Russell’s Alleged Sexual Relationship

Posted on December 4, 2013. Filed under: His Life, Is it true what they say? |


An article on the “Pastor Brian Chilton” website has been brought to our attention because of a quote presented from Jonalyn Grace Fincher, cited as from:

“Defending Femininity: Why Jesus is Good News for Women.” In Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblically and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking about God. Edited by Sean McDowell. Eugene: Harvest House, 2009

Before presenting the quote, we are presented with the statement that Charles Taze Russell was the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Anyone truly familiar with Russell’s works would know that Russell was not the founder of any religion, and that he preached against Christians’ usage of an organization like that of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Jehovah’s Witnesses organization came into existence after Russell died; its real founder was Joseph Rutherford.

See:
Charles Taze Russell and the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Getting back to the quote from Fincher, this quote reads:

Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916) married Maria Frances Ackley with an agreement that their union was a marriage of celibacy for the sake of partnering in their ministry…In their divorce proceedings, Maria testified to witnessing a sexual relationship between her husband and their foster child, Rose Ball, a teenager at the time who worked as Russell’s correspondence secretary” (Fincher 2009, 224).

Response:

No charge of incest, child molestation or any other sexual immorality, was ever brought into any court against Brother Russell. Russell’s wife did make a lot of insinuations, and hearsay statements supposedly said to Mrs. Russell implying that he had been inappropriately intimate with a foster-daughter that Mr. Russell and his wife were caring for, but in none of the statements was there any actual charge presented of adultery, child molestation or incest. One newspaper in particular, however, The Daily Brooklyn Eagle, was extremely clever in distorting fact after fact in its hatred toward Russell.

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“In their divorce proceedings, Maria testified to witnessing a sexual relationship between her husband and their foster child

This reeks of a lie from a spiteful person. If ANYONE “witnesses” such a thing, then they would have either put a stop to it, or was guilty for watching it happen.

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Yes, the statement given does appear to be spiteful. Indeed, Mrs. Russell never testified “to witnessing a sexual relationship between her husband and their foster child.”

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