|Jehovah's Witnesses -
officially known as 'The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society'
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Note: When challenged with the serious flaws in Russell and men that took up his leadership mantle, Jehovah's Witnesses reply by pointing out the myriad flaws that have been exposed in Christian leaders. To our shame they are correct. However there is a very, very, important difference. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus Christ rules on earth through the Jehovah Witness organization, and that all His leadings come through these leaders placed at the head of His Kingdom organisation on earth. Thus their leading, especially through the guidance of the Watchtower magazine, is regarded as being virtually infallible.
Rutherford restructured the movement into a tightly structured order controlled from the top. Anyone opposing the President was in effect opposing God.
Rutherford separated from his wife - a semi-invalid - who could not render the judge his marital dues. He was virtually if not a full, alcoholic. Many times Jehovah's Witnesses workers saw him in a drunken stupor. Other times he could not talk in public due to drunkenness.
He was known for his vulgar language and was accused by one of his closest associates of attending a nude burlesque show with two fellow elders and a young Bible student on a Wednesday evening before the celebration of the Lord's supper.
Another facet was his opulent lifestyle. He had a luxury apartment in New York City, a palatial residence on Staten Island and a San Diego mansion named Beth Sarim, located on a 200 acre estate.
He doctrinally expanded some of Russell's teachings and contradicted others.
He downplayed 1874 in favour of 1914 then he focused on 1925 for 'the completion of all things'.
He reinterpreted the Battle of Armageddon describing it as a Universal war during which time all peole outside the watchtower would be destroyed. Only 144,000 would go to heaven while the rest remained on earth.
In 1925 many gave up their jobs and even sold their homes in the expectation that they would be living in an earthly paradise soon.
What was unique was not the list of do's and don'ts but the Orwellian control. Informants were designated to keep track of conversations in small group meetings and report back