Q. Biblically, how does one witness to a Jehovah’s Witness?
A. Your question reminds me of a story told by a pastor. A church member asked him how to witness to Jews. His answer was simple: Give them the gospel! And there is truth to that pastor’s response. Sometimes we get so hung up on a person’s religious orientation or other issues that we forget to focus on the message. That is not to say we shouldn’t familiarize ourselves with what a certain unsaved person believes, especially if we know that we will witness to that person. But all lost individuals share the same need: to view themselves as lost sinners and to see the acceptance of Christ and His finished work on the cross as the remedy for their lost condition.
There are ways, of course, to help an unsaved person understand these issues. It never hurts to read books on or take a course on personal evangelism, provided that the saved person is right with the Lord and is a growing believer. Also necessary is a total dependence upon the Holy Spirit in all of our personal work with the lost.
In the case of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a few pointers might be in order. First ask which gospel they preach. (They generally say it is the “gospel of the kingdom.”) Then ask what they think of Christ. (They generally deny that He is the only Son of God.) Then point to John 3:3: “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” From there, the believer can follow the “Romans Road” or other Scripture passages that show mankind’s need for salvation and God’s provision. Let the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit have sway.
When one is witnessing to a Jehovah’s Witness or to any other unsaved person, the believer’s own testimony of Jesus Christ, salvation, and consequent joy and victory is hard to refute. Therefore, a believer should practice and hone his or her own spiritual life story to share with the lost.
If you encounter Jehovah’s Witnesses or other cultists who have a trainee along, point out the flawed ideas in their religion, and literally show them in your Bible Scripture verses that address the truth.
Remember, we believers shouldn’t let them into our homes (2 John 10, 11) but rather should talk outside. A Christian who is unsure about dealing with a cultist should probably avoid a lengthy encounter with these trained deceivers.
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