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17. One Will Not Be Truly Saved Unless He Escapes From Satan’s Influence

For several thousands of years, Satan has been leading mankind astray and corrupting it. Mankind has long been severely corrupted by Satan and has become satanic forces of evil which resist God and are hostile to Him. God was incarnated twice and came to redeem mankind during the Age of Grace and save mankind during the last days, but was met with conviction and abandonment by mankind, and was even crucified. In fact, people have never welcomed God, not to mention accept the truth. Instead, they convict the true way and hate the truth. They have completely turned into the ilk of Satan and the devils. All mankind lives under the domain of Satan, controlled by it, and has descended into the abyss of evil and darkness. Satan’s nature has become mankind’s life. It has completely taken charge of mankind. People are involuntarily led astray, corrupted, and controlled by Satan. They fail to submit to God, even though they often want to. They find it extremely difficult to love God and please Him, even though they wish to. They believe in God yet fail to return to God and submit to Him. This is because they are controlled by their satanic nature and subject to Satan’s influence. Darkness and evil dominate the whole world. All sorts of evil spirits have become rampant, and demons have gained unchecked power. The truth cannot be put into practice anywhere. Indeed, the whole world is under Satan’s control. This is an undeniable fact. Mankind cannot be saved by God unless it escapes from Satan’s influence. When people are led astray by evil spirits or controlled by any person, matter, or thing, they are still under Satan’s domain and controlled by Satan’s influence. Anyone who lives under Satan’s domain and is unable to truly submit to God fails to return to God or to be gained by God, and so can’t be saved by God.

Incarnation which brought salvation to mankind is really a life and death struggle between God and satanic forces, because Satan’s dark influence greatly jeopardizes mankind’s salvation. No one can escape from Satan’s influence without God incarnate’s salvation. No man can be saved unless he pursues the truth and comprehends the truth. If someone fails to attain the truth, they will never escape from Satan’s influence. If someone fails to comprehend the truth or gain true knowledge of God, they will never be able to submit to God. When mankind fails to submit to God, it is because they are controlled by their satanic nature and subject to Satan’s influence. This is why we say that someone who fails to truly submit to God has not escaped from Satan’s influence. By Satan’s influence, we primarily refer to that of the great red dragon and works of evil spirits. In addition, there is the influence of false leaders and antichrists, as well as each individual’s satanic nature. For believers who seek God’s salvation, such manifestations of Satan’s influence (i.e. satanic philosophy, heresies and fallacies, theological theories, religious conceptions or mankind’s imaginations) present a much greater threat to mankind being led astray and manipulated. Without the truth, there can never be victory. We must seek the truth in order to escape from Satan’s influence and be saved. We can only overcome Satan’s influence when we truly understand the truth and truly know God. This is absolutely the truth.

People often become aware of their serious corruption as they experience God’s work. They notice that they are subject to their satanic nature so that they are unable to put the truth into practice or perform their own duties normally. They find it extremely hard to submit to God and being perfected by Him seems unattainable to them. However, we will gradually be able to perceive the essence of our nature after several years of experiencing God’s work. We will see that corrupt mankind bears no resemblance to real humans, and we will hate Satan and the great red dragon. We will be gradually clearer about God’s will, and attain a better comprehension of the truth. We will not find it hard to turn against our own flesh in order to put the truth into practice. We will also be able to submit to God in many situations after subjecting ourselves to pruning and dealing. When people find it easy to put the truth into practice, they no longer consider their submission to God a difficult task. Whatever we do, as long as we understand the truth, we will be able to have a way to practice and submit to God. On the other hand, anyone who fails to comprehend the truth will be restricted by people, matters and things as they are tempted and tested. They will have no idea how to submit to God. They will be at risk of getting confused and manipulated, and will be likely to follow Satan under such circumstances. They will fail to detect Satan’s ruses, or distinguish right from wrong or good from evil, since they don’t comprehend the truth. They will certainly be unable to figure out how to practice it in order to submit to God. Mankind will continue to live in darkness as long as it fails to comprehend the truth, so how could it escape from Satan’s influence and be saved? It is evident that, regardless of the situation, people are always at risk of getting confused or manipulated or becoming followers of Satan and are likely to resist God and rebel against Him if they fail to comprehend the truth. This is verified by countless examples from the experiences of God’s chosen people.

