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The Lure of Hidden Knowledge

Double doorsIn Act V, Scene V of Macbeth, the title character laments: “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

Human beings can’t last long believing that. Each one of us wants a sense of meaning and purpose in our life.

We don’t want to be just one drop of water in a vast ocean.

We want to be significant.

We want to be special.

What if you could join a religious organization consisting of millions of people who have a knowledge of God and his purposes that no one else has? That group would be large enough to have significance but small enough in comparison to the world’s population to be special.

Suppose further that when you share this knowledge with others that most of them scoff and reject it. Perhaps they even persecute you because of your beliefs. Although hard to endure, that opposition would make you even more special in God’s eyes, wouldn’t it?

This is what the Watchtower purports to offer Jehovah’s Witnesses. Consider what it tells them: Continue reading

Should Christians Discuss Doctrine with Jehovah’s Witnesses?

 

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Why shouldn’t we?

Some ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses give a couple of reasons. Continue reading

Conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses by Ron Rhodes

Conversations with Jehovah's WitnessesDescription:

This book concentrates primarily on witnessing techniques rather than on doctrine. Written to complement his 1993 book discussed below, 13 of the 20 chapters of the book consist of simulated conversations between Rhodes and a Jehovah’s Witness.

Rather than giving thorough explanations of the doctrinal differences, Rhodes refers the reader to pages in his 1993 book for additional information.

The book is structured as follows: Continue reading

Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses with Questions by Philip DelRe

Answering Jehovah's Witnesses with QuestionsDescription:

Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses with Questions is a 35-page booklet rather than a full-length book. The author explains why in the Preface (p. 5): “We chose to present this material in booklet form since most people will not read a 300 or 400 page theologically technical book on Jehovah’s Witnesses. So we made this a quick, easy to use resource.”

DelRe’s booklet has the following structure: Continue reading

Captives of a Concept by Don Cameron

Captives of a ConceptDescription:

In his 1983 book, Crisis of Conscience, Ray Franz stated his belief that members of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Governing Body are “captives of a concept.” By that, he meant the concept that the Watchtower organization is a separate entity, “bigger and grander than themselves.” (p. 296) “Perhaps because of this illusory view of ‘the organization,’” Franz said, “a man can be a Member of such a Body that has virtually unrestricted power and authority, and yet not feel a keen sense of personal responsibility for what the Body does, for whatever hurt or whatever misleading and consequent misdirection results.”

Cameron, a former Watchtower elder, picks up on the phrase, but he means something different by it. He focuses, not on the Governing Body, but on the average Jehovah’s Witness.

He says, “The concept that holds Jehovah’s Witnesses captive is their belief that the Watchtower Society is God’s organization.” (p. 11). He adds, “This concept blocks Jehovah’s Witnesses from noticing anything wrong no matter how wrong it is. And in case anyone does think they notice something wrong, they are warned that they must never try to do anything about it, but simply wait for God to do something about it, because, after all, ‘It is his organization…’” (p. 13)

The key to Cameron’s approach is to show Jehovah’s Witnesses that the Watchtower is not God’s organization through a study of the history of the organization and applying the Watchtower’s own criteria.

The book contains the following chapters: Continue reading

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