What to Say to Jehovah’s Witnesses as a Christian
To effectively minister to others out there, we have to understand what they believe and how it differs from our Christian beliefs. Jehovah’s Witnesses say they believe in Christian teachings but you will find that they differ from what the Bible says. If you want to know what to say to them, you need to know what the Bible says so that you can show them the truth.
In this article, we will look at the main beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and how to respond to them so that they can know the truth of the gospel.
1) God the Creator
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in God and acknowledge Him as the one true God and call Him “Jehovah.” As Christians, we worship God and He is God almighty and our heavenly Father. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus referred to God as our heavenly Father. “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Jesus came to show us that in addition to being our God, He is our Father and we are His children. This means that the God we believe in is a relational God, and not a distant God who only cares about reward and punishment.
2) Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He is God. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in Jesus but they don’t see Him as God but was created by God as the archangel Michael. They don’t believe in the Holy Trinity. To them, believing in the Trinity is believing in three gods. Jesus is God as we see in John 1:1-2, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
Colossians 2:9 tells us that in Christ is the fullness of the Deity in bodily form, meaning that the Father and Holy Spirit are in Him and they are one. Jesus did refer to God as His Father but this was not to mean He was lesser than God. He came to earth to die for our sins and took the form of man and when He finished His work, He went back to His rightful place in heaven.
Jesus is God because He said so in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” In addition to this, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ and this shows the unity of the Holy Trinity. “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that salvation is having faith in Jesus Christ and changing the way they live. They say they believe in the sacrifice of Jesus for deliverance from sin but not in the way we believe as Christians. Salvation is accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior and being born again (Romans 10:9-10). There is nothing more you can add to the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. You receive salvation by the grace of God and you don’t earn it. Seek to understand what a Jehovah’s Witness believes about salvation so that you will not mistakenly believe it.
God sent Jesus to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins but we must accept this gift of salvation if we are to be saved. It is when one is saved that they have eternal life and will spend eternity with God in heaven.
4) Life after death
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 14:1 are the only ones going to heaven when they die. The rest of the people will remain on earth forever in what they call an “earthly paradise.” The truth is that Jesus went to prepare a place for us in heaven, which is God’s dwelling place and will be back to take us there. “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
When we die in Christ, we will go and be with Him in heaven. The 144,000 that Jehovah’s Witnesses say are the only ones going to heaven are those who were sealed from all the tribes of Israel. God was clear in John 3:16 that if you believe in Jesus, you will have eternal life and if you reject Him, you will face eternal separation from Him. Everyone who believes in Jesus will go to heaven.
Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in hell and to them people pass out of their existence when they die. People will be raised to life and if they refuse to live by God’s ways, they will have no hope of resurrection. Life after death is not based on accepting or rejecting Jesus gift of salvation, and this differs from Christianity. We know that hell exists like Jesus said in Luke 12:5. Only believers of Jesus Christ will go to heaven and those who reject Him will end up in hell.
If you want to minister to a Jehovah’s Witness, you must first understand the Bible and also what their doctrine says. It is when you have the truth of the Word of God that you can detect the falsehood in their teachings. You can expect that the truth will bother them, and they may not be willing to listen to you anymore. Pray that God will show them the truth so that they will not continue to live in deception. You can also read the experiences of others as they encounter Jehovah’s Witnesses on their doorsteps, there is a lot you can learn. When you plant the seed of the Word of God in your conversation with them, trust that God to use it for His glory.