Is it true what they say?

Miracle Wheat – Found Guilty?

Posted on April 13, 2010. Filed under: Is it true what they say? | Tags: , |

This is in response to a blog entitled: 7 Bones To Pick With C.T. Russell & The Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The author of the blog, like most people, assumes Charles Taze Russell to have been associated with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. In fact, Charles Taze Russell was never associated with an organization such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He did not believe in such an authoritarian organization.
http://ctr.reslight.net/category/founder-of-jws

The statement is made that Russell was “was found guilty of selling phony ‘Miracle Wheat'”. In fact, Charles Taze Russell was never found guilty in any court of selling any ‘phony’ Miracle Wheat. Russell did loose his suit of The Daily Eagle, but no charge was made against Russell of selling any phony wheat. Russell’s attorney had the task of trying to show the Jury The Eagle’s malice — that it really was attacking Russell along religious grounds; that it had set itself as the champion of certain clerical enemies of Russell, and was seeking to destroy Russell’s influence. In the court-room sat about twenty-five people who had come long distances at their own expense to have an opportunity to speak a word in Russell’s behalf. Through some intricacies of the Law respecting evidence, these were unable to be heard in Russell’s behalf.

Nor is it true that Russell himself “sold” this wheat. The wheat was offered for sale by some Bible Students who wished to donate the proceeds from the wheat, not to Russell, but to the Watch Tower Society.

The statement is made that Russell “claimed that this ‘Miracle Wheat’ was superior to regular wheat, and would grow five times as fast as any other brand.” Russell himself made no claims for the wheat. However, I have found no claim made by anyone that this wheat would grow “five times as fast as any other brand”. Nevertheless, the superiority of Stoner’s miracle wheat was proven in court. The truth about miracle wheat may be found at:
http://ctr.reslight.net/2009/03/27/miracle-wheat.html

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Russell a Deceiver and Antichrist?

Posted on April 13, 2010. Filed under: Is it true what they say? | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is in response to a post that appears at:

http://euro22.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/charles-t-russell-a-deceiver-and-antichrist/

The author claims that Russell was a deceiver and antichrist, and yet in reality the real deceiver is the one who is responsible for the misleading statements made on the blog page concerning Russell.

Charles Taze Russell did not believe in an organization such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, nor in the teachings of that organization; Russell was not the founder of that which he did not believe in and which he preached against.
Focus on Charles Taze Russell, Category: Church Organization

From 1904 to 1914, Russell was not expecting the Gentile kingdoms to suddenly disappear in 1914, but rather that the time of trouble was to begin in 1914. What Russell wrote for the Bible Examiner basically reflected the views of N. H. Barbour regarding 1914, which views Russell later rejected.
See”
1904 and Russell’s Changes to the Studies in the Scriptures

The statements are deceptive concerning Russell and the year 1874 since it would leave the reader with the assumption that before 1874 Russell was expecting that Christ would return in the flesh in 1874, but when he didn’t happen, that he came up with the idea that Christ had returned invisibly in 1874. Actually, it was not until 1876, two years after 1874, that Russell became interested in 1874, and that due to the fact that he had already come to the conclusion that Jesus would not return in the flesh that had been sacrificed. However, long before 1876, and even before 1874, Russell had evidently already concluded that Jesus’ return would not be in his physical body, since Jesus had sacrificed his body for our sins.

See:
Supplement to the First Issue of the Watch Tower

The statement concerning 1915 and 1918 is also deceptive, since Russell never changed the date 1914 itself to either 1915 or 1918; Russell died believing that the Gentile Times had ended in 1914, and the time of trouble had begun in 1914. He did not change the date 1914 to 1915 nor to 1918. 1915 (along with the date 1920) was suggested as possible dates for the end of the time of trouble, but these dates were suggested almost ten years before 1914, and thus had nothing to do with changing the date 1914 to 1915. There had been many dates suggested by various Bible Students long before 1914 regarding when the time of trouble could end; as far as I know, all were based on parallels. These suggestions were not replacing 1914 but rather were offered as suggestions as to how long the “time of trouble” might last after 1914. Russell, long before 1914, sometimes presented the arguments for a date, or made reference to those dates. One of these dates was 1918. Just before he died, Russell suggested 1918 as a possible date for the end of the harvest; however, in the same article he stated that there is no time limit set for the garnering, thus Russell was still not setting a date for the passing away of the present heavens and earth.
See:
Focus on Charles Taze Russell: Archive for the “1915” Category

Matthew 24:35,36 speaks of the hour when the present heavens and earth are to pass away; this is not speaking of the beginning of the parousia (1874), nor to the ending of the Gentiles and the beginning of the time of trouble. (1914) Indeed, from Russell’s standpoint, neither would any date suggested for the end of the harvest necessarily mean that the heavens and earth would pass away on that date.

