Their policies for handling cases of child sexual abuse have been the subject of various formal inquiries.During the course of his ministry, Russell disputed many beliefs of mainstream Christianity including immortality of the soul, hellfire, predestination, the fleshly return of Jesus Christ, the Trinity, and the burning up of the world. Barbour; later that year they jointly produced the book Three Worlds, which combined restitutionist views with end time prophecy.The organization has received criticism regarding biblical translation, doctrines, and alleged coercion of its members.
Thirty congregations were founded, and during 18, Russell visited each to provide the format he recommended for conducting meetings.They consider the use of God's name vital for proper worship.They reject Trinitarianism, inherent immortality of the soul, and hellfire, which they consider to be unscriptural doctrines.Russell moved the Watch Tower Society's headquarters to Brooklyn, New York, in 1909, combining printing and corporate offices with a house of worship; volunteers were housed in a nearby residence he named Bethel.He identified the religious movement as "Bible Students," and more formally as the International Bible Students Association. Error Banner.fade_out.modal_overlay.modal_overlay .modal_wrapper.modal_overlay [email protected](max-width:630px)@media(max-width:630px).modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:before.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:before.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:before.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:hover:before. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_input. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_spinner. In January 1917, the Watch Tower Society's legal representative, Joseph Franklin Rutherford, was elected as its next president.His election was disputed, and members of the Board of Directors accused him of acting in an autocratic and secretive manner.From 1932, it was taught that the "little flock" of 144,000 would not be the only people to survive Armageddon.Rutherford explained that in addition to the 144,000 "anointed" who would be resurrected—or transferred at death—to live in heaven to rule over earth with Christ, a separate class of members, the "great multitude," would live in a paradise restored on earth; from 1935, new converts to the movement were considered part of that class.