XV. Questions and Answers on Dissecting the Essence of the Pharisees
Question 8: Even though the religious world is ruled by pastors and elders and they are hypocrites who walk the path of the Pharisees, what do their sins have to do with us? Although we follow and listen to them, who we believe in is the Lord Jesus and not pastors and elders. I feel we have not embarked on the path of the Pharisees. How come we have also become Pharisees?
In religion, people all believe in God under the control of Pharisees, fully following them and listening to them. Like them, they only study the Bible and theology, only paying attention to understanding biblical knowledge and theological theory, and never focusing on seeking the truth or practicing the Lord’s words. Like the Pharisees, they only believe in a vague God up in heaven, but don’t believe in Christ incarnate of the last days—Almighty God. No matter how authoritative and powerful the truths expressed by Almighty God, they still stubbornly hold on to their notions and imaginations, and follow pastors and elders in resisting and condemning Almighty God. Needless to say, such people are the same type of people as the Pharisees, and are walking the God-resisting path of the Pharisees! Even if such people are not following the Pharisees, they are still the same type of people as the Pharisees and are also the descendants of the Pharisees because their nature and essence are the same. They are all unbelievers who only believe in themselves but don’t love the truth! They are antichrists who despise the truth and oppose Christ! Just as Almighty God has revealed: “there are many who lack discernment. When there is an occurrence of deception, they just happen to stand on the side of Satan. When you say that they are Satan's servants, they feel greatly wronged— but if you say that they lack discernment, they always stand on the side of the non-truth. They have never stood on the side of the truth at the crucial time, and have never stood up to defend the truth. Do they really lack discernment? Why do they just happen to stand on the side of Satan? Why do they never say a just and reasonable word for the truth? Is it really the result of momentary confusion? The more undiscerning a person is, the less they are able to stand on the side of the truth. What does this show? Does it not show that those who lack discernment are ones who love evil? Does it not show that those who lack discernment are the true sons of Satan? Why do they always stand on the side of Satan and echo the words of Satan? Their every word and act, and their facial expressions, are sufficient to prove that they are not the ones who love the truth, but the ones who loathe the truth” (“A Warning to Those Who Do Not Practice the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Isn’t this the truth? When people in religion follow pastors and elders, they not only listen to them but do all they can to protect them; as soon as they hear someone exposing religious pastors and elders, these people will feel uncomfortable and come out in defense of pastors and elders. What is the problem here? Is this not sufficient to prove that these people only have pastors and elders in their hearts but no place for God? In these people’s hearts, religious pastors and elders are all higher than God. What problem does this show? When man resists God, there aren’t many who come out in defense of God. There aren’t many who can stand up and bear witness to God! But as soon as the Pharisee essence of religious pastors and elders is exposed, why are there so many people who cry injustice on their behalf and come out in their defense? This is sufficient to prove that these people are the dutiful descendants of the Pharisees. They are the accomplices and lackeys of antichrists! This is a fact no one can deny!
from the movie script of Break Through the Snare