118. The Principles of Identifying Antichrist Demons

(1) All antichrist demons are arrogant and conceited, submitting to no one. They never exalt God or bear witness to Him, but are most talented at preaching letters and doctrines that beguile others;

(2) All antichrist demons hate and resist the truth. They do not know themselves in the least, have no insight into themselves, and are especially arrogant and self-righteous;

(3) Antichrist demons are interested only in fighting for power and profit. They seek always to beguile, ensnare, and control others—to establish their own kingdoms, to make others submit to them;

(4) All who number among antichrist demons harbor a bone-deep hatred of the man used by the Holy Spirit, and they employ a hundred methods to discredit, defame, and attack him in the hope of taking his place.

Relevant Words of God:

What is God’s definition of an antichrist? One who is hostile to God, hostile to the truth, loathing of the truth, loathing of God, and loathing absolutely anything that is positive. This is no common person who is momentarily weak, foolish, and slightly mistaken in their thoughts and views, nor one with a slightly absurd understanding that does not accord with the truth—this is the antichrist, the enemy of God! His role is that of someone who hates absolutely anything that is positive, hates all truth, and hates all of God’s disposition and essence. How does God treat one in this role? God will not save them! Such people despise and detest the truth, by their essence. What is exposed here is not the common corrupt disposition of the masses, things such as arrogance, a touch of hardness, or minor deceit; what is exposed here is evil, ferocity, and hatred of the truth—these are the most serious manifestations and dispositions among corrupt dispositions, and they are the things most typical of and essential to Satan. This is no minor revelation of the corrupt disposition that is in common, corrupted people, which can neither constitute a real threat to the truth nor coalesce into a substantial force—this is a force that is hostile to God. They can disrupt and control a church, and they can destroy and interrupt God’s management work. Is this something that common, corrupted people do? Absolutely not, and you should therefore not underestimate it. There are some people who also have an evil disposition, but this evil disposition incorporates a touch of selfishness for their own benefit, while others also have a fierce disposition—when they resist being taken advantage of, for instance—but this is revealed only occasionally. How are the antichrists different from this? Their main disposition is not arrogance, but full-blown evil. And how is this evil mainly manifested? It can be seen in their bizarre way of doing things, which common people with eyes and ears, with some culture and some social experience, find difficult to detect; this has risen past deceit to evil. They can play shadow games and tricks, and plays them “better” than most people; most ordinary people cannot compete with them and cannot deal with them. This is an antichrist. Why is it said that ordinary people cannot deal with them? It is because their evil is so extreme that they possess an enormous power to deceive people. Why are we fellowshiping about the manifestations of antichrists? Because antichrists are all too able to deceive people. They deceive swaths of people at once, like a lethal plague, which, through its contagion, can harm and kill many in a single outbreak; it is highly contagious and wide reaching, and its infectiousness and mortality rates are greater than those of common diseases. Are these not severe consequences?

Excerpted from “For Leaders and Workers, Choosing a Path Is of Utmost Importance (4)” in Records of Christ’s Talks

