20. How Someone Treats the Truth Is How They Treat God
In total, God made three stages of work in His salvation of the corrupt human race. For each stage of work He expressed many words. In the Age of Law it was through words that people came to understand the laws promulgated by God; in the Age of Grace, Jesus incarnate also accomplished His work of redemption after speaking many words; and in the Age of Kingdom even more emphasis is put on expressing the truth to chastise and judge the corrupt human race. For the corrupt human race, believing in God, following God and obeying God’s work are achieved through accepting God’s words, obeying God’s words and putting God’s words into practice, because man cannot see the face of God when living in the flesh. God is Spirit and He is so great, whereas man is so insignificant and corrupted by Satan. Man is filthy and rebellious, and he belongs to the type of Satan that opposes God. If man were to witness the face of God he would be struck down, so God has no choice but to be incarnated in the flesh, humbling Himself as a person, in order to carry out the work of saving mankind. Incarnating into flesh is really a humiliating thing for God, but since God has a deep love for the human race, He has no choice but to endure extreme humiliation to come into the flesh as the Son of man and face the corrupt human race, which doesn’t have the slightest bit of humanity and which is vicious and diabolical, so that He can speak His words and carry out His work. It really is impossible to tell how many conceptions, rebellions, humiliations, judgments, slanders, resistances, betrayals and unrestrained attacks God has had to endure from the corrupt human race. Can the human race accept Christ and obey Christ when it has been corrupted by Satan to the point that it is arrogant and self-conceited, undisciplined and out-of-control, and vicious and diabolical? Without a doubt, the fact that the incarnated Christ has been nailed to a cross both times in different ways by the human race gives the best answer to this. The corrupt human race is indeed an enemy of Christ, it is a force of evil that betrays God. Even though one can accept Christ and acknowledge that Christ is the incarnate God after the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, one cannot achieve obedience to God, loyalty to God and worship of God through this. It is also necessary to rely on the work of the Holy Spirit and go through the judgment and chastisement of God’s word and hundreds of trials and refinements, and only through this can someone who has true faith in God, who loves the truth, and who has a bit of humanity become perfected. Only then can he attain true knowledge of God, truly obey God, and truly love God. It’s clear that the corrupt human race descends from Satan, that it is the offspring of the great red dragon, and that it is the enemy of God. This is absolutely correct.
Why can the corrupt human race resist God and be His enemy in such a vicious and diabolical manner? God’s words clearly reveal that: “Man’s nature is completely different to My essence; this is because man’s corrupt nature entirely originates from Satan and man’s nature has been processed and corrupted by Satan” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Fresh). “To put it more precisely, mankind is none other than My enemy. Mankind is the evil one that opposes 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 who, spurned by Me long ago, has been My irreconcilable enemy ever since” (“What It Means to Be a Real Man” in The Word Appears in the Fresh). After being corrupted by Satan, the entire corrupt human race has the satanic substance and nature of resisting God and betraying God. The nature of the entire corrupt human race is the satanic nature of detesting the truth and hating the truth. For God to save the human race that has been corrupted by Satan and is the enemy of God, He can only do so by expressing the truth through judgments and chastisements, dealing and pruning, and trials and refinements. This is the only effective method by which God can save man. Apart from this nothing else will work. The corrupt human race likes to see signs and wonders. They believe that if God incarnate is able to work signs and wonders, then they will fear Him and obey Him. But this is a huge mistake. In the Age of Grace Jesus worked many signs and wonders, but did all men accept Him? Did all men obey Him? They did not. Jesus was nailed to the cross all the same. This allows people to see that the way God works to save the corrupt human race in the last days, how He uses the truth to judge and chastise man, how He first conquers man and then uses trials and refinements to change man’s disposition to allow him to be gained, that this way of doing things is so practical and so almighty, that it truly can save man and change man. But this kind of practical work is only effective on those people who love the truth, who are able to accept the truth, and who have some humanity. For those wicked men like false leaders and antichrists who detest the truth, who hate the truth, and who have committed all kinds of evil, there will be no effect. Because these people detest the truth and hate the truth, they oppose God in all aspects, they interrupt and disturb God’s work, they harm, suppress, confine and expel God’s chosen people according to their will, and they attempt to control God’s chosen people to set up independent kingdoms. As a result they turn into the foils and serving objects for God’s work in the last days. It’s clear that God’s work in the last days is just for the salvation of those who love the truth and who are able to accept the truth. Those who do not love the truth, who refuse to accept the truth, who do not obey God’s judgments and chastisements can only be eliminated. God saves those who love the truth and eliminates those who detest the truth and hate the truth. This absolutely reveals God’s righteous and holy disposition. God forever deserves to receive the praise and worship of mankind.