God rescues mankind from Satan’s influence so that mankind may return to Him and be gained by Him. People must come to understand the truth and know God by pursuing the truth if they wish to be perfected and gained by God. Satan will then have no means to lead such people astray or corrupt them, not to mention control or manipulate them. Such people are considered to be those who have escaped Satan’s influence and have been gained by God. If someone truly comprehends the truth and knows God, they are able to distinguish right from wrong and see through Satan’s ruses as well as know how to submit to God. Satan will be unable to lead them astray or control them. Such a person has triumphed over Satan. They have escaped from Satan’s influence and become people who have been saved. Anyway, we can only escape from Satan’s influence by pursuing the truth and attaining true knowledge of God. Only then will we become those who truly submit to God. This is the path which believers must take to be saved.

In addition to God’s judgment, chastisement, trials, and refinements, what God’s chosen people enjoy most in their experience of God’s work is the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit continues to enlighten God’s chosen people toward knowing God’s word and comprehending the truth. The Holy Spirit offers enlightenment to people during trials and refinements, which leads them to know God’s righteousness and understand God’s intentions and demands. The Holy Spirit offers enlightenment to God’s chosen people when they are led astray by Satan, enabling them to see through Satan’s ruses, intentions, and aims so that they may not be deceived by Satan again. When God’s chosen people are led astray or restrained by false leaders or antichrists, the Holy Spirit leads them to an understanding of God’s work and helps them see the essence of Satan’s demonic nature so that they may submit to God’s word and the truth. The Holy Spirit is always at work to help mankind to understand the truth, thus allowing them to see that God is righteous, beautiful, and good, God is light, and God is love. Mankind will begin living in the light once it has true knowledge of God. People will be willing to practice the truth and submit to God. They will realize that submission to God is the way to go. It is the path to the light. They will realize that leading a life to practice the truth according to God’s word is completely justified. It is mankind’s duty and obligation. Once people have realized this, they will find it easier to put the truth into practice. They will be more willing to submit to God and they will find it completely justified to practice the truth and submit to God. Therefore, as people gain a better understanding of the truth, they become more willing to put it into practice; as they gain a deeper knowledge of God, they become more willing to submit to God. When believers truly know God, they will not only surrender their hearts to God but they will also choose to practice submission to God. They will also submit to God with devotion. Submission to God will become ever more absolute. People’s submission to God will become more absolute as they gain a greater knowledge of God. They will remain steadfast and faithful until death. They will even practice submission unto death. They will absolutely love God and they will consider it glorious to be crucified for God’s sake. Such is the outcome of understanding the truth and of knowing God. When people comprehend the truth and have indeed gained knowledge of God, they will not be led astray, corrupted, or controlled by any satanic influence, false leaders or antichrists. Such people have naturally escaped from Satan’s influence.

Anyone who can truly and absolutely practice submission to God has already triumphed over Satan and escaped from its influence. Such a person is someone who has been gained and perfected by God. When people’s pursuit of the truth has led them to gain knowledge of God, they will consequently escape from Satan’s influence. If believers truly comprehend the truth, they will find it rather easy to detect these false leaders and antichrists hidden in the church. It will only take a few words to expose and deliver a fatal blow to them, and bring complete humiliation to Satan. False leaders and antichrists, who are all Satan’s servants, will be at their wits’ end and helpless in the presence of those who comprehend the truth. They will definitely suffer a humiliating defeat. Therefore, when people’s pursuit of the truth has led them to gain knowledge of God, they will consequently triumph over Satan. Believers’ being capable of defeating Satan means that it will no longer be able to confuse, corrupt, or manipulate them. Satan will never be able to control them, even though it is trying hard. Such people are able to submit to God without any hindrance from Satan’s influence. Aren’t they then among those who have escaped Satan’s influence and have been saved? Escaping from Satan’s influence can be this easy. As long as mankind seeks the truth and does real battle with Satan so that they grow wise to Satan’s ruses and learn about the reality of Satan’s resistance and hostility toward God, they will be able to completely escape from Satan’s influence.

Why is it that many who have believed in God for many years can still be restrained and controlled by false leaders and antichrists? When people fail to find ways to put the truth into practice or offer submission to God, it is because they fail to understand the truth and have God’s word and the truth as their life and thus have no ability to triumph over Satan. This suggests that without the truth, one can in no way defeat Satan. Believers who are unable to avoid being led astray or controlled by false leaders and antichrists when they believe to the end will be eliminated by God. They will be eliminated because they have not attained the truth. They are devoid of life. Those who fail to seek the truth will never comprehend it or become ones who submit to God. Therefore, people will never be saved if they do not have the truth. They will accomplish nothing whatsoever.

