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Jehovah's Witnesses... Do You Minister to Them When They Come to Your Door?

Ok so I am back from my hiatus! It feels good to be back, I missed you all dearly =] My question is when Jehovah's Witnesses come to your door with their Watchtowers, and other literature do you minister to them? Give them literature for the SDA faith, or simply just say I am not interested and close the door? I am not trying to bash their religion in anyway, nor do I wish to make anyone stumble while on their Chrisitan Walk. I just would like to hear some feedback from those on this site. I remember a while back during a Bible study I went to at my friend's church, one of the women said Jehovah's Witnesses came to her door to witness to her. She said they tried to give her their literature and in return she tried to give them her pamphlet from her church (they wouldn't take it.}. But anyway what do you all think about ministering to Jehovah's Witnesses or at least sharing with them the truth about the Sabbath?

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Yes, absolutely.

My first question to JWs when I open the door is usually, "Do you want to come in and study the Bible?" - the responses can be quite interesting!

JWs refuse to take other literature. When proferred their literature I usually say that if I am to take and read their literature then they should take mine, after all, if you have the truth what can you be scared of. On the one occasion when this was accepted I also stipulate that on their return we will review *both* pieces of literature - just to make sure there is no cheating :-P

I usually discuss only one topic, are they the last-days church of God on this earth? I point out that if they are then they should fulfill the qualities described in Rev. 12:17 & 14:12. I then go through the 10 Commandments asking at the end of each commandment whether they keep that one, however, I leave the fourth commandment until the last. This almost guarantees nine "yes" answers and one "no" answer. I can then thank them for telling me that they cannot be God's last-days church as they only keep nine of the ten commandments and emphasise the fact that the only commandment that they do not keep is the only commandment which God specifically tells us to "Remember".

Conversation then either goes dramatically downhill when I challenge them that if I am allowed to break the fourth commandment then I can happily break the sixth - JWs are very against adultery - or they offer to come back with an elder who can "explain" it to me.

This approach has resulted in my address being "blacklisted" by my local Kingdom Hall.
JohnB, Interesting. Just yesterday as I was leaving for town, I noticed that someone had stolen my car radio during the night. So instead of going to the city first, I decided to stop at my friend's house just across the street to show him what happened. While we were sitting in the car and chatting, two JW showed up. I would not have been there if my car radio had not been stolen. The first question I always ask them is about the divinity of Jesus because I know they teach that Jesus was created. This is most important, because any discussion about salvation or keeping the whole law will be totally futile unless they recognize that Jesus is God in the highest sense for unless He is He could not have atoned for our transgressions for the law is a transcript of the divine nature.

First I like to bring their attention to Isaiah 43:10,12 which say, "You are My witnesses says Jehovah... that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He... Therefore you are My witnesses, says Jehovah, that I am God."

They like it when we read them these passages. But then I make sure that they understand that "I am He," means "I am God." This is what these two verses plainly teach. And they totally agree with that. They have no idea where I am going with this. So after getting them to agree with me on these two passages of Isaiah, I then read John 8:24,28 to them. "If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins... When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He."

Then I ask them about who it was at the burning bush speaking to Moses? they quickly answer that it was Jehovah. And then I ask them, What did Jehovah say to Moses about His name? They don't seem to know the answer, so I invite them to read that passage. "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" Exodus 3:14. Then I quickly turn to John 8:58 where Jesus says, "Most assuredly I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."

And then I immediately turn to Romans 9:5 which speaks of the Israelites and "from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen."

When I read these passages to them yesterday, they didn't know what to say. One of them was in his sixties and the other one was in his early twenties. The youngest one admitted that he could not answer that and that he would have to study it. The oldest one was silent at that point. And then I asked them about John 1:1. So we read John 1:1 together and in their Bible it read , "and the Word was a god." The young fellow was at a loss to explain that one.

Then I read Hebrews 1:8 to them where the Father is speaking to Jesus saying, "But to the Son He says, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever."

There is also Revelation 1:8. Jesus is speaking here and He says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."

And then the oldest one quoted John 17:3 "And this eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent," (they use this text to show that even Jesus Himself said that Jehovah, God the Father, was the only true God) I bring 1 John 5:20 to their attention, which says, "And we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life."

There are more verses to share on the divinity of Christ but that should suffice.

I told them not to forget John 8:24 which says that unless we believe that Jesus Christ is God in the highest sense, we will die in our sins. I also reminded them that all the religions of the world teach salvation through the merits of the creature but that the true religion, the only religion of the Bible was teaching salvation but only through the merits of Jesus Christ, the merits of His shed blood.

They were listening. I reminded them how as a catholic I was taught to trust in the merits of the virgin Mary and of those that the Pope had declared to be saints. That I was taught to pray to the virgin Mary and those saints because they had merits, and because they had merits they could intercede in my behalf before God. They had no problem understanding that this was an abomination to God and then I reminded them that Jesus Christ alone had merits and that we needed to rely solely upon His merits in order to gain the approval of God.

So I concluded by saying that we were saved, not by creature merits but by the divine merits of Jesus Christ.

The young fellow took my phone number and said he would pay me a visit some time.

