Originally posted by tim88
This man is a scammer & dishonest.
Before he got his religious career well underway, Russell promoted what he called "miracle wheat," which he sold at sixty dollars per bushel. He claimed it would grow five times as well as regular wheat. In fact, it grew slightly less well than regular wheat, as was established in court when Russell was sued. Later he mar ...[text shortened]... bean" (which a wag has said probably got that name because it took a thousand years to sprout).
lets also look at the assertion of marketing a fake cancer cure,
A CURE FOR SURFACE CANCER
Cancer troubles are becoming more numerous. We know of no remedy for internal cancers except surgery. Even then a cure is doubtful. We have recently learned of a very effective and simple remedy for cancers which show themselves on the surface of the body. We are informed that a physician, after testing this remedy, paid $1,000 for the information, and that he has established a Cancer Hospital which is doing good work. The recipe has come to us free and we are willing to communicate the formula, but to those only who are troubled with surface cancers and who will write to us directly, stating particulars. No fee will be charged, but in order to protect the sufferers, we require a promise that they will not sell the formula to others, nor receive pay for the use of it, nor communicate the formula to anybody. Any one known to be a sufferer can be informed of the terms on which the prescription is obtainable through us.
Watch Tower, July 1, 1913:
please note that Charles Taze Russell himself did not develop this cure; he only reported on what a doctor believed to be a cure for certain kinds of skin cancer, and offered to give that information to free without any charge at all to any who requested it. We are sure that he felt that would be the Christian thing to do. He asked no money for this information. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, but those who seek to find evil can make such appear to be evil when it wasn’t.
So Timmy, how much did Russell personally make from his marketing campaign to give the formula away for free? If he made nothing and did not develop the cure itself, just what are you saying that he did that makes him a scammer and dishonest according to your words?