God’s work in the last days is aimed directly at the satanic betraying nature of the corrupt human race and executing the judgment and chastisement of God, and it will conquer man like a sharp sword stabbing through his heart and soul, and then man will go through hundreds of trials and refinements that will enable him to change his life disposition. This kind of work of conquering man, saving man and perfecting man will be enough to completely defeat Satan, causing the corrupt human race to fall down in humiliation before God and achieve the effect of obeying God’s work and attaining salvation. If God does not save man in this way, there really is no other way for the deeply corrupted human race to attain salvation. How should man actually accept the judgment and chastisement of God? God’s words of judgment and chastisement are all truths, they are all truths that enable man to attain salvation. Whether or not a man is able to attain salvation relies primarily on how they treat the truth, and this will completely reveal who all the believers are. God carries out His work of salvation based on how man treats the truth and what his attitude toward God’s judgment and chastisement is. If a man loves the truth, is willing to accept the truth and obeys the judgment and chastisement of God, then he has true faith in God and is someone who pursues the truth, and he has the work of the Holy Spirit; if a man denies the truth and refuses to accept the judgment and chastisement of the truth, then he is someone who does not love the truth, and he does not have the work of the Holy Spirit. This will ruin any chance of attaining salvation. For people that have true faith in God, after they experience God’s words of judgment and chastisement and dealing and pruning for several years they will be able to receive the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, and they will come to have knowledge of their own satanic substance and nature of resisting God. Then they will be able to walk on the path of pursuing the truth and attaining salvation. Those who do not love the truth rely on their own petty tricks to do everything they can to pursue status and become successful, and they exert themselves in order to gain rewards, but ultimately they will suffer a crushing defeat, and if they do not repent then they will be a target of elimination. If they believe in God to the end, then each and every person who loves the truth and pursues the truth will be able to understand the truth and have true knowledge of their own substance and nature, and they will see that God’s work is the work of saving man and perfecting man, and as a result they will be able to walk on the path of pursuing the truth and attaining salvation. Those who do this are people that will attain salvation, and they will be the ones who will be allowed to remain at the end of this age and enter the next age. As for those who do not love the truth, since they did not engage in honest work, acted wildly, and even performed all kinds of wicked deeds, they have lost the work of the Holy Spirit, and they are now weeping and grinding their teeth in the darkness. If these people do not truly repent, if they cannot perform enough good deeds in preparation for the atonement of their sins, they will all be targets of punishment and annihilation. God’s chosen people can see that God’s work has entered the stage where He is winnowing out people and that He will soon reward the good and punish the wicked. God really does determine a man’s destination based on whether or not they possess the truth. This is an absolutely confirmed truth. So, whether or not a man loves the truth and pursues the truth is the basis for whether or not they will be able to attain salvation. From this it’s clear to see that the manner in which a man treats the truth is the manner in which he treats God. This is absolutely true. You really can be certain of a man’s destination and fate by the manner in which he treats the truth. This absolutely confirms God’s words: “Your many years of actions before Me have given Me the answer that I have never previously received. And the question to this answer is: ‘What is the attitude of man before the truth and the true God?’ The effort I have poured into man proves My substance of loving man, and the actions and deeds of man before My presence have also proved man’s substance of abhorring the truth and opposing Me” (“You Ought to Consider Your Deeds” in The Word Appears in the Fresh).
Nowadays all of God’s chosen people have started to realize the relationship between one’s treatment of God and one’s treatment of the truth: If man does not pursue the truth then he will suffer crushing defeats and his path ahead will only lead to death. Without the truth one cannot stand firm, without the truth one cannot have the protection of God, without the truth this proves that one does not have the least bit of the work of the Holy Spirit. If man does not possess the truth his heart will be empty, and he will live in a constant state of anxiety. People who do not have a shred of the truth have not truly turned to God, and they certainly do not live in the presence of God. It’s clear for each and every person who has believed in God for many years but who does not possess a shred of the truth that they have not truly experienced the work of God. All of these people are unbelievers. Each and every person who does not have a shred of the truth lives under the dark influence of Satan, and they have already fallen into darkness. Ultimately, each and every person who does not possess the truth will only await their destruction when disaster strikes. People who commit all kinds of wicked deeds will first receive God’s punishments, then ultimately they will be destroyed. This will be a tragic end. How a person treats the truth, that is, God’s words of judgment and chastisement, is in fact how they treat God. This is absolutely true. How a person treats the work of God is the manner in which they treat God; how a person treats the truth is the manner in which they treat God. All are separated according to their kind, and this is revealed by the way that every person deals with the truth. Each and every person who loves the truth is able to obey God’s judgment and chastisement, they have all been predestined by God to attain salvation; each and every person who does not love the truth and who is not truly able to accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s word, who always researches the way of God’s work and avoids God’s judgment and chastisement, they are all nonbelievers who deny the truth and reject the truth. Each and every person who denies the truth, hates the truth and is the enemy of the truth is a wicked person. When you look at all kinds of wicked people and nonbelievers you see that through their faith in God they pursue status, and steal and take pleasure in sacrifices meant for God. They always want to control God’s chosen people to set up independent kingdoms, proclaim themselves kings and leaders, and wield the power of a ruler. These kinds of people are all the lackeys of Satan, they come