Faithful Slave, Organisation, Governing Body


The fundamental concept behind the Watchtower Society is that God uses an earthly organisation to accomplish his will. This organisation is directed on earth by the Faithful and Discreet Slave, as represented by the Governing Body. In line with this, the second baptism question for a Witness is:

“Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization?” Watchtower 1985 Jun 1 p.30

The defining concept to being a Jehovah’s Witness is not worship of Jehovah, but rather acceptance of the organisation.

“Apostasy is, in reality, a rebellion against Jehovah. Some apostates profess to know and serve God, but they reject teachings or requirements set out in his Word. Others claim to believe the Bible, but they reject Jehovah’s organization and actively try to hinder its work.” Watchtower 1993 Oct 1 p.19

The Watchtower Faithful and Discreet Slave leaders demand all-encompassing power over their followers, despite there being no satisfactory evidence to show God actively directs the Watchtower Governing Body, sometimes with tragic consequences.

Yet despite the high control, the word’s Governing Body and Organization do not appears in the Bible, and the concept of a Faithful Slave is based on a vague parable. This series of articles show that these three concepts are not supported Scripturally and are inaccurately applied.

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