Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” (II)
When it comes to following the Christ of the last days, following the footsteps of the Lamb, the most important thing is to accept God’s words of judgment and chastisement. This is the main manifestation of obeying God. If you say that you obey God, but you do not accept God’s words of judgment and chastisement, then you do not obey God and God does not acknowledge your obedience. Obeying God’s judgment and chastisement, obeying God’s dealing and pruning, obeying the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and illumination, obeying all the truth that God expresses, obeying God’s arrangements, obeying the work arrangements of God’s family, obeying anything the workers and the leaders, brothers and sisters say that is in accordance with the truth. This is what a person who truly obeys God is like. You do not obey any of this, yet you say that you are someone who obeys God. Who are you kidding? Who are you deceiving? Who would believe this? Other people cannot accept or acknowledge this, much less God. Isn’t this the case? What criteria must one meet in order to be included in the Lamb’s book of life? What realities of the truth should you have? If you believe in God at home and do not fulfill your duties, is this someone who obeys God? If you crave the world, money and enjoyment and focus on domestic bliss, is this someone who follows God? If you stay at home and do nothing but love your kids and respect your parents, is this someone who follows God? Someone said, “I respect my parents. Could it be that man cannot follow the laws and commandments that God enacted?” The commandments can be followed, but even though you follow the commandments, you do not obey the judgment of Christ of the last days. The commandments you follow, can they save you? Which is more important? The most important thing is to obey God’s work in the last days. His commandments are things from 3,000 years in the past. It is useless to grasp at it now, it’s in the past, right? Someone said, “Is it out of date if I follow the Lord Jesus’ commandments?” That’s 2,000 years ago, it was out of date a long time ago. It is useless to follow the Lord Jesus’ commandments! It is not possible for you to follow them! Can you even follow the commandment, “do not commit adultery”? Someone said, “I have been married to one person all my life, so I have not committed adultery.” Are these words correct? What did the Lord Jesus say? “That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). What can you follow? You cannot follow anything. If you only try to follow the Lord Jesus’ words, you would be unable to follow it even if you had an entire life to do so. Can you tell who is not guilty of lust? Everyone is guilty of lust. If you see a beautiful woman or good-looking man and you say, “Wow, pretty good. It would be great if I could find a partner that looks like this.” Isn’t this lust? Even if nothing happens you think, “What would it be like if we have a sexual relationship? This would be great!” What is this? Isn’t this lust? You have lusted, you just haven’t had a sexual relationship with that person, but in God’s eyes, you have already committed the sin of adultery. Are you able to follow this commandment? Even if you tried, you cannot. Someone said, “Then why did God issue commandments?” This is a very interesting question, it would take more than a single sentence to answer it. Issuing commandments helps you understand what sin is. It helps you acknowledge your own filthiness and corruption. You cannot follow them, so you acknowledge, “Oh no, I have committed the sin of adultery! I am truly a murderer. I haven’t killed anyone, but my heart has hatred! I have not stolen before, but my heart has greed!” For you to acknowledge your own corruption, this word is enough to reveal it. Once revealed, you admit your guilt without delay. We already know the purpose of God issuing commandments. In the end, how does God solve this problem? He solves it through the judgment of the last days. Aren’t you apt to commit adultery? If in God’s words you accept His judgment, accept God’s chastisement and accept the trials and refinement, it will allow you to see the essence of adultery. You will know what the essence of greed and sordidness is. The truth that God expresses during His judgment of the last days can resolve this corruption, this satanic disposition, this sordid nature. It does not matter if it was in the Age of Law or the Age of Grace, the laws and commandments that Jehovah God issued and all the truth that the Lord Jesus spoke, all of this was for man to acknowledge his own corrupt essence, the truth of his corruption. It was for man to see his own filthiness and corruption, lie prostrate in front of God and seek and pray to God. Afterward, God uses the judgment of the last days to resolve and cleanse all of humanity’s corruption. In this way, after the work of the last days has been finished, all the words that God expressed during the Age of Law and the Age of Grace will have been fulfilled during the judgment work of the last days. God’s work is all closely interconnected, each