37. Why the Religious World Has Always Resisted God While Serving Him
Exposing and Dissecting the Truth and the Essence of the Religious World Crucifying Christ Twice
The religious world came into being in the Age of Law, after God used Moses to complete work. The system of priests serving God formed in Israel, and it has continued on for several thousand years, until the present. The priests of the Lord of creation, Jehovah God, have continued to uphold the laws and commandments God issued in the Age of Law. This has remained unchanged, even now. What is puzzling is why, when the Lord Jesus incarnate appeared and was working, the only system of priests on this earth that served the true God actually resisted and condemned Jesus in the flesh, and even handed Him over to Pilate, who ruled at the time, to have Him crucified. This thing that, logically speaking, should not have happened did actually happen; it was a tragic thing that caused a sensation and shocked the entire world, becoming a great scandal over the last two thousand years that the religious world resisted God in spite of serving Him. If God had not appeared and borne witness in the Age of Grace, it would have gone down in history as a “great achievement” of the Jewish priests. Why is it that this issue of the religious world serving God yet resisting Him still exists today, and has not changed at all? What is really the root of the problem? This is a time for mankind to reflect on and understand this, particularly the leaders and pastors of the religious world. If they are unable to genuinely reflect on and face the truth that they resist God even though they serve Him, they will continue to go down the wrong path of being an enemy to God. Their ending can only be even more tragic, because Almighty God issued this warning and curse long ago: “Woe to those who crucify God.”
The fact that the Lord Jesus’ crucifixion actually successfully completed God’s work of redemption is a cause for deep reflection, and brings many thoughts to mind. The intersection and connection between God’s different stages of work are truly marvelous—God ruling and arranging His work this way to end the Age of Law and commence the Age of Grace is really very significant. One aspect of this is that it fully reveals and exposes the truth that the priests of the Age of Law served God, but resisted and condemned the appearance and work of God incarnate, thus suffering condemnation and punishment from God. This led to the Israelites being stateless for the next 2,000 years. Another aspect is that God very wisely used the religious world’s resistance to and condemnation of God’s work to serve as a foil to successfully complete the work of redeeming mankind in the Age of Grace. This is the profound significance that is explicitly revealed in the intersection between the Age of Law and the Age of Grace. One aspect of this is that it revealed and exposed the issue from the Age of Law of corrupt mankind’s lack of knowledge of and resistance to God, and it made an eternal record of the tragic fact, which can be neither avoided nor forgotten, of the disgrace of mankind nailing Christ to the cross because of a lack of knowledge of God. This is how God ended the work of the Age of Law and began the work of the Age of Grace. This was truly beneficial for mankind to understand that all the stages of God’s work are interrelated and develop with every step. This makes it easy for people to see that the work of the Age of Grace was entirely built on the foundation of the Age of Law. Another aspect of this is that it allowed people to understand God’s almightiness and wisdom, and His righteous disposition that will not tolerate people’s offenses. Even when it’s a priest who serves Him that offends His disposition, God will not show mercy. He will certainly reveal, expose, judge, and condemn that person. Moreover, He judged and chastised the Israelites for 2,000 years in accordance with the vow made by the priests of the time who crucified the Lord Jesus: that the sin would be on them, and their descendants. This is why the Israelites cast about from nation to nation, suffering the misery and pain of enslavement. This shows that God’s disposition will not tolerate any man’s offense. The facts of God’s work proved long ago that His wisdom was largely exercised based upon Satan’s trickery, highlighting the almightiness and wisdom in His rule over everything. Each phase of His work is closely linked to the next, leaving people looking behind and wondering what will come next. It is earth-shaking, extraordinary, and inscrutable!
Now in the Age of Kingdom, God has once again become flesh to do the work of judgment and chastisement in the last days according to the promise of the Lord Jesus: “I come quickly.” Likewise, He is using the great red dragon and the leaders in the religious world as foils and objects of service to perfect God’s chosen people so that mankind may know God’s righteousness and holiness and His almightiness and wisdom in His rule over everything, and so that people may completely clearly see the true countenance of Satan’s evilness and ugliness, and clearly understand the truth that Satan is the root that corrupted mankind, leading the world into darkness and evil. This also exposes and reveals the sinful fact that the religious world is resisting, condemning, and once again crucifying Christ of the last days, Almighty God. Both times God has appeared in the flesh to work, He has faced the resistance and condemnation of the religious world, and they have nailed Him to the cross. When the Lord Jesus came to do the work of redemption in the Age of Grace, He faced resistance and condemnation from the religious world in the Age of Law—that is, the system of Jewish priests—and He was handed over to Pilate who was in power and was crucified. In the Age of Kingdom, Almighty God incarnate has come to do the work of judgment in the last days, and He has again been subjected to resistance, framing, attacks, blaspheming, and condemnation by the religious world. They have even joined forces with the great red dragon to oppress Christ and condemn God’s work in the last days. This has become an openly known fact. Historically, both times God has become flesh to work, the condemnation and persecution He has experienced have been shockingly similar. What issue does this elucidate? Could it be that the tragic truth of the religious world nailing Christ to the cross twice over is not worth our reflection, our consideration? Many people feel that it’s strange, and wonder why God incarnate would be subjected to the resistance and condemnation of the religious world both times. The religious world of the Age of Law resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus, and nailed Him to the cross—this was the first lesson in failure of the religious world serving God yet resisting Him. This could be forgiven, but why is it that the religious world in the Age of Grace not only did not learn the bloody lesson of this bitter failure, but is actually once again crucifying Christ of the last days and repeating the tragedy of history? The antichrist forces of the religious world and the great red dragon have linked hands to condemn, frame, pursue and capture, and oppress Christ of the last days in order to disrupt and undermine God’s work. This is a self-evident fact. They long ago committed the monstrous sin of nailing Christ to the cross again. Perhaps some people who don’t understand the truth may ask: Why does God allow this tragedy of the religious world crucifying Christ of the last days to occur? Of course, God’s wisdom and good intentions are concealed within this. This is because God rules over everything. How God concluded the Age of Law and began the Age of Grace, allowing mankind to open up their eyes, giving them a feast for their eyes, is how God is now concluding the Age of Grace and beginning the Age of Kingdom. Isn’t this the more significant issue? This is also an excellent opportunity for man to understand God’s righteous disposition and His almightiness and wisdom. On top of that, if the tragedy of re-crucifying Christ had never occurred, how would the essence and the truth of the religious world’s resistance to God be so thoroughly, so clearly exposed? Through this, God is rousing people’s numb spirits so that they may once again think and reflect to come to understand the facts and the truth of mankind being deeply corrupted by Satan as well as their nature and essence that resist God. Through this, they can clearly see how the pastors and leaders of the religious world deceive people and resist God, becoming evil antichrist forces. They can see that they are enemies of God just like the great red dragon, and they can clearly see that only Almighty God can guide and save mankind, and determine their final destination and outcome. This way, people can understand that when believing in God, they cannot worship or follow people, be deceived or controlled by others and live under Satan’s domain. It also allows people to dispel the notion that just with the Bible they are able to know and serve God, and in particular the notion that with God’s last two stages of work, corrupt mankind has already repented and been transformed, and can just wait to be raptured and enjoy the blessings of the kingdom of heaven. This is nothing but people’s wishful thinking and imaginations. Almighty God who sees deep into people’s hearts long ago saw through the nature and essence of their resistance to Him. This is why He has once again become flesh in the last days in order to do the work of judgment and chastisement. Through this He reveals, He exposes the truth and the essence of the religious world’s resistance to God, that it is just as evil and dark as the world; this is for the purpose of saving mankind. This truly is something that no corrupt human could foresee.
God has already pulled back the curtain on the judgment before His great white throne. This is no hidden mystery for God’s chosen people who have already accepted His judgment and chastisement. Since Christ of the last days expressed the truth and performed His judgment starting with the house of God, the antichrist forces in the upper tiers of the religious world have begun to condemn and resist His work in the last days. They have also fabricated all kinds of lies and spread all sorts of rumors allowing falsehoods and nonsense that condemn Christ and God’s work in the last days to infiltrate every corner of the internet, deceiving people. This formed a united front to block people from turning toward God and incited people across the globe to oppose God’s work of judgment in the last days, contributing to the great battle between good and evil in the last days. What is incomprehensible is this: How could the religious world stand on the side of the great red dragon? A dark and evil world’s resistance to God is the inevitable outcome of mankind’s deep corruption. Why do religious circles hate God just as much as the world and so unrestrainedly condemn Christ and God’s work in the last days? They particularly applaud the great red dragon’s condemnation and persecution of God’s chosen people. The antichrist forces has finally joined up with the demons, the great red dragon, against God’s work in the last days; it really can be said their natures and essences are the same as they are both in Satan’s camp. Isn’t this something worth considering? The condemnation and hatred for Christ incarnate of the last days by these antichrist demons from the religious world long ago surpassed all imagination. This goes far beyond the Jewish faith of that time. Then, this evil slogan was proclaimed by Jews: “We would rather have robbers than Jesus. Jesus must be crucified.” Religious circles in the last days are no less terrible. They cooperate by tacit agreement with the great red dragon and have adopted a policy toward Christ of the last days of “pursuit and immediate eradication.” The great red dragon’s pursuit of Christ is utterly savage, and they do not even stop at sending special agents and teams of detectives from China to the USA with the threatening air of eliminating Christ and establishing a godless zone in the world. And the religious world is not to be outdone—they express great approval and support for the great red dragon’s fervent pursuit of Christ and mad sabotage of God’s work. They attempt to join hands to ruin God’s work in the last days while also tightly controlling religious circles’ actions. In fact, the religious world long ago fell under the deception and control of the evil antichrist forces and became the lackeys for Satan’s forces. Within religious circles, most people are still subject to the deception and control of antichrists and live under Satan’s domain. They believe in God in name, but in actuality what they follow and obey are the evil antichrist forces of the religious world. They long ago stepped onto the path of being an enemy to God. How could they be commended by God? In the Age of Grace, when the religious world was under the control of the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees, most believers in God listened to and obeyed their leadership and shepherding. This is a fact. Likewise, the religious world in the last days is controlled by its leaders and pastors, and most believers in God listen to and obey the current religious leaders and pastors. Even when investigating the true way, they still listen to the determinations made by the pastors, and they believe in whatever and whomever their pastors tell them to believe in. The pastors condemn Christ and resist God, so the majority of religious people follow along with them and also condemn Christ and resist God. The religious leaders and pastors are on the path of the antichrists, so the majority of religious people have also followed them onto the path of the antichrists. This fact is particularly evident. The sinful fact of people madly resisting God in the last days fully proves the religious world has become so dark and so evil that it is God’s enemy, and it long ago became an evil satanic force that resists God. Humans have been so deeply corrupted by Satan and are full of a satanic disposition. They are all of the evil kind that worships and follows Satan, fully confirming the Lord Jesus’ words: “A wicked and adulterous generation.” Just as Almighty God said: “Mankind is none other than My enemy. Mankind is the evil one that resists and disobeys Me. Mankind is none other than the progeny of the evil one accursed by Me. Mankind is none other than the descendant of the archangel that betrayed Me. Mankind is none other than the heritage of the devil that was already detested and rejected by Me and came at odds with Me.”
