with him in '70. He was a talker, I think sincere, but difficult to understand.

  • james_woods

    I had Al Shroeder as instructor in a two-week Pittsburgh, PA overseers school back in 1970. He claimed to have a personal territory and to go door to door. I didn't see this personally, but have no reason not to believe it.

    Somebody here posted that after he had a massive stroke and was completely non-functional they would pin a magazine to his shirt front and wheel him out on the street in front of Bethel to do "street witnessing".

    I strongly doubt that Knorr, Franz, or for that matter - any of the other GB members later - actually went door to door.

  • sd-7

    I think I had a thread on something related, it's in the "Organized To Do Jehovah's Will" book, where it says that the primary responsibility of the "faithful slave" is to provide food for the congregation; they considered it an act of extra-special love to provide anything for the rest of the world. I think the underlying attitude there certainly suggests that the field ministry is of secondary importance to them. An attitude like that, if expressed in word or action by anyone of a lower rank would surely result in condemnation and being 'marked', if not worse.


  • pontoon

    I attended two congregations with Audrey Hyde who used to be Audrey Knorr. She didn't talk much about life with Knorr but a do remember one D2D story that she had with N Knorr that she shared with us. I can't say how often he got out in D2D.

    Gayle, were you in E Manhattan?

  • pontoon

    I forgot to mention, I remember going D2D with G Gangus & C Feckel in the 60's, but remember that was before the GB.

  • WontLeave

    I don't understand this argument that Luke 10:7 implies not to preach house to house. Read the context and this was intended for traveling missionaries. They weren't to bring anything with them: "Do not carry a purse, nor a food pouch, nor sandals" (vs 4), but to find someone receptive in the area to stay with, as a base during their local ministry: "So stay in that house, eating and drinking the things they provide". If nobody in the entire town was receptive, they were to shake the dust from their feet and move on to the next town.

    Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. - Acts 5:42(NIV)

    The reasons this kind of specious argument works on JWs at all is because they're horrified to read anything that disagrees, so they are ill-prepared when they encounter any resistance and they refuse to read the Bible, so they don't know what it says. I even enjoy having a little fun with JWs I see out preaching (hoping they won't visit my hall and remember me, not that I go often) just to show them they have no qualifications to be out "teaching" people about the Bible. I liken it to someone with training wheels (the literature) on their bike (the Bible), knocking on people's doors and offering cycling lessons. Take away their Watchtowers and they fall flat on their faces, because they don't know the Scriptures, at all.

  • Hoffnung

    We once had a zone overseers visit from Maxwell LLoyd. Although not a GB member, quite a big wig. A brother approached him to make a FS appointment for return visits, and he accepted it. He admitted though he had not been in Field service for quite some time.

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