6. What really is the evil essence of the CCP government and the religious world?
Bible Verses for Reference:
You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell? (Mat 23:33).
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world (Rev 12:9).
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 “The Ninety-sixth Utterance” 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
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.
The Man’s Fellowship:
Why are there numerous national governments doing their utmost to oppose and convict The Church of Almighty God? Even some governments of the most religious countries have begun to persecute and convict the church, saying that they are believing in cultism. What is the problem? Don’t they have laws, rationality and humanity? Your law speaks of freedom of religion, why do you convict others as cults? What is your basis for calling others cults? What people eat and drink is God’s word, the truth. Who is evil, and who is the devil Satan after all? Can this be discerned? What is the difference between corrupt mankind and mankind with normal humanity? Mankind with normal humanity can accept the truth, and it likes to believe in God. It welcomes the arrival of God, longs for the appearance of God, and obeys the work of God. Corrupt mankind is just the opposite. Corrupt mankind lacks conscience and reason. It is perverse and irrational. It does not accept the truth or welcome God’s arrival. It desperately denies God. It knowingly resists and refuses God. It can still frantically condemn and evict God. It even designates the people and churches that believe in God as cults for banning. Corrupt mankind has become insane and perverse to such extent! This is a fact. … All religions and religious leaders are condemning the true way and God’s work. As long as it is the true way, they condemn. Religious beliefs that are not the true way and religions that only practice the rituals they don’t condemn. They condemn those who can accept the truth, who have been changed by the truth, who live with normal humanity, who truly witness for God. This shows that the religious community belongs to Satan; it is consisted of groups controlled by antichrists that are hostile to God and belong to the forces of Satan. This is a fact. I observe the movements of various religious groups and what they really can say to us. These matters deserve our attention. Although they say many words to condemn God and God’s work, they do not have the truth. They cannot speak with the truth. They cannot refute the truth or the facts. All they do is rumor, defame, condemn and verbally abuse. If they have the truth, do they dare to introduce God’s word to refute us in their debate with us? Do they dare to refute God’s word with their real experiences? None of them dares. What does that prove? They do not have the truth. Without the truth, they have no right to refute, they are not qualified to refute, and they cannot refute. Since you are unable to refute God’s word, why do you still condemn and resist? This is the problem of human nature that represents the satanic disposition of man. When you have the truth and refute, it proves that you have a bad temperament. When you don’t have the truth but you still rumor, defame and judge, it shows that you are the devil. Only the devil tells lies and creates rumors. People with normal humanity like to tell the truth according to the facts without deception. Those with the corrupt humanity of Satan like to tell lies and fabricate rumors to defame and judge the true way. What problem does it say about the things that the religious community does? They have neither normal humanity nor the truth. According to what they have done and the fruits they bear, we know that they do not have the truth, and they are the devil. Why do I say they are the devil? Because they consciously make up lies, fabricate rumors, and glaringly tell lies. They are none others but the devil! Those are not people with humanity! Those are not what real people can do. According to what Jesus said, “But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes of evil.” It can be seen that those who fabricate lies and rumors are the wicked and the devil. The devil has been lying from the beginning. When you oppose a religion, a church, a group, or oppose such a group of people who experience God’s work, you have to speak the truth and speak according to the facts. How could you fabricate rumors, defamation and judgment? When what you say is baseless but you insist on saying it, isn’t it a devilish nature? When you glaringly lie and deceive, it is called the 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)
Today, what do the leaders of the religious community say about God’s work in the last days? Is it clear? Then it needs not be repeated. Do they have any personal grudges against Almighty God? (No.) If not, why do they judge like that? They are not so neurotic to judge people at random. They are all intellectual and cultured people. They are not those who speak casually. What does it represent when they judge like that? It represents that they are Satan’s people. What are the principles of their speech? As long as one is inconsistent with their viewpoint or imagination, as long as one threatens their positions, reputations or images in the religious community, they can attack and judge him as enemy. “You Almighty God have come, and the gospel of the kingdom has been continuously preached. If everyone in religion listens to your word and follows you, who will then follow and worship me? What will happen to my position and livelihood? Therefore, in order to keep my position and livelihood, I will fight hard against you. I will attack you, judge you, and use any means to defame and profane you!” This exposes the substance of the religious leaders’ satanic nature of resistance to God. They act against God in order to protect their positions, livelihood and images in men’s minds. When they act against God like that, will they still worry about their own outcomes? Will they still consider whether they can be saved later on? (No.) Why won’t they consider it? Aren’t they afraid of death? Do they know these scriptural verses? (They do.) If they do, why do they dare to judge like that? It is because they do not have fear of God at heart. They regard their positions, reputations, and livelihood above all else, more important than their own lives. When it involves their positions and livelihood, they can gamble with their lives and act against God regardless of life and death. They are willing to risk it all. Isn’t this the nature of Satan? Knowing these verses is useless for those with satanic nature. They cannot be restrained. For which kind of people are such scriptures and words of God useful? They are useful for those who love the truth, those who have fear of God at heart. These Pharisees and religious leaders cannot be restrained. They are so bold that in order to achieve their ends, they can give up their lives, gamble with life, act against God and risk it all against God until the end in order to guard their positions and livelihood. This is satanic nature. Now we have seen the essence of these people daring to blaspheme God.
