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How to Discern the True Christ and False Christs

By Li Xin On June 8, 2017, Thursday, Cloudy During today’s meeting, the pastor preached to us, “The last days have already come. The prophecies of the Lord’s return have basically been fulfilled. The four blood moons have appeared. The great disaster is right at hand. We must wait for the Lord watchfully. The Lord Jesus told us: ‘Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect’ (Matthew 24:23–24). In the last days, false Christs and false prophets will surely come to deceive us. So, if someone preaches that the Lord Jesus has come back, don’t investigate carelessly in case you’re deceived by false Christs and are forsaken by the Lord….” These years, the pastors have always spoken to us: False Christs would emerge to deceive people, and so, if someone testified the return of the Lord Jesus, don’t listen or believe. And this was what I had been sticking to. However, when the meeting broke up, an elder sister said to me: “The pastor always tells us not to investigate or believe if we hear someone spreads the news of the Lord’s return. But the Lord Jesus told us clearly: ‘And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him’ (Matthew 25:6). If we insist on not investigating when someone preaches the Lord’s return, if by any chance the Lord really comes back, then won’t we miss the chance of meeting Him and be forsaken by Him?” Her words set me thinking: Yeah, I have believed all the time that false Christs will appear to deceive people. As a result, I only focus on guarding against false Christs. I have never thought of how to seek God’s appearance actively. If someone preaches “the bridegroom comes” and I don’t seek or investigate God’s work, I will miss the chance of meeting the Lord. If so, then it will be too late for me to regret. If we only guard against false Christs rather than know the true Christ, as it seems, we can’t meet the Lord, let alone be raptured before the throne of God. No! I can’t just sit still and wait for death like this. I must take the initiative in seeking, and first of all, I must understand the truth of how to distinguish the true Christ from false ones. Only in this way can I guard against false Christs and meet the true Christ. The Lord ever promised us: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). So I believe that as long as I seek with my heart, the Lord will certainly lead me to understand it. On June 13, 2017, Tuesday, Cloudy Lately, I have been in confusion all day long. Sometimes I even expcted the Lord to appear in my dream and solve it for me. No, I couldn’t just wait. I must go to ask for the pastors’ opinion. Outside, it was dull and cloudy, as if to rain, but I couldn’t worry about that. After a hurried breakfast, I took the raincoat and rode my electric scooter, heading for the pastors’ houses. I went to Pastor Li’s house and then to Pastor Wang’s. About my confusion, they only told me: Whoever preaches the Lord Jesus has returned through incarnation, it’s definitely false. We must refuse to believe it so as not to be deceived. But with regard to the traits and manifestations of false Christs, they couldn’t give a clear explanation at all. I was very disappointed at their replies and left with my confusion unresolved. Pushing my electric scooter without power and caught in the rain, I was just like a drowned rat. The chill went straight to my body and my heart, too. I was in low spirits. At night, there was no stars in the sky, the moon hid itself in the thick clouds, and the air was still close. I took up the Bible and knelt before the Lord in prayer: “O Lord! I’ve always been yearning for Your return. But the pastors and elders tell us not to receive strangers. They say it’s to avoid being deceived. I have no discernment, so I dare not listen to and believe the gospel of testifying Your return. However, now the prophecies of Your return have almost been fulfilled. I’m more eager to meet Your return. O Lord, how should we distinguish the true Christ from the false ones so as not to be deceived by the false Christs? Lord, may You guide me. Amen!” On August 16, 2017, Wednesday, Sunny It was sunny and bright. Birds were chirping and chasing each other, as if spreading some good news. And I was in a good mood, because Sister Li, a believer in the Lord, wanted to see me. She said that a sister, who had worked and preached for many years, happened to visit her today and so I could seek from that sister about my confusion. After seeing that sister, I felt a feeling of kindness, and without much greetings exchanged, I straight told her what had confused me. After she finished listening, Sister Chen said to me smilingly, “Actually, about how to distinguish the true Christ from the false ones, the Lord Jesus has long since told us. He said: ‘Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect’ (Matthew 24:23–24). From these words, we can see that the most prominent traits of false Christs are that they will show signs and…

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How to Keep Faith in God During Trials

