The Ten Aspects One Must Practice and Enter Into to Be an Honest Person
Ten Aspects of Practice of and Entry Into Being an Honest Person
We will fellowship about the ten aspects of practice of and entry into being an honest person. The first aspect that one should practice and enter into in being an honest person is that he must have a conscience and reason before God and honor God as the greatest in his heart and must be able to repay God for His love. This is the first aspect that one must practice and enter into. One cannot live before God if he does not have a conscience and reason before Him. Living before God must be based on having a sincere and honest heart as well as reason. What, then, is reason? It is to know what man is, where he should stand and how he should treat God. This is the reason that man should have. Man is only able to truly live before God if he has a conscience and reason. Can the great red dragon achieve this if it is asked to live before God? No, it cannot. Why not? It has no conscience and does not care for it, much less has reason. Because it does not know God or even opposes Him, it is therefore not able to truly live before God. Some say, “Isn’t it present before God even though it is not able to truly live before Him?” It does not acknowledge the existence of God. It regards itself as the boss in its heart. The great red dragon has no God in its heart, and so it is utterly lawless. It does not live before God, because it has no God in its heart. Having God in the heart is the key. What does having God in the heart require one to possess? Conscience and reason. A person with God in his heart offers genuine prayers when he prays to God. He is praying truly to God and fellowshiping sincerely with Him. His tears flow as he prays on, and he even weeps. Is that not a true heart? Ask a person who does not acknowledge the existence of God to pray to Him and you will see what pretense is. He is only pretending to pray but says in his heart that there is no God. Is that not the case? When praying at religious venues, those atheists within the crowd also have their eyes closed, they pretend to mumble prayers, but what are they thinking within their heart? They are thinking: “How should I pray? There is no God, yet you have me pray. Aren’t you putting me in a difficult situation? What should I do? I’ll just go through the formality.” This is what they think. They do not have a conscience, and they do not recognize the existence of God. Even though they appear to be praying just like the others, they have not come to the presence of God. While having faith in God, many people tell bare-faced lies, blatantly refusing to admit the facts and saying things against their conscience. Can these people live in the presence of God? No, they cannot, because they are not even able to say anything sensible in the presence of God, therefore they cannot truly come to the presence of God. Yet, for those truly honest people, regardless of where they are, they believe that God is with them, they admit the existence of God. Therefore, when they communicate with God, all that they say is sincere. When they have committed transgressions, they despise themselves, they repent and shed tears. Such is their sincerity.
Now, we can see that many people are not honest. As a result, all of their behaviors in the presence of God are fake, cunning and deceptive. Because they are not honest people, they do not live in the presence of God, therefore they cannot gain the truth. They have believed in God for many years without transformation. Regardless of how you fellowship about the truth with them, they have no entry, and they have no growth. What is the source of this problem? They are not the right people, they are not honest people. Whether or not a person is honest is too important. It is too important whether or not you have a sincere heart in the presence of God. This “heart” includes conscience and reason, which constitute a true self; this sincere heart determines whether or not a person shall gain the blessings of God, whether or not a person shall gain the truth. This sincere heart is too important! In their faith in God, many people appear to have a sincere heart, and it appears that their faith in God is genuine. However, their disposition and their cunning have determined that they cannot truly live in the presence of God, and that they cannot gain the truth. Just like many people who journey up the hill to dig for treasure. Who among them are those that will acquire the treasure? Those who have a sincere heart, and who are willing to pay the price. Therefore, in the presence of God, those who are truly honest, who sincerely believe in God, who love the truth, are the people who shall acquire the treasure. What is this “treasure”? It is the truth. Those who have gained the truth have acquired the treasure, and those who have gained the truth have gained life. For those people who are not honest, they also go to dig for treasure, and they appear to have paid a high price, but in the end, they have not acquired the treasure. This shows that they are not honest, they do not have the right intentions, they have too much cunning and deceptions. God searches the heart and mind of people, and God does not bless such people, because they do not love the truth. The Holy Spirit will never enlighten and illuminate them with the truth. God’s words say: “Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls before swine” (Mat 7:6). This represents God’s disposition. What is determined by a person’s honesty? A person’s honesty determines whether or not he can gain the truth, and whether or not he can be saved. Therefore, it is extremely crucial to be an honest person. Who are the people that God perfects? The honest people. Who are the people that shall attain salvation? Also, the honest people. Who are the people who shall eventually gain the praises