to interrupt and disturb the work of God. All false leaders and antichrists are wicked men who resist the truth and hate the truth. People who resist the truth are enemies of God; people who hate the truth hate God; people who hate the truth are able to deceive, suppress and control God’s chosen people to set up independent kingdoms; people who hate the truth are able to deny the word of God, misinterpret and distort the word of God and judge the word of God, and they deceive and entrap God’s chosen people; people who hate the truth will, by any means necessary, damage God’s chosen people, isolate and expel God’s chosen people, and attempt to suppress and ruin any hopes of salvation for God’s chosen people. Therefore, these wicked people who hate the truth are all demons in direct resistance to God, they are demons specially dispatched by Satan for the purpose of interrupting, disturbing and destroying God’s work. Those who hate the truth are wicked men who resist God and who are the enemies of God. God’s chosen people can already see clearly that there really are only a few people who love the truth and pursue the truth, and that the majority of people do not love the truth and even deny the truth and reject the truth. There are also plenty of people who hate the truth, resist the truth, and commit all kinds of nefarious deeds. Now, all of these people have already been revealed. The facts are sufficient to prove that the manner in which a man treats the truth is the manner in which he treats God. However he treats the truth is also how he treats God. A person who loves the truth truly loves God; a person who obeys the truth obeys God; a person who hates the truth hates God; a person who is irreverent to the truth is irreverent to God; a person who blasphemes the truth blasphemes God; however a person acts in the presence of the truth is how they act in the presence of God. This is absolutely correct. So, whether or not a person is really able to obey God and be loyal to God, whether or not a person is truly able to love God and worship God, to know this all you need to do is look at how they treat the truth and it will be completely clear to you. If you look at how someone treats the truth then you will know what their substance and nature are like. The way a person expresses their treatment of the truth is an expression of their nature. If you look at them this way you can come to know what kind of thing their substance and nature really are. This is absolutely true.
God said that He came incarnated in the flesh in the last days by invitation. He also came based on the fact that the corrupt human race hated the truth and committed the sin of nailing Jesus to the cross and betraying God. Nailing God incarnate to the cross was a heinous crime, so how could things end peacefully? God thereby revealed the corrupt human race’s satanic nature of hating the truth and betraying God, as well as their heinous crime of being the enemy of God. God is a righteous and almighty God, He is in the middle of managing the salvation of the human race, so God has returned in the flesh. God uses the truth to judge and chastise the corrupt human race, and to solve the problem of the human race’s substance and nature of resisting God. This truly is God’s work of ending the age, and moreover, it’s the corrupt human race’s only chance at attaining salvation. It is a fact that man has committed the sin of resisting God and being opposed to God, so God has no choice but to use the truth to carry out His judgment and chastisement in order to solve the problem of the corrupt human race being the enemy of God. If mankind is able to accept the truth and obey God’s judgment and chastisement, then they can attain salvation. If mankind cannot accept the truth and obey God’s judgment and chastisement, then they will be destroyed and cease to exist. This is God’s work of ending the age. If man is able to obey God’s judgment and chastisement and accept the truth, then they have the company of God’s mercy, kindness, and love. If man is unable to accept the truth and accept God’s judgment and chastisement, if he is even able to hate the truth and be the enemy of the truth, then God will reveal His majestic, wrathful, and righteous disposition, and the corrupt human race will be thoroughly destroyed, ceasing to exist. It’s clear that the manner in which a man treats the truth is the manner in which he treats God. If man resists the truth then he resists God. The work of God in the last days is to utterly destroy the wicked race of men who hate the truth and who are the enemy of the truth. This is the resolve of God’s righteous disposition. Since God’s disposition is the disposition of the Creator, the substance of God’s disposition is one that relies mainly on righteousness. He who offends God’s righteous disposition shall meet his destruction. He will not survive. He who obeys the work of God shall be truly cleansed and become part of the race of men who are after God’s heart. These people will receive God’s blessing and continue living for all eternity. This is the resolve of God’s righteous disposition. Each and every filthy and corrupt person who refuses to accept God’s judgment and chastisement and who belongs to Satan shall all be destroyed, ceasing to exist. This is a fact that is destined to come true.
Those who do not love the truth and who are weary of the truth have the following five expressions in their manner of treating God:
1. They do not have reverence for God in their hearts, and they have no place for God in their hearts.
2. They only acknowledge the existence of God. They have faith in God incarnate, but they are not interested in the truth, they have no place for God in their hearts, and they always have notions and barriers about God’s work. When they are faced with catastrophes and trials, they will doubt God, judge God, and complain about God being unfair.
3. Their prayers are just for their physical interests and to receive blessings, they simply do not seek out the truth nor do they commune their hearts with God. If they do not suffer from illness and calamity, then they are simply not willing to pray to God, in their hearts they have nothing to say to God.
4. Because they don’t have any interest in the truth they are indifferent to God, they pay no attention to Him, and it’s as if believing in God is something they could go without. Even when they perform duties it’s just to make trades, it’s all just so they can receive blessings.
5. Since they often come to assemblies and listen to sermons they understand many doctrines, but they don’t practice the truth the slightest bit, and, even more than that, they don’t have a heart that loves God. They’ve never been aware that they have to repay God’s love. They enjoy God’s grace but are unaware that it comes from God, and they blame God’s unfairness for the calamities and suffering that befall them. In their hearts they resent God, so they often distance themselves from God and avoid God, and they aren’t willing to obey God in the least. They resist God too much, and there is no way for them to be compatible with God.
