In the mid-1980s, I visited a Congregation on business. The CO was there to give the Memorial Talk ... he stated that a GB member said that the GB believes that 98% of all Anointed are already in heaven (keep in mind this was about 1985) ... and so the CO calculated that merans 141,120 are in heaven and only 2,880 are still on earth ... this was used to scare me to not continue partaking ... but I did anyway. The Society got involved, and oddly enough, backed me up, and they went after the CO ... in an effort to find out which GB member would have said such a thing.
Following Bible principles, we will avoid trying to live - or demand others to live - by an extensive and rigid set of dos and don'ts that go beyond the teachings of the Bible. The Watchtower, 4-15-02, pg 22, pp 15