A grain of sand: Brothers and sisters, I’m reading the Book of Job when practicing spiritual devotions lately. Whenever I see that God praised Job as a righteous, perfect and upright person who feared God and shunned evil, I admire him greatly in my heart, and I also want to learn from him. I see Job had great faith in God. When he lost his cattle and sheep all over the mountains, his untold wealth, and even his sons and daughters, he didn’t sin through his words blaming God, and he stood witness to God. In the trial he even said words with weight and testimony such as, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21). When he suffered great pain from the sore boils all over his body, his wife told him to forsake God and betray God, but instead of doing that, Job said to his wife, “Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10). From this I see that no matter what great sufferings and tribulations Job encountered, even in the face of death, he could retain his integrity by faith and didn’t rebel against or resist God. Job’s faith is very admirable. However, look at myself: Even though I have believed in the Lord for many years, my faith in the Lord is still very small. In my work and life, whenever encountering untoward things that harm my reputation and my interest, or suffering illness and tribulations, though I won’t say anything, I will still misunderstand and blame God in my heart, just unable to obey. Only when I reflect on myself afterward can I see that my faith in God is truly pitiful, and is worlds away from Job’s. If God allows me to encounter trials in the future, with such faith how can I stand testimony to satisfy God? If I can’t, I will be Satan’s laughingstock, and I won’t gain God’s approval. So, how can I have true faith in the Lord? If brothers or sisters have any understanding of it, please fellowship with me. Thanks! Poster: A grain of sand The way of faith: Thank God! A grain of sand, the moment I entered the forum I saw your post. It’s really arranged by God. Previously, I had the same question as yours. But thanks to God’s guidance, after I studied the Bible carefully, prayed earnestly, sought and fellowshiped together with my brothers and sisters, I got some understanding about how to have true faith. Now, I’d like to share it with you here. And if the brothers and sisters interested in this post have any good understanding, please join us and communicate it together, so that we can learn from each other. From the Book of Job we can know that when Job underwent God’s trial, he was already seventy years old. When he had all his property and children taken, even when his body was covered in boils, he still praised the name of Jehovah God, and retained the way of fearing God and shunning evil. This was inextricably linked to his paying attention to knowing God through practical experiences in his daily life. Job’s classic words “the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” verified that his knowledge of God wasn’t vague but practical, that his knowledge of God ruling over and controlling everything was real. Job knew clearly in his heart that all his property, livestock, houses and children were bestowed by God. All of those were not obtained by his own hard work and effort. Without the favor and grace of God, no matter how he toiled, how much price he paid, he would have gained nothing. This was what Job was quite certain about in his heart. So, when God blessed him, he praised God’s name; when his property and livestock were robbed of and his servants were killed, he didn’t deny God or forsake God’s name, nor did he try to take them back. He accepted it from God, tearing his cloth up, shaving his head and then bowing down to worship God. This makes us truly see that it was because Job honored God as great and had a God-fearing heart that in tribulations and trials he was able to absolutely obey God, held no misunderstandings or complaints against God, and said the following words “the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” At the same time, it can be seen that Job’s faith in God was true, and that his faith was on the basis of having real knowledge of God’s sovereignty. A grain of sand: Thank God! After reading your fellowship like this, I feel much brightened. It turns out that Job’s true faith in God was caused from his knowledge of God’s sovereignty. Job acknowledged from his heart that no matter whether he received good or evil, it was dominated and arranged by God. So he could stand witness to God in trials. This also makes me understand why God praised Job as a person who feared God and shunned evil: He never abandoned God, never did anything to rebel against or resist God under any circumstance; but instead he bore beautiful and resounding testimony for God relying on his true faith, and made Satan completely humiliated and defeated. Job’s faith is indeed worth our emulating! The way of faith: A grain of sand, your acceptance is pure. Thanks for God’s enlightenment! A grain of sand: The way of faith, I have another question: As Job had never seen God, and at that age there was no assembly to attend and no scriptures to read, then how did he confirm God’s real existence, see God’s power and know God’s domination over…

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How to Connect With God in the Busy Work

