Stephen Lett: Being Dumped from the Governing Body?

The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is made up of seven members. An eighth, Guy Pierce, died in 2014 and has not been replaced as of March, 2015. One of the more prominent men of the current body is Stephen Lett, 65, a member since 1999.

Since 2009, the Watchtower has assigned all “spiritual responsibilities” and any clarification on doctrinal issues to the Governing Body. In 2012, the Governing Body was identified as the “faithful and discreet slave” that reports directly to Jehovah for spiritual matters. While this change offended many of the other members of the “anointed” class (then numbering around 10,000), the “new light” was soon accepted by a majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses and has become the current belief and policy that the dissemination of “new spiritual light” is the responsibility of only “a limited number” of the “slave class.” Some Jehovah’s Witnesses are wondering if these seven men are truly the only ones qualified to be responsible for deciding what “is right, versus “what is wrong.” 

In the years after the formation of the Governing Body (mid-1960s), its members mostly stayed in the background and acted in advisory roles over department heads within Bethel. Much of the real power within the organization was held by non-“anointed” but longtime elders with special skills and responsibilities. Many Governing Body members rarely made public appearances and were relegated to attending short meetings to participate in required discussions and votes. The real power within the organization was often managed by non-anointed specialists in financial, legal, and printing operations.

SLett-1-300x165Since the Watchtower’s rather quick transformation of identity from Watchtower Bible and Tract Society to JW.org, the Governing Body members have begun to recast themselves as media stars. Out of the seven current members, two of them seem to have enjoyed being on the center stage: Anthony Morris and Stephen Lett.

John Cedars, editor and primary writer for JWSurvey.org, has published many recent articles describing, defining, and ridiculing many members of the Governing Body. His editorial comments and factual replays of Governing Body gaffs and insanities have, for the most part, been right on target. As expected, Anthony Morris and Stephen Lett have been his primary targets. [Link] and [Link]

Lett-HowdyFor some critics of the Watchtower (including myself on some occasions), Cedars’ editorial treatments seemed a bit “over the top” and maybe too harsh. But within the past few weeks, Stephen Lett seems to have become the true looney, the master clown, the odd man out of the current Governing Body. Quite frankly, for some serious publishers and sincere elders in the organization, Lett has become an embarrassment at a time when the Watchtower is under constant fire and ongoing scandals due to legal cases and media criticism.

After Lett’s most recent “foot in mouth” episode, rumors have begun circulating that he may be asked to step down after Jehovah’s spirit influences the other six members to fire his ass. When or how this would be accomplished is very much up for debate, but the noise is building that such a possibility exists. If he is not removed, then we can expect to see him kept in the background and effectively shut down.

lett-laughingLett was an unlikely candidate as a choice to join the Governing Body in 1999. He was only 49 at the time, so was very young compared to the others on the Body at the time. Many of his critics felt that he was much too young to have become one of the “anointed.” Even in 1999, the general teaching of the Watchtower was that no one born after 1935 could qualify as “being anointed,” and yet here was this “kid” claiming to have “the heavenly hope.” His supporters pointed out that he had been in “full-time service since he was a young teenager” and that he had always accepted and fulfilled any assignment given to him. That still left many others wondering why so many faithful Witnesses, even those in very high positions within the Watchtower organization, did not consider themselves to be “anointed.” Yet, this fellow who for many of his contemporaries looked “like Howdy Doody on crack cocaine,” was chosen by Jehovah’s spirit for such high respect and responsibilities.

Will Lett be locked away and removed from public display by the other Governing Body members (being “guided by holy spirit,” of course)? Will his role on streaming video and major convention presentations be limited to scripts prepared by others? Will he be sent away to act as a special GB envoy to Malawi, Ukraine, Kashmir or the Aleutians for extended missionary training assignments?

Watch this space…

 


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Stephen Lett: Being Dumped from the Governing Body? — 33 Comments

  1. From the original popes/presidents of the Watchtower to the Governing Body, it is clear that they are not directed by God and JW is not His organization. Autocratic religions need to be held to account and their victims need the truth that sets people free.