We see that many believers have mere zeal and may comprehend some doctrines, but they fail to comprehend the truth. They do not know how to figure out what God desires from them during trials, not to mention being able to please God by doing what He wants. They are unable to perform their own duties according to the work arrangements from the above, nor do they view everything according to God’s word. They are unable to carry out the work God has requested people to do, and they are unable to find solutions to urgent issues God’s chosen people face. They are in no position to usher God’s chosen people into the reality of the truth. They contradict God’s wishes and do whatever they desire instead. They toil for their own reputation and status, and hunger for the benefits which come with status. They oppress, restrict, falsely blame, segregate, and expel people. They entrap God’s chosen people and cause their downfall. They accuse, segregate, and dismiss brothers and sisters who are brave enough to stick to the principles, fellowship about the truth, and dispute their versions of events. They disrupt and dismantle God’s work of bringing salvation to people. Some will even brazenly pigeonhole the work arrangements of the above or refuse outright to implement them. They hinder God’s chosen people from eating and drinking God’s word, pursuing the truth, or performing their duties according to the work arrangements. They will even engage in serious disputes with the man used by the Holy Spirit and try to build their own independent kingdoms while resisting and sabotaging God’s work. All false leaders and antichrists are controlled by their satanic nature. They become instruments of Satan. For the sake of their reputation and status, they contradict the truth, resist God and rebel against Him. Such demonic parties of antichrists wantonly commit evil deeds and defy law and order in churches everywhere. They are controlled by their own satanic nature and never seek the truth. They have even gotten tired of the truth and of God’s word. As a result, they will do everything to secure their reputation and status and maintain their indulgence in physical pleasures. Rather than maintaining their personal integrity, they often act treacherously for selfish gains. They lust for the benefits of status and commit all sorts of evil deeds. Such people have practically turned into beasts or demons, for they have no conscience or sincere remorse for the wicked deeds they have committed. When they are capable of doing evil to such an extent they are indeed beyond any likelihood of being saved. All these false leaders or antichrists who commit all sorts of horrendously wicked deeds are beyond any possibility of being saved. They are doomed to be punished, and will certainly perish.

When a person fails to seek the truth, their satanic nature will be revealed once he or she has acquired status, and the devil will begin to reveal itself. It is thus clearly seen that anyone who has been corrupted by Satan and shares the same nature as Satan can never be saved if they don’t love or pursue the truth. Once such a person has acquired status, they are equal to a devil, Satan, wielding power. Anyone from among the leaders or workers of the church may be considered Satan the devil if he or she does not love and seek the truth. This is absolutely always the case. Such a leader or worker will become more brazen, and carry out even greater wicked deeds as time goes by. They may appear to be a nice person in the first one or two years, but as time goes by, when they have firmly secured their position, they will begin to carry out wicked deeds. As their wicked operations grow larger and they become more monstrous in their audacity, they will brazenly pigeonhole the work arrangements as well as the sermons and fellowship of the above or even refuse outright to implement them. They want to be the master of all things and try to create independent kingdoms for themselves. Aren’t they being dominated by their satanic nature? When a person is being dominated by his or her satanic nature, they will live as Satan. A person will live as a human being and have the image of a human only if he or she pursues the truth and lives according to God’s word. Therefore, anyone who doesn’t have the truth will continue to reveal more of their demonic nature and satanic features. They are exactly those revealed false leaders and antichrists.

When a person first comes to believe in God and has not comprehended the truth, they are unable to distinguish between right or wrong things done by false leaders or antichrists. Since false leaders or antichrists are capable of leading people astray through their absurd theories and deceiving them through their doctrines, they are extremely difficult to detect for anyone who doesn’t have the truth. Under the control of false leaders and antichrists, if God’s chosen people cannot accept the work arrangements of the above, if there is not a supply from the sermons and fellowship of the above, they will be unlikely to comprehend the truth or enter reality. False leaders and antichrists may thus keep control over God’s chosen people indefinitely. Therefore, unless God’s chosen people pursue the truth, they will never escape from Satan’s influence. They will never comprehend the truth. This is the sad and pathetic state of anyone who lives under the domain of Satan. People now understand why these false leaders and antichrists brazenly pigeonhole and refuse the work arrangements as well as the sermons and fellowship of the above. To put it quite frankly, what false leaders and antichrists fear most is God’s chosen people comprehending the truth and getting on the right track of their faith in God. God’s chosen people will expose, reject, and get rid of them once they comprehend the truth. They will be crushed, will lose their status and enjoyment, and will be reviled by generations to come. This is why they have been trying all they can to hinder God’s chosen people from seeking the truth and to prevent them from getting on the right track in their faith in God. This is one of Satan’s ruses, which God’s chosen people must take good note of.

If a believer wishes to be saved, they must escape from Satan’s influence, which may be done by pursuing and understanding the truth. If one fails to understand the truth, one will also fail to know God and will never truly submit to God. So how is it that a person cannot submit to God without understanding the truth?

