In leading people to enter into God’s word and to gain the truth, one needs, on one hand, to lead them to know God’s word and understand the truth through eating and drinking and enjoying God’s word, and on the other hand, to resolve the actual problems with the truth, which mainly refer to corrupt mankind’s corrupt disposition expressed in everything, that is, man’s corruptions, man’s notions, and words of judging at will. Only if the corruptions people express are resolved in time with God’s word can they easily be purified and enter into the truth. Now it is just the crucial period when God works to cleanse away men’s corruptions and save men from satan’s influence by judging and chastising them and trying and refining them. Only in this way can people break away from satan’s influence, no longer be bound by their satanic nature and corrupted by satan, and entirely live by God’s word. Only this means having been truly saved. The process of God’s chosen people breaking away from corruptions and get purified is the process for them to enter into the truth and be saved, and is, of course, the process for them to enter into God’s word and receive life. Now the Holy Spirit is leading men into all the truth God has expressed, which is the very rare opportunity when God saves and perfects men. Only by thoroughly resolving men’s notions and judgments with the truth can they enter the right track of believing in God sooner, and only in this way will they truly return to God and live before God. Now I will fellowship about several rather serious notions and judgments which exist at present, so that people can know the substance of these notions and judgments and truly see that corrupt mankind is satan in nature and substance. This is also a crucial step in resolving men’s nature of rebelling against God and causing them to be truly saved.
Corrupt mankind often has notions about God’s work mainly because they have the satanic nature of rebelling against God, which causes them to disobey God and resist and rebel against God. This is the root of corrupt mankind’s resisting God. Some people always think that God’s work is discordant with men’s notions mainly because God is too unfeeling, irrational, or unreasonable in doing things, which causes them to have notions. This is greatly wrong. God’s work is most practical and is most in accordance with the truth, and God never does unreasonable things or things of tempting men. However discordant what God does is with men’s notions and imaginations, it is the truth, is most meaningful, and is all love and salvation for men. This is beyond doubt. It is only because mankind is too deeply corrupt and has the satanic nature that they misinterpret God’s will, do not understand the truth, and think it is God’s fault, not theirs. In men’s notions, no matter whether God does things or men do things, as long as it is discordant with their notions and imaginations, it is definitely wrong and unreasonable, and is untenable. This is corrupt mankind’s logic and is also the satanic philosophy. It is very easy for corrupt mankind to have notions, because they are too deeply corrupt and are full of satanic poisons. In men’s corrupt nature, there are various kinds of satanic disposition of being arrogant and self-conceited, sinister and crafty, false and hypocritical, selfish and contemptible, and absolutely lawless; their viewpoints on things are the same as satan’s, and they treat everything only by their notions and imaginations, only consider their own interests, only know to care for their flesh, and only worry about their own gains or loss and blessings or disasters. So it is inevitable for such a corrupt mankind to have all sorts of notions about God’s work. Because mankind does not tolerate the truth or tolerate the existence of God, how can they not have notions about God’s work? As long as God’s work is discordant with men’s notions, imaginations, thinking, or viewpoints, they will oppose and condemn it, and surely have notions; as long as God’s word hurts men’s feelings or faces, they will dislike and detest it, and surely have notions; as long as God’s work makes men suffer or be refined, they will refuse to accept it, and surely have notions; as long as God’s work touches the interests of men’s flesh and families, they will become passive and resentful, and surely have notions; as long as God’s work reveals men’s corruptions, they will abhor it for their being put to shame, and surely have notions; as long as God’s work condemns mankind as being completely the embodiment of satan in their evil nature, they will become angry from shame, and surely have notions; as long as God’s work deprives men of and removes their hope of receiving blessings, they will fall out and become God’s enemy, return kindness with ingratitude, and even rebel against God, and surely have notions. Conversely, if God always spoke to mankind words of blessings, words of loving men, and words of promise, everyone would say that God is really good and is indeed love, and would not have notions. Mankind likes to be flattered and blessed, pursues after interests, hankers after vainglory, and pays attention to advantages. Mankind likes to hear nice words but does not like to hear words of judgment, chastisement, curse, or condemnation. And no matter what great love is contained in these words, how many thoughtful kind intentions are hidden in these words, how genuine God’s heart is in healing and saving men, and how obvious the results of purifying men are, they are unwilling to accept them; instead, they resist, judge, and condemn them, and even rebel against God. Mankind is just so corrupt! This is a fact and nobody can deny it.
