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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Helpful Resource
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...
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19 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably the worst book on JWs ever written.
Instead of giving you my opinion, I would prefer to cite specific examples from different chapters of Rhodes' book, and then give you my opinion based on those examples. LIST OF 5 UNPROVEN AND MISLEADING STATEMENTS 1) On page 177 of Rhodes' book, he says, "The fact that Michael [the archangel] is ONE AMONG EQUALS [emphasis added] proves that he is not...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Helpful Resource, 15 Feb 2009
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good refutation of the Watchtower's unbiblical doctrines, 1 Oct 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.
REMEMBER, THESE KIND OF BOOKS MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO GATHER INFORMATION, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO WITNESSING, THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL BE YOUR GUIDE. JESUS WILL GIVE YOU WORDS AND WISDOM IF YOU ASK HIM.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thorough examination of many key doctrines of the Jehovah's Witnesses, 13 Jan 2011
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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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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book, 4 Jun 2008
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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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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource, 25 Jun 2004
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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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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superior Tool for Helping Jehovah's Witnesses Find Jesus!, 1 Dec 1996
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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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19 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably the worst book on JWs ever written., 24 Dec 1997
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Instead of giving you my opinion, I would prefer to cite specific examples from different chapters of Rhodes' book, and then give you my opinion based on those examples. LIST OF 5 UNPROVEN AND MISLEADING STATEMENTS 1) On page 177 of Rhodes' book, he says, "The fact that Michael [the archangel] is ONE AMONG EQUALS [emphasis added] proves that he is not unique." Of course, the Bible nowhere says Michael is "one among equals." But he certainly is unique to Daniel, as he is "the prince of you people [=Israel]."--Daniel 10:21. 2) Rhodes, on page 123 of his book, cites the Greek-English lexicon by Bauer (commonly referred to as BAG), and says that this lexicon defines the Greek word ARCHE in Revelation 3:14 as "first cause." This is one of the definitions BAG gives, but the lexicon also states, "The the mng. [meaning] beginning=first created is linguistically poss. [possible]." Thus, Rhodes witholds this crucial qualification from his readers. 3) On page 63 of his book, Rhodes claims that Jesus used the expression EGO EIMI ("I am") "as a way of identifying Himself as God." But nowhere does he comment on the use of this expression by the man Jesus healed in John 9:9. Of course, EGO EIMI is often associated with Jesus' identity as the Messiah (compare John 4:25-26), not God. Rhodes' failure to deal with texts such as John 9:9 reveal that he is not interested in presenting a complete discussion of the facts, but only his dogmatic opinion. 4) This one is truly amazing. On page 113 of his book, Rhodes contrasts the New World Translation's rendering of John 8:58 ("I have been") with the New American Standard Bible's reading ("I am"). He then concludes on page 116 of his book, "Scholars agree that the Watchtower Society has no justification for translating ego eimi in John 8:58 as `I have been.'" However, Rhodes fails to recognize that the very same Bible he uses in comparision with the NWT, namely, the NASB, contains this alternate reading in the marign of its editions of 1960-73, "Or, I have been"! Also, it is NOT true that "Scholars agree that the Watchtower Society has no justification." In fact, one of the world's leading Greek grammarians, K. L. McKay, translates John 8:58, "I have been in existence since before Abraham was born."--A New Syntax of the Verb in New Testament Greek (New York: Peter Lang, 1994), 42. 5) Finally, as if the above were not enough to warn you of the misleading content of this book, consider Rhodes' unfounded statement on page 173 of his book, the opening words of Chapter 7: "According to the Watchtower Society, Jesus Christ is a MERE ANGEL." (emphasis added to "mere angel") The truth is, Jehovah's Witnesses believe Jesus Christ is the Archangel, and thus the ruler of the angels. Also, the Witnesses believe Jesus is second only to Jehovah God Himself. Such a being could hardly be considered a "mere angel"! Still, Rhodes misleads his readers into thinking that the Witnesses' view of Jesus is one that gives him no glory at all, and relegates him to the position of a "mere angel." There are many other statements from Rhodes' book that would also support my negative review, but the above should be enough to encourage any reader of his book to exercise great care, and to never take what he says as the final court of arbitration when it comes to Jehovah's Witnesses. The reader should question Rhodes the same way you would question the Witnesses or anyone else. Never let the fact that someone put something in print convince you that it is true based on that fact alone.
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13 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great witnessing tool, 11 Aug 1999
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I believe that any Christian library should contain this book. It is very common for Jehovah's Witnesses to come to the door. This book is a great tool to show them the TRUE Jesus Christ of the Bible. I appreciate the advice that he has in the beginning of his book. This advice stresses to talk WITH the Jehovah's Witness and NOT at them. It is also stressed that you should get to know them as people. With those attitudes and the information contained in this book, you should be able to have a fruitful witness opportunity. If they are sincerely honest about knowing God, the material contained in this volume will help you with providing information on the TRUE Jesus Christ of the Bible. The majority of the book shows the Watchtower doctrine and the Scriptures that they use to support them. Mr. Rhodes then goes through the texts that they use. He supplies not only the word(s) in the original language with documented defintions, he also supplies supporting text. This is done on the principal that Scripture should interpret Scripture. I would recommend that this book be in your library and the information on the tip of your tongue. This will help to supply a ready defense for the faith.
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15 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Rhodes should have done more research., 26 July 1999
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While reading this book I was wondering if Mr. Rhodes was just wondering aloud. For example, "Is it true, as the Watchtower society claims, that superstitious Jewish Scribes removed the sacred name Jehovah from the Bible? This is preposterous! There is not a shred of evidence to support this claim. (You might even ask the Jehovah's Witnesses to produce hard evidence for this assertion.)......Let us be clear on this: The Watchtower's position that the divine name was stripped from the Bible by superstitious scribes is a fabrication-an out and out lie!" Page 58,59. No where does he produce evidence to this "thought" of his. JW's claim that it was a Jewish superstition to "utter" the Divine Name(which is stated in the Preface of the American Standard Version bible), but it was Christians who removed the Name, as is the case with the Septuagint .."The papyrus containing fragments of Leviticus ii-v is written in a hand closely akin to that of Papyrus Fouad 266, characterized as already mentioned by the fact that the name of God is rendered by the Tetragrammaton in Hebrew square letters not by Ky'ri·os as later in Christian MSS of the Bible."-The Cairo Geniza, 1959 ed., pp. 222, 224. I can hardly recommend a book that relies on emotion rather than the facts.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A KEEPER!!!!!!, 28 May 1998
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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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