Since leaving the JWs the Governing Body upgraded their status to being the "Faithful & Discreet Slave". In a sense, the GB declared themselves the 8 Popes of Wallkill. Absolute, unquestioning loyalty to the GB has become the central belief of the Watchtower and declared the only source of salvation for the "Great Crowd".
The GB has instructed their followers to believe what they say and only believe what they say. Do not investigate on your own. Do not question. To do either would bring immediate shunning.
So, in brief, the rules that govern the JWs are -
- The Governing Body is in charge
- Everything must be initiated and originate with the GB
- There are no exceptions
My question, not to be morbid, is what would happen if all members of the GB died at the same time? Suppose some freak accident took all their lives at once? Who would be in charge? Would this situation setup the same scenario as when Charles Taze Russell died?
The bigger question to ask JWs is, "How can you be sure the replacements filling the void are legitimate if there is no GB to sanction the action?" To accept any replacement would violate the rules above.