and blessings of God? Still, the honest people. Therefore, if an honest person believes in God, then he shall gain everything that God bestows to mankind. If a person is not honest, then he shall not gain anything; if he has some sincerity and has been somewhat useful when doing service for God, then he can gain some of God’s graces—this is definite, but he shall not gain life. Do you now have clarity regarding this? Are you willing to only gain God’s graces, or do you want to gain life? It is too important to gain life. The first aspect that is required for being an honest person: Having a conscience and reason, honoring God as the greatest in the heart and being able to repay God for His love. A person would have a heart that reveres God if he honors God as the greatest in his heart, and during his fellowship with God, he would be able to submit to God and be willing to satisfy God and repay God for His love in his heart. Would he have a heart that reveres God if he does not honor God as the greatest or have God in his heart? Definitely not. Would he be able to repay God’s love if he does not have a heart that reveres Him? He wouldn’t as well, because God is not in his heart. If a man does not have God in his heart, everything would be over, and he has nothing at all. Many people are moved to tears when they count God’s blessings. “Oh, God has treated me with such grace and has blessed me with so much!” They are rather touched, but they remain unwilling to consider God’s will afterward and are unwilling to take up His entrustment to fulfill their own duties well. They remain unable to repay God for His love. Does this kind of person have a conscience? A person without a conscience would forget about God even if God has fulfilled his petitions and prayers, and he would also forget about God when it is time to repay God for His love. Such a person has no conscience. A person without a conscience is not an honest person. He is a deceitful person with a black heart, a “white-eyed wolf,”[a] isn’t he? Do you like a person without a conscience? Nobody can befriend a person without a conscience. He would not be touched no matter how much good you do for him. He would forget about it afterward. A person without a conscience is like that, and he thus has not one bit of reason and humanity. The first aspect of entry into being an honest person is that you must have a conscience and reason, honor God as the greatest in your heart and be able to repay God for His love. This is rather crucial. How should one enter into this aspect? You should first check yourself to see: Do you have a conscience before God? What aspects of reason should you have? Do you really honor God as the greatest in your heart? How much have you repaid God for His love? You should start to enter into and practice these now.
The second aspect of being an honest person that one must practice and enter into is that before God, he must practice opening up artlessly and offer his heart to God and he must never lie or cheat. The most important part of the second aspect is in offering one’s heart to God. Have you offered your heart to God right now? Are you truly able to open up artlessly before God? Can you bring all the things that you do before Him? Can you truly open up artlessly during your fellowship with God in all major matters and allow Him to make the decisions? Have you practiced all these? If not, is such a person one of the same mind with God? Isn’t he going against God since he is not able to give his heart to Him? Aren’t the things he says and does before God all lies and deceit since he is not able to give his heart to Him? Is such a person an honest one? Therefore, all those who do not give their hearts to God are not honest people, they are crooked ones, and they are not of one mind with Him. Thus, the second aspect of being an honest person that one must practice and enter into is that before God, he must practice opening up artlessly and give his heart to Him and he must never lie or cheat. If you do not enter into and practice this aspect, you are not an honest person. Many people are not willing to give their hearts to God and always hold back before Him. They always hold back, holding back their opinions and choices as well as their own intentions and aims, in whatever matters, no matter how they pray to God. They are not able to bring these things before God. Such people are undoubtedly never able to be of one mind with God but are in opposition against Him instead. If they are not able to be of one mind with God and give their hearts to Him, are the words they say sincere? Are their prayers from the heart? They are all lies and deceit. This is without a doubt. A person is definitely not an honest one if he is not able to practice this aspect. This aspect can be used as the measure of whether or not a person is honest. Once someone is measured according to this standard, everyone will be convinced, everyone will agree. Do you know how to compare yourself to it? Some might say: “During this time, I have not told any lies, so I am an honest person.” This is too simplistic. Is it this simple to be an honest person? While you have not lied, you have much cunning in your heart, and you have many trickeries within you. Isn’t that the case? Someone like this thinks that it is sufficient to not lie, that as long as he follows some rules then he is an honest person. He thinks of this as too easy, too simplistic. Could this be the case? While a person may not be lying with his lips, could he be lying in his heart? Is there cunning in his heart? There is, isn’t there? We can see from his eyes. While he is not lying with his lips, his eyes are shifty. Could this person be good? So, is the second criterion for us to enter into and to practice in order to be an honest person important or not? It is important. If you cannot practice it, then you are certainly not an honest person.
