Item Seven: They Are Evil, Insidious, and Deceitful (Part One)

Supplements: Handling the Antichrist Incident in Canada

What is the situation like now with people performing their duty in the Canadian church? Do you have discernment of the antichrist Yan? Can you see any problems in the way Yan spoke and acted? (At the time, I didn’t see any problems, I just thought that he wasn’t following up with the work. I didn’t really know much about anything else.) The next person can continue. (I didn’t have much contact with Yan. I attended a few gatherings with him two years ago, but I had no contact with him after that.) Yan was a leader of your church, so how could none of your teams have any contact with him? Is it because he’s been found to have problems now and you’re trying to evade your responsibilities, or did you really have no contact with him? I heard that someone had an improper relationship with Yan—is this the case? (Yes.) Did you perceive this? (No.) Then you’re very blind. Someone else can continue. (I had a lot of contact with Yan. At the time, I just thought he was somewhat arrogant and self-righteous, and he loved to exalt himself and show off. But I never discerned that he had the essence of an antichrist.) He liked to seduce women; did you know that? (No. He always spoke sternly in fellowship that it was especially bad for men and women to be promiscuous, and he often fellowshiped that we had to put a stop to such behavior. I never thought he could be like that behind closed doors.) The next person can continue. (I associated with Yan for a year, but I didn’t have a great relationship with him and we didn’t have harmonious cooperation. I only had contact with him when communicating about work and didn’t have much contact with him apart from that. That’s why I didn’t have much discernment of him.) You didn’t have much discernment of him? Was it that you didn’t see what was going on or that you didn’t discern it? How could you not have much discernment of him? How did this outcome come about? (Because the path I walked was wrong and I idolized and looked up to a gifted man. Yan was a great talker, and in every fellowship he would quote God’s words and the sermons and fellowships of the Above. It looked like he knew how to solve problems, and every time there was a problem in the church, he would try to solve it.) If he knew how to solve problems, how come the Canadian church’s Film Production Team has had so many problems that still haven’t been solved even now? You say he really knew how to solve problems, but isn’t that nonsense? Isn’t that deceitful? (Yes.) Do you listen to sermons? Do you attend gatherings every week? (We do.) So, do you listen to Me when I preach the sermons about discerning antichrists? (Yes.) After listening to Me, do you then come to have discernment of Yan? Can you see any problems in the way Yan did things? You were listening to sermons and gathering together in the same place as the antichrist, and yet you weren’t able to see such an obvious antichrist—what is the problem here? Yan was a leader for two years and five months; who came into contact with him the most? In what team did he spend the longest time? How many people in that team had discernment of him? How many discovered that he had a problem and didn’t make it known? Who discovered that he had a problem and came forward to make it known? Do you know the answers to these questions? (No one discerned what he was really like.) So how did you discover that he was an antichrist later? (A sister who had relations with him said she was in a bad state, and when we tried to learn more about the situation, we discovered Yan’s problem regarding his relationships with women.) That sister brought the problem to light, so did anyone else report it? (No.)

Over this time we’ve spent fellowshiping on and dissecting the various manifestations of antichrists, have you discovered any other problems with Yan? (By fellowshiping on discerning antichrists, I’ve discovered that Yan was very good at driving wedges between people. He would often judge certain brothers and sisters in front of me and would try to sow discord in my relationship with the sister I worked with, saying she was just a people-pleaser who didn’t practice the truth, and so on. This caused me to have certain opinions about her, and over time I wasn’t able to work well with her.) Actually, you all had your opinions about Yan, but no one made them known or reported him. You’re all people-pleasers who would rather cause delays to church work and not care at all. He didn’t do the work the Above arranged for him and, seeing this, you didn’t report him, but instead shielded and indulged this antichrist. Why didn’t you report him? Were you afraid of displeasing him or did you not thoroughly understand things? (I didn’t thoroughly understand things. Apart from seeing him when I occasionally had some issue, I didn’t ordinarily associate with him. He said he was busy working, but we didn’t know whether he was telling the truth or not.) There was no need to investigate what he was doing out of sight; you should have been able to see through some of what he was doing right in front of you. There are certain manifestations when antichrists do things. He wasn’t just doing things out of sight; you could recognize those manifestations in person. If you couldn’t see those manifestations, then weren’t you blind? (Yes.) So if there was someone like this again now, would you be able to discern them? Can someone like Yan perform practical work? Can they fellowship on the truth and resolve problems? (No.) Why do you say no? (In terms of work results, the church had many problems which weren’t resolved for a long time, the progress of all the work was incredibly slow, and the movies we filmed didn’t meet the requirements of God’s house.) Before Yan was taken in hand, did you see that this was a problem? (No.) So, what do you understand after you listen to sermons? You can’t see such serious problems, and then you just always find excuses, saying, “We didn’t associate with him. How could we know the things he was doing out of sight? We’re just ordinary believers, he was a leader. We couldn’t always be following him around, so it’s reasonable that we couldn’t see through him and didn’t report him.” Is this what you meant? (Yes.) What is the nature of this? (We’re trying to evade our responsibilities.) So, will you approach the matter in this way again if you encounter someone like this in the future? (No, I won’t approach the matter like this again. Once I’ve discovered them, I should report them.) I’m not so sure you will do that. There are people in many churches who report false leaders and antichrists, but there have been none in the Canadian church. This antichrist was active for such a long time and no one reported him, nobody reported him. Recently, the Film Production Team in the US sent a letter reporting someone. It was written in an organized and well-founded manner, and it was also very specific and accurate, basically written on a factual basis. This shows that in every church there are some who can discern false leaders and antichrists—this is a good thing. Sometimes false leaders and antichrists give a performance for a while, and they reveal certain problems. Some people may only be able to see that there are problems, but are unable to see through to the essence and the truth of these problems nor know how to resolve them—this also pertains to having no discernment. What should you do in such circumstances? At times like these, you should get someone who understands the truth to discern them. If there are several people who can take responsibility, with everyone seeking, fellowshiping, and discussing the matter together, then you can all reach a consensus and see through to the essence of the problem, and then you will be able to discern whether they are false leaders and antichrists. It’s not so difficult to solve the problem of false leaders and antichrists; false leaders don’t perform practical work and are easy to discover and see clearly; antichrists disturb and disrupt church work and are also easy to discover and see clearly. All this relates to the problem of disturbing God’s chosen people performing their duties, and you should report and expose such people—only by doing that can you prevent church work from being delayed. Reporting and exposing false leaders and antichrists is crucial work that guarantees that God’s chosen people can perform their duties well, and all of God’s chosen people bear this responsibility. No matter who it is, as long as they are a false leader or an antichrist, then God’s chosen people should expose them and bring them to light, and in this way you will fulfill your responsibility. As long as the reported problem is true and there really is a false leader or antichrist incident, God’s house will always handle it in a timely manner and in accordance with principles. So, did you make known the problem with the antichrist Yan? No, you did not. You were deceived and played with by this devil for a long time, as though you had no awareness. To have such an obvious antichrist beside you acting wantonly all this time and for you to just allow it to continue unchallenged, do you really have no awareness at all? Do you live the church life normally? Are you able to enjoy the work of the Holy Spirit? Are you benefited every time you attend a gathering? You should be able to feel all these things. Most importantly, the antichrist Yan did not perform any practical work at all, he caused delays to film production work, and he made a total mess of church work. Anyone with a heart should have been able to see these things, but none among you unmasked or reported this antichrist. It seems as though you like mingling with filthy devils and evil spirits, and that you have no love for the truth at all. You may not be willing to acknowledge this, but it is a fact. You mingled with a devil and yet you think that this is great. You think that you don’t need to read God’s words or pursue the truth anymore and can just go through the formalities in performing your duty; you think you don’t need to bother anymore with attaining salvation, practicing the truth, submitting to God’s orchestrations and arrangements, or performing your duty well. You believe that you can just indulge your flesh and be footloose and fancy free, just like the people of Sodom back then, eating, drinking, merry-making, and not doing any proper work, with no one taking responsibility, and no one exposing or reporting the antichrist. This led to the church being without the work of the Holy Spirit for a long time. And you don’t care, you’ve already fallen into decadence, no different from the nonbelievers and unbelievers. You’ve been listening to sermons for years, and even now you still can’t discern false leaders and antichrists, instead willing to mix with antichrists and eat all day long without giving serious thought to anything at all. Such behavior is enough to show that you are not true believers in God. Firstly, you do not love the truth or accept the truth; secondly, you have no sense of responsibility for your duty, much less can it be said that you perform it loyally, and you simply ignore church work. You appear to perform your duty but you achieve no results; you’re just going through the formalities. No matter how false leaders and antichrists disturb and damage church work, you are totally unaware of it, and it doesn’t bother you at all. Only when an antichrist has been completely revealed do you acknowledge that you are without discernment, and when I ask about the details, you say, “I don’t know, I’m not responsible!” You totally wash your hands of the matter. Do you think that by saying this the matter is finished and you will be able to escape your responsibility? Will God’s house not look into it anymore? God’s house has watered you all this time and you’ve listened to many sermons, and what is the outcome? There is this serious problem, that of an antichrist appearing in the church, but you’re unaware of it. This shows that you haven’t progressed at all, that you are numb and dull-witted, and that you indulge your flesh. You’re a pile of dead people, with not one living, not one who pursues the truth, at most just a few service-doers. To have believed in God and listened to sermons all this time to then mingle with an antichrist, to not expose him or report him—what is the difference between you and someone who doesn’t believe in God? You belong to the antichrists, you are not God’s people; you follow antichrists, you follow Satan, and are absolutely not followers of God. Even though you didn’t do those wicked things that the antichrist did, yet you followed him and protected him, because you didn’t expose or report him and prattled on about not having associated much with the antichrist and that you didn’t know what he was doing. By doing this, were you not shielding the antichrist with your eyes wide open? The antichrist did so much evil and paralyzed the church’s work, disrupted church life into a total mess, and yet you say you didn’t know what the antichrist was doing—who would believe that? You saw that the antichrist was disturbing and damaging church work with your very own eyes and yet were completely indifferent and didn’t react at all. No one exposed or reported him—you all failed to perform even this one tiny responsibility and you are so without conscience and reason! All churches frequently send report letters reporting false leaders and antichrists—have you never seen this? Only the Canadian church is a pool of stagnant water that has never contacted the Above to give a report on its situation. You’re just a bunch of dead people, with not one living at all! God will not acknowledge such a church, and if you do not repent, you’ll be completely finished and will all be cast out.

Today is July 10th, 2019. Starting from today, the Canadian Film Production Team will formally undergo a period of isolation and reflection for one year. How many people are in the Film Production Team? (God, there are 34 people in the Film Production Team.) And how many leaders? (Two.) Fine, so you two stand up and let Me see you. You people in the Film Production Team, remember this day, July 10th. Starting from today, the Canadian Film Production Team will be formally classified as Group B for a period of one year. If you repent then you can return to the ordinary church; we’ll see what your behavior is like over this year—if you can continue to perform your duty, and you show repentance, then you can resume living the church life. Do you understand? (Yes.) Your duties shall remain the same during this period. If some of you don’t want to be cleared out and expelled, what do you think of adopting this method of isolation and reflection? Are you satisfied with it? (Yes.) Why do I give you one year? (To give us the chance to repent.) To give you the chance to repent. If after a year your conduct is still shameful, your work efficiency is still not up to scratch, you still drag your heels when performing your duty and your duty is just as chaotic as it was, you haven’t made any progress at all with your professional work and life entry, and you haven’t achieved any results at all, then you’ll continue to be isolated for a period of another year, and in this way the time period will be extended year by year. When you have made progress, that is, when you can write some experiential testimony articles, and your behavior, understanding, and work results are indeed all up to par, you can then resume living the church life. The other teams in the Canadian church can continue living the church life. We’ll see what your attitude toward performing your duty is like in the future. If you are still conducting yourselves shamefully, then everyone in the Canadian church will be isolated. Do you understand? (Yes.) What do you think of this outcome of handling the matter? (It’s good.) Do you really mean it’s good, or are you just saying that? (It really is good.) Fine, you’re satisfied with this. So this sermon today is the last you will hear, and in accordance with My original intention you will now be completely isolated and cast out, and you will not be allowed to listen to sermons. All these years of sermons that you’ve listened to are in vain and you haven’t gained a thing, so why are you still listening? I feel so hurt looking at you! You all look so numb and dull-witted.

When I was having a conversation with a sister in the Canadian church before, I heard that the situation there was all silly laughter and extreme debauchery, so noisy that she wasn’t able to type, as though she was in a bustling downtown area. I began then to dislike it and I said the people of the Canadian church were not devout, but were all debauched, like nonbelievers, and that they didn’t pursue the truth. Later, I fellowshiped with these people on matters of film production and they were totally numb. What does “numb” mean? When I was talking with them, they showed no reaction or facial expression whatsoever, eyes fixed in place, as though they’d been possessed by evil spirits—they had no reaction or attitude about anything. Is this not disgusting? Judging by the mental states and appearances of these people, none of the teams are any good, they’re all chaotic, and in particular, an incident of promiscuity happened in the Film Production Team, and they still say they didn’t know anything. Is what they say accurate? Isn’t it deceitful? In fact, this matter of Yan the antichrist has already been handled by the leaders and workers, but because it is so serious and repugnant, I had to personally intervene. Why did I have to intervene? Because they didn’t handle it properly. They just said a couple of understated things, they couldn’t resolve any of the problems, and couldn’t dissect the matter at all. Just how numb are you now? You could be pricked in the face with a needle and not bleed; you’re totally unable to feel anything. The leaders and workers have all been pruned and dealt with, but afterward they were just the same and didn’t change. That’s why I had to intervene and change your “treatment.” What lessons have you learned through this matter? You feel sorrowful in your hearts, right? Do you think it’s fair that I am handling things in this way? (Yes.) How is it fair? Let Me speak frankly: If you do not follow the right path or practice the truth, if you wave the banner of faith in God but want to live just like the unbelievers and act wantonly, then your faith in God is meaningless. Why do I say it’s meaningless? Where does the meaning of faith in God lie? It lies in the complete change of the path people walk, their outlook on life, and their life direction and goals after they come to believe in God, in these things becoming totally different from those who don’t believe in God, from worldly people, and from devils, and the path believers walk being the total opposite of theirs. What is this opposite direction? It is you wanting to be a good person, and to be someone who obeys God and who has a human likeness. So, how can you achieve this? You should focus on striving for truth, and only then will you be able to change. If you don’t pursue the truth or practice the truth, then your faith in God has no meaning or value, your faith is an empty shell, an outright lie, just empty words, without any effect at all. You should contemplate what I’m saying here. These words are the simplest and most fundamental truths, and you perhaps haven’t contemplated them before. Is that the case? If you say, “I believe in God. I’ll do what I’m supposed to do, I’ll do what I want, and as for obeying God, submitting to God’s orchestrations and arrangements, being loyal to God, and being someone with humanity, those things have nothing to do with me,” then if these things have nothing to do with you, what are you doing believing in God? Why do you believe in God? How do you want to believe in Him? What kind of person do you want to be in your belief in God? If these things have nothing to do with you, then your faith in God is simply without meaning. If you always believe in God relying on your notions and imaginings, you always do things according to your preferences, you do whatever you want and indulge your flesh, then your thoughts and views, and the things you do have nothing to do with the truth and nothing to do with what God requires, your faith in God is then meaningless and there is no need for you to keep on believing. Even if you did keep on believing, it would be a waste of effort, and God would not save you.

This topic is a very heavy one, and you all feel upset about the handling of this matter; it was a little unexpected. Whatever the case, there will be instances of this again in the future. Now that we’ve handled the matter in this way this time, if this kind of thing happens again in the future, it will not be handled like this, but could perhaps be handled more strictly. Tell Me, is this appropriate? (Yes.)

Next, we’ll fellowship on a somewhat easier topic. Do you like listening to stories? (Yes.) Then I’ll tell you a story. What story should I tell you? What kind of topic would you like to hear? Do you prefer listening to storytelling, or discussing current affairs, politics, or hearing about history? We’re not going to talk about those things as it’s pointless to talk about them. I’m going to tell you a story about the behavior of people who believe in God, people’s dispositions, and the various states people experience in daily life.

Supplements:

A Discussion on Capital: “Just Let It Be!”

