42. What people does God save? What people does He eliminate?
Relevant Words of God:
Those who belong to Satan do not understand the words of God, and those who belong to God can hear the voice of God. All those who realize and understand the words I speak are the ones who will be saved, and bear testimony to God; all those who do not understand the words that I speak cannot bear testimony to God, and are the ones who will be eliminated.
from “Knowing the Three Stages of God’s Work Is the Path to Knowing God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
God saves those who can come alive, who can see God’s salvation, who can be loyal to God, and willing to seek God. He saves those who believe in God’s incarnation, and believe in His appearance. Some people can come alive, and some people can’t; it depends on whether their nature can be saved or not. Many people have heard a lot of God’s words yet do not understand God’s will, they have heard God’s many words but are still incapable of putting them into practice, they are incapable of living out any truth and also deliberately interfere with God’s work. They are incapable of doing any work for God, they cannot devote anything to Him, and they also secretly spend the church’s money, and eat in the house of God for free. These people are dead, and they will not be saved. God saves all those who are amid His work. But there is a part of them who cannot receive His salvation; only a small number can receive His salvation, for most people are too dead, they are so dead that they cannot be saved, they have been totally exploited by Satan, and in nature, they are too malicious.
from “Have You Come Alive?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
God has always perfected those who serve Him. He does not cast them out lightly. If you truly accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s word, if you can put aside your old religious practices and rules, and cease to use old religious notions as the measure of God’s word of today, only then will there be a future for you. But if you cling to old things, if you still treasure them, then there is no way you can be saved. God takes no notice of people like that.
from “Religious Way of Service Must Be Banned” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Those who genuinely believe in God are those who are willing to put God’s word into practice, and they are those who are willing to practice the truth. Those who can genuinely stand witness for God are also those who are willing to put His word into practice, and they are those who can genuinely stand on the side of the truth. Those who employ trickery and who do injustice are all people who have no truth and they all bring shame on God. Those in the church who engage in disputes are Satan’s lackeys, and are the embodiment of Satan. This kind of person is too malicious. Those who have no discernment and are incapable of standing on the side of the truth all harbor evil intentions and tarnish the truth. These people are even more so typical representatives of Satan; they are beyond redemption and it goes without saying that they are all objects to be eliminated. … Those who practice the truth will in the end be saved and made perfect through the truth. Those who do not practice the truth will in the end invite ruination through the truth. These are the ends that await those who practice the truth and those who do not.
from “A Warning to Those Who Do Not Practice the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
God now wants to gain a group of people—they are those who strive to cooperate with Him, who can obey His work, who believe the words God speaks are true, and who can put God’s requirements into practice. They are those who have true understanding in their hearts. They are the ones who can be perfected, and they will inevitably walk the path of perfection. Those without a clear understanding of God’s work, who do not eat and drink of God’s words, who pay no attention to His words, and who are without any love for God in their hearts—people like this cannot be perfected. Those who doubt God in the flesh, who remain uncertain about Him, who are never serious about His words, and who always deceive Him, they resist God and are of Satan—there is no way to perfect such people.
from “God Perfects Those After His Own Heart” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
I watch from the throne. I look deep into the hearts of people. I save those who earnestly desire Me, and I take pity on them. I will save into eternity those who love Me in their hearts more than all else, those who understand My will, and who follow Me to the end of the road! My hand will hold them safely so that they do not confront this scene and they come to no harm.
from “The Thirty-fifth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Some behave in a prim and proper fashion and seem particularly “well-mannered” in the presence of God, yet they turn defiant and lose all restraint in the presence of the Spirit. Would you number such a man among the ranks of the honest? If you are a hypocrite and one who is adept at socializing, then I say that you are definitely one who trifles with God. If your words are riddled with excuses and valueless justifications, then I say that you are one who is extremely loath to put the truth into practice. If you have many confidences that you are reluctant to share, and if you are very unwilling to lay bare your secrets—that is to say, your difficulties—before others so as to seek the way of the light, then I say that you are one who will not receive salvation easily and who will not easily emerge from the darkness. If seeking the way of the truth pleases you well, then you are one who dwells always in the light. If you are very glad to be a service-doer in the house of God, working diligently and conscientiously in obscurity, always giving and never taking, then I say that you are a loyal saint, because you seek no reward and are simply being an honest man. If you are willing to be candid, if you are willing to expend your all, if you are able to sacrifice your life for God and stand witness, if you are honest to the point where you know only to satisfy God and not to consider yourself or take for yourself, then I say that these people are those who are nourished in the light and who shall live forever in the kingdom.
