Jude 8 mentions those “speaking abusively of glorious ones.” In verse 11, he compares such individuals to Korah, who rebelled against Moses in the wilderness.
Today, some have made modern application of the Glorious Ones to congregation elders and other higher-up individuals within the Watchtower hierarchy. Any who have questioned or criticized the decisions of these imperfect men have been compared to Korah.
However, is this application valid? What did Jude mean when he spoke of the Glorious Ones? Who specifically was he comparing to Korah?
Hebrews 13:17 did speak of obedience toward those taking the lead in the first century. However, was this obedience unconditional? Were their teachings and actions to be accepted without question? Were those taking the lead above criticism? Is criticism the same as “speaking abusively”?