I was sitting at the recent Circuit Assembly that I attended, (the things I do for Sis Blues) and the Baptism Talk was under way . I admit that my mind was more on my imminent packed lunch and flask of coffee but I distinctly heard the speaker make the statement that heads this thread and cite a Wt reference.
You What ! I was shocked....... How can they possibly make such an arrogant statement ? What right do they have to tell God Almighty which prayers to listen to? Surely he is free to listen to whom he wants ?
Back home I searched the c/d rom for the phrase and sure enough the teaching is there in the Wt mag,
Wt May 15 1990 p12
"11 Some who were at one time progressing toward dedication later may seem to be holding back. If they do not have enough love for God in their heart to make an unreserved dedication to him, they ought to ask themselves whether they still have the wonderful privilege of prayer. Apparently not, because those approaching God must be earnestly seeking him and also righteousness and meekness. (Zephaniah 2:3) Everyone who really fears Jehovah is a believer who makes a dedication to God and symbolizes it by getting baptized. (Acts 8:13; 18:8) And only baptized believers have an unrestricted privilege of approaching the King Eternal in prayer"That is presumption beyond belief. I thought this must have been commented on before, on this board, and it does appear on the search button . Forgive me but I was so gob-smacked that I felt it deserved another airing, since it apparently appears in the current outline for Baptism Talk.