12. The Five Criteria for Standing Witness
In my last fellowship “The Key to Stand Witness is to Guard Against the Deception of Satan and False Christs,” I mentioned this: While God is doing the work of the entire universe, we, as the Chinese chosen people, must face all sorts of trials and painful refinements. There are many people who would be unable to withstand these things. They will even become negative and cold as if inside their hearts, they have some complaints. From these matters, it can be seen that, within God’s family, the majority of people do not understand God’s work. They believe that no matter how many days they have believed in the name of Almighty God, once the day of God arrives, they will be able to be raptured into the air and be glorified along with God as well. They also believe that they do not need to have any apprehensions about life and they do not need to consider what they should eat and where they should live. These people are ridiculously childish and full of delusions as all sorts of religious people. They have read God’s words for a few years, yet they do not know how God conquers people, how God perfects people, through what process God’s words become people’s faith and life and what results that God’s words will achieve upon people in the very end. The majority of people do not understand these matters. That is why they lose their bearings and are at a complete loss in the face of false Christs and deceivers. In the end, if you do not have the truth, you will not be able to stand firm. These words are not incorrect at all. If you want to stand witness and achieve God’s perfection, you must understand more of the truth. Without the truth, there is no way to break away from the deception of false Christs and deceivers. Without the truth, there is also no way to pass through all kinds of trials and painful refinements. Presently, God’s work in China has concluded and the next step of His work will start soon. The most difficult issue for each of you is, in these next few years of trials, as China’s chosen people, are you able to stand witness so as to be perfected and gained by God? Just what does it mean to stand witness? I have the burden to communicate my understanding about this topic. God has said this before: “following to the end will result in salvation.” Standing witness is following God’s footsteps and obeying God’s work until the very last day when God returns and inspects the project. During the period stretching from God doing the next step of work all the way until God returns and inspects the project, standing witness means to adhere to Almighty God’s name and Almighty God’s words, to live in the light of the Holy Spirit and not follow anybody else until you obtain God’s praise. If during this time frame you follow a false Christ or a deceiver, regardless of who he is and who he impersonates, you have abandoned Almighty God, you have abandoned the true way and you have failed at bearing witness. If someone, due to not having the truth, loses faith in God, falls down during trials, cannot keep up and abandons God, this person has also failed at bearing witness. Perhaps some people will quibble and say, “We have followed someone who is capable of perfecting us. We have also prayed in the name of Almighty God. Is this abandoning God?” Actually, all false Christs and deceivers operate under the false pretenses that they have been entrusted by God, they are here as a replacement of God’s work, they are God’s beloved son, firstborn son or they are one of the people who are at God’s side, etc. In fact, they have actually been cursed by God and they are the antichrists that God has condemned. Those who have listened to their elegant but insincere words and cannot distinguish them will follow blindly. How can this be not abandoning God? It can be said that not one deceptive false Christ would tell you the truth about himself. If they tell you that they are despised by God, that they have been expelled because of an administrative decree offense or that they have been possessed by evil spirits and should be cursed, how would they be able to deceive people? All those who have been deceived by these people are people that do not have the truth and cannot distinguish at all. These bunglers drool over whoever they see preaching well and having gifts. They admire them tremendously and they blindly worship them. Basically, they do not know what having the truth is and what having reality is. They even complain that God is not righteous. Why would He expel such great people? Why does He hate these kinds of people? It can be said that even though these bunglers have accepted Almighty God’s name, they themselves do not know who they believe in and who they should believe in. They do not have a genuine faith in God and even though they have read God’s word for a few years, they do not understand any of the truth. Even until now, they can still be tricked by deceivers. It is not excessive to say that they are hookers and prostitutes and will betray God and follow Satan at any time. It seems that if people do not have any truth, it is not easy for them to follow God until the very end. Presently, everybody is facing the challenge of false Christs and deceivers. In the end, whether someone belongs to God or Satan still cannot be determined now because it cannot be guaranteed that someone will not succumb to the deceptions of any false Christs or deceivers. People do not possess a solid spiritual stature. Some people have said to me that the words that false Christs use to deceive people sound very good. At that time, they admired these people very much because false