By Yonggong, United States
I was born in a, and my grandparents and uncles are all Christians. When I was fourteen, my parents also came to the Lord after having seen His great power. From then on, whatever difficulties I had, I would to the Lord and thus got a taste of His grace and protection. As time went by, many people in my hometown started to illegally enter other countries in order to earn money and escape the life of poverty. I joined them at the age of eighteen. But unlike them, I always had the presence of the Lord wherever I went. On the way, some of my fellow townsmen suffered many setbacks, and some even died halfway. I, however, took the plane all the way to the United States and arrived there safely. At that time, I believed that no matter how great the difficulties ahead, I would be able to get through them easily with the help of the Lord.
During my ten years of work in the United States, I had experienced a lot. Due to the burden of my work and life, my going to church became less frequent. Even though I went there once in a while, I could not feel the warmth, because the pastors, elders, and co-workers treated the cultivated or the rich with warmth but were cold toward us common believers. Besides, I couldn’t calm down when listening to a message, for while the pastor was preaching, some believers were phoning, some playing games, and some reading novels. I felt very disappointed to see that, thinking they were not truly worshiping God at all. As I gained nothing from the meetings, I became increasingly reluctant to go to church.
One day in November of 2016, a friend of mine, Xiaoxia, invited me to a Bible study meeting with her. I was free that day, so I went with her to a sister’s house. There were altogether eight sisters, including Sister Xiang, Sister Tong, and other six sisters. The meeting focused on a certain topic. We found relevant verses, and then everyone fellowshiped about her own understanding. Hearing their fellowship, I thought their understanding was very pure, which made me feel pleasure in my spirit. Afterward, Xiaoxia and I attended meetings with them a few more times. The sisters shared many aspects of truths with us, such as God’s incarnation, God’s three stages of work, how to distinguish between the true way and the false way, and so on. In the end, they bore witness to us about the kingdomof the returned —Almighty God. I felt that their explanation of the Bible was clear and transparent and came from the work of the Holy Spirit, and that their fellowship was in accordance with the Bible. So, I asked them for their phone numbers, hoping to further seek and investigate Almighty God’s work.
After that, I listened to their fellowship several more times, and the more I listened to Almighty God’s words, the more I felt that these words couldn’t be said by man, for no one was able to thoroughly explain the mystery of God’s six-thousand-year management plan. I thought Almighty God was most likely the returned Lord Jesus. I could hardly wait to tell my husband this good news, thinking: My husband is yearning for the Lord Jesus’ return like me, and he will surely be very delighted at the news. But never had I imagined that when I told him the Lord had returned and was called Almighty God and He had expressed new words and carried out a new work, he would not only have no seeking heart, but also call my mother-in-law in China and told her I had believed in Almighty God. Then the news soon came to my mother’s ears. Because they had heard lots of rumors and words of condemnation against The Church of Almighty God from the religious world, they all hindered me from believing in Almighty God. My mother anxiously called to check if I had believed in Almighty God, and repeatedly emphasized that I must be very careful not to make contact with other denominations. I said to her, “Mom, I’ve heard their fellowship and I feel it very good. I have discernment. They gave me a book, and all the words in it are God’s utterances.” She let me send the photos of the book to her via WeChat. Then she showed them to another sister in her church. After seeing the photo of the book cover, she confirmed that it was the book of the CAG. She was of the same opinion as my mother, opposing me from contacting the CAG. So shortly afterward, my mother phoned me again, saying, “Return that book to them as soon as possible. If they call you again, just tell them never to come again. The pastors often tell us, ‘God’s word is only in the Bible, nowhere else, and there are no God’s word and work outside the Bible.’ Those believers in Almighty God told you God’s word was in that book. Don’t they depart from the Bible? …” Finally, she said in a grave tone and with sincerity, “My dear, I’m doing this for your good. If you don’t follow Mom’s advice, you will suffer losses.” Hearing this, my heart was shaken, and I thought: Yeah, my mother surely won’t hurt me. I had obeyed her and never grieved her since I was young. Now, I even more don’t want to quarrel with her about this matter. Besides, the pastors do often say, “God’s word is only in the Bible, nowhere else, and there are no God’s word and work outside the Bible.” They shouldn’t be wrong. And haven’t the believers in the Lord been reading the Bible all these years? How can God speak outside the Bible? If I really take the wrong way, I will offend the Lord. So I’d better not make contact with the people of the CAG any longer.