One of the most obvious characteristics of the substance of an antichrist is that they are like despots running their own dictatorship: They do not listen to anyone, they look down on everyone, and what anyone else says, does, the insights they have, their viewpoint, their strengths—in their eyes, they are all inferior to them. These people, they think, are not fit to participate in what they want to do, nor are they qualified to be consulted, or to give suggestions—that is the kind of disposition they have. Is this not an aspect of the characteristics of the antichrists? Some people ask if this is of low character. It is too superficial to relate this to character—it has nothing to do with low character. It is their disposition and nature; their nature is supremely fierce. Why do I say that their nature is supremely fierce? They think of the work of the house of God and the interests of the church as their own, as their personal property, and so the only things they think about when doing the work of the house of God are their own interests, their own status and prestige. They reject anyone who, in their eyes, is a threat to their status and reputation. They suppress and ostracize them; they even exclude and suppress people who are useful to the church and suitable for performing certain special duties. They do not give the slightest consideration to the work of the house of God, nor to the interests of the house of God. If you are a threat to their status, if you do not submit to them, if you do not look up to them, then they exclude you, they keep you at a distance, they do not allow you to cooperate with them, they do not let you play any important role or be of any important use within the scope of the work they are responsible for. They exclude such people. If any of them do something good, something of benefit to the house of God, the antichrists do not let the brothers and sisters see, they do not let anyone else know. No matter how deserving of merit this person’s deed or how great the thing they have done for God’s house, antichrists cover it up, play it down, and keep the brothers and sisters in the dark. Furthermore, the antichrists often bring up these people’s failings and corruptions among the brothers and sisters, they say these people are arrogant, that they split hairs and make a fuss over people and issues, that they are liable to sell out the interests of the house of God, that they are inclined to help outsiders instead of God’s house, that they are ignorant, and so on. They find every kind of fault they can to exclude and suppress these people. In fact, among the many people in the house of God, some have special skills, and some have a slight fault but are still able to perform certain duties. They are suitable for performing a duty, they accord with the principles for those who perform a duty—but what about in the eyes of the antichrists? What do they believe? “Would I rub sand in my eyes? You want to have a role in my group, to compete with me. That’s impossible, don’t even think about it. You’re more capable than me, more articulate than me, more educated than me, and more popular than me. What would I do if you stole my thunder? You want me to work alongside you? Don’t even think about it!” Are they considering the interests of the house of God? No. All they are thinking about is whether their own status can be preserved, so they would rather harm the interests of the house of God than use these people. This is exclusion. Moreover, they cultivate dolts without any ability, people who are incompetent, easy to order around, pliable, and ignorant, people who lack insight, who do not think for themselves, who do not understand the truth—they are the only ones they cultivate. … Would you say this is of benefit to the work of the house of God? No. And do they give any thought to this? What are they thinking about? “I’m looking for whoever I can work with and get on with, whoever makes me feel significant, and can highlight my value.” Their cohort is a bunch of dolts who do not understand spiritual matters. None of them seek the truth when they encounter an issue, none of them understand the truth, none of them handle things according to the principles of the truth. There is one thing, however, that the antichrists do like about them: When such people encounter an issue, they seek the antichrists out and do what they say. This is the principle by which the antichrists find people to work alongside. They find a bunch of dolts, a pile of garbage, to work and kiss their feet—and ultimately, some of the work of the house of God is held up. The interests of the church and the speed of work are affected, but these people have no sense of that, and even say, “That’s not only my responsibility.” If everyone says this is not their own responsibility, then just whose is it? If no one takes responsibility when a problem occurs, what was the point in them listening to sermons all these years? The facts are right in front of their eyes, yet they still do not recognize them. What kind of people are these? This fact proves that the people the antichrists choose are no good; they do not accept the truth. Antichrists deliberately team up with dolts, contemptible wretches, and good-for-nothings who do not accept or love the truth. They rope them in, insinuating themselves with them until they are congenial, on intimate terms, and they get on well together. What is this? Is this not an antichrist gang? When you replace their “ancestors,” their faithful offspring object, they pass judgment, and say the above is being unfair, and band together to stick up for them. Are the antichrists just some evil people? Some antichrists are wasters without any significant talents, but there is one thing about them: their special fondness for status. Do not think that being talentless and uneducated, they have no love of status; that is wrong, and it shows that you have not thoroughly understood the substance of the antichrists. Anyone who is an antichrist loves status. Since the antichrists are incapable of working alongside anyone, how are they capable of cultivating a bunch of rotten eggs and feet kissers? Do they want to work alongside such people? If they were truly able to work alongside these people, then those words would not hold true. They are incapable of working alongside anyone—and that “anyone” also includes the people they cultivate. So what are they doing cultivating them? They cultivate a group who are easy to order about and manipulate, who cannot think for themselves, who do whatever they are told, who work with them to protect their status. Protecting their status unaided would be a little difficult, a little arduous, and so they cultivate such a group of people—a group who, in their eyes, are supposedly “spiritual”—who happily endure hardship and are able to protect the “interests of the house of God.” Each of them does many different tasks, and they go to the antichrists to ask questions or consult every time they encounter an issue. This is the kind of people they cultivate, and they think that this is what it means to work alongside people. But is it? They find a bunch of people to give orders to, to get their work done, to cement their status. This is not cooperating—it is running their own personal operation.