from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Some people quit when negativity befalls them, and are unable to get up after each setback. These people are fools and mediocre people, who spend a lifetime without obtaining truth, so how could they follow to the end? If the same thing happens ten times to you but you gain nothing from it, then you are a mediocre and a useless person. Astute people and those who truly have the inner quality to understand spiritual matters are seekers of the truth, and eight times out of ten they are perhaps able to gain some inspiration, lesson, enlightenment and progress. When the same thing happens to a mediocre person ten times, not once will they gain any life benefit, not once will they make any change and not once will they understand their nature before it is over. They fall each time it happens, each time they need another person to drag or pull them along, and others have to humor them. If no one humors, pulls, hits or drags them then it is game over and they don’t get up. Each time it happens, there is the danger of falling, and each time there is the danger of them degenerating. Isn’t this the end for them? Are there still any grounds for them to be saved? To save someone is to save the part of them that is their will and their resolution, and the part of them within their heart that is their yearning for truth and righteousness. To say someone has resolution means that they yearn for righteousness, goodness and truth, and that they have conscience. God saves this part of you, and through this He changes the aspect of your corrupt disposition. If you don’t have these things, then you cannot be saved. If you don’t yearn for righteousness or rejoice in truth, don’t have the will to cast off evil things or the resolution to suffer hardship, and if your conscience is numb, your faculty for receiving truth is also numb, you aren’t sensitive to truth or the things that happen, aren’t able to distinguish anything, and you have no independent ability to handle or resolve things, then there is no way to be saved. This kind of person has nothing to recommend them, has nothing worth working with. Their conscience is numb, their mind is muddied, they don’t rejoice in truth or yearn for righteousness deep within their heart, and they don’t respond no matter how clearly or transparently God speaks about the truth, as if they are already dead. Isn’t it over for them? Anyone with a breath can be saved by artificial respiration, and their breath can be revived. But if they have already died and their soul has left, then artificial respiration will do nothing. Once something befalls you, you shrink, and you bear no witness, so you can never be saved and you are completely done for.
from “Confused People Cannot Be Saved” in Records of Christ’s Talks
The people who will later survive through rest will all have endured the day of tribulation and also borne witness for God; they will all be people who have done their duty and intend to obey God. Those who merely wish to use the opportunity to do service to avoid practicing truth will not be able to remain. … If one can truly do one’s own duty, then this means that they are eternally faithful to God and do not seek rewards, regardless of whether they receive blessings or suffer misfortune. If people are faithful to God when they see blessings but lose their faithfulness when they cannot see blessings and in the end are still unable to bear witness for God and still unable to do their duty as they should, these people who once rendered service to God faithfully will still be destroyed. In short, wicked people cannot survive through eternity, nor can they enter into rest; only the righteous are the masters of rest.
from “God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Such men have no understanding of the new work but are filled with endless notions. They serve no function whatsoever in the church; rather, they make mischief and spread negativity everywhere, even to the point of engaging in all manner of misconduct and disturbance in the church, and thereby throwing those who lack discrimination into confusion and disarray. These living devils, these evil spirits should leave the church as soon as possible, lest the church be blighted on your account. You may not fear the work of today, but do you not fear the righteous punishment of tomorrow? There are large numbers of people in the church who are freeloaders, as well as a great number of wolves that seek to disrupt the normal work of God. These things are all demons sent by the Devil, vicious wolves who seek to devour the guileless lambs. If these so-called men are not expelled, they become parasites on the church and moths devouring the offerings. These contemptible, ignorant, base, and repulsive maggots will one day be punished!
from “Those Who Obey God With a True Heart Shall Surely Be Gained by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Those who only think of their flesh and like comfort, those whose faith is ambiguous, those who engage in witchcraft medicine and sorcery, those who are promiscuous, and tattered and ragged, those who steal sacrifices to Jehovah and the possessions of Him, those who love bribes, those who idly dream of going to heaven, those who are arrogant and conceited, and only strive for personal fame and fortune, those who spread impertinent words, those who blaspheme against God Himself, those who do nothing but make judgments against and vilify God Himself, those who gang up with others and try to become independent, those who exalt themselves higher than God, those frivolous young men and women, and middle- and old-aged men and women who are ensnared in vice, those men and women who enjoy personal fame and fortune and pursue personal status among others, those unrepentant people who are trapped in sin—are they not all beyond salvation? … During the time of My work, you always act against Me, you never comply with My words. I do My work, and you do your own work, you make your own little kingdom—you pack of foxes and dogs, everything you do is against Me! You’re always trying to bring those who love only you into your embrace—where is your reverence? Everything you do is deceitful! You have no obedience or reverence, everything you do is deceitful and blasphemous! Can such people be saved? Sexually immoral, lascivious men always want to pull those coquettish harlots to them for their own enjoyment. I will not save such sexually immoral demons, I hate you filthy demons, your lasciviousness and coquettishness have plunged you into hell—what have you to say for yourselves? You filthy demons and evil spirits are so heinous! You’re disgusting! How could such trash be saved? Could those ensnared in sin still be saved? These truths, this way, and this life hold no attraction to you; you’re attracted to sinfulness, to money, standing, fame and gain, the enjoyments of the flesh, the handsomeness of men and coquettishness of women. What qualifies you to enter My kingdom? Your image is even greater than God, your status is higher than God, to say nothing of your prestige among men—you have become an idol that people worship. Have you not become the archangel? When people’s end is revealed, which is also when the work of salvation draws to a close, many of you will be corpses that are beyond salvation and must be eliminated.
