Jehovah’s Witness At The Door

Yesterday I was visited by a couple Jehovah’s Witnesses.  They were older men, probably in their late 50’s or early 60’s.  They were very nice and well dressed (both were in suits).

They were out in my neighborhood passing out literature and inviting people to a special event that were having were they could “share what they believe about Jesus“.  They did not tell me they were JW’s but the literature was printed by the Watch Tower Society.  I thanked them for the invitation and told them that I was a member of First Baptist and served as a deacon there.  They asked me to read the material anyway to see what they believed.  I told them that I had some knowledge of what they believed and did not need to read their literature to find out.  At this point their attitudes changed, they were not rude but clearly did not want to discuss anything.  I was hoping for an opportunity to discuss some things with them.  They politely asked me for their literature back so they could “give it to someone else” and they left.

This is the first time I have been visited by JW’s.  I wonder if they will come back and take time to discuss some things with me.  It has been sometime since I studied the specifics of what they teach so I may take so time to review a few things just in case.

Have any of you has the opportunity to discuss your faith with JW’s?  If so, how did it go.  Was it something you would do again?

Advertisements

23 Responses to Jehovah’s Witness At The Door

  1. Muse says:

    I have had the opportunity several times. Each summer, JW’s from out of state will visit. This past summer an elderly man and a young girls about middle school age stop by. The little girl started witnessing to me. She was very nervous I could tell. I was very polite and thanked her for sharing her “faith” with me. Even though I didn’t agree with what she was saying…I just smiled and let her finish instead of being rude to her. Had I been rude to her….she may have never got out of that car and witnessed again.

    I am a “born again” Christian…..I want to say that up front. I don’t agree with the theology of the JW”s….but I sure do admire their work ethics. They are not ashamed of their faith. They believe in witnessing to the world, and sharing their beliefs. I hear people say all the time how they don’t like the JW’s to come to their house. Why I ask….when is the last time anyone from a different denomination knocked on your door and witnessed to you…or better yet….when was the last time you took time to witness to anyone?

    Like

  2. Tom says:

    Muse,

    I would never advocate being rude. That would damage our Christian witness. I too, admire their (and Mormon’s) work ethic. If Christians were half, maybe a tenth, as diligent in sharing their faith the world would be a better place.

    I am compelled to explain why Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormons, have the work ethic they do. It comes from a consistent application of their theology. They believe in a works based salvation…..that means they have to do enough good works in order to earn their way into Heaven. As we know, this is completely opposite of what the Bible teaches…..salvation by grace through faith.

    Like

  3. Muse says:

    I agree that their theological beliefs differ when it come to works and grace. I too believe we are saved by grace through faith….the bible plainly states that….but I think also that us Christians will use that to a degree to be lazy and sit on the couch.

    Jesus said go unto all the world teaching and baptizing them. Jesus wants us to tell the world that he came so they could have life and have it more abundantly. Most Christians will say…we have to live it….not tell it. The last time I read my bible it said “faith without works” is dead.

    You mentioned you were a deacon at your church…I too hold an office as an elder were I worship. If there is one way I fall short in the faith….it’s taking time and “purposely witnessing” and sharing my faith with the lost.

    Like

  4. Tom says:

    I, too, fall short in the area of sharing my faith. I enjoy discussing my faith but I don’t always seek to turn conversation to that subject. I need to be more “purposeful” in that area

    Like

  5. Muse says:

    I will pray to that end….I have enjoyed the conversation.

    Like

  6. TJ says:

    Hi Tom,

    I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and I’d be happy to discuss the Bible with you if you’d like. The reason that the Witnesses that visited you didn’t stay long is because we are currently trying to invite as many of our neighbors as possible to our yearly observance of the memorial of Christ’s death, also known as the Lord’s Evening Meal.

    TJ

    Like

  7. Jerry Jones says:

    The following will provide THE BEST and MOST ACCURATE info about Jehovah’s Witnesses, their beliefs, and how they actually practice such day to day.

    SUMMARIES OF 1000 JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES LAWSUITS & COURT CASES

    The following website summarizes over 500 U.S. court cases and lawsuits affecting children of Jehovah’s Witness Parents, including 350 cases where the JW Parents refused to consent to life-saving blood transfusions for their dying children:

    DIVORCE, BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS, AND OTHER LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING CHILDREN OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

    http://jwdivorces.bravehost.com

    The following website summarizes over 500 lawsuits filed by Jehovah’s Witnesses against their Employers, incidents involving problem JW Employees, and other secret JW “history” court cases:

    EMPLOYMENT ISSUES UNIQUE TO JEHOVAH’S WITNESS EMPLOYEES

    http://jwemployees.bravehost.com

    Like

  8. Tom says:

    TJ,

    Thanks for the information. I appreciate your willingness to discuss your faith here. I need to do some review of your beliefs as it has been some time since I studied them.

