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“There is none righteous”

By Simon Woodstock – The other day I had the pleasure of speaking to a Jehovah’s Witness named Ramona who came knocking at my door. Usually when I speak with people from the cults I bring up matters regarding errors in their religious texts and/or any false prophecies ever made by their leaders in attempt to show them contradictions in their belief system. While I still think that these types of conversations are very important, I had previously purposed in my heart try a simple Way of the Master approach with the next cultist that the Lord might bring my way. As Ramona finished her introductory presentation of Watchtower doctrine to me, I took the first good opportunity to simply ask her if she thought she was good enough to go to heaven. She then reminded me that, according to her beliefs, there have already been 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses appointed to heaven and she was merely hoping to make it through the final judgement of God to then be placed in a future restored paradise on earth. So, I then politely rephrased the question and asked her if she thought she was good enough to get a passing grade into this paradise at the final judgement of God. I noticed right away that she circumvented the question and began to talk about something that was rather off the point. It was at this time that I felt that my question was getting to her conscience so I waited for her to finish and then just asked her the “Are you good enough?”question again. She then went a different direction of avoidance so I prayed a little silent prayer for patience and when she was finished I calmly asked her the same question a third time. Sensing that I was not going to give up asking it to her, she actually showed a moment of honesty and said that she merely hoped to be good enough to make it through the judgement of God into paradise. At this time I basically pointed out that the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in works related righteousness which is a grave error since all of humankind has broken God’s Law and cannot escape God’s righteous judgement by any amount of good works. We talked along these lines another minute or so when out of nowhere she blurted out these words “Well, I am righteous!”. Although her statement made the conversation quite awkward, I took it as an open door to lovingly share with her that “There is none righteous” besides God and salvation was only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. She was pretty well trying to get away from me at this point but I made sure to let her know that I would be praying for her and that she was welcome to come back and chat with me anytime. Please join me in praying for Ramona, that the Lord would free her from cultist error and open her eyes to true saving faith in Jesus Christ.

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