1914 – The Watchtower 5/1/1987 p.25 Looking Back Over 93 Years of Living (as told by Frederick W. Franz)

On April 5, 1914, in Chicago, Illinois, I symbolized my consecration—as we used to call dedication—by water baptism.

1913 – The Watchtower 3/15/1993 Rewarded With “The Crown of Life”

Brother Franz was born on September 12, 1893, in Covington, Kentucky. He came in touch with the truth through an older brother. . . He was baptized on November 30, 1913 , and the following year he left the university and entered the colporteur (pioneer) work.



The Governing Body (1938) – The Watchtower 2/1/1999 p. 18 par. 18 – Our Treasure in Earthen Vessels

The year 1938 was crucial in clearly identifying the two classes. The March 15 and April 1, 1938, issues of The Watchtower presented the two-part study “His Flock” and made clear the relative places of the anointed remnant and their companions, the great crowd. Then the June 1 and June 15 issues carried study articles on “Organization,” based on Isaiah 60:17. All congregations were called on to request the Governing Body to appoint local servants, thus bringing in an improved, God-ordained, theocratic arrangement.

The Governing Body – The Watchtower 10/15/2008 p. 23 par. 12 – Do You Take the Lead in Showing Honor?

First, it is Scriptural for “the faithful and discreet slave” through its Governing Body to appoint men to positions of responsibility.

Circuit Overseers – Letter to Body of Elders 7/3/14 E

Dear Brothers:

1. As previously announced, effective September 1, 2014, circuit overseers will be responsible for the appointment and deletion of elders and ministerial servants. This letter provides further direction regarding this adjustment.

Note: So if it was ‘theocratic’ in 1938 and ‘scriptural’ in 2008, did it become untheocratic and unscriptural in 2014, or was it actually untheocratic and unscriptural up to 2008 all along?