By Wang Min
God’s words say: “God works, God cares for a person, looks upon a person, and Satan dogs His every step. Whoever God favors, Satan also watches, trailing along behind. If God wants this person, Satan would do everything in its power to obstruct God, using various evil ways to tempt, harass and wreck the work God does in order to achieve its hidden objective. What is its objective? It does not want God to have anyone; it wants all those that God wants, to possess them, control them, to take charge of them so they worship it, so they commit evil acts alongside it. Is this not Satan’s sinister motive?”
God’s words directly reveal the evil nature and substance of Satan and its God-opposing hideous countenance. God comes to work and save man, while Satan does everything in its power to disturb and damage God’s work, using various despicable means and machinations to block us from coming before God so that we deny and oppose God alongside it and ultimately are destroyed with it by God. As we can see, its malicious nature of harming and devouring man is detestable. However, no matter how cunning Satan is, God’s wisdom is a step ahead of its schemes all along. Accordingly, Satan can neither obstruct God’s chosen people from returning to God nor destroy the work God intends to do. Just as God says: “We trust that 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.”
I have personally experienced the barriers and disturbance of Satan. Under the guidance of God, I finally saw clearly Satan’s ugly face and had some discernment toward its evil essence, as well as experienced God’s almighty wisdom and wonderful deeds in person. Here, I am willing to share my own experience with you.
When I Greeted the Lord’s Return, Sectarian Leaders Came to Disturb Me
It was in 2003. The brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God passed on God’s work into me and fellowshiped with me about God’s management plan for the salvation of man. Through investigating, I determined that the had returned as none other than Almighty God. Before long, Elder Tu from my original church knew that I had accepted the kingdom gospel of God, and then he came to me personally. Directly he came in, he said in anger: “You are the primary co-worker in the church. But out of my expectation, you’d end up in believing in the Eastern Lightning, accepting another gospel. Could it be that you’ve forgotten the words in ? The Bible says, ‘I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of to another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed’ (Galatians 1:6-8). Now we’ve received the Lord’s calling and enjoyed His grace, so we should uphold the way of the Lord and can’t accept another way. If what one preaches is different from our belief, not only can we not accept it, but we should curse him. So I advise you to turn back right now, and confess your sins and repent to the Lord. If you start believing wrongly and lead brothers and sisters astray, you’ll be condemned by the Lord and even suffer punishment in the future.”
At that moment, my heart was not quiet before God. As a result, when I heard him say this, I got into a muddle, with some timidness and fear. I thought: I’ve just accepted the gospel and don’t understand many things. If I really take the wrong path as what they said, then won’t all those years of faith be wasted? My heart began to churn: What should I do? What should I do? Then Elder Tu seemed to read my thoughts and so he said many hostile, blasphemous, and profane words against Almighty God, attempting to scare me out of my belief in Almighty God. Just when I was at a loss, it suddenly occurred to me that the witnesses from The Church of Almighty God had fellowshiped about this passage of scripture with me. There was a context to what Paul said and the ‘another gospel’ mentioned in this scripture did not refer to God’s work in the last days. Thereby, I said to him: “I don’t take the wrong way. This is following God’s footsteps. I’ve investigated it. The passage of scripture which you said is from an epistle that the apostle Paul wrote to the Galatian churches in around 60 A.D. At that time, it’s in the period when the Age of Law turned into the Age of Grace and there were two groups of people preaching gospels among the Jews: One group of people preached the old work of the Age of Law, making people hold to the laws of Jehovah; the other spread the new work of the Age of Grace, making people repent so that they could be saved through believing in Jesus. Those Pharisees who held on to the laws of the Old Testament said what the disciples of the Lord Jesus preached was different from their belief. And they also said the way of Jesus departed from the laws of Jehovah and went beyond the Old Testament. They not only rejected the new work of the Lord Jesus but disturbed those people who had accepted the Lord Jesus’ salvation as well. Lacking discernment, the Galatians of that time departed from the gospel of the Lord Jesus, returned to the temple without, and still kept the laws of the past. In such a case, Paul wrote to the Galatian churches to exhort the Galatians to follow the work of the Lord Jesus. From the verse, we can see that the ‘another gospel’ mentioned by Paul refers to the laws of the Old Testament that the people of that time turned back to keep, but not to the gospel of the last days. If it refers to the gospel of the last days, then how do you explain the prophecy of the Book of Revelation, ‘having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth’ (Revelation 14:6)? Besides, when Paul wrote the epistle, there was not the Book of Revelation, much less did anyone spread the kingdom gospel. Clearly, the ‘another gospel’ said by Paul doesn’t refer to today’s kingdom gospel at all. In case we think that way, we are too absurd and preposterous. Now it is at the critical juncture of the Age of Grace turning into the Age of Kingdom. Upon the foundation of the work of the Age of Grace, God has carried out the work of judgment starting from God’s house to cleanse, change and save man, and bring man into the next age and the beautiful destination prepared for us. This fulfills the words in Revelation, ‘the everlasting gospel,’ that is, today’s kingdom gospel.”
