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The last time that the expression "the faithful and discreet slave class" was used was in the August 15, 2012 WT p.24 para.18.

The next time this group of individuals was referenced in our literature was: December 15, 2012 p.9 para.2 as the "faithful and discreet slave." (NOT a class)

Never again has the "faithful and discreet slave" been referred to as a class, either in our literature or by most elders or by all representatives from the Branch.

Why is that?

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Remember brothers, It was explained that the members of the faithful and discreet slave, once deciding on a matter for distribution to the household of faith, as a group, are operating as one "slave" or "steward." Apart from that, and as individuals, they are  "domestics" like all of the rest of us. After all, we all have to eat, right?

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On 04/04/2018 at 11:08 PM, tromboneck said:

Why is that?

Definition of class:

a set or category of things having some property or attribute in common and differentiated from others by kind, type, or quality.

I won't over elaborating on the historical background to this avoid repeating other posts. 

Jesus illustration at Matthew 24:45, “Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time?" speaks of a"faithful and discreet slave" taking care of the feeding of his masters household ("domestics").

For a considerable time this was felt to apply to all anointed Christians with the hope of going to heaven to rule with Christ. The Bible of course speaks of another group of Christians, coexisting, yet having a hope of living on a cleansed paradise earth, referred to as "other sheep" at John 10:16.

In differentiating between these two groups of humans, united in worship but differing in destiny, the term class was attached to both designations for the purpose of clarity in discussing differing aspects. It would have been just as easy to use the word "group" or "type", both synonyms for the word "class". Perhaps "class" was felt to be a more suitable word? Just a style choice that stuck?

However there was always an uncomfortable aspect to the notion of the "faithful and discreet slave" being the anointed,  and the "domestics", who they feed, being the anointed as well. An odd picture with a confusion of roles always lurking in the background, people serving and eating at the same time, a "too many cooks" scenario in a way. 

Anyway, it was all cleared up nicely in the Watchtower 15 July 2013 p26 in the article "Who really Is the Faithful and Discreet Slave?"

A few points that stand out:

  • The question only has relevance to the last days as there was no doubt who the Chiristian Congregation was in the 1st Century.
  • Not all anointed ones have a teaching assignment inside the congregation.1Cor 11:3; 12:29, 1Tim 2:12.
  • The task of preparing and distributing spiritual food is clearly carried out under the oversight of the Governing Body.
  • The "domestics" are all those who are fed. This includes individual members of the Governing Body, the rest of the anointed, and all others who respond to the Christian message to gain evelasting life on earth.

So the illustration now makes perfect sense. The Governing Body are the faithful and discreet slave, with the responsibilty of providing spritual food for all anointed Christians, and anyone else who wishes to "take life's water free".

With such a simple definition now, it seems unecessary to refer to them as a class. In fact, it might even have a negative connotation in view of other associations with the word.We know who they are as individuals and, thanks to the JW Broadcast, we know what they look and sound like. Even with modern technolgy it would be difficult to have that same personal awareness of each one of the anointed.

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On 4/7/2018 at 6:42 PM, Gone Away said:

The task of preparing and distributing spiritual food is clearly carried out under the oversight of the Governing Body.

One thing is missing, the role of the House (Eph 2:19) "Steward".  If this steward refuses to distribute all provisions from the entire anointed Body, he has wasted spiritual provisions in the form of gifts given to all anointed.  When this happens in practice - when anointed ones approach the GB about their wayward teachings, what happens?  They are "punished" - disfellowshipped. Luke 16:1-15  Administrators are an evident assignment in the Body, but they are not the only teachers.  1 Cor 12:4,7,8,10,11,14,15,20,21,25,27,28

Thus, the GB fulfills the role of the "wicked slave" who "beats" his fellow slaves.  Matt 24:48-51

And, they have smooth-talked every JW into believing their lie.  

 

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First this "faithful and discreet slave" was russel himself.  ( The Watchtower, May 1, 1922, page 132. )

But then it was CHANGED to the watchtower organisation itself! ( Watch Tower, 1927, as referenced by Jehovah's Witnesses - Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, Watchtower Society, 1993, page 626.)

 

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On 7/9/2018 at 2:36 AM, Jesus.defender said:

First this "faithful and discreet slave" was russel himself.  ( The Watchtower, May 1, 1922, page 132. )

But then it was CHANGED to the watchtower organisation itself! ( Watch Tower, 1927, as referenced by Jehovah's Witnesses - Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, Watchtower Society, 1993, page 626.)

So it was! And now, it's changed again!!! Yippee!!

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4 hours ago, Gone Away said:

So it was! And now, it's changed again!!! Yippee!!

In other words, the watchtower has NO IDEA.

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