In the religious world, do the truth and God hold the power, or do the antichrists and Satan hold the power?
6. In the religious world, do the truth and God hold the power, or do the antichrists and Satan hold the power?
Bible Verses for Reference:
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are entering to go in” (Mat 23:13).
“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves” (Mat 21:12–13).
Relevant Words of God:
Just look at the leaders of every denomination—they are all arrogant and self-righteous, and they interpret the Bible out of context and according to their own imagination. They all rely on gifts and erudition to do their work. If they were incapable of preaching anything, would those people follow them? They do, after all, possess some knowledge, and can preach on some doctrine, or know how to win over others and how to use some artifices. They use these to bring people before themselves and deceive them. Nominally, those people, but in reality they follow their leaders. If they encounter someone preaching the true way, some of them say, “We have to consult our leader about our faith.” Their faith has to go through a human being; is that not a problem? What have those leaders become, then? Have they not become Pharisees, false shepherds, antichrists, and stumbling blocks to people’s acceptance of the true way?
from “Only the Pursuit of the Truth Is the True Belief in God” in Records of Christ’s Talks
We’ve preached theover and over to many leaders within religious circles, but no matter how we fellowship on the truth with them, they won’t accept it. Why is this? It’s because their arrogance has become second nature and God is no longer in their hearts! Some people may say: “People under the leadership of some pastors in the religious world really have a lot of drive. It seems that they have God in their midst!” No matter how lofty those pastors’ sermons may be, do they know God? If they really revered God in their hearts, would they make people follow them and exalt them? Would they monopolize others? Would they dare to impose restrictions on others seeking the truth and investigating the true way? If they believe that God’s sheep are actually theirs and that His sheep should all listen to them, aren’t they themselves acting as God? That kind of person is even worse than the Pharisees—aren’t they antichrists? Therefore, their arrogant nature can control them to do things that betray God.
from “Man’s Arrogant Nature Is the Root of His Opposition to God” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Anyone who does not understand the purpose of God’s work is one who opposes Him, and one who has come to understand the purpose of God’s work but still does not seek to satisfy God is even more to be deemed an opponent of God. There are those who read the Bible in grand churches and recite it all day long, yet not one among them understands the purpose of God’s work. Not one among them is able to know God; still less can any one among them accord with. They are all worthless, vile people, each standing on high to lecture God. They willfully oppose God even as they carry His banner. Claiming , still they eat the flesh and drink the blood of man. All such people are devils that devour the soul of man, demons that deliberately get in the way of those trying to step onto the right path, and stumbling blocks impeding those who seek God. They may appear of “sound constitution,” but how are their followers to know that they are none other than antichrists who lead people to stand against God? How are their followers to know that they are living devils dedicated to the devouring of human souls?
from “All People Who Do Not Know God Are People Who Oppose God” in
Are religious pastors and elders really all established by God? Can one’s acceptance of and obedience to religious pastors and elders represent their obedience to and following of God?
Pastors and leaders in the religious world, for example, rely on their gifts and positions to do their work. ...Most of the people who follow them serve by their natural gifts, and what they express is knowledge and vague religious truth, which are out of touch with reality and are completely unable to confer people with life. ...Of principal importance in following God is that everything should be according to the words of God today
Why did the Lord Jesus curse the Pharisees? What was the essence of the Pharisees?
Do you wish to know the root of why the Pharisees opposed Jesus? Do you wish to know the substance of the Pharisees? They were full of fantasies about the Messiah. What’s more, they believed only that the Messiah would come, yet did not seek the truth of life. ...These Pharisees in substance were stubborn, arrogant, and did not obey the truth.
What are the consequences of someone believing in God in religion and being subject to the deception and control of the Pharisees and antichrists? Can one be saved by God if they believe in God this way?
Pastors and leaders in the religious world, for example, rely on their gifts and positions to do their work. ...and what they express is knowledge and vague religious truth, which are out of touch with reality and are completely unable to confer people with life. ...What excuse can they have to say that God does not save them?
Why is it said that religious pastors and elders are all walking the path of the Pharisees? What is their essence?
Those who only believe in Jesus Christ but do not believe in the incarnate God of today are all condemned. They are all contemporary Pharisees because they do not recognize the God of today, and they all resist God. No matter how devoted their belief in Jesus is, it will all be in vain; they will not receive God’s praise. ..there are many religious people such as this.