When you are about to discuss a passage of Scripture with Jehovah’s Witnesses, I recommend that you first ask them to read the verse or verses aloud from their Bibles.
If the passage is a long one, review it with them in smaller, more manageable segments rather than getting lost trying to analyze a lengthy passage all at once.
I’m not saying you should never do some of the reading yourself, but it’s best to have them do it as often as possible—especially with passages that are critical to the topic you are discussing.
Why do I recommend that you have them do the reading?
Let’s look at the alternatives. Continue reading
Why should you do the unexpected when discussing Bible doctrine with Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Because if you don’t, they will just recite their Watchtower talking points and you won’t get through to them.
The Watchtower trains them in how to present Watchtower doctrines. It also tells them what you and I are likely to say and informs them how to respond.
I found this out the hard way many years ago. I was particularly frustrated when my conversation with some Jehovah’s Witnesses was going nowhere. I felt as if I were talking to a Watchtower magazine instead of to human beings. Continue reading
Many Christians are afraid to talk with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
There are two types of fears:
- Fear of getting indoctrinated
- Fear of being humiliated.
Let’s talk about how to overcome these fears. Continue reading
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
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