Salesmen working on commission (i.e. colporteurs, Pastor Russell's business)

by TerryWalstrom 6 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • TerryWalstrom

    "Despite the MILLIONS of books and magazines SOLD by Charles Taze Russell and his Tower Publishing Company, and the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of tracts and other literature distributed free by ZWTTS between the mid-1870s and 1900, only around 2600 persons bothered attending the Watch Tower Society's local Memorial celebrations in 1899. A significant percentage of those 2600 persons were Russell's "COLPORTEURS", who earned their livings selling Russell's literature for a PROFIT. Charles Taze Russell was ABSOLUTELY CORRECT when he proclaimed for decades that ZWTTS was NOT a religion -- it was a BUSINESS."
    "ZION'S WATCH TOWER magazine was not owned by ZION'S WATCH TOWER TRACT SOCIETY, but rather was a "For-Profit" Business owned personally by Charles Taze Russell and his TOWER PUBLISHING COMPANY, and that the "growing debt" which was "burdening" the work of ZWTTS was owed to Charles Taze Russell, himself."

    The above is copy and pasted from the website:
    One of the most fascinating anti-JW sites I've ever visited.


  • OrphanCrow

    Does that link work for you, Terry? I haven't been able to access it for some time.

    The other bravehost site, though, does work for me:

  • eyeuse2badub

    Thanks for bringing us more collateral damage regarding the origin of "god's modern day organization". It certainly seems that people in general were "ripe for the picking" in the late 19th century. Lots of weirdos came along in those days howling that the 'end of the world' was nigh! Unfortunately, some of their sh*t survived despite facts!

    Unfortunately also Terry, is the fact that we sort of fell for it too!

    Thanks bro!

    just saying!

  • redvip2000

    I started reading it. Will finish later when i home.

    I don't doubt that much, if not all of this info is true, but to be fair, the author is making a colossal amount of assertions and mentioning facts without any visible basis. Which materials is he retrieving this from? Where are the citations and references? Terrible scholarly work.

  • OrphanCrow

    Well that's strange. Ignore what I said Terry. I have access on a different device

  • sparky1

    Well redvip2000, at least some of the information about Rutherford's brother can be corroborated:

  • TerryWalstrom

    Orphan Crow
    The link works fine for me. Your device may have some sort of filtering heuristic triggered by the address, however.

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