There was a 180 degree turn in the WTS attitude toward other organizations during Rutherford's time. You will be totally amazed by some of the open-minded, God-fearing (as opposed to organization fearing) things that Russell wrote. Here are three choice quotes. (I have many more but don't know of an appropriate place to post large volume of material. Suggestions?)
- ?What can we think would be the language of the Apostle if he stood with us today in the flesh, and witnessed the present division into various denominations? Assuredly he would tell us that it indicated a large measure of carnality?a large measure of the spirit of the world. This does not mean that all connected with these systems are carnal and wholly without the spirit of the Lord. It would, however, signify that in proportion as we have the Spirit of the Lord, and in proportion as we are freed from the carnal mind and its leadings and influence, in those same proportions we will feel out of sympathy with the divisions which we see about us?? Studies in the Scriptures, vol. 6, 82
- ?Beware of ?organization.? It is wholly unnecessary The Bible rules will be the only rules you will need. Do not seek to bind others consciences, and do not permit others to bind yours. Believe and obey so far as you can understand God's Word today, and so continue growing in grace and knowledge and love day by day.? The Watchtower 9/15/1895 ?
- Some have consecrated themselves to a sect, and have received a sectarian spirit of love for the sect, devotion to the sect, service and sacrifice for the sect, etc.? Studies in the Scriptures, vol. 5, 194