Religious Persecution: Exactly Who Has Thrown Her Family Into Chaos?

By Zhenxin

“Tell me, do you believe in Almighty God?” asked Wang Li’s husband the moment he came through the door.

Wang Li felt puzzled. How come her husband was acting so strangely and asking her this question all of a sudden? She was stunned for a moment but then replied, “Yes, I do. What’s wrong?”

“Hmph! What’s wrong? I was told to attend a meeting in town today, and the meeting was specifically about how to capture people who believe in Almighty God! The head of our town says that people who believe in Almighty God only listen to Almighty God’s words and not to what the Communist Party says and that they are opposed to the government, and that they are our nation’s focal targets to be attacked and arrested. You must not believe in Almighty God anymore!”

Only when her husband had finished speaking did Wang Li finally understand. So the Chinese Communist government had held a meeting to blaspheme and vilify God’s work, it wanted to attack the church and arrest those who believed in God, and it was only because her husband had been deceived by the CCP that he was trying to stop her from believing in God. Wang Li thought of God’s words that say: “When God carries out His work, He comes not to engage in any building or movements, but to fulfill His ministry. … The work of every age is initiated by God Himself, but you should know that, whatever the way in which God works, He does not come to start a movement, or to hold special conferences, or to establish any sort of organization in your behalf. He comes solely to carry out the work that He ought to do. His work does not suffer the constraint of any man. He does His work however He wishes; no matter what man thinks or knows of it, He is concerned only with carrying out His work” (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). As she pondered God’s words, she understood that each time God appears and performs His work, He does so to do His own work in accordance with His management plan to save mankind; He does not come to conduct some activity or establish some group, much less to take part in the politics of mankind. She thought: “In the last days, Almighty God performs the work of judgment beginning in God’s house, He expresses all the truths needed for man to attain salvation in order to change and purify man, to enable man to be utterly free from the bonds of sin, so that they may become people who revere God, obey God and love God, and so that they may attain God’s salvation. As believers in Almighty God, all we do is attend church gatherings, read God’s words, pursue the truth, know our own corrupt dispositions, be honest people as God requires, seek to fear God and shun evil and live out a genuine human likeness—we do nothing criminal or illegal, much less do we get involved in any kind of political activity. And yet the Chinese Communist government fabricates rumors about us and slanders us, it distorts facts and discredits God’s work, it falsely accuses The Church of Almighty God and all who believe in Almighty God as enemies of the nation, then uses these false accusations as a basis for public opinion in order to arrest and persecute Christians in all manner of ways, in the vain hope of banning The Church of Almighty God altogether. The CCP is so insidious and cunning!”

Thinking this, Wang Li spoke sternly and justly to her husband, saying, “The Almighty God I believe in is the one true God who created heaven, earth and all things, and He is the Creator. Almighty God expresses His words and performs the work of judgment in order to purify and change our corrupt dispositions and to enable us to utterly forsake Satan, truly obey God and revere God, live out a genuine human likeness and finally attain God’s salvation. God does not involve Himself in the politics of mankind and He forbids us from doing so as well. We believers in God just believe in God and read His words, we pursue the truth, walk the right path in life, and we never do anything criminal or illegal. And yet the CCP says that we are against the nation and against the government. This is a complete distortion of the facts and sheer fabrication! It is nothing but a false accusation, plain and simple.”

After she’d finished speaking, Wang Li’s husband was silent for a moment, and then said, “They said in the meeting today that all who believe in Almighty God have to be arrested and imprisoned, and the government has arrested many already. They also said that once a believer in Almighty God is captured, then all the non-believers in their family are implicated by association. Those who work for government bodies are to be expelled from public office, those who work normal jobs are to be banned from working, and their children cannot go to school, join the army or join the Party. If you continue to believe in Almighty God, then you will implicate both me and our son and it will affect our son’s future. From now on, you can learn to dance in the public square, or you can play mahjong, but I will not allow you to believe in God!” Seeing her husband begin to get agitated, Wang Li said no more.

