In the past, I read in the man’s fellowship this passage: “… ‘do not relate my words to the falsehoods of liar.’ The ‘liar’ here refer to the ‘great men,’ ‘famous people,’ and ‘Biblicists’ in God’s family who wrote books and set up theories throughout the ages. God calls all the human principles, maxims, imaginations, and predictions the falsehoods of liar, which shows that God’s nature does not tolerate man’s offense. It is not too much to classify all those who tell falsehoods to deceive people as liars. Whether it is too much is merely man’s viewpoint. God’s nature does not tolerate man’s offense; this is not easy for men to understand. Men are all extremely filthy before God. Those who work by their gifts and whose nature is not transformed, even though they have written so many books as to have extreme fame, are nothing but liars telling falsehoods in God’s eyes. Do not believe in or worship any great spiritual figures. They are unworthy of mentioning before God; no matter how people exalt them, they are still corrupt men. So, do not relate God’s word to the falsehoods of liar. God’s word is supreme over all; man’s word, no matter how much inspiration of the Holy Spirit it carries, cannot be placed on a par with God’s word and can never be related to God’s word. If one relates God’s word to man’s word, this is a conduct of blaspheming God and is the behavior of a blind man.” I always thought: These words are directed at those who have not been certain about God’s work; only they will relate God’s word to the biographies of famous people or the remarks of great men. I have long since been certain about God’s work and have firmly believed that God’s word is the only supreme truth; I will never relate God’s word to the remarks of famous people in the world. Thus, I placed myself outside these words with assurance. Not until I was exposed by a fact did I know my satanic self.
One afternoon, I saw some Shanxi evening papers on the table in the host home, and then I picked them up to read. Straightaway I caught sight of the message that ten top scientists in the world predicted that mankind would be exterminated. I was attracted by this topic at once. With my eyes wide open, I eagerly read on. When I read that volcanoes would erupt and blot out the sun, the people on the earth would be frozen to death, and a great nuclear weapon war would break out and destroy mankind, I could not help thinking, “Don’t they correspond with God’s words that the sun may not be seen all the year round and mankind will fall into fatal and overwhelming disasters? If I take this newspaper and fellowship about it with the brothers and sisters, won’t their strength be stirred up?” Afterward, I showed the paper to the deacons and said to them, “We really should pursue hard. God’s word will be fulfilled soon. Look, the newspaper has reported that ten top scientists predict the extermination of mankind….” At my words, they vied with each other for the newspaper. After reading it they all said, “When you go to the small groups, take this paper with you. Let those who don’t take the meetings seriously read it.” Thus, when I led a meeting in each small group, I first had the brothers and sisters read the newspaper and then ate and drank and fellowshipped about God’s word with them. Imperceptibly, the message of the scientists’ prediction became a hot topic of fellowship of the brothers and sisters in the whole church, and their strength was stirred up accordingly. However, I, absurd, thought that it was God’s almightiness and wisdom and that God was deploying the newspaper to serve his work.
When I was pleased with the good result achieved by my “cooperation,” a passage of God’s word rang in my ears: “
I tell each of you seriously: … do not relate my words to the falsehoods of liar….
” These words woke me up all at once. My doings blasphemed God and offended God’s nature, yet I was totally unaware of that. Having followed God for several years, I knew doctrinally that God’s word is the only supreme truth and every word expressed by God is truth; those doctrines and predictions of the famous people and great men, however good and high in people’s eyes, are sheer fallacies of satan, and they can never be mentioned in the same breath with the word of God, for only Christ is the never-changing truth and man is the inheritor and expresser of evil and ugliness. And at ordinary times, I often fellowshipped about these words with the brothers and sisters. Yet in the actual circumstances, I related God’s word to the absurd remarks of the scientists of the world and used their deductions and predictions to verify God’s word. And I even spread those absurd predictions throughout the church, wanting to use them to mobilize the enthusiasm of the brothers and sisters. As a result, I led the brothers and sisters outside God’s word and created a foul atmosphere in the whole church. I seriously frustrated and disturbed God’s work and affected the life entering of the brothers and sisters, thereby becoming an evildoer who served God and yet resisted God. I was really too muddle-headed! Only now did I realize that I was actually so foolish, ignorant, blind, and absurd. In serving God, I could not exalt and testify about God at all times and could not lead the brothers and sisters into the reality of God’s word, but on the contrary, I placed satan’s fallacies on a par with God’s word, exalting and testifying about satan. I was really loathsome to God.
O God, it is your timely guidance that has stopped my evil conduct and aroused my numb and obtuse heart. I have seen my arrogant and self-right satanic self, realized that I did not at all treat your word as the supreme truth, and seen that I am foolish and blind and lack too much. If I still do not treat your requirements and your word with caution, I will surely be punished by you in the end. In future, I will take this matter as a warning. I will absolutely believe your words, whether they expose man or make requirements of man or warn man, and I will pay attention to pondering over the meaning of your words and treat seriously your every requirement of man. Even more, I will redeem my transgression without delay and lead the brothers and sisters into the reality of your word, so as to exalt you and your word.
Linfen City, Shanxi Province