Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (1)”
Just Obeying Truths and Not Betraying God Is a Sign of Entering the Truth and Breaking Free from Satan’s Influence
Let’s continue: “Of course, My advice is a necessary component in each piece of work that I do. Without My counsel, you will all go astray and be even more at a loss. My work is now about to finish and come to an end; I still want to do some work in providing counsel, that is, to offer some words of advice for you to listen to.” Here, God again gave words of advice that we should really take to heart. Don’t forget, God Himself told us these things. When you’ve experienced God’s work, what is the effect of this advice? It’s that you simply don’t betray God or do things that betray God ever again. This way, your experience of God’s work will eventually fulfill God’s intentions and God will be satisfied. This is what God asks of you, and so this is the best advice. Now you should all consider whether or not you could still do things that betray God. When all kinds of hardship befall you, will you say things that betray God? What have you done to resist God and rebel against God? What words have you said that make God sad? Think about it and give some examples, because these examples will show us if the substance of man’s nature is betrayal, which relates to our understanding of God’s word. Some people ask, “Why did God make my caliber so low?” This is an irrational thing to ask. It makes God unhappy and makes Him suffer. Some ask, “Why did God put me in my family? I’ve had it with being poor. Why did God have me born into this poverty-stricken place? This place is too backward.” Have any of you thought about that? Some ask, “Why did God have me born into my family—mom and dad have no status in society and aren’t good looking, so that’s why I’m ugly. And I’m too poor to go to school, so everyone looks down on me.” Have any of you said that? Others ask, “Why did God put me in such a hostile environment. The government is monitoring me every day and is persecuting me. Why doesn’t God destroy the great red dragon?” Have any of you asked that? Some ask, “Why did God put this leader in the church? He’s always trying to control and lecture us. When we look at him we feel awkward and afraid. Why doesn’t God punish him?” Have any of you asked that? Some of you definitely have. Others ask, “Why doesn’t God show us signs and wonders? Spreading the gospel is such an effort as there’s so much we have to say. If God performed a miracle, the people we’re trying to spread the gospel to would believe it immediately.” People also definitely complain like this about God. Others complain, “Why doesn’t the Holy Spirit make me eloquent? I try so hard to fellowship about the truth, try so hard to spread the gospel. I always do my part and obey, but the Holy Spirit doesn’t work on me. The Holy Spirit is really unfair.” Have any of you said that? Aren’t these the kind of words that sadden God? There isn’t anything particularly supernatural about the Holy Spirit working on someone. The Holy Spirit’s work is God’s work. What God does is always fair, righteous, and without the slightest bias—that is certain. How do people who betray God act? Let’s summarize: They resist the man used by the Holy Spirit, withhold the work arrangements, and prevent God’s chosen people from listening to the sermons and fellowship. Are these actions of people who betray God or not? Whatever you do, if you don’t obey God, you’re betraying God. If you’re not cooperating with God’s work, you’re resisting God. For example, if a leader acts in a way that doesn’t conform with God’s intentions, then what should the workers do? Should they remind the leader, fellowship with him or her, and say, “What you’re doing is against the truth. It doesn’t conform with God’s intentions?” If you think, “If I fellowship with the leader about this, what if the leader gives me trouble? What if the leader isn’t happy with me?” if you don’t speak because you’re worried about that, are you someone who practices the truth? Are you someone who considers God’s intentions? Are you someone who cooperates with God’s work? Under these circumstances, people’s actions become based on satanic philosophies and they don’t uphold the truth. The principles of the truth get lost. If a person advises their leader or exposes that some of the leader’s actions are not in accordance with the truth, as a leader, as a worker, or as a partner who should you stand with? Should you stand with the leader or the one giving advice, or stand with God and speak without bias? How do you practice standing with God? If the majority of a church is controlled by a leader and they all pretend to be harmonious by supporting the leader, will the work of the Holy Spirit be apparent in that church? Does God like this kind of church? What kind of church does God like? One in which everyone lives according to God’s word and not according to satanic philosophies. One where everyone speaks and acts in accordance with the truth, and they aren’t ruled by any person. That’s the kind of church God likes. So can you do it? Some of you can’t, so why can’t you? What are you constrained by? Is the thing constraining you a part of the influence of Satan or Satan’s philosophies? If you live according to satanic philosophies, you can’t obey God. Let’s live justly and honorably according to God’s word and the truth. Truths represent justness and honorableness, goodness, justice, and righteousness. Why don’t you live according to truths? If you don’t live according to truths, then what does your living out represent? It represents the forces of Satan, satanic philosophies, crookedness and