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11. The Principles of Swearing Oaths to God

1. You must understand that God scrutinizes the innermost heart of man and that He scrutinizes all; the oaths you swear and vows you make to God must have meaning and must conform to God’s will;

2. Swearing oaths and making vows to God must be done in order to achieve the aim and result of obeying God and satisfying God; to this end, motivate yourself to turn toward righteousness and stand witness;

3. Swearing oaths and making vows to God is done in the service of life entry; you must never swear false oaths to use God for the sake of achieving your own aims or exonerating yourself;

4. Once you have sworn an oath or made a vow to God, you must hold to your word and work hard to fulfill it; if you do not, then you will have told lies irresponsibly to use and deceive God.

Relevant Words of God:

Today, most people are too afraid to bring their actions before God, and while you may deceive His flesh, you cannot deceive His Spirit. Any matter that cannot withstand God’s observation is not in accord with the truth and should be cast aside; otherwise it is a sin against God. So, no matter whether it’s when you pray, when you speak and fellowship with your brothers and sisters, or when you perform your duty and handle your business, you must lay your heart before God. … When you pray, if you have love for God in your heart and seek God’s care, protection, and observation, if these are your intent, your prayers will be effective. … If you earnestly love God in your heart, then make an oath to God: “God, who is in the heavens and on earth and among all things, I swear to You: May Your Spirit examine all I do and protect and care for me at all times. It makes it possible for all I do to stand in Your presence. Should my heart ever cease to love You or betray You, give me Your severe chastisement and curse. Pardon me in neither this world nor the next!” Do you dare make such an oath? If you do not, this shows you are cowardly, and that you still love yourself. Do you have this resolve? If this is truly your resolve, you must make this oath. If you have the resolve to make such an oath, God will fulfill your resolve. When you swear an oath to God, He listens. God determines whether you are sinful or righteous by your prayer and your practice. This now is the process of perfecting you, and if you truly have faith in being perfected, you will bring all you do before God and accept His observation, and if you do something outrageous or betray God, He will “perfect” you according to your oath, and then no matter what happens to you, be it perdition or chastisement, it is your own business. You made the oath, so you should carry it out. If you make an oath, but don’t carry it out, you will suffer perdition.

from “God Perfects Those After His Own Heart” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

I hope that My brothers and sisters can all understand My heart, and I also hope that more “new recruits” are able to stand up and work with God to complete this work together. I believe that God will bless us, and I also believe that God will bestow upon Me more and more intimates so that I may travel to the ends of the earth and we may have even more love between us. I am more convinced that God will expand His kingdom due to our efforts, and I hope that our hard work reaches unprecedented levels so that God may gain even more young people. May we all pray more for this and beseech God without cease so that our lives are lived in front of Him, and that we are intimate with God. May there be no barriers amongst us, and may we all swear this oath in front of God: “To work unitedly! Devotion until the end! Never part, to always be together!” May My brothers and sisters set this determination in front of God so that our hearts do not stray and our wills are unwavering! In order to achieve God’s will, I would like to say again: Work hard! Give it everything you have! God absolutely will bless us!

from “The Path … (5)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

And what about the content of prayers? You should pray, step-by-step, in accordance with your true state and that which is to be done by the Holy Spirit, and you should commune with God in keeping with God’s will and His requirements of man. When you begin practicing your prayers, first give your heart to God. Do not attempt to grasp God’s will; only try to speak the words within your heart to God. When you come before God, speak thus: “O God! Only today do I realize that I used to disobey You. I am truly corrupt and despicable. Before, I was wasting my time; starting from today I will live for You, I will live out a life of meaning, and satisfy Your will. I would that Your Spirit always works within me, and always illuminates and enlightens me, so that I can bear strong and resounding testimony before You, allowing Satan to see Your glory, Your testimony, and the proof of Your triumph within us.” When you pray in this way, your heart will be completely set free, having prayed in this way, your heart will be closer to God, and by often praying in this way, the Holy Spirit will inevitably work within you. If you always call out to God in this way and make your resolution before God, the day will come when your resolution can be accepted before God, when your heart and entire being will be received by God, and you will ultimately be made perfect by God.

from “Concerning the Practice of Prayer” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Now you should be able to clearly see the path that was taken by Peter. If you have seen this clearly, then you will have determined the work being done today, so you would not complain or be passive, or long for anything. You should experience Peter’s mood at the time: He was stricken with sorrow; he no longer asked for a future or any blessing. He did not seek the profit, happiness, fame, or fortune of the world, and only sought to live a most meaningful life, which was to repay God’s love and dedicate what he held most precious to God. Then he would be satisfied in his heart. He often prayed to Jesus with the words: “Lord Jesus Christ, I once loved You, but I did not truly love You. Though I said I had faith in You, I never loved You with a true heart. I only looked up to You, adored You, and missed You, but never loved You or truly had faith in You.” He always prayed to make his resolution, he was constantly encouraged by the words of Jesus[a] and converted them to motivation.

