Yu Xia

I once was an ordinary believer in a Three-Self church. In April of 1999, a distant relative testified about Almighty God’s work of the last days to me. She fellowshiped with me about the truths concerning the three stages of God’s work, the mystery of God’s six-thousand-year management plan, the incarnation, and so on. As what she communicated was well-founded, I promised to investigate God’s work of the last days. From that point on, I read God’s word hungrily. Through reading God’s word, I understood many mysteries I had not known before. For example, only those who seek after hearing the Lord’s voice are wise virgins, only those who follow and obey God’s work of the last days are truly raptured, and so on. The more I read, the more I felt my heart brighten up and considered those words absolutely right. However, I had not expected that the leaders in the Three-Self church would know that I had accepted the work of Almighty God.

One day when I was sitting on the kang (a stone platform built over the wood-burning stove that would also serve as a bed), I heard my husband cry abruptly, “Some guests have come.” I raised my head, finding that six or seven visiting team members of the Three-Self church had come, who were headed by Sister Wang, a preacher, Sister Liu, a precentor, and Sister Xin, a deacon. The sight of them made me a little frightened. I thought: Oh, why are there so many people? I haven’t attended their meetings for half a year, and they never visited me during this period. Why do they come today? Is it because they’ve known I have accepted God’s work of the last days? I just cannot deal with so many people. What should I do? At that moment, I hurried to call out to God, “O God! Now I’m a little afraid. There’re so many people from the Three-Self church. I don’t know how to act toward them. May You give me wisdom and strength, so that I can know what I should say.” After the prayer, my heart gradually calmed down. Then I saw that Sister Wang made gestures after entering the room and stared at me. She spoke to me loudly, “Sister, I’ve heard that you’ve accepted another way. You believe in Jesus for a short time. Your life is small and you have no foundation, so we must be responsible for your life. We’re afraid that you’ve taken a wrong way. For the Bible says, ‘Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect(Matthew 24:23-24). Now, those heresies and false ways are very powerful. If you join any of them, you won’t be able to come out. Quit what you’ve accepted immediately. You should keep the way you originally believed in. Don’t take the wrong way, otherwise you’ll be stolen.” Sister Liu said with a smile, “Sister, we’ve believed in the Lord for many years. The Lord will come at once. He is almost at the door. If you’re stolen, your belief will end up in vain. You’d better come back.” The other sisters all echoed, “Yeah. Sister, come back, please.” Hearing their words, I said, “Sister Wang, what’s a heresy? Can you explain it to me? Acts 24:14 says, ‘But this I confess to you, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets.’ We all know that when the Lord Jesus came to do the new work, Paul jumped to a rash conclusion that the Lord’s work was heresy and resisted and condemned it because he didn’t seek the truth. It was not until he was struck down that he began to know the Lord Jesus whom he had been resisting was God Himself. From it we can see that whether a way is true of false cannot be decided or judged by man.” Then, they exchanged glances and kept silent. I continued, “Please don’t bother. Thank you for your concern. I’ll decide whether it is right according to the Lord’s words.” Seeing I was resolved, they went away in disgrace.

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After they left, I went back to sit on the kang. Reflecting upon their words, I was not at ease. I thought to myself: They know the Bible better than me and have listened to more sermons. Anyway, they’re afraid that I’ll be stolen. If I’m truly stolen, won’t I believe in God to no avail all these years? But, in this period of time, I’ve read so many words of Almighty God. I think they’re really God’s words and man cannot speak them. The more I thought, the more chaotic my heart grew. I prayed to God right away, “O God! Now I’m in a whirl. The Bible says that there will arise false Christs in the last days. If I lack discernment, won’t I believe unsuccessfully? O God! May you enlighten and lead me!” After the prayer, I opened the book of God’s word and read these words, “The work done at present has pushed forward the work of the Age of Grace; that is, the work in the entire six-thousand-year management plan has moved forward. Though the Age of Grace has ended, the work of God has progressed further. Why do I say time and again that this stage of work builds upon the Age of Grace and the Age of Law? This means that the work of this day is a continuation of the work done in the Age of Grace and an uplifting of that done in the Age of Law. The three stages are closely interconnected and linked one to the next. Why do I also say that this stage of work builds on that done by Jesus? If this stage did not build on the work done by Jesus, then in this stage the crucifixion, the work of redemption done previously, would still need to be carried out. This would be meaningless. Therefore, it is not that the work has completely finished, but that the age has moved forward, and the work has become even higher than before. It could be said that this stage of work is built on the foundation of the Age of Law and the rock of the work of Jesus. The work is built stage by stage, and this stage is not a new beginning. Only the combination of the three stages of work can be deemed the six-thousand-year management plan” (“The Two Incarnations Complete the Significance of the Incarnation” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Having read them, I came to understand I didn’t believe in a false way. God’s work has moved forward. Today’s work is done on the basis of the work of the Lord Jesus and is the third stage of work done by one God. Not only did I not believe in a false way, but on the contrary I had followed God’s new work, whereas they had fallen behind since they did not accept it. At that moment, I thanked God from my heart for selecting me. At the same time, I also realized my wrong view that since they knew the Bible better than me, what they said would be reasonable. Only through the revelation of the fact did I see they condemned and resisted God by their imaginations and notions. They not only didn’t accept it, but also wanted to hinder me from accepting the work of the true God. I was almost deceived. Without the enlightenment of God’s word, I would have been blindfolded by their lies. I made a decision: In the future, I’ll read more of God’s word and put more effort into God’s word, lest I be deceived by them again.