The third aspect of being an honest person that one must practice and enter into is to be able to keep the promises and oaths made before God and to carry them out, and not to be perfunctory or slipshod when performing one’s duty. This aspect is crucial as well. We have made many promises and oaths before God in the past, but we fail to carry most of them out. What is the problem here? On the one hand, it is not being able to keep our promises and not being trustworthy, and on the other hand, it is telling all sorts of lies to deceive and fool God. These two mistakes have been made. Third, we muddle through when performing duty. A person like this really is a corrupt human, and all that he says and does are revealing his corrupt disposition. Is a person an honest one if he is not able to practice the third aspect? Absolutely not. He only tells lies to deceive God; he does not keep his promises, and his oaths mean nothing. He is always lying to God and making empty promises to fool Him. Such a person is dishonest, and very much so! The words that an honest person says come from his heart, and he is responsible for what he says. He is able to keep his promises and fulfill at least over half of them. Such is an honest person. What are the promises that people have given in the presence of God? Everyone knows it very well in their heart. For example, “I am willing to offer all of myself to God.” Have you given this promise? “I am willing to offer up my heart to God. I am willing to serve God for the rest of my life. I am willing to entrust my family to God, to be managed by God. I am willing to entrust my children to God. I am willing to offer up my everything to God. I am willing to become someone who always serves God, serve God my entire life with sincerity.” Haven’t you given these promises? Have you fulfilled them as you have promised? You have not fulfilled any one of them, isn’t that right? Isn’t that deceiving God then? Deceiving God as if He is a child, right? People often give promises, yet they don’t try to fulfill them. Such ones are experts in deceiving God. This is determined by their nature. The same is true with how people treat their oaths. They’ve made many oaths, but afterward, they do not take responsibility for what they have said. Some people have taken an oath to leave everything behind to serve God, but in the end they are not even able to leave behind their children, they are not even able to consecrate any time, they are not even willing to perform any of their duty. If you cannot even do these, then why are you making that oath? Some people swear an oath that: “If I cannot love God, if I cannot serve God, let God curse me, inflict me with sickness, and grant me a horrible death.” But in the end, they hurry to treat every little sickness that they have. They are so afraid of death. What use is there in taking an oath like that? Deceiving God in their oaths and promises, are such people honest? These are not honest people. Being able to keep the promises and oaths made before God and carry them out and not being perfunctory or slipshod in performing one’s duty—is this aspect not what one who practices being an honest person should enter into? If you are not able to practice this aspect, are you an honest person? You are not if you are not able to practice this aspect. This is certain. How, then, should one enter into this aspect? How should one carry it out? You must come before God once again and pray to Him, saying, “I have not been able to keep the promises and oaths made before You. I said those words in a moment of enthusiasm and blind passion, and the words just came out of my mouth. I was not able to be responsible for what I said. This is a transgression, and may God forgive me and have mercy on me. I shall hereby make promises and oaths before God once again.” The words that you say must be in appropriate measure and not exaggerated. Exaggerations are useless. Just say what you can do and do not exaggerate. For example, you have not been able to find a job now, and you say, “God, I’ll stop looking for a job. I shall serve You all my life.” Do not say this as it is impractical. What if you need a job? What if you are not suitable to serve God? What do you do then? You are still not an honest person and understand too little of the truth, and your life experience is too superficial. You are not able to witness for God. What should you do? Can you not look for a job? Some things must not be spoken frivolously. Do not say what you cannot do. If you happen not to be able to do what you have said, you should say, “God, may You help me and have mercy on me. Please give me strength. I am willing to keep my promises.” You must do your best to fulfill the things that you said and be able to carry out at least over half of what you promised. Since you have made an oath, you have to be able to pay the price; if you do fail to fulfill it, you have to be able to suffer the consequences and must be willing to accept God’s punishment. Do not make the oath if you are not able to take the pain. Do not make an oath blindly. You must not be perfunctory and slipshod in fulfilling your own duty. You should at least be able to do that, shouldn’t you? Whatever the duty is, be it spreading the gospel, serving as a leader or worker, or providing hospitality, you must fulfill it with all your heart and to the best of your ability. You should expend your greatest effort to fulfill your duty and not be perfunctory or slipshod. If you do things for people in a slipshod way, they are not happy about it, and they are able to see it. If you do things for God in the same way, as God searches the innermost heart of man, He sees it more clearly. You must keep the promises and oaths you make before God and be able to carry them out, and you must fulfill your own duty without being perfunctory or slipshod. You can be said to be an honest person if you can enter into this aspect. Otherwise, you are definitely not an honest person, but one who exaggerates and tells lies to deceive God.
