Guy Pierce, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, has reportedly died of a stroke on Tuesday March 18, 2014.
Now down to 7 members, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is the directing council responsible for formulating doctrine and governing the other 7.9 million members of the Jehovah’s Witness religion.
Previously considered as a composite “spokesman” for those among the Jehovah’s Witnesses who claimed to be of the 144,000 (the 144,000 supposedly acted as an international “teaching class”), the Governing Body recently elevated their status above them and declared that only Governing Body members can rightfully claim to act as the mouthpiece of God. It was while Pierce was a member of the Governing Body at their 2012 Annual Meeting of the Watch Tower Society that this became official doctrine, dismissing all previous claims of members of their 144,000 group.*
It has been rumored that Guy Pierce was attempting to make the religion of the Jehovah Witnesses more acceptable to the non-WItness public. In fact it was in 2011 that Pierce allegedly sparked controversy when he stated that the Governing Body was engaging in building a new Watchtower center in Warwick, New York, without their having knowledge of Jehovah’s will or direction in the matter.--The Watchtower, August 15, 2012.
Pierce is survived by his wife, sons, and grandchildren.
- The 144,000 are members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who claim to be the only ones among the religion’s adherents to be personally selected by God for heavenly life. Prior to the 2012 announcement by the Governing Body, it was taught that this international group was guided by God to understand the Scriptures and proclaim the “truths” they learned, with the Governing Body only being a representative of theirs. With the first of their number claimed to have been chosen in the 1st century AD, only a “remnant” of them exists, a number which according to official doctrine is to decrease as we approach the end of the world. While it has been a matter of pride for the Witnesses to point to this dwindling number of “anointed ones” as “proof positive” that we are living in the last days, their numbers have recently increased by 5000 additional claimants, from around 8000 in the 1980s to over 13,000 as of 2013.