from “How Peter Came to Know Jesus” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Since you have already set your determination to serve Me, I will not let you go. I am a God who hates evil, and I am a God who is jealous of man. Since you have already placed your words upon the altar, I will not tolerate you running off before My very eyes, and I will not tolerate you serving two masters. Did you think that you could have another love after you placed your words upon My altar, after you placed them in front of My eyes? How could I allow people to make a fool of Me that way? Did you think that you could casually make vows, make oaths toward Me with your tongue? How could you swear oaths toward the throne of Me, the Most High? Did you think that your oaths had already passed away? I tell you, even if your fleshes pass away, your oaths cannot pass away. At the end, I will condemn you based upon your oaths. Yet you think that you can place your words in front of Me to cope with Me and that your hearts can serve unclean spirits and evil spirits. How could My wrath tolerate those dog-like, pig-like people who cheat Me? I must carry out My administrative decrees, and wrest back from the hands of unclean spirits all of those stuffy, “pious” ones who believe in Me to “wait on” Me in an orderly fashion, to be My ox, to be My horse and be at the mercy of My slaughtering. I will have you pick up your previous determination and serve Me once again. I will not tolerate any one of creation to cheat Me. Did you think that you could just wantonly make requests and wantonly lie in front of Me? Did you think that I had not heard or seen your words and deeds? How could your words and deeds not be in My view? How could I allow people to cheat Me that way?

from “Your Character Is So Lowly!” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Who has made resolutions before Me and not discarded them afterward? Who has made long-term resolutions before Me rather than resolved frequently on this and that? Always, men make resolutions before Me in times of ease and write them all off in times of adversity. Later they pick their resolve back up and set it before Me. Am I so disrespectable that I would casually accept the junk that man has picked up from the garbage heap? Few humans hold fast to their resolutions, few are chaste, and few offer their most precious as their sacrifice to Me. Are all of you not this same way? If, as one of My people in the kingdom, you are unable to keep to your duty, you will be detested and rejected by Me!

from “The Fourteenth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Footnotes:

a. The original text reads “by these words.”

The Man’s Fellowship:

In this stage of God’s work, God allows people to take oaths. This is a very meaningful thing. Some people do not see it. They remember a saying in the Bible that they can’t vow. Why can they vow now? The appearance of this statement is normal. Because people have read the Bible for years but have not experienced God’s work, naturally it is impossible for them to understand God’s work. The Bible’s exhortation against vowing refers to taking a false oath, because God detests this kind of vowing. Today we vow before God to show our resolutions according to God’s righteousness, which also motivates us to face justice. Taking such an oath is meaningful. It has a positive effect on us to practice the truth to satisfy God. It is completely in line with God’s will. With corrupt disposition, it is easy for man to be governed by his flesh and withdraw negatively. In spite of this, man is afraid of punishment and disaster. This is the fatal vulnerability of man. If man takes vows, the effect is particularly good. After taking an oath, he will not dare to be negligent or negative. Instead, he will try his best to progress in order to satisfy God. He is afraid that God will punish him according to his oath if he doesn’t act in harmony with God’s will. This way, vowing becomes the greatest impetus for man to enter the truth and transform his disposition. So we can’t generalize about vowing. The oaths man takes can be divided into the positive and negative kinds. A positive oath is a positive thing which can play a motivating role in man’s pursuit. Why not do it? If you have notions about this kind of vowing, it shows that your ability to comprehend is so poor. Just as God says that a man who does not dare to vow is a coward. He who dares to vow has a great ambition. It shows that he has the confidence and determination to satisfy God. Those who dare not vow are sluggards, cowards who neither like the truth nor really love God. Such people will achieve nothing and remain unaccomplished. He who truly dares to swear for carrying out God’s will, for satisfying God, for loving God, for doing his duty well, for pursuing individual goals, and for fulfilling God’s entrustment, is a man with determination and pursuit. This is the resurgence of Peter’s style. If such kinds of people also have perseverance, they will be successful.

from the fellowship from the above

The eighth aspect that one must practice and enter into in being an honest person is that he must have the courage to accept God’s examination in all things and to swear an oath to God in critical matters, guaranteeing that he would be faithful to God and remain steadfast to such faithfulness. This is a very important aspect as well. Some people do not have the courage to accept God’s examination in the things that they do. They do not have such courage; are they not up to some trick? They do not dare to come under the light as they are up to some trick, and thus they do not have the courage to accept God’s examination. An honest person has the courage to accept God’s examination in the things that he does and swear an oath to Him in critical matters, guaranteeing that he would be faithful to God and remain steadfast to such faithfulness.

from the fellowship from the above

Take vowing for example, sometimes when you see that you are very bad, that you have committed a transgression, you will hate yourself, curse yourself, and vow in front of God. If you take this oath, you have to keep it. If you turn around and forget about your oath, and commit that again when something happens again one day, what does it mean? You vowed last time and deceived God. You told a lie. Is this the problem? Yes, it is. What should you do? After taking an oath, keep it in your heart and pray. You say, “God, I have just vowed to You, I am willing to inscribe it in my heart. I will never do something similar in the future. I won’t make You sad again. If I forget and do something like this again, may You punish me. I mean what I say. You can punish me any way You please.” Speaking solemnly from your heart in front of God, and doing your best to keep it, is the performance of an honest person. You must remember how you have prayed before God, how you have vowed, how you have communed with God. You have to keep your word and put it into practice. You have to take matters seriously. This is the performance of an honest person. If someone says a lot of good words before God without practicing a single word of it, is he a liar? What he has said and done before God is all deception and lies.

from the fellowship from the above

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