Exactly How to Pursue the Truth and Practice the Truth in Order to Be Saved
Pursuing and Practicing the Truth Is Key to Being Made Perfect
Let us fellowship a little, in detail, about just what walking the path of Peter is, and what walking the path of Paul is. We don’t need to go into the theory of how pursuing the truth is walking the path of Peter; what we’re going to talk about is exactly what it means to pursue the truth—it’s better if we focus on this. In what context can a person truly change when they are pruned and dealt with—isn’t this a real question? They can truly change when they see, in their heart, that what they are doing is following rules and opposing God, and that they are without the reality of the truth. For example, a leader arbitrarily chooses someone who does not love the truth to be in charge, and you ask them, “Why did you choose them to be a leader?” They reply that it was because they pursue the truth. Most of God’s chosen ones don’t agree, but in this leader’s eyes, acting with blind fervor is pursuing the truth; this leader, too, has no truth, they believe that acting with blind fervor is pursuing the truth. But this is acting by one’s conceptions and imagination; it is not appointing people based on the principles of the truth. They followed their own imagination in promoting that person to leader. In this, they did not search for the truth. What truth should they search for? What was the basis for their claim that the person pursued the truth? Firstly, they should understand just what it means to pursue the truth. What is the problem if they don’t understand what it means to pursue the truth, and arbitrarily credit someone as “pursuing the truth,” and then give them an important position in the church? Are they not violating the truth and doing things their own way? Are they not violating the truth and acting as they please? And what is the problem if they have their own preferences and motivations, and believe that this person was nice to them, and that they toadied up to them, and then credit them with pursuing the truth and promote them? Are they not just following their own whims? Are they not trying to cultivate their own power base? Do they not walk the path of the antichrists? This single thing involves all these issues, and it has a different nature. Do you see the essence of this problem? Is it simply a matter of failing to see through this person and having no discernment? There are their personal motivations and personal preferences in this. To achieve their own aims, they say this and that to beguile others, to make them agree with them and go along with their opinion. Is the nature of this not that they are trying to beguile people? They do something that is at odds with the truth, and in order to dispel people’s doubts and criticisms of them, they spread some fallacies, they claim that the person pursues the truth, they credit them with pursuing the truth—and the others can’t discern this, they think the leader has done the right thing. The leader has done a bad thing, and yet they prettify themselves, turning bad into good, earning the acceptance and applause of others. Do they not walk the path of the antichrists? Is there any difference between this and the actions of Paul? When his suffering was over, Paul said he had suffered for God, for the gospel; he did not say he had suffered in order to be blessed, to receive the crown. In nature, were Paul’s words not a sham, and were they not deceitful? Is this not the means by which to discern the deeds and actions of leaders and workers? In all things, people should seek the truth. Do not act according to your own ideas, imaginings, or conceptions; if you do not understand the truth, first search for the truth, and once you have finished searching for the truth, use it as the basis for your actions. This is pursuing the truth. There is a process to pursuing the truth. It is not done as some simple matter, by saying a few words; it involves a process. It’s like if you want to resolve a problem; there’s no way you can come out with a verdict straight away—that’s beyond man; man is not God. You must first find out the true facts of the matter, and after that, you must, through fellowship, searching for the truth, and taking the truth as the basis, identify and see through the essence of the problem, after which you must search for a solution based on this essence—and ultimately, you can come up with a conclusion. There is a process to this. And what is the minimum number of days this process requires? A few is not enough, for it takes time for people to think things over—it doesn’t occur as quickly as thoughts and ideas. When it takes just a few minutes for someone to make up their mind to promote and appoint someone, have they arrived at this through searching for the truth? Through investigation and discussion? Have they examined it? What problem is it when a leader arbitrarily promotes and appoints someone? Are they someone who searches for the truth, who pursues the truth? If a person never searches for the truth no matter what they do—if their actions are entirely based on the doctrine and rules that they understand—then they are someone who follows rules; they are not someone who practices the truth, at all. Acting according to rules is quick and straightforward, you don’t need to think, you can even do it with your eyes closed. But practicing the truth is not so simple; not only do your eyes have to be wide open, but you must also be cautious, and search for the truth, and pray to God. In addition, investigation and discussion are indispensable; you must solicit the opinions of many others. Sometimes, you imagine something to be pretty good, and after giving it full consideration from every aspect, you reach a verdict—with the result that when you ask for the opinions of others, you suddenly discover something unexpected, and things start to change. Such situations happen a lot. It’s like when someone is looking for a partner: They find someone, they get along with them, they have a pretty good feeling about them, and agree to marry them—but when the two are about to get married, they meet a friend of their partner, who tells them certain things, and they start to have doubts about them, as a result of which they decide to postpone the wedding; there are still some things they need to think over. In doing so, are they not being cautious? What aspects does searching for the truth in all things include? There are two main aspects: Number one is to first understand the truth from God’s words, and number two is to be cautious; don’t trust yourself, it is wrong to be too trusting of yourself. When a person has experienced to a certain point where they dare not be too trusting of themselves, and they are doubtful of their own views and perspectives, and can see that these views and perspectives do not quite fit with the truth, and that to all appearances, they seem correct, but they are at odds with the truth, and so they begin to search for God’s words, and solicit the opinions and views of others in all things, the humanity of this person will have grown mature; they won’t trust themselves and no longer be self-righteous. Those who have experienced life have all had such experiences. When a person’s experiences have reached a certain point, they will no longer dare to be self-righteous, they will not dare to trust that their actions are right, they will not dare to be sure that the way they see things is correct. If someone asks, “Are you 100% sure?” they will reply, “I’m not, at most I’m 60% sure.” For the remaining 40%, they will search, they will ask the opinions of others. The humanity of this kind of person has become mature. They dare not be too trusting of themselves, and this means they have become more stable and mature. Are those who are too trusting of themselves not arrogant and conceited? Are they not self-righteous? When people have this kind of disposition, it is very easy for them to fall. Some leaders act absurdly. No matter what it is, they make their own decisions. When something happens, before there’s even time to blink they slap the table and give their verdict. Are such leaders not childish? And if, after coming to grief a couple of times, they still come up with such verdicts, are they not mentally deficient? They are—they are soft in the head. To put it bluntly they’re idiots. Are you now clear about what the difference between practicing the truth and following rules is? To all appearances, these people seem to be performing their duty. They have forsaken everything, they spend all day busying about, and they’ve suffered a lot—but does this definitely mean they’re someone who practices the truth? If they only follow their own conceptions and imaginings when they do things, acting upon their own conceptions