If he comes, then I believe it will be a good time to review all these passages of Scriptures and then may be bring his attention to the law of God, to the Sabbath, etc etc

sky

*Another interesting passage in this connection is Acts 13:25 "And as John was finishing his course, he said, Who do you think I am? I am not He, but behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose."
It is a blessing to hear someone has learned what JWs believe, and then use Scripture to point to problems with a religion that shared it's roots with Adventism. There are many similiarities between the two. They also refer to their doctrine as 'the truth' as did my mother and grandmother about Adventism. Sky connected with them on their most touchy subject 'the Divinity of Christ and their changing the meaning of Scripture to suit their beliefs.' Having close contact with a JW has been a part of my life for the past 11 years. I believe that Adventist should minister to JWs as though they(SDAS) are witnesses for Christ. This can be done by remembering to act with Love at all times. Never act spiritually bigoted with anyone at anytime. Just as early Adventism created sins out of insignificant and innocent things; Jehovah's Witnesses have traveled the same unnessasary path. SDAS claim to be the Remnant Church while Jehovah Witnesses claim to be the 144,000 because the have the Name Jehovah in their title.
I would first of all ask anyone if they believed in Jesus Christ, and that He is the Son of God who died and was ressurected for our salvation. If that person answers 'yes', than I give them my regards and love as a fellow Christian. Our mission is not to try to convert other Christians to our own brand of Christianity, but it is to take the Gospel News to the end of the earths inhabitants. We should let God be the judge of other Christians and their beliefs.
Only you can answer that question.
Dear Delton, If you seek opportunity to show genuine kindness to an enemy, then I believe you will learn the answer to the question. Look to Him, draw near to Him, and He will come near to you...
"There is common ground where we may meet those not of our faith, where we may agree in principles and in regard to the lessons of Christ. Few will become combative over these holy principles." Ms 104, 1898 (1MR 19)

In my interactions with Jehovah's Witnesses I have sometimes found the above thought to be quite profitable.

We do have common ground with these people, insofar as our teachings on the state of the dead are concerned. When there is opportunity to make this fact apparent to the visitors, their standard approach can be 'disturbed'.

Another piece of common ground [between SDA's and JW's] relates to the way in which we came to have the state of the dead doctrine in common. Charles Russell (the JW's founder) adopted the doctrine from a man named George Storrs. Storrs [an early Adventist worker] was also the agency through which that doctrine was brought to the Advent people.
I really like what you all had to say. Everyone had some very interesting things to say when ministering to Jehovah's Witnesses. I hope more people come in to add more to this discussion.
I have been to a Kingdom Hall before, it is very different so to speak. One half of the service the Watchtower is covered and they read a few articles in the Watchtower. The other half of the service the Awake magazine is covered. There is a little bit of singing, kind of like how SDAs sing the hymns they have some of that there as well. It is kind of like a class room, the speaker walks around with a microphone and people raise their hands to answer questions.
Their music is mere copy from psalms or bible verses letter by letter! The sounds are traditional, and a giant imitation from our Sabbath class, cos is not few groups like us but in general class and boring reading or repeating from Awake/watchtower!
I think they preach like a second chance for everybody for ever and ever!
I have been very fortunate to have had JW associates and friends even before I knew of SDAs.
There were JW in my primary (grade) and high school classes, and living in my community.
At c.age 13, I found a copy of 'How did man get here, by evolution or creation' on the street and devoured it.
I immediately became interested in their material for its recency, in-depth research, engaging style and ease of access.
I became an SDA at age 14, only to discover that I was being led down a garden path.
I declared war on them, but lost the first few battles, being ill prepared. I embarked on a quest to arm myself so as to win the debates (what a motive).
I read publications like:'God's Channel of Truth, Is It The Watchtowers', I Was Raised A JW', 'Thirty Years a Watchtower Slave' and "The Four Major Cults' (SDAs are included), etc.
Now that I had fire power, I went about developing strategy. I started attending their services, to assess them from the inside out. I learned first hand how they thought, taught and their methods for evangelizing. They even became comfortable with me, treating me like one of their own.
I eventually enrolled at our college as a Theology major and was 'compelled' to do research that would help me see that they too were deceived and needed someone to help them out of the almost inextricable tangled web in which they found themselves.
I started to approach them from an attitude of compassion and sought to enlighten them, using as much skill as I knew how, given the benefit of my training.
I, more than most, know how well organized and INOCULATED they are. There is a significant network among them that provides support to those in need (of almost anything), thereby keeping them in a state of comfort, and therefore 'faithful'.
Since most people join religions for sociological rather than theological reasons, in order to maintain their 'good and regular' status, they will comply and never complain, as good members of the assembly.
They will NEVER read any material produced by an 'apostate' or critic, accept an invitation to your congregation (even for funerals or weddings), pray with you or concede on a point of doctrine.
There is enough evidence in their NWTOTHS (Bible) to convincingly 'prove' Trinity, Divine nature of Christ, Sabbath, The way to salvation, etc, for those who love them enough to want to treat them as 'God's other sheep', who you may wish to lead home.
EGW reminds that "Christ's method alone will bring true success...." (CS p119; MH 413) in reaching them.
I have learned that one of the easiest way to reduce my stock of enemies, is to convert them into my friends.
Shalom
What you said is really interesting, I had friends that were JWs before I knew what SDAs even were. When I was in Middle school, there Questions Young People Ask Answers that Work was my favorite book. It helped me get through that difficult time as it has chapters in it dealing with peer pressure, self esteem, being shy, etc. In eigth grade one of my friends gave me a pink book I think it's called the Greatest Teacher, which I enjoyed very much. My old hair stylist was a JW and gave my mom and me a few Watchtowers and Awake magazines. My current hair stylist is a JW(my old stylist's niece), but she doesn't impose her beliefs on me(we don't even talk about religion). Also the people on cousin/God mom's side of the family are JWs, and I remember during a funeral of my cousin that isn't a JW, they came to the funeral that was at a Baptist church or whatever denomination it was, but they got up and left during certain parts of the service.

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