The fourth aspect of practice of and entry into being an honest person is that one must be trustworthy in everything that he submits to God and let Him make the decisions, and one must not be two-faced, saying one thing but doing another. You must be trustworthy in the matters that you submit to God and carry them out in accordance with His will. You cannot say that you have submitted the matter to God but think another way in your heart and do something against what you have said. You must not do anything against God’s will, for that is an expression of betrayal of Him. You must let God make the decisions for the matters that you have submitted to Him. This is being an honest person. You are not an honest person if you cannot even do this, because if you cannot carry out the matters you have entrusted to God in accordance with His requirements or cannot do them according to His requirements and His word, you are then deceiving God. You are a betrayer who does something against God. Man has Satan’s nature now and everyone can be two-faced and say one thing but do another. This is what man is good at. Man has always been deceitful in the way he does things, and so if the art of war could be used, we can say that men these days would all be experts, for everyone is crafty and deceitful, and each person is more so than the other. Is such a person an honest one? Therefore, “one must be trustworthy in everything that he submits to God and let Him make the decisions, and one must not be two-faced, saying one thing but doing another,” this is what man must enter into. You are not an honest person if you do not enter into this aspect. Be trustworthy in everything that you submit to God. What, then, are the matters that you submit to God? If you submit your own future and destiny to God but pursue the world after you have done so, is that not being two-faced, saying one thing but doing another? If you have submitted yourself to God for Him to use and lead, but then you do something else and do not fulfill your duty and serve God, is that not being two-faced? Are you not going against God? This is acting in rebellion, the same as what Satan did. Since you have dedicated yourself to God, you should follow God. Do not pursue the world and follow Satan any more. Do not slave or pay the price for your own future and destiny, and do not exhaust yourself for the pursuit of fame and status, any longer. Some people dedicated their children to God but dislike for them to practice their faith and pursue the truth properly. They want their children to enroll in universities and pursue the future and prestige in the world. Is that dedicating their children to God? They talk about dedicating their children to God, yet do something else on the other hand; this is deceit. Therefore, if a man is not able to carry out the fourth aspect, that is, if he is not able to be trustworthy in the matters that he has submitted to God, and he still makes his own decisions and does something else, such a person is not an honest one. If a person practices and has entered into this fourth aspect, he is an honest person. If a person fails to meet God’s requirements in his practice of and entry into it even in the end, it proves that he is not an honest person, but one who is crafty and deceives God. This aspect is also a rather crucial one of being an honest person, and so it has also to be entered into.
The fifth aspect of practice of and entry into being an honest person is that you must submit everything for God to manage and control, let Him make the decisions and not do something else in violation of God’s will. What does “everything” entail when you submit everything to Him? It includes your person, work and future, your time from then on as well as what you should do and which path you should take; all these things must be submitted to God. This is what submitting everything to Him means. The people with such requests are usually those who are especially fervent in pursuing the truth, and only those who pursue to be perfected can achieve this. Most people are not willing to submit everything to God. Some people believe in God but have strayed from the way. They go to look for a good job, pursue new knowledge somewhere, look for ways to earn money or enjoy a certain kind of lifestyle. They go on their own way into the world. Is that not turning their backs on God? Some people are willing to offer themselves to God and expend themselves for Him all their lives. However, they become downhearted when they encounter setbacks or pruning and dealing and are no longer willing to expend themselves for God, for things do not always go their way when they are expending for God. They think that the path is not right and they should not have taken it, as they do not like it. Are such people honest ones before God? Since you have promised God and submitted everything to Him, you must keep your word and remain steadfast in expending yourself for Him no matter what setbacks you encounter and suffering you go through, like some people who say, “I would rather die in the house of God if I have to.” Such people make their words count, don’t you think so? Why do you encounter setbacks? Why do you encounter pruning and dealing? It is because you do not walk the straight and upright path, and you have only yourself to blame. Furthermore, because you do not walk the straight and upright path, you encounter pruning and dealing, but this is God’s love descending upon you. Why can’t you see that? You wish to dedicate yourself to God, but then wish to follow your own desires and preferences in serving God and expending yourself for Him. Would this work? No, it wouldn’t. Your way is not fit for use by God. Your words and actions do not conform to God’s will, and He would thus prune and deal with you. He would judge and chastise you. This is determined by His righteous disposition. When you do not walk the straight and upright path and receive pruning and dealing as well as judgment and chastisement, how should you take it then? You should thank God for it. You have to see God’s love and salvation in it. If you do not see God’s love and