I have been told so by my BOE, by letter from the Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, and by a Circuit Overseer. Since I only question these teachings, right now, I am not in danger of expulsion. If I go one step further, I risk expulsion.
things do vary in different locations . I have debated [and pulled no punches] with elders in three congo's since stepping aside as an elder. Nobody has suggested that I should be d/f'd. They are not bothered since, so far, I have not (to their knowledge) proved a "spiritual danger" to anyone else. Around here I think you would have stick a pin in them to get them to notice you.
As for defd, I support those who say that it should not be a campaign against him. Let him read what we post and perhaps the penny will drop.
Regarding "Going beyond what is written" , it reminds me of an experience. My friend was appealing his removal as an elder. This was because he had defied WT counsel and allowed his 15 yr old daughter to have a steady boyfriend. He presented a well researched line of reasoning to the Special Appeal Committee, using the Bible to show that youthful marriages were not wrong in Bible times. The committee just turned and said "When did you hear the Society use the Scripture in that way? The only thing that mattered was issue and page of a watchtower article. That was their true "Bible". They cared not what was in scripture