Question 1. What came first? God or the Watchtower?
Question 2. Who's first now?
Answer: If a Witness prays and gets an answer that is contrary to what the Watchtower says, they must put the Watchtower first if they want to continue being a JW. Shouldn't God come first?
Jehovah's Witnesses know that Jehovah is a jealous God. If they choose to leave the organization they can have a direct relationship with God. While in the organization they are required to obey their religious leaders first and God second.
Being submissive to 'those taking the lead' in their religion instead of worshipping God directly, could be viewed by their God Jehovah as a modern day form of idolatry. There is a huge difference between listening respectfully to Elders if you ask for their advice, and 'obeying' them or being 'submissive'.
The Watchtower says this, ' By word or action, may we never challenge the channel of communication that Jehovah is using today. ... we should cherish our privilege to cooperate ... 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.
The Watchtower says, 'Today, the Governing Body represents the faithful and discreet slave class.' Watchtower June 15, 2009. Article: 'The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body'.
The Watchtower says, '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.'
According to the Watchtower, 'Salvation is not to be ascribed to human institutions.' (WT Sept 15, 2002, article 'Salvation Belongs to Jehovah'.) According to the Bible, salvation belongs to the Lord. Psalms 3:8. Thus, according to the faith of JW's, they should not ascribe salvation to any person, government, organization, or religion.
The organization doesn't allow JW's to honor someone on their birthday. They can't celebrate Mother's Day, or Father's Day either because they believe this would exalt their parents to a position above God. (Also referred to as 'creature worship'). Yet at the same time, the leaders within the organization expect JW's to give them the honor, dedication, devotion, respect, and obedience that is reserved only for God. WT Nov 15, 2009, Article: Treasure Your Place in the Congregation.
Ironically, the Watchtower religion has become a symbol of salvation for all JW's just like the ark in Noah's day. JW's believe that the Watchtower is God's channel of communication through which all people can be saved today. Because of these beliefs, the Watchtower and it's Governing Body is obeyed. They are feared because rebellion against the organization is thought to be virtually the same as rebellion against God.
Clearly then, the only way for JW's to give God all the honor and glory is to leave so they can put Him first. Luke 10:27