1. When one fails to understand the truth, one also fails to understand God’s desire and demands.

2. When one fails to understand the truth, one also fails to comprehend the essence of any problem.

3. When one fails to understand the truth, one also fails to distinguish right from wrong.

4. When someone fails to understand the truth, they will be led astray or controlled by Satan’s forces, and will consider that an accomplishment.

When someone fails to understand the truth, they live in darkness and see no light. They cannot help but be restrained by Satan. They have no idea about acting according to the truth or submitting to God, and have no way of putting the truth into practice. They basically have no clue how to act in order to submit to God. Under such circumstances, they will find Satan’s preaching agreeable, even though they are just doctrines or absurd ideas which appear to be true but are actually wrong. As a result, they’ll proceed to act according to what the false leaders and antichrists have said. They have thus unknowingly submitted to Satan. Such people may think that their actions are in accordance with the truth and will be regarded as practicing submission to God. In reality, they have fallen into Satan’s trap, and they have no idea that they are following Satan. Doesn’t this illustrate that without the truth, one can only be led astray, controlled, and used by Satan? Without the truth, you can never detect Satan’s ideas, absurd theories or escape from being led astray. You have no choice but to act in such a way, which you consider right at the time. So when a person doesn’t have the truth they can easily be led astray, fooled, controlled, and used by Satan. They can never escape from Satan’s influence. Can people triumph over Satan or escape from its influence without the truth? People want to be free from Satan’s deceptions or control, but they have no ways. And they may even consider Satan to be correct. They may follow Satan and be thankful to Satan. They may think that it’s Satan that has led them onto the right path, or they may even think that they are submitting to God. Not even in their wildest dreams have they ever thought that they have been led astray by Satan and have been following Satan. Nowadays, many people cannot discern false leaders or antichrists. They are still being led astray by them, and are still obeying and following them, but they think they are practicing the truth and submitting to God. There is no limit to the stupidity of those who live without the truth. How pathetic those who fail to understand the truth really are! Such fools are not likely to ever comprehend the truth, not to mention escape from Satan’s influence.

Prior to understanding the truth, every individual has gone through something they cannot avoid, which is being led astray by false leaders and antichrists. While all people desire to put the truth into practice and submit to God, they have no idea how to respond adequately to specific situations. They will often become disoriented, especially when they encounter more complicated matters which may contradict their way of thinking. For example, when some brothers and sisters noticed that the leader or worker had come to collect books, they asked them why they wanted to do so. The leader said, “Trials are imminent, so there is no need to read God’s word. Only pray to God, and you will overcome the trials through faith.” The brothers and sisters then had no idea what to do. They pondered and thought that their leader’s remarks seemed reasonable, so they handed over the books. This is an example which illustrates people’s inability to detect Satan’s ruses. They had no discernment regarding whether or not to hand over the books. As a result, Satan had its way. Another example. When some brothers and sisters noticed an action of their leader did not correspond to the work arrangement of the above, they said to him, “This matter is not being done according to the work arrangement of the above.” The leader replied, “You ought to follow the new light. Don’t just go by the rules.” The brothers and sisters didn’t know what to say when they heard him talk about submission to the “new light.” They thought to themselves that it was correct to follow the new light. Even though they knew that it was wrong to disobey the work arrangement, they dared not object to or stop it but could only submit to the leader. This was due to their inability to detect the absurdity of “follow the new light” said by false leaders or antichrists, which was a ruse by the evil spirit to lead people astray. Therefore, they were unable to practice submission to God. One more example. Some brothers and sisters wanted to reject or expose false leaders and false workers when they realized that they did not have the Holy Spirit working in them and that they only restrained people by engaging in letters and doctrines. The false leaders argued that God’s work did not conform to people’s notions, so they must submit to whoever God uses. After hearing this, the brothers and sisters thought it was reasonable, so they submitted to them. This happened because they failed to understand the truth. They failed to realize the real meaning of the remark, “God’s work does not conform to people’s notions.” This is why they were led astray by the false leaders who said something that seemed to be right but was actually wrong. One last example. Some leaders withheld work arrangements as well as sermons and fellowship of the above. Due to their insufficient knowledge of truth, some members of God’s chosen people were not clear about them, although they found both work arrangements and sermons and fellowship of the above to be reasonable. Since they failed to understand the truth, they had no choice but to submit to the false leaders and antichrists who were expressing these absurd ideas. All these examples illustrate that people are easily led astray and cannot escape from the control of false leaders and antichrists when they fail to comprehend the truth. Without an understanding of the truth, they will not be able to submit to God. They can only live under the domain of Satan, and continue to be led astray, fooled, and controlled by it. Anyone who is led astray or controlled by Satan, or is a follower of Satan, is someone who resists God and rebels against Him. How can such a person be among those who have been saved?

