So how did JF Rutherford function...?
Every picture I have seen at him at Beth Shirim and other private places are with a bottle of alcohol.. while for me personally I couldn't care less anymore...
For JW's this is low moral character.
So I'm an going to guess he was a functioning alcoholic... how did that work with his closest workers? Was he gay too? His anti-wife statement in the Children book makes me think he was not hetero.... that's fine too but let it come to light if true...
Now I can only imagine him walking though bethal with a flask tucked in this jacket... probably why is talks were so offensive... he had whiskey goggles on
Rutherford was a WT super star. He had handlers. And his handlers had suppliers for all of his needs, wants and any desires. Rutherford with his swagger and crudeness, like a snake oil salesman, brought in a lot of money from naive, humble folk. He sold them a dream... Millions Now Living Will Never Die... No one cared if he was drunk when he said it. They liked hearing the pretty fantasy words...
I don't think his female ✌🏾nutritionist✌🏾was aware of his homosexuality lol...
In his time, this esteemed gentleman earned himself the unenviable nickname of "Booze Rutherford".
Lots of info about Rutherford on this forum..
Don't know about the gay bit though...lol...
see the video and links
A bit off topic. I was PIMI for nearly 30 years and a PIMO for 10 years. In those 40 years I had never heard of Joe Ruds booze escapades, or Beth Sarim, until I come onto this forum. In fact I never fully understood the whole religion until I came on here. Unbelievable.
He was filled with spirit.
What i do know from Crises of Conscience, this forum and JW Survey is:
He would, at times, give talks in large conventions while drunk.
He had a much younger female "nutritionist" travel with him everywhere even when he was still married.
He tried to curry favor with Adolf Hitler and even claimed, in writing, that "...the Bible Researchers of Germany are fighting for the very same high ethical goals and ideals which also the national government of the German Reich proclaimed..." - (READ THE LETTER HERE: https://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/hitler-nazi.php)
When the prophets didnt arrive in 1925 he just moved himself in Beth Sarim. I mean, it'd be a shame to waste a mansion built on the donations of your followers wouldn't it?
He wrote lots of books on his own and even printed his name inside to show it was him who written it. No governing body back then. No writing committee involved in his writing.
He measured how many feet it was from his office desk to the printing presses over the road and somehow believed it fulfilled a prophesy in the book of Daniel.
I think it's partly because the cultural norms around drinking were different then (prohibition in parts of the USA notwithstanding). Also, remember he was very well off and from the upper middle classes and the rules are completely different for them.
Its like the old cliché of poor people are mad, rich people are eccentric.
JWleaks I bet prison sobered him up a bit!!He looks mad as hell there...you just *know* what's going through his mind "Dang! hope I can bribe me some guards to smuggle some liquor in here..."