As a former Jehovah's Witness who spent many years going from door to door it was
relatively rare for Christians to engage in a meaningful discussion with me.  However, those
that did made a very huge impact.  Unfortunately, it was even more rare for a Catholic Christian
to engage in meaningful dialogue with me.  This is even more tragic since Catholics have the
fullness of the Christian faith and really have the most to offer to Jehovah's Witnesses.

If you have a heart for sharing the Gospel, these visits from the Jehovah's Witnesses give you
an opportunity to do this without even leaving your home.  Below are some suggestions to
assist you in getting ready to share the Gospel with your Jehovah's Witness neighbors.

1.  Prayer:  Pray regularly and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the grace to share the Gospel
with your Jehovah's Witness friends effectively.  Also pray that the Lord will soften the heart of
your Jehovah's Witness friends to hear the Gospel too.
2.  Receive the Sacraments frequently:   The sacraments give us life.  Without them we have
nothing to give to others who need to learn about the Lord.
3.  Read Scripture:  If you are ignorant of scripture you are ignorant of our family story as the
people of God and you are as St. Jerome said "ignorant of Christ".

Presenting the Gospel to Jehovah’s Witnesses

There are three major points that Catholics can share with Jehovah’s Witness visitors
effectively. Choose one of the following points to share and remain on this topic with them
during the visit:

1.   All Christians are children of God and will spend eternity with Christ:  The Jehovah’s
Witness teach that only 144,000 people are considered sons and  daughters of God.  The
144,000 have the hope of going to heaven to be glorified with Jesus for eternity.  The rest of
the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not sons and daughters of God but merely friends of God who
have the hope of living forever in paradise on earth.  This is clearly contrary to scripture.  (See
Romans 8:14-17)

2.   No one can predict the Second Coming of Christ:  The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that
Jesus returned invisibly in the year 1914 A.D. and that their first leader, Charles T. Russell
predicted this.  They also teach that the time of the end of the world began in that year. This is
clearly contradicted in scripture.  (See Matthew 24:23,24; Luke 21:8)


3.   Jesus is not Michael the Archangel:  The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Jesus is Michael
the Archangel.  This teaching is clearly contradicted in scripture.  (See Hebrews 1:5,6) If a
Jehovah’s Witness realizes that scripture does not support the belief that Jesus is Michael the
Archangel, it will help them to ask questions about the true identity of Jesus.


For a more in-depth discussion of these three points from a Catholic perspective, I recommend
the book Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses by Jason Evert (See the link below if you would like
to purchase this book.)
                   
Witnessing for Christ

You have prepared to share Christ with Jehovah’s Witnesses. How should you proceed the
next time you receive a visit?  

1.  Your Jehovah’s Witness visitor will have a short presentation prepared for you.  This
presentation is usually dealing with some piece of literature they want you to read.  Allow them
to complete their short presentation.  This way your visitor will be more likely to listen to your
message without worrying about how he will complete his presentation.

2.  When the Jehovah’s Witness’ presentation is complete, you will be asked if you want to
accept the literature.  I do not recommend accepting the literature because you will probably
be asked to make a donation.  The money from the literature finances their religious
organization.  As Catholics, we do not want our money to go to a religious organization that
teaches false doctrine.

3.  Politely refuse to accept the literature and tell your Jehovah’s Witness visitors that you have
a message for them.  Have a copy of the Bible handy and share with your Jehovah’s Witness
friend one of the points listed above.  For example you could share with them the following
scripture:

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit
of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry,
"Abba, Father!"  The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if
children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that
we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8: 14-17

4.  Explain to your Jehovah’s Witness friend what this scripture means to you.  Tell them how
the Lord has adopted you as his child.  Usually, the Jehovah’s Witness in his presentation will
mention the hope of living forever in paradise on earth.  Tell him that you have no interest in
living forever in the paradise that he has described because your hope is to be with Jesus
forever.  

5.  There is no need to argue with your Jehovah’s Witness visitor or even to go scripture
hopping with him.  Never attack your Jehovah’s Witness visitor personally.  Remember your
Jehovah’s Witness visitor has been deceived by his religious leaders.  When you have made
your point and shared your message simply excuse yourself and end the discussion.  

6.  After the discussion, pray for their conversion.  

The impact that a prepared Christian with the message of truth can make on a Jehovah’s
Witness missionary, is enormous.  

Once when I was visiting the door of a Christian, I gave my Jehovah’s Witness presentation on
the hope of living forever in paradise on earth.  This man told me in a very calm and loving way
that his hope was not to live forever in paradise on earth but to live forever in heaven with
Jesus.  He then added, “And I cannot think of a better place I’d rather be than that, including a
paradise earth.”  

Even though I was a Jehovah’s Witness, I knew that being in the presence of Christ for eternity
was better than eternal life in paradise on earth.  I became speechless after this simple
comment and left.  My Jehovah’s Witness colleague who accompanied me that day turned to
me after we left and said, “I think that man had a Holy Spirit or something.”  

Our Holy Father is asking us to contribute to the “new evangelization” of the world.  We can
make a contribution to this “new evangelization” by giving a good witness to our Jehovah’s
Witness friends.  The strategy outlined above should help you to get started in witnessing to
them successfully.  
Witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses At Your Door