By Zhihui, Malaysia
Twenty years have passed in a flash. In my youth, I used to serve the Lord zealously. In that period, there were many times we had to move as a result of my husband’s job, and often I didn’t have a fixed church. Later we finally had a steady life, and I decided to find a church to render good service to the Lord. After examining several churches, I found that in some churches, the believers seemed to be very cold without love; in some churches, the pastors spoke in tongues even for two to three hours at gatherings; while in some churches, the pastors had nothing to preach and just gave some examples from the Old Testament. I had gone to each church only once or twice, and after that I didn’t desire to go there anymore. Later, I found a church of the same name as the one that I attended in my youth. However, the condition of the church was completely different from what I remembered, so I wasn’t very optimistic or positive at all. Confronted with this predicament, I added some Christian friends on FB, hoping to attain life supply from them.
In March, 2016, I got acquainted with Brother Yang from The Church of Almighty God. He always shared gospel videos with me, hymns and God’s words. The words in the videos and hymns are all very practical and increased my faith greatly. Brother Yang told me, “Almighty God is the appearance of the. God has become flesh again to do the work of judgment starting with God’s house, which has fulfilled the prophecies, ‘For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God’ (1Peter 4:17) and ‘For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation,’ (Luke 17:24-25).” The brothers and sisters patiently fellowshiped with me and bore witness of God’s work in . Communicating with the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God, I was completely sated in my spirit. In order to know more about God’s work of the last days, I added even more brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God. And I saw that the experiences, testimonies and understanding they shared were all very good and practical. In their testimonies, they have true knowledge of God through their experiences and there is the work and leading of the Holy Spirit. Fellowshiping with them, I was happy and liberated, as well as provided for.
Therefore, I selected some of God’s words and hymns that moved me to share on FB. I hadn’t imagined that my behavior fomented the hindrance of religious pastors on FB.
One day, an Italian pastor sent me a lot of information about condemning The Church of Almighty God. After reading the information, I felt indignant. What the information said was definitely different from the situation of The Church of Almighty God that I came into contact with, didn’t correspond to facts at all and was from thin air. Accordingly, I responded to the pastor, “What the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God fellowshiped conforms to the truth and I’ve never heard such good preaching. Moreover, in the course of my interaction with them, I see they have patience and love and are devout Christians. The information is entirely different from what I’ve heard and seen. I felt compelled to respond: “I don’t understand why you, as a pastor, don’t lead the way in investigating God’s appearance and work, but instead indiscriminately attack, resist and condemn the Lord’s return and follow devils and Satan. Having recognized Almighty God’s words as God’s voice, I seek and investigate. Why do you oppose me?”
The pastor responded to me, “God’s words are all in. You’ve never studied theology and don’t understand the Bible. Don’t be led astray.”
I thought the brothers and sisters had fellowshiped that God is infinitely omnipotent, wise and vivid, and never abides by rules. Then I sent the pastor a message, “John 21:25 records, ‘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.’ When God created the heavens and earth and all things, His single word separated the heavens from the earth, and the light from the darkness. God has such authority, how can His work be confined to the Bible? In addition, when God created the heavens and earth and all things, the Bible hadn’t been written yet. God’s work came first, and then the Bible. The Old and New Testament are only a record of God’s work in the Age of Law and the Age of Grace. God predicted that in the last days, He will do a stage of work, ‘judgment must begin at the house of God’ (1Peter 4:17), how can this stage of work be recorded in the Bible?”
The pastor said, “You do remain unrepentant. I advise you to read the Bible properly. Don’t listen to others’ messages as you please on the Internet. If you want to listen, it’s better to listen to orthodox pastors’ preaching.”
I said, “I’ve investigated many churches and contacted many pastors, and the pastors, regardless of their level of education, are unable to speak God’s words. I study The Church of Almighty God, because after reading Almighty God’s words, I find that what Almighty God expresses is the truth, can supply us with life, shows us the path, and is God’s voice. The belief in the way comes from hearing the way, while hearing the way comes from God’s words. Pastor, God’s sheep should know how to identify God’s voice. Now besides me, many believers, with caliber, who pursue the truth, have already accepted Almighty God’s work. Don’t be confused. Why not investigate whether Almighty God is the appearance of the Lord Jesus with a heart of humble seeking? Pastor, I hope you can be responsible for the brothers and sisters and be quiet before God to seek God’s new work.” Then I sent him a dance and song video of The Church of Almighty God “God Has Brought His Glory to the East.”
