Month: December 2017

Why You Should Believe in the Trinity by Robert M. Bowman, Jr.

Why You Should Believe in the TrinityDescription:

In 1989, the Watchtower published a 32-page brochure entitled, “Should You Believe in the Trinity?” Their answer was no, and they gave their reasons why they believe the Trinity doctrine is false, pagan, and satanic.

Robert Bowman, Jr. wrote this 136-page book, Why You Should Believe in the Trinity, not as an exhaustive treatise but rather as a Christian response to the assertions made in the Watchtower brochure.

He begins by explaining the Trinity doctrine—what it is and isn’t. He explains its practice significance it terms of the value of Christ’s sacrifice. The sacrifice of a God-man is of infinite value in contrast to that of the sacrifice of a created being. Continue reading

Witnesses of Jehovah by Leonard and Marjorie Chretien

Witnesses of JehovahDescription:

Written by a former Jehovah’s Witness elder and his wife, the stated purpose of Witnesses of Jehovah is “to expose the Watch Tower as a false religion, and not as a persecution or vendetta…. The public is not given full disclosure when invited to study with Jehovah’s Witnesses. People are not told that they must put aside all friends and relatives who do not agree with the Watch Tower Society and that they are joining an organization which can change the rules at any time, with all members having to change without question.” (p. 7)

The book was published in conjunction with the release of the authors’ documentary movie of the same title. Continue reading

Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse by David A. Reed

Jehovah's Witnesses Answered Verse by VerseDescription:

Written by former Jehovah’s Witness elder (now a Christian pastor) David Reed, this 139-page paperback has sold over 250,000 copies in five languages.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse begins with one-paragraph explanations of the Watchtower position on various doctrinal issues. These are good capsulized summaries of Watchtower dogma. A person who is unfamiliar with Watchtower teachings would do well to take in that information slowly and invest a good deal of time making sure they understand that foundational information before moving on to the heart of the book.

Primarily doctrinal, most of the book presents scriptural proof texts in Bible order, contrasting Watchtower interpretations with those of biblical Christianity. This is followed by one five-page chapter with general advice on how to share the gospel with Witnesses. This book is a very helpful resource for readers who find themselves stumped by specific Watchtower proof texts. Continue reading

Crisis of Conscience by Raymond Franz

Crisis of ConscienceDescription:

In the early 1980s, rumors started about a huge shake-up at Watchtower headquarters. Long-standing Witnesses were being forced out and disfellowshipped (excommunicated), including Raymond Franz, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses and nephew of then Watchtower president Fred Franz.

Shortly thereafter, Ray Franz published Crisis of Conscience, in which he told his story. He discloses how he learned of major changes in doctrine and practice that the organization has tried to cover up or minimize. He also reveals the legalism and hypocrisy that he saw within the organization. Continue reading