“I have been meeting with the same Jehovah’s Witnesses and side-kick for the last 3 years. The experience has been amazing for both parties! I hope. Last week we were working through Heb. 9:14 and Phil. 2:5, 11. Two of 25 Scriptures I compiled for us to discuss in our ‘Trinity study.’ The meeting went well till the end of my, possibly heavy handed exegesis. When the Jehovah’s Witness leader sat back in his chair and folded his arms and stated he doesn’t think he can win me over to the Jehovah’s Witness rejection of the Trinity doctrine and that we might end the study in its entirety, MY HEART SANK! How might I navigate this potential ‘Break-up’? These two Jehovah’s Witnesses have become friends over the YEARS! I have successfully navigated their judgments of me as an apostate so far and shared my life, family and gently a bit of the Gospel with them. I don’t have control and I don’t want it to end. Please help?” Continue reading “What Can I Say to Keep Jehovah’s Witnesses Coming Back?”
.:WHY DID THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES STOP BEING MY FRIENDS WHEN I STOPPED STUDYING WITH THEM?
“I have been studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses for a year and attending meetings. When I decided to stop studying for a while, all those friends are now no longer there. I had stopped studying because I found it hard to believe that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only true religion. I also couldn’t understand why they wanted me to take my 11-year old son out of Karate and not to prepare him for college. I know they want him to serve Jehovah, but he also lives with his dad who is Catholic. I miss my friends, but then again, they are only friends if I attend the Kingdom Hall. I am so confused!” Continue reading “Why did the Jehovah’s stop being my friends when I stopped studying with them?”
.:WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER ANOTHER RELIGION AFTER LEAVING JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES?
“I would like to know why a person should take the time to consider another religion after leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I have several family members in this religion that will not even speak to me now that I have left. I am so hurt that I really don’t feel like thinking about ‘God’ or ‘spirituality’ anymore. What should I do?” Continue reading “Why should I consider another religion after leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses”
I AM A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER AND ONE OF MY STUDENTS IS A JEHOVAH’S WITNESS. —How can I help my Jehovah’s Witness student feel welcome?
“I am a public school teacher and I have a young lady in my class whose father just informed me that they are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Please tell me what types of activities my Jehovah’s Witness student might not be allowed to participate in. As a geography teacher, I show many videos based upon subject matter describing different cultures. I don’t want to offend.” Continue reading “How can I help my student who is a Jehovah’s Witness?”
MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS AUNT IS FIGHTING CANCER AND IS VERY FEARFUL. HOW CAN I HELP HER?
“My aunt has been a Jehovah’s Witness for over 30 years and is battling with cancer. She is extremely fearful. I have experienced this cancer battle with my husband. We are both Christians who believe that the Bible is an open book to us as God speaks to us through it. What is my aunt facing relative to being a Jehovah’s Witness with cancer? How does a Jehovah’s Witness cope when she is faced with life threatening news? I’d like to know if she is able to obtain peace and comfort through her reading of the Bible and how this can be accomplished if its words are primarily for the 144,000? I hope that you can help me and pray for my aunt, not so much for her physical recovery, but for her spiritual deliverance.” Continue reading “My Jehovah’s Witness Aunt is fighting cancer and is very fearful. How can I help her?”
HOW CAN I REACH MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS SISTER?
“My sister converted to the Jehovah’s Witnesses years ago. I’ve tried to witness to her by sending letters and emails about the problems I’ve found with the Watchtower and why their beliefs will not lead her into eternal life.
However, she has not answered any of my correspondence and I wonder if she is even reading the letters. Now, I just found out that she is planning to attend a wedding with all of our other relatives. My hope is that when she is here, I will be able to have a talk with her about her faith. I am not sure how this will be accepted, but I’m thinking of showing her my New American Standard Bible and giving her examples of how her Bible has been changed. I have also studied Ron Rhodes, Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah’s Witnesses that provides questions to challenge Jehovah’s Witness’ thinking. Do you have any other suggestions?”
It is encouraging that you will get a chance to see your sister at the wedding. Will it be in a Christian church? If so, it is surprising that she will be there since Jehovah’s Witnesses are warned that churches are under the control of demons; so many are afraid that demons will jump on them if they enter a church. If indeed the ceremony is held in a church, you will need to be extra careful in the way that you approach her since she will automatically be on “guard” against what she would view as an “attack” on her beliefs from Satan. Continue reading “How Can I Reach My Jehovah’s Witness Sister?”