For religious people, God’s words judging corrupt mankind aren’t something that can be accepted right away. However, if they read His words in their entirety and give careful thought to them, and then compare them to the facts of the religious world’s current bloodthirsty, sinful condemnation and hunting of Christ of the last days as well as the actions on the part of corrupt mankind, they can become completely awakened and confirm that God’s words are entirely the reality of the truth. Once corrupt people have undergone God’s work, suffered repeated defeats, and still turn their backs on the truth and break God’s heart, then they can become fully convinced of God’s words and fully acknowledge that His words are the truth. Think of when corrupt humanity accepted the Lord Jesus’ work of redemption—wasn’t there also a process of reflection and thought? And now for accepting God’s judgment and chastisement, as long as people are able to carefully ponder His words and then reflect on their own behavior, it will become apparent that all of God’s words are the truth, that they are a double-edged sword. Their dissection and judgment of mankind’s corrupt essence are utterly accurate and could not possibly be more apt. When people are able to genuinely obey God’s work of judgment and chastisement in the last days, they are able to recognize how timely and how critical His judgment and chastisement of man are, that it is God’s greatest salvation and love. This makes it easy to see through the root of the issue of the religious world’s constant condemnation of and resistance to God incarnate, and their re-crucifixion of Christ. The truth is that the issue of the top leadership in the religious world serving God but still resisting Him is brought about by man’s hatred for the truth. The truths expressed by God in the flesh truly expose people, and people resist Him because all of His words are the truth, are all judgment of mankind. Since people hate the truth, they develop resistance to and condemnation of God. This shows how deep people’s corruption is, even to the point of hating the truth and being an enemy to God. Thus, when God became flesh and expressed the truth, He was first met with the mad opposition, condemnation, and resistance of the top leadership in religious circles. This is the fact that no one can deny. It is clear that if corrupt humanity does not accept God’s judgment and chastisement, there is no way to be saved. God’s judgment of mankind in the last days truly exposes people, sorting each of them in accordance with their kind. This allows people to see with full clarity why the religious world has been playing the role of serving God while still resisting Him for several thousand years. In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus completely revealed and judged this problem. The essence of how people in religious circles defy God can only be revealed and dissected after the coming of the incarnate Christ. No corrupt humans can see through the truth and essence of the religious circles defying God, because corrupt humans hold no truth. They can only be controlled, confused, and manipulated by false shepherds and antichrist demons into joining them in doing evil, and become servants and accomplices of Satan in defying God. This is natural. Could it really be that the religious world’s antichrist forces linking hands with the great red dragon to resist and condemn Almighty God, who has come to save mankind in the last days, is not sufficient to show the darkness and evil of the entire world, as well as mankind’s deep corruption? Let us see how, during the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus revealed the truth and essence of how antichrist evil forces in religious circles always defied God:
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore you shall receive the greater damnation.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! You fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold? And, Whoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is guilty. You fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift? Whoever therefore shall swear by the altar, swears by it, and by all things thereon. And whoever shall swear by the temple, swears by it, and by him that dwells therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him that sits thereon.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone. You blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like to white washed sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Why you be witnesses to yourselves, that you are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill you up then the measure of your fathers. You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell? Why, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall you whip in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar. Truly I say to you, All these things shall come on this generation” (Mat 23:13-36).
These are the most well-known words of the Lord Jesus during the Age of Grace that reveal and judge the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of Judaic religious circles.
From the fact that the Lord Jesus pronounced “seven woes” that revealed and dissected chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees from religious circles during the Age of Law, we can see that most of the religious leaders are hypocritical Pharisees and have, since a long time ago, been satanic evil forces opposed to God. This is already an indisputable fact. The Lord Jesus’ “seven woes” for the Pharisees were Him exposing the seven great evil behaviors of the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of the religious world of that day and age. They were entirely accurate, and the seven great evil behaviors of the religious leaders exposed by the Lord Jesus as the “seven woes” are now listed in order below.
1. They closed the gates to the kingdom of heaven right in front of people’s faces, and they would not allow God’s chosen people to follow Christ. Christ is the gate to the kingdom of heaven, and Christ’s coming also brings God’s kingdom. They not only did not accept Christ, but they nailed Him to the cross. This was not entering the kingdom of heaven themselves and not allowing anyone else to enter, either.
2. They travelled to the edges of the earth to lure people into their religion, and then deceived and controlled them so that they would become people who worshiped idols and followed Satan, and become sons of hell. Not only did they not bring people before God, but they hindered others’ acceptance of Christ. They were deceitful antichrists.
3. They would not swear an oath by the temple, but only swear by the gold within the temple. This revealed that they had no reverence for God, and their hearts had never had a place for God. All they held in their hearts was gold, wealth. This exposed their shameless greed, and that they were not at all people in service of God.
4. In their service of God, they only practiced religious rites, and not the truth. They just offered up tithes to placate God. That was hypocrisy in order to deceive people and so that they would have blind faith in them, so they would worship and follow them. They never led people to practice the truth or enter into reality—they were false shepherds who blindly led the way.
5. They held a lofty position of serving God, but they themselves did not love the truth, and they did not permit others to pursue the truth or pursue knowledge of God. They were just duplicitous and fooled others, covering up their own evil deeds and their true faces in order to create an illusion for people to worship and follow. This did no small harm to others.
6. They were like whitewashed tombs—they looked beautiful from the outside, but inside were full of filth, corruption, and evil, and the stench of death. Their deeds were all evil, and they deceived people with their false appearances. They had long ago become vampires, parasites, and God hated them and was disgusted with them.
7. Their mouths were full of biblical doctrines but they were capable of murdering prophets and righteous people in order to maintain their own status and their living. As soon as they heard that Christ in the flesh had appeared and was working, they fervently hunted Him with the intent of killing Him. They were all genuine antichrists and accomplices of Satan. They truly were enemies of God.
The “seven woes” of the Pharisees revealed by the Lord Jesus had already exposed that the darkness and depravity of religious circles are no different from that of the secular world. So people can completely see that the actions of the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of religious circles were not serving God at all, but were rather defying and opposing God. They stood as priests and leaders in positions of serving God, yet they didn’t practice truth and righteousness. Rather, they performed all manner of awful deeds, and they even treated the incarnate Christ as a rival, condemning and oppressing Him and nailing Him to the cross. Having committed these great sins, how could they not incur God’s wrath? This is why God hated them and was wrathful toward them, and why He revealed, judged, and condemned them. This is completely natural. This shows us that God does not allow anyone to offend His righteous disposition. During the Age of Grace, God had already despised and hated the various evil acts against truth and Himself performed by these chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of religious circles. The merciless revelations and judgments He used against them illustrate that God is righteous and holy. God has never commended those in religious circles that serve God yet defy Him. God became flesh precisely for the purpose of coming to the human world personally to search for His sheep, to rescue all who love truth and can hear the voice of God. God picks all those that wholeheartedly want God, and who can accept the truth. During the time of the Lord Jesus’ preaching, the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of religious circles all became targets of God’s condemnation and elimination. This reveals God’s righteousness and holiness. Only God is lovable, dear, respectable, and trustworthy, and the leaders, scribes, and Pharisees of religious circles were all hypocrites, full of lies, deceit, sinisterness, and evil. They were all the ilk of vipers that confused and controlled people and defied God. They were precisely the type of people that should be abandoned. During the Age of Grace, when the Lord Jesus was carrying out His redemptive work, no Judaic chief priests, scribes, or Pharisees ever came before the Lord Jesus in repentance. Nor did many Pharisees truly reflect on and regret their own evil deeds after the Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross and completed His redemptive work. If there were, there were only a few individuals. These facts are enough to prove that the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees were all demons who hated the truth and defied God. No matter how much evil they performed, even nailing the Lord Jesus to the cross, they never regretted their actions. This issue is truly thought-provoking. Here it is not difficult to see that most leaders in religious circles are false shepherds that serve God yet defy God. They are truly the embodiment of the antichrist demon—Satan. Yet, many people who believe in God still adore and follow them. This is enough to show that humans are totally corrupt, and they have already been deceived by lies and sin. Satan has blinded their eyes. Though they have been ruined by the demons, they still stubbornly refuse to change, as if they were already dead. Thus, we can see how difficult God’s work of saving these deeply corrupted humans is! This is a key question that all corrupt humans should reflect on and recognize.
Let’s take another look at a few stories recorded in the Bible from when the Lord Jesus was spreading His word so that we may better understand the facts and the truth regarding the antichrist forces of the religious world, which serve God while also resisting Him. This way, we’ll be able to more clearly see the true face of those Pharisees in religious circles who resist God and it will help us seek out the true way and not be subject to their hoodwinking and deception. It will help us forsake the darkness, come into the light, and truly turn toward God.
“Then came together to him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashed, hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brazen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not your disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands? He answered and said to them, Well has Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. However, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things you do. And he said to them, Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.”