  2. Oh, don’t be so hard on him. He comes across as a very cheerful respectable fellow. He just happens to be under the Org’s strong “we are the one” attitude. That may be true in part, but they are also mis-guided and directed by their enemies, and made fools of. And all those following them are part of the colateral damage. But their hearts are in the right place! And they do practice strongly what they preach, for the most part. The power of money and survial of the huge Org. is at the center of their attention. When they should be waiting on Jehovah like they preach to those suffering from losses of jobs & incomes within their congregations.

  3. It is clear they do not want to debate lowly me because they can’t stand on the written word of God. Remember the late Raymond Franz? The truth will get you kicked out of satan’s kingdom on Jesus is where you need to go.

  4. And after waht we saw in Australia this friday after GB Jackson said, “eyebrows” Lett is going to be on the door to door on the North Pole.

  5. I know the Witnesses for many years. They take very strong actions against members that violate their ‘Bible teachings’. At least in my country where other religions seem lax on moral issues and corruption, they stand in very stark contrast. I recently became aware of a member, or ex-member who sexually abused a minor. The furor seems to have shifted from the offender to the JWs. The reason seems to be JW’s negligence to report to authorities on time. It is well known JWs write so much books for young ones especially on sexuality. Yet, some of the barbs, which incidentally come from ex-Jws, unduly sensationalize a very painful experience for the victim. It is as if JWs are to be held responsible, for what they condemn. Even this reporting is in that spirit. Mr Lett is almost held criminally liable for seeming to make a statement that those who spread lies that JWs tolerate pedophiles should be ignored. And he will be demoted to preach in Malawi, Kashmir or other remote places. Interestingly, JWs seem to regard members who go there as heroes. So what the heck! To Condi, the unfortunate victim, don’t allow yourself to be used to settle score some ex-JWs have against their former faith. Get on with your life, and if you still believe in God, know that vengeance will come on him that abused you.

    • Your comment is embarrassing. It’s already been proven the the JWs hide pedophiles from the authorities. It has already been proven that the JWs allow these pedophiles to remain in good standing and continue to abuse more children. You are completly ignorant as to what is really going on. Educate yourself.

      • You should educate yourself. Juli. People lie. Just like these pedophiles dis. They claimed to be rehabilited and so all was forgiven. Finally the victims spoke out and the governing body agreed that legal action should be taken. No one is perfect and our legal system definitely isnt. Just because they assignes the pedophiles a lawyer doesnt mean they agree with their actions. They did it to be fair. Just as you would any other person standing trial. Those pedophiles covered their lies and kept their victims quiet. I dont understand why you all think JWs are so terrible because one branch slipped up. Have you seen the amount of catholic priests that sleep with young boys? No? Im sorry can you say. Hiding the pedophiles more slowly. It applies to a lot of organizations. But. Most of you bash anyone who’s not you.

  6. Lett is misunderstood because he wants himself to be misunderstood. Only Jehovah knows if he is of the annointed, if he is then good for him.

  7. The real issue is that the WTJW has rotten foundations as historical shown Russell was an molester, adulterer, conman, libelist/slander (devil)and member of occult organisations. Clearly, this cannot be JHA’s approved organisation and certainly Jesus said You will KNOW my desciples by the love they have among themselves, everything about the WTJW is a contradiction a counterfeit religion, a portrait of JAH painted by Satan

  8. May 20, 2016
    Lett: allow Stephen Lett to be in the group of the GB, if Jehova anointed him as one of the faithful and discreet slave, it’s only God knows because he is the one who point his servants. If the spirit of God is witnessing, then will see as we go onon.

    • Russell, Rutherford, Knorr, Franz, etc. and no GB member has ever been called or anointed by God. They are false teachers in a false organization. WT is not God’s organization and salvation is only through Jesus, YHWH in the flesh (Jn. 14:6; Jn. 3:16; Acts 4:12; Rom. 10:9-10; I Jn. 5:11-13; Jn. 1:12).

