I had received numerous emails from friends dating back to the early days of October, asking if I had heard about the latest “adjustment” to the Watchtower’s teaching regarding the faithful and discreet slave. One person even sent me a copy of notes taken by someone who was present at the Annual Meeting. Apparently he/she was not a very wakeful listener because there was nothing in their notes that mentioned that the Society announced that the faithful and discreet slave has not been appointed yet. Perhaps they did not think it was noteworthy. So, initially I was unaware of the full range of what the Watchtower had presented at the meeting.
But now with the video highlights of the program and additional written information available on the Watchtower’s new website, it is apparent to me that the adjustment is earthshaking – or rather, it will be!
But it is incumbent upon me to first underscore yet another contradiction. One of the speakers stated that Jesus’ reference to the faithful slave is in the form of a question (“who really is the faithful and discreet slave...?”) because it would not become manifest who was judged to have been faithful until the master arrives and appoints him over all of his belongings. That is surely true. Then in a direct contradiction of their “new light” the Governing Body then proceeded to announce that they are the faithful slave and they are happily waiting to be appointed over all the master’s belongings. Incredible!
But the obvious contradiction aside, the real bombshell is the fact that the Watchtower now teaches that the coming of the master like a thief in the night has not occurred and that it will take place when Jesus comes to initiate God’s judgment.
I say it is a “bombshell,” perhaps a better analogy is that it is an unexploded bombshell – unexploded simply because the Watchtower is skimpy on the details and Jehovah’s Witnesses are not able to grasp the ramifications of what the Society has stated. But despite the lack of clarity on the part of the self-declared faithful and discreet slave, the bottom line is the Watchtower Society has unceremoniously repudiated their own long-standing teaching that Christ came to Jehovah’s temple in 1918 and judged the house of God.
To be clear, the Watchtower has rightly connected the coming of Christ to the temple as the messenger of the covenant – as the refiner and laundryman – as in the 3rd chapter of Malachi, with the coming of the master to judge his slaves as to whether or not they have been faithful to their appointment. And of course, there are many other prophecies that relate to the judgment of the house of God during the final part of the days. That being the case, now that the Society has casually shifted the coming of the master to judge his slaves to the future, what about all the other prophecies that have been anchored to 1918-1919 and the supposed coming of Christ to clean house?
Although most of Jehovah’s Witnesses who are familiar with my work would probably rather drink cyanide than admit it, the truth is, that, by their “adjustment” the Watchtower has inadvertently sanctioned the message of e-watchman; the message being, that Bethel and the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the entire organization is going to be subjected to the fire of Jehovah’s coming judgment.