6. What really is the evil essence of the CCP government and the religious world?
Bible Verses for Reference:
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9).
“You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:33).
Relevant Words of God:
The great red dragon I speak of is not a big red dragon; rather it is the evil spirit in opposition to Me, for which the “great red dragon” is a synonym.
from “Chapter 96” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh
For thousands of years this has been the land of filth, it is unbearably dirty, misery abounds, ghosts roam its every corner, tricking and deceiving, making groundless accusations, being ruthless and vicious, trampling this ghost town and leaving it littered with dead bodies; the stench of decay covers the land and pervades the air, and it is heavily guarded. Who can see the world beyond the skies? The devil tightly trusses all of man’s body, it puts out both his eyes, and seals his lips firmly shut. The king of devils has rampaged for several thousand years, right up until today, when it still keeps a close watch on the ghost town, as if it were an impenetrable palace of demons; this pack of watchdogs, meanwhile, stare with glaring eyes, deeply fearful that God will catch them unawares and wipe them all out, leaving them without a place of peace and happiness. … Small wonder, then, that God incarnate remains completely hidden: In a dark society such as this, where the demons are merciless and inhumane, how could the king of devils, who kills people in the blink of an eye, tolerate the existence of a God who is lovely, kind, and also holy? How could it applaud and cheer the arrival of God? These lackeys! They repay kindness with hate, they have long since disdained God, they abuse God, they are savage in the extreme, they have not the slightest regard for God, they plunder and pillage, they have lost all conscience, and have not a trace of kindness…. Religious freedom? The legitimate rights and interests of citizens? They are all tricks for covering up sin! … Why put up such an impenetrable obstacle to the work of God? Why employ various tricks to deceive God’s folk? Where is the true freedom and legitimate rights and interests? Where is the fairness? Where is the comfort? Where is the warmth? Why use deceitful schemes to trick God’s people? Why use force to suppress the coming of God? Why not allow God to freely roam upon the earth that He created? Why hound God until He has nowhere to rest His head? Where is the warmth among men? Where is the welcome among people? Why cause such desperate yearning in God? Why make God call out again and again? Why force God to worry for His beloved Son? Why does this dark society and its sorry guard dogs not allow God to freely come and go among the world which He created?
from “Work and Entry (8)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
How many seek the truth and follow righteousness? They are all beasts like pigs and dogs, leading a gang of stink flies in a dung heap to wag their heads and incite disorder. They believe that their king of hell is the most superior of kings, without realizing that they are nothing more than flies on rot. Not only that, they make slanderous remarks against the existence of God by relying on their pigs and dogs of parents. The minuscule flies think their parents to be as large as a toothed whale. Do they not realize that they are diminutive, yet their parents are unclean pigs and dogs a billion times larger than themselves? Unaware of their own lowliness, they run amok on the basis of the putrid odor of those pigs and dogs and have the delusional idea to procreate future generations. That is absolutely shameless! With green wings upon their backs (this refers to their claiming to believe in God), they begin to become conceited and boast everywhere of their own beauty and attractiveness, secretly casting away their impurities onto man. And they are even smug, as if a pair of rainbow-colored wings could conceal their own impurities, and thus they persecute the existence of the true God (this refers to the inside story of the religious world). Little does man know that, though the wings of the fly are beautiful and enchanting, it is after all no more than a minuscule fly that is full of filth and covered with germs. On the strength of their pigs and dogs of parents, they run amok across the land (this refers to the religious officials who persecute God on the basis of strong support from the country betraying the true God and the truth) with overwhelming ferocity. It is as if the ghosts of the Jewish Pharisees have returned along with God to the nation of the great red dragon, back to their old nest. They have again begun their work of persecution, continuing their work spanning several thousand years. This group of degenerates is sure to perish on earth in the end! It appears that, after several millennia, the unclean spirits have become even more crafty and sly. They constantly think of ways to secretly undermine the work of God. They are wily and cunning and wish to replay in their homeland the tragedy of several thousand years ago. This almost goads God into giving out a loud cry, and He can hardly keep Himself from returning to the third heaven to annihilate them.