When corrupt mankind has various notions about God’s work, they are, in fact, opposing God and resisting God openly. The consequence of having notions is passing judgment on God and rebelling against God. Living in notions is living in the state of being hostile to God, and is being irreconcilable with God. When men hold on to their notions, they are opposing the truth and standing firm on satan’s side. So, when men hold on to their notions, they are actually condemning God, rebelling against God, and keeping company with satan. Thus, we can see that the nature and substance of corrupt mankind is the nature and substance of satan, and corrupt mankind is the embodiment of satan! How can such corrupt mankind not resist God or judge God? How can they not be full of notions about God? No wonder God says that men are ungrateful and unreasonable! Men not only do not understand God’s words, but also say that God’s words are too harsh and not realistic. The fact that mankind treats God’s words and passes judgment on God’s work in such a way is sufficient to prove that mankind has been corrupted by satan really too deeply, and how difficult it is for God to heal and save them! From this we can see that corrupt mankind has come to the point of rejecting the truth and being hostile to God. No wonder mankind chases God everywhere, and rejects and banishes God’s coming, which is entirely because mankind has been corrupted too deeply and has been evil to an incurable degree. According to this situation, we cannot say that it is God’s fault, not theirs that God’s work is discordant with men’s notions. Facts have shown that men have notions about and pass judgment on God’s work completely because mankind has been corrupted too deeply and has had satan’s evil nature, and it is completely determined by their nature and substance of rebelling against God. It is beyond doubt that God is the truth and righteousness. God is to purify and save mankind by judgment and chastisement; mankind, however, are ungrateful, return kindness with ingratitude, complain against God, and pass judgment on God. How unreasonable they are! Corrupt mankind is completely filthy and evil, sinister and cunning, and selfish and mean, and has almost come to the point of being hopeless and incurable. This makes it hard for God to work and difficult for God to save man. This is a fact no one can deny.
In experiencing God’s work, those who have understood some truths have a rudimentary knowledge that man’s notions of right and wrong are indeed ridiculous and absurd, and are absolutely unreliable. It is really a progress that they are able to realize this. But still, a lot of people always consider their notions of right and wrong and imaginations are correct and are as forever right as the truth. So they still measure God’s work with their own notions of right and wrong and imaginations, and still consider themselves right and wise. Their satanic and devilish ugliness of resisting God is thus exposed. It can be said with certainty that those who, after several years of believing in God, still believe their own notions of right and wrong and imaginations to be correct and reliable are all ones who have no truth and who have no knowledge of the corrupt substance of mankind, and are surely ones who have not been transformed and absurd ones who do not love the truth. Because corrupt mankind has no truth and is full of satanic poisons, their nature and substance is resisting God and rebelling against God. By analyzing and dissecting the sources of corrupt mankind’s notions of right and wrong, we can see that there are mainly three kinds: Of all the notions of corrupt mankind, some come from their imaginations and judgments, and they do not conform to the facts at all and reveal their ignorance and ridiculousness; others completely come from the extravagant desires of the flesh, and they represent mankind’s corruption and evilness and are absolutely untenable; and still others come from corrupt mankind’s false teachings and heresies, and they have the nature of tempting and attacking God, completely stand for satan’s nature and substance, and are satan’s fallacies and lies of deceiving people. Corrupt mankind’s notions about God and God’s work are mainly the above three kinds, and in substance they are not factual and are all heresies and fallacies of resisting God, and they are completely from corrupt mankind’s satanic nature. So, the fact that man has notions about God, God’s work, and the work of God’s family has fully revealed that corrupt mankind is too ignorant and too absurd, that man is crooked and crafty, and selfish and contemptible, and that corrupt mankind is satan in nature and substance, and has made man see clearly the ugly face that corrupt mankind has no truth, argues irrationally, and is self-seeking and simply unreasonable. The more notions one has, the worse his nature is and the less humanity he, as it proves. Those who really have conscience and sense and who are understanding and reasonable seldom have notions. And even if they have notions, they can easily accept the truth, and can resolve them through fellowshipping about the truth. That is normal.
