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11. Results That Can Be Achieved Through a Genuine Understanding of the Truth

Since the Age of Grace, when God incarnate made a sin offering for mankind, mankind’s sins have been forgiven. But mankind’s nature of resisting and betraying God that has been corrupted by Satan has yet to be resolved. Therefore, corrupt mankind continues to sin and often rebels against God, all the while living with the sin of resisting God and betraying God, unable to extricate itself. Furthermore, it once again nailed Christ, who has reincarnated a second time to save mankind, to the cross, thereby showing its true colors as an evil force that belongs in the camp of Satan, in enmity with God. While people believe in God and pray to God, their lives are mostly religious ceremonies. They never gain the truth as their new life, and remain able to judge and resist God, condemn God’s work in the last days, and once again nail Christ to the cross. Corrupt mankind believes in God and enjoys God’s grace, yet it betrays God and follows Satan and the trends of this world. People eat and drink God’s words yet they have many conceptions. They judge and delimit God, and are unable to fully accept and practice God’s words. When encountering various trials and suffering, they complain and blame God for being unfair, thus taking the side of Satan. They live a church life, yet they are unable to submit to God’s judgment and chastisement, instead clinging onto their lust for this world, preoccupied with life’s trivia. When fulfilling their duties, they are unable to be loyal to God or satisfy God; instead they are always dealing with God in a perfunctory manner, always cheating God. They expend themselves for God, yet they are unable to carry out their work in accordance with God’s expectations. Instead, they recklessly do whatever they desire, only satisfying themselves in all things. They believe in God, yet they are unable to seek truths for their own salvation, instead aiming only to be blessed and escape the coming catastrophes. They constantly pray to God in their heart, yet they bargain with God and scheme to gain God’s blessing and kindness. They serve God, but at the same time they are still opposing God, making every effort to show off, witness for themselves, and protect their own position. They lust after the benefits of position, and even get others to submit to them. No one cares about God’s position in their heart; instead all that they care about is their own position or their own image in the eyes of others. No one seeks to be perfected and satisfy God’s will in order to carry out God’s will, and they all live in a state of rebelliousness and resistance to God yet are proud of themselves. This is how selfish and despicable corrupt mankind is. There is no one among corrupt mankind who truly submits to God, there is no one who truly loves God, and there is no one who truly bears witness for God, magnifies God’s name, or comforts God’s heart simply in order to carry out God’s will. We can see that corrupt mankind believes in God, yet it has not attained God’s salvation, for it still lives with the sin of resisting and betraying God, unable to extricate itself. While in their hearts people believe in God, yet at the same time they yearn to sin, their hearts are filled with evil lusts and personal ambitions and so they are able to resist God, judge God, betray God at any time, they are even able to do all kinds of evil deeds. Just like God said: “The chance that you will betray Me remains at one hundred percent.” Are those who live in such states people who have received God’s salvation? Absolutely not. Those who believe in God yet resist and betray God are certainly not people who have been saved by God, because they still have the corrupt disposition of Satan, they have yet to escape the influence of Satan, and the substance of their nature is still that of the devil Satan, so they still belong with Satan. These are facts and the truth, and no one can deny them.

God’s work in the last days is to resolve mankind’s corrupt satanic disposition, which is to resolve the origin of mankind’s sin of opposing and betraying God. Therefore, God’s work in the last days has taken the form of judgment and chastisement, trials and refinements. On the one hand, this is to reveal and judge the corrupt substance of mankind, such that people can come to a realization and reflect upon themselves to understand the reality of their own corruption and the substance of their nature. On the other hand, it is also to allow people to attain purification through experiencing the various trials, suffering and refinements. This is the only path for people to believe in God and attain salvation. We have already seen that if those who believe in God do not accept God’s judgment and chastisement, as well as His trials and refinements, through opposing and betraying God they will suffer perdition and perish the same as the others. Because God’s righteous disposition cannot be offended, when those who believe in God are experiencing God’s work in the last days, if they cannot attain salvation then they shall be condemned and eliminated. Those who are eliminated by God’s work in the last days shall never have the chance to attain salvation.

If people believe in God yet are unable to seek truths in order to attain salvation, then corrupt mankind’s nature of opposing and betraying God won’t be resolved. As is said in the Bible: “If we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins.” Therefore, if the corrupt mankind does not accept God’s work in the last days and seek truths in order to attain salvation, the risk of suffering perdition and perishing shall persist. Those who believe in God, yet constantly sin and oppose God and are able to betray God at any time are all living under the domain of Satan. They all belong to Satan’s evil forces, they are enemies of God, and they are certainly not people who have been saved by God. People’s hearts have not completely turned to God, they have not gained truths from God’s words and they are not equipped with God’s words as their life’s reality, so their traitorous nature and satanic disposition still have not been resolved. Such people have not attained salvation, and even though they believe in God they do not belong to God, because those who can still oppose and betray God are not those who have attained salvation, and they do not belong to God. Then, what does it mean to attain salvation? What are the manifestations of those who believe in God and have attained salvation? To attain salvation, people must believe in God and must be able to submit to God’s work, accept God’s judgment and chastisement, gain true knowledge of God, and have a heart that fears God. They must have true confidence in God, such that they can stand strong during various trials and circumstances to gloriously bear witness for God, to truly submit to God, to never betray God or turn their back on God. Such are the people who have attained salvation. When those who have attained salvation experience God’s work, they focus on enjoying and practicing God’s words, they understand many truths, and their points of view are entirely transformed and become compatible with God’s words. Their life disposition also undergoes a fundamental transformation. Their hearts completely turn to God and they are able to truly submit to God, such that they become unable to ever oppose or betray God again. Furthermore, in fulfilling their duties, they are able to offer up their loyalty in order to satisfy God. Their hearts have completely turned to God. Not only does God have a position in their hearts, but they are also able to magnify God, worship God, and absolutely submit to God’s orchestrations and arrangements. They become people who have truly attained salvation, who have already been gained by God. Such people will no longer oppose and rebel against God. People who have attained such a salvation from God are those who have truly been gained by God, they are those who have been perfected by God, who completely belong to God.

Those people who have experienced God’s judgment and chastisement, trials and refinements, because they have understood many truths and gained a genuine understanding of God’s righteous disposition and God’s holiness they can clearly see the evil substance of Satan and the great red dragon. They are able to separate good from bad, they are able to see through Satan’s tricks to the extent that they are able to escape Satan’s influence and attain salvation. As a result, those who have been saved are those who Satan can no longer deceive and corrupt, because Satan cannot corrupt those who have truths. This is sufficient to show that those who have attained salvation are those who have defeated Satan. Accordingly, those who have attained salvation have completely escaped Satan’s influence, while at the same time also detached themselves from sin. They no longer sin, or they rarely commit transgressions, and rarely oppose God; they are fully equipped with the truths that God expects mankind to understand. These people are able to practice God’s words and practice the truths without feeling awkward. Because they truly love truths and positive things, they do not feel any difficulties in practicing them. For this reason, we see that their life disposition has already been transformed. These are the people that possess truths and humanity, as described in God’s words. These are people who believe in God and have fully attained salvation. Those who have truly attained salvation are those who genuinely understand truths and have God’s words as their life. They are those who hate Satan and the great red dragon to the bottom of their hearts, and who truly rebel against the great red dragon. Therefore, regardless of the circumstances they find themselves in, such people will never rebel against God or stand with the great red dragon. They will never serve the great red dragon, they would rather die than to return to being under the domain of Satan, and they would never do anything that offends God. They are able to stand against all trials without complaints, while still praising God. Even if God were to hand them over to Satan, Satan wouldn’t be able to corrupt them. Satan would fail and would be shamed because of their witnessing. This is sufficient to show that the hearts of those who have been saved by God already belong completely to Him. Not only are they equipped with Job’s confidence, they are also equipped with Peter’s understanding, and they have fully met the standard for salvation. Such are people who have been fully made complete by God, and who have truly been gained by God. Such is the level to which God aims to make His chosen people complete, and when they get there then God will have truly gained them and they will have truly attained salvation. When the catastrophes arrive, regardless of the catastrophes or trials that they shall encounter, those who have already been made complete by God and have attained salvation will be rescued and protected by Him. Those who believe in God yet do not seek truths are those who have never truly experienced God’s judgment and chastisement. They don’t have a life, they are most certainly those who have not attained God’s salvation, they will be eliminated and punished, and they will certainly perish in a catastrophe.

Mankind must enter into many truths to go from believing in God to attaining salvation. Of course, there is a process for entering into truths, and it is not an easy thing to find salvation. Those who have truly attained salvation or perfection must have understood many truths in their hearts, and they must have obtained a lot of riches from God. If such people have been truly perfected, then they cannot be underestimated, for they certainly have true understanding of God. They are even equipped with confidence greater than Job’s and understanding greater than Peter’s. They have become people who truly submit to God, who have been fully gained by God. Because they understand many truths, those who have been perfected by God are equipped with the ability to overcome Satan and become liberated from sin, and they are usually used by God to carry out God’s will. To go from believing in God and experiencing God’s work to attaining salvation and perfection, people must experience many processes. They must experience and come to understand all of God’s words of judgment and chastisement; they must taste all kinds of trials and sufferings; after experiencing all this until the end, they must eventually understand all the truths expressed by God. When they have finally attained salvation they will have understood and gained all the truths that corrupt mankind should have. When people have truly understood and entered into all the truths that they need to attain salvation, then they have met the requirement for salvation.

There are many truths that believers should be equipped with in order to attain salvation. Believers can understand and know God’s work once they have come to a real understanding of the truths, and they will eventually come to a true comprehension of God’s disposition. At the same time, they will also be able to see clearly the truth that Satan is corrupting mankind, and they will be able to see through the evil and darkness of this world, which will then stimulate them to seek truths and yearn for the light. This is the result that the understanding of truths will certainly achieve. Those who truly understand the truths will certainly achieve the many results that follow. We only need to see if these results are present to know whether or not a person has truly understood the truths.

I. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must have real knowledge of God’s three stages of work. This is the foundation for people’s faith in God and attainment of salvation. This is also the greatest vision in people’s faith in God, and plays a decisive role in people’s salvation. The three stages of work include many truths, and people must have the knowledge of several of the most basic truths, as follows. 1. We must have knowledge regarding the purpose of God’s management. We must have practical knowledge regarding the significance of each stage of God’s work, and we must have practical knowledge regarding the relationship between each stage of God’s work. In particular, we must have practical knowledge regarding the two stages of God’s salvation work during the Age of Grace and the Age of Kingdom. We must come to know how Satan corrupts people, how God saves people, and the result that is ultimately achieved. 2. We must have knowledge regarding the substance and meaning of the two incarnations. We must have knowledge regarding the distinction between the work of God incarnate and the work of the Spirit as well as the distinction between God doing the work through incarnation and God using mankind to do the work. We must also come to know the significance of the Word appearing in the flesh. Understanding these truths is very important to humankind’s salvation and perfection. 3. We must have knowledge of God’s full disposition, and understand that God not only possesses mercy and love, He also possesses righteousness, majesty and wrath, which are dispositions that cannot be offended. We must come to the knowledge that God’s disposition is primarily righteousness. 4. We must have true knowledge of God’s name and God’s substance. Because God’s name is based on the work of each age, it does not represent the entirety of God. Only by knowing God’s substance can we come to truly know God. 5. We must know the relationship between God’s rule and Satan’s control over the world. We should be able to see God’s almightiness from God establishing His wisdom on top of Satan’s trickery. God has long ago defeated Satan and determined Satan’s end, from which we should know God’s omniscience and almightiness. Knowing God’s three stages of work has very deep significance, and we can fully see God’s rule over all things as well as God’s almightiness and wisdom in these three stages of work. God has thoroughly revealed Satan so that all of mankind may know Satan is the source of mankind’s corruption, that all evil and negative things in this world originate from Satan, and that all positive things originate from God. Mankind can only come to a true knowledge of God’s disposition and substance from God’s three stages of work, and only through the knowledge of God’s three stages of work can corrupt mankind attain salvation and escape Satan’s corruption and influence. The knowledge of God’s work is critical for corrupt mankind to attain salvation. If those who believe in God have no knowledge of God’s three stages of work, then they are believers who have no vision, they are confused in their faith, and they don’t have true knowledge of God. They are not equipped with any truths, and they are definitely not people who shall attain salvation.

II. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must have real knowledge of mankind’s corrupt substance, and this is the key in attaining salvation. The knowledge of mankind’s corrupt substance is the knowledge of the substance of Satan. Satan has infected people with its evil nature and all kinds of poison, therefore people’s corrupt substance is exactly the same as that of Satan. Satan uses different evil doctrines and fallacies to deceive and corrupt mankind, resulting in corrupt mankind becoming more and more evil, becoming even worse than beasts. This is a fact that we all see. People are created with a good nature, but because of Satan’s corruption people are becoming more evil with each passing generation. They increasingly resist, deny and oppose God, and rebel against Him. If mankind cannot thoroughly understand this fact, then they will never have true repentance and they’ll never come to hate Satan, rebel against Satan, and sincerely turn to God. In God’s work, He has said many things in order to expose the truth of people’s corruption, for the purpose of allowing people to understand the corrupt substance of mankind and to really see through Satan’s true evilness. Only in this way can mankind truly reject Satan, thoroughly rebel against Satan, and completely turn to God. Only then can they sincerely worship God and gain His blessing. Therefore, for people to attain salvation it is extremely important for them to know mankind’s corrupt substance. If people are unable to know the corrupt substance of mankind, then they won’t see the truth of their own corruption, and they will never know their nature and substance. They will never clearly see Satan’s true evilness, and they won’t come to hate and reject Satan. As a result, mankind will never be able to escape Satan’s control, and they will never break away from Satan’s influence. Such a mankind will only become more and more evil, more and more corrupt, and will eventually be destroyed. If those who believe in God cannot come to know their own corrupt substance until the very end, then they will also most certainly not know Satan’s substance, and will still belong to Satan. In short, no matter how many years we have believed in God, if we are unable to truly know our own corrupt substance, then we will never attain salvation.

III. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know the practical significance of the pursuit of truths in attaining salvation, they must know the meaning of gaining truths, and the value of truths for people. God’s work is to judge and chastise people through expressing truths in order to save people, and those who experience God’s work can only attain God’s salvation through the pursuit of truths. The significance of the pursuit of truths is very deep: Knowledge of God must be achieved through the pursuit of truths; knowledge of mankind’s corrupt substance must be achieved through the pursuit of truths; knowledge of Satan and rebellion against the great red dragon must also be achieved through the pursuit of truths. To be rid of satanic corrupt disposition and escape Satan’s influence requires the pursuit of truths; to live out the semblance of a real human being and gain a real life also depends on the pursuit of truths. This is because only by gaining truths can people obtain God’s words as the reality of their life, only by gaining truths can people obtain their true life path, and only those who have gained truths shall attain salvation and perfection and can inherit God’s promises and receive God’s blessings. If people do not seek truths then they will never attain salvation; only those who have gained truths are those who have life and have attained salvation. Not only does the pursuit of truths have the practical significance of attaining salvation, it also has the eternal significance of entering the kingdom and gaining everlasting life, completely fulfilling the words in the Bible: “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life.” Only those who have gained truths from Christ are those who truly believe in the Son. Therefore, we can see that the depth of significance and the greatness of value in the pursuit of truths is unfathomable. We should realize that the pursuit of truths is the only path to attain salvation, that there are no other paths. If those who believe in God do not seek truths, then they are trying to carry water in a wicker basket and so all their effort is for nothing, and they shall ultimately suffer perdition and perish. Those who believe in God must clearly see the extent to which truths are important to people, the significance of gaining truths, what it means to lose truths, what corrupt mankind needs the most, and why truths can save people. All these have a direct relationship to people’s salvation.

IV. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know what it means to truly obey God, what it means to resist God, how true obedience comes, and what is the root of resistance to God. After people have been corrupted by Satan, because their rebellious nature has been engendered they all become people who resist God. To attain salvation, we must come to know the root cause of our resistance to God. If people are unable to truly know their own nature of resisting and rebelling against God, then the issue of resisting God cannot be easily resolved. Whether or not mankind can obey God involves the issue of its nature and substance. If people don’t have a transformation in their life disposition then they may never become people who truly obey God. Only by seeking truths can mankind be perfected by God, and only then can they thoroughly resolve this issue of resisting God. Many people have not clearly understood the issue of resisting God: They always think that they can obey God so long as they have the resolve and determination so they grossly underestimate the issue of their disobedience to God. There are many corrupt things in people’s nature, all of which are able to make them resist and rebel against God. If these corrupt things cannot be purified, it is impossible for them to truly obey God. Therefore, to seek salvation, mankind must first resolve the root cause of resisting God, otherwise mankind will still easily rebel against God and follow Satan. If someone does not resolve their issue of rebelling against God, how can they join those who shall attain salvation? God’s work is highly practical, and it’s not simply a case of going through the motions. If people imagine that as long as they sincerely believe in God, live a church life, and never deny God at any time then they shall attain His salvation, they are being entirely unrealistic. God’s work in saving people is certainly not as people imagine, in that it only requires them to go through the motions. To attain salvation, people must first resolve the issue of their nature to resist God, otherwise people will never attain true obedience to Him. Only by resolving the issue of their own nature in rebelling against God can a person become someone who sincerely obeys God, which requires them to understand and grasp many truths. When someone knows what things he or she does are obeying God and what things are resisting God, then they shall have a path to follow; when, in all states, they can discern which state is a rebellion against God, which state is resistance against God, which state is a betrayal of God, which state is obedience to God, which state is being attentive to God’s will, then they have come to understand truths, begun to see clearly through all states, and begun to gradually enter into the reality of God’s words. If they continue to pursue truths, then they will begin to have a transformation in life disposition, attain salvation, and become someone who obeys God. Only those who really know God and have attained a transformation in life disposition are those who truly obey God, and who will never betray God. This is a fact that no one can deny.

V. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must have learned the basis and principles by which the Holy Spirit performs work, and they must also know the distinction between work performed by the Holy Spirit and work performed by the evil spirits. There is only one Holy Spirit, but there are many evil spirits. The key to believing in God and attaining salvation lies in people pursuing truths and gaining the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, an understanding of the basis and principles by which the Holy Spirit performs work is critical to people’s salvation. The Holy Spirit works according to the words of Christ, and works also according to people’s acceptance of and submission to Christ. Only if people accept Christ and submit to Christ can they receive the working of the Holy Spirit. If people resist Christ or rebel against Christ, then they will not have the working of the Holy Spirit. Whether someone’s belief in God can bring them salvation is decided by whether or not they can truly accept and submit to Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit is based entirely on a person’s acceptance of and submission to Christ. In the Age of Grace, the work of the Holy Spirit was carried out according to people’s acceptance of Jesus, submission to Jesus, and worship of Jesus. In the Age of Kingdom, the work of the Holy Spirit is carried out according to people’s acceptance of Almighty God, submission to Almighty God, and worship of Almighty God. The Holy Spirit works also according to the words of Almighty God, in order to bring believers into the words of God and have them reach salvation and perfection. This is the basis and principle of the work of the Holy Spirit. Many religious leaders have died as punishment for resisting or condemning Christ. Many religious people have lost the work of the Holy Spirit, falling into darkness through their refusal to accept the last Christ. In the house of God, many people have withered in life and quit because of their persisting notions of Christ, and still many others have been excluded from the work of the Holy Spirit by believing only in God’s Spirit and not in Christ. These things are all caused by people not accepting or submitting to Christ. Whether or not a believer has the work of the Holy Spirit is completely decided by their attitude toward Christ. If a person believes only in the God in heaven, and does not submit to Christ, they will never receive the work of the Holy Spirit. Right now there are still many people in various different churches who only believe in the Spirit of God, but do not believe in Christ, and thereby lose the work of the Holy Spirit. There are many who only believe in the words of Christ, but do not submit to Christ, and are therefore loathed by God. Therefore, accepting Christ and submitting to Christ is the key to receiving the work of God. Only if someone accepts Christ and submits to Christ will they reach salvation and be perfected. Clearly, the works of the Holy Spirit in each age each have their basis and principle. Who knows how many people still don’t see the importance of submitting to Christ. The Holy Spirit completely works according to the words of Christ. If people cannot accept Christ’s words, and continue to hold notions about them and resist them, then they absolutely cannot receive the work of the Holy Spirit. Many people only pray in the name of Almighty God, but do not submit to the work of Christ, and do not completely accept Christ’s words. People like this are antichrists, and absolutely cannot receive the work of the Holy Spirit. If people believe in God but do not understand the basis and principles of the work of the Holy Spirit, it can be dangerous. Many people have been deceived by various false Christs and antichrists because they didn’t understand the work of the Holy Spirit; many people were deceived by the work of evil spirits and thus perished because they did not understand the work of the Holy Spirit; many people continue to treat the work of evil spirits as that of the Holy Spirit, and they have no knowledge that they have already been possessed by these spirits, which is lamentable. People who believe in God without having the work of the Holy Spirit can never attain God’s salvation. In order to understand the work performed by the Holy Spirit, believers must understand God’s work. God’s work is the judgment, chastisement, and salvation of people, and as such, the work of the Holy Spirit is to lead people to enter into God’s words that judge and chastise people, that is, to enlighten and illuminate people such that people may understand and know God’s words so that they may fully gain truths. Many people do not know the work of the Holy Spirit, therefore they pray and ask for many meaningless things. Such is the foolishness of people. The work performed by God is very much based on principles; the work performed by the Holy Spirit is also very much based on principles. If believers do not know the principles by which the Holy Spirit performs work, then it is not easy for them to gain the work of the Holy Spirit. Only those who know the work of the Holy Spirit can discern what work is performed by the evil spirits, and only they can see the distinctions between work performed by the Holy Spirit and those performed by evil spirits. The main work of the Holy Spirit is enlightenment and illumination, letting one understand God’s words, and enter into God’s words; that is, it is to guide people in understanding the truth and entering into the truth, enlightening and illuminating people in the midst of all kinds of trials, letting them understand the will of God. Of course, through various people, things and objects the Holy Spirit also exposes people, prunes them, disciplines them, and punishes them, all with the goal of bringing them to salvation. The Holy Spirit rules over all, arranging all kinds of situations to change people, perfecting them. In the work of God’s salvation, although the work of the Holy Spirit is multifaceted, it is without exception concerned in some way with salvation. Although the work of the Holy Spirit is hidden, and does not seem at all unearthly on the surface, those who have experience understand clearly in their hearts. On the contrary, the work of evil spirits is fantastically otherworldly, it is visible, can be felt, and is very abnormal. From the doings of evil spirits, it can be seen that evil spirits particularly love to reveal themselves, they are incredibly evil, without the slightest trace of truth. No matter how many years evil spirits work on a person, their corrupt disposition does not change in the slightest. Rather they become less and less normal, even losing normal human reason. This is the result of the work of evil spirits. This is how Satan and evil spirits of all kinds corrupt people, entrap people, and deceive people. In the end, people become ghosts, and those people who have been deceived by evil spirits are forfeit to Satan and are devoured. The work of the Holy Spirit is all about the salvation of humanity, and the more work of the Holy Spirit a person has, the more they are able to understand the truth; their humanity becomes more and more normal, and they become more and more human. In the end they will gain God’s salvation, becoming a person in full possession of the truth and full humanity. The main distinctions between the work of the Holy Spirit and of evil spirits are: Evil spirits can only corrupt people, entrap people, and ultimately turn them into ghosts; the work of the Holy Spirit purifies the corrupt in salvation, giving them truth and full humanity. The work of the Holy Spirit can make genuinely holy people out of those corrupted by Satan and counted among the devils, and one could simply say, it takes those who have been corrupted into demons by Satan and turns them back into people. This is the difference between the work of the Holy Spirit and that of evil spirits. There is only one Holy Spirit, and it is the one true God. But there are many evil spirits, and they are all demons. They are the various evil spirits that all followed Satan and were banished by God onto this earth. Only through the knowledge of the work of the Holy Spirit can we discern the deceptions of all these evil spirits, and only then can we come to know God’s words and understand truths through experiencing God’s work, thereby attaining true salvation. Those who do not know the work of the Holy Spirit will easily be deceived by the false Christs and antichrists, and will walk the path of perdition and destruction. Only through the knowledge of the work of the Holy Spirit can we attain salvation and perfection. The knowledge of the work of the Holy Spirit is extremely important for the attainment of salvation.

VI. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know the distinction between normal humanity and corrupt humanity, the distinction between the substance of an honest person and a deceitful person, as well as the significance in the pursuit of becoming an honest person. Normal humanity is that which was given to people in God’s first creation of human beings. Although these early people did not possess the truth and seemed a little ignorant and naive, unable to withstand Satan’s deceptions, they also did not have a corrupt disposition, and did not have any of Satan’s poisons. Normal humanity’s faculties are conscience and sense, kindheartedness, a lack of malice, simplicity, innocence, honesty, and a love of listening to God’s voice and of being close to God. Normal humanity also consists of normal human needs and the normal patterns of human life. These are the manifestations of normal humanity. After humanity was corrupted by Satan, people became afraid of God, avoiding God, even resisting God, betraying God. People began to foster maliciousness, jealousy, and could even kill for the chance of material gain, becoming more and more corrupt, more and more evil, creating all kinds of maliciousness, selfishness, greed, treachery, fraud, and wickedness. After these poisons of Satan became human nature, human beings lost normal humanity, displaying only satanic nature. This is humanity after Satan’s corruption, already vastly different from the original humans with the faculties of normal humanity. Before being corrupted by Satan, people had conscience, sense, the love of being close to God and listening to God, innocence and liveliness, simplicity and honesty, as well as kindness, therefore such people were liked by God and people alike. The mankind that has been corrupted by Satan has no conscience or sense. It is filled with maliciousness and hatred, filled with selfishness and meanness, crookedness and cunning, as well as greed. Such a mankind is shunning and denying God; it loves evil and follows Satan. How can such a mankind not be loathed by God? This is the distinction between normal humanity and corrupt humanity. God saves people so that they may believe in Him and obey Him, accept the truths, be rid of corruption, and become people in possession of truths and humanity. While such people still only have normal humanity, because they have God’s words as their life they have understood and grasped many truths. So Satan can no longer corrupt them, and they can overcome Satan as well as break away from sin. The essence of normal humanity is honesty and kindheartedness, the essence of corrupted humanity is treachery and malice; this is the essential difference between honest people and deceitful ones. Our seeking to become honest people is to allow us to fully accept God’s words as our life, thereby resolving all of Satan’s poisons that are inside us. Then we can live as honest people, which is how normal humans should be. Only honest people are loved by God. Those who have been made complete by God have not only recovered the form of humanity possessed by those people first created by God, but they also possess God’s words as their life. These are people who are in possession of both truths and humanity, and they are people newly created by God. In order to seek truths and attain salvation, we must know the distinction between normal humanity and corrupt humanity, and we must also know the significance of being honest people, then we can truly attain salvation and live a real life.

VII. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know how Satan corrupts people, as well as how the great red dragon harms, devours and rules over mankind. Satan is the greatest evil spirit. It is the leader of all evil spirits, and there are many evil spirits that follow it. It controls and rules over all demons. In particular, the great red dragon is an incarnation of Satan and it is the root of all evil. In order to achieve its goal of controlling mankind for all eternity, the great red dragon has carefully crafted a complete set of heresies and fallacies to deceive and corrupt mankind with the aim of having mankind worship it as God. As a result, people have become more and more evil, calamities are occurring everywhere, natural and man-made disasters are occurring one after another, and mankind is facing annihilation. This is the destructive result brought on by Satan corrupting mankind to the point where the great red dragon is ruling over and taking control of mankind. The great red dragon acts against the natural order and perpetrates all kinds of perversities. It is the world’s most evil reactionary force; it is the enemy and arch nemesis of God. The rule of the great red dragon is the ultimate pinnacle of Satan’s corruption of mankind. The manner in which the great red dragon confuses, fools and deceives mankind and how it harms and slaughters people reflects the true nature of Satan’s corruption of mankind. Mankind, in its faith in God, must come to recognize the reactionary nature of the great red dragon in order to truly forsake the great red dragon and completely turn to God. All those who do not know the evil reactionary nature of the great red dragon also do not know the substance of Satan, and they are counted among those still under the domain of Satan. Many people believe in God but don’t focus on knowing the nature of the great red dragon, therefore they don’t truly hate the great red dragon and they will never forsake it. This is a serious issue, because by not doing so they are destined for perdition and destruction. The rule of the great red dragon is the rule of Satan put into practice. At present, the great red dragon is corrupting mankind, and is frantically resisting and opposing God. If we are unable to know the evil reactionary nature of the great red dragon, how can we know the truth of Satan’s original betrayal of God? If we are unable to forsake the great red dragon how can we forsake Satan? The great red dragon is a foil for God’s work. Only by knowing the great red dragon can people truly know Satan, and only by forsaking the great red dragon can people truly forsake Satan, truly escape Satan’s influence, and attain salvation. This is because only by coming to know the evil reactionary nature of the great red dragon can people truly know the substance of corrupt mankind’s resistance to God; only by coming to know how the great red dragon deceives and devours people, and frantically resists and attacks God, can people clearly see how Satan corrupts mankind and how it resists God. God’s salvation of humankind is achieved through the judgment and chastisement of people by the use of truths, while also using the great red dragon as a foil such that they may understand the truths. In this way, people can easily come to know God’s words and accept the truths. When mankind has really understood and grasped the truths, then people will clearly see the satanic nature of the great red dragon. Then Satan will no longer be able to corrupt mankind and the great red dragon will have completely failed. All of Satan’s poisons within mankind will also be detoxified, and God’s chosen people will be perfected. This is how God shall gain glory, and this is the wisdom and almightiness of His work. If God does not use the great red dragon as a foil for His work, then people won’t be able to easily know the truth of the great red dragon’s evil reactionary nature or come to know how Satan resists God and corrupts them. Only when they are allowed to see how the great red dragon persecutes God and dismantles God’s work can they come to know how Satan resists God and corrupts mankind, and only then can God save mankind from Satan’s influence and corruption. If those who believe in God never come to know how Satan corrupts people, if they don’t know how the great red dragon is persecuting God and harming people, then they will never be able to attain God’s salvation and escape from Satan’s influence. Therefore, we can see that God’s work is both practical and pragmatic and that God is almighty and omniscient. If people do not submit to God’s work, then they will never attain salvation. If people do not know the evil reactionary nature of the great red dragon, then they will never attain salvation.

