Resources and Links
Books for the Christian to learn about Jehovah’s Witnesses:
Reasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah’s Witnesses, by Ron Rhodes. Excellent overview and refutation of JW doctrine
Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses Who Love the Truth, by Bill and Joan Cetnar. Good overview of Watchtower problems, and an inspiring testimony.
Approaching Jehovah’s Witnesses in Love, by Wilbur Lingle. Time-tested methods of ministering to deceived cult members.
How to Answer a Jehovah’s Witness, by Robert A. Morey. Less complete, but still valuable presentation. Photo-documentation and a study format.
The Watchtower Files, by Arthur Barrett and Duane Magnani. Extensive photo-documentation of false prophecies, doctrinal flip-flops.
Apocalypse Delayed: the Story of Jehovah’s Witnesses, by M. James Penton. Extremely well written and scholarly history and analysis of the movement.
Kingdom of the Cults, by Walter R. Martin. A classic work providing extensive information on the history and teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses and other aberrant groups.
Books for Jehovah’s Witnesses to read:
Former members of the movement wrote the following books, and it will therefore be difficult to get a JW to read them. Jehovah’s Witnesses are forbidden to read information from former members, and any JW who reads such material risks being excommunicated and shunned, even by close family members. These works are, however, powerful exposes of important doctrines and practices, and a JW who reads them with an open mind is very likely to become an ex-JW.
Crisis of Conscience, by Raymond Franz. Possibly the most powerful book ever written about Jehovah’s Witnesses. Franz was a member of the movement for over 50 years, and was a member of its ruling council, the Governing Body, for 9 years. He exposes the politicking and maneuvering that goes on at the highest levels of the organization â a much different picture than what the average JW imagines. He also tells the story of his own ouster from the Governing Body, and ultimately from the movement itself.
In Search of Christian Freedom, by Raymond Franz. A follow-up work to Crisis of Conscience, in which Franz discusses many of the peculiar doctrines and practices of the organization, and demonstrates that they do not have a scriptural basis as claimed.
The Gentile Times Reconsidered, by Carl Olof Jonsson. Refutes the peculiar chronology of the JW’s, which asserts that the “last days” began in 1914. A scholarly and technical work, but good for the JW who is a real student of the organization’s version of history and prophecy.
Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Hour of Darkness, by Darek Barefoot. Presents evidence of occult influence within the Watchtower Society, as evidenced by subliminal pictures within its publications. This may seem trivial, but can affect JW’s deeply, as they are taught on the one hand to fear the occult, but on the other hand, to revere highly Watchtower publications as being from God. Unfortunately, this valuable book is currently out of print, but used copies can occasionally be found from online sources.
The following documents are handouts that Tom provides to the audience when he does live presentations:
Stuff You Shouldn’t Do As A Jehovah’s Witness: Not all of these things will get you disfellowshipped, but all are looked down upon to some extent, or are greatly restricted.
Recommended Reading: A printed version of the material on this page, listing books and websites where more information about Jehovah’s Witnesses can be found.
Is Jesus Christ God? A short Bible study in the deity of Christ. This handout goes with the presentations on that topic.
The Watchtower’s Record: A partial listing of the JW organization’s claims to be God’s spokesman and the numerous false prophecies that it has made in His name. Used for the presentations, “Jehovah’s Witnesses At Your Door” and “False Prophets!”
Darkness in the Watchtower: Documents all of the quotations found in the presentation by that name that is found on our Audio/Video page.
Science, Medicine and the Watchtower: Documents numerous instances of pseudoscience and medical quackery that have been embraced by the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the past. Distributed with the presentation of the same name.
Other Informative Web Sites:
Sites dealing specifically with Jehovah’s Witnesses and other aberrant groups:
Witnesses Now for Jesus convention: News and information concerning the convention held in New Ringgold, PA every Autumn – the original convention for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses and those interested in ministering to Jehovah’s Witnesses. Held every year since 1979, now under new leadership starting with the 2012 convention.
Freeminds: Randy Watters’ gigantic site contains a wealth of information and the latest news about developments in the Watchtower organization.
Silentlambs: The dirt under the Watchtower’s carpet is exposed on this site which sheds light upon the many cases of child abuse and molestation that are covered up among Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Tower to Truth Ministries: Fran Sankey’s website is a treasure trove of articles, audios and other materials for the defense of the faith against the false teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Latter-day Saints and other groups.
MM Outreach: Thirty years of ministry by Lorri and Keith MacGregor has contributed to the massive amount of information on this site. Also includes numerous audio files for listening or download.
Witnesses for Jesus: Christy Darlington’s informative site, designed for Christians who would like to witness to both current and ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses as well as current and ex-Mormons. Also see her site aimed directly at Jehovah’s Witnesses looking for information about their organization’s teachings: Jehovah’s Witnesses for Jehovah God.
TowerWatch Ministries: Cal Lehman was a Jehovah’s Witness for 35 years and an elder for over 20 before Jesus brought him out of the Watchtower organization. He has plenty of good information and wonderful testimonies on his site.
Evidence Ministries: Keith and Becky Walker’s “most excellent cult adventure,” bringing the light of Christ to Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons.
The Apologetic Front: A really informative and interesting web site with a primary focus on Jehovah’s Witnesses, their teachings and practices, and how to witness to them. Also carries a wealth of material on other cults and apologetic topics.
Doc Bob’s Jehovah’s Witness Website: “Doc Bob” was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 22 years, serving as a pioneer and an elder. Loads of good information and room to interact. For ongoing thoughts from Doc Bob, also check out Doc Bob’s Blog.
Sites offering information for the general defense of the Christian faith:
Alpha & Omega Ministries: Dr. James White is a theologian and apologist noted for his debates against atheists, skeptics, Muslims and others. Much useful information on the transmission and reliability of the Bible text.
Stand to Reason: Greg Koukl’s site encourages believers to think and thinkers to believe. It is affiliated with his weekly radio show and offers a Christian perspective on social issues and aberrant teachings from a philosophical and theological standpoint.