Question about the Anointed. At one time they invited Anointed ones to Bethel for a special meeting.
What was the purpose for those meetings??
There never were any such meetings to my knowledge.
And that is supposed to have happened in 1950? 60? 2001? 07? From all over the world? From only the world's police state USA? When? Who?
Maybe a JW myth. But i thought it happen in the 70's and only selected
Anointed from all over the world. If I'm not mistaken there were a Anointed sister
in my old congregation back in the 70's that was invited. I have been out since 1987 and
my mind become foggy some times.
Could it be that the following statement from the wikipedia article on the GB has been somehow misquoted or misunderstood, and that is how the story began?
"The Governing Body does not consult with the other anointed Witnesses whom it was said to represent when formulating policy and doctrines or approving material for publications and conventions"
Just a thought.
When was that James? Never heard of this..
There was a time (1970's and before) that the annual meeting was only open to voting members of the Society. Most or all of them were anointed ( at that time) so there was a perception that they were going to a special meeting for the anointed. But it wasn't, it was just the annual meeting. I knew one of the voting members (now deceased) and I remember some talk about it.
Perhaps this is what the OP had in mind. Back about 1973 when the Watchtower was preparing the 1975 Yearbook, they did consult with many old time JWs in the U.S. A., many who were "anointed," regarding their experiences in the early part of the 20th century. A friend's grandmother got a letter from the Watchtower asking her to relate her experiences as a JW. However, the Watchtower requested that she only relate positive experiences, and leave out anything negative.
The 1975 Yearbook of JWs had a detailed history of U.S. JWs from Russell's time to 1974. Because it included many personal experiences, the 75 YB is a more objective history of JWism in the U.S. than the Proclaimers Book. Still is leaves much to be desired if one wants a truly factual history of the JWs.
OK , dropoffyourkeylee; The annual meeting, that sound about right
Athanasius: Yes as I mention it was in the 70's.
So I'm sure it was the annual meeting that the Anointed sister was invited too and
not a spacial meeting for the Anointed. That makes sense.
With the new understanding of the faithful slave, I am not even sure why they even make a fuss of the magical 144,000. The sad part I am pretty sure there are plenty JW that are not even aware of the doctorial flip flop. I have since read literature printed after the new understanding and I am not even sure the entire writing department has gotten the memo.
Heck I am not even too sure why they have the memorial since the anointed are just figureheads now.
Oh wait, to insult Jesus. It is like a Slayer concert.