Thursday, August 9, 2012

Did CT Russell Claim That The Christian God is the Devil?

The claim is being made that Russell said that the Christian, or Biblical, God is the devil. This idea appears to have been started by John Ankerberg and John Weldon, in their book: "The Facts on Jehovah's Witnesses". One site states:

Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and a former President of the Society, even referred to the Christian concept of God as, “the devil himself.” The God of the Watchtower is not the biblical God and is therefore not capable of saving people from their sins.
First, Russell was never associated with the Jehovah's Witnesses organization. Russell did not believe in such an authoritarian organization, and preached against the idea that any "outward organization" can legitimately claim to be "the true church." Furthermore, Russell preached against the kind of Armageddon message that is preached by the Jehovah's Witnesses. Russell should certainly not be viewed as the founder of that which he preached against.

Nor did Russell ever refer to the Biblical, Christian, concept of God -- the God and Father of our Lord Jesus (Ephesians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3) -- as, "the devil himself." One cannot find any such reference anywhere in the works of Russell. Ankerberg and Weldon cite, not what was written by Russell, but the book, The Finished Mystery, which was not written by Russell, and then takes the reference out of context of what is being said to make it appear that it was saying that the Christian God is the devil himself. On another site, we have examined Ankerberg and Weldon's claims, so we will not repeat that examination here.
The Christian God Not Jehovah?
Nevertheless, Charles Taze Russell did not believe in adding the concept of a "triune God" to what God has revealed in the Bible. Russell realized that, from Genesis to Revelation, we never find the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob revealed as being a "triune God", nor such a concept ever revealed in the Bible itself.
Jesus is Not Yahweh (Jehovah)
Is Jesus the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

Additionally, Russell realized that the "triune God" concept annuls the fact that through Jesus, the one true God remained just, while justifiing the sinner. (Romans 3:26) If the triune God concept is added to and read into the Bible, not only is it adding to what God has revealed of Himself in the Bible, it would mean that Jesus, being God Almighty in the flesh, rather than condemning sin the flesh (Romans 8:3), actually justified sin the flesh. Why? Because such would prove that no sinless man of flesh could obey God except that he be God in the flesh.
How God’s Son Condemned Sin in the Flesh

The Biblical provision of redemption through Jesus is based on what Paul wrote, that all are condemned in one man; thus only one sinless man would be needed to satisfy God's justice. That one sinless man would pay the wages of sin -- death -- on behalf of Adam and all who are condemned in the one man. -- 1 Corinthians 15:21,22; Romans 5:12-19; 6:23; 1 Timothy 2:5,6.
Basis For Atonement
Did Jesus Have to be Both God and Man?
Did Jesus Neeed to be Uncreated to Pay for the Sin of the World?
Jesus' Sacrifice for Sin
The Price of Redemption – God or Man?

Add to this that man's self-appointed "orthodoxy" claims that Jesus is still a human being in the flesh to this day. If this is true, then Jesus either never completed his sacrifice for sin, or else he took back that sacrifice for sin; either way, the provision of salvation through Jesus would be annulled.

Jesus Died a Human Being – Raised a Spirit Being
Raised in the Spirit
The Man Jesus — Still a Man?
Jesus’ Appearances in the Locked Room

See also:
The (Alleged) Facts on Jehovah's Witnesses


  1. Jehovahs Witnesses who are they?
    A) They are at your door to recruit you for their watchtower society corporation,they will say that *we are just here to share a message from the Bible*... this is deception right off.
    B) Their *message* creed is a false Gospel that Jesus had his second coming in 1914.The problem with this is it's not just a cute fairy tale,Jesus warned of the false prophets who would claim *..look he is here in the wilderness,or see here he is at the temple*.
    C) Their anti-blood transfusion ban against *whole blood* has killed thousands.
    D) once they recruit you they will *love bomb* you in cult fashion to also recruit your family & friends or cut them off.
    3rd generation Jehovah's Witness Danny Haszard
    FMI dannyhaszard(dot)com

    1. I think that perhaps Danny Haszard has commented with the false impression that this site supports the Jehovah's Witnesses. We do not. Charles Taze Russell was never a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, and the points given are lost as far as Russell is concerned.

      On the other hand, we agree with much is stated; the message that the JWs preach, in many respects, is almost the opposite of the glad tidings of great joy that will be for all the people that Russell preached.
      See our site: Focus on Jehovah's Witnesses

    2. Russell, around 1872, came to realize that Jesus would not return in the flesh, thus Russell was not like those who were claiming to be Christ in the flesh, that he could found in here or there. Nor did Russell believe that God's Kingdom was to be recognized here or there in the flesh as the JWs claim for their organization.

      In 1876, Russell, who already had come to the conclusion that Christ would not return in the flesh, did accept Barbour's studies which indicated that Christ had returned in 1874. Does this make him a false prophet? No, first, he did not claim dogmatism for such; he did not claim that one had to believe his conclusions or else he was not a Christian. He certainly did not threaten anyone with the second death if they did not accept his conclusions. He did not claim any authority as a prophet, or as a "governing body", etc., and he simply presented his conclusions and allowed all to either accept or reject his conclusion. Since he was not saying that Jesus could be found here or there, as in the flesh, he certainly was not in disagreement with Jesus' statement that his kingdom does not come with observation; indeed, what Russell preached regarding the manner of Christ's return was in agreement with what Jesus stated.

      On the other hand, Rutherford created an physical organization and, in effect, claimed that his organization is God's Kingdom, and, in effect, said, Here it is, you can see what great works we are doing; come to what we claim to be God's organization (kingdom) for salvation.

      See our studies:
      Astrape in Luke 17:22; Matthew 24:27
      The World Will See Me No More
      Jesus Died a Human Being - Raised a Spirit Being

    3. Charles Taze Russell can certainly not be held responsible for the JWs' prohibition of blood transfusions. He never wrote about blood transfusion at all. For what Russell did write concerning eating of blood, and my conclusions regarding blood transfustion, see:
      Blood Transfusions and the Bible

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