Item Ten: They Despise the Truth, Brazenly Flout Principles, and Ignore the Arrangements of God's House (Part Four) Section Two

Some people do certain things behind the scenes, and when they meet Me, they tell Me, “I committed the sin of unchastity when I was in my teens.” I say, “Please don’t tell Me about this. Pray sincerely in private and truly repent, then the problem will be resolved, and God will not remember it. You don’t need to tell Me face to face; I don’t delve into these things.” When I stop them from speaking, they start having thoughts: “Are You really God? My heart is so sincere, a heart on fire, and You’ve doused it with a bucket of cold water. I just wanted to have a heart-to-heart with You, why won’t You listen? It would be good if You listened; I have more details to tell.” I say, “The ultimate goal of confessing your sins is to repent, not to recount numerous details. If you have truly repented deep in your heart, the form doesn’t matter; going through this process is useless. Clarifying all the details and circumstances to Me doesn’t mean you have repented. If you’ve truly repented, even if you don’t say anything, you’ve still repented. And if you haven’t repented, it would be futile even if you do speak about it.” Some people don’t understand, thinking I want to hear everything, such as them being unchaste, stealing, or condemning and framing others before they came to believe in God. They think I’m willing to listen to all these personal life matters, that I want to know and perceive everyone’s deepest thoughts and all the actions they’ve taken, good or bad. Isn’t this a human notion? They are mistaken. I only need to know about people’s corrupt dispositions, their essence, and the path they walk; this is enough to address the significant matter of their salvation. There’s no need to know about each person’s present life or future life; there’s no need for such details. People assume: “You’re also normal and practical. There are some things You don’t know, so perhaps You want to understand every individual’s family background, the environment from which they’ve grown, and these special experiences during growth, to know them thoroughly for work purposes, to gain leverage with which to judge and expose them.” Is this how it is? (No.) Some people, carrying these notions and imaginings, always want to share with Me their past deeds when they meet Me, saying, “Oh, You don’t know, my family used to be like this….” I say, “Don’t talk about your family’s matters; share some experiences about believing in God.” Others say, “Oh, You don’t know, I’ve had so many partners before,” or, “You don’t know who I’ve framed before.” Is it useful to say these things? (No.) They think God incarnate is really willing to know these matters, is eager to understand all the disgraceful behaviors among people and the various detailed aspects of people’s fallen lives. When encountering such people, I tell them, “If you want to confess and repent, pray before God in private, don’t tell Me. I’m only responsible for teaching you how to do your duty well and how to worship God in real life, to help you achieve salvation. We can talk about anything related to these when we meet, but it’s best not to mention unrelated matters.” Upon hearing this, some people start thinking, “God really lacks love, God is not tolerant.” In their view, what kind of person has love? A neighborhood committee director, someone who specifically handles other people’s daily trivial matters. Am I supposed to handle such things? I don’t care about those matters at all! How you live your life, what you eat and wear, how you earn money, your economic situation, how you get along with your neighbors—I don’t interfere with any of that. This is the attitude people have toward Christ when they harbor notions. Especially when they develop notions toward Christ’s words or when Christ’s words entirely contradict their own notions, antichrists don’t let go of their notions or accept the truth, nor do they dissect their notions or seek the truth; instead, they cling to their notions and secretly condemn what Christ says in their hearts.