always think that people are going against and finding fault with you, it proves that you do not know God and do not have spiritual understanding. Your perspective is materialistic when you look at things. You can neither see what is going on in the spiritual realm nor what the hand of God is doing. You do not have spiritual understanding. The process of expending yourself for God is also one of receiving His salvation and perfection. Thus, those who sincerely expend themselves for God in His house would be pruned and dealt with as well as judged and chastised no matter what duty they fulfill. This is certain. Is there anyone who has been a leader or worker yet never experienced dealing and pruning? In the beginning, I experienced a great deal of God’s judgment and chastisement, dealing and pruning. I have experienced the most dealing and pruning. I am able to compare myself with many of the words of judgment and chastisement from within God’s words. Of course, you do not see it, and you cannot comprehend, but I know it in my heart. Are dealing and pruning good? They are too necessary for man’s entry into the truth, and for the transformation of man’s life disposition. It can be said that, without dealing and pruning, you cannot attain salvation, you cannot be perfected. This is absolute. Some people are afraid of dealing and pruning, and they think: “I wish that I could become perfected without encountering dealing and pruning. How good would that be!” Are such thoughts valid? These are people’s imaginations, and they are invalid. Many people pay lip service to being willing to accept dealing and pruning; yet when a day comes where you indeed encounter dealing and pruning, what would you do? Would you cry? Would you become negative and go back home? To cry is a matter of course, but you cannot become negative after crying, you must wipe your tears and continue forward, and turn your grief into strength. Isn’t that right? Some people, after they have been dealt with, they feel that they have been wronged. “I have suffered so much for God, and I have paid such a huge price. Why have I not earned approval? God’s work is really unpleasant. Where can I go to argue my case?” Tell me, is there reason to argue in this matter? If you go talk with Satan, Satan would say: “This is easy! Since you have not gained approval by performing your duty, wouldn’t everything be fine if you stop performing your duty?” This is Satan’s principle, isn’t that right? If you hear something like this, would you accept? If you accept it, then you would have fallen into Satan’s trap. While believing in God, everyone must cry several times, as the problems can’t be solved if they cry just one time. Because people’s corruption is too deep, they must experience many dealings and pruning to have some likeness of human, to be able to walk on the right track. This is beneficial to people’s life entry and the transformation of their disposition. Remember this! This is how I have experienced. I have had first-hand experiences: It will not do if a person is not dealt with and pruned. No person is excepted.
The sixth aspect that one must practice and enter into in being an honest person is that when expending himself for God, one must not speak of conditions or take it as a transaction but give to God willingly. One has true conscience and reason if he is able to enter into this aspect. Otherwise, it proves that all that he does is not for satisfying God and carrying out His will but with conditions, as a transaction and with motives. If a man’s expending himself for God is transactional and tainted with his motives, is such a person an honest one? No, he is not. He is one who deceives and resists God. Was Paul’s expending himself for God—preaching the gospel and witnessing for God—transactional? Did it come with conditions? What were his conditions? “If I fulfilled this duty and kept the faith, You must bestow the crown of righteousness upon me. It is not negotiable.” He had this condition and motive. In addition, under what conditions and background did he accept the commission of witnessing for the Lord Jesus? He had resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus and sought to arrest Him. Was he then sincere in witnessing for the Lord Jesus later on? No, he was under compulsion because the Lord Jesus manifested Himself from heaven when Paul was on his way to Damascus. Paul saw that the Lord Jesus was the Lord and that He was the Christ, so he had no choice but to witness for God. Paul accepted the commission and promised to expend himself for God only after he saw God’s manifestation. He resisted the Lord Jesus before he saw what He did. He was opposing the Lord Jesus then. He only believed in the Lord Jesus and accepted the commission after seeing what he saw. What did that show? It showed that he was under compulsion. He did not do what he did in faith and sincerity. Thus, when people these days expend themselves for God, if they do it without conditions and not as striking a deal with Him but with a willing heart, they are people with a conscience and reason. If anyone does not meet this aspect, he is not an honest person. He is deceiving God and transacting with Him. He has his own motives, and is a betrayer of God. Is it easy to achieve this aspect? It is for an honest person but not for a deceitful one. When a deceitful person sees this, he would think, “If I do it without conditions and not as striking a deal, would I not suffer a loss? No way. What if I end up gaining nothing after I have paid too huge a price? There is no security in this.” So he would hold back for himself, leave himself a way to retreat. This is Satan’s scheme. When a man with Satan’s scheme within him expends himself for God, he is a tool used by Satan to test God. Once a man treats God with Satan’s scheme within him, he is finished. He would be condemned and eliminated by God. Therefore, expending oneself for God willingly without conditions and not as striking a deal with Him is what must be entered into in being an honest person. If you are not able to enter into this, you are not an honest person. This is certain.
