Who Are the Modern-day Pharisees

By Jingmo, Malaysia

I Joyfully Welcome the Lord’s Return and My Spirit Is Nourished Again

I had served the church for twenty and two years, in charge of its finances and teaching Sunday school. Over the last few years, I felt the pastors always preached on the same old things without a shred of light, which simply couldn’t supply my spiritual needs, so I frequently listened to online sermons of preachers.

In May 2017, I met Sister Jane on Facebook, who’s in France. She bore witness to Almighty God’s work of the last days for me. She told me that the Lord Jesus has returned in the flesh, has concluded the Age of Grace and begun the Age of Kingdom, has expressed all truths to fully save mankind, and is doing the stage of work of judging and purifying mankind. I was thrilled to learn the news of the Lord’s return. Over a time of investigation, I understood many aspects of the truth from Almighty God’s words, such as the way the Lord has returned, God’s name, God’s incarnation, God’s three stages of work, and how God does His work of judgment in the last days. I truly felt that Almighty God’s words are the wellspring of the living waters which flows from God’s throne, and I started getting some spiritual nourishment that I had never received. So, I and my two daughters accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days, one after another, and we began to actively attend online meetings. As I came to understand more truths, I wanted to tell the good news of the Lord’s return to the brothers and sisters from my old church so that they could also come before Almighty God.

At one meeting, a sister said that her religious pastor had used every means to obstruct and threaten her while she was preaching God’s gospel of the last days. Another sister also said that her religious pastors clung stubbornly to the letter of the Scripture and their notions and imaginings and had no interest in investigating the returned Lord’s work, and that not only did they themselves not accept it, but they also disseminated fallacies and rumors, and sealed up the church, causing some brothers and sisters to not dare to investigate. Several other sisters also talked about how they had encountered their pastors’ disturbances and obstructions to varying degrees while looking into Almighty God’s work. When I heard these sisters say that, I felt both amazed and perplexed—I didn’t understand why the pastors as leaders of the churches didn’t lead brothers and sisters to investigate and accept it on hearing the news of the Lord’s return but instead tried to obstruct them.

Fellowship on Facebook

Then Sister Jane said: “What the sisters said is true. The ‘seven woes’ of the Jewish Pharisees revealed by God two thousand years ago had already exposed the darkness and depravity of religious circles. When the Lord Jesus came in the flesh to carry out His work, the Jewish priests, scribes and Pharisees clung to the literal words of the Scripture, thinking that anyone who wasn’t called Messiah couldn’t be God. They also wildly resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus based on the excuse that His work and words went beyond the Old Testament. To protect their positions and livelihoods, they deceived and intimidated believers and prevented them from following the Lord. In the end, they joined forces with the Roman government to crucify the Lord Jesus, thus aggravating God’s disposition, and Israel then suffered the pain of national subjugation. Now, Almighty God has launched the work of judgment in the last days, and His words have been translated into over twenty languages and published online for people from around the world to seek and investigate. Many with true faith who long for the truth have seen that Almighty God’s words possess authority and power and that they are God’s voice, and they’ve become certain that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus. One by one, they have accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days. However, very few pastors and elders of various denominations have investigated it. Though most of them have read Almighty God’s words, they hardly have any heart to seek but instead try to find faults in God’s words with an attitude of research. They even judge and condemn God’s work based on their notions and imaginings, and not only do they themselves refuse to accept it, but they also disseminate their notions among brothers and sisters. As a result, because of believing in the fallacies of the pastors and elders, many believers are deceived and restrained by them and dare not seek and investigate God’s work of the last days, thereby missing their chance to greet the Lord. From this, we can see the essence of the pastors and elders of various denominations is the same as that of the Pharisees. They are the modern-day Pharisee who have been exposed by God in the last days.”