Brothers and sisters of Testify God: Hello everyone! I am a young person and I’ve just got married. In order to earn more money to help my family lead a good life, I work desperately hard and put most of my time into working. Recently, I had the good fortune to accept the God’s kingdom gospel, and now I want to pursue the truth diligently. But since my work is keeping me so busy that I do not have the time to attend meetings and read God’s words, I feel quite helpless and miserable. What am I supposed to do? Zhenxin Sister Zhenxin, Hello! I also used to have this difficulty that you have brought up. But later, through praying to God, reading His words and with the help and support of my brothers and sisters, I came to understand God’s will. I clearly saw that we are incapable of controlling our fate, because it rests in the hands of God. As long as we rely on and look up to God, and are willing to act in accordance with His requirements, our problems and difficulties will be solved. Next, I would like to share my experiences with you. When I first started to believe in God, although I felt that believing in God was good, I did not believe that a person’s fate was determined by God. I still thought that I could build a beautiful home with my own hands. Thus, I put my work first and only believed in God when I had the time. Sometimes when my work clashed with my meetings, I would choose to work to earn money and not attend my meetings. Every time I made such a choice, I would feel uneasy in my heart and would feel unhappy and indebted to God. I was also worried that, by believing in this way, God would not commend me, and I would ultimately be unable to attain His salvation. I remember several times when my work clashed with my church meetings, I would hurry to the meeting place as soon as I got off work. But when I arrived there, the meetings would be almost finished. Once, when I reached the meeting place, the brothers and sisters were saying the closing prayer, so all I could do was wait outside the door. When they came out, a sister among them especially stayed behind on my account, and she read me a passage of God’s words: “Awaken, brothers! Awaken, sisters! My day will not be delayed; time is life, and to seize time is to save life! The time is not far off! If you take exams for entrance into college and you do not pass, you can try again and cram for the test. However, My day will have no such delay. Remember! Remember! I urge you with these good words. The end of the world unfolds before your very eyes, great disasters rapidly draw near; is your life important or is your sleeping, eating, and clothing important? The time has come for you to weigh these things. … remember this! There is nowhere on earth where you can buy medicine that will soothe regret! So how shall I say this to you? Is My word not worthy of your careful consideration and repeated ponderation? You are so careless with My words and so irresponsible with your life; how could I bear it? How could I?” At that time, when I listened to the words of God which the sister read to me, I ended up feeling quite upset, and I felt these words exactly addressed my situation. It just felt like God was reminding and exhorting me through the sister. I thought: “Yes! God became flesh in the last days to save humanity; this is such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Now is the critical time of God’s work to save mankind. If I miss this opportunity, won’t I regret it for the rest of my life? If I see God’s salvation but cannot attain it, then aren’t I blind and ignorant? Has God not patiently and earnestly spoken so many words all for the sake of our salvation? Presently, the world is becoming more morally degenerate by the day and strange astronomical phenomena are appearing; humans are becoming more and more degenerate and evil; disasters are frequently happening all over the world and are growing in intensity. If we still do not come before God to accept His judgment and purification, we will lose the opportunity to receive salvation. God well knows that I have been corrupted by Satan so deeply that I don’t have the power to overcome sin, and that I am rushing about all day long for wealth and fame. I can’t see clearly what the most valuable and meaningful things to pursue are and I live trapped by Satan. Today, God is reminding and exhorting me through the sister and this is God’s true love and salvation for me. I cannot continue laboring relying only on my own two hands.” I therefore became determined to believe in God and pursue the truth as best as I could from that day on, and to put belief in God first. But at the same time, I was afraid that, without toiling hard, I wouldn’t earn more money and that my family and I wouldn’t have any security in our life together. Therefore, in my heart I began to hesitate and struggle… One day, I read the following passage of God’s words: “The fate of man is controlled by the hands of God. You are incapable of controlling yourself: Despite always rushing and busying about for himself, man remains incapable of controlling himself. If you could know your own prospects, if you could control your own fate, would you still be a creature?” God’s words make it very clear: The fate of man is totally controlled by the hands of God and people cannot manipulate their fates by themselves. Without God’s…

As Christians, How Can We Face Trials From God Audaciously and Calmly?

