Pastors Have Become Modern-day Pharisees

One month later, I returned to Taiwan. One day when I called my mother, she told me that the deacons from her former church often called her at home to threaten her, and that she had no alternative but to leave our hometown with the excuse of taking care of my grandma, in case the pastors and deacons would call the police and have her arrested. After hearing her words, I was filled with rage. At the same time, I saw more clearly the pastors’ and elders’ nature of resisting God and being enemies of God.

Not long after I returned to Taiwan, I got in touch with the brothers and sisters from the local church of Almighty God. Through attending gatherings with them, I gradually understood God’s intention of saving man. When I saw that a lot of brothers and sisters who believed in the Lord were living in the darkness and desperately waiting for His return, I wanted to bring those sincere believers in the Lord who awaited His coming before God to comfort God’s heart.

Later, I contacted a brother who once gathered with me, and bore witness to God’s work in the last days to him. Unexpectedly, he said: “The preaching of Eastern Lightning is very profound. The pastor said our stature is small and asked us not to listen to, read, or get in touch with them.” He used this as an excuse to refuse to investigate God’s work in the last days. Several days later, I passed on the gospel to a sister. After she finished hearing, she said that the preaching was profound and contained the truth. But I never expected that she would call the pastor later that day. The next day, she tricked me into coming to the church. Then the pastor took me to his office, where I found the preachers, pastor, pastor’s wife, deacons, and group leader gathered there. They seven surrounded me, each holding a Bible in their hands. Then they questioned me closely, like interrogating a criminal, about whether I had accepted Eastern Lightning. In the face of these people, I was somewhat timid, so I prayed to God silently in my heart: “O God! You know that my stature is small. In the face of so many people’s attacks, I am very afraid. May You lead me so that I can stand testimony for You.” After praying, I thought of God’s word: “Almighty God, the Head of all things, wields His kingly power from His throne. He rules over the universe and all things and He is guiding us on the whole earth. We shall often be close to Him, and come before Him in quietness; never shall we miss a single moment, and there are things to learn at all times. The environment around us as well as the people, matters and objects, all are permitted by His throne. Do not have a complaining heart, or God will not bestow His grace upon you.” “I am your Rock, your Backer.” God’s word gave me confidence and strength. I now understood that all things and matters are in God’s hands. God permitted this environment to befall me. He was using it to test whether I had true faith in Him, and whether I could bear witness to Him when besieged by so many people. After understanding this, I was no longer afraid of this environment but could face it calmly.

Then the pastor and the deacons questioned me fiercely: “Who passed on the gospel to you? Who told you to come to our church and steal our sheep? No matter who comes to steal our sheep, we will not spare them.” After this, they also said lots of blasphemous things against God. I could not bear to listen to them anymore, so I retorted: “Eastern Lightning is the Lord Jesus’ appearance and work. This exactly fulfills the Lord’s words: ‘For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be’ (Matthew 24:27). Facing the Lord’s appearance, not only do you not seek or investigate it, but you also accuse me of stealing your sheep. The flock belongs to you? We are all the Lord’s sheep. I bring the good news of the Lord’s return to all the brothers and sisters who eagerly yearn for His arrival. Is there anything wrong with this? You block people from investigating the true way and deprive them of their rights to study the true way. Is this in accordance with the Lord’s will?”

Seeing I would not give in, the pastor looked more fierce. He continued saying: “Do not believe in Eastern Lightning! Come back quickly! Look at Sister XX. Due to believing in Eastern Lightning, she is not normal now.” After hearing this, I thought: Aren’t you talking nonsense? The sister is upright and kind-hearted and is also a true believer in God. Moreover, she is quite well and normal. I never thought that in order to prevent me from believing in Almighty God, they would bear false witness and spread lies so brazenly. Aren’t they afraid of offending God’s disposition? At the thought of this, I said to the pastor: “The Bible says: ‘Judge not, that you be not judged’ (Matthew 7:1). You arbitrarily judge and condemn people. Is this in accordance with the Lord’s will? The sister is not at all what you said she is. Why do you lie and spread such a rumor about her? Are you complying with the Lord’s teachings by doing this?” Seeing their mouths full of words of judgment against God and blasphemy, I thought of what the Lord Jesus said: “Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you (Matthew 7:6). When seeing their attitude of hatred of the truth and God, I knew it was no use saying anything more to them. So I said to the pastor: “I have nothing more to say to you. I’ve got to go home.” He warned me: “Don’t you ever come here to steal our sheep again! If you do not repent, you will go to hell!” I responded: “Whether I will go to hell or not, it’s not your call. God has the final say.” Hearing my words, he snarled at me: “You are no longer welcome in the church! We will expel you!” I thought to myself: Now the church is without any work of the Holy Spirit, and you people are doing whatever you please without the slightest reverence for God. You have turned the church into a den of thieves. Even if you ask me to stay, I will not follow you false shepherds any longer. At the thought of this, I left the church without a backward glance.

