Jehovah’s Witnesses Conspiracy Theories

 Please note that I am not Defending Jehovah's Witnesses regarding their Religious Beliefs.  I am, however, defending them against the false accusations that Charles Taze Russell and subsequent high-ranking members of the leadership were  Secret Masons.  That, in my opinion, is easily disprovable gossip and does more harm than good.

When Jehovah’s Witnesses see such information being circulated by well-intentioned but, in my opinion, short sighted individuals, it encourages them to conclude that all criticism is equally false.  There are enough legitimate things to criticize without adopting self-defeating sensational conspiracy arguments.  It reduces ones creditability when discussing valid criticisms.  

When one thinks back on their own tenure as a Jehovah’s Witnesses, I am sure there were many enterprises that one sincerely engaged in that were beneficial in one way or another.  Personally, being raised a Jehovah’s Witnesses taught me zeal and integrity even though I was Wrong in much of what I preached.  However, I take comfort in Paul’s words in his first letter to Timothy.

1Timothy 1:12-13 [AMP]  I give thanks to Him Who has granted me [the needed] strength and made me able [for this], Christ Jesus our Lord, because He has judged and counted me faithful and trustworthy, appointing me to [this stewardship of] the ministry.  (13)  Though I formerly blasphemed and persecuted and was shamefully and outrageously and aggressively insulting [to Him], nevertheless, I obtained mercy because I had acted out of ignorance in unbelief.

One’s creditability is enhanced, in my opinion, when a critical person gives credit where credit is due.   Then one’s critical disclosures will carry far more weight in the minds of reasonable people. 

So, lets read the reasons I do not believe that Jehovah's Witnesses original origins had anything to do with true Masonic beliefs.

Above is a Website that was “Compiled and Edited by David J. Stewart”.

Who Is David J. Stewart?

The website, as well as its counterpart, is run by a man named David J. Stewart and yields a lot of internet readership. It is often shared among conservative circles, especially those who may be classified as “fundamentalists”. However, though this site may be correct about certain issues, it misses the mark on many important doctrines, including some that are essential to the Christian faith. Though he is sometimes labeled a “fundamentalist”, he does not actually hold to the fundamental truths of the Christian faith.  

Other Christian Sites critical of David J. Stewart

Note:  The main source of Stewart’s  link to JW’s  is a convicted felon, Fritz Springmeier.  He also goes by the name:  Viktor E. Schoff.   Springmeier has written and self-published a number of books based on the subject of the bloodline Illuminati and their use of mind control. He has endorsed the existence of Project Monarch, an alleged CIA mind control project whose existence is based on the assertions of Cathy O'Brien.[5][6]

Who is Fritz Springmeier?

Criminal conviction

On January 31, 2002, Springmeier was indicted in the United States District Court in Portland, Oregon[7] in connection with an armed robbery. On February 12, 2003, he was found guilty of one count of armed bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2113(a) and (d) and one count of aiding and abetting in the use of a semi-automatic rifle during the commission of a felony in violation of 18 U.S.C § 924(c)(1).[8][9] In November 2003, he was sentenced to 51 months in prison on the armed robbery charge and 60 months on the aiding and abetting charge, fined $7,500, ordered to pay $6,488 in restitution, and assessed an additional $200.[10] Springmeier's conviction was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[11] He was imprisoned, and was released from federal prison on March 25, 2011.[12][13]

Stewart says:

The Jehovah Witnesses are a Satanic organization, based upon the occult of Freemasonry. Charles Taze Russell was a 33rd Degree Freemason; as was Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon cult. Carefully notice the Masonic cross at the upper left corner of the photo below on the issue of The Watchtower and Harold of Christ’s Presence. (Note:  This is a picture of the upper left hand corner of the magazine.)

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Note:  The Cross and Crown (a cross passing through a crown) is a Christian symbol used by various Christian denominations, particularly the Bible Student movement.[1][2] It has also been used in heraldry.[3][4] The emblem is often interpreted as symbolizing the reward in heaven (the crown) coming after the trials in this life (the cross) (James 1:12).

Note:  That some variation of this symbol was also used by the Masons, does not make Russel a Mason.  There is no relevant evidence that he was a Mason when he founded the WT.