Excerpted from “For Leaders and Workers, Choosing a Path Is of Utmost Importance (8)” in Records of Christ’s Talks

What is the difference between when an antichrist exalts and testifies about themselves and when an ordinary person does? Ordinary people often brag and show off to make others look up to them; they, too, possess such dispositions and manifest such states. Wherein is the difference? If you can articulate this, then you are able to see what the substance of the antichrists is. If you do not figure this out, and assign all occasional manifestations of self-exaltation or showing off to the domain of antichrists, is this not a conceptual error? How, then, do you make the distinction? What is the essential difference between people who deliberately exalt and testify about themselves, and those who do so unconsciously? (Their motivations are different). That is the difference. Ordinary people have corrupt dispositions. When they exalt themselves and brag, they are trying to show off, and it goes no further than that. Others could look up to them or look down on them—they do not care; their intentions are unclear, and their behavior is governed by one sort of disposition and it is an outpouring of that sort of disposition, nothing more. If they pursue the truth and accept being dealt with and pruned, judged and chastised, this sort of disposition can gradually be alleviated, and, slowly, they will come to have a sense of integrity and shame, and become more rational. Such behavior will become rarer and they will condemn it, reining themselves in and holding themselves back. This is when people unconsciously exalt and testify about themselves. The disposition inherent in exalting and testifying about oneself deliberately is the same as that of doing so unconsciously, but their natures are not the same. Deliberately exalting and testify about oneself is done with an agenda; one who does so is not speaking on the spur of the moment—every time they exalt and testify about themselves, they do so with a certain motivation and a secret aim, and their actions bear features of the ambitions and desires of Satan. Externally, the behavior looks the same: In both cases, people are exalting and testifying about themselves, but when they do so unconsciously, God defines this as the outpouring of a corrupt disposition; when they do so deliberately, God defines this as deluding people, with an aim to make people think highly of them, venerate them, look up to them, and then follow them. The nature of this behavior of theirs is delusion. So, when their intention is to deceive people, to take possession of them, and to make them follow them, they employ certain methods and techniques in their words and actions. People who do not understand the truth and are of small stature, or who have a relatively shallow foundation, are easily taken in and led astray, and they cannot discern what is going on. Not only are they blind to this, they are also liable to look up to these people and think highly of them. As time goes on, they will also venerate and even follow them. One of the most commonly seen phenomena in everyday life is when some people seem to have a good understanding of a sermon they just heard, but cannot solve issues they encounter later. Even before God, their search is fruitless, and they are ultimately forced to seek out a leader, who becomes the one they think of every time they encounter an issue. It is like having an opium smoking habit—they are addicted. So, antichrists who exalt and testify about themselves become a virtual drug for those benighted people of small stature who cannot discern what is happening. As soon as these people have an issue, they go looking for the antichrist. Even after discussing an issue with the group and having clearly understood the principles of the truth, they will not dare to call it what it is, nor will they dare to attend to it. Instead, they wait for the “master” whom they admire to have the final say, to define the problem, to make a decision—and if their “master” says nothing, no one has the confidence to handle the affair in question. Have they not been poisoned? How much work—how much poison—does it take for the antichrists to poison these folks so badly? If they were often to dissect themselves and know themselves, if they were often to lay bare their weaknesses, mistakes, and sins to everyone, would everyone venerate them so? Absolutely not. It seems that they expend considerable effort to obtain this “achievement,” which is precisely the outcome they wish for. People do not know what to do when they are apart from them; when they encounter an issue, they lack any principle and are at a loss. Clearly, the antichrists fed them no small amount of poison while controlling them. They really went to work on them! If they had only said a few words, would these people have fallen under their control? Absolutely not.

Excerpted from “For Leaders and Workers, Choosing a Path Is of Utmost Importance (2)” in Records of Christ’s Talks

Some have such an impudent attitude toward the work arrangements from the above. They think: “The above makes the work arrangements and we work on the lower levels. There are some words and some things that we can apply flexibly, that can be altered once they reach the lower levels, because the above only says things, and we lower down do them. We understand the situation on the lower levels, which the above does not, so we can work in any way that suits us. As those in the lower levels have been assigned to us, we can lead them however we want. It doesn’t matter how we lead them, and no one has any right to interfere.” They maintain this principle in their serving of God: “I will listen to anything that I think is correct but I won’t listen to anything I think is unsuitable. I can resist You and go against You. I won’t implement anything or put anything into effect for You. If You say anything unsuitable then I will alter it for You, and will pass it on only after it has been through me. If it hasn’t been approved by me, then it will not be printed.” Elsewhere, the arrangements from the above are passed on in their original form. But these people first alter the work arrangements before sending them onto the regions they lead. This kind of person always wishes to put God to one side and is so anxious for others to follow them, to believe in them. In their eyes, God does not quite compare with them in some areas, and they think that they have something that God doesn’t, that everyone should believe in them and that they are God. Their actions are of this nature. Do you understand? If you have understood, can you still weep? Can you still sympathize with these people? Can you still think that the above has done wrongly or has not acted righteously, and that those who can suffer so much are removed? Who do they suffer for? They suffer for their own status. Are they serving God? Are they doing their duty? Are they loyal to God? Are they obedient? They are the lackeys of Satan, pure and simple. Their work is the devil taking power, to destroy God’s management plan and to disrupt God’s work. What is their faith? They are the devils and the antichrists, pure and simple.

