How can I share my faith with Jehovah’s Witnesses without getting into an argument?

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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?”

Our Christian daughter is dating a Jehovah’s Witness and converting to that religion. What advice can you give us?

Wedding DressOUR CHRISTIAN DAUGHTER IS DATING A JEHOVAH’S WITNESS AND IS IN THE PROCESS OF CONVERTING. WHAT CAN WE DO?

“We raised our daughter in a Christian home but now at 18 years old, she has begun to date a Jehovah’s Witness. He has impressed her with his ‘Bible knowledge’ and has convinced her to ‘study’ his religion with one of the ladies from his Kingdom Hall.

We asked her if she would be willing to check this religion out before she gets into it.  She claims that she has already checked it out because she is on chapter eight of the book they are “studying” with her.  When we tried to give her your website article: I’M STUDYING WITH JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I GET BAPTIZED?, she threw it back in our face saying that she won’t read it because it is ‘apostate’ information. We don’t know what to do! It is like she already has her mind made up and doesn’t care what we present to her.  Right now, we feel it is all about the boy.  She is mad at us because she thinks we are trying to stand in the way of her ‘true love.’  She is doing whatever it takes to get this guy. He is almost 20 years old, not in school and doesn’t even have a job.  What a loser!  Here she is a senior in high school with straight A’s, in advanced placement classes, combined with community college classes, but none of that matters to her.  She is willing to throw all this away to be with this guy. What can we do?”

OUR RESPONSE:

Dear friend,

We feel for you in this situation with your daughter. Unfortunately, what happened to your daughter is not that uncommon.  The teenage daughter filled with unstable hormones and emotional insecurities meets a handsome, young Jehovah’s Witness man who is able to dazzle her with his confident persona and “Bible knowledge.”  Before you know it, your daughter is hooked! Continue reading “Our Christian daughter is dating a Jehovah’s Witness and converting to that religion. What advice can you give us?”

I’m Engaged To Marry A Jehovah’s Witness. What are the Pros and Cons of a Relationship with a Jehovah’s Witness?

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 I’M ENGAGED TO MARRY A JEHOVAH’S WITNESS. WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH A JEHOVAH’S WITNESS?

I am a Christian who is engaged to marry a woman who was raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses but she is not a devout member herself. Her mother and step-father are very active in the Watchtower organization. She does have bible study with her mother and a few of her friends who are also Jehovah’s witnesses. My question is what would be the pro’s and con’s in terms of a relationship with a Jehovah’s Witness? Would it be more negative than positive in a marriage? Continue reading “I’m Engaged To Marry A Jehovah’s Witness. What are the Pros and Cons of a Relationship with a Jehovah’s Witness?”

My Husband just Converted to the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I feel like our marriage is falling apart. What can I do?

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MY HUSBAND JUST CONVERTED TO THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES. I FEEL LIKE OUR MARRIAGE IS FALLING APART. WHAT CAN I DO?

“My husband is in the process of being recruited to the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He started studying the Jehovah’s Witness religion with a female co-worker at his job.  He has been doing these “bible studies” without my knowledge for several months now.

I was shocked when I first discovered this and felt betrayed and blindsided by the news.  He is now refusing to attend church with the kids and me because he thinks that our church isn’t teaching the correct information.  I feel like our marriage is spiraling out of control.  It is heartbreaking to see how ingrained their teachings are in him.  He doesn’t even act like the same person he once was.  He has become so devoted to the Jehovah’s Witnesses that he spends most of his time with them and rarely spends time with us. He was raised in a Christian church, but I’m afraid that he never really got the message there.  I am concerned about our children and the influence he will have on them.  Our children are asking questions as to why daddy isn’t going to church with us anymore. He is open to doing a “bible study” with me, but our discussions about religion always seem to get into heated arguments when I point out the discrepancies in the Jehovah’s Witness teachings.  If I attempt to question anything about it, he turns defensive and treats me like I am an idiot.  The most upsetting part about this is that I went to a Christian college and I have studied these things extensively.  He, on the other hand, has not received any formal education in religion, but yet, he thinks he has it all figured out and that I don’t know what I am talking about. I am hurting and feel like I am causing division for the kids, but I cannot go along with his devotion to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Nor do I want my children to be used as pawns between us. I am afraid that next thing he will do is to insist that the kids go with him to the Kingdom Hall. What can I do to protect them? How do I make this work without jeopardizing our kids or hurting our marriage relationship further?  I love my husband but I am at my wits end on what to do next.” Continue reading “My Husband just Converted to the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I feel like our marriage is falling apart. What can I do?”