 Springmeier goes on:  The founders of both "faiths," the Mormons and Jehovah's witnesses, were of the Illuminati bloodline. Charles Taze Russell, who founded the Watchtower Society (Jehovah Witnesses), was of the Illuminati Russell bloodline, which also founded the infamous Skull and Bones Society at Yale University. Charles Taze Russell was a Satanist, a pedophile according to his wife, and a friend of the Rothschilds. Indeed it was the Rothschilds who funded the Jehovah's Witness operation into being, along with other Illuminati bankers, through "contributions" by organizations like the Rothschild-controlled B'nai B'rith. This was proved in a court of law in 1922. One of the key people involved in this was Frank Goldman who later became President of B'nai B'rith. Why would an organization set up (in theory) to help Jewish people and promote the Jewish faith, be funding into existence the Jehovah's Witnesses??? I think the name Rothschild answers the question. Russell was also a high degree Freemason and Knights Templar. He promoted Zionism, another Rothschild creation (see Hitler was a Rothschild), on behalf of his friends and backers.

 In his book The Watchtower & the Masons Fritz Springmeier says:

 "It has always been disconcerting that the Masons are so adept at smokescreens. The leader of the Anti-Masonic political party in the 1830-1840’s turned out to be a Mason. Both C.T. Russell and J. Rutherford printed material that was less than favorable to Freemasonry. And yet I now know that C.T. Russell was a Freemason, a Knights Templar. I also know that Rutherford worked intimately with Freemasons who were his good friends." 

Note:  Fritz Springmeier has no credible evidence of this whatsoever.  You can review both Rutherford and Russel Bios on Wikipedia and find that there is no link to the Masons while they were associated with the Watchtower. 

Note: Russells Use of Masonic symbolism

Wikipedia says: " Some have claimed that various symbols Russell employed in his published literature are Masonic in nature, and that such associations implied he engaged in occult activity. In later editions of the Studies in the Scriptures series a winged solar disk was stamped on the front cover, a symbol that is also associated with Freemasonry.[citation needed] However, Russell's use of the winged solar-disk originated from his understanding of Malachi 4:2, which denotes a sun with wings, as a symbol that Christ's millennial Kingdom had begun to emerge.[105] Some critics also claim that the pyramid near Russell's gravesite is Masonic,[65][106][107][108] because of its shape and its use of the Cross and Crown symbol, although this remains disputed.[109][110] The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon has said that Russell was not a Freemason,[111][112] and notes that these symbols under discussion used are not exclusive to Masonry but pre-date the fraternity.[113] "

In June 1913, during a transcontinental speaking tour, Russell lectured in a Masonic hall in San Francisco, saying:

" Although I have never been a Mason ... Something I do seems to be the same as Masons do, I don't know what it is; but they often give me all kinds of grips and I give them back, then I tell them I don't know anything about it except just a few grips that have come to me naturally.[114]

Throughout his ministry he said that he believed Christian identity is incompatible with Freemasonry.[115] He described Freemasonry, Knights of Pythias, Theosophy, and other such groups as "grievous evils" and "unclean".[116][117] "

Springmeier continues:

Read the eye-opening, Occult Theocracy (free online .PDF book), by Edith Starr Miller.

She wrote the book in 1933 and lists Charles Taze Russell as a Knights Templar Mason on page page 737...

It [Russell’s Writings] condemns the Roman Catholic Church, referring to Rome in true esoteric Masonic style as Babylon and disposes of the Pope and his entire hierarchy as agents of the Antichrist who are doomed to extinction accor-ding to the familiar Masonic formulas of Albert Pike, Mazzini and Co.  . . . .  Page 122 of The Finished Mystery he wrecks any hopes we might still cherish with regard to benevolent brotherhoods in the following sentence — " As the trouble increases, men will seek, but in vain, for protection in the great rocks and fortresses of society (Freemasonry, Oddfellowship, and Trades Unions, Guilds, Trusts and all societies secular and ecclesiastical) and in the mountains (governments) of the earth ". (about page 540)

Note:  Somehow Edith Star Miller interprets these statements as Freemasonry dogma.  Does this really sound like a Mason?  I think not.

Source: Edith Starr Miller, Lady Queenborough (July 16, 1887 – January 16, 1933) was a New York socialite, author and anti-Mormon agitator.

Note:  Next, there is a supposed connection with the Catholic Church.  It is said, “THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESS A DAUGHTER OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.  This Satanic society used Catholic Church Sources in order to produce its New World Translation.  Westcott and Hort were two Satanists, founders of the Hermes Club and members of famed Russian witch Madam Blavatsky's Theosophy cult.

Note: Westcott and Hort Translation:

The New Testament in the Original Greek is a Greek-language version of the New Testament published in 1881. It is also known as the Westcott and Hort text, after its editors Brooke Foss Westcott (1825–1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828–1892). (Textual scholars use the abbreviation "WH".[1]) It is a critical text, compiled from some of the oldest New Testament fragments and texts that had been discovered at the time. The two editors worked together for 28 years.  . . .   The edition of Westcott and Hort began a new epoch in the history of textual criticism.[6] Most critical editions published after Westcott and Hort share their preference of the Alexandrian text-type and therefore are similar to The New Testament in the Original Greek.