VIII. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths certainly know what human nature is, what the origin of it is, as well as what the relationship between people’s nature and their corrupt disposition is. This is critical to mankind attaining salvation. Mankind’s nature originates from mankind’s spirit, and whatever is the nature of this spirit is also the nature of mankind. The nature that a person has corresponds to the spirit that they have. For example, a devil that reincarnates as a man will have the nature of a devil, while a man who is possessed by evil spirits will have the nature of evil spirits. A man with humanity will have the spirit of man, while a man without humanity will not have the spirit of man. This is the truth. Humans have been deeply corrupted by Satan, therefore they have become very complex, almost turning into devils and Satan themselves, without any semblance of human beings. Mankind has accepted all kinds of poisonous things that originate from Satan and these poisons have formed into a type of nature for mankind, which is able to control and rule over mankind. Therefore this nature has possessed and gained control over mankind. This nature that resists God results from Satan’s corruption. All corrupted humans have a nature that resists God, therefore mankind is able to resist and betray God. What does corrupt disposition refer to? Corrupt disposition primarily originates from mankind’s nature that resists God, and the dispositions that people exhibit are based on the characteristics of their nature. Those characteristics that are more pronounced in their nature are also the dispositions that they possess. Their corrupt disposition is entirely the expression of their nature. Someone’s nature is revealed through their corrupt disposition, someone’s corrupt disposition being the truest proof of their nature. Someone’s nature dictates the dispositions that they possess; whatever dispositions that they reveal are also their nature. This is absolutely undeniable. Those possessed by devils live out their devilish nature, this devilish nature comes from the evil spirits that reside within them. The nature of the evil spirits becomes the inner nature of the person possessed by devils. The particular nature of a person depends on the particular spirit within the person, and the nature of the person determines their corrupt dispositions, that’s absolutely true. Those preordained to be chosen by God are all people with human spirits. Those without human spirits are those who have been entered by all kinds of evil spirits. Therefore, these people are those who belong to foul devils and evil spirits, and are not the object of God’s salvation. The objects of God’s salvation are those who have human spirits. Although these people with human spirits have gone through Satan’s corruption, and have engendered a God-resisting nature, they are entirely able to be purified and saved. Because they have within them the human spirit, humanity’s natural qualities, with a good side to their character, therefore, they can reach God’s salvation. Only those without a human spirit are truly beasts or devils, monsters in human dress, so God does not save them; they don’t belong to humanity. The humanity God speaks of does not include them. The knowledge of mankind’s nature and its corrupt disposition is directly related to the attainment of salvation. Only by pursuing truths can people resolve their corrupt satanic nature and achieve transformation in life disposition, and only such people shall attain salvation.

IX. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know what it means to attain salvation and perfection. The knowledge of what it means to attain salvation and perfection is critical to those who pursue truths. It is impossible for those who have not attained salvation to know what it means to have truly attained salvation and perfection. Only those who have attained salvation may truly know what it means to attain salvation. No matter how many theories someone can discuss, they are all useless. Only those who, through God’s words, have truly been purified, have truly gained truths as their life, and can truly submit to God and worship God, know that they have truly attained salvation. Those who have been perfected are those who have gained true knowledge of God and have achieved transformation in their life disposition through grasping many truths. Therefore, before you are equipped with many truths don’t carelessly say that you have already attained salvation. Many people in religious circles believe in the name of Jesus but don’t know the substance of Christ, and when Christ is performing work in the last days, they deny and condemn Christ. Are such people those who have attained salvation? All those who resist and condemn Christ are wicked in the eyes of God. They are all Satan’s brood, and God certainly will not treat them as people who have attained salvation. God is most practical when performing work, and those people who believe in God yet are still able to resist and betray Him have not attained salvation, while those who sincerely submit to God have truly attained salvation. When we experience God’s work, we must emphasize practicality; we should base our words in truths, and stick to the facts. In this way, we will be able to feel at ease while we pursue truths and salvation. We can’t have any assumptions or inferences when it comes to matters of salvation and perfection. Those things that shall be accomplished as decided by God still require God’s practical work, and they also require people’s practical experience. All these things must undergo the necessary processes, and believers shouldn’t determine that they have already been made complete based on those things to be accomplished as decided by God, because then they will only be lying to themselves. Those things that God has decided to do are certain to be accomplished, because God is almighty, yet there are still many things that people have to do. People must practically experience God’s work, and must pay whatever price. It is not practical for believers to think that they can reap the benefits and wait for success to come to them without pursuing the truths. If this was indeed the case, then there would be no need for God to incarnate and endure all kinds of humiliation to perform this stage of His work. All we can do is to earnestly listen to God’s words, submit to God’s work, diligently experience God’s words, pursue truths, salvation and perfection, and solemnly pay the price. Only then can we be made complete by God and satisfy God’s will. The knowledge of what it means to attain salvation and perfection is critical to the attainment of salvation.

X. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know all that God has done stems from His true love and salvation for mankind. Whether it’s judgment, chastisement, suffering, or trials, they are all forms of pain that corrupt mankind must endure to attain salvation. True purification can only be attained through submission to all the sufferings, trials and refinements arranged by God. Because mankind’s corruption is too deep, and people are filled with Satan’s poisons, they are unable to attain salvation without the very wise work of God. For only God knows the most appropriate methods to save mankind, and God’s work and methods for saving mankind are the best. Without true experience of God’s work, we are unable to know that only God possesses true love, that Satan has no love, and that corrupt mankind has no true love either. Human love is mixed with too many things; it involves too many emotions. The things that God does on mankind often don’t fit with people’s notions, but God’s good intentions are hidden inside such things. After people have experienced all of the many kinds of trial and have attained complete purification, then they will see that they have fully attained the salvation of God and their life disposition has begun to be transformed. Only then will they come to a realization—as if the fog has parted so that they can now see the clear sky—and see that love and salvation are in everything that God does. Only then do people express true praise for God from the bottom of their heart. When saving mankind, God has endured the greatest humiliations and has suffered countless misunderstandings and complaints from mankind. God has never confessed or protested to mankind, but has silently endured it all. Whenever corrupt mankind sees the things that God does do not fit with their own notions and imaginings, all they know is to complain and argue, all they know is to try and satisfy themselves. They are never attentive to God’s will, and they never see the cause of all the humiliations and pain that God suffers. Mankind has no true love. Mankind has never known how to truly love God, and everyone feels that it is too difficult to love God. It is indeed not easy to know all that God does is love, that it’s all for mankind’s salvation. Satan has no love, therefore Satan can only corrupt and devour people, but it cannot save them. Corrupt mankind has no love, and it cannot save mankind. Only God is love. Only God can save corrupt mankind. Real love originates from God. God is truth and therefore God possesses real love and there is no real love without truth. If people do not know God’s love, they will always be negative, they will complain, and they won’t truly experience and submit to God’s work. They also won’t submit to God’s judgment and chastisement or His various trials and refinements. As a result, they can never attain salvation or perfection.

XI. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know that corrupt mankind needs salvation from the incarnate God, and that they shall suffer perdition and perish if they reject Christ. In this evil time, corrupt mankind continues to govern and rule over this evil world. It is not difficult to see that, in its substance, this world is still being ruled by Satan, therefore mankind’s corruption is becoming deeper and deeper. It is obvious that the rule of corrupt mankind is essentially Satan’s rule. With corrupt mankind ruling over the world, it can only become darker and darker, more and more chaotic. Mankind is unable to save itself. Because it has no truths, no way, and no life mankind is living in darkness and can’t see the light, and it will only sink deeper and deeper into Satan’s corruption. The substance of corrupt mankind’s nature is the substance of Satan. Corrupt mankind can only ever be a tool of Satan’s, using Satan’s evil fallacies to influence and deceive mankind, ultimately making mankind more and more corrupt, with no way of saving mankind. The philosophies, thinking, and progressive theories of corrupt mankind can do nothing to save mankind. No political parties or doctrines are the truth or can save mankind. They are not even able to resolve their own corruption, so how can they save mankind? They can’t even find the source of mankind’s corruption and they have no knowledge of what truth is, so how can they save mankind? Only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. Only Christ can save mankind from darkness and bring mankind to the light. Only the truths expressed by Christ are the medicine that can cure mankind’s corruption. Unfortunately, mankind is utterly clueless. It continues to resist and to condemn Christ. Therefore, God is forced to witness Christ by Himself, to guide men to turn to Christ. After mankind has completely accepted all the truths expressed by Christ, mankind’s corruption shall be cured, mankind shall then attain salvation, and that shall be when the kingdom of Christ appears. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life, and sooner or later mankind will come to accept this. If those who believe in God can truly come to know that Christ is the truth, the way, and the life, then they will have come to know the substance of Christ, and will have established a foundation on the true way. And if they continue their pursuit, they will attain salvation and perfection. Anyone who refuses to accept Christ shall suffer perdition, without a doubt.

During this long period of darkness when mankind was corrupted by Satan and was led into the abyss of evil, mankind couldn’t see the true light or know where the truth was. Many good men with lofty ideals were tortured by Satan to death. They cried out to the heaven for justice with all their might, yet they didn’t know where in this world justice existed, or who had the truths. Not until Christ of the last days came to express the true way that mankind had hoped for thousands of years were people able to see the light. Now, the religious community has begun to wake up, wishing that Christ may take control and end this dark era. Christ has accomplished one stage of conquest and salvation work in China—during which He expressed all the truths that corrupt mankind requires with the purpose of saving God’s chosen people. The majority of people have already seen the hope of salvation from the words of Christ, they have seen the bright future of the kingdom’s arrival. God’s chosen people have started to walk the right path in believing in God. All those who have gained the truths shall gain the way of life, they shall gain a new life, they shall fully attain God’s salvation, and they shall step into the Age of Kingdom where Christ takes over. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. He is that which corrupt mankind needs and He is mankind’s salvation. If people reject Christ’s work and salvation while they continue to expect salvation from the God in heaven, then they are blind, and they are dreamers. They will look on from the side as they lose their chance to attain salvation and they will be utterly ruined by their own foolishness. They are destined to suffer perdition and perish.