For those who particularly hold notions about God, no matter how others fellowship about the truth, their notions remain unresolved, and they still insist that their notions are right and correct. This kind of people are too absurd to be saved. Those who can too easily have notions and those who have too many notions are all the ones whose humanity is too bad, whose nature is extremely malicious, and who cannot be easily saved. But some of them have notions mainly because they have experienced God’s work for too short a time, have understood too little truth, and see things according to their imaginations and notions. So we should treat them correctly and should help them to resolve their notions by fellowshipping about the truth in love, for most of them are reasonable and can easily understand the truth and drop their notions. But those notions out of extravagant desires are usually not easy to resolve. For example, some believe in God just for receiving blessings, always want to enter into the kingdom on a bridal sedan, being unwilling to undergo any sufferings, and always expect the coming of God’s day to escape the disasters and enjoy the blessings sooner. The notions of such kind of people are not easy to resolve, because their extravagant desires are too great and their craving for blessings is too strong. And some among them often have some false teachings and heresies and even argue irrationally. How unreasonable they are! This kind of people are very troublesome, because they are not the right ones and they believe in God just for receiving blessings and for making a deal. If they are asked to suffer for pursuing the truth so as to be saved, they think it does not pay and is not worthwhile. It can be seen that their notions are absurd. No matter how much truth you fellowship with them, it is of no use, for they do not love the truth. As for these people, we have no choice but to wait and see how they behave later. If everything else fails, we can only resolve it by eliminating them. There is another kind of people who are especially arrogant and self-conceited, full of notions, and obedient to nobody. They always want to be an official to control others as if they deserved a position from birth and should have a position in whichever group of people; if they do not have a position, they will not be content, and for gaining a position they will turn the world upside down. To achieve the purpose of ruling, this kind of people can spread notions everywhere, gossip about and make rash comments on the work of God’s family, and slander and pass judgment on the leaders of all levels of God’s family; they also try hard to boast themselves and exalt themselves in order to be adored by others. If they fail to achieve the purpose, they will form a faction, establish an independent kingdom, and become irreconcilable with God’s family. It is most difficult for this kind of people to be saved. For they are so arrogant that they have lost their sense, completely become abnormal, and cannot accept the truth. This kind of people listen to nobody and obey nobody, as if they understood everything, knew every truth, and needed nobody to lead them. They only believe in the god they imagine in their own mind, but actually, they believe in themselves. This kind of people are the ones in the greatest danger, and most of them are antichrists, the irredeemable ones. If such people are incorrigibly obstinate, we can but expel them from the church.
Whether one’s notions are easy to resolve mainly depends on whether he loves the truth and whether he is reasonable. If he is a person who truly loves the truth and who is truly reasonable, no matter what notions he has, they are easy to resolve. This is because God’s work and God’s word themselves are the truth, all conform to the actual situation and tally with the facts, and do not have any error at all; men have too many absurdities and demands within, their hearts are evil, and they regard God’s work wrongly. Anyone who can normally understand the truth will not have notions about God’s work at all; only those who are arrogant, absurd, and unreasonable and who have other intents can easily have notions. This is a fact, which nobody can deny. For example: When God’s family requires that we should select people who meet those three principles as leaders, some think that the requirements of God’s family are too high and that the above does not know the real situations, as if the above deliberately made things difficult for them. When God’s family groups people according to their kinds for meetings, some people think it is unreasonable and hassling. When God’s family expels and clears away irredeemable ones, some people think it is loveless and merciless to do so. Even about the good deed that God’s family cares for the families in need whose members perform duty, some people also have notions, saying, “What era is it now? Who still suffers from starvation?” Such people are deceived by the great red dragon to such an extent that they do not know the facts, and still sing the praises of the great red dragon! Some people say, “What is the use of so little money? Give more money since you want to give!” They are making a deal with God. Still some say: “If God’s family can really secure food and accommodation, I will go toper form duty, too!” Just have a look at what the nature of these people who have such notions is! Isn’t it right that God’s family has requirements concerning the selection of leaders and workers? Isn’t it suitable that God’s family groups people according to their kinds for meetings? Should God’s family not expel and clear away the irredeemable ones? Is it wrong for God’s family to care for the families in need whose members perform duty? In fact, what God’s family does are all absolutely reasonable, but why can people still have notions about them? What problem is it? What is the nature of those who have such notions about the work of God’s family? Now some foolish ones still regard those who have such notions as normal and thinking people, even treat the matter of their having notions as an understandable thing, and still insist that “it is just not right for God to do things against man’s notions, and it is God’s fault, not man’s.” As to the notions of attacking and judging God, and doubting and abasing the man used by the Holy Spirit, some leaders and workers not only do not give fellowship to turn them around but even show understanding and sympathy to them and do not take them seriously. Seeing satans the devils pass judgment on God’s work, or disturb and demolish God’s work, some leaders and workers even echo and stir up trouble, or act as onlookers, clapping and shouting “bravo” for satan. What testimony do such people bear? Such leaders and workers are the ones who completely stand on satan’s side and speak for satan, and they are all the ones who have no truth and no testimony. Are such people serving God? They are purely satan’s accomplices!