Christs said that they were those who were beside God, they said that God’s work had already been completed, there was no need to look at the book The Word Appears in the Flesh, God had already finished speaking and for the next step of work, there was someone else who had come as a replacement to do the work of perfection. At that time, they were quite muddled. It can be said that the majority of people are not able to clearly distinguish these deceptive words of false Christs. Frequently, false Christs and deceivers use these words to deceive people. There is another set of words that is even more deceptive, that is, false Christs would say that there is no longer any need to read more of God’s words or that you will not get any results from reading God’s words. All you need to do is see their faces and you will be perfected. There is no longer any need to read God’s word. Indeed, false Christs use these words, which are more repulsive than dog shit, to deceive even more people. It is clear that people’s spiritual stature is too small. It’s so small that it’s not even worth mentioning. They do not have any understanding of God’s work. All those who have experienced Almighty God’s work understand that God uses His words to perfect people. God’s words are almighty. God’s words will finally be wrought into people to become their faith and love. If man leaves God’s words, it will be dark and death. There will be no path for him to walk. When false Christs say that as long as you look at their faces, you will be perfected, isn’t this just nonsense? Isn’t this blatantly resisting Almighty God? This is the most serious move of Satan that interrupts God’s work. Can not reading God’s word be called faith? How can one obtain the truth without reading God’s word? How can one have life experience without reading God’s word? Can one achieve a change in their life disposition? Can the dog face of false Christs really replace everything? How can false Christs have the ability to perfect people? If you see these false Christs, ask them, “Have those who have seen your faces been perfected? Have their dispositions really changed? Do they have the truth and life? Do they live as genuine human beings?” If someone gives up reading God’s word, how could they not fall into Satan’s trap? This spiritual war is indeed very intense. We all know that Peter experienced seven years of trials. After he went through the Holy Spirit’s work, he was perfected. The work that God does is normal and realistic. Could it be that people have not experienced this normal and realistic work? Those who can be deceived by these words of false Christs are simply too muddleheaded. These deceptive words of false Christs can only deceive three-year-old children. They can only deceive idiotic, weak-minded and thoroughly muddleheaded people. They cannot deceive people who are even a little bit intelligent. Those who have been deceived are truly pitiful. It is not easy to believe in the incarnate God. They haven’t even established a firm footing in their faith and they get deceived by these false Christs. Such a great blessing has been ruined by their ignorance and foolishness. They are truly unfortunate to suffer such hardships. It can definitely be said that the reason that these people who have been deceived is because they do not have the truth. Another reason is that they are too foolish and ignorant. It can be said that regardless if it is now or later, all those who can be deceived by false Christs and led away are not worth anything. For us people who pursue the truth and seek a knowledge of God, we must clearly understand the issues of what it means to stand witness and what is required to do this. This is a matter of vital importance. It is a task that demands immediate action. The following few things are required for standing witness.
First you must adhere to the name of Almighty God. This is a must. The main meaning of adhering to the name of Almighty God is that at all times, you must believe that Almighty God is the one and only true God. This also means that you must not believe only in the name of Almighty God yet abandon Almighty God Himself and follow another person. All those who only believe in the name of Almighty God but in reality follow another person are betraying Almighty God. All those who follow false Christs but pray in the name of Almighty God are blaspheming Almighty God’s name. They are using the false pretense of believing in the name of Almighty God to do shady things that betray Almighty God. These people who follow false Christs yet pray in the name of Almighty God should be cursed as the ilk of Satan. No matter how you curse them, it is all right. This is what means to hate what God hates and love what God loves. All those who hate false Christs and curse false Christs are people who stand on the side of God. All those who do not dare curse false Christs and do not hate false Christs seem like they are neutral factions but in reality, they stand with Satan and cheer for it. They definitely do not belong to God because those who do not have the truth cannot hate false Christs. Moreover, they are not considerate of God’s intentions and they do not love and hate what God loves and hates. Adhering to the name of Almighty God means to believe firmly that Almighty God is Christ incarnate and there is only one Almighty God, and you will not believe in anybody else. Adhering to the name of Almighty God means to believe that Almighty God is the one true God and it means that you will not follow anybody else. Adhering to the name of Almighty God and following Almighty God is the first criterion for standing witness.
