Pastor Russell Founded the Bible Students, Not the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The picture is clear. The historical data reveals beyond a doubt that the Bible Students founded by Pastor Russell and Jehovah’s Witnesses founded by Judge Rutherford are two separate movements.

Pastor Russell founded the Bible Students. The movement had its beginning in 1872 at Allegheny, Pennsylvania, where a newly formed Bible Class selected Charles Taze Russell as its Pastor. At that time other earnest Christians were forming independent Bible classes for in-depth Bible study to meet the then rising wave of infidelity. While many clung blindly to the creeds that originated in the “Dark Ages,” the Bible Students emerged to challenge intelligent unbelief and unintelligent belief.

Pastor Russell became a leader of thought and activity among these congregations. In 1879 Zion’s Watch Tower was formed, later known as the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (not to be mistaken with Jehovah’s Witnesses). This society did not become the central authority of the Bible Student movement. It could not because all cooperating congregations of Bible Students held strictly to congregational self-government. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society was basically a publishing house and lecture bureau that constantly employed Bible lecturers who traveled throughout the Western Hemisphere—some to the far reaches of the world.

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30 comments to Pastor Russell Founded the Bible Students, Not the Jehovah’s Witnesses

  • just Stay Sweet and Good

    Nubby Tope……. I don’t know a lot about it. This article “Protocols of the elders of Zion” in wikipedia says Henry Ford published it in the USA. So many of the people who came to the USA right after the first WW1 were from Eastern Europe and only forty years out of serfdom which had kept them from any opportunities to better themselves. The rich did have the power in those countries, no doubt about that. These people really lapped up the message of a New World that was being preached to them, and had come out of Catholic systems which were anti semetic in those days. I find these attitudes no different than the ant illuminate ideas of today and the “them and us” mentality that feeds into personal paranoia, and to be just playing into the hands of the opposer. Fear produces fear. Love produces love. As our brother Paul said concerning the sons of Jacob “They are beloved for the sake of their fathers” Romans 11 chapter

  • TedR (Bible Student)

    More info from that same link:
    Declaration of Facts was reprinted in the Yearbook 1934
    “It is falsely charged by our enemies that we have received financial support for our work from the Jews. Nothing is farther from the truth. Up to this hour there never has been the slightest bit of money contributed to our work by Jews. We are the faithful followers of Christ Jesus and believe upon Him as the Savior of the world, whereas the Jews entirely reject Jesus Christ and emphatically deny that he is the Savior of the world sent of God for man’s good. This of itself should be sufficient proof to show that we receive no support from Jews and that therefore the charges against us are maliciously false and could proceed only from Satan, our great enemy. The greatest and the most oppressive empire on earth is the Anglo-American empire. By that is meant the British Empire, of which the United States of America forms a part. It has been the commercial Jews of the British-American empire that have built up and carried on Big Business as a means of exploiting and oppressing the peoples of many nations. This fact particularly applies to the cities of London and New York, the stronghold of Big Business. This fact is so manifest in America that there is a proverb concerning the city of New York which says: The Jews own it, the Irish Catholics rule it, and the Americans pay the bills.
    Instead of being against the principles advocated by the government of Germany, we stand squarely for such principles, and point out that Jehovah God through Christ Jesus will bring about the full realization of these principles and will give to the people peace and prosperity and the greatest desire of every honest heart.
    Please take time to read the entire link posted above from JW Facts!

    • greg (Bible Student)


      Watchtower’s continued legacy of Hypocrisy is scary. In doing a little investigation of my own, I came across the May 8th, 1981 Awake and its section, “Watching the World”. One might get the sense that it’s almost as if Watchtower was trying to obfuscate their prior blunders, however, I fear the real truth is even more frightening than that. I mean, to be clear, remember that the below quote is actually a quote of a quote (the original comment having been made in The Wall Street Journal). Anyway, on page 30 of that Awake it reads:

      (Begin quote)
      ‘Deafening Silence’

      In its review of The Terrible Secret, a book based on newly available documents about Hitler’s slaughter of the Jews, The Wall Street Journal observed: ‘The Vatican, better informed than anyone else by its priests and its faithful throughout Central and Eastern Europe, knew [about the holocaust] beyond a shadow of doubt in the summer, even in the spring, of 1942. Where was the fiery papal encyclical that might have created a crisis of conscience among the Catholics in the German nation and the German army? Pius XII maintained a deafening diplomatic silence while the furnaces continued to work full blast.”
      (end quote)

      If I was tempted to write about the things I’m seeing when I’m Watching Watchtower World, it might sound something like this:

      (begin mock snippet)
      ‘Deafening Silence’

      In my own private Journal I’ve observed: ‘The Watchtower, better informed than anyone else by its Various Overseers and Local Bodies of Elders and its other faithful adherents throughout the world, knew [about the sexual holocaust] beyond a shadow of doubt for many preceding decades. Where was the fiery Watchtower encyclical that might have created a crisis of conscience among it’s members in all the Congregations throughout the world? The Governing Body has maintained a deafening diplomatic silence while the furnaces of pedophilia have continued to work full blast.”
      (end mock snippet)

      Ever since Rutherford, Watchtower has always loved pointing fingers. Yeah, OK, sure, it’s fun to point fingers… until someone loses an eye. Where are all the eyes now?

      As I got to bottom of the hitler-nazi page you linked to, I couldn’t help but wonder if Watchtower would soon make it’s own application for “Sexual Abuse Victim’s Compensations” under the premise that they’d make sure the funds went to all the “appropriate places” just like they did with the “Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation Fund.” Wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

      Does greed or pride know any bounds or shame?


      • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

        Greg No! They have no boundaries or shame. Greed and pride are a hallmark of the governing body of Jehovah witnesses and their Gestapo elders. It is a corporate big business with free labor by people who think it is God needing the money.

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