There are so many actual cases and examples of people being led astray. The entire religious community is being led astray by, and is under the control of, false leaders and antichrists. Isn’t it true that even in God’s church, people are being led astray and controlled by false leaders and antichrists when they fail to understand the truth? Therefore, when people fail to comprehend the truth, they are like puppets that blindly follow anyone who wants to lead them astray and control them. They allow themselves to be fooled, led astray, and used. This is a common occurrence, which most people are unable to avoid. Prior to truly understanding the truth, each individual has usually gone through a miserable period in his or her life experience when they are led astray, used, fooled, and controlled by Satan, and it’s hard to say whether they are human or demon during this period. Like an honest person who is easily cheated, any believer is easily fooled and used if they don’t have the truth and are ignorant. A believer becomes Satan’s tool when they fail to understand the truth. If there is no truth, there can be no sovereignty or human rights, and no point discussing dignity or character. Anyone who does not have the truth is a beast, an animal. So anyone who does not have the truth is not considered to be a true human. They are an animal. This is absolutely true.

Now God’s chosen people have figured out that as believers they cannot be saved unless they escape from Satan’s influence by pursuing the truth. This is very realistic and practical. Without the truth, they will be led astray, fooled, and controlled. Without the truth, they will continue to live under Satan’s domain and remain subject to it. Without the truth, they will live in darkness, and will never see light. Without the truth, they will live in sin and have no way of escaping from it. They will be doomed to destruction. Only the truth can transform people. It not only can change people’s life disposition, it can also alter their fate. It enables people to escape from Satan’s influence, and attain a new life of freedom. It enables a person to live out the likeness of a real man. In summary, the truth allows people to escape from Satan’s influence. It allows them to turn to God. This is a reality which is evident to all who seek the truth. At present, we have come to understand the truth and to know the true God. We certainly have seen the light of life and the path to salvation. It is absolutely true that believers can only escape from the influence of Satan by pursuing the truth. Only then can they escape from Satan’s confusion, control, manipulation, and frame-up. God has revealed all the truths which bring salvation to people in order to awaken people’s hearts and open their spiritual eyes. He has done so to allow people to accept the truth and to attain life. He absolutely means to save and perfect people. The truth is the treasure by which corrupt people can be saved. The truth gives the new life people should attain. Having the truth as life, we will be able to detect Satan’s ruses and schemes, and expose its hideous presence. We will be able to escape from Satan’s confusion, manipulation, deceit, and control. We will be able to escape from Satan’s influence. We will be able to truly turn to God and submit to Him. Having experienced up until today, God’s chosen people have fully realized that believers must pursue the truth and comprehend the truth in order to detect Satan’s ruses and see clearly the satanic countenances of false leaders and antichrists. Only by doing so will they be able to completely see through to the essence and true identity of false leaders and antichrists that resist God and remain hostile to Him. Only by doing so will they be able to completely reject and escape from the control and confusion by false leaders and antichrists, and to truly submit to God, turn to God, and be gained by Him. Such are those who are truly saved. Believers who fail to pursue the truth or understand it will never escape from Satan’s influence or be truly saved.

Now, many of God’s chosen people are reporting various wicked deeds committed by false leaders, false workers and antichrists who oppress, punish, accuse, or entrap people, and even segregate and expel people. They have requested the house of God to promptly address the issues, which suggests that God’s chosen people have begun to awaken. Indeed, after years of fellowshiping, preaching, nurturing and caring, we are now getting good results. As God’s chosen people now comprehend some of the truths, they have begun to detect all sorts of false leaders, false workers, and antichrists. They are now unwilling to be led astray or restrained by them. They seek to escape from Satan’s bondage and control, and to become people who truly submit to God, true worshipers of God. This is evidently the progress God’s chosen people have made, suggesting that they have gotten onto the right track as believers. They have entered the reality by pursuing the truth on key issues regarding pursuing to escape from Satan’s influence and be saved.

The most crucial issues for believers to attain salvation are related to how they manage to escape from Satan’s influence. The most basic approach to address those issues is that God’s chosen people should first understand the truth and so they will be able to precisely detect false leaders and antichrists, and then figure out how to treat them, abandon them, or oppose them. God’s chosen people will learn how to discern Satan and how to reject it through this kind of experience. They will learn how to prevent themselves from being constrained by anyone or anything. They will learn how to practice absolute submission to God and to the truth. When these things are done, God’s chosen people will have truly escaped from Satan’s influence, and they will be able to truly submit to God. Such are people who are truly saved. By experiencing these matters, God’s chosen people will be able to enter the reality of escaping from Satan’s influence and truly turning to God. They will enter the reality of being free from the bondage of Satan’s forces, and the reality of absolute submission to God. This is the result God’s work is to achieve. This is how God saves people from Satan’s influence.

