Faithful and Wise Servant?
Examining the Watch Tower’s 1919 Appointment
Edmond C. Gruss
The Jehovah’s Witnesses most important claim is that after Christ Jesus began his
supposed invisible reign in 1914, he examined the religious organizations on earth
and selected the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society as his “faithful and wise
servant” (Matt. 24:45–47) in 1919. Jesus chose the Watch Tower to be his sole
channel and only organization in which a person can serve Jehovah God and gain
eternal life. The basis for their claimed selection was that the Watch Tower Society
provided “the right sort of [spiritual] food, at the proper time.” If the Society’s
current doctrinal “truth” is used as the standard, however, then this claim is
suspect since much of what the Society taught before, during, and even after 1919
was later rejected by the Society as erroneous, including certain interpretations of
Scripture, particular prophecies, creature worship, idolatry, and certain specific
practices that were said to be pagan in origin. The Society even identified some
teachings as deceptions of the Devil. This record of doctrinal changes does not
support the claim that “God’s holy spirit” directed this organization. Even former
Watch Tower leadership member Raymond Franz concluded, “It would be an insult
to Christ Jesus to say that he selected this organization on the basis of what it was
teaching uniquely and distinctly, as of 1919.”
Charles T. Russell founded and served as first president of what is now known as
the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses). Prior to 1896
Russell taught that “the faithful and wise servant” of Matthew 24:45–47 comprised
the members of the 144,000 (“little flock,” “the whole body of Christ”) who were
still alive.1 In 1896, however, he published “new light” (new revelation) in a Watch
Tower magazine article titled “‘That Servant’” in which he identified the “faithful and
wise servant” as an individual.2 This teaching was repeated in later issues of the
Watch Tower, and readers often identified Russell as that individual. This belief
continued even after his death in 1916.3
The Society currently teaches that Christ’s invisible presence and reign began in
1914. Christ Jesus inspected the various religious organizations on earth, and in
1919, after cleansing those persons affiliated with the Watch Tower Society from
religious and worldly defilement, he appointed them to be the “faithful and discrete
slave” and his “sole visible channel, through whom alone spiritual instruction was to
come” (see fig. 1).4 The basis for Christ’s selection is explained in the publication
titled God’s Kingdom of a Thousand Years Has Approached:
The serving of food, the right sort of food, at the proper time was the issue. It had
to be according to this that a decision must be rendered by the returned
master.…Not only was the regularity in serving the spiritual food a problem, but the
quality of the food itself was to be considered. In this respect the body of hated,
persecuted Christians, who always sought to be faithful slaves of Jesus Christ, met
the test [see fig. 2].…
On inspecting the remnant of his anointed disciples in the year 1919 C.E.., the
reigning King Jesus Christ did find the appointed “slave” faithful and discreet in the
feeding of his “domestics.” Accordingly, he appointed this ”slave“ class over all his
belongings [see fig. 3].5 (emphases added)
THE RIGHT FOOD AT THE RIGHT TIME?
Some of the things taught by the Society in 1919, however, did not qualify as “the
right sort of food, at the proper time” even by Society standards. The following are
examples of doctrines current in 1919 that were later changed by the Society.
They were often claimed to be divine insights on the Bible. Some of the doctrines
that the Society eventually rejected had been taught for many years. Others were
more recent and had replaced previous interpretations viewed as incorrect. Some
doctrines were changed during Russell’s successor Joseph F. Rutherford’s
presidency. Others continued to be taught after Rutherford’s death. The following
examples are just a small sample of the many contradictions.6 (Emphasis in all of
the following quotes has been added.)
Interpretations of Prophecy and End-Time Predictions
History proves that none of Russell’s predictions for 1914 and shortly thereafter
were realized. Any suggestion that Russell was correct is ludicrous. He predicted,
for example, that 1914 would see the battle of Armageddon and the destruction of
every institution — “both civil and ecclesiastical” — on the face of the earth,7 but,
of course, this did not happen.