That evening, Wang Li lay on her bed in a restless mood. She thought back over what her husband had said, and she began to worry: “The CCP is a dictatorship, a one-party system. It has always been cruel and merciless and has always pursued the policy of ‘Let those who comply with me thrive and those who resist me perish.’ It suppresses and persecutes any who refuse to follow and obey it, even to every generation of a family. If I do get arrested one day because of my belief in God, then my husband would certainly lose his job and my son’s future would be affected, and what would we do then? But I am a created being and to believe in and worship God is a heavenly law and an earthly decree, and it is impossible for me to give up my belief in God!” Thinking this, Wang Li didn’t know what to do for the best and her heart began to weaken. She said a silent prayer to God: “Almighty God! The Chinese Communist government fabricates lies to slander us who believe in God, and it uses these lies to deceive our families and uses them to stop us from believing in You, and it threatens us by saying that if we believe in God then our families will be implicated and our children’s futures will be affected. O God! My stature is so small, and I have begun to weaken now that I have encountered this issue. I ask that You guide me so that I may understand Your will, and I ask You to give me faith and strength and protect me so that I may stand firm in my testimony.”

In the dead of night, Wang Li looked at her husband sleeping, then she got up, quietly took up her book of God’s words, went into the bathroom and used a small torch to read the pages. She saw these words of God that say: “Whatever your background, and whatever the journey ahead of you, no one can escape the orchestrations and arrangements of the Heaven, and no one is in control of their own destiny, for only He who rules over all things is capable of such work. … Man’s heart and spirit are held in the hand of God, everything of his life is beheld in the eyes of God. Regardless of whether or not you believe this, any and all things, whether living or dead, will shift, change, renew, and disappear in accordance with God’s thoughts. Such is the way in which God presides over all things” (“God Is the Source of Man’s Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words allowed Wang Li to recognize that God rules and administers the fate of mankind, and that all such things as the jobs people have in their lives, what they live on and what experiences they have are all in God’s hands, and that no political party or individual can change the fate of man. Whether or not her husband’s job would be affected or whether her son would be able to get into university and what job he would have in the future was all in God’s hands and God would have the final say on it all. The CCP was simply unqualified and incapable of deciding their fates. As she came to this understanding, Wang Li was no longer worried about the future for her husband and son, she no longer felt so weak and her faith to follow God was strengthened.

Because of the deceit and threats of the CCP, Wang Li’s husband no longer supported her belief in God like he had done before, and he often kept his eye on her. The moment he found her reading God’s words or going out to attend a church gathering, he would argue with her, and their home lost the happiness and laughter it had once had.

Religious Persecution, lost the happiness

One day, Wang Li saw that her husband was not at home, and so she turned on her MP5 player and listened to a reading of God’s words while she did the laundry. Unexpectedly, her husband returned and, when he saw Wang Li, instantly roared, “Why are you listening to God’s words again?” Seeing her husband yelling in such rage, Wang Li felt terribly distressed. Her husband had never once yelled at her in such a way before, and yet now he was treating her as if she was the enemy. Wang Li felt a little hurt and said nothing, but just continued to do the laundry in silence. To her surprise, however, her husband quietly made a phone call and asked her elder brother and his wife, and her elder sister, to come over. When they arrived, they all appeared very menacing, and when her elder brother saw the MP5 player, he strode over intending to snatch it away, but Wang Li saw what was about to happen and fled to her bedroom, hoping to hide it somewhere. Out of nowhere, her husband was there before her and held her down on the bed. Her elder brother grabbed the MP5 player out of her hand and smashed it on the floor, then said fiercely, “Don’t you know that the CCP forbids people from believing in God? If you get arrested, then our whole family will be implicated! If you won’t give it up, then don’t blame me for being mean. I’ll take you to the police myself so they can lock you up, and then we’ll see if you still believe in God!”

