CT Russell, he loved and supported genocidal militants.
I have the first volumes of The Watchtower from the 1800's to the 1900's.
I will highlight Vol. 2 January 15, 1892 to help the reader understand the truth regarding Russell and his supposed appointment as, what the Watchtower this year referred to, "he certainly was THAT MINISTER" ...making vague reference to his being called "The Laodicean Minister" (found on his tombstone)
Photos of the actual Watchtower below.
What qualities do we see in CTR and what divinity do we see in his "appointment"?
We find CTR discussing his, and his merry band's, activity. He says they were...
"visiting Europe during the past summer”.
What did CTR find over there?
Seems that what CTR and the merry men saw gave them a stark change of heart!
“In Germany every man is a soldier; and what wonderful soldiers they seem to be:… military methods extending into every department of life, business, etc. And, by the way, we experienced quite a change of view with reference to this matter of German military influence. We had heretofore considered as an almost unmixed evil the taking of hundreds of thousands of men from the tilling of the soil to spend four years each in the prime of life in military service; but now we see another side to the question.”
Wow, the CTR merry men had a big shift in thinking! When once they thought the German military was “unmixed evil”, CTR now writes,
“… it has been the greatest and most rapid educator of the men of that nation, and thus, under divine providence, an instrumentality for awakening the world and preparing for the great change of dispensation about to be inaugurated.”
Imagine, the German army was “divine providence” and was part of the “dispensation” !
But alas, CTR does not stop there. He goes on,
“It has taken sleepy, thoughtless boys from the farm and has waked them up and educated them, often to far more practical benefit than four years of a college course would have done. As a result, one seldom meets a stupid German.”
WOW! No stupid Germans. Just like the present day, Watchtower “divine education”, the German military also was “divine” and better than College!
Oh how CTR loved the German Military. He said about the German government,
“ ..the present government and emperor are very popular.”
Well, why not, one might ask, since after all…
“The last ten years have witnessed for the masses a great social and financial elevation; laws have been enacted for the protection, and gradually for the betterment, of the poorer classes;”
Obviously, Jesus, when he came to his spiritual temple just a few years later, would see such a keen appreciation of CTR for something as wonderful as the “divine” German military. Surely CTR wold be appointed as “the faithful slave”!
But wait… CTR mentions,
“German military preparation is so well known…. Germany is today, humanly speaking, the arbiter of the world’s peace.”
Surely God saw how great the German military was?
But did God not see that the German military was a brutal regime, bent on committing acts of genocide?
What kind of gawd appoints a man who advocated for mass murderers?
I would like to post photos but this site won't let them in. Perhaps too much data...
You can open the bound volumes from CTR to almost any page and find there's something that makes you want to hurl.
Nothing JWs are told about this man is true, and you become acutely aware how how much Watchtower has lied as you peruse those volumes.
Wow, thanks Lasty, incredible, I had no idea. The holy spirit really did work wonders *for him* through the German army, since their declaration of war in 1914 led to his daft brand of Christianity being taken at face value by over 8 million people 100 years later!!
It has taken sleepy, thoughtless boys from the farm and has waked them up and educated them, often to far more practical benefit than four years of a college course would have done. As a result, one seldom meets a stupid German.”
Interesting, again as a man with not even a high school diploma, he really did have a chip on his shoulder about further education that has carried on down to this day.
Charles Russell commended the German Bible Students for serving in the German army.
The German Watchtowers published a far different message than the British and American Watchtowers:
Thanks crow. Interesting link.
If one were to talk openly in the congo about the content of the early Watchtower rags, one would find oneself outside quickly.
What is interesting to remember is that at this time the Watchtower was operating out of PENNSYLVANIA!
And Pennsylvania was full of GERMANS!
I wonder how much that effected CTR's viewpoint?
"Pennsylvania has the largest population of German-Americans in the U.S."
Nice information dark. I would not have made the connection without that info.
It makes sense, no? He was living in the heart of Germany 2
It has became some what notorious nowadays due to the 1930's pre-war Nazi sympathizers - and I believe one of the Nazi Youth Summer Camps was in Pennsylvania.