XII. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know the darkness of the world and the evil of mankind; they must know that the darkness in global trends and fashions is entirely caused by Satan’s rule. The whole of mankind is becoming more and more corrupt, more and more evil, and such cruelty is the result of Satan’s control over mankind. As the corruption of mankind becomes deeper and deeper, global trends and fashions are also becoming more and more evil. Moral decline and human treachery have become a matter of course. Within these global trends and fashions there are fewer and fewer positive things, whereas the evil things are coming into dominance. Because well-known, mainstream figures everywhere all belong to Satan and have no knowledge of God, they all resist and deny God. They control the global trends and fashions, resulting in the world becoming darker and darker and our age becoming more and more an evil age when all the demons are let loose. Because the global trend is to completely resist and deny God, because it is entirely against God, this world can’t allow for the existence of God or the existence of truths. Instead, it is filled with various voices that deny God and condemn Christ. Various heresies and fallacies are being branded as “truths” within this global trend, and all kinds of lies are transformed into “truths.” The entire world stage is engulfed by political transactions, power struggles and intrigues, whose absurdity and darkness have reached their peak. All kinds of devils and evil spirits are shamelessly and despicably performing Satan’s ugliness to their hearts’ content. The entire religious community is ruled over by the antichrists and unbelievers, and it is filled with the unbelievers’ heresies and fallacies. Arguments that condemn Christ are everywhere, voices that deny God’s work are everywhere, resulting in the entire religious community being engulfed by darkness, completely losing the work of the Holy Spirit, slipping into a place of total misery. The global trend is turning into a large cesspool of sins and promiscuity, while people who follow the global trend will only become more and more corrupt. Those who believe in God must realize that as long as Satan is in control of the world, as long as the great red dragon is in power, mankind will only become more and more corrupt, society will only become more and more sinister, and that this is the source of this world’s darkness. Corrupt people have ruled this world by taking turns for thousands of years, and the result is that mankind has become more and more corrupt and evil. This is a fact that no one can deny. Jesus long ago revealed that this is an age of evil and promiscuity. He told people to be vigilant and repent, to accept God’s salvation, and not to follow this global trend. God’s work in the last days is to save people from Satan’s influence. If people are not equipped with truths, then they cannot clearly see that this global trend is evil and they will continue to follow this trend and thereby follow Satan. If people follow this global trend, then they shall be destroyed along with the demons, because those who follow this global trend will only suffer perdition. If those who believe in God can’t realize that the world is dark and that this age is evil then they are certainly believers who follow this trend, they are certainly still living under the domain of Satan, and, as such, certainly won’t attain God’s salvation.

XIII. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know that once people have been ruled over and corrupted by the great red dragon they have already become the progeny of the great red dragon, that is, descendants of Satan, and that only by truly eliminating the poisons of the great red dragon can people truly attain purification and salvation. After people have been corrupted by Satan, because they are filled with Satan’s poisons they become people who have Satan’s disposition. They also become the progeny of the great red dragon because they have the great red dragon’s nature that resists God and betrays God. To attain true purification, we must clearly identify and distinguish what the poisons of the great red dragon are, and only after we have eliminated all the poisons of the great red dragon from within ourselves can we become people who have truly attained purification and salvation. Those who have been deeply corrupted by Satan must be afflicted by many kinds of the great red dragon’s poisons, at least a few dozen. A brief list is as follows: arrogance, conceit, not submitting to anyone, lawlessness, cunning, selfishness, promiscuity, greed, not knowing right from wrong, freely passing judgment, being slanderous and backstabbing, lying, cheating, organizing gangs, pretending, seducing, deceiving, giving false impressions, being manipulative, being a bully, being two-faced, being mercenary, etc. There are many more poisons of the great red dragon in addition to all these, and these poisons are present in everyone. Regardless of how much someone manifests or reveals of these poisons, they are all components of people’s corrupt disposition. People’s corrupt satanic dispositions are engendered by the poisons of the great red dragon, and if these poisons of the great red dragon within people have been eliminated, they are then truly purified and their life disposition is then transformed. At such a time, people’s life will also be completely free of the influence of the great red dragon, and they will no longer be bound by their satanic nature. They will be able to practice truths normally, regardless of the circumstances and environments that they find themselves in. There will be no more revelations of corruption, they will become genuinely purified and attain true holiness, and Satan will no longer be able to deceive or corrupt them. Haven’t such people then completely escaped Satan’s dark influence? Such people have truly attained salvation. If people don’t know the evil substance of the great red dragon, then they can’t distinguish the poisons of the great red dragon and so they can’t be truly purified, and those who have not been purified shall not attain true salvation.

XIV. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know and have clearly seen through the great red dragon’s evil, reactionary substance of going against the natural order and acting against Heaven. In His work of the last days, God has specifically asked if we truly hate the great red dragon and can truly forsake it. These words have a very deep meaning and serious significance. Why does God use the great red dragon as a foil? The cruelty and evil of the great red dragon are entirely the nature of Satan, but it is not an easy matter to truly hate the great red dragon. If we have truly come to know the evil essence of Satan, then it is not difficult to clearly see the true colors of the great red dragon. The great red dragon frantically coerced God and cruelly persecuted God’s chosen people. This thoroughly exposed the evil, reactionary substance of this evil spirit, which is perverse and acts against the natural order. If we believe in God, yet we never recognize the evil substance of the great red dragon, then this is sufficient evidence that we have no real knowledge of the corrupt substance of mankind, and that we also have no real knowledge of Satan. Therefore, we can say for certain that we are still following Satan, and still belong with the progeny of the great red dragon. People cannot see the Satan that is within the spiritual realm, but as for how the great red dragon is frantically coercing God, cruelly persecuting God’s chosen people, deceiving, corrupting, trampling and slaughtering mankind, these are facts that are obvious to all. If people are unable to know the reactionary essence of the great red dragon, then it is sufficient proof that they don’t know what evil is and what righteousness is. Such people are not even able to distinguish between evil and righteousness, so how can they come to hate the great red dragon? How can they forsake Satan and obey God? If people do not have true hatred for the great red dragon, then they are incurably foolish. It is impossible for such people to escape the influence of Satan, and they will never overcome Satan and attain God’s salvation. In God’s work, God uses the great red dragon as a foil so that God’s chosen people may face the cruel persecutions, as well as the threats and temptations, of the great red dragon. The purpose of this is that we may come to know, through our experience, how Satan corrupts mankind. More particularly, we may come to know how the great red dragon deceives, corrupts, and rules over mankind. This is the most pragmatic and true-to-life lesson for entering into God’s words. If people, in believing in God, are unable to come to know until the very end that the great red dragon is Satan, then they are certainly the worthy progeny of the great red dragon. They are those that shall suffer perdition and perish.

XV. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know the disasters that are brought about by the rule of the great red dragon, the consequences of the rule of corrupt mankind, as well as the distinctions between the rule of corrupt mankind and the rule of the great red dragon. Most importantly, we must realize that: First, the great red dragon uses its absurd “atheism” to deceive people, and the evil seed of “atheism” has been planted into their heart when they were still young. Thus all of mankind has become the brood of Satan and resists God. This is where the great red dragon’s corruption of mankind stems from, and mankind has become utterly controlled by Satan. It has thoroughly become Satan’s tool to resist God; it has become the progeny of the great red dragon. How can this not incur the wrath of God? Second, the rule of the great red dragon employs all kinds of heresies and fallacies to deceive mankind, such that corrupt mankind has been formed into an evil, reactionary force, and all of it is resisting the coming of God, condemning God’s work, and refusing to accept God’s salvation. With mankind so frantically resisting God, how can it not incur the wrath of God? Third, the great red dragon frantically persecutes God’s chosen people, frantically hunts down Christ, fabricates all kinds of rumors to slander the church of God, and is attempting to take over God’s work. How can this not incur the wrath of God? Fourth, the great red dragon is doing its utmost to persecute religious beliefs. It is treating human life as dirt, slaughtering the people and plundering their wealth, destroying ecological resources, depriving people of freedom, democracy and human rights, and suppressing all opposition. Cities are covered with a black cloud of oppression, evil demons are rampant, grievous disasters have started to happen and the stench of blood is everywhere. Common people have been left destitute, families broken apart, and the voices of discontent and cries of misery fill the air. Men are plunged into suffering, and can no longer survive. The great red dragon is corrupting mankind, devouring mankind, and slaughtering mankind. The Chinese nation is facing its most dangerous time. The crimes of the great red dragon are too numerous to mention. From the disasters that the great red dragon has brought to mankind, we can clearly see that the great red dragon is the devil that corrupts and devours mankind. Then what is the distinction between the rule of corrupt mankind and the rule of the great red dragon? Corrupt mankind is filled with satanic dispositions, it has a nature that resists and betrays God, and judging from its substance, it is no different from the great red dragon. If someone forms a dictatorship, then it is no different from the rule of the great red dragon. Based on this, we can clearly see the necessity of God’s salvation and perfection of mankind. The bloody history of fratricide during the rule of corrupt mankind is sufficient proof that its rule can only bring disasters to all of mankind. Corrupt mankind follows Satan and is filled with evil, and all of it wants to control all of mankind and dominate the world. No one welcomes the second coming of God, no one willingly submits to Christ’s authority, no one is looking forward to the arrival of God’s kingdom. Everyone is rattling their swords and sharpening their spears in order to condemn and hunt down Christ. When a mankind that has a nature that resists God takes control, how could it not resist and betray God? People are not equipped with truths, even if they could take control there would be no justice or righteousness, and there would certainly be no significant difference from the rule of the great red dragon. For thousands of years, human history has been the history of corrupt humans fighting over power and killing each other. Any rule of corrupt mankind is unable to save mankind or transform this age of evil and promiscuity. The entire corrupt mankind belongs to Satan, and the substance of corrupt mankind’s rule is the same as the rule of Satan. Only by knowing the disasters brought upon mankind by the rule of the great red dragon can people realize the horrible outcome of corrupt mankind’s rule. Only then will they truly look forward to being ruled by Christ, only then will they willingly submit to the authority of Christ, and only then can they attain God’s salvation.

