Matthew 24: 45Who really is the faithful and discreet* slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time?+ 46 Happy is that slave if his master on coming finds him doing so!+ 47 Truly I say to you, he will appoint him over all his belongings.48 “But if ever that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying,’+ 49 and he starts to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with the confirmed drunkards, 50 the master of that slave will come on a day that he does not expect and in an hour that he does not know,+ 51 and he will punish him with the greatest severity and will assign him his place with the hypocrites. There is where his weeping and the gnashing of his teeth will be.+
Wait for It has given a good summary.
From the above scriptures, prior to 2013 the GB taught -
- the FDS was appointed by Jesus in the 1st Century to feed the domestics
- the domestics were the anointed
- in 1919 after an inspection of the temple the FDS were found faithful and appointed over all his belongings
- the belongings included all the material holdings of the Watchtower and the other sheep
- the FDS was made up of the anointed with the GB being the representative of the anointed
In 2013 the GB taught
- the FDS was appointed over the domestics in 1919
- the FDS is made up of the Governing Body members when they come together as a group
- the domestics now include the anointed and other sheep (as well as the Governing Body members) and the GB just loves this teaching because it elevates the position of the other sheep whilst at the same time downgrades the position of the anointed.
- the FDS has not yet been appointed over all Christ's belongings, that is during the GT
- all the anointed (not just the FDS which exists only since 1919) will be appointed over all Christ's belongings at the GT, it is a shared reward
- the FDS is currently faithful & discreet and will continue to be because the wicked slave is just a hypothetical. In so doing, they have spoken for Jesus in announcing this before his return where he is supposed to be making that judgement.