These Pharisees and scribes came from Jerusalem particularly to test the Lord Jesus. It wasn’t to seek the truth, but it was to try to find something to use against the Lord Jesus. We can see from their own words that they only taught people to uphold religious ceremonies and human traditions while they discarded God’s commandments. This is ironclad proof of the Pharisees and scribes serving God while also resisting Him. How could that not bring about God’s disgust and loathing?
“And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority do you these things? and who gave you this authority? And Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, from where was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say to us, Why did you not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said to them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things” (Mat 21:23-27).
The chief priests and elders were all the leaders in the Jewish faith at the time, and this is how hostile they were to the Lord Jesus. They frequently tested Him and were always wanting to grab hold of something that can be used against Him and bring about His demise. This in particular is ironclad proof that the chief priests and elders served God while resisting Him. How could they not provoke God’s wrath and His hatred?
It’s written in Matthew in the Bible, “Then spoke Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not you after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not you called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all you are brothers. And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be you called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted”(Mat 23:1-12).
The Bible records many instances of the Judaic chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees defying and condemning the Lord Jesus. Here people can see that these Judaic chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees only focused on performing religious rites and teaching people to follow rules and obey laws. This is enough to show that these chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees did not practice any truth and did not have reality at all. They were well-read in the Bible and studied the law, but they did not know God at all. The most detestable thing is that they could even murder the prophets and righteous people. Not only did they not submit to Christ, who had become flesh and expressed truths, they could even condemn, capture, entrap, and murder Him, making themselves into God’s enemies. So God’s hatred for them was deeply rooted, and He revealed, dissected, and condemned them. Even more, this reveals that God is a righteous and holy God. He likes those that do justice, and hates those that do evil. God never commended the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of the Judaic religious circles. God only revealed, judged, and cursed them. This is a true fact recognized by all those that believe in the Lord Jesus. If people really understand the Bible, why can’t they use the Lord Jesus’ words to recognize the true hypocritical, God-resisting faces of contemporary pastors and elders in religious circles? Why can’t people stand on the side of the Lord Jesus in order to distinguish and abandon the ungrateful ilk of vipers who serve God yet defy Him? If people really understood the Bible, then they should be able to see an even more terrifying fact that most leaders and pastors in religious circles today are acting in the same roles as the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees who defied our Lord Jesus during the Age of Grace. They are still defying Almighty God who has been incarnated in the last days, and their sins are even greater than those of the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees that defied the Lord Jesus. They hate truth in the extreme, and they are deeply afraid that they will be alienated when God’s chosen people accept the true way, submit to God’s work, and are gained by God. They even twist the truth, distort facts, frame and entrap, slander and condemn, and they shamelessly, willfully misinterpret the Bible in order to condemn Christ and blaspheme against the work of the Holy Spirit and God’s utterances. In order to save their own positions and livelihoods, they use all sorts of trickery to judge God, blaspheme against God, and defy God. Their actions are completely the same as the various satanic tricks used by the Judaic chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees in defying the Lord Jesus. They’re all walking on the antichrist’s path of opposing God. By observing the various forms of outwardly serving God—yet inwardly resisting Him—performed by most leaders and pastors of religious circles, we can see that there are mainly seven evil acts that have already offended God. They will certainly be punished. The seven evil acts performed by most pastors and leaders in religious circles are listed here:
1. They only do religious rituals that maintain and pronounce mankind’s inheritance and doctrines, but they abandon God’s commandments. They never teach people to submit to God, know Him, or listen to His words. They do not speak at all of the reality of truth, and never use God’s words to reveal the darkness in religious circles to let people know about the age of evil.
2. They do not revere God at all. They do not have a place for God in their hearts, yet they greedily and sneakily eat from offerings to God. They can’t truly serve God, but they use offerings to God as their livelihoods, and they often appeal and force people to donate so that they can live more luxuriously, making themselves true vampires and parasites.
3. They compass land and sea to seduce people into their church, and once they do, people are confused and controlled into becoming slaves. They do not give people free choice, and do not allow people to investigate the true way, to seek out God’s appearance and work, causing them to be reduced to being children of hell. It is the blind leading the blind, and all will fall into the pit.
4. In their preaching they often steal God’s glory in order to show off themselves and bear witness to themselves for people to imitate, admire, and follow, making people idolize them in order to entrap and control them. They never honestly and truly bear witness to God and honor God as great, so that people will submit to and worship God.
5. They hate the truth, and are especially jealous of people who pursue and understand the truth: They suppress, reject, and convict them. They only allow people to adore and follow them, yet they impede and restrict people from accepting Christ, and they seal off the churches because they are afraid of people witnessing God’s work in the last days.
6. In order to save their own positions and livelihoods, they even invent all sorts of rumors and lies to slander, condemn, and blaspheme Christ of the last days, Almighty God. They fill everything with their darkness, and they would even prefer a life and death struggle against God to the end. It is obvious that they do not serve God but rather their own positions and livelihoods.
7. They don’t admit the fact of God’s incarnation, nor do they believe in the word and work of God incarnate in the last days. This is enough to prove that they all have the nature and substance of antichrists of hating the truth. They walk the antichrist’s path of serving God but defying and opposing God.
These seven evil acts by the antichrist forces in religious circles that defy God are openly recognized facts by all believers in God. These seven evil acts committed in religious circles today have almost the exact same characteristics as the “seven woes” by which our Lord Jesus revealed and judged the Pharisees. This is enough to prove that religious leaders have, for a long time, always seemed to serve God but have in fact defied God and walked the path of the antichrist. These facts have also exposed that they all have the satanic nature and essence of hating truth and defying God. This is why they can become the hostile forces to Christ of the last days: They lead religious circles to darkness and evil. This completely fulfills the prophecy in the Bible’s Book of Revelation that religious circles are “the great whore” and “the great Babylon.” Now, some people that love God and long for God’s appearance have already seen through the antichrist nature and essence of these modern Pharisees, and have begun to leave religious circles to look for the footsteps of God’s work. Even though these “Pharisees” of religious circles are clearly aware that all the words expressed by Christ of the last days are truths, judgments and chastisements aimed at corrupt humans, they nonetheless chose to assume an attitude of defying, judging, condemning, and opposing God because of their hatred of the truth. Primarily, they have also committed a heinous sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit and God’s work. The main three manifestations of this sin are listed as follows:
1. They invent lies to slander God’s flesh. This is a serious blasphemy against God.
2. They treat God’s words as human words, and they say that there are evil spirits in God’s words that bewitch people when they look at them. This is a serious blasphemy against God.
3. They describe God’s work in the last days as the work of evil spirits, which is like saying the work of the Holy Spirit is the work of evil spirits. This is a blasphemy against God.
People in all religious circles are spreading serious blasphemies against God in these three ways. If they were truly people that revered God, they would absolutely not dare to say such things. Recalling the time of our Lord Jesus’ preaching days, at that time there were religious people who said that the Lord Jesus used Beelzebub, the king of demons, to dispel demons. This is truly committing the sin of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus said, “All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven to men” (Mat 12:31). In today’s religious circles, most leaders and pastors go out and spread rumors and slander that blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. Regardless of what their intentions and goals are, they have already committed the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Those that truly revere God would never dare to speak carelessly without having conducted a detailed investigation of the true way, yet they decide arbitrarily that the Eastern Lightning is the work of evil spirits, and that people are deceived when they hear its message. This is truly ridiculous! Can someone who possesses the truth still be deceived? All of the truth comes from God, while Satan and every kind of evil spirit do not possess a shred of the truth. This is why they can only rely on fabricating lies and fallacies to deceive people but they can never deceive those who understand the truth and know God. It is only the truth that can conquer, gain, and perfect people. The truth is eternal and immutable, and no matter how much deception or control people within a religion are subjected to, as soon as they discover the truth and see the appearance of the true light, they will naturally accept the true way and turn toward God. This is called renouncing the darkness for the light. Mankind was created by God, so turning toward Him is a very natural thing to do. If it’s called deception that is nothing but confusing right and wrong. Why is it that the religious world is always using empty lies to deceive and control people as well as strictly closing off their churches? This on its own shows that religious circles lack the truth. The door to The Church of Almighty God is open. No man can close it. People can come and go as they please without restriction from any person. However, it is necessary to clear out, to expel any evil people and evil spirits who hate the truth. The Church of Almighty God has never ensnared or controlled anyone—everyone has their own freedom. This is sufficient evidence that The Church of Almighty God is under the power of Christ, the truth, of God’s words, and particularly the Holy Spirit. Most pastors and leaders in religious circles have already been revealed as precisely those that walk on the path of the antichrist. To keep their status and livelihood they struggle in desperation against Christ until the end. Their hearts are hard, they have no regrets, and they think that God will ultimately reach a compromise with them, in the manner of how the Lord Jesus treated Paul during the Age of Grace. They think that God will reveal Himself and call to them from heaven. To nail God on the cross and then wish to receive God’s pity is already shameless to the extreme. They are foolish and uncompromising until death, displaying the “heroic, unwavering” attitudes typical of the “heroism” of religious dynasties. This fulfills the prophecy in the Book of Hebrews in the Bible: “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries” (Heb 10:26-27).
