As soon as I returned home the next day, I turned on the computer, contacted a sister, and questioned her, “Do you still love your mother? Is it that you have abandoned your family? I’ve always thought that The Church of Almighty God is the best and most righteous church. So I joined it without any hesitation. But if you are really like what the rumors say, you are too annoying. Now, I don’t know whom I should believe, and you must give me an explanation.” After hearing what I said, the sister made an earnest prayer, and then communicated with me patiently, “Brother, you always think that The Church of Almighty God is the best and most righteous church. This is confirmed from within your heart after you read the truth expressed by Almighty God. Since you’ve contacted the brothers and sisters in The Church of Almighty God for a period time, if they were really like what the rumors say, why didn’t you have any confirmation in your heart? Why do you negate your past knowledge just because of some rumors and hearsay? From whom does your present performance arise? All that from God makes our hearts quiet, while all that from Satan makes us restless without peace, unclear and indistinct about visions, unable to stand our ground, and even suspect God. If we selectively listen to and believe those rumors instead of quieting our hearts before God to seek the truth, then we’ll be easily disturbed by Satan.” The sister’s words immediately reminded me: “Right! All that from God makes our hearts quiet.Look at the computer In the course of investigating, what God’s words and the brothers and sisters’ fellowships brought me was all steadiness and enjoyment, while the negative information I saw online only brought me unease and doubts. Could it be that I’ve really been disturbed by the rumors and fallen into Satan’s tricks?” At this thought, I immediately prayed to God in my heart and asked Him to quiet my heart. At that time, the sister fellowshiped with me, “For every believer in God, it is Heaven’s law and earth’s principle to preachand witness God. So the statement online that we don’t want our families because of believing in God is purely a rumor and fallacy. All of us know the ’ teachings in the Bible: ‘He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me’ (Matthew 10:37). ‘So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple’ (Luke 14:33). From the Lord Jesus’ words we can see that God requires us to love Him above all else, including our husbands or wives. Let’s think back to the past: To spread the gospel and witness God, all the apostles and disciples throughout the ages cast away their families and gave up jobs, and some of them were even martyred for God. Can we say that they didn’t want their families or that their faith was wrong? Noah sold all of his property to make the ark, preached the gospel for one hundred and twenty years, and never stopped preaching in spite of being ridiculed and despised by people. Peter was another example. He left his parents and offered up his youth to follow the Lord Jesus to preach everywhere. These people all acted according to God’s requirements and will. What they did is good deeds and righteous actions, and they are the examples we should follow. No one blames or judges them as not wanting their families. From their experiences, we can see that everyone who spends for God can stand up and cooperate with Him precisely because they have heard God’s voice and known His will. We also have human weaknesses and don’t want to be insulted by others; if it hadn’t been for God’s words and love conquering us, who could have put aside pleasures of the flesh and forsaken our own family? It’s from God’s words and work that we know God loves man too much and that He is eager for everyone to be saved by Him. So in order to let everyone know this good news and be able to welcome the return of the Lord Jesus in the last days, we have the responsibility and obligation to testify to more people of God’s work. If we only cared about our own families and satisfied our own interests, how could God’s gospel be expanded? The Lord Jesus once said, ‘Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature’ (Mark 16:15). Preaching the gospel is God’s requirement for us as well as our moral imperative. So, if you say that our forsaking families and careers to spread the gospel means that we don’t want family and that our faith is wrong, isn’t this a gross distortion of facts? We should learn to discern those rumors and cunning schemes from Satan and must never arbitrarily judge God’s work.”
After hearing the sister’s fellowship, I felt very ashamed. It’s not only everyone’s responsibility but also the Lord Jesus’ requirement for us to preach the gospel and witness God. What’s more, all the saints throughout the ages forsook many things for God’s work; these brothers and sisters in The Church of Almighty God, who have given up their families and jobs to preach the gospel, are also practicing the Lord’s words. After hearing God’s words and knowing God’s intention of saving mankind, they willingly abandoned everything and endure persecution and humiliation to spread the gospel of God’s work and bring more people before God. This is after God’s heart and is the most righteous thing. Don’t those who slander them precisely come from Satan? Look at those people in my former church. They not only don’t pay anything like this, but covet the comforts of the flesh, and always ask God to keep their families safe and careers prosperous. They just care about their own interests without any consideration for God’s will. Do such people have any conscience and sense at all?
Through the sister’s fellowship, I gained discrimination of Satan’s rumors and meanwhile understood God’s will of His working to save mankind. After the meeting, I came before Almighty God, prayed to repent, and begged God to forgive my ignorance. At night, lying on the bed, I kept thinking about one question: “The words of Almighty God are all the truth, which can be confirmed as long as one reads them. Pastor Zhang has believed in the Lord for a lifetime and is supposed to understand the truth, but why does he fail to recognize that Almightyis the truth and even spread rumors and condemn The Church of Almighty God?”
