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Jehovah's witnesses, who and what is the Governing Body who run the watchtower Bible and tract society?

What is it all about? I went to and nowhere does it explain the Governing body. Can you tell us about who and what they are?

You would notice also that the bible teach book nowhere mentions the governing body or the faithful and discreet slave.

Here is something else that's very strange. Open your Reasoning Book to the section entitled 'False Prophets' on page 132. Read or scan through the entire section and see if the following passage of scripture is quoted, explained or cited (in brackets) anywhere in that entire section:

(Deuteronomy 18:21, 22) . . .And in case you should say in your heart: “How shall we know the word that Jehovah has not spoken?” 22 when the prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the word does not occur or come true, that is the word that Jehovah did not speak. With presumptuousness the prophet spoke it. You must not get frightened at him.’

You can't find it, can you? And before you think it's an unintentional oversight please notice that the preceding verses - Deuteronomy 18:18-20 - are quoted on page 133. So why would they quote up to verse 20 and completely omit to cover verse 21-22 which gives a test for how to identify a false prophet presumptuously prophesying? Doesn't it seem odd that a section dealing with the very subject of false prophets and how to identify them would omit such pertinent verses?

Could it be that those verses were deliberately omitted because the Watchtower organization's past false predictions cause them to be embarrassed to discus them in the Reasoning Book? Could it be that they had no "freeness of speech" to discuss those verses given their own history of false predictions? Just something to think about.


“Dissension and Disputing” (Acts 15:2)

Luke continued: “When there had occurred no little dissension and disputing by Paul and Barnabas with them [the “certain men”], they [the elders] arranged for Paul and Barnabas and some others of them to go up to the apostles and older men in Jerusalem regarding this p. 103dispute.”* (Acts 15:2) The “dissension and disputing” reflected strong feelings and firm convictions on both sides, and the congregation in Antioch could not resolve it. In the interests of peace and unity, the congregation wisely arranged to take the question to “the apostles and older men in Jerusalem,” who made up the governing body. What can we learn from the elders in Antioch?

One valuable lesson we learn is that we need to trust God’s organization. Consider: The brothers in Antioch knew that the governing body was made up entirely of Christians of Jewish background. Yet, they trusted that body to settle the question of circumcision in harmony with the Scriptures. Why? The congregation was confident that Jehovah would direct matters by means of his holy spirit and the Head of the Christian congregation, Jesus Christ. (Matt. 28:18, 20; Eph. 1:22, 23) When serious issues arise today, let us imitate the fine example of the believers in Antioch by trusting God’s organization and its Governing Body of anointed Christians.

You didn't look very hard.

The same arrangement functions for the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses today. They hold weekly meetings at their world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, and instructions are then sent from there to the Branch Committees around the world that superintend the ministerial activity in each country. By following the example of the earliest Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been able to cover vast portions of the earth with the preaching of the good news of God’s Kingdom. That work continues on a global scale.—Matthew 10:23; 1 Corinthians 15:58.


Like the first-century Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses today are directed by a Governing Body of dedicated, spirit-anointed men. The Governing Body meets weekly as a group. Its members are also organized into the following six committees, each having its own responsibilities.

● The Coordinators’ Committee consists of the coordinators of each of the other committees and a secretary who is also a member of the Governing Body. It helps all the committees to operate smoothly and efficiently. This committee oversees legal matters and the use of the media when necessary to convey an accurate picture of our beliefs. It also responds to disasters, outbreaks of persecution, and other emergencies affecting Jehovah’s Witnesses anywhere in the world.

● The Personnel Committee oversees arrangements for the spiritual and personal welfare of the volunteers who serve in the branch offices of Jehovah’s Witnesses earth wide. In addition, this committee supervises the inviting of additional volunteers to serve at branch offices.

● The Publishing Committee supervises the printing, publishing, and shipping of Bible literature. It oversees the printeries and properties owned and operated by the corporations used by Jehovah’s Witnesses and the construction of branch facilities, as well as Kingdom Halls and Assembly Halls in lands with limited resources. This committee also supervises the use of donated funds.

● The Service Committee oversees the preaching work along with matters affecting congregation elders, traveling overseers, and full-time evangelizers. It supervises the preparation of Our Kingdom Ministry. This committee also invites and assigns students of Gilead School, for the training of missionaries, and students of the Ministerial Training School, designed for the instruction of unmarried congregation elders and ministerial servants.

● The Teaching Committee oversees the instruction provided at assemblies, conventions, and congregation meetings, as well as the development of audio and video programs. It prepares curriculums for Gilead School, the Pioneer Service School, and other schools and arranges spiritual programs for branch office volunteers.

● The Writing Committee supervises the production of spiritual food in written form for the congregations and for the general public. It also answers Bible questions, oversees translation work worldwide, and approves such material as drama scripts and talk outlines.

The Governing Body relies on God’s holy spirit for direction. Its members do not regard themselves as the leaders of Jehovah’s people. Rather, like all anointed Christians on earth, they “keep following the Lamb [Jesus Christ] no matter where he goes.”—Rev. 14:4.

Of course, since you continue to claim that you are one of the anointed, shouldn't you know this already?

JW were catholics once a long timne ago. As excatholics, they also learned about the structure of the Papacy, bishops and priests.
Thus, they copied the catholic org. structure and claim it is their idea. and kept it a secret, otherwise their state of being catholics once will surface. LOL

You are a Witness and you don't know the answer to this?