All genuine believers within a religion should awaken. Following the leaders within the religious world is not the same as following God; obeying your pastor really isn’t obeying God. In your faith you should seek the Holy Spirit’s work and the footsteps of God’s work. You must seek out where God’s utterances and words appear. Only that way can you discover and see the return of Christ. Do not think that something the pastors and leaders within religious circles have not accepted is not the true way and that God will wait, that He will not let a single person go. This is a grave error. Think of when Noah got onto the ark—there weren’t any religious leaders doing that with him, but God still laid waste to that age. During the Age of Grace the Lord Jesus had long before condemned the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of the religious world, so the Holy Spirit absolutely would not work within them, and particularly would not guide them. The fact that to this day we have not seen the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of the Jewish faith make a change shows that they the ilk of Satan, of antichrists, are enemies of God and are destined to be punished and obliterated. Wanting to wait for those hypocritical Pharisees to repent and turn toward God is lacking any understanding whatsoever of God’s will, and it is particularly not understanding that God’s righteous disposition will tolerate no offense. Anyone who can still follow and adore a false shepherd, be subject to the deception and control of these antichrist demons with no thought of repentance is beyond hope. This is why people should waste no time in awakening so that they do not lose this incredible opportunity to be saved by God. Otherwise, that will become the regret of a lifetime. Now is a key moment for spreading the gospel of the kingdom. Many people, when surveying the true way, are dazed and confused by the lies and rumors of the antichrist demons in religious circles. They are confused by the great red dragon’s fallacies and heresies so they dare not accept the true way. Many people, when surveying the true way, have been impeded and confused by leaders and pastors in religious circles, so they cannot come before God. Their lives are then ruined and suffocated by religious leaders, pastors, and the great red dragon. For pastors and leaders in religious circles to fight with God over His chosen ones is depravity to the point of being enemies of God. They do not give the chosen of God the right to investigate the true way or choose freely. This evil fact is enough to explain that they, like the great red dragon, are demons that stamp out lives and gorge on human souls. They have already committed this heinous sin of offending God. Doesn’t the fact that they can so wildly hinder people from accepting the true way and returning to God expose them as Satan’s accomplices and allies? The blood debt they owe humans must be paid in full. God will repay them based on their own individual actions, and this is the basic reason why God does not reveal Himself and work in religious circles in His incarnation in the last days. How the Lord Jesus hated, revealed, judged the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of religious circles is how Almighty God in the last days hates, reveals, judges, and condemns the pastors and elders of modern religious circles who walk the path of the antichrist. You can see that when God has appeared in the flesh to work again, although His name has changed, His disposition and essence has not. God is always God, humans are always humans, and Satan is always God’s enemy. These are unchanging truths. People must clearly see the essence and truth of religious circles serving God yet defying God, so that they can accept the true way, obey God’s work in the last days, and attain God’s salvation. This is a matter of urgency and cannot be delayed, for God’s day is coming. Almighty God says: “What you should understand is this: The work of God never waits for any that cannot keep pace with Him, and the righteous disposition of God shows no mercy to any man” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
We can see a truth from the Bible that, during the Age of Grace, not only did the Lord Jesus not call the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of religious circles, but on the contrary, He revealed and judged them. In particular, everybody involved in nailing the Lord Jesus to the cross was severely punished, and all of them suffered terrible fates. This is a fact recognized by all. Does anyone think that Almighty God who comes in the Age of Kingdom can be pitying and forgiving to antichrist forces in religious circles? Absolutely not, because God is righteous and holy, and God does not allow anyone to offend His disposition. Almighty God has already decided their endings, and clearly revealed the sinful fact that most pastors and leaders in religious circles today resist God. Let us see what Almighty God says: “Do you wish to know the root of why the Pharisees opposed Jesus? Do you wish to know the substance of the Pharisees? They were full of fantasies about the Messiah. What’s more, they believed only that the Messiah would come, yet did not seek the truth of life. And so, even today they still await the Messiah, for they have no knowledge of the way of life, and do not know what the way of truth is. How, say you, could such foolish, stubborn and ignorant people gain God’s blessing? How could they behold the Messiah? They opposed Jesus because they did not know the direction of the Holy Spirit’s work, because they did not know the way of truth spoken by Jesus, and, furthermore, because they did not understand the Messiah. And since they had never seen the Messiah, and had never been in the company of the Messiah, they made the mistake of paying empty tribute to the name of the Messiah while opposing the substance of the Messiah by any means. These Pharisees in substance were stubborn, arrogant, and did not obey the truth. The principle of their belief in God is: No matter how profound Your preaching, no matter how high Your authority, You are not Christ unless You are called the Messiah. Are these views not preposterous and ridiculous? I ask you again: Is it not extremely easy for you to commit the mistakes of the earliest Pharisees, given that you have not the slightest understanding of Jesus? Are you able to discern the way of truth? Can you truly guarantee that you will not oppose Christ? Are you able to follow the work of the Holy Spirit? If you do not know whether you will oppose Christ, then I say that you are already living on the brink of death. Those who did not know the Messiah were all capable of opposing Jesus, of rejecting Jesus, of slandering Him. People who do not understand Jesus are all capable of denying Him, and reviling Him. Moreover, they are capable of seeing the return of Jesus as the deceit of Satan, and more people shall condemn Jesus returning to flesh. Does not all of this make you afraid? What you face shall be blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the ruination of the words of the Holy Spirit to the churches, and the spurning of all that is expressed by Jesus. What can you gain from Jesus if you are so befuddled? How can you understand the work of Jesus when He returns to flesh on a white cloud, if you obstinately refuse to realize your errors? I tell you this: People who do not accept the truth, yet blindly await the arrival of Jesus upon white clouds, will surely blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, and they are the race that shall be destroyed. You merely wish for the grace of Jesus, and merely want to enjoy the blissful realm of heaven, yet you have never obeyed the words spoken by Jesus, and have never received the truth expressed by Jesus when He returns to flesh. What will you hold up in exchange for the fact of Jesus’ return upon a white cloud? Is it the sincerity in which you repeatedly commit sins, and then confess them, over and over? What will you offer in sacrifice to Jesus who returns upon a white cloud? Is it the years of work with which you exalt yourselves? What will you hold up to make the returned Jesus trust you? Is it that arrogant nature of yours, which does not obey any truth?” (“When You Behold the Spiritual Body of Jesus Will Be When God Has Made Anew Heaven and Earth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“How many seek the truth and follow righteousness? They are all beasts like pigs and dogs, leading a gang of stink flies in a dung heap to wag their heads and incite disorder. They believe that their king of hell is the most superior of kings, without realizing that they are nothing more than flies on rot. Not only that, they make slanderous remarks against the existence of God by relying on their pigs and dogs of parents. The minuscule flies think their parents to be as large as a toothed whale. Do they not realize that they are diminutive, yet their parents are unclean pigs and dogs a billion times larger than themselves? Unaware of their own lowliness, they run amok on the basis of the putrid odor of those pigs and dogs and have the delusional idea to procreate future generations. That is absolutely shameless! With green wings upon their backs (this refers to their claiming to believe in God), they begin to become conceited and boast everywhere of their own beauty and attractiveness, secretly casting away their impurities onto man. And they are even smug, as if a pair of rainbow-colored wings could conceal their own impurities, and thus they persecute the existence of the true God (this refers to the inside story of the religious world). Little does man know that, though the wings of the fly are beautiful and enchanting, it is after all no more than a minuscule fly that is full of filth and covered with germs. On the strength of their pigs and dogs of parents, they run amok across the land (this refers to the religious officials who persecute God on the basis of strong support from the country betraying the true God and the truth) with overwhelming ferocity. It is as if the ghosts of the Jewish Pharisees have returned along with God to the nation of the great red dragon, back to their old nest. They have again begun their work of persecution, continuing their work spanning several thousand years. This group of degenerates is sure to perish on earth in the end! It appears that, after several millennia, the unclean spirits have become even more crafty and sly. They constantly think of ways to secretly undermine the work of God. They are wily and cunning and wish to replay in their homeland the tragedy of several thousand years ago. This almost goads God into giving out a loud cry, and He can hardly keep Himself from returning to the third heaven to annihilate them” (“Work and Entry (7)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Almighty God’s words allow people to better understand that although those in religious circles are groups who believe in God, but it cannot be denied that most pastors and leaders in religious circles are people who refuse Christ and hate the truth. They serve God yet defy Him. They believe only in the God in heaven, but deny the incarnate Christ. The fact that they could be enemies of Christ and hate, condemn, slander, defame, vilify, hunt, and murder Him proves that they have already committed the heinous sin of nailing Him to the cross once more. This is unshakable proof of the resistance of God in religious circles. Nobody could dispute this. Many parts of the Bible said that in the last days many false Christs and antichrists will surely appear. John the apostle said: “And as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time” (1Jn 2:18). “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2Jn 1:7). To be precise, all those who deny and condemn the incarnate Christ are antichrists. All those that only admit the God in heaven but not the incarnate Christ are antichrists, people who defy and oppose God. During the Age of Grace, when God was first incarnated, all those that condemned the Lord Jesus and denied that He was God incarnate were antichrists, so the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of Judaism all belonged to this bunch of antichrists. In the last days, when the second coming of the Lord Jesus—Almighty God—has been revealed, pastors and leaders in religious circles all deny and condemn Almighty God, who has incarnated, therefore they are all genuine antichrists. Why do those in religious circles resist God while also serving Him? The truth is clear as day! It’s because they only believe in a vague God up in the heavens and they do not acknowledge the practical God in the flesh. This is why they have become enemies of God and have been exposed. Even more so, it is because they are unable to accept the truths expressed by God in the flesh, and they hold on to hostility and hatred that they can deny, condemn, and resist Christ, which also exposes their satanic natures and essences of antichrists who harbor hatred for the truth. It is also because the truths expressed by Christ contain enormous power and authority and are capable of awakening and saving mankind, and allowing them to break away from Satan’s evil forces and turn toward God. This is why religious leaders crucify Christ for the sake of maintaining their own status and names, and this is the truth of the religious world resisting God while also serving Him, and its essence is completely revealed through this. God becomes flesh for the sake of saving mankind as well as exposing people for what they really are, and rewarding good and punishing evil. People can then be divided based on their kind, their final destination can be determined, and then the age can be brought to a close. Only those who are able to accept and obey in the face of the practical God in the flesh are those who revere God and love the truth. They are the ones who God will save and perfect, while all those who resist and condemn Christ are enemies of God, and they will be the targets of exposure and elimination, and will certainly be punished. There is no doubt about this. So the crux of people’s success or failure in their belief in God is whether or not they are able to accept and obey Christ in the flesh. This is critical. Accepting and obeying Christ is the greatest challenge in people’s belief in God, and it requires enormous faith. The “wise virgins” show that they can know the voice of God, that they can recognize the voice of the “Bridegroom,” which is why they are able to accept and obey Christ. This is how they can welcome the practical God into their home. However, the “foolish virgins” are never able to hear God’s voice because they do not recognize the voice of the “Bridegroom,” so they reject Christ and they continue to keep watch for a vague God until the point that they are cast out and eliminated. It’s clear that without genuine faith, it is very difficult to accept Christ, and those who refuse to accept Christ will miss the “wedding feast of the Bridegroom.” They will not be welcomed into the home in the kingdom of heaven by the Lord, and they will not be able to enter into the place that God has prepared for mankind. Whether people are able to accept Christ of the last days and obey His work in their belief in God is the crux of determining the success or failure of their faith. Many pastors and leaders in religious circles have become genuine antichrists because they refuse to accept Christ and even resist and condemn Him. If they do not repent but continue to deceive and control God’s chosen people for their own purposes and they do their utmost to constrain and prevent people from investigating the true way and accepting Christ, they will become eternal sinners. This is the root of the religious leaders’ and pastors’ judgment and condemnation for resisting God while serving Him.
