Aside from the obvious age discrimination and disrespect, what are other implications of this new rule?
(persons over 80 years of age cannot serve as a Chairman of the Body of Elders any longer by Watchtower Fiat)
Here are two (plus one):
1) - This means that no one can be a COBE if he was born before 1934. So much for persons alive and in adult understanding of the circumstances in 1914 surviving to the end. If they did have such an elder (highly doubtful, but say they did have a 120 year old elder - given 20 as an age of accountability) - this person is no longer useful to them.
2) - Under the traditional Remnant and Great Crowd teaching - this also means that NOBODY serving as a COBE could be of the legitimate Remnant. This selection of the anointed was supposed to be all over by 1933, and even that date applied to adults.
3) - I would assume - (have not read this yet in the letters from the Watchtower, but just by application of logic) - that it MUST be true that all Governing Body members over 80 must retire and younger persons selected. Which means that by their own logic, aspects 1 and 2 also apply to the highest of the highest: Not part of the 1914 generation, not legitimate anointed, not therefore part of the literal 144,000.
As they say, Watchtower leadership, be careful what you wish for - you just might actually get it.