God despises people who do not love the truth, but God also yearns for them to be able to repent, to eat and drink the word of God and accept the truth. For people that do not love the truth, who are weary of the truth, God is not willing to cast them aside or give up on them. God just waits and hopes that they will repent and change. So, there must be trials and disasters that come and cause them to suffer setbacks and defeats, and only after experiencing these trials and refinements will they be able to achieve the results. For example, among the leaders and workers who have already been dismissed and replaced and the leaders and workers who have accepted their responsibilities and resigned, those who are of comparatively good humanity and who are able to accept the truth and are willing to repent, if they go through some changes after a year or two and enter into reality, becoming someone who loves the truth and pursues the truth, then they will still be eligible to be elected as leaders and workers at various levels in the church. If people who do not love the truth suffer setbacks and defeats and go through dealing and pruning, but they do not repent or change and are still able to complain about God and blame God, then they are targets of elimination.
The third type of people are ones who deny the truth and hate the truth. It’s as if this type of person was possessed by Satan and evil spirits at birth. They really love injustice and they are willing to commit evil deeds. It can be seen from all of their conduct and deeds that this type of person prefers to pursue negative things and evil things, and that they do not need to be taught or forced by others to run straight down the path of wickedness. Nobody can stop them from this, and they are interested in practically every negative and evil thing. They naturally understand negative things and they naturally enjoy them. For example, they naturally do things such as drinking and smoking heavily, they gamble and steal, they tell lies and cheat people and do other sinister and deceitful things, or filthy and promiscuous things, they assemble gangs, they act like they are kings of the castle, they make schemes and abuse their power, they deceive people and manipulate people, and so forth. They do not need to study these things, they comprehend them without having learned them, and furthermore they are very good at these things. They couldn’t stop doing them even if they tried; they couldn’t change themselves even if they wanted to. As soon as you mention the truth, the positive things, they will start to shake their heads and react negatively, they won’t show the least bit of interest, and they will refuse to accept these things. If others encourage or compel them to accept these things, they will fly into a rage and even slander and blaspheme them, revealing that in their hearts they hate the truth. This type of person believes in God only to receive blessings, only to get away from disasters. They absolutely do not believe in God in order to separate themselves from corruption and attain salvation. Even though some people who do not love the truth have, because they have believed in God for a long time and listened to many sermons, started to want to pursue the truth in their hearts, there’s still no way for them to put the truth into practice no matter what they do. They are willing to be honest people, yet no matter what they do they still cannot break away from the evil deeds of deceit and pretence. If people who are weary of the truth and hate the truth have power, they will naturally walk on the path of antichrists, for all who walk down the path of antichrists are people who are weary of the truth and hate the truth. This is determined by their satanic nature.
People always choose their paths based on their own nature and preferences. For people who are not interested in the truth, it is already decided that it is very difficult to attain salvation through faith in God. If they were able to deny the truth or hate the truth, then they would be destined to walk on the path of resisting God and being destroyed. Each and every person who denies the truth and hates the truth is someone who walks down the path of antichrists. They are all people like false leaders, antichrists, and nonbelievers. The main expression of their denial of the truth is that they do not take as the truth what they cannot practice. However, they take as the truth what they willingly do and enjoy doing. As for the truth they cannot perform and that they are able to violate, these people adopt an attitude of denial and condemnation. They refuse to accept the truth that is communicated by others, so much so that they even deny or condemn it. If they see that another person is able to practice the truth, they could even judge them, suppress them, make false charges against them, and discriminate against them. When they read the word of God they will only choose the words that they like, they will look at how they can be blessed, how they can become a firstborn son or beloved son, how they can gain rewards, which channels they can go through to obtain status, how they can control God’s chosen people and how they can get on an equal footing with God. They look through the word of God just to conspire to obtain these things, they dig out mysteries, they study the wording intensively, they manufacture public opinion as a theoretical basis to deceive God’s chosen people so that they themselves can walk down the path of antichrists. As a result, they often interpret things out of context, and they misinterpret and erroneously comprehend the word of God. It’s clear that these kinds of actions are meant to deceive God’s chosen people, control God’s chosen people, and achieve their own goal of ruling as kings. To be able to resist the truth, hate the truth, trample on the truth, and run counter to the truth in this way shows that these people are clearly ones who deny the truth and hate the truth. Since by their very nature they are possessed by Satan and evil spirits, and since they have a desire to receive blessings, they enter the church as opportunists, and as a result they turn into lackeys of Satan. So, these people who deny the truth and hate the truth are the ones who come to disturb and interrupt the work of God on behalf of Satan and demons. They are able to perform all kinds of wicked deeds within the church that deceive people, control people and interrupt and disturb God’s work. This has been completely determined by their satanic nature that is weary of the truth and hates the truth, and they are eliminated and forsaken due to these various wicked deeds that they commit involuntarily. Only when they see that their hope of being blessed is shattered will they show some sense of regret, but this is not sincere repentance, for it is clear that when they were committing evil deeds they did not consider the consequences or outcome, they were just following the pleasures of the flesh in their actions, they were just chasing status, fame, and fortune, stealing and enjoying the sacrifices of God and shamelessly waiting for their dreams to come true, although in actuality they had long ago set down the path of antichrists.
Those who are weary of the truth and hate the truth often feel conflicted and dissatisfied toward God and God’s work. They are full of conceptions. It seems as though God is always acting against their will, that God is opposing them, that God makes life difficult for them, and so the more that people fellowship about the truth with them, the more they feel painful and miserable, giving rise to hatred within them, so that they start to despise people who pursue the truth, and in their hearts they start to hate God and curse God. Every person that hates the truth does not have true faith in God; regardless of how many years they’ve believed in God they will not pursue the truth, so it is impossible to see on them any effect of people who understand the truth. They don’t have the slightest bit of reality, so how could they have any humanity? People who hate the truth only believe in God in order to obtain blessings and immediate advantages. If they are able to serve in leadership positions and are also able to steal and enjoy the sacrifices of God, then they can have both fame and fortune; how could they not go for this? So, every person who hates the truth does everything in their power to pursue status and wield power. On the one hand it’s so that they can obtain benefits, and on the other hand it’s so that they can satisfy their longing to wield power. It’s easy to see that every person who denies the truth and hates the truth doesn’t have the least bit of reverence for God in their hearts, they are able to do any evil deed that resists God, because the nature and substance of people who hate the truth is that of Satan and evil spirits, and they simply are without any sort of humanity.
Each and every person who denies the truth and hates the truth has the following five main expressions in their manner of treating God:
1. In the hearts they only reluctantly acknowledge the existence of God. If it weren’t for receiving blessings or avoiding disasters they absolutely would not believe in God.
2. In their hearts, they are weary of and hate the truth in God’s words, especially His judgment and chastisement, and, as a result, they are indifferent to God and are in conflict with God, they pray to God just to seek profit and avoid disasters, and in their hearts they have nothing to say to God.
3. Since their hearts are full of wicked ambitions and extravagant desires, since they despise positive things, they deny the truth, distort the truth and hate the truth. In their hearts they hate God and distance themselves from God, to the point where they deny God, judge God, deride God, and become enemies of God in their minds.
4. They often complain and grumble about God, they hate God when He does not conform to their own will or when He doesn’t follow their desires, and there is no way to reconcile their mental opposition to God.
5. When they see that God’s work conforms less and less to their own will and conceptions, they will always think that God is making life difficult for them, that God intends to eliminate them and curse them, and they will even start to deny God, stiffening their necks and walking down the path of antichrists who betray God.
God hates those who deny the truth and hate the truth, and He is even more unwilling to see wicked men, but God gives man the opportunity to repent, and He is always ready to see the good deeds of man. If man is able to steel his will to oppose God, then God will punish and curse such wicked men. He will bring disasters upon wicked men.
Within the corrupt human race, there are these three major kinds of people based on their manner of treating the truth, that is, there are those who love the truth, those who are not interested in the truth and are weary of the truth, and those who deny the truth and hate the truth. These three kinds of people exist in all churches. Among them, those who love the truth take up at most one-fifth to one-third of the total; those who do not love the truth and who are weary of the truth take up at least one-third of the total; and those who deny the truth and hate the truth take up at least one-fifth of the total. In God’s family, anyone who has experienced God’s work for several years and is able to understand the truth and accept the truth, who is willing to perform their duties, and is able to accept pruning and dealing and put the truth into practice is someone who loves the truth. For this group of people, after experiencing church life for several years, after eating and drinking the word of God for several years, and through paying attention to listening to sermons and fellowship, they are all able to attain an understanding of some truths, and they are able to understand the truth more and more, which gives them the will to pursue the truth. So, each and every person who is interested in the truth, who loves positive things in their hearts, is someone who can attain salvation. This is certain and undeniable. There are some people who love the truth in their hearts, but since they have not been watered by people who understand the truth, and since they have not had a good church life, they come to understand the truth very slowly. However, if they were able to be guided by someone who understands the truth, and on top of that they were able to receive dealing and pruning and trials and refinements, then they would be able to become a pursuer of the truth. In churches everywhere this kind of situation is widespread. So, we can say with certainty that each and every person who is interested in the truth and who in their hearts love positive things, so long as they have the will to pursue the truth, and they can often listen to sermons and fellowship and often fellowship about the truth, and so long as they live a good church life, then it is certain that they will be able to enter onto the right track of believing in God. If people who love the truth do not pay a price in their pursuit of the truth, if they always just passively wait around, if they do not actively forge ahead, then it is likely that they too will be eliminated, because God’s work does not wait for man. If people who love the truth do not emphasize reading the word of God, and if they do not emphasize listening to the sermons and fellowship of the above, if they are unwilling to fellowship about the truth, if they are unconcerned about the new trend and new pace of the work of the Holy Spirit, and if they just blindly worship others and follow others, they will still easily be deceived into following and submitting to others and being controlled by Satan, and then become followers of Satan and belong to the perished and destroyed race of men. It’s just as was said in the word of God: “Transgressions Will Take Man to Hell.” If someone only loves the truth but does not pursue the truth, then they too will ruin themselves. Those who love the truth ought to have the will to pursue the truth, they must often read the word of God, and often listen to sermons and fellowship, and often fellowship about the truth (these “three oftens” are very important), and they ought to actively seek out people who have the work of the Holy Spirit and fellowship about the truth with them and gather together with them. Only in this way will they be able to walk on the right track of believing in God.
