It is interesting how the Jehovah's Witnesses think. On one hand, they believe they are obedient only to God. But on the other hand loyalty to Jehovah's organization is required as well. In matters of conscience does God come first? Or man? What do the Jehovah's Witnesses believe?
When asked, Jehovah's Witnesses will tell you that they worship Jehovah, not the organization. However critics say this is a half truth.
They obey God by being obedient their religious leaders who admit having no divine inspiration. This makes perfect sense to Jehovah's Witnesses but Christians outside the organization don't understand it.
A Christian might belong to a church or be a member, but their loyalty is to God first.
Christians are baptized in the name of the father, son, and holy spirit, not Jehovah and their favorite religion.
If a true Christian disagrees with their church they can go to another one, or start their own religion like Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses did.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe their organization is required because they base their understanding of the Bible on what their literature says is 'the truth'. Their publications tell them exactly what the Bible means so they don't have to do any independent thinking. Disagreement with the organization is viewed as apostasy
Does Jehovah come first? Or is obedience to man required to be a Jehovah's Witness?
The handbook for Elders says that 'The Scriptures clearly show that Jehovah forbids certain conduct among his clean people; brothers need to uphold Jehovah's righteous standards regarding the following: ... Apostasy is a standing away from, a falling away, defection, rebellion, abandonment; it involves teaching false doctrines, supporting or promoting false religion and its holidays or interfaith activities. ... Persons who deliberately spread (stubbornly hold to and speak about) teachings contrary to Bible truth as taught by Jehovah's Witnesses are apostates. ... Working secularly for a false religious organization could put one in a position similar to that of one preaching false doctrine. ... Celebrating a false religious holiday would be similar to performing any other act of false worship. ... Idolatry. ... ' ( Pay Attention To Yourselves And To All The Flock, pages 93 -94 )