From that day on, whenever the sisters of the CAG gave me a call, I simply refused to answer it. Even if I picked it up occasionally, I just found excuses for not meeting them. Later on, Xiaoxia came to see me, asking me why I no more went to listen to the fellowship of the sisters of the CAG. I spoke out all my thoughts to her. She said, “I’ve just started to believe and don’t understand many truths. But I feel that their preaching is in line with the Bible and very enlightening. You can inform them of your questions and let them communicate with us.” In spite of what she said, I still rejected her advice. But actually, after repeated refusals, there was a contradiction in my heart: The return of the Lord is such a great thing. Though I’ve heard it, I neither seek nor investigate it. If I really miss the opportunity of being saved by the returned Lord, then will I not be forsaken by Him? Through thorough investigation, if I am certain that Almighty God is not the returned Lord Jesus and then I reject it, I will have nothing to regret. With these thoughts in mind, I chose to go on investigating it.
Thus, I began listening to the preaching of the religious pastors on YouTube every day. Meanwhile, every time after Xiaoxia attended meetings with the sisters of the CAG, I called her to ask what they had preached to her. And then I compared their preaching with that of the pastors. And so, after I had mulled them over and compared them for a time, I still felt that there was the work of the Holy Spirit in the CAG. And I was reminded that the sisters of the CAG had once searched for The Church of Almighty God’s videos on my cellphone. So I searched for them in the search history of YouTube. As I loved listening to songs, I first clicked the video of the hymn “If I Were Not Saved by God.” And I heard the words: “If I were not saved by God, I would still be drifting in this world, struggling hard and painfully in sin; every day gets bleak and hopeless. If I were not saved by God, I’d still be crushed below the devil’s feet, snared in sin and its enjoyments, ignorant of what my life would be. If I were not saved by God, I’d be without my blessings here today, much less know why we should live on or the meaning of our lives. If I were not saved by God, I’d still be confused about my faith, still in empty space passing the days, unaware in whom to put my faith. I have finally understood God’s loving hands hold mine as we go. I would never go and lose my way ‘cause I’m on this brilliant course to stay. I have finally understood God’s intent, earnest to man. False impressions fully removed, I will give my flesh and soul to God. …” This song struck a responsive chord in my heart, and its lyrics were totally a mirror of my life. Thinking back to these years, I realized: If not for God’s salvation and protection, I wouldn’t have become what I am today. These lyrics are so true! Then I continued to listen to the hymns “Song of Heartfelt Attachment” and “I Will Rise Up Again.” Each of them sounded so nice and was based on the real life. The more I listened to them, the more I felt sure that there were God’s blessings and the work of the Holy Spirit in the CAG. Otherwise, how could they have made so many impressive hymns and MVs? So, when Xiaoxia contacted me again, I promised to meet the sisters of the CAG with her.
When I saw the sisters, I told them the thing that bothered me most. I said, “All believers in the Lord think that God’s words are all in the Bible, and that there are no God’s words or work outside the Bible. But why do you say God has expressed the words in the Word Appears in the Flesh?” In view of my question, the sisters showed me the movie clip “Are God’s Words and Work All in the Bible?” from Who Is My Lord. I saw some characters in the movie discussing these topics: “We’ve always believed that God’s words and work are all recorded in the Bible and there are no God’s words and work outside the Bible,” “God cannot speak and work outside the Bible, His salvation is full in the Bible, and the Bible represents the Lord” … I thought: These topics are exactly the same as what the pastors often say. And they are the very things I don’t understand. Then, I saw in the movie one of the witnesses, Brother Gao, fellowshiping, “We all know both Testaments of the Bible record two stages of God’s work; as for God’s words and work during the Age of Law and the Age of Grace, do any dare say the Bible records all? Do any dare say all God’s words delivered through prophets in the Age of Law and all of the Lord Jesus’ words in the Age of Grace are in the Bible? Actually, you’re all well aware that many of Lord Jesus’ words are not recorded in the Bible. The words of Lord Jesus within the Bible are just the tip of the iceberg! Many of the prophets’ books in the Age of Law are also not included in the Bible. This is commonly acknowledged. How could you say all God’s words and work are recorded within the Bible? Does this not contradict all fact? In this sense, are you not liars? The Lord Jesus foretold He would come again. How could the returned Lord Jesus’ words be recorded in the Bible ahead of time? We should be very clear: The Bible is a record of God’s work performed in the past. Many years since the writing of the Old Testament, Lord Jesus did the work of redemption during the Age of Grace. Tell me now, would the Lord Jesus’ words automatically get written down? God’s words and work had to be compiled before they could be in the Bible. In, Almighty