There were five people having a chat together, and one among them named Mr. Uni said, “Of my time at university, campus life is what I miss the most. The campus was filled with all kinds of plants, and during spring and autumn, the scenery was so beautiful, it made me feel relaxed and happy. Also at that time, I was young and full of ideals and innocent, without so much pressure. Life was so easy during my three years at university. If I could go back ten or twenty years and return to campus life, I think that would be the most wonderful thing in this life….” This was the first person, whose name was Mr. Uni. What does Uni mean? It means a university student; this is where the name Mr. Uni comes from. Mr. Uni’s wonderful life had not yet been fully recalled and enjoyed before Mr. Graduate spoke up, saying, “Can a three-year course be considered a university course? That’s a vocational course. A bachelor’s degree at university is usually four years long; only that can be considered a university course. I was at university for four years. During my university years, I found that there were many university students in the talent market, and it was difficult to find a job. So, before I graduated, I thought about it and decided to pursue a graduate degree. There weren’t many graduate students at the time, and finding a job would be easy. As expected, after I graduated from my graduate degree, I found a great job with a good income, and I lived very well. This was the outcome of being a graduate student.” What message do you get from hearing this? Mr. Uni graduated from a vocational course while Mr. Graduate graduated from a graduate course and earned a rich income, and had status and respect in society. Mr. Graduate was talking happily, and then Mr. Manager said, “You’re still young, kid! You don’t have any experience in society. It doesn’t matter whether you study for a graduate degree or a doctorate, nothing can beat choosing a good major at university. Before I started university, I researched the market and saw that businesses of all sizes needed people with management skills, so when I got to university I chose to study market management, and when I graduated I would be one of the top managers of a company, otherwise known as a CEO. When I graduated, it was a time when various businesses of all sizes needed talents like me. The market was huge, and when I started applying for jobs, several companies tried to snap me up. In the end, I had my pick of them. I chose the best foreign company and immediately became a manager with a high income. Within five years I’d bought my own car. Pretty clever, huh? Can I make good choices or what?” While Mr. Manager was talking, the two before him felt somewhat defiant but they didn’t say anything. In their hearts they thought, “He’s a top manager and he’s far-sighted. He has much more capital than us. Even though we feel somewhat defiant, we won’t say anything. We’ll just admit defeat.” When Mr. Manager had finished speaking he was very pleased with himself, thinking that these young people were not as experienced as himself. Just as he was feeling so pleased, someone called Mr. Official then began to speak. Mr. Official hadn’t thought much of what the other three had said. He leisurely held his tea, took a sip of it, looked around, and said, “Everyone’s a university student these days. Who can’t get into university? It’s not enough to just go to university, and it’s not enough to get into business either. Even if you’re a top manager, that’s not a lifelong job, it’s not stable. The key is to find a secure job and then you’re set up for life!” When the others heard this, they said, “Lifelong job? Who talks about that kind of thing these days? That’s a thing of the past!” Mr. Official said, “Thing of the past? Hmph, you say that only because you’re all short-sighted and lack insight! When you get a lifelong job, even though your income is a little less, it ensures a stable life, and you have authority and can have your finger in every pie! Most people didn’t understand when I took the exam to be a public servant and asked why someone so young would want to work for the government agencies. After I passed the exam to be a public servant, friends and relatives who wanted a job or who got involved in litigation sought me out. Now that’s a lot of authority, right? Even though the income isn’t great, I was provided with housing and a car. My benefits are better than yours. Besides, I can also have my expenses reimbursed when I go out to eat and go shopping, and I can also travel by taxi or plane for free. Your jobs aren’t good enough; you all have insecure jobs. I’ve done so much better than you!” The others felt uncomfortable after hearing him say this, and they said, “Even though your benefits are pretty good, you have a bad reputation. You go racketeering and you act like a tyrant everywhere, and you don’t serve the people. You just harm people and do all kinds of bad things.” Mr. Official replied, “So what if I have a bad reputation? I do well out of it!” Everyone fell to discussing the matter, until finally the last person couldn’t restrain himself any longer, stood up and said, “See, you’ve been to university, you’ve studied a graduate degree, you’re a top business manager, you are an official, and I haven’t had the experiences you have. Even though I’m just an insignificant person, I have to share my experiences with you. When I went back to ‘mater’….” The others were surprised and asked, “What is this ‘mater’? Passing the public service exam makes one a public servant, studying for a graduate degree makes one a graduate, being the top manager of a company makes one a CEO, so what does this ‘mater’ mean? Can you explain this?” This person said, “So you can go to university, study for a graduate degree, be a top business manager and become a public servant, but I can’t go back to my alma mater to have a look around?” You see? He got angry. This insignificant person had little education but was still vain. The others said, “We all know what it is to go back to one’s alma mater. You don’t need to say you returned to ‘mater.’ Just say you went back to your alma mater.” The others then asked him what education level his alma mater was at, whether it was a senior high school, technical college, a university, or a graduate school. He replied saying, “I never went to university, I never studied for a graduate degree, and I never took the exam to be a public servant. Isn’t it okay to just go to elementary school? Just let it be!” He felt embarrassed; he had revealed his background, and it could not be covered up anymore. He had been keeping up a pretense all along. In associating with the others, he had never revealed to them his level of education. Now it had all come out, he had lost face, and he grabbed for the door and fled. The others didn’t understand why he’d run away and they all said together, “Didn’t you only graduate from elementary school? What are you running for? And you were so proud of it!” I’ll end the story here; this more or less covers it.

There are five people in this story. What is the topic they are discussing? (Their academic backgrounds.) And what does academic background really mean to people? (It’s their social status.) One’s academic background relates to one’s social status—this is an objective fact. So, why do people want to discuss their social status? Why do they want to bring their social status and identity to light as a topic for discussion? What are they doing? (They’re showing themselves off.) So, what should the title of this story be? (Comparing Academic Backgrounds.) If the story was titled “Comparing Academic Backgrounds,” wouldn’t that be too blunt? (Yes, it would. How about “Flaunting Status”?) That’s a little too direct, it’s not implicit, and it’s not profound enough. What if we say the main title is “A Discussion on Capital,” and the subtitle is “Just Let It Be”? It’s a little satirical, isn’t it? “A Discussion on Capital” means that everyone is discussing their own capital, including their academic backgrounds and social status. And what does “Just Let It Be” mean? (Not admitting that anyone else is better.) That’s right, there is a kind of disposition here. “So what if you’re a graduate student? So what if you’ve been educated to a higher level than me?” No one admits that anyone else is better than themselves. This is what it means to discuss capital. Isn’t this kind of conversation often heard when around other people? There are people who flaunt their family’s wealth, people who flaunt their family’s prestigious background, people who flaunt the fact that certain emperors and celebrities carry their surname, and some people talk about what university they graduated from, how glorious they were, and there is even a beauty salon massage girl who says, “I learned massage from a renowned teacher with expert correction and personal inspection. In the end, I became a first-class professional massage therapist, and the 2000s was my most glorious time….” This “glorious” is misplaced. Even a massage girl in the service industry was talking about her “most glorious time”—this really was her bragging and boasting. What we’re mainly talking about with this topic are certain conversations that are often heard, the behavior that is often seen, and the dispositions that are often revealed when around people in real life. Why do people talk about such capital? What disposition or motivation is at work here? Can these things that are talked about be considered glorious? Glory has nothing to do with it. So then, do people benefit from talking about such things? (No.) And do you also talk about these things? (Yes.) You know they are of no benefit, so why do you talk about them? Why do people enjoy talking about such things? (These things are the capital that people flaunt.) What is the purpose of flaunting them? (To be held in high esteem by others.) It’s because no one wants to be an ordinary, commonplace person. Even someone who graduated from elementary school talked about going back to their “mater” to have a look around, wishing to use this kind of literary language to deceive and benumb others so that others hold him in high esteem. What is the purpose of getting others to hold him in high esteem? It’s so that he can be a cut above other people, to have a place and a position among others, a halo on his head, to have the things he says carry authority, to have the support of others, and to have prestige. If you were to throw off these things and be an ordinary, run-of-the-mill person, what should you possess? First, you should have the correct perspective. How does this correct perspective come about? It comes about by reading God’s words and understanding what attitude you should have toward certain things that is in accord with God’s will and that people should possess with their normal humanity—this is the correct perspective. So, as an ordinary, commonplace and normal person, what is the most appropriate and correct perspective to have toward all these things, toward social status, social capital, or family background and so on? Do you know? Say there is someone who has believed in God for many years, who believes themselves to have understood many truths, who follows God’s way, and who is loyal to God and their duty, yet they regard their status in society and among people and their worth as very important and they greatly cherish these things, and they even often flaunt their capital, their glorious background, and their worth—is such a person really someone who understands the truth? Clearly not. So, is someone who doesn’t understand the truth a person who loves the truth? (No.) No. What’s the relationship between discussing capital and whether someone understands and loves the truth? Why do I say that someone who cherishes their worth and flaunts their capital is not someone who loves and understands the truth? How should someone who truly loves and understands the truth approach these matters of social status and personal capital and worth? What things are included in social status? Family background, education, reputation, achievements in society, personal talents, and your ethnicity. So how do you approach these things to verify that you are someone who understands the truth? This question should be easy to answer, right? You should understand a lot about this aspect in theory. Say whatever you’ve come up with. Don’t think, “Oh, I haven’t thought it through so I can’t say anything.” If you haven’t thought it through, just say what you think right now. If you can only speak once you’ve thought something through, then that’s called writing articles. We’re just chatting right now; I’m not asking you to write an article. Speak first from a theoretical perspective. (I understand from God’s words that God doesn’t look at how highly educated someone is or what their social status is, but mainly looks at whether they pursue the truth, whether they can practice the truth, and whether they truly obey God and perform their duty up to standard. If someone has high social status and is highly educated but they don’t have spiritual understanding, they don’t walk the path of pursuing the truth, and they don’t fear God or shun evil, then they will still be cast out in the end and will not be able to stand firm in God’s house. Therefore, one’s academic background and status are unimportant. What is important is whether one pursues the truth.) Excellent, this is a most fundamental concept. Why do I say it is most fundamental? It’s because these topics and this content are basically what people ordinarily talk about. Does anyone else have a different understanding? Someone add to what has already been said. (If someone can pursue the truth, they can then see that the pursuit of fame, fortune and status is really a kind of bondage, a shackle they wear, and the more they pursue these things, the more they will feel empty, and the more they will come to appreciate the damage and pain that fame, fortune and status cause people. When they understand this and they see someone who regards these things as capital, they’ll think such a person is really pitiful.) (A person who truly loves and understands truth will measure social status and reputation using God’s words, they’ll look at what God says and requires, what God wants people to pursue, what people will ultimately get by pursuing these things, and whether what they get is consistent with the results God hopes to see in people.) You’ve touched on it here, but does what you say have much to do with the truth? Are you able to make an assessment of this? Most people have some perceptual knowledge, and if I asked you to give a sermon, it would be a sermon of exhortation. Why do I say it would be a sermon of exhortation? A sermon of exhortation is a sermon whereby you say things that give people advice and encouragement—it cannot solve real problems. Although every sentence may sound right and reasonable, in line with human reason and rational requirements, it has little to do with truth, but is just the little bit of superficial and perceptual knowledge people have. If you were to fellowship these words with others, would you be able to solve people’s problems and difficulties at their source? No, you wouldn’t, and that’s why I say it would be a sermon of exhortation. If you can’t solve people’s difficulties and problems at their source, then you are not solving people’s problems using the truth. Those who do not understand the truth will always advocate knowledge, reputation, and status, and will be unable to escape the constraints and bondage of these things.

Think about it—how should you approach man’s worth, social status, and family background? What is the correct attitude you should have? First of all, you should see from God’s words how He approaches this matter; only in this way will you come to understand the truth and not do anything that goes against the truth. So, how does God regard someone’s family background, social status, their future education and the wealth they possess in society? If you don’t see things based on God’s words and cannot stand on God’s side and accept things from God, then the way you see things will certainly be a far cry from what God intends. If there is not much difference, with only a little discrepancy, then that’s not a problem; if the way you see things goes completely against what God intends, then it is at odds with the truth. As far as God is concerned, what He gives people and how much He gives is up to Him, and the status people have in society is also ordained by God and is absolutely not contrived by people themselves. If God causes someone to suffer pain and poverty, does that mean they have no hope of being saved? If they are of low worth and low social position, will God not save them? If they have a low status in society, are they then of low status in the eyes of God? Not necessarily. What does this depend on? It depends on the path this person walks, on what they pursue, and on their attitude toward the truth and God. If someone’s social status is very low, their family is very poor, and they have a low level of education, yet they believe in God in a down-to-earth manner, and they love the truth and positive things, then in God’s eyes do they have a high or low worth, are they valuable or worthless? They are valuable. Looking at it from this perspective, what does someone’s worth—whether high or low, noble or lowly—depend on? It depends on how God sees you. If God sees you as someone who pursues the truth, then you have worth and are valuable—you are a valuable vessel. If God sees that you do not pursue the truth and you do not sincerely expend yourself for Him, then you are worthless and are not valuable—you are a lowly vessel. No matter how highly educated you are or how high your status in society is, if you don’t pursue or understand the truth, then your worth can never be high; even if many people support you, praise you, and adore you, you are still a contemptible wretch. So, why does God see people this way? Why is such a “noble” person, with such a high status in society, with so many people praising and admiring them, with even their prestige being so high, seen by God as lowly? Why is the way God sees people totally contrary to the views people have of others? Is God setting Himself against people on purpose? Absolutely not. It’s because God is truth, God is righteousness, whereas man is corrupt and has no truth or righteousness, and God measures man by His own standard, and His standard for measuring man is the truth. It may sound a little abstract to say that, so to say it another way, God’s standard of measurement is based on a person’s attitude toward God, their attitude toward truth, and their attitude toward positive things—this is no longer abstract. Say there is someone who has a high status in society, a high level of education, is very educated and cultivated, and they have a particularly glorious and splendid family history, yet there is one problem: They don’t love positive things, they feel aversion, detestation, and hatred toward God from the bottom of their heart, and when anything comes up related to God, related to the topics of God or the work of God, they grit their teeth in hatred, their eyes blaze, and they even want to strike other people. If someone mentions a topic related to God or truth, they feel aversion and hostility, and their animalistic nature erupts. Is such a person valuable or worthless? How much is their academic background, and their so-called social status and social prestige worth in God’s eyes? Nothing at all. How does God see such people? How does God determine the nature of such people? Such people are devils and Satans, and they are the most worthless contemptible wretches. Looking at it now, what is the basis for defining someone’s worth as either noble or lowly? (It is their attitude toward God, truth, and positive things.) That’s right. First of all, one must understand what God’s attitude is. To first understand God’s attitude and understand the principles and standards by which God defines people, and then to measure people based on the principles and standards God has for people—only this is most accurate, appropriate, and fair. We now have a basis for measuring people, so how should we put it into practice specifically? For instance, someone is very highly educated and popular wherever they go, everyone thinks well of them, and they appear to others to have great prospects—will they then definitely be seen as noble in God’s eyes? (Not necessarily.) So how should we take this person’s measure? The nobleness and lowliness of a person is not based on their status in society, nor on their academic background, much less is it based on their ethnicity, and of course it is not based on their nationality, so what must it be based on? (It must be based on God’s words and on the person’s attitude toward the truth and God.) That’s correct. For example, you came from mainland China to the U.S., and even if you one day become an American national, would your worth and status change? (No.) No, it wouldn’t; you would still be you. If you believe in God yet cannot gain the truth, then you are still the kind that will perish. Some superficial people do not truly believe in God or pursue the truth, they follow the secular world and, after becoming American nationals, they say, “You Chinese people” and “You people from mainland China.” Tell Me, are such people noble or lowly? (Lowly.) They’re so lowly! They act as if by becoming an American national they become noble—aren’t they so superficial? They’re so superficial. If a person can approach fame and fortune, social status, wealth, and academic achievements with an ordinary heart—of course, this ordinary heart doesn’t mean that you’ve already experienced these things and have become numb, but rather it means you have a standard of measurement and you don’t regard these things as the most important things in your life, and the standards and principles with which you measure and see these things, as well as your values, have undergone a change, and you can approach these things correctly and see them with an ordinary heart—what does this prove? It proves you have been liberated from external things such as the so-called social status, man’s worth, and so on. You may perhaps not be able to achieve this right now, but when you can truly understand the truth, then you will be able to see through these things. I’ll give you an example. Someone encounters wealthy brothers and sisters and sees them wearing only brand labels and that they look well-to-do, and they don’t know how to talk to them or associate with them, and so they humble themselves, they fawn on and flatter the wealthy brothers and sisters and behave in a repugnant way—isn’t this them debasing themselves? There is something dominating them here. Some people call out “big sister” when they meet a wealthy woman and call out “big brother” when they meet a wealthy man. They always want to fawn on these people and recommend themselves. When they see someone who is poor and nondescript, who comes from the countryside with a low level of education, they look down on them and refuse to pay any heed to them, and their attitude changes. Do such common practices go on in the church? They do, and you cannot deny it, because there are some among you who have revealed just such behavior. Some call out “big brother,” some call out “big sister,” and some call out “auntie”—these social practices are serious. Judging by these people’s behavior, they are not people who pursue the truth and they don’t possess the slightest bit of truth reality. This kind of person makes up the majority among you, and if they don’t change, they will all be cast out in the end. Even though these mistaken views don’t affect people’s acceptance of the true way, they can affect people’s life entry and the performance of their duties; if they are not someone who accepts the truth, they will likely cause disturbances in the church. If you can understand God’s will, you can grasp the principles and standards by which these things are measured. There is another aspect, and that is no matter what kind of social status or educational background a person has, or what kind of family background they come from, there is one fact that you must acknowledge: Your educational achievements and family background cannot change the quality of your humanity, nor can they influence your disposition. Isn’t that so? (It is.) Why do I say this? Regardless of the kind of family a person is born into or the kind of education they go on to receive, whether they become highly educated or not, and regardless of the kind of social background they’re born into, whether their social status is high or low, their corrupt dispositions are just the same as anyone else’s. Everyone is the same—this is unavoidable. Your social status and worth cannot change the fact that you are a member of the human race that has been corrupted by Satan, nor can they change the fact that you are a corrupted human being with corrupt dispositions who is opposed to God. What do I mean by this? I mean that, no matter how wealthy a family you are born into or how highly educated you are, you all have corrupt dispositions; regardless of whether you are noble or lowly, rich or poor, with a high or low status, you are still a corrupted human being. Therefore, after you have accepted God’s work, you are all equal, and God is fair and righteous to all. Isn’t this an understanding people should have? (Yes.) What person is not corrupted by Satan and is without corrupt dispositions because they have a high status in society and have been born into the most noble race of all mankind? Is this a tenable thing to say? Has this fact ever occurred throughout the history of mankind? (No.) No, it hasn’t. Actually, including Job, Abraham and those prophets and ancient saints, as well as the Israelites, no human being could avoid living with this undeniable fact: In living in this world, all mankind has been corrupted by Satan. In Satan’s corruption of man, it doesn’t care whether you’re highly educated or not, what your family history is, what your surname is, or how large your family tree is, the final result is: If you live among mankind, you have been corrupted by Satan. Therefore, the fact that you have satanic corrupt dispositions and that you live with your satanic corrupt dispositions cannot be changed by your worth and academic background. Isn’t this an understanding people should have? (Yes, it is.) Once you’ve understood these things, then in the future when someone flaunts their gifts and capital, or you again discover someone “superior” among you, how will you treat them? (I’ll treat them according to God’s words.) Correct. And how will you treat them according to God’s words? If you’re at a loose end, and you belittle and mock them, saying, “See how educated you are, what are you showing off for? You’re talking about your capital again, but can you perform your duty well? No matter how highly educated you are, haven’t you still been corrupted by Satan?” then is this a good way to treat them? This isn’t in line with principles, and it is not something someone with normal humanity should do. So, how should you treat them in a way that is in line with principles? You shouldn’t look up to them, but neither should you belittle them—isn’t this a compromise? (It is.) Is it right to make a compromise? No, it isn’t. You should treat them correctly, and if you can use the truth you understand to help them, then help them. If you can’t help them, then if you’re a leader and you see that they’d suit a particular duty, then get them to perform that duty. Don’t look down on them because they have some high level of education, thinking, “Hmph, what use is being highly educated? Do you understand the truth? I’m not highly educated but I’m still a leader. I’m of good caliber, I’m better than you, so I’ll belittle you and put you to shame!” This is being mean and without humanity. What does “treat them correctly” mean? It means to handle matters according to truth principles. And what is the truth principle here? It is to treat people fairly. Don’t hold people in high esteem and look up to them, and don’t humble yourself before them, feeling like you’re on a lower level, and don’t flatter them either, don’t trample them down, and don’t belittle them; they may not think their own worth very high and may not be flaunting themselves. Is it right for you to always be afraid that they will flaunt themselves and so always be trampling them down? No, it’s not right. This is being mean and without humanity—if you’re not leaning too far to one side, you’re leaning too far to the other. To treat people correctly, to treat people fairly—this is the principle. This principle sounds simple, but it’s not easy to put into practice.