XVI. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know that the great red dragon is the ultimate origin of the evil forces in this world today. They must also come to know the substance of the various poisons of the great red dragon. The great red dragon is the most dangerous evil force in this world today, and it is also the poisonous root of all evil forces. Whichever place the great red dragon is in power, that place is engulfed in war, it is engulfed in class struggle, it is engulfed in killings and persecutions, it is engulfed in lies and deception, and it is engulfed in plagues and all kinds of natural and man-made disasters. Whichever place the black hand of the great red dragon appears, evil forces run amok and all kinds of disasters are right around the corner. The great red dragon is the root of all darkness and evil. The great red dragon is guilty of the most heinous crimes, and all that it has ever said and done is to mislead, deceive, corrupt, ruin, and slaughter people. All that the great red dragon preaches and promotes is all heresies and fallacies, garbage that misleads and corrupts people. If people are unable to see clearly the substance of the great red dragon, then it is sufficient to prove that they are still progenies of the great red dragon. If such men have gained position and actual power, then it is really the great red dragon or Satan that is in power, and they are most certainly antichrists and devils. Only by truly realizing the reactionary evil nature and substance of the great red dragon can we really hate and rebel against the great red dragon. Therefore, what are the manifestations of the hatred of and rebellion against the great red dragon? First, we must see clearly through the reactionary substance of all the great red dragon’s fallacies that resist and deny God, as well as attain true knowledge of the evil and substance of the great red dragon. Second, we must dissect all the poisons of the great red dragon, we must clearly identify that all the poisons of the great red dragon are enemies of truth, that they are all negative things, that they are all cancers generated from Satan’s corruption of people, that they are dangerously present in everyone, and that they are deeply rooted. They include arrogance, conceit, godlessness, lawlessness, freely passing judgment, slander, hypocrisy, deceit, confounding black and white, backstabbing, fighting for power, engaging in disingenuity and sophistry, pretending to be the truth, stifling justice, hoodwinking the population, threats and seductions, forcing confessions, falsely blaming people, greed, and refusing to admit guilt. They also include heinous crimes such as killing people by making false charges, slaughtering innocents, cruelty to people, eliminating witnesses through killing them, eliminating those that oppose them, and many other things. If these dozens of the great red dragon’s poisons cannot be removed, then mankind’s life disposition can never be transformed. Third, we must be able to discern that all the negative things engendered by the great red dragon are all tools used by Satan to deceive, corrupt, and bind people. All those things which the great red dragon promotes and advocates and requires people to follow are negative things. The entire corrupt mankind has been deceived and bound by these negative things, to the point that it can no longer distinguish between truths and fallacies, between light and darkness, and is stuck inside evil and unable to extricate itself. Therefore, to forsake the great red dragon, the most important thing is to abandon all the heresies and fallacies of the great red dragon so that we can escape the bondage of all the negative things that originate from it. This is how we can truly forsake the great red dragon and escape its influence. While the majority of people hate the great red dragon in their hearts, they are unable to see clearly through its reactionary evil substance. They also are unable to distinguish the heresies, fallacies and poisons of the great red dragon, therefore they are unable to truly forsake it. The rebellion against the great red dragon is a very deep lesson. The devil, that is, the great red dragon, has corrupted mankind too deeply, its poisons having already seeped into the heart and bloodstream of everyone. As a result, it is not easy for people to attain salvation and purification when under the domain of the great red dragon. When people are able to truly see through the evil nature of the great red dragon, recognize the various poisons of the great red dragon, attain true understanding that the great red dragon is Satan itself, that it is the nemesis of God, and are able to thoroughly rebel against the great red dragon, that is when they may truly attain the salvation of God, that is when they have truly attained salvation and escaped the influence of Satan.

XVII. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know the relationship between God’s rule and Satan’s control over the world. They must realize that God’s wisdom is exercised based on the cunning of Satan, and come to know God’s almightiness and wisdom. It is fact that Satan controls the world, because the world is dark and evil, without justice or righteousness. The entire world is under the control of the devil, it is doing everything to resist and deny God, and reject and condemn Christ. This is a fact that is obvious to all. However, God rules over everything, and God has a management plan to save mankind. God has long ago predestined when the work shall be completed and when the age shall come to an end, and no one can change that. Regardless of how dark and evil the world has become, even if no needle can penetrate it and no water can seep through it, everything that God wants done shall be accomplished and the kingdom of Christ will certainly come to fruition. God is using Satan’s deception to do a service, and we could say that God is turning Satan’s own scheme against itself to accomplish His will. Satan is unable to block the work that God wishes to perform, because this is where God’s almightiness and wisdom lies. Of course, God may also directly control and arrange people to do things. When experiencing the work of God it is not easy for people to see through Satan’s tricks, because this can only be accomplished by understanding many truths. God once said: “My wisdom is exercised based on Satan’s schemes,” and this is the most pragmatic side of God’s work. To know God’s wisdom, we must be able to see through all the trickeries of Satan, otherwise the talk of any knowledge of God’s wisdom is merely empty words. God tried Job due to Satan’s accusations and defiance. God used Job’s witnessing to strike back at Satan—this is God’s wisdom, and it is entirely exercised based on Satan’s schemes. In experiencing God’s work, we see all kinds of corruptions revealed by people, in particular their various notions, complaints and reasoning. Most of them represent Satan’s schemes and accusations. It is God’s wish to perfect a group of people in order to shame Satan, to have the entire corrupt mankind utterly convinced, even prostrate on the ground, in recognition of God’s almightiness and wisdom. The truths will certainly overcome fallacies, while facts will overcome eloquence and lies. In experiencing God’s work, although we are unable to see what Satan’s spirit is doing, we can clearly see from how corrupt mankind acts what Satan’s schemes are, what Satan’s accusations are, and those things that Satan is not convinced by. These are facts and the truths, because God long ago revealed everything. All those who seek truths will gradually see clearly the schemes and accusations of Satan, and how people should be witnessing in order to shame Satan and to truly satisfy God. The scheme of the great red dragon is in plain sight for everyone to see: It is hunting down Christ in order to abolish God’s work in the last days, and its cruel persecution of God’s chosen people is to disturb and destroy God’s work. However, God’s wisdom is exercised based on Satan’s schemes. God has mobilized all kinds of people, matters, and things to fluster and exhaust the great red dragon, so that it is no longer able to abolish God’s work, and so that it will thoroughly fail and be shamed. This is the strongest evidence that God’s wisdom is exercised based on Satan’s schemes. Regardless of how much trickery the great red dragon deploys, it will always be vanquished by God. When God formally chastises the great red dragon, God’s chosen people will ecstatically praise God’s almightiness and wisdom. While Satan might control the world, the great red dragon’s dictatorship will certainly be replaced by democracy, and all of the various cults and antichrist forces will be defeated and dispersed by God’s work. No matter how frantic Satan gets, it will be unable to block God’s work of saving mankind. When God’s work has concluded, God shall chastise the great red dragon, and Satan shall perish. This is sufficient evidence that God rules over all things, and that God is almighty as well as omniscient.

XVIII. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know the significance of the created fulfilling their duties, as well as the fact that the created should perform sufficient good deeds. There is a special significance in God making people based on His image. God harbored expectations for humankind when He first created it, and God has also handed down its mission and responsibilities. From this, we can see that the created must fulfill their duties, and that this is the meaning of everyone’s existence. People’s experience of God’s work of salvation following their corruption by Satan of course includes many duties that must be fulfilled, which is also the manifestation of their returning God’s love. If the created are unable to fulfill their duties, then they are just like beasts in human clothing that lack any conscience or rationality. After people get corrupted by Satan, not only do they no longer worship God as normal, they also oppose and betray God. They strive and struggle simply for the survival of their flesh and don’t have any humanity to speak of, just like the animals. Only those who are loyal to their duties as the created and can worship the Creator as normal truly have the semblance of humans. God’s salvation of mankind is to transform corrupt mankind—the mankind that is unable to fulfill its duties as the created—into a mankind that is able to normally fulfill its duties as the created and possesses normal humanity and rationality. Therefore, God specifically expects people to fulfill their duties as the created. If people are able to fulfill their duties as the created, then God shall be satisfied. So these are the things that people should do, as a matter of course. In experiencing God’s work, we see that God likes those people who pursue truths, God blesses those people who are loyal in fulfilling their duties, and the Holy Spirit frequently performs work on them. As a result, these people are certainly those who shall attain salvation. Those people who never fulfill their duties only pay lip service to their belief in God; God has no place in their heart, and they also fail to fulfill their duties as the created to satisfy God. Such people are those with the least degree of conscience and rationality, and we could say that they are people devoid of humanity. Some people, when they are experiencing God’s work, eat and drink God’s words and enjoy His grace but they do not fulfill any of their duties, not even those duties that they are able to fulfill. Can such people sincerely believe in God? Can such people attain salvation? No, these people are purely observers and unbelievers, they are all pretenders. Those who are able to fulfill their duties yet do not do so are people who have the least degree of conscience and rationality. God expects of men: “You ought to prepare a sufficiency of good deeds for your destination,” and people merely fulfilling a tiny bit of their duties cannot be called “a sufficiency of good deeds.” Only those who have performed enough good deeds are those who are truly equipped with conscience and rationality, who truly have humanity, who truly shall attain salvation. When the catastrophes arrive, those who have fulfilled too little of their duties or who have not fulfilled any duties at all will receive the punishments that they deserve. Even now, some people still don’t understand the significance of performing good deeds. To perform good deeds means that a person has truly repented; to perform good deeds means that a person has real confidence; to perform good deeds means that a person has normal humanity; to perform good deeds means that a person is able to truly repay God’s love. Only by performing good deeds can a person make amends for their sins. If someone has believed in God for many years without performing any good deeds, it shows that they don’t know true repentance, that they haven’t undergone real transformation, that they have no conscience or rationality, and that they still belong to the devil Satan. Whether or not those who believe in God have performed any good deeds will completely reveal them. Those people who have never performed good deeds are definitely those who do not love truths or pursue truths; those people who have never performed good deeds are definitely those who are not honest; those people who have never performed good deeds are definitely those who are not kind; those people who have never performed good deeds are definitely those who do not have true love; those people who have never performed good deeds are definitely those who do not have conscience or rationality. Such people are selfish and despicable, they are people who don’t have humanity, and they are no different from the devil Satan. In their faith in God, people must know the significance of the created fulfilling their duties and have the rationality that they should have, they must also perform enough good deeds, because only such people shall truly attain salvation and be blessed by God.