The second criterion for standing witness is to adhere to the entirety of Almighty God’s words. You must believe firmly without doubt all of Almighty God’s words. You absolutely must believe that all of God’s words will come true and come about as predicted. Adhering to the words of Almighty God means using Almighty God’s words as a life compass and believing that all of the truth can be found within Almighty God’s words. Not one sentence of Almighty God’s words will fail to come about. Everything He says will come true according to God’s time. His words will definitely not be outdated or become invalid. Almighty God’s words are higher than everything and they are greater than everything. All those who place themselves above the words of Almighty God are false Christs, antichrists and deceivers. Everything that causes people to abandon God’s words are Satan’s deeds and demonic plots. Those who genuinely believe in Almighty God must believe that God’s words are the truth, the way and the life. These words are able to conquer and perfect people. Adhering to the words of Almighty God means to unflinchingly read God’s word, ponder God’s word and experience God’s word. Only living in Almighty God’s words will allow you to obtain more of the Holy Spirit’s guidance and enlightenment. Only this will allow you to be conquered, perfected, obtained and made complete by Almighty God’s word in the end. Adhering to Almighty God’s words is a criterion for standing witness. This is something that is absolute and cannot be doubted. Whoever leaves Almighty God’s word will completely sink into the mouths of demons. They will sink into oblivion.
The third criterion for standing witness is that one must eternally exalt Almighty God, bear witness to Almighty God and not exalt anybody else or bear witness to anybody else. There is only one Almighty God. Only Almighty God is the incarnate God. What it means to exalt Almighty God and bear witness to Almighty God is to believe that only Almighty God is the incarnate God. You absolutely must not believe that there is a second or third God. Aside from Almighty God, all those who say they are Christ or God’s firstborn son are false Christs, deceivers and antichrists. God’s work can only be done by God Himself. He has no representatives. He will definitely not entrust His work to someone else to do. Aside from God Himself, nobody can do His work. As believers in Almighty God, you can only bear witness to Almighty God and exalt Almighty God as the one true God. This is a duty that you must fulfill. This is also the path that you must walk. Exalting Almighty God and bearing witness to Almighty God means believing that the words of Almighty God are the truth, the way and the life. It also means that you must abandon all the misleading nonsense of false Christs, refute all the deceptive heresies and fallacies and be able to bear beautiful and resounding witness for Almighty God. All those who are unable to use the words of Almighty God to refute the fallacies of false Christs and deceivers are not people that exalt Almighty God and bear witness to Almighty God. All those who cannot distinguish this and can be deceived by false Christs still exalt false Christs and bear witness to false Christs. Those who truly are able to use the words of Almighty God and the truth to lead and guide people can refute all the heresies and fallacies. Only they can exalt and bear witness to Almighty God. In all the trials to come, all those who exalt and bear witness to Almighty God and are not deceived by false Christs are people that can stand witness.