Excerpted from “What Is Meant by ‘Offending God’?” in Records of Christ’s Talks

In the time when God had not yet become flesh, the measure of whether man opposed God was based on whether man worshiped and looked up to the invisible God in heaven. The way in which opposition to God was defined at that time was not all that practical, for man could not see God, nor did he know what the image of God was like, or how He worked and spoke. Man had no notions about God whatsoever, and he believed in God vaguely, because God had not yet appeared to man. Therefore, no matter how man believed in God in his imagination, God did not condemn man or make too many demands of him, because man was completely unable to see God. When God becomes flesh and comes to work among men, all behold Him and hear His words, and all see the deeds that God works from within His body of flesh. At that moment, all man’s notions become foam. As for those who have seen God appearing in the flesh, they shall not be condemned if they willingly obey Him, whereas those who purposefully stand against Him shall be deemed an opponent of God. Such people are antichrists, enemies who willfully stand against God.

Excerpted from “All People Who Do Not Know God Are People Who Oppose God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Anyone who does not understand the purpose of God’s work is one who opposes Him, and one who has come to understand the purpose of God’s work but still does not seek to satisfy God is even more to be deemed an opponent of God. There are those who read the Bible in grand churches and recite it all day long, yet not one among them understands the purpose of God’s work. Not one among them is able to know God; still less can any one among them accord with God’s will. They are all worthless, vile people, each standing on high to lecture God. They willfully oppose God even as they carry His banner. Claiming faith in God, still they eat the flesh and drink the blood of man. All such people are devils that devour the soul of man, head demons that deliberately get in the way of those trying to step onto the right path, and stumbling blocks impeding those who seek God. They may appear of “sound constitution,” but how are their followers to know that they are none other than antichrists who lead people to stand against God? How are their followers to know that they are living devils dedicated to the devouring of human souls?

Excerpted from “All People Who Do Not Know God Are People Who Oppose God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Look at the leaders of each denomination—they are all arrogant and self-righteous, and their interpretations of the Bible lack context and are guided by their own imaginings. They all rely on gifts and erudition to do their work. If they could not preach at all, would people follow them? They do, after all, possess some knowledge and can preach on some doctrine, or they know how to win others over and make use of some artifice. They use these to bring people before themselves and deceive them. Nominally, those people believe in God, but in reality, they follow their leaders. When they encounter someone preaching the true way, some of them say, “We have to consult our leader about our faith.” A human is the medium of their faith in God; is that not a problem? What have those leaders become, then? Have they not become Pharisees, false shepherds, antichrists, and stumbling blocks to people’s acceptance of the true way? Such people are of the same ilk as Paul.

Excerpted from “Only to Pursue the Truth Is Truly to Believe in God” in Records of Christ’s Talks

