Monday, March 16, 2020

No Salvation Until Russell?

The question has arisen in a Facebook group concerning Russell that left the impression that Russell in some way had taught that salvation was through him or through the Watch Tower Society. This evidently projects the JW teaching of coming to the organization for salvation back to Russell. One, evidently based on this assumption, asked if this would mean that no one was saved between the first century until Russell.

Our reply:

Russell believed that, due to the ransom sacrifice of Jesus, Adam and absolutely all of Adam's descendants are saved from the condemnation in Adam.
www.agsconsulting.com/htdbv5/r603.htm
www.agsconsulting.com/htdbv5/r255.htm
www.htdbv8.com/Volume1/V1_06.htm
www.htdbv8.com/Volume1/V1_09.htm
www.htdbv8.com/Volume5/V5_01.htm

Russell himself never taught that anyone had to come to him, or to the Watch Tower Society, for salvation. His belief was that salvation is only through Jesus, not through joining a denomination, a sect, or some organization such as the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Unlike the JWs, Russell was a non-sectarian who believed that the true church is made up of people of all denominations that profess to be Christian. Russell preached against the idea that anyone (including himself) should assume divine authority over fellow Christians.

Related:
Russell Regarding Authority and Organization:
https://rlctr.blogspot.com/p/authority.html

Russell and Jehovah's Witnesses
https://rlctr.blogspot.com/p/jws.html