Later, other dates were set and other predictions were made. The year 1918, for
instance, was to be the time “when God [would destroy] the churches wholesale
and the church members by [the] millions.”8 After this failed to occur, the Society
taught its membership that the prophecy was that Babylon (non-Watch Tower
religions) would merely “fall” that year.9
In 1919, moreover, the Society still taught in its publications that “the time of the
end” began in 1799, that the second coming (invisible presence) of Christ occurred
in 1874,10 and that “Abraham should enter upon the actual possession of his
promised inheritance in the year 1925 a.d.”11 In 1920, the organization launched a
major campaign declaring, “Millions Now Living Will Never Die,” which identified the
year 1925 as the end.12 These dates all proved to be wrong and were later
abandoned by the Society. They are now viewed as not possessing any prophetic
The Great Pyramid
The Society also taught that God had designed the Great Pyramid of Gizeh, whose
symbolic teachings were “in exact harmony with the Bible.…‘The Bible in Stone.’”13
In late 1928, however, the Society taught that the pyramid was ”Satan’s Bible, and
not God’s stone witness“— and years later it was identified as “a monument of
Prayer for Military Victory
During World War I, the Society called on the entire membership to join other
Americans in a national day of prayer (30 May 1918) for an Allied victory over
Germany.15 Today, such an act would mark a Jehovah’s Witness as an “apostate.”
It is also worth noting that prior to this Pastor Russell had “refused to heed the plea
of U.S. President Wilson for all clergymen and preachers to join in nation-wide
prayer for peace.”16
The Purchase of Liberty Bonds
In 1918, Society president Rutherford prepared a statement for the Brooklyn Eagle
that said in part, “The International Bible Students’ Association [the Watch Tower
Society] is not against the Liberty Loan. Many of its members have bought and
hold Liberty Bonds.…Some members of the Brooklyn Tabernacle congregation had
previously purchased Liberty Bonds” as have some “Tabernacle workers who are
paying 25 per cent of their monthly allowance to purchase a bond.”17 Bond
purchase was viewed as a matter of individual conscience.18 Today, the Watch
Tower Society would condemn the purchase of “liberty” or war bonds.
Displaying the Flag
The 15 May 1917 issue of The Watch Tower raised the question, “Suppose the city
or state officials should issue an order requiring, or even requesting, that all
persons display the American flag. What should we do? We answer, We think it
would be right to display the flag in obedience to such order or request.…Every one
in America should take pleasure in displaying the American flag — especially when
requested so to do.”19 Witnesses expressing similar attitudes in more recent years,
however, have suffered chastisement and rejection. The article further related that
since the beginning of Brooklyn Bethel Home, a small bust of Abraham Lincoln
flanked by two American flags had been displayed in the drawing room.20 Such
displays would later be seen as enabling rather than “fleeing from idolatry” (1 Cor.
