To begin, I would like the viewer to consider the following video relating to the claim by
the Governing Body . . . that THEY are the "faithful and wise servant" of Matthew 24:45
the Governing Body . . . that THEY are the "faithful and wise servant" of Matthew 24:45
When we consider the text in Mathew 24:45, and succeeding verses, may we conclude that Jesus was speaking in a biblical type of "code" which would be interpreted by men to mean one specific organization that would form 1900 years later and applied to themselves?
Who then is a faithful and wise servant?,.... The Vulgate Latin adds, "do you think?" and is a question put to the disciples, which they might apply to themselves: in Luke 12: 42, it is spoken in answer to a question of Peter's, in relation to the above exhortation, whether it was spoken to them, or to all; and by this answer, it looks as if it was more especially designed for them, though it may be applied to other. The "servant" is there called a "steward", for such a servant is meant; and a name that is very proper for the apostles and ministers of the word, who are stewards of the mysteries of Christ, and of the manifold grace of God; and whose characters are, that they are "faithful": for this is required in stewards, that they be faithful to the trust reposed in them; as ministers are, when they preach the pure Gospel of Christ, and the whole of it; conceal no part, nor keep anything of it; seek not to please men, but God; neither seek their own things, their ease, honor, and profit, but the glory of God, the honor of Christ, and the good of souls; and abide by the truths, cause, and interest of a Redeemer, at all hazards. And they are "wise", who know and are well instructed in divine things; who make Christ the main subject of their ministry; who improve their talents and time for their master's use, and the advantage of those that are under their care; who seek for, and deliver acceptable words and matter; and manage their whole trust, so as to be able to give in a good account of their stewardship another day. The post that such a person is put in, and the work he is to do, follow:
whom his Lord has made ruler over his household; or "family", the church of God, which is the household of God, and of faith, in which are believers of various growths and sizes; some fathers, some young men, some children; and over these, the ministers are, by their Lord, made and placed as rulers; not as lords and tyrants over God's heritage, to govern them in an arbitrary way, but as over them in the Lord, to rule them according to the word of God, and the laws of his house; by preaching the Gospel, administering ordinances, and keeping up his worship and the discipline of the church; and whose principal business it is to give them meat in due season; even "their portion" of it, as in Luke 12:42, for the word of God is to be cut and rightly divided, and everyone in the family, according to his age, appetite, and digestion, is to have his proper part and portion given him: it must be meat, proper food, such as is solid, substantial, and nourishing; even the wholesome words of Christ Jesus, that must be given them, and not husks and empty trash; and all in due season, in its proper time, as their cases and circumstances require, and call for; as whether weary, or uncomfortable, or in the dark, or under temptations and afflictions: for a word fitly and seasonably spoken, how useful is it!
If a group of men rise up and make lofty proclamations as being an especially appointed group from God and are able to sell that idea, they can completely control those who become members of the organization they sit on top of. And, I can tell you that this is exactly what the WTBTS (and the other religious organizations) have done.
Once a person begins studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses and is slowly acclimated and indoctrinated into their system of belief, they soon are in reverent fear of “The Organization” and the body of men (The Governing Body) that sits on top of it.
The many publications that Jehovah’s Witness study (and I have studied all of them and even taught them when I was a Witness) are designed to ask the question and give the answer. You see, all of the thinking (or what someone wants you to think) is done for you. Study of the publications such as the Watchtower magazine is question and answer sessions. The questions appear at the bottom the magazine and the answers are found in the associated paragraphs. After years and years of this type of indoctrination, one’s questioning-and–thinking-for-himself ability is taken away. One becomes accustomed to – even dependent upon – the WTBTS doing the thinking for them.
Even the things a Jehovah’s Witness says to the persons they meet on the street or at their doors is provided to them. Yes, a Witness can improvise the script and put it in his own words but he must not deviate from the gist of the prepared script. Witnesses are told what they can and cannot read, who they can and cannot talk to and associate with, not to take blood transfusions (which should be a personal decision), told it is not good to miss meetings at the Kingdom Hall and to participate in what is called Field Service.