In this last period, God is carrying out the work of judgment in the last days. As God’s gospel of the kingdom expands, quite a few work tasks related to different professions have emerged in God’s house, such as those related to music, writing, film, and so forth. In the course of these work tasks, Christ has also been involved in some tasks related to these professions, of course mainly by providing guidance and determining the direction of various tasks; He works within this scope. It’s inevitable that Christ might not be familiar with some knowledge or general information related to these fields, and there might be some things He doesn’t understand. Isn’t this very normal? To most people, this seems perfectly normal and is not a big deal because everyone is in the process of learning, and under God’s guidance, all kinds of work can only get better and better, with more and more finished products and high-quality outputs being produced. But for antichrists, this is not a small matter. They say, “You’re entirely unfamiliar with a certain field, even ignorant. What right do You have to get involved, to direct and guide us? Why should Your word be final? Why should we all listen to You? Is listening to You necessarily right? We won’t take the wrong path or make mistakes in our work if we listen to You? I’m not so sure about that.” When Christ provides guidance in work, some people approach it with a skeptical attitude: “Let’s first see if what He says makes sense and is within the proper scope of expertise, and if it’s superior to our own ideas. If it is, we’ll accept it and follow His guidance; if not, we’ll make another choice, find another way.” However, antichrists internally harbor a mentality of complete disobedience: “We are professionals, having worked in this field for many years. We could complete this task with our eyes closed. Following Your guidance would just be going through the motions, wouldn’t it? Why should we listen to You? Aren’t Your suggestions just official talk? If we listened to You, wouldn’t that just make us appear incompetent? But now everyone is listening, and I can’t stand up and object to You, as this might lead to me being dealt with as an antichrist. So, I’ll pretend for a while, feign that I’m listening, go through the motions, and later, continue as usual without impacting anything.” So no matter how Christ fellowships the truth principles, no matter how clearly He explains things, antichrists always have their own set ideas and always believe they understand the profession, that they’re experts in the field, and thus they fail to understand what the truth principles Christ is fellowshipping about are. Whenever Christ provides guidance on work related to their professions, it becomes a moment for antichrists to compare their abilities and talents with Christ. Even worse, sometimes, when Christ speaks about matters related to their professions, antichrists see it as Christ showing ignorance, and they secretly mock and despise Christ, feeling in spite of themselves even more resistant and averse to Christ’s guidance in their work. They are thoroughly unconvinced in their hearts, saying, “You tell us to do this and that, but what do You know? Do You even understand the various steps involved in these fields? Do You know the specific details of how they work? When You guide us in filmmaking, do You know how to act authentically or how to record sound?” Whenever faced with these matters, antichrists don’t earnestly listen to the truth principles involved in each profession in their hearts. Instead, they secretly contend with Christ internally, even standing as onlookers to ridicule and mock Christ, their hearts filled with disobedience. When they go to carry out their work, they superficially go through the process, first reviewing the notes of God’s fellowship to see what God said, and then they just start working, doing things the same old way. Some might say, “God didn’t say that, why are you doing it like this?” to which they reply, “God didn’t say it, but does God know the actual situation? Aren’t we the ones who have to actually get it done? What does God know? God just provided a principle, but we have to handle it according to the actual situation. Even if God were here, we would still have to handle it this way. We listen to God’s words when they involve the truth, but when it’s about professional work and doesn’t involve the truth, we call the shots.” They listened to the truth principles fellowshipped by God, and took notes on them, and everyone has gone through the process and reviewed the notes, but when it comes to how things should be done, who has the final say? In their case, it’s not the truth that holds power, much less does it have anything to do with Christ holding power. So, who is holding power? An antichrist is holding power; it’s a human who has the final say. In their perspective, the truth is like air, just doctrines and slogans that are casually mentioned and then done with—people still do whatever they need to do, however they want to do it. At the time, they agreed very nicely, and their attitude seemed exceptionally sincere, but once it comes to real life, everything changes; it’s not as it seemed.

Antichrists, because they constantly harbor notions and resistance to God incarnate and are inwardly unconvinced, fundamentally do not acknowledge God incarnate in their hearts; they only believe in the God in heaven. They’re just like Paul: He wasn’t genuinely convinced by the incarnate Jesus, but was instead full of notions. That’s why in all the letters he wrote, he never testified to Jesus, never testified to Jesus’ words as the truth, and never discussed whether he had any love for Jesus. These are things that people can see; Paul is a true antichrist. Now you all can recognize that Paul is a classic example of an antichrist. Even if those who belong to the category of antichrists acknowledge that the words expressed by God are the truth, can they accept the truth? Can they submit to Christ? Can they testify to Christ? That’s a different matter. Can they submit to all that Christ does? If Christ arranges or assigns work, guiding people on how to do it, can antichrists obey? This matter reveals people most clearly. Antichrists cannot obey; they disregard and trivialize Christ’s words. Therefore, no matter what specific guidance Christ provides or tasks He assigns for any work, antichrists will never implement them. Antichrists are simply unwilling to submit to Christ. Regardless of how He arranges the work, they are unwilling to carry it out, always believing their own ideas are wiser and thinking it’s best to follow their own plans. If you tell them, “When faced with situations, you should collaborate with three or four others, confer together, fellowship more about the truth principles, and act according to those principles without violating them,” will they listen? They don’t listen at all; they’ve long since discarded these words to the back of their mind and want to have the final say themselves. You tell them, “If there’s an issue that can’t be resolved, you can seek from the Above,” but when there really is a problem and everyone thinks about seeking from the Above, antichrists say, “Why ask about such a trivial matter? It’ll only bother the Above. We