What kind of person sets up his own kingdom? (An antichrist.) And why is such a person called “an antichrist”? First of all, “anti” means being antagonistic and hostile, and it involves being antagonistic and hostile toward Christ, toward God, and toward the truth. What does it mean to be “antagonistic and hostile?” (To stand in direct opposition.) (To have hatred.) Can people who hate God and who are in direct opposition to Him accept the truth? Can they love the truth? They certainly cannot. The very first way in which they express themselves is to not love the truth. Whenever someone speaks the truth, they do not express anything to that person’s face, but in their hearts they do not accept the truth, and deep down they resist it. While resisting, with regard to all positive things—all these truths such as submitting to God, loyally performing their duties, being honest people, seeking the truth in all things, and so on—do they have a little bit of subjective yearning or love? No, not in the slightest. Therefore, given this sort of nature and essence that they have, they are already standing in direct opposition to God and the truth. So, inevitably, such people do not, deep down, love the truth or any positive thing. For example, people in positions of leadership have to be able to accept the various opinions of their brothers and sisters, they must be able to open themselves up to the brothers and sisters and accept the reproach of the brothers and sisters, and they must not take up status. What would an antichrist think of all of these correct ways of practicing? Perhaps he would say, “If I heard the brothers’ and sisters’ opinions, then would I still be a leader? Would I then still have status and prestige? Would I still be able to make people fear me? If I cannot make people fear me, and if I have no prestige, then what work can I do?” This is precisely the kind of disposition possessed by an antichrist; he does not accept the truth in even the tiniest way, and the more proper a method of practice is, the more he resists it. He does not admit that these correct methods of practice are ways of practicing the truth. What is the truth, as he believes it to be? It is that one should always use an iron fist, evil deeds, cruel methods, and shadowy tricks when dealing with anyone; one should never use truth, love, and God’s words. His way is an evil way. This is the nature and essence of those who are of an antichrist’s ilk, and it is also the way they do things and the impetus behind their actions, the source from which they spring. This is what their motivation and their intentions are like. The essence of their motivations and intentions, which they often reveal, is precisely the essence of an antichrist—an aversion and hatred toward the truth. This is their essence. What, then, does it mean to stand in opposition to the truth and to God? It means hating the truth and positive things. For example, as an object of creation, one should fulfill the duty of a created being; no matter what God might say, people should submit, for humans are objects of creation. But how does an antichrist think? “It’s not untrue that I am an object of creation, but when it comes to submitting, that depends on the situation. First and foremost, there has to be some benefit in it for me; I mustn’t be put at a disadvantage, and I must put my own interests first. If there are rewards and great blessings to be gained and You want me to submit, then that’s fine, but without rewards and without a destination, then I can’t submit.” That is how an antichrist sees it. As another example, God would have people be honest, but what does an antichrist think of this? “Only idiots are honest; clever people aren’t honest.” Do these opinions constitute an attitude that is not accepting of the truth? What is the essence of this sort of attitude? Its essence is a hatred for the truth. This is precisely the essence of such antichrists, and their essence determines what kind of path they walk and, in turn, the path they walk determines what things they will do while fulfilling this sort of duty.

Excerpted from “For Leaders and Workers, Choosing a Path Is of Utmost Importance (1)” in Records of Christ’s Talks

Some people have certain manifestations of an antichrist and certain outpourings of the disposition of an antichrist, but also accept and acknowledge the truth, and love the truth. They are possible objects of salvation. There are some people who, regardless of their appearance, are hostile and loathsome toward the truth by their nature and substance. As soon as you speak of the truth or preach to them, they grow annoyed and oppositional: They start to doze off, they fall asleep, they are bored, and are not interested even when they do understand; or they may seem diligent on the outside, but measure the truth with a different attitude, or with some body of knowledge and theory. If this is the case, then regardless of how many of God’s words they have read or how many sermons they have listened to, there will ultimately never be the least change in their attitude, which is the pursuit of status and worldly things, enmity to God, and hostility to the truth. This is typical of the antichrist. Therefore, when you say that their actions are meant to win people to their side, and that they exalt and testify about themselves to vie for God’s status, to deceive people, and that their actions are those of Satan and antichrists, do they accept such condemnation? They do not. They think it is right and proper for them to act in this way: “This is how I do things. You can condemn and criticize me all you want—I will not give up on this pursuit, this desire, or this way of doing things.” It is settled: They are antichrists. Nothing you say can alter their perspective, nor can it alter their motivations and intentions, nor their ambitions and desires. Such is the nature and substance of a typical antichrist. No matter how their circumstances change, or how the people, matters, and things around them change, or how the times change, and regardless of the signs and miracles performed by God, and how much grace God gives them—even if He punishes them—their intentions will never change. Their way of being a human and way of doing things will never change, nor will their attitude of hostility to the truth. When others point out that what they are doing is exalting and testifying about themselves and trying to deceive people, they change their manner of speaking to one with which others can find no fault. No one can discern what they are doing; they use even more crafty means to carry on their management and achieve their secret aims. This is what is manifested in an antichrist, and it is engendered by the substance of an antichrist. Even if God told them they would be punished, that their end had come, that they were cursed and damned, could this change their substance? Could it change their attitude toward the truth? Could it change their love of status, fortune, and prestige? It could not. Turning people who have been corrupted by Satan into people with normal humanity who worship God is the work of God; it can be achieved. But is it possible to turn demons, people who are dressed in human skin but whose substance is satanic, who worship Satan in Satan’s camp and are hostile to God, into normal people? That would be impossible. God does not do this kind of work; these people are not included among those God saves. How, then, does God define such people? They belong to Satan. They are not objects of God’s selection or salvation; God does not want such people. No matter how long they have been in the house of God, how much they have suffered or what they have accomplished, their intentions do not change. They will not put aside their ambitions or desires, much less will they relinquish their motivation and craving to vie for status and for people with God. Such people are living antichrists.

