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21. Only When One Has Accepted and Obeyed God’s Judgment and Chastisement Can They Attain Salvation and Perfection

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21. Only When One Has Accepted and Obeyed God’s Judgment and Chastisement Can They Attain Salvation and Perfection

How does God judge, chastise and save corrupt mankind? The best interpretation of God’s words is:

In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, expose the essence of man, and dissect his words and deeds. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out the normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with just a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes it over the long term. These methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only methods of this kind are deemed judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his own rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that are incomprehensible to him. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of this work is actually the work of opening up the truth, the way, and the life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God. If you do not regard these truths with importance and constantly think of avoiding them or of finding a new way out apart from them, then I say you are a grievous sinner. If you have faith in God, yet seek not the truth or the will of God, nor do you love the way that brings you closer to God, then I say that you are one who is trying to evade judgment, and that you are a puppet and traitor who flees from the great white throne. God will not spare any of the rebellious that escape from under His eyes. Such men shall receive even more severe punishment. Those who come before God to be judged, and have moreover been purified, shall forever live in the kingdom of God. Of course, this is something that lies in the future” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). All people who have truly experienced for several years God’s judgment and chastisement of His last days work have true knowledge of mankind’s deep corruption and complete lack of likeness to man. They have true knowledge of corrupt mankind’s substance of nature, true knowledge of corrupt mankind’s true colors of Satan the devil, and true knowledge of the substance of corrupt mankind’s resistance to God. They almost all recognize that man’s satanic nature is the root of man’s resistance to God. If man’s corrupt nature does not have real change, then he will forever be a God-resisting Satan-type. At the same time as God’s believers experience His judgment and chastisement and come to have this true knowledge, they also truly see God’s righteous disposition, and have some true knowledge of God’s almightiness, wisdom and holiness. People’s view of things, outlook on life, values and life disposition begin to change; they begin to have true reverence and obedience to God. In fulfilling their duties they are also able to be loyal to God, do their utmost to protect God’s work. They come to truly know that God’s work is to save man and perfect man. They almost all praise and worship God with all their hearts. This is completely the result of experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement, and is the true reward and harvest reaped by all those who pursue the truth and experience God’s work. These harvests are all produced by God’s chosen people truly experiencing God’s judgments and chastisements, His trials and refinements. Of course, these results are also true testimony of God’s chosen people experiencing God’s work, understanding the truth, and attaining the truth. All those who experience God’s work and attain this kind of result are undoubtedly people who accept and obey God’s judgment and chastisement, obtain the work of the Holy Spirit, are experiencing God’s salvation and perfection. Only this group of people are the overcomers who will be made perfect during God’s last days work. This thus fulfills the words of God: “When God comes, people should enjoy His majesty and His wrath, but no matter how harsh His words are, He comes to save and perfect mankind. As creatures, people should fulfill the duties that they ought to, and stand witness for God in the midst of refinement. In every trial they should uphold the witness that they should bear, and bear a resounding witness for God. This is an overcomer.” “Those who God refers to as overcomers are those who are still able to stand witness, maintain their confidence, and their devotion to God when under the influence of Satan and under siege by Satan, that is, when within the forces of darkness. If you are still able to maintain a heart of purity and your genuine love for God no matter what, you stand witness in front of God, and this is what God refers to as being an overcomer” (“You Ought to Maintain Your Devotion to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). After this group of people have finished experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement, and every kind of trial and refinement, those who stand testimony are of the group of people obtained by God, who are of one heart and mind with God. This was predetermined by God before He created the world.

God’s last days work is the work of saving and perfecting people through judgment and chastisement, trials and refinements. Because mankind’s corruption is so deep, the number of those people who are able to accept and obey God’s judgment and chastisement, His trials and refinements, gain true understanding of the truth and attain life is after all very small. At most, about one third; this is the reality. God’s chosen people all see this very clearly. Especially in battle of justice and evil of the final stage where God reveals man, every kind of person will be revealed. Those who truly understand the truth, practice the truth, and can use the truth to solve real problems are but few. Thus, the people who are made perfect and fit to be used by God amidst all kinds of trials are a few in number. Within churches in every place, all people who can communicate the truth, practice the truth, and use the truth to solve real problems are people that God has arranged to cooperate with His work in churches in all places. These people coordinate closely with the man used by the Holy Spirit, implementing the work arrangements from the above in churches in all places. They lead God’s elects to enter the correct path of faith in God according to God’s demands. God’s elects see these facts with their eyes, and remember them in their hearts. From these persons, God’s chosen people saw true testimony of their sincere expenditure for God and their active protection of God’s work. They saw their loyalty and obedience to God in the fulfillment of their duties, and they saw also their way of looking at things and their life dispositions gradually change. Their corruption and transgressions become less and less, they can all practice the truth and use the truth to solve real problems to varying degrees. They do real work for God’s elects to enter the correct path of faith in God, and have already gradually stepped onto the correct path of serving God. These people are the pillars of churches in all places, and in all places, under the leadership of these people, God’s elects gradually enter the correct path of faith in God. Only they are the overcomers that God wishes to make perfect in His last days work. Now, the vast majority of these people have already been selected by God’s elects as leaders and workers at all levels of the church, and some are still doing special duties. In fact, it is these people working in close coordination with the man used by the Holy Spirit that are carrying out God’s will. This is a fact that no one can deny, just as God says: “Those who can lead churches, supply people with life, and be an apostle to the people, must have actual experiences, must have a correct understanding of spiritual things, a correct appreciation and experience of the truth. Only such men are qualified to be workers or apostles leading the churches. Otherwise, they can only follow as the least and cannot lead, much less be an apostle able to supply people with life. This is because the function of apostles is not to run or to fight; it is to minister life and to lead changes in human disposition. It is a function performed by those who are commissioned to shoulder heavy responsibility and not something which every person can do. This kind of work can only be undertaken by those with life being, that is, those who have experience of the truth. It cannot be undertaken by everyone who can give up, can run or is willing to spend; people who have no experience of the truth, who have not been pruned or judged, are unable to do this type of work” (“God’s Work and Man’s Work” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Countless facts prove God’s words. All those who have not truly accepted and experienced God’s judgment and chastisement, and His pruning and dealing, are people who do not truly know God’s work. None of them have entered the reality of truth, much less have any changes in their life disposition. If these people become the leaders and workers at any level, then the path they are walking is that of antichrists, all of their actions disrupt and disturb God’s work, and they are all directly resisting God. Now many of them have been exposed and eliminated, and they will all be punished in the end.