WHAT CAN I SAY TO MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS BROTHER?
I’m a Christian, but my brother is a Jehovah’s Witnesses. He started studying when he was about 19 years old. That was 21 years ago. Recently, we started an open dialogue about our beliefs.
It is frustrating at times. He seems so happy and sincere. I feel like he might be saved but just in this controlling organization. He seems to have an answer for everything. I love my brother but some of the things he says are ridiculous. I thought I knew my brother, but I had never really asked him about his faith. Now, I’m not sure I know my brother after all. I’m not sure how to help him. I’ve quoted John 14:6 about Jesus being “the Truth” and the only One we are to go through to get to God, but I don’t think he let himself really hear what that verse is saying. Do you have any suggestions on what I can say to get through to my brother? Continue reading “What Can I Say To My Jehovah’s Witness Brother?”
I’M FRUSTRATED! HOW CAN I GET THROUGH TO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES?
“I’m discouraged. It just seems like to me that there is NO WAY to reach Jehovah’s Witnesses. As an evangelical Christian, I do not want to slam my front door in their faces, like some people do. I really do want to talk them, but not on their terms—only on my terms. After all, the burden of proof lies with the one making the claim. They must prove to me that the true name for God is indeed “Jehovah.” They must prove to me that the Watchtower is God’s only true means of communication with mankind. At any rate, I have stayed awake at night trying to figure out a way to reach these people with convincing and powerful arguments from the Bible, and I come up with a blank slate every time. Perhaps you can give me an encouraging word.”
We truly do understand your frustration. We’ve been there many times. I think the mistake many make in trying to reach Jehovah’s Witnesses is thinking that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe what they do because it makes sense. While that may be true to some extent, it is only partially true. Continue reading “I’m frustrated! How can I get through to Jehovah’s Witnesses?”
HOW CAN I REACH MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS CO-WORKER – My Christian friends told me not to talk to Jehovah’s Witnesses, but my co-worker is one and we have become friends. What should I do?
“My job is one that teams people up with others in the workplace. I ended up working on a team with a Jehovah’s Witness and we have become good friends. It is funny how this worked out because when I was growing up, I was told by the Christian leaders in my church to never talk to Jehovah’s Witnesses. We were made to feel like any interaction with a Jehovah’s Witness was sinful and that we would be betraying God. So now, as I had already become friends with him before I know he was a Jehovah’s Witness, it is awkward for me. I do recognize that if Christians never open themselves up to talk to Jehovah’s Witnesses, they will never hear the truth. Yet, when I consider the things I have also been told by strong Christians whom I respect—things like the idea that Jehovah’s Witnesses will never change and that my faith can be damaged from interactions with them—I don’t know how to approach this situation. My friend has given me a Watchtower publication, which in the past, I always refused to accept at the door. Yet, he wants me to read an article in it. Since he is my personal friend and I care about his eternal destiny, it is much harder for me to be firm in saying, “No Thank-you.” Should I refuse to take this information? I am SO stressed out about “going head-to-head” so to speak, over our different faiths. He is much more intelligent, well studied, and better spoken than I am. I feel very intimidated. I know that God’s truth stands alone. Yet, I am afraid. Any help or counsel you could provide would be much appreciated. Thank you!” Continue reading “How Can I Reach My Jehovah’s Witness Co-Worker?”
HOW CAN I SHARE MY FAITH WITH JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES WITHOUT GETTING INTO AN ARGUMENT?
“This past Saturday, Jehovah’s Witnesses came to my door offering a ‘free home bible study’. I told them that I am comfortable in my Christian beliefs, but that I am always interested in a good “Bible study.” So, they asked me if they could come back at a more convenient time. I agreed and we set up an appointment for next week. To be honest, I am nervous. Although I am willing to talk to them, I do not feel strong enough in my faith to go ‘head-to-head’ with them on their beliefs. I am not a very confrontational person and I don’t like debating. Is there anything I can share with these Jehovah’s Witnesses that will not turn into an argument?” Continue reading “How can I share my faith with Jehovah’s Witnesses without getting into an argument?”
CAN YOU HELP ME REACH MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS FRIEND? If not, how can I witness to her?
