VIII. Questions and Answers on Dissecting the Essence of the Pharisees
Question 2: That pastors and elders are all chosen and ordained by the Lord, and that they are all people who serve the Lord. Obeying pastors and elders is obeying the Lord. If we resist and condemn pastors and elders, then we are resisting the Lord. Besides, Only pastors and elders understand the Bible and can interpret the Bible. Only they can shepherd us. As long as what pastors and elders say conforms with the Bible and has a basis in the Bible, we should comply and obey. As long as what pastors and elders do conforms with the Bible, we should accept and follow. How could that be wrong?
Then let’s have a look at today’s religious pastors and leaders. Most of them are cultivated from theological schools and not personally anointed and used by God. They merely study theology and the Bible. Their work and preaching only focuses on talking about Bible knowledge, theology, or Bible characters and stories, historical backgrounds, and so forth. What they practice is also just teaching people to practice religious rituals and follow rules. They never pay attention to communicating the truth in God’s words, nor do they lead people to practice and experience God’s words or observe God’s commandments. They never discuss how to know themselves and real experiences in life entry, and moreover never discuss true knowledge of God. Can such work and preaching attain the work of the Holy Spirit? Can such service satisfy God’s intentions? Can it lead us to practice the truth and enter the right track of believing in God? Explaining the Bible this way, aren’t they going their own path and resisting God? Especially when Almighty God is expressing truths and performing His judgment work of the last days, these religious leaders clearly know that Almighty God’s words are all the truth and can purify and save people, and yet they do not seek and accept. Even more loathsome is that they won’t allow believers to read Almighty God’s words or listen to God’s voice. For the sake of protecting their status and livelihoods, they furiously slander and condemn Almighty God, even coordinating with the CCP, the satanic regime, in arresting and persecuting evangelists. How are the actions and conduct of these pastors and elders any different to those of the Pharisees who resisted the Lord Jesus back in the day? Are they not stumbling blocks to us accepting the true way? How could these truth-hating, God-opposing people be anointed and used by God? Would God appoint these truth-hating people who obstruct God’s will to lead God’s chosen people? Certainly not. That’s the truth!
from the movie script of Break the Spell