stage of the work goes deeper than the last. In the end, all of humanity’s corruption will have been ended through the judgment of the last days. Now, after this has been said, can you enter the kingdom of heaven if you only believe in the Lord Jesus of the Age of Grace? Someone said you cannot. Why can you not enter the kingdom of heaven? It is because you have not been cleansed. If your sins have been pardoned but you have not been cleansed, you will not be able to cast aside the corruption of your flesh or break free from the influence of Satan. That is why it is only God’s work of the last days that can thoroughly cleanse and save humanity. The work in the Age of Grace is only one stage of the redemption work. In other words, it is only one stage of work of the sin offering. It is the work that paves the way for the Age of Kingdom. If you only accept this one stage of preparatory work and yet want to enter the kingdom of heaven, is this not a delusion? It is similar to graduating from junior high school and wanting a university diploma or a job that is for university graduates. Is this not a delusion? Now, would you say that those religious pastors and elders of the Age of Grace are clever people? You all say that they are not. How are they blind? First, they do not recognize the voice of God. This is one of their biggest blind spots. Second, they cannot see God’s work. This is yet another blind spot. Third, God has already become flesh, His judgment work has already concluded. They still cannot see these facts clearly, then this is very blind, isn’t it? They are still brazenly resisting God. Aren’t they courting death? Now you can see clearly that religious people are stupid! If you communicate all the truth that God expresses in the last days to one of these religious people, after they finished hearing it, they will have a blank stare and keep shaking their head. They do not acknowledge the truth. What kind of person is this? Is this not blind? They do not even acknowledge the truth, how can they acknowledge Christ? Isn’t this right?
Let’s continue looking at God’s words. “I exhort you all not to regard yourselves with more importance than gold. If others can accept the judgment of God, then why can you not? How much higher do you stand above others? If others can bow their heads before the truth, why can you not also do so? The great trend of God’s work is unstoppable. He will not repeat the work of judgment again for the sake of your ‘merits,’ and you will sorely regret losing such a good opportunity. If you do not believe My words, then just wait for that great white throne in the sky to ‘pass judgment’ upon you! You must know that all of the Israelites spurned and denied Jesus, yet the fact of Jesus’ redemption of mankind still spread to the ends of the universe. Is this not the fact that God has long ago fulfilled? If you are still awaiting Jesus to take you up to heaven, then I say that you are an obstinate piece of deadwood. Jesus will not acknowledge a false believer such as you who is disloyal to the truth and seeks only blessings. On the contrary, He will show no mercy in casting you into the lake of fire to burn for tens of thousands of years.” “On the contrary, He will show no mercy in casting you into the lake of fire to burn for tens of thousands of years.” “To burn for tens of thousands of years,” what can we understand from the meaning of this phrase? This is the amount of time that someone will burn in hell, right? They will burn for ten thousand years. What is this concept of ten thousand years? How many lives can man live before he can reach ten thousand years? Ten thousand years is an astounding figure, it is a very long period of time. Isn’t this very similar to eternity? Burning for ten thousand years, does not refer to ten thousand years exactly, it may be tens of thousands of years. This means burning for eternity. Now, burning for eternity, how long and how great would you say this pain is? An eternity of pain! Isn’t this the meaning? Suffering pain for eternity! What kind of pain? The pain you feel when you are burnt by fire. Is the pain you feel from being burnt by fire greater than normal? This kind of pain is greater! On average, do you know how long does it take to be poisoned to death if you ingest poison? Usually, it does not take a long time. Typically, a few hours, and then you die. It can be as quick as a few minutes. If you jump off a building, on average how many minutes does it take to die? Jumping off a building is the quickest way to die. If you jump from the 5th floor, or the 10th floor, usually, you will fall to your death in less than a minute. Now, isn’t it quicker than being poisoned? The pain is short-lived. However, the pain of going to hell, can they escape this? The pain of the flesh is very easy to resolve. The pain of burning in hell is extremely long-lived, you will be burned for ten thousand years. Ten thousand years is like an eternity. The pain of the flesh ends in an instant, it is settled in the span of a minute. However, the soul will be in hell. One cannot escape the pain of burning for ten thousand years if he is cast into the lake of fire.
