I would like to share more of the many witness encounters that we have experienced last year and now 2007, to try and encourage those that are strong and mature in the faith, to also take up the Great Commission and try and reach lost souls for the Lord Jesus Christ, because 150,000 people die EVERYDAY, that's 7,000 an hour!
The reader may be interested to know that I recently made personal contact with another member of this cult, called Harold. (I have tried with numerous others but they always walk away from me rather quickly.)
This man, a former Anglican of 26 yrs, now turned veteran JW for the past 26 years and still very active with them, happily and unexpectedly agreed to read my 13-page article on his cult
http://www.excatholicsforchrist.com/articles.php?PageURL=Jehovah%20Witnesses.htm, so I printed it off and posted it to his local Kingdom Hall (please note they don't like to call their places of worship, churches.) The envelope was personally addressed to him and was marked 'Private and Confidential. Several weeks passed, and still no word from Harold.
Then one Saturday morning I bumped into him on the street.
We exchanged brief pleasantries and than I asked him if had received it. He said emphatically that he hadn't and even named an elder in his congregation who is responsible for all their post, yet this elder had not mentioned anything to my veteran member arriving for him. I reassured him that I had indeed sent it. I could tell he believed me. I should also say that I believed him when he told me that he hadn't received it. I told him that it wasn't acceptable for nosey people to interfere with my parcel or any parcel for that matter and he agreed with me.
Yet what wasn't known to me at the time, was what Walter Martin had penned in his classic, cult buster book:
"Witnesses are not only to isolate themselves from those who were once Witnesses and have been disfellowshipped or disassociated but also from anyone who is not a Witness and who attempts to present a view contrary to the Watchtower. No Witness is allowed to read dissenting material, whether it is written by a disgruntled Jehovah Witness, a disfellowshipped or disassociated Witness, or someone who have never been a Witness" (The Kingdom of the Cults, 2003, pg. 68.)
And this type of behaviour is clearly affirmed by the Witnesses themselves:
"Have no dealings with apostates...For example, what will you do if you receive a letter or some literature, open it, and see right away that it is from an apostate? Will curiosity cause you to read it, just to see what he has to say? You may even reason: "It won't affect me; I'm too strong in the truth. And besides, if we have the truth, we have nothing to fear. The truth will stand the test. "In thinking this way, some have fed their minds upon apostate reasoning and have fallen prey to serious questioning and doubts" ('The Watchtower', 15 March 1986, pg. 12.)
Harold knew this of course but omitted to tell me. It would 2 years later before I caught up with him one morning and confronted him about this. He apologised and said he forgot this was their policy. I said I wouldnt bother him anymore and he knew where I lived if he wanted to talk.
When I see him out and about from time to time now, he deliberately looks away and pretends not to have seen me. Funny thing is, if his sect is the one true religion, why dont they come after me, pray for me all the time like we do for them? If they have the truth, its a funny way of showing it.
Please pray for Harold.