There has been a great deal of controversies about this righteous man, whether he was a “Freemason” or not, or whether he had been using “Masonic images” in Zion’s Towers.
We know the father of lies is Satan and he is also our Lord’s rival, adversary, so he can spread lies about this righteous man to stop people being guided to spiritual Jerusalem.
A lot of people would rather listen to gossip instead of doing a little research themselves. I hope you will check this info out and see what a righteous man Charles Russell really was.
This to me just symbolises Jesus Christ as our king. The kingdom of the Christ. But many people have added to that simple thought with ideas of freemasonry.
As for the pyramid,
This was a religious symbol that was used in America around the time and was known as “the all seeing eye” of God. This one is printed on the one dollar note so if the symbol is supposed to be private and sacred to freemasonry, why would it be displayed in this way openly and publicly for everyone to question?
As for this pyramid being built up over the grave of Charles Russell, this too is false. If we look at the last will of Russell about his burial we shall see no mention of this headstone being erected, in fact his burial was totally different.
This is a part of his last will and testament.
DIRECTIONS FOR FUNERAL
I desire to be buried in the plot of ground owned by our Society, in the Rosemont United Cemetery, and all the details of arrangements respecting the funeral service I leave in the care of my sister, Mrs. M. M. Land, and her daughters, Alice and May, or such of them as may survive me, with the assistance and advice and cooperation of the brethren, as they may request the same. Instead of an ordinary funeral discourse, I request that they arrange to have a number of the brethren, accustomed to public speaking, make a few remarks each, that the service be very simple and inexpensive and that it be conducted in the Bible House Chapel or any other place that may be considered equally appropriate or more so.
He was buried in the “Societies Cemetery” where all the bible students were also buried. Charles Russell died and was buried in 1916 with his own headstone erected.
The stone pyramid was not erected until 1921, five years after his death. And not even in the same place as these pictures show.
The pyramid marker was used as a marker for all (275) of the Watchtower Society burial plots in the Cemetery, nothing more. People visiting the Cemetery could look for the pyramid marker to locate the (275) burial plots. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not revere burial places, but some desire to visit the Watch Tower Society’s burial plot where C. T. Russell was buried.
As everyone can see Charles Russell’s grave is not under the pyramid, in fact, it is quite a way from it.
Yes! This was erected as a memorial to all those buried in the cemetery, all 275. Including Charles Russell.
So what of the false claims of Russell being a Freemason? Just because he used the same symbols as everyone else in the USA at that time. Which included the One Dollar Bill.
The Masonic Temple is not even on the cemetery grounds, it is a different property altogether. In fact, the Rosemont United Cemetery was never a Masonic cemetery.
Yes! There is evidence that the first president of the USA, George Washington, was a freemason as this picture shows.
Print from 1870 portraying George Washington as Master of his lodge. George Washington was the first president in the USA.
4th Mar 2012 – BBC News website readers were invited to put their questions about Freemasonry to Nigel Brown, grand secretary of the United Grand Lodge of … Freemasons: Your questions answered – BBC News
Organised Freemasonry, as we understand it today, began with the formation of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 – hence our tercentenary celebrations in 2017. While not directly linked, we have taken a lot of our symbolism from stonemasonry. As with stonemasonry, Freemasonry is about moving from level to level as you gain further knowledge and experience, starting with being an apprentice.
Q 1. What does the one-eyed symbol on their flags signify?
Nigel Brown: The symbol you are referring to is known as the All Seeing Eye. It is a reminder of the existence of a higher being.
Nothing more or nothing less, Mr brown does not emphasise it is a Masonic symbol, quite simply because it is not a secret at all.
Can you really imagine he will tell anyone what is secret to his organisation?
In fact it is interesting that it was Joseph Rutherford who told his people the pyramid symbol was based upon Satan, knowing none of his people would question this or look into the truth if they were told it had satanic ties.
Judge J. F. Rutherford, who succeeded Russell after Russell died in 1916, eventually discarded Pyramid ology entirely. Writing in the November 15 and December 1, 1928, issues of The Watch Tower, Rutherford releases a double-barrelled blast against it, and advances many ingenious arguments that the so-called Altar in Egypt was really inspired by Satan for the purpose of misleading the faithful. Did Jesus ever mention the Pyramid? Of course not. To study it, the Judge writes, is a waste of time and indicates lack of faith in the all-sufficiency of the Bible. Regardless of what some anti-JW fault-finders might say, the current Watchtower Society rejected all teachings on the Great Pyramid in 1928. For this reason, most Jehovah’s Witnesses (1931 – 2011) know nothing about it. However, many (not all) of the current Bible Students still teach this “Bible in Stone” dogma. Quoted from http://www.bibleinstone.com/
Just another dig of jealousy towards such a righteous man Charles Russell. He certainly could not compete against this honest and truthful man so he set out to discredit him as much as he could by destroying all his teachings and replacing them with his own and by saying the pyramid was satanic people would believe him.
Of course there are many articles in Zion’s Tower against Freemasonry if one would like to read them.
