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Brother Russell Founded the Bible Students, not Jehovah’s Witnesses

This early Bible Student history book is written by Bro. Ken Rawson, a Bible Student elder who knew more Bible Students from Pastor Russell’s and JF Rutherford’s time than any other Bible Student elder alive today.

After the death of Pastor Russell in 1916, the purpose of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society changed drastically. Joseph Rutherford, whom Pastor Russell had recently dismissed from his staff, seized legal control of the Watch Tower, dismissed the majority of the Board of Directors, and established dictatorial authority. The Watch Tower became the central head and authority over all congregations willing to yield their sovereignty. Basic doctrines of the “new society” seriously digressed from the teachings of Pastor Russell as the writings of Pastor Russell were discarded. The methods of conducting the evangelistic work were altered. The more sensational digressions, such as refusing blood transfusion and saluting the flag, caught the public’s eye.  But many individuals and whole congregations refused to surrender their Christian liberty or accept the new teachings. As early as 1917, the exodus from the newly declared sovereign headquarters
began. By 1918 one-fourth of the Bible Students left Judge Rutherford and remained true to the teachings of the late Pastor Russell.

To read more click on the pdf file below.

Bible Students not Jehovah Witnesses.pdf final

101 comments to Brother Russell Founded the Bible Students, not Jehovah’s Witnesses

  • ANDY

    you IBSA are linked to Jehovah’s Witnesses
    why don’t you admit it?


    • Peter K. (admin)

      Hi Andy. Thanks for commenting. Bible Students are NOT linked to Jehovah’s Witnesses legally AND IN FRONT OF NGOS AND GOVERNMENTS. Present day Bible Student congregations have no connections with any modern day IBSA Corporation if it exists. Each congregation of Bible Students is independent of other congregations with NO central administrative control. Bible Students are managed from the bottom up. Consecrated and baptized congregation members vote annually to select elders and deacons. See Volume 6 of Studies in the Scriptures for an explanation of how this is done. The Jehovah’s Witness Organization is a NEW religious organization created largely by JF Rutherford between 1917 and 1931. Approximately 75% of the original Bible Students left the association with the Watchtower as over these years of this hostile takeover when it transformed from a supportive publishing house into a controlling and managing organization. Much historical information relating to this and expanding on it are found on this website.

      If you disagree, please provide evidence to support your claims.

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