Friday, October 30, 2020

Response to "JW Freemasonry Proven" Video

I am responding to a video on Youtube given the title, "JW Freemasonry proven in less than 2 minutes." Some gave a link to this video as proof that Russell was a member of the Freemasons. I am not with the JWs, but much in the video is related to Charles Taze Russell, who was never a member of the JWs. Believing Brother Russell to be a fellow servant of the Lord Jesus, I present this review of a video on youtube, which video may be found at:

After watching the video, I found nothing at all presented in the video that offers any actual "proof" that Russell was ever a member of the Freemasons' organization, or that he was in support of such an organization. Anyone truly familiar with Russell's work would know that he spent nearly his entire life presenting a message contrary to such an organization. What this video does is create a false mental link between various Biblical illustrations and similar illustrations used by the Masons of the Knights Templar. This is designed to leave the false mental assumption that this is proof that Russell was a member of the Freemasons.

The Biblical cross and crown symbol that is on the Watch Tower is simply that, a Biblical illustration of taking up one's cross in order to obtain the crown. Similar cross and crown symbolism has been used for centuries by the various churches, long before Russell or the Knights Templar used it.

I could not find any place that Russell ever used any "HOC SIGNO VINCES" emblem as presented in the video, nor was the cross and crown symbolism Russell used the same as in the insignia, nor is it the same as that presented in the picture taken from the Masonic temple in Philadelphia.

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The Biblical "armor of God" illustration that appeared on Russell's Watch Tower is simply that: a Biblcal illustration. There is no reason at all to think that this Biblical symbolism is from the Masons.

The video shows a picture of the pyramid monument that Rutherford authorized, several years after Russell died, to be built in the Rosemont Cemetery. It shows this monument with the the Masonic Center in the background. Evidently this is done with the desire to deceitfully leave a mental impression that is some way this monument is to be associated with that Center which is across the street from the Rosemont Cemetery. Of course, the reality is that Rutherford's replica of the God's Witness in Egypt has nothing at all do with the Masons, or with the Masonic Center, which center did not even exist when the replica of God's Witness was constructed in the Rosemont Cemetery. The Masons purchased the land adjacent to the cemetery in the 1990s and the construction of the Masonic Center was completed in the mid-1990s. This was several decades after Russell had died, and after Rutherford had the pyramid monument constructed in the cemetery. Despite what one may wish like to imagine and assume, there is no link at all between Rutherford's pyramid monument and that of the Masons.

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The video then presents a copy of the "The Finished Mystery" book, which, by the way, was not written by Russell, with the "sun of righteousness" symbol on it. It then leaves the impression that this symbol is the same as that of Egyptian sun-god symbols, and evidently this is supposed to be proof that Russell was a member of the Freemason. There are similarities, and although the Egyptian usage actually perverted the symbolism for idolatrous practices (Isaiah 19:14), in the Bible it is Jehovah Himself who uses such symbolism of the promised Messiah. (Malachi 4:2) Fritz Springmeier seemed to think that Malachi wrote what he did under the influence of heathenism. If so, that would mean that Jehovah never said what Malachi recorded and thus that Malachi was a false prophet (Deuteronomy 18:20,22), and since the New Testament supports Malachi as a prophet, it would mean that the entire New Testament is false.

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The video presents a overhead picture of one of the convention centers constructed by the Jehovah's Witnesses, which, when viewed from a high angle, resembles the pyramid with its eye as found on the US dollar. It is imagined and assumed that such is of the Masons (although it is not), and that the JWs purposely constructed this center to copy what is evidently being promoted a Masonic symbol. I am not with the JWs, and I don't defend their organization, but to me, it simply appears that they constructed the center in the shape of the lot which they had purchased, and that the stage by coincidence appears to be similar to an eye when viewed from high above. At any rate, it still has to be imagined and assumed that this constructed because the JWs are Masons, or run by the Masons, etc.

We are then shown a cover of Fritz Springmeier's highly deceptive book, "The Watchtower and the Masons." Springmeier is very skillful at twisting everything to make it appear to agree with his conspiracy theories. The reality is that if Russell was a member of the Knights Templar, then he had to accept and openly confirm traditional trinity doctrine of man's creeds. Since the very basis of the atonement in the Bible that Russell spent nearly is entire life preaching and defending, is not in agreement with those creeds, if Russell was a member of the Knights Templar, this would mean, in effect, that Russell spent nearly his entire life sabotaging what he is alleged to have been supporting by such sabotage. 

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We are then shown a picture of Tony Morris wearing a ring. I am not with the JWs, so I had to look up who Tony Morris is. Evidently, he is a member of the JW "Governing Body." Although I certainly cannot make out what is on the ring, it is evidently being promoted as being a Masonic ring. There are pictures presented on the left side of the screen that leave the impression that this is the kind of ring being worn by Tony Morris. I can say that I have found no evidence that Russell ever used such a God symbolism as appears on the rings to left, which symbol is used by the Masons. I am not with the JWs, but I do believe it is possible that there may be Masons among them, although I highly doubt there may be many. It could be that Morris may be a member of the Masons, but I highly doubt it.