Previously, a leader would move someplace to live. I told him he could take the relevant team leaders and members with him, as that way it would be convenient for them to discuss work together. What I said was not difficult to understand—one understands it as soon as one hears it. In the end, the relevant personnel he took with him had quite the “credentials”: Some brought him tea, some washed his feet and rubbed his back—they were all a bunch of sycophants. Just how disgusting was this leader? There was someone with an infectious disease who fawned on him and flattered him every day, following him around and serving him. He was even willing to risk catching this disease so that he could enjoy the feeling of being flattered. Finally, because this person with the infectious disease suffered a recurrence of their condition after they’d moved, this false leader was revealed as well. Therefore, whether people understand the truth or not, they absolutely must not do bad things, not do things relying on their ambitions and desires, and not have a chance-taking mentality, for God scrutinizes the hearts of man and scrutinizes all the earth. What does “all the earth” include? It includes both material and immaterial things. Don’t try to measure God, God’s authority, or God’s almightiness using your own brain. People are created beings and their lives are so insignificant—how can they measure the greatness of the Creator? How can they measure the almightiness and wisdom of the Creator in His creation of all things and sovereignty over all things? You must absolutely not do ignorant things or do evil. Doing evil will inevitably incur retribution, and when one day God reveals you, you’ll get more than you bargained for, and that day you will weep and gnash your teeth. You must conduct yourself with self-knowledge. In certain matters, before God has revealed you, it would be better for you to compare yourself with God’s words, reflect on yourself and bring buried things to light, discover your own problems, and then seek the truth to resolve them—don’t wait for God to reveal you. Once God has revealed you, doesn’t that then make you passive? At that time, you will already have committed a transgression. From God scrutinizing you to you being revealed, your worth and God’s opinion of you may perhaps undergo a huge change. This is because while God is scrutinizing you, He is giving you opportunities and entrusting you with His hopes, up until the moment you are revealed. From God entrusting someone with His hopes to His hopes coming to nothing in the end, what is God’s mood like? It undergoes a tremendous drop. And what will the consequence for you be? In not so serious cases, you may become an object for God to detest, and you will be put aside. What does “put aside” mean? It means you will be retained and observed. And what will the consequence be in more serious cases? God will say, “This person is a calamity and doesn’t deserve even to render service. I will absolutely not save this person!” Once God forms this idea, you will no longer have any outcome at all, and once that happens, you can kowtow and bleed but it won’t do any good, because God will have already given you sufficient chances but you never repented and you have gone too far. Therefore, no matter what problems you have or what corruption you reveal, you should always reflect on and know yourself in the light of God’s words or ask brothers and sisters to point these things out to you. What is most important is that you should accept God’s scrutiny, come before God, and ask Him to enlighten and illuminate you. No matter what method you use, discovering problems early and then resolving them is the effect achieved by self-reflection, and this is the best thing you can do. You must not wait until God has revealed you and cast you out before you feel remorse, as it will be too late to regret! When God reveals someone, is He profoundly wrathful or abundantly merciful? This is difficult to say, it is unknown, and I won’t give you this guarantee—the path you walk is up to you. Do you know what My responsibility is? I am telling you all that I have to say, every word that I ought to say, leaving out not a single word. No matter what method I use, whether it be written words, storytelling, or producing small programs, in any case, I am conveying the truth that God wants you to understand through various means, while simultaneously informing you of the problems that I can see. I am warning, reminding, and exhorting you, and providing you with some supply, help, and support. Sometimes I also say harsh things. This is My responsibility, and it’s up to you how to go the rest of the way. You don’t need to examine My speech and facial expressions, and you don’t have to attentively observe what My opinion of you is—it is not necessary for you to do these things. What your outcome will be in the future has nothing to do with Me; it is related only to what you yourself pursue. Today, I’m opening the window and speaking frankly, I’m speaking totally clearly. Have you heard and understood every word and every sentence I’ve said, and what I must say, what I should say, and what I have said in the past? There is nothing abstract about what I say, nothing you don’t understand; you have all understood, and so My responsibility has been fulfilled. Don’t think that I must still keep an eye on you after I’ve finished speaking and stay responsible for you, hand-in-hand, until the end. You have all believed in God for several years, you are all adults and not small children. You have leaders to be responsible for you when you do things, that is not My responsibility. I have My own scope of work, My own scope of responsibilities; I don’t have to, nor is it possible for Me to, follow behind each of you and keep supervising you and urging you on—I am not obliged to do that. As for what you pursue, what you say and do in private, and what path you follow, none of these things have anything to do with Me. Why do I say they have nothing to do with Me? If you can perform your duties in God’s house in a fit and proper manner, God’s house will be responsible for you until the end. If you are willing to perform your duty, pay the price, accept the truth and act according to principle, then God’s house will lead you, provide for you, and support you; if you are not willing to perform your duty and wish to go out to work and earn money, the doors of God’s house are wide open and you will receive a cordial send off. However, if you cause disturbances, do evil, and make waves in God’s house, then no matter who it is that does evil, God’s house has administrative decrees and work arrangements, and you will be handled according to these principles. Do you understand? You’ve all believed in God for years, you’ve read many of God’s words, and have attended gatherings and listened to sermons all these years, so why have you not repented or transformed in the slightest? There are many people who have listened to sermons for years and understood some truths, yet they still haven’t repented, they still perform their duties in a careless and perfunctory manner, and these are people in danger. Let Me tell you something real: Don’t always expect Me to keep an eye on you, take care of you, and teach you while I hold your hand, so that you can do something practical and effective. If I don’t watch you or supervise you and urge you on, and you become careless and perfunctory and work progress slows, then you will be finished. This shows that you perform your duty without any loyalty and are all service-doers. Let Me tell you, My ministry has been performed, and I am not obliged to take care of you. This is because the Holy Spirit is working and scrutinizing you in these matters; what I’m supposed to do has been done, what I’m supposed to say has been said, I have kept to My ministry, I have fulfilled My responsibility, and what is left is for you to take responsibility for your own actions and behavior. If you don’t accept the truth but are continually careless and perfunctory and never think to repent, then your punishment and your being cast out will have nothing to do with Me.

One aspect of the story I just told was talking about how to regard people’s social status, worth, family background and academic background and so on, and what the standards and principles for regarding these things are; another aspect was how to approach these things and how to see through to their essence. Once you’ve seen through to the essence of these things, then even though they may still be present in your heart, you will not be constrained by them and will not live by them. When you see an unbeliever flaunting their glorious history of having been to university and studied for a master’s or a doctorate, what then is your view and attitude? If you say, “Studying for an undergraduate at university is nothing. I graduated from my graduate degree years ago,” if you have this mentality, then that will be troublesome for you, and it shows that you haven’t changed much in your belief in God. If they ask you what your educational background is, and you say, “I didn’t even graduate from elementary school and can’t even write an essay,” and they see you’re a nobody and start ignoring you, then isn’t that just perfect? You can save time to read more of God’s words and perform your duty more, and this is the right thing to do. What’s the point in gossiping with unbelievers and nonbelievers? If you say you have a low level of education and no status in society, and someone belittles you, what will you do? Don’t take it to heart and don’t feel constrained, just let them talk, let them say whatever they want, it’s nothing to you. As long as it doesn’t cause delays to you pursuing the truth in your faith in God, then that’s fine. This is actually a minor topic, but in daily life, through the things people express, it can be seen that people attach great importance to these things of capital and they carry them always in their hearts. Not only can this affect people’s speech and behavior, but it can also affect their life entry and their choosing the right path of belief in God. Okay, I won’t talk about this kind of topic again. Let’s get back to the topic we were fellowshiping on last time and continue fellowshiping on and dissecting the various manifestations of antichrists.

A Dissection of How Antichrists Are Wicked, Insidious, and Deceitful

I. A Dissection of Antichrists’ Hostility and Loathing Toward Positive Things and the Truth

We’ve finished dissecting the sixth manifestation of antichrists, and now we’ll start dissecting the seventh one: How antichrists are wicked, insidious, and deceitful. Some people say, “Seeing as we’re dissecting and exposing antichrists, isn’t it too mild to say they are wicked, insidious, and deceitful? Who doesn’t have a little bit of a wicked or deceitful disposition? Ordinary people all have these corrupt dispositions, so if we expose and dissect antichrists in this way, wouldn’t that mean that everyone is an antichrist?” Do any of you think this? If any of you really think this, then you’re wrong. Is there a difference between the wickedness, insidiousness, and deceitfulness of antichrists and the revelations of these corrupt dispositions in ordinary people? There is most certainly a difference, otherwise we wouldn’t include these dispositions in the manifestations of antichrists. Today, I will primarily fellowship first on this difference, before then moving on to talk about some real examples and specific manifestations of the wicked, insidious, and deceitful dispositions of antichrists. It’s easy to understand the literal meaning of the words “wicked,” “insidious,” and “deceitful.” The difficulty lies in discerning the essential difference between these kinds of manifestations in antichrists and in ordinary people, why we define one kind of person who possesses these corrupt dispositions and essences as an antichrist, and what the difference in essence is between antichrists and ordinary corrupt mankind. Firstly, antichrists are openly antagonistic toward the truth and God; they vie with God for His chosen people, His position, and people’s hearts, and they even do various things around God’s chosen people to win over their hearts, and to deceive and paralyze them. In short, the nature of antichrists’ actions and behavior, whether open or secret, is always antagonistic toward God. Why do I say it is antagonistic toward God? It’s because they know perfectly well that God’s words are the truth and that He is God, yet they still oppose Him and don’t accept the truth no matter how it is fellowshiped on. For instance, some antichrists rope in some people and deceive and control them. They make these people obey them and follow them, and then they fraudulently obtain all kinds of books and materials from the church, and set up their own churches and establish their own kingdoms, so that they can enjoy being followed and worshiped by their followers, after which they start to profit from the church. This kind of behavior is clearly them vying with God for His chosen people—is this not a characteristic of antichrists? Is it unjust to define these people as antichrists based on this obvious characteristic? It isn’t unjust at all—this definition is very accurate! There are also some antichrists who form cliques within the church and dismantle the church. They constantly cultivate their own forces within the church, and exclude those who disagree with them. Then they keep those who listen to and follow them by their sides to form their own forces and make everyone do what they say. Isn’t this them establishing their own kingdoms? Regardless of what work arrangements or requirements the Above has, they refuse to carry them out and instead act in their own way, leading their followers to openly oppose the Above. For instance, God’s house requires that leaders and workers who are not capable of performing practical work be promptly replaced. An antichrist, however, will think: “Though some leaders and workers aren’t capable of performing practical work, they support and approve of me, and I have been cultivating them. There’s no way that the Above is replacing these people, unless they remove me first.” Tell Me, isn’t that church under the control of that antichrist? The work arrangements of God’s house do not get by the antichrist and cannot be carried out. When the work arrangements have been issued for a long time, and every church has reported back on how they have been carried out, for example, who has been reassigned to another duty or replaced due to what circumstances, the antichrist never reports anything back and never reassigns anyone. Some people are always careless and perfunctory in their duties, which seriously impacts the work of the church, but the antichrist doesn’t reassign them. Even when the Above tells the antichrist directly to replace these people, a long time passes without their reply. Isn’t there a problem here? When the Above asks them to implement work arrangements or tries to inquire about something, they reach a dead end with the antichrist. The brothers and sisters in the church know nothing about it, they receive no messages, and they are disconnected from the Above—the church is totally under that one person’s control. What is the nature of an antichrist acting in this way? This is the antichrist taking over a church. Antichrists form cliques in the church, they establish their own kingdoms, they oppose God’s house, and they harm God’s chosen people. People lose the work of the Holy Spirit, they cannot feel God’s presence, there is no peace or joy, they lose faith in God, and they no longer perform their duties energetically. They even become negative and depraved, and their lives stagnate. All of these are results of antichrists deceiving and controlling people. Now, in all pastoral areas in mainland China, a number of false leaders and antichrists have been exposed and replaced. Among them, there are some false leaders and false workers who did no practical work. They all possessed manifestations of antichrists, and they all had the dispositions of antichrists, yet they didn’t quite reach the level of being antichrists, so they were merely replaced. However, some people were laws unto themselves, they had the final say on everything, they completely violated the work arrangements and acted in their own way, and so they were defined as antichrists and expelled. This way of exposing and handling false leaders and antichrists is wonderful! I feel very happy when I see these report letters, as it shows that some of God’s chosen people have understood a little of the truth after years of listening to sermons. Why do I say they have understood a little of the truth? It’s because after they’ve listened to these sermons, they can link and apply them to some matters they encounter in life. After they finish listening to these truths, they may not really understand them in that moment, but later on they come to have discernment of people and events. They come to have the principles and standards by which they can measure those who are laws unto themselves, those who do not perform practical work, those who cannot resolve practical problems, those who are careless and perfunctory in their duties and do not bear a burden, and those who have no sense of responsibility. Isn’t this progress? This is progress. It cannot be said that they possess stature, they have merely understood a little of the truth. God’s chosen people have some discernment of false leaders, antichrists, and some of those who don’t perform practical work and are incompetent in their work—isn’t this a good thing? This is a good thing; it shows that God’s chosen people understand the truth and have discernment, and that they can stand on the side of God and protect the church’s work—this is something worth celebrating. It is not possible for antichrists to deceive those who understand the truth. They may be able to deceive those who don’t understand the truth and have no discernment for a time, but for how long? I trust that, the more people understand the truth and the more faith they have in God, the shorter time it’ll take for them to reject and cast off the bonds and constraints of antichrists. Therefore, it’s still necessary for us to fellowship on the various detailed manifestations of antichrists, otherwise if people are deceived and controlled by antichrists, it will be very difficult for them to attain salvation.