Brothers and sisters of Testify God: Glad to write to you! I have met some problems and calamities in my life recently. Although I know from theory that they are trials and refinements from God, which are good environments for me, I’m still afraid of them a lot. What should I do to dare to face them? Jia Yin Sister Jia Yin: Hello! Regarding the question you asked, I know many Christians have faced it and been confused about it. It is normal that we have this confused and contradictory state. It’s chiefly because we don’t understand the purpose and meaning of God’s work of trials and refinements, and what desired effects should be achieved. The Desired Effects of Trials and Refinements God said: “Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand” (Daniel 12:9-10). “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried” (Zechariah 13:9). It can be seen through God’s words that the purpose of God’s trials and refinements is to change and purify man, so that man can be gained and become the people of God’s kingdom. Just like our belief in God, when we’ve enjoyed abundant mercy, love and grace from God, we have profuse “faith” and resolve to fulfill God and repay His love. But if one day, trials come, for example, we are persecuted by our unbelieving families, have frustrations at work, problems in life or pains from disease, or are slandered and ejected by others, then we will have misunderstandings and complaints to God. Because we think that, we’ve paid and expended a lot for God but why do we still need to suffer these calamities? Only at this time can we find out that there are so many impurities in our belief in God, such as personal extravagant desires, transactions, extortions and other motivations, and that our viewpoint of belief in God is incorrect. God sees into the depths of mankind’s hearts and He arranges trials and refinements in order to purify our improper motivations and desires. Thus we can stand in the place of a created being and worship God. The Meaning and Significance of Trials and Refinements From appearances, trials and refinements bring us pains but it achieves the effect of saving us and purifying us. The more trials we meet and pains we suffer, the better we can be able to see that the corruption of us runs too deep, that we lack too much, and that our stature is so small. So we will keep praying, get closer to God and dare not leave Him even for a second. Meanwhile, we will feel that we are unable to overcome the many problems we encounter if we go away from God. Then we will always read His words, fellowship about His truth, get close to Him, rely on Him and practice His words often. The more God’s words we practice in this way, the more corrupt dispositions we can change. Hence we’ll get purified unwittingly and live by God’s word, and then get saved. As such, hardship is our best protection which urges us to come closer to God and pray more often. Through these hardships and trials, we can see God’s holy and righteous disposition, and feel His love and earnest intention in saving man. Meanwhile, we can also recognize the corrupt essence and the truth of our disobedient and God-resisting nature. Only by experiencing trials and refinements can our sins be cleansed. So, the way how we experience trials and refinements directly correlates with whether we can be saved by God! There is an admonition in the Proverbs: “The prosperity of fools shall destroy them” (Proverbs 1:32). It’s true that when we have a leisurely environment and don’t have any troubles, we will have enjoyment of flesh, covet the comforts of it, have no place for God in our hearts, are unrestrainedly dissolute in speaking or doing things, and even offend God and dishonor His name without knowing it. It’s just as what God says: “When people’s lives are easy, and there is no suffering in their environment, they are incapable of experiencing. In comfortable environments, it is easy for people to become depraved—but adverse environments make you pray with greater urgency, and make you dare not leave God. The more easy and dull their lives, the more people feel there is no point in living, and they even feel that they’re better off dead. This is how corrupt people’s flesh is; they can only receive benefits if they experience trials” (Practice 8). So they’re all good for us no matter what persecution or adversity, trials or refinements we meet. And this environment can prompt us to pray more often, get closer to God, read His word and seek His will, which lets us know how to rely on God and not go away from Him. Such hardship is a blessing, can only benefit and does no harm to us. This point can also be seen from the fact of God’s work—People who gain the approval of God are the ones who have experienced trials and refinements, such as Abraham. God told Abraham to offer up his only son Isaac, and he did so willingly, not talking conditions with God or making his own choices, so that he gained God’s approval. As for Job, no matter whether God gave things to or took away from him, blessed or gave him disasters, he still insisted on worshipping God and praising His name. Job didn’t have even a little complaint but followed God’s way: Fear God and shun evil. Finally, he said, “But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall…

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Was the Lord Jesus God’s Son or God Himself?

