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on 15 February 2009
Ron Rhodes has established himself as a great resource to contemporary Evangelicals. This volume contains much solid biblical exposition, as well as effective exposés of Jehovah's Witness doctrine, rhetoric and psychology.

The most helpful aspect of this volume is Rhodes' ability to walk the reader through "reasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah's Witnesses." The title itself is descriptive. Rhodes recommended witnessing strategy of asking questions not only is good sense, it also provides greatly needed advice for engaging Jehovah's Witnesses in respectful dialog.

As I have sought to witness to my Jehovah's Witness friends and acquaintances, as well as lecture on the subject, I have regularly returned to this helpful volume and directed others to do the same. My main reason for this, as I mentioned before, is Rhodes's recommended witnessing tactic of asking questions. After all, a question ends with something shaped like a fish hook -- designed for fishing. And Rhodes truly does care for Jehovah's Witnesses, desiring them to know the truth and come to love Jesus as he truly is.

However, as one reads this wonderful volume it becomes very clear that Rhodes is dependent upon a host of prior literature. This is not bad in and of itself. But I would recommend that the Christian reader consider availing herself or himself of additional literature, especially the works of Robert Bowman and David Reed. In combination, the works of Bowman, Reed and Rhodes supply an informed, scholarly analysis, the former insider's insight, and the evangelist's wise tactics and strategies.

One area where I would take greatest issue with Rhodes is his theological persuasion: Dispensationalism. His commitments in this area tend to weaken his case against Jehovah's Witnesses arguments and produce additional vulnerabilities, especially in the area of eschatology and prophecy. I believe one would be well served by reference to such volumes as "Last Days Madness" by Gary DeMar.

Regardless of my few criticisms, I believe this volume is a worthy addition to the library of every contemporary Christian seeking to bear faithful witness to Jesus Christ in a world filled with pseudo-Christian religions. This perhaps is the best single volume on the subject.

(Readers beware: there appear to be several Jehovah's Witnesses who have hijacked the reviews section here. Each of their criticisms either amount to trivialities or remain debatable, and can be successfully muted if not refuted. To test this, pick up Rhodes's book and read it vis-a-vis these very negative reviews.)
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on 13 January 2011
In giving this book four stars, I am setting the bar for five stars very high. For the first two hundred pages or so I thought that I would give it five stars. However, I feel that later in the book the author presented his arguments less well. The book works through many of the major teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses, showing clearly from the Bible itself how and why their interpretations are wrong. Perhaps the author deferred to later in the book those doctrines where explanations are less clear-cut. On a few rare occasions, he relies on rhetoric instead of presenting Scriptural texts to support his point of view.

When dealing with the three texts used by Jehovah's Witnesses to justify themselves in spite of having made prophecies that were then not fulfilled, the author addresses the texts one at a time, presenting after each text the reasons why the JW interpretation is wrong. On quite valid grounds, the reasons are the same in each case, which results in the author saying the same things three times. This section would have been much more effective - and shorter! - if he had presented all three texts first, and had then given his explanation once.

Rhodes quotes extensively from Jehovah's Witnesses publications, and this is a strong point of the book. He also quotes constantly from David A Reed's two books, "Answering Jehovah's Witnesses Subject by Subject" and "Jehovah's Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse." These are considerably shorter than Rhodes' book, and some readers may prefer to get them in the first instance. He also quotes very frequently from some of Robert M Bowman, Jr's books, in particular "Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel of John" and "Why You Should Believe in the Trinity", both of which are recommended, although the book on John's gospel goes into the Greek text and aspects of Greek grammar in considerable detail, which may be more than some readers will require.

"Reasoning from the Scriptures" has a very comprehensive bibliography, which will provide pointers for further research. It also stresses accepting that Jehovah's Witnesses are sincere, and approaching them with respect, which are very important points, and it suggests throughout questions that will help the reader, whether Jehovah's Witness or not, to consider with care the real meaning of the Biblical passages that are quoted from.

