Isaiah's Prophecy - Light for All Mankind II Chapter 11, page 164, p. 22
To look to men for salvation is the height of folly.So the Faithful and Discreet Slave class, admittedly imperfect men, would be included in this statement. Isaiahs prophecy explains why: "Look! All you who are igniting a fire, making sparks light up, walk in the light of your fire, and amid the sparks you have set ablaze. From my hand you will certainly come to have this: In sheer pain you will lie down." (Isaiah 50:11) It is painful, isn't it, for the FDS to have set themselves up as the sole mouthpiece for Jehovah in these last days, only to find themselves facing painfully human humiliation (and painfully expensive lawsuits) in the light of the scandals on how brave survivors of sexual abuse are treated within the society. "Judge not, that ye may not be judged; for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you." (Matthew 7:1-2 ASV) Human leaders come and go. A charismatic individual may capture the imagination of the people for a while. But even the most sincere human is limited in what he can accomplish. I imagine Billy Grahams lifetime accomplishment can be written off as a mere spark, huh? Instead of lighting a roaring fire, as his supporters expect, he may succeed only in igniting a few "sparks," which give off a small measure of light and that but soon die out . ...such as the 1975 non-event? Yes, the FDS leadership was lulled in to silence by the encouraging growth figures of the WTS leading up to 1975. Did they own up to their error afterwards? How does Jehovah judge those who do not humbly repent of their error? On the other hand, those who put their trust in Shiloh, God's promised Messiah, will never be disappointed. Amen to that! Three hurrahs for independent bible study!
22. Why is it the height of folly to look to men for salvation?Note:
Mr. Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history -- over 210 million people in more than 185 countries and territories -- through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film and webcasts. Since the 1949 Los Angeles mission vaulted Mr. Graham into the public eye, he has led hundreds of thousands of individuals to make personal decisions to live for Christ, which is the main thrust of his ministry.
Red is direct quote, bolding is mine
Edited by - jgnat on 2 February 2003 21:42:47