Hello brothers and sisters of Testify God, My name is Feifei. I’ve seen that all of you have some particular insight into the Scripture—this has been so helpful and edifying for me. Today, I’d like to ask everyone about something that’s perplexed me for years. As Christians, many of us have the notion that the Lord Jesus is God’s Son because there are a number of mentions in the Bible of “beloved Son” and “heavenly Father.” Just like it clearly states in Luke 3:22: “And a voice came from heaven, which said, You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Plus in the Lord’s Prayer the Lord Jesus called God in heaven “Our Father which are in heaven.” The Lord Jesus Himself said that, and that’s what the Holy Spirit gave testimony to, so nearly everyone who follows the Lord Jesus thinks that He is God’s Son. But I’ve also seen a lot of places in the Bible where it says that God is the only one true God who created the heavens, the earth, and all things, that there is only one God. So then why would there be any mention of a Father and a Son? Isn’t that contradictory? So was the Lord Jesus the Son of God or was He God Himself? I really can’t figure this out, so I wanted to ask you in seeking. Sincerely yours, Feifei Sister Feifei: Before having fellowship on this, we should first understand that everything God does is correct and without error. God’s words cannot contradict each other, and God’s wisdom is unfathomable to us as human beings. So, whenever we’re confused about something we need to seek the truth with a humble heart. The Lord Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). If we have a heart of longing for the truth, I believe the Lord will lead us. Something we really need clarity on is whether the Lord Jesus Christ was God Himself or God’s Son. First let’s take a look at the origin of the idea that the Lord Jesus was the Son of God. In Genesis there was no mention of God having a son, and Jehovah God didn’t mention a son during the Age of Law, either. It wasn’t until the Age of Grace, after the Lord Jesus had become flesh and come to the earth to work that we speculated that there is a Father and a Son from some things written in the Bible. No one knew if this was accurate or not, nor did anyone try to seek out the facts to find out what this really was. But in fact, the Lord Jesus had already disclosed this mystery to us, and it’s something we can find out if we just pay a bit of attention. Back in the Age of Grace, Philip didn’t know God at all. He thought that the Lord Jesus had God, His Father, up in heaven, so he asked the Lord to have the Father show Himself to them. And what did the Lord Jesus say? John 14:9–11 says, “Jesus said to him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known Me, Philip? he that has seen Me has seen the Father; and how say you then, Show us the Father? Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? the words that I speak to you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwells in Me, He does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.” And in the Gospel of John 10:30, the Lord says, “I and My Father are one.” We can clearly know from the Lord Jesus’ words that there is only one God. The Father is the Son, and the Son is the Father. The Father and the Son are one Spirit, which is to say that the Lord Jesus was God Himself and there was no such thing as a separate Father and Son. There will probably be a lot of people who, reading this, may have a number of uncertainties about the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ was God Himself. The key to resolving these confusions is to understand what Christ really is, and then we’ll have clarity on this issue. Let’s take a look at a couple of passages: “The incarnate God is called Christ, and Christ is the flesh donned by the Spirit of God. This flesh is unlike any man that is of the flesh. This difference is because Christ is not of flesh and blood but is the incarnation of the Spirit. He has both a normal humanity and a complete divinity. His divinity is not possessed by any man. His normal humanity sustains all His normal activities in the flesh, while His divinity carries out the work of God Himself. Be it His humanity or divinity, both submit to the will of the heavenly Father. The substance of Christ is the Spirit, that is, the divinity. Therefore, His substance is that of God Himself.” “The incarnate flesh originates in the Spirit: He is the incarnation of the Spirit, that is, the Word become flesh. In other words, God Himself lives within the flesh. … For this reason, even though He is called ‘man,’ He does not belong to the human race, and has no human attributes: This is the man in which God clothes Himself, this is the man that God approves. Within the words is embodied God’s Spirit, and the words of God are directly revealed in the flesh. This makes it all the more clear that God lives in the flesh and is a more practical God, from which it is proven that God exists, thus bringing to an end the age of humanity’s rebellion against God.”…