With regards Field Service, Witnesses are even told how many hours per month they are to put in. It is a rule (law) laden organization, something Christ freed his first disciples from.
Yet, the question must be answered, who is the faithful and discreet slave that Christ spoke about? Are they currently with us today? Let’s see what the Master Christ says about the matter?
The Other Slave Within Christs Household: An Evil SlaveBefore we can conclude who the faithful and discreet slave is (or will be), we must look at the entire context of the conversation Jesus was having with his disciples. This context is contained within Matthew 24:36-51.
Before mentioning a faithful and discreet slave, Jesus had spoken about the fact that none of his slaves would know when his return would occur; and he gave them the instruction to simply “Keep on the watch because “YOU do not know on what day YOUR Lord is coming.”
But Jesus said for slaves to know one thing: If they did know on what day the thief was coming, they would have stayed awake and not allow his (Jesus’) house to be broken into. Therefore, his slaves were not to concern themselves with the date of his return because even he did not know that, but rather, they were to stay awake and not let thieves break into his house. The thieves would be teachings that were not from Christ. Dear reader, I can say to you that his house has been broken into and ransacked. The valuable things he has taught have been removed and invaluable things have replaced them.
Then Jesus asked the question: “Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time?”
To answer that question Jesus uses a parable or an illustration. He mentions another slave within his household: An Evil Slave. Jesus said that this evil slave would start beating his fellow slaves. Why? Because this evil slave will feel that his Master is delaying in his return.
Now let the reader use discernment here. Of these two slaves – the faithful ones and the evil ones – the evil slave was the one concerned about time and dates and the arrival of the Master. How so? Because this evil slave will feel that his Master is delaying as stated in Matthew 24:48. If this evil slave felt that his Master was delaying, then this evil slave must have been expecting him to return at a certain time!
The faithful slaves, on the other hand, were faithful because they remembered what their master told them a few verses previous at Matthew 24:42:
Keep on the watch, therefore, because YOU do not know on what day YOUR Lord is coming.
This was not the case with the evil slave.
Who Expected Christs Return in 1914?Many years before the arrival of the year 1914, the WTBTS – in its many publications and public talks and radio broadcasts – announced that 1914 would be the year that the Master (Christ) would return invisibly as earth’s king. The WTBTS still teaches this as truth and all Jehovah’s Witnesses believe this. The 1914 teaching is the foundation upon which all of the other prophetic utterances out of the WTBTS are built upon.
Yet, one must remember what Jesus said at Mathew 24:42: “YOU do not know on what day YOUR Lord is coming.”
The WTBTS has taught and still teaches that it does know! Essentially the WTBTS teaches that it knows what Christ says that even he does not know. (Matthew 24:36)
Since the WTBTS is teaching that Christ has returned and is currently reigning as King over the earth, there has really been no need to be watchful for his return anymore. This unwatchful and unalert state has caused thieves to break into Christ’s house and replace the things he taught with something else. All the while those breaking in call themselves his slaves (disciples).
There is more.
If you were to conclude which of the slaves in Jesus’ parable do the WTBTS imitate, which one would you choose? The answer should be clear: The evil slave. Why? Because the evil slave was concerned with time and dates and was expecting the Master to return at a certain time and felt he was delaying.
This reasoning alone shows who the Governing Body of the WTBTS are not: They are not that faithful and discreet slave that Christ spoke of. And, neither was Charles Taze Russell because he introduced the 1914 date. Let me be clear here: Charles Taze Russell was not the originator of the 1914 date, a movement he was a part of before he founded The International Bible Students – The Second Adventist – were the originators. Charles Taze Russell simply carried that date with him when he broke away from that movement. (This is something most Jehovah’s Witnesses are not aware of or are told).
If the Governing Body of the WTBTS were truly a faithful and discreet slave, they would not have concerned themselves with dates and times. They would have been discreet in not making outlandish and untrue announcements that counter what the Master never uttered and would have obeyed him by being watchful over his household not being broken into and his teachings changed and exchanged for the lie.