from “Work and Entry (7)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Although Satan Appears Humane, Just and Virtuous, It Is Cruel and Evil in Substance
Satan wins its fame through deceiving the public. It often establishes itself as a vanguard and role model of righteousness. Under the banner of safeguarding righteousness, it harms man, devours their souls, and uses all sorts of means to benumb, deceive and incite man. Its goal is to make man approve of and follow along with its evil conduct, to make man join it in opposing God’s authority and sovereignty. However, when one grows wise to its schemes, plotting and vile features and does not wish to continue to be trampled upon and fooled by it or to continue slaving away for it, or to be punished and destroyed together with it, Satan changes its previously saintly features and tears off its false mask to reveal its true evil, vicious, ugly and savage face. It would love nothing more than to exterminate all those who refuse to follow it and those who oppose its evil forces. At this point Satan can no longer assume a trustworthy, gentlemanly appearance; instead, its true ugly and devilish features under the sheep’s clothing are revealed. Once Satan’s schemes are brought to light, once its true features are exposed, it will fly into a rage and expose its barbarity; its desire to harm and devour people will only be intensified. This is because it is enraged by man’s awakening; it develops a strong vindictiveness toward man for their aspiration to yearn for freedom and light and to break free of its prison. Its rage is intended to defend its evil, and it is also a true revelation of its savage nature.
In every matter, Satan’s behavior exposes its evil nature. Out of all the evil acts that Satan has carried out upon man—from its early efforts to delude man into following it, to its exploitation of man, in which it drags man into its evil deeds, and Satan’s vindictiveness toward man after its true features have been exposed and man has recognized and forsaken it—not one fails to expose Satan’s evil substance; not one fails to prove the fact that Satan has no relation to positive things; not one fails to prove that Satan is the source of all evil things. Every single one of its actions safeguards its evil, maintains the continuation of its evil acts, goes against just and positive things, ruins the laws and order of humanity’s normal existence. They are hostile to God, and are that which God’s wrath will destroy. Although Satan has its own rage, its rage is a means of venting its evil nature. The reason why Satan is exasperated and furious is thus: Its unspeakable schemes have been exposed; its plots are not easily gotten away with; its wild ambition and desire to replace God and act as God have been struck and blocked; its goal of controlling all of humanity has now come to nothing and can never be achieved. It is God’s repeated summoning of His wrath that has stopped Satan’s plots from coming to fruition and cut short the spread and rampancy of Satan’s evil; therefore, Satan both hates and fears God’s wrath. Each application of God’s wrath not only unmasks Satan’s true vile appearance; it also exposes Satan’s evil desires to the light. At the same time, the reasons for Satan’s rage against humanity are completely exposed. The eruption of Satan’s rage is a true revelation of its evil nature, an exposure of its schemes. Of course, each time Satan is enraged, it heralds the destruction of evil things; it heralds the protection and continuation of positive things, and it heralds the nature of God’s wrath—one that cannot be offended!
from “God Himself, the Unique II” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
What do we call the acts of Satan, and the miracles exhibited by Satan? Is it power? Could it be called authority? Of course not! Satan directs the tide of evil, and upsets, impairs, and interrupts every aspect of God’s work. For the last several thousand years, apart from corrupting and abusing mankind, and luring and deceiving man to depravity, and to the rejection of God, so man walks toward the valley of the shadow of death, has Satan done anything that deserves even the slightest commemoration, commendation, or cherishment by man? If Satan possessed authority and power, would mankind have been corrupted by it? If Satan possessed authority and power, would mankind have been harmed by it? If Satan possessed power and authority, would mankind have forsaken God and turned to death? Since Satan has no authority or power, what should we conclude about the substance of all that it does? There are those who define all that Satan does as mere trickery, yet I believe that such definition is not so appropriate. Are the evil deeds of its corruption of mankind mere trickery? The evil force with which Satan abused Job, and its fierce desire to abuse and devour him, could not possibly be achieved by mere trickery. Looking back, in an instant, the flocks and herds of Job, scattered far and wide across hills and mountains, were gone; in an instant, Job’s great fortune disappeared. Could that have been achieved by mere trickery? The nature of all that Satan does corresponds to and fits with negative terms such as to impair, to interrupt, to destroy, to harm, evil, maliciousness, and darkness, and so the occurrence of all that is unrighteous and evil is inextricably linked to the acts of Satan, and is inseparable from the evil substance of Satan.
