That was the talk yesterday. The speaker started by asking for a "show of hands" of who thought the end was very near? I was sitting in the back row and believe I was the only one who didn't raise my hand. Don't know if anybody noticed. Then he spent the next 20 minutes telling how bad the system is, giving quotes from scientists about how much danger we were in. Reminds me of the quote in the "Truth" book about how the world would be too dangerous to live in by 1975.
Now he says the ONLY way to survive the end of this systems of things and to have God's approval is to take the following five steps: (What do you see is missing here?)
1. Develop an obedient heart. He mentioned avoiding immortality, lying, cheating, and misuse of blood. Associate with his Organization through the literature provided and (oh yes) the Bible and be busy in the preaching work.
2. Move from Satan's old world to God's There will be new scrolls opened in the new world in the form of further revelations in written form. We must obey this new direction. We must now obey the WT and the elders.
3. Display true Christian attiutude. Avoid selfish ambition. Do we manipulate Christian principles? What do we talk about. Education or our career? We must be humble. Avoid laziness. Yes, we must spend time at our secular job, but we should devote as much or more time in spiritual pursuits--meetings, field service and study.
4. Be vigilant in prayer.
5. Keep focused on the new world. Jehovah is the only one we can turn to for survival.
Not once - not once did he mention Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life. At least last week the special talk was about Jesus Christ. One week later he is forgotten entirely.