Judge Rutherford was jealous of the Great Pyramid

by VM44 7 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • VM44

    The following letter was from Brother Morton Edgar to Brother Frank L. Parsons of Portland Oregon.

    It and other letters may be found on this webpage, http://www.heraldmag.org/olb/contents/treatises/edgar%20parsons%20letters.htm

    Morton Edgar was a Bible Student and student of the Great Pyramid, having written several books upon the subject.

    In this letter one can read that he was more than a little upset with Judge Rutherford for discarding the significance of The Great Pyramid, and Morton gives the real reason as to why Rutherford got rid of the "witness of the Pyramid".



    29 DEC 1939

    Dear Brother Parsons, I am forwarding by book-post in three packets the two volumes you require, and some of the Pyramid booklets, besides others (in all: 2 cloth-bound books, 15 paper-bound booklets, and two pamphlets, which I trust will prove of interest to you and the brethren with you).

    Yes, I have heard of the interest that the "British Israel" sect is seeking to arouse in your part of the country, also in the Western part of Canada. But one wonders if real interest is being manifested amongst the people in general.

    I rather doubt it. It is quite true that the "Watch Tower Society" should be upholding the true way of understanding the Great Pyramid, -but this is where "Judge" R. has betrayed us.

    However we must take it that the Lord has permitted this for a wise purpose, to manifest those of the brethren who are truly His, and love the truth. When "Judge" R. discarded the teaching of the Great Pyramid, he discarded the works of Brother Russell too. At that Detroit Convention in 1928, where this Evil Servant denounced the inspired testimony of the Lord’s Stone Sign and Witness, he did not permit a single copy of any of Brother Russell’s "Studies", or any of the booklets of Brother Russell, to appear in the book-stalls. The only books on sale (were) those of "Judge" R. And in the elaborate program of the Convention, no mention whatever was made of Brother Russell’s books, whereas there were colored illustrations of the various books and booklets of that "Evil Servant". Did you particularly notice this?

    The discarding of my books on the Great Pyramid was a mere detail, the great betrayal was in the discarding of the books of that "Faithful and Wise Servant".

    A lot of the brethren think that I was "cut up" because "Judge" R. denounced the Great Pyramid at that Detroit Convention, and later in the "Watch Tower".

    How little they understand my attitude in this matter, -for as a matter of fact I was reassured in my faith, for I had for some time previously expected this very move of that Evil Servant. I knew that his confessed belief in the Great Pyramid’s inspired testimony was insincere, -a make-believe. His outburst at the Convention in Detroit was merely his revealing his true attitude, -and his denunciation of the Great Pyramid was but a cloak for his real and vital denunciation, namely, his casting out of the faith-inspiring books of Brother Russell. Previous to his public denunciation of the books on the Great Pyramid, "Judge" R. had already showed his hand, in the Brooklyn Bethel, when he declared to the brethren there that he had now discarded the testimony of the Great Pyramid. This was sometime in May, 1928, -some of the Bethel brethren, who were much interested in the Great Pyramid, and always had been from the first, wrote me in this connection, saying at the same time that so far as they were concerned they still believed in the Witness to the Lord, no matter what "Judge" R. said against it. Brother Van Amburgh was one those who declared his continued faith in the Bible in Stone (he had just shortly before written an article on the Pyramid, which appeared in the "Golden Age", and which had to be reissued in a later copy, for the demand was so great, thus proving the immense interest manifested by the brethren in general in the Great Pyramid). But even Brother Van Amburgh had to hide his faith, when he was how determined "Judge" R. was to get rid of the witness of the Pyramid. The fact is, "Judge" R. was jealous, -jealous of the attention that the Great Pyramid was undoubtedly getting, and probably jealous of the interest manifested in the Pyramid’s teaching through that article by Brother Van Amburgh (which, by the way, Brother Van Amburgh could not have written without my direct assistance!).

    You ask about the two sons of my late Brother John, -one died a few years ago, the elder one. The other now lives in America, and has done so for several years, in fact since the end of the 1914 war. John, the elder one, manifested some interest in the truth, though not so much as we had hoped he might. The other one, Stanley, does not keep up his interest, I am sorry to say. But we trust that one day he will get an awakening, and remember his one-time faith. Immediately after the death of their father, these two joined the Bethel in London, taking their part in the work of the Society for some little time. But their experience there does not seem to have been to their spiritual welfare. They became skeptical because of the manifest lack of love in the older members of the Bethel staff, who should have been an example in faith and love. Personally I do not know much about the matter, but they could not fail to see that the faith and love of my two nephews was being undermined in some way. They both left the Society before the outbreak of the 1914 war. I shall be glad to hear from you again, soon.

    Your loving brother, MORTON EDGAR

  • fullofdoubtnow

    Interesting letter. It seems the judge loved the limelight, and discarded anything that threatened to take the focus of attention away from him.

    This part of the letter could have been written about the modern - day org.

    They became skeptical because of the manifest lack of love in the older members of the Bethel staff, who should have been an example in faith and love

    Nothing changes in jw land.

  • VM44

    RR posted another letter written by Morton Edgar in his thread, "An Interesting Letter".


    Here is a paragraph from the letter that throws some more light on Rutherford's personality.


    At the Albert Hall meeting in May, 1926, Judge Rutherford shocked the public, no less than the brethren, by roaring out from the platform: "Shut up!" - A little woman in the audience had raised her voice in protest at something he had said, and this is how judge Rutherford answered her. He then roared out still louder, if anything: "Put that woman out!" and as she was being conducted out of the hall he continued: "It cost you nothing to come in, and it will cost you nothing to go out!" He also made a number of derogatory remarks about women in general. To us the whole outburst from the platform seemed so needless and overbearing; and we could not help contrasting the scene with the gentle, patient way with which Brother Russell dealt with his numerous interrupters.

  • slimboyfat

    Fascinating - well done finding this!

    I have a few books by Morton Edgar... interesting stuff.


  • juni

    Thanks VM for the latest on Rutherford. God that guy was a pompous ass.

    How could God's spirit come to rest on this "chosen one"? He sounds like Lucifer.


  • fullofdoubtnow

    Thanks VM for the latest on Rutherford. God that guy was a pompous ass.

    Yeah, he does come across that way, so arrogant. Here's a link to an interview I posted earlier showing his "softer " side, allegedly:


  • johnny cip
    johnny cip


    is the place you can order van amburgs golden age mag . about the pyramid and other old reprinted wt junk they don't want you to see or read. and the good part is they cost about $7-10 each. truely bargains. for any serious wt reseacher. john p.s. that link needs you to type in watchtower

    edited to fix link ~ Scully

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