Monday, July 10, 2017

Postings: Russell and J. J. Ross

A Great Battle in the Ecclesiastical Heavens (Joseph Rutherford)

Complete Refutation of Attack on Pastor Russell (by W. H. Bradford)

Discussing Charles Taze Russell (Response to Video)

Does Charles Taze Russell Deny Hell?

Links: Ross' Perjury Accusations

Rebukes Unwarranted Attack on Pastor Russell (by A. Goodell James)

Ross' Perjury Accusations

Russell Replies Concerning His Ordination

Russell's Responses to J. J. Ross

Walter Martin Misrepresents Russell

When Was the Jehovah's Witnesses' Organization Created?

ON OTHER SITES

Criticisms of Pastor Russell ... Examined From a Scriptural Standpoint (Compiled by M. C. Bradley)

St. Paul Enterprise - Special Editions of the Defences of Pastor Russell

Postings: Russell and the Brooklyn Eagle

A Great Battle in the Ecclesiastical Heavens (Joseph Rutherford)

Complete Refutation of Attack on Pastor Russell (by W. H. Bradford)

Pastor Russell Heard From

Russell and Miracle Wheat (Links)

Russell and Rose Ball

Russell Replies to the Eagle

The Eagle's Distortions Concerning Russell

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Walter Martin Misrepresents Russel

Other Sites:

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Sued -- Bible Students Monthly, W. F. Hudgings, Editor (1911)

An Eagle Transformed  --   Bible Students Monthly W. F. Hudgings, Editor (1911)

Did Pastor Russell get rich from selling his books and “Miracle Wheat”? — Part 1

Did Pastor Russell get rich by selling his books and “Miracle Wheat”? — Part 2

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The First WTS President

Most people generally say that Charles Taze Russell was the first president and founder of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. Actually, the first president was William H. Conley, and the C. T. Russell served as secretary and treasurer during Conley’s brief presidency. When the Society was formally incorporated legally, Russell was named as president, and it is only concerning the “legal” corporation that one could speak of Russell as the first president.

The following is from Wikipedia:

Bethel Home Mission
The Conleys frequently held prayer meetings and events in their home ministry.[1] The Conley home was sometimes kept open for weeks at a time in support of religious and charity efforts.[4][5] According to Zion’s Watch Tower, annual celebrations of the Memorial of Christ’s death were held at the Conleys’ home. Conley’s home mission was described as Bethel (literally, “house of God”). The first recorded mention of Bethel in association with Conley appeared in 1890, in reference to the missionary house of Miss Lucy Dunne, established by William and Sarah Conley in Jerusalem.[8]
Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society
Conley was the first president of Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society, from 1881 to 1884. In December 1884, the Society was incorporated with Charles Taze Russell as president.
In 1896, the Society was renamed Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, and later became associated with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
While president of the Society, Conley provided assistance for the three-volume series, Theocratic Kingdom by George N. H. Peters; Peters dedicated the work partially to Conley, claiming to be “deeply indebted for sympathy and pecuniary aid in the prosecution and publication of the work.” However, the May 1883 issue of Zion’s Watch Tower criticized Peters’ work, recommending that readers not purchase the title.
In 1894, Russell introduced a letter from Conley by briefly referencing him as “a member of the early Allegheny Bible Class.” Following Conley’s death in July 1897, Zion’s Watch Tower provided no obituary, nor any statement that specifically mentioned his name and his involvement with the Society.


The above appears to be fairly accurate, except for the reference to Peters’ “Theocratic Kingdom”: the statement that “Zion’s Watch Tower” recommended “that readers not purchase the title” is not accurate..

One should note, however, the Watch Tower Society during the lifetime of Brother Russell was not the  JWs' "Watchtower organization" of today. Russell did not believe in such an organization and preached against such authoritarianism. Russell's WTS virtually ceased to exist shortly after Russell died, as Rutherford deceitfully had new by-laws passed that, in effect, destroyed the WTS that Russell had created.

The Theocratic Kingdom

This is related a series of books entitled The Theocractic Kingdom, by George N. H. Peters. Brother Russell was acquainted with Peters, and spoke highly of him, although Russell thought Peters had not gotten rid of some the “shackles” of “Bayblon”. Russell wrote comments of Peter’s The Theocratic Kingdom, and provided information about those books. Lately, however, it is being circulated around that “the May 1883 issue of Zion’s Watch Tower criticized Peters’ work, recommending that readers not purchase the title.” Quotes are given, which on the surface, appear to support this statement; and yet, if one reads what Russell wrote in May 1883 concerning Peter’s books, we do not find any place where he recommended either that one should or should not purchase this series of books. Here is the entire notice that appeared in the May 1883 Watch Tower:

THE THEOCRATIC KINGDOM.
Brother G. N. H. Peters, of Springfield, Ohio, is an old acquaintance and friend. He is a believer in the redemptive work of Christ, and hence a Christian brother. He is a believer in the future reign of Christ and the saints, for which cause sake he has suffered the loss of some things — some of the esteem of the nominal church. We regret to have it to state, however, that he is not free from Babylon’s shackles, being yet identified with the Lutheran sect — hence has been hindered from a fuller development in grace and knowledge of the word and plan of God than if he stood in the full liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.
Our brother has spent a large part of the past thirty years in preparing a very comprehensive work on Eschatology, entitled – -“THE THEOCRATIC KINGDOM.” It treats of the kingdom of God to be established, from the standpoint known as “Premillenarian.” It gives voluminous reports of the hundreds of views entertained on this subject — advocating in the main the so-called “Pre-millenarian” view. While the author does not ignore the teachings of the Apostles, he lays greater stress and value on the opinions of the “Fathers” (the Christian teachers of the first five centuries) than we could acknowledge as proper.
The work will comprise three volumes of about 600 pages each. The publisher says that the price should be $5 per volume, but if sufficient orders — or promises at $3 per volume — are received in advance to justify, then that will be the price.
While we cannot recommend it to you more than as above, to briefly state the facts and circumstances, yet if you should conclude to order it or a prospectus of it you should address our brother and friend as above.

See this series of books online at: