734 Holding to Religious Notions Will Only Ruin You
1 As of today, God will formally perfect those who have no religious notions, who are ready to set aside their old selves, and who obey God in a simple-hearted way, and He will perfect those who long for the word of God. These people should stand up and serve God. In God there is endless abundance and boundless wisdom. His amazing work and precious words are awaiting even greater numbers of people to enjoy them. As it stands, those with religious notions, those who assume seniority, and those who cannot put themselves aside find it hard to accept these new things. There is no chance for the Holy Spirit to perfect these people.
2 If a person is not resolved to obey, and does not thirst for the word of God, then they will be unable to receive these new things. They will just become more and more rebellious, more and more crafty, and end up on the wrong track. In doing His work now, God will raise up more people who truly love Him and who can accept the new light. And He will completely cut down the religious officials who presume upon their seniority. Those who stubbornly resist change: He does not want a single one of them. Do you perform your service according to your own preferences, or do you do what God requires? Are you one of the religious officials, or are you a newborn babe being made perfect by God?
3 Old religious notions will strangle a person’s life. The experience a person acquires will lead them away from God, to do things in their own way. If you do not put these things down, they will become a stumbling block to your growth in life. God has always perfected those who serve Him. He does not cast them out lightly. If you truly accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s word, if you can put aside your old religious practices and rules, and cease to use old religious notions as the measure of God’s word of today, only then will there be a future for you. But if you cling to old things, if you still treasure them, then there is no way you can be saved. God takes no notice of people like that.
Adapted from “Religious Service Must Be Purged”
in The Word Appears in the Flesh