You know how it happens. Your doorbell rings at the least convenient time imaginable, and there are the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs), wanting to talk about the future of the world.
Do you pretend not to be in? Do you say, ‘No thank you, I’m a Christian’? Or do you welcome it as a God-given opportunity to share the gospel with lost sinners? This book will encourage you to try and reach the ‘forgotten mission field’ (p.107) that’s literally on your doorstep.
As a former member of the movement — or better, cult — Tony Brown offers valuable insights into the JWs’ mindset, terminology, practices, and techniques. He brings out the sinister influence which the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society exercises over its adherents. Because of its claims to be the world’s only custodian of the true gospel and the only valid interpreter of Scripture, they must give it their total allegiance if they want any chance of receiving everlasting life.
A potted history of the organisation covers its foundation by Charles Taze Russell in 1881 and its massive expansion after the Second World War. Attention is drawn to its impressive back catalogue of failed prophecies concerning the date of Christ’s return, the resurrection of believers, and the Battle of Armageddon.
The majority of the book is used to address eight key areas where JWs have departed from orthodox Christianity: the name of God, the deity of Christ, the Person of the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of the Trinity, the way of salvation, the age to come, the resurrection of Christ, and the translation of the Scriptures.
As well as describing the JWs’ teachings, the author provides advice on how to handle these topics in conversation: questions to ask, passages to turn to, illustrations to use, and simple ways of explaining the true, biblical doctrine. If they’re taken to heart and remembered, these tips should give the believer a little more confidence next time the door is knocked on a Saturday morning.
Brown maintains that, as well as being able to explain and defend the truth, those who want to lead JWs to the Lord will need ‘CPR’ (p.101): care, prayer, and resolve. Christians with the required maturity should be ready to spend time with them and show a loving concern for their souls — which is more important than winning every argument. He recommends giving personal testimony to your relationship with God and your assurance of salvation through Christ. ‘You have what they are searching for, so do not keep it to yourself’ (p.104).
Sharing the Gospel with a Jehovah’s Witness is a short and simple primer on the subject, which can be read in one or two sittings. There is much that isn’t covered, but it provides a good starting point which should embolden the Lord’s people ‘to get from behind the sofa and open the door’ (p.3).