It is interesting to note that only a few thousand 'anointed' ones are alive today out of the 144,000 Jehovah's Witnesses who hope to go to heaven, according to the organization.
Even though these individuals expect to rule the earth with Jesus after they die, they must obey congregation elders (who are usually of the 'great crowd' class) and the 'anointed' Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses until they pass away. Failure to do so, can result in disfellowshipping and losing their position in the elite 144,000 anointed class.
Watch a video about a member of the 144000 who got disfellowshipped.
Critics say that the organization's interpretation of the Bible about the 144,000 and the 'faithful and discreet slave' is just another scam that tricks Jehovah's Witnesses into believing God runs the organization. All Jehovah's Witnesses must obey the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses whether they are part of the 144,000 anointed class that believe they are going to heaven, or the Great Crowd with the 'earthly' paradise hope! 
If a Jehovah's Witness reads their Bible, prays to God, and gets an answer, that answer must harmonize with what the organization says is the truth. In this way, the organization comes between and interferes with their direct communication with God. The organization speaks for God as his channel of communication. And Jehovah's Witnesses obey the organization.
If a Witness prays about a serious matter such as blood transfusions for example, and gets an answer different than what the Watchtower says, they must put the organization first ahead of God. Shouldn't Christians put God first? 
The doctrine of the 144,000 and the 'faithful and discreet slave', puts Jesus in relationship exclusively with the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. Thus, in order to be saved by Jesus, a Witiness must have a good relationship with the path to Jesus, i.e. the Governing Body. This is in opposition to Jesus and what the Bible says.
The Bible says that Christians have a direct relationship with Jesus symbolized by baptism. Matthew 28:18,19; Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, - not Jehovah and their favorite religion. Jesus is their only authority. Matthew 28:18; Christians have no other Gods. Jesus is the path to eternal life. John 3:16,36; Matthew 22:21
1. WT, Feb 15, 1995, Article: 'Have No Fear, Little Flock';
2. WT, Feb 15, 2006, Article: 'Gathering Things in Heaven and Things on Earth';
3. WT, Sept 1, 2005, Questions from Readers: 'Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses take the number 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelation literally and not symbolically?';
4. 'a limited number of anointed men have the responsibility of representing the slave class. They make up the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. .. Whether we are “domestics,” who are part of the anointed remnant, or we are members of the great crowd, let it be our determination to cooperate fully with the faithful steward and its Governing Body.' Watchtower June 15, 2009, Article: 'The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body.'
5. 'Today, the Governing Body represents the faithful and discreet slave class. There was a similar arrangement in the first century'. Watchtower June 15, 2009. Article: 'The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body'.
6. If a Witness disobeys the organization in order to put God first, they may face a judicial committee, disassociation, and shunning. These tactics are designed to manipulate and control Witnesses through fear and intimidation. See Reasons To Leave The Jehovah's Witnesses.