The pastor said, “You are incorrigible.” Seeing his reply, I felt pity for him and thought to myself: “God’s work is always new and never old. If we rely on the conceptions and imaginations and only hold on to the biblical knowledge and theological theories, how can we seek the Lord’s appearance?”
In June, I returned to my hometown to celebrate the centenary of our church. Many members who served in the church with me in those years were present and had all become pastors. During the dinner in the afternoon, I asked two pastors if they knew The Church of Almighty God. Unexpectedly, my words gave rise to a strong reaction. One pastor said with excitement, “I have heard of this church long before. You cannot read their books and cannot listen to their messages either, or you’ll be stolen away by them.” Other people also all dissuaded me from coming into contact with The Church of Almighty God, and also spoke a lot of negative propaganda to me. Hearing their words, I wavered slightly in my heart and thought: They got acquainted with The Church of Almighty God long ago. Have they studied it? These pastors who served the Lord with me during those years wouldn’t lie to me. However, Almighty God’s words are really the truth and God’s voice, so why don’t they investigate? … Why is that so? Am I wrong to insist on doing research into The Church of Almighty God? Also, I remembered the words of dissuasion that the pastor had sent to me online. At this point, I was drifting mentally. With so many pastors opposing my investigation into Almighty God’s work, I was unable to figure out what to do. Ultimately, I decided to calm down and think about it carefully, and pray to the Lord and seek His guidance.
On that evening, I blocked some brothers and sisters from my FB account and only kept those several friends who always sent me hymns of. Because Almighty God’s words gave me faith and were really constructive for me, and I still wanted to read. Two days later, I said to Brother Yang, “I don’t understand why so many pastors and elders resist and condemn Almighty God’s work. Faced with such environment, I’m so weary, so, I need some time to myself.”
Brother Yang sent me a passage of God’s words, “The source of man’s opposition and rebelliousness against God is his corruption by Satan. Because he has been corrupted by Satan, man’s conscience has grown numb, he is immoral, his thoughts are degenerate, and he has a backward mental outlook. Before he was corrupted by Satan, man naturally followed God and obeyed His words. He was naturally of sound sense and conscience, and of normal humanity. After being corrupted by Satan, his original sense, conscience, and humanity grew dull and were impaired by Satan. Thus, he has lost his obedience and love toward God. Man’s sense has become aberrant, his disposition has become the same as that of an animal, and his rebelliousness toward God is ever more frequent and grievous. Yet man still neither knows nor recognizes this, and merely blindly opposes and rebels.”
He again sent me a message, “After being corrupted by Satan, none thirsts for the truth and yearns for the light. Even among those who believe in and follow God, most of them pursue blessings, reputation and status and nobody longs for the truth and seeks the Lord’s appearance. Just like when the Lord was incarnated to do His work in the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus wasn’t called the Messiah as predicted and His work exceeded the Law of the Old Testament in the Bible. At that time, the Pharisees, priests and scribes, relying on their conceptions and imaginations and clinging to the letters of the Bible and the absurd saying ‘As long as he isn’t called the Messiah, he isn’t God,’ resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus’ work, and deceived the people so that they wouldn’t follow the Lord. They clearly knew the Lord Jesus’ words are the truth and can show man the path and supply the life of man, and meanwhile they saw that the Lord Jesus performed a lot of miracles, with authority and power. However, holding on to their notions and imaginations and for sake of fame, gain and status, they, colluding with the Roman government, would rather free the robber and nail the Lord Jesus to the cross. In the end, they suffered unprecedented destruction when it was too late to regret. Comparing this to the attitude of pastors and elders now, aren’t they walking the path of the Pharisees? Now the words that Almighty God expresses, various films and music videos filmed by The Church of Almighty God are publicly available online. Everyone can investigate freely, but how many truly seek? They know clearly God’s words are the truth, but they would rather believe the online rumors and the lies of pastors and give up the chance of meeting the Lord’s return than dare to seek the truth and examine God’s work in the last days. It is obvious that corrupt mankind doesn’t know God, but instead worships power and status, and is fed up with and despises the truth.”
Brother Yang’s fellowship was all fact and reasonable, and I calmed down a lot after hearing that. Nevertheless, I couldn’t quite understand why the pastors, whom I had worshiped, behaved the same way as the Pharisees did. I needed some time to consider it carefully.
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