when they promote people, relying on their own emotions when they appoint them, acting according to their own preferences, and seeing things in terms of rules, then no matter how busy they are in all they do, and how much it looks as if they have not violated the truth or committed evil, when discerned more closely, nothing they do is practicing the truth. Is it not awful to expend oneself for God in this way? They always act according to their own conceptions and imaginings, they always apply and follow rules, and their behavior toward others is based solely on emotion. Do such people pursue the truth? And if they do not, can they be made perfect? So how must they act in order to practice the truth? This question is crucial, and it is precious. For example, a leader arranges for you to do something, and it happens to be something that is not clear to you. As a result, you carry out this work according to your own imaginings, judgment, and conceptions; you follow your own ideas, and in appearance, it looks as if you are not committing evil or doing anything wrong; those who are unable to discern cannot see that your doing so violates the truth or opposes God—it’s like when no one during the Age of law was able to say that the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees were committing evil and opposing God. If someone had said they were, would you have believed it? You would not have. Thus, in appearance many things are not obviously evildoing. If people’s consciences and rationality do not condemn these things, they think that doing such things is practicing the truth, and that it is something positive. But today, those who are possessed of some truths have begun to be able to tell the difference. To all appearances, these things may not seem like evil or bad things—but in such issues the matter of whether or not you are practicing the truth is revealed; if your actions do not appear evil to others, but to those who understand the truth, and in the eyes of God, you are not practicing the truth, is this not trouble? Could it be praised by God? Is this not where most people get stuck when it comes to entry into life? Many say, “I have forsaken everything to expend myself for God, and I have suffered much hardship, and yet it turns out that I have not practiced the truth, and my actions are still not after God’s heart.” Have you just understood this? If your actions were after God’s heart, if practicing the truth in all things were as simple and easy as you thought, then everyone would have been made perfect, and there would be no need for God’s judgment and chastisement; God would only have to tell you what to do directly, and nothing more—what need would there be to speak so many words of judgment and chastisement? What need would there be to expose people’s corrupt essence and nature? Entry into life is not so simple. So is it the way of Peter to rely on fervor and your own ideas in everything you do? This is not the way of Peter; Peter searched for the truth in all things, and he focused on loving God. So what’s the connection between loving God and practicing the truth? There is a great relationship between the two. For example, when you do something, whom are you trying to satisfy? Do you do it to fulfill your own selfish desires and preferences, or in order to satisfy God, and love God? Does this not involve a principle of practicing the truth? The chief principle of practicing the truth is to act with the motivation to satisfy and love God. This is the standard for practicing the truth. So what’s the problem when, in appearance, it does not seem as if you are committing evil, but your actions are in order to achieve your own aims, to satisfy your own preferences, to fulfill the selfish desires behind your actions, and to give yourself status and make people think highly of you and worship you? Didn’t Paul do this? Is your motivation not the motivation to walk the path of the antichrists? Why are there times when the king of devils does something good? Does doing something good prove that it is not the king of devils? Sometimes, we should not look at from appearances whether what the king of devils does is good or bad. What’s most important is to look at what its motivations and aims are. When the great red dragon was struggling to seize state power, in order to earn the support of the common people and in order for them to join the army to help it, it made them the following promise: “I’ll give you land, I’ll kill the landlords, I’ll do something good for you, and in return you shall support me, you shall fight for me, and you shall do battle to win state power for me.” When the great red dragon started handing out land to the peasants and killing the landlords and capitalists, did it seem like something good or bad? To all appearances, it seemed like something good—but once the great red dragon had taken power and achieved its aims, it took the land back, and the factories, too—it plundered them. The common people had been tricked. So, as it acted thus, was what it had done before something good or bad? Thus was revealed that all the great red dragon had done before was not good, but deceitful—and the common people awoke to this, and said, “At the time, I thought it was something good; only later did I realize that I had been tricked.” It’s like when fraudsters trick people out of their life savings by organizing a round of fundraising, one which claims to offer people a certain amount of interest that is much higher than bank rates. The people’s eyes light up at the sight of all that money. When they see that much interest, they take their money out of the bank and give it to the fraudsters—and off they go abroad with rolls of cash stuffed in a bag. To all appearances, the fundraising seemed like a good thing; it offered people pretty good interest rates—higher than the banks—yet it was ultimately shown not to be for the people’s benefit, but a scam. Such things have happened many times. How can you tell whether these things are good or bad? Most important is to look at the motivations behind what people do. Look at what their aim is, whether there is a scheme involved. Could the king of devils really be so kind? You are wrong. The word “kind” is not in its dictionary. How can we measure whether the actions of a leader or worker are in keeping with the truth? Look at whether they do things to satisfy their own lust for status, their desire for the trappings of status—or whether they do things to love God, to satisfy God, and to enable their brothers and sisters to enter into life and grow in life. If a leader has done a good job of preaching the sermons for several years, but has not solved many of the real problems of the brothers and sisters, and the life of the brothers and sisters has not grown, their faith to expend themselves for God has not increased, and they have no love for God, and have not entered into the reality of the truth, then has the leader really done a good job of preaching the sermons? Is what they preach true? They have not solved real problems, which proves that the sermons they preach are empty, and they are nothing but words and doctrines. So what’s most important in pursuing the truth and being made perfect? Practicing the truth is what’s most crucial. Everything you do may seem good, but when discerned more closely, none of it is practicing the truth, and so it is not blessed by God—it can be said that it will bear no real fruit. If what you do is not accurately practicing the truth, then your work is merely service, you are just keeping busy, and it has no effect. If your eyes can’t even see what exactly the way of Peter is, if you don’t even know how to walk it and what to practice, if the states of various people are not clear to you, if you have no grasp of them, and if you are incapable of correctly discerning who you should appoint, who you should promote, who you should replace, and who you should eliminate, are you not blind? Is pursuing the truth and being made perfect a simple matter? Some people fail at something one or two times. After one or two years of experience, they discover that they are not practicing the truth, they find that they have no reality of the truth, and they are sorry in their hearts, they despise themselves, they vow to search for the truth, to practice the truth, and to gain the truth. Afterward they are able to change the way they do things; they are able to search for the truth in all things, they can truly pray to God, they spend more time fellowshiping with God’s chosen ones about entry into life—and ultimately what they preach, the work they do, gradually has an effect, it gradually penetrates deep within people’s hearts, and they are increasingly able to solve problems. Only people such as this are those who practice the truth, for