Supplementary Sermon and Fellowship Extracts: The Reality of Truth You Must Enter in Order to Handle Matters With Principle
God requires that people handle matters with principle, and this is crucial for God’s chosen people to enter the reality of the truth. To handle matters without principle is to do things by one’s own will; that is, not to practice the truth. The primary expression of someone without the truth is that they handle matters without principle; no matter what they are handling or what duty they are performing, they just act by their own will, they do whatever they want, they act wantonly, they simply don’t seek the truth and they don’t discuss with others. The result is that everything they do is done in a way that goes against the truth and that defies God. Those with a slightly better humanity can only cling obstinately to rules, and apply them mechanically, without any principles whatsoever. Though they may not be doing anything obviously evil, they are simply at odds with the truth. If someone genuinely understands the truth, then they are able to handle matters with principle, and they know how to practice the truth and adhere to principles in the performance of their duties. At times when they don’t understand the truth, they are able to seek the truth, and they rely on their conscience to adhere to the fundamental principles of upholding God’s work and being of benefit to God’s chosen people. Practicing like this is at least in conformity with the truth and does not go against the truth. Whether or not someone is practicing the truth depends primarily on whether or not they handle matters with principle, in conformity with the truth and in a way that upholds God’s work. This is most key, and it is the most accurate way to discern whether or not someone is in possession of the reality of the truth. For example, some leaders and workers are unable to fellowship the truth to resolve problems, and neither do they support or provide for good people who sincerely believe in God, and who are capable of pursuing the truth. They even attack and exclude those good people who are capable of doing some practical work, and instead they absolutely must support evil people who walk the path of the antichrist, who may be gifted, but who don’t have a shred of the reality of the truth. In order to achieve their aims, they always distort the facts and confuse right and wrong, which results in a rise in evil and the suppression of good people. Leaders and workers like this don’t have a shred of the reality of the truth, and they are the ones who defy God and who walk the path of the antichrist, pure and simple. To measure whether or not a leader or a worker is in possession of the reality of the truth: Firstly, it depends on whether or not they exalt God and bear witness for God, and use the truth to resolve problems; secondly, it depends on what kind of person they elevate and cultivate, what kind of person they speak for and support, and what kind of person they attack and suppress—this is the best way to reveal whether someone is good or evil, and the issue of exactly what path they walk. If they are not decent and proper, honest and upright, if they are not someone with moral integrity, then they will be incapable of doing the positive work of supporting good people and providing for those who pursue the truth, they will be incapable of fellowshiping the truth to resolve the practical problems of God’s chosen people, and they will be incapable of genuinely providing for God’s chosen people and leading them into the reality of the truth. Because if someone harbors evil intentions and they have a bad humanity, then they will certainly not be in possession of the reality of the truth, and everything they do will be at odds with the truth and will most certainly go against the truth and defy God. If you discern them conscientiously, then you will certainly see that most of the work they do is negative. Only good people who genuinely pursue the truth can help and support good people to walk the right path; they are certainly able to treat people fairly and impartially in accordance with principles of the truth, and they are certainly able to do a great deal of such positive work as using the truth to resolve problems and supporting and cultivating good people—most of the work they do is positive. This is sufficient to show that only good people can genuinely pursue the truth and walk the right path, that only good people can do positive work while they are doing their duty and serving God, and that the people they support, provide for and cultivate will most certainly be good people who love the truth. Even though those who genuinely love the truth may not be able to understand the truth completely, so long as they handle matters by relying on their conscience and they have proper intentions, they will be absolutely incapable of committing the evil acts of oppressing righteousness and supporting wickedness, and absolutely incapable of doing negative work which harms rather than benefits God’s chosen people. They will be capable only of acting for the benefit of God’s chosen people, and this is for definite. There is a saying that goes, “Justice lives in the heart of man.” Kindhearted people who truly have conscience know naturally what justice and righteousness are, and what people commonly aspire toward. Even if malicious people know what actions conform to the truth, they still can’t put them into practice, and they involuntarily do evil and defy God—this is determined by man’s satanic nature. All those who support and provide for those who are truly God’s chosen people, who elevate and cultivate good people and who strike evil down, only they are good leaders who have the work of the Holy Spirit; all those who do not use the truth to resolve problems for God’s chosen people, who support and elevate evil people and who attack and suppress good people, they are false leaders who walk the path of the antichrist; all those whose every action is a positive work that benefits God’s chosen people are the leaders and workers who conform to God’s will; all those who do negative work that suppresses and harms God’s chosen people are false leaders and false workers. By discerning leaders and workers in this way, you absolutely cannot go wrong. Whether or not God’s chosen people are able to discern between those leaders and workers who are genuine and those who are false has a direct bearing on what path they walk and whether or not they will attain salvation and be perfected; God’s chosen people must be clear on this issue.
The majority of God’s chosen people are currently unable to find the accurate principles of practice in most of the 150 issues, and this is enough to show that most people have not yet genuinely understood the truth or entered into reality. When faced with these 150 issues, everyone is exposed, and everyone can see they are truly impoverished, blind and naked. Most people’s hearts are puzzled: “I used to understand everything, so how come I can’t find the principles of practice in these issues? Are the principles of practice so difficult to ascertain?” Actually, to those who understand the truth, they are simple and easy. Because, ordinarily, most people are good at talking doctrine and they speak empty phrases without focusing on reality. When they are faced with issues that relate to the essence of truth, they become dumbfounded. This is precisely the case where just one case can baffle a hero, if they are without the truth. Now, most people perform their duties, resolve problems and handle matters in a way that is lacking principles, and is even without principles. They always go against the truth and act by their own will. Without the truth, some people will actually act wildly and be self-righteous, and they are indeed so pitiful. Corrupt mankind who don’t pursue the truth are so pitiful, and all those who believe in God but who defy God and who don’t pursue the truth in the slightest are so foolish, absurd and ridiculous!
So how exactly can one ascertain the principles of practice of one truth? First, one must seek for where the reality of the truth is, get a feel for and ascertain the reality contained within the truth that relates to the issue, and then one will easily find the principles of practice. If you don’t understand the truths of these issues, then you will be unable to ascertain their principles of practice. It is meaningless to merely rely on your imaginations to formulate rules. Clinging obstinately to rules is not practicing the truth, because rules are not principles of practice. If you want to understand the truth, then you must clarify the several aspects of fundamental reality that make up the truth; you must also have knowledge of the relationship between the practical value and significance of the truth and normal humanity, know why God requires us to practice the truth and to enter into the reality of these truths in this way, and know what the practical significance is of these truths. This touches upon the issue concerning the image of a genuine person, and the issue concerning the essence of a person’s life. Only when someone possesses the essence of the truth in their life—that is, the reality of positive things—do they then possess the image of a genuine person. Therefore, their genuine image is composed of the reality of these truths. For example, people must possess many realities of the truth in their approach to God. It won’t do to have no faith, no reverence, no reliance, no obedience, no devotion, no knowledge and not to worship; rather, these realities of the truth of man’s faith, reverence, reliance, obedience, devotion, knowledge and worship of God should be the component parts which make up a person’s life. The moment these most fundamental realities of the truth become the essence of someone’s life, they then naturally live out the image of a genuine person. Of course, there are many more realities of the truth in God’s words that are component parts of the reality of a person’s life and, to live out a genuine human likeness, one must also be an honest person, keep one’s word, and have integrity, dignity and compassion. This is also what God requires, and of course it is also a reality of the truth which one should possess. To be compassionate, one must be respectful of others, be considerate, be tolerant and patient, be sympathetic and take pity on others. The reality of these positive things is both truth and life, and they are the reality that must be possessed by normal humanity. If someone lacks one aspect, then it is not complete. The image of a genuine person is composed of these many realities of the truth. Therefore, God’s requirement that we handle matters with principle and enter the reality of the truth is, to corrupt mankind, both salvation and perfection, and God saving mankind in this way is truly so meaningful. It can be seen that, if people don’t pursue to enter the reality of the truth, then they will be unable to attain these truths as their new life, and they will be unable to live out a true human likeness. They will just be people who do not genuinely believe in God, and who will not be saved or perfected.