10:14). The flag came to be seen as an emblem of the Devil, and saluting the flag
was “to salute the Devil as the invisible god of the nation.”21
Christmas, Birthdays, and Holidays
The Watch Tower Society recognized and celebrated Christmas, birthdays, and
other holidays, such as Mother’s Day, at that time and would continue to do so for
a few more years. Such celebrations are now equated with pagan worship
(Christmas) and “creature worship” (birthdays and Mother’s Day).22
Until 1936, the Society believed and taught that Jesus died on a cross, which was
displayed on the front cover of Zion’s Watch Tower beginning in January 1891. In
fact, the magazine continued to display the cross until 1 October 1931, a period of
more than 40 years. The Watch Tower Society later identified the cross as a pagan
religious symbol and condemned it as a form of idolatry.23
The Use of Blood
There was no prohibition against the use of blood or blood products in medicine
during Jehovah’s Witnesses’ early history, including vaccinations and blood
transfusions, something (except for vaccinations) that is now condemned as being
against “God’s law” as recorded in Scripture. Members left such decisions to their
doctors, a course of action that today would result in their being disfellowshiped for
“violating God’s law” and would supposedly cost them eternal life.24 This new
position did not begin to be articulated until 1945, and blood transfusions would not
become a disfellowshiping offense until 1961.25
The “Faithful and Wise Servant” and Creature Worship
In 1917, it was stated that “THE WATCH TOWER unhesitatingly proclaims Brother
Russell as ‘that faithful and wise servant.’ ”26 This important doctrine, firmly in place
in 1919, was not rejected until 1926. The publication Jehovah’s Witnesses in the
Divine Purpose explained that “the insistence that Russell had been ‘that servant’
led many to regard Russell in what amounted actually to creature worship.”27
The Worship of Jesus
The Watch Tower Society leadership under both Russell and Rutherford encouraged
the worship of Jesus Christ. Rutherford wrote, “Jehovah God commands all to
worship Christ Jesus because Christ Jesus is the express image of his Father,
Jehovah, and because he is the Executive Officer of Jehovah always carrying out
Jehovah’s purpose (Heb. 1:3–6).”28
In 1944, Article II of the 1884 Watch Tower Charter was amended to state that
among the “purposes of the…Society are…public Christian worship of Almighty God
and Christ Jesus; [and] to arrange for and hold local and world-wide assemblies for
The 1 January 1954 Watchtower concluded, however, “that no distinct worship is
to be rendered to Jesus Christ now glorified in heaven.”30 The 8 April 2000 Awake!
states that “reverent adoration should be expressed only to God. To render
worship to anyone or anything else would be a form of idolatry.” It concludes that
“true Christians do well to direct their worship only to Jehovah God, the
The Return of the Jews to Palestine
Both Russell and Rutherford were strong and frequent supporters of Zionism.32 On
17 October 1920, Rutherford delivered a lecture in Jerusalem in which he stated,
“Israel is absolutely certain to be fully established as a nation and the Jews again as
a specially favored people of God.…The zealous workers in Zionism today are
fulfilling prophecy.…Zionism is one of the steps in the great divine program.”33 In
1932, however, in his book Vindication (vol. 2), we read, “Jehovah’s Witnesses
came to see that such a ‘back to Palestine’ movement was by the spirit of
Jehovah’s archfoe, Satan, who has deceived the entire inhabited earth.”34
The Book The Finished Mystery
The book The Finished Mystery (1917) is often mentioned in the two Watch Tower
histories and is included among the “Noteworthy Events” in the history of
Jehovah’s Witnesses.35 Shortly after its publication, the Watch Tower touted it as
“the God-given interpretation of Revelation and Ezekiel,”36 promoted it as “the first
and only book that makes clear every part of Revelation and Ezekiel,”37 and
claimed that it was a fulfillment of prophecy.38
Raymond Franz, former Watch Tower Governing Body member, explains the
importance of this book as it relates to the Watch Tower claim of being selected in
1919 as God’s sole channel: “Since it is steadfastly argued that the ‘light shines
ever brighter,’ this noteworthy new publication logically should have been prime
evidence of the ‘quality’ of the food being served, something the recently installed
King could use as a worthy example in his testing which channel could be counted
on to serve quality food.”39
An examination of this book, however, reveals numerous teachings that have been
contradicted, including: (1) It presents 88 “proofs” that Christ’s “Second Advent
occurred in the Fall of 1874” (68–71). This date was later discarded and replaced
with 1914.40 (2) The rider on the white horse in Revelation 6:2 is identified as “the
Bishop of Rome, the embryo Pope, the personal representative of Satan” (106).