Help! My Jehovah’s Witness Boyfriend left me to return to the Kingdom Hall

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.:MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS BOYFRIEND LEFT ME TO RETURN TO THE KINGDOM HALL.  I Am Hurt, What Do I Do Now?

“I was dating someone who converted to the Jehovah Witness last year.  He found out later that there were a lot of things that the Kingdom Hall did not explain to him until after he got baptized.  On the side, he was still secretly seeing me and hanging out with me.  Other Jehovah’s Witness at the Hall saw his car over at my place and they reported it to the elder.  Then, the elder got involved and warned him that he needed to break up with me.

He told me privately that he was going to leave the Watchtower organization because he didn’t agree with a lot of the things that were going on there.  So, he asked me to go online and print out information that would prove them wrong.  When I showed him the information that they are a cult, he took it to the elder who spoke with him for 5 hours!  When he came back to talk to me, he had a change of heart and said that he was going to stay with the Kingdom Hall.  He said that the elder explained away everything I told him about and he warned him not to believe everything he reads on the Internet.  He then told him that he needs to get rid of his past which was meI am so hurt how he lead me on all this time, had me thinking that we were going to be together and how he was going to leave the Hall.  So now when I speak with him, he’s cold, brief and very, very short and doesn’t have much to say to me any more.  I am so hurt, I feel like I’ve wasted so much time and had been mislead from all the lies he told me. I don’t know what else to do.” Continue reading “Help! My Jehovah’s Witness Boyfriend left me to return to the Kingdom Hall”

My Jehovah’s Witness girlfriend stopped dating me. What can I do?

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.:MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS GIRLFRIEND STOPPED DATING ME BECAUSE I AM NOT A BAPTIZED JEHOVAH’S WITNESS.  WHAT CAN I DO?

“I read your website article where you discussed the pros and cons of a relationship with a Jehovah’s Witness. I agree with you that the Bible warns that a Christian should not marry outside of the Christian faith. However, I was raised Catholic and I have been dating a lady who was also raised Catholic but who had converted along with her parents to the Jehovah’s Witnesses several years ago.  Now, my girlfriend and I have been in love with each other for the past several years, but the principles and rules of her Jehovah’s Witness religion and her parents are against our relationship. They think that I am not a believer in Jehovah because I am Catholic, and their religion dictates that she cannot marry outside of the Jehovah’s Witness faith. Continue reading “My Jehovah’s Witness girlfriend stopped dating me. What can I do?”

Jehovah’s Witness View of Bible Study

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.:ARE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES ALLOWED TO STUDY THE BIBLE BY ITSELF?

“I am studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses, and one thing I read on your website said that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to study the Bible on their own without Watchtower literature. However, the Jehovah’s Witness brothers I study with often encourage me to read and study the Bible whenever I get the chance, even if I’m by myself. So, why would they encourage me to read and study the Bible by myself if they had something to hide? Even at the meetings, we are not just told about the Scriptures, we are instructed to look them up with the brother who is teaching us, and he goes through the Scriptures in detail so that nothing is missed. We are all encouraged to read the Bible by ourselves, all the way through from Genesis to Revelation. I would like to know who told you the wrong information you have on your website about Jehovah’s Witnesses?” Continue reading “Jehovah’s Witness View of Bible Study”

Angie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I grew up in a very dysfunctional family. My mother was a teenage runaway that used prostitution to live and support her addictions. My father is not known. Almost immediately after birth, the state placed me with my maternal grandmother. As I grew older I realized the things I had heard about my mother started close to home. My grandmother and other family also had drug and alcohol addictions. I desperately craved normalcy. I hadn’t been brought up in church, but we always had a Bible around the house, so I tried to “be good” by reading it. Continue reading “Angie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Ashton – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I was born and raised as a third generation Jehovah’s Witness.  My biological mother was only 14 years old.  Her father, my grandfather, said he could not raise another baby—especially one without a father—without any help.  He was already a single father trying to raise 3 children alone.  His wife, my grandmother, was institutionalized; so my biological mother was forced to give me up for adoption. Continue reading “Ashton – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses on Spiritual Adoption

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QUESTIONS FOR JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES ON SPIRITUAL ADOPTION – Presenting the Gospel of Salvation

1.  What does a person have to do before he can understand the things of God?

  •  1 Corinthians 2:14-15: “But a physical man does not receive the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot get to know [them], because they are examined spiritually. However, the spiritual man examines indeed all things…” **

2.  According to Romans 8:9, how does a person change from “physical” to “spiritual”? Continue reading “Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses on Spiritual Adoption”

Margery – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF MARGERY

I was a housewife who had no church background and no particular religious beliefs when the Jehovah’s Witnesses came into my life.  I didn’t know that there was someone (a Creator) who had made this world and the universe we live in.

