As some on this forum know, I was a JW for about 25 years. I wanted to share with you all some things to present to JW’s in conversation. Below are quotes from Watchtower magazine articles:
The anointed and their other sheep companions recognize that by following the lead of the modern-day Governing Body, they are in fact following their Leader, Christ." Watchtower 2010 Sep 15 p.23
“Beginning with Pentecost, 33 C.E., and continuing through the 19 centuries since then, this slavelike congregation has been feeding its members spiritually.” Watchtower 1981 Mar 1 p.24
You see, JW’s believe that the servant/slave mentioned in Matthew 24:45 is their teaching authority, known to them as the “Governing Body”. As you can see in the above quotes, they claim that this authority has been around for 19 centuries. This is a claim that cannot be supported by any historical evidence whatsoever.
I liken it to this analogy:
Suppose the year is 1450. A non-Christian interested in following Christ runs across these passages: (New World Translation) Matthew 18:15-17
15 “Moreover, if your brother commits a sin, go lay bare his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two more, in order that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. 17 If he does not listen to them, speak to the congregation. If he does not listen even to the congregation, let him be to you just as a man of the nations and as a tax collector.
To be obedient to Christ’s commands, what congregation would this person go to?
This point cannot be stressed enough. The onus falls upon JW’s to prove who the faithful and wise servant was before Russell, the servant that fed “true followers” of Jehovah the food at the proper time. If they have “the truth”, then it should be no problem in identifying who this congreagtion was that Christ was speaking about before the Watchtower came along.
Regardless, dj dave, Riddle Me This and any other JW’s that happen to be lurking. Here’s your chance. Who was this slave that the March 1st, 1981 Watchtower article was referring to throughout the last 19 centuries? Who was the congregation that Christ wanted us to take our problems to in Matthew 18 before Charles Taze Russell came along?