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From the Author

Thank you for your interest in this book! I am delighted that you are interested in sharing the truth of Scripture with Jehovah's Witnesses. 
I feel compelled -- in the interest of truth -- to make a brief comment about strategies Jehovah's Witnesses are using to discredit this book. There are three brief points I want to make: 
  1. It is understandable that Jehovah's Witnesses would seek to dissuade others from reading this book by assigning it 1-star reviews. They are not happy with the fact that countless Jehovah's Witnesses have become biblical Christians as a result of the book. Personally, I am delighted that so many Jehovah's Witnesses have come to know the truth of Scripture through this book. Praise the Lord!
  2. In a few cases, Jehovah's Witnesses have composed a generalized, non-specific horrible review, and then they have posted this horrible review verbatim on ALL of my books listed at Amazon, even though they have not actually read any of them. Such actions ultimately serve to discredit the Watchtower Society, for no true follower of God finds it comfortable to bear such false witness. 
  3. Unfortunately, I must also report that many Jehovah's Witnesses have been spreading the idea that I myself am a former Jehovah's Witness, which is absolutely not true. I understand why they do this. The Jehovah's Witnesses teach that reading a book by a former Jehovah's Witness is worse than reading pornography. So, one way of preventing other Jehovah's Witnesses from reading this book is by claiming I'm a former Jehovah's Witness. Again, such actions ultimately serve to discredit the Watchtower Society, for no true follower of God finds it comfortable to bear such false witness.
My friends, don't give up in sharing the truth with Jehovah's Witnesses. My book, Reasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah's Witnesses, will provide you with a formidable arsenal of biblical arguments you can use on the doorstep. It also contains virtually hundreds of strategic questions you can ask on the doorstep to make your points to Jehovah's Witnesses. 
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ron Rhodes, president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, is heard regularly on nationwide radio and is the author of Bite-Size Bible Answers, Bite-Size Bible Definitions, Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses and 5-Minute Apologetics for Today. He holds ThM and ThD degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and teaches there and at several other seminaries. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; 1St Edition edition (July 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565071069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565071063
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Ron Rhodes received his Th.M. and Th.D. degrees in systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, graduating with honors. He is currently the president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, an apologetics organization located in Texas.

The author of more than 60 books, with millions of books in print, Dr. Rhodes is a keynote speaker at conferences across the United States and Canada. As time permits, he also teaches at a number of seminaries, including Dallas Theological Seminary and Veritas Evangelical Seminary. He has been a guest on many national and regional radio and television programs produced by CBN, Trinity Television, FamilyNet Television, Cornerstone Television, Worship Television, Crossroads Christian Communications, LeSea Broadcasting, Salem Communications, USA Radio, Moody Radio, and others. He and his wife, Kerri, reside in Texas.

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107 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Bryan D Barner on October 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am an evangelical that loves talking with JW's. We have a common bond in that we are passionate for God. I have had several wonderful encounters with them and even though most did not have an open mind, we were able to communicate in an atmosphere of cordiality and respect. I have had only one visit in which my guest was not gracious and of gentle spirit. I have used the content of Dr. Rhodes book on several occasions with great success, but I must admit, when using his line of questioning, one must be very careful not to be confrontational.
The bias of the reviewers who are obviously JWs should be taken with a grain of salt. There is a high probability that the reviews being initiated by the JWs are a "knee jerk" reaction to an obvious threat. All creatures fight back when they feel threatened, myself included, although I do not feel threatened by JWs.
I actually admire the them for their tenacity.
Getting back to the book... I do think that it would have been more helpful if more information on the deceptive practices of the Watchtower Organization were included. Most JWs are unaware of many of the WO's false teachings and deceipt. I've had a few JW visitors in my home who began to sob once the deception was exposed to them. You can find this information in books by former JWs who have been rescued from the WO, such as Kelly J Brazil who was former Ministerial Servant and Richard Royals, a former Auxillary Pioneer both available right here on Amazon. You can also visit [...] for more excellent resources.
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103 of 123 people found the following review helpful By FrankLVN on December 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
With much regret, I have found those who downgrade this book are either a current Jehovah's Witness or simply do not know the real facts concerning what the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society teaches. Simply put: the truth is, more often than not, blunt, stinging and very repulsive to one who is supporting any untruth. And it wasn't any different when Jesus exposed the false teachers of His day. There were no kind words about the truths He was revealing but only to seek His death so as to stop His teachings from being heard. Truly, one of the most distasteful experiences in life is to discover that one has believed and supported a lie----that they were wrong.

This book is an excellent source of well-documented facts that clearly reveal the falicies of the Witness teachings. The information is presented in a very effective, direct, and yet respectful manner. It presents questions that will assist any honest-hearted Witness to seriously think about what they have been taught by the Watchtower.

At this point, you might be wondering what qualifies me to make such bold statements. And I don't blaim you. You see, for 8-years I was a very zealous and devout Jehovah's Witness. I would spend, at least, 100 hours per month presenting what the Watchtower taught from door-to-door. I loyally attended all 5 required meetings per week (14+ hours worth) and every special assembly that was located in another assigned city. I held several congregational leadership callings, and gave many public discourses to very large gatherings. And, with the sincerest of humility, whenever a member (in either my congregation or within my city) needed a biblical answer to a seemingly difficult question, or to effectively defend a Watchtowers teaching, I was usually sought for such a reply.
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74 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A. Daniels Jr. on December 20, 2000
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Before reviewing Dr. Rhodes' "Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah's Witnesses," you should know that I know New Testament Greek, and I've studied Old Testament Hebrew, the original languages of the Bible. I've studied Watchtower and orthodox Christian theology for over 15 years, and thus I feel somewhat qualified to judge whether or not Dr. Rhodes has written "the worst book" on the group ever written, as some would have us believe.
I offer some specific examples of what are actually proven and accurate statements by Dr. Rhodes. First, although Dr. Rhodes did argue on page 177 that Michael is "one among equals," he also supported that statement by a reference to Daniel 10:13, where Michael (the archangel) is called "one of" the chief princes, justifying the statement "one among equals." Jesus is called the "only unique" (Greek: "monogenes") Son according to the Greek of John 3:16, and thus Michael cannot be Jesus, Dr. Rhodes argues (p. 177).
Second, on page 123 Rhodes does use the Greek-English lexicon by Arndt and Gingrich/Bauer to define the Greek word "arche" as "first cause" in Revelation 3:14. However, the Watchtower's doctrine says Jesus is a created being, so they prefer to believe that the word must mean "first created." While it is true that the lexicon does go on to say that the meaning "first created" is "linguistically possible," it is also true that what is linguistically possible is not always theologically or contextually possible. But the main definition given for "arche" in the context of Rev. 3: 14 is under the heading "first cause," not "beginning" as if Jesus was the first to be created.
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