Evidently the viewer is being led to believe that the Great Pyramid and its passages are of the Masons. This, of course, is totally silly. The Great Pyramid in Egypt exised long before man's Freemasonry organization was created, despite the claims of some otherwise. I believe the evidence is overwhelming that this pyramid is indeed God's Witness in Egypt as spoken of in the Bible.

I have links to various Biblical studies of God's Witness in Egypt at:

The video evidently tries to make the Biblical Hebrew tetragrammaton of God's Holy Name is some vague manner to be associated with the Freemasons. While some Freemasons appear to highly esteem the Holy Name, most of the Freemasons evidently do not; they appear to use the traditional "Lord", "the Lord", and "God" as found in most translations. At any rate, God's Holy Name in the Bible is not of the Freemasons, regardless of how or in what way the Freemasons may use, misuse, or misrepresent that name.

I have links to some of my own research related to God's Holy Name at:

Again, we are presented with a picture of the square and compass "G" symbol with a picture of Russell to the left and a picture of a cover of Russell's Watch Tower to right. Evidently, this is done with the purpose of associating that symbol with Russell and his Watch Tower, although, to the best of my knowledge, Russell never used that symbol.

Russell, however, was never a member of the Jehovah's Witnesse organization. He preached against such an organization, against such authoritarianism as found in that organization, and against the message preached by that organization.

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  1. You did a very nice job trying to debunk my video. However you got many things wrong and assumed that freemasons keep some records of other masons. It is a secret society. However, Russell has admitted to being a freemason hismelf.
    And yes, Rutherford was the one who began the JW org, but him and Russell began that doctrine together even though they disagreed. Also, you only covered half of the video. I was hoping you could have tried to debunk the rest. Much love. ;)

    1. Apostate Jerky ExJW stated: "You did a very nice job trying to debunk my video. However you got many things wrong and assumed that freemasons keep some records of other masons."

      I have assumed nothing regarding whether the freemasons keep records of their members. I don't have any reason to think that they do not keep records of the members, but whether they do or do not has nothing at all to do with what I presented regarding the video.

      Apostate Jerky ExJW stated: "It is a secret society."

      Its being a secret society does not mean that they do not keep records of their members.

      Apostate Jerky ExJW stated: "However, Russell has admitted to being a freemason hismelf."

      The link provided shows that Russell was never a member of man's Freemason Society. Russell did claim to be a Freemason for Christ, using the expression figuratively of being a part of the secret church that is enrolled in heaven. He never, ever admitted to belonging to any of man's secret societies. Indeed, in his "Temple of God" sermon, speaking of man's Freemason Society, Russell plainly stated: "I have never been a Mason." Russell evidently did mistakenly believe that all the Freemasons professed to be Christian, and thus spoke of them similarly to way he spoke of Christian denominations, etc.

    2. Apostate Jerky ExJW stated: "And yes, Rutherford was the one who began the JW org, but him and Russell began that doctrine together even though they disagreed."

      I am not sure what is meant by "that doctrine." It appears to be saying that Rutherford and Russell cam up together with the "Jehovah's visible organization" dogma. If so, this is false. Russell consistently preached against such a "visible organization" clothed with authority. He would not allow his Watch Tower to be used for such purposes. Just before Russell died, Russell had the following printed in The Watch Tower, August 15, 1916, page 248:

      Let it be borne in mind that the Society exercises no authority, makes no criticism, but merely gives advice; and that in the interest of the Lord's Cause and the Lord's people.

      For many quotes from Brother Russell concerning organization and authority, see the links I have provided at:

      However, a few weeks after Russell died, the WTS as Russell left it was virtually destroyed by Rutherford. Rutherford insidiously began to claim more and more authority leading up to his "Jehovah's visible organization" dogma. Rutherford actually created the JW organization by rejecting the core Biblical teachings of Russell and the Bible Students regarding the atonement and Christian Freedom, as well as many other Biblical teachings.

      CLICK HERE for links to more information.

    3. Apostate Jerky ExJW stated: "Also, you only covered half of the video. I was hoping you could have tried to debunk the rest. Much love. ;)"

      I covered everything I could see pertaining to Russell and a little pertaining to the JWs. The video presents a lot of symbols that the Masons use that Russell did not use. I certainly have no reason to analyze all that symbolism used by the Masons.

      Russell did liken the 33rd degree Mason (Knight Templar) with that of those who attain the prize that Paul spoke of in Philippians 3:14, the highest honor given to those of the church that is enrolled in heaven.

      Nevertheless, to be a member of the 33rd degree Masons (Knights Templar) of man's Masonic organization, one does have to profess to be Christian, and also accept the trinitarian creeds professed to be Christian. Russell, however, spent nearly his whole life preaching against those creeds.

      Since Russell was never a member of the JWs, and I am not a member of the JWs, I did not cover all realated to the JWs.