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Why bother with Jehovah’s Witnesses.

On more than one occasion, well meaning Christians have told me that we shouldn’t bother with Jehovah’s Witnesses. The reasons given are varied. The Jehovah’s Witnesses’, ‘know the Bible too well’; ‘they won’t listen’; ‘I don’t know what to say to them’; ‘they are anti-Christ so we shouldn’t talk to them’; or even ‘they are Christians so we should leave them alone’.  All of these reasons are at least flawed, and at most erroneous.

If any of the reasons above were employed by the Christian who befriended me, I may well still be walking the streets, knocking on doors and sharing Watchtower propaganda. Praise the Lord that the Christian I met lovingly shared Jesus with me and had his entire Church praying for my eyes to be opened. Should he have bothered? The fact that I am now in a relationship with Jesus, forgiven, saved and assured should make the answer obvious.

The following words of Jesus will be very familiar to us…

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19,20

We are called to share the ‘good news’ with all people of all nations, and as Christians we understand this very well; but we often believe that this ‘good news’ is for the ‘uninformed’ and not for the ‘misinformed’. This leads us to conclude that groups like Jehovah’s Witnesses can be ignored and left alone to follow what they believe to be true. This saddens me.

I can testify that many who join the Jehovah’s Witnesses are people who were searching for meaning and purpose. The Jehovah’s Witnesses may have called on their door or approached them in the street and offered concern and, more importantly, answers. The potential converts are showered with love and offered a ‘home’ Bible Study and it doesn’t take long for potential converts to become indoctrinated with Watchtower doctrine. They quickly take their place in the Kingdom Hall and, growing ever distant from their family and friends, the Watchtower becomes their “new” family. These poor unfortunate, misinformed people are led astray by false teaching, a false gospel and a false Jesus. So what should our response be when we encounter them?

In his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul shared his thoughts about his fellow Israelites. If we were to replace ‘Israelites’ with ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ it would sum up my thoughts about them.

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Jehovah’s Witnesses is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.  Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Romans 10:1-4

The often admired ‘zeal’ of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is based on falsehood. We need to lovingly share Christ with them. Share our testimony, tell them about the ‘real’ Jesus who changes lives, who loves them unconditionally, who died for them that may know forgiveness and that through him, they can have a relationship with the true and living God.

Should we bother with Jehovah’s Witnesses?  Does God care about them?  Should we share Jesus with them? I offer a resounding ‘YES’.

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  1. Jesus commanded his followers to go make disciples, teaching them. That’s what Jehovah’s Witnesses do. Let the average churchgoer pick up their Bible and go out preaching their gospel. We all know that ain’t gonna happen.

    • Hi Robert, thanks for your comment. You quoted part of Matthew 28:18-20: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

      Jehovah’s Witnesses do go from house to house to make disciples, but they do not make disciples of Jesus, rather they make disciples of The Watchtower Organisation. This is clearly evident in the way that JWs change the command and words of Jesus when they baptize people. Jesus said that his followers are to make disciples and baptize then in the name of the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT. Compare this to the words that are said at a JW baptism: Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization? (The Watchtower, April 1st 2006, pages 21-25)
      Why does The Watchtower Society not follow the clear directive of Jesus, the one to whom ‘ALL’ authority in heaven and earth is given? Perhaps the words of Jesus are a little too trintarian for the them?? Jesus told his followers to baptize people and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. Why do they the JWs not obey Jesus’ command at this point? Jesus said: ‘If you love me, you will obey what I command’ (John 14:15)
      Do JWs not love Jesus? If they do why do they not follow what Jesus said regarding baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? The fact is that The Watchtower Society are misleading their people, teaching them not to follow Jesus, but rather to put their hope and trust in a ‘false’ organization.

    • It is true, there are many churchgoers who will never pick up their bible and preach the gospel to a dying world. This is because there are many who acknowledge Jesus with their lips but their hearts are far from him. There are also those who don’t even have Bibles because they go for the music or to avoid being lonely or a host of other reasons. There are many who call themselves Christians who are anything but. That is why you judge a tree by its fruit. I know MANY churchgoing Christians who preach the gospel whenever they can. At work, over the fence to their neighbor, at the mechanic’s shop, with the hitchhiker they just picked up, etc.

      On the other hand, the only time that Jehovah’s Witnesses speak to me about their beliefs is if:
      A. They are on their once-a-week walk around the neighborhood.
      or
      B. I initiate a conversation regarding spiritual matters.

      The fact of the matter is that nearly every Witness I’ve known will rarely speak of God outside of those two scenarios and when they do, the gospel never comes into it. They don’t speak of Jesus’ atoning work on the cross/pole/stake. (Does it really matter which?) They don’t speak of how desperately we all need a savior due to our sin. They speak of the end times, a happy place we can all live in and the importance of calling God ‘Jehovah’. (Yahweh is a more accurate pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton and Jesus tells us to call him ‘Father’ anyway.)

      Speaking of picking up their Bible, that is something that Christians do… to read it… and as more than a mere reference book for the writings of the Watchtower Society.

      • Thanks for this comments. Explicit! I am in Nigeria but it occurs to me JW are thesame everywhere.

  2. @Robert King, Yes they go evangelizing but take it from me, they are not preaching Christ. They propagate false doctrine.

  3. I see this post was written months ago, but I’m coming to this great website following the “Unbelievable?” radio show (7th July) in which Tony participated, so it’s interesting to see Robert comment here too. I find it almost laughable (except it’s too sad and serious) that Robert here (implicitly) and on the radio show (explicitly) would say that Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only group preaching the Gospel. In my many conversations with JWs I have yet to meet one who was able to show any basic knowledge of the epistle to the Romans (or any other book of the Bible), yet that is the book in the Bible that sets out to give the doctrine of the Gospel. You would imagine an organisation that prides itself on evangelism would major on this epistle yet JWs are appallingly ignorant of its contents, and their “gospel” contradicts it at every turn.

    • Hi Paul,
      Thanks for the comment. You are absolutely right. It is so sad that the poor JWs are following WT doctrine rather than the Bible. There are so many Christians who believe that they cannot talk to JWs because they ‘appear’ to know the Bible so well! As you and I know, they only know what they are taught and are completely ignorant of the basic of the Gospel!

      Keep sharing the good news!

      Every Blessing

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