Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Lying Spirit Lies About Charles Taze Russell

Our attention has been drawn to a report related by one by the name of Rodolfo Acevedo, who claims to have had an out-of-body experience during which he visited hell and heaven. Our studies of the Bible alert us that such experience may actually be visions given by demons who wish to promote their lies. At any rate, Mr. Acevedo claims that he saw Jesus, who was to show im “many things in hell, heaven and the condition of my church on earth.” We don’t know that this vision was real; from the way it reads it could well have been all made up. On the other hand, the demons evidently are indeed using such methods, often associated with a near-death experience, in order to spread their lies. In Mr. Acevedo’s experience, one of these spirits claims to be Jesus Christ, but a closer examination reveals that this spirit is a lying spirit pretending to be Jesus.

In this experience, Mr. Acevedo claims that he saw a man, and Mr. Acevedo states, “The Lord said that this man was the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.” In the context, the "man" is supposed to be Charles Taze Russell. That this spirit is a lying spirit pretending to be Jesus can be seen from the fact that Charles Taze Russell was NOT the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Russell did not believe in such an organization as Rutherford created after Russell died. The real founder of the “Jehovah’s Witnesses” organization was Joseph Rutherford. It was not Charles Taze Russell.
This one pretending to be Jesus states:
Charles Russell is in hell because he taught lies!!
Of course, if Charles Taze Russell is now in the Bible hell, then, according to the Bible, he is unconscious and waiting for the resurrection. See my study: What Does the Bible Really Say About Hell?
This writer, for one, will be eternally grateful to the Heavenly Father for all the truths that Charles Taze Russell has brought forth from the Bible, and his defense of Jesus as the atoning sacrifice for sin. However, the JWs actually reject the core teaching of Russell regarding the atonement in Christ, replacing it with a teaching that basically states: join us, or be eternally destroyed in Armageddon. Thus, the Armageddon message preached by the JWs is almost the very opposite of the good news that will be for all the people that Russell preached.
The lying spirit says of Charles Taze Russell:
This man taught that God was only a God of love.
Anyone familiar with Russell’s teachings knows this is not true; indeed, Russell continuously presented Jehovah as being balanced in justice, love, power and wisdom, with each attribute working harmiously together with all his attributes to bring forth the marvelous plan of redemption that is in Christ. The real Jesus would know the truth about what Russell taught, and would not need to present a lie.
We are told: The Bible says that God is a consuming fire.
Yes, the Bible does say this, and Brother Russell agreed with this. (We will be providing more of these links to the works of Russell; however, while the Google searches of the site provides results that are mostly the works of Russell, there may be many links provided to works of others also.)
The lying spirit claims:
This man Charles Russell took the word hell from the Bible
Again, One can verify from Russell’s own works that he did not at all take the word “hell” from the Bible. Russell did explain from the Bible itself what “hell” is:
Again, the real Jesus would know what Russell taught, and would not have to make up such a lie.
The lying spirit continues:
and he took out all the words sheol and Abaddon.
Russell certainly never took out either the word “sheol” nor “Abbadon”. Why would he do such a thing? Again, the spirit proves to be lying; the real Jesus would not promote such a lie.
The lying spirit continues:
Also, he denied the deity of Jesus Christ and also denied the deity
Brother Russell certainly did NOT deny the deity of Christ; he did show from the Bible what the deity of Christ means.

We could not find any place that Russell specifically denied the deity of the God’s Holy Spirit; we can say that Jehovah’s Holy Spirit is deity in the sense that God to whom the Holy Spirit belongs is deity.
The lying spirit continues:
and he put only the Word Jehovah in the Bible.
We are not sure what this is meant to say. As stated, it makes no sense. Brother Russell, however, certainly never put "only the Word Jehovah in the Bible," whatever this is supposed to mean. Brother Russell did often quote from various translations by others that restored the Holy Name as “Jehovah”.

The lying spirit claims:
He took out Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Absolutely false!

The lying spirit claims; For this cursed man, all these souls are falling into hell.” (Rev 22:18-19).
Revelation 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

There is nothing in these verses about hell. Nevertheless, since Russell did not take away from or add to the words of the prophecy as given to John, this has nothing to do with him.

Mr. Acevedo states:
Then the Lord said: “I curse that man”
Here the lying spirit, whom Mr. Acevedo claims to be "the Lord", proclaims a curse on Charles Taze Russell. However, the real Jesus reserved judgment until the last day. -- John 12;47,48.

Mr. Acevedo states:
When we left this place, these prison doors closed and caught fire and this man Charles Taze Russell cried and screamed and cursed Jesus repeatedly because Jesus said “The judgment has been set for this man”.
What can we say? The lying spirits will give people a vision of whatever they determine the person will have tendency to believe. It would appear that, in addition to promoting the lie that the dead are not actually dead, the real reason for this vision was to try to dissuade people from reading the truths that Russell presented. The Bible no where presents any idea that the soul is alive while the body is dead; indeed, the Bible shows that if the body is dead, the person is a dead soul.
See our studies related to what happens when a person dies:

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