Now, God’s chosen people have begun to focus on pursuing the truth and entering into reality. If you are able to completely understand, grasp, practice and apply the truths and the principles of practice in these 150 issues, if you are in your elements and are skillful enough, then you are guaranteed to fulfill your duty and serve God’s will, and in this way you will truly understand the truth and will enter into reality. If, with these 150 issues, you are able to handle matters with principle, then you will be entirely in conformity with God’s will; in this way, would you have to worry about whether or not you will be saved and perfected?
The following are the principles of practice of these 150 issues:
Though the principles of practice of the 150 issues above have now been put in order, they can only be said to be mostly accurate. The principles of practice of some of the issues are not yet entirely complete, and some issues may yet have one or two principles added. But the four principles confirmed for every issue are the most fundamental, most important ones. To ensure that practicing the truth is done more comprehensively, God’s chosen people may further add one or two principles of practice to some issues. The main fundamental principles of these 150 issues are now established, and God’s family has now paved the way for practicing the truth. If, in practical experience and entry, God’s chosen people are able to genuinely understand the essence of the truth, then they will be further able to accurately determine the complete principles of practice. In this way, God’s chosen people will thoroughly enter the reality of the truth. Once the principles of practice of these 150 issues have been issued, then church meetings may begin to fellowship related words of God, and fellowship every truth and their four principles of practice so as to understand the truth with clarity and have a path to practice. This can ensure that we perform our duties up to standard, that we live before God and expend for Him normally, that we are devoted to His commissions, that we spread the gospel, bear witness for God and expand Christ’s kingdom, that we do God’s will, and it ensures that we perform our duties and serve God in keeping with the principles of the truth, so as to conform to God’s will—this is absolute. When we perform our duties and resolve problems in the future, it will be easy to practice the truth, and we may, according to God’s words, refer directly to the principles of practice of these 150 issues and fellowship the truth. In this way, we will easily understand the truth, have a way forward, and be able to enter the reality of the truth.
If God’s chosen people understand and grasp the principles of practice of these 150 issues, they will achieve great results in the performance of their duties and be able to practice the truth so as to handle matters with principle. This would be a thorough entry into the reality of the truth, and one would certainly be blessed by God. If someone still handles matters in a way that is against the truth and without principle, or if they know the principles but do not abide by them, then this is to knowingly commit offense, and pertains to rejecting the truth and resisting the truth. People like this, therefore, certainly do not love the truth, and will find it very hard to attain salvation. Entry into the reality of the truth is not accomplished just depending on the church life. One must achieve an understanding of the truth and enter into reality in the performance of one’s duty, and gain God’s praise. God’s work has reached the final stage of spreading the gospel of the kingdom. Whether or not someone possesses the reality of the truth depends on whether or not they can practice the truth and be utterly devoted to God in spreading the gospel and bearing witness for God, whether or not they can pursue the truth to know God and attain change in their life disposition, and whether or not they truly obey God and truly love God in their spreading of the gospel of the kingdom, and can bear beautiful and resounding witness. God’s chosen people should all be clear that spreading the gospel of the kingdom is God’s will. Now is the key time when God tests people to see whether or not they can complete the commission of spreading the gospel and bearing witness for God. If people still cannot handle matters with principle in spreading the gospel of the kingdom, if they cannot faithfully fulfill their duty, but are still able to act wantonly and wildly, then this completely exposes them as not possessing a shred of the reality of the truth. People like this are evil-doers, unbelievers, and must inevitably be punished and eliminated.
In this final stage of God’s work, whether or not someone pursues the truth and can attain salvation depends on whether or not they handle matters with principle in spreading the gospel of the kingdom, whether or not they practice the truth, and whether or not they truly obey God. Exactly whether or not someone possesses the reality of the truth, whether they are good or evil, and exactly what path they walk is entirely revealed by these practical issues. Whether or not someone can attain salvation and be perfected in spreading the gospel of the kingdom depends on whether or not they can pay the price in pursuing the truth, and whether or not they can endure great suffering and stand witness in the performance of their duties. This is the key time that will determine people’s fate and destination, and people should all know God’s righteous disposition, for now is the time wherein God’s work is coming to an end and His righteous disposition will be entirely revealed. There will no longer be any mercy from God for those who have never pursued the truth, for God’s disposition is holy and righteous. God detests those who have never pursued the truth and who do not truly repent, and He hates and curses all those who deny the truth, reject the truth and defy Him. “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.”
September 22, 2012