COVID-19 has certainly changed everything —including the door-to-door activity of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Beginning in March 2020, the Jehovah’s Witnesses stopped their door-to-door activity, known as the “Field Ministry.” Does that mean that they have ceased from their proselytizing? No.
Perhaps you have received a letter from one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses with a pamphlet inviting you to view their website, jw.org, and to join one of their “Bible Studies.” A letter-writing campaign is their new proselytizing strategy.
In light of today’s events such as COVID-19, and civil and political unrest, the Watchtower is certainly not slowing down their campaign in reaching prospective converts. In fact, events like this are exactly what the Watchtower’s Witnesses will use to proselytize —by using fear as a means to convert the unsuspecting. In sharp contrast, the Word of God does not use fear to intimidate people to serve God; the Word of God tells of God’s love for man by giving us hope which is found in Jesus.
So, what do you do if you get those letters? Read what they have to say and reply.
- Thank them for writing to you. Be cordial and friendly. Wait for their response.
- When they reply, again, read what they have to say. They may talk about present-day events. Again, fear will be behind the scenes, and of course, the only hope of escape from this mess is to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- Do not be hostile, or argumentative in your responses. I always tell people, “If you want to witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses to make a point, or to win an argument, then you have no business speaking with the Witnesses. Witnessing to the Jehovah’s Witness is about being patient.
- Get a copy of "Winning the Witnesses" to learn how the Witness thinks and comes to his conclusions. You need to have an understanding how the Witness thinks before you reply. The last thing you want is to put up a barrier between you and them.
Above all, pray for the Witness you will be sharing the gospel with.
Then, use wisdom in discussing issues with the Witnesses as found in "Winning the Witnesses". Your job, if you will, is to plant seeds. The Lord will work behind the scenes in convincing their need for Jesus as you present the gospel in a non-confrontative and loving manner.