My Visit to CT Russell’s Grave Site

//My Visit to CT Russell’s Grave Site

I had an occasion to go to Pittsburgh with my wife recently. I had never been there before. It’s a lovely city, nestled on the edge of the Allegheny Mountains. It is called “the city of bridges” because there are so many spans that cross the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, which converge to form the mighty Ohio River.

On our trip home we stopped by the gravesite of Charles Taze Russell. The cemetery where he is buried is just a few miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

You have probably seen pictures of his gigantic pyramid. Some people are under the impression that Russell is buried under it. That’s not the case. As can be seen in the video, his actual grave marker is about 30 feet from the pyramid. And the pyramid was constructed about five years after his death. He had nothing to do with it, obviously.

Although it’s been nearly 100 years since his death CT Russell is still clouded in controversy. Rumors have existed for years that Russell was secretly a Mason. And certainly this pyramid lends to that suspicion. One especially imaginative writer has speculated that Russell is of the supposed bloodline of the so-called Illuminati. Some people will, of course, believe anything (except the truth).

Although masonry was certainly prominent in the first part of the 20th century and Russell exhibited in a particular public discourse that he was thoroughly familiar with it, still, he straightforwardly denied that he was ever a Mason himself. And since then various researchers have verified that Russell was not a mason.

It is also rumored that the cemetery where Russell was buried is a Masonic cemetery. There is reason to believe that given the fact that there is a large Masonic Lodge adjacent to the property. But, alas, the building was not constructed until 1995. (Lodge is visible in the last scene of the video)

However, strolling around the cemetery and noting some of the grave markers I did see that several of those laid to rest there had the Masonic compass and square on their headstones. Apparently the original Bible Students, whose Bethel headquarters was just a few miles from the cemetery, purchased several cemetery plots for the Bethelites who passed away, and apparently Masons also chose to purchase plots there as well.

In all likelihood, although Russell was not a Mason himself he was evidently influenced by certain men who were. In all probability Masons long ago infiltrated the Watchtower Society.

Having read much of his writings and his work, I believe CT Russell was a genuine child of faith whom Jehovah and Christ used with great effect. Unlike modern evangelical preachers that use their pulpit to gain riches, Pastor Russell did the exact opposite. He used his personal wealth to finance the Watchtower. Reading in his obituary that appeared in the October 1916 Watchtower, it related that Russell never took a vacation. Seeing that he died while on a speaking tour, maybe he should have taken some time off now and then.

But even though he died at the relatively young age of 64, his work lives on to this day. That is what matters.




2016-12-08T15:12:31+00:00 August 20th, 2012|Sidenotes|24 Comments
  • Ken Rosenberg

    That picture of you kneeling next to his grave is hilarious!

    • Beverly kenyon

      What picture of Brother King kneeling next to that grave? Since when does a person ‘kneel’ on his own two feet!

      • You have to watch the video. He is referring to a photo my wife took of me stooping down next to the grave. I wanted to give people the correct perspective that the pyramid is not Russell’s grave.

        • Beverly kenyon

          Stooping is not exactly ‘kneeling’ Brother King. But yeah, if you were ‘kneeling’ that would be a little hilarious and a bit weird as Ken Rosenberg is saying. I remember when I first landed on this site that was one of the first article I read and found it a little fascinating especially about the free mason bit and how the pyramid was built years after CT Russell’s death and you wrote a piece about the irony of Russell being called the, Laodecian messenger as carved out into that headstone and what’s written about what Jesus says to the Laodecian congregation in Revelation 3:14. It’s great to be able to see that piece of JW history because Jehovah blessed those early sincere a Bible Astudents who were seriously looking into God’s Word looking for Truth despite CT Russell having an interest for pyramidology and a lot of other things that they were practising that had to be in time, cleaned up. So sorry about that Ken Rosenberg if you’re reading this post.

