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Spiritual Battle: By Discernment of Sayings on the Internet, I Was Able to Receive the Returned Lord (Part 2)

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By William, United States

Why Does the CCP Spread Rumors Condemning The Church of Almighty God?

Later, I saw Xiaoyi in the film say, “Why is it that the CCP maintains our church is an outfit of man? Why hasn’t it said a word about the incarnate God? Why hasn’t it said a thing about the book The Word Appears in the Flesh? Why is that? What the CCP fears most is the truth expressed by Almighty God, because the CCP knows all Almighty God followers accepted Almighty God after they carefully read the book, The Word Appears in the Flesh. So the CCP distracts people’s attention by saying that The Church of Almighty God was really created by man. It intentionally hides the appearance of Almighty God, Christ of the last days, so that people will pay attention to this person. The government does this to stop people from believing in and following God. This is in fact its real purpose. The CCP distorts the facts and claims the church where God appears to work is an outfit of man. This is the CCP’s excuse for persecuting and suppressing God’s church. The CCP is so cunning and so vicious!”

Seeing this was a sudden revelation for me. The Chinese government says The Church of Almighty God is a human organization as an excuse to suppress it, and by distorting the facts this way, it also turns people’s attention away and conceals the fact that God has manifested and does work in the last days in an attempt to prevent people from seeking and investigating the true way, and thereby stop people from believing in and following God. This is the CCP’s sinister purpose!

Spiritual Battle: By Discernment of Sayings on the Internet, I Was Able to Receive the Returned Lord

After I finished watching the clip from the film Red Re-Education at Home, Brother Liu sent me these Bible verses: “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven” (Revelation 13:6). “This is an evil generation” (Luke 11:29). “The whole world lies in wickedness” (1 John 5:19). He then fellowshiped, “The clip explains very clearly about whether The Church of Almighty God is God’s church or a human organization, and also exposes the CCP’s sinister intentions in spreading these fallacies and rumors. The CCP’s fabrication of these rumors and condemnations of The Church of Almighty God are inseparable from its demonic nature of hating the truth and resisting God. We all know that the CCP is an atheist political party that believes in Marxism-Leninism. It hates the truth and God’s manifestation and work more than anything, and since establishing the country in 1949, it has wildly resisted and persecuted religious belief, has condemned Christianity, Catholicism, and other house churches as evil cults, and has burned and destroyed countless copies of the Bible. It has frantically arrested, persecuted, imprisoned, and sent to labor camps countless Christians and Catholics, and has tortured and tormented countless more to the point of maiming and death. Especially since Xi Jinping came to power, the CCP has intensified its oppression of religious faith. It has closed Three-Self Patriotic Movement churches, forcibly taken down crosses and demolished many churches, and even rewritten and falsified the Bible in its attempt to banish religion. If the CCP persecutes religious faith to this degree, how does it treat the last days’ work of Almighty God—the returned Lord Jesus? Since Almighty God, Christ of the last days, has appeared and begun to work in China, the CCP has watched more and more people accept Almighty God’s work of the last days after reading the words expressed by Him, and it fears that if all of its people believe in and follow God, they will no longer worship or follow it. To achieve its goals of permanently controlling China’s people and protecting its tyrannical power, it has mobilized the armed police and army on a large scale to surround The Church of Almighty God, persecute and capture Christ, and frantically arrest and oppress God’s chosen people in an attempt to destroy God’s work. Especially as they see Almighty God’s work of the last days expanding overseas, the CCP has become enraged and extended its demonic claws into every nation abroad, not merely using economic and diplomatic means to pressure democratic nations and force Christians who escaped abroad to return home and face increased persecution. They have also paid bribes, bought off websites, broadcast media, and spread various rumors to frame, libel, and slander The Church of Almighty God in an attempt to confuse and blind the world’s people and make the people of the world resist God’s work alongside them, which will cause them to miss their chance to receive the returned Lord, lose God’s salvation forever, and ultimately be destroyed by God for resisting Him. The CCP truly is evil to the utmost! These things are enough to show us the CCP’s demonic nature of hating the truth, worshiping evil, and being an enemy of God! But no matter how ferocious Satan becomes or how it tries to disrupt and destroy God’s work, God’s sheep will always return before God’s throne, because this is God’s authority and power. Meanwhile, those who fabricate rumors, condemn, and blaspheme God are certain to be irretrievably ruined. From the facts of the great flood that destroyed the world, the burning of the city of Sodom, and the scattering of the Jews from Israel to all the nations of the world, we can see that God’s holy and righteous disposition is inviolable, and that anyone who resists God will be punished justly by God. At the same time, we also see that the more the world rejects and condemns God’s work, the more we should seek and investigate, because since ancient times, the true way has always been persecuted.”

