Crisis of Conscience: The story of the struggle between loyalty to God and loyalty to one's religion.

Crisis of Conscience: The story of the struggle between loyalty to God and loyalty to one's religion.

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ISBN-13: 9780999499221
Publisher: NuLife Press
Publication date: 03/04/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 94,529
File size: 64 MB
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About the Author

Raymond Franz, formerly a Governing Body member of Jehovah's Witnesses, was part of the third-generation in his family to join the Watch Tower Society, serving in various countries at nearly every level of the organizational structure. Graduating from Gilead missionary school of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1944, Franz served in Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic until he was reassigned to Brooklyn headquarters in 1965. Thereafter as part of the headquarters staff, he worked in the writing department. By 1971 he was invited to become a Governing Body member, serving as such until resigning in 1980. Franz shares an account that reveals the inner workings and the decision-making processes of the Governing Body. The final nine of his sixty years as one of Jehovah's Witnesses were spent on this central executive council. Those years led to his crisis of conscience, which is the theme of this book.
David Henke, the author of the Foreword of Crisis of Conscience, fifth edition 2018, founded Watchman Fellowship in 1979. Previously he had been an educator and chose to pursue full time ministry, as a Christian apologist. David shaped the missionary philosophy and methodology of Watchman Fellowship through its first sixteen years as its President. He now guides and oversees it as the Board Chairman. He and his wife Carole also operate Watchman Fellowship's Georgia Office. David has a heart for those who continue to suffer from the effects of being in bondage to false spiritual systems. Through teaching and counseling, individuals and groups, he expresses that "heart." He specializes in the field of Jehovah's Witnesses, issues of mind control, spiritual abuse, and legalism. Henke has authored evangelistic and educational tracts, and articles, as well as the Spiritual Abuse Recovery Workbook.
Deborah Dykstra embraced the beliefs published by the Watch Tower Society in her teenage years, being baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1969, at 17 years old. In her early twenties she became a regular pioneer and then a temporary special pioneer. Throughout life's problems and challenges she felt that the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses were her firm foundation in life, believing they had the "truth," which she embraced with all her heart. In the Epilogue of this edition of Crisis of Conscience, Deborah Dykstra tells her journey of how she discovered that Jehovah's Witnesses were not the sound foundation that she thought they were, realizing instead that it is Jesus Christ himself that is the real "truth" and foundation to life as a Christian. Thereafter, she shares how she embarked on a 25 year friendship with Raymond and Cynthia Franz along with anecdotal stories about the Franz' lives.

Table of Contents



  1. Price of Conscience
  2. Credentials and Cause
  3. Governing Body
  4. Internal Upheaval and Restructure
  5. Tradition and Legalism
  6. Double Standards
  7. Predictions and Presumption
  8. Justification and Intimidation
  9. 1975: ‘The Appropriate Time for God to Act’
  10. 1914 and “This Generation”
  11. Point of Decision
  12. Aftermath
  13. Perspective

Appendix A: Chapter References

Appendix B: Excerpts from In Search of Christian Freedom

Appendix C: Where is The “Great Crowd” Serving God?


Epilogue: The Copyright Owner’s Story

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