XIX. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know God’s absolute righteousness. God is righteous with all of mankind, and God’s arrangements for the end of every person are fair and reasonable. To know God’s righteousness, we must first know God’s disposition. The substance of God’s disposition is righteousness and truth. In experiencing God’s work, we see that God’s arrangements for the end of every person are fair and reasonable, and that God’s cursing of Satan and all the various demons fully expresses His righteous disposition. God determines the end of all people according to the substance of their nature. God is not sentimental, and God has no bias. God is completely righteous, and God acts in this manner toward everyone. Even if God’s favorite person committed a transgression, God would still discipline him, and even punish him. From the examples of Moses and David, we can clearly see that God is righteous toward everyone. Many people are unable to clearly see this, therefore they often have notions about, and complaints against, God. Some see that good people have died, and they develop notions against God; some see that those who pursue truths have encountered trials of disasters, and they develop notions against God; some have been disciplined or have encountered persecutions and difficulties, and they complain that God is unfair. All of this is because people do not have real understanding of God’s disposition. For many people who serve God, when they encounter trials they only manifest or reveal notions, complaints, rebellion and opposition, which is enough to show that they have no real understanding of God’s disposition. The entire corrupt mankind believes what they can see with their own eyes, they believe in their own judgment, but they don’t believe that God is able to see through the core of people, they don’t believe that God knows their nature and substance the best, that God knows best what kind of person shall remain and what kind won’t. Mankind does not possess an iota of the truths. They cannot even see clearly through what they are, so how can they see through matters relating to God? People have yet another great difficulty, that is, while it is apparent that they are unable to see clearly through anything they still don’t believe in God’s omniscience and almightiness, which shows their extreme ignorance. For those with real understanding of God, regardless of what God does, they are able to believe all that God does is completely righteous. These people are the most intelligent. There are indeed many difficulties surrounding faith in God, but if they have gained real understanding regarding God’s substance and disposition, then all the difficulties that people face in believing God can be easily solved. When people truly have real understanding of God’s substance and disposition then they can believe that God is righteous toward all men, and that God’s arrangements for the end of every person are fair and reasonable. Only by knowing God’s righteous disposition can people get rid of their own notions and complaints, as well as submit to God’s orchestrations and arrangements. When encountering all kinds of trials—which is when God is inspecting people’s project—if people are able to give sincere praise from their hearts, then this is the true witnessing for the attainment of salvation.

XX. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know that truths originate from God, that only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. For Christ comes from God, and only God is able to save mankind from the influence of Satan. For thousands of years, none of corrupt mankind was able to understand what truth is. None of the great men of this world dare say that they are the truth, even the scientists do not dare say that they are the truth. They dare not bear witness that science is the truth, yet ignorant mankind worships science. Therefore, we can say with complete certainty that corrupt mankind has no truths, and that no one knows what truth is. The world’s more advanced ideas, such as democratic freedom and the Three Principles of the People, all originate from religious people who believe in God. Ordinary people generally agree with these ideas yet these ideas are unable to save mankind from corruption, nor can they resolve the problem of the world’s darkness and evil. From this, we can see that none of these advanced ideas are the truths, but only the incarnate Christ is the true light, only He is the truth, the way, and the life. This is God’s witnessing. It is being verified more and more by God’s chosen people, and it is being accepted and recognized by more and more people. As people who experience God’s work in the last days, we have been enlightened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit, which is why we have gained some small knowledge of the truths. The truths originate from God and Christ is the manifestation of truths, He is the Word that appears in the flesh. Only Christ is able to truly save and transform people and allow them to overcome Satan and escape the influence of darkness, bringing the light and true life to mankind. Only that which is able to save people and transform their corrupt disposition, only that which is able to become their life and allow them to live a true life, can be called truth. God’s words are all truths, for God’s words include all the truths, and hidden in them are infinite truths. God’s words are unfathomable, and the more we experience God’s words, the more we can feel that there are so many truths contained within God’s words. It is not easy to discover very many truths purely from the literal meaning of God’s words, yet as we experience God’s words, we feel that the truths contained in every one of God’s words are extraordinarily deep and numerous, that they can never be exhausted, and we can never experience them all within our lifetime. Since truths originate from God and God’s life contains infinite truths and wisdom, it can be said that truths are all that God has and is, and all that God has and is are truths, that all things which originate from God are truths, that they are the reality of all positive things. God’s disposition and what God is are truths, God’s wisdoms are all truths, God’s love is filled with truths. God is truth, God’s words are boundless, and they include so many truths. For mankind, truths are all mysteries, they are all life, and they are something that mankind must be equipped with. So long as we have understood all the truths expressed by Christ, that is sufficient. We can then live like true human beings; we can live the most meaningful lives possible, and meet God’s expectations. In experiencing God’s work, only by gaining truths can people gain true life, only then can they gain the way of life and live a true life. Only by living out the truths and realities of God’s words can people truly be after God’s will. These are people that Satan can no longer corrupt; they can thoroughly overcome Satan, and at the same time, they are also the witnesses of God’s victory. If we cannot recognize that truths originate from God, that only God is truth, then we are unable to really accept and submit to all of Christ’s work and we are unable to do our utmost to pursue truths and thereby attain God’s salvation. For God’s chosen people, it is extremely important to know what truth is as well as the significance of truths in terms of attaining salvation. Only truths can transform and save people, and become the life of people. Accepting truths and pursuing truths is the only path to attaining salvation and escaping Satan’s influence.

XXI. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths must know the divine substance of Christ, because this is the foundation for the faith in God and the attainment of salvation. To know God’s substance is primarily to know the substance of Christ; only by knowing the substance of Christ can we truly know God’s substance. Christ has the guise of normal humanity, and for people to discover the substance of Christ is the most difficult thing. People are unable to see and touch the work of the Holy Spirit, they are unable to thoroughly explain the work of the Holy Spirit and unable to see that the work of the Holy Spirit is supernatural even after they have been transformed into an entirely different person. The work that the Holy Spirit performs inside people is indeed so mysterious, and the divine substance of Christ just as mysterious, not easily discovered or known. Only those people who have gained the truths can see that the divine substance of Christ is real; only those people who have been made complete and gained by God can truly come to know the substance of Christ. In days past, many people studied Christ, yet they did not achieve much in the end. Therefore, people must conscientiously pursue truths, and when they have attained salvation and perfection, when they have the truths within themselves as their life, then they will naturally have some knowledge of the substance of Christ. This is a matter of course. At this moment, it is sufficient for people to have a heart that fears God and to be able to submit to God’s work. It is more important than anything else to emphasize on attaining salvation and seeking perfection. Matters involving truths cannot be understood through study or research because science is unable to resolve matters regarding knowledge of God.

To know the substance of Christ, we must first realize that Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. This is the most important thing. The substance of Christ is the truth, the way, and the life, this is all that Christ has and is, while the truth, the way, and the life fully represent the substance of Christ. All those people who have recognized that Christ is the truth, the way, and the life are unable to deny that the substance of Christ is God. Because none of corrupt mankind is equipped with the truth, the way, and the life, therefore only He who originates from God can express the truth, the way, and the life. Without God’s substance, it is impossible to express what God has and is. During the Age of Law, many prophets expressed and communicated the words that God had instructed them to say, yet they were unable to express the language of the truth, the way, and the life because the language of the truth, the way, and the life truly represents God’s substance. At present, people’s understanding of Christ as the truth, the way, and the life is too shallow. When the day comes that people have truly attained salvation and perfection, they will naturally come to know that Christ is the truth, the way, and the life because that which they have gained from Christ is exactly the reality of the truth, the way, and the life. At that time, you will then know, without a doubt, that the substance of Christ is God. At this moment in time, people’s experience is too shallow and their stature is too small, so they can still be deceived by the false Christs and antichrists, they can still be deceived by the work of the evil spirits, and they can still have various notions that result in them shunning and betraying God, which shows that they don’t actually know the substance of Christ. While people believe in Christ in their hearts and they fellowship the words of Christ, yet they have no knowledge of the substance of Christ. So it is still very easy for people to have notions, to judge God, and betray and shun God, because people believe in God yet do not know God’s substance, they believe in Christ yet do not know the substance of Christ. Many believers treat the study of Christ and the study of the man used by God as the most important thing. They think that it is not too late to first thoroughly study them and then submit to God’s work. In the end, they spend years in such studies without achieving any results, but instead delay their attainment of salvation. Isn’t this foolish? In believing in God, we should seek to know God’s words and understand truths, thereby achieving true knowledge of God, because this is the road to attaining salvation. If we continue to study God and the man used by the Holy Spirit, even though we’ll learn some things about them it does not mean that we have come to know their substance. What problems can be solved by only recognizing their appearance? Are we pursuing truths by studying Christ and the man used by Him? Can the study of them replace the pursuit of truths? No, this is a crooked path to take. In believing in God, people should know very clearly that only the pursuit of truths will lead them to the knowledge of the substance of Christ. One day people will be perfected by the words of Christ, they shall also come to the true knowledge of the substance of Christ, and then those who have been perfected shall become the witnesses of Christ. Those who have believed in Christ for many years yet are still unable to know the substance of Christ are those who don’t have truths, they are those who have not attained salvation. Those who do not know the substance of Christ are not compatible with Christ, and they belong with the antichrists. How can such people remain? The knowledge of the substance of Christ is paramount to people’s attainment of salvation.

XXII. Those who really understand truths and have gained truths are certainly able to clearly see the substance and origin of the religious community’s resistance to, and betrayal of, God. The entire religious community is firmly under the control and rule of the various antichrists. The religious community is being maintained through theological theories as well as religious ceremonies. It is completely devoid of work of the Holy Spirit and it is unable to hear God’s voice. The religious community places blind credence in the Bible and worships it, yet they have no knowledge of God. They use the Bible to define God and resist God, and to occupy His position. They also take the words of the Bible out of context to resist and judge all the truths that God has expressed through His work in the last days, and to condemn the incarnate Christ. For a long time, they have been incurring the wrath of God and lost the work of the Holy Spirit. They are now completely engulfed in darkness, and God’s public judgment and chastisement awaits them. Thinking back to how Judaism and the Pharisees during the Age of Grace opposed and condemned Jesus, we see that today’s Christians and the Catholic Church, in fact, the entire religious community, still continue to oppose and condemn the incarnate God of the last days in the same manner. Jesus had so much hatred and disgust for Judaism and the Pharisees at that time, while the incarnate God of this day has just as much hatred and disgust for all those hypocrites in the religious community. When Jesus preached and performed His work, because He hated those leaders of the religious community, because He had seen through the hypocritical substance of those Pharisees at the time, He shunned religion and looked for those people from the masses who sincerely believed in God and loved truths to follow Him. When the God of the last days incarnated to perform work, He has even more hatred and disgust for all those hypocritical contemporary Pharisees of the religious community of today, and He loathes the evil substance of the religious community of this day and age that opposes and betrays God, and has enmity for Him. He has chosen those people who sincerely believe in God and love truths from house churches everywhere. Therefore, we can see that while God’s name has changed, God’s disposition and substance have not changed. God’s work deepens with every stage, and we can see from the truths expressed from each stage of God’s work, that God’s work in the last days has given us the most words, expressed the deepest truths, and revealed all the mysteries of His management plan for the salvation of mankind. He has indeed opened the scroll so that people may feast their eyes on it, and greatly broaden their horizons. Therefore, only those people who have experienced God’s work in the last days can truly understand the mystery of God’s management plan, thereby clearly seeing the path of believing in God and attaining salvation, as well as coming to know how God saves and perfects mankind and coming to realize how to pursue truths and experience God’s work in order to know Him. Only such people can see clearly the substance and origin of darkness and evil in the religious community, as well as the nature and substance of the leaders of the religious community that oppose God. Once people see clearly all the emptiness, hypocrisy, fallacies and absurdity of the theological theories and literal knowledge of the Bible being preached by the religious community, they will walk the path of truly attaining salvation and perfection and gain God’s praises. If we experience God’s work in the last days, as well as enjoy the words expressed by God in the last days for a couple of years, all the truths, realities and mysteries shall be thoroughly revealed. In order to truly gain God’s salvation, we must walk away from the confinement of the religious community, enter God’s work of the last days, read the words expressed by God of the last days and only then shall we receive the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit and gradually understand all the truths expressed by God. Then it will no longer be difficult to recognize the substance of the religious community that opposes and betrays God, as well as the path of the antichrist being walked by the leaders and the pastors of the religious community. We will then see clearly that the religious community is a trap along the path to the kingdom of heaven, that it is a pitfall which deceives and ensnares God’s chosen people. Only by breaking away from the religious community and accepting God’s work in the last days can we hear God’s voice, discover the footprints of God, enjoy the work of the Holy Spirit, and attain God’s salvation.