they have grasped God’s will, they have experienced, tasted, the detailed lessons of entry into life that God asks of them, and so there have not only begun to occur changes in their own life disposition, but those around them and those who work with them in serving God have found, through them, the standards and principles for practicing the truth, and have gained much that edifies and benefits them when it comes to life. Only people such as this can truly be made perfect. You may have spent several years busying about, burning the candle at both ends, covered in sweat, and suffering much hardship, but to those around you it always seems like you take the wrong path, you are still without the reality of the truth, and ultimately, they realize that what you preach is but specious words and theory. Isn’t that terrible? Say there’s a woman who’s quite good-looking and is always asking her husband, “Why don’t you love me?” Why has she not thought to herself, “What about me is worthy of his love? What kind of humanity do I have? Do I have any love for him? Am I worthy of his love?” If she truly sees that she is not worthy of her husband’s love, nor fit to be loved by him, what right has she to ask that he love her? The unbelievers have no rationality. If you are someone who pursues the truth, you ought to have a little rationality. Is it sensible to always ask that people love you? Say a leader or worker looks at a brother or sister and thinks to themselves, “Am I lovable? You should love me—if you love me, I’ll love you, and promote you, and use you.” Is this not Paul’s way of doing things? If you truly walk the path of Peter, you shouldn’t demand that people obey you, and that they praise you, worship you, and toady up to you. Doing so is shameless. If you are truly someone who pursues the truth, you should work with other people who truly pursue the truth and spend more time conversing with those who truly pursue the truth to gain more that is edifying and beneficial to your life, so that your life can grow quickly, and you can carry out God’s commission for you better. Won’t you have rationality if you can do so? Some leaders and workers shun those who truly hunger and thirst for righteousness and love the truth. Instead, they stay close to those who toady up to them, they get on famously with them. What’s the problem here? Are they not vain and irrational? They never fellowship, interact, or communicate with those who are key persons, who truly pursue the truth and do real work; instead, they spend every day hanging around with people who are vain and obsequious. Is there any gravity to such leaders and workers? They are vain and frivolous. Is it good to be vain? Spending all day concentrating on looks is bad. Where does it get them? They will weep and gnash their teeth. In how you act, you must keep your feet on the ground and be someone who is well and truly honest, who loves and pursues the truth. If you have gained the truth, this is the life, it is capital. Nothing except the truth is of genuine value. Nothing but the truth is precious; the truth is what’s most precious. If you have gained the truth, you have gained God—and if you do not gain the truth, you are without God. This is absolute.
What kind of person is it best to be if you wish to walk the path of Peter and be made perfect? First of all, you must be someone who loves God. Some people say, “I don’t know how to love God, I don’t know what it means to love God.” This is easy to solve: Does God have a place in your heart? Does your heart revere God? If you have a heart that reveres God, and if God has a place in your heart, then it’s easy, there’s hope for you loving God. If your heart doesn’t even revere God, there is no foundation to your love of God. Before all else, people must have a heart that reveres God. And what does that mean? Not only must they have reverence and love toward God, but also fear toward Him; reverence contains fear, and this is what it means to have a heart that reveres God. If people only have fear but no reverence toward God, that is not enough, for those who are of Satan have only fear of God, too; Satan fears nothing more than being punished by God, for it has committed so much evil, and it has done so much that is unrighteous, and must surely suffer the consequences. When you revere God, then you will worship God inside, and so, too, will you fear Him—you will be greatly fearful of offending God. This is what it means to have a heart that reveres God. If you have a heart that loves God, your reverence toward God will be more complete. As you have a heart that loves God, there will be pain in your heart when you violate God’s will, and you will feel distressed when you fail to love God and you leave God in the cold, for you cannot bear to allow the God you love to suffer, much less are you willing to see God upset. Thus, when this love is born in your heart, is this not the greatest, the most fundamental reality of the truth? If there is no love for God in your heart, then no matter how much you exhaust yourself doing things, this is still not the love of God; such love comes from within the heart. If you don’t believe me, then try and say you love another; there’s no use in saying that if you’ve no love for them in your heart; the words are light, as weightless as a snowflake, and they have no worth. But if you love God in your heart, when God sees what you do, He knows that you love God. Actions born of a heart that loves God are different; the things done by someone with a heart that does not love God are done in a false, deceitful, tricky, perfunctory, and slipshod manner. When you have a heart that loves God, your actions are real and true, there is no perfunctoriness or slipshodness to them, they are an expression of your will. And so when someone loves God in their heart, their actions and what they live out are real. Without the love of God, no matter how busy they are, or how many things they do, deceitfulness and slipshodness will still remain within them; what’s more, when their actions are particularly bad, they will oppose God and disrupt His work. Some people said, “Why do I not know what it means to love God? Why do I not know what behavior conforms to the truth and can satisfy God?” Well now you know, yes? What is your heart? Do you have a heart that loves God? If your heart loves your own self, if it loves vanity, and status, and face, and if you do things to enjoy the trappings of status, is this the love of God? Is this testimony? Is it reality? It is deceit and opposition, it is walking the path of the antichrists. People who have no truth can’t tell what you are, but as soon as those who possess the truth set eyes on what you do, they can see that nothing you do is the testimony of practicing the truth, much less is it the reality of loving God. You may be able to deceive those who are muddled and confused, but you can’t trick those who understand the truth. You understand what I’m saying, yes? So just how should you seek to be made perfect? You must have a heart that loves God. Even if you have met with God and you have met with Christ, if Christ has no place in your heart, is anything you do for His sake? Your actions are so that you might enjoy the trappings of status. You do not do them for Christ, or in order for the will of God to be carried out, much less so that the life of God’s chosen ones can grow. So no matter how busy you are in your doings and deeds, no matter what you have forsaken, how much sweat you shed, how much pain you suffer, you will not be remembered by God. God will say that you have done these things for your own sake, not for God; they have not had the slightest effect in having the will of God carried out. We’ve said that Paul walked the path of the antichrists—so did Paul’s work have any effect? What effects did it have? He brought all those people before God, for God’s commission of him was to spread the gospel, and when he did so he was enlightened by the Holy Spirit, he was used and guided by the Holy Spirit, and so his work had an effect. But Paul himself was not saved, but punished. Why? He walked the wrong path. Some people say, “He walked the wrong path; some leaders and workers, too, walk the wrong path. How is it that what these leaders and workers do is deceitful and disruptive?” Can you tell the difference? Where does the difference lie? The work you do and the duty you perform are different; if you perform the duty of spreading the gospel, then God looks at whether you have brought anyone to Christ. If your duty is to be a leader, to water God’s chosen ones, have you watered these chosen ones to the point where they have entered into the reality of the truth? Have you achieved this effect? Have your actions had the effect of allowing God’s chosen ones to understand the