The man named Charles Taze Russell

Sorry for the sudden stop on my last post. Now I will rap up the history of the formation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. With this brief history of Charles Taze Russell is only to give you a short background on who this man is, and for no other reason.

     Now after Charles T. Russell admitted that he did not know Greek he realized that he was caught, and admitted that he also knew nothing of Latin, and Hebrew and neither had he ever taken a course in Philosophy, Systematic Theology and neither had he ever attended any of the higher schools of learning. “This was the man who goes about claiming that he alone has the proper understanding of the Scriptures, condemning the translators of the Bible and denouncing all ministers and teachers of the Word except himself, and his little satellites, as ignorant, empty-headed and deceitful.”[1]

    Rev. J. J. Ross writes:

“He has familiarized himself with a few big Greek terms which have become Anglicized, such as “Apocalypsis, Epiphaneia, parousia, parakletos,” ect., puts his own meaning into them and then goes about using them before his audiences, and those who do not know any better thing him a highly- educated man. This is the man also who condemns all books and papers except those written by himself or published by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.”’”

     Then Charles T. Russell wrote his first significant book, he had worked out his modifications of Adventism, based on his own assiduous study of the Holy Bible.[2] Russell wrote voluminously. “It is claimed that Russell’s explanatory writings on the Holy Bible are far more extensive than the combined writings of St. Paul, St. John, Arius, Waldo, Wycliffe, and Martin Luther.”[3] He spoke incessantly- often six and eight hours a day- and traveled as much as Bishop Asbury and the Apostle Paul together,”[4] averaging according to Braden, 30,000 miles, per year.[5] It is also claimed “that the place next to St. Paul in the gallery of fame as expounder of the Gospel of the Great Master will be occupied by Charles Taze Russell.”[6] Charles Taze Russell died in the year 1916, probably in the state of Texas.

     Now, even though this is being said about him, is it true ? Are his writings and doctrines that the Jehovah’s witnesses hold biblical? Are Jehovah’s Witnesses, really witnesses of Almighty God?

     I am planning to do this in a systematic form beginning with the Holy Bible. We are starting with the Holy Bible because doctrines are formed from God’s Word.

 

The Holy Bible: As Christians, we hold that the Holy Scriptures are inerrant; it has the same authority as God because it is his Holy Word, and there is no other written authority. We also believe that the Holy Bible consist of 66 books that are in unity and continuity, there are no contradictions within the pages of God’s Word. The Jehovah’s Witnesses the Holy Bible to be the inspired Word of God (Russell, Studies in the Scriptures, 1, p.348). Now Russell claimed no superiority he says “I claim nothing of superiority or supernatural power,”[7] yet his followers consider him the greatest Bible interpreter, next to the Apostle Paul. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not to think independently from the Watch Tower’s interpretation of the Holy Bible. This is what is written about Russell’s writings:

 

“If the six volumes of “Scripture Studies” are practically the Bible, topically arranged with Bible proof text given, we might not improperly name the volumes “the Bible in an arranged form.” That is to say, they are not mere comments on the Bible, but they are practically the Bible itself. Furthermore, not only do we find that people can not see the divine plan in studying the Bible by itself but we also see that if anyone lays the “Scripture Studies” aside, even after he has used them, after he has become familiar with them, after he has read them for ten years- if he then lays them aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness. On the other hand, if he had merely read the “scripture studies” with their references and had not read a page of the Bible as such he would be in the light at the end of two years, because he would have the light of the scriptures.”[8]

Russell is clearly making the claim that his writings is authoritative, saying his writings are “practically the Holy Bible itself.” Earlier I have quoted Reverend J. J. Ross who lived at the same time as Charles T. Russell saying that C. T. Russell condemns the translators of the Holy Bible. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have their own translation which supports their doctrines they hold (discussion about the translation of JW’s Bible will be in another post). The Watchtower believes that studying scripture apart from their literature you cannot understand what God is really saying. I will stop here, and we will look at the Jehovah’s Witnesses translation of the Holy Bible; after all they say that they have the most accurate translation. With that we will dive into some more of what they believe and compare it to God’s Word. Hope you enjoyed this post 🙂


[1] Rev. J. J. Ross, Pastor of James St. Baptist Church, Some Facts and More Facts about the self- styled “Pastor” Charles T. Russell, 1913,  p.19

[2] John H. Gerstner, The Theology of Major Sects, p. 30

[3] Elmer T. Clark, The Small Sects in America, revised edition, pp. 45f

[4] Ferguson, Op, cit., p.65.

[5] Charles Samuel Braden, These Also Believe, p. 361.

[6] Elmer T. Clark, The Small Sects in America, revised edition, pp. 45f

[7] Watch Tower, July, 1906

[8] John R. Rice, False Doctrines Answered, p.299 ( The Watchtower of September 15, 1910, p. 298)

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2 responses to “The man named Charles Taze Russell

  1. Good stuff, looking forward to other JW heresies being exposed.

  2. Hi, interesting post. I have been thinking about this issue,so thanks for writing. I’ll certainly be coming back to your site.

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