Members of the Governing Body like to think of themselves as akin to the Quorum of the Twelve in ancient days.
Of course there are just a few differences:
- The apostles were called and ordained by Jesus Christ
- They were given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and thus could bind on heaven and earth
- The first Twelve will judge the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and the following apostles will be judges under them
When the WTS disfellowships a person, the assumption is made that if that person dies in an excommunicated state, or condition, that the cutting off will be recognized by God and they will be deresurrected at the judgment. This infers that the WTS has the ability to bind and loose, and that if they do it here, it will be an action that's honored by God in Heaven. (Otherwise why sweat it?) But when were the GB members called? And who laid hands upon them to give them the power? "For you have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you," the Lord said to them. Did he ordain the members of the GB? Not that we know of. Have they had visions, entertained angels, been taken into Heaven and seen unspeakable things? Yet the least of the GB members is greater than John the Baptist, one of the greatest prophets who ever lived.
In my view they have elevated themselves higher than Nimrod ever imagined. So don't be surprised if what they say is elevated as well.