truth? Have they allowed God’s chosen ones to see just what it means to practice the truth and the love of God? They have not. What your doings have shown God’s chosen ones is this: People with status are worshiped and admired by others, people with status promote and appoint whoever they want to, and when they have status, others are afraid of them, and safeguard them, and they become the center of the church. Such is the effect of your work; you show people that when you have power you’re different, people adore and think highly of you, and they admire your power and status. If this is what you exhibit as a leader, is it a positive effect? Is this not a negative impact? Do you bear true testimony? Has God’s will been carried out? When God’s will has been carried out, God’s chosen ones will see that the house of God is a place where the truth, righteousness, and the words of God hold power, and they will see that God is glorified. And what is seen in you? When you have status, you hold power, when you have status, people think highly of you, and when you have status, people curry favor with you—and whoever curries favor with you is given special treatment, and whoever does not is given a hard time or excluded. How is this different from being in the outside world? You bring shame upon God, you oppose God! Is this not ironclad proof that you walk the path of the antichrists? When you walk the path of the antichrists, you bring shame upon God and oppose God, you are loathed and detested by God—and could God make perfect those whom He detests? Could He make perfect those who bring shame upon His name? You are clueless as to God’s will. When you have status, you sit up on your high horse, and regardless of who hungers and thirsts for righteousness, regardless of where this brother or sister has come from, you pay them no heed; you like and promote anyone who toadies up to you, anyone who is tactful and urbane finds favor with you. What kind of disposition is this? Is this not the disposition of Satan? And when such people are leaders, does Satan not hold power? You must earn the admiration of God’s chosen ones. They must say, “All this person does as a leader shows that the truth holds power in the house of God, all they practice is fair and just, they are impartial in their handling of problems, they treat people equally, they do not try to make people worship them, they have true love for God’s chosen ones, and their promotion and appointment of people is based upon the words of God, and upon the truth.” Only this is true testimony. Does what you do contain such testimony? Without these realities of the truth, you are utterly incapable of achieving the several effects of having God’s will carried out, you are not someone who practices the truth at all, nor are you performing your duty; your duty can be summed up in one word: “substandard,” and you are doing it for yourself, in order to satisfy your own satanic nature, to fulfill your own desires, and to sate your greed for the trappings of status. You are not doing the right thing at all. If you wish to be someone who loves God, how should you pursue the truth in order to achieve this? This question is crucial. You can pray to God thus: “Almighty God, I feel that in living, people should love the truth, justice, and the light. This is what ought to be possessed in one’s normal humanity.” As the saying goes, “Man struggles upward, and water flows downward.” If people do not pursue the truth, if they do not seek justice and the light, then theirs is not normal humanity. Ask a hooligan, a gangster, or a bandit: “Would you like to be good?” “Of course I would.” “Then why aren’t you?” “There’s nothing I can do.” To be fair, all human beings would like to seek the light, to walk toward the light, and they do not wish to remain stuck in a dark corner. In people’s lives, there is nothing brighter, nothing more meaningful, than loving God; it can be said that if people truly love God, then they have solved life’s greatest mystery. When they merely love a little of the truth, what kind of life do they live out? They live out positive things, they are good people. Is this not the greatest accolade? If people truly love God, what image do they live out? If you can put this clearly, have you not solved life’s greatest mystery? Those who are of Satan always want others to love them, and they do not love God. We do not ask that others love us, and we only ask to love God. What a great inversion this is, what a great difference. What we seek is the love of God. If we can achieve that, what will be the realm of our heart? What image will we live out? What did God say when He made man? In what image did He make man? Thus is the mystery solved; in this is contained the greatest mystery of human existence. I have a little knowledge of this, but I couldn’t put this clearly in words, for I have not completely entered into it, there are limits to my understanding. All I see is this path: If people love God, the realm of their heart and that of their living out are wonderful; if they live out the image of loving God, God will say, “In this has My aim and purpose in making man been achieved.” Is there meaning in pursuing the love of God? There is great meaning. If you do not pursue something of such great meaning, are you not a fool? How many more years will you live? How many years must you seek in order to achieve this, do you know? It isn’t easy; this is not something that can be done in two or three years. Say you make the following resolution: “In my lifetime, if I can achieve the love of God I shall be satisfied, and my belief in God will have been successful.” This resolution is good, but what is the fatal flaw in corrupt mankind? You love yourself, not God. When someone loves God, do they still act according to their own will? Are they still selfish and contemptible? They can forsake everything for the love of God, and can obey anything for it; as long as it is the words of God and what is asked by God, they are able to obey it, without issue. How much do parents love their children? People will spend anything, forsake anything, and give anything for their children. They will give them everything they own, even their lives. You often hear parents say, “My child, if you study hard I’ll give you everything. If I can do it, I’ll give you whatever you wish.” I once visited a family that believed in Jesus, where the father was especially devoted to his children. And what did he say? “My child, if you study hard, I’d even smash my bones and sell them so that you could go to school.” He really said that. This shows that a father’s love for his children is true. If people’s love of God is true, are they not able to forsake everything? Are they not able to give it all up? Are they not capable of acting in order to satisfy God? Thus, if their heart loves God, then they have entered the reality of the truth in everything they do. Man’s heart affects everything man lives out. When there is born the love of God in their heart, all that they do is in line with the truth, it is reality, and it is approved by God. So if some people ask, “Just how should I enter into the reality of the truth?” the answer is here. You have but to seek the love of God; when your heart loves God, you will naturally possess the reality of the truth. If your heart is incapable of loving God, then even if everything you do is right, you will still not be approved of by God, for your heart is not right. When your heart does not love God, then none of the things you do is precious; when your heart does love God, everything you do is precious. Some people say their heart does not love God, but everything they do is based on the love of God, and it is for the love of God, and in order to satisfy God. Are these words tenable? These words are deceitful. Some people say that if your heart does not love God, you cannot practice any truth. That’s not necessarily the case; in the heat of the moment, people can practice a little of it—but because their heart is wrong, they can’t keep it up for long, they will soon start to feel regret, and things will change. So without the truth, are people able to do anything good? They can—but it would be hard for them to keep it up their whole lives. And why is that? Because if, in their heart, they do not love the truth, they will soon flag; they might do something good in the heat of the moment, but afterward they are likely to feel great regret. For example, in the heat of the moment someone offers 1,000 US dollars. “Have you prayed?” someone asks them. “I have,” they reply. “So did your offering come from the love of God? Can you guarantee that you will not regret it?” “I feel OK, I will have no regrets.” When a day comes and their belief in God is tested, when the great red dragon persecutes them