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HOW TO WITNESS TO A JEHOVAH'S WITNESS



Posted: 03/21/06

How to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness
- By Ray Comfort

I rushed down the stairs to the sound of a barking dog and our doorbell. When I opened it, two well-dressed young men stood in front of me. I greeted them with a warm, "Hi," to which one of them asked in perfect English, "Do you know of any Spanish speaking families around here?"

"Next door there is a Spanish speaking family. Across the road there is an Indonesian family, then an India, then English, and I am Chinese. Do you want to see a picture of me on a cruise?"

They politely said they did, so I quickly opened my wallet and showed them a picture of Tom Cruise with the word, "ME," on his forehead. They laughed.

"So what are you guys selling?"

"Nothing."

"Are you Mormons?"

"No."

"Jehovah Witnesses?"

"Yes."

"Tell me this. I have a knife in my back. I have three minutes to live. My blood and life are draining from me. I know I'm dying. What are you going to say to me. How can I enter the Kingdom?"

They looked at each other. Then back at me. There was dead silence. It was obvious that they didn't know what to tell me.

"Come on guys. I'm dying. I have three minutes!"

One of them said, "I don't know. There's lots you have to do." The other one echoed, "Lots."

Then the first said, "You have to learn. You have to gain knowledge . . . "

"What about the thief on the cross? What knowledge did he get? How could he learn anything? He couldn't turn the pages of a book--he was nailed to a cross. He probably couldn't read anyway. Yet Jesus said to him, 'Today you will be with Me in Paradise.'"

"We have to go now."

"Come on guys. This is important. I want to know how to enter Jehovah's Kingdom. What are your names?"

"Jonathan."

"Javier."

"Do you consider yourself to be good people?"

"Um . . . yes."

"Have you ever told a lie?"

"Yes."

"What does that make you?"

"A liar."

Javier said he had stolen and then became very quiet. Jonathan said that he had never stolen, blasphemed, or even looked at a woman with lust. Never.

"Are you gay?"

"No."

"The reason I haven't done that is because I was born into the truth."

I explained, "We have to face a perfect Law of the Day of Judgment and nothing you and I do can save us. Only the blood of Jesus. He died for us. He took our punishment upon Himself, and now God can save us through His mercy. That's why the thief was saved. He didn't do anything to save himself because he couldn't. Only God's mercy and grace can save us. The Bible says, 'For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works least any man boast.' 'Not by works of righteousness that we have done has He saved, us, but according to His mercy.' Revelation 21:8 says that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire. That why you need Jesus Christ, to wash your sins away. The moment you repent and trust Him, God will forgive you and grant you everlasting life."

"But we are doing what Jesus did."

"Did He go door to door?"

"Yes. He went around preaching the gospel."

"But the gospel you are preaching is different than the one He preached. The Bible says that there's nothing you and I can do to merit Jehovah's favor--to earn everlasting life. We are saved by God's mercy. That's how the thief on the cross could be saved. We are not saved by doing anything."

"Does that mean I can believe in Jesus and then run around lying and stealing?"

"No. That's hypocrisy, and no hypocrite will enter the Kingdom. You have to repent and trust Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, and not try and bribe Jehovah. I do good works and preach the gospel not to be forgiven. I do it because I am forgiven, and the difference is life and death, Heaven and Hell. Thanks, guys, for talking to me."

"Thank you."

There were no arguments about the deity of Christ because I made sure the conversation didn't go in that direction. It's important to remember that Jehovah Witnesses see Christians as misguided "Trinitarians," while they see themselves as protectors of Jehovah's glory. So they are going to be incredibly stubborn about the issue of Jehovah sharing His glory with another.

When Peter said that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven," (Matthew 16:17). So I believe that the best way for anyone to find out who Jesus is, is for God to reveal it to them. If I had started quoting Bible verses to make some point about Jesus being God--"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory" (1 Timothy 3:16, italics added) or "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God," (John 1:1, italics added) they would have started quoting back, and then they would have fallen back on the argument that they have the only true translation. Jehovah's Witnesses also deny the existence of Heaven and Hell. They believe in annihilation, and that the Kingdom of God will come to this earth and be set up for a thousand years. Christians can't even agree on issues of prophecy, so I deliberately stayed away from it.

All I did was hold up the truth against error and left the results in the hands of God. Charles Spurgeon said, "I have heard it said that if there is a crooked stick, and you want to show how crooked it is, you need not waste words in description. Place a straight one by the side of it, and the thing is done directly."