      • Your comments indicate that which is not true of JW’s. Though I recognize the Watchtower Society has many serious issues, please take note and educate yourselves that the JW,s uphold the Christ as the Son of God as he clearly stated in many of the Gospels. Also, never did he EVER state or claim to be God himself.”Son of Man, Son of David”, he was called by many, and yes, the way, the truth and the life, indeed. Jesus not once professed that he was God and he spoke of Him in the third person. He called God his father many times. He said “The Father is greater than I.” And many other accounts her prayed to his father. The Apostle John wrote in one the first of his general letters to Christians at 1John 4:12, stating that no one has ever seen God. But yet, we know that the Apostle John was the apostle closest to Jesus before he went back to heaven (read Prov 8:30 and see how Jesus was a master worker beside his father!) So if Jesus is God, as Trinitarians claim, why did John profess from his very mouth that “No one has ever seen God.”? All of the scriptures you posted are true but leave no evidence that Jesus is God Almighty. Do your research into your OWN beliefs (I did mine). See where the Trinity doctrine originates. Below are some references and not one of these is of the Watchtower or it’s affiliates and recognize that because a peoples belief is not common or popular among the people, it does not make them false.

        Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, pg 99
        Babylonian and Assyrian Religion pp 14-40
        Forgers of the Word-1983 Victor Paul Weirwille
        The Babylonian Connection, by Errol Hale

        Google these please, you may learn something.

        • WT quote Hislop 2 Babylons (I have the book), but they misquote and misrepresent him. He was a trinitarian who defended the trinity, but he was against extra/contrabiblical Catholics ideas that were not biblical like the trinity. We can look at WT history, beliefs, practices, leaders in a way the average JW is not allowed to.
          Other false groups call Jesus the Son of God (Mormons, etc.), but there is a semantical barrier with the kingdom of the cults to define this in an unbiblical way. THe Arian objections have been responded to, but you are selectively ignoring or twisting the Deity verses.

          You also list Victor Paul Weirwille, a blatant condemned cult leader, as a source of support. Even WT would condemn him in the same category as Moonies, Jim Jones, David Koresh, Mormons, etc. This is not a credible scholastic source, but a destructive cult leader like your group is?!

          This is a pivotal verse with scholars WT misquotes. These are credible sources, unlike the ones you list. Google is your enemy. If you google apologetic material against WT, it will be very hard to remain one (thankfully many leave after disobeying the Society on this)> I can only conclude that you are a typical JW loyal to an organization, but not able to think and investigate critically and objectively.

          http://www.letusreason.org/jw38.htm

  9. Hello Ezekiel. I pray that you have been freed from your battle with Satan and his minions.
    I also pray for your Salvation and that you will open your heart to Jesus, as only through him will you find eternal life in the Lord’s Kingdom.
    I am not trying to offend you but I am trying to save you when I say that The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures is not an accurate translation of the Holy Scriptures of Christian believers. I do not expect you to accept this from me, right out but I pray that you will use your own intelligence to research what I am saying to you, regardless of perhaps believing me to be an Apostate – and of course whether you are so indoctrinated that you are not permitted to do this, which I am aware of.

    My wife and I have regular contact with a couple who are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Initially, they tried to convince us that their doctrine was the only truth and the way to salvation. However, their attempts bore no fruit as we could not be swayed to believe a doctrine which was tailor made to fit the theology of a number of men of the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society. The previously mentioned ‘Bible’ is so full of inaccuracies,additions,omissions, manipulations and untruths.

    None of the men of the Governing Body were qualified to translate Biblical Scripture – only one of them possessed anything like a High School Education and that is why their names do not appear in your Bible and not because they wished the glory to go directly to God – their credentials could not be checked! Do you not think that this is alarming?

    My wife and I are meeting with our Jehovah Witness friends in a few days time to discuss/debate John 1:1. The Christian version of this has been inaccurately translated by grammatical errors and words added. The combination of these two have totally changed the context of this verse; again to embrace the false doctrine of the Watchtower Society.

    I truly pray for your redemption and salvation through our one true God Jesus Christ. Paul, with every blessing.

      • Hi Walter. Thank you for your question.
        The translation from Greek is incorrect, in that the members of the Governing Body(GB) of the Watchtower Society(WTS) have manipulated the text to support their own doctrine.
        e.g. NKJV (John 1:1) states ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word is God’.

        NWT (John 1:1) states ‘In the beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god’.

        The Greek language of Biblical times did not have an ‘indefinite article,a or an’ and by the GB inserting an ‘a’; it has demoted ‘God’ to ‘a god’; thus changing the meaning.

