Posted on April 17, 2008. Filed under: Things You Might Not Know About Charles T. Russell | Tags: Bible Students, Charles Taze Russell, evil speaking, God's enemies, Jehovah's Witnesses, lying to people, theocratic war strategy, Watchtower |
Brother Russell is being misrepresented as teaching that lying to people you consider to be God’s enemies is justifiable as theocratic “war strategy”. The reference given as proof of such is the Watchtower, June 1, 1960, page 352.
Immediately, most Bible Students realize that whatever was written in 1960 could not have been written by Russell, since Russell died in 1916. Russell never wrote anything to the effect that lying to ones considered to be God’s enemies was something that a consecrated child of God should do. What the writer has done to quote something as being taught by Russell when in actuality Russell never taught such a thing.
Nevertheless, I must point out that by attributing such a teaching to Russell, the writer of that webpage is himself not telling the truth. Is this a deliberate lie? I don’t know. I cannot judge if the writer actually knew or understood that something almost written 44 years after Russell died was not written by Russell, and should not be attributed to Russell. God knows, and God knows the heart of the writer, whether his writings are of a heart of hatred or simply being misguided.
A good study on this matter presented by Brother Russell is entitled “Evil Speaking and Hatred”, and can be found at:
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