What was the appeal of Judge Rutherford?
Each year when he was alive, tens of thousands of people would travel many miles, and camp out for days in tent cities to hear him speak. People read his book, listened to his recordings, and basically did everything he told them to do.
People gave Rutherford expensive gifts, an air condidtioner for his office in Brooklyn, Cadillacs, the Beth Sarim home and property, and so on.
It is quite clear that Rutherford provided something that the masses "bought", but what was it?
This question is raised because Rutherford wrote and said so many silly things that one wonders today why anyone would bother to take him seriously.
If we can figure out the answer to this, then we will know the secret of how to be a charismatic cult leader.