"Who's That Knocking At My Door?"
Written For CfC by Gary L. Tittle
Door-to-Door witnessing is an experience for all believers; and
yet there is a "door" experience that many believers don't quite
know what to do about. It usually happens that you open the door
to be greeted by two people representing themselves to be either
Bible Students, or Christian Missionaries with a desire to share
literature and information with anyone.
My favorite visits are those of the Jehovah's Witnesses. In this
series I am going to present to you verbatim the information
from the JW witnessing/answers manual and let you be the one to
do the scripture work to set up your own replies. In addition, I
will offer suggestions on asking them INSIDE and setting up a
Bible Study as a cult ministry.
In addition, there are a number of books that will be necessary
to obtain. The best place to obtain them? Directly from the
representative who comes to your door! You will be instructed
what to mark, how to mark it (working from a fresh copy), to
present the claims of the gospel from their own literature, in
such a way as to either stop their visits or actually win them
away from the cult to the LORD.
In this series we will also deal with the question of Mormon
Missionaries and how to deal with the questions that arise to
stir you to win them to the LORD also.
I suggest that you take a look at the file "What Is A Cult?" on
the CfC download area before you proceed, if you have not already
downloaded it and done so. Also, you need to study "A Catalog of
Cults" from this board.
First of all, Who IS that knocking at your door? It is a sinner
that Christ has died for who has fallen into the trap of an
authoritarian structure with it's basis in doctrinal error. Some
of the language that you will encounter will present what appears
to be "strong scriptural argument". The key to unraveling this
argument structure is the examination of it's very own points.
For example, it has been stated to me by an "authority" that the
Book of Mormon has gone to press time and time again with
manuscript errors for over 80 years with the same errors up until
1982 when they were finally corrected.
In actuality, the purport for the perpetuation of an error over
80 years is NOT a bad one. In Acts of the Apostles, for example,
the error "EASTER" in place of the greek word "PASCHA", or
passover has been printed in the KJV since 1611. The particular
error that I am referring to however would have the word "white"
be rendered "pure"...quite a linguistic feat! (See the modern
1982 and forward rendition of 2 Nephi 30:6, compared to that of
editions from 1930 and back).
Just as fundementalist Christianity has it's apologists, so does
the major cult groups of today. One of my favorite works of
apologetics goes to a two 6 hour VHS tape presentation done by
the Unification Church, in an effort ot "promote understanding of
the goals of Sun Myung Moon among the churches".
While Sun Myung Moon was in Federal Prison for income tax
invasion, this epic video presentation was mailed to pastors all
over the United States as an effort to clean up the image that
the Unification Church was suffering from after the
A look at the literature of the cult groups reveals that it is of
sufficently high quality and low expense to promote extreme
circulation of the material. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society
has one of the most modern printing plants in the entire world.
It works at a furious pace churning out the Watchtower, Awake,
single fold tracts, and hard-bound volumes, all of which are sold
or given away door-to-door in one of the most succesful exercises
in mass advertising known.
One point that should be made here is that such efforts are not
confined to the mainstream cult groups. However, sticking to the
mainstream cult groups for now, Bookcraft and Deseret Press
publish titles other than those of strictly doctrinal nature.
Such publishing (the aforementioned two presses are Mormon owned
and operated) ventures that mix general titles with doctrinal
titles stand a far better chance to place doctrinal catalogs
within homes in the "LDS missionary field".
Case in point, Ambassador College Press, in Pasadena, California,
of the Worldwide Church of God, publishes about the highest
quality slick magazine available. The Plain Truth and it's
sister publications make offers within articles for additional
information. As a general rule, you should know that the Church
of God meets privately in halls and on the Sabbath, as opposed to
on Sunday; also that they consider themselves the "true church".
The WWCoG perpetuates the innocuous doctrine of Anglo-Israelism
as a clencher to infatuate it's members. (See Catalog of the
Cults). In my collection of Anglo-Israelite literature is some
of the most fascinating theories and ethnological studies that
anyone could possibly hope to read, but nonetheless; for the most
part the theories of the Anglo-Israelite are based on conjecture.
In this introduction we have taken a brief look at major cults
and mentioned the resources that are used by them. In the next
unit we will take examples from a field guide used by Jehovah's
Witnesses in door-to-door work. As we look at the "questions and
answers" I hope that you will see that it is a carefully planned
ministry that is designed to lead the person who answers the door
into finally coming to Kingdom Hall and becoming a Jehovah's
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