*** jv chap. 28 p. 626 Testing and Sifting From Within ***
Many who were sifted out at that time clung to the view that a single individual, Charles Taze Russell, was the faithful and wise servant foretold by Jesus at Matthew 24:45-47 (KJ), which servant would distribute spiritual food to the household of faith. Particularly following his death, The Watch Tower itself set forth this view for a number of years.(Thats why many clung to the idea you idiots) In view of the prominent role that Brother Russell had played, it appeared to the Bible Students of that time that this was the case. He did not personally promote the idea, but he did acknowledge the apparent reasonableness of the arguments of those who favored it
This is one area I have documentation on--pages from WTs of the faaar past, which show EXACTLY how the WT made this view (Russell was indeed the FDS) into a test of faith. This is one area that is COMPLETELY MISREPRESENTED by the WT today. It is why any questioning JW lurker owes it to him/herself to research the ORIGINALS, and not trust the WT's version. If I am wrong here... I will give up coffee completely.
PS enjoy your editorials, as always, shotgun!