All those who have experienced God’s judgment and chastisement, and His pruning and dealing, see one fact clearly: If corrupt mankind does not experience, and does not accept, God’s judgment and chastisement, and His pruning and dealing, then they have no real life experience, no reality of truth. They will be forever unable to attain true obedience to God, and even less so attain usefulness to God. All kinds of false leaders and antichrists who in the past have been eliminated are people who have not experienced God’s judgment and chastisement, and His pruning and dealing. After being leaders and workers at all levels, they started to walk the path of the antichrist. These people are all wildly arrogant, full of Satan’s disposition, with not the slightest reverence and obedience to God. They do not see at all that it is God who is working, God who dominates all, God who searches all; they are still wantonly reckless, they still brazenly disturb and disrupt God’s work, vie for power and position, and attempt to control God’s elects and make an independent kingdom. These people all belong with the antichrists. Among them are some people who have believed in God for many years, and yet seemingly have never experienced God’s judgment and chastisement, and His pruning and dealing; they are the devil Satan yet to change. Among them are also some people who have been leaders and workers for some years, and yet are still wantonly reckless, obedient to no one, doing as they please, defying the laws both of man and the divine. They heed not in the least whether God’s chosen people live or die, and are also completely unaware of how God’s heart grieves over this; they are absorbed in only fighting for status and power, and enjoying the blessings of their position. The reason why these people have not obtained the truth and are still able to be wantonly reckless and do multifarious evil, is because they do not love the truth in their hearts, they do not truly accept and obey God’s judgment and chastisement, and none of them are people who truly obey God’s work or experience God’s work. These people sneak into God’s house only to get blessings, only to find an individual way out, in vain they strive for their own survival through feeding off of the church. These kinds of people are all non-believers, they are all antichrists, they are all the devil Satan; this is without a doubt. Because they do not practice the truth in the slightest bit, they also often suppress and harm God’s chosen people, do their utmost to maintain their own status and power, and enjoy the benefits of their position. God’s chosen people see them with their eyes, hate them with their hearts, and in the end they provoke God’s wrath and are abandoned by the Holy Spirit, and rejected by God’s chosen people.

God hates false leaders and false workers, antichrists, and every kind of evil person foolishly creating a disturbance. This is because they not only do not pursue the truth, and do not practice the truth, it is even more so because they cannot lead God’s elects into the reality of truth. Instead, they suppress and disturb God’s elects, make God’s elects suffer and punish them, and harm them. For this reason, they evoke public rage, and are exposed and eliminated by God. It is obvious that during the period of experiencing God’s work, if people are not able to accept God’s judgment and chastisement, not able to accept His pruning and dealing or the censure of His chosen people, not able to utterly detest physical corruption and repent of wickedness, ultimately they will all be eliminated. The reason why these people are able to believe in God to this day is because they cherish intentions to be blessed, or because they are seeking their own way out. Among them, a great number of people’s faith in God is only acknowledging the trueness of God incarnate, only acknowledging the trueness of God’s last days work, only acknowledging the trueness of God’s words. However because they do not love the truth, they do not truly accept and experience the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, and even less so do they accept all kinds of pruning and dealing coming from God. Regarding faith in God, these people are only satisfied with an understanding of words and doctrines, or following some regulations. They are only satisfied with living a church life, or fulfilling some duties of created beings. They naively believe that this kind of faith in God is enough to attain God’s salvation. But what they do not think of is that amidst their training in fulfilling the duty, and the battle between justice and evil, they are actually disturbing God’s work, standing on the side of the forces of false leaders and antichrists resisting God. Finally, in the church election, they fall to last place. Why can such an arrogant and especially opinionated person fall to last place, even to the point of losing all standing and reputation? This question is thought-provoking. All those people who seek to rise to the top and control the church without pursuing the truth will be shamed and fail like this. All those people without the slightest bit of reality of truth who still want to be leaders and workers will all break down. All those who are seen clearly by God’s elects to have no truth and no humanity will all be rejected. All those who do not accept God’s judgment and chastisement will be eliminated as thus. God’s work is truly like a great wave; the work of the Holy Spirit is an unstoppable flood. Those who submit will prosper, those who resist will perish; this is God’s almightiness and wisdom. The fact proves that those people who believe in God but do not accept His judgment and chastisement are all people who do not love the truth. They are all people who are sick of the truth, who hate the truth; people who, when God’s work concludes, will all come to meet a fate of being exposed, eliminated and punished by God.

God’s chosen people often communicate God’s words: “Success or Failure Depends on the Path that Man Walks.” The path that man walks determines his destination, and the success or failure of his faith in God. Accepting and obeying God’s work means to obey God’s judgment and chastisement, and His pruning and dealing. Regarding faith in God, as long as you truly accept His judgment and chastisement, and His pruning and dealing, you will attain true knowledge of God’s work. At the same time, you will also be able to know God’s disposition, and generate true faith in Him. Faith is the product of understanding the truth; it is the product of knowing God. If man cannot accept God’s judgment and chastisement, and His pruning and dealing, then man’s satanic nature will be forever unable to change. God’s judgment and chastisement, pruning and dealing is real work that specifically targets the substance of man’s satanic nature. All people who do not accept God’s judgment and chastisement naturally become objects to be eliminated; they are people who fail in their faith in God. All people who do not pursue the truth are definitely not people who truly accept and experience God’s judgment and chastisement. God’s words of judgment and chastisement for corrupt mankind are many; in the end how many are achieved and how many are fulfilled, in the heart of every believer in God, is known most clearly by those people themselves. Those people who do not love the truth in the slightest bit are able to acknowledge, accept and know very few of God’s words. Especially regarding God’s many words of judgment and chastisement for mankind, they can acknowledge even fewer of these to be the truth and fact. These people rely only on their own notions and imaginings to believe in God; they acknowledge only those words of God that fit with man’s conceptions, and the doctrines that man understands as the truth. As to God’s words of judgment and chastisement of mankind that do not accord with their notions and imaginings, they do not accept, obey or pay attention to them. How can this kind of person accept and experience God’s work of judgment and chastisement? For created beings not to accept the judgment and chastisement of the Creator is a great offense. Mankind corrupted by Satan becomes a hostile force to God, and does not accept God’s judgment and chastisement; such substance is brazen resistance to and betrayal of God. Refusal to accept God’s judgment and chastisement is caused completely by man’s satanic nature, enough to prove that if man has satanic nature he can hate the truth and resist the truth. This brings about the serious consequence that man’s satanic nature is even more deeply ingrained and cannot be solved. Specifically, Satan’s fortress within man has never been breached by accepting God’s words of judgment and chastisement. Thus, Satan still holds power over this kind of person, which is to say, this kind of person is still Satan the devil and has not yet become a man. We can clearly see this fact from all kinds of false leaders, false workers and antichrists, and from all kinds of evil people who do not love the truth and who groundlessly create disturbances. We can even more so attest to this fact through their wildly arrogant dispositions of not in the slightest accepting judgment and chastisement. All those who have not truly accepted and experienced God’s words of judgment and chastisement are all non-believers who have sneaked into God’s house. Their substance of nature is to be sick of the truth and to hate the truth. It can be said that they are Satan’s lackeys, and are people who disturb and disrupt God’s work, and resist God.