As to when these false leaders and antichrists will be got rid of, and when we can expect to see some results, this is no longer the crux of the question. The purpose for false leaders and antichrists to have been controlling and entrapping God’s chosen people in the church for extended periods of time is to further the spiritual growth of God’s chosen people. What you are looking for and expecting to see ought to be that God’s chosen people may mature in life, which means they may mature in stature. This is the most basic thing. As God’s chosen people become mature in stature, false leaders and antichrists will pose no threats to them despite how influential or powerful they may be. Like the great red dragon in China, it has already been at its wit’s end regarding God’s chosen people getting on the right track of their faith in God to be saved. No satanic forces can prevent people from pursuing the truth. The great red dragon is unable to keep God’s chosen people from pursuing the truth, and neither will Satan’s servants hidden in the church be able to do so. Satan can only lead people astray for a short while. But believers will be able to detect Satan’s ruses and make out its wicked countenance if they have attained a true understanding of the truth. Once God’s chosen people have comprehended the truth and attained true knowledge of God, they will begin to triumph over Satan and escape from its influence. Therefore, Satan’s job is to disrupt, confuse, restrict, or stop people from pursuing and understanding the truth, and from getting on the right track of their faith in God. Such is Satan’s trickery.

What false leaders, false workers, and antichrists have done represent the deeds of Satan, which are to confuse, disrupt, and stop people from getting on the right track in their faith in God. False leaders and antichrists withhold the sermons and fellowship and the work arrangements from above—or refuse to implement them—in order to stop God’s chosen people from pursuing the truth and getting on the right track in their faith in God. They do not permit God’s chosen people to eat and drink God’s word or listen to the sermons and fellowship. These are also measures they take to prevent God’s chosen people from pursuing the truth and getting on the right track in their faith in God. They accuse, segregate, dismiss, and control people in order to secure their own positions, which are also measures they take to prevent God’s chosen people from pursuing the truth and getting on the right track of their faith in God. Everything they do may be seen as their way to resist God’s work, disrupt people, keep people from pursuing the truth, and prevent God’s chosen people from getting on the right track in their faith in God. This is the truth, and no one can deny it. Therefore, in order to lead God’s chosen people onto right track of their faith in God, the house of God must get rid of all false leaders, false workers, and antichrists. In order to completely remove the restrictions they have imposed upon God’s chosen people, we must first thoroughly communicate certain areas of the truth. We must expose everything false leaders and antichrists have done and reveal the consequences, so that people may learn to exercise discernment. They may be able to detect Satan’s ruses and make out the satanic countenance of false leaders and antichrists. God’s chosen people will thus be more likely to escape from the confusion and menace of Satan and be more likely to forsake Satan and rebel against it. Unless we address these fundamental issues, God’s chosen people will never escape from the confusion, and control of Satan’s forces. Therefore, we can only truly escape from Satan’s power and influence and submit to God if we seek the truth and understand it. This is also an aspect of the reality that we must have ready for our salvation.

Some believers always wonder when exactly false leaders and antichrists will be removed, as if God’s chosen people would not mature in life or be saved until that has been done. This is not entirely correct. The most critical thing is how people mature in life as they pursue the truth. False leaders and antichrists will not be able to control people if they have truly understood the truth and matured in life. No satanic forces are able to restrict or stop people from eating and drinking God’s word and pursuing the truth in their hearts. Whatever positions false leaders and antichrists may occupy come to mean nothing to God’s chosen people as they mature in stature. Satan will suffer a total humiliation because it will be unable to lead anyone astray or control anyone once they have truly understood and gained the truth. Satan fears dreadfully that God’s chosen people will understand and gain the truth. This is because Satan will be totally defeated if God’s chosen people escape from its influence and turn to God as a result of their true understanding and gaining of the truth. Satan will no longer be able to control mankind. This is the fact.