I agreed with Sister Jane’s fellowship. Thinking of how many brothers and sisters had lost their chance to investigate the true way and ruined their opportunity for salvation because of being deceived and controlled by the religious pastors, I felt that the pastors were indeed the modern-day Pharisee. Despite this, I still thought that our church’s pastors were a little better than other religious pastors, for they had been to divinity school, were well-versed in the Bible, appeared to live out a pious life, were quite loving toward brothers and sisters, and always taught us to keep the Lord’s teachings. I thought that once they had read Almighty God’s words, they would be certain to recognize the Lord’s voice and happily welcome the Lord.

One day ten months later, my youngest daughter and I preached Almighty God’s gospel to a sister from my old church, but unexpectedly, Pastor Li, after learning of this, began to disturb me. The pastors’ repeated attempts to disturb and hinder me strongly contradicted my opinion of them and allowed me to see absolutely clearly their true face.

Pastor Li Attempts to Get Me to Give Up the True Way

One day, Pastor Li suddenly called and made an appointment to discuss something with me in the church. I hung up the phone and felt a little puzzled: “Today is not a worship day, so what does Pastor Li want to see me for? Could it be that he has learned of my faith in Almighty God? But it’s good for him to know this and I can take this opportunity to preach the gospel to him. If he accepts God’s work of the last days, he’ll lead the other brothers and sisters to investigate the true way.” Thinking of this, I very calmly went to the church.

On seeing me, Pastor Li began to rebuke me, saying: “Sister Mo, you’ve believed in the Lord for over twenty years and you are also a church deacon, how come you believe in Almighty God? Why didn’t you ask me first? You don’t understand biblical knowledge very well, so you are easily deceived without our protection. Besides, how do you know that Almighty God is the returned Lord?”

Pastor Li’s words made me uncomfortable and I thought: “I’ve believed in the Lord for so many years, and I’m not a person without thoughts even though I don’t have as much knowledge of the Scripture as you. I’m free to investigate the true way, so why do I have to ask you first? It was after three months of seriously investigating that I began to believe in Almighty God. During that time, I read many of Almighty God’s words and understood that Almighty God’s work of judgment in the last days has fulfilled this biblical prophecy: ‘[J]udgment must begin at the house of God’ (1 Peter 4:17). Almighty God’s words have authority and power, and they not only unveil the mysteries of God’s six-thousand-year management plan to save mankind, but also tell us various other aspects of the truth, such as the significance of God’s name, the mysteries of the incarnation, the inside story on the three stages of work, and so on. They also point out the path to wrest ourselves from Satan’s influence, cleanse our corruption and achieve salvation. The words expressed by Almighty God are rich and bountiful; I determined from His words that He is indeed the returned Lord Jesus, and only then did I accept Almighty God’s work. It seems that only by having Pastor Li listen to Almighty God’s words will he realize that Almighty God is indeed the returned Lord Jesus.” When I thought about this, I said to Pastor Li: “As for whether Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus, all you need to do is listen to His words, and then you’ll know. Let’s watch a video of reading of God’s words.”

Then, I opened the app of The Church of Almighty God (CAG) on my phone and played a video of reading of Almighty God’s words. These were the words: “Throughout the universe I am doing My work, and in the East, thunderous crashes issue forth endlessly, shaking all nations and denominations. It is My voice that has led all men into the present. I shall cause all men to be conquered by My voice, to fall into this stream, and submit before Me, for I have long since reclaimed My glory from all the earth and issued it forth anew in the East. Who does not long to see My glory? Who does not anxiously await My return? Who does not thirst for My reappearance? Who does not pine for My loveliness? Who would not come to the light? Who would not look upon the richness of Canaan? Who does not long for the return of the Redeemer? Who does not adore the Great Almighty? My voice shall spread throughout the earth; I wish, facing My chosen people, to speak more words to them. Like the mighty thunders that shake the mountains and rivers, I speak My words to the whole universe and to mankind. Hence the words in My mouth have become man’s treasure, and all men cherish My words. The lightning flashes from the East all the way to the West. My words are such that man is loath to give them up and at the same time finds them unfathomable, but rejoices in them all the more. Like a newborn infant, all men are glad and joyful, celebrating My coming. By means of My voice, I shall bring all men before Me. Thenceforth, I shall formally enter into the race of men so that they will come to worship Me. With the glory that I radiate and the words in My mouth, I shall make it such that all men come before Me and see that the lightning flashes from the East and that I have also descended unto the ‘Mount of Olives’ of the East. They will see that I have already long been on earth, no longer as the Son of the Jews but as the Lightning of the East. For I have long since been resurrected, and have departed from mankind’s midst, and then reappeared with glory among men. I am He who was worshiped countless ages before now, and I am also the infant forsaken by the Israelites countless ages before now. Moreover, I am the all-glorious Almighty God of the present age! Let all come before My throne and see My glorious countenance, hear My voice, and look upon My deeds. This is the entirety of My will; it is the end and the climax of My plan, as well as the purpose of My management. Let every nation worship Me, every tongue acknowledge Me, every man repose his faith in Me, and every people be subject unto Me!