At present there are people in churches in every place who disturb the church’s work, who groundlessly create ruckus, and who disturb and disrupt God’s work. They are also deliberately provocative, striving for power and position, thinking highly of themselves. These people do not accept and experience in the slightest God’s words of judgment and chastisement; they never acknowledge that they themselves are Satan the devil. They do their utmost to speak words and doctrines to deceive and mislead others. Yet, they also run amok and groundlessly create disturbances, and do their utmost to convict, frame, and attack all levels of leaders and workers. They dare to accuse truly repentant leaders and workers of all levels, who can do real work, of being false leaders and false workers. They seize upon mistakes to use for blackmail, tag them with unfair labels, make them suffer and punish them, and try to seize power and position to lead and control God’s chosen people. To build an independent kingdom, they make chaos in churches in all places, and give the church a foul atmosphere. It is obvious that all kinds of demons are everywhere stirring up trouble and provoking incidents; it can be seen from this that Satan all along has never been resigned to failure. “If you do not let me lead, then I will not give you peace; I will agitate you to no end.” The facts are enough to prove that all people who do not accept God’s judgment and chastisement are lackeys of Satan, are demons and antichrists who disturb and disrupt the work of God. Now these people have all been exposed, and God’s chosen people need to distinguish and identify them, and then cast them out of the church. In this way God’s chosen people can truly enter the correct path of believing in God.

So how can we distinguish people who believe in God and yet do not accept God’s judgment and chastisement? All those who believe in God yet never communicate how they accept God’s judgment and chastisement and thus know the true state of their own corruption, all those who never communicate their knowledge of the substance of their own satanic natures, all those who never accept pruning and dealing and the censure of others, all those who never communicate their experience and testimony of knowing God’s righteous disposition through experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement, all those who never discuss their true knowledge of God’s work, who are especially arrogant and prideful, disobedient, and who consider themselves infallible—these are all people who have never undergone God’s judgment and chastisement. All those who have not the slightest bit of the reality of truth or humanity are people who have definitely not experienced God’s judgment and chastisement. Speaking specifically, all those people who have believed in God for several years yet have not truly accepted and experienced the judgment and chastisement of God’s word, possess the below five main manifestations:

1. Not knowing in the slightest their own substance of nature, and knowing even less so their own true face of Satan the devil, corrupted by Satan. Never paying attention to knowing their own satanic nature, and also not daring to dissect or expose their own corrupt and ugly face when communicating the truth. Not understanding in the slightest what is the path of entering life, but thinking they are better than others. They are satanic demons who are wildly arrogant and prideful and obey no one.

2. Not knowing what on earth are the aspects included within normal humanity, not knowing what manifestations are of the likeness of a true person, and knowing even less so how to be an honest person, to the point where they do not even know if they themselves have conscience and reason, or what they should base their behavior upon. Being wildly arrogant and prideful, obeying no one, doing many evils and not knowing themselves, like a beast without a spirit.

3. Believing in God yet not knowing what is pursuit of the truth, and knowing even less how to believe in God so as to attain salvation. Holding only religious conceptions and imaginings, being satisfied with understanding some words and doctrines or keeping to some rules, or being unable to carry out the truth in doing their duty yet thinking that they will be saved. Thinking that this kind of muddled belief in God is not bad, and not knowing that they are living under dangerous circumstances.

4. Fundamentally not knowing the work of the Holy Spirit, and knowing even less what is the flow of the work of the Holy Spirit. Seemingly never being able to distinguish what are good deeds and what are bad, and also not knowing whether or not they themselves have the work of the Holy Spirit; knowing even less which road to walk for faith in God, to attain salvation and be perfected. Also having a wild heart that strives for power and position, misleading and disturbing God’s chosen people and stubbornly walking the path of antichrists, and failing yet still wishing to make a comeback.

5. Having not even the slightest knowledge of God’s work and God’s disposition, never knowing what it is to uphold God’s work, what it is to show consideration for God’s will, what it is to have a heart that reveres God. Still running around committing outrages, striving for power and position, and disturbing the work of the church. Believing themselves to be loyal to God and fulfilling their duty, but in reality often unknowingly disturbing God’s work, becoming false leaders and antichrists and still believing themselves to be without error. Being without a bit of obedience to God’s work and the work arrangements from the above.

All those people who possess the above five manifestations have done enough to prove that they are people who have never experienced God’s judgment and chastisement. Some people even believe in God for many years, and yet still exist within these five circumstances. The root of the problem is because they do not love the truth, they are even less so a person who pursues the truth. Thus, they do not truly accept and experience God’s judgment and chastisement. These are totally people using religious conceptions to believe in God; because they do not love the truth, they never seek the truth. From start to finish they persist in their own religious notions and imaginings; after a few years of this confused way of believing in God, it ends only in crushing defeat. They themselves have not a thing to their name, yet they still wish to be leaders and workers and make people follow them; is this not a shameless satanic performance of corrupt mankind? All people who groundlessly create disturbances in churches in all places are this kind of person. All people who in church elections unscrupulously attack, convict and frame leaders and workers at all levels, who do their utmost to reveal themselves, to exalt themselves, and to strive for power and position are this kind of person. God’s chosen people must be able to distinguish and know clearly this kind of person. If people have the reality of truth, then they do not need to fight for power and position; if God’s chosen people acknowledge this then they can naturally vote. If people do not have the truth, then no matter how much they fight, it is of no use. Even if they attain reputation and status, they will be unable to do any real work. If one is not a person who pursues the truth, sooner or later they must be eliminated. Some people are elected as leaders but later fall from the position. This situation repeats twice, thrice. This is the reason for this. Some people fail once or twice and are able to draw a lesson from this and truly repent. If one sees clearly the meaning of pursuing the truth then they are able to plant their feet firmly on the earth, and experience step by step God’s work and enter the reality of truth. These people have then finally entered the correct path of faith in God, and from among them some people are selected as leaders and workers. For humans to have some failures is hard to avoid, but we must summarize our experiences and lessons; success and failure lies in the path a person walks. To succeed, one must use the reality of truth to cast a foundation; only this kind of success is true success. Without the reality of truth, no matter how high a leader rises or how much fame one may gain, in the end they must fall from power. If one does multifarious evils, then there is even less escape from God’s punishment and curses. Without truth, in the end, one cannot stand; this is the eternal theorem, and is also God’s will.

