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YES - Jehovah's Witnesses ARE a cult! Part 1
The start of it all...
Charles Taze Russell
Although the Watchtower will tell you that C.T.Russell did not actually start the Jehovah's Witnesses - he did start the Bible Students which were the forerunners. It is vital to trace the history of the Watchtower Society right the way back to the very beginning to establish the TRUTH of this dangerous, mind controlling cult.
Charles Taze Russell was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and was raised as a Congregationalist. As a teenager he began losing faith in his church and Bible doctrine and he became more and more interested in chronology and prophecy .Russell was particarly interested in the date 1874 which, according to an Adventist Jonas Wendall, would be Christ's return. He beame a baptized Adventist in 1874
Russell paired up with Nelson H. Barbour after reading his publication called ''Herald of the Morning''.. Barbour believed that Christs return would take place in 1874 invisibly and that the Rapture would take place in 1878 (Interestingly, Barbour himself changed his mind over his beliefs several times during his lifetime and even abandoned the idea of Christ's invisible return)
Of course the Rapture did not occur and soon after 1878, Russell split with Barbour and began his own magazine called ''Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence'' In 1881, he co-founded Zion's Watch Tower and Tract Society and in 1884 the corporation was officially registered, with Russell as president.From 1886 to 1904, he published a six volume Bible study series originally entitled ''Millennial Dawn'', later renamed ''Studies in Scripture''.
These Study books are very interesting and give us some interesting information about Russell and what he believed in. See below;
Russell and Freemasonry
Masonic images smothered early Watchtower publications, such was Russells involvement in Freemasonry.
Russell himself was a 33rd degree Freemason.
By Russells grave a nine foot stone pyramid complete with the Masonic cross and crown symbol stands as testimony to his occult beliefs and practises.
Just across the road is the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center.
Russell's Divorce: Court records from Brooklyn, NY in 1896 show that Russell's wife divorced him on charges of incest, adultery and general ill-treatment of her. She won.
But Russell made sure he transferred all his property, worth over $240,000 over to the ''Watchtower Bible & Tract Society'' before his ex wife could lay claim to it.
- GIRL KISSED PASTOR AND SAT ON HIS KNEE
Click on the above link to read the court hearing regarding Russell's inappropriate behaviour.
Would God really appoint this man, with his occult beliefs, whose wife accused him of adultery and divorced him, and who had questionable relationships with women, and who lied in court, to be the founder of God's organization on earth?
Think about it!
To be continued....