"In the congregations of Christendom the term "elder" has become a title and "eldership" has become a position or office to which men are appointed. In support of this, the religious organizations having such elders and elderships appeal to Acts 14:23 (AS), which tells of Paul and Barnabus as founders of congregations: "And when they had appointed for them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, the commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed." Also Titus 1:5 (RS): "This is why I left you in Crete, that you might amend what was defective, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you." However, does this mean appointing men to eldership as an office, or ..........appointing men who were already elders in the required sense to offices or service poisitions in the congregations? Is "eldership" appointive?"
This is taken from YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH (1958) Page 161 paragraph 29: No longer included on the CD-ROM
The question for this paragraph is as follows:
29. In Christendom, what have "elder" and "eldership" become, and what questions do we raise about their supporting texts, Acts 14:23 and Titus 1:5?
Apparently in 1972 the Watchtower decided apostate Christendom had this right and so they decided to structure the organization in a similar manner.
Now if there are any Watchtower writers snooping around here go back & check out this old publication and try to refute its arguments.
I will post the answer to the questions raised by this paragraph later today.