By Xie’en, Hong Kong
After I got married, my husband’s mother spread the gospel of the Lord Jesus to me. Through reading the Bible, I came to know: Man was created by God; the heavens and earth and all things originated from the creation of God’s word; and God created all things and He is also ruling, supplying, and guiding us. And meanwhile, I also saw God’s salvation for mankind: In order to bear our sins, the Savior Jesus Christ served as a sin offering and then redeemed all mankind, and as long as we accept Him as our Savior, we will enjoy the abundant grace given by Him. I was deeply moved by the great love of the Lord. In 2005, I was baptized and formally became a Christian.
One day, on a group meeting, the wife of a pastor said: “The Lord Jesus taught us to love our enemies, so we should pray for our enemies and bless them.” Upon hearing that, I immediately thought of my ex-husband. I hate him for his infidelity, and also because he abandoned me and my son. How can I bless him? But I thought it was the requirement of the Lord, and I must listen to His word. Therefore, I prayed to the Lord and besought Him to help me forsake the hatred in my heart, and I also asked God’s blessing on my ex-husband’s health and job. Some time later I really forsook the hatred, getting released in spirit. Thanks be to the Lord! After that, in order to spread the Lord’s gospel, the wife choreographed dances of praising the Lord and asked us to dance in a park. To fulfill my own duty and responsibility, I led a small group to dance every morning, from Monday to Friday, and spread the gospel at the same time. Usually, I also led our group to study the Bible, did work for free, visited and sustained the weak brothers and sisters, and received and concerned for the new ones who went to church to worship. When I myself sinned, I admitted guilt to the Lord and repent. At that time, I felt very peace and happy in my heart, having the presence of the Lord.
Later on, something happened in our church, which chilled me a lot. The pastor’s wife and the preachers schemed against each other, and they vied with one another for their own fame and status; in the church, she enthusiastically sustained and cared for the wealthy brothers and sisters and always sat together with them in meetings, but for the ordinary believers, she didn’t pay them much attention. Because of her such behavior, some brothers and sisters didn’t go to church any more. She once said in the church, “The pastor’s and my salary is only several thousand yuan a month, but each of us donates half of it every month. The more we donate, the more blessing we will get.” Actually, her purpose of saying this like that was to ask believers to donate more, and then she would get more income. Later on, she bought an apartment and then a private building costing more than four million—she really got the “great blessing.” When I was in contact with her, I found she was even worse than an unbeliever in loving others.
In 2008, my mother passed away and I was very sad. I asked the pastor’s wife to pray for me, and she replied: “I will call you every day and pray for you.” One week passed, I didn’t receive calls from her. I thought: She always told us, “The Lord Jesus loves you. And I love you, too.” For this reason, I saw her as my spiritual mother and respected her very much. But now she failed to do what she had promised, which really disappointed me. I became weak and depressed, and didn’t enjoy going to church. But when remembering the Lord’s love, I felt it was hard to tear myself away, thinking, “It is the Lord in whom I believe, not her; I cannot be weak and negative because of man’s behavior.” So I went to church to serve God again, however, I was unable to summon up the strength within myself. So I prayed to God, “O Lord, I am very much thirsty in spirit. May You lead me, open a way for me, give me faith, and guide me to walk forward.”
One day, in March 2009, a sister visited me. After a short greeting, I opened up to her about my spiritual state and the situation of the church. When she heard my words, she fellowshiped with me, “There is God’s will in the desolation of the church. If we want to understand this matter, we should first recall the situation of the synagogues at the end of the Age of Law. Originally, the temple was full of Jehovah’s glory. The priests must wear priests’ robes and crowns and walk barefoot into the temple, only by doing so can they serve Jehovah God. They must maintain a heart of fearing God to serve Him, and must observe the rules of the temple; if anyone broke the rules, he would be punished by Jehovah God. For example, the King Uzziah entered the temple without permission and wanted to burn incense on the altar of the incense, and then leprosy broke out on his forehead. At the end of the Age of Law, the temple became desolate. The priests offered lame sacrifices without condemnation in spirit, they had made the temple a house of merchandise without the discipline of the Holy Spirit. This was because the Lord Jesus had done the work of the Age of Grace outside the temple. As we know, the people living in the later period of the Age of Law, became increasingly corrupt and all lived in sin and couldn’t keep the law. The wages of sin is death. God didn’t have the heart to destroy the man created by Him, so He became flesh for the first time and did the work of redemption. In order to take on man’s sin, the Savior Jesus was nailed on the cross as a sin offering, making man’s sin forgiven so that man can come before God. As long as we accepted the Lord Jesus as our Savior, we would enjoy peace and joy and attain God’s blessing and grace, not being condemned any longer. In fact, each time when God does a new stage of work and opens up a new age, He also ends the work of the old age. Just like God became flesh to do the work of the Age of Grace, He stopped His work in the Age of Law at the same time, and consequently, the work of the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the temple and moved to those who accepted God’s new work. And so those who followed the Lord Jesus’ work could attain peace and joy from Him, while those who kept rules in the temple were all forsaken by His work. Let’s see about today’s churches, there are more and more lawless acts: Pastors have no heart of fearing God, and they feed on the offerings without fear, much less God’s discipline; co-workers of the church are not of one mind with each other, they raise envy and strife amongst themselves, fighting for fame and status and scheming against each other; preachers preach biblical knowledge and doctrines, falling into conversation ruts, so that believers can’t get any supply in spirit and became weak and negative. All these manifestations show that the churches have no work of the Holy Spirit and no presence of God.” After hearing the sister’s fellowship, I finally knew that the root cause of my spiritual dryness and the increasing lawlessness in churches was that the Holy Spirit’s work has shifted.