The fourth criterion when it comes to standing witness is to, when facing any kind of trials, only seek the truth from Almighty God’s word, seek the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment, illumination and guidance and absolutely never rely on or follow any individual. All those who worship man and blindly believe in man are people who do not have the truth. They are people who cannot see through man’s nature. Only those who have the truth can see through man’s nature. Only they can see through Satan’s schemes. Those who truly understand the truth only believe in God and do not rely on man. They only rely on seeking within God’s words, the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment, illumination and guidance so that they can walk their own path. They only rely on their church life and the communications between them and their brothers and sisters to understand the truth. They absolutely do not rely on so called capable people or celebrities to guide their own footsteps. All those who are able to adhere to God’s words and seek the Holy Spirit’s work amidst trials will definitely be watched over by God. Even though they may be ignorant, they would unlikely go as far as to lose their way. Those lazy bums that do not seek the truth and only rely on worshiping and following people to get along will inevitably tumble and lose their witness. These kinds of people almost seem as if they were born to follow Satan. They are unable to run away when they see false Christs and deceivers. They are willing to listen and are attracted. These people will only fall into darkness, weeping and gnashing their teeth. They will absolutely not follow God to the end of the path. To live within God’s words in the midst of trials is to live within the light of God’s countenance. To obtain the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment, illumination and guidance is to follow in the footsteps of God. Leaving God’s words, losing the Holy Spirit’s work and following man can only lead to one’s own disaster. You will definitely be unable to stand witness.
The fifth criterion when it comes to standing witness is to possess a genuine faith in Almighty God. In order to have a genuine faith in God, you must also understand a bit of the truth. You must also have a bit of a genuine understanding of God’s work. Regardless of what work God does, whatever method He uses or when He decides to do His work, you should not have any complaints. Further, you should not have demands for God. This is the sense that man must at the very least possess. There are many people who have become weak and negative an unknown number of times regarding God’s day. They frequently have grievances when it comes to God’s work as if they should be consulted first when it comes to His work. It is as if their consent is needed before the work can be done. These people are too unreasonable. These are all manifestations of not having a genuine faith in God. Possessing a genuine faith in God is to not have one’s own decisions and demands regardless of how God works, what methods He uses and when He works. Man should only obey God’s work absolutely. He should be willing to let God be in command. Within his heart, he should not have any doubt that whatever God does is good. No matter what God does, it is never wrong because God is almighty and fully wise. God is the ruler of everything and moreover, everything that God does is righteous. This is what it means to have a genuine faith. All those who believe in the words of false Christs or believe in the words of deceivers do not have a genuine faith in God. Their faith is muddled. They believe anybody. They believe in whatever is in accordance with their conceptions or whatever is advantageous to them. They do not believe if what God does is not in accordance with their conceptions. They are able to decline it or resist it. We can only address these people as people who only believe in the name of Almighty God and not Almighty God Himself. Alternatively, we can say that they only believe in the name of Almighty God but they do not believe in the words of Almighty God. It can definitely be said that all those who do not believe that God’s words will come true and those who are suspicious about God’s work are unbelievers. Sooner or later, they will end up following false Christs. Only those who have a genuine faith in Almighty God will be able to follow God until the end and adhere to Almighty God’s words. All those who do not have a genuine faith in Almighty God are very dangerous people. Some people’s faith in God is too small. Inside, they have some doubts. If they do not immediately equip themselves with more truth, it will be inevitable that they take a fall. In the next few years of trials, if you do not have a genuine faith, you will be unable to persevere until the very end. Perhaps there will be some people who can persevere for two or three years before falling. Some people can persevere for three to five years before falling. All those who fall are people who do not genuinely believe in God. Regardless if God’s trial is ten years or twenty years, all those who truly have faith will only pursue the truth and only seek to stand witness and satisfy God. They will not be constrained by the days. Only these people will be able to experience a few years of trials and afterward, be perfected and obtained by God. All those who keep hoping for the days to come and only want to sit upon a marriage sedan and enter the kingdom are lusting for enjoyments of the flesh and they are