Hearing God’s Voice:How to Be a Wise Virgin to Welcome the Lord’s Coming

Hearing God’s Voice: How to Be a Wise Virgin to Welcome the Lord’s Coming

Hello brothers and sisters of Testify God, Nowadays disasters are getting worse and worse all over the world and the situation in every country is very tense. The prophecies in the Bible of the Lord’s second coming have basically been fulfilled, yet I have still not welcomed the Lord. I’m afraid that I will be abandoned by the Lord. Therefore, I’d like to ask for your advice: What should I do to greet the Lord’s second coming? Jingxing Hello Sister Jingxing: The question that you asked is exactly the same one that all the brothers and sisters who are desperately waiting for the Lord’s return are concerned with. If we want to welcome the Lord’s coming, the crucial point is to pay attention to hearing His voice and recognizing His voice from His words. Only then can we welcome His appearance and follow the Lamb’s footsteps. The Lord Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20). And it says many times in Revelation, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev 2-3). The Lord Jesus also said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (Jhn 10:27). From these prophecies, we can see clearly that when the Lord Jesus returns, He will speak again, and that God’s sheep will hear His voice and come out to welcome Him and be raptured before His throne. Let’s look back at Peter. From the words and work of the Lord Jesus, he recognized that the Lord Jesus was Christ, the son of God, so he was able to know the Lord Jesus and follow Him. And the woman of Samaria, according to the words the Lord Jesus spoke to her, knew that He was the coming Messiah. Nathanael didn’t acknowledge the Lord Jesus at first, but when he interacted with the Lord, he recognized through His words that the Lord Jesus was Christ. As we can see, all of them could follow God’s footsteps and know that the Lord Jesus is God because they recognized God’s words and work. We believers all know that the way which the Lord Jesus preached, the word He expressed, the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven which He revealed, and the demands which He made of us humans were all the truth, all God’s own voice, and were all manifestations of God’s life disposition and all that He has and is. The miracles He performed—healing the sick, casting out demons, calming the wind and sea, feeding five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish, and raising the dead—were all manifestations of God’s own authority and power, which no created man is possessed of or capable of. Those that sought the truth at the time, like Peter, John, Matthew, and Nathanael, recognized from the Lord Jesus’ word and work that He is the promised Messiah, and so followed Him and received His salvation. Whereas the Jewish Pharisees, despite hearing the Lord Jesus’ sermons and seeing Him perform miracles, they still clung to the letters of the Bible, thinking that when God came He should be called Messiah and that He would come to rule and lead them to break free from the rule of the Roman government. However, when the Lord Jesus came, He wasn’t called Messiah, wasn’t born in the palace and didn’t act as their king. Moreover, from the outside, He was just an ordinary person with no power or stature, not in line with their conceptions and imaginations. As a result, they denied the Lord Jesus, wildly condemned and resisted Him, and in the end, they committed the greatest of sins in nailing the Lord Jesus to the cross. The lesson of the Pharisees calls for deep reflection! Those who truly believe in God and love the truth don’t pay attention to the external formalities but instead they focus on hearing God’s voice. As long as they hear God’s voice, they will seek and examine immediately, recognize God from His utterances and follow Him. Such people will thus attain God’s praise. Conversely, those snobs who only seek bread to satisfy hunger and focus on power and status, when seeing that God’s appearance and work is not in accordance with their conceptions, refuse to listen to God’s voice and even wantonly condemn and resist. Such people will never welcome the Lord’s return. The Lord Jesus warned us, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Mat 25:6). We don’t know the way the Lord will knock at our doors. Maybe from the Internet or through hearing the gospel from the brothers and sisters around us or our relatives and friends, we will hear God’s voice and see His words to all the churches. So, if we want to welcome God’s appearance, no matter what way the Lord knocks on our doors, no matter whether or not the way is in line with our conceptions and imaginations, we should be the wise virgins and humbly seek and investigate and listen out for God’s voice. We must not hold on to our conceptions and imaginations or blindly listen to rumors and thus refuse to investigate. If we do so, we will miss the chance to welcome the Lord and be raptured into the heavenly kingdom. God is faithful. Those who sincerely long for His appearance will surely be able to hear His voice, be raised up before His throne and attend the feast of the Lamb. Sister Jingxing, I hope that my fellowshiping can help you. If there is anything you don’t understand, please let me know, and we can fellowship again. May the Lord lead us to welcome the appearance of God soon. Xiaona, Testify God   » You may be interested…

What Should I Do Regarding Desolation in the Church?