by arresting them and putting them in prison, they deny and oppose God, and become a Judas, and are eliminated—at that time they think to themselves, “I offered 1,000 US dollars in my belief in God. If I had known things would come to this, I wouldn’t have done it.” What problem does this show? When people do not pursue the truth and their hearts do not love God, they are likely to fall when tested, and are thus revealed. When your heart does not love God, are you able to stand firm? You are not. When you cannot stand firm, if on the odd occasion you did something good, you’ll end up regretting it—and your actions will not be acknowledged, either. So why are the service-doers not accepted and blessed by God? Because their actions are a service, they are driven by fervor, and do not spontaneously arise from the truth. Thus, they are not accepted by God; if the service of the service-doers were accepted by God, then wouldn’t those satanic demons also be accepted by God, and would they, too, not also be saved? And next there would be a problem: Where would the righteousness and holiness of God lie? There would be no answer—it would be a contradiction, yes? So things must be looked at from the root. If people do not love God, then nothing they do is accepted by God. Some people are faithful service-doers; their hearts do not love God, but they have faith, they truly believe in God, and ultimately God will bless them, too, allowing them to enter the Millennial Kingdom and remain. By which of God’s words can this be explained? God is impartial in His treatment of people. These people rendered service to Him, and as this service was born of loyalty, He does not treat them unfairly, but they are not the ones He truly loves—you must see this clearly. When people understand the truth and know God, what they say will be right, and they will not blindly apply rules. There must be the correct basis to all that you say; blindly applying rules has no basis, it is simply making blind pronouncements. “If you do not pursue the truth, you are guaranteed to be blessed and made perfect after doing all this service.” Is this not at odds with the truth? What’s wrong about this? When people have no truth and do not understand God’s disposition, they simply make blind pronouncements, proving that they have no knowledge of God. But when people who don’t understand the truth hear these muddled words, they can’t tell what they are, and say, “This is also right.” Some people say, “If you do faithful service, you too are loved by God. You will be blessed and made perfect by God.” They think all this correct, for they do faithful service. Such are the muddled words of people who don’t understand the truth and do not know God’s disposition. But those who understand the truth can tell what these words are, they know there is a problem with them, they know that they are incorrect, and that they are said by those who simply apply rules. If you uttered such words before God, you would surely be censured and judged by God.
How should you pursue the truth in order to be made perfect? Will this work without God’s judgment and chastisement? Or severe pruning and dealing from the above? After being dealt with by me, there are those who complain in private, who think I’m picking on them, that I have some personal enmity toward them. Are they right? Do I have some personal enmity toward them? Not at all. Some of them I’ve met before, but most I haven’t, we’ve never talked to each other. How could I have any personal enmity toward them? So no matter who I am pruning and dealing with, you must understand that I do so entirely in the performance of my duty and responsibilities, in order for God’s will to be carried out, in order that God may gain more people; it is for the sake of having these effects that I do these things, and I have no option but to do so. Thus, for all leaders and workers at every level who do crucial, important work, no one gets a pass. Once I’ve seized on something, I deal with and prune them mercilessly. At their first transgression, I do it just a little, nothing more. But the second—or third—time they transgress, my dealing with them becomes more and more severe. It’s right to do that. If I were to censure and deal with you face-to-face, would you become negative and despondent? I’ve dealt with everyone who’s in close contact with me. I hold nothing back when I talk to people, that’s just my character—but what do I feel when I do so? It comes from my heart, and does not contain any ulterior aims or motivations. When I fly off the handle at someone, what is undoubtedly the problem with them? To my eyes and ears, what they have done and said is wrong, it is a fallacy, absurd; they stand there trying to deceive me, but how could I not know? In my heart, this is clear to me, and I am disgusted, repulsed by it—I can’t help but fly off the handle. I tell you the truth: when I fly off the handle at someone, they are guaranteed to have a severe problem, and their actions are guaranteed to be brimming with deceit. In the country of the great red dragon, you think that if you try to hoodwink those above and below you you’ll be given special treatment, but that won’t cut it in the house of God. Who gets special treatment in the house of God? No one who is promoted or used is given any special treatment here. If they refuse to mend their evil ways after being told repeatedly, I don’t waste any words in telling them they’re replaced. They are removed from their position as quickly as they were promoted. In the house of God, are leaders chosen based on appearance? It doesn’t matter if you’re a good-looking guy or girl—if you do evil, you’ll be “smacked in the face,” “cracked on the head,” all the same. If someone is homosexual, and they are warned and do not repent, they’ll be excluded all the same. The house of God does not permit the existence of evil things, for in the house of God the truth holds power, the word of God holds power, Christ holds power, and the Holy Spirit holds power, and the existence of that which is evil, and opposes God, is not permitted. Some people say, “There are those who have opposed God and committed evil—why have they not been expelled?” If they have committed evil, then they shall first be pruned and dealt with, judged and chastised. If they don’t repent, they will be replaced—and if they still don’t repent, they shall be expelled. There are steps to this. If someone were expelled straight after it was discovered that they had committed evil, how many people could God save? There are steps, a process, to His salvation of people. This does not mean that the house of God permits the existence of evil; the aim and purpose of the work of God is to save people and eradicate Satans. When those who are of poor humanity and do not pursue the truth are not expelled, it is because they are being given a chance to repent. This does not mean that they have status and hold power in the house of God. Their not being expelled does not mean that there exists evil in the house of God, for their evil has already been cleansed from the house of God and it does not represent the actions of God’s chosen ones. These people only represent Satan, they have no connection with the house of God, for they have no status, and their evildoing and corrupt disposition cannot touch God’s chosen ones, or have any effect on their entry into life. Some people, after being replaced and eliminated, consistently caused trouble and committed evil, and repeated dealing, pruning and warnings did no good—so ultimately, they were expelled. Is this a reasonable process? The process can’t be too simple. There must be several steps; would it be right if someone were discovered to have committed evil, and, after the grievous nature of their evildoing was identified, they were immediately expelled? You must at least give people a chance to repent. This is love and compassion. Say someone was denied salvation after it was discovered they had committed a single evil act, and they were not to be made perfect no matter how much they pursued the truth afterward. Would God do that? As far as possible, God tries to save people. He keeps on pruning and dealing with people, and judging and chastising them, and if people do not repent, they will be punished—and if they do not repent after being punished, then there will be nothing that can be done: They must be cursed. So we can see how God saves people. In the process by which He saves people, there is His righteousness, and compassion, and love. To what extent is He compassionate and loving? He tries as hard as He can to save people. In God’s disposition, in addition to righteousness, wrath, judgment and chastisement, is there not also compassion and love? If there weren’t, then not many of us would be saved. This is fact, for man is too deeply corrupted. A few days ago, I asked you why I kept pruning and dealing with certain leaders and workers, why I never went easy on them, and why I didn’t even give them time to catch their breath. No one among corrupt mankind is capable of changing without undergoing pruning and dealing many times, or even a great many times. Some people say, “You’re always dealing with that leader—they must be pretty bad.” But you would be like that if you were a leader, too; you wouldn’t be much better than anyone else—I’m telling you the truth. Some people don’t believe me. If you don’t believe me, then have a go at being a leader. Nothing may be discovered after a couple of days, but after a year you’ll have been laid bare. You’re all the same—everyone’s like this.