Halfway through the video, Pastor Li laughed scornfully and, pointing at The Church of Almighty God App on his phone, he said: “There is no need to let me watch it! I’ve long downloaded The Church of Almighty God App and read Almighty God’s words.”

I was surprised and pleased to see Pastor Li have The Church of Almighty God App on his phone, and I thought to myself: “It turns out that he has known for some time that Almighty God has come to perform His work. I must take this opportunity to do my best to talk with him about Almighty God’s work.”

I therefore said happily: “So you’ve also read Almighty God’s words. His words are authoritative and powerful, so do you feel that they are God’s voice?”

Pastor Li curled up his lips and said: “The Lord’s words are all within the Bible and there are no words of God beyond the Bible. I won’t believe them no matter how much authority Almighty God’s words have.”

This surprised me a great deal, and I retorted: “Pastor Li, are you sure that God’s words are all in the Bible? Don’t you often preach the verse John 21:25: ‘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.’? During the period the Lord Jesus worked, He spoke many words and did much work, but they are not wholly recorded in the Bible. The Bible is only a very limited account. So the viewpoint ‘God’s words don’t exist outside the Bible’ has no grounding in fact. On top of that, the Lord Jesus prophesied that He would return in the last days, open up the scroll and express more words—they are ‘what the Spirit says to the churches.’ These words could not possibly have been written in the Bible ahead of time and they are new words that God will express outside the Bible. So, we can’t delimit God’s words to the Bible but we should seek to see if Almighty God’s words are God’s voice. Only by knowing the Lord from God’s words and work can we welcome the returned Lord.”

After I had finished, Pastor Li laughed disdainfully again and said nothing. Looking at his look of scorn, I suddenly thought of the Lord Jesus’ words: “Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:6). With this in mind, I closed the video.

Just then, Pastor Li said in a sarcastic way: “Sister Mo, it seems that you’ve understood quite a bit. No matter what, our belief in the Lord cannot deviate from the Bible. No matter how wonderful Almighty God’s words are, as long as they go beyond the Bible, I won’t acknowledge and accept them. I urge you to stop believing in Almighty God. Otherwise your service in the church will be canceled, and you’ll regret it then.”

I replied: “Haven’t we believed in the Lord with the hope of welcoming His return? Only CAG is now testifying that the Lord has returned, so shouldn’t we really look into it? If we miss the Lord Jesus’ second coming, we will only regret this. Pastor Li, I advise you to diligently investigate Almighty God’s work—”

Before I could finish, Pastor Li said angrily: “Enough! Save your breath. I won’t believe in Almighty God. I’ll give you some time to think about whether to continue to investigate Almighty God’s work of the last days or come back to our church. Then let me know your decision.” With these words, he walked off without looking back.

Seeing Pastor Li’s attitude left me feeling helpless. He often told us that we should be people who humbly seek, because only such people were favored by the Lord. Never had I imagined that faced with the very important matter of the Lord’s return, he would hold on to the Bible and have no shred of a seeking heart even though he had read Almighty God’s words. Apparently, all that he usually said was letters and doctrines and he didn’t have any reality.

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