What Should I Do Regarding Desolation in the Church?

By Pengbo, US Dear brothers and sisters of Testify God, Greetings! A question has been puzzling me for quite a while. I have sought the help of some pastors and elders, but even they have failed to resolve it. I am writing to share and discuss the matter with you, and hoping you can help. I am a preacher. I used to have the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit when I read the Lord’s words, I never ran out of things to preach about, and the brothers and sisters of my church enjoyed my sermons and gained some benefit. But somewhere along the line, I no longer felt the Lord’s presence, my sermons became repeats of old topics, and I had nothing new to preach, so my brothers and sisters dozed off during our meetings. Preaching at meetings actually became something I was afraid of doing. Although I continued to preach and work, I was unable to practice the Lord’s words in my life, I didn’t have forgiveness or patience when I dealt with others, and most of my brothers and sisters became busy with business, work, and family. Their faith gradually grew cold and they were unwilling to attend the meetings anymore. When I see so few people coming to the church for the meetings, as a preacher, knowing that I can’t help my brothers and sisters in their spiritual lives makes me feel terrible and indebted to the Lord. We’ve tried to arrange meal activities, group fasting and prayer…but all to no avail. We still can’t feel the Lord’s guidance. So, I want to discuss this problem with you. Why our church has become like this? What should we do to bring the church back to its former self? Xunguang Brother Xunguang, From your letter, we can see you are a person who is willing to seek the truth, and who bears burdens and feels responsible for the brothers and sisters and the church. Your query is a common question in most churches today, and it’s worth seeking and discussing together. Thanks be to God for giving us this opportunity today, and may God guide us to a solution to the problem. I am also a preacher and my church once suffered the same situation as yours did. Just like you, I tried many solutions but to no avail. I came before God many times to pray and seek. Then, I thought of my college classmate Xiang Guangming, who is also a Christian and had previously preached the Lord’s gospel to me. Brother Xiang is quite spiritual, there is always enlightenment and light in his fellowship on the Lord’s words, and he has unique insights into spiritual matters and how to deal with some aspects of church work. Each time I fellowship with him, I always gain a lot. Later, I prayed, asking God to give us a chance to fellowship, and thanks to God’s arrangements, we met. Through my fellowship with Brother Xiang and Brother Yang, I finally received the answer I was looking for. I’d like to share my experience with you in the hope that it will help you. One day, three months ago, Brother Yang and Brother Xiang came to visit me. I told them about my situation and the condition of the church. After listening to what I had to say, Brother Xiang said, “It’s not just one or two churches in such a condition, it prevails among the whole religious community.” His words reminded me of the desolate situation of the temple described in the Bible. Then Brother Xiang shared some Bible verses with me, “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves” (Mat 21:12-13). He continued: “Here the Lord Jesus reprimanded the Jewish leaders, saying, ‘you have made it a den of thieves.’ This was because the Jewish leaders didn’t have hearts that feared God. They didn’t follow Jehovah’s laws and commandments, they did things against the laws in God’s temple, and they allowed people to do business in the temple. As a result, the temple that was once filled with the glory of Jehovah and where believers worshiped God became a place to do business and a den of thieves where money was exchanged and livestock bought and sold. These Jewish leaders replaced God’s commandments with man’s teachings. For example, God required man to be filial toward his parents, but they taught that he didn’t need to do that as long as he gave his parents enough money. They were hypocrites who fooled people with outward good behaviors but secretly didn’t follow the Lord’s words. They enlarged their phylacteries, lengthened the tassels of their clothing, and stood conspicuously at crossroads to make long prayers. They donated one tenth of their earnings every month, but secretly they pocketed widows’ possessions, sacrificed lame animals to God, and stole God’s sacrifices. They didn’t practice the Lord’s words themselves, but to protect their status and reputations, they spoke in letters and doctrines about the Scriptures, exalted themselves, and testified how they suffered hardships and paid a price while barely exalting or testifying the Lord. Because the Jewish leaders disobeyed God’s words, lived in sin, and were despised by God, the whole of Judaism was abandoned by the Holy Spirit, and the temple that used to contain God’s glory became a desolate den of thieves. “Churches are in the same state. The pastors, elders and workers do not have hearts that fear God, nor do they follow the Lord’s teachings. They teach brothers and sisters to love each other and love their neighbors as themselves, but they are envious of their coworkers, fight and scheme with each other, and have…

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Can People Be Saved Into the Heavenly Kingdom Through Baptism?