In the gathering of the next day, I spoke out my confusion, “Now, I can be sure that all kinds of negative messages are all baseless rumors. In the course of investigating, I’m able to feel that Almighty God’s words are all the truth. But the thing I do not understand is that the pastors all graduated from seminaries, have believed in God for a long time, know the Bible very well, and appear very pious; why do they fail to recognize God’s voice when reading Almighty God’s words, and even condemn and resist Him?” After hearing my words, a sister communicated with me, “Although they have been to seminary school and know the Bible well, it doesn’t mean they have a heart that fears God, nor that they are those who know God and understand the truth. Now, Almighty God does the work of judgment beginning with the house of God, and has expressed several million words to cleanse and save mankind. Hundreds of videos of witnessing produced by The Church of Almighty God have already been published online, for people from all nations and all lands to seek and investigate. This has shaken the whole religious community. Brothers and sisters from all denominations and sects who love the truth, after reading the word of Almighty God, all recognize that this is precisely theand the truth. One after another they have accepted the gospel of God’s kingdom. We also can confirm that this is God’s voice after reading Almighty God’s words. However, when the pastors and elders in the religious community see Almighty God’s words, some of them don’t seek or investigate; some even spread rumors, publicly condemn God, deny God, resist God, and blaspheme God after reading Almighty God’s words. What is the problem here? In regard to this question, let’s first take a look at a passage of Almighty God’s words. Almighty God says, ‘Any who do not understand the purpose of God’s work are those who stand against God, and even more so are those who are aware of the purpose of God’s work yet do not seek to satisfy God. Those who read the Bible in grand churches recite the Bible every day, yet not one understands the purpose of God’s work. Not one is able to know God; moreover, not one is in accord with the heart of God. They are all worthless, vile men, each standing on high to teach God. Though they brandish the name of God, they willfully oppose Him. Though they label themselves believers of God, they are ones who eat the flesh and drink the blood of man. All such men are devils who devour the soul of man, demons who purposefully disturb those who try to step onto the right path, and stumbling blocks that impede the path of those who seek God. Though they are of “robust flesh,” how are their followers to know that they are antichrists who lead man in opposition to God? How are they to know that they are living devils who specially seek souls to devour?’
“From the words of Almighty God we can see that even though one has believed in God for years and knows the Bible very well, it doesn’t mean that he understands the truth and knows God. When the Lord Jesus came to do His work, He revealed many deeds. According to people’s imaginations, the chief priests, scribes and elders, who were familiar with the Scripture, proficient in the law, and rendering pious service to Jehovah, should have been able to recognize the Messiah’s voice and that the Lord Jesus was the coming Messiah foretold in the Old Testament, and they should have taken the believers to accept the Lord Jesus’ new work. But the facts are exactly the opposite of what man conceived. After the chief priests and scribes heard the Lord Jesus’ words and saw the miracles performed by Him, they didn’t have the intention to seek and accept, but instead tried to find all kinds of accusations against the Lord Jesus and resisted and slandered the Lord Jesus’ work. Why is this? According to the records of the Bible we know that the preaching and work of the Lord Jesus at that time shook up the whole Jewish state. Many people were witnessing the name of the Lord Jesus, and then more and more people followed Him. Those chief priests, scribes and Pharisees knew clearly in their hearts that if the Lord Jesus continued what He was doing, then all Jewish believers would soon be following the Lord Jesus and Judaism would shut down. Therefore, to protect the survival of Judaism, to protect the sanctity of the Bible, and actually also to protect their status and livelihoods, they did all they could to make up rumors about, condemn and frame the Lord Jesus, and in the end colluded with the Roman government to nail the Lord Jesus to the cross. Similarly, today’s religious pastors and elders see that the words expressed by Almighty God are all the truth and carry authority and power. If these words are spread to all those in the religious community who love the truth, they will all acknowledge that this is theand the voice of God and thus will return before Almighty God. Therefore, the pastors and elders are extremely afraid of believers seeing Almighty God’s words and hearing God’s voice. They’re even more afraid that believers will all follow Almighty God, as this will make them lose their status and livelihoods. As a result, they especially despise Almighty God and furiously make up rumors about, judge, resist and condemn Almighty God, doing all they can to disrupt and block believers from investigating the true way. This is a fact that all discerning people can see clearly. It shows that the root of religious pastors and elders resisting and condemning Almighty God is the same as that of Jewish Pharisees resisting the Lord Jesus. Although they all know the Bible very well and have believed in God for years, they have a nature that is fed up with and despises the truth. They are all like the genuinely hypocritical Pharisees. They are all antichrists!”
Hearing her fellowship, I suddenly became enlightened: Turns out that the substance of the pastors and elders is the same as that of the Pharisees. Although they all know the Bible well and often expound it, their essence is hating the truth and God; they seem very spiritual but their substance is hypocritical. In order to stop believers from accepting Almighty God’s work, they actually fabricate rumors, slander and blaspheme Almighty God. Is there any fear of God in their hearts? Now I finally understand that when discerning people, we shouldn’t just judge by external appearances but should look at their hearts and essence.
That night, I turned on my computer and found to my surprise that I was expelled by the pastor of my former church. I thought: Pastor Zhang must have told the pastor about my investigating Almighty God’s work in the last days. I never expected that they were so afraid of the believers accepting Almighty God’s work in the last days, to the extent that they would rather expel me than allow me to contact the brothers and sisters again. They are so treacherous and so malicious! Based on this, I saw through their true face.
Thank God for His guidance. Now I have a real discernment of the pastors and elders, and can quiet my heart before God. Thinking back on the road I had walked, I found that though I had undergone delusion and disruption, my heart was awakened by God bit by bit. Afterward, through continuously reading God’s words, and frequently gathering and fellowshiping His words with my brothers and sisters, I unconsciously broke away from the bondage and control of games and had the likeness of a Christian. Besides, my life became ever more orderly. All the glory be to God!
By Qianheng, Germany
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