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A Christian’s Wonderful Rebuttal of the Notions of a Three-Self Pastor

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Pastor Feng (A Three-Self pastor): Sister Jiang, your reception of the correct path in believing in God is very good. It is consistent with the word of the Lord Jesus. I totally agree without dissent. But just now, you witness that the Lord Jesus has returned, that is, the incarnate Almighty God. This is what I don’t understand. You also know that over the years, the Communist Party has been frantically convicting, suppressing, and arresting you. Most pastors and elders of the religious community have also condemned Eastern Lightning. If Almighty God is indeed the Lord Jesus who has returned, the CCP’s condemnation and opposition are inevitable, but why did the resistance and condemnation of the religious community occur? If it is really the Lord who has returned, He should have first appeared to the religious pastors and elders, so these pastors and elders would be the first to be raptured. But this is not the case now. Not only is the CCP frantically suppressing and arresting Eastern Lightning, even most pastors and elders of the religious community are resisting and condemning. What is the problem here? Can you explain it to me?

Jiang Xinyi (A Christian): Pastor Feng, you question God’s appearance and work in the last days because of many pastors and elders of the religious community’s resistance and condemnation of Almighty God. This is normal. Recalling when the Lord Jesus appeared to work, not only did the Roman dictatorship resist and convict Him, Judaism even more frantically condemned and resisted the Lord Jesus. Does it mean that the Lord Jesus was not the appearance of God? Are you sure that whatever is condemned by the pastors and elders of the religious community is not the true way? Going by your point of view that whatever is resisted and condemned by the religious community is not God’s appearance and work, may I ask if the Lord Jesus was God’s appearance? Were the word and work of the Lord Jesus the appearance and work of God? Since the leaders of Judaism had resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus so much, what is the basis of your belief in the Lord Jesus? Pastor Feng, you are familiar with the Bible. May I ask why did the Lord Jesus curse the Pharisees? Whom did the Pharisees represent? Did the Pharisees represent the religious leaders? The Book of Revelation predicted the destruction of the religious community. What did it mean? It indicates that the religious leaders are resistant to God. They all deny and resist Christ and act against God. Don’t you admit that this is the fact? Why is the religious community so deserted and devoid of the Holy Spirit’s work? This is enough to show that God hates and curses the religious community. God wants the chosen people who really belong to Him to come out of religion, to come out to God from the city of Babylon. This is the intention of God. If you do not believe it, take a look at the prophecy of Revelation, see how the Lord Jesus cursed the Pharisees, then you will understand everything.

Pastor Feng: It is true that the Lord Jesus cursed the Pharisees. It is also true that the demise of religious Babylon was predicted in Revelation. I know all these. However, Sister Jiang, you witness that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus who has returned to perform judgment work by expressing the truth in the last days. Is there any biblical basis for it? Those who believe in the Lord know that the Lord Jesus’ return is His resurrected spiritual body descending with the clouds for all eyes to see. To date, we haven’t seen the Lord Jesus descend with the clouds. So I’m certain that the Lord has not yet returned. Sister Jiang, I do not understand. Why do you witness that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus who has returned? How can you be sure that God will be incarnated as the Son of man to appear and work in the last days? Can you tell me?

Jiang Xinyi: Pastor Feng, you often teach the Bible to others, you should understand the Bible more than me. But my belief in Almighty God was established upon study and examination. I have read many words of Almighty God and found that all His words are truth that has unveiled all the mysteries of the Bible. I am sure that the expression of Almighty God is the voice of God. My acceptance of Almighty God is based on the prophecies of the Lord Jesus: “For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luke 17:24-25). “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). In His prophecies, the Lord Jesus mentioned about “the coming of the Son of man” and about “But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.” This clearly indicates that in the last days, the Lord will return as the Son of man in the flesh, and still speak to man. When man hears the voice of God, he will have greeted the Lord. The appearance and work of Almighty God fulfills the prophecies of the Lord Jesus. The word of the Lord is very clear that He will return as the Son of man in the last days. Since He said it is the Son of man, it refers to a man of human birth with normal humanity, which means the incarnation of God. If it were the spiritual body of the resurrected Lord Jesus, it could not be called the Son of man because the spiritual body of the resurrected Lord Jesus can fade in and out and penetrate walls. It is not subject to the constraints of space and geography. It is not human flesh with normal humanity. Pastor Feng, am I right in what I say? It is because the Lord has returned in the flesh as the Son of man, just as the Lord Jesus in the past, whose appearance is that of an ordinary, normal person, people resist, condemn and reject Him because they don’t realize that He is God. If the Lord were to return in a spiritual body with the clouds, that would certainly be a magnificent sign to behold. People would all prostrate on sight. How would the Lord “suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation”? Wouldn’t the prophecy of the Lord Jesus have fallen short? So the Lord’s return as the Son of man in the flesh in the last days is certain. How would you receive it, Pastor Feng?