In one’s belief in God, whether or not they are able to accept Christ and become compatible with Him is the crux of whether or not they can be saved. Not accepting or obeying Christ is being an enemy of God. Only by accepting and obeying Christ can people become compatible with God. This is what Almighty God said about that: “Where is the evidence of your compatibility with Me? Where is the reality of your loyalty to Me? Where is the reality of your obedience to Me? When have your intentions not been for the sake of gaining My blessings? You fool and deceive Me, you play with the truth, and conceal the existence of the truth, and betray the substance of the truth. You place yourselves in such enmity to Me, so what awaits you in the future? You merely seek compatibility with a vague God, and merely seek a vague belief, yet you are not compatible with Christ. Will not your maleficence receive the same retribution as that deserved by the wicked? At that time, you will realize that no one who is incompatible with Christ can escape the day of wrath, and you will discover what kind of retribution shall be wrought upon those who are in enmity with Christ. When that day arrives, your dreams of being blessed for your belief in God, and of gaining entry to heaven, shall all be shattered. It is, however, not so for those who are compatible with Christ. Though they have lost so much, though they have suffered a lot of hardship, they shall receive all of the inheritance that I shall bequeath to mankind. Ultimately, you will understand that only I am the righteous God, and that only I am capable of taking mankind into his beautiful destination.”
We should be able to gain enlightenment from the lesson of the chief priests’, scribes’, and Pharisees’ resistance to God—in order to gain salvation through our belief in God, we must understand some critical truths in order to see through the essence of the religious world’s resistance to God. For example: 1. What path should those who serve God take? 2. What should shepherds possess to be able to gain the work of the Holy Spirit? 3. Do pastors fear God, and do they have the reality of the truth? 4. How can true or false shepherds be discerned? 5. How should the appearance of God be sought in order to gain the work of the Holy Spirit? 6. What is a true church? 7. How should God’s voice be listened to in order to recognize His words? 8. What is truly turning towards God and obeying Him? 9. What is casting off the forces of Satan and gaining salvation? 10. Why isn’t understanding biblical knowledge and doctrines the same as understanding the truth and knowing God? Understanding these truths and others are critical. The crux to whether a believer in God can gain the truth and life and be saved lies in whether or not they can find a true church and follow the steps of the Holy Spirit’s work—this is the key to gaining salvation. Whether a church’s or religious fellowship’s leaders or pastors take the right path has a direct impact on whether or not the church is able to gain the work of the Holy Spirit as well as whether or not the people in the church who genuinely believe in God and love the truth are able to understand the truth and enter into reality. It also has a direct impact on whether all of God’s chosen people who pursue the truth are able to gain the truth and life, and be saved. This is why it is of the utmost importance whether the leaders in a church or a fellowship pursue the truth and genuinely love God, and what path they take. It is because this is the crux of being able to gain the work of the Holy Spirit or not. Three conditions must be understood to see if the leaders of a church or fellowship are in line with God’s will.
One. If the leaders of the church or fellowship genuinely pursue the truth and long for God’s appearance, they will certainly be able to gain the enlightenment, illumination, and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and then they will be able to hear God’s voice and see what are His utterances. They will be able to bring God into the church and bring God’s chosen people in front of Him. This way the church will be blessed by God, and God’s chosen people within that church will have the good fortune of experiencing His work in the last days, and of being saved and blessed.
Two. If the leaders of the church or fellowship are not people who love the truth, but instead are sick of the truth and hate it, when they see God’s utterances they will condemn, resist, and refuse to accept the true way. This way, they refuse to let God into the church, and God’s chosen people in that church will be deceived and fall into darkness. These leaders harm God’s chosen people and ruin their chances at salvation, thus becoming antichrists.
Three. If the leaders of the church or fellowship are evil servants and will actually go so far as to re-crucify Christ incarnate of the last days, committing this monstrous sin and being damned by God, not only will disaster befall them, but they will also implicate God’s chosen people under them who genuinely believe in God. Not only will they ruin the chosen people’s chance for salvation, but they will also lead them onto the path of no return. That kind of evil servant is an antichrist, a demon, and an eternal sinner—this is perfectly accurate. Whoever follows an antichrist not only cannot be blessed, but will experience disaster and be punished.
Everyone should learn how to discern the three kinds of conditions of church and fellowship leaders. If you do not practice discernment but just focus on gifts, and blindly adore someone, it will be all too easy to be fooled. Once someone has been deceived and is controlled by an antichrist demon, the consequences are unthinkable, and it will inevitably result in failure in their faith.
Why is it that most groups in religious circles tend to lose the work of the Holy Spirit and fall into darkness? It’s because their leaders are not people who love and pursue the truth. Instead, they focus on fame, status, and vanity. They like to be looked up to and adored by others, and just like the Pharisees they are antichrist forces who serve God while also resisting Him. Without discernment on this, if people always rely on their own notions and good intentions, they will be easily deceived and will be controlled. This truly is a dangerous thing. Now let’s go into the five basic reasons for the religious world losing the work of the Holy Spirit and descending into darkness.
One. The pastors and leaders of the religious world were not put into place directly by God, and many of them do not have hearts of reverence for God, or even acknowledge that God has become flesh as the Son of man. They are all bona fide antichrists.
First, it should be understood how religious circles were formed and what the difference between church and religion is. It is very necessary to clarify these issues. It is possible to see from the Bible that during every stage of God’s work, God’s chosen people were led and shepherded by those that God had personally raised up and appointed. For example, during the Age of Law, God used Moses to directly lead the people of Israel, and He had Moses organize the priest system. After Moses’ work was completed, there were no more people on earth that were directly appointed by God to lead the Israelites. Priests began to be elected by the people. This is the background to the creation of Judaic religious circle. Since then, the priest system of Judaism has been formed by elections from religious circles. Very often, religious circles became corrupted because the wrong priests were elected. When the incarnate Lord Jesus appeared and did work during the Age of Grace, religious circles had fallen to the extent of resisting and condemning Christ and opposing God. This is a fact that everybody can witness. When the Lord Jesus came to earth for His redemptive work, He personally selected the twelve apostles. The Holy Spirit also started working then, and was with the disciples of the Lord Jesus. At this time, a gathering of those on earth that accepted the work of the Lord Jesus was called a church, and it was completely shepherded by the people God appointed, in other words, people used by the Holy Spirit. At this time, the true church was created, and this is the source of the church. Around thirty years after the Lord Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascent into heaven, most of the twelve apostles had been martyred, and the church on earth was no longer shepherded by the apostles directly appointed by the Lord Jesus. So various kinds of religious groups started to form. This is the background for the creation of the religious circle during the Age of Grace. After that, regardless of whether or not people had the work of the Holy Spirit, they could organize a church as long as they could expound the Bible. As long as they had some gifts, there would be people agreeing with them and following them. People could work and preach as they liked without anyone restricting them, so various denominations began to form. What is a church, and what is religion? You could say that those that are led and shepherded by people used by the Holy Spirit is a church, and those that are shepherded and led by people not used by the Holy Spirit is a religion. This is the simplest, truest division. True churches have the work of the Holy Spirit. In religions very rarely is there the work of the Holy Spirit. Even if there is, it is on the few people who truly believe in God and seek the truth. This is the difference between church and religion. For churches, it is very crucial whether or not shepherds are worked on and used by the Holy Spirit. If the shepherd is someone who seeks the truth and walks on the right path, then the work of the Holy Spirit is present. If the shepherd is not someone who seeks the truth and they walk on the path of the Pharisees, then the work of the Holy Spirit is not present. As long as people can distinguish between real and false shepherds, they can find a real church. There appeared the church when God incarnate personally worked, but afterward all sorts of religious groups emerged. However, many people cannot distinguish between true and false shepherds and true and false apostles. This is because they believe in God but do not understand the truth. In the last days, people’s corruption runs deep, they do not understand the truth, yet they worship gifts. They do not distinguish at all whether or not people have the work of the Holy Spirit. As long as someone can expound the Bible, there will be those who agree and follow; people focus increasingly on gifts. Therefore, people follow pastors and leaders in religious circles in believing in God, but without considering at all whether or not they have the work of the Holy Spirit and the reality of the truth. It is as if as long as they have a pastor’s license, they are approved and appointed by God, and people must accept and submit to them. Foolish people even treat pastors as the Lord and worship them as God. During the Age of Grace, the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees in religious circles treated the incarnate Lord Jesus as an enemy and nailed Him to the cross, which completely exposed the actual fact of their resistance to God. In the last days, most leaders and pastors in religious circles condemn and resist Christ of the last days even more, without a trace of fear. These facts prove that most pastors and leaders in religious circles do not revere God. Some of them do not even believe the incarnation of God, and they do not have a place for God in their hearts at all. They only believe in and worship the vague God, but they absolutely do not believe in the existence of the practical God, nor do they believe that all truth comes from Christ. So these people are all disbelievers, the lackeys of Satan, and they have become true antichrists. They are God’s enemies. All who resist and condemn Christ are God’s enemies. This is utterly unquestionable.
Two. Leaders in religious circles are not people who are used by the Holy Spirit, and they absolutely have not undergone perfection by God. They are not qualified to do the work of leadership and shepherding.
We can see that in every stage of God’s work, after God Himself has finished that work, there are people utilized by the Holy Spirit who carry out the work of God’s commission so that the work in the churches of the time gradually enter the right track. The ensuing birth of the religious world and the chaos were all because of the lack of work and leadership by people who are utilized by the Holy Spirit, and it is this very lack that causes the churches to stray from God’s will. If people do not undergo the perfection of the Holy Spirit’s work, they will not be able to gain the truth, and their life disposition will not be able to change. They absolutely will not be fit for use by God—even if they serve God, they still resist Him. This is a fact. If the leader, the person at the helm of a church has not been perfected by God, then people will be likely to only continue on their own path, and likely to take the path of an antichrist. Just like Paul, they will only be able to do the work by relying on gifts and will not know when they are resisting God. For example, in the Age of Law, God made use of Moses to promulgate God’s law. In the decades after Moses completed his work, at times there weren’t people who had been raised up by God, and then chaos ensued in the religious world. After the Lord Jesus completed the work of redemption during the Age of Grace, apostles designated by Him continued His work but chaotic situations were common after they had completed their work and gone for the reason that disciples like Peter to lead and shepherd the churches were very rare. All sorts of people within religious circles were all “performing,” and because mankind is so deeply corrupted, until they have undergone God’s judgment and chastisement and have gained salvation and been perfected, the chance of taking their own path and resisting and betraying God is still one hundred percent. So, those who do the work of shepherding in the churches must undergo perfection through the work of the Holy Spirit and achieve a genuine understanding of God—only then can they be equal to the task. Everyone can now see that doing the work of shepherding a church is not about gifts. People have all kinds of gifts but they don’t necessarily know God, and as soon as they gain power they may become antichrists and false shepherds who will control the church. Corrupt people in particular have a tendency to be fake and deceptive, and are capable of being enemies of Christ for the sake of fame and status. This is a fact that’s as plain as day. Corrupt humanity has long been full of a satanic disposition, and when these corrupt humans gather together, if there isn’t shepherding by someone who is used by the Holy Spirit and the protection of the Holy Spirit, then how could chaos not ensue? Without someone used by the Holy Spirit to carry out the work of leading and shepherding the church, no one will be able to be obedient. In that case, it’s inevitable that different factions will appear and struggle for power. In the Age of Kingdom, God’s work of judgment and chastisement is to save and perfect mankind, so God first perfected one person and then used him to lead, to shepherd His chosen people. In the end, everyone will be fully convinced, and this is the only way God can make complete and gain a group of people who are in accord with Him, who can do His will. The leaders in the religious world have not experienced the perfection of the Holy Spirit’s work, and they particularly have not experienced God’s work of the last days. Most of them don’t even have the work of the Holy Spirit, but just rely on a diploma issued by a theological seminary and don’t have any proof of work from the Holy Spirit. They just go directly into the religious world as pastors or leaders—this is another root cause for the darkness and chaos in that world. Everyone who has undergone God’s work in the last days has clearly seen that without the leadership and shepherding of the man used by the Holy Spirit, God’s chosen people have no way at all to enter the right track of belief in God, and they are particularly unable to enter into the reality of the truth in God’s words. If believers don’t follow and accept the leadership and shepherding of the man used by the Holy Spirit, it will be very difficult to enter into the right track of faith, and they certainly will not be able to gain God’s salvation. God has become flesh in the last days in order to end the Age of Grace and usher in the Age of Kingdom. Belief in God requires accepting His work in the last days for salvation.
Three. Pastors and leaders in the religious world have all been trained within seminaries, and they have not undergone guidance, training, or perfection by the Holy Spirit.
The pastors and leaders in the religious world have all been trained within seminaries, and they are just certified to be pastors. They do not have proof of the Holy Spirit’s work or God’s permission at all. This is a fact. Understanding something of the Bible is required, but what is most critical is that one must know the work of God in order to be qualified for the work of shepherding the church. The Bible is the record of God’s first two stages of work, so without reading the Bible, it is impossible to understand the historical facts of God’s appearance and His work. It is also impossible to know which truths God expressed in His previous two stages of work, and there is no way to gain clear answers regarding the many mysteries of the truth that people must understand. This is why reading the Bible is indispensable for faith in God, but relying on nothing more than knowledge of the Bible cannot make us achieve knowledge of God. One must undergo the enlightenment, illumination, guidance, training, and perfection of the work of the Holy Spirit in order to truly understand God’s words and the truth, and achieve knowledge of God. Achieving an understanding of the truth is dependent on experiencing God’s work and the enlightenment and illumination by the Holy Spirit. It’s not gained just based on researching and mastering biblical knowledge. Many pastors in religious circles have a very thorough understanding of the Bible, but they have absolutely no understanding of God’s work. This is primarily because they do not have the work of the Holy Spirit. Why is it that when some people read God’s words, they come away with the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, but when other people read God’s words, they have none of His work? This exposes whether people’s faith is genuine, and whether or not they love the truth. Many people attend seminary to be pastors, and whether they have the right motive or not, what is most important is that they must love and pursue the truth. This is the only way to gain the work of the Holy Spirit. Only by undergoing several years of the Holy Spirit’s work can a person truly understand the truth and be able to enter into the reality of the truth. This is the only way to be qualified to lead and shepherd God’s chosen people. Just relying on certification as a pastor to lead God’s chosen people is an entirely human concept and it is a world apart from God’s own requirements. For example, when the Lord Jesus came why did He not go into the temple and call on the Jewish chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees, but instead went out among the people to seek out those who loved and pursued the truth to find apostles? God’s will can be understood from within this. Those who do not love the truth are completely unable to gain the truth, so they are also unable to shepherd God’s chosen people. This is how which people God actually likes, which He will actually save, which He will actually use, and which He actually hates will all become clear. Most of the pastors in religious circles lack the work of the Holy Spirit, which shows that they are not those who love or pursue the truth, and they have no way to gain the work of the Holy Spirit. This is also one of the primary reasons the religious world lacks the work of the Holy Spirit.
Four. Pastors and leaders in religious circles all serve God for their own living—they are not truly expending themselves for God, and the majority of them do not pursue the truth.
From the attitude of most of these pastors towards Almighty God’s appearance and all of the truths that He has expressed, we can see that they do not love or accept the truth. Everything expressed by Almighty God is the truth, and they are all words of salvation bestowed for people’s lives. They are all the reality of the truth that God’s chosen people must enter into. So why are they met with opposition and condemnation by the majority of pastors and leaders in the religious world? Why do they hate and reject the truth this way? Why are they vying for God’s chosen people with God, always wanting to have control over God’s sheep as if they are private property? And why do they block people from accepting Christ and turning toward God, and even fabricate rumors to condemn God’s work in the last days, and persecute Christ? This completely reveals their satanic natures and essences of being hostile to Christ and hating the truth, and has already thoroughly exposed their true faces of being antichrist demons who are accomplices of Satan. This brings to mind that the reason the chief priests and scribes in the Age of Grace hunted and persecuted the Lord Jesus was to maintain their status and their livings. They were terrified that the Israelites would accept and obey Christ, and abandon them, so they treated the Lord Jesus like a mortal enemy and crucified Him. And now God incarnate’s appearance and work in the last days has ushered in the Age of Kingdom, but when God’s chosen people go to churches to spread the gospel and bear witness to God, they are met with mad resistance, blockades, and restrictions by pastors and leaders in the religious world. This shows that they hate the truth and are enemies of Christ, just the same as the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees in the Age of Grace. God’s method of appearing in the flesh thoroughly exposed them. Clearly, the leaders and pastors in religious circles believe in God for their status and their livings, and the majority among them are not people who pursue the truth, and they do not genuinely expend themselves for God at all. What they fear most is that their parishioners will see the appearance of God, accept the true way, and turn toward God, thus abandoning them. This is why they madly resist God, are enemies to Him, and do all sorts of evil. They don’t hesitate to fabricate and spread all sorts of rumors to deceive others. They ferociously attack, judge, and condemn God’s work. The facts show that the pastors and elders of the religious world are working to “serve God” for the sake of their status and their livings; it’s to have people adore them and follow them, treating them like God Himself. They steal and revel in God’s sacrificial offerings and rob God’s glory. They absolutely are not people who fear God! Are these unbelievers who hold power in religious circles not authentic antichrists? Are they not Satan’s minions? Could it be that people really can’t see through the truth and the essence of them serving God while resisting Him? Could it be that believers are willing to be deceived and controlled by them, and to become their victims? It’s clear that if believers are deceived and controlled by the religious antichrists and are unable to experience God’s work and be saved, this is truly a tragedy.
Five. All human beings who have not undergone perfection through God’s judgment and chastisement are resistant to God and are His enemies—they cannot possibly serve God.
All those who have experienced God’s work of the last days and understand the truth can clearly see that all those who do not undergo the perfection of God’s judgment and chastisement are people who resist God and are His enemies, so they cannot possibly serve God. This is a fact. This issue is really difficult to understand and fully see for religious people, but if they are people who really seek the truth, as long as they experience God’s work and come to understand the truth, they will be able to accept this fact. We have heard of some cases of pastors from the religious world accepting God’s work of the last days, after which they are able to fully see the truth and essence of a number of problems. They are also able to recognize that without undergoing God’s judgment and chastisement, even if someone has been a lifelong believer, the truth that they understand will be pathetically little. A lifetime of faith in the Age of Grace doesn’t hold a candle to one or two years of faith in the Age of Kingdom. This is because all of the truths expressed by God in His work of the last days are eye-opening, and a veritable feast for people. The truths expressed by God of the last days are so rich that when people come to understand them, they all feel that they have gained great salvation and have understood many issues. Only by undergoing God’s work in the last days can one truly understand and gain the truth. This not only leads to a transformation in people’s perspectives on things, but their outlook on life and values also undergo a huge transformation. Following that, their life dispositions are also transformed, and it is only at that time that people are able to genuinely love God and be in accord with Him. These are all things achieved through the experience of God’s judgment and chastisement, and they are all the outcomes reached through experiencing God’s work of the last days, being face to face with Him, and getting to know Him. Only this is truly achieving salvation. So, all those who have fully experienced God’s work of the last days have seen one fact: In order to genuinely serve God and do His will, one must be perfected through His judgment and chastisement to come to know and obey God. Without this, no one can be qualified to serve Him, and even if they are serving Him they will be resisting Him. There is not a shred of doubt about this. I hope from the bottom of my heart that the pastors and elders of religious circles reflect on themselves, repent, and accept the true way no matter what kinds of notions and judgments they have had of God in the past. Almighty God is waiting for you to turn around. Until the time that He openly appears there is still a chance for people to repent. But those who remain unrepentant and continue to resist God until His day comes will suffer a loss, and their chance at being saved and perfected will be lost for all of eternity. The saying “the unjust inevitably destroy themselves” is entirely correct. God’s retribution is based on people’s individual actions, and because He is righteous, not a single person is exempt.
