Question 7: Now most believers think they are practicing the religion to believe in the Lord Jesus, not pastors and elders. How could they not get salvation?
Answer: What is the religious world? It’s the empire of the Pharisees and a seething lair of antichrists! How can believers there gain salvation? That’s wishful thinking. So, why can’t people be saved in religion? It’s mainly because when God did His new work on earth in the last days, the work of the Holy Spirit moved along with His new work as well. The religious world lost the Holy Spirit’s work and became desolate. Besides, the religious world today is all controlled by the hypocritical Pharisees, the antichrists, and has long been a bastion against God. The Holy Spirit doesn’t work within religion. And God incarnate doesn’t work within religion, either. So believers in religion can neither experience God’s work in the last days, nor eat, drink, or enjoy God’s words of the last days. They naturally fall into darkness. In these times, if they don’t seek and investigate the true way, they will easily fall into desolation, and fail to be saved by God! When people fall into such states, they just keep to the Bible in meetings, unable to enjoy God’s current words. Without the Holy Spirit’s work and guidance, they are just believing in a vague God, and their fellowship is all about records and words of God’s previous work in the Bible. How can they receive God’s salvation in the last days and inherit His promises? Just like the time when the Lord Jesus started working outside the temple, the temple then became desolate and a den of thieves. People who stayed within the temple failed to follow the Lord Jesus’ work, and ended up clinging to the old laws and regulations, thus losing their chance at salvation. Likewise, Almighty God does the work of “judgment beginning with the house of God” in the last days. He expresses the truth to purify and judge man. He will set us free from Satan’s corrupt disposition, and from Satan’s influence, thus saving us and making us overcomers to be brought into His kingdom. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for us. If any one doesn’t follow Almighty God’s work, they won’t be saved and can’t enter the kingdom of heaven. Let’s read several passages of Almighty God’s words. Almighty God says, “Those who do not accept the new work of God are bereft of the presence of God, and, moreover, devoid of the blessings and protection of God. Most of their words and actions hold to the past requirements of the Holy Spirit’s work; they are doctrine, not truth. Such doctrine and regulation are sufficient to prove that the only thing that brings them together is religion; they are not the chosen ones, or the objects of God’s work. The assembly of all those among them can only be called a grand congress of religion, and cannot be called a church. This is an unalterable fact. They do not have the Holy Spirit’s new work; what they do seems redolent of religion, what they live out seems replete with religion; they do not possess the presence and work of the Holy Spirit, much less are they eligible to receive the discipline or enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. … They have no knowledge of man’s rebelliousness and opposition, have no knowledge of all of man’s evildoing, much less do they know all of God’s work and God’s present will. They are all ignorant, base people, they are scum that are unfit to be called believers!” (“God’s Work and Man’s Practice” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “Those who wish to gain life without relying on the truth spoken by Christ are the most ridiculous people on earth, and those who do not accept the way of life brought by Christ are lost in fantasy. And so I say that the people who do not accept Christ of the last days shall forever be despised by God. Christ is man’s gateway to the kingdom during the last days, which none may bypass. None may be perfected by God except through Christ. You believe in God, and so you must accept His words and obey His way. You must not just think of gaining blessings without receiving the truth, or accepting the provision of life. Christ comes during the last days so that all those who truly believe in Him may be provided with life. His work is for the sake of concluding the old age and entering the new one, and is the path that must be taken by all those who would enter the new age. If you are incapable of acknowledging Him, and instead condemn, blaspheme or even persecute Him, then you are bound to burn for eternity, and shall never enter the kingdom of God” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Obviously, those who don’t accept Almighty God’s work in the last days and who can’t obey God’s present work and words will be detested and rejected by God. Such believers who remain in religious houses will naturally lose God’s guidance and won’t be supplied with God’s current words. They will fall into darkness and be eliminated, losing God’s salvation of the last days. As in the Age of Grace people kept the work and regulations of the Age of Law, and so lost the Lord Jesus’ salvation. Now is the Age of Kingdom. Those who hold on to the work and regulations in the Age of Grace will be forsaken and eliminated, unable to gain salvation and enter the kingdom of heaven. That’s an undeniable fact that nobody can alter.
One wishes to be saved through their belief within religion. Isn’t it a daydream? People on the one hand want to please the antichrists Satan, and on the other hand to obtain God’s salvation. That seems far-fetched. The religious world is fully controlled by the hypocritical Pharisees and the religious pastors and elders. As a matter of fact, it is controlled by the antichrists who are against God. This is an accepted fact. The pastors and elders never focus on expounding on and testifying to the Lord’s words when they preach, or testify to God’s work and disposition recorded in the Bible. They only expound on man’s words in the Bible. By replacing God’s words with man’s words, they make His words ring hollow, which leads people to follow man’s words and stray from God’s words. Also they focus on preaching biblical knowledge to their followers as well as theology, and preaching of the characters and historical background inside the Bible. They speak of these things to show themselves off to gain people’s worship, and lead the believers to walk the path of following man, worshiping man, and resisting God. Especially when Almighty God works in the last days, they vigorously resist and condemn Him, and try their best to stop and restrict people from seeking and investigating the true way. They stop people from accepting the truth expressed by Almighty God or gaining the nourishment of Almighty God’s word. They only allow people to accept their fallacies, heresies, and theories. So, when people believe in the religious houses controlled by the Pharisees the antichrists and accept the Pharisees’ teachings, their ideas and views, their choices, and their understanding are all affected and influenced by them. They naturally feel darker and darker within and lose contact with God. When Almighty God’s work in the last days arrive, they are still bound and controlled by the religious Pharisees the antichrists, and so they can’t hear God’s present utterances, or enjoy the supply of the living water flowing from God’s throne. So people have no way to gain God’s salvation in the last days. And worse than that, they believe in God within religion, but they are following men, the antichrists, and are walking the path of the Pharisees the antichrists. As time goes on, they themselves will turn into Pharisees. How can they ever do God’s will and enter the kingdom of heaven if they remain like that? It is definitely impossible. Right now, the religious world’s essence is thoroughly revealed by Almighty God’s work in the last days. The religious world is not the kingdom of heaven. It is actually the lair of the antichrists, the bastion of resistance to God and the kingdom of Satan opposing God. So, people can’t gain salvation through belief in the religious world, even though they are believers who love the truth. It is because they can’t accept Almighty God’s work of the last days, and don’t possess the words supplied by Christ of the last days, and so they stand no chance of being saved by God.
from the movie script of Break Through the Snare