Men can often have notions about God and have very deep rancor against God, and this is the exposure and manifestation of their satanic nature, is the mark that they are the brood of satan, and is not the expression of a common corruption. About God’s doing things, those who have conscience and sense will not have notions even if they do not understand it; instead, they will seek to know it by seeking the truth and praying to God, and will by no means have notions or pass judgment at will. Those who truly love God know in their heart that God is so lovely, far beyond man’s imaginations, so he will not harbor a grudge against God. Only those who have no love but hatred for God in the heart can often have notions and complaints, and a little incompatibility will cause them to have grudge and show hostility. Aren’t such people precisely antichrists? God stirs up and reveals the original grudge and hatred in their heart, and naturally they expose their satanic ugliness of rebelling against God. Now God’s work has revealed many people who are of the brood of antichrists. They not only pass judgment on God, but also attack the man used by the Holy Spirit, attempting to demolish God’s work. They say “the man used by the Holy Spirit also has corruptions, and we cannot obey him,” with the implication that God should use them and others should obey them. Judging from this word of antichrists, it seems as if they were holy to such an extent that they no longer had corruptions, and the Holy Spirit should use them. Such people are too arrogant and senseless! Judging from their arrogant nature, they are antichrists. They even cannot obey the working of the Holy Spirit; how can they obey God? Isn’t the word they say a lie of deceiving others? Without the truth, corrupt mankind is pitiful enough; furthermore, if they do not have any sense, aren’t they devils? Could you listen to God if you do not listen to the man used by the Holy Spirit? Could you obey God if you do not obey the leading of the Holy Spirit? Are God and the Holy Spirit separated? Could you directly obey God if you do not obey the God-testified man? Are you qualified? Are you worthy to be led directly by God? Aren’t you clear that you yourself are one of the brood of satan? You should have some self-knowledge: You are one of the brood of satan that is full of corruption and full of filth. Isn’t it proper that God uses a man who was corrupted by satan but has been saved to lead you? How dare you make demands on God? How dare you protest to God? God leads men in various ways, and the way in which God saves men must be the most suitable! If you have suspicions and hostility against the man used by the Holy Spirit, you are more malicious and sinister than Korah, Dathan, and Abriam in the Age of the Law; let’s see what end will await you.
Corrupt mankind should believe in God for being saved, and should drop their personal extravagant desires, absolutely obey God’s work; resolving the matter of their being saved is fundamental. Only such people are the ones who truly have sense. Dare a dying man have extravagant desires? In the crucial moment when God works to save men, you even disregard the important matter of being saved, and you can have notions about God and argue with God, and dare protest to God. Isn’t this antichrists’ disturbing and demolishing the work of God’s family? Are people still unable to know clearly the substance of this problem? If one cannot know clearly the substance of the notions of this kind, he is a person who does not have the truth and a foolish one who does not have discernment. We can understand that people have some relatively common notions, because before knowing the truth, we all see things according to our notions and imaginations, and those notions can be resolved by fellowshipping about the truth. This is normal. But as to some people’s notions with satan’s temptations, notions with hostility and attack to God, and notions of blasphemy against God, we should be specially vigilant, make careful discernments, see through satan’s schemes, and resolutely counter them to shame satan. This is the principle and the standpoint that a person who serves God must have. So, it is completely necessary to discern and see clearly the substance of various notions. Thus, we will know how to treat various kinds of people who have notions.