Brother Liu’s fellowship utterly convinced me. The fact that the CCP so wildly resists Almighty God, and fabricates all kinds of rumors and lies to condemn The Church of Almighty God is inseparable from its demonic nature. The CCP is truly evil and despicable!

Can Rumors Online Be Trusted?

Afterward, I read another passage of a sermon Brother Liu sent me, “There are also some who, when looking into the true way, look specifically to statements on famous websites from the secular world. They say, ‘What they’re saying on those websites has to be right!’ But, really, what are those websites? Aren’t they of this world, too? Aren’t those words written by corrupt human beings? Are they not part of Satan’s evil power? Do they contain truth? They do not serve God, they certainly do not worship God and they are not groups that God gives testimony for. Why on earth would you believe them? They lie through their teeth and spread falsehoods. They disseminate whatever rumors or lies satanic governments may create. Doesn’t that make them organizations that spread lies? They pass on whatever rumors the Chinese Communist government creates, whatever attempts they make to discredit The Church of Almighty God. So, aren’t they tools for Satan to spread its lies? Aren’t they tools for Satan to deceive man? Why do people believe those things of Satan when researching the true way? Are they sick in the head? Do they believe that the world is righteous and fair? If the government or religious community makes comments and claims as to which is the true way and which is the true God, then they just believe in it. If the government or religious community says something isn’t the true way, or says that some God is not real, then they don’t believe in it. Who do these people believe in? They believe in the government, they believe in the words of the religious community, and the words of religious pastors and elders. Is someone like that a true believer? They do not believe in God, they do not trust in God, they do not believe that God is real, and they do not admit that God is the truth. They particularly do not know the truth. Therefore, when someone like that looks into the true way, they are paralyzed the moment they hear Satan’s lies and rumors. Is this an intelligent person? They are confused! There is just one principle for my belief in God: If someone is God, if He can express the truth and save humanity, then I will believe in Him and my faith will be unwavering. And don’t we believe in God in order to receive the truth? Only by gaining the truth can you gain God. If you do not obtain the truth then your faith is a failure, it is useless, and you cannot gain God” (Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life, Volume 138).

After reading this passage, I felt deeply ashamed. Every line of it described my true state. Yes, Wikipedia is of the world, and the content in it was written by corrupt mankind. It contains no truth, nor is it testified of by God. Whatever twisted, evil sayings the CCP government may release, Wikipedia broadcasts these fallacies. How could what it spreads not be deeply contaminated? Words can’t describe the degree to which it is! As I believed in God and investigated the true way, I should have looked at whether this way had the truth, whether it was expressed by God, and whether or not it had the work of the Holy Spirit, because only God is the truth, the way, and the life, and only God can point out paths of practice. But, despite the fact that I saw Almighty God’s word was the truth and that it came from God, I still was influenced by the CCP’s rumors and the words on a supposedly authoritative website, to the point that I didn’t dare to investigate Almighty God’s work in the last days. I truly was confused! The CCP government fabricates so many rumors about The Church of Almighty God, and internet platforms blindly publish them without any discernment of their authenticity, which have deceived and defrauded those who lack understanding of the facts, thus they dare not seek and investigate God’s work in the last days. They have harmed people very deeply! Fortunately, God had been using my brothers and sisters to fellowship with me on the truth, aid me, and guide me so that I wouldn’t be deceived. Otherwise, I would have missed my chance to receive the Lord’s return.

Spiritual Battle: By Discernment of Sayings on the Internet, I Was Able to Receive the Returned Lord

Why God Allows Rumors to Exist

But thinking of these things led me to another question, “If these rumors have harmed so many people, why does God allow them to exist, and allow these rumors to proliferate, confuse, and harm people?” So, I asked Brother Liu to seek answers to this question.

