In my book on Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Watchtower and the Word, I divide the book into three sections. The first section is on what they get right.
Some people don’t like that at all. It would be a lot simpler if the Jehovah’s Witnesses got everything wrong. But the truth is they get some things right and we need to give them credit for it. This is the model that Paul used in Acts 17 in speech to the Athenians. Paul was very generous in acknowledging what they had right.
Here are some things that the Jehovah’s Witnesses get right:
- Worship of the one true God.
- The Bible as God’s inspired revelation.
- God’s people must be followers of Jesus.
- Something extremely important happened at the death of Jesus.
- Jesus did not stay dead.
- God’s people will be resurrected.
Why do I share this? Christians sometimes get into “attack mode” when talking to Jehovah’s Witnesses. The assumption is that everything they believe is wrong and the job of the Christian is to prove that they are wrong.
The point of having a conversation with Jehovah’s Witnesses is not to win an argument but to make a connection and help them to discover the truth. The best way to do this is build on the foundation of what we have in common. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge when the Jehovah’s Witnesses are correct.
You can read more about this in The Watchtower and the Word.