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Helping Jehovah’s Witnesses Come to Jesus –Mt. 28:19, 20
Ten helpful suggestions for Christians:
- Come along side the Jehovah’s Witness as a friend would do. Try not to have a debate; avoid building walls. Show genuine love and respect and patience toward them.
- Realize that they are at your door because of their obedience to God’s Word and because of genuine concern for you.
- Don’t hold them personally responsible for Watchtower deception. Rather, approach them as ones who have been masterfully deceived.
- Respectfully share Watchtower false prophecies showing them photographs of the organizational claims and then ask how they feel about these false prophecies. Remember that they come to you fully confident that Watchtower truth is the truth and that their leaders are faithful and true and that Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only true religion.
- When they speak, be a good listener and ask the same of them. Your approach might include asking them to share what they’re learning about God as a Jehovah’s Witness and then asking them to allow you to share what you believe as a born again believer. Point out that if each of you has different views on the essential Christian doctrine that obviously both cannot be right.
- Make every effort to thoroughly examine each scripture, not rushing and not jumping from one subject to another.
- Ask them for their testimony: how, when, and why they became a Jehovah’s Witnesses and then share your testimony and your personal relationship with Jesus, and the assurance, joy and peace that you have received.
- When concluding your time together, ask them if they would like to meet again. Encourage further discussions. Emphasize that both of you love God, both of you love God’s truth, and how important it is to know God and to accurately know His Word.
- Communicating effectively to Jehovah’s Witnesses requires prayer, the Holy Spirit, and a personal devotion and command of scripture. Effective witnessing comes through knowing the essential Christian doctrine and most importantly, knowing Jesus personally. Peter tells us, “Always be ready to make a defense for your faith.” (1 Peter 3:15) Also read 2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:10, 11 & 2:42.
- Finally, remember that it is God who opens hearts to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 16:14). So prayer is always the key to our witnessing.