Sister Zheng Lu,
Hello! I’ve been investigating the way of Eastern Lightning recently. Through reading the words of Almighty God and watching some movies and videos produced by The Church of Almighty God, my thirsty spirit has gained watering and sustenance. Since reading the book The Word Appears in the Flesh, I have understood some of the truth that I didn’t previously understand. I have seen that these words contain authority and power, so I believe they aren’t words people are capable of uttering but the words of God. However, some religious pastors and elders say: “If Eastern Lightning is the true way, why does it suffer the suppression, persecution and condemnation by the CCP government?” Regarding this, I can’t see clearly, so I want to seek for fellowship.
Sister Yang Guang,
Hello! The peace of the Lord be with you! I have read your message and can understand how you feel now. Because I once had the same confusion as you when studying Almighty God’s work in the last days. Later on, through the guidance ofand the fellowship of brothers and sisters, my puzzle was resolved and I was certain that Almighty God is the return of the and that Eastern Lightning is the true way. Next, I’ll share some of my understanding with you.
The true way has been persecuted since ancient times.
We think the true way doesn’t suffer the condemnation and persecution of the national government. This view doesn’t conform to the truth. Think back to when the Lord Jesus was born, He was hunted down by King Herod and forced to flee to Egypt. Herod hated God’s arrival to the core, so in order to keep his throne, he ordered that all boys under two years of age in Bethlehem and its vicinity must all be killed. When the Lord Jesus did His work, the Roman government nailed Him to the cross and frantically captured His disciples and apostles, so that there were countless martyrs. These are historical facts. We all know that the Lord Jesus is God incarnate and has done the work of redemption and that the way of repentance preached by Him is the true way. None denies on the basis of the national government’s condemnation and persecution that the Lord Jesus is the true God.
As for why Eastern Lightning is condemned and persecuted by the CCP government since it is the true way, this is directly related to the devilish essence of the Chinese government’s resistance to God. As is known to all, the CCP hates the truth and resists God more than any other. Since it came to power, on the one hand it has used evil and fallacious doctrines such as Marxism-Leninism, atheism and evolutionism to forcibly brainwash the citizens, and on the other it has unscrupulously oppressed religious beliefs and driven all foreign missionaries out of China; some have even been persecuted to death in secret. In the late 1970s, in order to maintain its regime and get help and support from democratic countries, the CCP government promised not to oppose the belief in God internationally anymore and built churches everywhere. In fact, all it does is to deceive foreigners. Because it outwardly displays the banner of “religious freedom,” but secretly, it never stops its suppression and persecution of Christianity and Catholicism. So far, millions of Christians have been arrested, detained, sent to labor camps to be reeducated, or sentenced. This is a widely acknowledged fact at home and abroad and is a matter of record. In recent years, the CCP wantonly demolishes church buildings and crucifixes within the scope of the whole country, arrests those believers who protect the church, and doesn’t permit the open sale of the Bible. It publicly violates the universal values and tramples on religious beliefs. Furthermore, it has convened a number of high-level meetings on religion, for the sake of implementing “Sinification” of Christianity and converting Christianity-in-China into a communist version. And it has regarded the issue of the suppressing and cracking down on Christianity as the most important political mission, so that the act of suppressing Christianity has been brought to a new climax in history.
That the Lord Jesus is the Savior and the incarnated God has been accepted publicly, but the CCP government wantonly condemns Him and brutally persecutes Christians. In that case how can it be lenient to Christ of the last days—Almighty God who is the Lord Jesus returned in the flesh? The words expressed by Almighty God have revealed all the mysteries of of mankind, such as the true facts of mankind being corrupted by Satan, the source of the world’s darkness and evil, and so forth. The CCP is extremely terrified that once Almighty God’s words spread out among the people, all those who love the truth will hear the and turn to Almighty God. In this way, people will not follow it. Therefore, it hates all the truth expressed by Almighty God and The Church of Almighty God exceedingly, and it even spreads rumors about and slanders Almighty God, and prevents people in every means from accepting the true way and turning to Him. The CCP resists and condemns God, which is even worse than what King Herod and the Roman government did. The CCP wants to ban God’s work and establish an atheistic domain in China to achieve its goal of forever controlling the Chinese people. Therefore, it is no surprise that Almighty God who does His work in such a country is persecuted and condemned by the CCP government. This is exactly fulfilling the Lord Jesus’ prophecy, “For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luk 17:24-25).