As she looked at her broken MP5 player and then at the vehement faces of her family, Wang Li’s heart felt cloven in two. Her relatives who had loved her so much before had now been deceived and threatened by the CCP into treating her in such a way. She was a little worried that her family really would take her to the police station, and if they did, then she had no idea how the police might torture her. In her pain and weakness, Wang Li said a silent prayer to God asking Him to enlighten her and guide her. Just then, these words of God came to her mind: “You should know that all things in the environment around you are there by My permission, I arrange it all. See clearly and satisfy My heart in the environment I have given to you. Do not fear, Almighty God of hosts will surely be with you; He has your back and He is your shield” (“Chapter 26” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words gave her faith. “Yes,” she thought. “God has my back so what is there to fear?” Whether or not her family would take her to the police station was in God’s hands and it was up to God to orchestrate and arrange. God was wishing for her to rely on Him in this situation and to stand firm in her testimony to satisfy God. At the same time, Wang Li came to realize that, although on the outside, it seemed as though her family was trying to obstruct and disrupt her, behind all this, however, a spiritual battle was raging. Satan wanted to use her family to persecute her and obstruct her so that she would deny and betray God. God had permitted this situation to befall her to test her faith, and if she capitulated to Satan out of fear of being arrested, then she would be falling precisely into Satan’s deceitful scheme, and she would become Satan’s laughingstock. As she thought this, Wang Li wanted to rely on the strength God gave her to defeat Satan, and she decided that she would never surrender to it. And so, she said solemnly to her husband, her brother and his wife: “In my belief in God, all I do is read God’s words, attend gatherings and preach the gospel, and become an honest person as God requires. I don’t do anything bad, so why would you take me to the police station? As a created being, to believe in God and worship God is a heavenly law and an earthly decree! No matter what you do to try and stop me, even if you send me to prison, I’m absolutely set on believing in God!”

Her brother and his wife saw how staunch her will was and they could think of nothing else to say, and so they left in a gloomy mood. Her husband looked at her but said nothing, then turned and left the room.

Seeing what had just happened, Wang Li kept thanking God. She knew that it was the faith and courage God had given her that had enabled her to overcome Satan’s temptations. Wang Li also came to appreciate that, no matter how Satan tried to obstruct her or persecute her, as long as she remained resolute in her faith to rely on God, then there was no obstacle she couldn’t overcome!

After experiencing the persecution of her family several times, Wang Li came to hate the CCP even more. She thought of how her husband had previously supported her belief in God and about how peaceful her family had once been. But because the CCP made up lies, framed and discredited The Church of Almighty God, and threatened all those in her family who didn’t believe in God, saying that they would be expelled from public office, banned from working and that their children wouldn’t be able to get into college, thus provoking them into opposing her, her family was now in turmoil. The CCP really is so sinister and ruthless, and wicked through and through! As the word of God says, “The devil tightly trusses all of man’s body, it puts out both his eyes, and seals his lips firmly shut. The king of devils has rampaged for several thousand years, right up until today, when it still keeps a close watch on the ghost town, as if it were an impenetrable palace of demons; this pack of watchdogs, meanwhile, stare with glaring eyes, deeply fearful that God will catch them unawares and wipe them all out, leaving them without a place of peace and happiness. How could the people of a ghost town such as this have ever seen God? Have they ever enjoyed the dearness and loveliness of God? What appreciation have they of the matters of the human world? Who of them can understand God’s eager will? Small wonder, then, that God incarnate remains completely hidden: In a dark society such as this, where the demons are merciless and inhumane, how could the king of devils, who kills people in the blink of an eye, tolerate the existence of a God who is lovely, kind, and also holy? How could it applaud and cheer the arrival of God? These lackeys! They repay kindness with hate, they have long since disdained God, they abuse God, they are savage in the extreme, they have not the slightest regard for God, they plunder and pillage, they have lost all conscience, and have not a trace of kindness, and they tempt the innocent into senselessness. Forefathers of the ancient? Beloved leaders? They all oppose God! Their meddling has left all beneath heaven in a state of darkness and chaos! Religious freedom? The legitimate rights and interests of citizens? They are all tricks for covering up sin!” (“Work and Entry (8)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).