    One question though, are you the same TJ that has posted comments over at billphillips.wordpress.com? I know that Bill has been exploring some JW’s theology on his blog.

    Like

  9. Tom says:

    Thanks for the links Jerry Jones.

    Like

  10. TJ says:

    Hey Tom,

    A great place to review our beliefs is at our official website: http://www.watchtower.org/e/jt/index.htm?article=article_03.htm

    And yes, I’m the TJ that posted comments at that blog several months back, though I haven’t recently.

    Take care,
    TJ

    Like

  11. auntiel says:

    I live in a neighborhood where Jehovah Witness’ comes about every other Sat. morning. I always welcome them and thank them for their visit. I usually decline their material as graciously as possible. I joyfully share my faith with them as each point in the conversation arises. I give them warmth and respect. I absolutely disagree with their theology. But, I believe God’s love shared simply & warmly with generous sprinklings of His Word are effective “conversational testimony”.

    Like

  12. mudandsun says:

    Tom, TJ, Jerry, Muse, and Auntieel,

    You may be interested in a true story I’ve posted on my blog—an interview with a former Jehovah’s Witness. I think you will find it interesting and enlightening.

    Thanks,

    Mudandsun

    Like

  13. mudandsun says:

    Sorry—I thought it would link my name to my blog. It is http://talkingreligion.wordpress.com.

    Like

  14. Jehovah’s Witnesses Knocking?

    A) They are at your door to recruit you for enslavement to their watchtower corporation,they will say that “we are just here to share a message from the Bible” this is deception right off.

    B) Their ‘message’ is a false Gospel that Jesus had his second coming in 1914.The problem with this is it’s not just a cute fairy tale,Jesus warned of the false prophets who would claim “..look he is here in the wilderness,or see here he is at the temple…”

    C) Their anti-blood transfusion ban has killed hundreds if not thousands

    D) once they recruit you they will “love bomb” you in cult fashion to also recruit your family & friends or cut them off. There are many more dangers,Jehovah’s Witnesses got a bad rap for good and valid reasons.

    99% of the world has rejected the teachings of the Watchtower Jehovah’s Witnesses, the darker truth is they are a destructive and oppressive organization.

    Danny Haszard EXJehovah’s Witness X 33 years http://www.freeminds.org

    Like

  15. Jonathan Adabé says:

    The bottom line with Watchtower Society teachings is that Jehovah is going to put it into the hearts of the United Nations to destroy every church building, mosque, chapel, and all other worship places and ALL those who worship in them. This will be followed by the full might of Jehovah’s Armageddon, when every man, women, child and baby who is not fully associated in ‘the Organization’ will be forever destroyed in horrific deaths. Watchtower literature explains the justification of the deaths of children and babies by saying “it’s the parents’ fault. They should have brought their children into the ‘Ark of Safety’ ie Jehovah’s Organization”. Speaking to individual Jehovah’s Witnesses, they fully support ‘Jehovah’s’ forthcoming actions against ALL non-Witnesses.

    Like

  16. Jonathan Adabé says:

    A comment for TJ who recommends the official web-site of the Watchtower Society for a review of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ beliefs. This is basically true, but I had occasion during 2007 to do just that, and came upon an article which was headed “How Close Are We?” ie to Armageddon. The article stated that many of the generation of people who were alive to see the events of 1914, and who were still alive today, would be alive to see Armageddon. I wrote to the Watchtower Society in Brooklyn and informed them that they were publishing an unlikely prophecy, since the youngest of that generation was 93 years of age. I had no reply from the Society, but the article concerned was removed from their web-site. (It transpires that that teaching was changed in 1995 because of ‘new light’. The Watchtower Society has a history of false prophecies. (Individual Witnesses should however be respected and treated kindly—–it’s not their fault!)

    Like

  17. Jeneane says:

    Thank you to those who took the time to comment as to the dangerous soul- and mind- controlling tactics of the cult of the Watchtower. “I am a worthless slave deserving of death” – that’s the mantra drilled into their heads from birth on, until they become a full-fledge instrument of the cult, or lose their entire family by dissociating themselves. (Witnesses are not allowed to associate with ex-witnesses). Once in the cult, they face the real possibility of having to kill family members by denying them a life-saving transfusion, after which many have killed themselves in despair.

    Never mind the sexual abuse – http://www.silentlambs.org.

    Please. Don’t fall for the nice suits. Help them if you can, but don’t try to out argue them.

    Like

  18. Some kind words from the blogmaster and some others. Also, a couple of derogatory comments that I have seen dozens of times, verbatim, on any site that mentions Jws.

