The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is a religious organization which controls their members lives, actions, and thinking. Jehovah’s Witnesses go from place to place preaching what they believe to be the truth because that is what they have been taught to believe. In other words, Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot go against or disagree with what the Watchtower teaches, because to do so would mean to be going against God’s only provision for spiritual guidance. Below are some quotes which prove that the Watchtower claims total control of their members in which they cannot think or interpret the Scriptures for themselves, but only through the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society!
“Thus the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible. For this reason the Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovah’s visible organization in mind.” (The Watchtower, October 1, 1967, page 587)
“Jehovah God has also provided his visible organization, his “faithful and discreet slave,” made up of spirit anointed ones, to help Christians in all nations to understand and apply properly the Bible in their lives. Unless we are in touch with this channel of communication that God is using, we will not progress along the road to life, no matter how much Bible reading we do.” (The Watchtower, December 1, 1981, page 27)
“We have the opportunity to show love for our brothers who take the lead in the congregation or in connection with Jehovah’s visible organization worldwide. This includes being loyal to “the faithful and discreet slave.” (Matthew 24:45-47) Let us face the fact that no matter how much Bible reading we have done, we would never have learned the truth on our own.” (The Watchtower, December 1, 1990, page 19)
“All who want to understand the Bible should appreciate that the “greatly diversified wisdom of God” can become known only through Jehovah’s channel of communication, the faithful and discreet slave.” (The Watchtower, October 1, 1994, page 8)
Does the Bible teach what the Watchtower claims to be? The answer is, no! The Bible in no way teaches that some religious organization is to have complete control and dictate what people are to believe. God does not force His truth upon people, but gives them the responsibility to accept or reject the revelation given. Throughout the New Testament Christians are encouraged to be led by the Holy Spirit, not some organization. (Acts 17:10-11, 2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:15)
Is the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society the Faithful and Discreet Slave?
Jesus asked the question, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant”, which is the question at hand. The context of Matthew 24:45 is the second coming of Jesus and the importance of being ready for His return.
“37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 24:37-51 King James Version)
Examining Matthew 24 the whole message is in reference to the second coming of Jesus Christ, and it is very important to keep that in mind. Jesus speaks of one being ready and one not being ready left in the field. And Jesus speaks of two women grinding at a mill, one being ready and the other not being left behind. When Jesus speaks of faithful and wise servant the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has interpreted this to mean a special group of people which has been given all spiritual responsibilities to govern God’s people. However, looking at these Scriptures in context there is nothing remotely close to what the Watchtower’s interpretations.
Simply put, the meaning of Matthew 24:45 is for those who are looking for and are ready for the return of Jesus Christ and them being will rewarded, and those who do not know the Lord and are not ready for Jesus’ return will be go through the judgments to come and be judged themselves. Looking at other Scriptures Jesus speaks of those who claim to know Him and them being self deceived with a false relationship, them being rejected, separated, and judged by Jesus. (Matthew 7:21-24, Matthew 25:31-46)
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is not the Faithful and Discreet Slave (faithful and wise servant) as they claim to be, but they are a false religious organization which has misinterpreted the Scriptures to their own destruction and have led many astray. If you have any questions or comments please let us know.