But this is just talking about joining a "church" right? Certainly, to be a true Christian one must join the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, right?
*** w53 3/1 p. 143 par. 12 Integrity Leads to Life ***
We must seek to be genuine Christians in every sense of the word. Does that mean we have to join a church organization in Christendom? Ask yourself now, Did Christ Jesus, who set our example and told us to follow his example to gain life, join any church organization in his day? No, God does not require us to do that; but he requires us to worship him, to preach the good news of the Kingdom, to be Christians, to follow the example Jesus set, living in unalterable devotion to Jehovah God; to praise God and respect his supremacy, to resist all efforts to turn us from decency and to endure in faith. We have the Bible to show us the right way. Certainly it is not necessary for a person to become a member of a church to gain everlasting life.—John 3:16-18; 17:3.
Consider the April 22, 1957 Awake! magazine (published by the Watchtower) on p. 12:
This would seem to be consistent with the 1953 Watchtower quoted above. But what about one's dedication to the organization?
But when one becomes one of Jehovah's Witnesses, where must his dedication and loyalty be?*** bh chap. 18 p. 183 par. 24 Baptism and Your Relationship With God ***Remember, too, that you have made a dedication to Jehovah God himself, not to a work, a cause, other humans, or an organization. Your dedication and baptism are the beginning of a very close friendship with God—an intimate relationship with him.—Psalm 25:14.
If one isn't loyal to the Governing Body, then one isn't being loyal to God. And just in case this isn't clear, the Governing Body teaches that one's loyalty to them must be absolute and unquestionable.
*** w65 7/1 p. 412 Faithful and Loyal to God’s Organization ***
Jehovah God being The loyal One, it is but fitting that he should require loyalty of us. (Rev. 15:4) However, we cannot be loyal to God without being loyal to his visible earthly organization, the “faithful and discreet slave,” and the local Christian congregation which represents that “slave.”
There you have it. If you aren't following the Governing Body, you aren't following Christ. Would anyone agree that there appears to be some dissonance between the quotes above? Perhaps some bait-and-switch for those newly "joining" the organization?
*** w10 9/15 p. 23 par. 8 “Your Leader Is One, the Christ” ***
The anointed and their other sheep companions recognize that by following the lead of the modern-day Governing Body, they are in fact following their Leader, Christ.
(ht: Marvin Shilmer)