Thursday, March 13, 2008

Was Russell the Founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses?

It has become the custom for writers to state that Russell was the founder of Jehovah's Witnesses organization. Thus, many often attribute the teachings of that organization to Russell, although what Russell taught may or may not be the same what the JWs teach. In many cases, Brother Russell taught almost the very opposite of what the JW leadership teaches.

In reality, Russell was never a member of the JW organization, and he never founded such an organization.

Russell did not believe in such an organization, and he certainly did not believe in human centralized authority of such an organization. For proof of Russell's beliefs concerning "organization," see out research concerning:

What Did C. T. Russell Teach About "Organization" As Related to the Watch Tower?


Who Did Russell Actually Believe to Be the "only authority" of the Church?

The above and more links to information related to:

Russell, Organization, and Authority.

At least one apparently claims that I am in error in claiming that Russell was never a member of the JW organization, and that Russell was not the founder of such an organization.

The historical facts, however, tell us otherwise:  Russell actively preached against the formation of such an authoritarian organization  until he died in 1916. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society in his days was not a ruling organization, but what some have called "a service organization." Russell, by means of his last will, as well as other written instructions, sought to keep the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society from becoming what it did become at hands of Joseph Rutherford.

After Russell died, Joseph Rutherford, by means of deceit and legal trickery, gained control of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society and used that legal entity to form his new organization with its new teachings. He did this by rejecting the core teachings of Russell and the Bible Students. Indeed, by 1928, the Bible Students, as represented by the vast majority (more than 75%), had rejected Rutherford's new "Jehovah's visible organization" dogma. In the 1930s, Rutherford named his new organization "Jehovah's Witnesses" in order to distinguish his organization from the Bible Students who refused to go along with his new teachings.

For more information concerning:

Russell and the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Related to this, it is often also falsely claimed that Russell was a member of the Freemasons' organization. Regarding this false claim, see the following:
Russell and the Freemasons


  1. Ronald,
    You'd put a comment on our blog, regarding the Trinity. I wanted you to know that Trevor posted an article about the Trinity and I've posted two on the deity of Christ.

    You said there was no scriptural evidence for the Trinity but you didn't comment on anything Trevor posted on the subject. Just curious if you've seen them and if you had any comments.


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  3. I went back to the blog, but was unable to find either my former comments or the posts you mention. If you know exact URL, rather than just the homepage, that might be helpful.

    Yes, there is nothing in the Bible about three persons in the one true God. (John 17:3) One has add the trinitarian philosophy to, and read that philosophy into, each and every scripture that is presented to allegedly support the added-on philosophy. The Bible is perfectly in full harmony with itself without adding the trinitarian philosophy, which philosophy tends toward denial of the very basis of the Biblical atonement.

    Bible Students deny the trinity, but not the deity/divinity of Jesus.