Dear Sister Wang: Peace to you in the Lord! I’m very glad to receive your letter. In your letter you say: “I’ve always believed that we believers in the Lord have been reborn and saved and become an entirely new being because of having been baptized, so we are qualified to enter the heavenly kingdom, for the Lord once said, ‘He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned’ (Mark 16:16). But some brothers and sisters said: ‘Though we have been baptized and accepted the Lord’s salvation, we still live in sin and are unable to cast off the bondage of sin, so we must accept God’s work of judgment and purification in the last days for admission into the heavenly kingdom.’ I am very confused by this. Can people be saved and enter the heavenly kingdom through baptism? The question you have raised also puzzles many brothers and sisters in the Lord. And I was not an exception. It was not until recently when I attended a meeting—where the preacher, Sister Li, just happened to give a sermon about this aspect, which made me feel a special kind of brightness in my heart—that I came to understand the relationship between baptism and entry into the heavenly kingdom. Next I will share with you something that the sister fellowshiped that day and my gains. Sister Li said, “In Matthew 28:19-20, it says, ‘Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.’ From the verses, we can see: Baptism is just a kind of ritual of accepting the work of the Lord Jesus and it represents our formally becoming a Christian and returning before the Lord. It also represents that we can enjoy the Lord’s care and protection as well as blessings, and that we have received the sin offering. But it doesn’t mean that we have been reborn and saved and can enter into the heavenly kingdom. We have to admit the fact that we still cannot help but often commit sins though we have been pardoned for our sins. For example, we still lie and cheat in pursuit of reputation and status. When others harm our interests, we can still hate them, utterly incapable of practicing tolerance and patience as the Lord Jesus requires. When confronted with natural and manmade disasters, or trials and tribulations, we blame and betray God. When God’s work is not in accordance with our own conceptions, we deny, judge, and oppose God. These are facts for all to see. The Bible says, ‘Be you holy; for I am holy’ (1 Peter 1:16). And the Lord Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever’ (John 8:34-35). Therefore, because God is holy, only those who have freed themselves of sin and have been cleansed can enter the heavenly kingdom. Although we believers in the Lord have been baptized, we still have corrupt dispositions and can still sin and resist God. We have not yet been cleansed and changed and become an entirely new being. So how can we be qualified to enter into God’s kingdom?” Then, the sister shared with us a passage of words: “A sinner such as you, who has just been redeemed, and has not been changed, or been perfected by God, can you be after God’s heart? For you, you who are still of your old self, it is true that you were saved by Jesus, and that you are not counted as a sinner because of the salvation of God, but this does not prove that you are not sinful, and are not impure. How can you be saintly if you have not been changed? Within, you are beset by impurity, selfish and mean, yet you still wish to descend with Jesus—you should be so lucky! You have missed a step in your belief in God: You have merely been redeemed, but have not been changed. For you to be after God’s heart, God must personally do the work of changing and cleansing you; if you are only redeemed, you will be incapable of attaining sanctity. In this way you will be unqualified to share in the good blessings of God, for you have missed out a step in God’s work of managing man, which is the key step of changing and perfecting. And so you, a sinner who has just been redeemed, are incapable of directly inheriting God’s inheritance.” After listening to this passage and the sister’s fellowship, I understood: In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus only performed His redemption work. By believing in the Lord our sins are absolved and we are saved through our faith. But this saved refers to no longer being convicted by law and sentenced to death. It doesn’t mean that we are completely holy, much less does it mean that we can enter into the kingdom of heaven. This is because though our belief in the Lord Jesus pardons our sins, our sinful nature is still deeply rooted within us, and we can still resist God, betray God, and consider God as an enemy. Evidently, if our corrupt satanic dispositions are not resolved, we will be unqualified to enter the kingdom of heaven. The Lord Jesus said, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:12-13). The Lord’s words are very…

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