Excerpted from “For Leaders and Workers, Choosing a Path Is of Utmost Importance (2)” in Records of Christ’s Talks

All antichrists would rather die than repent. They vow to resist God to the death, and fight to the very end. Even though, deep down, they acknowledge that there is a God, that He created man, and that He can save mankind, their nature makes them incapable of changing the path they have chosen, and incapable of changing the fact of their hostility to God. Thus, the essence of the behavior of antichrists is to constantly use various means and methods to achieve their goal of having status, of winning people over and making them follow and venerate them. It is possible that in the depths of their hearts they are not deliberately vying over humanity with God, but one thing is certain: Even when they do not vie with God for humans, they still wish to have status and power among them. Even if the day comes when they realize that they are vying with God for status, and they rein themselves in, they still employ other methods to gain status among people and be validated. In short, though everything antichrists do appears to comprise a faithful performance of their duties, and they seem to be true followers of God, their ambition to control people—and to gain status and power among them—will never change. No matter what God says or does, and no matter what He asks of people, they do not do what they should do or fulfill their duties in a way that befits His words and requirements, nor do they give up their pursuit of power and status as a result of understanding His utterances and the truth; throughout, their ambition consumes them, controls and directs their behavior and thoughts, and determines the path they walk. This is the epitome of an antichrist. What are an antichrist’s distinguishing features? Some people ask, “Are antichrists not those who vie with God to gain people, and who do not recognize Him?” They may recognize God, they may genuinely recognize and believe in His existence, and they may be willing to follow Him and pursue the truth, but one thing will never change: They will never relinquish their ambition for power and status, nor will they give up their pursuit of those things due to their environments or God’s attitude toward them. These are the characteristics of antichrists. However much a person has suffered, however much of the truth they have understood, however many realities of the truth they have entered, and however much knowledge of God they possess, beyond these external phenomena and manifestations, they will never rein in or relinquish their ambition for, and pursuit of, status and power, and this determines precisely their nature and essence. There is not the slightest inaccuracy in God’s defining such people as antichrists; it has been determined by their very nature and essence. Some people, perhaps, used to believe that an antichrist was anyone who tried to vie over humanity with God. However, sometimes antichrists do not necessarily have to vie with Him; they simply have to be those whose knowledge, understanding, and need for status and power is unlike that of normal people. Normal people can be vainglorious; they can try to win credit with others and make a good impression on them, and they can try to vie for a good ranking. This is the ambition of normal people. When they are replaced as leaders, losing their positions, they get over it; with a change in their environment, some growth in their stature, some attainment of entry to the truth, or the gaining of a deeper understanding of the truth, their ambition gradually cools. A change occurs in the path they take and in the direction they travel, and their pursuit of status and power fades. Their desires, too, gradually lessen. Antichrists, however, are different: They could never give up their pursuit of status and power. At any given time, in any environment, and no matter what people they have around them and however old they might be, their ambition will never change. What indicates that their ambition will never change? Supposing they are church leaders: They would want to control everyone in the church. They might then go to another church, where they are not the leaders, yet, they still yearn for that status. Wherever such people go, they want to wield power. Are their hearts not swollen with ambition? What they manifest goes beyond the realm of normal humanity. Is there not something abnormal about this? What is abnormal about it? What they manifest is not what ought to be manifested by normal humanity. They are evil spirits. Do you understand? This is not the same as ordinary corruption; there is a difference. Antichrists will stop at nothing in their pursuit of status and power; they are utterly engrossed by it. This is their nature and essence; it is their original form, and their true face. They do not merely compete with God for status, but they compete with people for status, too. Whether others are willing or in agreement or not, antichrists actively try to control them and be their leaders, without regard for their wishes. Wherever they go, antichrists want to be in charge and have the last word. Is this their nature? Do people want to listen to you? Did they choose you? Did they elect you? Do they agree with your having the last word? No one wants these people to have the last word, and no one listens to them, but they still try to have it. Is this a problem? They are utterly shameless and unapologetic. When such people are leaders, they are antichrists; when they are not leaders, they are also antichrists.