Some people may also say, “They say so because they do not know God.” Does this word hold water? (No.) Why? You have to speak according to the facts, speak with principle, and speak responsibly. Let’s say if you detest Satan to the extent that it blinds your sense, and you blurt out how you feel, it is fine. This is not a sin because Satan is so detestable. But the work of God is to save people. He has no personal grudges with you. Why do you hate God? Why do you dare to brazenly judge and blaspheme God? What is the problem? If you randomly judge whomever you don’t know, there are just too many people for you to judge. It doesn’t seem like you are just randomly judging God. If you can casually blaspheme anyone, isn’t this the devil Satan? What kind of nature is it if you can blaspheme anyone who speaks consistently with the truth, anyone who disagrees with you? Does this person have 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.” Foreign people generally cannot see the cruelty of the great red dragon, why? It does not dare to touch foreigners abroad. It is so timid. It keeps making concession and compromise to foreign countries. It is a hypocrite that pretends to be good despite it is so brutal and cruel to its own citizens. Particularly during the Cultural Revolution, it killed countless college students and intellectuals. The great red dragon sent all faith groups to prison, even unarmed housewives, old ladies and little girls were viciously beaten and brutally persecuted. It is completely void of humanity! No matter how Chinese people are being bullied, discriminated, persecuted and atrociously killed in foreign countries, it turns a blind eye. It is an open fact that the Chinese government has always maintained relations with neighboring countries by trading territories for peace. This is the evil of the Chinese government—the great red dragon regime! When people who believe in God want to apply for passports to go abroad, they are arrested and sent to prison. Once those who believe in God have fled abroad, the great red dragon still wants to hunt them down. It makes deals with foreign countries, signs treaties of mutual repatriation and requests foreign governments to return those who believe in Almighty God to China. What is the problem? Why is it so brutal, vicious and fierce to those who believe in God? Isn’t this the evil essence of Satan? Now what have we seen in the great red dragon? We have seen clearly what Satan is and Satan’s evil substance. How do you know Satan? Know it from the great red dragon. That is the most accurate way.
from “Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word ‘God Himself, the Unique II’ XI” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (XII)
What exactly is the great red dragon? What is the connection between the great red dragon and Satan? When Satan first corrupted mankind, it did so by means of an ancient serpent to test and speak with mankind. The ancient serpent was an animal, so how could it speak with people? It was Satan, an evil spirit, that attached itself to the serpent’s body so that it could corrupt mankind, and therefore the serpent was just like an incarnation of Satan. What sort of connection do we see between Satan and the ancient serpent from this incident where Satan attached itself to the serpent’s body to corrupt mankind? In the spiritual world, it is called Satan and it is an evil spirit. However, in the human world, Satan attached itself to an animal’s body in order to corrupt mankind, and so it is called the ancient serpent. In the spiritual world, Satan is an evil spirit, but in the human world, Satan attaches itself to a gang of demons, and that is the great red dragon. The great red dragon is the incarnation of Satan; they are one and the same. So when the evil spirit came into the bodies of this gang of demons, it became the great red dragon, but when it leaves their bodies, it becomes Satan again. In the spiritual world, it is Satan, and in the material world and when it is among humanity, it is the great red dragon; this is the connection between Satan and the great red dragon. More precisely, the great red dragon is the incarnation of Satan, this evil spirit, and the great red dragon is the true image of Satan. All that the great red dragon does is to resist and betray God and commit heinous sins; such are the conduct and deeds of Satan. Satan is the chief among numerous evil spirits and all of the evil spirits that follow it constitute Satan’s system. In this sinister system, the great red dragon is the head and it far surpasses evil spirits. It is the chief among countless evils and it is the source of all sins. This evil spirit has travelled to Europe, where it gave rise to the evil theories of the communism that brought disaster to dozens of countries throughout the world, as well as cruelly corrupted mankind over a century. This has resulted in mankind denying, resisting, and betraying God: the very apex of sin. The great red dragon is the primary culprit behind corrupting mankind; it is the main source that gives power to all other evils.
from “How to Know and Distinguish the Nature and Poisons of the Great Red Dragon” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (III)