Francis Chan Drops a Truth Bomb Responding to Jehovah Witnesses Claim “God Doesn’t Listen to Everyone’s Prayers”

Francis Chan meets Jehovah Witnesses.

Francis Chan Drops a Truth Bomb Responding to Jehovah Witnesses


Oftentimes, our default setting is to only connect with other humans when it fits into our schedules. But when our schedules are so full, it leaves little time to reach out to others and share the Gospel. There’s simply no time for spontaneity, even with others approach us wanting to have a faith discussion.

It happens to most of us at least once a year. Two Jehovah’s Witnesses knock insistently at the door, asking to have a conversation about faith. But their insistence is intimidating, and besides we don’t have time. So we politely shut the door.

What a missed opportunity, says renowned pastor and speaker Francis Chan. He will absolutely blow your mind with the infectious enthusiasm he displayed during his recent encounter with two Jehovah’s Witness. After hearing his story, you will never approach faith conversations the same way again.

Does God Answer Prayers?

Chan has the same adult responsibilities and demands on his time as everyone else – and with his public stature, perhaps even more so. One morning as he was doing some yard work, two female Jehovah witnesses approached him, eager to share their faith as they already had with many others. But they had never encountered a soul that was as on fire for God as Francis Chan’s.

He abruptly stopped working, ready and willing to have a faith conversation. After all, these were two humans just like him who desperately need God’s love and hope. He enthusiastically asked if he could share how God has answered his prayers in the past week. As he shared, the women looked at him skeptically, finally protesting, “But God doesn’t answer everyone’s prayers.”

He responded that they were indeed correct. God doesn’t answer the prayers of the prideful, doubtful, or the unfaithful – it says so in the Bible. But God does answer Francis Chan’s prayers because he is humble and faithful. He awed them with his stories of answered prayers. Not knowing how to respond, they quickly left him.

The Pursuit of Lost Souls

However, Francis Chan was not done sharing God’s love with these women. He asked if he could walk beside them down the block. And then he continued the conversation. His passionate pursuit of lost souls is an example for us all.

Chan encouraged the women to open the Bible and read it for themselves, rather than relying on a “translator” or “interpreter” of sorts. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only faith leaders should attempt to read the Bible on their own. But Chan emphasized, “This is YOUR OWN ETERNITY. Read the Bible for yourself.”

Fix Your Eyes on the Unseen

Who knows whether these Jehovah’s Witnesses had a spiritual awakening or transformation. Everyone is on a unique faith journey. Chan wanted to plant the seeds for further inquiry and reflection, and he did just that.

What’s incredible about Chan’s story is that he didn’t let time demands, his own schedule, or the fear of rejection get in his way. Although the women weren’t thrilled to hear the Truth, he knew they needed to hear it. He was less concerned about his own feelings getting hurt and more concerned about eternity.

You will always have demands on your time

And likely the fear of rejection will never leave you. But what do you value more – things of this world or the Kingdom of God, the seen or the unsee? Fix your eyes on what is unseen, and you will have the all-consuming exuberance and passion of Francis Chan.


Irreducible Elements of the Gospel

The gospel is the great nonnegotiable of Christian truth. We aren’t allowed to add to, subtract from, embellish, or rejigger the sacred message of how sinful men can be reconciled to a holy God.

That’s why the apostle Paul reserved his sternest warning for anyone who would dare to mess with the message: “If any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed” (Galatians 1:9).

The preacher is left with one option when it comes to faithful gospel proclamation—and it’s not an elusive option reserved for scholars. Paul expected his audience to be able to clearly differentiate between the one true gospel and all the other pretenders. It is an expectation implicitly placed upon all believers. With that in mind, we recently asked John MacArthur to identify and explain the essential truths of saving faith—the irreducible elements of the gospel.

Our destinies hinge on the unshakable nature of those truths. Any variation in just one of them and the hope of eternal life completely collapses.  

If you present a different god than the God of Scripture, you are effectively calling people to idolatry. If you preach another Christ you do not have the Lord; you have a liar or a lunatic. If salvation by grace through faith alone is corrupted with even the smallest amount of works-righteousness, “Christ will be of no benefit to you” (Galatians 5:2). If we don’t repent from our former sinful ways, we will perish (Luke 13:3,5).

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