The matter concerning 2 John 7 is deceptive, for it assumes that John was speaking of Christ’s return as being in the flesh and overlooks the context. John’s reference to Jesus’ coming in the flesh (2 John 7) is related to the purpose of his coming in the flesh, to give that flesh for the life of the world. (Luke 22:19; John 1:29; 4:42; 6:51; 12:47; 1 Corinthians 11:24; Hebrew 10:5,10) To deny that Jesus came as a man, in the flesh, having the sinless glory a little lower than the angels (1 Corinthians 15:40; Hebrews 2:9), would be to deny the atoning sacrifice of Jesus church and for the world. (1 John 2:2; 4:9,10)  To claim that Jesus will return in the flesh, would, in effect, deny the purpose for of Jesus’ coming in the flesh, since it would either be the same as saying that Jesus did not complete the offering of his flesh, or that he took back that offering, thus nullifying the offering for sin. Russell, by the way, came to realize this before he accepted (in 1876) that Christ has returned in 1874.
http://atonement.reslight.net

The idea that he “cannot be a prophet of God” is deceptive, since Russell never made any such claim, nor could be said that he “prophesied falsely”, since he never “prophesied” anything at all. Rather, Russell disclaimed being a prophet:
http://ctr.reslight.net/2009/01/25/direct-revelation.html

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A Cure for Surface Cancer

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Is it true what they say? | Tags: , , , |

CLICK HERE to read about Russell’s “Cure for Cancer”.

It is asserted that Russell fraudulently claimed to have developed a cure for cancer and sold that cure for profit. What are the facts? Click above to find out.

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Did Charles Taze Russell Claim that the Christian God Is Not Jehovah?

Posted on February 21, 2009. Filed under: His Teachings, Is it true what they say?, Quotes from Russell | Tags: , , , , , |

It is being reported that Charles Taze Russell taught that the Christian God was the devil, not Jehovah. (more…)

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CTR’s Gravestone

Posted on April 24, 2008. Filed under: Is it true what they say? | Tags: , , , , , , , |

This post is in reference to a statement made on the site:

http://www.watchthetower.net/russell.html

regarding the gravestone of Charles Taze Russell

The claim is made that Russell personally chose a giant pyramid weighing several tons as his “memorial stone.” A link is given providing a page written by Randall Watters. The link is titled “Russell’s Pyramid Gravestone,” making it appear that Russell’s gravestone was a pyramid. The link is provided below:

http://www.watchthetower.net/russ3.html

Russell’s gravestone was not a pyramid! Russell was not buried under any pyramid. The pictures presented show that Russell’s gravestone was not pyramid. I present the link to a picture of Russell’s actual gravestone as shown on the page:

http://www.watchthetower.net/pyr_1.jpg

As one can see, that gravestone/tombstone is not a pyramid. Russell, however, never claimed to be the “Laodicean Messenger”, as has been inscribed on the grave stone. Nevertheless, the photo linked above was evidently not Russell’s original gravestone; I present below a link to a photo of the original gravestone:

http://ctr.reslight.net/gravestone.jpg

Although there have been claims that Russell left instructions to build a pyramid on the plot, I have not found nor seen any proof that Russell left any such instructions. His instructions for his funeral are presented on the web page linked to above, which states:

I desire to be buried in the plot of ground owned by our Society, in the Rosemont United Cemetery, and all the details of arrangements respecting the funeral service I leave in the care of my sister, Mrs. M. M. Land, and her daughters, Alice and May, or such of them as may survive me, with the assistance and advice and cooperation of the brethren, as they may request the same. Instead of an ordinary funeral discourse, I request that they arrange to have a number of the brethren, accustomed to public speaking, make a few remarks each, that the service be very simple and inexpensive and that it be conducted in the Bible House Chapel or any other place that may be considered equally appropriate or more so. (from Watchtower Reprints, 12/1/16)

Nothing is said in his instructions about building an expensive pyramid weighing several tons. The pyramid in the middle of the WTS plot was constructed by Rutherford several years after Russell died. Such a flamboyant style expressed by constructing such a pyramid seems to match Rutherford’s character more than it does Russell’s.

Of course, some time later, Rutherford claimed that the Great Pyramid was built by Satan to deceive, which, in effect, would credit Satan with knowing about the book of Revelation before it was given to Jesus! — Revelation 1:1,2.

After Russell died, Rutherford, by mean of deceit and legal trickery, gained control of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, and used that legal entity as a basis to form a new organization, which he later called “Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

For more information concerning the Great Pyramid and the Bible, see:

http://gp.reslight.net/

Regarding the false claims concerning Russell and the Great Pyramid measurements, see:

Strange Teaching of Pryramidology

Russell’s Pyramid Tomb?

Occultism and the Great Pyramid

Russell on “Great Pyramid”

Biblical Study of the Great Pyramid Vs. Spiritism

The Alleged “Clear” Occultism of 1914

Russell and the Great Pyramid

Links to other sites that make similar claims that Russell’s gravestone is a pyramid, or that Russell is buried in or under a pyramid, etc. Some of the sites may not directly state this, but may use wording that could lead the reader to conclude that Russell was buried under, or in, Rutherford’s pyramid monument. Please note that many of the writers on these sites linked to may present a lot of imaginative and false information about Russell as though “fact”.

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