When I set this blog/forum up, it was for the intention of getting a group of like-minded individuals together to deepen our understanding of the Bible. I had no intention to use it in any way that would disparage the official teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, though I realized that any search for the truth might lead in directions that might prove, shall we say, inconvenient. Still, truth is truth and if one discovers a truth that conflicts with conventional wisdom, is one being disloyal or rebellious. A 2012 District Convention part suggested that the mere search for such truth constitutes disloyalty to God himself. Perhaps, but we really can’t accept the interpretation of men on that point. If these men would show us from the Bible that such is the case, we will halt our investigations. After all, one must obey God as ruler rather than men.
The fact is the whole discussion concerning the search for truth is a complicated one. There were times that Jehovah hid the truth from his people because revealing it then would have done damage.
“I have many things yet to say to YOU, but YOU are not able to bear them at present.” (John 16:12)
So we can take it that loyal love trumps truth. Loyal love always looks for the best long term interests of the loved one. One doesn’t lie, but love may prompt one to withhold the full revelation of truth.
There are also occasions when some individuals are able to handle truths that would harm others. Paul was entrusted with knowledge of paradise that he was forbidden to reveal to others.
“. . .that he was caught away into paradise and heard unutterable words which it is not lawful for a man to speak.” (2 Cor. 12:4)
Of course, what Jesus held back and what Paul would not speak of were true truths—if you’ll forgive the tautology. What we discuss within the posts and comments of this blog are what we believe to be Scriptural truths, based on an unbiased (we hope) examination of all the Scriptural evidence. We have no agenda, nor are we burdened with legacy doctrine which we feel obliged to support. We simply wish to understand what the Scriptures are saying to us, and we are not afraid to follow the trail no matter where it may lead. For us, there can be no inconvenient truths, but only truth.
Let us resolve to never condemn those who may disagree with our point of view, nor resort to judgmental name-calling nor strong-arm tactics to uphold our point of view.
With all that in mind, let us get into what is sure to be a hot topic for discussion because of the implications of challenging the status quo on this particular Scriptural interpretation.
It should be noted that whatever conclusion we eventually come to, we are not challenging the right of the governing body nor other appointed individuals to carry out their assigned duties in caring for the flock of God.
The Faithful Steward Parable
(Matthew 24:45-47) . . .“Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Happy is that slave if his master on arriving finds him doing so. 47 Truly I say to YOU, He will appoint him over all his belongings.
(Luke 12:42-44) 42 And the Lord said: “Who really is the faithful steward, the discreet one, whom his master will appoint over his body of attendants to keep giving them their measure of food supplies at the proper time? 43 Happy is that slave, if his master on arriving finds him doing so! 44 I tell YOU truthfully, He will appoint him over all his belongings.
Our Official Position
The faithful steward or slave represents all the anointed Christians alive on earth at any given time taken as a class. The domestics are all the anointed Christians alive on earth at any given time taken as individuals. The food is the spiritual provisions that sustain the anointed. The belongings are all of Christ’s possessions which include the property and other material possessions used in supporting the preaching work. The belongings also include all the other sheep. The slave class was appointed over all the Master’s belongings in 1918. The faithful slave uses its governing body to effect the fulfillment of these verses, i.e., the dispensing of food and the presiding over the Master’s belongings.[i]
Let us examine the Scriptural evidence supporting this important interpretation. In doing so, let us remember that the parable doesn’t stop at verse 47, but continues on for several more verses in both Matthew and Luke’s account.
The topic is now open for discussion. If you would like to contribute to the topic, please register with the blog. Use an alias and an anonymous email. (We do not seek our own glory.)
[i] W52 2/1 pp. 77-78; w90 3/15 pp. 10-14 pars. 3, 4, 14; w98 3/15 p. 20 par. 9; w01 1/15 p. 29; w06 2/15 p. 28 par. 11; w09 10/15 p. 5 par. 10; w09 6/15 p. 24 par. 18; 09 6/15 p. 24 par. 16; w09 6/15 p. 22 par. 11; w09 2/15 p. 28 par. 17; 10 9/15 p. 23 par. 8; w10 7/15 p. 23 par. 10