Sunday, February 1, 2015

Incredible Creed?

A link to Mr. Rumble's "Incredible Creed of the Jehovah's Witnesses" was presented to me. I am not with the Jehovah's Witnesses, and do not defend the JW organization. Mr. Rumble, however, states many things that is highly misleading, to say the least, especially related to Charles Taze Russell. I am not responding in detail here, but I am giving some brief statements and links where one may find more information.

I don't have time to go into detail, but there is much in the material that is misleading, to say the least.

Russell was appointed pastor of the group in Allegheny sometime around 1876; he did not just "assume" this title.

Russell never founded "a new religion of his own."

I could not verify that Russell ever claimed "to have written more explanatory books on the Bible than the combined writings of Paul, John, Arius, Waldo, Wycliffe, and Martin Luther." Such a claim was made, evidently by whoever originally published the book, "Pastor Russell's Sermons". The statement itself certainly appears to be true, however.

Russell never said that the Bible hell does not exist; he did point out what the Bible hell is.

Russell was never "legally compelled to restore to the purchases the money he had obtained for his miracle wheat." Russell, himself, never obtained any money from the sell of Miracle Wheat, nor was he legally compelled to return any of the money.

Russell never in court or otherwise made any claim "to be an expert Scripture scholar that he knew Greek."

Russell was not a "self-styled prophet." Indeed, he many times stated that he was not a prophet, and that his conclusions presented in his studies are not prophecies.

Mrs. Russell did not divorce Russell on the grounds of adultery; indeed, she plainly stated that she was not accusing her husband of adultery.

Russell was never a member the Jehovah's Witnesses organization, and actually preached against such authoritarianism.

Russell preached against sectarianism; he preached against one becoming a "Russellite".

Russell's Watch Tower effectually ceased to exist within a few weeks after his death; Rutherford, in effect, created a new Watch Tower Society when he deceitfully had his new by-laws passed.

The Bible Hell

The Trinity Doctrine

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