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. ÿTo be
blessed ÿone 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, ÿCharles T. ÿRussell ÿset
out ÿin ÿ1876 ÿto preach another gospel. ÿWith it he ÿspeculated
about ÿthe ÿfuture and set 1914 ÿas the date for the end ÿof ÿthe
word. ÿHe developed new doctrinal statements: ÿno Trinity; ÿno
deity ÿof Christ; ÿand, ÿin the place of hope, ÿArmageddon ÿdoom.
Three ÿtimes in 90 ÿyears, ÿJehovah's Witnesses (as his followers
are now called) ÿhave had to change their gospel. ÿThey preach a
tale of woe!
Going from door to door, ÿthey will be coming to see you very
soon. ÿÿÿThis ÿis ÿtheir ÿway ÿof ÿworship--selling ÿbooks ÿÿand
perpetuating a protection notion. ÿIn their endeavor to sell you
their books they are sincere--but I must add, "sincerely wrong."
Whey you see the Jehovah's Witnesses, ÿChristian, ÿremember a
few ÿvery ÿimportant ÿDON'Ts. ÿDo not argue ÿreligion ÿwith ÿthe
Witness, ÿfor his doctrines are built upon a misuse of the Bible.
Texts ÿand passages torn out of the Bible are used like ÿbuilding
blocks to back up false conclusions.
Another ÿDON'T ÿis ÿnot ÿto engage in ÿa ÿconversation ÿabout
present events with the Jehovah's Witness. ÿDON'T buy literature
or accept anything free from him.
With ÿthese DON'Ts clearly etched into your ÿmind, ÿÿrejoice!
You have never had it so easy. ÿHere is a whole missionary field
walking right up to your door. Make the most of it!
Be ÿcourteous ÿto the JW--let him continue ÿhis ÿpresentation
without interruption on your part. But also, as the Witness from
time ÿto ÿtime asks you leading questions, ÿDO NOT ÿanswer ÿthem.
These ÿprobes by the JW are to discover whether you are a ÿperson
who has fear about the troubles in the world; ÿor whether you are
a ÿperson ÿwho is lonely; ÿor whether you are a ÿperson ÿwho ÿhas
gripes against the establishment. ÿIf you so much as give a hint
of ÿsuch ÿattitudes, ÿÿyou ÿare immediately ÿcatagorized ÿby ÿthe
Jehovah's Witness, and he will latch onto you and you will not be
able to do him any good.
Wait ÿthe ÿWitness out, ÿtherefore, ÿwithout allowing him ÿto
categorize ÿor ÿclassify ÿyou. ÿFinally, ÿwhen ÿhe ÿis ÿthrough.
Promptly ÿforget what he has said. ÿBegin something of your own.
Tell ÿhim ÿwhat ÿthe ÿLord Jesus means to you: ÿÿgive ÿhim ÿyour
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. ÿPress
on, ÿsaying, "Surely you must have experienced common grace, ÿfor
God does let his sun shine over the just and the unjust."
Should ÿyou ÿsucceed ÿin getting the Witness to ÿgive ÿyou ÿa
testimony, ÿyou have gotten him off his track--things are looking
up. ÿÿWalk ÿinto this opportunity by sitting down with ÿhim ÿand
reading two chapters of the Gospel according to John. If you are
able to do this, invite him back for further readings.
However, ÿÿmost JW's will not give you a testimony ÿand ÿwill
leave. ÿÿDo not be dismayed, ÿbut as the door closes pray to the
Holy Spirit asking him to take over.
Your ÿprayer may bring the Witness back. ÿThis time he ÿwill
want ÿto recite for you a whole list of Bible passages. ÿDo ÿnot
let him do that! Ask for him to wait as you get your Bible.
With ÿyour ÿBible ÿin your hand ask, ÿ"Can I have ÿthe ÿfirst
passage?" Reluctantly he will give it to you. Look it up, ÿread
it, ÿÿbut also read the contest--the verses surrounding it. ÿHow
that ÿchanges ÿthe ÿmeaning of the passage! ÿAsk for ÿa ÿsecond,
third, ÿand perhaps fourth passage and treat them in like manner.
That is about all you will get. ÿBut this way you have used ÿthe
Word of God as it is.
You see, ÿour two most effective weapons are the testimony of
Jesus ÿand the Word of God. ÿUse them in this way and you cannot
The ÿabove ÿtext was from an old xerox copy I had ÿthat ÿcame
from ÿa ÿbook ÿwritten by an ex-JW. ÿI ÿdon't ÿknow ÿeither ÿthe
author's ÿor the book's name. ÿIt 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 ÿ(c) ÿÿbook, ÿÿand I am only submitting ÿit ÿto ÿhelp
develope future public domain files.
Stephen Bresnahan, Crossroads BBS, Safety Harbor, FL, (813) ÿ725-
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