In a recent article entitled, “Breaking Through an Ancient Barrier” (Awake! No. 3, June 2016), the Watchtower organization states the following: “Some 2,500 years ago…under the rule of King Ahasuerus (likely Xerxes I), the Persians transmitted official decrees across the realm, ‘from India to Ethiopia, 127 provinces, to each province in its own script and to each people in its own language.’
“Today, most organizations—even governments—would not attempt such a difficult feat. There is one organization, however, that has proved equal to the task. Jehovah’s Witnesses publish magazines, audio and video productions, and many books—including the Bible—in a combined total of more than 750 languages. This includes some 80 sign languages. The Witnesses also publish various versions of Braille for the blind.”
“After all,” it says, “in that sacred book, God, whose name is Jehovah, tells us that he wants his message to be shared with people of ‘every nation and tribe and tongue.’—Revelation 14:6.”
This gives the impression that the Watchtower’s Bible translation activity is incomparable and that it has made the Bible available in nearly every language. Continue reading
In an article entitled “Is the Bible Just a Good Book?” in the 2016 No. 2 issue of Awake!, the Watchtower organization extols the history of the Bible.
The irony comes in what the article doesn’t say. Here are some of the points the article makes, along with my commentary. Continue reading
You can listen to my May 14, 2016 interview on Agustin Astacio’s online radio show. Our subject was “Getting Through to Jehovah’s Witnesses.” I gave my testimony and discussed the work I am doing on the blog and the book I am writing.
The interview itself begins at about the 30 minute mark and lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Here’s the link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/healingxoutreach/2016/05/14/btr-guest-author-david-englund
I never try to talk Jehovah’s Witnesses out of calling God “Jehovah.” The problem is that the Watchtower claims that we must use that name and address him as “Jehovah” whenever we pray to him.
But is that really true? Continue reading
Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses can be very frustrating. Sometimes you feel like you’re hitting your head against a brick wall. Sometimes the Witnesses just walk away.
I want to make clear that I don’t claim to have an infallible method for getting through to them. No one does. There is no set of Bible passages or collection of cleverly worded arguments that are guaranteed to show a Jehovah’s Witness that the Watchtower is wrong.
That said, there are some approaches that work better than others—and I will be sharing many of them with you based on my more than 40 years of efforts to reach them. I’ll also be asking you to interact with this blog and give us the benefit of your own experiences.