I just explained in simple terms the manifestations of antichrists and the reasons for defining such people as antichrists. So, what is the difference between antichrists’ manifestations of wickedness, insidiousness, and deceitfulness and the corrupt dispositions of ordinary people? Do you have any understanding of this? I’ll tell you a story, and this story is most certainly related to wickedness, insidiousness, and deceitfulness. The Book of Job in the Bible records a conversation between God and Satan. God asks Satan, “From where come you?” (Job 1:7). And how does Satan reply? (“From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it” (Job 1:7).) Up until now, people still don’t understand what Satan meant by this—this is called a disposition. Why don’t people understand what Satan meant? It’s because you still haven’t figured out where exactly Satan comes from. What is the issue with what Satan said? There is a kind of disposition here, and that is a wicked disposition. Let’s finish talking about that line for now and analyze what comes after. Satan comes before God and, after it has replied to His question, God says to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and eschews evil?” (Job 1:8). What reaction would a normal person usually have upon hearing that God said this? (They would want to see how Job acted.) People would immediately think, “Job feared God and eschewed evil and he was a perfect man. I really admire him!” Where does this admiration come from? It arises from a kind of longing, love, and yearning for positive things within normal humanity. However, if you don’t love the truth, what will you manifest when you hear these words? (Scorn.) You will scorn these words and ignore them. Some people then think, “Fear God and eschew evil? What is this fear? What does ‘eschew evil’ mean? Where can you find a perfect man these days?” They seem to feel nothing after they hear these words, so do they have hearts that yearn and long for these things? (No.) Do they desire these things? (No.) Do they wish to seek to understand exactly what the details within this are? Do they have this aspiration? No, they don’t; in their hearts, they don’t want to know. There is another type of person who reacts abnormally when they hear God said that Job feared Him and eschewed evil, that he was a perfect man. They say, “Huh? Job feared God and eschewed evil, and he was a perfect man—does such a person exist? Show me how he was perfect—I don’t believe it!” Do people like this, who have such ideas and manifestations, truly believe and acknowledge the words that God spoke? (No.) They don’t truly believe or acknowledge them. First, there is one point that is certain: They don’t acknowledge that what God says is true, trustworthy, and accurate, they don’t regard God’s words as the truth, as the words of the Creator, and as the supreme truth for all mankind. Since they don’t regard God’s words as the truth, how do they regard God? Since they deny God’s words, could they possibly acknowledge that God is God? Certainly not, because they deny God’s words, deny God’s perspective, and deny the sayings of God, the implication of which is that they deny God’s existence and deny that He is the reality of all positive things. This is certain. There is another point: What attitude do people like this have toward the truths that God expresses and toward positive and negative things, and what disposition lies behind their attitude? What is their view on Job? “That’s not possible! Could there still be anyone like that in the world? This is just a historical relic. Someone like that is not supposed to live in this world. Only those who are treacherous and bad, evil, and wicked should live. People like Job should die, not live!” What disposition is this? (Wickedness.) This is the wickedness of Satan. Are there now any people among mankind who have exactly the same wicked disposition as Satan? What kind of people, when they hear that God said, “Job fears God and eschews evil; he is a perfect man” are not convinced, refuse to accept it, feel aversion and loathing, and even have curses arising in their hearts? Can we say that people who give rise to such things are the ilk of Satan? (Yes.) So, is it going too far to define these people as antichrists? (No.) When God said to Satan clearly and solemnly, “Job fears God and eschews evil; he is a perfect man,” what was Satan’s attitude? It doubted this fact. One aspect of this is that Satan doubted Job was that kind of man and didn’t think it possible. This was because Satan is wicked and believes that all things are wicked; it didn’t believe that there could be someone among mankind who was so wonderful, who could truly be seen as perfect by God—Satan did not believe this fact. Another aspect is that when God discovered such a good man as Job, what did Satan feel in its heart? First, on a most superficial level, it felt jealousy, thinking, “How could there be a perfect man? Haven’t I corrupted all of mankind? People are all the same as me, they have all betrayed You. How could they follow You?” If we translate it into human language, this was its mentality. Satan didn’t believe this was possible, and there are two parts to its not believing this was possible: The first is that Satan wished Job didn’t exist, while the second is Satan thought, “Even if he does exist, I’ll annihilate him.” Wasn’t this the wickedness of Satan? (Yes.) This was the wickedness of Satan. It didn’t want a genuinely good person, someone who feared God and eschewed evil, to come before God, it didn’t want someone like Job to live in the world, it didn’t want someone like this to exist, much less did it want someone like this to arise—this was the wickedness of Satan. What is the source of Satan’s wickedness? The essence of its disposition is wicked. Besides, Satan is also hostile toward all positive things. What is included in “all positive things”? It includes people who fear God and eschew evil and are perfect. By being hostile toward Job, wasn’t Satan being hostile toward God? (Yes.) This is how things actually were. While Satan was being hostile toward Job, it was also hating God. It wanted no one to worship God—this would have made it happiest and this was its greatest wish. And then, all these facts turned out to be the complete opposite of what it hoped for, what it wanted to see, and what it longed for. Such a wonderful thing happened right before its eyes, and yet its wickedness, its viciousness, caused it to have another conversation before God, which is the following dialogue between it and God. Does anyone know the original text? (“Does Job fear God for nothing?” (Job 1:9).) Satan didn’t speak directly, there was a trap hidden in its words. It said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” so that you would think about it. Tell Me, did God know what Satan meant by this? (Yes.) God knew. God knew Satan through and through and could see the matter in absolute clarity. As soon as it said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” God knew what it would do. When God saw that it wanted to do something, He knew that an opportunity had come, that the time for Him to use Satan to try Job had come. So, which one of them was wise? (God.) Satan didn’t know this and thought, “Didn’t God not allow me to touch Job? I never expected He would consent to it now.” We’ll leave the story here. Everyone basically knows what happened next.

Now let’s dissect Satan’s manifestations and disposition in what it said, as well as exactly what its motivation and intentions were in saying this. Firstly, Satan didn’t believe what God said, that is, it harbored a doubtful attitude toward the content and facts of the words that God had spoken. At the same time as doubting what God said, it wanted to use some method to deny what God said, but it could not deny it directly. Where did Satan’s wickedness lie? It lay in it adopting an even more deceitful method, saying in its heart, “I won’t deny You directly. I’ll get You to permit me to abuse Job, and then make him deny You. This would be the best outcome. Won’t You then have failed?” This was its aim. What disposition did Satan reveal in its dialogue with God and in its thoughts? The disposition was clearly wicked. What is the difference between the wickedness of Satan and the wickedness of ordinary corrupt mankind? What role was Satan playing here? It didn’t go seek out Job directly to make him deny God. If Job had fought back then it would have been put to shame, therefore Satan didn’t act in that way. So, what did Satan do? What exactly was Satan’s motivation and its means and tactics in doing what it did? (To attack by means of another.) You really underestimate Satan; its wickedness cannot be fathomed by human beings. All just and wonderful positive things in the world are not wonderful to Satan—it wants to make all these things wicked and unclean. What is the biggest difference between Satan and corrupt humans? The biggest difference is that it knows perfectly well that God is the truth, that God has wisdom and authority, and that God is the source of all positive things, yet it doesn’t acknowledge these things, and instead it is averse to, loathes, hates, and even curses all these things. Corrupted humans, however, are often deceived by Satan, and they don’t know what positive things are, or what things are just, and much less what the truth is or what God requires. Although they reveal some corrupt dispositions, these wicked and deceitful dispositions are revealed while people are foolish, ignorant, numb, blinded and duped, and do not understand the truth, whereas Satan knowingly does wrong. Why do we call it Satan? It’s because it can see all that God does in the spiritual world and throughout the entire universe and, while witnessing all of this, it still denies that God exists, that God is the truth, and the fact that God holds sovereignty over all mankind. No matter how many people follow God, no matter how great the work God does, how great the authority God wields, or how almighty God is, Satan still denies all this and without shame or honor it paralyzes, blinds, and corrupts mankind, using all kinds of methods to deceive mankind and make mankind follow it. What did I just say were the primary manifestations of Satan’s wickedness? It specializes in running counter to God, it doesn’t acknowledge what God says no matter how right His words are, it doesn’t acknowledge that His words are positive things and the truth, and it turns things on their head. For instance, God made people record the history of His creation of man, and besides the records of the facts of God’s creation of man, there are also traces of evidence that can be found. And what did Satan do? It fabricated “Darwinism” and said that man evolved from apes, it drew a picture which showed that apes gradually evolved from four-legged beings to two-legged people who walk upright, fabricating this heresy and fallacy. As a result, even though some people now deny evolution, many still don’t believe that man came from God. Isn’t this the wickedness of Satan? (Yes.) This is the wickedness of Satan. No matter how great the work it personally witnesses God doing, Satan still antagonizes and opposes God to the very end. Every day God does not destroy Satan or resolve it, it constantly opposes Him. This is where the wickedness of Satan lies, and the root cause of this is that its essence is wicked.

In the conversation between Satan and God in the Book of Job, is there any connection between the manifestations of Satan and the manifestations of antichrists? (Yes.) What connection? Why am I relating this passage? The wickedness, insidiousness, and deceitfulness of antichrists is a topic you often come across, and these things are also actual manifestations you frequently see, so why am I separately listing these manifestations of antichrists as a single item for dissection? We just talked about the wickedness of Satan and how it specifically sets itself against God, so don’t antichrists do this too? (They do.) What are the manifestations of antichrists? After an antichrist has listened to a sermon, they know that the sermon is good and they can understand those words. In addition, they have some caliber, and once they understand those words, they put effort into remembering, and try to memorize by heart the things they like and which accord with their own notions. Then, on this basis, they process and formulate their own sermon, which other people think is very good when they hear it. This isn’t the primary manifestation of an antichrist’s wickedness, however; what is their primary manifestation? People like this can understand the truth, so tell Me, do they have the ability to tell the difference between right and wrong? (Yes.) Yes, they do, they’re not stupid. For example, they often come into contact with brothers and sisters, and they know in their hearts which people pursue the truth and which people don’t. They know in their hearts who can devote themselves and give things up, who can perform their duty loyally, and who can certainly choose to practice the truth and act in accordance with the principles when they encounter ordinary matters. But can they treat such people fairly? (No.) How do they treat people in a way that pertains to the manifestations of antichrists? For instance, someone poses no threat to them, and they think, “You pursue the truth and your caliber is better than mine, but I won’t promote you. Me not promoting you doesn’t mean that I will ignore you. If you fawn on me then I’ll keep you by my side. If you never fawn on me and are always so upright, always doing things in an impartial manner and adhering to principles, then you’ll be able to discern anything bad that I do and see through me, and you’ll fellowship on the truth with me to get me to repent, and that will shame me too much. If you don’t interfere with me, then fine. If you always interfere with me, then I’ll get rid of you!” This is the kind of plan they have, and they calculate like this in their hearts. What disposition is this? They have two dispositions: viciousness and wickedness. This is how they think before they commit such an act and make this person suffer—this is wickedness. They know perfectly well that this person pursues the truth and has a sense of righteousness, but they don’t promote them, they don’t get close to them, and in their hearts they feel guarded and averse to this person—what disposition is this? This is wickedness. What does this wickedness refer to? It’s not that antichrists don’t understand what positive things are and what negative things are; they know what the right path is, it’s just that they don’t follow it, they don’t practice the truth, they listen to no one, and they choose the path of wickedness. Some women, for example, aren’t willing to be good moral women and live fit and proper lives, but instead must run off to the whorehouse. These days there is no one pimping them out or forcing them, so why run off to the whorehouse? It’s because they’re wicked and were born to be such things. Antichrists are this kind of trash, and we dissect them and define them as antichrists because the wickedness of antichrists can never become the uprightness and goodness of normal people—this is the difference between them and normal people who have corrupt dispositions. Whether they’re pruned and dealt with, or the church uses administrative decrees to crack down on them, or brothers and sisters rise up to oppose and expose them, nothing can change the original intention and principles by which they act—this can never happen. No one can change them, no one can move their hearts and make them relinquish their views or principles of conduct; you cannot change them—they are antichrists. Did you think that antichrists are so wicked that they don’t know what’s good and what’s bad? They know. When an antichrist reports issues or makes reports on work to the Above, they write such pleasant-sounding words, and when you read these reports you think this person must be of such good caliber. However, when you come to know the real situation on the ground, you discover that they always violate work arrangements in their work, they oppress those who pursue the truth, and they disturb church work—they are an antichrist. Some antichrists have left comments on our church’s website and, when you don’t know their background or origins, you see only how fluently expressed their comments are, with particularly clearly written lines and a good writing style, and you think this person is of good caliber. Only after you learn about them do you come to know that they are an antichrist, that they did a lot of evil and were expelled from the church three years ago. They continually posted messages on the website of God’s house for the Above to take notice, so that they would be promoted and given an opportunity for redress; this is how it is. Tell Me, do antichrists want to be blessed? (Yes.) They really do; they fear death and fear to perish.

What is the primary manifestation of an antichrist’s wickedness? It is that they know clearly what is right and what accords with the truth, but when it comes to them doing something, they will only ever choose that which violates principles and goes against the truth, and that which satisfies their own interests and position—this is the primary manifestation of an antichrist’s wicked disposition. No matter how many letters and doctrines they understand, how pleasant-sounding the language they use in sermons, or how much they seem to other people to have spiritual understanding, when they do things, they only choose one principle and one method, and that is to go against the truth, to protect their own interests, and to resist the truth till the end, one hundred percent—this is the principle and method they choose to act by. Besides this, what exactly are the God and the truth they imagine in their hearts? Their attitude toward the truth is merely one of wanting to be able to speak and preach about it, and not wanting to put it into practice. They just talk about it, wanting to be held in high esteem by God’s chosen people and then to use this to seize the position of church leader and achieve their aim of gaining mastery over God’s chosen people. They use preaching doctrine to achieve their aims—is this not them showing contempt for the truth, playing with the truth, and trampling on the truth? Do they not offend God’s disposition by treating the truth in this way? They just use the truth. In their hearts, the truth is a slogan, some lofty words, lofty words which they can use to deceive people and win them over, that can satisfy people’s thirst for wonderful things. They think that there is no one in this world who can practice the truth or live out the truth, that this just doesn’t work, that it is impossible, and that only that which everyone acknowledges and is workable is the truth. Even though they talk about the truth, in their hearts they don’t acknowledge that it is the truth. How do we test this matter? (They don’t practice the truth.) They never practice the truth; this is one aspect. And what is another important aspect? When they encounter things in real life, the doctrine they understand is never workable. They appear as though they really have spiritual understanding, they preach doctrine after doctrine, but when they encounter issues, their methods are distorted. Even though they aren’t able to practice the truth, what they do must at least be in line with human notions and imaginings, in line with human standards and tastes, and must at least pass muster with others. In this way, their position will be kept stable. In real life, however, the things they do are incredibly distorted, and one glance is enough to tell that they don’t understand the truth. Why don’t they understand the truth? In their hearts, they’re sick of the truth, they don’t acknowledge the truth, they enjoy doing things according to satanic philosophies, they always want to handle matters using human ways, and if they can convince others and gain prestige by their handling of these matters, then that is enough for them. If an antichrist hears someone preaching empty theory when they go to a venue, they get so excited, but if someone is there preaching truth reality and going into such detail as people’s various states, they always feel that the speaker is criticizing them and jabbing at their heart, and so they feel averse and don’t want to hear it. If they’re asked to fellowship on how their state has been recently, whether they’ve made any progress, and whether they have encountered any difficulties in performing their duty, they have nothing to say. If you continue to fellowship on this aspect of the truth, they fall asleep; they don’t enjoy hearing about it. There are also some people who lean forward when you engage in chit-chat with them, but the moment they hear someone fellowshiping on the truth, they go hide in the corner and have a snooze—they have no love for the truth whatsoever. To what extent do they have no love for the truth? On the mild side, they aren’t interested in it and it’s enough for them to be service-doers; on the serious side, they’re sick of the truth, they feel particularly averse to the truth, and they can’t accept it. If this kind of person is a leader, then they are an antichrist; if they are an ordinary follower, then they are still walking the antichrists’ path and they are the successors of antichrists. From the outside, they appear intelligent and gifted, with some good potential, but their nature essence is that of an antichrist—this is how it is. What are these judgments based on? They’re all based on these people’s attitude toward the truth and their attitude toward positive things. This is the aspect regarding people’s approach to the truth. The other aspect is that, a lot of the time, people don’t directly face the truth, some things don’t involve the truth, people can’t think of what aspect of the truth is involved, and so, who is it that people face directly? The One they face directly is God. And how do these people treat God? In which manifestations do they show their wicked dispositions? Do they engage in true prayer and true communion with God? Do they have an honest attitude? Do they have true faith? (No.) Do they truly rely on God and truly entrust themselves to God? Do they truly fear God? (No.) These are all practical matters and are absolutely not empty pleasantries or clichés. If you don’t get that these words are practical, then you have no spiritual understanding. Let Me give you an example of the manifestations of people like this. Some people clench their fists and swear oaths at gatherings, saying, “I’m not going to get married for as long as I live, I’m going to quit my job, and I’m going to give up everything and follow God till the end!” When they’re done hollering and are about to expend themselves for God, they ponder, “How can I get more blessings from God? I have to do something for God to see.” However, they hear God saying He doesn’t love such people like them, and they think, “Now what am I going to do? I’ll distance myself from God so that God can’t see me.” What kind of state is this? (Guarded.) They shun God in order to guard against Him. And what disposition lies inside their guardedness? Wickedness. They always guard themselves against God when they do things, they’re afraid that God will see through them, and they don’t accept God’s scrutiny—is this belief in God? Isn’t this them resisting God? This is such a negative state, it is not normal. Although they can still go along with eating and drinking God’s words, the moment they hear God speaking words to judge and reveal people, they run away, or else they hurriedly throw up a pretense and find some way as a compromise to enshroud themselves. They try hard to conceal themselves, and do everything possible to be evasive and guarded, while at the same time constantly fighting against God in their heart. They don’t seek God’s will, nor do they seek the truth, in the things they do. Instead, they want to show even more that they can accept the truth and obey God without complaint, trying to win everyone’s approval through pretense and falsity. As for what God says, what He requires of such people, and how He evaluates and defines such people, they don’t care about such things and they don’t want to know. They aren’t really clear in their hearts on exactly who God is, but instead all is imagination and judgment. When God does something that is at odds with their notions, they condemn it in their hearts. Although they say they believe in God, their hearts are filled with doubt. This is people’s wicked disposition.

