Who among us has not met these people wearing ties and holding a Bible? They are polite, ready to talk about the meaning of life and will certainly offer to read some magazine on a topical topic. These are Jehovah's Witnesses. But what if you don't want to waste time talking with these people at all?
If Jehovah's Witnesses call your house or you meet them on the street, and you have no desire to have a conversation with them, then the first piece of advice: do not worry! If someone has excesses because of the street preachers he has seen, it is mainly due to a lack of proper understanding of the reasons why they approach people. Accordingly, knowing these reasons will help you calmly and complacently avoid unwanted conversation.
What Should You Know About Jehovah's Witnesses?
First. These are not monsters at all, but ordinary people who devote only an hour or two to biblical conversations with people, and then return to their homes, families, work and other household chores. It is possible that you will meet them more than once as doctors, sellers or workers and will be very satisfied with the quality of their services. Contrary to popular accusations, they will definitely not beg you for money or an apartment.
Second. Some people resort to absolutely unnecessary actions, creating scandals, threatening with force, or warning that they will call the police. In terms of legislation, Jehovah's Witnesses have every right to approach people, inviting them to familiarize themselves with certain information. Therefore, if the police arrive, it is likely that the preachers will not have to explain.
Third. Many fear that Jehovah's Witnesses will be "drawn into a forbidden sect." However, this is also not the case. Witnesses are not banned in Russia, and the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation regularly renews the permission for their activities, since no violations of Russian legislation by Jehovah's Witnesses were recorded. In addition, Jehovah's Witnesses are not a sect, but an organization officially registered in Russia since 1991. On the territory of our country, their number is close to 180 thousand people. There are more than 8 million of them in the world, legally carrying out their activities in almost all countries of the world, excluding only some dictatorial and Islamic states. So do not worry, you will not find criminals among them.
How can you make Jehovah's Witnesses understand that you do not want to talk to them?
It’s very simple. Understanding the specifics of the ministry of the Witnesses will help you here. They also have their own rules and schedule for visiting people, which they call "house-to-house ministry." Witnesses do their best not to annoy the residents of the houses with frequent visits. Usually these preachers visit the same house no more than once every 3-6 months. And if they have already visited you, then you can safely count on the fact that in the coming months they will not distract you from your important affairs.
But sometimes a person may be surprised at the imminent visit of Jehovah's Witnesses: “Only a couple of days ago I talked to them, and they came to me again! What do they want? The reason, oddly enough, may be in the very owner of the house. The fact is that these Christians have a certain rule: if during a previous meeting with a person, he showed interest, then perhaps he has a desire to learn more about the Bible. As a result, Jehovah's Witnesses feel the need to visit the owner of the house again. In this regard, there is advice: be extremely specific in your desire (or unwillingness) to further communicate with the preachers who once came to you. If you do not want to be visited again, say so directly. The witnesses will understand you and go to meet you.
Now is the most effective way to protect yourself from future visits by Jehovah's Witnesses! Calmly and clearly ask the preacher standing in front of your door to make a note in his notebook, not only for himself, but also for the rest of his fellow believers, so that they will never again (not in 6 months, not in a year …) distract you with their visits … Believe me, Jehovah's Witnesses also have such a rule. They make a special note at home where they were asked not to come again. And they don't come there anymore. By the way, some residents put up a sign on their door with the inscription “Do not disturb Jehovah's Witnesses!”, Which is even more effective.
So, the problem of Jehovah's Witnesses visiting your home can be successfully resolved. Moreover, it is simple and civilized. There is, of course, no reason to see them as villains, but with a clear and calm answer, you can achieve complete understanding with them.