I am posting this as someone that doesn’t have an issue with your outreach. I enjoy having the door-to-door missionaries show up, and grew up with your co-religionists being invited in for coffee and conversation after a warning that we’re Catholic and not interested in conversion. I am still not interested in conversion, but going door-to-door is an impressive effort, especially in this day and time. You’re trying to save people. Now, on to the complaint.
Someone in your church is doing dire harm to your outreach efforts.
A family friend died. He was buried this weekend. I posted on his legacy.com guest book, and just got the worst spam “from” someone calling themselves Tiffany Stowers; if it’s valid, you might want to make some suggestions to her, if it’s not, you have a name to use for complaints with legacy.com.
Hello I’m so sorry for your loss, and i wanted to share some words of encouragement from the bible with you. We hear so much bad news these days its always great when we can hear some good news. Second Peter 3:13 says “there is a new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise and in these righteousness is to dwell” The Bible Gods word promises us a new earth but that’s not all it promises at Revelation 21: 3,4 ” with that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! the tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from there eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Not only will we be in a new world but we will also never have to worry about sickness or even death and to make this perfect present even better Acts 24:15 says “There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous” We will be able to enjoy this perfect world and perfect health with our dead loved ones when God resurrects them in a paradise earth. I hope you enjoyed these words from our loving Father from the Bible. Please click the link for more information on http://www.watchtower.org/e/20050815/article_02.htm
It is obviously a form message, it could be applied as easily to a sports game loss as to a friend, it’s poorly formatted (those ‘
’ things are in the original), it meanders and is far too wordy…and some of it is misspelled. The quotes are way too long, and to my eye look to have been chosen as much for support of some of your less mainstream views as for supposed comfort to those who have lost a loved one. I haven’t even checked the citations themselves, I can’t remember which Bible version y’all use.
To make it worse, that messaging service does not have click-through links when you type them in! It’s not just a spam message, it’s a really obvious spam message from someone that doesn’t care enough to even type a different message for different services.
Your door-to-door efforts are best—at least, from my perspective, as someone who will never convert but will defend your church—when they are genuine.
A better possible format:
Hello. I am sorry for your loss and thought you might be comforted by the thoughts that your loved one is merely ‘sleeping in death’ (Psalm 13:3, and many others) and that ‘the tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.’ (Revelation 21: 3,4) This separation is not forever; one day we will all be resurrected. (Acts 24:15) If this is a comfort and you would like to hear more, there’s an article that goes more in-depth article at (web address); you can visit us at Watchtower.org for questions in general.
Other details would be to fix the web address to something like ‘watchtower.org/deathisswallowedupforever.htm’ or ‘/article/death.htm’—it might even be better to offer just an email address for the in-home Bible studies from your web page. In that case, something like:
I am sorry for your loss, and this out of the blue message. If you are searching for some comfort, (web address) might help—this is not forever, they are only asleep in death. Either way, I pray for your pain to ease. -(name)
Short and sweet has much to go for it.