By Shunfu, Japan
In 2002 my aunt shared with me the’ gospel. After knowing that the Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross for the sake of redeeming mankind, I was very moved and felt that the Lord’s love for us was so great, so I, with my aunt, prayed to the Lord to make a resolution to follow and rely on Him all our life. Afterward, I often read , prayed, sang hymns and spoke to the Lord from my heart, which made me feel very peaceful within as if I had entered a world without clamor.
In 2008 I came to a Japanese church to attend meetings. Meanwhile, I helped the pastor and the preacher build a Chinese church in Nagoya and I also became a co-worker of that church. At that time, the pastor was the authority of the whole church, and everyone venerated him very much. However, I admired the preacher more because she had much understanding of the Bible, enthusiastically spent for the Lord all the time and was very spiritual. A year later, because of my work I was transferred to another city. Not long after, I heard that the pastor had misappropriated the church funds. At this, the pastor of the headquarters decided to expel him from the church.I was extremely disappointed in my heart after knowing this, because I had never thought that the pastor would do such things. At last, I chose to leave this heartrending church.
Later, I followed the preacher to Osaka and we built a new church. The preacher gave the church to another preacher. Because the new preacher’s sermons couldn’t edify us or solve our problems in our life, we all became weak and negative and our faith grew colder and colder. That brothers and sisters came to the church to attend meetings was either for the sake of introducing a potential marriage partner to their children or for looking for work and some others came in order to freeload. At that time, I felt the church had become a place to trade just like the temple at the end of the Age of Law. Because I couldn’t gain the provision of life, I, helpless, was forced to leave this church. But, no matter what problems I encountered, I would still directly consult the preacher of the previous church. Afterward, I also went to many other churches, but their desolate situations were all the same. Facing everything before my eyes, I felt a deep sense of pain within, and often cried out to the Lord in my heart, “O Lord! Where exactly are You?”
On Christmas Day of 2015, when I took part in a parent-child activity with my child, I got acquainted with Sister Keqiu in the Lord. Afterward, we constantly shared our own experiences of believing in the Lord with each other. Hearing her sharing, I felt that it was very enlightening and I gained a lot. Every time I encountered difficulties and problems, she would patiently fellowship with me and resolve my practical problems. I was so glad that I could fellowship and share together with her. Later, we discussed the situation of the church. She fellowshiped with me, “At the end of the Age of Law, a temple that originally shined with the glory of Jehovah God became a den of thieves. This was mainly because the Jewish religious leaders didn’t abide by Jehovah God’s laws, and didn’t fear God in their hearts. They abided by men’s traditions, and rejected God’s commandments. They completely departed from the way of God, and so they lost. But another reason was that God had been incarnated to do the work of redeeming mankind in the Age of Grace. God’s work had changed. All those who accepted the Lord Jesus’ redemptive work received the work of the Holy Spirit, but those who rejected and resisted the work of the Lord Jesus were eliminated by God’s work, and fell into dark desolation. Let’s take a look at all religious pastors and elders. They go their own way and don’t follow God’s commandments. They often primarily interpret the Bible and all they focus on are biblical knowledge and theological theories, drowning people in biblical theology, taking them away from God, and turning churches into places of religious ritual. Moreover, they treat their duties as access to status and income. Because these pastors and elders have chosen their own path, and no longer follow God’s way, the work of the Holy Spirit has been withdrawn, and the religious venues have been abandoned. But also, it’s because the Lord Jesus has returned to flesh, and begun the work of judgment in beginning with the house of God. Almighty God expresses all the truth to purify all who accept His work of the last days, and the work of the Holy Spirit also turns to His work of the last days. Those who accept Almighty God’s work of judgment in the last days will receive the work of the Holy Spirit, and receive the provision and watering of the living water of life, while those who refuse to accept God’s work of the last days are left in dark desolation. This fulfills a prophecy in the Bible: ‘And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain on one city, and caused it not to rain on another city: one piece was rained on, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. So two or three cities wandered to one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have you not returned to me, said Jehovah” (Amos 4:7-8).
