By Shari Abbott, Reasons for Hope* Jesus
Some time ago we received this question at firstname.lastname@example.org. At the time I wondered, where to start? I got my answer in July, when two Jehovah’s Witnesses came to my door. After our conversation I felt prepared to give an answer to the question and decided to start by sharing the conversation between the two Jehovah’s Witnesses and myself.
This witnessing opportunity came at a time when I was not prepared. It was a difficult day, due to a personal issue causing distress and concern, but I firmly believe it was a divinely appointed time. I have not been visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses since November 2010, when two women came to my door. I have seen Jehovah’s Witnesses many times in my neighborhood, but they never came to my door. I thought I had been put on a “do not call” list without even asking…until that morning in July.
So why on this morning did they knock on my door? I believe it was as much for me as it was for them. God showed me that in my weakness, He is strong for me. When I am unable, He is always ready to provide what I need if I trust and depend on Him. My favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, in which we are reminded by Jesus that His grace is sufficient for us and that when we are weak He will be strong for us. Jesus was strong for me that morning and we had a great conversation. Afterwards, when I remembered this question in the Got Questions? queue, I began to write down our conversation. These men were ready, willing and able to share their faith with me and Jesus was faithful to help me do the same.
The answer to this Got Questions? turned into a small book, titled, How to Witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Apologetics Answers and Verses.
How to Witness to
(excerpt from the book)
Do not be out-witnessed by a Jehovah’s Witness!
Jehovah’s Witnesses (and Mormons) are dedicated to sharing their faith. They go into neighborhoods, in pairs, and share their beliefs with anyone who will listen. It’s not surprising that they always witness in pairs. The Old Testament law required at least two witnesses for valid testimony (Deuteronomy 19:15). However, even with two witnesses, the testimony of Jehovah’s Witnesses is not valid.
So how do we witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses? Simple…We need to be prepared, be willing and be confident!
Jehovah’s Witnesses know what they believe, and they actively share their faith. They will come to your door very prepared, albeit with an incorrect knowledge of the King James Bible and with their own New World Translation (NWT)—an inaccurate translation of biblical manuscripts (for more information, see Appendix).
How do we prepare? Start by knowing what the Bible says. Study God’s Word and know His truths. You can’t present the truth, or defend God’s Word, if you don’t have an adequate knowledge of the Bible.
Make prayer an important part of your life. Spend time with God and seek the Holy Spirit’s direction. Jesus has promised that the Spirit will teach us all things (John 14:26) and guide us in His ways (John 16:13).
Biblical Knowledge + Prayer = Confidence to Share
While it’s of utmost importance to know what our Bible teaches, it’s also important to be prepared with a general knowledge of what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe. As a real-life illustration, I’ll share with you an encounter I had and then provide some of the most common false teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion.
Opening the Door to a Conversation of Spiritual Importance
Be Prepared: Pray
Be Prepared: Knowledge and Sharing
What Else Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe?
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The Top Ten Got Questions? of 2015
- Is my TATTOO a sin?
- Is SUICIDE an Unforgivable Sin?
- Is It a Sin to Drink Alcohol?
- The Meaning of Colors in the Bible? /The Meaning of Numbers in the Bible?
- What is the unpardonable sin? What if I commit it?
- Is it a sin to be fat?
- Can Jews go to Heaven without knowing Jesus?
- Is there a hidden message in Rev 7? Why is Dan missing?
- Did Jesus descend into Hell?
- Where did OT saints go at death? What’s Abraham’s Bosom?
The Top Ten “Got Questions?” of 2014
- Is it a sin to drink alcohol?
- Was Jesus crucified on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday?
- Do I have to tithe?
- Should we call His name Jesus? Or Yahweh? Or Yeshua?
- Why did Satan rebel against God?
- Were there flood survivors in addition to Noah and his family?
- Why did God create man knowing he would sin?
- If God knows what I need and want, why is prayer important?
- Why should we study creation?
- What is Shavuot? Is there a prophetic aspect to it?
Or read these recent ones:
- Is my TATTOO a sin?
- Did Jesus go to HELL?
- Does God create EVIL as Isaiah 45:7 says?
- Are we the Bride of Christ now or is that future?
- Is there an ERROR in Genesis 2:17 because Adam and Eve didn’t die?
- Are the Jews of today still the CHOSEN people of God?
- Is there a HIDDEN MESSAGE in Revelation 7?
- How should I WITNESS to Jehovah’s Witnesses?
- Why did the LGBT use God’s rainbow for their flag?
- What do the 12 stones UNDER the Jordan River mean?
- The Meaning of COLORS in the Bible?
- Is SUICIDE an unforgivable sin?
- What is the UNPARDONABLE sin? What if I commit it?