        Yet, in John 1:6 the GB has not applied their ‘rule’ to this verse and not placed an ‘a’ before God or used a lower case ‘g’. The NWT states ‘There arose a man that was sent forth as a representative of God: his name was John.

        I pray that this helps. If not, please get back to me. God Bless. Paul

        • They translate straight from the interlinear greek scriptures. But i guess as long as you believe Jesus is god you think your set.

  10. Hello Brian. I was saddened to read of your predicament; I shall pray for you.

    Are you truly serious about inviting Jehova’s Witnesses, in? If you are already indoctrinated into this cult’s ways, please turn to the one true God, Jesus Christ: it is only He who can give you redemption and everlasting life.

    The Governing Body (GB) has been full of false prophets over the years and caused the deaths of thousands with previous doctrine! Please turn to Christianity and not this evil cult! God Bless. Paul

  11. There are nominal, apostate churches like United Church that are shrinking. There are megachurches, evangelical churches that are much larger and faster growing than Kingdom Halls. Concerned Christians who were never JW are not apostates. Many who leave WT become secular and some find Jesus. When they start refuting JW from the Bible, they are marginalized due to mind control and fear, not refuted.

    When JWs say they are true because they are large and growing, they back peddle when true stats are given (they have a revolving door and are stagnant or losing ground in many places…the conventions I went to in the past or kingdom halls were fuller than now in many places). They then say narrow is the way and few find it. JWs are a comparatively small group compared to Islam, false Mormons, Catholics, true Baptists/Pentecostals, etc.

    • Your statement isnt very accurate. They dont say they are true because they are large and growing. Not every single witness is beaten into submission. Maybe some families do that but no one overall is forced to stay. If you want to leave then you can go. Unless you are married to a witness or the child of one you have free will. And you must have been talking to someone who wasnt as well learned in the way. Stagnant? With more than 8 million? You must be joking.

  12. I pray that the one true God opens your eyes and heart to his ministry. It is truly sad that you believe that God has a organization, which you belong to. You are a cult member, not a Christian.

    I can read what I like and watch what I like without being told by elders that I cannot. The only instructions you should follow, are those of God and not members of this cult.

    Are you aware of the amount of paedophilia in your organization – not God’s. The vast majority of offences are not reported to the police and are dealt with internally – the victims being threatened with dis-fellowship. This is at all levels.

    I don’t need to toil for hours in a vain hope to be one of the 144,000 who are chosen for paradise. It is enough to invite the Lord into one’s life and follow his example. This guarantees salvation.

    You prey on the vulnerable, using scripted dialogue, a perversion of the Holy Bible and silly booklets full of misleading pictures. You have a way to find salvation, I pray that you use it.

    • i hope you find it too. And theres only a few of the 144000 left on the earth. The end of this system is here.

  13. This is a very abusive religion. This religion is a cancer to the societies it operates in. Stay away from this place. Tell all you care about to stay away from this religion. They seem nice till they baptize you. Then you are caught by the trap. They will mess up your life. They will mess up your mind. I’vr been there for 29 years and been thru the ranks. Looks great outwardly. It is a deadly trap inside. Based on lies and keeping secrets so the truth dont come out. Be aware of this demonic place. They call it the truth. Its a true cult. Nothing more. Avoid them by all means!!!

  14. The “source” for this article is what–rumors?
    From who? Where? When?
    How many and how often?

    I’m not saying it isn’t happening. I’m asking what is the actual, factual basis behind this article?

    Thanks!

  15. You are rude the age doesn’t matter at all.
    What if you wanted to join a sertain group but they tell you that you aren’t qualified cause you don’t have as much experience as the others plus your too young how would you feel hmmmmmm

    Hopefully I gave you something to think about “friend” hhhhhmmmmmmmm

    Ps I like using emojis to express my anger.
    Bye

  16. Dear Hater… Regarding you referring to Brother Lett as some kind of Howdy Doody on crack or whatever drug you chose to use…. Both of his parents were DEAF abd he was surrounded by the deaf community and culture… Hence, his exaggerated demeanor… It’s natural for him… Leave him alone… Quit talking smack about Jehovah’s family… Jehovah dont play that.

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