I am sick and tired of this argument with witnesses. Every time I try to talk to anyone about anything related to Jehovah's Witnesses, there response is, "But no one else is preaching the good news door to door..."
Is their belief that they are the only ones that follow this command of Jesus justified?
The Watchtower's claim that only Jehovah's Witnesses do the preaching work as commissioned by Jesus is based on three false assumptions:
only Jehovah's Witnesses preach
only Jehovah's Witnesses discuss God's Kingdom
going "house to house" is a Christian requirement
Fundamental Watchtower Flaw
The Watchtower claims house-to-house preaching is a divine command that they alone fulfill. It will be shown that this is based on a Scriptural mistranslation, and the Bible does not advocate a house-to-house ministry
WHO PREACH: Jesus simply stated that the "good news" of the kingdom must be preached.
Mark 13:10 "Also, in all the nations the good news has to be preached first" Matthew 24:14 "And 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."
Are Jehovah's Witnesses the only group that preach the good news? If that was the case what accounts for the growth of other religions and Christianity becoming the largest religious group globally? Can the largely unknown message distributed by 6 million Witnesses really be thought of as having more relevance to Jesus prophecy than the spread of Christianity by Catholics that has resulted in over 1 billion members?
"Around the world today, who are making known God's Word and who endeavor to live in harmony with it?" Awake! 1989 March 8 p.10 It is incorrect to imply that only Jehovah's Witnesses preach.
Following are just some notable examples of religions actively engaged in preaching. Both Mormons and Seventh-day Adventists started at a similar period of time as the Watchtower Society and have similar numbers of members due to their active preaching. Seventh-day Adventists successfully preach the good news, including at peoples homes.
See the following quote from Chapter 13 of the Seven Day Adventist Church Manual;
"Our highest responsibility is to the church and its commission to preach the gospel of the kingdom to all the world…." Another group renowned for their preaching efforts are Baptists. Baptists have the most missionaries of any religion. In 2004 there were 7 million Baptists out side of America, 600,000 baptisms and 21,000 new churches. In 2004 Witnesses baptised only 200,000 globally. Interesting information on the significant efforts of Baptist missionaries can be viewed at http://www.internationalministries.org/ and http://www.namb.net.
A current success story is the Jesus Film Project. At www.jesusfilm.org (15th April 2006) it explains;
"The JESUS Film Project distributes the film "JESUS," a two-hour docudrama about the life of Christ based on the Gospel of Luke. The film has been seen in every country of the world and translated into hundreds of languages since its initial release in 1979. Our goal is to reach every nation, tribe, people and tongue, helping them see and hear the story of Jesus in a language they can understand. So whether a person speaks Swahili, French, or a language whose name is extremely difficult for most to pronounce, he or she will encounter the life and message of Jesus in a language "of the heart." Many mission experts have acclaimed the "JESUS" film as one of the greatest evangelistic success stories of all time. The ultimate success of this project won't be measured by how many people have already seen it, but by how many will follow Him after seeing this film. Through use by The JESUS Film Project, and more than 1,500 Christian agencies, this powerful film has had more than 6 billion viewings worldwide since 1979. On top of that, the great majority of those heard the story of Jesus in a language they easily understand. As a result, more than 201 million people have indicated decisions to accept Christ as their personal Savior and Lord." At http://www.gideons.org (15th April 2006) it discusses the preaching work of the Gideons;
"The Gideons International, founded in 1899, serves as an extended missionary arm of the church … The association has more than 250,000 members, located in 181 countries of the world. They are united in carrying out the same program using the same methods to accomplish the one objective of winning others to Christ. The emergence of more than 2,000,000 readers in the world each week creates an unprecedented need for reading material. … Annually, The Gideons International is placing and distributing more than 63,000,000 Scriptures worldwide. To God be the glory!" Pentecostalism is the world's fastest-growing Christian movement with over 150 million adherents, growing at an estimated 19 million members per year. The reason that Christianity is the world's largest religion with billions of followers is centuries of preaching work by self sacrificing Christians globally. Many millions of missionaries devote their lives to the preaching work, and hundreds of millions informally discuss the good news. Great disservice is shown to these individuals when ever it is said that only Jehovah's Witnesses participate in the work Jesus described. An article entitled "'End Times' Religious Groups Want Apocalypse Soon"1. discusses the huge global preaching effort currently underway. It states that "40% of Americans believe that a sequence of events presaging the end times is already underway". The effectiveness of the Jehovah's Witnesses preaching work is noticeable from the absence of any mention of them in the article.
I am constantly preached to by Christians. There have been Christians at different companies I have worked that discuss their beliefs with me. At university there were Christian Campus groups, and several of my accounting clients are involved in missionary work. I have had Mormons, Seventh-day Adventists, Christadelphians and people from the local Catholic Church come to my door. I have been approached in the street and in the local mall Christian groups organise groups that sing and give public lectures. On television, radio stations and the Internet there is no shortage of religious discussion.