Watchtower

The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society

The Watchtower Society is the legal organization in use by Jehovah’s Witnesses and is referred to by Jehovah’s Witnesses as “Jehovah’s Organization“.

Jehovah’s Witnesses

“Jehovah’s Witnesses” are defined as “that body of Christians who recognise the spiritual authority of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses situated at 25 Columbia Heights Brooklyn New York, United States” according to The Articles of Association of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain.

The Governing Body

The Governing Body is defined by the Watchtower as “a limited number of anointed men have the responsibility of representing the slave class” who “oversee the Kingdom work and the spiritual feeding program” based on Jesus’ words at Matthew 24:45-47. — Watchtower 2009 6/15 pp. 20-24

Thus, the Governing Body is a synonym for “the faithful and discreet slave”.

The Faithful and Discreet Slave

“The ‘faithful slave’ is represented by the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a small group of spirit-anointed men serving at the world headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Brooklyn, New York.” — Watchtower 2006 7/15 pp. 19-23

At the end of 2012, at the Watchtower’s 2013 Annual Service Meeting the Governing Body changed this teaching. Previously it was taught that the faithful and discreet slave are all the anointed alive on earth, and were represented in Brooklyn, Bethel at the Watchtower headquarters by the Governing Body. Now, the Governing Body simply is the faithful and discreet slave.

They also announced that while the appointment was made in 1919 by an invisible Christ, it is not until he comes at the Great Tribulation that they will be rewarded for their work, becoming masters over all his belongings in heaven and on earth. So therein the slave received another promotion, as previously they taught that they would only be rewarded by becoming masters over those on earth.

Lastly, they do not believe that the first century apostles to whom Jesus gave the parable of the faithful and discreet slave are considered of the faithful and discreet slave, instead it is simply the members of the Governing Body of the Watchtower, since 1919.

In irony, the Watchtower did not have a Governing Body in 1919, and at that time they also believed that Jesus came invisibly in 1874. It was in 1931 that The Watchtower first taught that the invisible presence was not in 1874—but in 1914 instead.

There are still numerous flaws in their doctrine, such as if the slave were appointed, and they have not yet been rewarded, then it has yet to be found if they will prove to be judged the faithful and discreet slave, or the wicked slave.

Baptism as a Jehovah’s Witness

One interested in becoming a Jehovah’s Witness first studies with a baptized member until they feel ready for the symbol of baptism and dedication. Then they sit with elders of the congregation to answer some two hundred questions to see if they “meet the requirements for christian baptism“. Once approved for baptism, there are two questions asked before all the witnesses present at the assembly:

On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?

Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization?

Jesus commanded that we be baptized “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit“.

Conclusion

Jehovah’s Witnesses accept The Watchtower as God’s sole channel of communication on earth and have “complete confidence in the truth as it is revealed by Jehovah God through his Son, Jesus Christ, and “the faithful and discreet slave”” “which issues a constant supply of spiritual food in the form of printed material and programs for meetings and assemblies.” — See Matthew 28:19, 1 Timothy 2:5