Rutherford’s commentary on the same verse identifies the rider as “the glorified
Christ Jesus.”41 (3) The volume claims that Revelation 8:3 “shows that, though
Pastor Russell has passed beyond the veil, he is still managing every feature of the
Harvest work” (144). Rutherford, however, attacked such a view: “No one of the
temple company will be so foolish as to conclude that some brother (or brethren)
at one time amongst them, and who has died and gone to heaven, is now
instructing the saints on earth and directing them as to their work.”42 (4) The angel
of the abyss in Revelation 9:11 (Abaddon or Appolyon) is identified as “Satan, the
Devil” (159). Rutherford, on the other hand, discussed these same titles and
explained, “Christ Jesus being the chief executive officer of Jehovah…the titles
Abaddon and Apollyon therefore properly apply to him.”43
When Rutherford published his own commentaries on Revelation and Ezekiel
(1930–1932), he claimed that it was then “God’s due time” and that previous
interpretations were not satisfactory.44
After reviewing The Finished Mystery, Raymond Franz concludes, “I sincerely doubt
that the organization today would consider reprinting a single chapter, in fact any
portion whatsoever of that book. It would prove painfully embarrassing.”45
Under Russell, and for a time under Rutherford’s leadership, the development of
Christian character (“character likeness to Christ,” sanctification) was declared to
be absolutely essential and to be the goal of every believer.46 In 1926, however,
Rutherford denounced it: “Let dreaming and talking of ‘developing a perfect
character’ cease.”47 The following year it was viewed as “one of the subtle tricks of
the adversary [the Devil] to ensnare the consecrated.”48
The Church and the New Covenant
According to Russell, “The more closely we investigate the New Covenant, the
more we must be convinced of this fact — that it belongs to Israel alone.”49 This
teaching was repeated in 1918: “The church of Christ is not under the New
Covenant. Therefore it is not proper to speak of the church as being blessed by this
covenant.”50 In 1934, however, Rutherford concluded that “the new covenant has
nothing to do with the natural descendants of Israel and with mankind in general,
but that it is limited to spiritual Israel [the church].”51
The Inauguration of the New Covenant
In 1880, Russell asserted that the inauguration of the new covenant was a future
event; between 1881–1906, he explained it as already realized; and in 1906, he
again concluded that it was future.
Claiming increasing light, Russell explained, “Where is the mercy to the Jew and the
forgiveness of his sins? We answer that the New Covenant is not yet in existence,
and hence the Jew, who is first to be blessed under it, is not yet receiving his
portion.…shortly the inauguration of the New Covenant will take place.”52
Elsewhere he concluded, “We understand that the New Covenant goes fully into
operation at the beginning of the Millennium and that it brings blessings all through
In 1932, Rutherford also viewed the inauguration of the new covenant as future:
“The closing hours of the ‘seventh day’ are now here and the purging or atoning
work will soon end, and then the inauguration of the New Covenant shall take place
and it shall be put into operation for all mankind.”54 Two years later, however, he
published this statement declaring that the inauguration had already begun: “After
casting the great Pharaoh, Satan the Devil, out of heaven Jesus Christ came to the
temple of God, to wit, in 1918, and there sits as a refiner and judge and begins the
inauguration of the new covenant.”55
Finally, numerous later Watch Tower publications assigned another date for the
inauguration: “So on the day of Pentecost, a.d. 33, Jehovah God inaugurated the
new covenant through Jesus Christ as his Mediator.”56
Christ Jesus as Mediator
The 15 September 1909 Watch Tower informed its readers, “In our issue of 1906,
p. 26 [Watch Tower Reprints, 3709], we said, ‘Our Lord Jesus in his own person
has been the Mediator between the Father and the “household of faith” during this
Gospel age.’ This statement is incorrect. No Scripture so declares. It is part of the
smoke of the dark ages which we are glad now to wipe from our eyes” (see fig.