Some antichrists often try to sound God out. They take a step forward, scope the situation out, and then take another step; in simple terms, they can be said to have a “wait and see” attitude. What does “wait and see” mean? Let Me give you an example. For instance, someone quits their job and then they pray before God saying, “Oh God, I have no job anymore. I hope that You will support me in the future. I entrust everything into Your hands. I devote my life to You.” When they’re done praying, they wait to see whether God blesses them with anything, whether He gives them any supernatural revelation or greater grace, whether they at least get more and have better enjoyment than they did when working their job in the world. This is them trying to sound God out. What is this prayer and this dedication? (It’s a transaction.) Is there not a wicked disposition within this transaction? (Yes.) Their approach is to get the ball rolling by offering a modest inducement in order to attract a more valuable contribution, asking for grace and blessings from God—this is their aim. Someone says, “The situation in China is so terrible. The situation with the great red dragon arresting people is getting worse and worse. It’s dangerous even for two people to gather together, dangerous even for a family of four to gather together. It’s so dangerous to believe in God in this situation in China. If something really were to go wrong, would we still be saved? Would we not believe in vain?” They get to thinking, “I have to think of a way to leave the country. When the situation was good before, I coveted ease and comfort and didn’t want to leave China. It was so good to get together with my family, and I could also believe in God and receive blessings; it was a win-win situation. Now things are bad, the disasters have come, and I must hurry and leave China. I can still do my duty once I’ve left the country, and by doing my duty I’ll have the chance to gain blessings.” In the end, they flee the country. What is this? This is opportunism. Everyone can be calculating, and everyone has a transactional mentality—isn’t this wicked? Are there people like this among you? In their hearts they say, “If I get bullied in the world, then my parents and family can protect me. If I get arrested for my belief in God, will God keep me safe? Seems as though that’s difficult to know for sure. So what should I do, if I can’t know that for sure? My parents certainly won’t be able to protect me. When someone is arrested for their belief in God, ordinary people can’t rescue them, and if I can’t stand the cruel tortures and torments at the hands of the great red dragon and I become a Judas, won’t my little life be ruined? I’d best leave the country and go believe in God abroad.” Is there anyone who thinks like this? There must be, right? So, is there anyone who says, “You vilify us, and we haven’t thought that way”? People like this are definitely not in the minority, and in time you will see and understand.

What are the main features of antichrists’ wickedness? The first is that they don’t acknowledge positive things, they don’t acknowledge that there is such a thing as truth, and they think that their heretical fallacies and wicked negative things are the truth—this is one manifestation of the wickedness of antichrists. For example, some people say, “One’s own happiness is in one’s own hands” and “Only with power can one have everything”—this is the logic of antichrists. They believe that with power come people who fawn and flatter them, people who give gifts and toady up to them, as well as all manner of benefits of status and all manner of enjoyment; they believe they no longer have to be pushed around by anyone or led by anyone, and that they can lead others—this is their top priority. What do you think of their calculating like this? Isn’t it wicked? (Yes.) Antichrists use their satanic logic and heretical fallacies in place of truth—this is one aspect of their wickedness. First of all, they don’t acknowledge the truth, they don’t acknowledge that there are positive things, and they don’t acknowledge the rightness of positive things. Moreover, even though some people do acknowledge that there are positive things and negative things in this world, how do they approach positive things and the existence of truth? They still don’t love it, the life they choose and the path they walk in their belief in God remain negative and are at odds with the truth. They safeguard only their own interests. Whether a positive thing or negative thing, as long as it can safeguard their own interests, then it is all right, it is supreme. Isn’t this a wicked disposition? There is another aspect: People like this who possess a wicked essence are inherently contemptuous of God’s humility and hiddenness, God’s faithfulness and goodness; they are inherently contemptuous of these positive things. For instance, look at Me: Am I not very ordinary? I’m ordinary, why don’t you dare say it? I Myself acknowledge that I’m ordinary. I’ve never thought of Myself as being extraordinary or great. I’m just an ordinary person; I’ve always acknowledged this fact and I dare to face this fact. I don’t want to be a superwoman or some great person—how exhausting that would be! Some people look down on this ordinary person that I am and always harbor notions about Me. When those who truly believe in God come before Me, they still come with some piety, regardless of what I look like on the outside. Then there are some who, despite talking to Me all very politely, harbor a contemptuous attitude toward Me in their hearts, and I can tell this from their tone and from the way they move their bodies. Even though sometimes they appear very respectful, whatever I say to them they always reply with a “No,” always negating what I say. For example, I say the weather is very hot today, and they say, “No, it isn’t. Yesterday was really hot.” They negate what I say, right? No matter what you say to them, they always negate it. Aren’t there people like this around? (There are.) I say, “The food today is salty. Is there too much salt in it or too much soy sauce?” And they say, “Neither. There’s too much sugar in it.” No matter what I say, they negate it, so I don’t say anything else, we don’t see eye to eye, and we’re talking different languages. Then there are some who, when they hear Me talking about faith in God, say, “You’re an expert at talking about this, so I’ll listen.” If I talk a little about anything external, they don’t want to listen anymore, as though I don’t know anything about external things. It’s fine that they pay no attention to Me, I want to be quiet. I don’t need anyone to pay attention to Me, I just do what I ought to do. I have My responsibilities, and I have My way of life. Tell Me, what do these attitudes people have demonstrate? They see that I don’t look like a great or capable person, and that I speak and act like an ordinary person, and so they think, “How come You’re not like God? Look at me. If I was God, I’d be most like Him.” It is not a matter of being like or not like God. It’s you who demands that I be like God, I’ve never said I was like Him, and I never wanted to be like Him; I just do what I ought to do. If I go somewhere and some people don’t recognize Me, then that’s great, as it saves Me trouble. You see, the Lord Jesus spoke and worked in Judea so much back then, and no matter what corrupt dispositions the disciples who followed Him had, their attitude toward Him was as man’s attitude toward God—theirs was a normal relationship. Yet there were some who said of the Lord Jesus, “Isn’t He a carpenter’s son?” and even some who followed Him for a long time continually harbored this attitude. This is something which God incarnate often faces in becoming an ordinary, normal human being, and it is a common occurrence. Some people are so enthusiastic when they first meet Me, and when I leave they lie prostrate and weep, but this doesn’t work out during real interaction, and a lot of the time I have to endure it. Why do I have to endure it? Because some people are foolish, some cannot be cultured, some people are needed as service-doers, and some are deaf to all reason. That’s why I have to endure sometimes, and sometimes there are certain people I cannot allow to get close to Me; these people are too repugnant and they have an antagonistic disposition. How antagonistic? For example, I see a little dog who looks so lovely and I say, “Let’s call it Huamao.” And what attitude do most people have toward this name? It’s just a name, and seeing as I came up with it first, that is what the dog shall be called; it’s just a very normal matter. Certain people with an antagonistic disposition won’t call it that name, and they say, “What kind of name is Huamao? I’ve never heard of a dog being called Huamao before. Let’s not call it that, we should give it an English name.” I say, “I’m not very good at coming up with English names, so you just call it what you want and I’ll yield to your decision.” Why do I yield to their decision? This is a minor matter, so why argue about it? Some people don’t yield and must instead argue about such things. Just because I yield, that doesn’t mean I believe I’ve done wrong; it is just the principle by which I conduct Myself and act. Just because I don’t argue with you, that doesn’t mean I’m afraid of you. I don’t argue, but I know in My heart that you’re a nonbeliever, and I would rather have dealings with a dog than with the likes of you. Apart from the few people I must interact with within the scope of My living circle, the people I will have dealings with are brothers and sisters, the people of God’s house—this is My principle. I do not interact with even a single unbeliever; I don’t need to do this. However, if there are nonbelievers in God’s house who are friendly to God’s house, then they can be friends of the church. Whether they help the church or exert some effort and handle some matters for the church, the church can accommodate them, but I won’t have dealings with them like I do with brothers and sisters; I’m very busy with My work and I don’t have the time to deal with such matters. Some people who’ve believed in God for several years should have some concept of God’s work, God incarnate, and God’s saving people, yet they have no God-fearing heart at all. They’re just the same as unbelievers and have not changed at all. Tell Me, what things are these people? They are natural born devils, the enemies of God. When one’s association with satanic, devilish people deepens, it all becomes a calamity and a disaster.

You can all appreciate from your daily lives that, no matter what group of people you join, there will always be someone who doesn’t like you, and even without provoking or displeasing them, they’ll say bad things about you, judge you, and slander you. You have no idea what’s happened, yet they dislike you, they don’t get on well with you and want to bully you—what’s the situation here? You have no idea what you’ve done to displease them, but for some unknown reason you get bullied by them. Are there evil people like this? (Yes.) They are your adversaries and can only be explained as such. Before you’ve even interacted with them, they take an instant dislike to you and think about how they can harm you—are they not your bitter adversaries? (Yes, they are.) Can you get along well with a bitter adversary? Can you walk the same path? Certainly not. So would you clash and argue with such people? (No, I wouldn’t argue with them.) Why not? Because they are deaf to all reason. Some people are inherently sick of and averse to positive things, right things, things that are comparatively good among mankind, that is, positive things that people rather yearn for and like; one clear disposition people like this possess is that of wickedness—they are wicked people. For instance, a man goes looking for a girlfriend and thinks, “Whether she’s ugly or pretty, as long as she is virtuous and good, and can get along in life, then that’s enough. Especially in terms of a woman with humanity and faith, no matter whether I’m rich or poor, ugly or handsome, or I get sick, she will be totally committed to being with me.” Decent people usually hold this view. What kind of people don’t like or approve of this kind of view? (Wicked people.) Then tell Me, what view do wicked people hold? How do they react when they hear these words? They sneer at you, saying, “Idiot. What era are we in? And you’re looking for someone like that? You should look for a rich and beautiful woman!” Ordinary men marry decent and virtuous women and they live fit and proper lives together with a unified and happy family; they conduct themselves cleanly in life. Do wicked people think this way? (No.) They say, “In this world now, can a man still be called a man if he hasn’t had 10 or so girlfriends and several wives? If he hasn’t, then that’s a wasted life!” They all hold this view. You say to them, “Find a decent, virtuous, and good woman, especially one with humanity and faith,” but is this acceptable to them? (No.) They sneer at you and say, “You’re so stupid! No one bothers about others’ matters in the world now, everyone lives liberated and free. Especially when you leave China and go to the West, it’s even freer with no one breathing down your neck. Why are you being so hard on yourself? You’re so silly!” This is the view they hold. So, how do they feel when you talk to them about positive things, about the most wonderful positive things of man that pertain to the truth and to justice? They feel aversion and they curse you in their hearts. Once they know you to be this kind of person, their hearts will become guarded against you, and they will avoid you. People who are not the same type of person don’t follow the same path. They know you feel aversion toward people like them, and they look down on people like you in their hearts. They don’t want to talk to you about how much they dress themselves up and fool around with other people. They’re afraid that you’ll fellowship on the truth with them and try to get them to follow the right path, and they feel totally averse; in other words, in their innermost hearts, they look down on all positive things. Therefore, if you encounter such people when you’re preaching the gospel, then you cannot preach it to them. Even if you do and they come to believe, they’re still antichrists and cannot be saved. Why can you people sit here and listen to My sermon? Isn’t it because you have some bit of a truth-loving heart? As long as you have the Holy Spirit working on you while I’m speaking to you, you will feel moved and encouraged in your hearts, and you will wish to dedicate yourselves, suffer, and expend yourselves in the pursuit of justice, truth, and salvation. The moment those wicked ones hear someone talk about expending oneself for justice, for truth, and for God, they feel these words are empty, that they are slogans, that they are beyond comprehension, and they discriminate against such people. Therefore, when you come across these wicked people, don’t fellowship on anything with them, you are not the same kind of people as them, so just keep your distance. When I come across such people and see that they have this attitude toward Me and speak in this tone of voice, should I then deal with them and lecture them? (No, that’s not necessary.) It’s not necessary, there’s no need to take notice of them, no need to respond to them. Can you change them by responding to them? You can’t change them. Just set them to one side and leave it at that; people like this won’t last long in their belief in God. One: They don’t love the truth; two: They’re averse to positive things; three: They discriminate against God, they hold God’s disposition and everything lovable about God in the lowest regard and most contempt—these things determine that they will never be saved by God. No matter where such people are, whether they’re guileless or treacherous, their having these manifestations determines that there is definitely some wickedness in their dispositions.