Note:  The Watchtower Society liked the Westcott-Hort translation because it could be interpreted more in line with their teachings.  It aligned itself with the Alexandrine theory of interpretation which differed from the Roman view.  Many people disagree which makes the use of this text somewhat controversial.

Note:  Next we have reference to Russell’s association with the Illuminate.

The Illuminati[1] (plural of Latin illuminatus, "enlightened") is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on 1 May 1776.  The society's goals were to oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life, and abuses of state power. "The order of the day," they wrote in their general statutes, "is to put an end to the machinations of the purveyors of injustice, to control them without dominating them."[2] The Illuminati—along with Freemasonry and other secret societies—were outlawed through edict by the Bavarian ruler Charles Theodore with the encouragement of the Catholic Church, in 1784, 1785, 1787, and 1790.[3] In the following several years, the group was vilified by conservative and religious critics who claimed that they continued underground and were responsible for the French Revolution.

Note: Modern Illuminati 

Several recent and present-day fraternal organisations claim to be descended from the original Bavarian Illuminati and openly use the name "Illuminati". Some of these groups use a variation on the name "The Illuminati Order" in the name of their own organizations,[28] while others, such as the Ordo Templi Orientis, have "Illuminati" as a level within their organization’s hierarchy. However, there is no evidence that these present-day groups have any real connection to the historic order. They have not amassed significant political power or influence, and most, rather than trying to remain secret, promote unsubstantiated links to the Bavarian Illuminati as a means of attracting membership.[22]

Note: The Illuminati in Popular Culture

Early conspiracy theories surrounding the Illuminati have inspired various creative works, and continue to do so.

Note:  Today there are numerous lists of the “Illuminati” made up by various groups as a part of their “conspiracy” theories.

Note: The Russell Bloodline  (Fritz Springmeier Page)  (Referenced from Fritz Springmeier’s page which appears to be written by him.  It reverences his work throughout the site.)

Fritz Springmeier writes: (Remember who Springmeier is)   Last year in the Jan. ’93 newsletter I wrote an article about the Illuminati and the Watchtower Society. Recently, on Dec. 10, ’93, Texe Marrs interviewed me over international short wave radio about the 1990 book "The Watchtower and the Masons." . . .  Because of numerous problems within the congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Satanic Ritual Abuse, . . .  In fact, two J.W.s who had actually been in the Illuminati while J.W.s but had broken free, confronted the Governing Body and headquarters with their evidence of the Illuminati operating within the membership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Note:  How authoritative do you think this observation is?  Who were these “two J.W.s who had actually been in the Illuminati” ?   Were they pioneers or Circuit Servants or what?  How did they ever get back to Bethel?

Springmeier goes on:  The purpose of this next subsection may be misunderstood, unless I make myself clear at this point. This author has not established any link between the various famous Russells.  . . .  Both the Russell and the Rutherford families came from Scotland as well as MacMillan and many other key early Watchtower leaders. . . .   One item that has popped up consistently is that people with the surname Russell repeatedly appear as important figures in the various elements of the World Order as it has developed. Before becoming aware of the One World Order, this Author had no inkling how important blood lines have been for the elite that controls the world. Friendships have also played a role, for instance, Eleanor Roosevelt (who was involved in numerous communist organizations’ and was an actual card carrying member of the American communist party) was a close friend and confidant to Ronald Reagon’s mother.  . . .  Chapter 1 .8 will go into more details on what circumstantial evidence there is that might lead one to believe that Charles T. Russell was a Satanist.  . . .  To summarize, these various Russells (who until the genealogy work is done to show the connections should be viewed as individuals -- not a group) have been prominent members of the Illuminati, the Masons, the Fabians, the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Jesuits, the Royal Society, and the Media controlled by those of the New World Order, and a deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve. Typically they have been merchants and lawyers, with a fair share of them also as Christian heretics. It will be easier perhaps to illustrate how the Russells keep popping up in the New World Order story line by listing a good sampling of them.

Note:  I don’t think anything written by Springmeier or endorsed and referenced by him could be more bizarre.  If I used him as an example of anything, it would be in the context as a radical conspiracist who has attempted to make a self-published mountain out of a mole hill or less.

Note: Finally, Are the Masons Devil Worshipers?

Anti-Masons use examples like this paragraph below which is supposedly taken from Masonic literature as a proof showing Masons are Devil Worshipers. 