And then, the sister communicated with me, “Now every nation is in a state of ferment, and disasters are becoming bigger and bigger day by day. All kinds of signs have been shown that the prophecies of the Lord’s return in the last days have been fulfilled. Today, the Lord Jesus has already returned, and He is the incarnate Almighty God. Almighty God has opened the little scroll referred to in Revelation, and the words in this scroll are all the words expressed by Almighty God for saving mankind. God uses words to judge, purify and perfect man, and only by accepting God’s work of the last days can we break free from the bondage of sin and be gained by God. In reality, God causes famine to befall the religious world in order to force those within religion who truly believe in God and love the truth to escape from the religious world, to seek the footsteps of God’s work, to search for the words that the Holy Spirit speaks to the churches and to seek God’s appearance and His work. All those who hear the voice of God and who accept and obey Almighty God’s judgment work of the last days are wise virgins. These people are all enjoying the supply of living water of life that flows forth from the throne. All those who do not accept the work of Almighty God belong to the objects of being detested, rejected and eliminated by God. Just like God’s words say, ‘His work in other places will cease, and people will be forced to seek the true way. It will be like Joseph: Everyone came to him for food, and bowed down to him, for he had things to eat. In order to avoid famine people will be forced to seek the true way. The entire religious community is suffering severe famine, and only the God of today is the wellspring of living water, possessed of the ever-flowing wellspring provided for the enjoyment of man, and people will come and depend on Him.’”
I was shocked by the news about the Lord’s return and the words expressed by Almighty God. I thought, “The Lord Jesus has returned!” Immediately the sister took out a book titled The Scroll Opened by the Lamb and passed it to me. At that moment, I remembered Eastern Lightning that preachers often told us to guard against, so I asked the sister, “Are you a believer of Eastern Lightning?” The sister fellowshiped with me, “‘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). In reality, Eastern Lightning means God’s work and God’s word, and also means that God’s words are the light of life for mankind. ‘The coming of the Son of man’ means that the Lord Jesus becomes flesh again in the last days and comes to the eastern country of the world—China to carry out the work of judgment and chastisement using His word. With His inherent righteous disposition, He expresses the truth to perfect a group of overcomers to manifest God’s almightiness and wisdom, and then, God uses this group of people to spread His gospel of the kingdom and makes His work rapidly spread to the West and all countries in the world. God’s word is like a bolt of lightning, bringing us the light. It makes us humans gain the love and salvation given by God, gain the knowledge of God’s true face, have the true reverence and worship toward God, and live in the light of God’s face.” Later, the sister fellowshiped with me about many truths. She told me to pray more and to seek more so that I can obtain God’s enlightenment and guidance.
After I arrived home, I was very ambivalent. I didn’t dare read the book for fear of being deceived. Early on the next morning, I got up and hurried to study Revelation in the Bible and wanted to find out the answer. But, half-way through my search, I had to go downstairs to dance. My mind was in a whirl and I frequently made mistakes when dancing. I thought, “If the Lord Jesus really has come back, why don’t pastors accept Him? But the sister is a true believer in the Lord, and she knows the Bible well. Her fellowship about the truth contains the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and illumination and also has solved my confusions and problems. I have learned and benefited from it so much.” After finishing my dance, I rushed home to read through Revelation quickly. I then saw it is written, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the middle of the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7). “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). After reading these verses, I felt very bright inside. I was willing to drop myself and open my heart to seek the voice of God. So I prayed to God, “Dear heavenly Father, I will abandon my own conceptions to seek You. May You enlighten me to understand Your work, and lead me to walk the right way. In the holy name of the Lord Jesus I pray, Amen.”
After that, I opened the book of the words expressed by Almighty God, and I saw a passage of God’s words say, “Perhaps, having heard the way of truth and read the word of life, you believe that only one in 10,000 of these words are in line with your convictions and the Bible, and then you should continue to seek in that 10,000th of these words. I still advise you to be humble, to not be over-confident, and to not exalt yourself too highly. With your heart holding such meager reverence for God, you will gain greater light. If you carefully examine and repeatedly contemplate these words, you shall understand whether or not they are the truth, and whether or not they are life. Perhaps, having only read a few sentences, some people will blindly condemn these words, saying, ‘This is nothing more than some enlightenment of the Holy Spirit,’ or, ‘This is a false Christ come to deceive people.’ Those who say such things are blinded by ignorance! You understand too little of the work and wisdom of God, and I advise you to start again from scratch! You must not blindly condemn the words expressed by God because of the appearance of false Christs during the last days, and must not be someone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit because you fear deception. Would that not be a great pity?” Reading God’s words, I felt very excited. This is exactly the voice of the Lord Jesus—the heart’s voice of the Lord Jesus I longed for, otherwise who can express God’s disposition and what God has and is, and who can reveal my inmost opinions and views? I was moved to tears, and I also regretted my rebelliousness at the same time. I almost lost God’s salvation due to believing rumors. But God didn’t forsake me, instead, He enlightened and guided me so that I can hear His voice. I thank God for His mercy and salvation. Through seeking and investigating, I was completely certain that Almighty God is the appearance of the Lord Jesus. And then, I accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days and led a church life.