Now God’s chosen people have all experienced the battle between justice and evil produced by fighting against falseness and church elections. After experiencing this much of the work of the Holy Spirit, all now see clearly how to pursue the truth, to attain salvation and be perfected; it is to honestly accept God’s words of judgment and chastisement, His pruning and dealing. This is the most crucial practice and entering in pursuing the truth. In the past, most of God’s chosen people have experienced His words of judgment and chastisement passively, only reluctantly accepting and obeying and not actively entering or practicing. At meetings, they appear to be eating and drinking God’s words, but yet when they read His words of judgment and chastisement, or His revelation of the substance of mankind’s corruption, they take but a moment, and they do not try to ponder or seek the truth. After a few years of unconscious experience, they finally discover and acknowledge that the words of God that they often read in the past are actually the truth, and fact. For instance, corrupt mankind is the descendants of Satan, they are Satan’s kind; corrupt mankind all resists God, and betrays God; they are all children of hell. “Your Character Is So Lowly!”; “Aren’t Those Who Do Not Learn and Know Nothing but Beasts?”; “To Have an Unchanged Disposition Is to Be in Enmity to God”; “All Who Do Not Know God Are Those Who Oppose God”; “Those Incompatible With Christ Are Surely Opponents of God”; “Transgressions Will Take Man to Hell”; “The Wicked Must Be Punished”; “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks”; etc. Many of God’s words are not able to be immediately understood by communicating, seeking and praying when reading them, but rather after experiencing God’s work for a few years they will come to be known without realizing it. In particular, after experiencing many failures and setbacks, and pruning and dealing, one will become sincerely convinced. Thus it can be seen that to go from reading and understanding God’s words to a true knowledge of God’s words requires many processes, and takes a very long time. There is not a single word of God that can be directly known without relying on experience. The meaning that one obtains from a literal reading of God’s words, and the knowledge that one has of God’s words after a few years of experience, are completely different. This is the greatest difference between doctrines and reality. God’s chosen people have finally come to know that when eating and drinking God’s words, to do so without communication is not okay, to do so without true experience is not okay, and to do so without the supply or watering from the above is even less okay. They must also experience all kinds of trials and refinements, only then will they truly understand the truth and know God. By depending only on their minds and imagination, there is no way to understand the truth. God’s words are indeed the truth, they are profound mystery. If one does not have true experience then they will be forever unable to attain true knowledge. Relying only on an understanding and knowledge derived from a literal reading of His words, they will be forever unable to understand the true meaning.

Experiencing the judgment and chastisement of God’s words is not as simple as people imagine. People all think, “I acknowledge that I am Satan the devil, a child of hell. This is experiencing the judgment and chastisement of God’s words. No matter how God judges and chastises me, how He reveals and convicts me, no matter what God’s words are, I have no notions, I can accept it; is this not experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement?!” As we all know, those people who have not experienced God’s words of judgment and chastisement are unable to obtain true knowledge of the substance of corrupt mankind or their true state of corruption by Satan. They are even less able to acknowledge that corrupt mankind is the devil Satan, not to mention knowing God’s righteous disposition. If after reading God’s words there is no real experience of trials and refinements, or pruning and dealing, then it is very hard to achieve results. If it is a person who has truly experienced God’s work for a few years, then they can have true knowledge of God’s judgment and chastisement, and true knowledge of His disposition. Only this is a person who has true experience, and true entry; only this is a person who has truly experienced God’s work. For instance, how should we know what on earth is the substance of corrupt mankind’s nature? If man does not undergo the revelation of a few large trials and refinements, and setbacks and failures, then he has no way to see clearly what on earth the reality of mankind’s corruption is. Corrupt mankind’s substance of nature is Satan’s nature; corrupt mankind’s true colors are that of the devil Satan. Now this mystery is finally known by God’s chosen people; this is something that the religious world still fundamentally has no way of knowing. God’s expression has exposed and judged corrupt mankind for twenty years; God’s chosen people have experienced this until today, and only now have this kind of true knowledge. We read God’s words of judgment and chastisement again and feel even more close, and sincerely convinced in heart and mouth. All of God’s words of judging and chastising mankind are mankind’s highest life maxims; each sentence is truth, each sentence is precious. Within God’s words, the most precious are those of judgment and chastisement of corrupt mankind, and revealing mankind’s corrupt substance of nature. Knowing these points is not easy; only people who have truly experienced God’s judgment and chastisement are able to attain this kind of result. It can be said that it is precisely these words of judgment and chastisement of God that have saved mankind, changed mankind, and perfected mankind. In principle, all words expressed in God’s last days work are words of judgment and chastisement, and this is not a bit false, because these words all revolve around the principles of judgment and chastisement. In fact, every sentence uttered by God contains within it judgment and chastisement. If you know God’s words, and practice God’s words, then God’s words are a blessing, and are perfection. If you rebel against God’s words, and betray God’s words, then God’s words immediately become words of judgment and chastisement. This is the twofold effect of God’s words. Those people who do not know God’s work treasure only His promises of blessings toward mankind, and never value His words of judgment and chastisement toward mankind. It can be seen that all mankind is poor, wretched and blind, and knows not in the slightest bit that God’s judgment and chastisement is corrupt mankind’s greatest need. It is God’s words of judgment and chastisement of mankind that are the most precious, and are mankind’s highest maxims of life. Have you truly come to know this? Only when we truly know all of God’s words of judgment and chastisement of corrupt mankind are we truly able to know that God’s righteous disposition is majesty, wrath and judgment. This is the result attained by truly experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement.

All those people who have truly experienced God’s words of judgment and chastisement no longer have any notions toward all of God’s words. Even for those words that they themselves do not understand in the slightest, they do not dare to rely on people’s will to understand and make comment, and can even less so create notions. God’s words are the truth; they are the highest authority. All things in the universe must be obedient in the dominion of God’s words; this is something that only a person who has truly experienced God’s work can know. This kind of reverence, and this kind of obedience is something that only the work of the Holy Spirit can perfect. “You ought to know that perfecting men, completing men, and gaining men have brought nothing but swords and smiting for their flesh, and brought endless suffering, the burning of fire, merciless judgment, chastisement, and curse, as well as boundless trials. Such is the inside story and truth of the work of managing man. … Therefore, perhaps ninety percent of what people experience is sufferings and trials of fire, but there are very few or even no sweet and happy days which man’s flesh has yearned for, and they are even more unable to enjoy happy moments in the flesh spending beautiful evenings with God. The flesh is filthy, so what man’s flesh sees or enjoys is nothing but God’s chastisement which is not favored by man, and is as if it were lacking normal reason. This is because He will manifest His righteous disposition which is not favored by man, does not tolerate man’s offenses, and loathes enemies. God openly reveals all of His disposition through any means necessary, thereby concluding the work of His six-thousand-year battle with Satan—the work of the salvation of all of mankind and the destruction of the old Satan!” (“The Purpose of Managing Mankind” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Only through experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement, and His trials and refinement, can we attain changes in life disposition; this is certain and without doubt. It is difficult to imagine how much pain people who experience God’s judgment and chastisement must suffer. What God does is the work of turning those who have been corrupted by Satan and turned into devils back into true humans. Of course this process is complex; perhaps all people must face the torment and pain of near-death before they can be reborn. Amidst this they will certainly experience much of God’s wrath, majesty and curses, because God’s righteous disposition, which does not allow man’s offense and which hates enemies, will be revealed on the people whom He saves and perfects. This will make people see and know God’s righteousness and holiness. It is clear to see, experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement to attain perfection is definitely not as simple as people might imagine. The more people rebel against and resist God, the heavier the chastisement they receive, and the greater the torment and pain they suffer. If people directly resist God and stubbornly refuse to repent, then in the end they will receive punishment and death; this pain is even greater. Thus, the pain that those people who do not honestly receive God’s judgment and chastisement will suffer afterward will be more, and greater. Most people do not know God’s work, and have a confused understanding of His methods, even going so far as to doubt and misunderstand Him in some certain matters. These kinds of people are those who do not know God’s work, and even more so they are people who do not know God.