After a while, my neighbor Aunt Jiang invited me to her home. I thought: Are they going to persuade me not to believe in Almighty God? However, to avoid her losing face, I still went to her house. When Uncle Jiang (a preacher) saw me, he said kindly, “We’re neighbors and get along well with each other. We’re worrying that you’ve taken a wrong way. Since we believe in God, we should read the Bible. Any belief apart from the Bible must be wrong. Besides, you live a good life and your kids and husband need you. You should return to the Three-Self church to continue your belief.” Sure enough, they tried to have me give up my belief in Almighty God. I said resolutely, “I am not believing in a wrong way. God is ever new and never old. God’s work moves forward constantly. The Bible is only a historical record of God’s work. Not all the words of God are in the Bible. Man can’t delimit God within the Bible. Today God’s words have unlocked the prophecies in Revelation. Except for God, no one can unlock those prophecies. This is exactly the work done by God.” Uncle Jiang looked at me helplessly and took a book Tian Feng (one published by the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee) out of their wardrobe and read it to me. It said something slandering and blaspheming God. While listening to those words, I appeared to be calm but my heart was in turmoil. I pondered: After reading God’s words for a long time, I absolutely believe those words are spoken by God. But I don’t know well those who come to have meetings with me. Could they be bad people? But I had a second thought: I’ve been in contact with them in this period of time. I find they dress with simple elegance, and are dignified and upright in their manners. They are not like bad people. Then, I had another thought: This book was published by the United Front Work Department. And Uncle Jiang talked as if it were the fact. The more I thought, the more scared I felt. I was in a tangle and couldn’t go on listening. I said to Uncle Jiang quickly, “Stop it. I have some affairs to handle now at home. I need to go back.” Then, I hurried over to my house. At home, I prayed to God, “O God! Just now Uncle Jiang told me something and read the content of a book published by the United Front Work Department. I feel a little scared after listening to them. I’m afraid what he said is true. If so, my family will be finished. O God! The words I read are Your words and the sisters who come to water me seem not bad people. I really don’t know what to do. May you lead me!” After the prayer, I calmed down a lot. I wanted to go to the home of Sister Wu, who also accepted God’s new work, and have a fellowship with her. After arriving at Sister Wu’s house, I found Sister Wang was also there. I told them, “Today Uncle Jiang asked me not to believe in Almighty God and said some words of negative propaganda. Now I feel very bad. I want to have a fellowship with you.” At that point, Sister Wang said smiling, “A trial has come upon us. Let’s read some God’s words. Almighty God says, ‘My people should guard against Satan’s schemes all the time, guard the gate of My house for Me, and support and supply each other, lest you fall into its trap, when it is too late to regret. Why do I press on to train you? And tell you the real situation of the spiritual realm? And warn and exhort you again and again? Have you ever thought about this? Have you ever pondered this clearly?’ (“The Third Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From God’s words, we can know that this matter is exactly a spiritual war. Actually, since God created mankind on earth in the beginning, the battle in the spiritual realm has begun. In order to control and devour mankind, Satan tempted Eve with a lie, made Eve doubt and misunderstand God’s words, fall into its scheme and eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve then gave the fruit to her husband Adam and asked him to eat it as well, and they ended up being driven out of the Garden of Eden. When the Lord Jesus came to work, the Pharisees made rumors about Him, saying that He drove demons out by the prince of the devils. When the Lord Jesus resurrected three days after the Crucifixion, though they knew clearly that He was the true God, they still bought the soldiers off and asked them to cheat people by saying that His body was stolen by His disciples, because they feared that people would all convert to Jesus and thus their position would be lost. Their evil deeds resulted in unprecedented destruction of their country. Today, God comes to earth to do new work. Satan is desperate all the more. For the fear that people will turn to God and accept His salvation, it disturbs and destroys God’s work by a variety of ways, making use of the Internet and media to wantonly defame, condemn, and smear the Church of Almighty God. Its contemptible intention is obviously clear. Now, the preacher and some others in the Three-Self church came and tried to pull you back to their church. This is also a scheme and trap of Satan.” God’s words and the sister’s fellowship made my heart enlightened. I began to realize that was a spiritual war. I couldn’t fall into Satan’s trickery. I should see through Satan’s scheme by relying on God and stand testimony for God.

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