          • Yes, I see your point. Kneeling at CT Russell’s grave has a whole different connotation. Maybe I should have done a handstand or something to minimize the confusion, or add to it as the case may be.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Laughing so much at that image of you doing a handstand! Anyone seeing that would be like….Whaat! I shouldn’t laugh but can’t help it!

            • Joseph Stephan
            • Burt Reynolds

              Hello Joseph, could you paste my dog basil sitting by Russell’s grave?

            • Joseph Stephan
            • Burt Reynolds

              Good enough stephan. Good enough. I think we all aught to have a picture of us there.

            • Beverly kenyon

              It’s his tongue hanging out and that smiley face below. You and Joseph are like two naughty schoolboys! So, so funny. Can’t stop laughing! ??

            • Beverly kenyon

              Joseph, apart from you and Burt constantly making really laugh, KB held the top spot with that post ages ago about waking up a different gender…even writing about is making me laugh but this is legendary. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’m laughing at those two pictures!! Literally crying laughing.? You and Burt are real comedy maestro’s. True masters of comedy. I love this site so much. It’s never boring….serious but moments of great humour which makes a person feel happy and relaxed and not shy about getting involved in the discussions. Wonder if Sally and Daisy has seen these posts especially the two pictures as they like a good laugh. I feel great now after that laughing fit and getting a hit of happy endorphins!

            • Daisy

              Hahaha hahaha, yes, just tuned in as my visitors have gone home today and crying happy tears at what you, Burt, Robert and Joseph have been up to in my absence. We all need a constant supply of endorphins so can you get Joseph to post an (en) dolphin on the grave please….:D

            • Beverly kenyon

              Endorphins are the laughing hormones and do wonderful things for the body….how amazing and generous of Jehovah to make us in such a way when you think about it, it’s mind blowing!! Think we’ve been a bit naughty while you’ve been away Daisy. Betcha, Joseph post an (en) dolphin as well. So funny!! ?? Classic!

            • Beverly kenyon

              Ps Daisy, that grave is becoming a bit of a shrine now. You’ve got Brother King doing a handstand, Burt’s dog with his tongue hanging out, the smiley face and soon your dolphin! Still laughing…that’s set me up for my shift at work, I’m going in feeling happy, happy, happy!

            • Joseph Stephan
            • Beverly kenyon

              I’m laughing so much at that post Joseph my colleague is looking at me funny! Those pictures are beyond funny. Didn’t think I could laugh so much!!?? That’s got to be the best laugh ever!!

            • Burt Reynolds

              Love the mushroom cloud.

            • Joseph Stephan
  • Burt Reynolds

    Thanks for taking the time to post that Robert, it’s nice to visit history and get a perspective.

  • T Law

    Mate he was a complete nutter!

  • Grady M. youngblood

    Four Dangers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Post date:

    January 13, 2012

    Copyright © 2000 Institute for Religious Research. All rights reserved.

    Watchtower Magazines

    The Jehovah’s Witness organization claims to be the only true Christian group in the entire world. It says that all other churches, whether Catholic or Protestant, teach error and that anyone who is not a Jehovah’s Witness will be destroyed by God. However, the facts show that this group is a deceptive sect. Here are four reasons why they should be avoided.

    1. The Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the central teachings of the Bible.

    The Jehovah’s Witness organization denies that Jesus Christ is God. Instead they teach that Jesus Christ is a created angel.

    “The facts show that this group is a deceptive sect.”

    However, the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ, the Son, is God. For example, Hebrews 1:8 says, “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever …’ ” Many other verses also teach this — John 1:1, 14; 20:26-28; Acts 20:28; Romans 9:5; Hebrews 1:3, 8-9; 2 Peter 1:1.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Instead they teach that Jesus’ body was dissolved into gases. Charles Taze Russell, founder of the organization taught, “The man Jesus is dead, forever dead” (Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 5, 1899, p. 454).

    However, the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus’ body was raised back to life: For example, Luke 24:39 — “Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” See also — John 2:19-21; John 20:26-28; 1 Corinthians 15:6,14.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the Holy Spirit is God. Instead they teach that the Holy Spirit is a impersonal force, like electricity.