The five root causes above are what lead to the religious world becoming devoid of the work of the Holy Spirit and descending into darkness, and this is something that nobody can deny. The existence of these issues within the religious world demonstrates that when corrupt human beings believe in God within the context of a religion, there is no way for them to achieve an understanding of the truth or of God, much less gain salvation. When faced with these kinds of practical problems, it is even more important to pray to God and seek the truth within the faith. And for resolution, seeking God’s work of the last days is imperative, as is hearing the voice of God, and gaining God’s words, which is the only way to discover the truth, understand the truth, and gain the truth. This is how the true and the false shepherds can be discerned and how the true faces of all sorts of antichrists and false shepherds can be seen with clarity. This is how one can see through Satan’s tricks and escape from the deception and control of the antichrist forces. This is the only effective path to resolving the darkness and chaos of the religious world. Many people harbor notions about God’s appearance and work. They say: “Why hasn’t God appeared and worked within religious circles, and why hasn’t He called on religious leaders to come serve Him and bear witness to Him?” This shows that religious people were long ago deceived and became controlled by the religious world’s notions and the rumors and lies spread by antichrists and false shepherds. Thus, they only understand some of the doctrine of the Bible and they arrogantly and self-importantly judge God’s work. They have absolutely no understanding of God’s righteous disposition, not knowing which people God actually likes and which He actually hates, and which He appears to and which He hides Himself from. This is why they rely on human notions and imaginations in their words and reasoning. Why don’t people who read the Bible carefully examine why the Lord Jesus didn’t call on the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees to be disciples? Why was He always preaching in the open air, and why did He end up selecting His disciples from those who followed the Lord and loved the truth outside of the temple? I think by now all of you must have come to understand the real truth. No matter how much of the truth one understands in their faith, they should have a heart of reverence for God and believe that God’s righteousness and holiness can never be in the wrong. All those who have notions and imaginations in their hearts regarding God’s work and appearance should quiet themselves before God and pray to Him and seek the truth. This is the only way to gain His enlightenment and protection, avoid making the mistake of judging and resisting God, and directly seek the true way and turn toward God without being subject to the deception, control, and exploitation of false shepherds and antichrists. This is something that someone with a heart of reverence for God is able to do. Almighty God has now come and all truths and mysteries have been unveiled. In God’s words, we can find all the answers to the notions and imaginations that religious people hold regarding God. As long as people read His words, they are able to hear His voice and see His appearance.
This is what is said in Almighty God’s words: “For several thousand years, man has longed to be able to witness the arrival of the Savior. Man has longed to behold Jesus the Savior on a white cloud as He descends, in person, among those who have pined and yearned for Him for thousands of years. Man has longed for the Savior to return and be reunited with the people, that is, for Jesus the Savior to come back to the people from whom He has been apart for thousands of years. And man hopes that He will once again carry out the work of redemption that He did among the Jews, will be compassionate and loving toward man, will forgive the sins of man, bear the sins of man, and even bear all of man’s transgressions and deliver man from sin. They long for Jesus the Savior to be the same as before—a Savior who is lovable, amiable and venerable, who is never wrathful toward man, and who never reproaches man. This Savior forgives and bears all of man’s sins, and even dies upon the cross for man once more. Since Jesus departed, the disciples who followed Him, and all of the saints who were saved thanks to His name, have been desperately pining for Him and awaiting Him. All those who were saved by the grace of Jesus Christ during the Age of Grace have been longing for that joyful day during the last days, when Jesus the Savior arrives on a white cloud and appears among man. Of course, this is also the collective wish of all those who accept the name of Jesus the Savior today. Throughout the universe, all those who know of the salvation of Jesus the Savior have been desperately yearning for the sudden arrival of Jesus Christ, to fulfill the words of Jesus when on earth: ‘I shall arrive just as I departed.’ Man believes that, following the crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus went back to heaven upon a white cloud, and took His place at the Most High’s right hand. Similarly, man conceives that Jesus shall descend, again upon a white cloud (this cloud refers to the cloud that Jesus rode upon when He returned to heaven), among those who have desperately yearned for Him for thousands of years, and that He shall bear the image and clothes of the Jews. After appearing to man, He shall bestow food upon them, and cause living water to gush forth for them, and shall live among man, full of grace and love, living and real. And so on. Yet Jesus the Savior did not do this; He did the opposite of what man conceived. He did not arrive among those who had yearned for His return, and did not appear to all men while riding upon the white cloud. He has already arrived, but man does not know Him, and remains ignorant of His arrival. Man is only aimlessly awaiting Him, unaware that He has already descended upon a white cloud (the cloud which is His Spirit, His words, and His entire disposition and all that He is), and is now among a group of overcomers that He will make during the last days. Man does not know this: Although the holy Savior Jesus is full of affection and love toward man, how could He work in ‘temples’ inhabited by filth and impure spirits? Though man has been awaiting His arrival, how could He appear to those who eat the flesh of the unrighteous, drink the blood of the unrighteous, wear the clothes of the unrighteous, who believe in Him but do not know Him, and who constantly extort Him? Man knows only that Jesus the Savior is full of love and compassion, and is the sin offering filled with redemption. But man has no idea that He is also God Himself, who is brimming with righteousness, majesty, wrath, and judgment, and possessed of authority and full of dignity. And so even though man eagerly yearns for and craves the return of the Redeemer, and even Heaven is moved by the prayers of man, Jesus the Savior does not appear to those who believe in Him but do not know Him” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) We can fully understand God’s will from Almighty God’s words, and we can see that everything God does contains the truth and contains mysteries, while human notions and imaginations are not in line with the truth. They are foolish and devoid of any value or meaning. In one’s faith, an understanding of God can only be achieved through obeying His work and pursuing the truth; otherwise, even if someone believes within the context of a religion for their entire life, they will not be able to gain the truth or life and they certainly will not be able to gain salvation. This is true.
Perhaps many people will still want to ask: Since God is all-powerful, why wouldn’t He just destroy the great red dragon and the forces of Satan? Everyone has these sorts of notions and imaginations, and the truth and mysteries that can be sought reside within this. Almighty God has said: “In My plan, Satan has ever snapped at the heels of every step, and, as the foil of My wisdom, has always tried to find ways and means to disrupt My original plan. But could I succumb to its deceitful schemes? All in heaven and on earth serves Me—could the deceitful schemes of Satan be any different? This is precisely the intersection of My wisdom, it is precisely that which is wondrous about My deeds, and it is the principle by which My entire management plan is carried out. During the time of the building of the kingdom, still I do not avoid the deceitful schemes of Satan, but continue to do the work I must do. Among all things in the universe, I have chosen the deeds of Satan as My foil. Is this not My wisdom?” (“The Eighth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Thinking back from God’s work of the last days to the previous two steps of work recorded in the Bible, we can see that there is one principle that runs through all of His work from start to finish. That is God bringing the forces of Satan and the great red dragon into play so that they may serve His work. That is why the resistance and disturbances of Satan’s evil forces, including the antichrist forces of religious world, can be seen in each stage of God’s work. But God does not shy away from this—rather, He uses the facts of the great red dragon’s and antichrist force’s resistance to God to expose and perfect people, which shows that God’s wisdom is exercised based on Satan’s deceit. This is the aspect of God’s work that is most out of line with human notions. It is only because God is wise and almighty that He is able to bring all the evil forces of Satan, the great red dragon and the religious antichrists into play to have them do service for God. All of these are God’s rule and arrangements, and they are to allow God’s chosen people to have discernment on and clearly understand who really corrupted mankind, and who really saves mankind. Just as Almighty God said: “My entire management plan, a plan that spans six thousand years, consists of three stages, or three ages: the Age of Law in the beginning; the Age of Grace (which is also the Age of Redemption); and the Age of Kingdom in the last days. My work in these three ages differs in content according to the nature of each age, but at each stage it accords with man’s needs—or, to be more precise, it is done according to the tricks that Satan employs in the war that I wage against it. The purpose of My work is to defeat Satan, to make manifest My wisdom and omnipotence, to expose all of Satan’s tricks, and thereby to save the entire human race, which lives under its domain. It is to show My wisdom and omnipotence while at the same time revealing the unbearable hideousness of Satan. Even more, it is to teach My creations to discriminate between good and evil, to know that I am the Ruler of all things, to see clearly that Satan is humanity’s foe, the lowest of the low, the evil one, and to tell, with absolute certainty, the difference between good and evil, truth and falsehood, holiness and filth, and what is great and what is ignoble. This way, ignorant humanity will become able to bear witness to Me that it is not I who corrupt humanity, and only I—the Lord of creation—can save humanity, can bestow upon man things for their enjoyment; and they will come to know that I am the Ruler of all things and Satan is merely one of the beings that I created and that later turned against Me. My six-thousand-year management plan is divided into three stages so as to achieve the following effect: to enable My creations to become My witnesses, to comprehend My will, and to know that I am the truth” (“The True Story Behind Work in the Age of Redemption” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
