XV. Questions and Answers on Dissecting the Essence of the Pharisees
Question 6: I don’t agree with what you’ve said! Belief in God is belief in the Bible. Moving away from the Bible is not believing in God!
Answer: “Believing in God is believing in the Bible, leaving the Bible is not believing in God,” this statement is wrong! Can the Bible save people? Can the Bible replace God? Can the Bible replace the work of the Holy Spirit? Can it represent God and perform His judgment work of the last days? Is God greater or is the Bible greater? Did God or the Bible come first? There was no Bible in the time of Abraham, so can you say that Abraham did not believe in God? There was also no Bible when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, so can you say Moses did not believe in God? God is God, the Bible is the Bible. The Bible cannot represent God, and the Bible moreover is not God. The Bible is just a historical record of God’s past work, just testimonies of God. The Bible cannot replace God’s work and utterances of the last days, and moreover cannot replace God in saving man! Therefore, believing in the Bible does not equate to believing in God. If people treat the Bible as God, it is seriously resisting and blaspheming God! The Bible is just a testimony to God’s work. The Bible cannot represent God in bestowing life upon mankind, and moreover cannot replace the work of the Holy Spirit. There is no life in the Bible. Only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. Only by accepting Christ and following Christ can man gain the work of the Holy Spirit and obtain life. The Lord Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And you will not come to me, that you might have life” (Jhn 5:39-40). That is why if believers only believe in the Bible but don’t accept or follow Christ, they will not be able to receive truth and life, and also will, because they hold on to the Bible, resist and condemn Christ, and become God-opposing antichrists. Back then, it was because the Jewish Pharisees only blindly believed in and worshiped the Bible, saw the Bible as higher than all and even treated the Bible as God, that in the end, when the Lord Jesus came to work, they stubbornly held on to the Bible and protected the Bible, using the letters of the Bible to try and trip up the Lord Jesus and furiously resist and condemn Him. Ultimately, they crucified the Lord Jesus, having charged Him with not adhering to the Old Testament, committing a heinous crime. In the last days, religious pastors and elders only blindly believe in and worship the Bible. They protect the Bible, bear witness to the Bible, and use the Bible to replace God in all that they do. When Almighty God comes to express truths and perform His judgment work of the last days, they are just like the Pharisees in that, for the sake of protecting the status of the Bible in people’s hearts, they furiously resist, condemn and blaspheme Almighty God, Christ of the last days. They have already committed the sin of crucifying Christ again, severely offending God’s disposition. Isn’t this a fact everyone can see? The Bible was originally a testimony of God, but why did the Pharisees and religious leaders use the Bible to replace God and resist God? Why would they rather make people exalt and worship the Bible than let them come before God to obey and worship God? This is Satan’s trick to deceive people! It is because Satan is most afraid that mankind will obey and worship God, but Satan is not at all afraid of mankind worshiping and exalting the Bible. Therefore, since Satan cannot deny the Bible, it adopts this trick to make people worship and blindly believe in the Bible, and to let the Bible replace God, making people only believe in the Bible and hold on to the Bible, but not acknowledge God and the truth, such that even when they discover that everything Christ says is the truth, they don’t dare to move away from the Bible and betray religion. As a result, man may believes in God nominally, but in reality they have already cut off their relationship with God. This is the cunningness of Satan’s resistance of God and also the thing that is most difficult for man to discern. Therefore, if believers only blindly believe in the Bible and worship the Bible, it means they have fallen for Satan’s trick and embarked on the road to resisting and betraying God. If they can still take the Bible out of context and use the words of man in the Bible to deny and condemn Christ, then they have become God-opposing antichrists! If people always worship the Bible, will their hearts still have a place for God? If the Bible has replaced God in one’s heart, then are they still someone who believes in God? As believers in God, we should be God’s servant and a servant of truth, rather than a servant of the Bible. If a person still insists that believing in God is believing in the Bible, then God does not have a place in their heart at all. They are simply not believing in God, but are people who deny and resist God. Such a person is destined to be eliminated by God!
Let’s take another look at Almighty God’s words. Almighty God says, “Those who only care about the words of the Bible, but who are unconcerned about the truth or seeking My footsteps— they are against Me, for they limit Me according to the Bible, and constrain Me within the Bible, and so are blasphemous in the extreme towards Me. How could such people come before Me? They pay no heed to My deeds, or My will, or the truth, but instead obsess over words, words that kill. How could such people be compatible with Me?” (“You Should Seek the Way of Compatibility With Christ” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “They believe in Me only within the scope of the Bible. For them, I am the same as the Bible; without the ‘Bible’ there is no ‘Me,’ and without ‘Me’ there is no ‘Bible.’ … to the extent that they use verses from the Bible to measure every word I say, and to condemn Me. What they seek is not the way of compatibility with Me, or the way of compatibility with the truth, but the way of compatibility with the words of the Bible, and they believe that anything that does not conform to the Bible is, without exception, not My work. Are such people not the dutiful descendants of the Pharisees? The Jewish Pharisees used the law of Moses to condemn Jesus. They did not seek compatibility with the Jesus of that time, but diligently followed the law to the letter, to the extent that they ultimately nailed the innocent Jesus to the cross, having charged Him with not following the law of the Old Testament and not being the Messiah.” “And what of people today? Christ has come to release the truth, yet they would rather expel Him from among man in order to gain entry into heaven and receive grace. They would rather completely deny the coming of the truth in order to safeguard the interests of the Bible, and would rather nail the Christ returning to flesh the second time to the cross in order to ensure the everlasting existence of the Bible. How can man receive My salvation, when his heart is so malicious, and his nature so antagonistic towards Me?” (“You Should Seek the Way of Compatibility With Christ” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Over the long run, religious leaders have all taught people that “Believing in God is believing in the Bible, leaving the Bible is not believing in God.” They do their utmost to exalt and bear witness to the Bible, equating the Bible and God and using the Bible to replace God in people’s hearts, making people have more and more blind faith in the Bible, worship the Bible, and treat the Bible as God. They use the Bible as the basis for everything. Even when Christ comes, they use the letters of the Bible as the basis to delimit Christ, deny Christ, and condemn and resist Christ. On the surface, religious pastors and elders are bringing people before the Bible, but in fact they are bringing people before themselves! Because people blindly believe in the Bible, they worship these biblical scholars and experts even more. This is precisely the most despicable trick employed by the religious Pharisees throughout the ages to misinterpret the Bible, use the letters of the Bible to deceive and control people, and block people from returning to God! This is the cunningness of Satan and also factual proof of them setting up their own independent kingdom! In fact, many religious pastors and elders are basically unbelievers. They only believe in the Bible but don’t believe in God. They treat the records in the Bible as mythical stories and don’t believe that they are the facts of God’s work. Therefore, they don’t admit that God became flesh at all! If anyone bears witness to God incarnate, they will do their utmost to deny and furiously resist and condemn Him. Such people are not believers at all! Therefore, all those who don’t admit that God came in the flesh are antichrists. This is without a doubt! This shows that the religious world has been completely controlled by Pharisees and antichrists, and has become a staunch bastion that resists God and an independent kingdom that opposes God. This is an undeniable fact! People of religion may believe in God, but in actuality they have been deceived and controlled by Pharisees and antichrists, becoming the accomplices and puppets of antichrists! Therefore, people who believe in the God in religion cannot be saved.
from the movie script of Break Through the Snare