from “God Himself, the Unique I” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Regardless of how “powerful” Satan is, regardless of how audacious and ambitious it is, regardless of how great is its ability to inflict damage, regardless of how wide-ranging are the techniques with which it corrupts and lures man, regardless of how clever are the tricks and schemes with which it intimidates man, regardless of how changeable is the form in which it exists, it has never been able to create a single living thing, has never been able to set down laws or rules for the existence of all things, and has never been able to rule and control any object, whether animate or inanimate. Throughout the vast expanse of the universe, there is not a single person or object that was born from it, or exists because of it; there is not a single person or object that is ruled by it, or controlled by it. On the contrary, it not only has to live under the dominion of God, but, moreover, must obey all of God’s orders and commands. Without God’s permission, it is difficult for Satan to touch even a drop of water or grain of sand upon the land; without God’s permission, Satan is not even free to move the ants about upon the land—let alone mankind, who was created by God. In the eyes of God, Satan is inferior to the lilies on the mountain, to the birds flying in the air, to the fish in the sea, and to the maggots on the earth. Its role among all things is to serve all things, and work for mankind, and serve God’s work and His plan of management. Regardless of how malicious its nature, and how evil its substance, the only thing it can do is to dutifully abide by its function: being of service to God, and providing a counterpoint to God. Such is the essence and position of Satan. Its substance is unconnected to life, unconnected to power, unconnected to authority; it is merely a plaything in God’s hands, just a machine in service to God!
from “God Himself, the Unique I” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:
Why is the atheistic CCP government doing their utmost to oppose and condemn The Church of Almighty God? Even religious circles persecute and condemn the Church. What is the problem? Don’t they possess reason and humanity? The CCP’s law speaks of freedom of religion, so why do they condemn the Church as a cult? What basis do they have for that? What God’s chosen people read is all God’s word, all the truth, yet they condemn them. Who really is evil, and who is the devil Satan after all? Doesn’t this show that such people are too corrupt and evil? What is the difference between corrupt people and those who possess proper humanity? Those who possess proper humanity are able to accept the truth; they enjoy their faith, they welcome God’s coming, they long for His appearance, and they are able to obey His work. Corrupt people are just the opposite. Corrupt people lack conscience and reason, they are perverse and irrational; they do not accept the truth or welcome God’s arrival, but desperately deny God. They knowingly resist and refuse God as well as frantically condemn God and drive Him out. They even label believers as cult members and churches as cults and try to have them banned. It’s clear how crazy corrupt mankind has become! … All religions and religious leaders are condemning the true way and God’s work. They will condemn anything that is the true way, yet they won’t condemn what is not the true way but just a religious belief or a religious practice. They condemn those who can accept the truth, who have been changed by the truth, who live out proper humanity and bear true witness for God. This shows that the religious community belongs to Satan; it consists of groups controlled by antichrists that are hostile to God and belong to the forces of Satan. This is a fact. I have seen that although various religious groups have all sorts of things to say to condemn God and His work, they do not possess the truth. They cannot use the truth in their arguments, and they have no way of refuting the truth or the facts. All they do is fabricate rumors, defame, condemn and verbally abuse the Church. If they did possess the truth, then in their little debates with us would they dare to refute God’s word? Would they dare to refute God’s word with their actual experiences? Not a single one of them dares to refute this. What does that prove? They do not possess the truth, and without the truth, they have no right to refute this; they are not qualified, and they cannot do so. Since they are entirely unable to refute God’s word, why do they still condemn and oppose it? This is a problem of human nature that is representative of man’s satanic disposition. Even if you did possess the truth, your refuting God’s word would prove that you have a poor disposition. When you lack the truth but you still create rumors, cause defamation and judgment, it shows that you are a devil. Only a devil tells lies and creates rumors. Those who possess proper humanity enjoy telling the truth and speaking according to the facts, without any kind of deception. However, those with the corrupt humanity of Satan like to tell lies and fabricate rumors to slander and judge the true way. What problem is revealed by these things that the religious community does? They lack both proper humanity and the truth. Based on their actions and what they achieve, we know that they do not possess the truth, and that they are devils. Why do I say they are devils? Because they knowingly deceive, fabricate rumors, and lie while looking you straight in the eye. They are none others but devils! Those are not people with humanity! Those things cannot be done by true human beings. The Lord Jesus said, “But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes of evil” (Mat 5:37). We can see from this that those who fabricate lies and rumors are the wicked; they are devils. The devil has been lying from the beginning. When you oppose a religion, a church, a group, or oppose a group of people who experience God’s work, you must speak the truth and have a basis in the facts with your words. How could you fabricate rumors, defaming and judging others? When what you say is baseless but you insist on it, isn’t that a devilish nature? When you tell bold-faced lies and are deceptive, that means you are a devil.