Wherever an antichrist holds sway, the church life and the effects achieved by God’s chosen people performing their duties will not be good, and the work of God’s house will be obstructed, so if antichrists are not sorted out and expelled, the work of the church will suffer great loss and many of God’s chosen people will be harmed! False leaders primarily cannot perform practical work, and when they handle some general affairs, they make slow progress and are ineffectual. Furthermore, they don’t know how to cultivate and use good people of good caliber who pursue the truth. And what about antichrists? When an antichrist holds sway, they do things only for the sake of their own fame, fortune, and status, they do no practical work at all, and they directly disrupt and disturb church work—antichrists specifically engage in destruction and are no different from Satan at all. If an antichrist sees some people who love and pursue the truth, they feel uncomfortable. Where does this discomfort come from? It comes from their wicked disposition, that is, within their nature there is a wicked disposition which hates justice, hates positive things, hates the truth, and opposes God. That’s why, when they see someone pursuing the truth, they say, “You’re not very educated and you’re not much to look at, but you still really pursue the truth.” What attitude does this show? This is contempt. For instance, some brothers and sisters have some gift or special skill and want to perform a related duty. In fact, this is suitable in terms of their various conditions, but how do antichrists treat such brothers and sisters? In their hearts, they think, “If you want to perform this duty you first have to cozy up to me and be part of my gang, and only then will I permit you to perform this duty. Otherwise, dream on!” Isn’t this how antichrists act? Why are antichrists so averse to those who sincerely believe in God, who have some sense of righteousness and some humanity, and who make some effort to pursue the truth? Why are they always at odds with such people? When they see people pursuing the truth and behaving well, people who’re never negative and who have great intentions, they feel uncomfortable. When antichrists see people acting impartially, people who can perform their duty according to principles, who can put the truth into practice once they understand it, they get really angry, they rack their brains trying to think of a way to torment those people, and they try to make things difficult for them. If someone sees through to an antichrist’s nature essence, sees through to the antichrist’s insidiousness and wickedness and wishes to expose and report them, what will the antichrist do? The antichrist will think of every way they can to remove this needle in their eye and thorn in their flesh and will incite brothers and sisters to reject this person. An ordinary brother or sister has no prestige and no status in the church; they have only some discernment of this antichrist and pose no threat to this antichrist. Why then does the antichrist always dislike them and treat this person as if they were a needle in their eye and a thorn in their flesh? How is this person in the antichrist’s way? Why can’t the antichrist accommodate such people? It’s because within the antichrist there is a wicked disposition. They cannot tolerate people pursuing the truth or following the right path. They set themselves against whoever wants to follow the right path and intentionally make things difficult for you, and they will rack their brains trying to think of a way to get rid of you, or else they’ll oppress you so that you become negative and weak, or they’ll find leverage on you and spread it around so that others reject you, and then they’re happy. If you don’t listen to them or follow what they say, and you continue to pursue the truth, follow the right path, and be a good person, they feel uneasy in their heart, and they feel upset and uncomfortable seeing you performing your duty. What’s this about? Have you displeased them? No, you haven’t. Why do they treat you like that when you haven’t done anything to them or harmed their interests in any way? This shows only that the nature of this kind of thing—antichrists—is wicked, and that they are inherently opposed to justice, positive things, and truth. If you ask them exactly what’s going on, they don’t even know; they just intentionally make things difficult for you. If you say to do things one way, they must do it another way; if you say so-and-so isn’t up to much, they say that person is great; if you say this is a great way to spread the gospel, they say it’s bad; if you say a sister who has only believed in God for a year or two has become negative and weak and should be supported, they say, “No need, she’s stronger than you are.” In short, they’re always at odds with you and deliberately act contrary to you. What is their principle for being at odds with you? It is that anything you say is right, they say is wrong, and whatever you say is wrong, they say is right. Are there any truth principles in their actions? None whatsoever. They just want you to make a fool of yourself, to show you up, to break you down, to beat you down so that you can’t hold your head up, you don’t pursue the truth anymore, you become weak, and you no longer believe, and then their goal is achieved, and they feel joy in their heart. What’s going on here? This is the wicked essence of the kind of people who are antichrists. If they see brothers and sisters praising God and bearing testimony to God and not paying them any attention, are they happy? No, they’re not. How do they feel? They feel jealous. Ordinarily, when people hear someone praising someone else, their normal reaction is, “I’m pretty great, too; why not praise me as well?” They have this little idea, but when they hear someone testifying for God, they think, “They have such experience and bear such testimony, and everyone approves of them. They have this understanding; why don’t I have this understanding?” They envy and admire this person. Antichrists bear a certain characteristic: When they hear someone testifying for God, saying, “This is God’s doing, this is God’s discipline, these are God’s deeds, God’s arrangements, and I’m willing to submit,” antichrists feel unhappy and think, “You say everything is God’s doing. Have you seen how God rules over anything? Have you felt how God arranges anything? How come I know nothing of it?” One aspect is that they’re just like Satan in the way it treated God’s approval of Job. Antichrists have the same mentality as Satan when God gains a person—they have the disposition of Satan. Another aspect is that, if someone understands the truth and has discernment of antichrists, and they don’t follow the antichrists but instead reject them, then the antichrists have a frenzied mentality, and think, “I cannot gain this person at all, so I’ll annihilate them!” Therefore, when Job encountered trials, God said to Satan, “He is in your hand, but save his life.” If God hadn’t said this, would Satan have shown mercy? (No.) This is for certain; it would absolutely not have shown mercy.

What attitude do antichrists hold toward brothers and sisters who pursue and love the truth, toward people who have some faith and who perform their duty with some loyalty? And what attitude do they hold toward certain people who talk about life experiences to testify for God and who often fellowship on the truth with brothers and sisters? (They feel jealousy and hatred.) What does their attitude depend on? It depends on their wicked disposition. Therefore, when you often see them inexplicably oppressing someone, hating someone, and making certain people suffer, you then know that no one can change the wicked disposition of an antichrist, and that it is deeply rooted and innate. From this point, it can be seen that these people who are antichrists cannot possibly attain salvation. They don’t allow brothers and sisters to bear testimony for God, so can they bear testimony for God themselves? (No.) They hate it when other people bear testimony for God so much that they grind their teeth, so tell Me, can they bear testimony for God? They are absolutely incapable of bearing testimony for God. Some people say, “That’s not right, some antichrists bear very good testimony for God, and brothers and sisters weep when they hear it.” What kind of testimony is this? You have to listen to this kind of “testimony” to determine whether it is true testimony or not. Say there is someone who has a good job and a good family and, being moved by God, they give up their good job and family and put their body and mind into expending themselves for God; even though they feel sorrowful in their heart, they nevertheless give it all up. Brothers and sisters say to them, “Aren’t you feeling even a little weak?” They reply, “Yes, a little, but for me to be able to give up my family and my job, isn’t that all God’s doing? I used to earn two or three thousand a day, and tens of thousands a month, and I owned many assets. After I came to believe in God, in order to perform my duty, I handed my assets over to someone else to look after.” The others ask, “Haven’t you managed your assets at all after handing them over to someone else? Do you now own no part of them anymore? How did you let your assets go?” They reply, “It was God’s doing.” Isn’t this too ambiguous? (Yes.) They’re just empty words. Moreover, isn’t them saying how high their earnings were just them boasting? Why do they say this? They’re bearing testimony to how much they’ve given up. Are they bearing testimony for God? They’re bearing testimony to their little bit of “glorious” history, to the price they’ve paid and what they’ve expended in the past, to how much they’ve dedicated, and to them having no complaints about God. Is there any part of this that bears testimony for God? You have not seen what God has done in all these things, have you? It is not true that they bear testimony for God; clearly they are bearing testimony for themselves, yet they say they’re bearing testimony for God! Isn’t this deceiving? They pretend to be bearing testimony for God in order to bear testimony for themselves—isn’t this hypocrisy? So why then do some people feel very moved and cry continually when they hear it? There are all kinds of fools around! When anyone mentions bearing testimony for God, antichrists then have to talk about some little things they’ve done, the little things they’ve dedicated, and the little time they’ve spent expending themselves, and as time goes on, people stop paying attention, and so they come up with new things to say, and in this way they bear testimony for themselves. If anyone is better than them and can fellowship better than them, bringing forth some light of the truth, they feel uncomfortable. Do they feel uncomfortable because their efforts with the truth are inferior to others and they are eager to excel? No, they won’t permit anyone to be better than them, they can’t stand others being better than them, and they’re only happy when they’re better than others. Isn’t this wicked? If someone else is better than you and understands the truth more than you do, then you should learn from them—isn’t this a good thing? This is something everyone should rejoice about. For example, there was Job, that man among the followers of God in human history. Was this a glorious thing that happened in God’s six-thousand-year management work, or was it a disgraceful thing? (It was a glorious thing.) It was a glorious thing. What attitude should you adopt toward this matter? What perspective should you have? You should be happy for God and celebrate Him, praise God’s might, praise that God has gained glory—this was a good thing. It was such a good thing, and yet some people can still be averse to it and detest it. Isn’t this them being wicked? To be frank, it is them being wicked, and this is brought about by their wicked disposition.

The disposition of antichrists is wicked; not only do they not accept the truth, but they can also resist God, establish their own kingdoms, and they are implacably opposed to God—this is a wicked disposition. Do you have any understanding of wicked dispositions? Most people perhaps don’t know how to discern them, so let’s take an example. Some people, when they have nothing to do, behave very normally, they talk to others and interact with others very normally, they look like normal people and they don’t do anything bad. However, when they come to gatherings and read God’s words and fellowship on the truth, some of them aren’t willing to listen, some get sleepy, some feel sick of it and find it hard to bear, they don’t want to hear it, and some unknowingly fall asleep and become totally unaware—what’s going on here? Why are so many abnormal phenomena manifested when someone starts fellowshiping on the truth? Some of these people are in an abnormal state, but some are being wicked. The possibility that they have been possessed by evil spirits cannot be excluded, and sometimes people cannot fully comprehend this or clearly discern it. Antichrists have evil spirits within them. If you ask them why they are hostile toward the truth, they say they aren’t hostile toward the truth and stubbornly refuse to admit it, when in actual fact they know in their hearts they don’t love the truth. When no one’s reading God’s words, they get along with others like they’re normal people and you’re not aware of what lies within them. However, when someone reads God’s words, they don’t want to listen and aversion arises in their hearts. This is their nature being laid bare—they are evil spirits; they are this kind of thing. Have God’s words revealed these people’s essence or hit a nerve? Neither. When they attend gatherings, they don’t want to listen to anyone reading God’s words—is this not them being wicked? What does “being wicked” mean? It means being hostile toward the truth, toward positive things, and toward positive people without reason; not even they themselves know what the reason is, they just have to act that way. This is what being wicked means and, in layman’s terms, it is just being bad. Some antichrists say, “Someone only needs to start reading God’s words and I don’t want to listen. I only need to hear someone bearing testimony for God and I feel aversion, and even I don’t know why. When I see someone loving and pursuing the truth, I can’t get along with them, I want to set myself against them, I always want to curse them, to harm them behind their back and torment them to death.” Even they don’t know why they feel this way—this is them being wicked. What is the actual reason for this? Antichrists simply do not have the spirit of a normal person inside them, they simply have no normal humanity—this is how it is in the final analysis. If a normal person hears God speaking so clearly and lucidly on various aspects of the truth, they think, “In such a wicked and promiscuous era, where right and wrong are indistinguishable and good and bad are confused, it’s so precious and rare to be able to hear so much truth and such excellent words!” Why is it precious? The words of God awaken the desires and inspiration of those who have both heart and spirit. What inspiration? They long for justice and for positive things, they long to live before God, for there to be fairness and righteousness in the world, and for God to come and hold power over the world—this is the cry of all those who love the truth. However, do antichrists long for these things? (No.) What do antichrists long for? “If I was in power, I’d destroy all those whom I dislike! When someone testifies to Christ being God appearing and working, testifies to God being the Sovereign of mankind, and testifies to God’s words being the truth, being mankind’s highest life maxim, and being the foundation for human survival, I feel aversion, hatred, and I don’t want to hear it!” This is something that lies deep within antichrists. Don’t antichrists have this disposition? As long as someone worships them, looks up to them, and follows them, then they’re buddies, they’re on the same team; if someone is always fellowshiping on the truth and testifying for God, then the antichrists shun them and feel aversion toward them, and even attack, exclude, and torment them—this is wickedness. When we talk about wickedness, it is always in reference to Satan’s cunning schemes; the things Satan does are wicked, the things the great red dragon does are wicked, the things antichrists do are wicked, and when we talk about them being wicked, it refers primarily to them being hostile toward all positive things and specially opposing the truth and God—this is wickedness, and this is the disposition of antichrists.

Think about which antichrists you have encountered and learned about who exhibit such a wicked disposition. I once encountered a shrew of a woman whose humanity was incredibly malicious. Whenever God’s house preached about the great disasters soon arriving, that there wasn’t much time, how brothers and sisters should prepare good deeds, how they should make effort to pursue the truth, how they should perform their duties well to satisfy God’s will, and how they shouldn’t leave themselves any regrets, whenever God’s house preached these things, this woman would curse in her heart and think, “The end of the world? Life is great. It may be the end of the world for you, but it isn’t the end of the world for me! Even if the great disasters have come, I should still live. If anyone has to die, then you can die!” Is this woman unreasonable or what? Whenever anyone fellowshiped on this aspect of the truth, she would become unreasonable and aversion would arise in her heart, and she would think, “My life is fine as it is! I have a lot of money, I own cars, houses, I have a high income, I’m a big shot in my local area, and no one would dare offend me. My living conditions are so good, if the great disasters come, won’t I suffer loss? I’m not ready to die yet!” What was her perspective on God’s work and on God wanting to destroy this wicked world and wicked mankind? (She was hostile toward them.) No matter what God did, if it involved her interests, if it harmed her interests, then she would hate it and be hostile toward it, and she wouldn’t agree with it, thinking, “What You’re doing is wrong!” and she’d instantly deny God’s deeds. Furthermore, the most wicked thing about her was that she didn’t like fairness and righteousness holding sway; no matter who held power, even if it were God holding power and there was fairness and righteousness, if it harmed her interests, then that wouldn’t do—her interests were more important to her than God. Weren’t her actions of a demonic nature? And when a demonic nature is at play, is that not the same nature as when an evil spirit possesses someone and they say they don’t want to hear God’s words? (Yes.) Whenever anyone reads God’s words, that evil spirit will say it doesn’t want to hear it. Whenever any brother or sister fellowshiped on God’s day soon arriving or the great disasters soon coming, this shrew of a woman would hate it and curse it in her heart. Why did she curse it? If God came to destroy the world, then she would lose all her property—when anything touched upon her interests, she would curse it. Therefore, her cursing is of the same nature as an evil spirit saying it doesn’t want to hear God’s words. They share a common feature, which is that whenever anyone mentions the truth, lays bare the depths of their souls, lays bare their ugliness, their wickedness, and their insidiousness, then hatred, conflict, and resistance arise in their hearts, and then they curse and swear—this is what an evil spirit is like. From the outside, this shrew of a woman spoke and acted just like a normal person, and not like she was possessed by a demon, yet the nature of her actions was just the same as that demon. When you have the chance, you can ask the rich people in the church, “When God’s day arrives and the great disasters come, and your family property is all lost, will you feel upset? Do you look forward to God’s day arriving? Do you look forward to God taking power, and fairness and righteousness holding sway? Do you look forward to God annihilating this wicked mankind, even when you will be annihilated too? Are you willing for this to happen?” See what their viewpoint is. Some will be willing for this to happen, and some won’t. Taking all the world, all the universe, all the material things governed by God—we’re not talking here about immaterial things, only the things within the material scope: the family property, the cars, the houses, the money, and so on—taking all these things together, do they amount to as much as a grain of sand in the hand of God? (No.) However, when people get these things, they don’t want to give them up and feel like they have the capital to contend with God, saying, “If You take my family property away then I’ll hate You, I’ll oppose You, and I won’t acknowledge that You are God!” Is whether God is God or not dependent upon your acknowledgment? (No.) Do you have the capital to contend with God with that little bit of family property? You’re so ignorant! Diamonds are the most valuable things on Earth. When ordinary people see a one-carat diamond, they’re amazed and say, “Such a big diamond! It must be worth 10 or 20 thousand US dollars!” They think diamonds are so valuable. But then I heard a news report that said a planet not far from Earth was made entirely of diamond, and I suddenly realized something: People are so short-sighted. When you see a diamond sparkling, you like it a lot and think it’s a great thing, but when you hear that there’s an entire planet made of diamond, what is your perspective then? Your perspective on diamonds changes. That is, once you hear some other information, your horizon suddenly broadens, you no longer see only the tiny space right before you, you’re no longer the frog in the well, because the amount of information you have has increased, and your perception has changed and grown. Living in this world, while people are constantly encountering every single thing that happens to them and different environments, their horizons are constantly changing, while at the same time their perspectives are constantly being renewed. This is normal, and it is the process in which God causes people to make gradual progress in this life, and make constant progress in insight, in perspective, in understanding of the whole world and of God’s deeds. So, now that you’ve listened to Me recounting this matter, how should you treat it? Should you think, “Oh, people on Earth are so ignorant, they lack insight, and they know so little!”? That is to say, your views and insights about the entire universe, about the entire human race, about all things that God commands, about everything that God commands, may perhaps be the same as your understanding of a small diamond whose value is compared to a planet, right? (Right.) What conclusion can we draw from this? On planet Earth, no matter what achievements someone has made, what renown they’ve had, how magnificently they’ve performed, they mustn’t brag, as human beings are so insignificant and aren’t worth a dime! God prepared some diamonds upon the earth and people have fought for them. Don’t people know how many planets there are in God’s hand that contain even better things than diamonds? Aren’t people pitiful? (Yes.) This is how people are pitiful; people are so ignorant.

Antichrists cannot help but resist God; they inherently hate the truth and positive things, and they cannot even leave people who pursue the truth and love positive things alone, but instead condemn, oppress, and exclude such people. As for those who collude with them, they are naturally bound together, protecting each other, sheltering each other, and licking each other’s boots. From this, we can see that these people who are antichrists are reincarnated evil spirits and unclean demons, and they are without normal humanity. No matter how much they understand the truth they hear, or how clearly they preach words and doctrines, when it comes time to practice, the only thing they choose to do is to go against the truth and resist God, and to safeguard their own position and interests—this is their wickedness. In what way are they most wicked? It is that they hate the truth; they hate the truth without explanation or reason. If you ask them why they hate the truth, they may perhaps be unable to explain, but their every action bears the disposition and methods of antichrists, and their every action deceives and entraps people, disturbs and disrupts the work of God’s house—this is the result of their every action. Make a comparison and look at the leaders and workers at every level or the ordinary brothers and sisters around you, whom you know and have contact with to see if any of them hate for no reason those brothers and sisters who pursue the truth and always want to attack and exclude these people. They themselves know that it’s not right but are unable to help it, saying pleasant-sounding words to these brothers’ and sisters’ faces but doing things quite differently behind their backs, revealing their demonic countenance and starting to oppose them. If this isn’t wickedness, then what is it? What is the most loathsome thing about antichrists? They often say right things to deceive God’s chosen people and those around them and even to hoodwink and cheat the Above, and even more so, they want to cheat God and gain people’s trust using flowery words, and then run amok, act recklessly, and do whatever they want in God’s house. They know how to speak correctly, how to speak incorrectly, and they know how they are supposed to act, how they are not supposed to act, what are principles, what are not principles, what it is to go against principles and what it is to act in accordance with principles. They aren’t unclear on these things in their hearts, and some even know these things very clearly and lucidly, but no matter how well they understand and clearly know principles, when they do things they don’t practice the truth at all, and they unstintingly do bad things in line with their own wishes. This decides their nature as being satanic and as that of an antichrist. Not only are they sick of the truth and hate the truth, but they frequently hate and condemn positive things. Why does the great red dragon hate the truth and God? This is entirely decided by its satanic nature. Some brothers and sisters are persecuted and pursued so much that they cannot return to their homes, and those devils and Satans say, “These people aren’t living normally anymore; they’ve abandoned their families.” In fact, they can’t go home because they are being persecuted by the great red dragon. This kind of thing happens a lot. What others have you heard of? (The great red dragon says that if people read God’s words too much then they become brainwashed.) The great red dragon says, “People are brainwashed by God’s words; they have been Godized.” This is turning the truth on its head. Clearly it is the great red dragon that corrupts and brainwashes people, and yet it turns it around and says God’s words brainwash people—these demons are so wicked! The great red dragon claims all good deeds done by others for itself and blames others for the bad things it does. Antichrists do the same; their methods are exactly the same as those of the great red dragon and Satan. They truly are Satan’s lackeys!