Through the revelations of God’s words, Wang Li came to have a greater understanding of the CCP’s demonic essence that is deceptive, evil, reactionary, and which frantically opposes God. Ever since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, in order to maintain its dictatorial rule, the CCP has created an atheist zone in China, it wantonly propagates atheism, materialism and evolutionism, it uses school education and the media, as well as the theories of the worldly great and famous, to spread its messages, constantly indoctrinating us with such heresies and fallacies such as “There has never been any Savior,” “There is no God at all,” “Religion is the opiate of the masses,” “Man can create a pleasant homeland with his own hands” and “People make history.” It uses these heresies and fallacies to corrode our thoughts and to make us deny the existence of God, defy God and rebel against God from our youth. The CCP also barefacedly declares to foreign nations such things as “freedom of religion” and “citizens enjoy legitimate rights and interests,” when the truth behind the scenes is that it forbids us from believing in God and following God, and allows us only to idolize the CCP and believe in the CCP, to regard it as our “saving star” and our “red sun.” Whosoever believes in God and treads the right path has their life taken away and their right to live denied. In particular, ever since Almighty God began His work of the last days, many brothers and sisters who sincerely believe in God and love the truth from all religions and denominations have become certain that Almighty God is indeed the second coming of the Lord Jesus, and they have come back into God’s presence. This infuriates the CCP as it fears that all the people of China will believe in God and follow God, and then no one will idolize the CCP as their “red sun” anymore. The CCP has therefore gone mad in suppressing and persecuting The Church of Almighty God. Wang Li thought about how the CCP has not only installed surveillance cameras everywhere on streets, in villages and at intersections, and it sends people to follow, observe, stake out and report believers in God, but it also engages the full might of the armed police to encircle and arrest people who believe in God. To those Christians it arrests, the CCP tortures them, sentences them, imprisons them and brainwashes them to make them deny God. Some brothers and sisters have even been crippled or killed as a result of their beatings. Thinking of these things, Wang Li felt so angry that she couldn’t help but clench her fists. She then thought about how the CCP deceives the uninformed because of the fabrications and lies it makes up about The Church of Almighty God, thus making them hate God and hate Christians. And now her family, who had previously supported her belief in God, had begun to obstruct her and coerce her into not believing in God, so that her family that had once been peaceful was now thrown into chaos. Just then, Wang Li finally saw clearly that the CCP spouts nothing but lies and does all manner of wicked deeds, and that it is the devil that corrupts man and devours man’s souls! Once she had seen the CCP’s evil essence that hates the truth and resists God, Wang Li hated the CCP’s wicked and despicable ways even more, and her resolve to follow God was strengthened still further.

One afternoon, Wang Li returned home to find her husband watching the news. She didn’t say anything, but just went straight into the kitchen and began to make dinner. Just then, she suddenly heard the news host say the words “Almighty God,” and then begin to lay false accusations against The Church of Almighty God and slander it. Her husband stared fixedly at the TV and, after listening to the CCP’s negative propaganda, he leapt to his feet, pointed at the TV and yelled angrily at Wang Li: “You see? It says on the TV and online that you preaching the gospel is disrupting public order, and that the CCP completely forbids people from believing in God. If you won’t give any thought to yourself, then think of your son’s future and of this family! If you try to go out again to preach the gospel, I’ll lock you in your room!”

Wang Li heard the CCP on the news, vilifying and condemning God’s work without restraint, and then saw her husband beginning to threaten her after being fooled by the CCP’s lies, and she became enraged. Filled with righteous indignation, she said to her husband, “We preach the gospel and bear witness to God so that more people can come before God to accept His salvation, be free of the bonds of their satanic corrupt dispositions, live out a normal humanity and, ultimately, attain salvation and live in the light. This is the most righteous thing for mankind to do. And yet the CCP says that we are disrupting public order—this is a complete distortion of the facts and a false account of the truth. Deception, robbery, murder, promiscuity and gambling are everywhere in China, and the people who do these things are the ones who disrupt public order, and yet the CCP purposefully overlooks these people and pays them no regard, and instead pointedly moves to persecute and frame good people who believe in God. Is this not a willful misrepresentation of the facts, a perversion of justice and an action that goes against Heaven? The CCP does absolutely everything in its power to disrupt God’s work, it fabricates rumors against and slanders The Church of Almighty God, and it frantically arrests and persecutes Christians. But can all this put a stop to the work of God? Under the barbaric persecution of the CCP, Almighty God’s gospel of the last days continues to spread and it is now known to every household on the Chinese mainland. It has even spread to every nation in the world, and all who sincerely believe in God and yearn for the truth harbor no fear whatsoever for the persecution of the CCP and, one by one, they come back before God and are determined to follow God and walk the right path in life. Can you really not see these facts? God’s word says, ‘No country or power can stand in the way of what God wishes to achieve. Those that obstruct God’s work, resist the word of God, disturb and impair the plan of God shall ultimately be punished by God. He who defies the work of God shall be sent to hell; any country that defies the work of God shall be destroyed; any nation that rises up to oppose the work of God shall be wiped from this earth, and shall cease to exist’ (‘God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s righteous disposition brooks no offense, and all the evil forces of Satan which resist God and which try to disrupt and destroy God’s work will be subject to God’s punishment. The reason why there are so many natural disasters in China is because the CCP is always in opposition to heaven, because it frantically resists God’s work and because it ruthlessly arrests and persecutes Christians—these disasters are God’s punishment. The CCP opposes God and, in the end, it will be utterly destroyed by God! You may not believe in God or know God’s work, but don’t believe the rumors and outright lies of the Chinese Communist government, for they are all utter nonsense which distort the facts. Following the CCP in its resistance to God will do you no good. The path I walk in my belief in God is the right path in life, and I would still not give up my belief in God even if I were to be arrested and imprisoned, so don’t try to stop me from believing in God anymore!”

