Saturday, April 24th, 2010
"They hauled [the dragnet full of fish] up onto the beach and, sitting down, they collected the fine ones into vessels, but the unsuitable they threw away." (Matthew 13:48)
As with the unsuitable fish, many who once studied the Bible with Jehovah's people have stopped studying. Some born to Christian parents have never really wanted to become footstep followers of Jesus. They have been unwilling to make the decision to serve Jehovah or after serving him for a while have ceased doing so. (Ezekiel 33:32, 33) It is imperative, though, that all honesthearted ones allow themselves to be gathered into the vessellike congregations before the final day of judgement and to remain in a place of safety. How encouraging, though, it is to see so many suitable ones being drawn by Jehovah! (John 6:44) This has resulted in spectacular increases in country after country. All glory for this growth goes to Jehovah God.
(Watchtower issue: 7/15/08, 4:15, 16, 19, 21)
It totally surprises me that anyone who was raised as a Witness could leave right now, or not make a concerted effort to get back on track ASAP... especially at this particular juncture in time, in light of recent world events. Because pretty much every single thing that we've been learning about, all these years at congregation meetings & assemblies, -has been happening.
I know I've been 'a slacker' myself, in the past, and didn't always pay attention to world events, but a person would have to be in complete denial not to recognize what's going on right now.