    However, the Bible clearly teaches that the Holy Spirit is God: Acts 5:3,4 — “Then Peter said, Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit … You have not lied to men but to God.” See also John 14:16-17; 16:13-15; Romans 8:26-27; 2 Corinthians 3:6,17-18; Ephesians 4:30.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses deny that salvation is God’s free gift. Instead they teach that salvation must be earned or merited. To obtain salvation and escape judgment, a person must join and do the works prescribed by the Jehovah’s Witness organization.

    However, the Bible clearly teaches that salvation cannot be earned or merited — it is God’s free gift: Ephesians 2:8-9 — “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” See also: Romans 4:1-4; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:5.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the endless punishment of the wicked. Instead they teach that unrighteous people will be annihilated and cease to exist.

    However, the Bible clearly teaches the endless punishment of the wicked: Matthew 25:41, 46 — “Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels …. Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” See also: Matthew 18:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 14:10, 11; 20:10, 15.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses deny that human beings have a spirit that exists after death. Instead they teach that like animals, a person’s life ceases to exist at death.

    However, the Bible clearly teaches that the human spirit continues a conscious existence after death: 2 Corinthians 5:8 — “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” See also: Luke 16:19-31; Philippians 1:23-24; Revelation 6:9-11.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that eternal life in God’s presence is only for a select few. They claim that only a special group of 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses can be born again and live forever with God in heaven; all other Jehovah’s Witnesses stay on earth.

    However, the Bible clearly teaches that all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ will have eternal life in the presence of God. The Bible refers to this group as an innumerable multitude: Revelation 7:9, 15 — “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb … they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple.” See also: John 3:15; 5:24;12:26; Ephesians 2:19; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 3:1; 12:22; 2 Peter 1:10,11.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the Three-in-One nature of God (Trinity) and teach that Satan invented the doctrine of the Trinity. They reject all the scriptures that identify Jesus Christ as God and the Holy Spirit as God.

    However, the Bible clearly teaches that the Son and the Holy Spirit, as well as the Father are God (John 1:1; 20:28; 1 John 5:20; Acts 5:3, 4). It also clearly and forcefully teaches that there is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8; etc.). It teaches that the Three are one — a Trinity (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2).

    Is it not dangerous to follow an organization that denies the central teachings of the Bible?

    2. The Jehovah’s Witnesses Tamper with the Bible.

    The Jehovah’s Witness organization has produced its own bogus version of the Bible. This version is called the New World Translation. It contains deliberate changes to many verses of Scripture. These changes try to hide the fact that Jehovah’s Witness teaching is unbiblical and false.

    A Comparison of the Bible and
    the Deceptive New World Translation The Holy BibleThe Deceptive
    New World Translation John 1:1 — “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”

    This is a clear declaration that Jesus (the Word) is God.John 1:1 — “In the beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.”

    This change was made to support the Jehovah’s Witnesses denial that

  • T Law
  • Mikey Brown OMG! How can people keep saying that Charles T Russell was not a mason. Because he said so?!? Have you researched masonry? They are not allowed to tell anyone they are freemasons! Have you seen the covers of the Watchtower when Russell started publishing it? It had several masonic symbols on it. Albert Pike was a Freemason who basically wrote about their organization (just like the Jehovah’s Witnesses call themselves). That book was an internal book for Freemasons. Read the excerpt I uploaded. Russell at his speeches and sermons would even use well known masonic hand gestures. I respect anyones opinion but I’m sorry, the evidence on him being a mason is overwhelming. There is another black and white picture out there of Russell in his office. There was a plaque with the crown and cross on it (freemason symbol). It just is a harsh truth that the International Bible Students now going by the name of Jehovah’s Witnesses were started by a Freemason and with Freemason doctrines. Its a tough reality for JWs to accept that for 138 years they have been indoctrinated by a cult that originated with Freemanson beliefs.

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