not willing to suffer for the truth. They want to obtain the truth and be perfected by God, yet they are not willing to accept the trials. In short, they are not willing to obey God’s work and they are not willing to let God be in control. They are absolutely not people that love the truth. It is not excessive to call these people dreamers and people that indulge in fantasy. Since these people are filled with fantasies and do not pursue the truth when it comes to God’s work, it is very difficult for God to perfect them. Within God’s words, we can see that God loathes these kinds of people the most. They embrace delusions even as they are spending and paying a price for God. Moreover, they are not willing to be happy about paying a price for God. They want to pay a small price and reap a big reward. Truly, this is extremely ridiculous. Without a genuine faith in God, it will be very difficult for these people to get through the next few years of trials. Peter was perfected by God only after doing thirty years of work and experiencing seven years of countless trials. Moses had to endure a few decades of suffering and persecution before being empowered by God in the end. Job endured a lot of persecution, yet he was still able to adhere to God’s name and praise God. As a result, he was blessed by God. Could it be that we simply desire to enter God’s kingdom without enduring any suffering or trial? How could we see God’s righteousness in this way? How could we understand God’s almightiness and full wisdom? How can we understand the entirety of God’s disposition? What is the aim of God’s work? In the end, what is attaining results based on? Could it be that people do not remember these words at all? God accomplishes everything according to His word. He absolutely does not do things according to our own aspirations. Those who possess a genuine faith are able to walk their own path according to God’s words. They can obey God’s work and let God be in command. They believe that everything that God does is righteous. All of what God says will be accomplished and fulfilled. We absolutely must not allow God to accomplish everything based on our demands. Presently, many people’s faith in God is too adulterated. They always embrace their own delusions and they do not let go. If people only adhere to their own imaginations and are unwilling to obey God’s work, this is a very dangerous situation. These kinds of people can easily be deceived by false Christs and Satan. The nonsense of Satan and false Christs is based on man’s demands and imagination. They open up a fatal gap within man. People who have imagination are very susceptible to being taken advantage of by Satan and false Christs. It is easy to believe in false Christs and be deceived by people if one does not have a genuine faith in God. That is why it is not easy to stand witness if one does not have a genuine faith in God. Today, all those who believe in Almighty God must have an understanding of God’s work, of how God will conquer man and perfect man, who can perfect man, by experiencing what can God’s words be wrought into man, how God’s word can become man’s faith and life and what the process of attaining a change in one’s disposition is. If you do not understand these truths, it is very easy for you to be deceived by the lies of false Christs. Without the truth, you will not have a genuine faith. If you are to possess a genuine faith, you must have some truth. Without the truth, in the end, you will be unable to stand firm.
Now, perhaps you are a bit clear about what it means to stand witness. Following God to the end is also not an easy task. If you do not have these five criteria, you will not be able to follow to the end and you will not be able to attain perfection from God. From now on until the day God returns to test our work, if we are able to stand witness, we will become the people that God praises and obtains. We will be overcomers not only in name but in reality. Right now, none of you must make great boasts. No matter how arrogant you are, it is in vain. Until the day that God returns, whoever is left will have a beautiful witness and they will be overcomers. If you abandon God before that time, or if you follow false Christs or if you die, then you belong to the group of people that are to be eliminated. The people who can stand firm and the people that will fall will be completely revealed on that day. If you wish to stand witness and welcome God’s appearance once again, you must possess these five criteria. You must also ponder clearly the meaning of these five criteria as well as the path toward practicing and entering into them. Included among these criteria are many details that I will not mention again. If you ponder it more yourself, you will be able to understand. Afterward, all those who possess these five criteria are those who genuinely trust in Almighty God. Only these people will be able to follow God until the end and see the days of the appearance of God once again. If you do not possess these five criteria, then you are a very dangerous person. It is easy for you to be deceived by false Christs. It is easy for you to follow false shepherds and false apostles. Or, perhaps you will leave us midway and become an unbeliever. Only those who have these five criteria are people who have the reality, who pursue the truth and who God wants to obtain. Basically, when facing the trial that is coming in the future, if you do not possess these five criteria, you are a bungler and someone with a muddled faith. Your faith will not