One day, I suddenly heard that my father was expelled from God’s family. I was shocked and could not understand it. In my eyes, my father was the best man in the world. Although he had a bad temper, he took greatest care of us several sisters and never beat or scolded us. Although my family was in straitened circumstances, he always tried to keep us from a bitter life no matter how much he suffered. After our whole family accepted God’s end-time work, my father expended himself for God even more actively; and also he often encouraged us to do our utmost to perform our duties away from home. Although my father was somewhat arrogant at ordinary times, he would do any work as long as it was assigned by God’s family, no matter how difficult it was. How could such a good person be expelled? Because of this matter, I began to be hostile to God’s family inwardly, and complained that there was no fairness and righteousness in God’s family. I dared not say that out, but in my heart I felt indignant all along, being refined half dead.
A few days ago, I read these words of God: “Maybe you have never sworn at anyone or done a bad thing over the years of your believing in God, but when you come into contact with Christ…, you … cannot obey the words from Christ’s mouth. Then I say that you are the most sinister and diabolic person in the world. You are very friendly and faithful to your relatives and friends, your wife (husband) and children, and your parents, and you never take advantage of anyone, but you cannot be compatible with Christ or live in harmony with Christ. Then even if you … take care of your parents and family carefully, I say that you are still a wicked man, a wicked man who is full of wiles. Do not think that when you are compatible with man, you are compatible with Christ. Do not think that when you do some good things, you are compatible with Christ. … Do you think that when you do some good things, it replaces your obedience?”
Reading God’s words, I gradually understood that whether one is a righteous person or an evil person does not depend on how he treats others, but on whether he can obey God and whether he can be in harmony with Christ. Even if one is very kind to others but cannot obey the word from the mouth of Christ and cannot be in harmony with Christ, he is definitely an evil person. My father used to be a leader in his former denomination. After he accepted this stage of God’s work, God’s family did not promote him to be a leader because he was too arrogant by nature. Although he was obedient outwardly and did whatever work was assigned to him, his intent and purpose was to get a position of a leader again. Later, when his wish was not realized, he showed his true colors. In the church, he was always very conceited and did not obey anyone. Whatever he said or did, he got others to obey him. If he saw any worker was not to his liking, he would judge him, belittle him, and undermined him…. Didn’t his behavior show that he was an evil person? If he had really become a leader, wouldn’t he bring harm both to God’s family and to the brothers and sisters? However, I had always been blinded by his outward words and deeds and deceived by his paternal love. It is as God’s word says: “Man’s standard in judging men is according to their deeds: those whose deeds are good are righteous men and those whose deeds are evil are wicked men. But God’s standard in judging men is according to whether their substance is obeying God: those who obey God are righteous men and those who do not obey God are enemies and evil ones, regardless of whether their deeds are good or bad or whether their words are right or wrong.” My father not only disobeyed the arrangements of God’s family, but also made disturbance and undermining. Essentially he was resisting God. But I judged him to be a good person by his outward practices such as his caring for me and protecting me in everything and his expending a little for God’s family. Little did I know that his outward good behavior did not mean that he obeyed God and much less was he called righteous. It serves my father right that he has come to such an end today and no one else is to blame. It is all the more that God’s righteous nature befell him.
O God! Thank you that through this matter you’ve given me the truth of this aspect and corrected my erroneous viewpoint, so that I have seen my pitiable state of having no truth and failing to discern things, and also realized that your righteous and majestic nature does not tolerate anyone’s offense. From now on, I will no longer measure people by their outward good behavior. I will view people and matters from the angle of the truth, and pursue to be in harmony with you in viewpoints on things.
Yuci City, Shanxi Province