Brother Liu answered quickly, sending me this passage of God’s words, “In the nation of the great red dragon, I have carried out a stage of work unfathomable to human beings, causing them to sway in the wind, after which many quietly drift away with the blowing of the wind. Truly, this is the ‘threshing floor’ I am about to clear; it is what I yearn for and it is also My plan. For many wicked ones have crept in while I am at work, but I am in no hurry to drive them away. Rather, I shall disperse them when the time is right. Only after that shall I be the fountain of life, allowing those who truly love Me to receive from Me the fruit of the fig tree and the fragrance of the lily. In the land where Satan sojourns, the land of dust, there remains no pure gold, only sand, and so, meeting with these circumstances, I do such a stage of work. You should know that what I gain is pure, refined gold, not sand. How can the wicked remain in My house?” (“The Seven Thunders Peal—Prophesying That the Gospel of the Kingdom Shall Spread Throughout the Universe” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).

He then fellowshiped, “From the words of Almighty God, we see that there are God’s good intentions and wisdom within His allowing the CCP to spread these rumors. God’s work in the Age of Kingdom is the final stage in His management plan to save mankind. What God does is the work of punishing evil and rewarding good, of sorting each according to their kind, and of concluding an age. God wants to perfect all those who sincerely believe in Him and love the truth into overcomers and bring them into His kingdom, as well as expose and eliminate the chaff, the goats, and those who only seek bread to satisfy their hunger alongside all the variety of satanic forces which resist God. These rumors are tools God uses in the service of achieving His work of revealing people. True or false believers and wheat or chaff will all be revealed in this ‘storm of rumors,’ and this is a test everyone who accepts God’s work of the last days must pass. Those who genuinely believe in God and love the truth, when faced with the rumors and lies spread by Satan, by sincerely praying to God and seeking God’s guidance and leadership, can discern and see through Satan’s tricks, reject Satan, and stand on God’s side. Such people are able to recognize God’s voice from God’s words, and no matter how many rumors are spread by the CCP, are able to resolutely believe in and follow God. But those who do not genuinely believe in God and those who only seek bread to satisfy their hunger do not seek God’s will and blindly listen to satanic rumors and lies, are deceived by Satan, thereby deny and betray God, and are thus revealed and eliminated. And those who hate the truth and resist God, by means of these rumors, wildly judge, condemn, and even blaspheme Almighty God’s work of the last days, and in the end can only meet with God’s righteous punishment. God uses the CCP’s rumors to reveal all people, and in the end He will determine the ending of every person according to their actions and behavior. From this, we can see that God’s work is very real, very practical, and very wise. It is utterly convincing to people, and we should praise God’s righteousness!”

God’s word and Brother Liu’s fellowship made me suddenly realize that God allows these rumors to exist in order to use them to reveal true and false believers. God is truly wise, and truly almighty! At that moment, gratitude toward God poured forth in my heart. I thought of how, along the path I had taken, God had always been by my side, guiding me and pointing out the right direction: When I was trapped in hopeless circumstances, God was the one who rescued me from desperation and gave me the opportunity to come to the USA, become a Christian, and freely worship God; when God’s work in the last days came to me, I blindly believed the reports on Wikipedia, and nearly became a sacrifice to Satan’s rumors, but God provided me with mercy and grace, and through the people, matters, and things around me, reminded me that I had to seek and investigate to seize the chance to gain God’s complete salvation; after that, God used my brothers and sisters patiently reading God’s words and fellowshiping on the truth with me to give me discernment of Satan’s rumors and lies, and also to give me an initial understanding of the wisdom of God’s work. Words are insufficient to express God’s love for me, and from then on I wished only to believe in God and pursue the truth to repay God’s love!

Now, each day I focus on reading Almighty God’s words, experiencing God’s work, praying when I encounter difficulties, and seeking answers in God’s word. I no longer believe the rumors I read on any website, and I still do my utmost to fulfill my duties in the church and spread the gospel with my brothers and sisters. I feel especially honored to be able to contribute my own small effort to the work of spreading God’s gospel. Thank God!

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