In our neighborhood we have been visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. I am never sure how to handle these visits. We are always nice and even offer them bottles of water. Ultimately, I don’t think I have handled these visits very well. What should I do in these situations?
Can any of you relate to this? I know I can. Below is my response. I would love any additional insight and advice you may have as you read. Please comment below. . .
Thank you for your question and your desire to be intentional in your neighborhood. I know God will bless and honor ANY attempt to seize an opportunity for His name to be proclaimed. At the end of the day, there is no wrong way to try to share the truth of the Gospel. The only wrong way is to NOT DO IT!
When it comes to seizing an opportunity with Mormons and/or Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s), let me recommend you do 5 things:
#1. Have a general knowledge/understanding of what they believe.
There is an INCREDIBLE website for Christians wanting to learn more about other religions, beliefs, denominations, etc. You can go there by clicking here
. The site is carm.org
. It stands for Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM). Go here
to find out all you want about what Jehovah’s Witnesses
believe. Go here
to find out about Mormon’s
and what they believe. It is an extremely reliable and helpful resource. I would encourage you to spend a little time getting a bit of the basics down about what they believe. (carm.org
even provides videos that present a short snapshot of what these two religions profess to believe).
I would also encourage you to get this book
by Thom Rainer. The book
includes fascinating accounts of people from a variety of religious backgrounds who were converted to Christianity. Chapter 1 deals with a converted Mormon and chapter 5 a JW. Not only are the stories inspirational and encouraging, they also shed insight in how to share the Gospel with each. I highly recommend the book
#2. Regularly pray for them and future opportunities.
a. Pray for God to send them by your home again.
b. Pray for God to give you the ears to hear as they talk.
c. Pray for God to give you the words to use to share the truth.
d. Pray for God to open the hearts to the truth.
e. When they walk away from your home, pray for God to save them.
#3. If possible, make time for their visit.
This may NOT be possible every time they come to the door. But if it can be, stop what you are doing and invite them in (when appropriate), or invite them to sit on the front porch with you. Take time to listen to them. Listen for cues. Listen for things you share in common about your faith. Listen because you care about them and listen so you will have earned the right to be heard when it’s your turn.
#4. Always, always, always steer and keep the conversation focused and directed on the biblical Jesus.
Though evangelical Christians differ drastically from JW’s and Mormons on many issues – the primary & most important differentiation is on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. For specifics regarding what Mormons believe about Jesus, click here
. For JW’s understanding of Jesus, click here
. The Jesus we know from the Bible differs drastically from the one taught by these two religions. Ask them questions about their understanding of Jesus. Press them on what you know the Bible says about Jesus. Ask them if they were to die and stand before God, how would they know they were going to heaven (if they mention anything else or in addition to faith in the finished work of Jesus – it is NOT right!). Not only will this help them be confronted with truth, right faith in the right Jesus is the ONLY way to be saved.
#5. Be prayerful, gracious, kind, & firm.
Though ideal, you probably are not going to see them “stop, drop, and repent” right there on the spot. It would be great – sure. But that’s probably not going to happen. In this kind of situation, a “win” would be for them to leave your house questioning some of their own beliefs about what the truth is – especially as it relates to Jesus. If you have prompted some thoughts for them to take with them in their heads as they walk away, definite “win.” It is also a good idea to stay kind and gracious. Brag on their zeal for proselytizing what they believe to be true. Let’s be honest – we evangelicals can learn something from these people! Ask how you might pray for them. If they are out walking your neighborhood, offer them a cold bottle of water. But always be firm on what you believe about the sufficiency of Jesus’ work on the cross. Be clear on what you believe the Bible teaches about His Person and Character and Divine Nature. Leave them with a good taste of truth about Jesus.
I hope this helps. Keep on sharing! God will honor it and use you to bring others to Him for salvation!!!
Let me know how I might be of more help in the future.
What else would YOU add to this list??