Right now, it is crucial for us to enter onto the right track in our pursuit of the truth. And if you are to do so, you must learn how to practice the truth in all things; this is the standard. If you are able to practice the truth, if you understand what it means to understand the truth, and practice the truth—when you have this reality—then you will have entered onto the right track of the belief in God. If you’ve believed in God for ten or twenty years and still don’t understand what the truth is, and understand nothing of what it means to practice the truth, then have you entered onto the right track of the belief in God? Some people say that age has no bearing on whether someone has entered onto the right track of the belief in God, which is unrelated to whether they have lived into adulthood. This is correct: Spiritual matters are different from fleshly matters, there’s no comparison between the two. Are there people who started to enter onto the right track after only believing in God for three or five years? I dare not say there aren’t—but if they do exist, there are only a very small number of them. How many years does it take most people before they begin to enter onto the right track of belief in God? At the very least, five or six years, or seven or eight. They must also be watered and led by some good people before they can enter onto the right track; without this, they could be watered and led by those religious pastors for eight lifetimes and still not do so. So what kind of people must they be watered by in order to enter onto the right track? I’ll get straight to the point: It must be someone who truly possesses the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has worked in this person for many years, they have experienced many things; they have failed and fallen down many times, but ultimately, they have entered the reality of the truth, they truly understand the truth. When people such as this are leaders, they are guaranteed to be able to bring people into the reality of the truth. And so, when you elect a leader, if you don’t choose someone possessed of real experiences, there’s going to be a lot of trouble. Such people are also too few. There’s probably only one in every eight or ten churches, or one in every twenty or thirty churches—it’s possible. For when it comes to pursuing the truth, people are not able to pursue the truth as soon as they start believing in God. When they first begin to believe in God, their eyes are closed, and they walk with their eyes closed, following their conceptions. When they open their eyes, they can’t see; they can tell who is attractive and who is not, and they can see what kind of clothing people are wearing, but if you ask them who is good, it isn’t clear to them, they’re unaware who has a kind heart, and their eyes can’t see this; they can’t tell whether this person pursues the truth or whether they love God—their fleshly eyes are of no use; and so in their belief in God, their eyes are always shut. So what does their faith rely on? On conceptions and imaginings. If they are not led by the man used by the Holy Spirit, and if they are not led by those who truly pursue the truth and have the work of the Holy Spirit, then it will be very difficult for them to enter into the reality of the truth. Some people said, “I’m going to spend more time with the man used by the Holy Spirit.” When they had contact with him, they were dealt with several times, as if they were badly battered. They were left ashamed and embarrassed, and suffered a lot of pain. After the suffering ended, they finally gained a little knowledge: Oh! Only now do I understand what it means to follow God, what it is to follow conceptions and imaginings, and what the reality of the truth is! How valuable this dealing was. When “the stick struck them across the head,” they understood something; truly, they did not suffer for nothing, they gained some true knowledge, which was enough for them to experience for several days. At the next contact, they endured dealing and pruning again, and upon reflecting upon themselves after suffering much dealing and pruning, they worked out some more problems, there was yet more light in their hearts, and when they returned they experienced it for several days more. Two times they hit a brick wall, they failed, and afterward they suffered a little, and truly gained something; they gained more, and made more progress, than when they believed in God in their previous way, and ultimately, they tasted a little sweetness. Clearly, who you interact with in your belief in God is of the utmost importance. So just what is practicing the truth? What are the manifestations of practicing the truth? People who practice the truth have God’s words as their basis, and they speak of this basis according to God’s words, according to the pristine and correct understanding of God’s words within them, according to the enlightenment and illumination bestowed on them by the Holy Spirit, and according to the newest light—and hearing this, you will say: “Yes, that’s right, it’s correct, there’s nothing absurd about this, their words are wholly pure and correct, which all proves that what they fellowship conforms to the truth.” What’s the problem if what someone fellowships is in line with the truth, but their actions do not accord with it, and the principles by which they use people, and their perspective on people and things, and their path of practice are at odds with it? This proves that they say one thing and do another. Their words may sound nice, but they do not practice the truth. What is the problem if what a leader or worker preaches sounds right, and without absurdity, if their understanding is pure and correct—and yet there is no principle to their actions or what they practice? There are no principles to what they do and practice, they act entirely according to their own will, tainted by their own emotions; sometimes they do something wrong, and they try to cover it up by justifying themselves. They speak false and sweet words, and people are taken in by this, and don’t believe there to be any problem; what this person did looked like a problem to them, but after the person says those things, it’s no longer an issue to them, and they’re taken in. Is this not being unable to discern the problem? You must be able to discern leaders and workers. What benefit can you derive from discerning leaders and workers? And why must you discern leaders and workers? It is in order to protect God’s chosen ones from being deceived and to keep an eye on leaders and workers so that they won’t preach doctrinal words and always trick people. Leaders and workers should speak of reality, of the path to entry into life, of testimony of practicing the truth, and of entry into loving God; only this is of benefit to God’s chosen ones, only this is truly providing, watering, and shepherding them. Without this real work—if a leader or worker only speaks doctrinal words—then they are satisfying the evil, selfish sentiments of the flesh, their desire for the trappings of status, their greed, and their other desires; this is someone who walks the path of the antichrists. So, the purpose of discerning leaders and workers is, firstly, to protect God’s chosen ones from harm, to stop them being taken in and stop their entry into the life being delayed; secondly, it is to monitor leaders and workers. What is the effect of monitoring them? There is an effect on both sides. This is beneficial for God’s chosen ones, as well as for the leaders’ and workers’ entry into life. If you do not keep an eye on leaders and workers, if you do not practice discernment toward them—well, as their statures are limited, as soon as they have status, their state of mind will change, they will start to covet the trappings of status, and they will become vain. And when they look upon God’s chosen ones, they will become fixated on the following questions: “How do they see me? What do they think of me? Do I have a place in their hearts? Are they against me, or do they obey me?” When