Each and every person who is not interested in the truth or who has even grown sick of the truth is someone who will not easily enter onto the right track of believing in God. That’s because in their hearts they are not interested in the truth. Other things possess their hearts and they have too many entanglements. Most of these people only believe in God in order to receive blessings. They don’t pay attention to the truth at all. We see with many people that they are only willing to run errands and do things for God, doing their duties to the best of their abilities or spreading the gospel, and they only want to prepare some good deeds so that they can attain salvation. They are not willing to exert any effort on the truth, and so, after believing in God for many years, one cannot notice the slightest bit of change in their life disposition. Because these people are not interested in the truth, they naturally have no place for God in their hearts. All they do is admit that there is a God, but they do not have reverence for God, and it is out of the question that they have obedience to God. For people who are not interested in the truth or who even have grown sick of the truth, eating and drinking the word of God is a superficial practice for them. They fellowship very little about the truth, and sometimes in their fellowships they talk a little about letters and doctrines, just going through the formalities and putting up a decorative facade. So, people who are not interested in the truth like to make deals with God. Only for the purpose of receiving blessings are they willing to expend themselves for God. Only when they have no choice will they perform their duties. For this group of people, regardless of whatever duty they perform, they always mix in their own intentions and purposes. They do not perform their duties out of their love for God or in order to repay His love, and they certainly don’t perform their duties in order to carry out the will of God. So, in the house of God these people are called service-doers, and the attitude with which they treat God is as such, “So long as I expend myself for God, so long as I do service for God, then God ought to bless me; if I pay a price for God’s work then He ought to reward me. Otherwise He is not a righteous God.” This kind of people do not have any loyalty to God, they do not love or obey Him, they just want to make deals, they just want to deceive God. So, for these people, if their hope of receiving blessings comes to nothing, then they will complain to God and resent God, or even betray God and deny God. People who do not love the truth and who are even able to grow sick of the truth treat God in this way. How could God not eliminate such a person who does not possess the truth?
God’s chosen people must guard against those who deny and hate the truth; they must see clearly the demonic nature of this kind of people. They have been possessed by Satan since birth. You could say that they belong to the type of men who are reincarnations of demons. This kind of people worship power from birth, and they are especially fond of status, fame and fortune. So, in the church they are especially good at assembling their own gangs and acting as king of the castle. In order to achieve their own goals, they deceive and entice people at every turn, expanding their own influence. Once they have power, they will set up their own independent kingdom. They are able to hate the truth because they have ambitions and endeavors, they want to fight with God over His chosen people, they like to proclaim themselves as kings and rulers over entire regions, and as a result, their pursuits and interests all run counter to the truth, they are all crooked and twisted paths, they go against the tide, they belong among evil things, and in the hearts of these wicked people there is a natural hate for the truth and all positive things. The things that every person who hates the truth enjoys pursuing are certainly all evil things that are opposite to the truth and hostile to the truth, and so the manner in which they treat God is naturally one of disobedience, resistance, betrayal, and irreconcilable opposition, for the truth represents positive things, it is all that God has and is, it represents God’s will and His requirements for mankind. So, the more that someone hates the truth, the more they will be able to deny the truth and condemn the truth, and the more they will be able to build up public opinion as a basis for holding on to power for themselves so that they can control God’s chosen people and set up their own kingdoms. Anyone who is detrimental to this cause and who is able to expose these people will be condemned, excluded, and suppressed by them, which shows that people who hate the truth are devils and Satan. This point can be proven through false leaders and antichrists. The conduct and deeds of false leaders and antichrists are sufficient to reveal that they are people who deny the truth and hate the truth, so, obviously in their treatment of God they are also full of conceptions, complaints, hostility, judgment, and even derision. It’s clear to see that every person who denies the truth and hates the truth is a demon who resists God. This is undoubtedly the case.