Have we now pretty much finished fellowshiping on the wicked, insidious, and deceitful manifestations of antichrists? Is what I’ve fellowshiped today not different and more real than that which you can understand literally? God’s house has produced many videos in recent years, and including some hymns and movies and so on, they have all been uploaded online. An antichrist in mainland China saw these things online and said, “You’ve produced these programs abroad and we can do this in China too.” He then went on a recruiting drive, found a gang of people, and started a choir in the nation of the great red dragon. In the end, these people were arrested. Why did the antichrist have to do this? Did he have an aim? (Yes.) What was his aim? (Controlling people.) It wasn’t as simple as him wanting to control people. He wanted to set up his own faction. His idea was, “God’s house can have a choir, and so can I! If I succeed, I’ll have my own faction. With just one wave of my arm, many people will come!” In this way, he could supplant God’s church. Isn’t this the aim he wanted to achieve? But the result was that the great red dragon clamped down and his wishful thinking came to nothing. God’s house performs this work under the premise of ensured security. Was this condition present for him in the country ruled over by the great red dragon? This condition was not present for him, yet he still wanted to show off. He didn’t show himself off very well, and in the end things went wrong for him. A few years ago, another group of people produced a program and put it online. They sang old tunes accompanied by dances and wore ethnic minority style floral dresses. It was too conventional and outdated. Tell Me, didn’t these antichrists just cause disturbances? (Yes.) The unbelievers and religious people didn’t know the actual situation and believed these things really were done by the church. Antichrists always do foolish things; not only are they wicked, but they are also foolish. Why are they foolish? Is it because they are so wicked that they have become stupid with wickedness? No. No matter what caliber a person has, if they understand some truth, then even if they have no way forward when they do things and don’t know what is appropriate or inappropriate for them to do, they have a bottom line in their heart: They will not act recklessly or blindly. Isn’t this the case? (Yes, it is.) However, those people who don’t understand the truth and who are so arrogant as to be without reason act wantonly. What does it mean for them to act wantonly? People like this have no sense of reason, and people with no sense of reason cannot consider issues. What do I mean by “consider”? I mean what to do in the early stages, what to prepare, what things are needed when taking action, why this program must be made and, after the program is produced, how many people can be affected, how many people can be edified, and whether there are any consequences or drawbacks—all this needs to be evaluated. This evaluation process is called “considering.” Can these foolish people consider things? (No.) People who cannot consider issues are without rationality; do they have any understanding of the truth? Certainly not. If someone truly does understand some truth, their sense of reason will become clearer and more sound. They can become clearer on what is positive, what is negative, what is right, what is wrong, and what scope such-and-such a principle lies within; that is, no matter what they do, whether they do something good or bad, they have a standard in their heart. For instance, if someone told you to go run naked along the street, would you go do it? (No.) Would you go do it if someone hit you? Would you go do it if someone gave you ten thousand yuan? (That would be a shameful thing to do. I couldn’t do it.) Knowing that this would be a shameful thing to do, this is a kind of thinking, a kind of verdict, and a kind of attitude that arise out of rationality, that is, only with this rationality are you able to have such thinking and such an attitude. Therefore, no matter whether you are enticed with money or cruelly tortured and tormented, no matter how you are forced, you still would not go do it, then you would not be affected at all, and you would stand firm. Antichrists don’t understand the truth, and that’s why they have no concept of anything they do. What does “concept” mean here? It means that they don’t know what to do to bear testimony for God. This antichrist believed he had a tremendously loving heart, he put together a group of people to make a choir video and wound up spending a lot of money and putting himself at risk. The situation in mainland China is worse than it is abroad, so what if something goes wrong? Did he consider this? He may have considered the situation to some extent, but he didn’t know which programs to make or what results to achieve—he didn’t understand at all. Why didn’t he understand? He was without this rationality. How does rationality come about? Only through understanding the truth can people’s reason become gradually clear and sound. Antichrists have a truth-hating nature, they inherently oppose positive things, and in their innermost hearts they can never love the truth, so can they understand the truth? (No.) If they can’t understand the truth, can they possess the thinking of normal humanity? They can never possess this. Do people without the thinking of normal humanity have rationality? No, they don’t. When antichrists do and say something, their perspectives and all those things they do are no different from the things done by devils and evil spirits. Why do I say there is no difference? For example, someone really loves to preach and show himself off, so he’s always looking for people to hear him preach sermons. Even if people don’t like listening to him, he still preaches; when other people feel such aversion toward him, he can’t tell, and he doesn’t try to observe them, he doesn’t see what others need, and he just satisfies himself. Isn’t this disgraceful? It is disgraceful and he is without rationality. Is there any difference between this lack of rationality and the random and wanton speech and actions of someone possessed by Satan and evil spirits? Although he may not appear like a mental patient madly running naked down the street, you can see that he acts without rationality. When he is asked to water several brothers and sisters, or spread the gospel, or perform some duty, he is totally without principles and just acts recklessly however he wants. There are some people who have been spreading the gospel for 20 years without gaining a single person, and yet they still want to become leaders. Are there such people? Yes, there are. They have no principles whatsoever, they make a mess of everything they do, and yet they want to become leaders and lead other people—there are many people like this, for sure. They’ve believed in God for so many years, they’ve read many of God’s words, and they’ve listened to many sermons, but they don’t understand any truth. So, what is their lack of understanding related to? What cause has led them to not understand? Is it that they are too lacking in caliber and in comprehension ability, or that the quality of their humanity is bad and they don’t love the truth? (It’s related to their essence.) Why is it related to their essence? (It’s because their essence is wicked, they can’t receive the work of the Holy Spirit, and God doesn’t work on such people, so no matter how they eat and drink God’s words, they will never understand the truth.) This is an objective cause. The objective cause is of course that the Holy Spirit doesn’t work on them and so they definitely won’t be able to understand anything—this applies to anyone. There is also a subjective cause, and what is that? (Such people hate the truth.) And how do people who hate the truth regard the truth? (As their antithesis.) They regard it as their antithesis; that is one aspect. What else? Are they able to comprehend the practical side of the truth? Never. If they cannot even comprehend this level, then tell Me, are they capable of understanding the truth? Never, they cannot understand the truth. The objective cause is that such people are unable to receive the work of the Holy Spirit, and God does not enlighten them. The subjective cause is that they are hostile to God, to truth, and to positive things, and no positive thing is a positive thing as far as they’re concerned. So what things do they believe in their hearts to be positive? They’re the kind of things that Satan advocates—things that are all wicked, empty, and vague. So, are these wicked people who hate the truth capable of understanding the truth? They can never understand it because they don’t accept it. Now, tell Me, is there any point in fellowshiping on the truth with such people? Can they be willing to listen when you read God’s words to them? They’re all unbelievers and demons, so how could they listen to God’s words? Some people cannot penetrate this matter and say, “Why don’t they understand when I fellowship on the truth with them? Are they not human?” You feel puzzled and you cannot get through to them. Some people’s words you just cannot listen to and the things they do are simply preposterous—these are unbelievers, demons, and they are deaf to all reason. Why do I say these four words, “deaf to all reason”? You believe that God exists and that God holds sovereignty over all things—are these not positive things? (They are.) And what do these people believe? “This is how God holds sovereignty over all things? He’s not much to write home about.” Are they not deaf to all reason? (They are.) There is no way to communicate with such people; they are a kind apart, beasts, deaf to all reason. Beasts never understand what positive things are or what the truth is, so there is no way to communicate with them. The fact that you are unable to communicate with them is not a problem of time, or of whether you make a strenuous effort or how much effort you make, but rather it is that they are simply not capable of understanding, so what else is there to say to them? What exactly is within these people? There is no honesty, no uprightness, and no goodness in their hearts, only wickedness, they are filled with wickedness. This is the reason why these people are deaf to all reason and beyond saving.

When comparing deceitfulness and insidiousness with the disposition of wickedness, their degree is relatively lighter and shallower. If the degree is shallow, then why do I mention them here? Antichrists act and speak deceitfully, inexplicably, and obscurely, making others feel that they are insidious and deceitful, and ordinary people can’t get to the truth of the matter. They act and speak deceitfully and are unable to get along with people who are guileless, honest, and who pursue the truth. Instead, they often toy with and use such people. In their total unawareness, these people are toyed with and cheated by antichrists, and even used by them. Of course, this behavior and these methods employed by antichrists are not so harmful to people. What is it that causes so much harm to people? It’s the antichrists’ wicked disposition, and it is the deceiving people, the controlling people, and the oppressing people that arise from this wicked disposition that are even more severe. Antichrists always have a motivation and an intention they cannot tell others when it comes to their actions. They will never dedicate or expend anything without reason, nor will they do anything for anyone or God’s house without reason or compensation. Behind their every action and word there is a motivation, an intent, and the moment their intent and motivation are laid bare, or their ambitions and desires are ruined, they look for an opportunity to withdraw. In their hearts, they think, “It’s so not worth it to dedicate or expend myself for no reason, it’s not worth my while. One has to get something from believing in God. If one expends oneself for God without asking for a reward, then that’s just stupid.” Their logic is: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” They determine the conscience and reason, the behavior, and the good deeds normal people should possess and do as stupid and foolish. Isn’t this wicked? (Yes.) This is incredibly wicked. For instance, God’s house makes some work arrangements and provides some care for the lives of brothers and sisters who perform their duties, but antichrists obstruct them from within. What is an antichrist’s purpose in obstructing them? If the work arrangements had come from the antichrist, and knowing this, the brothers and sisters would feel a debt of gratitude to them, then the antichrist would take the lead. If brothers and sisters don’t know who made the work arrangements and think that God’s house made them, and they thank God, would the antichrist go along with this? Absolutely not. The work arrangements would stop with the antichrist and would not be implemented. It is beneficial to brothers and sisters for God’s house to issue these work arrangements, and the gospel work would expand better; this is a big thing related to God’s work, so how should those who act as leaders cooperate with it? They should do everything they can to cooperate well and implement the work. However, some antichrists obstruct it from within and do not implement the work for two years. What is the reason for this? This is Satan causing obstructions and disturbances. Some churches are disturbed and controlled by antichrists and evil people, and brothers and sisters who perform their duties are not looked after. This makes antichrists happy, and in their hearts they think, “It’s enough for me to be the beneficiary of such a wonderful thing and such tremendous benefits. How could all the brothers and sisters be the beneficiaries?” How would the brothers and sisters benefiting affect the antichrists in any way? It wouldn’t affect them at all. They would benefit, everyone would benefit, and that would be great! Think about the overall situation: You shouldn’t obstruct this, nor should you withhold it, but should implement it happily. Isn’t that normal? (Yes.) This is the duty a person should perform, and it is your responsibility. One aspect is that it costs you nothing, while another aspect is this: Doesn’t everyone wish for the gospel work to expand? (We do.) When they see brothers and sisters enjoying the grace of God, do they become jealous? What are they jealous of? Are antichrists not demons? So, why do antichrists not implement the work? It’s because they’re jealous. Do they consider that implementing the work would be beneficial to expanding gospel work? (No, they don’t.) Does it affect their interests? What does it have to do with them? It has nothing at all to do with them, yet they don’t implement it, and this is them being wicked. They are living devils and should be cursed! With such a matter that touches upon the work of God’s house and so many people who perform their duties, they don’t consider the consequences at all. If they had some sliver of good intent, they wouldn’t be able to bring themselves to do it. Why do they act this way? This is villainy, and it is wickedness. Do you do such things? If you are capable of doing such things, then you are no different from antichrists, and you are also living devils. You must not do such things! There are also some antichrists who see that there are evil people in the church who often disturb church work, who run amok in the church, but they ignore it. When they’re asked to handle such people, they demur and put off handling them. They don’t consider the interests of brothers and sisters; they think only of their own reputation not being damaged, and that’s all. They think, “I was made a leader so I must have the final say. I have absolute power and authority. If I expel whoever you say to expel, then that will show me up as being totally powerless. I must make sure the brothers and sisters know that these people are under my care and are my subordinates.” Who are they resisting? (God.) Is resisting God not being wicked? This is wickedness. Do you know what kind of thing a human being is? God gave you your breath, and if you don’t know such an important thing, then doesn’t that make you stupid? God can end your life at any time, and yet you still desperately set yourself against God—this is wicked, and you are a living devil! Therefore, one aspect is that you must pursue the truth and not follow the path of an antichrist; besides this, you must know how to discern antichrists. If you encounter an antichrist, you should observe them closely, and if you see them about to do a bad thing, then stop them immediately, and unite with brothers and sisters to expose them, dissect them, reject them, and expel them. I recently heard about several young brothers and sisters in a church coming together to oust a false leader. I say that these young people have made progress, they do not live by satanic philosophies, they can practice the truth and act according to principles, and they are much better than most people. Most people have philosophies for worldly dealings, are so deeply poisoned by Satan, and have not yet shaken off Satan’s influence. Being able to remove a false leader shows that one understands some truth and can safeguard the work of God’s house—this is a good thing. This shows that one has matured in life and can perform their duty well.

By fellowshiping on and exposing today the aspects of an antichrist’s essence of wickedness, insidiousness, and deceitfulness, as well as all their various manifestations, we see that antichrists are inherently opposed to God. Some people say, “Even though I have an antichrist’s disposition, I don’t have an antichrist’s nature essence, and I won’t ever develop to being an antichrist.” What do you think of this attitude? Even though you don’t have an antichrist’s essence, yet you have these manifestations and revelations of an antichrist, you live out that which an antichrist lives out, and you have an antichrist’s disposition, and so you are in danger of following the path of an antichrist. With status, influence, and capital, it is only a matter of time before you become an antichrist, and that’s a fact. What is My intention in saying this? I say it to ring an alarm bell for you and to tell you a fact: Once someone begins to follow the path of an antichrist, there are two possibilities. One is that you will discover it in time, change direction, reflect on yourself, repent, and become able to submit to God’s orchestrations and arrangements. This is the best possibility, and you will have hope of attaining salvation. However, if you cannot follow the path in pursuit of the truth, then once you have committed much evil and been defined as an antichrist, then the consequences do not bear thinking about. Do you understand? (Yes.) It’s good that you understand. What do I mean by this? I mean that, if you have an antichrist’s manifestations, you still have some room to maneuver and an opportunity to repent, but once you become an antichrist, then you are in danger. Therefore, when you discover that you have the manifestations of an antichrist, you should change course, seek the truth and solve this problem; do not treat the matter lightly. Otherwise, when you come to have power and opportunities, you will recklessly commit evil acts and cause disruptions and disturbances to church work. You will not be able to bear the consequences, and it will very likely impact your outcome and your destination.