Are you are being dishonest?

One of your answers says .."like first century christians JWs are directed by a G.B.."

Where in the bible does it say christians were directed by a body of men ?

(1Cor 12:27 ) Now ye (christians ) are the BODY of CHRIST, and MEMBERS in particular.

v:28 And God hath set SOME in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers.

No mention of a G.B for the 1st century christians here !

(Eph 4:11 ) And he (Jesus ) gave SOME, apostles; and SOME, prophets; and SOME, evangelists; and SOME, pastors and teachers;
v:12 For the perfecting of the saint, for the work of the ministry, for the EDIFYING of the BODY of Christ.

No mention of a G.B for the Ist century christians here either !

Maybe a governing body never existed in the first place for 1st century christians.

btw -a keen bible student might notice in the first list God gave the body of Christ but in the second list Christ did -- a point to his deity. Christ is God in the flesh (John 1:1,14 )

The FWS or FDS mentioned in (Mat 24:45-49 ) is a LITERAL faithful and wise servant.(1Cor 4:1-2 ) How the watchtower can read a group of men heading a earthly organization as Gods spokesman in those verses is unbelievable !

A JW has to be honest with themselves on this G.B topic. Ask yourselves-- what happened to the governing body between the end of the 1st century to the late 1870's ?

Did they become apostate --- what happened to them? There's an absence of nearly 1800 years until founder Russell was chosen by God in the 1870's.

Yet during the G.Bs long absence the canon of scripture was completed and the prinitng press was invented for people to read the scriptures themselves centuries before Russell had his religious experience.

Enough said !

Wow...there are some crazy answers and comments on this question.

But first, I'm at a loss...IJAH, you've said even on my questions that you are of the anointed, but also a disfellowshipped JW. So what's with this question anyway?

And this is to the other people hide nothing? That's seriously funny. Seriously, seriously funny.

Also...didn't Jesus say that He didn't speak in secret? So why in the world would your Governing Body need to meet in secret behind locked doors? Could I go in and listen to their meeting? Uh, no, I couldn't. Could you? That's a big, fat no. Because they speak in secret. NO ONE else allowed. So what exactly are they hiding? That isn't being's being secretive. Isn't that kind of a red flag?? It is to me! Besides all that, none of you...NONE...can prove to me that your GB is really, truly spirit-directed or chosen by Christ in 1919. Nope, you just can't. I have no idea why you put so much faith in these men when you can't prove any apostolic succession whatsoever. Wait...were they chosen in 1919? Or has that changed to "they'll be appointed at the Great Tribulation?" Oh heck, I can't keep up with all the changes..I don't know.

But it is rather interesting how I, or the rest of this group asking you questions, can prove that they aren't chosen, but you absolutely cannot ever, ever, ever prove that they are. So...what were these people actually doing in 1919 when they were supposedly chosen? The answer is... a whole lot of stuff you now forbid. Like holidays. And pyramid/numerology. And making false prophecies. 1914, they weren't actually looking for the presence of Jesus as now claimed. Why? Because in 1914, they believed Jesus had been present since the 1800's. Why would they be watching?? There are Mt. Everest sized piles of evidence against your organization. Instead of backing lies on this website, do some research of your own into your organization's history. Cause THAT is something that is being hidden, whether you know it or not.

Also they are not mentioned in the JW "Bible teach book" either.

It is there on the site, and some told you what it is, who makes it up, and what its purpose is

One thing I would like to remind YOU of even in Heaven there is a governing body

The term "governing body" is not a title, but a description of the responsibilities or the duties of these elders or older men.

Just as a person can be a minister or a priest or a pastor, so a person can be a member of the governing body.

It functions just as the name implies, to help oversee the "governing" of decisions that are made to further the preaching of the good news to all parts of the earth.

In line with that preaching work, there are matters that have to be decided on - how and when certain methods will be used, how and when legal matters will be taken care of, a proper and an accountable use of funds, what areas and what languages need to be concentrated on.

There are many logistical problems to be worked out, because the legal requirements of 239 different lands are not the same. Biblical teaching material in over 640 languages and 75 sign languages needs to be produced and provided to lots of different countries.

Conventions need to be planned - locations and teaching programs. Missionary schools are designed and curriculums planned. Instructors are trained.

All of these avenues of instruction are overseen by the governing body.

The apostle Paul gave much information to the Christian congregations of his day - with him as an active member of the governing body of his day.

He was not called a governing body member - but he was called an apostle. Particularly in the book of 1st Corinthians does he give an outline of instructions to be taught and passed on to others. And he even told Timothy to make sure that the things he was taught (by Paul) were also taught to ALL the congregations that he (Timothy) would visit.

So there was a governing or an administration of how the Christian congregation was to be governed.

Paul made a VERY INTERESTING STATEMENT in 1st Corinthians 14:40 - "Let all things take place decently and by arrangement."

As so the need to have an organized "arrangement".

Acts 15 is a good example of an organized arrangement to let the Christian congregations know of the decision on the matter of circumcision for Gentile Christians.

This decision came out of an organized arrangement that was blessed by holy spirit. It is recorded in the Bible as an example of how the congregations are to operate today, how issues are settled, and how doctrine is clarified.