Why dont Jehovah Witnesses acknowledge their founder Charles Taze Russell?
- JasonLv 57 years agoFavorite Answer
If Charles T. Russell walked into a Kingdom Hall today he would be disfellowshipped as a heretic.
He and his teachings have been touted by the Jehovah's Witnesses as God's channel through whom true religion was brought back to earth ever since... well, CT Russell himself. Then, along came this pesky little internet thing where the masses were able to uncover what Russell was REALLY teaching and the WT society found itself unable to defend their own founder or their sanitized version of his history, acknowledging that Russell was indeed NOT dispensing "food at the proper time."
Up until the July 15th, 2013 Watchtower (cult members only edition), Russell was held in high esteem within the WT organization. He has since been demoted to the level of someone who, although sincere in his efforts, only prefigured the true religion that was to follow as a result of his hard but flawed work. In this way the organization was able to distance itself from those now easy-to-access historical facts about how whacked out Charles Russell really was.
By way of demonstrating just how much influence this cult holds over the minds of it's followers, the answers on this question thread already reflect the new, down-played, unimportance of Russell's role in the organizations history - an attitude you would not have experienced had you asked this question a mere 6 months ago.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Keeping the outside of the cup shiny for over 130 years.
- bob7777Lv 77 years ago
We do not acknowledge any man as our founder. Brother Russell was a man who loved god and hos word the Bible. He sought to cut through erroneous teachings that had crept into mainstream Christianity.
He and a group of like minded men laid the groundwork for the Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses today. How? By prayerfully examining the Bible to see if what is being taught is true.
The Bible clearly tells us there is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism. How could some 5o different kinds of Baptist, a dozen or more different kinds of Catholic and so on be true?
Anyway, we have exposed countless falsehoods. That's the main reason there is so much hate directed towards us here. They do not like being exposed.
Our founder? Our King and redeemer, our lord Jesus the Christ> Our God? Jesus own father whose name alone is Jehovah God the Creator. (Ps 83:18)Source(s): Holy Bible nwt
- Tim in '66Lv 67 years ago
Weird question. JWs acknowledge Russell's role in exposing many false teachings of the churches in his day, and his role in spreading the Bible's true message. But even he did not see himself as a "founder" of anything, always giving credit to Christianity's founder, Jesus Christ, and his Heavenly Father, Jehovah God.
Note the following excerpt from "Jehovah's Witnesses Proclaimers of God's Kingdom" published by WBTS:
"How did Russell perceive the role that he and his associates played in publishing Scriptural truth? He explained: “Our work . . . has been to bring together these long scattered fragments of truth and present them to the Lord’s people—not as new, not as our own, but as the Lord’s. . . . We must disclaim any credit even for the finding and rearrangement of the jewels of truth.” He further stated: “The work in which the Lord has been pleased to use our humble talents has been less a work of origination than of reconstruction, adjustment, harmonization.”
Edit: @ Jason: My opinion of Charles Russell, as shown in my answer, has not changed in my 38 yrs as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Unfortunately, it is naysayers, such as yourself, who seek to concoct such stories as you have done in your answer, that other naysayers will embrace and run with as if it were incontrovertible fact, when the truth is far removed from what you have written.
You actually demonstrate that you know little of JWs, asserting that if Russell "walked into a kingdom hall today he would be disfellowshipped as a heretic." The quote in my answer shows that Russell was constantly searching for the truth of God's word. He showed himself to be a true disciple of Christ; one who is constantly learning and expounding that by sharing it with others. He never claimed that he knew all the answers, again as the quote in my answer shows. So then, holding such a teachable demeanor, if he "walked into a kingdom hall today," who is to say that he would not heartily embrace the understanding that JWs hold in our present day?
And FYI, people of all sorts of religious persuasions are welcome to come along to public talks held in kingdom halls globally every Sunday, and guess what? We don't label any of them "heretics."Source(s): "Jehovah's Witnesses Proclaimers of God's Kingdom" published by WBTS.
- Teller Of TruthsLv 77 years ago
He doesn't need to be acknowledge. He was humble and all credit will go to Jehovah. He went through a lot to re introduce true pure Christianity after Christiania became tainted.t
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- SuzyLv 77 years ago
Jehovah our God is the one to be acknowledged, no reason to put a man on a pedestal. No man can give everlasting life, that is for Jehovah our God only.
- farrahLv 67 years ago
We don't put anyone on a pedestal only Jehovah deserves the proper acknowledgment and his son Jesus Christ whom set the example for us to follow. www.jw.org and all the other things my fellow friends said.
- I TryLv 67 years ago
If the founder of your cult started a satanic teaching that lasted 43 years, would you acknowledge him?
Russell was deep into pyramidology and from the Great pyramid he measured a passage in inches to give the date that Christ arrived invisibly in 1874 and he maintained the pyramid was God's bible is stone for over 43 years. This measurement and therefore date was later changed to reflect the date as 1914, but decided this was the end of the system of things.
The society later said this measuring a pyramid was teaching from Satan and came up with some very inventive math using several OT books and a false date for the destruction of Jerusalem to make the date biblical.
The problem was they did not account for the fact that there was no year zero, after this was pointed out the date for the destruction of Jerusalem was suddenly changed to make 1914 correct.
Yet it still took till 1930 to decide that Christ returned invisibly in 1914 and not 1874.
- BJLv 77 years ago
And old saying: ("Never explain yourself. Your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe it.")