Many people believe in God but worship cathedrals and place blind credence in pastors—with the result that, after having believed in God for many years, they still haven’t understood the truth or entered into reality, have only gained some religious doctrines and religious ceremonies and practices, and do not truly know God. In consequence, there is not the slightest change in their life disposition. No wonder, then, that those religious leaders and pastors spend their whole lives believing in God and preaching, and yet not a single one of them truly knows God, or even has a heart that fears God; they remain like the Pharisees from earliest times, doing their utmost to oppose Christ, condemn the true way, and ensnare and control God’s chosen people for the sake of their own status and livelihood. The reason why they give the appearance of so loving and treasuring God’s flock is purely in order to protect their own livelihood, just like how businessmen treat their customers like gods to make money and get rich. Everything that the religious community does is a manifestation of its opposition to God; it is nothing but religious ceremony, and contains not the slightest reality of the truth, much less is there any trace of the work of the Holy Spirit. Clearly, the religious community does not worship the true God, but the vague and imaginary God. It preaches religious doctrines, and the literal knowledge of the Bible, and it is utterly devoid of the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the religious community is fundamentally incapable of bringing people before God, it cannot lead them onto the right track of believing in God, and, moreover, it is unable to take people into the reality of the truth, or help them be saved. That is because its leaders and pastors have not been made perfect and built up by the Holy Spirit whilst experiencing the work of God, but have instead become leaders and pastors in the religious community after graduating from a seminary and being given a diploma. They are without the work and confirmation of the Holy Spirit, they have not the slightest true knowledge of God, and their mouths can speak of nothing but theological knowledge and theories. They have not actually experienced anything. Such people are totally unqualified to be used by God; how could they lead man before God? They arrogantly hold up graduation from seminary as proof of their own entitlement, they do everything they can to flaunt their knowledge of the Bible, they are insufferably arrogant—and because of this, they are condemned by God, and loathed by God, and have lost the work of the Holy Spirit. Of this there is no doubt. Why the religious community has become the deadly enemy of Christ is a very thought-provoking question. What does it show that, in the Age of Grace, Judaism nailed Jesus Christ to the cross? In the Age of Kingdom of the last days, the religious community has united and devoted all its efforts to opposing and judging God’s work of the last days, it denies and rejects Christ incarnate of the last days, it has fabricated various rumors about, and attacked, vilified, and blasphemed against God incarnate and the church of God, and it has long since nailed the returned Jesus, Christ of the last days, to the cross. This proves that the religious community has long since degenerated into forces of Satan that oppose and rebel against God. The religious community is not ruled by God, much less is it ruled by the truth; it is totally ruled by the corrupt humans, and moreover, by antichrists.

When people believe in God in a religious venue such as this—one which belongs to Satan and is ruled and controlled by demons and antichrists—they are only capable of understanding religious doctrines, they can only follow religious ceremony and regulation, and they will never understand the truth, will never experience the work of God, and are totally incapable of being saved. This is absolute. For there is nothing of the work of the Holy Spirit in religious venues, and they are places which disgust God, which are loathed by God, and are condemned and cursed by Him. God has never recognized religion, much less has He ever praised it, and from the time of Jesus the religious community has been condemned by God. Thus, when you believe in God you must find places that contain the work of the Holy Spirit; only these are true churches, and only in true churches will you be able to hear the voice of God, and discover the footprints of the work of God. Such is the means by which God is sought. When Jesus was performing work while He was incarnated, no one recognized that He was Christ, the Son of God. Because He had the semblance of normal humanity in His flesh, people were unable to recognize Him. It was only through the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit that people could hear the voice of God, therefore God’s incarnation became the ultimate mystery. If believers are unable to discover the incarnate God, then they can forget about attaining salvation and entering the kingdom of heaven; if believers are unable to discover the Christ incarnate of the last days, then they shall never find the light and they will howl in pain after having fallen into darkness. That which God wears is an ordinary flesh with normal humanity, yet that which He expresses is the truth, it is the voice of God, and it is this which has baffled the entire corrupt mankind. If men are unable to truly humble themselves and seek the truths, then they will never be able to accept Christ as their savior, they will never see Jesus’ return—the appearance of God. This is absolutely true. It is not an easy thing to be able to see clearly through the substance of the religious community which opposes and betrays God, to be able to see clearly through the substance of the leaders of the religious community who oppose and condemn Christ, and are in enmity to God. We must experience God’s work in the last days and eat, drink and enjoy all of God’s words expressed in the last days before we can understand the truths and attain real knowledge of God. Only then can we see clearly through the hypocrisy and deception of the religious community, only then can we see clearly through the substance—a substance which opposes and betrays God—of the religious community that raises the banner of serving God yet purposely works against Christ. Only then can we escape the bondage and control of Satan’s claws which extend from the religious community, circumvent the traps of the religious community, enter the churches that are worked on by God, and walk the right track of believing in God. Only then can we become more confident in God, become someone who truly follows and submits to God, and gains God’s praises.

The twenty-two true understandings above are the results that are surely attainable through real understanding of truths. All those who pursue truths must achieve these twenty-two results to attain salvation. They will remain standing in any trials and circumstances without wavering. All those who have understood the truths and have attained these twenty-two results are those who have gained a true understanding of God and have gained a true understanding of Satan and the great red dragon. They have gained a true understanding of the world and this age, a true understanding of corrupt mankind and the corrupt substance of mankind, a true understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit, and a true understanding of the principles for living properly and the meaning of life. Such people have gained the truths, are equipped with the truths, and have the words of Christ as their life. They are people that cannot be deceived or corrupted by Satan or by the various evil spirits, antichrists and false Christs. All those who pursue truths, only by achieving true understanding of these twenty-two items can they become people who really understand truths. The understanding of truths can resolve all issues concerning corrupt mankind. The results achieved by the understanding of truths are also immeasurable, and all these results are realities that believers must enter into. Of course, none of these truths can be fully entered into within a year or two, as the entry into truths requires several years. It would require even longer time to gain complete clarity and be able to fully explain the truths. However, in order to attain salvation, one may qualify merely by entering into truths, while to be perfected requires a sufficiently deep experience of the truths, and one must have a substantial understanding of the truths to qualify. At this moment in time, our pursuit of the truths must attain real entry into the truths, meaning that we must have true knowledge of the truths, and only then will we be able to endure the different trials. The standard for the attainment of salvation is the ability to endure different trials. Specifically, it means that not only is Satan unable to deceive you, but also that Satan is unable to defeat you no matter the manner in which it tests you. Then, you will have become someone who has truly overcome Satan and stood witness. This is the benchmark for the attainment of salvation. If we can pursue the attainment of salvation according to this standard, then the danger of us continuing to oppose and betray God will no longer exist and our odds of succeeding will become that much greater; if the standard is too low, then some dangers might still remain. In our experience of God’s work, we are selecting paths to success, therefore we should raise our standard for the attainment of salvation then we will have a better chance of success. Some might feel that such a standard for the attainment of salvation is too high, and they might choose a lower standard in their pursuit. This is not very practical, because dangers will still exist, and when they encounter the various trials they might still stumble and fail, and they will not be able to meet the standard. I feel that for those of us who pursue truths, the attainment of salvation is our life goal, which is more important than anything else. And if we are unwilling to pay the price for this, then we really are too foolish.

In our experience of God’s work, as we walk out of God’s judgment and chastisement and the various trials and refinements, we have suffered a lot of pain. But when we give it some thought we see that we have indeed understood some truths, our life disposition has indeed been transformed in some ways, and then we cease to feel that we have suffered much pain. We have enjoyed so much of God’s love and God’s salvation, and it is entirely God’s work that has perfected us. Is this not God’s kindness and love? As long as people continue to place emphasis on the truths in their heart, frequently gather and fellowship God’s words, and fulfill those duties that they should fulfill as normal, then they will unwittingly enter into all these truths. This is fact. I believe that many people have had such an experience. Now is the time when the Holy Spirit performs His great work, and this is a rare opportunity for us. Our pursuit of the truths is entirely an enjoyment of the work of the Holy Spirit, as well as the enjoyment of God’s presence and grace. Therefore, even if we suffer some pain we don’t find it to be very unpleasant, and after we have been through the journey we will inadvertently understand many truths. The experience of God’s work is filled with enjoyment and grace, and when we come to know the truths we feel as if we have become another person. We see that we have been blessed with immense salvation, that it is indeed the work performed by God that saves mankind. It is such a miracle to experience God’s work. Those thoughts that it is too difficult to pursue truths are only people’s imagination, and none of them fit with the facts. In reality, the pursuits of the world, the pursuits of vanity, are the truly painful and empty things, and they can hardly compare to the enjoyment found in the pursuit of truths. When those who pursue truths encounter the various trials and sufferings, not only are they in the presence of God, they are also comforted by the understanding in their heart that this is salvation from God. Only this is true peace and joy. Once the catastrophes arrive, the suffering of those who do not pursue truths will become greater, and they will also suffer the pain of perdition and perishing. Tell me, which suffering is greater? The sufferings endured for the attainment of salvation are all transient and light, but that which we shall gain is God’s salvation and blessing. Therefore, only those who pursue truths in order to attain salvation are those who are most blessed.

March 21, 2007

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