So, weighing whether or not it is the true way isn’t based on whether the national government condemns and persecutes it, but on the truth which the incarnate God expresses and His work. This is the most accurate way. The CCP is without the truth, so all that it says and does goes against heaven and is enmity against God. The CCP, the devil Satan that hates the truth and resists God, is doomed to suffer God’s righteous punishment.
The true way contains the truth and the work of the Holy Spirit; no force could stop it.
God’s word says, “What is the most basic principle in seeking the true way? You have to look at whether or not there is the work of the Holy Spirit, whether or not these words are the expression of the truth, who is testified to, and what it can bring you. Distinguishing between the true way and the false way requires several aspects of basic knowledge, the most fundamental of which is to tell whether or not there is the work of the Holy Spirit. For the substance of man’s belief in God is the belief in the Spirit of God, and even his belief in God incarnate is because this flesh is the embodiment of the Spirit of God, which means that such belief is still the belief in the Spirit. There are differences between the Spirit and the flesh, but because this flesh comes from the Spirit, and is the Word become flesh, thus what man believes in is still the inherent substance of God. And so, in distinguishing whether or not it is the true way, above all you must look at whether or not there is the work of the Holy Spirit, after which you must look at whether or not there is the truth in this way.”
God’s words have given us the principles and standards for distinguishing whether something is the true way. The incarnate God can express the truth and God’s disposition, and bring the life and the way to mankind. We all know that since Almighty God came to do His work, He has uttered tens of thousands of words of the truth, laying bare His six-thousand-year management plan, which allows us to understand how God guided people’s lives in the Age of Law, how the Lord Jesus redeemed mankind in the Age of Grace, and how God cleanses and changes man in the Age of Kingdom. Besides, He has revealed all the truths and mysteries that we didn’t know before, telling us what is the incarnation, why God becomes flesh to work to save man, and why He has different names. And He also tells us how He saves man, what kind of person He saves or eliminates, and what mankind’s future destination is. These truths are what we corrupt humans require, and can cleanse and transform man thoroughly, so that we canby God in the end.
In addition, as long as it is the true way and the work of God, then it will contain the work of the Holy Spirit. No matter how corrupt humanity resists and condemns it, the steps of God’s work are never hindered. Just as when the Lord Jesus was doing His work, He met with condemnation and persecution at the hands of the Roman government and the Judaism. Butof the Lord Jesus has spread to the ends of the universe; no one can stop it. Similarly, the work of Almighty God today faces the frenzied accusations and persecution of the CCP government, but God’s kingdom gospel has also spread across the whole of Mainland China, reaching an unprecedented extent. Millions of people have come under Almighty God’s name, and He has gained a group of people who are of one mind with God. Now, the words of Almighty God have been translated into over 20 languages and uploaded to websites, for people from all nations and all lands who seek and investigate the truth to read. Just as the words of Almighty God say, “None can fathom the almightiness of God. In China, a country that regards God as an enemy, God has never ceased His work. Instead, more people have accepted His work and word, for God does all He can to save each and every member of mankind.”
If we grasp the principles of discerning the true way and see clearly the CCP’s essence of resisting God, then we won’t be deceived by the CCP and fall for Satan’s tricks. When faced with rumors and fallacies, we should look up to God and seek the truth with a heart that reveres God. I believe that God will surely enlighten and illuminate us.
Sister Yang Guang, this is where we will end our fellowship today. If you have any questions, please leave a message and let’s discuss them together.
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