Russell’s Alleged Connection With Freemasonry

Posted on November 23, 2010. Filed under: Is it true what they say? | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Another video, aimed at Jehovah’s Witnesses, but mostly attacking Charles Taze Russell, has been put on Youtube entitled: Jehovah Witnesses- Freemasonry Jesuit Connection Exposed Edited and Compiled by David J. Stewart. At least one other site has embedded the video.

As I have pointed out many times, Charles Taze Russell was never associated with the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization. That organization was created by Rutherford after Russell died. The Jehovah’s Witnesses preach an message that is almost the opposite of that which Russell preached.

See:
Was Russell the Founder of What is Now Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Russell — Founder of the JWs?

Russell Was Not the Founder of the JWs

Is Russell Responsible for the JWs?

In the video, we are first asked to notice “the Masonic Cross” that appeared on the Watch Tower in the days of Russell. I notice that there is a cross, crown and wreath symbol; I do not notice any “Masonic” cross on the old Watch Tower; the idea of “the Masonic Cross” has to be imagined and assumed.

See:
Masonic Symbols?

It is bluntly stated that “Russell was a 33rd Degree Freemason.” Having studied Russell’s writings for almost 50 years, I can say without a doubt at all that Russell was not a member of the Freemasons’ organization.

See:

The Watchtower and the Masons

I am a Free and Accepted Mason

Search Links of Russell’s Works Regarding Freemasonry

Russell’s Comments on the Freemasons

Reply to: “Charles Taze Russell Founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses was a Mason”

Charles Taze Russell – Freemasons (Links)

Next a picture of a Masonic Center is displayed with the words “Russell and the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society in the Greatest Masonic Center Cemetery”. In reality there is no such cemetery as “The Greatest Masonic Center Cemetery.” The technique being used is highly deceptive and leaves one with the thought that that Russell is buried in a cemetery by the name of “The Greatest Masonic Center Cemetery.”

Russell is not buried in a “masonic cemetery” at all. The United Rosemont Cemetery that exists across the street from the Masonic Center that is displayed in the picture is not a Masonic cemetery, although there a masons buried in that cemetery. Indeed, the Masonic Center in the picture did not exist in when Russell was buried in the Rosemont Cemetery. That Masonic building was constructed decades after Russell had died.

Next we are shown a picture of Rutherford’s pyramid monument and are asked to “notice the Illuminati pyramid.” Actually, all that is shown is Rutherford’s pyramid monument; I do not notice any Illuminati pyramid. The idea of “Illuminati pyramid” has to be imagined and assumed. Russell is NOT buried in or under that pyramid, however.

See:

Russell’s Pyramid Tomb?

CTR’s Gravestone

Pyramidology Vs. Spiritism

In the video, we are given a picture of the inscription of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society on the side of Rutherford’s pyramid monument, and are told that “this is irrefutable proof that Jehovah Witnesses are inseparably linked to Satanic Freemasonry.” And yet, not one proof has been give of this alleged “irrefutable” proof. All that has been presented is what has been imagined and assumed.

We are next presented a picture and told to note the Freemasonry cross, the Knights Templar symbol. I see that the Knights Templar have a symbol that is similar, although not exactly the same, as that used by Russell; that symbol itself, however, is not “the Freemasonry cross” (there really is no such thing), but it is used the Knights Templar who claim to be Christians who are also Freemasons. The idea that this symbolism IS, of itself, exclusively a Freemasons’ or even Knights Templar symbol, is being imagined and assumed.

We are next asked to note the “Masonic Cross” in a Freemasons Hall. Evidently this hall is used by the Knights Templar. We can see a crown and crown symbol, but it is evidently being imagined and assumed that this symbol is of and exclusive to the Freemasons, which assumption, to be consistent, would lead one to believe all the Christians (practically all of the Christian denominations) down through the centuries who have used similar symbolism must be also be Masons.