God’s salvation and perfection of mankind is not as simple as people imagine. His work is so practical, and only God knows how to save humans, how to transform their dispositions, and how to perfect them. God’s chosen people have completely seen God’s deeds as well as His almightiness and wisdom from His work of the last days; they have come to know that His righteous disposition does not tolerate human offense. In addition, what God’s chosen people have experienced most deeply is His utilization of the great red dragon to do service. They have experienced the utmost of oppression and suffering, and in the end they finally see how God uses the great red dragon to do service, how He punishes it, and in the end how He will destroy it. These are soul-stirring, unforgettable experiences. God also allows all sorts of evil spirits and antichrists to disrupt the church and deceive God’s chosen people, so that through this they may seek the truth, and come to understand the truth and have discernment. In the end they will clearly see that all these evil spirits are the embodiment of Satan; they will recognize the evil nature and essence of Satan and know its true face, thus becoming able to have discernment regarding Satan and forsake it. They will hate the great red dragon from deep in their hearts and turn their backs on it forever. This is just as Almighty God said: “When I formally begin My work, all people move as I move, such that people throughout the universe occupy themselves in step with Me, there is ‘jubilation’ across the universe, and man is spurred onward by Me. In consequence, the great red dragon itself is whipped into a state of frenzy and bewilderment by Me, and serves My work, and, despite being unwilling, is unable to follow its own desires, leaving it no choice but to submit to My control. In all of My plans, the great red dragon is My foil, My enemy, and also My servant; as such, I have never relaxed My ‘requirements’ of it. Therefore, the final stage of the work of My incarnation is completed in its household. In this way, the great red dragon is more able to do service for Me properly, through which I will conquer it and complete My plan” (“The Twenty-ninth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “God intends to use a portion of evil spirits’ work to perfect a portion of man, so that these people can completely see through demons’ deeds, and allow everyone to truly understand their ancestors. Only then can humans completely break free, not only forsaking the posterity of the demons, but even more so their ancestors. This is the original intent of God completely defeating the great red dragon, to make it so that all of man knows the great red dragon’s true form, completely tearing off its mask, and seeing its true form. This is what God wants to achieve, and it is His final goal on earth for which He has done so much work; He aims to accomplish this in all of man. This is known as the maneuver of all things for God’s purpose” (“Interpretation of the Forty-first Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
All those who have experienced God’s work of the last days for several years come to recognize that His work is very practical; it can truly save and perfect people. Now God’s chosen people all have true understanding of how God saves and perfects people. This is truly knowing God’s work. All those who understand the truth are able to truly obey God incarnate, able to worship the practical God, clearly see the true face of the great red dragon and the religious antichrists, and have completely entered the right track of faith, stepping onto the path of being saved and perfected. Those who are unholy cannot see God, and it is entirely the case that those who do not accept the truth can hardly see God’s face. When faced with God’s coming, those who detest, who hate the truth will only resist and condemn Him, and be His enemy. Here I advise all those who believe in God: Your faith must turn toward God in the flesh, as you cannot gain salvation only believing in a vague God in heaven. Only by undergoing the work of Almighty God incarnate of the last days can you be saved and perfected. In your faith, in order to return before God, you must see clearly that all the leaders and pastors in the religious world who condemn and resist Christ of the last days, Almighty God, are genuine antichrists, and you must no longer be subject to their deceit, their bondage, and their control. You must no longer believe their lies or fallacies. They are the coconspirators of the great red dragon, they are the accomplices, the running dogs of Satan. If you follow this gang of antichrist demons in your faith, then you are destined to suffer God’s damnation and His punishment, because these are the words of Almighty God: “Your loyalty is in word only, your knowledge is merely intellectual and conceptual, your labors are for the sake of gaining the blessings of heaven, and so what must your faith be like? Even today, you still turn a deaf ear to each and every word of truth. You do not know what God is, you do not know what Christ is, you do not know how to revere Jehovah, you do not know how to enter into the work of the Holy Spirit, and you do not know how to distinguish between the work of God Himself and the deceptions of man. You know only to condemn any word of truth expressed by God that does not conform to your thought. Where is your humility? Where is your obedience? Where is your loyalty? Where is your desire to seek the truth? Where is your reverence of God? I tell you, those who believe in God because of the signs are surely the category that shall suffer destruction. Those who are incapable of accepting the words of Jesus who has returned to flesh are surely the progeny of hell, the descendants of the archangel, the category that shall be subjected to everlasting destruction. Many people may not care what I say, but I still want to tell every so-called saint who follows Jesus that, when you see Jesus descend from the heaven upon a white cloud with your own eyes, this will be the public appearance of the Sun of righteousness. Perhaps that will be a time of great excitement for you, yet you should know that the time when you witness Jesus descend from the heaven is also the time when you go down to hell to be punished. It will herald the end of God’s management plan, and will be when God rewards the good and punishes the wicked. For the judgment of God will have ended before man sees signs, when there is only the expression of truth. Those who accept the truth and do not seek signs, and thus have been purified, shall have returned before the throne of God and entered the Creator’s embrace. Only those who persist in the belief that ‘The Jesus who does not ride upon a white cloud is a false Christ’ shall be subjected to everlasting punishment, for they only believe in the Jesus who exhibits signs, but do not acknowledge the Jesus who proclaims severe judgment and releases the true way of life. And so it can only be that Jesus deals with them when He openly returns upon a white cloud. They are too stubborn, too confident in themselves, too arrogant. How could such degenerates be rewarded by Jesus? The return of Jesus is a great salvation for those who are capable of accepting the truth, but for those who are unable to accept the truth it is a sign of condemnation. You should choose your own path, and should not blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and reject the truth. You should not be an ignorant and arrogant person, but someone who obeys the guidance of the Holy Spirit and longs for and seeks the truth; only in this way will you benefit. I advise you to tread the path of belief in God with care. Do not jump to conclusions; what’s more, do not be casual and carefree in your belief in God. You should know that, at the very least, those who believe in God should be humble and reverential. Those who have heard the truth and yet turn their nose up at it are foolish and ignorant. Those who have heard the truth and yet carelessly jump to conclusions or condemn it are beset by arrogance. No one who believes in Jesus is qualified to curse or condemn others. You should all be someone who is rational and accepts the truth. Perhaps, having heard the way of truth and read the word of life, you believe that only one in 10,000 of these words are in line with your convictions and the Bible, and then you should continue to seek in that 10,000th of these words. I still advise you to be humble, to not be over-confident, and to not exalt yourself too highly. With your heart holding such meager reverence for God, you will gain greater light. If you carefully examine and repeatedly contemplate these words, you shall understand whether or not they are the truth, and whether or not they are life. Perhaps, having only read a few sentences, some people will blindly condemn these words, saying, ‘This is nothing more than some enlightenment of the Holy Spirit,’ or, ‘This is a false Christ come to deceive people.’ Those who say such things are blinded by ignorance! You understand too little of the work and wisdom of God, and I advise you to start again from scratch! You must not blindly condemn the words expressed by God because of the appearance of false Christs during the last days, and must not be someone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit because you fear deception. Would that not be a great pity? If, after much examination, you still believe that these words are not the truth, are not the way, and are not the expression of God, then you shall ultimately be punished, and be without blessings. If you cannot accept such truth spoken so plainly and so clearly, then are you not unfit for God’s salvation? Are you not someone who is not fortunate enough to return before the throne of God? Think about it! Do not be rash and impetuous, and do not treat belief in God as a game. Think for the sake of your destination, for the sake of your prospects, for the sake of your life, and do not play around with yourself. Can you accept these words?” (“When You Behold the Spiritual Body of Jesus Will Be When God Has Made Anew Heaven and Earth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
In people’s faith, all they need to do is read more of God’s words and they will naturally come to understand the truth and know God’s work. That can guarantee that they will no longer be subject to the deception and control of the evil forces of Satan, and they will be able to cast off the dark influence of Satan and be saved. This is because God’s work of the last days is to save and perfect mankind. Almighty God said: “This stage of work will elucidate for you the law of Jehovah and the redemption of Jesus, and is principally so that you may understand the entire work of God’s six-thousand-year management plan, and appreciate all the significance and substance of this six-thousand-year management plan, and understand the purpose of all the work done by Jesus and the words He spoke, and even your blind credence in and adoration of the Bible. All this it will allow you to perceive. You will come to understand both the work done by Jesus, and the work of God today; you will understand and behold all of the truth, the life, and the way” (“The Vision of God’s Work (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). This has already been achieved by Almighty God’s work of the last days. If the leaders, pastors, and elders of the religious world insist on being enemies of Christ of the last days, refuse to come to their senses, and remain unrepentant with the excuse of waiting for God’s revelation and His pronouncement, waiting for Him to make things plain, then they will come to a tragic end. This fulfills the prophecy from the Book of Revelation: “Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7). When many people read this verse they don’t understand the mystery within it. In fact, if they are able to link this up with the facts of the religious world’s resistance to God, it becomes easy to understand, and what it calls to mind right now is that after those who serve God yet resist Him see Him openly appear, there will certainly be a sad scene of countless people wailing. According to human notions and imaginations, when believers in God see His appearance, it should be a time of unbridled joy, so how could it be a scene of weeping? This isn’t actually difficult to understand, because when God became flesh people did all sorts of things to condemn and resist Him, so if they see that the God who openly appears is the one they suppressed and condemned, one can easily imagine how that will play out. If the one they condemned and resisted were not God, how could it be a sorrowful scene? This is one part of it. In addition, many people have heard testimony of God’s appearance and work but have not accepted it, so when they see that the God who openly appears is the one they refused to accept in the past, how could they not weep? The sum of these situations results in the sad scene: “And all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” Thus the leaders, pastors, and elders of the religious world will have become those who “pierced Him” because they condemn God’s work of the last days and are enemies to Christ. And it will be God’s open appearance that causes them to wail and gnash their teeth, and wish they had known then what they know now! This is an exhortation to all those who believe in God within the religious world: Now should be a time of reflection and repentance, and you should reflect on and know your own deeds, then read all of the words uttered by Christ of the last days. I guarantee that you will be able to see clearly the facts of why the religious world has continued to resist God while serving Him for such a long time. You will be able to accept the true way, obey God’s work, achieve salvation, and welcome God’s open appearance. This is in accord with the will of God.
Almighty God said: “My people will listen to My voice, and each and every one of those who truly love Me shall return before My throne” (“The First Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
June 1, 2013