Man should live with dignity and backbone, and should have obedience to God and fear of God. It’s not enough to live with backbone. If you truly have fear of God, you will live with the truth, and will truly have dignity and integrity. If you have no fear of God and no true obedience to God, and in doing things, you are unclear about the truth and remain muddled, and always make deviations, you are ignorant of the principles, and just follow your own zeal, then you can’t save your face. You have no dignity and are a fool. Such a person is worthless. However high sermons you have heard and however many doctrines you have understood, your ultimate focus should be on the pursuit of the truth. Be a person who obeys God and fears God—this is the key, the most important thing.
from “Only Those Who Fear and Obey God Live With Dignity” in Records of Christ’s Talks With Leaders and Workers of the Church