God has come to do the work of judgment starting from God’s house and has expressed truths to save mankind. Could these truths automatically appear in the Bible? The Church of Almighty God compiles all truths Almighty God expresses into the Bible of the Age of Kingdom—The Word Appears in the Flesh. This Bible of the Age of Kingdom contains only the expression of God with none of man’s words inside. We say The Word Appears in the Flesh is the eternal way of life given by God in the last days. The view that God’s words and work are all within the Bible, and that God’s words and work won’t appear elsewhere is not true, absurd, and completely the product of man’s notions and imaginations.” After hearing the testimony of Brother Gao, the brothers and sisters present all nodded in agreement and said “Amen.” I also felt that his fellowship really corresponded with the fact, and it allowed me to have a more accurate knowledge of the Bible. Additionally, I remembered the Gospel of John said, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written” (John 21:25). I thought: This verse clearly tells us that the words of the Lord Jesus are not fully recorded in the Bible, and what is recorded within the Bible is very limited. Yet I thought that God’s words and work were all recorded in the Bible, which is proved to be entirely wrong. Was that not confining God to the Bible according to my imaginations?
Then, I saw the other witness in the movie went on to read two passages of Almighty God’s words, “All that is recorded within the Bible is limited and unable to represent all the work of God. The Four Gospels have fewer than one hundred chapters altogether in which are written a finite number of happenings, such as Jesus cursing the fig tree, Peter’s three denials of the Lord, Jesus appearing to the disciples following His crucifixion and resurrection, teaching about fasting, teaching about, teaching about divorce, the birth and genealogy of Jesus, Jesus’ appointment of the disciples, and so forth. These are but a few writings, yet man values them as treasures, even verifying the work of today against them. They even believe that Jesus only did so much in the time after His birth. It is as if they believe God can only do this much, that there can be no further work. Is this not ludicrous?” (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “If you wish to see the work of the Age of Law, and to see how the Israelites followed the way of , then you must read the Old Testament; if you wish to understand the work of the Age of Grace, then you must read the New Testament. But how do you see the work of the last days? You must accept the leadership of the God of today, and enter into the work of today, for this is the new work, and no one has previously recorded it in the Bible. … The work of today is a path that man has never walked, and a way that no one has ever seen. It is work that has never been done before—it is God’s latest work on earth. … Who could have recorded every single bit of today’s work, without omission, in advance? Who could record this mightier, wiser work that defies convention in the moldy old book? The work of today is not history, and as such, if you wish to walk the new path of today, then you must depart from the Bible, you must go beyond the books of prophecy or history in the Bible. Only then will you be able to walk the new path properly, and only then will you be able to enter into the new realm and the new work” (“Concerning the Bible (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Seeing this, I was more clearly aware: All that is recorded within the Bible are God’s words and work during the Age of Law and the Age of Grace. It is impossible that God’s words and work of the last days are recorded in the Bible in advance. In other words, the work that God has not done cannot appear in the Bible. Why haven’t I seen that before? I was so foolish. The Bible says, “My sheep hear My voice: and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). “These are they which follow the Lamb wherever he goes” (Revelation 14:4). Then I knew clearly which path I should take: I should follow God wherever He goes. Only this is following the Lamb’s footsteps closely, step-by-step.
In the following days, I raised all the questions that baffled me and sought to fellowship with the brothers and sisters. They resolved my problems one by one with Almighty God’s words, and also had me watch many gospel movies and listen to many refreshing hymns. This allowed me to appreciate that Almighty God’s words are indeed the source of flowing water and are greatly abundant, and that they can solve all confusion and conceptions of man. From Almighty God’s words, I became convinced that Almighty God is exactly the returned Lord Jesus, and that His words are the expression of the truth and the way ofwhich He gives us in the last days. Almighty God says, “Christ of the last days brings life, and brings the enduring and everlasting way of truth. This truth is the path through which man shall gain life, and the only path by which man shall know God and be approved by God (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). I thank God deep inside my heart for leading me to follow His footsteps. And I was even more grateful that after I was certain about the work of Almighty God, the hindrance from my husband and my mother alleviated. I truly thank God! All the glory be to Almighty God!
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