After listening to Wang Li talk, her husband gave a deep sigh, and said, “Believe in God if you want to! But you should know that the CCP is a dictatorship that forbids people from believing in God, and that only allows people to believe in the CCP. If you believe in God, then you must be careful.”

Hearing her husband say such a thing, Wang Li couldn’t help but offer up her thanks and praise to God. She came to appreciate that it was God who was guiding her, one step at a time, to overcome the CCP’s persecution and attacks as well as her family’s attempts to obstruct her, and she stood firm in her testimony.

The next morning, Wang Li got up early to read God’s words, and she read this passage: “God intends to use a portion of evil spirits’ work to perfect a portion of man, so that these people can completely see through demons’ deeds, and allow everyone to truly understand their ancestors. Only then can humans completely break free, not only forsaking the posterity of the demons, but even more so their ancestors. This is the original intent of God completely defeating the great red dragon, to make it so that all of man knows the great red dragon’s true form, completely tearing off its mask, and seeing its true form. This is what God wants to achieve, and it is His final goal on earth for which He has done so much work; He aims to accomplish this in all of man. This is known as the maneuver of all things for God’s purpose” (“Chapter 41” of Interpretations of the Mysteries of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From God’s words, Wang Li understood that the wisdom of God is exercised based upon the deceitful schemes of Satan, and that God is using the CCP’s persecution and arrests in order to perfect His chosen people and make them into a group of overcomers. Although the CCP has never stopped arresting and persecuting Christians belonging to The Church of Almighty God over recent years, those who sincerely believe in God and love the truth, by means of their experiences, not only come to know God’s almightiness, wisdom and righteous disposition, and true faith and love for God arises in them, but their desire to pursue justice and to pursue the truth becomes even more ardent. At the same time, they see clearly the demonic essence of the CCP that hates the truth and resists God, they become able to loathe it and forsake it from the bottom of their hearts, and they follow God and tread the right path in life with unshakable faith. Wang Li thought of how her family had tried to stop her from believing in God after being coerced into it by the CCP, and when she felt passive and weak, it was God’s words that had enlightened and guided her, thus enabling her to have true discernment about the wicked and despicable ways of the CCP and to have true faith in God, and strengthening her resolve to believe in and follow God. As she thought about it, she realized that she really had gained so much from her experiences!

Just then, the east was beginning to redden, and a new sun began imperceptibly to rise. Wang Li looked at the rays of light streaming out from the sun, and she thought that, no matter how the CCP may try to thwart God’s work, under the guidance of God, all who sincerely believe in God and love the truth break through the CCP’s lies, arrests, persecution and terrible leaguer, and they stand and expend themselves and perform their duty for God. No matter how the CCP hounded them, they would still swear to follow God, and she knew that all of this was a manifestation of the authority and power of God that precisely fulfilled God’s words: “The work that I do is carried out in response to Satan’s ruses. In the end I will reveal My almightiness and Satan’s powerlessness” (“You Should Know How the Whole of Humanity Has Developed to the Present Day” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Wang Li’s heart was filled with all kinds of emotions, and she said a prayer to God and made a resolution: “No matter how hard or rocky the road ahead, I will always follow God and tread the right path in life!”

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