What had happened to those men? They had allowed personal theories and fascination with popular philosophies of men to lead them astray from the Word of God.
So let me see if I have this correct. There was RUSSELL....and 5 other contributors mentioned. These other 5 had opinions different than RUSSELL did........and because of this, they went "astray" from god.
Ah........true to Watchtower style!!!!!!! Always believing in their heart RUSSELL had special significence. Anyone who strayed from RUSSELL , strayed from god. A cult to the max.