Through what is God’s perfection of man accomplished? Through His righteous disposition. God’s disposition primarily consists of righteousness, wrath, majesty, judgment, and curse, and His perfection of man is primarily through judgment” (“Only by Experiencing Painful Trials Can You Know the Loveliness of God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s salvation and perfection of man is primarily achieved through judgment and chastisement of corrupt mankind. Without experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement, man will be forever unable to truly know his own satanic nature, forever unable to see clearly the true state of his own corruption, forever unknowing of his own shortfalls and wretchedness, and forever unable to know God’s righteousness and holiness, and His almightiness and wisdom. All the results man attains by experiencing God’s work, it can be said, come through God’s judgment and chastisement, His pruning and dealing. Without God’s judgment and chastisement, His pruning and dealing, we would not have all of this that we have today. Now there are many people who still do not know the significance of judgment and chastisement to mankind’s salvation. This has led to many people being sick and tired of God’s judgment and chastisement, to the point of even being unable to accept His pruning and dealing. This is corrupt mankind’s pity and sorrow. All people who understand some truth and have some change acknowledge that all changes attained through believing in God are completely the result of experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement. While experiencing God’s work, all people who have been subjected to the Holy Spirit’s discipline and strict pruning and dealing have had changes later. Especially those people who have from God’s words of judgment and chastisement obtained the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and illumination, that is those people who have truly accepted the judgment and chastisement from God’s words, have all produced a heart that reveres God. They do not dare again to be wantonly reckless, and even less so do they dare to do things that resist God. Such people have all truly experienced God’s judgment and chastisement—not only pruning and dealing, but more importantly God’s words of judgment and revelation in a deep place in the heart, which is etched in people’s minds, never to be forgotten. Such words of judgment and chastisement of God have become the highest life maxims of man; they have become man’s motto. It could also be said that they have become man’s life. Without this kind of judgment and chastisement, people would be unable to truly know themselves; they would not know what on earth kind of thing they are, and they also wouldn’t know how evil and reactionary the substance of their satanic nature is. Thus, God’s judgment and chastisement today are mankind’s greatest salvation, and greatest perfection; this is also an excellent opportunity for people who pursue knowledge of God and the attainment of truth.

Now there are also some people who do their duties and serve God, but fundamentally do not have a heart that reveres God. They cannot do things completely according to the principles of the work arrangements, and make actions based off of conceptions and imaginings, purely following their heart’s desires, and acting with wanton recklessness. Such people have definitely not truly experienced God’s judgment and chastisement, or His pruning and dealing; none of them are people who are truly obedient to God’s work. When reading God’s words, people seem to be able to acknowledge that God’s words are reality and truth, and they also have some knowledge. And yet, why is there no change? This is where the crux of the problem lies. In reading God’s words, the depths of a person’s soul are not touched; they do not have God’s words pierce through the substance of their satanic nature. Like this, it is very difficult for God’s words to achieve the desired effect within man’s heart. Some people understand God’s words through listening to sermons and communications; some people understand God’s words through pruning and dealing; some people understand God’s words through the voices of dissatisfaction, protest and criticism of God’s chosen people; some people understand God’s words through the strict dealing and pruning from the above; and for some people, when resisting and rebelling against God, the enlightenment and illumination and the judgment and chastisement of the Holy Spirit allows them to know God’s disposition. Thus, there is a direct connection between the background of people understanding God’s words and the effect that God’s words have on people. Of course, these backgrounds are all generated through experiencing God’s work; if people do not have true experience with these specific backgrounds, then it is very difficult to experience the judgment and chastisement of God’s words. It is little wonder that some people beg God for more pruning and dealing, and more trials and refinements, and that they might experience more failures and falls, and then receive the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit. This is most certainly an opportune moment to obtain the truth; it is an excellent opportunity to be perfected by God. God’s chosen people have seen that mankind’s corruption runs too deeply. It can be definitely said that without God’s judgment and chastisement, corrupt mankind must all be destroyed. When experiencing God’s work, if one does not obtain God’s judgment and chastisement, then one cannot attain salvation, and cannot be perfected. Without receiving God’s judgment and chastisement, one will be forever unable to know God and obtain the truth. To obtain the truth one must endure great suffering. Without expense, one absolutely cannot obtain the truth. This is a fact. Most of God’s chosen people already have knowledge of this point.

Among those false leaders and workers who have in the past been eliminated, all those who have some conscience and reason can summarize the lesson of their own failures. They all know the sorry sight of being without the reality of truth, and deeply realize the pain and suffering of believing in God but not pursuing the truth and thus being eliminated. Only thus do they truly see that they were in the past actually walking Paul’s path of resisting God, and see the selfish, contemptible and pitiable sight of their not pursuing the truth but rather pursuing the enjoyments of status. They start to generate a heart of regret, and have true repentance. Finally, they start to pay attention to accepting God’s judgment and chastisement, and accepting the pruning and dealing and censure of God’s chosen people, and come to know how to pursue the truth with one’s feet planted firmly on the ground, and so enter reality. These true transformations are also results attained only through pruning and dealing, and judgment and chastisement. It is thus said, this time of banning false leaders and false workers, and putting into practice church elections, not only allows most of God’s chosen people to enter the correct path of faith in God, but also allows a portion of false leaders and false workers who sincerely believe in God to truly repent and to make a fresh start, and to step onto the path of pursuing the truth. All this is a result of God’s judgment and chastisement. Regarding those false leaders and false workers who have true repentance, as long as their humanity is relatively good, they have not done multifarious evils, and they can indeed do some real work, then they should be elected to continue to serve as leaders or workers in the church at all levels. This is correct. If there are people who continue to convict and attack these truly repentant leaders and workers, then they are disturbing and disrupting God’s work; they are evil people deliberately making trouble and refusing to listen to reason.

