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What is the Faithful and Discreet Salve?

Who is the faithful and discreet slave mentioned at Matthew 24:45?

Being raised a Jehovah's Witness I was taught the "Governing Body" of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society was this faithful and discreet slave and that God only uses them to help earthly man understand the Bible.

I would ask over and over to be shown where in the Bible it says this is one earthly organized religion - namely "Jehovah's Organization" - a term the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society refers to as themselves.

The foundation of the entire religion crumbles when this one teaching is disproved.

According to Watchtower publications and if you ask Jehovah's Witnesses, the faithful and discreet slave mentioned at Matthew 24:45 to give its domestics food at the proper time are the anointed Christians on earth that are a small group of qualified overseers who form the "Governing Body" of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (see their organization chart published in The Watchtower, December 15, 1971.

When I asked my sister to explain this to me, she sent me a two page document of various Watchtower publications trying to explain it.  It is a poor attempt at connect the dots, using intrepretation and it never really comes full circle.

If this group called the "Governing Body" of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is being divinely directed by God as they claim, and this faithful and discreet slave is to feed its domestics with the spiritual food at the proper time, how do they explain all the flip-flop teachings and false predictions?

The biggest and easiest false prediction to prove is that of when the end of the world is coming.

Over the course of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society's history, there have been numerous false predictions of the end coming.  1914, 1918, 1925, 1975, "this generation", and now as of The Watchtower, 2/15/2008, pg. 25 and The Watchtower, 6/15/2010 pg. 5 the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is back tracking on what they originally said "this generation" meant.  For those who are not familiar with the term "this generation", Jehovah's Witnesses have been taught by the Watchtower that the end (The great tribulation, armageddon) would come and be witnessed by those who lived, saw and understood the events of 1914 (See The Watchtower, February 1, 1971; The Watchtower, October 15, 1980 and The Watchtower, May 1, 1985)

So what is the harm in making false predictions and who benefits?  Let's take 1975 as an example.  When I was only six or seven, I remember the brothers from the stage talking about how the Society believes that 1975 would be the year that the end would most likely come.  It was highly encouraged to go into the full-time ministry to try to save as many people as possible before the end came.  If you could not do the full-time ministry, you were encouraged to do as much works as possible to have the best chances of making it into paradise earth.  This fear motivation worked.  Stories of families selling their homes and businesses to join the full-time ministry can be found all over the internet.  Of course, the end never came in 1975, and many families were left with no money and no place to live. 

Then when the end did not come, we were assured the end would happen in "this generation" and getting a higher education was highly discouraged.  This went on for years.  When I was a teenager, I remember talks recommending children not go to college.  We were highly encouraged to get baptized, join the full-time ministry, or serve at "Bethel" - the Society's headquarters where all the publishing of books and magazines are done with these volunteers.  I think of all the children I grew up with.  So many of them never got a good education and struggle to this day.  I fortunately and thankfully had a father who was not a Jehovah's Witness and he made my sister and I get a college education.  I do remember one of the elders whose son went to be a volunteer at Bethel.  While he was there something happened and when he came home he was depressed and was never the same.  He was the Valedictorian of his class, an incredible pianist and probably could have had a scholarship to whatever school he wanted.

Unfortunately the only one benefiting from these false predictions is the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, because it probably causes growth in the organization, which in turn increases contributions and those who are willing to volunteer at Bethel and across the world at other branch offices.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society used a known spiritist

Johannes Greber and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society's history can be found at the following websites.

The Opposite of Love is Fear

Having been raised in a fear-based culture, I now know that being coerced to practice a religion out of fear, is not loving.  1 John 4:18 (NWT), "There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint.  Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love."