XV. Questions and Answers on Dissecting the Essence of the Pharisees
Question 7: Most believers now still think that by believing in God in religion they are believing in the Lord Jesus and not pastors and elders, so how can they not be saved?
Answer: What kind of place is religion? It’s the world of the Pharisees, the old nest of antichrists! To think that you can be saved by believing in God there is just wishful thinking! Why can’t one be saved if they believe in God in religion? The main reason is that, when God performed new work in the last days, the work of the Holy Spirit has been transferred along with God’s new work, and the religious world thus lost the work of the Holy Spirit, becoming a wasteland. Additionally, the religious world has been completely controlled by the hypocritical Pharisees and antichrists, and has long become a place that resists God. Not only is the Holy Spirit not working in religion, God incarnate also does not come into religion to work. Therefore, one cannot experience God’s work of the last days by believing in God in religion. They cannot eat, drink and enjoy the words of God in the last days, and thus naturally fall in the darkness. If people don’t seek and investigate the true way now, it will be very easy to collapse in the wasteland and not receive God’s salvation! People who have fallen in the wasteland of the religious world only hold on to the Bible during meetings and cannot enjoy God’s present words. Without the work and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the God man believes in is a vague one. All their communications at meetings are about records of God’s work and utterances in the Bible from the past. How can such people gain the salvation of God of the last days and receive God’s promise? It’s just like back when the Lord Jesus started working outside of the temple. The temple became a chaotic wasteland, a den of thieves. Because they did not follow the Lord Jesus’ work, those who remained in the temple were still holding onto the old laws and rules, naturally losing out on the Lord’s salvation. Similarly, now in the last days, Almighty God has performed His work of judgment beginning from the house of God, expressing truths to judge and cleanse mankind, making man break away from Satan’s corrupt disposition and influences to gain God’s salvation, and be perfected by God into an overcomer and directly taken up into His kingdom. This is a golden opportunity! If man does not follow Almighty God’s work of the last days, they will not be able to receive salvation and enter the kingdom of heaven. Let’s read some from 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 this, 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). This shows that all those who don’t accept the work of Almighty God in the last days and those who don’t obey God’s present work and words are objects of God’s loathing. This way, those who remain in religious places have naturally lost God’s guidance and are unable to gain the supply of God’s actual words. They can only fall into the darkness and be eliminated, losing God’s salvation of the last days. Just like it was in the Age of Grace, people still held on to the work and regulations from the Age of Law, naturally losing out on the salvation of the Lord Jesus. In the Age of Kingdom, if people still hold on to the work and regulations from the Age of Grace, they will naturally be abandoned and eliminated by God and will not be saved into the heavenly kingdom! This is a fact nobody can change!
Believing in God in religion and yet still wanting to be saved—is this not daydreaming? Wanting to please Satan and antichrists on the one hand and on the other still wanting to receive God's salvation— is that possible? The religious world is controlled by hypocritical Pharisees and controlled by religious pastors and elders. The reality is that it is controlled by these God-opposing antichrists. This is an established fact! When pastors and elders work and preach, they never pay attention to explaining or bearing witness to the Lord’s words, or bearing witness to God’s work and His disposition in the Bible. They only pay attention to explaining man’s words in the Bible and use man’s words in the Bible to replace God’s words and make God’s words irrelevant, making people all follow man’s words while keeping away from God's words. Additionally, they also focus on explaining biblical knowledge and theological theory, explaining characters in the Bible, historical background, and so forth. They explain these things to show off and make others worship them, taking people on the path to following man, worshiping man and resisting God. Especially when Almighty God comes to do His work of the last days, they furiously resist and condemn Almighty God, and do all they could to block and restrict people from seeking and investigating the true way, prohibiting people from accepting the truths expressed by Almighty God and not letting them receive the supply of Almighty God's words. They only let people accept their various fallacies and ideological theories. Therefore, when people believe in God in the religious places controlled by Pharisees and antichrists, and accept the teachings of religious Pharisees, their thoughts and viewpoints, choices, and ability to receive are all influenced and affected by them. They naturally grow darker and darker inside and become isolated from God! When Almighty God comes to do His work in the last days, they are bound and controlled by religious Pharisees and antichrists, and so they won’t able to hear God’s actual utterances or enjoy the supply of the living water of life flowing from God’s throne. That way, they won’t be able to receive God’s salvation of the last days. More frightening is that, even though people believe in God in religion, what they follow are men, antichrists, and the path they walk is precisely that of the Pharisees and antichrists. After a while, they will naturally also turn into Pharisees. How could they then become people who follow God’s will and enter the kingdom of heaven? That’s certainly impossible! Now, the essence of the religious world has been thoroughly revealed through the work of Almighty God of the last days. The religious world is not the kingdom of heaven; it is the old nest of antichrists. It is a staunch bastion that resists God, a satanic kingdom that opposes God! Hence, people are unable to achieve salvation by believing in God in religion. Even if they are someone who loves the truth, since they don’t accept Almighty God’s work of the last days, they won’t be able to gain the supply of the words expressed by Christ of the last days and also won’t be able to receive God’s salvation!
from the movie script of Break Through the Snare