WTS doctrine claims that during Jesus' return (or "invisible presence"), he made an examination of the world's religious teachers, checked out Rutherford's little operation and was so impressed that in 1919 he and Jehovah decided to "put all their money" on it. This was due to the superb quality of the "spiritual food" that Rutherford, and Russell before him, were providing.
However, most of this "spiritual food" has changed (with darn good reason), so that the "food" that Jesus was examining is not the same "food" that's served up today. Captives of a Concept on page 40 mentions that the relatively few teachings that have not changed since 1919 include: " God?s name is not 'God,' God is not a Trinity, Jesus is not God, the soul is not immortal, hell is not hot, the dead are not conscious, and the earth will not be destroyed."The book goes on to mention that " On page 622 of the Proclaimers book it acknowledges that Russell was not the only one who taught these things but it was just that he did a better job of publishing them then anyone else." (p. 40)
Can anyone identify the some of the various religious groups that the WTS acknowledges were teaching the above mentioned doctrines in 1919, but just didn't make the cut?
(I can identify one, but probably not one that the WTS had in mind. The "Iglesia ni Cristo" is another Adventism-derived group out of the Philippines which was teaching these very doctrines since 1913 and still does to this day.)
It would be interesting to see some of the various options that Jesus was supposedly looking at before he settled on Rutherford. Musta been real slim pickins.