Today we have clearly explained the essential difference between the wicked disposition of antichrists and the wicked disposition of ordinary people. Do you understand now? Corrupt human beings all possess a wicked disposition, and they all have the revelations and manifestations of a wicked disposition. However, the wicked disposition of ordinary people and the wicked disposition of antichrists are different. Although ordinary people have a wicked disposition, in their hearts they yearn for truth and love truth, and during the process of their faith in God and performing their duties, they are able to accept the truth. Even though the truth they can put into practice is limited, they can still practice some, and so their corrupt dispositions can gradually be purified and truly changed, and finally they are able to basically obey God and attain salvation. Antichrists, on the other hand, don’t love the truth at all, they never accept the truth, and they never put it into practice. You should try to observe and discern according to what I say here; whether it be a church leader or worker, or an ordinary brother or sister, look to see whether they can put the truths within the scope of what they can understand into practice. For example, say someone understands a truth principle, but when it comes time to put it into practice, they don’t put it into practice at all, and they do whatever they want and act wantonly—this is wickedness and it is hard to save such a person. Some people don’t really understand the truth, but in their hearts they want to seek exactly what to do that accords with God’s will and conforms with the truth. In their innermost hearts, they wish not to go against the truth. Only because they don’t understand the truth do they speak and act in violation of principles, they make mistakes, and even do things that cause disruptions and disturbances—what is the nature of this? The nature of this does not pertain to doing evil; it is brought about through foolishness and ignorance. They do these things entirely because they don’t understand the truth, because they are not able to attain to the truth principles, and because, according to their notions and imaginings, they think it’s right to do those things, and so they act in that way, and God therefore determines them to be foolish and ignorant, lacking in caliber; it is not the case that they understand the truth and go against it on purpose. As for leaders and workers who always do things by their notions and imaginings and who often disrupt the work of God’s house because they don’t understand the truth, you must practice implementing supervision and restrictions, and practice fellowshiping more on the truth to solve problems. If someone’s caliber is too lacking and they cannot understand the truth principles, then it’s time to dismiss them as a false leader. If they understand the truth yet intentionally go against the truth, then they must be pruned and dealt with. If they remain unable to accept the truth all the while and express no repentance, then they must be handled as an evil person, and they should be cleared out. However, the nature of antichrists is much more serious than that of evil people or false leaders, because antichrists intentionally disturb church work on purpose. Even if they understand the truth, they don’t practice it, they listen to no one, and if they do listen, they don’t accept what they hear. Even if they appear on the surface to accept it, they resist it in their innermost hearts, and when it comes time to act, they still act in accordance with their own preferences without any consideration to the interests of God’s house at all. When around other people, they speak some human words and have some human likeness, but when they act behind people’s backs, their demonic nature emerges—these are antichrists. When they gain status, some people do all manner of evil and become antichrists. Some people have no status, yet their nature essence is the same as that of antichrists—can you say they are good people? The moment they gain status, they do all manner of evil—they are antichrists.

Are there any of you who have found that you yourself are a burgeoning antichrist and feel that once you gain status, then you are guaranteed to one hundred percent be an antichrist? If so, then when others select you to be a leader, you must absolutely not allow them to select you and should say, “I abstain. Please don’t select me. If you do, then it’s all over for me.” This is called having self-awareness. Not having status is your protection. As an ordinary follower, you may never have the chance to do great evil, and the probability of you being punished could be zero. However, the moment you gain status, the probability of you committing evil is one hundred percent, as is the probability of you being punished, and then it’s all over for you, and you will have utterly destroyed any chance you may have had to attain salvation. If you have ambitions and desires, then you should hurry and pray to God, seek the truth to resolve the problem, rely on God and practice self-restraint, and do not revel in your position, and then you will be able to perform your duty normally. If you always focus on official titles and revel in your position, and you pay no attention to performing your duty, then you are a swindler and must be cast out. When you accept a duty, don’t focus on position; you should just perform your duty well—handling matters well is more real than anything else. If you can perform your duty well, won’t you then have satisfied God? As far as you are concerned, this is the last way you can avoid doing evil. Is it a good thing or a bad thing to always be restricting you and not allowing you to gain status? (It’s a good thing.) So why do some people still strive so hard to compete for status during elections? Such people have too much ambition. It’s not normal for people to have too much ambition—they are being wicked. There are many young sisters, all of them in their twenties, who want to have an official position and love status so much. If they are not selected to be leaders, then they sulk and stop eating. Although they appear a bit childish, in terms of their determination, things will become desperately serious as they get older, and they will become experts, right? Some women hear that once upon a time a woman became empress and they feel incredibly envious, wishing they could be that woman. They don’t want to be ordinary, and in their faith in God they don’t want to be just ordinary followers. Their desires burn constantly in their hearts, and the moment a chance comes along for them to show themselves, they take it. They don’t just do some things, perform their duty, and fulfill some responsibilities with their feet planted firmly on the ground, putting their hearts into pursuing the truth. How wonderful it would be if they did! However, this kind of life can’t satisfy them, and they don’t want to live such an insipid life—this is troublesome for them. Are there any among you like this? Take for example a woman who likes to act promiscuously; no matter how good her husband is to her or how much money he has, he can never keep her heart. Some women have many children and still try to seduce men recklessly, and no man can keep an eye on them—this is being wicked. Where does this wicked energy come from? (It comes from within their nature.) And how does their nature come about? They have unclean spirits living inside them, and they are the reincarnations of unclean spirits. Although matters in the spiritual world are complicated, no matter how complicated they are, as long as one understands the truth and can regard these matters according to God’s words, one can then have discernment, and this is known as directly penetrating the spiritual world. When you understand the truth, you can then see things keenly and accurately, your thinking also becomes agile and clear, and your heart is brightened. If you don’t understand the truth, then your heart will always be muddled, you won’t know in your heart anything about what you’re doing, and you’ll be like an idiot, afraid of turning any which way. You’ll be afraid that you’re showing yourself off if you do more, and afraid that you’re not fulfilling your responsibilities if you don’t do it; you will always be in such a state. This is because you have too little understanding of the truth. What is the first manifestation of someone who has too little understanding of the truth? They live a mean and useless life. After being toyed with, bullied, and tossed around by antichrists, on the day they wake up, they realize how they used to run with antichrists, serving and working for them, yet still saying that the antichrists loved and were loyal to God. Only now do they see that they used all these words incorrectly. Is this not very useless? (Yes.) Why is it useless? This is brought about by them not understanding the truth and they get what they deserve! If you understand the truth, then you can have discernment of antichrists and see through them, and then you can expose and oust them. Will you then continue to be deceived by them and follow them? Certainly not. Furthermore, you’ve listened to so many sermons, God’s house has watered you and cultivated you for so many years, so if you don’t understand any truth, if you can’t discern antichrists and you don’t even fulfill the responsibilities you should fulfill, and end up running with antichrists and becoming their accomplice, then doesn’t that make you useless? Are people like this not pitiful? If you nominally follow God yet you’re deceived and pulled in by antichrists, you follow the path of an antichrist for several years, and you want to return but don’t have the courage to face your brothers and sisters, then isn’t that a useless way to live? No matter how upset you get, it’s no use. Whose fault is it that you don’t understand the truth? You can’t blame anyone but you.

We have fellowshiped on a total of seven various manifestations of antichrists. As for the detailed manifestations we have spoken about for each one, for the essence we have dissected, as well as the various circumstances we have talked about, none of these things have been fabricated out of thin air, but are well founded and based on facts. There is one point, however: If after you have listened to these things you simply aren’t able to match them up when you encounter real things, what does this show? First of all, it shows that you lack spiritual understanding, and even if you do have some spiritual understanding sometimes, it would only be a half-understanding, not full spiritual understanding; second, it shows that you don’t love the truth and don’t take the truth seriously; third, it shows that you are too lacking in caliber and are completely lacking in comprehension ability. I’ve said much exposing antichrists, but you haven’t understood any of it. You may think you understand it at the time, but later it becomes fuzzy, and this shows that you still haven’t understood it. Why don’t you understand? Does this bear any relation to comprehension? When I’ve explained things to this level and you still haven’t understood, this means that you are too lacking in comprehension ability and that you don’t really possess any ability to comprehend the truth. Is what I say accurate? This is how it is. There are certain people among you who have been listening to sermons for 10 or 20 years and you still don’t understand the truth. How do we explain this? There are only two possibilities: One is that you don’t have spiritual understanding, are lacking in caliber, and aren’t capable of understanding the truth; the other is that, although you have spiritual understanding, you don’t love the truth and are not interested in the truth. If one of these two possibilities applies to you, then you aren’t capable of understanding the truth. If both possibilities apply to you, then you are beyond saving, and it is hopeless. If you still can’t make an appropriate comparison with yourselves once I’m done fellowshiping and you don’t know what I mean, then what does that say about your comprehension ability? Is it not too lacking? If you were lazier, craved comfort, had no love for the truth, had personal preferences, and were distracted by external matters, these words would have less and less effect on you, and their effect would be greatly reduced—this is how it is. In actual fact, antichrists are so easy to discern. One aspect is to clarify the methods they use to do things, while another aspect is to see what their disposition is, what their direction in life and views on existence are, what their attitudes toward brothers and sisters, toward duty, toward the interests of God’s house, toward God, toward the truth, and toward positive things are, and what their principles for action are. By using these aspects you will basically be able to classify them. Will there still be any need to observe and learn about them for much longer? No. Antichrists don’t just engage in promiscuity, nor do they just oppress people. They have a satanic nature and are capable of anything. If, after listening to these sermons, you are simply unable to discern an antichrist’s disposition and cannot tell that what they’re revealing is an antichrist’s disposition, then have you understood any of them? You remember the doctrine, but you can’t match it up with anything, and when faced with the facts your doctrine is weak and ineffectual, and this proves that you haven’t understood. If you understand it at the time and later do some pray-reading, if you often fellowship on these things with brothers and sisters, you take note of and contemplate these truths, and you often pray before God, then you will gain more. However, if you crave comfort in your duty, are lax, you have no burden, and you have personal preferences, are capricious, you don’t really love the truth, you follow worldly trends, and are attracted by external matters, then you will be unable to perform your duty well. In the end, these truths that we’ve fellowshiped on will come to nothing with you, all that will be left will be words and doctrines, and that will mean that you have listened to it all for nothing. Do you listen to these fellowships again afterward? (Yes.) How many times can you listen to them? Do they have a different effect each time you listen to them? Do you contemplate them afterward? What impressions are you left with after contemplating them? As far as you’re concerned, can these sermons become the principles of practice and criteria for you to discern people and things in your life? (I can compare certain obvious dispositions and manifestations of antichrists with myself, that is, the things I say and do that are clearly intended to ensnare the hearts of others, and I’ll think of God’s revealing words and know that the nature of my actions is to ensnare the hearts of others and that I want to achieve some purpose. However, I’m still quite lacking when it comes to discerning people, and I don’t purposefully compare God’s words with the people around me.) Tell Me, if you want to see yourself clearly, do you use a mirror or a puddle of muddy water? (A mirror.) What is the benefit of looking in a mirror? You can see yourself more clearly. Therefore, it is very limited if you can only discern yourself; you must also learn to discern others. Discerning others is not to intentionally classify them as antichrists, but rather to have principles for measuring and discerning the speech and actions of different kinds of people. This is beneficial for oneself, and in doing this one can also treat people correctly according to principles, which is beneficial for achieving harmonious cooperation when performing one’s duty with others. However, what one can achieve relying solely on knowing oneself are only limited results. You cannot focus only on knowing yourself when pursuing the truth. You must also focus on putting the truth into practice to achieve the effect of submission to God. By only focusing on one aspect, you will never achieve a complete understanding of the truth or enter into the truth reality, neither will you grow in life. This is pretty much the same as understanding only words and doctrines, and you will be unable to know God. Those who truly understand the truth can see through all things. Not only do they know themselves, but they can also discern others, and they can see through all kinds of people, events, and things. Only in this way can one perform one’s duty up to standard and be used by God.

Through fellowshiping today on the manifestations of the antichrists’ wicked disposition, what deeper and newer understandings have you come to regarding the wicked disposition? Give fellowship on this. (God, the thing that has touched me most today is God saying that if we act like antichrists and intentionally obstruct and disturb the work of God’s house, then we are living devils. God talked about certain people who can’t stand to have anyone better than themselves, and I reflected on myself and realized that I have a particularly severe competitive spirit, and when I see that someone I perform my duty with has more strengths than me, I feel upset, and I always want to outdo them. I feel that my state is like that of the living devils God revealed, and I see that the nature of this matter is more serious than I imagined, and it frightens me. I never understood this very deeply, and now that I see just how severe this corrupt disposition of mine is, I feel very upset.) You’ve now recognized it. People’s corrupt dispositions are not as simple as a momentary revelation; there is a root cause and things to them which make it hard for you to cast them off, always controlling you, making you reveal so much corruption, unable to control yourself. People cannot explain clearly why they are like this, and they can’t control it—these are people’s dispositions. For someone to be able to clearly understand this kind of corrupt disposition is one aspect of progress. When it comes to this kind of corrupt disposition, if you can seek the truth and see through to its essence, if you can accept God’s judgment, trials, and refinement, if in so doing you can achieve a state whereby you practice the truth and truly obey God, then this corrupt disposition can change—this is you beginning to practice the truth on the basis of understanding the truth. It is now very hard for most of you to exercise self-restraint when you reveal your corrupt dispositions, and this means you haven’t yet begun to practice the truth; the little bit you do in the performance of your duty is mostly based on personal interest, preference, and even on impetuousness, and this bears little relation to dispositional change, right? (Right.) Excellent, you felt touched. Who else would like to speak? (After listening to God’s fellowship today, I feel incredibly touched. I used to think that wickedness meant speaking quite deceitfully, not speaking frankly and always putting up a pretense and deceiving others. Listening to God provide a dissection today of what a wicked disposition is, however, I now know that wickedness means resisting and conflicting with the truth and positive things, and that if someone conflicts with and resists the truth and positive things, then that is their wicked disposition. I used to have such a shallow understanding of wicked disposition, but now that I’ve heard God’s fellowship, I have a new understanding. Furthermore, what I’ve felt quite touched by is God saying that the Canadian Film Production Team will be classified as Group B for a year. I was really amazed to hear this, and from God’s handling of this matter I can see God’s righteous disposition. I see that not a single person in that team was practicing the truth and this caused tremendous obstructions to the work of God’s house, and it really makes me angry. The people in our team have been in a similar state recently, that is, not having a burden for our duty. When our workload became lighter than before, we didn’t make clear plans for our duty and slacked off in our duty, just passing the days. Through listening to God’s fellowship today, I see that if one doesn’t practice the truth or pursue advancement in their duty, and if one isn’t serious about the truth, then God detests this kind of attitude toward performing one’s duty. I also recognize that we must treasure the time and the opportunity to perform our duty. If we don’t treasure our duty, then when the time during which God awaits us and the opportunities God gives us have been squandered, God’s wrath will issue forth at people, and it will be too late for regret.) It looks as though you need to be put under some pressure, right? (Yes.) Excellent. This is a real problem, and when you gather together you must fellowship on how to resolve this problem. You must fellowship together at regular intervals and come up with a summary and find a new plan. Every single person has a mission in this life, including Me, and if they don’t live for their mission, then there is no value to them living this life. If there is no value to you living life, then your life is worthless. Why do I say it is worthless? You will live life as a walking corpse; you will not deserve to live. If you don’t fulfill your responsibilities and accomplish your mission, then you do not deserve to enjoy everything God gives you. What does this signify? It signifies that God can take everything away from you at any moment. God can give, and God can take away—this is how it is. Actually, everyone present here now has a mission, it’s just that you all have different tasks to perform. Unbelievers also have a mission. Their mission is to muddy the waters of this world and throw society into disorder, so that people live more and more painfully and die amidst the disasters. Your mission is to cooperate with God’s work, to spread God’s gospel and new work, while at the same time understand the truth and attain salvation—this is most joyous. Nothing in human history has been more joyous or more fortunate than this. Nothing is more important than this; this is the greatest thing in life, and it is the greatest thing in human history. If you cast off your mission and dispense with your duty and responsibilities, then your life will be without value, and living will have no meaning for you. It may be that you aren’t dead yet and you will live out the rest of your life in this world, yet living will have no meaning or value for you. Say there is one person who never heard the truth or God’s way, and one person who once knew what God’s management plan was and understood God’s way, but who in the end didn’t gain the truth or life, tell Me, with both people living in the world, would they feel the same way in their innermost hearts? (No.) Unbelievers don’t know their mission; they have no sense of mission. You know where your mission has come from, you know that God is the Creator, the Sovereign of all things, you know that people came from God and should return to Him—knowing all this, can you still live at peace in this world? Can you still muddle along through life at your ease? No, you can’t. Since God gave you this mission, you should shoulder the responsibility for spreading the gospel, bear testimony for God to others, fulfill all the responsibilities man should fulfill, dedicate the truth you understand and your experiential testimony so that everyone can benefit, and then God will be satisfied. What people are capable of are in fact just these things. As long as you can suffer a little, pay some price, and crave comforts a little less, then you will be able to achieve these things. In this way, your outcome will be different from that of the unbelievers, and you will be measured differently by God—this is so rare! God gives you this blessing, and if you don’t know to treasure it, then you are outrageously rebellious. Since you have chosen this path of faith in God, don’t be in two minds about it, but instead single-mindedly quieten your heart and perform your duty well. Don’t be left with regrets. Even if you can’t right now attain the stature of Peter and you can’t perform the righteous deeds of Job, then strive to perform your duty up to standard. What does “perform your duty up to standard” mean? It means to perform your duty in accordance with the truth principles and the work arrangements of God’s house, without slacking off, without hidden motives, or not giving one hundred percent, but rather doing everything you can—then you will be performing your duty up to standard. God doesn’t require much from people, right? (Right.) Is this easy to achieve? This is something within the scope of humanity and you should be able to achieve it. Are there any more questions? If not, then we can end this fellowship here for today.

July 10, 2019

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