Sunday, July 27, 2008

Some Historic Information About Russell and Rutherford

Russell did not recommend Rutherford as his successor. He knew that Rutherford could not be trusted and that he was an opportunist. So in 1915 Russell dismissed Rutherford and gave him $1,500.00 to set up a practice in California. When Russell died, Rutherford was an elder in the Los Angelos Ecclesia of Bible Students. He had a regular job as an attorney for a department store.
Judge Rutherford did a hostile takeover of the International Bible Students assets after Russell's death. Then he vilified them and rewrote the History of the Watchtower Socirty. A few years later he changed the name of his group to Jehovahs Wtinesses to further separate them from the Russell's group of Bible Students. That is why the new name was given. Rutherford wanted to make sure that his group was not mistaken for the Bible Students, which was Russell's group. The only link between the two groups was the assets; buildings and printing equipment and such that Rutherford took. Rutherford was an evil ambitious man but all his dupes were his personal slaves.
Try and convince Jehovah's Witnesses of these facts. Show them the proof from their own writings and they still won't believe it. And when they finally do accept the fact that Rutherford ursurped the authority of the directors in his hostile takeover, they simply say "It was Jehovah's will." And they proceed to cite scriptures to prove that Jehovah uses illegal means to accomplish his work.
On the other hand, the Bible Students have the same attitude ... they simply say "it was the Lord's will, no sense crying over spilt milk, we have work to do." Both groups are absolutely pathetic.
If Rutherford had no position in the Watchtower Society how did he get on the Board so quickly?He got on the board the same way many do in this world. It's who you know! Rutherford was an opportunist. And he made a name for himself travelling and debating. He also had friends in high places, namely VanAmburgh and MacMillan. These two no doubt pulled some strings to get Rutherford on board. After all, they could agree, he was a Lawyer, he knew business. he is well liked and respected and knows the truth. He would be an asset to the organization.
So he got on this little committee that was simply going to get thing organizaed for the elections in January 1917.
For those who wonder why Russell included Rutherford in his Will, well he didn't. Booze Rutherford got his name put on the Will after Brother Russell died. Brother Russell, while not faultless, knew that Rutherford was a pain in the ass he was NOT the type of person he wanted left in charge. And sure enough, once Rutherford illegally restled control away from those who Brother Russell wanted to run the show, things started changing. A good example is both men's view towards Jews: Russell was sympathetic towards them, Rutherford, while initially carrying on this belief, eventually revealed his true colours and was very anti-Semetic.
I vaguely recall reading somewhere else that Beth Sarim was built to get Rutherford out of office as no one could stand him at Bethel. While alot of Brother Russell's ideas were far-fetched, he was alot more laid back than the fanatical nazi-like regieme that Rutherford created.
Further, under Russell the president was just a figure, the power was in the hands of the board of directors, so it didn't matter what the president did or said. If the directors did not approve it, it would not be done.
You know the rest of the story. When it came time for the election of the officers, Rutherford was elected as president, only he added a little by-law which gave all power to the president. Now the Society and all its assests were in his hands and the directors were powerless. Before the directors could have these by-laws rescinded, the Judge tied things up and dismissed any and all who would challenge him. By then the majority of the Bible Students basically told the judge, you can have it, we don't need it, and moved on. Thus, Jehovah's Witnesses were born. Their leader was a fake, a liar and a scondrel. Is it any wonder that they all their doctrines are ridiculous and all of their predictions fall flat?
To get the full story of the Rutherford takeover and it's consequences, see this website. The book is called HARVEST SIFTINGS.
http://www.lulu.com/content/574390
HARVEST SIFTINGS was written by Joseph Franklin Rutherford in 1917. This book was authored by J.F. Rutherford during the period of factional infighting following Russell’s death. Opposed by a majority of the Society’s board of directors, Rutherford spared no weapon in his struggle for control of the organization. As a lawyer he skillfully unseated the directors Russell had appointed for life, and as a communicator he destroyed them in the eyes of his readers. This is a fascinating piece of Watchtower history.

6 comments:

miken said...

Could you post references supporting Rutherford's dismissal as the society legal attorney in 1915 (WT ref?). Also evidence Rutherford was not a board member when Russell died in October 1916.

Defender said...

Big Lie
I guess you will continue to lie until your destruction.

Russell died in October 31, 1916 he was 64 years old.
Before he died J.F Rutherford was a member of the Editorial Committee. The Editorial Committee have general supervision of all the work of the Society, subject to the control of the board of directors.

Did brother Rutherford used Power to take over the society?
J.F Rutherford was elected as the new president.
He followed the arrangement put in place by Russell, the work was moving ahead, but some inside the organization did not like the man.
4 members of the board of directors wanted to Remove him as the President of the society.
Despite the man was doing his best to follow the pattern established by Russell, they opposed him and wanted to take control of the organization.
the opposition continued for several weeks and the disturbers according to them Rutherford was a tyran.
Because these men Refused to change like the apostates today, they had been asked to leave, and they did the same the apostates are doing today, like this website for example.
they soon began spreading their opposition by an extensive speaking and letter-writing campaign throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
The Results of the oppostion a number of congregations were split into two groups, those loyal to the society, and those who were easy prey to the smooth talk of the opposers.
But the effort of the opposers to gain control of the society failed.
The vast majority of the bible students voted indicating their support of J.F.Rutherford.

it is the same today, all the apostates effort to turn people away from the true organization will fail, yes you read it apostate you can write anything you want on this website, but the preaching work will continue and Jehovah will continue to gather the deserving ones to his true organization.

where is the name Jehovah Witnesses come from?

This name came from Isaiah 43:10-12
You are my Witnesses is the Utterance of Jehovah.

this name was adopted in 1931
Because we bear witness about Jehovah and his kingdom.
The true about God had been Reestablished as Prophecy in the bible in the time of the end

Good Luck and keep waiting for the destruction, it is coming soon

Anonymous said...

Lol. Yet another pointless long defender post whining about how lies are being told about the beloved JWs. I can't stop being entertained by such people, because it is unclear what their purpose is. Surely they don't need to bolster their faith in the organisation. What are they still doing here then? Making long and stupid posts, dancing around the truth. How much more stupid can such defenders be?

It's nice to see them upholding the decent name of JWs though - eagerly anticipating the destruction of people who don't think like them... And the 'destruction' has been coming soon for a century - how much longer will it take? Eh? Oh right - soon!
Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the name Jehovah's Witnesses came from Isiah 43:10. So what? It had to come from somewhere and so Rutherford took a scripture and came up with a name, even though the King Jamews Version says that we are Witnesses of THE LORD:
"You are my witnesses, declares the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen,so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.
defender, you worry me. You are just salivating for everyone's destruction, aren't you?

Ronde said...

When are you going to write something that is relevant to Jehovah's Witnesses?

kimmy jo said...

ronde,
you continue to be confused.