I have not been able to find material on the Jehovah’s Witnesses that I thought could help the Church understand how to interact with these people, so I decided to make some original content below.

I. The Basic History of Jehovah’s Witnesses

In the United States, during the late 1800s, there was a movement within the Christian community that believed that the end of the world was coming. Within that group of people was a man whose name was Charles Taze Russell.

In order to share his thoughts of doom and gloom, he started a publishing company that still publishes two magazines to promote his belief system today. The names of the two magazines are Awake! and The Watchtower.

II. The Basic Theological Beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

A really long time ago, there was a man named Arius who lived in Alexandria. Arius was not an ordained minister, but was well respected as a public speaker and scholar within his community. Arius began promoting an idea that today is known in Church History as Arianism.

The leaders of the Church within the borders of the Roman Empire rejected Arianism as a heresy, and began promoting the concept of the Trinity (God is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), with (and at times without) the support of the Roman Emperors.

The Arian heresy argued that Jesus Christ was not God.

The Arian controversy encouraged people to believe that Jesus Christ was simply closer to God than anyone else. This doctrinal position that Arius developed in the fourth century CE was embraced and promoted by Charles Taze Russell in America in the late 1800s serves as the foundation of everything the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe today. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are simply using the wealth and resources of their followers in America to re-promote Arianism around the world.

This belief system has already occurred twice in the last 2,000 years before the Jehovah’s Witnesses began promoting it in America and around the world.

III. How To Share The Gospel With Jehovah’s Witnesses

There are a few things you need to understand about Jehovah’s Witnesses if you want to reach these people. So let me outline some steps to help you below.

#1. They are not listening to you at all.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are trained to ignore anything that has not been published in the Watchtower or Awake! magazines. The moment you disagree with what the Watchtower and Awake! magazines have to say, they stop listening to you.

How can we get around that? (I am so glad you asked!)

#2. You need to convince them the Watchtower does not have their best interests in mind.

How does this happen? The answer is pretty simple. Let me tell you something I learned the hard way about reaching Jehovah’s Witnesses. They are absolutely confused and/or terrified by the thought of actually experiencing the love and grace of God.

Let me give you a few examples of what I mean. Jehovah’s Witnesses take a huge amount of pride in their intellectual knowledge of God, but the idea of God manifesting His presence scares them. If they approach you and you begin talking about how God’s presence sometimes surrounds you and fills your heart and mind with peace to prove how much He loves you, they will become confused and/or terrified by what you are saying.

The simply reality is that “Jehovah” does not show people mercy or love. Jehovah commands and Jehovah demands, but Jehovah never gives peace of mind and rarely shares comfort with his followers.

We can actually use this to our advantage. The key to this involves using the Church growth strategies recommended in the Bible, instead of all the latest garbage ideas being exported by the American Church.

The Bible recommends that we reach out to friends and family (instead of strangers). So let me give you an example of how this is done. a long time I knew someone in a mixed marriage. The wife was a Jehovah’s Witness, and the husband was a Christian.

According to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, her husband was a servant of the Devil and God was going to kill him any moment…which really confused the woman and the Jehovah’s Witnesses she was associated with.

You see, in spite of how much “Jehovah” hated this Christian, the small business he owned and operated was growing on a regular basis. The Jehovah’s Witnesses could not understand how the wrath of God against this Christian could allow his business to prosper.

Jehovah had been making threats against the Christian for participating in a Satanic world system, and yet there were no negative consequences in the Christian’s personal life. This could only happen if…

…if…

(wait for it)

…if “Jehovah” was not able to punish unbelievers!

This is how God gets past all the Watchtower’s defenses that keep Jehovah’s Witnesses away from the truth about Jesus Christ, and if we are going to reach them, we need to watch for these kind of things to happen.

(The End)