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Annoying Knocks On Doors

Postby Nathanael » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:50 am

I am a Lutheran.  I moved here 4 years ago and the JW have literally been dropping by for 4 years.  If I'm not here Saturday, their new tact is a weekday.

No matter what I state my beliefs to be, they are met with a counter-position.

Faith?  Not good enough.

Work?  Not good enough. Nothing is good enough but instead of ministering to someone who needs help, I am a target.  My Lord & Savior would not make me feel uncomfortable on my own front porch.  After four years, it is making me feel sick to my stomach.  This is first time I ckd them out on line. If I say my Savior is loving of many people, that's not good enough.  Their view seems to be that most people are bad and the path is narrow - vips only.  That's ridiculous.  They are so negative about the world that goes against everything I believe.  I've had enough. Just needed to vent.  A real church enfolds, comforts and accepts. God does not push and ambush people at their front door. He is always with me and how will I stop answering the door just to be told no matter what I say, not good enough? They even do photocopies and HIGHLIGHT passages from the Bible - premeditated lecture brought w/them to my door.  My life is good and they have been for four years trying to convince me that I need them.  I do not.  They are making me physically ill.
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Annoying Knocks On Doors

Postby Taren » Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:31 am

I am a Lutheran.  I moved here 4 years ago and the JW have literally been dropping by for 4 years.  If I'm not here Saturday, their new tact is a weekday.

No matter what I state my beliefs to be, they are met with a counter-position.

Faith?  Not good enough.

Work?  Not good enough. Nothing is good enough but instead of ministering to someone who needs help, I am a target.  My Lord & Savior would not make me feel uncomfortable on my own front porch.  After four years, it is making me feel sick to my stomach.  This is first time I ckd them out on line. If I say my Savior is loving of many people, that's not good enough.  Their view seems to be that most people are bad and the path is narrow - vips only.  That's ridiculous.  They are so negative about the world that goes against everything I believe.  I've had enough. Just needed to vent.  A real church enfolds, comforts and accepts. God does not push and ambush people at their front door. He is always with me and how will I stop answering the door just to be told no matter what I say, not good enough? They even do photocopies and HIGHLIGHT passages from the Bible - premeditated lecture brought w/them to my door.  My life is good and they have been for four years trying to convince me that I need them.  I do not.  They are making me physically ill.
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Annoying Knocks On Doors

Postby Bae » Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:17 am

Dear Jo Kay,

Thanks for calling attention to this annoying Witness behavior. I'm sorry you've had such stress over this.

The Witnesses feel it's their proper place to aggressively grab onto the minds of other people and reorient them because they believe their form of faith is the only valid one. Even though God has never given them any form of inspired leadership nor vision nor dream saying so, they have deluded themselves into believing that they are speaking pretty much directly on God's behalf, which makes them very stubborn.

So don't try to reason with them! They will consider anything you say a form of engagement, an opportunity to get a foot in the door to make their points in order to save your eternal life. They don't believe you when you tell them you're already saved. Their attitude in speaking to non-Witnesses is that they are condescending to your level because you don't know any better. How arrogant!

I agree a healthy supportive church should "enfold, comfort, and accept". That is absolutely not the way Witnesses operate. They are not a healthy supportive church, as you've found out the hard way. I agree God does not "push and ambush" people with mind games and pressure. God is love. The Witnesses have no concept of the true nature of God.

I will share with you some effective ways to get the Witnesses to stop knocking on your door: Make a sign about two inches high and 6 inches wide which reads, "Jehovah's Witnesses Are Not Welcome Here", and post it on the outside of your door about eye level. They may walk up to your door, but on seeing such a sign, they will typically walk away without knocking. They will pay no attention to any sign unless the sign specifically mentions them by name!

If they still violate your wishes by knocking and trying to engage you in unwanted debate, you are within your rights to go to the door with a glass of cold water and splash it on them. Do that once or twice and they will write down your address with a special message in their records which they call a "DO NOT CALL".(Don't worry about them writing down your address--that would be a good thing--since they visit all addresses that are not specifically noted as "DO NOT CALL's".)

This means they won't bother you in their regular rounds, but a Witness elder might come once a year to see if you've changed your mind. Even then, if he sees your sign specifically mentioning Jehovah's Witnesses is still on your door, he will probably leave you alone. The law cannot help you because the Witnesses right to preach is Constitutionally protected. They've even gone so far as to take the issue to the US Supreme Court.(Sometimes the law does not understand the true nature of "freedom of religion".)

But their right to visit does not override your property rights, and they must leave when you ask them to do so, or they are trespassing and can be arrested for doing so. The difficulty for a modest reasonable Christian such as yourself, I suppose, is in finding the necessary inner grit to be assertive with them, because the Christian preference is to usually respond with mildness.

You deserve the peace of God that excels all thought, and based on what you've said, God has already brought you such peace, which you would be enjoying if not for the Witnesses' interference. How outrageous that they come taking away a gift God has given you!

I find it completely unacceptable how they try to wear down and weaken modest reasonable people hoping they will give in and accept their message. In the spirit of "What Would Jesus Do", in view of how much stress their visits bring you, I suggest that if the Lord found himself in your situation, perhaps he would respect himself enough to put an end to it, even by splashing water on them if necessary. Remember how he violently turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple, and drove out the cattle with whips? So perhaps it is proper even for Christians to be assertive at times, such as when defending their faith and spiritual health.

Best wishes,

AndrewXJW
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