We’ve just read a piece of God’s word, “Are You a True Believer of God?” This is the title of God’s word. It is through faith that people accept the work of God and come to stand before Him. If a person lacks faith, will he be able to accept God? If you say to a random guy on the street, “You believe in God, no? Then come read God’s word with us, come fellowship about the truth.” Will he accept this invitation? Not at all. Some of them will say, “How much money will you give me if I believe in God? I’ll believe in God if you give me $100 to attend your congregation. I won’t go if you don’t give me money; there’s no use in going for me otherwise.” What kind of mindset is this? The mindset of a non-believer. He believes in money, but not in truth, nor in God. He’ll do anything for money, and he won’t do anything if you don’t give him money. He won’t even choose to gain eternal life through the truth if money isn’t involved. So, what’s the real difference between us and them? Those of us who come to listen to the preaching are able to leave aside our families. Some of us even cast aside our jobs and renounce everything that we have in order to serve God and bear witness for God. We devote everything to God so that we can attain the truth and bear witness for God. We offer up our whole selves, devoting our lives and time on earth to God. Why are unbelievers incapable of doing this? This is the difference between us and unbelievers: We have faith in God, and they do not. Is this not the case? Today we read the piece of God’s word “Are You a True Believer of God?” God expresses this piece of word for all those who stand before Him, in order to watch over them and inspect them. And so, we must look at what God says about what it means to have faith in Him. In doing so, we can see what differences there are between what God says and our own conceptions of so-called “faith.” What impurities or ulterior motives exist within our faith? What does God’s discourse on faith actually mean? What does it mean to have faith? Is this the truth that all believers must seek? Indeed, there is truth to be sought within faith. And so, today we will eat and drink God’s word so we can resolve any impurities that surround our faith in God. We will seek to answer the following questions: The impurities in us produce what repercussions, what consequences? How do they influence us to have conceptions of God? How do they lead us to disobey or resist God? How do they ultimately cause man to rebel against God? If these impurities are not resolved, will our faith still lead us to gain God’s approval? Some people say, “I’ve believed in God for so many years. I’ve devoted so many years of my life to God. How could my faith possibly be impure?” Others say: “I’ve suffered so much hardship for believing in God. I’ve suffered so much persecution on His behalf. How could my faith possibly be impure?” Is this kind of certainty a good thing? Is this a good line of thinking? Don’t boast that there are no impurities within your faith. We should look at what God has to say, for He can see all the way down into the bottom of our hearts. For those of us who believe in God, is it merely enough to just believe in Him? Will it suffice to merely acknowledge His existence? Some people believe in Christ of the last days and say, “I recognize You as Christ of the last days. You’ve expressed the truth and I have seen it, and so I have no doubts at all about You. I acknowledge without reservation that this truth comes from God’s Spirit, and that it is God’s Spirit who has expressed it.” Is this acknowledgment an example of true faith? Does this acknowledgment prove that a person possesses true faith?
In the Age of Law, the followers of Judaism all acknowledged that Jehovah was the Creator of the heavens and earth and all things, the one true God. They acknowledged this without reservation for ages and ages to come. However, when the Lord Jesus came, they did not recognize Him, and they nailed the Lord Jesus to the cross. What was wrong with their faith? For two thousand years, religious people believed in Jesus Christ. When Almighty God comes in the last days, they still condemn Him and want to nail Him to the cross once again. Is this humankind’s “true faith” in God? They believe in God but do not know God. Will God approve those who have faith without understanding? Those who believe in God can still resist Him. They can still crucify Him. Will God acknowledge such faith? The Lord Jesus, as early as the Age of Grace, explained this phenomenon very clearly: “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). In prayer, these people always say, “Lord, Lord, I’ve devoted myself to preaching in Your name, I’ve done many wonderful works in Your name.” How can someone like this lack true faith? Why doesn’t the Lord acknowledge their faith? Why does He still condemn them, and say to them, “depart from me, you that work iniquity”? They’ve devoted themselves to preaching in the name of the Lord and have done many wonderful works in the name of the Lord, but the Lord brands them as evil-doers. Where are they in the wrong? Is there no truth to be sought here? Indeed, there is truth to be sought here. If we look at it from the aspect of truth, then what is wrong with this person’s faith? Those who believe in God but do not submit to God are not true believers. Believers who do not accept the judgment and chastisement from the word of God do not accept the truth. This is not faith. God does not acknowledge such faith. Those who believe in God without understanding Him can still oppose Him. Isn’t this person an enemy of God? Allow me to propose an analogous example. Let’s say God suddenly took all of His believers and raised them up to heaven (including all of the Jewish chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees, along with the Christian pastors, elders, and believers). With God speaking words in heaven every day, what do you think the outcome would be? Would these people be able to submit themselves to the Lord? Would they be able to accept His words? Or would they continue to resist the Lord and oppose Him? When the Lord expressed the truth in heaven, would these people still oppose Him, condemn Him, and hate Him? Would they nail Him to a cross again in heaven? Would this happen again, and how so? Religious people won’t acknowledge this as a possibility. Instead, they’ll say, “Absolutely not. Of course we’ll submit to whatever the Lord says in heaven. Of course we will continue to devote ourselves to preaching in the name of the Lord, casting out demons and doing great works in His name.” But in reality, will they truly be able to submit themselves? For example, when the Lord Jesus came to earth to do the work, what would the outcome be if He were to go to a Jewish synagogue to deliver a sermon? Most people would say, “The Jewish chief priests and scribes would surely rise up from all sides and attack the Lord Jesus. They’d even go so far as to arrest Him and hand Him over to the authorities.” Now, why would they do such a thing? The Lord Jesus did not come to preach at their synagogue to scold them, nor to shame or disgrace them. He did not come to deprive them of their right to believe in what they want to believe in. So why would they do such a thing? I’ll see who can see to the bottom of this matter. Can you see to the bottom of this matter? I’ll propose another hypothetical example. When Almighty God does His work of judgment, what would the outcome be if He went to a religious venue to preach the truth and express His word piece by piece? The Christians would surely force Him out of the church and condemn Christ, “This is a false Christ, He’s come to lead us astray! We have no faith in You, we have faith in Lord Jesus, the Lord of the Jews, not You, for You are false. If You don’t leave, we’ll force You to do so. We’ll turn You over to the authorities!” What’s wrong with this? If Christ came to visit their homes to fellowship about the truth, they would force Him out the door. Isn’t this just like how long ago, Lord Jesus had no pillow and nowhere to rest His head?
