Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses preach from house to house?

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    mankkeli posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 00:55:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    This explanation is extracted from the reasoning book, page 205

    Jesus foretold for our day this work: “This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.” He also instructed his followers: “Go . . . and make disciples of people of all the nations.”—Matt. 24:14; 28:19.

    When Jesus sent out his early disciples, he directed them to go to the homes of the people. (Matt. 10:7, 11-13) The apostle Paul said regarding his ministry: “I did not hold back from telling you any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching you publicly and from house to house.”—Acts 20:20, 21; see also Acts 5:42.

    The message that the Witnesses proclaim involves the lives of people; they want to be careful to miss no one. (Zeph. 2:2, 3) Their calls are motivated by love—first for God, also for their neighbor.

    A conference of religious leaders in Spain noted this: “Perhaps [the churches] are excessively neglectful about that which precisely constitutes the greatest preoccupation of the Witnesses—the home visit, which comes within the apostolic methodology of the primitive church. While the churches, on not a few occasions, limit themselves to constructing their temples, ringing their bells to attract the people and to preaching inside their places of worship, [the Witnesses] follow the apostolic tactic of going from house to house and of taking advantage of every occasion to witness.”—El Catolicismo, Bogotá, Colombia, September 14, 1975, p. 14.

    Are the witnesses really preaching the good news Jesus established or their door knocking obssession is a mere caricarture of Jesus' activities?. Please comment

    MrFreeze posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 00:56:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    Its a way to waste time until you die waiting for a salvation that is never going to come.

    mankkeli posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 00:59:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    Mr Freeze - Do you disagree with the statement that their calls are motivated by love for neighbour and for God. Which evidence do you have, please expantiate.

    MrFreeze posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:00:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    It's not motivated by either. How quickly do JW's who get turned down at the door say "I can't wait to have their house at Armageddon." They don't care about people. They care about hours and trying to earn brownie points. How else do you explain the pioneer shuffle?

    mankkeli posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:01:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    You are right, thumbs up

    Kahlua posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:09:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    One Saturday morning not long ago I was working in the yard. I came around the end of the house toward the front and saw a pickup truck in the driveway. I walked on around further and saw two young men at the front door. While working I had been thinking about politics and the people running for office and automatically thought they were working for some politicians.

    They handed me a one page leaflet and said they were inviting everyone to a meeting in the area. Still thought it was about politics. They turned and left and I looked closer at the paper and realized it was for a JW assembly over an hour's drive away.

    Point is, they were not preaching any good news about anything. Just handed me the invitation and poof they were gone.

    OUTLAW posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:16:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    Jesus spoke in Public or Small Groups..He advised against going house to house..

    Luke 7:10

    New International Version(©1984)
    Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

    New Living Translation(©2007)
    Don't move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide. Don't hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay.

    English Standard Version(©2001)
    And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house.

    New American Standard Bible(©1995)
    "Stay in that house, eating and drinking what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house.

    King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
    And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

    International Standard Version(©2008)
    Stay with the same family, eating and drinking whatever they provide, because the worker deserves his pay. Don't move from house to house.

    Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
    “But stay in that house while you are eating and drinking of what is theirs, for the worker is worthy of his fare, and do not move from house to house.”

    GOD'S WORD® Translation(©1995)
    Stay with the family that accepts you. Eat and drink whatever they offer you. After all, the worker deserves his pay. Do not move around from one house to another.

    King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
    And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

    American King James Version
    And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

    American Standard Version
    And in that same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

    Bible in Basic English
    And keep in that same house, taking what food and drink they give you: for the worker has a right to his reward. Do not go from house to house.

    Douay-Rheims Bible
    And in the same house, remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house.

    Darby Bible Translation
    And in the same house abide, eating and drinking such things as they have; for the workman is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house.

    English Revised Version
    And in that same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

    Webster's Bible Translation
    And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

    Weymouth New Testament
    And in that same house stay, eating and drinking at their table; for the labourer deserves his wages. Do not move from one house to another.

    World English Bible
    Remain in that same house, eating and drinking the things they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Don't go from house to house.

    Young's Literal Translation
    And in that house remain, eating and drinking the things they have, for worthy is the workman of his hire; go not from house to house,

    The Watchtower ignores Jesus and likes to Piss people Off..

    So Jehovah`s Witness`s go from door to door..

    ...................;-)...OUTLAW

    diamondiiz posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:20:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    JW like many other religions or cults have verious different personalities therfore some do it out of obligation, orthers because they think they are doing the right thing or out of love. It would be better to tell who does it out of love/want is take away the monthly slips and you would see how many go out, I would bet a huge number would stop going out.

    Besides that, Jesus isn't JWs saviour other than they pay through Jesus which really doesn't make any sense if he's not their mediator. Jesus never preached paradise earth so what exactly are JW preaching? Whatever it is, it has nothing to do with Mt 24:14.

    MrFreeze posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:22:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    diamondiiz nailed it. Maybe I'm a little rude to assume that they all aren't trying to be loving to their neighbor. There are some who go out because they genuinely do care. In my experience though, except for those select few, it's all about getting your time in.

    jay88 posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:25:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    “Go . . . and make disciples of people of all the nations.”

