- Crisis of Conscience, by Ray Franz
- In Search of Christian Freedom, by Ray Franz
- Captives of a Concept, by Don Cameron
- The Gentile Times Reconsidered, Carl Olaf Jonnson
These are critical books in understanding what’s going on with the Organization and the Governing Body, and how it relates to us as Jehovah’s Witnesses. For me, it was at times very hard to read some of it. As for the validity of Crisis of Conscience, I can vouch for the accuracy of Brother Franz’s book. I was there at Brooklyn Bethel only a few years after all the weirdness had happened. I heard firsthand several things mentioned specifically in the book, and knew personally or by reputation dozens of the people referred to in its pages. Captives of a Concept is filled with logic and unbiased reasoning on our teachings and beliefs in the light of theocratic history and the scriptures. It is filled with hundreds of references, and I have personally looked up every one of them. The author, Brother Don Cameron, (a longtime former elder) does get a little sarcastic and angry at times, which is the only small criticism I have of his book. The Gentile Times Reconsidered is scholarly to the “nth” degree and I admit I have not read every word. However the first 30 or so pages are introductory and tell the story of how Brother Jonnson (an active elder and regular pioneer at the time) was smeared publicly by high-ranking brothers in the branch and within the circuit and then finally wrongly removed from the congregation. His crime? Studying and researching the chronology of when Jerusalem fell in the pre-Christian era. A bible study asked him to verify the 607 date since all secular sources attest to 586/587. After spending several years in deep study he was forced to admit that the date cannot be accurate, and so wrote the Society with his findings. What he writes is corroborated from other sources and I have downloaded and read the actual letters he wrote to the world headquarters and their responses as well. The brothers in writing and on the governing body are aware that the 607 B.C.E. date is wrong- they just don’t know what to do about it because our entire chronology falls apart without this pivotal date.
If you haven’t read these books, especially the first one, it may benefit you immensely. (1 Corinthians 2:15) If you are feeling uncomfortable about reading “apostate” material, please consider my post on what “apostate literature” is and what it isn’t. Ray Franz was in no way shape or form an apostate. He was a sincere lover of Jehovah, Christ, and truth, and an anointed Witness and partaker of the emblems for some 40 years. After passing away in 2010, did he go to heaven? Know one knows but God and Christ, but I feel that he did.
Anyway, if you are looking for one of these publications, google them and you will find where they can be found. If you still can’t locate one of them, email me.