Hearing her fellowship, I came to understand that the reason why the churches were desolate was because the work of the Holy Spirit has been transferred and Almighty God has spoken words and done His work of judgment beginning at the house of God. At that moment, I felt very excited after hearing the news of the Lord’s return. After that, she also fellowshiped with me about God’s management plan to save mankind and the inside story and essence of God’s three-stage work. She also fellowshiped, “That God does every stage of work is all based on the needs of us corrupt mankind and each stage is a deeper and higher work than the last which is built upon the foundation of the last. Only the three stages of work are God’s entire management work.” The more I heard, the more I agreed with what she said. When the meeting came to an end, she said to me, “Every time God comes to do a new work, He will suffer the disturbance of satanic forces. Just as when the Lord Jesus came to do His work, the Jewish Pharisees joined forces with the Roman government to nail Him to the cross. Today, Almighty God has come to do His judgment work of the last days, and similarly, He suffers the atheist CCP government’s and religious community’s condemnation and resistance and is rejected by this era. In fact, the atheist CCP regime and the majority of religious leaders are all satanic forces that hate God and the truth, which can be confirmed through what happened with the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus. So, as long as it is the true way, it will surely suffer the rejection and condemnation of atheist regimes and religious community. We must see through the darkness and evil in the world and know God’s work. Otherwise, we will also follow the herd to condemn and resist God, causing us to offend God’s disposition.” After hearing this, I signified my approval.
Though her fellowship was completely irrefutable, for a moment I still had some doubts. Thinking that I myself read the Bible less than the preacher of the previous church did, I contacted her. After knowing what happened to me, she said, “She believes in Eastern Lightning. Don’t believe what she said or contact her anymore. Only recently, the Eastern Lightning people have stolen away all good sheep in our church. The believers in our church are all painstakingly preached to by us and are shepherded by us. But they came to steal our sheep.” Hearing the nervous voice of the preacher on the phone, I became scared inside: If my beliefs are mistaken, what should I do? Will the Lord not want me? I felt very confused and sad inside, and was immediately caught in a dilemma. I thought to myself: “The preacher has worked for the Lord for many years and she is familiar with the Bible and understands more Bible knowledge than I do, so she should know better than me. But Sister Keqiu’s fellowship is also reasonable and fair, and moreover, the Lord’s return is a very important matter. Who on earth should I listen to?” I thought of some words said by the Lord Jesus, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Therefore, I decided to pray to God and ask Him to lead me and let me know what exactly I should do. When I was praying, I suddenly thought of how the preacher said that Eastern Lightning people had stolen away all their good sheep, and then I was very puzzled: How could she say brothers and sisters are her sheep? Clearly we believers are the Lord’s sheep. At this point, I also recalled some of the things that the pastor and the preacher had done in the past: The pastor of the headquarters was arrogant and he exalted his own name and testified to himself. Even we, these ordinary believers, could distinguish that he had no work of the Holy Spirit, but the preacher venerated and revered him very much. What was going on here? What’s more, although the preacher understood more Bible knowledge than me, her sermons lacked the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit and were all some stale theories which couldn’t solve our real problems at all. However, the truth Sister Keqiu shared with me not only explained my doubts about and problems with the Bible, but also allowed me to gain much understanding of God’s work. In addition, when I contacted the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God, I saw they spoke rationally and humbly and that in the meetings, they liked reading God’s words and fellowshiping about their own experience and knowledge of God’s words, and how God’s words reversed their own viewpoints about things and changed their own corrupt dispositions. And in these things I saw that The Church of Almighty God had the work of the Holy Spirit. Afterward, through praying and seeking many times, I decided to continue to investigate The Church of Almighty God regardless of the preacher’s obstructions.
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