YES, COMPARISONS ARE ODIOUS - BUT WHO STARTED IT?
It is a dull week when some one does not accuse me of teaching what Judge Rutherford teaches. I have nothing against the judge, personally, and would not forcibly keep him from teaching what he believes. But, he teaches the following, all of which I deny:
Satan's first name was Lucifer; he was once sinless; he was placed as man's overlord; God didn't know he would lead man into sin; salvation from sin depends on works of obedience; there will be two chances of salvation; part of the human family will never be saved; there will be no end to the second death; the kingdom on earth will be for the church which is the body of Christ; the human soul is the human body; Christ's coming occurred some years ago; His coming was not like the lightning which lightens in the east and shines to the west.
Those who make this charge against me belong to the following denominations: Baptist, Free Will Baptist, Primitive Baptist, Advent Christian, Christian and Methodist. If I believe anything just as the judge does, I am not aware of it. But all these denominations agree with him on two points which are much stressed by them.
1. They teach that part of human family will never be saved.
2. While they do not agree among themselves as to what the second death will be-some claiming it will be death and others saying it will be life in the most intense misery-they all agree with the judge that it will never end.
Judge Rutherford and his followers are like all other denominations on these points. They have no more right to object to him than they have to object to each other. Yet they are fighting him, and, ludicrous as it is, they are fighting me, and comparing me with him, when I do not believe one single thing as he does, so far as I am aware.
I teach the following, all of which is denied by all these denominations, as well as by the judge:
All mankind are to be justified, (Rom. 5:18), saved, (1 Tim. 2:3-6), vivified in Christ, (1 Cor. 15:22), and reconciled together with the entire universe through the blood of the cross, (Col. 1:20).
I do not wish to be understood as censuring these denominations for believing as Judge Rutherford does. It is their privilege. But I do object to some of their members accusing me of it.