To resolve problems with the truth, one must be able to discern the substance of the problems. And only when he sees thoroughly the substance of the problems can he suit the remedy to the case and resolve the problems radically. To discern notions, one should first know clearly the several kinds of backgrounds under which people have notions and the substance of their nature. The first kind is the notions of those who are able to obey God’s work and are willing to pursue the truth. This kind of notions are produced entirely because they have no truth, but are full of corruptions, and see everything according to their notions and imaginations. Although these notions are not in accordance with the truth, they do not directly attack God and judge God. This kind of notions should be resolved by fellowshipping about the truth. The second kind is the notions of those who do not pursue the truth, who have no interest in experiencing God’s work, and who believe in God just for receiving blessings. As long as they see that what God does is discordant with their notions and imaginations, they will judge it at will, and often grumble and complain about God. As for these notions which dare to judge God, complain about God, and attack God, we must discern and dissect them with God’s word and the truth, so that people can know the corrupt substance of mankind and discover the truth and thus know satan’s schemes and their harm. Because this kind of people have hostility and grudge against God within, they have such fallacies of resisting God. We must treat them seriously, and completely refute their notions and fallacies with the truth. If they themselves are able to know and repent, it proves that they are still able to accept the truth and are hopeful to be saved, and we should treat them in love. The third kind is the notions of those who are arrogant and self-conceited, obey no one, do not pursue the truth, and are hostile to the incarnated God and the man used by the Holy Spirit. This kind of people are of the brood of antichrists. They often spread notions about God and the man used by the Holy Spirit. This kind of notions are sinister and malicious, and offensive and hostile to God in nature. Their purpose is to make people doubt God’s work. And they even incite others to reject the man used by the Holy Spirit, and make others obey them and listen to them, so as to achieve their mean purpose of ruling and controlling God’s chosen people. All notions of this kind are spread by antichrists, such as: “The man used by the Holy Spirit also has corruptions, and we cannot obey him,” “This is done by man, not by God,” and “We obey God only, rather than man.” The nature of these notions is offensive, instigative, and inciting, and they are absolutely disturbing and demolishing God’s work. These are satan’s deeds. We cannot treat this kind of notions politely, we must strongly counter them with the truth and refute them with facts, and still we must disclose their schemes and plots and put satan to shame. This is the testimony of being truly faithful to God. If those who spread this kind of notions do not confess and repent, they must be expelled. For these malicious notions seriously offend God’s administrative decrees and God’s disposition. We must deal with them severely.
The above three kinds of notions are different in nature, so the ways to deal with and resolve them should also be different. If one is unable to discern the three kinds of notions of different natures, he will not know how to deal with them by the truth and principles, and also it will be easy for satan to find a hole to achieve its purpose of disturbing and demolishing the work of God’s family. God’s work is to save those who sincerely believe in God and have conscience and sense. The notions of those who do not have conscience and sense all carry hostility and aggression, and all serve to disturb and demolish the work of God’s family. These people can even have emotions for others and can forgive their transgressions, but for God, they do not have any emotion, but only judgment, slander, hostility, and attack; after doing evil they do not feel guilty or rebuked within. Aren’t they just the brood of satan? This kind of people even do not have a heart of remorse after committing sins, much less pursue the truth, and they even act against God in every aspect; how can they be saved? This kind of people are even not kind to God; can God’s chosen people be kind to them? Some people practice love toward such kind of people, and no matter how they resist God and attack the man used by the Holy Spirit, they can tolerate and forgive them, and treat them in love. Don’t they let satan have its own way? Aren’t they precisely the accomplices of satan? It is just under the cover of such people that the brood of satan and the servants of satan attack God and disturb the work of God’s family. Are such people serving God or serving satan? Isn’t this kind of love too ridiculous and too grievous to God? One must have principles in practicing love: he must love what God loves and hate what God hates. This is the principle of practicing love.
The most important thing for those who serve God is that they must equip themselves with the truth and are able to see through satan’s schemes, for there are satan’s intrigues and schemes hidden in the notions of corrupt mankind. If you can clearly discern various notions of different natures, you will know how to treat them and how to resolve various people’s problems. Only this is after God’s heart. How those who serve God testify for God and serve God in the face of various notions of resisting God and judging God is a matter of really revealing people. In the competition between God and satan, to stand on God’s side or satan’s, to be faithful to God or satan, and to serve God or satan, all these are matters of principle and of way. Only those who understand the truth know whom they are believing in, whom they are following, and whom they are serving. Some people even practice love toward satan and toward those who attack and blaspheme God; aren’t they just the ones who resist God and rebel against God? It is clear that those who practice love toward satan are by no means the ones who love God! Those who can love the brood of antichrists who belong to satan can by no means truly love God, while those who truly love God can by no means possibly love satan. The true love and hatred is so unequivocal. One who has true love certainly has true hatred. Those who practice love toward anyone, without principle or making any distinction between the enemy and ourselves, are prostitutes and adulteresses. Only those who know God truly know love and hatred, and those who truly love God are surely ones who abhor the great red dragon and surely ones who abhor satan and all evil things.
July 9, 2007