So who is the faithful and discreet slave?
What is known, according to Jesus, is that their fellow evil and unfaithful and unwatchful slaves will beat them. This is not a physical beating. Let me explain how beating is used in this context.
What does the rider of an ass carrying a heavy load, or a horse pulling a carriage, do to get them to move a certain direction? They beat them with a whip - or some other instrument.
The beating that the faithful slave would receive (from the evil slave), would be a prodding of them to get them to move in a certain direction - such as stop, go, and join them in their course, even unwittingly in a course of unfaithfulness. They would have them believe that Christ returned on a certain date, and they would prove to be non-discreet in the manner in which they would proclaim it. And if the faithful slave does not join them, they would be labeled disloyal, and besmirched as bad and unfaithful slaves themselves - or as apostates, and subsequently expelled from the WT organization. And, as they expel that faithful slave, they issue a warning to all of the other slaves to have no dealings with them. If they are caught having dealings with them, they too will face expulsion.
The truth of the matter is that expulsion from a house overrun is a blessing. Why? Because there was a time when the teachings of the Master within his house were truthful and the slaves of the Master ensured they remained that way. But something happened. Notice how Revelation 18:2,4 explains it:
And he cried out with a strong voice, saying: “She has fallen! Babylon the Great has fallen, and she has become a dwelling place of demons and a lurking place of every unclean exhalation and a lurking place of every unclean and hated bird. And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people …
If this Babylon the Great became a dwelling place of demons, what was she before? Not a dwelling place of demons. There would have been a time where there was truthful and healthful teaching occurring within that household. That the Master’s house has been overrun, it has “become a dwelling place of demons and a lurking place of every unclean exhalation and a lurking place of every unclean and hated bird.”
This evil slave would be in a majority and would use his strength in numbers to give the impression of truth by virtue of numbers. Yet, this slave is evil and unfaithful to Christ.
Right now, the WTBTS or any religious organization is not the place to be within. As Revelation 18:4 warns:
Get out of her my people.
Christ’s people are his slaves. He is telling his slaves to get out his house that has been overrun!
So the faithful and discreet slaves today are persons who hold no membership and allegiance to any religious organization. They do not publish or announce things that the Master never taught. They especially would never teach something that went contrary to what Christ taught, such as dates about his return. They would not accept that someone or something other than Christ as The Word of God. They simply and discreetly obey their Master and remember what he taught them (and still teaches them) and they remain faithful to his teaching and they remain watchful. This slave knows that he will be beaten for his stand of faithfulness because he is a minority. He has all of what men call Christianity (to include the WTBTS), the evil slave against him.
Either one is a faithful slave of Christ or they are an evil one. Those of you who have no knowledge of Christ or who are of another religious group such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddism etc, you are innocent only in that you have no knowledge and are not his slaves (faithful or evil) as you are not with his house. (You don’t want to be there anyway because it has been overrun). Yet the position you are in is one of difficulty because you will be caught off guard like the rest of the world when you see mankind’s demise into death. You – like everyone else – will weep and beat yourself because you will not have an explanation for it. Your holy books and leaders will have no answer.
Yet the position you are in is one of difficulty because you will be caught off guard like the rest of the world when you see mankind’s demise into death. You – like everyone else – will weep and beat yourself because you will not have an explanation for it. Your holy books and leaders will have no answer.
Those of you who think you are saved, you are in a particularly dangerous state because this “saved” teaching entered in Christ’s household while his slaves were asleep. You think you are going to heaven or that you will be raptured away to safety. When you see this is not going to happen and see the death of all of mankind approaching (and you are right there in among everyone), you will be confused and afraid because a thief taught you something the Master did not.
Yes . . . the "faithful and wise servant" are all true Christians who not only adhere to the teachings of Jesus, and our Father . . . but also teach them to others while upholding the sanctity of the truth of the scriptures without committing ourselves to changing the meaning, interpretations, and proclamations.
Ligonier Ministries ; Benson Commentary ; Henry's Concise Commentary
The Watchman's Post ; Jerome Harris (e-Prophetic)