By The Librarian
"If We Only Understood" by Brother C.T.Russell
Could we draw aside the curtains
That surround each other's lives,
See the naked heart and spirit,
Know what spur the action gives-
Often we would find it better,
Purer than we judged we would
We would love each other better
If we only understood.
Could we judge all deeds by motives,
See the good and bad within,
Often we would love the sinner
All the while we loathe the sin.
Could we know the powers working
To overthrow integrity,
We would judge each other's errors
With more patient charity.
If we knew the cares and trials,
Knew the efforts all in vain,
And the bitter disappointments-
Understood the loss and gain-
Would the grim external roughness Seem,
I wonder, just the same? Would we help where we now hinder?
Would we pity where we blame?
Ah, we judge each other harshly,
Knowing not life's hidden force;
Knowing not the fount of action
Is less turbid at it's source.
Seeing not amid the evil
All the golden grains of good,
Oh, we'd love each other better If we only understood.
Charles T. Russell From "Poems of Dawn" 1912
Arrest Warrant Issued for Charles T. Russell over Contempt of Court for failure to pay Alimony to MariaBy Jack Ryan
For proof, you can view the newspaper clipping about it directly
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PASTOR RUSSELL'S TROUBLES
A telegram from Pittsburg states that an attachment for the arrest of Pastor Charles T. Russell has been issued in that city for failure to pay alimony to his wife. Pastor Russell recently moved to Brooklyn, taking over the old Plymouth Bethel in Hicks street as a place of worship.
He also moved to this city [Brooklyn] the headquarters of the Millennial Dawn and Watch Tower Society of which he is the head.
Pastor Russell -- he does not want to be called doctor or reverend -- was divorced by his wife on a charge of cruelty. She was at first awarded $40 a month alimony, but this was later raised to $100.
The pastor refused to pay more than $40 and proceedings were started to have him arrested for contempt of court. The telegram from Pittsburg indicates that the wife was victorious in this action.
Pastor Russell cannot be arrested here on the Pittsburg court's order, it is said, but will be taken into custody if he returns to Pittsburg.
By Jack Ryan
They stated that Russell
was causing divisions in adventists circles
that he was preaching a different gospel/doctrine to his church at that time
they try to 'belittle' him
their own boast that they have not succeeded
do NOT go near them (shunning) or give them any support (countenance)
In essence the words used labels Russell as an 'apostate' to his current church at that time.
BONUS: If you look at the header of the paper the symbol of the Advent Christian Times is suspiciously close to the one Russell "created" for the Bible Students (or not to say the same, but without the laurels at the sides).