Believers will not mature in life without Satan’s deception, disruption, restraint, or sabotage in the church life. They would be just like delicate flowers in a greenhouse, which cannot withstand any exposure to the elements. We must be able to discern and completely see through Satan and negative things, in order to overcome Satan’s influence. Our ability to discern Satan doesn’t come from nowhere. Rather, it is acquired as a result of Satan’s threats, persecution, constraints, disruptions, temptations, control, and entrapment. Therefore, these false leaders and antichrists may be instrumental in contributing to such an effect. Although you are unable to see Satan or evil spirits in the spiritual realm, you have witnessed in the actions carried out by false leaders and antichrists that Satan has been interfering with mankind, that Satan has been controlling people and leading them astray, that it has been stopping them from pursuing the truth and entering the reality, that it has been focusing on disrupting and sabotaging God’s work. Everything Satan wants to do is for the purpose of preventing God’s will from being done and for sabotaging God’s work of bringing salvation to people. After people have seen this to be true, they will realize how Satan resists God and remains hostile to God. They will realize exactly the purpose and essence of every action Satan has carried out. They will see Satan’s ruses in all its acts of resisting God. As a result, they will acquire true discernment and resentment toward Satan, which will eventually lead them to rebel against Satan and forsake it. They will escape from the restraint of Satan’s influence, and practice true submission to God. Such is the outcome we expect from those who experience God’s work. By going through such life experiences, people are able to gradually achieve maturity in life.

As God’s chosen people experience God’s work to the point of attaining a comprehension of the truth, they will naturally be able to discern Satan and start to resent it. This will eventually lead them to rebel against and forsake Satan, to practice true submission to God, and to completely turn to God. This is the process according to which God’s chosen people escape from Satan’s influence and get saved. This is how people mature in life, and it is the expected outcome of God’s work. It is how the Holy Spirit ushers people into the reality of God’s word. It may be said that it is also how God saves and perfects people. Therefore, we may expect to mature in stature and be fit for God’s use when our pursuit of the truth has brought about our entry into reality in everything. After God’s chosen people have completely rebelled against and defeated Satan after seeing through its ruses and its countenance, will they still wonder when false leaders and antichrists will be removed? By then, false leaders and antichrists will have been humiliated. Naturally, Satan will no longer remain standing when God’s chosen people have awakened. Therefore, it is just a matter of time before false leaders and antichrists are removed. The exact timing will be determined by the stature of God’s chosen people.

God’s chosen people ought to understand what God’s desires are regarding what to care for and focus on. Do not give in to our own imagination, or notions asking God to do things for us, because God has His own timing in everything. At present, there are issues in churches of various places concerning disturbances, disruptions, and the entrapment of God’s chosen people by false leaders and antichrists. What are the most important truths God’s chosen people should equip themselves with, what important lessons are there to learn, or what sort of reality should God’s chosen people enter? To address these issues, the above will issue a number of fellowships in the future specifically dealing with the truth and the reality God’s chosen people should enter in regard with the practice of escaping from Satan’s influence. These issues will be addressed at a fundamental level. These false leaders and antichrists will occupy no position in the hearts of God’s chosen people. God’s chosen people will no longer be subject to their restraint. In achieving such a result, these false leaders and antichrists will naturally suffer humiliation. They will no longer be able to stand before God’s chosen people. The time when Satan suffers humiliation will also be the time when it will be removed. You’ll see that things will happen just like this.

God perfects people under specific circumstances. People need His salvation when they are being corrupted, fooled and controlled by Satan. Only then the Holy Spirit enlightens and illuminates people and allows them to understand the truth and see God’s righteousness, as well as see God’s desire and His demands for them. People are able to forsake and rebel against Satan once they truly understand the truth and are able to detect its trickery. Only then will people have completely escaped from Satan’s influence and been saved. People have learned the essence of their satanic nature. They will truly understand the truth and attain a true knowledge of God only when they have also detected Satan’s philosophy and absurd theories, figured out the work of evil spirits, and discerned false leaders and antichrists and forsaken them. When God’s chosen people can truly submit to God, Satan will no longer be able to confuse or control them. They will have completely escaped from Satan’s influence. This is the actual process according to which people understand the truth through experiencing God’s work and are saved. Pursuit of the truth is the foundation which allows people to escape from Satan’s influence.

