Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith alone...For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also" - James 2: 24, 26
Al Capone vs. Judge Rutherford
Al Capone gained his power by exploiting the weaknesses of people.
Judge Rutherford gained his power by exploiting the weaknesses of people.
Al Capone lived and acted like a King using his own money.
Judge Rutherford lived and acted like a King using everyone else's money.
In 1923, before the Great Depression, Al Capone bought a very nice house on a small plot of land for $5,500.
At the start of the Great Depression in 1929 Judge Rutherford had a mansion built for $25,000, excluding the 100 acres of land he possessed around the home. As soon as his mansion was built, Rutherford bragged he was offered $75,00 for it.
Al Capone eventually had two homes, including a 4,000 square foot mansion in Florida.
Judge Rutherford eventually had five homes, including two 5,000+ square foot mansions in California, a luxury apartment in Manhattan (worth millions today), a home on Staten Island, and a residence in Germany.
Al Capone was one of the very few elite rich people who bought a 1930 V-16 Cadillac. That car cost between $5,400 and $9,200 and that was during the Great Depression. A new Ford that year only cost $600, which means one could buy about 15 new Ford automobiles for the cost of that one Cadillac.
Judge Rutherford was one of the very few elite rich people who did not own one of those V-16 Cadillacs: he owned TWO of them.
Al Capone had 1 yacht.
Judge Rutherford had 2 yachts.
The finances of Al Capone's city-wide empire were known to no one but himself and his accountant.
The finances of Judge Rutherford's WORLD-wide empire were known to no one but himself and his accountant.
Al Capone lived with his wife and son.
Judge Rutherford would not live with his wife and son or even visit them or cause them to visit him.
Al Capone had at least one mistress.
Judge Rutherford had at least one mistress.
Al Capone was very close to his son, Sonny.
Judge Rutherford's son Malcolm despised his father and wouldn't even attend his father's funeral.
Al Capone smuggled illegal whisky and sold it.
Judge Rutherford smuggled illegal whiskey and drank it.
Al Capone got all of his money illegally.
Judge Rutherford got all of his money immorally.
Al Capone did not pay enough taxes on his ill-gotten fortune.
Judge Rutherford did not pay ANY taxes on his ill-gotten fortune.
Al Capone assassinated his enemies.
Judge Rutherford assassinated the character of his enemies.
Al Capone sold a tangible product which gave value and cheer for those who drank alcohol.
Judge Rutherford sold failed promises which had virtually no value or cheer, and gave only disappointment and bitterness for those who believed him.
Al Capone never claimed to exclusively represent the interests of God.
Judge Rutherford always claimed to exclusively represent the interests of God.
Al Capone had personal bodyguards.
Judge Rutherford had personal bodyguards.
Al Capone always traveled first class.
Judge Rutherford always traveled first class.
Al Capone never wrote any worthless books.
Judge Rutherford wrote dozens of worthless books.
Al Capone wasn't an alcoholic.
Judge Rutherford was a first-class alcoholic.
Al Capone's friends attended his funeral.
Judge Rutherford had no friends.
Al Capone never incited people into riots.
Judge Rutherford incited thousands of people into riots.
Al Capone once had a charity that helped the poor.
Judge Rutherford never had any charity for the poor, and he spent his life doing his best to make and keep everyone associated with him poor.
Al Capone never spent months of his time visiting Europe.
Judge Rutherford spent four months of every year visiting Europe.
Al Capone bluffed his whole life, but at least he didn't brag about it.
Judge Rutherford bluffed his whole life and bragged about it.
Al Capone scorned and disobeyed the Law of the Land.
Judge Rutherford scorned and disobeyed the Law of the Land.
No one dared to question the orders of Al Capone.
No one dared to question the orders of Judge Rutherford.
Al Capone got syphilis brought on by his sexual exploits.
Judge Rutherford got colon cancer brought on by his alcohol excesses.
Al Capone lost his sanity due to his syphilis.
Judge Rutherford lost his sanity without any outside help whatsoever.
Al Capone paid his dozens of workers handsomely.
Judge Rutherford didn't pay his tens of thousands of workers squat.
Al Capone did not hate and vilify the government that gave and protected his freedoms.
Judge Rutherford spent his entire life hating and vilifying the same government that gave and protected his freedoms.
Al Capone was a very wicked man who never pretended to be otherwise.
Judge Rutherford was a very wicked man who claimed to be the personal spokesman of God himself.
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. " - Matthew 24:4