    Hell of a campaign, ......to know that he preached mainly among his Jewish people

    Leave it to a Militant Zealot, who hears from spirits, to spread the message to us no-good gentiles.

    jay,....chilling Friend of Fred

    M darth frosty posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:32:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    Its a way to justify tax exempt status

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    ranmac posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:39:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    Its also the best way to solidify their own faith. The slightest reception is a sure sign that Jah is guiding their efforts and any opposition evokes the good old persecution complex

    M darth frosty posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:40:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    Ahh here is the link that really brings it home

    http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/jw/friends/209997/1/How-the-Watchtower-corporation-really-works-beginning-to-end

    This Corporation was made legal in its already existing powers for another purpose entirely. Corporations acquire legitimacy by earning a profit.
    In the case of a religious corporation the "profit" must not appear as mere monetary gain.
    There has to be a public service aspect to generating millions of dollars that will escape taxation! Ordinary coporations must demonstrate to the Board of Directors that cash flow is equitable to investors and a justifiable return on investment has been made. The Watchtower Corporation had to generate a kind of marvellous "machine" you could pour money into and make it disappear in the form of the preaching work.

    CONSTANT EXPANSION was the key! This was a kind of maniacal pyramid scheme to grow and grow ahead of the curve of waves of $$.

    Watchtower rank and file members would be used as volunteer labor staying very busy appearing to be doing something important.

    What they were really doing was generating publicity which served to hide the actual purpose of the Watchtower corporation.

    To the rank and file there was no Bill of Rights. The could be worked to death grinding out book and magazine sales. In fact, they had no choice but to comply since their very identity as Jehovah's Witnesses depended on demonstrations of door to door sales and hours devoted.

    paulnotsaul posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:58:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    There are two reasons. 1) The message they bring to your door is so twisted, warped, and unlike anything you would hear in any regular church that they have to go door to door because nobody in their right mind would go to a kingdom hall on their own will to listen to this false prophesying BS. 2) They fear that they will not meet Jehovah's standards for salvation thats why they are working so hard to earn it. Just my 2. peaceALL paulnotsaul

    GLTirebiter posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 02:54:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    Because the organization, the publications and the elders told them to.

    The requirement to meet a monthly quota for "preaching work" weed out those who won't meekly obey every command from the leadership--first door knocking, then shunning friends and family who doesn't measure up to the Watchtower's standard of perfection, then withholding a blood transfusion a family member desperately needs, ...

    screwface posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 03:04:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    Please.... i can think of over a billion reasons a year to go door to door, I'ts called dead presidents! lol

    AnthonyMorrisXIII posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 06:52:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    Right @GLT, because the leaders tell them to. And if someone with a penchant for controlling others wins your confidence, you're screwed.

    Since reading Acts without the WT shackles, I don't agree with either 'house-to-house' quote's application. They're misunderstood or misaplied (Rutherford, you prick).

    Acts 4:32 the multitude of those who had believed ... 33 Also, with great power the apostles continued giving forth the witness concerning the resurrection of the Lord Jesus;

    Acts 5:12 Moreover, through the hands of the apostles many signs and portents continued to occur among the people; and they were all with one accord in Sol´o·mon’s colonnade. 13 True, not a one of the others had the courage to join himself to them;

    Acts 5:41 These, therefore, went their way from before the San´he·drin, rejoicing because they [the apostles] had been counted worthy to be dishonored in behalf of his name. 42 And every day in the temple and from house to house they [the apostles] continued without letup teaching and declaring the good news about the Christ, Jesus.

    It seems clear to me none of the multitude were involved in preaching in any form whatsoever. The apostles were just making home visits on the disciples. Something similar applies at Acts 20:20.

    AM

    Heaven posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 10:45:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    JWs go door to door because they HAVE to, because they are pressured and bullied into going. If they passed a decree tomorrow that it wasn't a requirement for salvation, no one would go out. The door to door work is part of the Watchtower's definition of 'works'.

    They have to go because it's how the money flows. JWs pay donate for the mags, then they have to fill out a time card as to how much time they spent handing them out and how many they handed out. The bold ones even ask the householder for donations.

    They think they are fulfilling scripture when all they are doing is killing trees, wasting time and energy, and filling up recycling bins.

    MrMonroe posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 11:33:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    1. To buy salvation with good works.

    2. To make JWs feel unworthy, and uncertain about their salvation at Armageddon, because they all feel they're never doing enough.

    3. By forcing Witnesses to go and tell other people about the religion's beliefs, it forces them to believe it themselves.

    4. It's a means of discerning which among them is "spiritual" and obedient to the organisation.

    5. To save their own backsides by "showing love" and "warning the world" of impending destruction.

    6. To demonstrate to their brethren how righteous and self-sacrificing they are.

    Few Witnesses actually care about the people they witness to. They do it because they have to, and do only as much as they need to in order to put an acceptable figure on their monthly report.

    Listener posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 12:11:00 GMT(10/3/2011)

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    As they are told to bring the message of the WTBTS it reinforces their message through repitition. It also occupies more of their time instead of examining the original message.

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