If you expect to buy several books on the Jehovah's Witnesses, in my opinion Rhodes' "Reasoning from the Scriptures" definitely should be one of them. Recommended for Jehovah's Witnesses and non Jehovah's Witnesses alike.

The one-star reviews appear to have been written by Jehovah's Witnesses opposed to what Dr Rhodes has written, and they definitely do not give a fair representation of the content and value of this major book, which makes a significant contribution to an understanding of the issues covered.
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on 1 October 2010
I am not very fond of "how to witness" books, as I believe that the Christian's most powerful weapon when waging spiritual warfare against the cults is the power of the Holy Spirit.
Having said that, it is probably a good idea to gather as much information as possible on the cult you are witnessing to. This is where this book will come in handy.
I have read most of the books authored by Ron Rhodes, and I reckon that this is the best one hands down.
The concept of the book is very simple: it extensively explains all the major doctrines of the Watchtower Society, and refuses them using God's Word.
Every chapter also contains many thought-provoking, impossible-to-answer questions that should help Jehovah's Witnesses to realize that the Watchtower Society does not speak for God.
Another highlight of the book is a thorough list of the favorite tactics used by the Witnesses to proselytize, along with effective biblical responses.
Although this book was originally published in 1993, it is still very accurate and up to date, as in the last two decades there where no major changes in the Watchtower doctrine.
I have been witnessing to the Witnesses for quite a few years now and, having used many of the questions presented in this book, I can testify that they are still highly effective.
I recommend this book to anybody involved in witnessing to cultists. If you want to further increase your knowledge on the field of cult evangelizing, I also recommend "How to rescue your loved one from the Watchtower" by David A. Reed and the excellent "Approaching Jehovah's Witnesses in love" by Wilbur Lingle.
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on 4 July 2015
I haven't completed the book yet however, I am very impressed with the information it provides. This book is ideal for those who know their bible and are in a position of witnessing to others. You learn to understand things from the JW's point of view and also discuss with compassion and sensitivity.
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on 20 March 2015
This is a well researched book that will take any real biblical student further into the truth of historical scripture.
When a cult is tested in the light of the word it collapses with no foundation.
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on 4 June 2008
I found this book to be a brilliant apologetic: clear, concise and methodical. It takes each main argument proposed by the JWs, and provides clear reasoning from scripture as to why the argument they present is unbalanced.
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on 18 October 2015
Great resource, and very good points to reason not argue with JWs.
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on 25 June 2004
I used some of the questions raised by this book with Jehovah's Witnesses. They found it unusual to find somebody with sufficient theological knowledge to question what they were asserting. They were unable to answer the points I made. Generally, I think the scholarship in the book is good. Most Christians aren't prepared for the arguements that Jehovah's Witnesses make. Using this book enabled me to assess their viewpoint more objectively and to confidently raise issues. It also made me more confident in my own (Christian) faith.
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on 1 December 1996
Examines every doctorinal belief of the famous cult. Gives
the reader scriptural reasoning tools to use in conversations
with JW's, with the ultimate purpose being to bring these folks
to an accurate knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ! I highly
recommend it for anyone who has a friend or relative in the
Jehovah's Witnesses. I really love the way Ron Rhodes uses the
Watchtower's own material to disprove it's own position on
various teachings. This is A "must" for anyone who has been
touched by the famous "door to door" church! It's fun, as well
as informative, because Rhodes lets you prepare for your next
visit carefully. You will be informed, not frustrated, when you
converse with the Witnesses. Enjoy!
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on 28 May 1998
Reasoning From the Scriptures is a wonderful book chock-full-of interesting tidbits for the man and woman of God. What I found most extraordinary is Rhodes' discussion on the Kingdom of God and how it's not limited to a mere 144,000 as the Watchtower is so fond of asserting.
Also interesting is the fact that, as pointed out by Rhodes, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are said to be in THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN in Matt. 8:11. He also points out that Romans Chapter 8 tells of who truly belongs to Christ. Rhodes has done his homework and any Christian apologist would do well in getting a copy of this book. It's an essential for dealing with those who follow the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society! BUY THIS BOOK!
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