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.

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