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God's 'Only Organization'?
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, representing all of Jehovah's Witnesses, refers to itself as the "'faithful and discreet slave' organization."

That is a reference to Matthew 24:42-46

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
Source: Matthew 24:42-46 (Note: This quote is from the NIV version of the Bible; not from the Watchtower's own version, the New World Translation)

Christians understand that the 'faithful and wise servant' refers to all true Christians. Jehovah's Witnesess, however, are taught to believe that The Watchtower Society is the 'slave' or 'servant' put in charge over God's household. Here is how the leadership thinks of itself:

The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society is the greatest corporation in the world, because from the time of its organization until now the Lord has used it as his channel through which to make known the glad tidings.
Source: The Watch Tower, Jan. 15, 1917

Do not conclude that there are different roads, or ways, that you can follow to gain life in God's new system. There is only one. There was just one ark that survived the Flood, not a number of boats. And there will be only one organization—God's visible organization — that will survive the fast-approaching "great tribulation." It is simply not true that all religions lead to the same goal... You must be part of Jehovah's organization, doing God's will, in order to receive his blessing of everlasting life...
Source: You Can live Forever (1982, 1990) p.255, Quoted at Quotes.Watchtower.ca

Those who believe that The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society is God's only representative organization on earth won't be surprised to learn that - according to itself - only the organization is qualified to explain God's Word:

Only this organization functions for Jehovah's purpose and to his praise. To it alone God's Sacred Word, the Bible, is not a sealed book.
Source: The Watchtower, July 1, 1973, page 402

We all need help to understand the Bible, and we cannot find the Scriptural guidance we need outside the 'faithful and discreet slave' organization.
Source: The Watchtower, Feb. 15, 1981, page 19

Thus the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible. For this reason, the Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovah's visible organization in mind.
Source: The Watchtower, Oct. 1, 1967, page 587

Note that the 'Bible' the Watchtower is speaking of is the New World Translation - a version developed by Jehovah's Witnesses in an attempt to support the Watchtower's un-biblical doctrines.

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• Subject: Jehovah's Witnesses : The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society
• First posted: Oct. 2, 1996
• Last Updated: Jul. 8, 2004
• Editor: Anton Hein
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