yield any good results. The goal of our faith in God is to attain God’s salvation and live out the life of a genuine human being. If you follow false Christs and false shepherds, then everything will become an illusion. This kind of faith in God is messing around. That is, your faith in God must involve seriousness. It must not be half-hearted. Do not worship people and do not focus on listening to good sermons. Focus on seeking the truth. Pay attention to reality. Absolutely do not deviate from God’s words because God’s words are capable of perfecting everything. No matter how good man’s sermons are, they do not have any value. It’s less effective than pondering God’s words thoroughly. The majority of believers in God like to worship and follow man. This is man’s fatal flaw. This is also decided by man’s satanic nature. Those who do not know God like to worship and follow other men. Those who truly know God do not worship and follow other men. Presently, there are too many false Christs and deceivers. In the past, we had to be most on guard against those upon whom evil spirits work or those who have been possessed by evil spirits. We must also guard against those who were leaders in the past but have been expelled or restricted. They may, at any time, bring out the beast in them and come out in order to deceive people. Some of them are under the control of evil spirits and they do not have a bit of reason at all. Some are just leeches and require the brothers and sisters to provide for them. Others still, out of face, seek revenge and make disturbances. There is not one of these people who obey God. Not one seeks the truth. They are absolutely unwilling to allow God to be in command and they do not admit their own failures. They always want to ride roughshod over others. Some people will ask, “Since God has expelled and eliminated them, why don’t they honestly reflect upon their transgressions instead of deceiving people and doing shady things that resist God?” The majority of people do not understand this point. Perhaps they believe that the Holy Spirit is directing them. Those who have been deceived are truly and thoroughly muddled. They cannot see through anything. It is best that everybody understands and adheres to the five criteria that I have talked about this time regarding standing witness. Only by practicing it in this manner would you be able to be perfected by God in the very end. Only this form of practice can lead to being perfected by God in the very end. Only this form of practice can lead to standing witness and satisfying God’s intentions. There is one more thing that I need to remind you about. All the work arrangements or fellowship that have been issued from the above are absolutely not just issued for a part of the church. As long as it is issued from the above, it applies to the entire church. If someone is impersonating the above and issuing work arrangements and fellowship, he can only affect a portion of the church. He would absolutely be unable to issue these things to the entire church. If you discover some suspicious activities, you can get in touch with one another to confirm it. Presently all sorts of evil spirits and deceivers are restless and they have started to reveal their true colors. You must be particularly cautious and careful. Do not fall for their traps. If you bear in mind these five criteria, you will be able to follow God to the very end. Even though you are ignorant, it is unlikely that you may be deceived. If you follow your own heart’s desires in your faith, it is still quite dangerous. It is easy to believe in God. Following God to the end is quite difficult. Attaining completely successful results through genuine faith is not a simple matter because man does not know when he will walk along a crooked path. Presently, there are many false Christs and evil spirits. It is very easy for muddled people to be deceived. These days, I feel that I have a burden for this matter. That is why I say so much. Regardless if you want to listen or not, I must finish speaking about this. It can be said that this is for your own good. Perhaps you feel that you have a certain level of spiritual stature and that you understand everything. In my opinion, you do not understand anything. If I am serious with you, you will be stunned because there are not many who are truly aware of themselves. There are even less that are suitable to be used by God. Presently, there are no people who are perfected by God. After experiencing significant trials for a few years, those that have experienced the “resurrection” will have a bit of spiritual stature. God will not need to worry about them. Presently people’s spiritual stature is exactly the way that God has said it is. Everyone is capable of betraying God. If there is something that is not in accordance with man’s meaning, man is capable of abandoning God. This is the true state of everybody. If someone says that he has been perfected, that is a deceptive lie. Only idiots can believe this person’s words! If there is someone who says that he is capable of perfecting people, that person is Satan and a false Christ. This is easy to distinguish! How can false Christs say a few doctrines that they learned from who knows where to be able to perfect someone? Can the nonsense of false Christs compare to the words of God? Can you distinguish this? Those who are not able to distinguish this at all are rubbish. They have no value whatsoever. Even if they get deceived, it is not worth feeling pity for them. That is all I have to say about this.