When They Come To Your Door
Jesus warned his disciples not to speculate about the time of his return
(Acts 1:7) nor to believe in another gospel (Gal. 1:6-7), for such a different
gospel would lead away from God. To be blessed one had to believe in and
witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8, Rom. 10:8-15).
In spite of these clear statements, Charles T. Russell set out in 1876 to
preach another gospel. With it he speculated about the future and set 1914 as
the date for the end of the word. He developed new doctrinal statements: no
Trinity; no deity of Christ; and, in the place of hope, Armageddon doom.
Three times in 90 years, Jehovah’s Witnesses (as his followers are now called)
have had to change their gospel. They preach a tale of woe!
Going from door to door, they will be coming to see you very soon. This
is their way of worship–selling books and perpetuating a protection notion.
In their endeavor to sell you their books they are sincere–but I must add,
Whey you see the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian, remember a few very
important DON’Ts. Do not argue religion with the Witness, for his doctrines
are built upon a misuse of the Bible. Texts and passages torn out of the
Bible are used like building blocks to back up false conclusions.
Another DON’T is not to engage in a conversation about present events with
the Jehovah’s Witness. DON’T buy literature or accept anything free from him.
With these DON’Ts clearly etched into your mind, rejoice! You have never
had it so easy. Here is a whole missionary field walking right up to your
door. Make the most of it!
Be courteous to the JW–let him continue his presentation without
interruption on your part. But also, as the Witness from time to time asks
you leading questions, DO NOT answer them. These probes by the JW are to
discover whether you are a person who has fear about the troubles in the
world; or whether you are a person who is lonely; or whether you are a person
who has gripes against the establishment. If you so much as give a hint of
such attitudes, you are immediately catagorized by the Jehovah’s Witness, and
he will latch onto you and you will not be able to do him any good.
Wait the Witness out, therefore, without allowing him to categorize or
classify you. Finally, when he is through. Promptly forget what he has said.
Begin something of your own. Tell him what the Lord Jesus means to you: give
him your testimony. Make it short and sweet, but say it with enthusiasm.
Then ask the JW to give you his testimony. This will nonplus him–he
cannot speak of the grace of God in Christ Jesus. Press on, saying, “Surely
you must have experienced common grace, for God does let his sun shine over
the just and the unjust.”
Should you succeed in getting the Witness to give you a testimony, you
have gotten him off his track–things are looking up. Walk into this
opportunity by sitting down with him and reading two chapters of the Gospel
according to John. If you are able to do this, invite him back for further
However, most JW’s will not give you a testimony and will leave. Do not
be dismayed, but as the door closes pray to the Holy Spirit asking him to take
Your prayer may bring the Witness back. This time he will want to recite
for you a whole list of Bible passages. Do not let him do that! Ask for him
to wait as you get your Bible.
With your Bible in your hand ask, “Can I have the first passage?”
Reluctantly he will give it to you. Look it up, read it, but also read the
context — the verses surrounding it. How that changes the meaning of the
passage! Ask for a second, third, and perhaps fourth passage and treat them
in like manner. That is about all you will get. But this way you have used
the Word of God as it is.
You see, our two most effective weapons are the testimony of Jesus and the
Word of God. Use them in this way and you cannot lose.
The above text was from an old xerox copy I had that came from a book
written by an ex-JW. I don’t know either the author’s or the book’s name. It
may be helpful to some one who might want to know what to say to a JW. Or in
developing a future text file concerning JW’s. Please bear in mind that it is
from a copyrighted (c) book, and I am only submitting it to help develope
future public domain files.
Stephen Bresnahan, Crossroads BBS, Safety Harbor, FL