“My friend is a Jehovah’s Witness and seems to have all the answers. I don’t feel prepared enough to defend my beliefs with her. If I give you her information, can you talk to her? If not, do you have suggestions of what I can say to her?” Continue reading “Can you help me reach my Jehovah’s Witness friend?”
WHAT CAN I MAIL TO A JEHOVAH’S WITNESS WHO WROTE ME A LETTER?
“I just received a letter from a Jehovah’s Witness who invited me to study the Bible with them. I don’t have time to study well enough to feel comfortable talking to this person face-to-face. Is there anything I can mail to this Jehovah’s Witness who sent me the letter?”
Thank you for asking about resources that are good to mail to Jehovah’s Witnesses. The fact that this Jehovah’s Witness took the time to write and invite you to do a “Bible Study” with them gives you an open door to share your faith through the mail, without feeling pressured to engage in face-to-face contact.
The advantage of corresponding through the mail and/or email versus face-to-face contact can be that it allows you more time to research their objections before you respond. On the other hand, corresponding can make it more difficult to convey emotion and a caring attitude as it is easier to just state the facts on paper and more difficult to see the Jehovah’s Witness’ emotional response to those facts. This can make it difficult to determine if the direction you are going in your witnessing is truly impacting the person. Continue reading “What can I mail to a Jehovah’s Witness who wrote me a letter?”
HOW SHOULD MY CHURCH MINISTER TO PRISON INMATES WHO ARE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES?
“We have a prison ministry in our church. Last week, our team talked with a Jehovah’s Witness inmate who seems to be open to the Word of God. We offered to do a Bible study with her and she is open to this, although she still believes that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have the truth. How can we minister to her in a way that will help her see the fact that Watchtower doctrine is wrong on the key essentials of salvation? Our ministry team is scheduled to visit this lady again next weekend. Do you have suggestions of what we can share with her?”
We are excited to see you and your church are reaching out to this Jehovah’s Witness prisoner with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the reasons Jehovah’s Witnesses are able to gain so many converts among inmates is due to the fact that they actively pursue prison ministry, offering their “free bible studies” to prisoners on a regular basis. In reality, these “bible studies” turn out to be nothing more than a study of one of their Watchtower publications that explains the Bible from their perspective (actually twists the meaning of Scripture to fit their unbiblical doctrines). Continue reading “How should my Church Minister to Prison Inmates who are Jehovah’s Witnesses?”
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE FOR COUNSELORS OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES?
“I’m a licensed counselor and my client is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. What advice would you give to a therapist/counselor working with current or former members of Jehovah Witnesses?”
We appreciate your request for information on how to best counsel current and former members of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading “What Advice Would You Give For Counselors Of Jehovah’s Witnesses?”
HOW CAN I OBTAIN OLD WATCHTOWER LITERATURE?
“I’m looking for documentation of Watchtower false prophecies, doctrinal changes, etc. Where can I obtain copies of old Watchtower literature to use in witnessing to my Jehovah’s Witness friends? Some of my Jehovah’s Witness friends refuse to look at old Watchtower literature. Do you have any suggestions on how I can overcome this objection?” Continue reading “How Can I Obtain Old Watchtower Literature?”
IF MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS FRIEND DOES NOT ACCEPT THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST, IS HE DESTINED FOR THE LAKE OF FIRE?
“I am a Christian. By this I mean I am a follower of Jesus Christ and a careful student of the Scriptures. I believe God’s Word is infallible and eternal, and I believe in the doctrine of the Trinity and Deity of Jesus Christ. A good friend of mine is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He does not believe in the Trinity and the idea that Jesus is Almighty God. He and I have debated these doctrines on a number of occasions and both of us have made some serious statements and stood our ground. I really admire this man for his commitment to study and his thirst for answers. If only his energy was focused in the direction of truth. He is convinced that the Jehovah’s Witness Bible, The New World Translation, ‘is truth’. His biggest stumbling blocks are found in the Scriptures that make Jesus’ subordinate to God the Father. He does not believe that Jesus is ‘uncreated and eternal,’ but that God created him as the greatest of His angels. I have not been able to adequately convince him otherwise. Are Jehovah’s Witnesses destined for the Lake of fire? Or will some spend eternity with God?” Continue reading “If my Jehovah’s Witness friend does not accept the deity of Jesus Christ, is he destined for the lake of fire?”