The seventh aspect that one must practice and enter into in being an honest person is that one should not complain and never regret regardless of whether disasters, misfortunes or blessings come upon him, or what his outcome is. When doing things or expending himself for God, an honest person does not mind what his outcome will be and the prices to be paid, and he attaches no conditions at all; even if he gains nothing in the end, or even if he is to die, he will not complain. This is an honest person. People like to make friends with honest people. Why is this so? An honest person treats his friends with a conscience, unlike a deceitful person. An honest person would go through pain and suffering for his friends, and so people like to make friends with honest people. An honest person is faithful to God. He will have no complaints and will never regret no matter what his outcome will be, be it suffering misfortune or receiving blessings, and thus God likes an honest person. When a person starts to serve God, as he has quit his job and given up his career and family, he would often think at this point, “Oh, what future will I have? What will my outcome be?” He would keep thinking about this. “What would happen to me if I gained nothing in the end?” He cannot help but to think and contemplate about his own future. Sometimes through prayer he could overcome this and not think about the future. He would be willing to offer everything to God and expend himself for God all his life no matter what his outcome may be. An honest person is simple. He would think, “I will expend myself for God without caring how God will treat me. If I receive blessings, that will be God’s grace. Otherwise, it must be because I haven’t done well enough. I must have done too much evil, and I have only myself to blame. God is righteous, and I cannot complain against Him.” Such is the thinking of an honest person. What would a deceitful person think then? A deceitful person treats everything he does as a transaction. His principle is to not be on the losing end of the deal and be able to get the most out of it or take advantage of others. Therefore, he does not want to lose out but only want to gain when he expends himself for God. This is the principle behind how a deceitful person acts. So, if a person really achieves the seventh aspect, if he truly “expends himself for God and never complains or regrets regardless of whether disasters, misfortunes or blessings come upon him, or what his outcome is,” is this not an honest person? He definitely is. If he is not able to achieve this aspect, he is definitely not an honest person. Are you able to achieve this aspect when you expend yourselves for God now? What is on your mind if you are still not able to? Do you think about whether you would have expended yourself for God in vain if you gained nothing in the end? Do you think about this? “Wouldn’t I have suffered great loss if others are blessed for expending themselves for God while I gained nothing? I’d much rather enjoy my life with my husband (wife) and kids.” Have you ever entertained such thoughts? Some people who serve God, when they see their own husbands (wives) and children suffer at home, they would become negative: “While I am serving God, my husband (wife) and children are suffering at home. Who takes care of them?” When they encounter such a situation, they would become negative and complain against God, “I serve God but He doesn’t care about me. What should I do? Should I still expend myself for God?” Is a person who entertains such a thought an honest one? Does he have the truth? Were you the one who took care of your family? Were they not under the blessing of God? Are you capable of taking care of them? Is it not because of God’s protection that you are alive and well now? There is no telling what might have happened to your family had it not been for God’s grace. You cannot even be sure if they would still be alive now. All mankind would have been destroyed by Satan. Do you believe this? Most people believe it. Why can’t some people see and believe it then? Why can’t they see it? Those without the truth are blind and could see nothing. They could see neither how great God’s grace is nor how highly He has protected them. They could not see how greatly God has blessed them. God has led and provided for mankind and kept them alive, but they could not see it. They behave as if they were the one who protected their family and kept it safe, and that they were the one who brought about peace for their family. Are they not blind? Therefore, if a person is not able to achieve this aspect, he is definitely not an honest person. Man would not be able to achieve this aspect or put it into practice if he does not pursue the truth in earnest and he fails to meet God’s requirements, completely offer himself to God and expend himself for Him.
The eighth aspect that one must practice and enter into in being an honest person is that he must have the courage to accept God’s examination in all things and to swear an oath to God in critical matters, guaranteeing that he would be faithful to God and remain steadfast to such faithfulness. This is a very important aspect as well. Some people do not have the courage to accept God’s examination in the things that they do. Are they not up to some trick? They do not dare to come under the light as they are up to some trick, and thus they do not have the courage to accept God’s examination. An honest person has the courage to accept God’s examination in the things that he does and swear an oath to Him in critical matters, guaranteeing that he would be faithful to God and remain steadfast to such faithfulness. Only an honest person would be able to carry out this aspect. If someone is not able to, he is not an honest person. He is far from being such a one. A person who cannot be faithful to God, who easily becomes disloyal to God and always betrays Him when he encounters major issues, is not an honest person.