The corrupt human race has these three main manners in which they treat the truth. Only those who love the truth and pursue the truth are the targets of God’s work of salvation. However, for some people who do not love the truth or who have even grown sick of the truth, if they go through several years of dealing and pruning and trials and refinements, and then on top of this they are watered and guided by those who have the work of the Holy Spirit, then it is absolutely possible for them to be transformed from someone who doesn’t love the truth into someone who does love the truth and is able to pursue the truth. There is also a percentage of these people who undergo transformations among God’s chosen people. Especially for those leaders and workers who have been dismissed and replaced in the past, some of them with relatively good humanity have turned into people who love the truth and pursue the truth. These people really do understand some truths, they possess some reality, and now they are completely qualified to be elected as leaders and workers at the various levels of the church. So, even for those who do not love the truth or have even grown tired of the truth we cannot give up on them, for they all need to be supplied and watered with compassion. You can only give up on someone if after they have believed in God for many years and experienced many hardships they still have not changed. The leaders and workers at various levels must be clear about this point. As for those wicked people who deny the truth and hate the truth, they ought to be guarded against and restricted. We absolutely cannot let our guards down. Since this group of people all belong to lackeys of Satan, and they are all people who disturb and interrupt God’s work, once they have a position or an opportunity they will assemble their own gangs, act as king of the castle and set up their own independent kingdoms. Most false leaders and antichrists that have been removed are wicked men who deny the truth and hate the truth. Those who have not committed all kinds of evil and who still have a little humanity must be treated with compassion, for if these people truly repent then they certainly will be able to attain salvation. Only those who have committed all kinds of evil belong to the class of wicked men, for wicked men do not repent regardless of how many evil deeds they commit. Have you ever seen a person who commits all kinds of evil truly recognize their own evil ways and then experience true self-loathing? I have never seen a single wicked person truly repent. People with humanity do not commit all kinds of evil; people who commit all kinds of evil certainly are without humanity. Only those wicked men who deny the truth and hate the truth dare to do whatever wicked acts to resist God, such as stealing offerings, assembling gangs, creating divisions in the church, vying for power and profit, making false charges against good people, suppressing dissidents, turning right into wrong, fabricating lies, starting rumors and attacks, passing judgments full of evil intentions, acting tyrannically, and being despotically domineering. Once they hold power, they all belong to Satan and demons. So, for those who deny the truth and hate the truth, if they are able to commit all kinds of evil then they should be immediately expelled and forsaken. Those who are saved by God are the people who love the truth and pursue the truth. Each and every person who attains salvation is someone who has truly submitted to God’s work, who has put the truth into practice and who is someone that is able to be loyal to God in the performance of their duties. Each and every one of them truly loves God and is able to defend God’s work. Only these people are ones who possess the truth and humanity. It’s clear to see that a person’s attitude toward the truth determines their attitude in how they treat God, which also determines whether or not they will attain salvation and what their final destination will be. People should be very concerned about the manner in which they treat the truth. This cannot be overlooked. If someone can love the truth and accept the truth then they have humanity; if they do not love the truth and they refuse the truth then they do not have humanity. People who have humanity are able to accept the truth and submit to God; people who do not have humanity refuse the truth and resist God. It’s very clear what kind of person someone is by the manner in which they treat the truth.
The manner in which one treats the truth is primarily expressed in the way in which they treat the word of God, because all truths come from the word of God, they all come from an understanding of the word of God, they are all expressed by Christ incarnate, for Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. God is the source of truth. Because of this, there is no truth outside of the word of God. This is absolute. Everything outside of the word of God is Satan’s fallacies, philosophies, rules, and logic. When the word of God is spread to all families, when everyone understands it as common sense, then all people will be properly revealed and classified based on how they treat the word of God. The manner in which you treat the word of God is the manner in which you treat the truth, for the truth originates in the word of God, and the word of God is the truth. However someone treats the word of God is how they treat the truth, and even more so, it’s how they treat God. This is absolutely true. The work of God is His word achieving everything, it is His word revealing and perfecting man, and it is also the truth judging and chastising man and saving and perfecting man. God is the embodiment of the truth, He is the Spirit of the truth that is working, and therefore, when people realize that the Word appears in the flesh, they will also realize that the truth appears in the Word, and that it is a righteous God appearing in the Word. When people can see that the Word is with God and that the Word is God, then this is seeing God’s appearance. This is the fact that is achieved through the Word appearing in the flesh. Even though many among God’s chosen people have not seen the face of Christ, they can still see the fact that the Word has appeared in the flesh, which verifies that God has appeared. This is seeing the appearance of God. This is the same thing as seeing the face of God. So, each and every person who understands that the Word appears in the flesh has seen God’s appearance. It is just as if they have seen the face of God.
Those of us who have experienced the work of God have all witnessed that the corrupt human race has all been conquered by the judgment and chastisement of the word of God, so that they willingly serve God and are dedicated to performing their duties. This is the almightiness of the word of God. This is the power of the truth. However, those who do not love the truth are punished and cursed because they deny the word of God, reject the truth, and hate the truth, and they fall amid God’s words of judgment. There have been many people who have been punished for detesting the truth, for being irreverent toward the truth, and for forsaking the truth. They have fallen into darkness where they weep and gnash their teeth. There is clear proof of this among all the false leaders and antichrists. These people have a malicious nature, they always want to fight with God over His chosen people, they always attempt to control God’s chosen people and set up their own independent kingdoms. Their evil intentions are truly undying, and they even have the impertinence to hate the truth and go against God, but in the end they will all be eradicated and their original demonic forms will be revealed. The facts have already proven that only through God’s judgment and chastisement can the essential problem of the corrupt human race resisting God be solved; only through the judgment and chastisement of God can the actions of all satanic demons and evil spirits and filthy ghosts be thoroughly revealed and eliminated; only the judgment and chastisement of God can bring a complete end to the dark age of Satan’s corruption of the human race and bring mankind to its true destination. God’s judgment and chastisement is truly significant. Every person who loves the truth can accept and submit to the judgment and chastisement and dealing and pruning of the word of God, and they are even more able to accept and submit to the trials and refinements of God’s orchestrations and arrangements. They pray to God and seek out the will of God during all kinds of trials, they understand the truth and stand witness to it, and ultimately they attain knowledge of God’s work. They see God’s salvation and God’s love. They attain salvation. For truly it is that God’s word fulfills everything.
