Intro – I recently learned this technique while finding fellowship at the First Baptist Church of El Jobean, Fl. – where my father has been faithfully shepherding for the last 26 years of his life. One particular Sunday night they showed a DVD by the late Dr. Ron Carlson who taught the technique presented below. I have since used it many times and find it to be 100% effective in planting the seed of truth into the life of a JW.
Most born again believers shy away from witnessing to a JW because they do not know what to say and the conversation usually gets long and drawn out and seemingly does not produce any fruit and only ends up leaving the person witnessing to the JW frustrated weary and worn out! Believe me when I say, I can completely relate! I use to avoid the JW missionaries like a plague!
Here is a quick and easy way to witness to a JW that will change all that!
Earlier today, I ran across a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses on the street – “witnessing” to their next possible (naive and unsuspecting) victim of their cult groups brainwashing.
I LOVE it whenever I run into a Jehovah’s Witness, because I love to plant the seed of truth into their lives! It is so easy to do!
Actually, I seem to run into them ALL the time lately, because they are seemingly just about EVERYWHERE here in Africa! Sometimes it seems that they are more committed to the spreading of their propaganda – than just about any other organization or religion on this planet.
In order to share how I witness to a JW, I have typed out a fair and accurate transcript of an actual conversation earlier today – below.
Me: Are you a Jehovah’s Witness?
Me: Hallelu-Yah! I was hoping and praying I would to run into a JW today! I have a question from the Bible and I was hoping that you could help me to understand it. Do either of you guys have a New World Translation of the Bible on you?
Note: The NWT is the translation that almost all the Jehovah’s Witnesses use and they almost always have it handy. I ask them to read from their Bible – as they view all other Bibles as inferior and corrupted. In all reality, it is their Bible that is corrupted because it was translated by the society of Jesus (i.e. The Jesuits) – as are almost all Bible translations since around 1940 – until the present!
Me: Great! Would you please read Revelation 1:8 out loud for me?
JW: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says Jehovah God, “the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty.”
Me: Now according to Revelation 1:8, who is the Alpha and Omega?
Me: Great! Now would you would please read Revelation 22:12-13 out loud for me?
JW: “‘Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to repay each one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Me: Now, who is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end?
Me: Exactly! And He is coming quickly and He is bring each one their reward according to their work, right?
Me: Great! Now, if you would please read two more verses for me – out loud – from Revelation 1:17-18.
JW: “When I saw him, I fell as dead at his feet. And he laid his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, and the living one, and I became dead, but look! I am living forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of the Grave.”
Me: Now, Who is the First and the Last?
Me: Exactly! So my question very simply is, when did Jehovah die?
JW: Jehovah never died!
Me: Right! However, we just read that the First and the Last (who we have established from the Scripture is Jehovah) “became dead, but look!” is now “living forever and ever” and “He has the keys of death and the grave.” So, I am asking you to please tell me, when did Jehovah die?
JW: No. When you read the verses before, you can tell that these are not talking about Jehovah. These verses are talking about Jesus.
Me: Okay. So, are your telling me that Jesus is Jehovah?
JW: No! Jesus is not Jehovah! Jesus is the one who died and rose and then went to Heaven. Jesus is a created being. He is not Jehovah!
Me: I guess I am confused then, because we just agreed from the Scripture that Jehovah is the one that is the first and the last and now you are saying that Jesus is the first and the last – but at the same time you are saying that Jesus is not Jehovah.
JW: Jesus is the second first and last!
Me: (WITH A GREAT BIG SMILE!) Come on guys! There can only be one first. The second is the second – not the first! So either Jesus is lying to John and to us or Jesus is Jehovah- which is it? Is Jesus Jehovah or is Jesus lying?
JW: I really do not know how to answer you right now.
Me: That is okay. This is a question I ask every time I meet a JW and so far no one has been able to answer it for me. However, if it’s okay – let me give you my contact information and when you find out the answer to my question – you can get in touch with me and let me know okay?
So far, no one has contacted me. However, the reality remains that the mustard seed of truth was planted in their minds and hearts and it is human nature not to shake off a perplexing problem when it has been honestly presented and it seemingly contradicts what we sincerely believe to be true!
The other day, I actually had a JW lady tell me that the NWT was a corrupted translation of the Bible and couldn’t be trusted. So, I then asked her why she even bothered reading it at all if she genuinely felt that way. She wouldn’t hear of it!
If time allows and if I feel led by the Spirit – then I will also ask them to read from two more passages, which directly conflict with their belief that there will never be a new heaven and new earth. After they read each passage out loud from their Bible, then I will ask them to please explain the passage in their own words.
The first passage is found in Psalms 102:25-27
JW: “Long ago you laid the foundations of the earth, And the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; Just like a garment they will all wear out. Just like clothing you will replace them, and they will pass away. But you are the same, and your years will never end.”
Me: Can you please explain to me what that means in your own words?
JW: No answer of explanation – no matter how long you give them – because it directly contradicts what they believe.
Me: No Problem. It is a difficult passage to understand. Maybe if we look it up in the “New Testament”. Could you please read Hebrews 1:10-12 out loud?
JW: “At the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; and just like a garment, they will all wear out, and you will wrap them up just as a cloak, as a garment, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never come to an end.”
Me: Can you please explain this passage to me in your own words?
JW: Once again, there will be no attempt to offer an explanation – no matter how long you give them – because it directly contradicts what they believe.
1) Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Yahweh. It is always best for anyone you are witnessing to – to read the word for them-self. In that way they will here it in the voice of an authority they already know and respect.
2) If at all possible pray out loud. The JW missionary has been trained not to let you pray with them. However, many times I will say why don’t we pray and ask the Spirit of Jehovah for understanding? Before they have an opportunity to object – I will bow my head and begin to pray.
I usually respectfully pray something simple like –
“Jehovah Elohim, Your Son promised that if we are His disciples abiding in Your Word – then we shall know the truth and the truth will set us free. He also promised that the Comforter – Your Spirit – would come to lead us and guide us and teach us all truth! Today, we are coming by faith and fully believing in the promises of Your Word and asking you to give us the correct understanding of what Your Word is speaking to us today. In the precious Name of Yahoshua haMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) – Amein!”
3) The only bad witness is the witness not given! Why don’t you write down the three references from Revelation and the two references from the Psalms and Hebrews and put them in your wallet. That way you can quickly access them and try to use this method of witnessing the next time you meet a JW. You probably will not see any instant result – but the seed of truth will have been planted forever in their heart and mind.
Shalom, shalom, His servant and yours,
Robert-Arthur: McDuffie ~ Gal. 6:14