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What is the shape of your brain?

Can you guess who said the following?

“The question then arises, if the world cannot approach God in prayer, what is the method by which He draws men? The Scriptures say that no man can come unto Christ except the Father draw him. (John 6:44.) The answer is that the drawing cannot be done though the Holy Spirit; for the world has not yet received that Spirit. The drawing power which the Almighty exercises over humanity is in different degrees. Some have a strong desire to worship God, others have a weak desire, and others have no desire at all. This difference is due to the shape of the brain. Mankind are born with differences in this respect.—Psa. 51:5. . . . Man was created in the image of God. The fall has greatly marred that image, but no one is totally depraved. All have unbalanced brains, some in one direction, others in another. When Truth comes in contact with those whose organs of veneration or conscientiousness are less impaired, they are drawn to investigate it, with the hope of being drawn close to God.”

Answer . . .

This quote is from Charles Taze Russell and can be found on page 84 of the March 15, 1913 Watchtower Magazine. Russell is the founding prophet of what is known today as the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Russell, who died in 1916, is currently buried in Pennsylvania where a large stone pyramid (a pagan Egyptian symbol) is found at his grave site as a memorial (see picture below). This, however, is not the first pagan symbol associated with Russell. He used the pagan symbol of the Sun god Ra on the cover of his books.

I note this interesting bit of trivia because Jehovah’s Witnesses are famous for their argument that the cross was a pagan symbol, and today marks the 94th anniversary of Russell’s death.

Oh, and by the way, Happy Reformation Day!


13 comments on “What is the shape of your brain?

  1. Happy Reformation Day to you my friends. Let’s finally do away with compromise and leave Hallowe’en in the shadows of the past. We as followers of Christ Jesus should be entirely focused on the glory of God, not how close to the edge we can get without falling off. Bless you guys for your work.

  2. Let’s get this out of the way now: I’m going to ignore the Halloween issue because, frankly, I see it as the “food to idols” issue for America.

    Now, as for the post itself, this day does mark a tragedy. Yes, God is just, and yes, this man deserves the eternal torment he is receiving; that being said, I do not celebrate his punishment. He was a fallen man like we were, and the only eternal difference between him and us as believers is the blood of Christ.

    Let this pyramid be a reminder to us all of just one of the directions our lives could have gone without God’s interference on our behalf.

  3. Between the JW’s, Mormons, Romanists, and various other cultic strains of false Christianity such as Oneness Pentecostals, Unitarians, The Way International; not to mention the false non-Christian religions such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, animism, Wiccans, atheists, etc. there’s deception-a-plenty for “religious” men to choose from.

    And the aforementioned groups are merely those who are outside the camp…there’s no shortage of heretical false teachers and soul damning false doctrines within what’s widely considered “orthodox” Christendom.

    As it is written, the way to hell is exceedingly broad.

    In Him,
    CD

  4. Amen Coram Deo, Amen! Let us press on in faithfulness to He Who redeemed us, until that glorious day when He calls us home.

  5. Thank you for this information regarding the JW. They have come to my door for weeks – if they come this weekend it will be the fouth time in about 5 weeks. The first time they came – we had a friendly discussion – somewhere in that discussion – I told them that their “religion” was false. Of course, they didn’t agree. Part of that was due to there belief in a no hell – well, at least – a no “forever” hell. They couldn’t answer my questions and asked if they could come back – I said, sure. As I figured, each week when they come back – they brought more fire power but really had no substance. Now, this is what I have noticed about the JW’s in the past and up to the now – JW used to use only the name Jehovah when they would come to the door. Now, they are using the name of Jesus with the understanding He is the Son of God. I have not heard them use the name Jehovah. Don’t know if anyone else has noticed this. I believe it is (for a lack of better words) a “marketing” lure to catch future JW’s. One of the things I challenge them as why I reject their “religion” is that with any religion you must go back to the founding of it and start there. If there is any falsehood in it, then it is false. So, I told them the founder and the next person after him were false. The reason they are false – I said because of thier false prophecies. Especailly in regards to only a 144,000 going to make it and they will be in Heaven in the year 1914. Then told them this date had change since then on different occassions. Of course they hem hauled around that and told me I must have been thinking of the prophecy of 1914. They preceeded to tell me that the prophecy of 1914 was about Jesus taking the throne and Satan being cast down. I said who said this prophecy? They said it was in the bible. I said could you direct me there. They said – well I don’t have that information on me. I said, when you do – please send me a copy. In regards to hell, the JW cannot understand why God would have a place that tormented people forever. Just wanted to share. If you have additional insight in regards to JW, please let me know.

    Blessings

  6. Hi KC,

    Here some info on the 1914 thing:
    http://billphillips.wordpress.com/2008/03/26/the-invisible-and-impossible-1914-return/

    I got the same line about them that they couldn’t remember exactly where the 1914 date came from, but they gave me a book to explain it.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  7. Bill:
    Long time no see. Welcome back.

    KC:
    Please check out our JW category link for more resources on JWs. And watch the short video on this post.

    - Pilgrim

  8. Bill and The Pilgrim:

    Thank you for the links. I will check them out. I am reading over their “new hot off the press” material to see what else they believe. I kinda knew they believed the Holy Spirit was a force but actually how they present it to non-JW’s is quite interesting. I will just share one way (you probably know) but here goes. In short, they will want you to read Matthew 3:11 – then they will direct the non-JW attention to the word fire. Then the will ask the non-JW the following: Obviously, fire is not a person – would you agree – and after the non-JW says no, then the JW says Do you think this verse is saying that the Holy Spirit is a person? The non-JW will say no. Again, thank you for the links.

    Blessings

  9. Charles Taze Russell was a freemason as one could surmise by the dandy grave stone he designed for himself.

    Joseph Smith was also a freemason.

    Coincidence? Not a chance…

    Freemasons seek to destroy true doctrine any chance they get.

    Billy Graham…..yep honorary 33rd degree.

  10. Hold on … Billy Graham? Graham?!?

    Sorry, I’m gonna need to see a source for that. That seems a little too bizarre. Sure, Graham’s theology had flaws, perhaps even serious flaws, but that seems a little too far-fetched.

  11. I clicked on the link, U.S. I went to a few of the google links. They all seem like they were written by crazy people. I can’t take seriously anything given by people who declare that the NIV (which they call Satan’s Bible) was written to promote homosexuality, Disneyland is evil because, among other things, Jews work there, and the Christian Contemporary Musician Michael W. Smith is a practicing Satanist. I see nothing but accusations and assertions from the alleged Christian fringe.

  12. Well, the NIV was translated by Westcott and Hort, two well known occultists that were good friends of Theosophist Madame Blavatsky….

    I don’t agree with every sites views but take the information presented and see if it lines up with scripture.

    Believe it or not, Disney in it’s entirety is evil. Walt Disney? 33rd degree of the Demolay branch of freemasonry.

    http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&q=club+33+disneyland&aq=0&aqi=g4g-o1&aql=&oq=Club+33+Disney

    http://pseudoccultmedia.blogspot.com/2009/03/disney-twenty-three-part-1-alice-oswald.html

    From what seems to be a freemason site:

    http://burningtaper.blogspot.com/2007/06/disney-masonic-connection.html

    Also, Christian Contemporary Music is mainly self glorifying wannabe rock stars…

    And we know rock music didn’t come from heaven…

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