JW's are good people and they know it. That's one of the things they love about their religion. They are taught to be meek, mild, and humble. Unfortunately their leadership desn't practice what they preach. They boastfully claim to represent the Creator of the Universe. They say they are a 'theocratic organization', meaning that it's run by God through his representatives. As 'God's faithful and discreet slave', they say they are God's channel of communication. Rebellion against the organization is thought to be virtually the same as rebellion against God.
The Watchtower says this, 'And should we not strive to be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead in our local congregation?' WT, Nov 15, 2009, Article: 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 5.
Some Witness say, 'well, isn't that true in all religions? Catholics have priests. Christians have ministers. Jews have rabbi's. We have Elders. What's wrong with that?' The question we ask in return is this. Are you saying that your religion is just as good as the 'false religions' the Watchtower says God will destroy at armageddon because their religious leaders have misled the people? [1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e]
It is true that in any religion, teachers and leaders are respected. In fact they might be called 'Reverend' or 'Father'. However there is a huge difference between being respectful and being obedient. Religious leaders are respected. Watchtower leaders are obeyed. [2a, 2b] That's the difference.
Christians obey God. They have no other Gods. Jehovah's Witnesses obey God AND the organization. They have two masters.
If a JW prays to God and he gives them an answer, that answer must harmonize with the teachings of the organization. If it doesn't, they are forced to choose between obedience to God and obedience to Elders. If they obey Elders, they dishonor God by putting Him in second place. God is the path to eternal life. However if they put God first, they risk public humiliation, disfellowshipping, shunning, and loss of their religion
1a. 'The release of the anointed in 1919 from the abyss of inactivity stung Christendom’s clergy and demonstrated Jehovah’s total rejection of her. From 1922 down to today, the huge cavalry has killed Christendom, spiritually speaking, exposing her dead condition and warning of her coming destruction.' Watchtower April 1, 1990, Questions From Readers, 'When did the seven angelic trumpet blasts of Revelation begin to sound?'
1b. 'Jesus, however, taught the first Christians to pray, “Let your kingdom come. Let your will come to pass,” but Christendom’s clergy pray for the United Nations as man’s only hope. The leaders in government and religion are blind guides, just as Jesus said: “Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. Let them be. Blind guides is what they are. If, then, a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matt. 15:13, 14) In the pit is where all the foolish ones will find themselves at the battle of Armageddon.' WT, Jan 1, 1961, Article: 'Build to the Future', par 3.
1c. 'None of the mighty, missile-brandishing nations of this nuclear age will be able to save face, glory or honor when Jehovah executes judgment on them at Armageddon. The proud clergy of Christendom’s sects, together with the “majestic ones” of their flock, will likewise perish in dishonor.' WT, Aug 15, 1961, Article: 'Honoring Jehovah', par 13
1d. 'The fiery furnace of the illustration in which the weeds were destroyed finds its fulfillment in the coming battle of Armageddon. At that time the large crop of weeds that Christendom has produced under her unscriptural clergy and laity system will be consumed in the fiery destruction of God’s wrath.' WT, Oct 1, 1960, Article: 'The Great Wheat Harvest', Subtitle: 'Separating Wheat From Weeds', 5th par
1e. 'Because the clergy have no spiritual food, ... Soon Armageddon’s war will wipe out heathendom and Christendom.' Watchtower Feb 15, 1954, Article: 'Spiritual Apathy Torments Clergy.', last par
2a. JW's know Jehovah is a jealous God. Jealous God's don't share, just like a jealous husband won't share his wife with another man. True Christians put God first, not man. The Watchtower says this, 'Jehovah is “a jealous God,” and no one can serve him acceptably while revering other gods.' Watchtower July 15, 2005, Article: 'Jehovah's Sword and Gideon's! Subtitle: ' “Let Baal Make a Legal Defense” '
2b. Religious leaders are respected. Watchtower leaders are 'obeyed'. Even though the Watchtower teaches that Jehovah is a jealous God, here's what they say, 'And should we not strive to be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead in our local congregation?' WT, Nov 15, 2009, Article: 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 5.