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Book review: Winning the Witnesses by Daniel Rodriguez.

winning-the-witnesses.gif I just got through reading the brand new book Winning the Witnesses by Daniel Rodriguez (Evangelist to Jehovah’s Witnesses for over 22 years). It was a very good book; quick and easy read. This 107-page book deals with evangelizing Jehovah’s Witnesses using an entirely different method than suggested previously by such men as Walter Martin and Bill Cetnar.

In this book, Daniel Rodriguez explains why the old approach of throwing Scripture back and forth is mostly ineffective by outlining why no matter what verses you quote, the JW is conditioned to not accept what you’re saying. This is because they consider it to be your interpretation, not the Watchtower’s. And since you are viewed as a pagan under the influence of Satan, you can quote Scripture all day long to no effect because they will refuse to accept what you say, even if it’s printed in black and white in their own Bible.

The author’s approach is to sever the JW’s lifeline, the source of all their “truth” and understanding: Their utter dependence and blind obedience to the Watchtower Society. Rodriguez says that if you can help the JW to see that the Watchtower Society is not inspired, you can begin to make great progress with the JW. Rodriguez then provides simple insight on how to show them that the Watchtower Society is not only not inspired, but that they’ve never claimed to be and why they never can claim to be.

For those who want help in their evangelism efforts to JWs, this book is a must-have in your library and makes a great resource for future quick-reference.

I would love to put this author’s evangelism technique to the test, but unfortunately my house has been red flagged by the JWs.

8 comments on “Book review: Winning the Witnesses by Daniel Rodriguez.

  1. Pilgrim,

    I finished reading this book yesterday, and wanted to get your thoughts on something. Overall, I like the book, and obviously the guy has experience.

    I’ve made several posts about Jehovah’s Witnesses, and only 2 out of about 20 of them have left more than one comment, and only one of those actually continued on to have a conversation with me. So certainly, the effectiveness of what I’ve done on my blog could be questioned, although we’ll never know for sure.

    I think the Bible says the Gospel is the message that saves people. It’s strictly the work of the Holy Spirit to convict and convince of the truth of the Gospel. Do I really have to destroy their trust in the Watchtower before the Bible is an effective sword? If a JW rejects my explanation of a Bible passage (like pretty much everyone who is unsaved does) does it matter? The Holy Spirit is the only one that can convince them.

    What do you think?

    Thanks,
    Bill

  2. Dear Bill:

    What do I think? I think you’re absolutely right! The gospel is the power of God unto salvation.

    I don’t think that the approach this book suggests necessarily diminishes that power as long as that approach is followed up by a clear explanation of the Gospel.

    If we begin to rely on a “tactic” then we begin to downplay the effectiveness of the Gospel and its part in the salvation of men (and indirectly call God a liar). Then we ultimately become pragmatic as we hold to a philosophy in regards to the preaching of the Word that is no different than the seeker-friendly and emergent churches that are growing like weeds across the landscape of Christian history.

    We must be cautious that our evangelism never becomes man-centered, but always remains God-centered.

    Never Compromise!
    - The Pilgrim

  3. Pilgrim,

    I wrote the author and asked how he got so many opportunities to talk to Jehovah’s Witnesses, and he said that he would go out on Saturday mornings when he expected they would be out witnessing, and find them. I’m going to try to find them this Saturday, and see what happens.

    Bill

  4. I have also read his book. I have never seen such an approach to this form of witnessing. I have been frustrated in my witnessing approach to the JW. I also believe that only the Holy Spirit can open the eyes of these deceived people; but I al feel that the Watchtower issue is not so much a Biblical issue as it is an authority issue as outlined by the author. I also believe it to be a cult than just religious point of views and erroneous Bible interpretation. Be that as it may, I feel this book has quite a punch to it as well as wisdom in confronting the JW issue. These witnessing strategies are quite unique in approach. I look forward to utilizing them myself.

  5. you people are sick and cruel! i am a jehovah’s Witness. you people are false false and false. if your looking to draw closer to jehovah, then why are you bothering with us? you must really have no lives and have nothing better to do then to torment us. You just wait till Harmagedon. i actually feel bad for you guys… filthy people.. you people say that you are true prophets when really your own pope molested kids! you should look at what your people did wrong and correct yourselfves instead of asking people to give you money to forgive their sins – how stupid!- and let me tell you something… you people are labeled as “Babylon the Great” you know what that is? its the empire of false religion. Babylon the Greats jewlery and gold represent how much money false religion really has and all the huge churches you people have and YET you still ask people to give you money and things because you CLAIM you need money.. how dumb.. and the cup of wine is full of your filthy things you do and the wine is the blood you shead of jehovah’s witnesses. your cup of gold may be beautiful – but inside is filthy and gross and the things you do wrong…

  6. Dear Rosetta:

    Thank you for your comment, but did you know that this is not a Catholic blog? I think you’ve confused Reformation Nation with Transubstantiation Nation. :o)

    But besides that, your anger begs the question: Why can cults dish it out but they can’t take it?

    What I mean is, just like the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have advanced their false religion on the premise that Christians and Christian Churches are evil and of the Devil. But when Christians defend the Christian faith, members of these groups whine, lament, and bemoan that they’re being “attacked” and that we’re “hateful.”

    This “strike first then play the victim” tactic never ceases to amaze me. I used to think the Mormons (who have this technique down to a science) stood alone in this, but you’re proving to be stiff competition!

    Now if you wish to discuss the issues between the Biblical orthodox teachings of Christianity and the false teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses I am sure there are many readers of this blog that will be more than happy to engage you in the topic of your choosing. You get first shot; the ball is in your court.

    -The Pilgrim

  7. I just heard that the author of Winning The Witnesses has a new book out: The Watchtower’s Coming Crisis. Has anyone heard about it?

  8. I just got finished reading this new book, The Watchtower’s Coming Crisis. My understanding of the Watchtower’s teaching of the 144,000 has TOTALLY changed. The book is well-documented, eye-catching and easy to read. After I read this book, I put it down and gave a deep sigh. This book is also a “need-to-have” in anyone’s library who studies the Watchtower, considering joining up with the Witnesses or for general information. This is an excellent resource book – a must have for anyone’s library!

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