Why doesn’t Almighty God come to the religious churches to speak and do His work? Isn’t the reason obvious by now? God does not go to religious churches because the people there do not welcome Him or accept Him. When Lord Jesus came, why did He go to the seaside to look for fishermen and talk to them? He said, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17), calling out to the fishermen, “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19). Why did He talk to fishermen instead of going to the synagogues to find the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees? Don’t we have all the answers to these questions by now? Once we tell people such things, they will admit the facts. And so, in the end, why do things like this happen? There are simply too many impurities in people’s faith. People do not truly have faith in God. If the Lord Jesus were to be cast away by the Jews, what would He say to them in return? “You people do not truly believe in God. Rather, you believe in your idols, in the vague God. When God comes to speak and do His work as I have done, you will not believe in Him.” And so, Almighty God won’t go to religious churches to do His work. Instead, just like the Lord Jesus said to the Jews, He would say, “You are not true believers in God. You do not know God. And so when God incarnate comes to deliver the truth so that He may purify you, judge you, and save you, you do not believe in Him. Even worse, you want to nail Him to the cross once more.” What is the root cause of this dilemma? It is man’s unbelief that causes all of this. The unbelief of all religious people is revealed by the fact that they do not know Christ, and even resist and condemn Him. Thus, man is revealed by the actual facts. When the Lord Jesus came, He made it evident that the Jews who believed in God did not know God and opposed Him. When Almighty God came, He revealed how all the Christian pastors, elders and followers do not know God, but rather oppose Him, turn Him away, and reject Him. When God has revealed all of this, we come to understand according to this fact.
What impurities and elements of unbelief exist within our faith in God? If we do not resolve these things, what will their repercussions be? Is it necessary to discuss this subject? It is extremely necessary! Why so? If we do not resolve these elements of unbelief, danger will continue to plague our faith in God. Some will say: “What could be dangerous about faith in God?” Is there not a danger of betraying God? Is there not a danger of God forsaking you and condemning you for your sins? Yes. This is why God reveals your unbelief. If God does not reveal the impurities and elements of unbelief within man’s faith, can a person come to know them on their own? No, man will never be able to realize them. If we give this piece of word to the religious world so that the leaders, pastors, and elders may read it. Will they accept God’s words? No. Most of them will reject them, oppose them, and condemn them. Mankind’s desire to disobey and resist God is far too strong. Yet when we speak of submission to God, they all say, “Well, of course! I’m a person who submits himself to God.” If we ask who here is a true believer, everyone will raise their hands and say, “We are all true believers. We are the most faithful. Our faith is complete, without reservations, without even a shred of doubt.” They’ll all boast about their faith and brag about themselves. However, once the true facts are revealed, they’ll fall flat on their face. This is what God has to say about people who brag about their obedience: “On the inside, you are faithless and evil!” Yet they’ll respond, “What? Why do you say that we have an evil disbelieving heart? We are the most faithful of all!” What kind of disposition is this? Isn’t this extreme arrogance and conceit? Is this what submission to God looks like? Is this what submission to the truth looks like? Many people who believe in God are like this. They’ll say, “If you speak to flatter me and your words conform to my notions, I’ll accept them, I’ll approve of them, I’ll say, ‘Amen!’ But if what you say does not conform to my notions, or reveals my inner darkness, then I’ll be angry at you. I will oppose you and condemn you.” What kind of disposition is this? Is this not the disposition of Satan? God has come and speaks the truth in this way, how many accept it? How many seek out this truth? The entire religious world is all waiting for God’s coming. Yet when God actually comes, when His truth is made public on the Internet for all the countries and people of the world to see, how many people actually take the initiative to seek out the truth and accept it? The majority of people reject Him and condemn Him. Is this not a wicked and faithless age? It is indeed, and the entire religious world has no true faith in God, they all resist God. Do you accept this or not?