In God’s work, everywhere there can be seen God’s judgment and chastisement. In pruning and dealing, there is God’s judgment and chastisement. In the refuting of every kind of fallacies, there is also God’s judgment and chastisement. In the battle between justice and evil, people are also able to see God’s judgment and chastisement. Especially in the work arrangements and the sermons and fellowship from the above, people are even more able to see God’s judgment and chastisement. How on earth should we face God’s judgment and chastisement? The above issues a portion of work arrangements and sermons and fellowship; among them is the judgment and chastisement, and the pruning and dealing toward leaders and workers at all levels in the church. Why is it that some people are able to accept it, feel remorse, and even go so far as to hate themselves, and pledge to satisfy God, whereas some people have the effrontery to refuse the pruning and dealing from the above, and not acknowledge their own mistakes? Some people even go so far as to speak their own reasons, complain that what God’s family does is unfair—what is the problem with this? This is a person who does not pursue the truth, and cannot obey God’s work, and thus they do not experience God’s judgment and chastisement, His pruning and dealing. Like this, their corrupt disposition cannot change, and they will retain their satanic ugliness until death. In churches everywhere, there are plenty of people who do not obey God’s work and resist the truth. Some people do not accept pruning and dealing in the slightest bit, are always using sweet and honeyed insincerities, specious arguments and explanations, always speaking Satan’s false reasoning. None of them are people who truly experience and obey the work of God. No matter how many years they have believed in God, they have never before experienced God’s judgment and chastisement, and they also do not accept in the slightest bit pruning and dealing. They always speak the false reasoning of Satan, always think themselves to be the most correct; they are always attacking others, and convicting others. Because these people do not love the truth, and even less so pursue the truth, they are all people who have not experienced God’s judgment and chastisement. They are all Satan the devil, natural and untouched. Within the church, these people cannot be admonished, and they cannot be dealt with; they are truly dangerous and not to be provoked. All people who have never before accepted and experienced God’s judgment and chastisement are untouched Satan the devil. People who do not pursue the truth find it very difficult to accept the truth. What others say that is right and conforms to the truth, they think it is not the truth; but rather they think only what they themselves say is the truth. There is plenty of this kind of person in churches in every place. If there is not a powerful person who understands the truth there to subdue them, then this kind of person will find it difficult to accept and enter the truth. Obviously, those who do not accept the truth, and do not accept in the slightest bit pruning and dealing, are the most arrogant and conceited of people, and are the people most without reason. They are the people most impervious to reason, and the most absurd. Regardless of how many years this type of person has believed in God they still cannot obey God’s judgment and chastisement. They are all evading His judgment and chastisement, and can only wind up meeting with God’s punishment in the end. People who do not pursue the truth have no way to experience and obey God’s judgment and chastisement, even if they have believed in God for many years. Those people who do not accept pruning and dealing in the slightest bit are definitely people who have never experienced God’s judgment and chastisement; it is difficult for these people to attain salvation. They are all degenerates who do not shed a tear until they see the coffin, who do not lower their heads until they face death. They are all people doomed to punishment.

What on earth is the relationship between judgment and chastisement, and trials and refinement? Judgment and chastisement comes from God’s words, and some trials and refinement also comes with judgment and chastisement. There is judgment and chastisement within trials and refinement, and what judgment and chastisement gives to people is also trials and refinement. For example, when people are receiving judgment and chastisement, the heart feels especially painful, even tortured. This is fundamentally also trials and refinement. Some trials and refinement reveals man’s corruption, and also has the nature of judgment and chastisement. In summary, the methods of judgment and chastisement are manifold; some pruning and dealing also possesses the nature of judgment and chastisement. All the words of truth used to judge people, to expose people’s satanic schemes and point out people’s intentions and goals, have a judging and chastising nature. Sometimes the Holy Spirit enlightens and illuminates people, and allows people to see their true satanic face; this is also a kind of judgment and chastisement. Therefore, it can be said that all of God’s words regarding the substance of corrupt mankind’s satanic nature have the qualities of judgment and chastisement. It is only because man cannot accept and be obedient, and cannot seek the truth, that they have not achieved results. For those people who practice the truth, God’s words are blessings. For those who violate the truth, His words are judgment and chastisement, and curses. Truth fundamentally has this dual effect. All God’s words expressed in the last days are centered around judging and chastising the corrupt dispositions of man. All those people who pay attention to knowing their own substance of nature through God’s words, who use God’s words to thoroughly inspect themselves, and examine themselves, will achieve a result of coming to know their own true state of corruption. They will come to deeply know that mankind is absolutely corrupted and turned into demons by Satan, without the slightest bit of human likeness, and that man should hate himself. Finally, they will all be willing to repent and start anew, to turn over a new leaf. In this way, it is easy for a person to step onto the path of pursuing the truth and being perfected. Of course, at the time of truly understanding and knowing the truth, people’s way of looking at things and their life disposition will gradually begin to change. They will begin to have true human likeness, when doing their duties and in interpersonal relationships. They will be able to regularly apply God’s words to practice the truth. Is this not the transformation attained through experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement? People who do not accept God’s judgment and chastisement, His pruning and dealing, will never be able to enter the reality of truth. Clearly, only by accepting God’s judgment and chastisement, and His pruning and dealing, can we step onto the road to salvation. As to those people who believe in God for many years and yet have not the slightest change in their life disposition, it can be said that this is the consequence of their not truly accepting God’s judgment and chastisement, and His pruning and dealing. People who pursue the truth are all people who accept and obey God’s judgment and chastisement; all those who are unable to accept and obey God’s words of judgment and chastisement are not people who pursue the truth. All those people who by nature do not love the truth will find it difficult to accept pruning and dealing, and even less easy to accept God’s judgment and chastisement. Thus, all those people who do not love the truth will find it difficult to step onto the path of pursuing the truth and attaining salvation. So many false leaders, false workers and antichrists unknowingly step onto the path of the antichrist, which suffices to prove this point.

Only those people who love the truth are able to accept pruning and dealing; only they are able to obey God’s judgment and chastisement. In times of pruning and dealing, no matter how much suffering and refinement a person endures, because their heart is inseparable from God, they feel God is love and God is salvation. Thus, they choose to obey God, and to forsake Satan. This is a person who loves the truth. When people love the truth in their hearts, then regardless of what failures and setbacks befall them, or what trials and refinements or pruning and dealing they face, they can all seek the truth and try to grasp God’s will; they can all choose to obey God’s work. Therefore, the effect that God’s judgment and chastisement, and pruning and dealing has on people who love the truth is perfection and salvation, so that the more people change, the more they have a true human likeness. All people who have experienced God’s judgment and chastisement possess the following few manifestations:

One, they have a heart that reveres God; they really feel that God’s disposition does not brook offense, and do not again dare to resist God.

Two, they produce the resolution to obey God, vow not to again rebel against God, and have the resolve to pursue obedience until death and love for God to the utmost.

Three, they see God’s righteousness and holiness, and feel that God is so lovable, that corrupt mankind does not deserve God’s love, but can only pursue love for Him.

Four, they must be loyal to God in fulfilling their duties; to not have loyalty is to betray God, and to resist God, and they are unworthy of being called human.

Five, they can sincerely worship God, they can prostrate themselves before God, they can express their thanks to the true God and praise the true God.

Six, they must do the duty of created beings, otherwise they do not deserve to be called human; if they do not fulfill their duties then they are not entitled to live.

Seven, it is the duty of man to uphold God’s work; to not uphold God’s work is to be disloyal to God, which is to betray God.

All those who experience God’s judgment and chastisement can attain, to varying degrees, the above seven effects. If one possesses these above seven effects, this can represent changes in a person’s life disposition. If these changes can be seen in a person, then you can be sure that person is certainly someone who has experienced God’s judgment and chastisement, and is definitely someone who has walked forth from judgment and chastisement, and all kinds of trials. This kind of person understands the truth, and has obtained life; all that they live out is entirely in the true likeness of man. They not only have conscience and reason, they even more so have integrity and dignity. No matter whether it is fulfilling their duty or communicating the truth, they can make people approve and be convinced; especially when they are communicating the truth to solve problems, they are able to communicate extremely practically, to give people a feasible way forward. No matter what this kind of person says, it is reality; their manner of conduct does not violate the principles of truth. Sometimes when they act or speak, although other people do not understand clearly, as soon as this person opens their mouth, others immediately understand that all this person does, all they say, is completely correct, and conforming to the truth. With such a person, all that they live out is normal humanity; it is the reality of God’s words. This is completely the result attained through experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement, and His trials and refinement.