can handle it ourselves, there’s no need to ask! I have the final say, and I’ll bear the consequences if anything goes wrong!” How nice these words sound, but can they really bear the consequences when something actually goes wrong? If the church’s work suffers a loss, can they bear the aftermath? For instance, if, because leaders and workers were careless in arranging gatherings, the brothers and sisters got arrested during a gathering, leading some to become negative and weak and to falter, who can bear such responsibility? Are antichrists responsible in their words? They are utterly irresponsible! This is the attitude antichrists have toward work. Tell Me, can antichrists truly accept and submit to the words Christ speaks? (No.) In the hearts of the antichrists, what is their attitude toward practicing the truth and submitting to Christ? One word: opposition. They keep opposing. And what is the disposition contained within this opposition? What gives rise to it? Disobedience is what gives rise to it. In terms of disposition, this is aversion to the truth, it is having disobedience in their hearts, it is them not wanting to submit. And so, what do the antichrists think, in their hearts, when the house of God asks that leaders and workers learn to work together in harmony, instead of one person calling all the shots, that they learn how to discuss with others? “It’s too much trouble discussing everything with people! I can make the decisions about these things. Working with others, talking it over with them, doing things according to principle—how wimpy, how embarrassing!” The antichrists think that they understand the truth, that everything is clear to them, that they have their own insights and ways of doing things, and so they are incapable of collaborating with others, they don’t discuss anything with people, they do everything their own way, and don’t yield to anyone else! Although the antichrists verbally declare that they are willing to submit and are willing to collaborate with others, no matter how good their answers appear on the outside, how nice-sounding their words, they are unable to change their rebellious state, are unable to change their satanic dispositions. Inside, however, they are ferociously oppositional—to what extent? If explained in the language of knowledge, this is a phenomenon that occurs when two things of different natures are put together: repulsion, which we can interpret as “opposition.” This is precisely the disposition of antichrists: opposition to the Above. They like to oppose the Above and they obey no one.

Antichrists, when faced with Christ’s words, have only one attitude: disobedience; and their only approach is opposition. For example, I say, “Our yard is quite large and lacks shade. In winter, the sun shines throughout, allowing people to bask in the sunlight, but it gets a bit hot in the summer. Let’s buy some trees, ones that grow quickly and will provide ample shade in the future, and that are relatively clean and aesthetically pleasing.” How many principles are there here? (Three.) One is that the trees grow quickly, another is that the trees are clean and relatively good-looking, and another is that they will provide ample shade in the future, meaning they must have dense branches and leaves. People only have to implement these three principles; as for how many to buy, where to plant them, and what species of trees, I also informed them. Is this task easy to implement? (Yes.) Is this considered a difficult task? (No.) It’s not a difficult task. Why is it not difficult? There are places that sell trees, God’s house provides the funds, and the basic conditions for buying trees are all met. What’s left is just for people to carry it out; there’s nothing difficult about this task. But for an antichrist, there’s a difficulty: “What? Buy trees? Spend money just for shade and to make the environment prettier? Isn’t that indulging in fleshly comfort? That money is an offering to God, can it be spent so carelessly? What’s wrong with a bit of heat? The sun was created by God; will basking in the sun kill you? That’s called taking in sunshine and enjoying the rain. If you don’t want to be in the sun, stay inside. And now you want to spend money for this comfort—you must be dreaming!” They ponder: “I don’t have the final say in this matter on my own; if I directly oppose it, that wouldn’t be good. I could be condemned, and others might not agree. So, I’ll report this to the decision-making group. Also, it would be best to let the brothers and sisters express their opinions too. If the decision-making group approves, then we’ll buy the trees; if they don’t, then we won’t buy them, even if the brothers and sisters agree.” They gather everyone together, mention the matter, and then let everyone discuss and express their opinions. Everyone says, “Buying trees is a good thing; everyone benefits.” The antichrist hears this and says, “How is it a good thing? Can it be okay just because everyone benefits? Whose money is everyone benefiting from? That’s spending God’s money; isn’t that squandering offerings? Is this in line with principles?” Everyone ponders: “Squandering offerings for everyone’s benefit, for people’s interests, does seem somewhat inappropriate.” After discussing back and forth, the final decision is not to buy the trees. The money must be saved; no matter who commands it, it can’t be done. After such a discussion, a conclusion is reached. What’s the conclusion? “Regarding Christ’s command this time, our final resolution is to oppose it; we won’t spend the offerings or waste a cent of the money of God’s house. Speaking concretely, this means that we won’t buy the trees, we won’t greenify the yard.” This is the decision made. Some days later, I notice the trees haven’t been bought yet, so I ask, “Why haven’t you bought the trees?” “Oh, we’ll do it soon.” When the season arrives and others’ trees have sprouted leaves, why have they still not bought any? Upon inquiring, I find out that after discussing it, they didn’t agree to buy the trees; My words were in vain. After conferring, discussing, and analyzing, everyone collectively decided to reject My command, implying: “We call the shots here. You stand aside. This is our house, it has nothing to do with You.” What kind of approach is this? Isn’t this opposition? To what extent are they opposing? They have a basis, claiming not to waste a penny of God’s house’s money, not to spend God’s offerings. What do you think of this basis? Are these words correct? (No.) Often, those who squander and misuse offerings are these very antichrists. They want to have the final say, so they come up with this set of theories to mislead those who are foolish, ignorant, and lack discernment. And indeed, some people fall for it and act according to their words, while the words of Christ are disturbed and sabotaged by antichrists, causing delays in implementation. What’s the root of this problem? The key lies in God’s chosen people not seeing through the antichrists’ hypocrisy, always being misled by the superficial aspect of matters, failing to perceive the essence of things. Antichrists tyrannically cause obstructions among these people, leading some of the undiscerning among God’s chosen people to often be misled and controlled by them.