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After returning home, I still couldn’t calm down. In the past, I always had the utmost respect for the pastors and considered them people who led the church and labored for the Lord. But today, the pastor drove me out of the church and cursed me just because I passed on God’s gospel to brothers and sisters. Thinking back to his ferocious face, the more I thought about it, the worse I felt. I couldn’t figure out why these people hated preachers of Almighty God’s gospel so much. So, during the gathering of that night, I told what had happened that day and my puzzle to brothers and sisters. One of the sisters shared with me a passage of God’s word: “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?

Having finished reading God’s word, she fellowshiped: “God’s word reveals the essence of the religious pastors’ and elders’ resistance to God. They just pay lip service to belief in God and only believe in the vague God in heaven, and they do not seek the truth at all, nor do they practice the Lord’s words. When Almighty God’s work of the last days arrives upon them, not only do they not investigate God’s work with a seeking heart, but they wantonly condemn and blaspheme Almighty God, and even seal off the churches in the name of protecting the sheep flock. These people are the same as the Pharisees. They do all this to protect their status and meal tickets. They are afraid that no one will give money to them or think highly of them, so they resist and condemn Almighty God by all means possible, and even do their utmost to disrupt and block believers from investigating the true way. They are trying to establish their own independent kingdom in the religious world and usurp God’s sheep for themselves. So they hate Almighty God very much and hate those who proclaim and bear witness for Him. These pastors and leaders in the religious world are identical to the Jewish Pharisees who condemned and resisted the Lord Jesus. They are all antichrists who hate God and are in opposition to God. They are devils who trample people and devour their souls. They are precisely the evil servants and wicked tenants. Just like what the Lord Jesus said when He condemned the Pharisees, ‘But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are entering to go in’ (Matthew 23:13). These pastors and elders cause people to lose their opportunity to receive salvation, severely offending God’s disposition. They will surely receive God’s righteous punishment.”

After hearing her fellowship, I calmed down a lot. Through this experience, I had seen through the reality of the pastors and elders’ hypocrisy. Thinking back, when my mother donated several thousand yuan to the church every year, they often prayed for us and visited my mother with gifts to show their concern for her. However, when my mother started following Almighty God, their ugly faces were revealed completely. They often went to my mother’s house to disturb her, in hope of making her give up the true way. Besides, when they saw my mother had born witness for the Lord’s appearance and work to brothers and sisters of the church, to secure their livelihood, they actually wanted to serve as the henchmen of the Chinese Communist Party and call the police to have her arrested. Is this not to be Judas? Aren’t they accomplices of Satan? When I thought about this, I felt that God’s work in the last days is so full of wisdom. God uses His work to reveal all of the goats and sheep, good servants and bad servants, so that each will end up with its own kind. At the same time, it allows us to see that these pastors and elders are the modern-day Pharisees.

Later, I heard from a sister that I had been expelled from the church by the pastor, that he publicly announced my name in the church, asked all the believers who knew me to forsake me, forbade them to contact me, and moreover, intensified efforts to resist Eastern Lightning. After that, several times when I ran into some sisters from my former church on the street, when they saw me, they all distanced themselves far from me and did not dare to approach me. I felt sorry for these people. They believe in God nominally, but actually treat the pastor as their idol and regard obeying the pastor as being obedient to God. When they heard the truth, they did not seek or investigate, but only listened to the rumors and lies of the pastors and elders. As a consequence, they lost the last opportunity to receive God’s salvation.

Through this experience, I have clearly seen the hypocritical, truth-hating, and God-opposing essence of those pastors and elders. I am no longer deceived by their false, outward appearance. Now I will read more of God’s word and equip myself with more of the truth. I will bear witness for God’s salvation to those brothers and sisters who are deceived by lies, so that they will come back before God and receive God’s salvation in the last days. Thanks be to Almighty God!

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