It was JW week again this week, and I applied some things that I’ve learned from some recent reading and the online sites to my prepared paper – and to my attitude and commentary.
Although it’s not difficult to sense the hatred waft off of her in waves when certain groups are mentioned, I didn’t know that hatred of those groups was taught to Witnesses, as a positive thing. It is. (Clergy, Jews, Adam & Eve – to name a few).
Although I had heard her discuss the persecution of JW, I thought she was using it as a selling point. Maybe she is – but it, again, is something they emphasize to themselves. As is their “free gift” of study time. I had no idea it was such a big deal…. after all, I study with women all the time who “freely give” each other their time.
Usually my prepared stuff isn’t bad, but then when I talk, I’m just me. So I need a little help to get into people’s backgrounds, get into their heads, learn the rules of their culture, so that I can communicate to them more effectively. With JW, in particular, there are several red-button topics to avoid like fire. Our chat this week went much better (and I was able to present the gospel) because I avoided those topics completely.
Some folks, like my husband, are able to entirely rely on their gift of gab, and their communication with the Holy Spirit. Well, the Lord gives where He will – I’ve had the gift of words on occasion – but day to day? The good Lord gave me the gift of research – and He expects me to use it.
I got two books the other day, and I think they’re incredibly valuable for evangelizing. The Kingdom of the Occult and The Kingdom of the Cults, by Walter Martin (and family). Nice thick books – I devoured the one in a few days, the other I read the bits that I found needful for now, and will keep the rest for reference. I’ve read other books about the JW – I found the proof texts had become quickly outdated (they’ve changed their theology since publishing). You can also hit online and get some good data – http://www.cftf.com/ is a good site for JW, if a bit on the bright side. CARM has a good list of articles. But one does want to access more than one set of information!
So, why go to all this trouble for the annoying people who knock on your door in their best clothing when you’re in your Saturday scrubbies, trying to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or get on with your day?
Because they’re people. Souls. They are *not* our enemies. Humans aren’t our enemies. They are potential brothers and sisters in Christ. That was the best bit about the Kingdom of the Occult, it reminds the reader constantly that we have a duty to evangelize, even to evangelize the people who are trying so hard to be scary and icky. (Second best bit was reminding yours truly that the best evangelism is done on the knees).
If we truly believe that we are held accountable for the opportunities we have been given, how can we NOT evangelize those who *knock on our doors wanting to talk about Jesus*. That’s an opportunity! We could choose to show the love of Christ, we could choose to give them the gospel. They *expect* to be persecuted, to be turned away and offered rudeness. If, instead, we offer kindness and agape love …. thereby obeying our Master… how are we messing with their heads, their programming?
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love oneanother; as I have loved you, that ye also love oneanother. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
I know they aren’t part of the “one another” – but it’s always Christian’s LOVE that has set us apart. When did we stop? Yes, they’re playing for the other team – but so are the agnostics, the atheists, the nominal Christians, the Buddhists… etc. Are we going to be frightened (in the case of the Wiccans or the Satanists) or annoyed (in the case of the JW or Mormons) into failing to give them the gospel?
The time when we could assume that every human had that basic Bible teaching somewhere in their background is *over* – they don’t. And if they haven’t heard the Word, how can they come to faith?
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We have a duty… let us do it well, and with the Love that we have been given, by virtue of being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Let’s make our Abba proud of His kids!
(I’ll post the latest JW data in a couple of days, so it doesn’t bury this post).