4).57 In 1934, however, Rutherford wrote, “Christ Jesus is the mediator of the new
covenant toward his own brethren, that is to say, spiritual Israel, during the period
of time God is taking out from the nations a people for his name.”58
The Church’s Share in the Sin Offering
Russell’s doctrine was clear: “We share with him in the world’s sin-offering, as his
members. We participate in the sufferings which are counted as his sufferings.”59
Elsewhere he stated, “When we were accepted by Jesus as disciples, he imputed
his own merit to us, and made us part of his own sacrifice. He was at the same
time making us part of that which he is to give to God for the sins of the whole
world, at the close of this age when the church, his body, is complete and glorified
together with him.”60
In 1939, however, Rutherford denied that the church had any part in the sin
offering: “It has been repeatedly said [in Watch Tower publications] that the
church, that is, the glorified members of the Body of Christ, by reason of their
sacrifice, have a part in the sin offering.…Neither the foregoing [Leviticus 16:15]
nor any other scripture sustains the conclusion that the body members of Christ
have any part in the sin offering.”61
The “Church of the Firstborn” and the “Great Company”
A 1918 Watch Tower affirmed that the “church of the firstborn” in Hebrews 12:23
included the “great company” (multitude, crowd): ”Question: — What is included in
the name ‘Church of the First-born’? Answer: — To our understanding this term
includes both the little flock and the great company.…In the antitype the Church of
the First-born is a name used to include all the spirit-begotten of the Gospel age,
whether of the priestly little flock or of the great company.”62 In 1934, Rutherford
denied this: “The church of the firstborn in this text [Heb. 12:23], which are
gathered unto God, does not include the ‘great company’ class.”63
Members of the “Great Company” Are a Spirit Class
In agreement with past teachings, the article “Two Classes in the Church” in the 15
February 1918 Watch Tower explained that “the great company class, born on the
spirit plane…are to be the servants before the throne.…No one could be either of
the little flock or of the great company class unless he is spirit-begotten.”64 In his
article on “The Great Multitude,” Rutherford also concluded that “all the facts and
the scriptures bearing upon the matter under consideration show that those who
form the great multitude constitute a spirit class, born on the spirit plane.”65 In
Vindication (vol. 3, 1932), Rutherford again argued that the great multitude “must
be spirit creatures.”66 Looking back, however, the 15 May 1995 Watchtower
states, “In 1935 a bright flash of light revealed that the great crowd mentioned at
Revelation 7:9–17 was not a secondary heavenly class.”67 That year “the Lord
revealed to his people for the first time the meaning of ‘the great multitude’ as an
earthly class and made known that he is gathering that part of his sheep.”68
A SPIRIT-DIRECTED ORGANIZATION?
If the Watch Tower Society’s current teachings are used as their standard of biblical
truth, then their teachings current in 1919 did not qualify as “the right sort of food,
at the proper time” that was claimed as Christ’s reason for the selection of this
organization. The Watch Tower Society before and after 1919 (1) published
numerous major false prophecies and erroneous interpretations of Scripture; (2)
participated in, by its own definition, “considerable creature worship,” idolatry, and
customs and practices of pagan origin; and (3) promoted doctrines that were later
attributed to Satan’s trickery and deception. This record is not an example of a
Spirit-directed organization according to the Watch Tower Society’s own
statement: “Being the ‘spirit of truth,’ God’s holy spirit could never be the source of
error but would protect Christ’s followers from doctrinal falsehoods.”69
Former Watch Tower authority Raymond Franz observes: “It would be an insult to
Christ Jesus to say that he selected this organization on the basis of what it was
teaching uniquely and distinctively, as of 1919.”70 He asks, insightfully, “Why would
Christ have picked out this admittedly error-plagued source of information as the
example of faithfulness and discretion, as the only one passing the test and chosen
as the sole avenue of communication through which the enthroned King would now
send all guidance to mankind?”71 The answer is, He didn’t.
1. “In the Vineyard,” Watch Tower Reprints (hereafter WTR), October/November 1881, 291.
2. “That Servant,” WTR, 1 March 1896, 1946.
