I was interested in reading this thread because of my recent encounter with JW.
This little old lady lives on the same floor as us but I haven’t talked to her before other than the usual small talk and “how are you kind of thing”. When I was coming home on Sunday, I saw her coming in(it was afternoon) and assumed that she was probably coming home from church(I saw her read Bible before on the bus stop). Me and my big mouth asked her if she was coming from church.
Her: No, we have services on Sat but not on Sunday
Me, thinking: Hmm, kind of odd, most churches have Sunday(or Saturday and Sunday)
Her: Are you coming from church? What church do you go to?
Me: I usually go to St.Constantine and St.Helen
Her, giving me a troubled look: you know, there are some false churches out there and people thinking that they are being taught word of God when its not. Its all in the Bible, you know.
Me, thinking”oh, dear, is she trying to say that her church is the only right one?
Her, eagerly: You know, I do this sort of bible study for families and couples, I’d love to have you come..
Me: Eh, well, I’m already involved in a bible study group..
Her: Well, I could just sit down with you alone and explain it all to you. You need to know the truth and what’s taught in the Bible
Me, slowly backing away towards my apartment: Thank you but I’m already a Christian and we read and study Bible in my church.
Her, abruptly: Do you call God by his name?
Me: What? Sorry, not sure what you mean.
Her: opening her Bible and pointing at one of the psalms where God is called Jehovah
Me: Yes, I read that before. I have KJ version so I think its pretty accurate”
Her: Well, do you have some time now? I really would like to go over some things in the Bible that you NEED to know.
Me: I’m sorry but I don’t have the time. Please do not be concerned-the church I belong to is a Christian church, not Mormon or Jehovah witness
Her, looking at me with some hostility
Me, realization dawning at me: oh, crap…slowly backing away while mumbling “thank you but its ok”
I just offended a Jehovah Witness and she lives 3 doors down from me. Talk about putting your foot in your mouth…