these things are in their hearts, will God have a place there? He will not. All they care about will be, “What do God’s chosen ones think of me in their hearts? What place do I have in their hearts? Do they love me, and do they support me? Who is good to me, and who is not? I must wield power, my word must hold sway. I’ll give important positions to those who are nice to me, and for those who aren’t, who have certain prejudices against me, I’ll make it hot for them, I’ll sort them out, and if they don’t submit to me I’ll expel them.” As soon as they have status, their satanic disposition is revived; despite having believed in God for many years, they have not only not forsaken their old self, but because of their new-found status, they let their old self take the reins, they allow it to take charge in their hearts, and their hearts are entirely controlled by status. Given the small stature of such people, is it not dangerous to give them status? I once heard a sister say, “I can’t pursue the truth, but I love status; if the house of God gives me status I will have strength and will be happy even if I don’t end up with anything.” I heard this and thought to myself, “Is this not a typical Satan?” She kept trying to gain status, so I relegated her to the end of the table, but she didn’t do as she was told, she kept coming back, intent on being seated at the head of the table, on standing out and taking the power as a king. What problem is this? Is their satanic disposition not shown forth when people have status? If someone is of small stature and has not been made perfect, then when they have status, if God’s chosen ones don’t monitor them, and without many people to discern them for them to be disciplined and kept in check, they are in great danger as a leader, and it is very likely that they will be ruined. Thus, in some leader I have seen that after they have been a leader for several years, there is not the slightest image of the love of God; all I see is the demonic image of the antichrists. Before they were a leader their humanity was pretty good, they pursued the truth and had rationality, and their heart seemed kind and good. How could they be so evil after becoming a leader? How could they be so cruel to others? Are they an evil spirit or a demon, or are they a good person revealing their corrupt disposition, or are they a wicked person whose wicked nature is exposed? You could say they’re an evil spirit, but they didn’t used to be, so that doesn’t seem too accurate. It’s a little excessive to say they’re a demon; they’re not that bad, for the great red dragon is a demon. You could say that they’re an evil person, but their humanity used to be okay. Or you could say that their humanity was good and what they do is just a revelation of their corruption, but overall, they’re a demon—a murderous, bloodthirsty demon. They used to be a foolish woman, but now they’re filled with murderous intent. How can that be explained? As soon as they had status, their evil, satanic nature was shown, proving that they did not used to be good, but were the devil. Their true colors have been shown: Their humanity is absolutely not good, and they are evil, without question. At the very least, this is someone evil showing their true colors, they are wicked. Some of the wicked don’t show their bloodthirstiness on the outside. Ordinarily, they wear a smile, a sinister smile, but as the saying goes, there is a dagger behind the smile; as soon as they have status, the bloodthirstiness comes out, and they become a demon who makes their way with two chopping knives. Does anything lay people bare more than when they have status? When someone had no status, people looked at them and said, “This person believes in God in earnest, they pursue the truth, and they are of good humanity, so we’ll elect them to be leader.” But in less than three or five years, their true, demonic face is shown. People can’t get their heads round it: “This person didn’t used to be like this, we knew her very well, she seemed very genuine, we lived with her in the church for two or three years, and she seemed to have much reality when she fellowshiped about the truth with us. How could she have become an evil demon? What happened?” She changed so quickly—surely she won’t go so far as to become a demon? With status, she became a demon; without it, she wasn’t. Does this status not lay people bare? When she spoke before she held nothing in her hands, and she was kind and good; now when she speaks, if she’s not holding a “bat” it’s a “knife.” If you don’t listen to anything she says, when she’s done with the “bat” the “knife” will come out—is she not a demon? Such is the extent to which status lays people bare. As for the pastors in the religious world, is it not because they are pastors that they dare compete with God for His chosen ones, and without any shame they proclaim loud and clear: “Today, in your belief in God, you must listen to me. If you believe in God here, you must do as I say”? They don’t ask that people listen to God, only them—and in this, are they not asking that these people treat them as God? In some churches today, when most of God’s chosen ones see that someone is a leader, they do as they say, they listen to whatever comes out of their mouth—to what extent? To the extent that they are incapable of any discernment. In some places, it’s to the point that my words are of no use, that none of them matter. The chosen ones don’t even listen when you read the words of God to them; they say, “That’s not right, that’s not what our leader says. We do what our leader asks, and listen to what he says. Better the official before your eyes than the country magistrate.” They have taken this satanic philosophy to the extreme: “Better the official before your eyes than the country magistrate”—what’s the problem with this? Do such people live by the words of God? Whose words do they live by? They live by the philosophy of Satan. Who do they live for? For their leader. “The words of the above are no use, for he is not our leader. Our leader is in charge of us; the above is too far away; this is what’s known as ‘the mountains are high and the emperor distant.’” Is such faith in God not misguided? These people are incapable of living by the words of God; they live by the philosophies of Satan, and for the sake of Satan—and in this, are they not the clear and willing servants of Satan? When God saves people, He is to save them from the influence of Satan; if these people insist on living under the domain of Satan, and clearly know what the truth is but do not accept it, can such people be saved? How will they ultimately be handled by the house of God? OK then, since you’ve chosen Satan, you will be given to Satan, and shall forever remain under its control. Some churches start arguing, some people stand up and revolt against their leader, and they say, “As a leader, you have no reality of the truth. You are incapable of leading us into the reality of the truth. You suppress us, and we do not support you. We’re splitting off from the church, we’re going to hold assembly on our own. Brothers! Those who wish to believe in God properly come with me, we’ll set up our own church.” They raise their fist in the air and shout these words, and there are those who really do respond to them, who go off with them. Is this following God? Is this following the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Is it living by God’s words? It is none of these things. These people follow whoever is stronger, whoever has more power, and whoever clamors, and shouts the loudest, they follow the tide—which is the philosophy of Satan. Such people live by the philosophy of Satan. Do they truly follow God? You’re clear about this now, yes? People who are shackled to their leaders are incapable of following the truth, they are unable to obey the truth. Do they truly follow God? They follow their leaders. Thus, people who follow their leaders are liable to violate the truth, to violate God’s will. They submit to their leaders. Such people do not truly follow God, much less do they obey God. They are people who follow and obey their leaders; to put it plainly, they obey only the influence of Satan, not the words of God. When this is how these people believe in God, when this is the path they walk, can they be made perfect by God? Are you this kind of person? Look within yourself: Are you someone who obeys God absolutely? How much do you obey your leader, and how much do you obey God? Are you more inclined to obey your leader, or the truth? If your leader went against the truth, and the path of your leader was not the path beloved of God, would you still listen to and obey your leader? These things have a direct relationship with people’s entry into life and what path they walk—they are of great