Category: Resources

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

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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

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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

Masters of Deception by F.W. Thomas

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When I was studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses, the study conductors presented me with a barrage of proof texts for which I had no answer or explanation.

Masters of Deception was written to provide those answers. The author, F.W. Thomas, states, “Our primary reason in putting out this volume is to answer the false charges which the JW deceivers hurl against the Christian Church” and to “enable Christians to withstand and blunt the ferocity of the Watchtower onslaught, which has swept so many into perdition.” (pp. xiii-xiv) Continue reading

Heart to Heart Talks with Jehovah’s Witnesses by Homer Duncan

Heart to Heart Talks with Jehovah's WitnessesDescription:

When I saw the title of this book, I thought the format would be a series of conversations or simulated conversations between the author and one or two Jehovah’s Witnesses.

However, inside the front cover the book is described as follows: “Heart to heart talks with those who wish to compare the teachings of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society with the Doctrines of the Holy Scriptures.”

The book is organized by topics and consists of the following chapters: Continue reading

Books About Jehovah’s Witnesses You Might Find Helpful

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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: Continue reading