A brother in my congregation once asked a rhetorical question during a public talk "Who else follows Jesus command at Matthew 24:14"? To which a newly interested Bible study piped up "the Mormons".
Everyone was somewhat shocked as the question was not demanding an answer and the answer given was certainly not acceptable. The brother replied to the effect that Mormons may go house to house but they do not preach about the kingdom. What is the Good News of the Kingdom? It is the message about Jesus and his heavenly kingdom.
1 Corinthians 15:1-3 "Now I make known to YOU, brothers, the good news which I declared to YOU, which YOU also received, in which YOU also stand, through which YOU are also being saved, with the speech with which I declared the good news to YOU, if YOU are holding it fast, unless, in fact, YOU became believers to no purpose. For I handed on to YOU, among the first things, that which I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures;"
Acts 1:8 "… but YOU will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon YOU, and YOU will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Ju·de´a and Sa·mar´i·a and to the most distant part of the earth."
Christians were to be Witnesses of Jesus, something that Jehovah's Witnesses are not renowned for.
Galatians 1:7-8 "… the good news about the Christ. However, even if we or an angel out of heaven were to declare to YOU as good news something beyond what we declared to YOU as good news, let him be accursed."
Acts 28:31 "preaching the kingdom of God to them and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with the greatest freeness of speech, without hindrance."
Matthew 10:7 "As YOU go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.' Jehovah's Witnesses spend far less time discussing Jesus and his heavenly kingdom than most Christian religions. Acts shows how intertwined the good news was with the message of the Christ. Powerful works were display, the Holy Spirit received, and baptism was in Jesus name, not to an organization.
Acts 8:4-17 "However, those who had been scattered went through the land declaring the good news of the word. Philip, for one, went down to the city of Sa·mar´i·a and began to preach the Christ to them… But when they believed Philip, who was declaring the good news of the kingdom of God and of the name of Jesus Christ, they proceeded to be baptized, both men and women. Simon himself also became a believer, and, after being baptized, he was in constant attendance upon Philip; and he was amazed at beholding signs and great powerful works taking place. When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Sa·mar´i·a had accepted the word of God, they dispatched Peter and John to them; and these went down and prayed for them to get holy spirit. For it had not yet fallen upon any one of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they went laying their hands upon them, and they began to receive holy spirit."
The good news of the kingdom is not manifest by scouring scripture in doctrinal debates, it is about Jesus. Jesus showed the correct attitude at John 5:39,40:
"YOU are searching the Scriptures, because YOU think that by means of them YOU will have everlasting life; and these are the very ones that bear witness about me. 40 And yet YOU do not want to come to me that YOU may have life."
The message the Jehovah's Witnesses carry to the doors is predominantly about Jehovah, the Organization and the coming earthly paradise, not Jesus and the heavenly kingdom. Can it really be said that the Watchtower message is 'Good News" when in reality it is about the coming destruction of 6 billion people at Armageddon?
It is also incorrect to say that Jehovah's Witnesses alone have preached to the entire inhabited earth. Over half the world, 3 billion people have never seen a Watchtower. Between China, India, Pakistan and Indonesia there are almost 3,000,000,000 inhabitants and less than 50,000 Jehovah's Witnesses. Everyday on average over 200,000 people are born, but the number of active Jehovah's Witnesses increases by only 224 (2005 daily increase in average publishers). This means that each day Armageddon is delayed there is an extra 200,000 people that Jehovah will be required to destroy who have never heard of him. If the end is contingent on Jehovah's Witnesses preaching to "all the inhabited earth" then that time is far off. Ponder on the statistics from the 2005 service year.
1032 Witnesses out of 145 million people in Pakistan
A few thousand witnesses out of over 1.3 billion people in China.
25,000 to 1,000,000,000 Indians.
18,000 to 219,000,000 Indonesians
Has the Watchtower Society come close to completing their preaching work? The message of Jesus and the good news of his heavenly Kingdom has been and continues to be preached throughout the world by Christianity. Jesus did not limit how this was to be done. The method of house-to-house was not prescribed by Jesus, nor is it the most effective way to preach. Goint door to door with Watchtower literature and submitting monthly reports is never indicated in Scripture as a requirement to be considered in good standing before God. Once this is understood it is clear that many religions are fulfilling Christ's command to preach.