Nowadays, God’s work has already entered the phase of winnowing, but as the practical God incarnate who expresses the truth and judges and chastises the corrupt human race lies hidden, watching over us in wait, all kinds of Satans, evil spirits and filthy demons tail Him from behind, impersonating Christ and the appearance of God. Some even pose as God’s firstborn sons, God’s beloved sons, or they pose as the man used by the Holy Spirit to deceive God’s chosen people. They claim to be “triumphant God,” “holy God,” “practical God Jingxin,” and so forth. They are all shameless devils and evil spirits. When God expressed the truth—The Word Appears in the Flesh, all kinds of evil spirits and filthy demons tailed from behind to impersonate Him, but in the end they were all revealed and cursed. Those who do not possess the truth cannot stand firm. No matter how much they pretend to be good, they cannot deceive people. Without the truth they are nothing. These few words explain everything: Those who do not possess the truth are all demonic Satans and evil spirits and filthy demons. Only Christ, who expressed the words in The Word Appears in the Flesh, is the truth, the way, and the life, and only He is the appearance of God. Apart from Christ who expressed the words in The Word Appears in the Flesh, there is no appearance of God. All those who impersonate Christ, who impersonate the appearance of God, or who pose as a beloved son or firstborn son of God, or who pose as the man used by the Holy Spirit, these people are all false Christs, antichrists, and false shepherds, they are all filthy demons and evil spirits, and they are all satanic devils. This is absolutely correct. Only the man used by the Holy Spirit whom God witnesses is predestined by God to be the true shepherd and true leader of God’s chosen people. Only those who understand the truth and gain the truth belong to God. They alone are compatible with God. These are the people who truly attain God’s salvation and are perfected by God.
The manner in which the corrupt human race treats the truth truly breaks God’s heart. Man’s nature of resisting and betraying God is most clearly revealed in their attitude toward the truth. Before the truth, the entire corrupt human race is conceited and arrogant, they are self-righteous, they bare their fangs, they are vicious and diabolical, and utterly without scruples. Truly, they are impoverished and pitiful, blind and stark naked. God’s work of judgment and chastisement in the last days truly saves and perfects mankind. If man’s life disposition can truly undergo a transformation, then they can achieve true acceptance and obedience in their treatment of the truth; only such people are the ones who receive God’s approval. Now, God’s chosen people’s entry into life is too superficial. In their treatment of the truth they still deny many things, contradict many things, reject many things, and violate many things. They simply have not entered into the reality of many of God’s words. Especially when it comes to distinguishing the various kinds of people and when treating various issues, man’s pitiful form of having nothing at all is revealed. Through the conduct and deeds of the majority of people, it can be seen that not many of them truly possess the truth, are capable of exalting God and bearing witness to God, and can use the truth to solve problems to the point of fitting for God’s use. Most people do not know how to practice the truth. They do not have the reality of submitting to God, and they are far from accomplishing the demands of God, which truly cannot console God’s heart. So, let us continue reading another passage from the word of God so that we can come to understand His will. “At all times I am concerned for all who have followed Me, yet at no time are those who follow Me able to receive My word; they are completely unable to accept even any suggestions that come from Me. This is what saddens Me most of all. None are ever able to understand Me and, moreover, none are able to accept Me, even though My attitude is sincere and My words are gentle. All are doing the work entrusted by Me in accordance with their original intentions; they seek not My intentions, much less ask for My requests. They still claim to serve Me loyally, all while they rebel against Me. Many believe that truths which are unacceptable to them or which they cannot practice are not truths. For such men, My truths become something to be denied and cast aside. At the same time, I then become one acknowledged by man in word alone as God, but also considered an outsider that is not the truth, the way, or the life. None know this truth: My words are the forever unchanging truth. I am the supply of life for man and the only guide for mankind. The worth and meaning of My words are not determined by whether they are recognized or accepted by mankind, but by the substance of the words themselves. Even if not a single person on this earth can receive My words, the value of My words and their help to mankind are inestimable by any man. Therefore, when faced with the many men who rebel against, refute, or are utterly contemptuous of My words, My stance is only this: Let time and facts be My witness and show that My words are the truth, the way, and the life. Let them show that all I have said is right, and is that which man should be furnished with, and, moreover, that which man should accept. I will let all who follow Me know this fact: Those who cannot fully accept My words, those who cannot practice My words, those who cannot find a purpose in My words, and those who cannot receive salvation because of My words, are those who have been condemned by My words and, moreover, have lost My salvation, and My rod shall never stray from them” (“You Ought to Consider Your Deeds” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
July 15, 2011