When Jehovah’s Witnesses first came to my door in 1972, I decided to talk with them about Jesus. My heart was in the right place, but I was totally unprepared and outmatched.
I didn’t know what Jehovah’s Witnesses believed or why they believed it. Consequently, I had no idea how to respond to what they told me. In contrast, those two Witnesses were well versed in Watchtower theology and well prepared with their magazines, books, and Bible proof texts.
In those days, there were few resources to help the Christian. I asked friends for help coming up with biblical answers to what the Witnesses were saying, but all they advised was to stop meeting with them because the Watchtower religion is a cult. Granted, if you steer clear of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you won’t get sucked into the Watchtower organization. But you won’t lead any of them to Christ either.
Today, there are a lot of resources available for Christians who want to understand Jehovah’s Witnesses and get through to them. Nevertheless, most Christians aren’t aware of them.
I participate in a number of online forums, and I frequently read posts like this: “A Jehovah’s Witnesses asked me how Jesus can be equal to God the Father when in John 14:28 he specifically said, ‘The Father is greater than I am.’ Help! How do I answer that?”
Or: “I told some Jehovah’s Witnesses that salvation comes by grace through faith apart from works but they quoted me James 2:26, which says, ‘Faith without works is dead.’ What should I say?”
Because of this, I have decided to do a series of blog articles about books on Jehovah’s Witnesses that I have found helpful. Each week I’ll cover a different book. Of course I can’t hope to deal with every book that’s available, but I will describe to you the strengths and limitations of a number of books that I have in my library.
The books I’ll be reviewing are as follows:
- Heart-to-Heart Talks with Jehovah’s Witnesses by Homer Duncan (1972)
- Masters of Deception by F.W. Thomas (1972)
- Crisis of Conscience by Raymond Franz (1983)
- Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse by David A. Reed (1986)
- Witnesses of Jehovah by Leonard and Marjorie Cretien (1988)
- Why You Should Believe in the Trinity by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. (1989)
- How to Rescue Your Loved One From the Watchtower by David A. Reed (1989)
- Reasoning From the Scriptures with the Jehovah’s Witnesses by Ron Rhodes (1993)
- Approaching Jehovah’s Witnesses in Love by Wilbur Lingle (1994)
- Jehovah’s Witnesses by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. (1995)
- Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses Subject by Subject by David A. Reed (1996)
- The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Jehovah’s Witness by Ron Rhodes (2001)
- Captives of a Concept by Don Cameron (2004)
- Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses with Questions by Philip DelRe (2007)
- Conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses by Ron Rhodes (2014)
Most of these books are still in print. Those that aren’t should be available to you online or through your library system.
Have you read some of these books? What do you think of them? Are there other resources you are looking for to help you get through to Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Share your thoughts in the comments.