How to deal with a Jehovah Witness at the door

'For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.' Romans 10:3.

‘For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.’ Romans 10:3.

First rule when Jehovah Witnesses come to the door is to be on your guard. Absolutely refuse to accept any of their paperwork or let them into your house. Don’t worry about their feelings, they are taught not to accept literature from you, and they won’t mind talking on the porch.

Next, start with the following line of attack immediately. When the JW’s first arrive at the door they put on a show of being super disarming so that’s when to go after them. If you wait until later they will have dropped the mask and their hostility will come out and you’ll get nowhere. They are taught to ask a few introductory questions and try to get you, the target, to open up a little bit so you’ll hear their pitch. Don’t waste that opportunity responding to anything they say, go immediately for the JW’s jugular vein with the following questions. They will feel obliged to respond in a disarming fashion because they haven’t yet hooked you and don’t know where you are coming from.

Then comes your question.  It is best to act dumb so they don’t have time to conjure up some crafty answer that dodges the issue. Preface it with asking them if you can ask them something, then ask it directly.

JW: {knock knock}

Bible Believer: Hello?

JW: Hi there, we are visiting the neighbourhood asking people what they think about ….{presents a Watchtower Magazine and points to the question on the cover} … “Why do good people suffer?” Here please take a copy.

BB: No thank you. May I ask you a question?

JW: Uh, well, sure.

BB: If you were to die today, and of course I hope you don’t, I wish you a very long life, but we never know if today is our last day, and I could die today, and so could you. But if you were to die today, and God was to ask you, “Why should I let you into my perfect and holy kingdom?” what would your answer be? {Head tilted slightly with an inquisitive look}

JW: Uh well … I guess I’d say I’m trying my best, I’m following his commandments.

BB: So you are perfect?

JW: Uh well … nobody is perfect.

BB: Well, then you’re not answering my question because I want to know, if God was to ask you, “Why should I let a sinner like you into my holy kingdom?” what would you say to him? Would he let you in?

JW: Uh well … I’m not sure.

With this got him. You sprang right into the heart of the real issue and avoided contentious issues about the nature of heaven, hell, Jesus’ divinity, baptisms, the tribulation, the 144,000, and a million other distractions – all of which the poor lost JW has been massively indoctrinated to resist and pervert according to his Watchtower teachings. You have blind-sided and embarrassed the JW in a way he never expected and, hopefully, will never recover from.

Don’t let him off the hook. Rub it in good.

BB: Why are you going door to door teaching people about God if you aren’t even sure about your own salvation?

Ouch! The poor JW isn’t sure about his own salvation at all – so you’ve hit him right where it hurts.

Moments ago he was happy as a clam going door to door building up his own self-righteousness and feeling all sorts of spiritual pride – but you’ve now completely taken him aback. Don’t be rude, but keep on this same theme. Don’t let anything deviate from this line of attack against his self-righteousness.

JW: Well, we were commanded to teach door to door, and we try to follow the teachings of the bible, and we are trying to do what it says.

BB: So you are perfectly good in God’s eyes because you do that?

JW: Well, I didn’t say that. We are just trying to follow God’s commandments as best we can. Nobody is perfect.

BB: Well, then why would God let you into his perfect kingdom since you admit you aren’t perfect?

JW: Well, we try our best, but nobody knows, but I think I’m doing the best I can.

BB: So God has to let you into his holy kingdom, even though you are a sinner, because of all the good deeds you have done? Does God lower his standards of holiness for you?

JW: Well we try to follow the 10 commandments, get baptised, obey the great commission, and basically try our best.

Be nice while you are doing it, but realize you are now torturing the poor JW by this line of questioning. He will evade and evade. Yet don’t stop. Keep bringing it up until he relents. God is perfect, he is a sinner, so what hope could he possibly have of getting into God’s kingdom? And why would he presume to knock on your door and tell you about God when he isn’t even sure about his own situation? Why follow people who don’t know where they are going?

By the way, don’t make the mistake of saying “heaven” instead of “kingdom” – that is very important. You want to avoid giving them the opportunity of trying to argue about other things, and JW’s have a whole messed up theology about how they don’t go to heaven, but instead live in God’s kingdom on the earth. But the poor lost JW needs to meet Jesus Christ first before he is ever going to learn correct theology. So keep on the issue of the guy’s sinfulness. His religious do-goodism needs to be shown as worthless – and it’s only then that he will ever be ready to hear the gospel.

In fact, up to this point they JW will most likely have completely avoided mentioning Jesus Christ at all. Jesus is the furthest thing from his mind when he is asked about how he is justified before God.

BB: So you aren’t saved then?

JW: Saved? Well uh … we don’t look at it like that.

BB: Isn’t Jesus the saviour of the world ? Doesn’t a “saviour” save people? Did he save you?

JW: Well we try our best to follow Jesus’ teachings.

BB: That’s not what I asked. I asked if he saved you. Did Jesus die for your sins? Why did Jesus die on the cross?

JW: Uh well …

And that’s how you get to the very heart of the issue when a lost JW comes to your door. If any other issue comes up, you can quickly deal with it in one breath, but then quickly bring it right back to the basics that they need to hear: they are lost sinners and Jesus died to save them.

Don’t worry about them not believing yet in Christ’s divinity, or in a literal heaven, or in a literal hell. All that can come later after the gospel of grace is first lodged in their mind and softens their heart. They will try to act like Bible know-it-alls but just treat them like little babies who can only hear a very simple gospel message, and nothing else. Keep to the same refrain that they are lost sinners but Jesus died for their sins:

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21.

After you have done all that, STOP.

Cut it short and shoo them off quickly in a no-nonsense fashion. And while getting rid of them be careful what you say. Don’t inadvertently give them any sort of commendation. St John warns us:

“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:10.

So you can’t say anything like, “keep up the good work!” or “Go with God!” or even “God bless you!” or “Thank you for coming!” or anything like that. A plain old “Good-bye” is probably okay, but even it might be questionable since it is a contraction of “God be with ye” – something we should not be saying.

Just say very perfunctorily, but not rudely, “Well I’ve got to go, so I’ll see you off now. Good day!” and then quickly shut the door.

Put yourself in the shoes of that poor unsaved JW. He is under such a weight of condemnation and uncertainty by his false religion. He doesn’t know Jesus Christ and he has no idea where he is going when he dies. He has the guilt of his sin and the filthy rags of his own self-righteousness. Pity them, but don’t argue with them about all the doctrinal things that unsaved people don’t need to know anything about.

You’ve done the best you could if you just pointed them to the cross of Christ. When they leave you can know that you’ve shown a glimmer of the light of God’s grace into the dark dungeon of their religious bondage.

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