from “Only Possession of the Truth Can One Shred His Corrupt Humanity and Live Out Normal Humanity” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life VI
What do the leaders of the religious community now say about God’s work in the last days? That’s clear, right? Then it doesn’t bear repeating. Do they have any personal grudges against Almighty God? (No.) If not, why are they so judgmental? They’re not crazy, they wouldn’t just seize on anyone at all to judge. They all have a head on their shoulders; they are educated people and do not speak carelessly. What does it mean that they are so judgmental? It means that they are Satan’s people. What are the principles behind their words? As long as something is inconsistent with their notions or imagination, as long as something threatens their positions, reputations or images within the religious community, they will attack and judge that person as an enemy. “You, Almighty God, have come, and the gospel of the kingdom has been consistently preached. If everyone within the religion listened to Your word and followed You, who would then follow and worship me? What would happen to my position and livelihood? Therefore, I must fight hard against You in order to hold onto these things. I will attack You, judge You, and I will stop at nothing to defame and profane You!” This exposes the satanic essence and nature of the religious leaders resisting God. They act against God in order to protect their own positions, livelihoods and images in men’s minds. When they act against God like that, do they still consider what will become of them? Do they still consider whether they can ultimately be saved? (No.) Why not? Aren’t they afraid of death? Do they know these scriptural verses “The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven to men” (Mat 12:31) and “Whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come” (Mat 12:32)? Some people say that they do, but if so, how could they still dare to be so judgmental? It is because they lack hearts of reverence for God. They regard their positions, reputations, and livelihood above all else, as more important than their own lives. When something involves their positions and livelihood, they struggle with all their might, they gamble with their very lives and act against God regardless of life or death. They are willing to risk it all. Isn’t this the nature of Satan? Being familiar with these verses of scripture is useless for those who have a satanic nature—they cannot rein them in. So, for what kind of people are these verses of scripture and words of God useful? They are useful for those who love the truth and have hearts of reverence for God. The Pharisees and religious leaders cannot be restrained. They are totally unscrupulous; in order to achieve their own ends and to safeguard their own positions and livelihoods, they are able to give up their own lives, and desperately act against God. They’d rather risk it all to fight against God until their last gasp. This is a satanic nature. Now we have pretty much seen the essence of these people who dare to blaspheme God.
Some people may also say, “They only say these things because they do not know God.” Does this hold water? (No.) Why not? You have to speak according to the facts and with principles; you can’t speak carelessly. Let’s say if you detest Satan to an overwhelming extent and that it blinds your senses, and you just blurt something out to vent your feelings—that’s fine. This is not a sin because Satan is so detestable. However, the work of God is to save mankind and He has no personal grudges against you. Why would you hate God? How dare you brazenly judge and blaspheme God? What kind of problem is this? If you randomly judge whomever you don’t know, there are just too many people for you to judge. It doesn’t seem that it’s an issue of just randomly judging and blaspheming God. If you can casually judge anyone, aren’t you the devil Satan? What kind of nature do you possess if you judge anyone whose words are in line with the truth, anyone who disagrees with you? Does someone like that possess humanity? He is a typical devil Satan.
from “Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word ‘God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself III’ (XV)” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life XI
“Its rage is intended to defend its evil, and it is also a true revelation of its savage nature.” Foreigners generally cannot see the cruelty of the Chinese Communist Party—why is that? Because it does not dare to touch them. It keeps making concessions for them and compromising with them, hypocritically acting the gentleman despite its vicious brutality toward its own citizens. Particularly during the Cultural Revolution, it killed countless college students and intellectuals. The Chinese Communist Party sent all groups of people with faith to prison; even unarmed and defenseless housewives, old ladies and little girls were viciously beaten and brutally persecuted. It is completely devoid of humanity! This is the evil of the CCP government, the regime of the great red dragon! When people of faith apply for passports to go abroad, they would be sent to prison once arrested. When a believer has fled the country, the Chinese Communist Party still wants to hunt them down in another country. It makes deals with foreign countries, signing treaties of repatriation and requests other governments to return believers in Almighty God to China. What kind of problem is this? Why is it so brutal, vicious and fierce to those who believe in God? Isn’t this the evil essence of Satan? What have we now seen in the Chinese Communist Party? We have clearly seen what Satan is as well as Satan’s evil essence. How can you know Satan? Know it from the Chinese Communist Party, the regime of the great red dragon. That is most accurate.
from “Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word ‘God Himself, the Unique II’ (XI)” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life XII
1. “Making groundless accusations” refers to the methods by which the devil harms people.
2. “Heavily guarded” indicates that the methods by which the devil afflicts people are especially vicious, and control people so much that they have no room to move.
3. “Incite disorder” refers to how people who are demonic run riot, obstructing and opposing the work of God.
4. “A toothed whale” is used mockingly. It is a metaphor for how flies are so small that pigs and dogs appear as big as whales to them.