In every specific work arrangement and command Christ makes in the church, if there are no antichrists causing disturbances, they can be quickly implemented. However, once an antichrist interferes, the task becomes delayed and cannot be implemented. Sometimes the arrangements and commands Christ intends for people to carry out are outright rejected by antichrists under some pretext. In doing so, they adopt a form of decision-making involving everyone, saying, “This was passed by the vote of the brothers and sisters; it’s the result of a collective decision, not just my say.” What does this imply? It suggests that the resolutions of the brothers and sisters are in accordance with the truth, and that when an issue arises, the collective decision of the brothers and sisters means the truth is holding power. But when an antichrist in charge opposes what Christ says, is this the truth holding power? Clearly, this is actually the antichrist holding power. Is it not absurd and deceitful to say that the truth is holding power when an antichrist is controlling the whole situation? Antichrists are indeed skilled in disguise! When Christ asks them to implement something, and it’s made known to everyone that it is God’s doing, that He’s acting out of consideration for everyone, and everyone is grateful for God’s grace, it displeases and discomforts antichrists. They then rack their brains looking for ways to disturb and sabotage. However, if the initiative is theirs and ends with everyone being deeply grateful and appreciative of them, they implement it more actively than anyone, willing to endure any suffering. Aren’t such people as antichrists disgusting? (Yes.) What kind of disposition is this? (A wicked disposition.) Antichrists are capable of disguising themselves, pretending to be good people to mislead and draw others in, even pretending they are practicing the truth. This is wickedness. What truth are you practicing? You reject the words and commands given by Christ, unable to submit and implement them. Where is the truth you claim to practice? Are you a believer in God? Do you treat God as God? The God you believe in is not your colleague, not your coworker, not your friend; He is Christ, He is God! Don’t you recognize this? Always analyzing and scrutinizing Christ’s words, trying to discern their correctness, weighing the pros and cons—aren’t you assuming the wrong position? Antichrists are adept at scrutinizing and analyzing people’s words, and they end up applying this ceaseless scrutiny to Christ. Scrutinizing and treating Christ in this manner—are they followers of God? Aren’t they just disbelievers? They always scrutinize Christ, but can they understand Christ’s divine essence? The more they scrutinize Christ, the more doubtful they become, eventually deeming Christ to be an ordinary person. Is there any true faith or submission left in them? Not at all. In the heart of an antichrist, Christ is regarded merely as an ordinary person. Treating Christ as a human seems natural to them, so they feel they can disregard Christ’s words and commands, not taking them to heart but merely bringing them up for discussion and scrutiny during gatherings. Ultimately, the one who decides how things are done is the antichrist, not God. What have they reduced Christ to? They see Him as just an ordinary leader, not treating Christ as God at all. Isn’t this of the same nature as Paul’s faith in God? Paul never treated the Lord Jesus as God, never ate and drank His words, nor sought to submit to the Lord Jesus. He always thought that for him to live was a christ, attempting to replace the Lord Jesus, and consequently, he received God’s punishment. Since you have accepted that Christ is God incarnate, you should submit to Christ. Regardless of what Christ says, you should accept and submit, not scrutinize and discuss whether God’s words are correct or align with the truth. God’s words are not meant for you to analyze and scrutinize but to submit to and implement. How to go about doing things and how to determine the steps for implementation—that is the scope of your fellowship and discussion. Because, in their hearts, antichrists always doubt the divine essence of Christ, and always have a disobedient disposition, when Christ asks them to do things, they always scrutinize and discuss them, and ask people to determine whether they are right or wrong. Is this a grievous problem? (Yes.) They are not approaching these things from the perspective of submission to the truth; instead, they approach them in opposition to God. This is the disposition of the antichrists. When they hear the commands and work arrangements of Christ, they do not accept and submit to them, but start to discuss. And what is it they discuss? Do they discuss how to practice submission? (No.) They discuss whether the words and commands of Christ are right or wrong, and examine whether or not they should be carried out. Is their attitude one of actually