My story begins one Wednesday morning while preparing the family’s midday meal back in 1957.  That morning a knock came on the door and when I answered it, two young ladies stood there.  They told me that there was a Creator who had brought us into being, and they told me about Adam and the fall of man through his sin of disobedience, that because of that, death had passed upon all mankind.  Then, they then gave me a book called, The good news of the Kingdom, which they asked me to read, and made an appointment to come visit me again.  I told them to come again about this time the following Wednesday, and after reading their book which seemed like the promise of paradise on earth, I eagerly looked forward to their next visit.  I even went next door to tell my neighbors about the Witnesses’ visit, but they only scoffed at what I told them. Continue reading “Margery – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Joe H – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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When I was eight-years-old my Mother was in the midst of a crisis. Her marriage of 21 years was coming apart. She needed a word from God, the “Bread of Life.” Rather she got “sawdust,” something that filled but did not nourish. A woman visitor had walked down the sandy road of our Arkansas Ozark home in the woods and convinced Mom that Jehovah’s Witnesses believed the same as her father. He had been a follower of Charles Taze Russell and his Watchtower Society.

After Dad deserted us, Mom’s brother, Al Gordon, who claimed to be among the exclusive 144,000 going to heaven, moved us to Wichita, Kansas. There we became firmly involved with the JW congregation that met in a second story meeting hall in the seedy side of downtown.

At the age of 9 I carried a card that proclaimed me to be “an ordained minister of the Gospel, ordanined by Jehovah Himself.” My mother married Ray Alexander, a life-long Jehovah’s Witness who was held in high regard at the Kingdom Hall. Our home was dominated by anxiety. Measure up. Be faithful to the end. Study your Watchtower lesson. Do your book study. Don’t be close friends with anyone “worldly.” (Anyone who was not a Jehovah’s Witness was worldly.) Get your field service time in. (At least 10 hours a month knocking on doors.) Turn in your weekly field service report. Be ready for Armageddon; it will happen any day. Continue reading “Joe H – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Dialogue 7: Your decision to serve God- Loyalty to Jehovah or loyalty to an organization?

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(WDGR Lesson 16: “Your Decision to Serve God”)

What is involved in “making sure of all things”? Is “doubt” a ploy that Satan uses to break our loyalty to Jehovah God? Is the Watchtower organization the “ark” of safety? Where did you learn the truth? Didn’t Jesus say a disciple is not above his teacher? If the Watchtower organization isn’t the truth, where else can we go to find accurate knowledge of truth and eternal life?1.

 

KAREN: Cindy, I was reading in the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us? about what I must do in order to become a “friend of God,”2. and I have a question.

CINDY: Yes, Karen?

Continue reading “Dialogue 7: Your decision to serve God- Loyalty to Jehovah or loyalty to an organization?”

Dialogue 7a: Who is the “faithful and discreet slave?” Part 1

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(WDGR LESSON 14: “How Jehovah’s Witnesses are Organized?”)

Does Jehovah God lead His people through an organization? What does history reveal? Does the Watchtower’s “Governing Body” arrangement follow first-century Christianity?

 

 

Continue reading “Dialogue 7a: Who is the “faithful and discreet slave?” Part 1″

Dialogue 3b: Is the Watchtower Organization a cult? Part 2

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(WDGR LESSON 4: “Who is the Devil?”)

(CONTINUED FROM A PREVIOUS DIALOGUE)

CINDY: Karen, last week, you mentioned that your mom is concerned about the fact that you are studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses because she is afraid that the Watchtower organization is a cult. I showed you the February 15, 1994 issue of The Watchtower in which the Society describes what cults are and proves that Jehovah’s Witnesses are not a cult.

KAREN: Yes, Cindy, you had brought up the fact that the Society states: “Cult leaders are known to use manipulative methods to control the minds of their followers”1. and we had discussed how even though the Watchtower denies using manipulative methods to control the minds of their followers, they control what Jehovah’s Witnesses think and believe by claiming that “independent thinking is evidence of pride.”2. I had asked, if personal judgment of determining Scriptural truth is viewed as pride against God, how can this not be a means of controlling what people believe? Continue reading “Dialogue 3b: Is the Watchtower Organization a cult? Part 2”

Dialogue 3a: Is the Watchtower Organization a cult? Part 1

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(WDGR LESSON 4: “Who is the Devil?”)

Are personal opinions and independent thinking condemned by God? How can Christian unity exist in a religion that allows its members to disagree on spiritual issues? Do true Christians need the guidance of an organization to understand the Bible? What are the mental manipulation techniques of a cult? Continue reading “Dialogue 3a: Is the Watchtower Organization a cult? Part 1”