Who are the Friends of Jehovah’s Witnesses who have created this website?
We are your brothers and sisters, the children of the original Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, founded and guided by Pastor Charles Taze Russell until his death in 1916. Afterward, Judge Rutherford took control of the Society, removed the editorial committee (designated in Pastor Russell’s Will) and cast out of Bethel those still loyal to the original teachings. Many left the Society as they saw the doctrines changing and the spirit of love changing to the spirit of fear. Many of those who left, or were disfellowshipped, formed the Associated Bible Students. We are set up just like the original Bible Students in the days of Pastor Russell. There is no governing body, except that Pastor Russell’s teachings remain a guiding influence among us. Each Bible Student Group elects their own elders and deacons, just as was the practice in the early church and in the early Truth movement in Pastor Russell’s day. We hold no ill will to the Society or the brethren who make it up. In the spirit of love, we extend the warm hand of greetings and fellowship.