from “Practice (7)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship:
Who are the people that God likes the most? Those who pursue the truth, who persevere with the truth and persevere in the principles are the people that God likes the most. That is why God’s house specifically promotes these kinds of people. God’s house specifically looks for these kinds of people. Once God’s house finds people who really pursue the truth, persevere in the truth and the principles and have a strong sense of justice, no matter what past transgressions they have, God’s house will promote them. These kinds of people are precious and good in the eyes of God. They are the people that God wants to obtain. All those who will be perfected are precisely these kinds of people. … Amongst the crowd, which kind of people are the most respectable and good? They are mainly those who pursue the truth, love the truth, have a sense of justice and always defend the work of God. These are the best kind of people. They are top-notch and honorable people. Who are the most contemptible people? Arrogant and self-right people that love to split hairs, obstinately cling to their false reasoning, do not accept the truth, and do not love the truth at all. These are all people that have been targeted for elimination. They will absolutely not attain God’s salvation.
from “Questions & Answers” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (III)
We all know that God likes honest people. The people that God saves are those that pursue the truth. The people that God perfects are those that love God. If we are able to confirm that God is like this, then what kind of people would you say the Holy Spirit’s work selects? What kind of people would He work on? Of course, He will also choose those that pursue the truth, honest people and people that truly love God. That is why the people that the Holy Spirit’s work chooses must also be right. They are people that pursue the truth, truly love God and are honest.
from “Only Those With a God-loving Heart Can Obtain the Everlasting Work of the Holy Spirit” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (II)
The work that God performs is for the salvation of those good men who sincerely believe in God and seek God; it is for those who are willing to seek the truth and righteousness and are able to accept the true way; it is for those who have conscience and reason and are willing to fulfill duties for God’s house; it is for those who are sensible, who love the truth, and are willing to donate and help others; it is for those honest and trustworthy people; it is for those who keep their word and have a good reputation. The majority of these people who enter God’s house shall receive God’s salvation.
from “One Must Not Violate the Principles When Spreading the Gospel” in Annals of Fellowship and Work Arrangements (I)
At present there are a number of new believers who do not know how to eat and drink the words of God, who don’t emphasize accepting the judgment and chastisement of God’s word, and do not take seriously the words of God that reveal human nature. All they do is study meticulously matters that have nothing to do with the change of their life disposition. Some people delve into mysteries, delve into years, study the day of God. It seems that they have not known for sure the identity of God yet, determined to study these things thoroughly before they enter onto the right track of life. I’m afraid that these people cannot be saved. They are people who are marked for elimination. Among the new believers are some who strive for position. Status and money are so important for them. They will do whatever it takes to achieve their goal. All these people are evil people who cannot be saved. Their belief in God is not for attaining salvation but for status. For status they would do anything. These are people who have infiltrated God’s family, are the most dangerous.
from The Fellowship From the Above
After listening to the rumors made by Satan, the lies fabricated by it, especially various fallacies of the great red dragon and the religious world, some people cannot distinguish them clearly. Some people go so far as to have doubts about God, dare to deny God before the great red dragon, and even betray God; such people are eliminated without doubt.
from “Only Through Knowing God’s Inherent Disposition to Be Righteous Can One Revere God” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (IX)
Those who understand the truth and enter the reality can differentiate all kinds of people, know which people God saves and which people He eliminates, which people truly believe in God and love the truth and which people do not like the truth at all and cannot be saved. In the midst of civil unrest, God’s true chosen people should gather together to eat and drink the words of God, to fellowship about the truth, to pray to God and to worship God. This is the most important thing. The most wretched are those who still hang around with people who have been eliminated and do not love the truth at all or still can be deceived and controlled by those people. This is because God’s work has long revealed and classified each kind of person. Those who have no reality of the truth at all and even have done all kinds of evil have already been eliminated and given to Satan and do not belong to God’s house. God’s chosen people should reject and stay away from them in order to abide by God’s intentions. Those who fear God and shun evil are people who are truly saved. Shunning evil means keeping away from the wicked and the evil deeds. To ensure one does no evil, one must first keep away from the wicked, draw a clear boundary and make a complete break between them and the wicked, and forsake Satan. Only by doing this can you ensure no evil is done by you. People who can still be deceived and restrained by the wicked, still live under Satan’s domain, are unrepentant and incurable and they certainly cannot be saved. Those who sincerely believe in God and love the truth should gather together to live the church life, pray to God and worship God, so that they can have the Holy Spirit’s work and God can be with them and bless them. This is the intelligence and wisdom that God’s chosen people must possess. If people like to be ruled and disturbed by the wicked and are unwilling to reject and get rid of the wicked, they are those who do not hold God in awe and veneration and are not able to keep away from evil, then they are classified as the eliminated people….
from “Only When God’s Chosen People Enter the Right Track of Belief in God Can God’s Work Conclude With His Glorification” in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of The Church of Almighty God