Excerpted from “For Leaders and Workers, Choosing a Path Is of Utmost Importance (3)” in Records of Christ’s Talks

How should God’s chosen ones treat antichrists? They must identify them, expose them, report them, and cast them out. No matter how an antichrist comes into a position of leadership, he invariably is one who resists God. You must not accept the leadership of an antichrist, and you also must not recognize him as your leader, for what he does is not to lead you into the words of God; he wants to drag you down to hell and haul you along the same path of the antichrists that he is walking. He causes you to join with him in resistance against God and in disrupting and destroying God’s work. He tugs and pulls at you so that you come to wallow with him in the mire. Will you consent to this? If you do, and if you compromise with him, beg him for mercy, or are conquered by him, then you have not borne witness, and you are a person who betrays both the truth and God—and such people cannot be saved. What are the conditions a person must meet in order to receive salvation? First of all, they must possess the ability to identify satanic antichrists; they must have this aspect of the truth. It is only by possessing this aspect of the truth that they can genuinely believe in God and refrain from worshiping or following man; only people who can identify antichrists have the ability to truly believe in God and follow and bear witness to Him. In order to identify antichrists, people must first learn to see people and things with complete clarity and understanding; they must be able to perceive the essence of antichrists, and they must see through all of their conspiracies, tricks, inner motivations, and objectives. If you can do this, then you can stand firm. If you want to obtain salvation, then the first test you must pass is to learn how to defeat Satan and how to overcome and triumph over hostile forces and interference from the outside world. Once you possess stature and sufficient truth to persevere to the end in a battle against Satan’s forces, and have defeated them, then—and only then—can you seek the truth steadily, and only then can you step steadfastly and without mishap upon the path of seeking the truth and being granted salvation. If you cannot pass this test, then it can be said that you are in great danger, and you are liable to be captured by an antichrist and come to live under Satan’s influence.

Excerpted from “For Leaders and Workers, Choosing a Path Is of Utmost Importance (1)” in Records of Christ’s Talks

Since you believe in God, you must put faith in all of the words of God and in all of His work. Which is to say, since you believe in God, you must obey Him. If you are unable to do this, then it does not matter whether you believe in God or not. If you have believed in God for many years, and yet have never obeyed Him, and do not accept the entirety of His words, and instead ask that God submit to you and act according to your notions, then you are the most rebellious of all, you are a nonbeliever. How could such people be able to obey the work and words of God that do not conform to the notions of man? Most rebellious of all are those who intentionally defy and resist God. They are the enemies of God, the antichrists. Theirs is always an attitude of hostility toward the new work of God; they never have the slightest inclination to submit, nor have they ever gladly submitted or humbled themselves. They exalt themselves before others and never submit to anyone. Before God, they consider themselves the best at preaching the word, and the most skillful in working on others. Never do they discard the “treasures” in their possession, but treat them as family heirlooms for worship, for preaching about to others, and they use them to lecture those fools who idolize them. There are indeed a certain number of people like this in the church. It can be said that they are “indomitable heroes,” generation after generation sojourning in the house of God. They take preaching the word (doctrine) to be their highest duty. Year after year, generation after generation, they go about vigorously enforcing their “sacred and inviolable” duty. None dare touch them; not a single person dares openly reproach them. They become “kings” in the house of God, running rampant as they tyrannize others from age to age. This pack of demons seeks to join hands and demolish My work; how can I allow these living devils to exist before My eyes? Even those who are only half obedient cannot carry on until the end, much less these tyrants without the slightest obedience in their hearts! The work of God is not easily gained by man. Even using all the strength they have, people can only gain a mere portion of it, ultimately allowing them to be made perfect. What, then, of the children of the archangel, who seek to destroy the work of God? Do they not have even less hope of being gained by God?

Excerpted from “Those Who Obey God With a True Heart Shall Surely Be Gained by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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