wanting to carry these things out? No—they want to encourage more people to be like them, to not do these things. And is not doing them practicing the truth of submission? Obviously not. So what are they doing? (Opposing.) Not only are they themselves opposing God, they’re looking for collective opposition, too. This is the nature of their actions, is it not? Collective opposition: making everyone the same as them, making everyone think the same as them, say the same as them, decide the same as them, collectively opposing Christ’s decision and commands. This is the modus operandi of the antichrists. The antichrists’ belief is, “It’s not a crime if everyone does it,” and so they urge others to oppose God together with him, thinking that with this being the case, there’ll be nothing the house of God can do to them. Isn’t this stupid? The antichrists’ own ability to oppose God is extremely limited, they’re all alone. So they try to recruit people to collectively oppose God, thinking in their hearts that “I’ll mislead a group of people, and make them think and act in the same way I do. Together, we will reject the words of Christ, and impede the words of God, and stop them coming to fruition. And when someone comes to check my work, I’ll say that everyone decided to do it like this—and then we’ll see how You handle that. I’m not going to do it for You, I’m not going to carry this out—and let’s see what You do to me!” They think they have power, that God’s house can’t do anything to handle them, and neither can Christ. What do you think, is such a person easy to handle? How should this type of person be handled? The simplest method is to dismiss and investigate them. Once a devil reveals itself, eliminate it with a single kick, and that’s the end of it. God’s house allows you to be a leader, but you don’t submit and even dare to oppose God; are you not a devil? God’s house assigns you to lead so you can do actual work, so you submit to the work arrangements of God’s house, and so you can do your duty well. You should accept and submit to God’s words; whatever God says, you should accept and implement His words, not oppose Him. You’ve taken opposing God as your duty—well then, sorry, but dismissing you is the simplest solution. God’s house has the authority to use you and also the authority to dismiss you. Some people say, “I was doing just fine as a leader, why was I dismissed? Isn’t this just killing the donkey as soon as it’s done grinding the grain?” Were you really doing just fine when you were dismissed? A donkey that kicks and bites erratically, and doesn’t focus on proper tasks no matter how it’s trained, will indeed have to be killed once “it’s done grinding the grain.” As for when to kill it, that depends on its performance. Tell Me, would anyone willingly get rid of a good donkey? During grinding, the donkey is the most crucial and important helper. When it’s most needed, would anyone be foolish enough to kill the donkey, stop the grinding, and rather go without grain? Does anyone do that? (No.) There’s only one situation where this would happen: The donkey won’t heed training and continues to kick and bite wildly, making it impossible to grind anything. That’s when you’d have to stop the grinding and kill the donkey, right? (Yes.) Those with discernment regarding this matter can see it clearly. So, how should antichrists who are disobedient, recalcitrant, and fail to implement any work be handled? The simplest method is to first dismiss them from their positions. Some people ask, “Is dismissal the end of it?” What’s the rush? Observe their behavior. Once they are dismissed and lose their power, if they can still labor in God’s house, they won’t be expelled. However, if they do not labor and instead further aggravate things by spreading notions, doing evil, and creating disturbances everywhere, then, according to the principles, they must be expelled. All in all, are these things that are manifested in the antichrists not hateful? (They are extremely hateful.) And what makes them hateful? These antichrists wish to seize power in the house of God; the words of Christ cannot be implemented by them, they will not carry them out. Of course, another kind of situation could also be involved when people are unable to submit to Christ’s words: Some people are of poor caliber, they can’t understand God’s words when they hear them, and do not know how to carry them out; even if you teach them how to, they still can’t. This is a different matter. The topic we’re fellowshipping right now is the essence of antichrists, which doesn’t relate to whether people are capable of doing things, or what their caliber is like; it relates to the disposition and essence of the antichrists. They are completely opposing Christ, the work arrangements of the house of God, and the truth principles. They have no submission, only opposition. This is what an antichrist is.

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