Focus on Charles Taze Russell » Cross and Crown

We are next presented the ridiculous idea that of an illuminati bloodline, and the claim that Russell of this bloodline. The assumption seems to be that anyone who of this alleged bloodline cannot possibly be removed from whatever curse or evil is being attributed to the alleged bloodline, and that since Russell, unlike most people, was born of that bloodline, he was already condemned to be Satanic and there was no way to escape such a destiny. This, of course, is antichrist, as opposed to the redemption that is spoken of in the Bible. There is what one could call a scriptural “illuminati” bloodline, but that bloodline began in the Garden of Eden, when man, represented in Adam and Eve, began “professing themselves to be wise” (Romans 1:22), which led to them becoming by nature of their disobedience, sons of wrath. (Ephesians 1:2,3) Thus the whole human race from Adam became of this scriptural illuminati bloodline through the sin of Adam, but not without remedy, since Christ took the condemnation upon himself, so that one, in becoming a new creation, can escape from the condemned bloodline. — Roman 5:12-19; 8:19-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:5,6; Ephesians 2:1-10.

The Illuminati bloodline implication as presented in the video and by Fritz Springmeier would thus seem to deny that the blood of Christ could purchase those under this alleged bloodline, and would thus be antichrist, denying the main purpose for which Christ came in the flesh. — John 3:16,17; 6:51; 12:46,47; 1 John 2:2; 2 John 1:7.

See:
Focus on the Atonement

In the video, we are presented with the statement that Charles Taze Russell was a Satanist. In reality, it is imagined and assumed that Russell was a Satanist, and what has been imagined and assumed is presented as though fact. Anyone genuinely familiar with Russell’s writings KNOWS that he was not a Satanist.

We are also told that Russell was “a pedophile according to his wife.” Mrs. Russell did present some claims that Russell’s behavior was inappropriate as related to several women, but her statements do not include any accusation of his being a pedophile, and she actually denied that she was accusing her husband of adultery.

We are told that Russell was a friend of the Rothschilds. Russell sent at least one letter to one of the Rothschilds; I have never seen any proof, however, that he had any close friendship with the Rothschilds. The Rothchilds most certainly did not fund the Watch Tower Society in its beginning. Such an idea comes from what some imagine, not from actual facts.

See:

Rothschild – Searches of Russell’s Writings

We are told that Russell promoted Zionism. This seems to imply that there would be something wrong in promoting Zionism. The statement also leaves me with a feeling of antisemitism. It seem to imply that anyone who would promote Israel’s return to Palestine must be Satanic. Russell did recognize that the Zionist movement is part of fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and he believed that Christians should, as the Bible states, speak consolingly to Israel along this line, if that is what is meant by promoting Zionism. However, if Russell was a Satanist for doing this, then the Bible itself is Satanism. (Indeed, Springmeier seems to think the Bible, at least as we have it, is a product of the Freemasons, although I am not sure that he directly ever stated such.)

To search Russell’s works for the word “Zionism”, CLICK HERE! Please note that many of the results are not Russell’s words, but statements made by others.

The video quotes from Fritz Springmeier’s book, “The Watchtower and the Masons.” Springmeier notes that Russell spoke unfavorably of the Freemasons organization, but passes it off as being a “smokescreen.” In effect, this would mean that Russell spent most of his life sabotaging what he was supposedly promoting by sabotaging what he was allegedly promoting, which is totally ridiculous. We have tens of thousands of pages of Russell’s works that present overwhelming evidence that Russell was not a Freemason. Almost all, if not all, of Russell’s known works are online at:
http://mostholyfaith.com/

As I stated before, anyone truly familiar with Russell’s writings KNOWS that Russell was not a member of the Freemasons. Knowing his writings, I can say that he was definitely not a member of the Freemasons’ organization.