Pastor Russell had this to say about the Freemasons: http://www.ctrussell.us/ “We note also that the Order of Free Masons, if judged by its past history, has some secret object or scheme, more than fraternity and financial aid in time of sickness or death. And, so far as we can judge, there is a certain amount of worship or mummery connected with the rites of this order and some others, which the members do not comprehend, but which, in many cases, serves to satisfy the cravings of the natural mind for worship, and thus hinders it from seeking the worship of God in spirit and in truth—through Christ, the only appointed Mediator and Grand Master. In proportion as such societies consume valuable time in foolish, senseless rites and ceremonies, and in substituting the worship of their officers, and the use of words and symbols which have no meaning to them, for the worship of God, in his appointed way—through Christ, and according to knowledge and the spirit of a sound mind—in that proportion these societies are grievous evils, regardless of the financial gains or losses connected with membership in them.” — June, 1895, Zion’s Watch Tower, page 143
“This brings before us the whole question of orders, societies, etc., and what privileges the New Creation has in connection with such organizations. Is it right for them to be members of these societies? We answer that while Church associations are purely religious, and labor and beneficial organizations in general are purely secular, there are still other orders which combine the religious and the secular features. As we understand the matter, for instance, the Free Masons, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, etc., perform certain rites and ceremonies of a religious kind… We place upon one level all of those who have any religious ceremonies, teachings, etc., and consider them all as parts of Babylon … We admonish the New Creation to have nothing whatever to do with any of these semi-religious societies, clubs, orders, churches; but to “Come out from amongst them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing.” (`2 Cor. 6:17`)” —1904; “The New Creation”, pp. 580-581
Pastor Russell’s true headstone as seen in 2010: Charles Taze Russell said that he was not a Mason. Jehovah’s Witnesses, Bible Students, the Masons, and even ex-JW researchers have all said that Russell was not a Mason. So why do some anti-Watchtower antagonists still teach this falsehood? The answer is simple, because this is what they must do. They need to fabricate stories about others to try and justify their own self worth. After all, how hard can it be to attack a dead man, how sad. With over 200 posts on this site covering a number of subjects, this story about Charles Taze Russell and the Masons is always the most read post on this blog, I wonder why? Could it be that some people just love a good story? Even if it is based on a total fallacy!
Pastor Russell’s true grave as seen in 1916: The sudden death of Pastor Charles Taze Russell, Editor of THE WATCH TOWER, has created a profound impression upon his many friends throughout the world. Hundreds of letters and telegrams received, further evidence the love and esteem in which he was held, and express unqualified desire to cooperate in continuing the great cause for which he stood so many years. Brother Russell left Brooklyn in the evening of October 16, to fill appointments in the West and Southwest, but was obliged to start homeward before his scheduled time, owing to ill health. It was on a Sante Fe train at Pampa, Tex., that he died. Brother Menta Sturgeon, who accompanied him on the trip as his Secretary, telegraphed the information to the headquarters of the WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY at Brooklyn, adding that “he died a hero.” The body lay in state at Bethel Home Saturday, and at The Temple throughout the day Sunday. In the afternoon at the hour of 2, funeral service was held for the congregation, and in the evening a service was conducted for the public. At about midnight the body was taken to Allegheny, Pa., where in the Carnegie Hall, at 2 in the afternoon of Monday, service was held by the Pittsburgh congregation, of which he had been resident Pastor for many years. Interment took place in Rosemont United Cemeteries at Allegheny, in the Bethel Family plot, according to his request. We rejoice to know that instead of sleeping in death, as the saints of old, he is numbered among those whose “works follow with him.” He has met the dear Lord in the air, whom he so loved as to lay down his life faithfully in His service. – November 15, 1916 Watchtower, WTB&TS.
Also Published by the WTB&TS in the December 1, 1916 Watchtower. A testament to Charles Russell.
I hope you will research these claims for yourselves to see what an upright righteous man he really was. I have also noticed the ones that broke away after the death of Charles Russell who stayed with his teachings for awhile, left them eventually to make their own teachings too the same as Joseph Rutherford and today a great deal of their teachings are wrong compared to the bible teachings.
The pyramid memorial is at the corner of the societies cemetery and not directly near any of the actual graves.
Because of all the false claims about Charles Russell having been a Freemason, a member of the bethel team made enquiries to the “free masons” themselves and this was the reply from them.
No, Charles Taze Russell was not a Pennsylvanian Freemason!
Back in 2001, I requested historical information from the ancient accepted Scottish rite of freemasonry, Vally of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, asking if Charles Taze Russell, his father, Joseph Lytel Russell, and his uncle, Charles Tays Russell, were Freemasons.
This is the answer I received in a letter:
“After a search of our records, we determined that the three Russell’s were not members of our organization”.
In their letter, the Pittsburgh Chapter recommended that I send an inquiry asking for further research on this question to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia, which I did. On April 27, 2001, I received this reply: The record books in the grand secretary’s office are unavailable at this time as they are being conserved and should be back some time in the fall”.
Inasmuch as I was very involved with other, more pressing, things then, I did not follow-up and eventually my desire for resolution of this question faded out of my mind. That is, until today, when I saw that this subject has not been resolved to the satisfaction of some posters, so I sent a follow-up email to the Masonic Temple, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Just a few minutes ago, I received this reply:
Dear Ms Anderson.
Charles Taze Russell was not a Pennsylvania Freemason. Nor does he appear in the records of England or Ireland.
I shall check the records for the other two Russells.
Glenys A. Waldman, Librarian.
If and when I receive the answer from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania about the other two Russells, I will post it.
In any event, I would hope that this answer from a search of the original records will forever put this issue to rest that Charles Taze Russell was never a Pennslyvania Freemason.
Barbara Anderson was a loyal member of the bethel family and you can read more about her in her web journal.
Barbara Anderson. http://watchtowerdocuments.org/
Maybe now this subject can be put to rest at last.