Another Outright Lie Published 2/17 WT

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  • TD


    CTR was counting on a physical return in 1879, but when it failed, he moved it to 1914. To save face, he invented the parousia nonsense as a stop-gap measure.

    Sort of.

    The original target date of the Millerite/Second Advent movement was 1843/1844. When the fall of 1844 came and went uneventfully, a few of the more prominent leaders within the movement "spiritualized" the prediction, teaching that Christ had in fact, arrived right on schedule, except that instead of descending to earth, he had entered into the most holy of the heavenly temple. Since this was an invisible, spiritual event, it was impossible for any human to either prove or disprove.

    Not everyone accepted that explanation. Nelson H. Barbour who had joined the Millerites at the age of 19 lost his faith completely, left the U.S., and became a miner during the Australian gold rush. It was during his voyage home that he found what he believed to be the critical error in Miller's reckoning. Barbour reset the date to 1873/1874, publishing his findings in both the Advent Christian Times and World's Crises. (Two leading papers of the Advent Christian Association.) In 1873, he started a monthly of his own, titled, The Midnight Cry and Herald of The Morning. When the fall of 1874 passed uneventfully, B.W. Keith, a reader of Barbour's periodical noticed that Benjamin Wilson's, Emphatic Diaglott (An interlinear translation of J.J. Griesbach's recension of the New Testament) rendered parousia as "presence." Based upon this rendering, he suggested that perhaps Christ really had come in the fall of 1874 after all and that this had been an invisible event. Barbour, who was unwilling to abandon his intricate chronology found this solution attractive, so once again, the prediction was, "spiritualized."

    All of this happened before Russell ever met Barbour.

    In 1876, Russell stumbled across Barbour's chronology (By reading Herald of The Morning) and was so intrigued by it that he paid Barbour's expenses to travel to Philadelphia and meet with him. Russell subsequently accepted Barbour's 1874 date for an invisible parousia as well as the prediction that the next forty years would be a period of ingathering, culminating in 1914, at which point God's kingdom would be established on earth.

    Therefore Russell did not at any point in his life look forward to the parousia as a future event, which is why the quote from the February Watchtower above is thoroughly dishonest and utter nonsense.

    1914 came and although a large war did break out, this is not what was supposed to happen. In 1925, J.F. Rutherford announced that God's Kingdom had been established right on schedule, only this had been a heavenly, invisible event. For a third consecutive time a failure of Adventist date setting was explained away by "spiritualizing" what were supposed to be tangible, visible events.

    During the years that followed, the Barbour/Russell chronology was systematically shifted forward forty years so that 1914 became the date for both the parousia as well as the start of the "Time of the end." The first clear, unambiguous reference to 1914 as the year Christ had returned did not appear in The Watch Tower until December of 1933, which means the 1874 date was taught for more than half a century.

  • sir82

    That seems pretty huge, that they admit so openly "we can err".

    It of course opens up what seems to be a can of worms - "well if they can err, which of their current doctrines or procedures is currently wrong? Isn't Jehovah a God of truth?"

    If truth doesn't matter, what does? Sincerity? The WTS has spent over a century bashing other religion, and billions of adherents of those religions, who claim that "sincerity" is enough.

    Of course, as noted above, the "get out of jail free" card for the WTS is "Jesus appointed us, therefore you have to obey us, even if we are wrong, even if you know we are wrong. If you don't obey Jehovah will kill you."

  • menrov
    The Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible

    So, why listen to them ????????????? Neither is my boss, my neigbour, my prime minister ....

    so again, why listen and obey the gb??????

  • darkspilver

    Hi smiddy

    Another lie ? , "Zions Watchtower & Tract Society was Legally incorporated in 1884,with brother Russell as president"

    The Proclaimers Book would appear to be 'clearer' on this matter

    Jehovah’s Witnesses—Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom, page 576, paragraph 1

    The following year the first of an extensive series of tracts designed to interest people in Bible truths was prepared for publication. This work quickly took on immense proportions. In order to handle it, Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society was formed on February 16, 1881, with W. H. Conley as president and C. T. Russell as secretary and treasurer. Arrangements were made for the printing to be done by commercial firms in various cities of Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio, as well as in Britain. In 1884, Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society was legally incorporated, with C. T. Russell as president, and its charter showed that it was more than a society that would direct publishing. Its real objective was religious; it was chartered for “the dissemination of Bible Truths in various languages.”
  • baker

    Russell also taught the Egyptian pyramids has so much to do with his chronology that he wrote Thy Kingdom Come book, which today not many, if any, witnesses have investigated this side of Russell. My guess is that it would make Russell look too paganist.

  • Sanchy

    Do any of you ever feel like screaming at your screen when you read the nonsense WT prints?

    I got that feeling x10 with this article.

  • Ding

    The Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible. Therefore, it can err in doctrinal matters or in organizational direction.

    Nevertheless, Jehovah wants you to believe everything they tell you and obey them without question.

    What a view the WT has of God: He isn't as interested in truth as he is in unity.

  • Sanchy

    Sir82: If truth doesn't matter, what does? Sincerity? The WTS has spent over a century bashing other religion, and billions of adherents of those religions, who claim that "sincerity" is enough.

    Exactly what i was thinking. If the faithful slave can err, then who's to say the pope or other religious leaders are not the real faithful slave? Wouldn't they have the right to err as well?

  • punkofnice
    The Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible

    No sh1t, Sherlock!

    But....................Try using that in a JC and watch the reaction of the janitors elders. DF immediately.

    They say these things in the dublications, but it's business as usual. The brainwashed drones lap it up still. They still bumble on as if the paedo protecting popes are inspired.

    So, does this negate all the times the WBT$ has at least implied the GB are inspired?

  • Saename
    The Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible. Therefore, it can err in doctrinal matters or in organizational direction.

    Am I still going to be disfellowshipped for believing that the Governing Body makes mistakes?

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