The ninth aspect that one must practice and enter into in being an honest person is that one must be able to absolutely believe that God is the truth and is righteous, and must never judge or complain against God regardless of whether he understands and is able to see it or not. This aspect is also a standard for being an honest person. Only an honest person is able to believe, under any circumstances, that God is the truth and is righteous, and that He can never be wrong. He is able to believe in many matters that God cannot be wrong even if he is not able to see or understand what God is doing, and that it can never be wrong to obey God. He will surely not judge or complain against God in whatever matter, however incapable he is of understanding it thoroughly. What is the greatest weakness of corrupted man? He tries to be smart even when he does not understand anything thoroughly, and acts as if he knows when he doesn’t, and he judges and complains against God even when he is unable to discern and understand anything. Is this not the greatest weakness of corrupted man? Why do you complain against God when you are not able to discern and understand anything? Since you do not understand and cannot discern things, you should not complain against God. When you are not able to discern and understand a thing, do not pretend that you know and understand it, and do not complain against God. On what grounds do you complain against God? You complain against God all because you think that you understand and think that God has done wrong and that God should not have done such a thing. That is why you complain against God. Man judges and complains against God when he does not understand and cannot discern anything. What does this show? It shows that man is too arrogant and full of himself! He is too irrational! Man is too bold to keep thinking of judging and belittling God. Does it not reveal what a man is whether or not he can truly believe that God is the truth and is righteous? It certainly does and very much so! Only an honest person believes that God is absolutely the truth and is absolutely righteous, and regardless of whether he is able to understand and see it clearly or not, he would never judge God, and he believes in his heart that God would never be wrong, because He is God, and He is almighty. A deceitful person likes to doubt God. He doubts man and even God in everything. What is the most distinct characteristic of a deceitful person? A deceitful person likes to doubt and believes too much in himself. He likes to doubt others. Can you now still judge God in matters that you cannot understand thoroughly? There are times when you encounter some things that do not fit with people’s conceptions. For example, you see a good person being struck down by a bolt of lightning. If you say: “God is not righteous,” is this correct? As another example, you see that someone was doing well in his faith in God, yet all of a sudden, he died from illness. If you say: “God is not doing the right thing, He was not taking care of the good guy,” is this correct? Are you able to truly believe that God is the truth and that all that He does is the truth and is righteous when you encounter some matters that do not conform to man’s notions? This is a question that reveals much what a man is. Only an honest person is able to believe that God is never and would never be wrong in whatever matters, no matter how they fail to conform to man’s notions. It is but that man is too foolish and fails to discern anything. Man cannot access the spiritual world directly, and the truth that he understands is too little. The truth that he understands is but a drop in the ocean. He is not able to fathom even a little of God’s almightiness and wisdom, because God is too great and man is too insignificant. Thus, he remains reverent and fearful of God and obeys Him, and he does not judge God at all. If someone is able to do that, he would not judge God in any circumstances, no matter how they do not conform to man’s notions, and he would obey God with reverence and fear in his heart. Is this an honest person? He is. If a person is not able to achieve this aspect and he judges and complains against God when he encounters some matters that do not conform to man’s notions, such a person is not an honest one, and he is a deceitful person, a particularly deceitful one. A deceitful person always doubts God and doubts His power and righteousness. He doubts whether what God does is the truth and whether His words can come true and be fulfilled. The deceitful person always doubts God. An honest person believes whatever God says, and even if he is not able to see how God’s word would come true, he believes that God’s word would be fulfilled. He believes that God’s word would never be wrong and is the truth. Why can many people offer up everything and expend themselves for God when they believe in Him? They can do so because they are honest people who believe in God. Why are some people not able to offer up their whole being and expend themselves for God even after they have believed in Him for many years? Why is this so? It is because they doubt God and do not trust in Him, and so they hold back in everything that they do and leave a path for retreat for themselves. What do people call those who are too deceitful? “The hold-backers” and “the retreaters.” What are the matters in which you have held yourselves back? What are the matters in which you have left a path for retreat for yourselves? You should reflect on yourselves. Suppose someone believes that God is the truth and is righteous and he does not doubt or judge God at all no matter what situation he encounters. Is such a person an honest one? He certainly is if he is able to achieve this aspect. If one is not able to, it shows sufficiently that he is a deceitful person instead of an honest one. Look at those who like to judge and doubt God if you do not believe so. Have a look at them, and it would be clear to you if they are honest or deceitful ones. Not only does a deceitful person like to doubt God, he is also always doubting others in his interactions with other people. Suppose someone who is deceitful gets along with you the best, and you frequently visit his home. One day, it so happens that he lost something from his home. He would suspect that you have stolen it. Do you believe that something like this can happen? He would think: “Whoever comes most frequently to my home is the one that is the most suspicious. That person is most likely the thief.” He doesn’t care how honest you are, and just because you go to his home, he would suspect you. He doubts everyone, because he does not believe that there are honest people. He judges others based on the type of person that he is himself. A deceitful person likes to doubt others, doesn’t he? However, an honest person believes in others very easily, and it is easy to be fooled and deceived when someone believes in others too easily. Therefore, without wisdom, it is easy for an honest person to be deceived. After he has been taken advantage of, after he has suffered some setbacks, after he has learned a few lessons, an honest person would gain wisdom. After an honest person has gained wisdom, he is now fit to be used by God, he has now matured, he is now able to perform his duty and serve God.