importance. Today I point these things out to you, and you sense just how important they are: The crux of whether people can be saved and made perfect lies in what path they take. Just who do people obey? If God truly has a place in their hearts, if they are truly possessed of the truth and revere God, then they will not allow themselves to be influenced by any other person; they will stick to living by God’s word, they will follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and persevere in the principles of the truth. Only when people obey and follow God thus can they be saved, made perfect, and gain the truth. Right now, have you truly broken free from the influence of Satan? Are you able to not allow yourself to be influenced by anyone else to practice the truth and do things to satisfy God—have you attained this realm? In the path you walk, and your experience of life, there are sure to have been many deviations, and in the depths of your soul there are bound to be many satanic philosophies wielding power and making mischief within you. If you can’t resolve these issues, then they are bound to cause trouble for your entry into life and your being made perfect; they will be an obstacle, and may even ruin you. You must see this clearly; if not, you will be entranced by a single sentence of satanic philosophy, it will make you lose direction, and you will end up walking the wrong path. Today, what’s most important is how to pursue to be made perfect. What path you should take, whether you should allow yourself to be influenced by a leader, a worker, or any other person, whether you should follow a wrong leader or worker, and just how you should pursue the truth to enter into its reality—these are all real issues. If you do not try to solve these issues, and you say “I walk the path of Peter, and I seek being made perfect,” you are speaking empty words. There are many specific issues that you must see clearly and that you must solve; only then can you keep your feet on the ground and truly walk the path of being made perfect. If you are incapable of pursuing the truth, then how can you be made perfect—are those not empty words? You must have a path; it won’t do if you do not have a path. Some people have been pursuing for ten years or so and still don’t know what it means to pursue the truth or understand the truth. What’s the problem here? This is a problem of caliber. Their caliber is poor, nothing is clear to them, people tell them but they still don’t understand; no matter what examples they are given, they still don’t get it. When the Lord Jesus spoke to those who pursued the truth, He had no need for analogies; He spoke directly. But toward certain people He had to use analogies lest they try to find something against Him, and so He gave them an analogy. It depended on their powers of comprehension; if their caliber was insufficient, then there’d be no hope of them understanding the truth. If I tell you plainly and you still don’t understand, then your caliber is too poor. This is no ordinary problem; it is to the extent that you are incapable of understanding the truth. Can the deaf hear other people when they talk? Can a mute speak? At root, they have a disease—an untreatable one. What an enigmatic folk simile describes this? “It’s like a blind man who has eye trouble; there’s no cure for his blindness.” Someone healthy with eye trouble can be treated. If they’ve got an eye infection, they can be given some eye drops. Why can’t a blind man with eye trouble be cured of his blindness? Because he is blind, and his blindness has nothing to do with his eye trouble; even if he didn’t have eye trouble, he’d still be blind. Thus, his blindness is not the result of his eye trouble. So what’s the connection between this and understanding the truth? When someone’s caliber is too poor, they are incapable of understanding the truth, and they won’t be able to understand no matter how plainly you put it. When someone’s caliber is too poor, they lack the faculties to understand the truth, they lack the powers of comprehension to do so. The Holy Spirit has no means of enlightening them, and so God does not work in them. If when someone whose caliber is too poor and who doesn’t understand the truth meets a simpleton, they keep trying to preach to them, who wouldn’t understand even if they preached to them for years, what’s the problem here? They can’t see who they really are. It’s like some silly lady bringing up a deaf child: The child is deaf, but she spends years trying to cure them. Other people say, “Give it a rest, the child was born like that,” and yet she keeps trying to cure the child; she spends all her money to no avail, and leaves her family nothing to live on. Is this not a silly lady? “The root of the illness has been found, and it cannot be cured—so don’t try. Raise the child as a deaf person. If you keep trying to cure them you’re just wasting money.” Hearing this, she’ll say to you, “Where is your love?” It is as if she were so loving. Does this person understand the truth? When people don’t understand the truth, everything they do is muddled and confused, and has not the slightest effect; when they don’t understand the truth, no matter how much they busy about, no matter what they do, when you look closely at what they’re doing, you see that they’re taking all sorts of liberties, blindly acting according to their own will. No matter what they do, people who do not pursue the truth are without the reality of the truth. Some people say, “Since that’s the case, I’ll stop doing that. If I stop, will I have the reality of the truth then?” Even if they don’t do it, they are still without the reality of the truth; whether those who do not understand the truth do it or not, they are without the reality of the truth. What do people have when they don’t understand the truth but persist in doing it? They have fervor and enthusiasm—but they do not have the truth. If they don’t understand the truth and do nothing, then this shows that they have neither fervor nor enthusiasm, much less the truth; that’s all that can be said of them. So if there is someone who likes keeping themselves busy—they spend the whole day with their brow soaked in sweat—and they ask you, “Do I have the reality of the truth?” you can say straight back: “You do not, all you have is fervor, enough fervor to leave your head covered in sweat. This is fact, this is what I see.” They ask, “Having sweated so much, will I be approved of by God?” God does not approve of those whose heads are covered in sweat, He only approves of those who do His will, who truly perform their duty. If they do not, then when God really gets down to business with them, it will be revealed that they have nothing. What is my aim in saying this? People must pursue the truth; this is walking the path of Peter. If you never pursue the truth, and always act blindly, then this is not the path of Peter. The path of Peter is not acting with blind fervor. If you think that acting with blind fervor is the path of Peter, then you are mistaken. In everything you do, you must minutely reflect upon and examine whether it is in accordance with God’s words, and whether it is in line with the truth, and you must ask yourself what you are acting according to, whether it is tainted by your own will, and if it is in order to satisfy your own self, for your own sake; if you are acting for your own sake and superficially there doesn’t seem to be a problem, but what you do is not approved of by God, for you are not practicing the truth, then there is no principle to what you’re doing. This is how you must discern. Why am I always dealing with the leaders? Of chief importance is that if I did not deal with and prune them properly, number one they would be incapable of entering into the reality of the truth, and number two, as the leaders were unable to enter into the reality of the truth then God’s chosen ones they lead would also be forever incapable of entering into the reality of the truth. It’s because of these two things that I must be severe in my dealing with the leaders. This is my intention, my aim, in dealing with the leaders. I have no other intentions. Thus, my dealing with you can also be described as me being loving and helpful toward you, it is of great benefit to your life. So, too, can it be said to be for the sake of protecting God’s chosen ones, in order to take care of them, to stop them from being harmed, tricked, and having the wool pulled over their eyes, so that they can sooner enter onto the right track of belief in God. Is doing so in accordance with God’s will? Is it of benefit to God’s chosen ones? If I were to always mollycoddle these leaders, to spoil them, would this be good for God’s chosen ones? Not only would it not be good for them, it would also bring harm upon them.