By Yuguang, Canada
I began to believe in thein 1992, and I read this in : “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). In order to redeem mankind from our sins, the Lord Jesus was crucified upon the cross as a sin offering. Whenever I thought of that, my heart would feel much stirred. After I began to believe in the Lord, I enthusiastically attended church gatherings, and would read the Bible and pray whenever I had the time.
One day, my little sister brought two sisters I’d never met before to my home. As we talked, they said that God had returned in the flesh, and had appeared and was working in the form of a woman. When I heard this, I immediately refuted it, saying, “How can that be? It states clearly in the Bible, ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life’ (John 3:16). This only begotten Son mentioned in the Bible was surely male. So surely the Lord must return as a man as well? How can you say that God has returned as a woman?” Although they saw that I had adopted such an oppositional attitude, they were still full of compassion toward me and they said, “Sister, although God incarnating as a woman does not tally with our notions, we must know that God’s work does not change by our own will and we must not judge God’s actions by our own thoughts. When the Lord Jesus came to perform His work, for example, this surpassed man’s notions and imaginings; He was not born in a palace, but was instead born in a manger. Nor did He lead the Jews to overthrow the Roman authorities, but instead taught people to love their enemies and show tolerance and patience. Did not the Pharisees of that time resist and condemn the Lord Jesus because His work did not tally with their notions?” At that point, the door to my heart was closed, and no matter what they said, I would not listen to any of it. Instead, I just got up and went to do something else …
Afterward, my mom accepted Almighty God’s work of, and she then preached to me, saying, “God has incarnated and returned. Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus and He expresses His words and performs the work of purifying man. We’ve believed in the Lord for so many years, looking forward to the day when we could welcome His return. If you don’t accept that He has returned, then all your faith will be for nothing. When your little sister comes back, you have to really listen to her. Otherwise, you’ll miss your chance to welcome the coming of the Lord and will regret it for as long as you live.” But in my heart, I still believed that, because the Lord Jesus was male, therefore the returned Lord should come in male form as well, and that He couldn’t possibly come in female form. I even tried to advise my mom not to accept it, but my mom would not listen to me; she had made up her mind.
Later, some brothers and sisters came to preach to me the gospel of the Lord’s return, but I didn’t want to hear it and I resisted them. But then I thought of how we were all believers in God and that the Bible said we had to receive guests with love. Regardless of whether or not what they preached tallied with my own notions, I still had to live out normal humanity, and so I received them into my home. While they gave me fellowship, I sat to one side with a blank expression on my face. But I discovered that, whatever attitude I took toward them, they were still full of compassion for me and would still take the trouble to preach to me. Seeing the way in which they lived out their lives, I began to let my guard down.
And so, I said to them, “You preach that the Lord Jesus has returned as a woman, but I can’t quite get my head round this. As we all know, when the Lord Jesus came before, He came as a man, so wouldn’t the Lord return in the last days as a man as well? How could He possibly return as a woman?”
After listening to my questions, a sister said patiently, “In Genesis 1:26–27, it is recorded, ‘And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.’ It clearly states in Genesis that God created both male and female in His own image. If God is male, as we say, then how can these words in the Bible be explained? Actually, God’s essence is Spirit and there is no distinction between male and female. Only because God incarnated to save mankind did there arise a distinction between male and female, but this does not mean that God is either male or female. We must not delimit God because the Lord Jesus incarnated as a man. Whether God incarnates as a man or a woman, as long as it is the work of God then we should investigate it and accept it. We should not rely on our own notions and imaginings in our approach to it….”
Yes, I thought. It clearly states in Genesis that God created male and female in His own image. God created Adam as a man and Eve as a woman, and were they not both made in God’s image? This was a fact! After they’d left, I thought that they’d spoken reasonably, and what they’d said had chimed very well with the Bible. If they came again, I decided I would listen in earnest and try to get to the bottom of it all.
But a few days later, my elder sister brought five brothers and sisters from our big church, and they said gravely, “Has anyone preaching Eastern Lightning been to your home? You must not believe in it! How could the Lord possibly come to perform His work in the form of a woman? You must not believe it….” They took it in turns to say their piece and, though I had been wavering before, because of what they said, the door to my heart that had just begun to open once again slammed shut. After that, I became afraid that the people from my church would find out, and so when brothers and sisters came again to preach God’s work of the last days to me, I refused to let them in.
But my mom continued to believe in Almighty God just as she had before, and she attended gatherings every time one was held, never missing even one no matter how bad the weather. Also, I saw that, ever since my mom had begun believing in Almighty God, she seemed to brim with smiles and herhad waxed positive and strong. She treated our family kindly and amiably, was tolerant and patient with people, and this was such a great change from when she had simply believed in the Lord. As for me, however, I went to church to listen to sermons, but they were just the same old things, and my spirit was not being provided for. At home, I would read the Bible and pray, but I couldn’t feel , I paid only cursory attention to reading the Bible and sometimes I would fall asleep whilst reading it. No matter how much I read, I just couldn’t understand the Lord’s will within the Scriptures, and my heart wasn’t in it when I prayed—I was just going through the motions. My faith grew colder, and I felt as though my spirit was parched and withered. My heart began to be swayed: Could it be that Almighty God truly was the Lord Jesus returned? Was I shutting out the work of the true God?
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