Question 6: I don’t agree with your statements! Faith in God means faith in the Bible. If we desert it, we’re not believers!
Answer: “Belief in God means belief in the Bible. Leaving it is not faith in God.” This assertion is wrong. Is the Bible able to save mankind? Is the Bible able to take God’s place? Is it able to take the place of the Holy Spirit? Can it do the work of judgment in the last days in God’s stead? Which one is greater, God or the Bible? Which came first, God or the Bible? There was no Bible in Abraham’s time. Can we say he didn’t believe in God? There was no Bible when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. Can we say Moses didn’t believe in God? God is God and the Bible is the Bible. The Bible can’t represent God, much less be God Himself. It is merely a historical record of God’s past work, merely a witness to God. It can’t be a replacement for God’s work and His words in the last days, much less save man in God’s stead. And so, faith in the book isn’t faith in God. If man treats the Bible as equal to God, then this is serious opposition to God and blasphemy. The Bible is testimony of God’s work and it cannot bestow life upon man on God’s behalf, much less replace the Holy Spirit’s work. There is no life to be found in the Bible. Only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. Only by accepting Christ and following Christ can one receive the Holy Spirit’s work and gain 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” (John 5:39-40). So if one believes in God solely through the Bible, yet doesn’t accept or follow Christ, he won’t receive the truth and life. And since he clings to the Bible, he would resist and condemn Christ, becoming an antichrist against God. In the past, the Jewish Pharisees put too much blind faith in the Bible and worshiped it. They granted the Bible the highest place of all and even treated it as God. And so, when Jesus came to do His work, they stubbornly clung to the Bible and defended it. They searched for flaws with the Lord using biblical letters and they wildly resisted and condemned Him. In the end, the Lord Jesus was crucified to the cross, charged with not following the Old Testament. Thus, they committed a heinous crime. In the last days, the religious leaders also worship and put their blind faith in the Bible. They safeguard and testify about the Bible in everything and try to supplant God’s place. When Almighty God expresses the truth and carries out the work of judgment in the last days, in order to maintain the Bible’s place in man’s hearts, like the Pharisees, they vigorously resist, condemn and blaspheme Almighty God, Christ of the last days. They have committed the sin of crucifying Christ again and seriously offended God’s disposition. Isn’t that fact obvious to each and every one of us? We know the Bible is a testament to God. So why do the religious leaders use the Bible to resist God and replace God? Why would they rather let people exalt and worship the Bible than allow them to come before, obey, and worship God? This is Satan’s scheme to deceive people. Because Satan fears most that humans will obey and worship God, but has no fear at all of humans worshiping and exalting the Bible. So when Satan found no way to deny the Bible, it resorted to making people worship and put blind faith in the Bible, and then to replacing God with the Bible. And like that, people only trust and hold on to the Bible, but do not acknowledge God or the truth. Even when they learn that Christ’s words are the truth, they dare not leave the Bible or forsake religion. In this case, people believe in God in name, but their relationship with God has been cut off. This is Satan’s most cunning scheme to resist God and the most difficult scheme for man to see through. And so if we blindly trust in and worship the Bible, we have fallen into Satan’s scheme, and walked the path of resisting and betraying God. If we can further take the Bible out of context, and deny and condemn Christ using man’s words in the Bible, we will become antichrists who make enemies of God. If people worship the Bible, how would such people have enough room in their hearts for God? And if they let the Bible take God’s place within their hearts, are they the believers of God? We believers should be servants of God and servants of the truth, and never be servants of the Bible. If people insist that belief in God is belief in the Bible, then they surely have no room left in their hearts for God. These people are not believing in God. They’re denying and resisting God. Such people are doomed to be eliminated by God.
Let’s read some more words from Almighty God. “Those who only care about the words of the Bible, 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 toward 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 My existence 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” (“You Should Seek the Way of Compatibility With Christ” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “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 to the cross again 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 toward Me?” (“You Should Seek the Way of Compatibility With Christ” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). For a long time, leaders in the religious world have always taught people thusly, “Faith is faith in the Bible. Leave the Bible and you leave your faith.” They testify of and exalt the Bible as best as they can, and they regard the Bible as equal to God, using it to replace God in the hearts of believers. As a result, people grow obsessed with the Bible and worship it, treating a book as they would treat God. They treat the Bible as basis. Even when Christ returns, they still wildly define, deny, condemn, and resist Christ based on the Bible’s words. Outwardly, the pastors and elders guide believers to worship the Bible, but the truth is that they teach the believers to worship them. Blindly trusting the Bible, people worship them biblical scholars and experts more and more. It is the most sinister and base means that Pharisees across the ages misinterpret the Bible and use its letters to deceive people, control them, and prevent them from returning to the presence of God. It’s Satan’s cunning scheme and the proof of their crime of building their own kingdom. The truth is many of the pastors and elders are basically unbelievers. They only trust in the Bible, not in God. They regard biblical records as fanciful stories, and don’t trust that they are records of God’s work. As such, they don’t acknowledge God’s incarnation in the least. If one testifies of God’s incarnation, they endeavor to deny, and fervently resist and condemn. Such people are simply not believers in God. And so those who do not recognize God incarnate are antichrists. That much is a certainty. It’s clear that these Pharisees the antichrists have completely controlled the religious world, which is now a bastion of resisting God and an independent kingdom that’s against God. And this fact is undeniably true. Believers in religion have in fact been fooled and controlled by all these Pharisees the antichrists, becoming their accomplices and puppets! As such, salvation for believers in religion is unattainable or very difficult to attain.
from the movie script of Break Through the Snare