It is evident to believers that attaining salvation from God is not a smooth sailing journey. An understanding of the truth or knowledge of God cannot be attained simply by going to church meetings or eating and drinking God’s word. They require constant battles with Satan. For example, regarding the threats and persecutions of the great red dragon, believers must seek the truth and learn the essence of its nature and then be able to truly rebel against it. They must be able to submit to God and remain faithful to Him. They must never give in to the persecutions of the great red dragon and they must remain standing in times of trials. This is truly escaping from the influence of the great red dragon. This is the first hurdle in escaping from Satan’s influence. Next, people must undergo multiple temptations from all sorts of evil spirits, which they will be able to discern by seeking the truth. They will be able to make out the wicked countenances of evil spirits as well as the essence of their nature. They will then have passed this test of the work of evil spirits. This is the second hurdle in escaping from Satan’s influence. In addition, people must also face deceptions and manipulations by false leaders and antichrists. They will detect the essence of the nature of false leaders and antichrists and the reality of their resistance to God by pursuing the truth. They will eventually manage to fence them off and forsake them, and they will no longer be subjugated to them. They will thus have passed the hurdle of the deceptions and manipulations of false leaders and antichrists. This is the third test in escaping from Satan’s influence. Also, with respect to believers’ own satanic natures, they will have passed the hurdle if they do the following when pursuing the truth: They realize their own corruption and nature and substance, and the pathetic and worthless state they are in, and then eventually deny themselves, rebel against the flesh, and truly submit to God. Then, they will have passed the hurdle of resolving their satanic nature. This is the fourth hurdle in escaping from Satan’s influence. Next, people must learn to discern, and figure out thoroughly all satanic absurd theories, Satan’s philosophy, theological theories, and religious notions. Satan then will have no way of deceiving or corrupting believers. No satanic forces will then be able to control them. Only then will they truly escape from Satan’s influence and turn to God and be saved. If God’s chosen people eagerly eat and drink God’s word, pursue the truth, and get on the right track as believers, they will never be led astray or manipulated by the rumors of antichrists. No matter how much antichrists spread rumors and lead people astray, or say that God’s word is false or distorted by people, they believe that God’s word is forever the truth and it will remain forever true. They are able to see through the satanic essence and nature of antichrists, who fear, resent, and deny God’s word. They are able to figure out that antichrists maliciously intend to stop God’s chosen people from eating and drinking God’s word and understanding the truth in order to put them under their control forever. If they are able to do so, they will have escaped from the deceptions, disruptions, and manipulations of Satan and antichrists. They will have escaped from Satan’s influence. As God’s chosen people experience God’s work, they will attain more understanding of the truth when they eat and drink God’s word more frequently. They will receive more illumination and enlightenment from the Holy Spirit as they eat and drink God’s word more frequently. They will finally learn that God’s word is the truth, way, and life. God’s word represents God’s life disposition, which pertains to everything about who God is. It breaks up people’s superstitions and notions, allowing them to see that God’s word is alive and realistic. It is not simply dead letters. This is the most practical meaning of the word appearing in the flesh. If the word was inspired by the Holy Spirit and revealed to people, then what was compiled by people will be considered God’s word which will remain unchanged and exactly to its original wording to eternity. Anyone who does not know God’s word or experience God’s work in the last days will have imagined and determined God’s word along these lines, as if God’s word could only be conveyed in such ways. This is contrary to fact. God incarnate’s utterances are natural revelations. He speaks very freely, just like a normal human being. He has His own way of thinking and is particular about His methods but doesn’t stick to any rules. He can speak of the truth at any time, anywhere. The truth essentially remains the same, regardless of the manner in which He speaks or which things He repeatedly states. The exact wording may change, but the truth essentially remains the same. The manner in which God speaks of the truth is extremely normal and realistic, just like a man speaking as he pleases, which illustrates that God incarnate is the embodiment of the truth. God conforms to no rigid rules when He speaks. In His speech there are no sentences which remain unchanged. People will fully see God as the way, truth, and the life when they truly know Christ in essence. They will revere only God and worship only Him. They will no longer be subjugated by anyone or anything. They will become people who truly submit to God. They will have truly escaped from Satan’s influence. They will have overcome Satan’s deceptions and the antichrists’ deceits. They will be the ones who are saved. You still have not escaped from Satan’s influence if you are still subject to the constraints of other people, certain ideas or affairs. Anyone or anything that keeps people from submitting to God pertains to Satan’s influence. If any leader or worker stops you from submitting to God, they are Satan’s influence. If there are any demonic ideas, absurd theories, or religious conceptions which stop you from submitting to God, those absurd theories and conceptions are a part of Satan’s influence. Anyone or anything that stops or limits people from turning or submitting to God is a part of Satan’s influence. God saves people so that people may escape from all the influence of Satan, and so that they may practice absolute submission to God with no restraints from anyone or anything. Such people are those who have truly been saved and perfected by God. Now there are many members of God’s chosen people who are being restrained by false leaders, false workers, and antichrists. They are being restrained by leaders at different levels, all kinds of people, religious conceptions, or people’s imaginings. Regardless of the kind of restraints they are under, they all suggest that they have failed to understand the truth and have not attained the truth. They still live under the domain of Satan. They have not been saved. The time when God’s chosen people truly know God through pursuing the truth will be the time when they will be under no control of anyone or anything and become people who have escaped from Satan’s influence and got saved. As believers seeking the truth, people ought to aim at escaping from Satan’s influence and getting saved. This approach will never be wrong.

March 15, 2011

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