Now in all churches there are also some people who do their utmost to disturb and disrupt the work of God. They use exposing false leaders, false workers and antichrists as a pretext, they attempt to break others down and raise themselves up. They also wish to take advantage of church elections to seize power, with the result of throwing the church into chaos. In the end, the true state of things is that those whom they are attacking are exactly the people that the majority of God’s chosen people endorse, and that they themselves are evil people who are arrogant and conceited, wily and deceitful, struggling for power and status, obeying no one. They are those whom God’s chosen people have rejected. Such people never accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s words; they seem to never acknowledge the depth of their own corruption, or that they are Satan the devil. All that comes out of their mouths are words that convict others; they never know what kind of thing they themselves are. This kind of person is an untouched demon or Satan that has never before experienced God’s judgment and chastisement. Because they strive for power, build their own kingdom and do multifarious evils to directly resist God, they become one condemned by history. They are the target of God’s judgment and chastisement when His wrath is at its peak. The false leaders and antichrists who do multifarious evils in all places are this kind of person. There are still now evil people like antichrists everywhere being disruptive and creating chaos; in all places that have had chaos for a long time, there is this kind of devil fanning the flames and stirring up trouble. Now all these evil people like antichrists have been revealed; God’s chosen people must learn to distinguish them, see clearly the substance of their satanic natures of walking on the path of the antichrist, and they must know clearly their true demonic face of Satan. Only when these demons and antichrists have been thoroughly eradicated can the root of the problem of chaos be thoroughly solved. Only when God’s chosen people completely break free of the control of false leaders and demonic antichrists can they truly enter the correct path of faith in God.

In one’s belief in God, only by accepting and obeying God’s work can one attain salvation and perfection; this is Peter’s path of pursuing the truth and being perfected. If God’s chosen people want to walk Peter’s path of pursuing the truth and being perfected, then they must accept and obey God’s judgment and chastisement, and all kinds of trials and refinement. Only in this way can one obtain the truth and experience changes in their life disposition, and become a person who knows God.

The practice and exercise of accepting God’s judgment and chastisement is mainly entered from the following five aspects:

One, pay attention to eating and drinking God’s words of exposing the substance of nature of corrupt mankind, and keep these words in one’s heart. One must often try to reflect on oneself, and to know oneself, to be able to confirm the effect of all of God’s words of judgment and chastisement on oneself. This is the best practice and entry of accepting and obeying God’s judgment and chastisement.

Two, in fulfilling their duties one must pay attention to accepting the censure, pruning and dealing of any person. No matter if the person speaks correctly or not, one mustn’t deny them in the first instance, and even more so one cannot oppose them; afterward one must also engage in introspection according to people’s words of censure, and make a comparison with all of one’s own actions and behaviors. Regarding knowing oneself, and accepting God’s judgment and chastisement, this way has great benefits. This is the best practice and entry of accepting and obeying God’s judgment and chastisement.

Three, integrate God’s words of judgment and chastisement on one’s own transgressions, revealed corruptions, and the path one walks, in order to ponder God’s words, and seek the truth. Do this to know whether or not one has the reality of truth, whether or not one has changes in one’s life disposition, thus to know the righteousness of God’s judgment and chastisement, and to know that God’s words are the truth. This is the best entry and practice of accepting and obeying God’s judgment and chastisement.

Four, when others receive judgment and chastisement, or failures and falls, one must compare this with oneself and draw lessons. In fact, other people’s points of failure are also our own points of failure, and other people’s transgressions are also our transgressions; this is only a question of background and time. If a person can accept all the experiences of failure, and all the judgment, chastisement and punishment received by others, and take this to act as their own judgment, chastisement and punishment, then practicing in this way will have even more benefit for one’s own entry into life.

Five, take all of God’s words of exposing the substance of man’s satanic nature to act as our own judgment and chastisement. Even if we cannot accept it at the time, we should still be clear that this is reality; it is just that our experience is too shallow, and we simply haven’t come to know it yet. The sooner you focus on accepting and seeking the truth, the sooner you will obtain the truth. Man is too passive in his obedience to God’s judgment and chastisement; only at the point where he is exposed does he come to know himself. All of God’s words of judgment and chastisement regarding corrupt mankind are reality, and are the truth, because the substance of nature of corrupt mankind is all the same. It is not that man is not corrupt, but that man’s experience is too shallow to know. As long as people obey God’s work until the end, and experience more trials and refinement, their corrupt substance of nature will be revealed. As long as people seek the truth, they will definitely be able to accept and obey all of God’s words of judgment and chastisement. They will all be able to acknowledge that His words are truth, and fact. As long as people experience God’s work until the very end, they will naturally achieve this kind of result.

The above five aspects are practice and exercise for man accepting and obeying God’s judgment and chastisement. At the same time, all those who believe in God should weigh up and reflect on themselves according to the below five aspects:

One, after believing in God for several years, how on earth many of God’s words of judgment and chastisement have you accepted? How many times have you accepted pruning and dealing? What results have you attained? Are you ultimately a person who accepts God’s judgment and chastisement or not?

Two, in your belief in God, what on earth is the path that you are walking? Is it Peter’s path of pursuing the truth and being made perfect, or is it Paul’s path of being only for blessings and rewards? What path should you choose in the future, and how should you walk this path?

Three, when you are fulfilling your duties, ultimately are you or are you not practicing the truth? How much real work have you done for God’s chosen people? Have there been real results? Is your own duty that of evil or that of good? Is it done to the standard of the duty of created beings?

Four, in the battle between justice and evil of fighting against falseness and elections in the church, what useful work have you done to defend God’s work? Are you ultimately a person who defends the work of God, or are you a person who disturbs and disrupts the work of God? Are you ultimately a person who obeys God or a person who belongs to Satan?

Five, have you the reality of truth or not? Do you have true knowledge of God or not? Do you have true testimony or not? Have you entered the correct path of believing in God or not? Have you ultimately stepped onto the path of pursuing the truth and attaining salvation or not?

The above five aspects are what God’s chosen people must be clear about and understand; this is useful for how one should later accept and obey God’s judgment and chastisement and attain salvation, otherwise all is dangerous. All those people who are not clear about their own state are confused believers without a path; all actions of these people unavoidably create groundless disturbance. The more knowledge people have, the more they think of themselves; they are also extremely arrogant and conceited, obey no one, and are more likely to fight with and antagonize others. If people have a satanic disposition, they are liable to pursue the enjoyments of status, and they do not do their honest work. Thus, they like to groundlessly create disturbance, and think of themselves as having great ability and skill. People without the truth are all absurd as such. To believe in God one must be a sensible person; that is someone who understands the truth, understands God’s will, understands what path it is that one is walking, understands what kind of person one is, and understands what one is doing. This kind of person will easily enter the correct path of believing in God, and attain salvation. The most key question right now is whether in your belief in God you are ultimately experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement or not, pursuing the truth or not, practicing the truth or not, and living completely in the flow of the Holy Spirit or not; this is the most important. If all that you do is defending the work of God, this is fulfilling your duty, and you are an intelligent person. If all that you do disturbs and disrupts the work of God, is groundlessly creating disturbance, and is evil deeds, then you are someone who is doomed for elimination and punishment. These are all questions that every person who believes in God needs to reflect upon within themselves and be clear about.

When the era of judgment reaches its peak, I will not hasten to conclude My work, but will integrate into it the evidence of the era of chastisement and allow this evidence to be seen by all My people; and in this will be borne greater fruit. This evidence is the means by which I chastise the great red dragon, and I will cause My people to behold it with their own eyes so that they will know more of My disposition. The time that My people enjoy Me is when the great red dragon is chastised. Causing the people of the great red dragon to rise up and revolt against it is My plan, and the method by which I make perfect My people, and is a great opportunity for all My people to grow in life” (“The Twenty-eighth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). In experiencing God’s work, the most important thing is to accept and experience God’s judgment and chastisement, and His trials and refinement. All of God’s chosen people, in experiencing God’s work, have revealed every kind of corruption. It is especially all the false leaders, antichrists, and evil people groundlessly creating disturbances, who are blatantly conducting their own management to oppose the leadership of the man used by the Holy Spirit, and to resist the work of God. They refuse to accept the work arrangements from the above, and obey not in the slightest bit the leadership of the man used by the Holy Spirit. They attempt to control God’s elects to build an independent kingdom and oppose God’s work. This is evidence of evil people doing evil deeds in the age of chastisement. God’s house exposes Satan and judges Satan based on the evidence of these evil people resisting Him. This is the means by which the great red dragon is chastised, from which God’s chosen people see His righteous disposition.

Only those people who walk out from God’s judgment and chastisement, and His trials and refinement, are people who attain salvation and are made perfect. If one has not the slightest bit of acceptance of, obedience to, and entry into God’s words of judgment and chastisement, then such a person is not experiencing God’s work, but is a person living outside of the word of God. Even if they have believed in God for many years, they are still just playing a masquerade, and fishing in the troubled waters. Those false leaders, false workers and antichrists are mostly just masquerading, and fishing in troubled waters. Within God’s house, there are only a small number of people who truly accept God’s words of judgment and chastisement. After experiencing many things, these people have seen definite changes in their life dispositions. Regardless of how God speaks they have no notions, they can accept and obey all and never speak their own reasons. They can also accept and obey the work arrangements and sermons and fellowship issued by the man used by the Holy Spirit. No matter how the man used by the Holy Spirit criticizes, prunes or deals with them, they only accept and obey; they do not oppose, and even less so speak any kind of reason. Is this not a person whose life disposition has seen change? God’s chosen people who see that must acknowledge that these people’s life dispositions have certainly undergone changes, and they are certainly living out the likeness of true people. Thus, the above is to promote the use of these people to be leaders and workers at all levels of the church working for God’s chosen people. God likes these people to be leaders and workers at all levels in the church. Looking again at those false leaders, false workers, and antichrists, as well as all the evil people in all places disturbing God’s work, creating incidents and bringing chaos. These people never accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, and even less so accept pruning and dealing. They do not love the truth, even going so far as to hate the truth, and be sick of God’s words. From beginning to end they want to fight for power and position in God’s house, and steal God’s sacrifices, just like a religious pastor, feeding off of the church, doing it just for the sake of making a living; it is truly the despicable business of the devil Satan! Not only can they not provide life to God’s chosen people, but they also want to misappropriate and pilfer the sacrifices dedicated to God by His chosen people, control God’s chosen people and enjoy the benefits of status. This kind of person is far without conscience or reason; they are simply degenerates, the devil Satan! God’s chosen people cannot agree to demonic degenerates acting as leaders at all levels of the church, stealing the sacrificial offerings for God, and continuing to entrap God’s chosen people. These demons have all been exposed now, all that is needed is for God’s chosen people to be able to clearly distinguish them, and then publicly announce their bad conduct and enforce their expulsion. Once all kinds of demons have been eradicated, God’s chosen people will truly enter the correct path of believing in God; in this way God’s work will come to a glorious end.

At the time when all kinds of satanic demons hiding in the church are revealed, bundled up and expelled, it will be the time when God’s chosen people officially enter the correct path of believing in God, will be God’s day of successful completion. At the time when God’s day comes, all kinds of disasters will arrive along with it; people throughout the world will all fall into trials, and God will start to reward the good and punish the evil. All those who believe in God but do not experience God’s judgment and chastisement: do not imagine that you can escape God’s hand. All that can await you is God’s righteous punishment. Reality is as such: People who do not accept God’s judgment and chastisement must then accept God’s punishment; there is no other path to walk. All those who do multifarious evils must be punished. Those who are still doing multifarious evils and have neither repented, nor prepared good deeds, must all accept an even heavier punishment, just as God says: “Do you understand now what is judgment and what is truth? If you have understood, then I exhort you to submit obediently to being judged, otherwise you shall never have the opportunity to be commended by God or to be brought by Him into His kingdom. Those who only accept judgment but can never be purified, that is, those who flee in the midst of the work of judgment, shall forever be detested and rejected by God. Their sins are more numerous, and more grievous, than those of the Pharisees, for they have betrayed God and are rebels against God. Such men who are not worthy even to do service shall receive more severe punishment, a punishment that is moreover everlasting. God shall not spare any traitor who once evinced loyalty with words but then betrayed Him. Men like these shall receive retribution through punishment of the spirit, soul, and body. Is this not precisely a revelation of the righteous disposition of God? Is this not God’s purpose in judging man, and revealing him? God consigns all those who perform all kinds of wicked deeds during the time of judgment to a place infested with evil spirits, letting these evil spirits destroy their fleshly bodies at will. Their bodies give off the stench of corpses, and such is their fitting retribution. God writes down in their record books each and every one of the sins of those disloyal false believers, false apostles, and false workers; then, when the time is right, He casts them amidst the unclean spirits, letting these unclean spirits defile their entire bodies at will, so that they may never be reincarnated and never again see the light. Those hypocrites who did service at one time but are unable to remain loyal to the end are numbered by God among the wicked, so that they walk in the counsel of the wicked and become part of their disorderly rabble; in the end, God shall annihilate them. God casts aside and takes no notice of those who have never been loyal to Christ or dedicated any effort, and shall annihilate them all in the change of ages. They shall no longer exist on earth, much less gain passage into the kingdom of God. Those who have never been sincere to God but are forced by circumstance into dealing with Him perfunctorily are numbered among those who do service for His people. Only a small number of such men can survive, while the majority shall perish along with those who are not qualified even to do service. Finally, God shall bring into His kingdom all those who are of the same mind as God, the people and the sons of God as well as those predestined by God to be priests. Such is the distillate obtained by God through His work. As for those who are unable to fall into any of the categories set by God, they shall be numbered among the unbelievers. And you can surely imagine what their outcome shall be. I have already said to you all that I should say; the road that you choose shall be your decision to make. What you should understand is this: The work of God never waits for any that cannot keep pace with Him, and the righteous disposition of God shows no mercy to any man” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).

October 15, 2011

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