Raymond Franz figured this out long before the Governing Body just did. In his “Crisis of Conscience” he said…
“Whether the Governing Body members acknowledge it or whether they prefer not to think about it, the fact remains that in the crucial aspects of the authority and teachings THEY, AND THEY ALONE, ARE THE ORGANIZATION.” Or in other words,“They and they alone are ‘the faithful and discreet slave.’”
Apparently these men have finally been “thinking about it’ and now agree with what Ray Franz said almost 30 years ago. They also now agree with what “Captives of a Concept” started saying 8 years ago.
If what we are hearing is true, these men of the Governing Body will no longer be hidden behind that “slave.” From now on they won’t just REPRESENT that “slave.” They, and they alone, ARE that “slave”– at least unless or until some more “new light” gets turned on.
This new understudying may actually help some Witnesses begin to realize that they have simply been following these men all along, rather than the “faithful and discreet slave” that Jesus was referring to in Matthew 24:45-47.
It will be interesting to see how the Governing Body handles this matter with all of its consequences.