    A misconception to clear up: Jehovah’s Witnesses do not think they are “earning” salvation. To be blunt, I think this accusation originates with some who do little or nothing in appreciation for Christ’s free gift of life, yet want to feel morally superior to those who do. (Not to say that your writer was among those people. Most likely, he’s merely repeating what he’s heard) “Works” that Jehovah’s Witnesses perform are in appreciation for that gift, and in obedience to Christ’s command to “go and make disciples.” (Matt 28:19) They do not imagine for one minute that they are “earning” everlasting life. As you know, the importance of Christian activity is supported by James 2:26: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” KJV

    Like

  19. middleman777 says:

    Hello, I hope I can offer some assistance/advice to you with talking to JW’s.

    There’s many ways to witness to a witness. There’s no particular formula however.

    There’s certain doctrinal topics that the typical Christian wants to argue with the average JW about. Doctrines such as Hellfire,Trinity, Immortal soul, etc are well studied by JW’s, many times more than your average born again Christian. The WBTS has been smart on making “answer books” that help them to determine what to say. Some of these are “Insight on the Scriptures”, “Reasoning from the Scriptures”, “What Does The Bible Really Teach”, and the “Aid to Bible Understanding”, etc etc.

    Much of the time, unless they have some sort of doubt about the Governing Body or the society itself, your well planned Bible “stumper questions” will be easily avoided and dismissed due to circular reasoning.

    If they can be shown how Bethel has lied to them on various doctrines (from their own publications), then they’re forced to reason on their own without the help of an “answer book”.

    They don’t have a ready made answer to why they were associated with the UN for 10 years (a big no no), and other political entities such as ANCA, OSCE, CESNUR and why they
    have had stocks with companies that make weapons for the US government (RandCam), and why they have had dealings in the occult (with Johannes Greber, the Masons, a demon possessed editor-for one of their older publication series), and why they invented and sold/peddled a occultic device (similar to a Ouija Board) up until the 50’s, and why they misquote their own publications with newer ones etc.

    I humbly submit my blog to you as a reference on what I just posted. Here’s the link below…

    http://middleman777.wordpress.com/

    There should be well enough information to give you a good head start. I’m adding to it all the time.

    Blessings………

    Like

  20. Fouche' says:

    I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and I’ve discussed my faith with anyone who listens. I believe if you wanted to really discuss yours with them, then you should have read the brochure or pamplet and then used it as a bouncing board for what you wanted to discuss. Just make sure to use strictly scriptures and jewish history and greek christian history as your support. Otherwise you are going beyond what was written as our guide today, The Holy Bible.

    Like

  21. Cult is not just a word, it is a evil psychotiic practice, which Jehovah Witnesses are. With this, BEWARE of the Jehovah Witness Curse! A curse which they freely place on innocent human lives daily and foolishly believe that what they are doing is justice.
    Jehovah Witnesses are a destructive force of evil, who actually stand together and pray curses over all who do not accept or believe their way. When they approach people in the streets and people reject them, they walk away cursing people with the curse of death. This I myself have seen and heard on many occasions.
    Jehovah Witnesses are extremely dangerous and as an evil cult they should be stopped from approaching people in the streets and at peoples homes. They are mentally disturbed people who have been brainwashed by some demonic psychopath. This is not based on personal opinion, but it is based on facts. Any religious group who prays any type of curse on peoples lives, are most certainly evil and psychotic, cults that should be erased from society.

    Like

    • Tom Shelton says:

      I am not defending the Jehovahs Witnesses on this but you do know that David prayed curses on people in some of the Psalms….right? The difference is that the god the JW’s are praying to does not exist, he is a created god by them for their purposes. When David did it his prayers had power because he was praying to the One True God.

      With that said there are many other issues with the JW’s in which they have condemned themselves so I would prefer to focus on those.

      Like

  22. Three years ago my wife and I moved into a Garden Cottage, unaware that the landlord and his wife were members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. With the first few months they were continuously on our doorstep trying to get us to join their cult. Being Christians, my wife and I refused to be brainwashed by them, and because of this, they became extremely hostile towards us.
    Later we found out that they have formed a group and started a chain prayer, praying against my wife and me, so to deny our faith in Jesus Christ and the true Gospel of God. Standing strong in faith, the landlord and his wife saw that their chain prayers are not working, and now they even consulted a witch doctor to try and break us. They have also started making our lives most difficult, which I believe, is to make us give up and surrender to their false beliefs.
    My wife and I have now decided to move out as soon as we can find a new place to live, hopefully as far away as possible from these demonic freaks. We continuously in prayer before God, praying that He will open the way for us to go. At the moment we remain unwillingly captured in their evil web of deceit, and the spider of this Watch Tower web we have identified as the blackwidow spider that has a forked tongue like that of a viper.
    So the truth is, the Watch Tower (Jehovah’s Witnesses) is without doubt a destructive satanic cult, a movement that all Countries should declare illegal and ban.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: