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Question 16: You say that Almighty God is the appearance of God in the last days, and is the true way. You also say that it was God who created this world, and who rules over what happens in this world, that it is God’s work that has guided and saved people all along. What basis in fact do you have for saying this? We Communist Party members are atheists, and do not recognize God’s existence or God’s sovereignty in the least. Even less do we recognize the appearance and work of God incarnate of which you talk. The Jesus in whom Christianity believes is clearly a person. He had parents, and had siblings. Christianity, however, absolutely requires that He be treated as Christ, and be worshiped as God. This is utterly inconceivable. Almighty God in whom you believe is just like Jesus, clearly just an ordinary person. Why must you obstinately insist that He is God incarnate? Why must you bear witness that He is Christ Savior of the last days in person? Isn’t this terribly foolish and ignorant? There is no such thing in this world as God. Even less does there exist a God as God incarnate. You obstinately say that an ordinary person is God incarnate. What is the basis of this? Are you all able to express the grounds and basis of your belief?

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XI. Exposing and Refuting the Rumors and Falsehoods of the CCP

Question 16: You say that Almighty God is the appearance of God in the last days, and is the true way. You also say that it was God who created this world, and who rules over what happens in this world, that it is God's work that has guided and saved people all along. What basis in fact do you have for saying this? We Communist Party members are atheists, and do not recognize God's existence or God's sovereignty in the least. Even less do we recognize the appearance and work of God incarnate of which you talk. The Jesus in whom Christianity believes is clearly a person. He had parents, and had siblings. Christianity, however, absolutely requires that He be treated as Christ, and be worshiped as God. This is utterly inconceivable. Almighty God in whom you believe is just like Jesus, clearly just an ordinary person. Why must you obstinately insist that He is God incarnate? Why must you bear witness that He is Christ Savior of the last days in person? Isn't this terribly foolish and ignorant? There is no such thing in this world as God. Even less does there exist a God as God incarnate. You obstinately say that an ordinary person is God incarnate. What is the basis of this? Are you all able to express the grounds and basis of your belief?

Answer: God is Spirit. People cannot see Him or touch Him. But the Spirit of God does things, and says words that people can see and hear. This is true. From the facts recorded by the Bible we can see that the Spirit of God can speak through thunder, and can appear and speak to people through flames of fire, and can be incarnated to come among people to speak to people. These are facts that no one can deny. God has guided people all along, over thousands of years, and has done three stages of work in the Age of Law, the Age of Grace, and the Age of Kingdom. In every stage of work, God has expressed many words. In the Age of Grace, God was incarnated as the Lord Jesus to express truth, and was nailed to the cross for the sins of mankind, doing the work of redeeming the human race. During the Age of Kingdom, God has become incarnate again as Almighty God, has expressed truth to do the judgment work of the last days, has come to thoroughly purify and save the human race, and lead the human race to a glorious destination. Thereupon the age of evil and darkness came to an end. All of the words that God spoke during the two times He was incarnated allowed the human race to hear the voice of God, and to see the appearance and work of God, so the people have turned toward God one after another. Henceforth the human race has been able to see God’s omnipotence and wisdom in the words of God, has come to know the righteous disposition of God, and has seen that the words of God accomplish everything. This is the most obvious outcome achieved by the work of God incarnate. This effect could never be attained through the work of the human race, because humans do not possess truth, and are even less able to express truth to conquer and save the human race. Regardless of the method in which God works or speaks, however, regardless of how great the work done by God, or how large the number of people who turn to God, those of the satanic category must do their utmost to condemn the appearance and work of God. They also seek out various excuses to deceive people, causing people to be suspicious of God, and to deny God. The Communist Party does its utmost to deny Christ, to condemn Christ, and calls the incarnate Lord Jesus and Almighty God ordinary people. This is completely decided by the demonic essence of the Communist Party that hates truth and resists God! The Communist Party is an atheist political party that dares even to deny God in heaven. How would it ever recognize the incarnate God?

I tell you that God incarnate, the practical God, is most plainly evident in His ability to express truth at all times and places; He can do the work of God Himself. Though by outward appearance He is an ordinary person, in fact He is the flesh worn by the Spirit of God. All of His words and work are the expression of God’s Spirit. He can redeem the human race and can save the human race. He can begin new eras, and can end old eras, and ultimately bring people into God’s kingdom. Without a trace of doubt, the work that the incarnate Christ does is that of God Himself; Christ is none other than the manifestation of God. Just like the incarnate Lord Jesus, though by outward appearance He is an ordinary, normal person, He brought the way of “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” and accomplished the work of redeeming the human race. He also performed many miracles and wonders, for example, the five loaves and two fish feeding five thousand people. With one utterance, He calmed the wind and sea. He brought a dead person back to life, etc. The truth that the Lord Jesus spoke and the wonders and miracles He performed could not have been done by any person. This makes God’s authority and power completely evident, and is sufficient to prove that the Lord Jesus was God incarnate, and was the Redeemer of the human race. However, the leaders of Judaism at the time well knew that the words and work of the Lord Jesus had authority and power, and could not have been achieved by a person. Yet they cast judgment upon the Lord Jesus and condemned Him, saying that the Lord Jesus was a human being, saying that He was speaking blasphemy, and was using the ruler of the demons to cast out demons. With this they deceived people, and caused people to deny the Lord Jesus, who was God incarnate. This completely makes evident their satanic nature that resisted God and hated truth. During the current time, religious circles generally acknowledge that the Lord Jesus was Christ, and was God incarnate. It is only the devils who belong to Satan who deny and condemn God incarnate. The Communist Party does its utmost to deny Christ, to condemn Christ, and calls the incarnate Christ an ordinary human, labels Christian churches as cult organizations, wildly suppressing and banning them. Isn’t the Chinese Communist Party thoroughly evil and reactionary? Are they not satanic demons who resist God and deny God?

God’s incarnation as Christ is mainly for the purpose of expressing truth to accomplish the work of salvation. You do not acknowledge that the words of Christ are all truth, of course you would deny Christ, and even condemn Christ. Only the people who acknowledge, accept, and submit to Christ are able to attain truth and to attain salvation by God. Almighty God of the last days has expressed all truth that purifies, and saves the human race. Almighty God is the same as the Lord Jesus; from the outside He appears to be an ordinary person, yet He really is the Spirit of God in human form. In substance He is God, and can express truth and do the work that God Himself would do. Almighty God has revealed the truth of man's corruption, has even explained very clearly how Satan has corrupted the human race, and has exhaustively explained God’s requirements of man, and the truth that they ought to have. Almighty God has pointed out a bright path for the human race, asking humans to be honest people, and to live by God’s word. Only in this way can God’s blessing and a wonderful destination be attained. After we accepted Almighty God, experienced the work of God, and became clear about many truths, throwing off much unrighteousness, and getting far away from wicked conduct, we have all attained varying degrees of purification and change. We all therefore have a foundation for living; we all have correct goals for human life, and glorious prospects. This is completely the outcome achieved by the words of Almighty God on humans. This is sufficient proof that the words of Almighty God are truth that can purify the human race and save the human race, can cause people to cast away their satanic disposition and avoid the bondage of Satan’s influence, and can bring people to a wonderful destination. Please tell me, who, aside from God, could express these truths? Who could solve the root cause of people’s sins, and thoroughly save the human race from the fetters of sin? And, who could bring the human race into a wonderful destination? Other than God Himself, there is no one who has this authority or this power. Other than the incarnate Christ, there is no person who can express truth. This is factual. The truths that Almighty God has expressed are sufficient to prove the Almighty God is none other than God incarnate. Almighty God is the appearance of the Savior Christ of the last days.

You deny and condemn God incarnate like this, have you read the words of Almighty God? Have you investigated the work of Almighty God? If you have not investigated it, I suggest that you best not deny Christ in this way, even less should you declare Christ guilty. If you don’t object, I can fellowship with you some passages of Almighty God’s words. Almighty God says, “He who is God's incarnation shall hold the substance of God, and He who is God's incarnation shall hold the expression of God. Since God becomes flesh, He shall bring forth the work He must do, and since God becomes flesh, He shall express what He is, and shall be able to bring the truth to man, bestow life upon man, and show man the way. Flesh that does not contain the substance of God is surely not the incarnate God; of this there is no doubt. To investigate whether it is God's incarnate flesh, man must determine this from the disposition He expresses and the words He speaks. Which is to say, whether or not it is God's incarnate flesh, and whether or not it is the true way, must be judged from His substance. And so, in determining whether it is the flesh of God incarnate, the key is to pay attention to His substance (His work, His words, His disposition, and many more), rather than external appearance” (Preface to The Word Appears in the Flesh) “Christ comes during the last days so that all those who truly believe in Him may be provided with life. His work is for the sake of concluding the old age and entering the new one, and is the path that must be taken by all those who would enter the new age. If you are incapable of acknowledging Him, and instead condemn, blaspheme or even persecute Him, then you are bound to burn for eternity, and shall never enter the kingdom of God. For this Christ is Himself the expression of the Holy Spirit, the expression of God, the One whom God has entrusted to do His work on earth. And so I say that if you cannot accept all that is done by Christ of the last days, then you blaspheme the Holy Spirit. The retribution that should be suffered by those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit is self-evident to all. I also tell you that if you oppose Christ of the last days, and deny Him, then there is no one who can bear the consequences on your behalf. Furthermore, from this day onward you will not have another chance to gain the approval of God; even if you try to redeem yourself, you will never again behold the face of God. For what you oppose is not a man, what you deny is not some puny being, but Christ. Are you aware of this consequence? You have not made a small mistake, but committed a heinous crime. And so I advise everyone not to bare your fangs before the truth, or make careless criticisms, for only the truth can bring you life, and nothing except the truth can allow you to be reborn and behold the face of God” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) The words of Almighty God explain the substance of Christ very clearly. We who believe in Almighty God have all read a great deal of the words of Almighty God. For this reason only are we able to understand the truth concerning God's incarnation, and have accepted the last-days work of Almighty God. If there is no understanding of truth, it is often easy to have notions about the work of God, and even to judge it and condemn it. If one is able to pursue truth, and read a lot of Almighty God's words, it assures that they will not say words to condemn or resist God. we hope that you will not say any more words that deny God or that deny God incarnate, lest you offend God.

from the movie script of The Lies of Communism

Previous:Question 15: National leaders have labeled Christianity and Catholicism as cults, and labeled the Holy Bible as a cult book. These are generally acknowledged facts. As to why central government has labeled Christian house churches, and in particular The Church of Almighty God as cults, as my understanding and research inform me, I consider it to be like this: All who testify that God created all things, who testify that God is the Creator, that God created mankind, who testify that God rules over everything, and testify that God is the Lord of the universe, and controls the universe, and would have the human race revere only God, submit to God, and worship God, all these are cults. All who testify that God is righteous, holy, and great, who bear witness to God's love and salvation of the human race, who condemn Satan as the devil who corrupts the human race, and as an evil force that rules the world, especially who directly attack and condemn the Communist Party, all these are cults. All who testify that the Lord Jesus has returned, who bear witness for Christ incarnate, and talk of the words and work of an ordinary human as if it were the appearance and work of the Savior, and also publicize and testify that all of the words expressed by Christ are truth, calling upon the human race to accept God, to turn toward God, and to submit to God, and who do not yield to the Communist Party, all these are cults. All who testify that the words of God are truth, and higher than everything, who testify that the Holy Bible is God's word and that The Word Appears in the Flesh is truth, and do their utmost to eliminate and condemn Marxism-Leninism and the ideology and theory of the Communist Party, all these are cults. All who teach about and bear witness for Christ of the last days, who preach that God has returned, making all of the human race accept God's salvation, and who call upon people to abandon everything and follow God as the only way to get into the kingdom of heaven, all these are cults. This is my understanding of the central government's labeling all Christian house churches, in particular The Church of Almighty God, as cults. Do all of you know what a cult is by now? In China, the Communist Party is in control. The Communist Party is a Marxist-Leninist, atheist political party that opposes all theism. The Communist Party declares guilty as cults all religious groups that believe in God. This demonstrates the absolute authority of the Communist Party. Only the Communist Party is great, glorious, and correct. Anything that goes against or is hostile toward Marxism-Leninism is wrong; it is something that the Communist Party wants to ban. In China, it is necessary to esteem Marxism-Leninism and the Communist Party as great. Could it be that there is something wrong with this? You of The Church of Almighty God openly spread that Jesus has returned, and is none other than Christ of the last days, Almighty God. You also testify that Almighty God expresses truth to purify people, to save people, and that the kingdom of heaven has already arrived on earth. This has resulted in shaking up and dividing religious circles, leading to millions of people turning toward Almighty God. This has caused a giant sensation in China, and has brought severe confusion and unrest to society. In so doing, aren't you disturbing public order? The central government therefore declares The Church of Almighty God guilty of being a cult, and implements severe attack and suppression. You are all deceived and have gone astray. The government hopes that you waste no time in repenting, distancing yourselves from The Church of Almighty God, and joining the Three-Self Church. In this way, the government will no longer hold you criminally responsible.

Next:Question 17: You bear witness that Almighty God is God of the last days appearing and working, and you say that your belief in Almighty God is seeking truth, and walking the correct path of life. From what I know, however, many of the people who believe in Almighty God are like those missionaries of Jesus, who for the purpose of spreading the gospel and bearing God's witness, did not hesitate to abandon family and career, and gave body and soul for God. Among them there are many young people who don't get married, all doing their duty in following Christ of the last days. What I am saying is all true, isn't it? Perhaps you are not aware that, because of you leaving family and work to spread the gospel and bear God’s witness, there are ever greater numbers of people who believe in God. If the whole human race turned toward God, who would still believe in the Communist Party, and follow the Communist Party? Precisely because of this, the government suppresses and arrests you. Can there be anything wrong with this? Mainly it is because you believe in God in this way that so many people have been arrested and sentenced to jail, and that so many people have to leave home and flee. So many husbands and wives have divorced, and so many children have no parents to love them. There are so many elders who have no one to care for them. By believing in God this way, you have caused your families to suffer such hardship. What are you trying to achieve? Could it be that this is the very correct path for human life of which you talk? Our traditional Chinese culture attaches most importance to filial piety. The saying goes: “Of all virtues filial piety is most important.” Confucius said: “While your parents are alive, don't travel far away.” Showing respect to parents is the foundation of human conduct. Believing in God, and following God the way that you do, unable to care for even the parents who gave you life and nurtured you, how can this be considered a correct path for human life? I often hear people say that believers are all good people. This is not false. But all of you believe in God, worship God, and venerate God as great. This has caused the Communist Party to burn with anger, and to be full of hatred. You do your duty to spread the gospel, yet you can’t even take care of your own families. How can this be considered good conduct? What do you say, could it be that even this does not show that you have taken a wrong path in belief in God? By spreading the gospel and bearing God’s witness in this way, aren’t you destroying the harmony and stability of society? I plead with you to not persist in error. You should return to society as soon as possible, reunite with your families, live normal lives, and take care of your families well. You should do your duties as children and as parents. Only this is the foundation for human conduct; only this is the most practical.

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