The following comes from Proclaimers of God's Kingdom book, 1993
*** jv 69-71 6 A Time of Testing (1914-1918) ***
Objects of Attack
March 15, 1918, the Watch Tower Society released the tract Kingdom News No. 1.
Its message? The six-column-wide headline read: “Religious Intolerance—Pastor Russell’s Followers Persecuted Because They Tell the People the Truth.”
Below the heading “Treatment of Bible Students Smacks of the ‘Dark Ages’” were set forth the facts of the persecution and the ban that had begun in Canada.
The instigators? The tract pulled no punches in pointing to the clergy, who were described as “a bigoted class of men who have systematically endeavored to prevent the people from understanding the Bible and to throttle all Bible teaching unless it comes through them.”
This is the Watchtower referring to its own religious membership as "Pastor Russell's Followers".
Judge Rutherford had approved of this article.
Is this an admission of sorts? Was this religious movement merely followers of a MAN?
No mention is made of Jehovah or Jesus or christian.
They self-identify as Bible Students and Pastor Russell's Followers.