“WHY BELIEVE IN GOD?”- ANSWER TO AN EX-JW ATHEIST
“I write to you as an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness and current atheist. Quite frankly, I find your website astounding. You do a great job trashing those Watchtower Governing Body scammers, but then you lead your readers straight into another religion!
In my opinion, you are like paramedics doing your best to rescue people in some perilous situation and having rescued them, then administer poison to them. You may not have the numbers or the money of the Watchtower Society but you both claim to know for certain that there is a God up in the sky; you both claim to have an insight into what that God wants with regard to mankind; and as His chosen ones, you both claim the authority to tell other people how they should live their lives. So really, what’s the difference?! My goal is to sow seeds of doubt in the minds of religious people and encourage them to think rationally about why they believe what they do. I applaud your efforts in helping people free themselves from the tyranny of the Watchtower Society, but I find it so sad that you cannot then leave them free to decide for themselves whether or not to have a relationship with a God or a soccer ball or anything else!” Continue reading “Why Should I believe in God as an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness?”
.:HOW CAN I FIND SOMEONE TO STUDY THE BIBLE WITH ME?
“I have been studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses. When I found your website, I discovered that some of the beliefs that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have been teaching me are not accurate according to the Bible. I am confused and I really want to know what the Bible says. How can I find someone to meet with me and teach me how to study the Bible accurately?”
We appreciate your desire to know what the Bible says about how to know God and live a life that is pleasing to Him. Since our ministry is small and does not have enough staff to meet with you one-on-one, we recommend the ministry of The Navigators as well as the ministry of Bible Study Fellowship. They specialize in meeting people one-on-one to do home bible studies or meeting in small groups at local public places, and they have many staff and resources to help you learn how to study the Bible on your own. Here are a few of links to their websites that will help you:
STUDY THE BIBLE WITH A NAVIGATOR STAFF PERSON – Click on this map to find a Navigator staff person in your area to contact for a free home bible study. (www.navigators.org)
THE RACE BEGINS BIBLE STUDY TRAINING GUIDE – Read this Bible Study Training Manual to learn how to read and study the Bible on your own. (from navigators.org and pfi.org) “The Race Begins” is a program for those who have recently accepted Christ.
- Note: Even though this Bible study was first created to be used as a training guide to teach prison inmates about the Bible, it is still a good Bible study for ANYONE who wants to know more about the Bible.
If there are no Navigator staff people or Bible Study Fellowship groups in your area that are able to meet with you, you can always study the training manual linked above as well as visit a local Christian church in your area. A few guidelines that can help you find a good Christian church are given in this article: Continue reading “How can I find someone to study the Bible with me?”
.: I WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BIBLE SO I STARTED STUDYING WITH JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES. HAVE I BEEN DECEIVED?
“I just read Tammie’s story about her experiences in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and I couldn’t help but think that I might be blinded. I have been studying with a Jehovah’s Witness for a few months and reading their books. Before this, I was never religious at all. I am very naïve concerning religion and everything I know has been what I have learned through my studies with them. What I’m learning seems to make a lot of sense, but I want to be sure I am doing the right thing. Have I been deceived or are the Jehovah’s Witnesses accurately teaching me the Bible? Are your beliefs based entirely around the Bible? If so, what are your beliefs now and how do they differ from Jehovah’s Witnesses?” Continue reading “I wanted to learn more about the Bible so I started studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
.:I’M THINKING ABOUT GOING BACK INTO THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES BUT …I am still unsure if this is really ‘the Truth’ or not. Can you please help me?
“I’m thinking about going back to the Jehovah’s Witnesses again. I was a Jehovah’s Witness for many years, but I left due to various reasons, including hypocrisy. At one point, I was disfellowshipped and shunned by my Jehovah’s Witness friends for almost two years. Then, when I was reinstated back into the organization, I was never fully accepted by the brothers and sisters. I believe in Jehovah God, and I have been to various other churches. Yet, in spite of all I have seen in the organization, I still wonder if Jehovah’s Witnesses have ‘the Truth.’ Recently, an elder and his wife have been bringing me Watchtower magazines. So, last week, I decided to start another study with them to become active again, but I am still unsure if this is really ‘the Truth’ or not. Can you please help me?” Continue reading “I’m thinking about going back to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, BUT…”