Want to get a Jehovah’s Witness to listen instead of argue? There’s a simple way to do that. Questions, ask the right question and you’ll get his or her wheels spinning. Ask the wrong question and it’ll end up in a game of bible ping pong that quickly goes nowhere.
How do I know this? Simple. I was a Jehovah’s Witness for sixteen years for starters. And I was asked this question while I was door knocking full time. It worked on me, it can work for you too!
It’s important to remember–doctrine’s don’t save, only Jesus saves. Put doctrines on the back burner. You’ll get nowhere with them. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Most Jehovah’s Witnesses are not willing to engage in debate, most are so indoctrinated we can’t reach them. The key to waking up a Jehovah’s Witness is to help them see the Watchtower is not God’s chosen organization. It is not the “One true Religion” like they claim. How do we do that?
It’s important and imperative not to attack the Watchtower. No matter how much you’d like to, no matter how much ammunition you may have. They will instantly view you as not only a hater and apostate (even if you never were one of Jehovah’s Witnesses) but they will also view you as being “used by the devil” to take them “out of the truth”. All your well thought out arguments will fall on deaf ears, as they say “we are not here to argue or debate” or “we are looking for sheep-like people” (meaning someone who will gullibly swallow everything they say, not questioning anything).
The key is showing them that what the Watchtower teaches does not agree with the Bible. There are thousands if not millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses who honestly believe they are serving God by peddling those magazines door to door. Once they find out, some of the more honest hearted actually do go and investigate, either looking up the information or asking their elders (think Pastor or Minister).
I’ve used this question successfully with scores of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and it has caused them to leave the Watchtower. To be totally honest they were only bible students, not yet baptized, and still had some thinking ability. It is much harder with someone who has already taken the plunge. By that time they are totally indoctrinated. More on that later.
The key question is this–What would you do, (pause for emphasis, it reels them in, getting them to stop arguing and listen) if you found out, that what the Watchtower teaches is not what the bible teaches?? Who would you obey? Jehovah God or the Watchtower? (They like it, and view you more favorably if you use Jehovah God rather than just God)
When I was asked this question, I answered honestly, I was honestly interested only in truth. I said I would change my religion! And I sincerely meant that! (a different topic was used so more on this later) Most Jehovah’s Witnesses will say the Watchtower does not disagree. (They don’t know this teaching although it is “official”) So ask again, what if it did? Then what? Jehovah God or the Watchtower organization? If they say Jehovah God, then great! You can start showing them. If they refuse to answer, or change the subject, it might just be a lost cause. Many of them are just not willing to listen, they don’t want to know. Some of them say they’d rather be in the watchtower right or wrong than be out!!
The Scripture I use is 1 Tim 2:5, 6 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, (NIV)
Ask them is Jesus your mediator? (They will say yes) Then tell them how happy you are to hear that. Everybody loves a little praise. Tell them Jesus is your mediator too and that you agree on this. (Finding a point of agreement is also very helpful).
Then you can led the hammer drop. It’s a shame the watchtower does not agree with this bible teaching. Instead the Watchtower says Jesus is the Mediator only for the 144,000. So who then is the mediator for the great crowd?
It’s important to have the Watchtower quotes to show them this, otherwise they will typically call you a liar, or if they are nicer, they will tell you that you don’t know what you are talking about, and direct you to their website. The fabulous part of that is, the actual watchtower quotes are found on their website!
Another important point, always, always, use the latest Watchtower quotes. Jehovah’s Witnesses have this thing called “new light”, for when their teachings change. So older quotes just won’t work, and they will view you as an apostate or tell you that you’ve gone to “apostate sites” because the older quotes are not found online. (Watchtower is making older publications no longer available, whitewashing their history and older teachings.)
The latest quotes should be present first. 2014 watchtower and 2013 watchtower along with their “Insight into the Scriptures” (a 2 volume set, think encyclopedia of accepted teachings)
- The October 2014 Watchtower magazine says that Jesus is only the mediator for those in the new covenant and only the 144,000 are in the new covenant. The article clearly lays it out. So right on Jw.org you can see Jesus is not your mediator as a Jehovah’s Witness.
Par. 15 After instituting the Lord’s Evening Meal, Jesus made a covenant with his faithful disciples, often referred to as the Kingdom covenant. (Read Luke 22:28-30.) Unlike other covenants, in which Jehovah is one of the parties to the covenant, this is a personal covenant between Jesus and his anointed followers.
Par. 16 Thus, the Kingdom covenant is made with the 144,000 anointed Christians.
2. That faithful slave is the channel through which Jesus is feeding his true followers in this time of the end.
It is vital that we recognize the faithful slave. Our spiritual health and our relationship with God depend on this channel.—Matt. 4:4; John 17:3.”
3. “He mediates the new covenant between God and those taken into the new covenant, the congregation of spiritual Israel. The total number of those who are finally and permanently sealed is revealed in Revelation 7:4-8 as 144,000.” Insight on the Scriptures, Volume 2 p.362 Mediator
After you have presented the quotes, encourage them to ask their elders. They may look puzzled. This is because they are realizing you cannot be lying while encouraging them to ask questions or research this.