Dealing with Jehovah's Witnesses

Yesterday I was visited by two Jehovah’s Witnesses. They gave me a copy of their Watchtower and Awake! magazines. They read from the Bible and said that they would be back later.

What is the best way to handle this situation?

here is a link to a research paper that explains the techniques used to convert, isolate, and keep subject the members of the Jehova’s witenesses.

freeminds.org/psych/beel.htm

Nice people…Different Jesus
st julie

I always keep some catholic literature around the house. When they arrive, I tell them that I’ll take their stuff, if they take mine with them. So far, none of them have ever taken ours. If they don’t want to exchange booklets, then no deal, and I close the door in their faces.

I would invite them in to pray a Rosary. They will break their necks leaving. Rosary: Powerful. This brings to mind one occasion where they came up into the yard. I have three dogs. Two big and one little. They were in the house because of the cold weather. They came up to the door and my dogs went ballistic. The only thing they could see was two big dogs with the little one in the middle trying their best to eat through the window. They debated whether they should even leave any litarature in the door. THey didnt, and I have never seen them gain…

Break out a bunch of Mary statues, Crucifixes, Saint Statues…a bunch of Catholic Literature, Catholic Books, the CCC and the Bible…Also have some Apologetics material on hand with the subject of the Apologetics being “How to deal with a JW”. THen try to convert them…I promise they won’t stay long. They will get mad and leave…or perhaps you can strike a nerve with them and they will stay and maybe want to become Catholic. The CCC is like Kryptonite for a Jehovah’s Witness.

[quote=bbobrzynski]Yesterday I was visited by two Jehovah’s Witnesses. They gave me a copy of their Watchtower and Awake! magazines. They read from the Bible and said that they would be back later.

What is the best way to handle this situation?
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[quote=bbobrzynski]Yesterday I was visited by two Jehovah’s Witnesses. They gave me a copy of their Watchtower and Awake! magazines. They read from the Bible and said that they would be back later.

What is the best way to handle this situation?
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Did you ask them to visit you? No. They just popped by unannounced. JWs at your door are like pop-up ads when you are surfing the Web. They are annoyances that are best dealt with by being blocked.

They have come to your door in the belief that since you are not a JW, you are in the grip of Satan and, if you do not convert and join their minority religion, you will be justly destroyed by “Jehovah” God’s wrath.

It’s kind of a no-win situation dealing with them when they come to your door. First, most Catholics do not understand the Bible well enough in order to refute their carefully fashioned “proof texting” arguments. Since they travel in pairs, one of the pair is usually quite skilled in how to respond to objections. They are trained how to do so during regular meetings down at the Kingdom Hall. It is a rare person who can stump them, and even if they did, the JW just runs back to the Elders and obtains an “answer” which they share with you upon their next visit. Second, if you do not pay them the 50 cents (or whatever) for their Awake and Watchtower publications, and send them away, they consider your rejection as a sign that they are right and you are wrong, since they are convinced (i.e., brainwashed) that only they are in the “truth”. If you take their literature, they interpret it as a sign of encouragement that you are open to being “converted” by them. They will record the information concerning their visit, and they, or some other JW, will drop by again really soon.

You have to ask yourself. Why am I a Catholic? You had better have good and strong reasons for being one, and not just superficial ones, or you will fall prey to their tactics.

Open up your Bible (if you have one)…if not, get one at your local bookstore or even at a store like Wal-Mart. Reflect upon these passages from scripture the next time you are bothered by these people: 1 John 4:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:15-19; 1 Timothy 6: 3-6; and most especially 1 Tiimothy 5: 13.

Most of all I urge you to know your Catholic faith and know it well. My brother is a JW elder. He was once a practicing Catholic but he and his wife got suckered into the JW’s because they didn’t know their Catholic faith. They just went through the motions of going to mass, saying a few formal prayers here and there. When the JW’s came to call they were easy targets.

While the JWs are nice people that mean well, the same can be said about the Moonies, and David Koresh’s group, and the Jim Jones people, and of course, the Heaven’s Gate adherents. Being a nice person doesn’t mean that what you believe is theological truth. Don’t fall for the love bombing. It is not about how you feel. Feelings change like the wind. The truth stands firm. If Jesus was led along by his feelings, he would have never gone through and endured Calvary for us all.

May you be enshrouded with the wisdom of God’s Holy Spirit, for HE (personal pronoun) is the SPIRIT OF TRUTH.

Hi:

My name is Jeff Schwehm. I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and converted to the Catholic Church a couple of years ago. I will be on The Journey Home on EWTN tomorrow evening at 7 PM Central Time to tell my conversion story.

I also run a website that has stories of other JWs who have converted to the Catholic Faith.

www.catholicxjw.com

Plus there are suggestions on how you might deal with JWs when they visit as well.

