Saturday, May 15, 2021

Beware of False Reports and False Insinuations

Beware of False Reports

A book entitled Beware of False Religions and Pagan Traditions, presents the following picture with following claims: 

""Below is a photo of where Jehovah's Witness' [sic] founder, Charles Taze Russell, is buried in the Greater Pittsburg Masonic Center Cemetery. As you can see, Satan is behind ALL false religon. Notice the creepy illuminati pyramid ...""

We do not have a copy of the book quoted, and we can only present what is included in pages as given in Google books.

The first false report in the above is that Charles Taze Russell is the founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses. We should note that Russell was never a member of  the "Jehovah's Witnesses." He preached against such an organization, and he preached against the kind of message that the Jehovah's Witnesses present. He was definitely not the founder of that in which he did not believe, and which he preached against. For links to some our research related to Russell and the Jehovah's Witnesses:

The second false report in the above is insinuation that the pyramid in the picture is "where" Russell was buried, which to many reader's minds would mean that Russell was buried in or under that pyramid. Actually, the pyramid monument is not "where" Russell is buried. The picture given does not actually show Russell's grave. His grave is near that monument, but no one is buried in or under that pyramid monument. A few years after Russell died, Joseph Rutherford authorized this replica of God's Witness in Egypt (Isaiah 19:19) in the middle of the plots then owned by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society in the Rosemont Cemetery. For links to some of our research related to Russell's grave:

The next false report is related to the claim that Russell is buried in the "Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center Cemetery." Search as one may, one will not find any cemetery in Pittsburgh by such a name. One will find the "Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center" across the street from the Rosemont Cemetery, but there is no connection between that Masonic Center and the Rosemont Cemetery. The Rosemont Cemetery, where Russell is buried, was established in the year 1905. There was no Masonic Center near that cemetery at that time; there was no Masonic Center near that cemetery when Russell was buried there in 1916. Indeed, there was no Masonic Center near the cemetery until the mid-1990s. decades after Russell had died.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Cephas Ministries and Russell

There is a series of articles on the Cephas Ministries site aimed at the Jehovah's Witnesses, but which, in fact, have a lot of false information about Charles Taze Russell, who was never a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. We will be examining many of these falsehoods on this page. While the authors of the site may actually believe the false and misleading information presented (based on use of false information provide by others), it still remains that which is told falsely about Russell, especially is gossip/slander style, is still lies.

Russell's Tombstone

Russell's Tombstone
It is claimed that on Russell's tomb one may find "the Knights Templar Symbol for the York Rite of Freemasonry." There are at least two major falsehoods being presented here. What is being pictured as being Russell's tombstone is the pyramid monument that Rutherford authorized to be constructed a few years after Russell died. It is not true that this pyramid monument is Russell's tombstone. That monument is not a tombstone at all; no one is buried in or under that monument to God's Witness in Egypt.

For more research with documentation related to this, see the links provided at Russell's Gravestone.

The symbol being imagined, assumed and presented as a though fact as being the Knights Templar symbol is actually the Biblical cross and crown symbol:

Cross and Crown Symbol

In reality, the Biblical cross and crown symbolism has been used by almost every major denomination at one time or another; it is still used by many denominational churches to day. The Knights Templar (who profess to be Christian) claim that they adopted the cross and crown symbolism from traditional church use. Nevertheless, the cross and crown illustration used by the Knights Templar is NOT the same as that which Russell used. Their adaptation of a cross and crown illustration does not mean that we need to imagine, assume, and present as being fact, that everyone who makes use of any similar Biblical symbolism is using a Knights Templar symbol.

It is claimed that the cross and crown symbol shows whom Russell was serving, adding, "It was not Jesus Christ of Nazareth to be sure." Anyone truly familiar with Russell's works would know that Russell was indeed devoted to service of the Lord Jesus.

For links to related research, see: Russell and the Cross and Crown.

33rd Degree Freemason?

It is claimed: "This is where Charles Taze Russell (1852 - 1916), 33rd Degree Freemason and founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses cult is buried." And it is stated: "This tombstone is all the proof we need that Charles Taze Russell was a 33rd Degree Freemason." In reality, there is nothing at all on Russell's tombstone, nor on Rutherford's pyramid monument that has anything to do with man's Freemasonry organization nor with the Knights Templar. Russell, of course, as stated before, is not buried in or under the pyramid monument in the Rosemont Cemetery. But was Russell a "33rd Degree freemason"  -- the Knights Templar? To a be a member of the Knights Templar, one has to accept the extra-Biblical trinitarian creeds. Since Russell preached a totally different message than that of the Knights Templar, and the message he preached strongly clashes with the trinitarina creeds, to think that Russell was a member of the trinitarian Knights Templar would be to think that Russell spent his entire forturne and nearly his entire life preaching against what is he is claimed to have been promoting by preaching against what he was is alleged to have been promoting. Of course, such self-contradictory reasoning is silly.

