Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the Watchtower, left the Congregational Church at age 16 and formed his own religious beliefs based on his interpretation of the Bible. Did the Congregational Church disfellowship him from 'God's organization' or the 'Christian congregation'? Why not? Because the Congregational Church or any other church for that matter can't prove they are the only followers of Christ and the only path to everlasting life. Even though religions are free to make boastful claims and pretend to be God's only organization, the Congregational Church knew it did not have the God given right to say their understanding of the scriptures was better than Russells.
Now let's imagine that Charles Taze Russell was a Jehovah's Witness today. At age 16 he begins to question his faith as most teenagers do. Not only that but he starts studying the Bible on his own and interprets it differently. He prays and meditates and God shows him a 'new truth'. Russell decides to leave the Jehovah's Witnesses and starts his own church. What happens to this student of the Bible and follower of Christ?
As a Jehovah's Witness today Russell would be labeled an apostate simply because he disagreed with the Watchtower Society's religious dogma.
What would Russell do today if he was disfellowshipped by the Watchtower Society for having different beliefs? Would he buy into the lie that he's no longer a Christian? Would he feel that is God had forsaken him? Would he be on a guilt trip? Would he grovel back to the Watchtower Society and publicly admit he was wrong just so he could have his family and friends back? Or would he have the determination to follow his conscience and the voice of God?
The Jehovah's Witnesses look up to Russell because he founded their church a 130 years ago. However he left two different Christian churches by the time he was 16. After questioning the teachings of his church he went on to interpret the Bible in his own way.
If he was a Jehovah's Witness today, would he have the courage to start his own religion at the risk of losing his family and all his personal relationships? Was he a man of vision or the first Jehovah's Witness apostate?