How do you deal with cults, the ones who knock on your door?
I am wondering how you all deal with the Mormons and JWs who come to your door. Some people kindly say that they are not interested. Others invite them in and offer them tea.
What do you do?
The Mormons and the JWs, I think, have marked my house; they don't come around here anymore. I have actually called the phone numbers on the Mormon commercials to ask for a free book of Mormon (they send missionaries out to deliver them). I have had many visitors of both cults come to my house. It always pleases me to have visitors from these groups. The Mormons are always young, usually about 18-22. But the JWs always seem to be older folks. Mormon young adults are encouraged to do a 'mission' which is a 2 year stint. JWs, as one of their obediences to the gospel, have to do regular door-to-door canvassing or visits to other JWs.
I love inviting them in and offering them refreshments. I truly want to hear what they have to say. Why have they come to my house? What message do they bring? I usually have a few questions for them as they give their presentations.
After they are done I ask them to return the favor and allow me to share something with them. I try to keep it simple. I tell them that Jesus Christ has made an absolutely certain promise to immediately impart irrevocable eternal life as a free gift to all who simply believe in Him for it. I like to share a couple of verses from John to show this. After that, to give a greater understanding that eternal well-being is received only through simple faith in Jesus, I love to show them verses like Romans 4:4,5; Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; and Romans 11:6.
I keep from any quarrelling. I am hoping to plant seeds that the Holy Spirit can use to draw these people to Jesus. I will entertain any questions that they may have, still, keeping it simple. Invariably they bring up James 2:14ff. I have very concise and easy to understand answers to this passage.
At the end, I like to ask them if they wouldn't mind allowing me to pray for them. I have never been turned down. I also allow them to pray if they so choose, and they usually do. In my prayer I like to briefly hit on the simple points I gave during my sharing time with them.
I invite them back, and thank them for coming. I have had Mormons come back a few times, but the JWs do not return. Unfortunately, they do not come around anymore. I like to take their names so that I may pray for them later.
There are unfortunate practices by some modern fundamentalists who take such opportunities to condemn those who go door to door. This is tragic. I ran across such an illustration of this in a quote from Lou Martuneac's book, 'In Defense of the Gospel'. This is Lou's suggested way to deal with cult members:
"Many times, I have had representatives of these cult religions at my door seeking a dialogue with me. The only dialogue they receive from me is this, “Jesus is equal with God the Father and as long as you regard Jesus as less than God, I can tell you from the authority of the Bible, you are dead in your sins and on your way to Hell!" (p. 172).
This in your face condemnation is awful. I surely hope that none of the readers of this blog would consider doing such a horrible thing. This type of behavior does indeed steer men from the water of life.
During the latest GES Southern California Regional Conference, I heard a speaker discuss his evangelism with a Mormon missionary. This man invited the Mormon to study the book of John. He was pleased to come every week. Yet it was soon that this man's mission was over, and he returned to New York. The teachings from the book of John could not get out of his head. He decided to drive all the way from New York to California so that he could be around the teaching he had heard previously. In time, this Mormon became convinced that he had irrevocable eternal life simply by believing in Jesus, and now attends church with the evangelist.
Has cult members come to your house? How have you dealt with them? Are there any ways you have thought of to improve your next visit with them?
Let me know!
Grace and peace to you all,
Antonio da Rosa