Pastor Feng: Your reception is justified and also in line with the Bible. As for equating the ability to express the truth with the appearance and work of God, I cannot accept it. If one has the revelation of God, isn’t he able to express the truth too? The prophets are able to express God’s word, does it make them God’s appearance? Sister Jiang, you have to be careful when accepting God’s appearance and work because it is said in the Bible: “said in the Bible: “Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:23-24). The word of the Lord is very clear that in the last days, there are false Christs and false prophets who deceive people. So we cannot easily believe anyone who witnesses the Lord’s return in the flesh. Don’t you agree? Can you guarantee that you have not been deceived?

Jiang Xinyi: Pastor Feng, listening to your words, you are wary of being deceived so you dare not easily accept the word and work of God in the last days. Many people also advised me to be cautious when I was studying the true way. They let me read the scripture you just quoted. But this passage only tells us to take caution and avoid being deceived. It does not refute the Lord’s return in the last days as the Son of man in the flesh. Nor does it prove that Christ will not appear to work in the last days because the Lord Jesus clearly stated, “I come quickly.” If we interpreted this passage as Christ will not appear to work in the last days, and only the false Christs and false prophets will be deceiving people, it would be a big mistake. Pastor Feng, you should also know in the years before and after God appeared to work in the flesh in the last days, false Christs and false prophets have appeared to deceive people in every nation. Under these circumstances, how can we determine that it is God’s appearance and work? How do we distinguish the false Christs? The words of the Lord Jesus are very clear: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:12-13). According to the Lord’s word, we can be sure that when the Lord returns in the last days, He will still speak utterances. Those who hear the voice of God will have greeted the Lord. Therefore, the most critical part in determining God’s appearance and work is by listening to God’s voice. The Book of Revelation prophesied: “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:29). Seeking the appearance and wok of God, one must seek the words of the Holy Spirit to the churches. When we find a church where the Holy Spirit speaks, then we find the Lord’s appearance and work. Almighty God says, “since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for God’s will, for the words of God, for the utterances of God—for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life” (The Word Appears in the Flesh). It was when I saw all the words expressed by Almighty God are the truth and the voice of God that I accepted Almighty God. Had it not been for God, who could have expressed so many truths? That was enough to prove that it was the appearance of God in the flesh to man because corrupt mankind does not have the truth. Even the ancient saints, and those saved by God were incapable of expressing the truth. It is impossible for believers of God to express the truth no matter how hard they study the Bible. The evil spirit Satan can perform miracles and wonders, but it cannot express the truth. Although a prophet can speak the words of God, he is only conveying the words of God. The words he conveys are very limited. Without God’s instructions, his function will cease. He himself has no truth. Nor can he perform God’s work. He can only do his duty as a man. Therefore, it must be certain in seeking the Lord’s appearance and work that only Christ is the truth, the way and the life. Only He who can express the truth is the appearance of God at work. Without being able to express the truth, however great the miracles and wonders he performs, he is not the appearance of God. I have pondered over these things for a long time. I finally determined that since Almighty God can express so many truths, He is certainly the appearance of God. Pastor Feng, is there anything wrong with how I accepted it?

Pastor Feng: Sister Jiang, listening to what you said, I see that you are really a thoughtful and assertive person. Now I believe that you’re not foolishly deceived into believing in Almighty God. You haven’t believed in the Lord for long, but you understand the Bible so thoroughly. I admire you for it! It seems that the truth can indeed be found in the word expressed by Almighty God. When I have a chance, I really need to read The Word Appears in the Flesh and carefully study the work of Almighty God in the last days.

from the movie script of The Exchange: Account of an Interrogation