3. See Edmond C. Gruss, “Who Is ‘That Faithful and Wise Servant’?” chap. 6 in Jehovah’s
Witnesses: Their Claims, Doctrinal Changes, and Prophetic Speculation (Fairfax, VA: Xulon Press,
4. “Finding Freedom with Jehovah’s Visible Organization,” The Watchtower, 1 October 1967, 590.
5. God’s Kingdom of a Thousand Years Has Approached (Brooklyn: Watch Tower Bible and Tract
Society of Pennsylvania [hereafter WTBTS], 1973), 350, 355. After his election as Society president
in 1917, Joseph F. Rutherford claimed, “The WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY is the
greatest corporation in the world, because from the time of its organization [chartered 1884] until
now the Lord has used it as his channel through which to make known the glad tidings to many
thousands.” (“Convention at Pittsburgh,” WTR, 15 January 1917, 6033.)
6. See Paul S. L. Johnson, Merariism (Philadelphia: Paul S. L. Johnson, 1938), 373–77. Johnson,
Russell’s associate, reported that he had found 140 contradictions to Russell’s teachings in
Rutherford’s publications by 1935 and claimed that Rutherford had misinterpreted “thousands of
verses properly interpreted” by Russell (377).
7. C. T. Russell, The Time Is at Hand (Allegheny, PA: WTBTS, 1889), 76–78.
8. Clayton J. Woodworth and George H. Fisher, The Finished Mystery (Brooklyn: International Bible
Students Association, 1917), 485.
9. “Babylon the Great Has Fallen!” God’s Kingdom Rules! (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1963), 606.
10. “Who Is Wise?” The Watch Tower, 1 March 1922, 73.
11. “Relation of European War to Israel’s Hopes,” WTR, 15 October 1917, 6157.
12. See Gruss, “1925 and the ‘Millions Now Living Will Never Die’ Fiasco,” chap. 24 in Jehovah’s
13. “‘The Bible in Stone,’” WTR, 15 March 1911, 4790.
14. “The Altar in Egypt,” The Watch Tower, 15 November 1928, 344; “Jehovah Is in His Holy
Temple,” The Watchtower, 15 November 1955, 697.
15. “May 30 for Prayer and Supplication,” WTR, 1 June 1918, 6271–72.
16. “Postwar Enlargement of the Theocratic Organization,” The Watchtower, 15 July 1950, 216.
17. “‘The Dust of His Feet,’” WTR, 15 May 1918, 6257.
18. “Stand Fast — Striving Together,” WTR, 1 March 1919, 6395. Later it was stated that it
probably would have been better to have said nothing. (“Who Will Gain the Victory?” WTR, 1 June
19. “Congress Enacts Conscription Law,” The Watch Tower, 15 May 1917, 6086.
21. Joseph F. Rutherford, Salvation (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1939), 260.
22. 1975 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1974), 147.
23. “Racketeers,” The Watchtower, 1 August 1937, 232.
24. Blood, Medicine and the Law of God (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1961), 55.
25. “Questions from Readers,” The Watchtower, 15 January 1961, 63–64.
26. “Proclaimers of the Kingdom Message,” WTR, 1 March 1917, 6049.
27. Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Divine Purpose (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1959), 69.
28. “Snares,” The Watchtower, 15 November 1939, 339.
29. 1945 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1944), 32.
30. “Questions from Readers,” The Watchtower, 1 January 1954, 31.
31. “Is It Proper to Worship Jesus?” Awake! 8 April 2000, 26–27. For further treatment, see
Edmond C. Gruss and Jay Hess, “Is It Proper to Worship Jesus?” Christian Research Journal 23, 4
(2001): 22–25, 42–46.
32. See Gruss, “Will God Restore the Jews to Palestine?” chap. 25 in Jehovah’s Witnesses.
33. “Zionism Certain to Succeed,” The Golden Age, Easter 1921, 369, 377, 382.
