JW's go door-to-door, preaching things and they are ready to take Bible study. But my Q is Whats behind this?
JW's are well known for their door-to-door preaching, and every one of them are interested to have a bible study. But whats behind this? Do they add people to their Organization or what else?
- achtung_heissLv 71 decade agoBest Answer
Each year, Jehovah's Witnesses baptized hundreds of thousands of new Christians. Clearly, their ministry has fruitage (see 1 Cor 3:9).
A common misconception is that Jehovah's Witnesses go from door-to-door because they feel it is their duty to "recruit" a householder, or get him to "convert". In fact, Jehovah's Witnesses would go from door-to-door even if there were no hope that anyone would change their religion, or even if no one would listen to them!
That is because Jesus Christ specifically assigned the house-to-house ministry to the Christian congregation, with no regard for specific results.
(Luke 10:1,2) After these things the Lord designated seventy others and sent them forth by twos in advance of him into every city and place to which he himself was going to come. 2 Then he began to say to them: “The harvest, indeed, is great, but the workers are few. Therefore beg the Master of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.
Jehovah's Witnesses are trained to direct attention to the bible, and move on when their message is unwanted. Since each congregation in the United States tries to call at every home in its territory at least twice each year, there is strong motivation for them to move on where little interest is shown. Also, the Scriptures help the Witnesses to expect little interest from most:
(2 Timothy 4:3-5) For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the healthful teaching ...and they will turn their ears away from the truth, whereas they will be turned aside to false stories. You, though, keep your senses in all things, suffer evil, do the work of an evangelizer, fully accomplish your ministry.
- LoveBeingAMumLv 51 decade ago
We do this because Jesus commanded us to preach.
Matt. 24:14: And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.
Matt.28:19,20: Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU. And, look! I am with YOU all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”
1 Peter 2:21 says: 21 In fact, to this [course] YOU were called, because even Christ suffered for YOU, leaving YOU a model for YOU to follow his steps closely.
We also want to give people hope for the future.
Ps.37:9, 10,11: For evildoers themselves will be cut off,
But those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth. And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.
Rev.21:3,4: With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Additional Details: Contrary to what JBT has said, we do not have to do 5 hours a week. Some people have poor health or work long hours and are not able to reach those kinds of hours. This doesn't make them less than anyone else who is able to do more in the preaching work. Also, the preaching work is very effective. Worldwide there are some 6mil Bible studies being conducted.
- 4 years ago
When Jehovah's Witnesses stop preaching to people you will definitely know as well. But for the time being we are STILL proclaiming the good news of God's Kingdom. ***1K*** Are you sure that JW's have NEVER stopped at your house? Maybe they did and you weren't home! There are plenty of Witnesses on here like myself. You can talk to us here!
- 1 decade ago
short and to the point:
They follow Matthew 24:14 in which it states to preach the word of God to everyone.
And those that are interested then get free bible studies without any obligations, because the JWs also follow Matthew 28:19,20, where it says about making disciples.
So those people who get the Bible studies and respond favorably join their organization.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Matthew 24:14 “And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.”
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU. And, look! I am with YOU all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.””Source(s): http://www.watchtower.org
- Anonymous1 decade ago
"Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU. And, look! I am with YOU all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.” (Matthew 28: 19, 20)
We are just doing what Jesus commanded.
It's up to the person we teach, if they want to become one of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Actually one of the requirements in becoming baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses is that you have to have the desire to want to become one. And also have a basic knowledge of the Bible.
Anyways, there's no point in forcing someone to convert to a religion. They can just leave the religion later on....so there's no point and plus it's wasting time. If you don't desire to become one then don't....your just wasting our time and yours.
There's other people who desire to become one. But if you have a change a heart, than we'll help you.
We only reach those who are interested and want to.
"Indeed, as the body without spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead." (James 2:26)
True we need faith, but it's more than believing, we have to put that belief in action.
Also JBT didn't put where in the Bible he quoted from.
Not stating the source makes the argument less effective.
He's lacking ethos, or in other words his credibility.
I should know this since I'm in a rhetorical analysis class for English.Source(s): Bible
- tahoe02_4me62Lv 41 decade ago
As CHRISTIANS we are commanded to “make disciples of people of all the nations,” but this does not mean that they are to use pressure or convert others by force. Jesus’ commission was to “tell good news to the meek ones,” to “bind up the brokenhearted,” to “comfort all the mourning ones.” (Matthew 28:19; Isaiah 61:1, 2; Luke 4:18, 19) We seek to do this by declaring the good news from the Bible. Like the prophet Ezekiel of old, Jehovah’s Witnesses today try to find those who “are sighing and groaning over all the detestable things that are being done.”—Ezekiel 9:4.
The best-known way we do this is by trying to find those who are distressed by present conditions is by going from house to house. So we make a positive effort to reach the public, just as Jesus did when “he went journeying from city to city and from village to village, preaching and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God.” His early disciples did likewise. (Luke 8:1; 9:1-6; 10:1-9) Today, where it is possible, we try to call at each home several times a year, seeking to converse with the householder for a few minutes on some local or world topic of interest or concern. A scripture or two may be offered for consideration, and if the householder shows interest, then we may arrange to call back at a convenient time for further discussion. Bibles and literature explaining the Bible are made available, and if the householder desires, a home Bible study is conducted free of charge. Millions of these helpful Bible studies are conducted regularly with individuals and families throughout the world.
All of our meetings are free and open to the public. No collections are ever taken. Such meetings are beneficial for all. The Bible says: “We ought to see how each of us may best arouse others to love and active
goodness, not staying away from our meetings, as some do, but rather encouraging one another, all the more because you see the Day drawing near.” Private study and research are necessary, but meeting with others is stimulating: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the wits of another.”—Hebrews 10:24, 25; Proverbs 27:17, The New English Bible.
So we try to recommend the good news to others in this way also: by being exemplary in the Christian conduct that they recommend to others. They try to ‘do unto others as they would have others do unto them.’ (Matthew 7:12) We try to be this way with all men, not just with fellow Witnesses, friends, neighbors, or relatives. Being imperfect, we do not always succeed 100 percent. But it is the desire of their hearts to do good unto all people not only in telling them the good news of the Kingdom but also in extending a helping hand whenever possible.—James 2:14-17.Source(s): A Jehovah's Witness
- 1 decade ago
We are following the Bible command to share the Good News of the Bible. Of course, I would love it if everyone I met lived life according to the Bible, however, I realise it is Up to THEM to decide.
- GabrielLv 65 years ago
- debbiepittmanLv 71 decade ago
The places in the Bible where Jesus commanded this work be done by door to door means are:
Matthew 10:11And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
12And when ye come into an house, salute it.
13And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
41He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
Luke 94And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
5And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
6And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
Acts 20:20, 21
20And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,
21Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
42And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Rev. 3:19, 20
19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Jesus is not personally knocking on all doors, but he did command his followers to do it and to do it all the days until the end of the system of things. Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8......Matthew 24:14.
It doesn't make money and is beneath the dignity of most preachers to do this work. Even most of the door to door religions only ask people to do it briefly if they want to be leaders, or to get baptized or to do a specific short time of service like 2 years. For us, our service to God is all our lives.
We KNOW you cannot earn salvation. That is not why we do it. Eph. 2:8, 9 has the same content in NWT as all other Bibles.
But it is a command and God only gives eternal life to those who obey his commands. Hebrews 5:8, 9, Matthew 5:19, 20, 2. Cor. 5:15, Philip. 1:29, more.
DebbieSource(s): KJV from Bible Gateway used for cut/paste.