Witnessing To A Jehovah’s Witness Part 1

Jehovah Witness

Patience Is Key

Allow me to start off by saying that I’m not claiming that there is a “best” way to witness to a Witness, but I have been able to rescue some from their organization. So in that, I’ll share what I’ve learned in the process. Perhaps some of these ideas will be helpful to you. This discourse is written with the real time face to face encounter in mind, but it can also be used for internet witnessing. However, due to certain dynamics via the internet, there are other methods that I employ just a little differently, and from another approach.

When one is contemplating witnessing to a Witness, they must keep their patience level high, to a maximum. I see reoccurring mistakes that Christians make when conversing with JW’s. Let me clarify by what I mean by mistakes. In the truest sense when evangelizing, it’s my position that God uses all things we say for a purpose, despite ourselves and “shortcomings”. So in that, nothing is truly vain or a mistake. However, with wisdom, experience, and training we can learn how to be more proficient in our evangelizing that will help us get to the point in love, and away from the rabbit trails, and red herrings that may arise.

 

Be A Journalist

It does one well to put in the effort to learn the various doctrines of the JW’s and scour their publications, and with this, it helps to see where they’re coming from. I know many Christians that go into a discussion/debate thinking that since they have studied the Bible inside and out, they have the upper hand and they’ll win the argument. A Bible “proof texting” debate is often engaged which leads to the typical Bible “ping pong”. We must realize a key point here. JW’s are trained to teach whereas listening or considering what their opponent is saying is not a priority. If you were ever to attend their Theocratic Ministry School, you’ll see that they are taught to appear to listen but are usually waiting for an opening to respond. You can learn more about this school here.

Approach is key here. As Christians, it’s not all about trying to win an argument, it’s about sharing. If you have a theological chip on your shoulder, this will stifle your efforts, lesson your effect, and make you appear as disingenuous. Throw the axe away, there’s nothing to grind. Rather than being the drill sergeant that demands a response, be the journalist that is taking in mere information. Instead of telling the answer, ask for it. For example, instead of saying something point blank like “Jesus is God, the Bible says so”, try this instead. “I understand that you guys believe that Jesus is not God, but how do you get your exegesis on this”? Have them rationalize on why they believe what they do, and along the way, make sure those reasons come from scripture instead of their publications that they may try and cite. To stress it again we must keep this in mind at all times, simply put, they are there to teach you and not the other way around. Once they feel they are no longer teaching, they usually get uninterested and decline further dialogue. Take your time and be willing to listen yourself.

To be continued…

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About Razor Swift

Rich Christian who is the founder of Razor Swift, seeks to open hearts and minds through the platform of apologetics. It's his desire to approach Biblical, faith, and other issues from a different perspective rather than just preaching to the choir in the Christianese dialect. He maintains that faith and reason mustn’t necessarily be at odds with each other, but can be complementary. May no stone lay unturned.
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2 Responses to Witnessing To A Jehovah’s Witness Part 1

  1. Gloria Davis says:

    You hit on a very interesting point here. “once they feel they are no longer teaching, they will lose interest . . . “. was wondering what I was doing differently (if anything) than in the 1970s when Jehovah’s Witnesses would talk with me at length. Then (in the 1970s) I was basically interviewing everyone of every faith, because I was a newly converted atheist. Nowadays, I usually go to the Gospel of John 1.1 This probably makes them nervous.

    Since my reason for conversing with them is to plant seeds that the Holy Spirit can use, keeping them in the conversation longer is essential. Thank you for sharing that observation with us! (“Iron sharpens iron”)

    • razorswift says:

      Gloria,

      I learned the hard way how us as Christians, can be so forceful to “set JW’s straight”, that we’ll push them away before we get a chance to share the gospel with them. I found that putting a pebble here and there in their shoe will make them stop and think, but without provoking them to throw the shoe at me. It’s sad that many Christians don’t understand this, I see too much infobombing going on; too many spiritual hand grenades being lobbed.

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