34. “Modern History of Jehovah’s Witnesses: Part 10,” The Watchtower, 15 May 1955, 296.
35. Jehovah’s Witnesses — Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1993), 719.
36. “Fulfilled Before Our Eyes,” WTR, 15 December 1917, 6188.
37. “The Concluding Work of the Harvest,” WTR, 1 October 1917, 6150.
38. WTR, “1917 — Annual Report — 1917,” 15 December 1917, 6182.
39. Raymond Franz, In Search of Christian Freedom (Atlanta: Commentary Press, 1991), 136.
40. Jehovah’s Witnesses — Proclaimers, 137.
41. Joseph F. Rutherford, Light I (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1930), 73.
42. Joseph F. Rutherford, Jehovah (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1934), 191.
43. Rutherford, Light I, 146.
44. Ibid., 5–6; Joseph F. Rutherford, Vindication I (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1931), 5.
45. Franz, 142. For more on The Finished Mystery, see Gruss, “The Finished Mystery (1917),” chap.
21 in Jehovah’s Witnesses.
46. “The Holy Scriptures,” The Watch Tower, 15 August 1919, 255.
47. “Character or Covenant — Which?” The Watch Tower, 1 May 1926, 136.
48. “The Overcomers,” The Watch Tower, 1 July 1927, 195.
49. “The Three Great Covenants,” WTR, 15 January 1909, 4319.
50. “The New Covenant,” WTR, 15 September 1918, 6326.
51. “His Covenants (Part 3),” The Watchtower, 1 May 1934, 134.
52. “Our Advocate, the World’s Mediator,” WTR, 1 January 1907, 3916–17.
53. “The New Covenant,” WTR, 15 October 1911, 4903.
54. Joseph F. Rutherford, Vindication III (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1932), 257.
55. Jehovah, 196.
56. “Qualified to Be Ministers,” The Watchtower, 1 November 1955, 658.
57. “Nocturnal Hallucinations — ‘Wake Up!’” WTR, 15 September 1909, 4477.
58. “His Covenants (Part 1),” The Watchtower, 1 April 1934, 104.
59. “Question Meeting — Oakland Convention,” WTR, 15 July 1915, 5729.
60. “The Ransom-Price and Its Application,” WTR, 1 April 1916, 5881.
61. Salvation, 197.
62. “Interesting Questions,” WTR, 15 October 1918, 6348.
63. “His Covenants (Part 4),” The Watchtower, 15 May 1934, 148.
64. “Two Classes in the Church,” WTR, 6211–12.
65. “The Great Multitude,” The Watch Tower, 15 January 1927, 19–20.
66. Rutherford, Vindication III, 204.
67. “Flashes of Light Great and Small (Part 1),” The Watchtower, 15 May 1995, 20.
68. “His Flock (Part 1),” The Watchtower, 15 March 1938, 83.
69. Insight on the Scriptures, vol. 2 (Brooklyn: WTBTS, 1988), 1132.
70. Franz, 145.
71. Ibid., 151.
Dr. Edmund Charles Gruss is Professor Emeritus at The Master’s College. He was a Jehovah’s
Witness from the age of seven to seventeen. He subsequently became a follower of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Gruss is an expert on cults and the occult and has written the following books: What About the
Ouija Board (1973); We Left Jehovah’s Witnesses: Personal Testimonies (1974); The Ouija Board
Doorway to the Occult (1975, 1994); Apostles of Denial: An Examination and Expose of the History,
Doctrines, and Claims of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (1975); What Every Moron Should Know (1976);
The Ouija Board (1986); Cults and the Occult, 1994; The Jehovah’s Witnesses: Their Claims, Doctrinal
Changes and Prophetic Speculation (2001); The Four Presidents of the Watch Tower Society: Jehovah’s
Faith and Reason Forum would like to thank Dr. Gruss
for providing us with this informative article.
© Dr. Edmund C. Gruss