When he heard my words, he flew into a rage and said to me fiercely, “If you don’t turn back, we won’t be so polite!” Hearing his words and seeing his angry look, I felt strong antipathy toward him in my heart, and said to him, “Whatever you say, I’ve followed the new work of God and I won’t leave this way. Don’t you often tell us to await vigilantly the Lord’s return? Now the Lord has really come, yet you don’t lead brothers and sisters to investigate and welcome the Lord, or return the Lord’s sheep to Him. Instead, you make up lies to block me from accepting the gospel, what really is your intent? How are you any different from the Pharisees who resisted the work of the Lord Jesus at that time? I remembered the words that the Lord Jesus used to curse 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. … Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves’ (Matthew 23:13,15). From the words, we can see whoever disturbs God’s work and blocks brothers and sisters from receiving the kingdom gospel will be punished by God in the end. So I advise you against hindering and disrupting God’s work.” When he heard me say that and saw my firm attitude, he stormed off. On the contrary, I was in a cheerful mood for having overcome Satan’s disturbance.
When His Plan Failed, He Tried Another One
Two days later, it’s time for us to gather. I took the witnesses from The Church of Almighty God to bear testimony to God’s work for the brothers and sisters from my original denomination. When we walked to the host family, we saw there were pamphlets of vilifying The Church of Almighty God strewn around the house, some even stuck on the wall. Seeing that, I was very enraged, and thought to myself: This must have been done by Elder Tu. Since I didn’t listen to him but contradicted and exposed him directly two days ago, he became very angry then, and he won’t let us off. He knew we would have a meeting today and distributed pamphlets deliberately here. His purpose is to frighten those brothers and sisters in the dark out of contacting brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God. What bad deeds will he not do! Maybe he dares to call the police. If that really happens, it will be not safe for the brothers and sisters and the two witnesses to gather here. Once we are arrested, the consequences will be disastrous. At the thought of this, I suddenly had a kind of uneasy feeling in my heart, not knowing what to do. If we stayed here and continued gathering, I worried about our being arrested; if not, I felt it was a pity to lose the chance for the witnesses and the brothers and sisters all came here and this chance of fellowshiping was rare …
Confronted with these problems, I did not know what to do. Then I collapsed like a deflated rubber ball and felt weak and depressed in my spirit. I thought: Why is it so hard to accept God’s new work? Since I received this stage of God’s work, the people from my original denomination have become my enemies. They’ve been disturbing and blocking me everywhere and even said some words of condemning and cursing me to make me distraught. Now if they unite with the CCP government to persecute and disrupt me, my situation will become more difficult. Just when I did not know what to do, a clear thought popped into my mind: Relocate now. We can’t have a meeting in this host family. Thereupon I told my thought to the brothers and sisters and they agreed to relocate. But which host family should so many people go to? Elder Tu knew all of the host families of the church, and moreover, there were many people coming to gather and we were very easy to be found. Worse still, Elder Tu monitors us in the shadows. As a co-worker in the church, facing so many brothers’ and sisters’ lives, I couldn’t be negligent at all. Otherwise, it would cause an inestimable loss. At the moment, I felt that I was shouldering a heavy burden. However, thinking my thoughts just now was God’s reminder, I knew God was right by our side and trusted He was always there to help us. Then I brought our trouble before Him to pray and asked Him to lead and help us to find a suitable home. After praying, all of a sudden I thought my brother’s home was in the vicinity. Although he didn’t, my brother’s humanity was acceptable. After I prayed to God to entrust him to God, I went to my brother’s. He readily consented to my request, which made me see God’s deeds. With a grateful heart, I offered God thanks and praise silently.
On my way home after the meeting, the boss of a telephone booth saw me and said in amazement: “Well, I didn’t imagine you could come back. Are you all right?” Hearing his words, I was confused and then asked him what he meant. Only then did I know Elder Tu was aware that I would spread the gospel to brothers and sisters today, and then he called the CCP police to have them arrest me. From this I discovered he was really malicious. For preventing us from believing in God, he actually called the police and intended to hand us over to the police. He was completely void of humanity! The more I thought, the angrier I was. Meanwhile, during this experience I felt God’s wondrous protection for us. He arranged for my brother to receive us, or we must have been arrested.
After dark, I went to a sister’s home and wanted to arrange our meeting of the day after tomorrow at her home. The host sister said that Elder Tu took the police to all the host families of our church to look for us. So now the host families of the church were unsafe. Faced with the difficulty, I fell into a terrible predicament once again. I thought: The day after tomorrow the brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God will come to communicate with us, but now I still don’t know where to find a home for gathering.
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