  "Lucifer, the Light-bearer!  Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness!  Lucifer, the Son of the Morning!  Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable, blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish souls?  Doubt it not!"  [Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, p. 321, 19th Degree of Grand Pontiff; Red Emphasis added]

The articles response:  What a revelation!  From the first degree, the first Initiation, the Mason is urged mightily to "seek the Light"!  The average Mason is continually saying that he is "seeking the Light", and will spend his entire life "moving toward the Light".  Almost every person in Western Civilization will assume that this "Light" is the revelation of the God of the Bible; indeed, this statement is held up continuously to try to convince us that Masonry is Christian.  Yet, here, Albert Pike is saying that Lucifer is the One who bears the Light of Freemasonry!  Lucifer is the Light-bearer of Freemasonry . 

Note:  For a reasonable person, it should be obvious to see that the above Masonic quote is asking a question about Light with Darkness.  Pike refers to “Lucifer, the Light-bearer” as having a “Strange and mysterious name.”  How can the Devil be both a “Light-bearer” and the “Spirit of Darkness”?  He answers the question by saying that there is no “Doubt” that with such light having “splendors intolerablethe Devil blinds feeble, sensual or selfish souls.” I think Pike was thinking of 2Corinthians 11:13-14 KJV which says, “ For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  (14)  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

Note: What do the Freemasons stand for?

Note: What do Freemason’s do?

Freemasons as a group donate millions of dollars daily to charitable purposes. The Masonic organization the Shriners has for some time been providing free medical services for children suffering from burns. In addition, Freemasons as individuals or Lodges give quite a large amount of charity on their own anonymously just as a matter of principle, of which there is little or no record.

Besides that, Masonic teaching aims to make good men better, to improve them and make them better in their family life, their business life and their civic life. It doesn't always work of course but in this way too Masons can be seen to be doing good.

Note:     Freemasonry is not a religion.  While it is not opposed to Christianity, many of their beliefs and practices conflict with some Christian doctrines.  Masons teach that there is a Supreme Being, but they accept all people’s god to fill that role.  Masons do not believe in the exclusivity of the Christian faith.  According to Freemasonry, a person will be saved and go to heaven as a result of his good works and personal self-improvement.

Note: Anti Freemasonry

Anti-Masonry (alternatively called Anti-Freemasonry) has been defined as "opposition to Freemasonry",[90][91] but there is no homogeneous anti-Masonic movement. Anti-Masonry consists of widely differing criticisms from diverse (and often incompatible) groups who are hostile to Freemasonry in some form. Critics have included religious groups, political groups, and conspiracy theorists.   There have been many disclosures and exposés dating as far back as the 18th century. These often lack context,[92] may be outdated for various reasons,[93] or could be outright hoaxes on the part of the author, as in the case of the Taxil hoax.[94]

The first book produced by Taxil after his conversion was a four-volume history of Freemasonry, which contained fictitious eyewitness verifications of their participation inThe first book produced by Taxil after his conversion was a four-volume history of Freemasonry, which contained fictitious eyewitness verifications of their participation in Satanism. With a collaborator who published as "Dr. Karl Hacks", Taxil wrote another book called The Devil in the Nineteenth Century, which introduced a new character, Diana Vaughan, a supposed descendant of the Rosicrucian alchemist Thomas Vaughan. The book contained many tales about her encounters with incarnate demons, one of whom was supposed to have written prophecies on her back with its tail, and another who played the piano in the shape of a crocodile.[2]   . . . .  On April 19, 1897, Taxil called a press conference at which he said he would introduce Diana Vaughan to the press. He instead announced that his revelations about the Freemasons were fictitious. He thanked the clergy for their assistance in giving publicity to his wild claims.[3]  The confession was printed, in its entirety, in the Parisian newspaper Le Frondeur, on April 25, 1897, titled: Twelve Years Under the Banner of the Church, The Prank Of Palladism. Miss Diana Vaughan–The Devil At The Freemasons. A Conference held by M. Léo Taxil, at the Hall of the Geographic Society in Paris.[4]

The hoax material is still used to this day. Chick Publications publishes such a tract called The Curse of Baphomet[5] and Randy Noblitt's book on satanic ritual abuse, Cult and Ritual Abuse, also cites the Taxil hoax.[6]



Note:  Based on this review, I do not believe that Russell or Rutherford or any subsequent member of the JW’s  in good standing has anything to do with the Masons.  Interestingly, the Masons have a good reputation among people of all religions. 

For a Second Commentary, go to:  Conspiracy - 2 JW's Masonic Origins