craftiness, plots and cunning schemes. When a leader encounters someone practicing satanic philosophies, such as being a sycophant or a flatterer, what should they do? Should they expose them? Should they use truths to resolve their problems? If a leader can’t use truths to solve these problems, can they have a real church life? No, because they are unjust and don’t have truths. The people around them flatter and support them, all of them sing from the same song sheet, and they don’t have the principles of the truth. They all live according to satanic philosophies. Are they really all of one mind? Without any principles of the truth how can there be church life? If you are a leader, why are you acting unfairly? Why don’t you have a sense of justice? Without a sense of justice, aren’t you betraying God, betraying the truth? Suppose someone discovers something I said doesn’t conform with the truth. Then at a gathering he exposes me saying, “Brother, what you just said doesn’t conform with the truth. God said it this way. You said it that way. I’m letting you know.” If at this time a group of people around me speak for me and attack that person, what should I do? Will I look at who is on my side attacking that person, and say, “You’re doing the right thing. I’m going to promote you”? If I isolate and expel whoever points out that something I say goes against the truth, is that the right way? If I do it that way, would I, as a leader, have the truth? Is this betraying God or not? To be a leader you must first have justice yourself; you must uphold the truth. How should you really treat people who flatter and support you? If you see that these people don’t have the principles of the truth, are using satanic philosophies, are playing both sides, and are too anxious to please you and are generally not good, then what are you doing promoting them? Are you allowing them to disturb church life? You want to let them build their own kingdom? As soon as there’s some kind of dispute in the church, some debate about the truth, as soon as some problems are exposed, the factions will show their true colors. Some will stand on this side, some will stand on that side. What’s the problem? Where there’s maintenance of the truth, there’s maintenance of power. What are these people who want to maintain power like? One side is the powerful, and the other side is those who maintain the truth and speak truthfully. Which side are you on? Should you stand with the powerful? Someone asks, “It sounds like you want everyone who speaks the truth to rise up against the powerful.” Now I ask all of God’s chosen people to rise up and expose church leaders at all levels, especially false leaders and workers who must be exposed thoroughly. And if they’re false they’ll be removed. In the church, all that is against the truth has to be removed in order to let the positive people and things that conform with the truth get established. Is that the right thing for me to do? What’s right about it? The most important thing is to overthrow Satan’s influence, Satan’s kingdom, and then let people who maintain the truth gain power and make everyone in the church act in accordance with the truth and obey God. Then God’s kingdom will appear. Someone asks, “If the person with a sense of justice who exposes the problem isn’t someone who has the truth, should we still uphold their status?” This is a crucial question. Don’t protect anyone’s status. Remember! Whoever is right, whoever conforms with the truth should be supported. But don’t protect their status. This is correct. Everything is based on the truth, everything is based on God’s words. Just obey God, never establish personal power. Does that make sense? For example, if someone goes against me, which side will you take? Will you take my side? If some people say they wouldn’t take my side, then what if I’d expel them? Some people are always afraid of the powerful, always afraid: “What if he gets even with me? Or expels me?” Why always worry about that? If you’re expelled can’t you believe in God anymore? You can’t obey God anymore? You have to bow to Satan then? You believe in God and you obey God. You don’t obey any person. Don’t be afraid of anyone. If what he says conforms with the truth, let’s obey that. If he does something in accordance with the truth, let’s go along with that. But if this person doesn’t conform with the truth, we don’t obey him. Is that right? If what I do doesn’t conform with the truth, should you go along with it? Should you fear my power? So what if I expel you? The right to believe in God comes from God. People can’t take it away. No one can take away the belief in maintaining the truth. You have to see these things clearly. Don’t be afraid of Satan’s influence. Don’t give in to Satan’s influence. Influence is useless in the church; it doesn’t mean anything. You must have courage. Be brave. Dare to keep speaking the truth and fellowship about the truth. Dare to expose Satan’s influence. That’s the kind of person I approve of. Whenever I find that kind of person I quickly support them. But if that person later doesn’t practice truths and betrays God, he or she will be replaced and banished all the same. Don’t uphold anyone’s influence, only uphold the truth. Only uphold God’s work. That is the right way. Believing in God with this kind of faith is a sign of entering the truth. This is a sign of breaking free from Satan’s influence. If you achieve this result, God will like you, God will bless you, and God will be with you. Don’t be afraid of any person. If your heart greatly honors Christ, greatly honors the truth, then you won’t have the problem of betrayal and you will be someone who truly obeys God.