Because Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jehovah is the ultimate authority, the key to this relational approach is to present the plan of salvation as a command of Jehovah.
Jehovah’s Witnesses need to see that Jehovah wants them to come to Jesus to get their sins forgiven. They need to know that they are obeying Jehovah God if they come to Jesus for forgiveness and that they are disobeying Jehovah God if they don’t. This is the core of the approach. If your encounter with the Witnesses is a one-time meeting or if you sense that the Witnesses you are talking to are ready for it, concentrate on this point. Continue reading
When you talk in terms of coming to Jesus for salvation, Jehovah’s Witnesses are puzzled. Jesus isn’t on earth any more so we can’t get on a plane and go to him.
I have found the biggest barrier to be this:
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that it would be sinful and idolatrous to pray to Jesus.
Christians sometimes ask Jehovah’s Witnesses if they have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Some of them will say yes because they do believe that Jesus is “the savior,” but in reality that’s Christian lingo and they have no idea what you are talking about.
Jehovah’s Witnesses have no personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. They don’t claim to. They don’t think such a thing is desirable or even possible. Rather than coming directly to Jesus for salvation, Witnesses rely on their dedication and service to the organization they think he has chosen to represent him on earth—the Watchtower Society. Continue reading
The Watchtower prohibits Jehovah’s Witnesses from celebrating holidays because of their supposed pagan origins and because Jesus said that his followers are no part of the world (John 15:19).
Want specifics? Here’s what the Watchtower book Reasoning from the Scriptures has to say: Continue reading