One day, I was having a meeting at home together with the sister of The Church of Almighty God. Suddenly, I heard a knock at the door. When I saw through the Cat’s-eye, I was startled to see that the pastor and his wife, the preacher, and some other co-workers were standing at the door. The sister and I packed away the books of God’s words, and then I opened my door. The moment they stepped in my home, they looked round. After the pastor’s wife introduced herself to the sister, she drove the sister away furiously. The preacher, by saying hello to my son, walked into the room and glanced round it. At that point, I constantly prayed to God and asked Him to keep my heart, give me faith and strength, and teach me the words I ought to say. Then the pastor showed a book titled “Guarding Against the Eastern Lightning” to me, and spoke some fallacies to condemn and blaspheme The Church of Almighty God. His wife compelled me to tell her the sister’s name and phone number, but I refused. Again, she compelled me to send the sister a message that would said, “You are a heretic, so don’t come looking for me anymore.” But I refused to do that too. Then they attacked me together and the pastor laid his hands on me and prayed for me in an unknown tongue. I was so scared that I called on and prayed to God desperately, asking Him to keep my heart. I thought, “You hypocrites! When I met with difficulties, you not only didn’t help and sustain me but ignored me. Now, I have accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days, yet you yourselves don’t seek and investigate but even try hard to prevent me from following God’s footsteps.” The more I thought, the more indignant I became. I remembered the words the Lord Jesus cursed 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” (Mat 23:13). Weren’t their behaviors exactly the same as that of the Pharisees who resisted the Lord Jesus? They just walked the same path as the Pharisees. Just like God’s words says, “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?” God’s word exposes the true face of the pastors and elders in all denominations. In the churches, they depend on their Bible knowledge, theories, and doctrines to teach, snare, and control people, and they stand on high to teach God and act irreverently toward God’s work. They think that God should work like this or that. How arrogant they are! They don’t have a heart of fearing God, nor will they abandon their notions and imaginations to seek the truth. They even wave the banner of serving God to prevent believers from seeking and accepting the true way, in order to protect their own status, to persistently control the church and bleed believers for money. They are just the devils who eat man’s flesh, drink man’s blood, and devour man’s souls, they are the antichrists who resist God.
The next day, the pastor’s wife phoned brothers and sisters of the church and then told them that I had accepted Eastern Lightning; she asked them to shut themselves out from me. And she also spoke some words to blaspheme and condemn The Church of Almighty God. Moreover, she didn’t allow me to be the lead dancer anymore and even made up rumors that I was possessed by evil spirits so as to try to cut me out. In addition, she asked me to admit my fault to everyone in the church on Sunday, or they would expel me. Through their hindrance and disturbance, I became more certain about Almighty God’s work of the last days. Because I believed that what comes from God is positive, and it makes man harmonious, affectionate, and safe, and what comes from Satan makes men incompatible with each other, and make them fearful, and loveless. One time later on, I came across an old sister of my former denomination, and she said to me, “I won’t go to church, either. The pastor’s wife said that you were possessed by demons and she removed your name from the church. How could they expel a believer casually? They even spread rumors, saying that you were possessed by demons. This is distorting the fact and denigrating brothers and sisters. In my view, they are the ones with false spirituality, so I won’t go to church, either.” After hearing her words, I came to understand: No wonder brothers and sisters all shunned me when they saw me and didn’t dare talk with me. It turned out that they believed that I was possessed by demons. This made me see even more that the pastors had no way of the Lord in their hearts, so they could casually judge man, denigrate man, and use lies to deceive man. They are the evil servants exposed by Almighty God’s work in the last day. At the same time, it also made me see that if we believe in God but don’t have discernment, worshiping and following man blindly, then we will be deceived. It is true that a blind man leads a blind man, and in the end they will fall into a ditch together.
Nowadays, I read God’s words and communicate about the understanding and knowledge of God’s words together with my brothers and sisters. In the judgment and chastisement of God’s word, I have realized my corrupt satanic disposition, such as arrogance and self-conceit, self-righteousness, crookedness and craftiness, selfishness and baseness, and so on. I also have seen that I have been corrupted by Satan so much, having no human likeness. After that, I solved my own corrupt disposition by seeking the relevant truth, and practicing God’s words in all kinds of environments arranged by God, my life disposition has been changed little by little, and I possess more and more likeness of a true human. All these results are achieved by experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement, from which it can be seen that the judgment and chastisement of Almighty God’s words is exactly the salvation and purification for man. I am determined to follow God without regret! All the praise, honor, and glory be to Almighty God!