I knew Shonda meant business tonight when she left “baby” JW Ashtyn at home and brought a 32-year veteran JW in her place—her mom, Sally. I finished changing a nasty diaper while Gabe led the ladies into the living room. I grabbed my Bible, Gabe had his, and all seven of us sat down for a chat. Livi and Ava disappeared for a moment and returned with their own Bibles. 🙂
I certainly can’t recount the entire 90 minutes we spent in “discussion,” but I can share a few “highlights.” First off, thank you for the prayers. I felt them. Really. I could feel the Holy Spirit nudging me, pointing me to Scripture, and giving me the words most likely to penetrate their brainwashed minds.
And brainwashed they are. That’s actually a nice term for “in the clutches of demonic influence.’ Wow. Where to begin? Like I said, God gave us words to say, but they made no noticeable impact. We went round and round and round. We “caught” them in many errors, but they always had an “explanation” for what they were saying. Or they changed the subject. And Sally’s favorite suggestion was that we “go to the library and do research.” She recommended looking up “hell” and other terminology in “a dictionary or encyclopedia.” She must’ve said it 10 times. I had to chuckle at the look of sheer disbelief on Gabe’s face (the world wide web guru) as he was no doubt thinking of his tireless research on the internet about the lies JWs believe—and she kept talking about “encyclopedias at the library.” 🙂
Speaking of research, when Gabe began to share about the video clips he watched of former JW’s who are now believers in Christ, their red lights started flashing. They adamantly refused to even listen to a second of what he had to say. He kept going anyway. The mom started talking really loudly to Nina J and I think Shonda might have stuck her fingers in her ears and started humming. He finally stopped.
I tried to appeal to their emotions as best as I could, because it was obvious they had a pat answer for every biblical truth we threw their way. I felt so bad for Gabe. Being male and quite logical as well as a believer in Christ, it was tough for him to stomach the blatant lies. He was noticeably sickened by their blasphemy and their complete bullheadedness. They wouldn’t touch the papers he had printed out for them. I even offered them my “benign” little marriage book. Nope. I tried not to take it personally.
We joked around some (not Gabe—he was too upset) at the end. “People wouldn’t listen to Jesus either,” they said. I smiled and told them they could wipe the dust off their feet at the door. When Shonda got up, she forgot her shoes. Couldn’t resist. “I didn’t say to leave your whole shoes here, just the dust.” 🙂
I told them I’d be praying for them. Shonda asked me not to. “Sorry,” I said as they walked out the door. “I’ll be praying for you both. By name.”
Time is short. There’s a race going on for people’s souls. The devil is getting to a lot of people first. Gabe and I are feeling a little down, a lot frustrated, but we’re praying the Spirit will work a miracle in Shonda and Sally’s hearts. And we’re thankful for the lesson we learned. We need to share our faith more actively. It’s a spiritual Red Rover out there, and satan is calling a lot of searching people “right over.” We can’t let them go without a fight.
Oh, an interesting God thing. Our neighbor across the street came over with a plate of cookies to introduce herself (while Shonda and Sally were here). When they left, Livi and Ava and I went over to properly thank her. “Sorry I didn’t have time to talk. We had two Jehovah’s Witnesses in our living room, and we were sharing with them what we believe.” Turns out the lady who lives beside her is a JW. God, are you giving us another chance? I hope so!
If you’re interested in learning more about what JWs believe and how to refute their beliefs, here’s an awesome website. Wish I would have had this info tonight! Next time! (and I’m praying for a next time) Thanks for praying, guys!