Jehovah’s Witnesses are told that J. F. Rutherford was a tough man, but Jesus selected him because that was the type of person needed to push the organization forward during the harsh years that followed the death of C. T. Russell. We are told that his initial presidency was challenged by apostates who became the evil slave. We are told that the organization saw unprecedented expansion under his presidency. We are told that he stood firm against Nazi opposition laying down a record of neutrality the like of which no other religion has been able to copy.

James Penton will explain why each of these statements is false. He will demonstrate how the Rutherford presidency was one marked by hypocrisy, autocracy, and in fact everything that Jesus stated at Luke 12:45 is characteristic of the evil slave.

James Penton

James Penton is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and author. His books include "Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses" and "Jehovah's Witnesses and the Third Reich".
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