In any case, please watch tomorrow nite. The show is live and you can call in with questions or email questions to us.

Thanks,

Jeff Schwehm

Put a big statue of Mary by the door or in the living room with a votive candle burning. Then put on a gregorian chant cd when they show up. A little incense for that extra touch. They will get the picture.

[quote=jschwehm]Hi:

My name is Jeff Schwehm. I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and converted to the Catholic Church a couple of years ago. I will be on The Journey Home on EWTN tomorrow evening at 7 PM Central Time to tell my conversion story.

I also run a website that has stories of other JWs who have converted to the Catholic Faith.

www.catholicxjw.com

Plus there are suggestions on how you might deal with JWs when they visit as well.

In any case, please watch tomorrow nite. The show is live and you can call in with questions or email questions to us.

Thanks,

Jeff Schwehm
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God bless you “Brother” Jeff! Your story has offered me some hope that my brother and his family may one day be set free from the grip of the Watchtower Society. While I never became a JW or chose to study with them, I did join together for a time with other groups practicing similar control tactics (i.e., The International Churches of Christ, and a non-denominational Oneness Pentecostal group run by a charismatic and domineering leader).

My first visit to you all. Just tell them that you are a catholic, politely of course , and they will go away 99% of the time regards.

[quote=jschwehm]Hi:

My name is Jeff Schwehm. I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and converted to the Catholic Church a couple of years ago. I will be on The Journey Home on EWTN tomorrow evening at 7 PM Central Time to tell my conversion story.

I also run a website that has stories of other JWs who have converted to the Catholic Faith.

www.catholicxjw.com

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I look forward to hearing your story tomorrow night. I love The Journey Home - I’m a sucker for conversion stories.

Kris

One of my relatives converted to the JW’s from Catholicism. There are quite a few of them! This raises the question of why the JW
should be so attractive to Catholics.

I once had JWs come to my house every day for a week - as an atheist they saw me as a challenge!

They were well-dressed, polite, and with an obviously sincere desire to save my soul.

we had them round at our house when i was at work, they were informed it was a catholic household so they sent round 2 former catholics, they asked if i was interested in the true god,i said yes took them in sat down with them and opened my catechism asked them what they didn’t understand about god and his true church, they took of like a bat out of hell

[quote=davy39]I always keep some catholic literature around the house. When they arrive, I tell them that I’ll take their stuff, if they take mine with them. So far, none of them have ever taken ours. If they don’t want to exchange booklets, then no deal, and I close the door in their faces.
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I like your deal. Mabe i’ll do that too.:wink:

[quote=jschwehm] I will be on The Journey Home on EWTN tomorrow evening at 7 PM Central Time to tell my conversion story.

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Does Canada get the EWTN channel? If so, what channel would it be in British Columbia?..Any Vancouverites out there.:smiley:

It may be helpful if, when they come back, you answer the door wearing the full regalia of a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus (sword included, of course). :smiley:

Charity,

My house is three doors down from a Jehovah’s Witness “Church”, and in all my life I cannot recall them knocking on my door. Everyone always complains about them, and luckily I have never had to deal with it. Odd.

God Bless,
Elizabeth

I talked w/ a JW @ work. He always ate his lunch by himself. so I figured he could use some company. Little did I realize that they are NOT to have meals w/ “sinners”.

Anyways, he had me pegged as a typical WASP. When I told him I was Catholic, he had to retool.

Hi Jeff…I caught the last half an hour of A Journey Home tonight and I am praying a recap is on later on this evening!! Thanks for sharing!!

My best friend is a JW. We have had many fruitless debates…she is not going to convert me and vice versa (there’s always hope though right?). We have had many deep deep conversations, and sometimes had to stop, before one of us passed out.

As you may know, the memorial they hold for Jesus’s death is coming up soon. She invited me, saying she would call a local kingsom hall, to make sure I felt welcomed. (of course I asked her about this one time…genuinely curious). I have no intention of going.

She gave me a copy of her bible, and I compared with mine, noting all the differences that change the theology of our “religions”.

I tried to learn as much as I could about their religion and what they believe and why, that way I could defend my precious faith against the lies of JW organization. My friend was born into a JW family, and really has had no chance to hear any truth…outside of what she has been brainwashed to believe.

So, in learning all I could, I am able to have decent, humane, charitable conversations with her, and any JW’s that come to my door.

I will never slam a door in their face, Christ never turned away the chance to evangelize. I will never talk rudely to them, as Christ said “Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me”, I will never turn my back on them, because Christ died for all of us, even the JW’s (although they may not realize it). I don’t bargain with them, I refute their claims, and when they leave, they leave my house with a silent unknown blessing from me to them. They will leave with a seed planted in their mind and heart, hopefully.

Blessings to you!!

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