The tenth aspect that one must practice and enter into in being an honest person is remaining a good witness of God by being faithful and obedient to Him even till death through various trials and disasters. This is the last criterion. An honest person is one who is able to remain faithful to and not leave God even in death and to obey Him even till death, thus bearing a good and resounding testimony for God, through various disasters and trials. If one complains against and doubts God, and judges and betrays Him when he encounters various trials and disasters, he is not an honest person. He is definitely a deceitful one. Therefore, it will be revealed through various trials and disasters who are honest people, who have true faith in God and who truly believe that God is the truth and is righteous. Honest people will be able to obey and remain faithful to God even till death, and be able to stand firm in their testimony to Him. Such people will be blessed by God. Deceitful people will start to complain against God and become negative and distant from Him in various disasters and trials, and they will be eventually exposed and eliminated and fall into darkness weeping and gnashing their teeth. This is the fate of deceitful people. Some people are captured by the great red dragon, and they completely deny God and betray Him as they are not able to withstand the physical torment while they are in captivity. They even serve Satan in the end—they betray the brothers and sisters and help the great red dragon to capture them. Have they not been exposed? They have, and this proves that they are not honest people but deceitful ones. Some people betray a little due to their weakness, but they do not service Satan. They still pray to God, believe in Him, and don’t deny Him in their hearts. They betray a little because they are too immature in life and weak. Not serving Satan is equivalent to bearing witness for God. Those who serve Satan and have become thorough betrayers and even work for Satan are completely eliminated. Therefore, whether a man has gained the truth and is an honest person is revealed through trials. Those who completely betray God and are used by Satan during trials are the ones who are exposed and eliminated. They are the deceitful people who are not truly pursuing the truth. In the past, there had been brothers and sisters in prison who became betrayers as they were weak. They were pricked by their conscience later on and repented in tears. They swore before God and asked Him to put them in another adverse environment so that they might have a chance to bear a good testimony for Him and to satisfy Him once. They thus prayed to God and were, in the end, able to pursue the truth and perform their duties as they had done before, and they also received the work of the Holy Spirit. Such people became betrayers because their statures were too small, and they regretted in their hearts after their betrayal and hated themselves. They even swore to let God punish and destroy them. They asked God to give them another trial so that they could stand firm through it and repay God’s love for them. Such people are also honest ones. Deceitful people choose the wrong path for themselves and betray God for a moment’s pleasure and comfort. Afterward, they feel no pain but a sense of great pity and regret that they will not be able to receive any blessings. However, they do not regret their evil deeds, and neither do they hate themselves for them. Are such people not deceitful ones? They are deceitful people who have been exposed. Therefore, the various trials will fully reveal whether a man is an honest person and whether he is one who pursues the truth.
The above are the ten aspects of practice of and entry into being an honest person. If a person has entered into all these ten aspects and has the reality in them, he is an honest person without a doubt. He is one who has been saved and perfected by God. If a person has not entered into even a little of the ten aspects and has not even a little to do with them, he is eliminated without a doubt. He is not an honest person but a deceitful one. Do our pursuit of the truth and being an honest person not appear very important now for our entry into the various aspects of the truth? It is very important, very critical. What is the relationship between being an honest person and practicing and entering into the truth? It should be clear to you now. Only by being an honest person can one pursue and enter into the truth. If anyone who experiences God’s work in His house is not one who pursues and enters into the truth, it is then revealed that he is definitely not an honest person. Only an honest person is able to gain and possess the truth. A deceitful person can never gain the truth. Therefore, being an honest person is the most basic of conditions for the practice of and entry into all truths.
a. In Chinese, it means one who bites the hand that feeds him or an ungrateful, heartless villain.