The video next drifts away from Russell and starts presenting the ideas concerning the New World Translation, partly true, most of which is distorted. I will not address much of what is stated, except to say that I do not believe that Westcott and Hort were “Satanists” as that term is often used. Of course, all of us, if we obey Satan rather than God, and all of us have done this many times in our lives, it could be said that by such an act we are Satanists, although that is not the way the word “Satanists” is usually used in common language. In other words, if you have ever told a lie, scripturally, in that act itself, you would be Satanist, following the father of the lie. (Matthew 6:24; John 8:44) The only escape from this is the new creation that is created by means Christ.

See:
Westcott and Hort – Were They Spiritualists?

We are still living in what the Bible calls the “present evil age.” (Galatians 1:4) Satan is still deceiving the entire world. (2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9) Even many of Christ’s own servants are being deceived to some degree. (Luke 12:48) It is indeed true that people often “”love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking the truth.” — Psalm 52:3.

Many people are fascinated by the imaginative and assumptive, and seem to like to approve of such, and broadcast such, far and wide, and advocates of such deceptions are many, whereas only a few endeavor to seek out the truth beyond the assertions based on assumptions, and there are even fewer who publicly broadcast the truth as opposed to the wide broadcast of the distortion of truth. It is sad to see, however, Christians who claim to believe in the Bible rebroadcasting such statements that would, in effect, deny the redemptive blood of Christ.
For more information about Russell, see:

Focus on Charles Taze Russell

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I am presenting some sites below that are spreading the idea that Russell was a member of the freemasons, was a some kind of Satanic bloodline, etc. PLEASE NOTE! Most of these sites are filled with distortions and misrepresentations of Russell.

http://atrueott.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/agenda-the-sordid-russell-bloodline-central-to-mormonism-scientology-and-jehovahs-witness/

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Was Russell Buried In/Under a Pyramid?

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

Something that keeps popping up over and over on the internet is the idea that Charles Taze Russell was buried in/under a pyramid. Statements are made in reference to Russell’s pyramid memorial, Russell’s pyramid tomb, Russell’s pyramid tombstone, Russell’s pyramid gravestone, etc. This is usually stated in the context of efforts to “prove” that Russell was a member of the Freemasons or that he belong to a secret organization called “The Illuminati.” It is being imagined and assumed that Rutherford’s pyramid monument that was constructed a few years after Russell’s death is a Freemasons’ pyramid, and/or that it is an “Illuminati” pyramid, and it is being imagined and assumed that the cross and crown symbol on that pyramid is a Masonic symbol, and based on these imaginations and assumptions it is being claimed that what is being imagined and assumed is proof that Russell was a member of the Freemasons, and/or a member of the Illuminati.

Russell, however, advised several times that Christians should remain free from all such “secret” organizations; that they were soon to be destroyed, etc. The tens of thousands of pages that have been produced from Russell’s works attest beyond any shadow of a doubt that Russell was not a member of these secret organizations.

Nevertheless, to set the matter straight concerning where Russell is buried, there is no pyramid on Russell’s tomb. There is a pyramid monument that was built several years later in the middle of the WTS plot of the Rosemont Cemetery, but that monument is not a tomb, nor is there anyone at all buried under or in that monument.

The picture at this link shows where Russell is buried:
http://www.pastor-russell.com/images/grave.jpg

The picture at this link is not where Russell is buried:
http://rwssel.pblogs.gr/files/f/239870-russell-pyramid1.gif

This monument was meant to serve as memorial for all the workers who died at that WTS headquarters; it was not a monument built solely as a memorial to Russell. This can be seen by the many names inscribed on that monument.
http://ctr.reslight.net/index.php?s=pyramid+monument

Some related links:

Russell’s Pyramid Tomb?

Rothschild

Occultism

Russell’s Comments on the Freemasons

Reply to: “Charles Taze Russell founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses was a Mason”

The Temple of God

Masonic Symbols?

CTR’s Gravestone

Pyramidology Vs. Spiritism

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