Has the Governing body staged a Coup de'tat over the christian congregation? And unseated the Christ as head of the congregation?
Are they the mediator between God and men?
NOT according to scripture!
Thus has it been since at least the 1930's.
In JW theology, Jesus is little more than an intergalactic telephone operator (your prayer cannot be completed as dialed unless you say "in Jesus name").
Not only that, The GB staged a Coup when they went from teaching FDS = Anointed Remnant (gb just representing the Remnant)... to GB=FDS.
Watchtower 1981 Mar 1 pp.24-26
"Witnesses of Jehovah understand that the "slave" is comprised of all anointed Christians as a group on earth at any given time during the 19 centuries since Pentecost. Accordingly, the "domestics" are these followers of Christ as individuals.
Some readers may feel that this is a rather sectarian view of matters. Or they may object to the idea that the "slave" and the "domestics" represent the same class, one as a composite body and the other as individuals. The objectors may argue that not all of Christ's anointed disciples have a share in preparing the spiritual food, so that perhaps the "slave" pictures only the leading ones, and the "domestics" those they serve in the congregation.
There is no point in trying to force an interpretation of the parable. Self-deception is of no benefit and is spiritually damaging. Therefore, we must look to the Scriptures for an understanding. In doing this, what do we find? [ ... ] Thus we see a clear Scriptural basis for saying that all anointed followers of Christ Jesus make up God's "servant," with Jesus as its Master."
Colinconfused - "Has the Governing body staged a coup de'tat over the christian congregation?"
And if they did, why wasn't it in the papers?
Colinconfused - "And unseated the Christ as head of the congregation?"
Only if JC had actually been in charge of the WTS.
Colinconfused - "Are they the mediator between God and men?"
They'd like to think so.