LArry Ingram's Story

One Door in a Thousand

By Larry Ingram

As a Jehovah's Witness for 13 years, I knocked on thousands of doors. I heard lots of "I have my own religion," or "I go to this church" or "I'm not interested," but very seldom did anyone witness to me about a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Two years before I left the Watchtower organization, I was standing at a doorstep with another Jehovah's Witness, and the lady we were visiting began to share what Jesus meant to her. She had just returned from a church retreat and shared about Him as someone real, someone you could actually reach out and touch and with whom you can have a relationship. I had never heard anybody describe that to me. As I stood there on the doorstep, the testimony she gave about this relationship greatly affected me. To this day I can still tell you where that doorstep is.

When I left Jehovah's Witnesses, it wasn't really on a noble basis. I just didn't believe it anymore. Like a lot of people who leave the Watchtower, I left with no hope. Since they remove the belief system you bring with you, when you leave on your own you have no belief system to stand on. When I left I just wandered around spiritually.

As a Jehovah's Witness
for 13 years, I knocked
on thousands of doors.

Since becoming a Christian, I've been trying to encourage Christians to witness to those in the cults, helping them understand what Jehovah's Witnesses believe and what Mormons believe. I have several sites on the World Wide Web regarding Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism and cults in general and have had hundreds of thousands visit these sites, where they hear about the Lord Jesus.

We were taught as Jehovah's Witnesses that if you went to someone's door and they rejected you or slammed the door in your face, that was proof we were doing the right thing, that we were His people. We would refer to John 15:20 where Jesus said, 'If they persecuted me they will persecute you also.' So anytime a Jehovah's Witness comes to your door and you do not give your witness of Jesus Christ, all you've done is reinforced their belief that they're doing what's right.

Tell them the truth. You may be the only person who ever does.