All religions have their roots in idolatry. They have a wrong understanding of the nature of God and His righteous requirements. When you look closely at their beliefs, it becomes evident they are made up of the fruitless branches of self-righteousness. They think that they can bribe God with their works. Like the Jews of whom Paul spoke--they go about to establish their own righteousness, being ignorant of the righteousness which is of God (see Romans 10:3). The Law puts the axe to the root. It reveals a perfect righteousness and kills hope of self-salvation. It shows the self-righteous person that the leap he is trying to make to Heaven is infinitely beyond his reach.

I had noticed that Javier had been nodding in agreement at what I was saying. When he asked for my name again, I looked directly at him and said that they could come back any time. We shook hands and we left on good terms. I came away feeling really good because I had avoided doing what the Bible says not to do--to argue:

"But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will." (2 Timothy 2:23-26)

Distributed by www.worldviewweekend.com

By Ray Comfort

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to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness
Posted On: 08/04/06 11:28:56 PM Age 47, NA
In the "New World" translation it says in John 1:1 "The Word was a god." I always ask Jehovah's Witnesses how they can have anything to do with Jesus because, to them, he is "a god," not God. Jehovah says very clearly: "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" That makes Jesus another god! They haven't answered me yet. I did hear one exJW say in fifteen years of door to door visits no Christian ever told him the gospel. Food for thought.



Re: How to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness
Posted On: 04/04/06 05:49:26 PM Age 59, TN
Why does an argument about the divinity of Christ have to be a quarrel? They say he is a god and we believe he is The God. They say he is created and we believe he is uncreated. They say he is less than the Father and we believe he is equal to the Father. When they leave our doorsteps they should be a little distressed that they may have the wrong view of Christ. As it is there were probally not good terms in your discussions. They received credit for their witnessing and you just felt 'good' about your success. Why can't we trinitarians be incredibly stubborn about the divinity of Christ and not stand by when others diminish his glory. Since when is an argument about the divinity of Christ a foolish and ignorant dispute. Since it is the Holy Spirit who leads us to say 'He is Lord' the JW need to understand that the Holy Spirit will not lead some one to diminish his lordship! The Holy Spirit will produce the fruit if we are not afraid to plant the seed in boldness.

Re: How to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness
Posted On: 04/04/06 05:20:46 PM Age 46, GA
Very well written; simple yet Biblical. I teach a Worldview/Apologetics class in a classical, Christian school and plan to present this to my class this week! Thank you!



Re: How to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness
Posted On: 04/01/06 07:08:19 AM Age 56, AR
What a great help! I have taken several soul winning classes. You cannot have too much knowledge in this area. I appreciate the info. Will try to use it at next opportunity. Thanks!

Re: Re: How to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness
Posted On: 03/25/06 01:44:53 PM Age 54, TX
So you mean John 3:3 to reinforce our sin nature and the cure is something JW won't argue with and it's not changed in their Bible? At any rate, agreed, His Word, taught by His Spirit is the power.



Re: How to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness
Posted On: 03/24/06 11:48:57 AM Age 23, WA
That was a very well written article! I am a former Jw(of 20 years) converted christian who seeks to share the real gospel of Gods way to salvation at every opportunity. Thanks for offering very effective advice for doing so.

Re: How to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness
Posted On: 03/24/06 11:48:56 AM Age 23, WA
That was a very well written article! I am a former Jw(of 20 years) converted christian who seeks to share the real gospel of Gods way to salvation at every opportunity. Thanks for offering very effective advice for doing so.



Re: How to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness
Posted On: 03/23/06 10:15:17 PM Age 56, TX
I loved it.I have found when you are kind, calm, and non-confrotational they will listen to and you can explain GOD`s word to them. Then I let the seed I planted germinate via The Holy Spirit.

Re: How to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness
Posted On: 03/23/06 09:04:55 PM Age 38, FL
Mr. Comfort: More ammunition for me the next time a pair comes to my door.I am an EX JW born into the religion. Thank you so much. I have a soft heart for the JWs I know and my family members who are still shackled and working so hard. Blessings... Karen



Re: How to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness
Posted On: 03/23/06 04:17:11 PM Age 17, MD
Excellent advice Ray. Sometimes it seems hard to get past the arguments and get to their conscience but I think the "three minutes to live" question works really well and I can't wait to put it into practice.

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