For links to related research, see: Russell and the Freemasons.

Founder of Jehovah's Witnesses

It is claimed: "Charles T Russell founded the JW movement in 1879 by starting his own magazine." Again, this is not true. Russell was never a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Indeed, the message that Russell spent nearly his entire life preaching and defending is almost the very opposite of the message preached by the JW leadership. Russell was not the founder of that in which he did not believe and which he preached against. The only cult (if that is what one would wish to call it) that Russell believed in was that of belonging to Christ. Rutherford was the real founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

For links to related research, see: Russell and the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Fritz Springmeier

It is claimed that for proof that Russell was a Freemason "please find the book called The Watchtower and the Masons by Fritz Springmeier." The fact it there is nothing in his writings that gives any proof whatsoever that Russell was a member of the Freemasons. Springmeier very craftily presents many imagination and assumptions as being fact, and based upon the what is being imagined and assumed to be fact, he makes all kinds of false claims about Brother Russell. 

For links to related research, see: Russell and Fritz Springmeier

It is claimed that Russell "denied the deity of Christ and the biblical teachings on hell and eternal punishment, which is typical of people who develop cults." As stated, all of this is misleading. Russell did not deny diety of Christ, but he did show from the Bible itself what Jesus' deity means. Russell did not deny the Biblical teaching on hell, but he did show from the Bible what the Biblical hell really is. Jesus did not deny the Biblical teaching of eternal punishment, but he did show from the Bible what that punishment really is.

God willing, we examine statements on more pages later.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Did Russell "Dabble" in Heathen Religions?

The claim is spreading that Brother Russell at one time "dabbled in Eastern religions." 

Below we present some links to some online who made this claim (often among many other misrepresentations of Brother Russell):

Douglas Beaumont * Tim Challies * Bob Faulkner

Despite claims otherwise, technically Eastern religions includes Christianity and the Hebrew religion, since both originate from the Middle East. The exclusion of these from being thought of as Eastern religions is based on traditional concept that would separate Christianity as coming from the what is often called the "Middle East." We assume, however, that what is meant by "Eastern religions" are heathen Eastern religions, not including Christianity or the Hebrew religion.

Nevertheless, Did Russell 'dabble in many heathen religions?' The word "dabble" means:

Definition of dabble

transitive verb
: to wet by splashing or by little dips or strokes : SPATTER

intransitive verb
1  a : to paddle, splash, or play in or as if in water
   b : to reach with the bill to the bottom of shallow water in order to obtain food
2 : to work or involve oneself superficially or intermittently especially in a secondary activity or interest
        dabbles in art -- Merriam Webster


If you dabble in something, you take part in it but not very seriously. -- Collins

The latter definition suggests some kind of active participation in. We don't believe that "dabbled" would be the correct word to use regarding Russell. As best as we can determine, Russell himself never stated that he "dabbled" or that he participated in eastern religions. What he did say was:

Thinking that we had already examined the Bible sufficiently, we turned our attention to heathen religions, only to find them less rational in some respects, though less fiendish, than our own creeds. Evidently the most intelligent peoples have been the most thoroughly seduced by Satan and his doctrines of demons, into believing the most horrible things respecting the Creator and His purposes toward His human creatures. -- Watch Tower, December 15, 1914, page 377.

And he said:

So that even when I had thrown away my Bible, when I did not know its value, I got to looking for a Bible somewhere and I searched amongst all the heathen religions to see if I could find one any better than the one I had thrown away, and I found nothing nearly as rational, nearly as reasonable, as the Bible when I understood it. -- What Pastor Russell Said, Q197:1.


Brought up a Presbyterian, and indoctrinated from the Catechism, and being naturally of an inquiring mind, I fell a ready prey to the logic of infidelity as soon as I began to think for myself. But that which at first threatened to be the utter shipwreck of faith in God and the Bible, was, under God's providence, overruled for good, and merely wrecked my confidence in human creeds and systems of misinterpretation of the Bible. -- Watch Tower, July 15, 1906, page 229.

In other words, since -- at that time -- Russell believed what the creeds taught was actually what the Bible taught, he temporarily lost confidence in the Bible, and examined other religions, but found them unsatisfactory. Nevertheless, Brother Russell did evidently for a brief time examine various heathen religions, but found them wanting. However, we believe that to use the word "dabble" is very misleading, as it leaves the impression that he did more than just examine and reject those religions. Indeed, we suspect that this word was chosen for the purpose to make it appear that Russell had adopted heathen doctrines and/or practices.