Within the period of each stage of God’s work, there are those that receive punishment. During the Age of Law, there were two cities that were exterminated by God. Sodom is the classic example. The judgment that God passed on the Sodomites was extermination. In that instance of extermination, God used brimstone and fire to burn them into ashes. According to God’s meaning, that instance of extermination can be called a thorough extermination. The spirits, bodies and souls of the Sodomites were exterminated. When someone’s soul is exterminated, that means their soul is completely gone, it has been exterminated, never to return. When God exterminates humans, He does not just call down a disaster and get rid of man’s flesh. The most important aspect is how He deals with man’s soul. Some souls are dropped into the fire to be burnt for ten thousand years. Some souls are exterminated. The soul, spirit and body are all exterminated. How did that saying go? “Consigned to eternal damnation.” These people will never have the opportunity to be reincarnated. What kind of great sin did these people commit that would have led them to be consigned to eternal damnation? This is not a small sin! It is nothing much for someone to live and not be saved. They provoke God’s anger, and in the end, they commit a sin that consigns them to eternal damnation. Their soul will never be able to reincarnate. It is sent to hell, the 18th level of hell. This sin is definitely not insignificant. Like everyone else, they live for a few decades, but they commit this kind of sin, it is outrageous. They directly resist God and they are cursed. That is why, if a believer does not seek the truth at all, it is best that they serve in some capacity and fulfill their duties. Even if you are just a devoted service-doer, you have not wasted your life. No matter what, do not resist God, judge God or say something that is blasphemous. If you say something blasphemous, you will not be pardoned in this age or the age to come. This sin is serious! No matter what, do not commit the most serious sins: One is pilfering the sacrifice; another one is blasphemy against God; and another one is vying over God’s chosen people, which is the sin committed by antichrists. The most serious sin of the antichrists is vying over God’s chosen people. They say that these people belong to them. Man is the creation of the Creator, and he was created by God and should therefore be returned to God. The antichrist says that man is his. He controls a group of people and makes them listen to him. He does not allow them to accept and obey God’s work. Isn’t this the sin that the antichrist commits? What is the primary sin of the antichrist? It is the sin of vying over God’s chosen people. He wants to create an independent kingdom that rivals the kingdom of God and Christ. This is a great sin! Isn’t this the same as the sin committed by religious pastors and elders? However, it seems that it is even more serious because the religious pastors and elders are just obstinate and haven’t accepted Almighty God’s work. They can be exterminated as if they were unbelievers and that would be it. If they said a lot of blasphemous things against God and deceived a lot of people, then they will receive punishment. However, antichrists have accepted God’s work, but they vie over God’s chosen people within God’s family. This is even more serious than the sins of the antichrist perpetrated by religious pastors and elders, isn’t this the case? Look at some of the areas where antichrists control the church. They do not allow people to listen to the sermons and communications of God’s family. They do not allow people to accept God’s words of judgment and chastisement. They only want people to listen to their sermons. They do not talk about how man should experience God’s judgment and chastisement, how man can accept dealing and pruning. They do not talk about this. They talk about theoretical reasoning. They just want people to understand theoretical reasoning and nothing else. In this way, can the people they control still be able to experience God’s work? Can they achieve a change in their disposition? Can they achieve an understanding of God? The working results that God has prearranged cannot be achieved with these people, this is the evil of the antichrist. Understand this. If God’s chosen people only believe in the name of God incarnate, but in reality, what they listen to and what they obey is the antichrist, would these people have a share in the Lamb’s book of life? They would not. These people would have become people that resist God because they have accepted a false shepherd. They obey a false shepherd, an antichrist. Those confused believers that follow the antichrist resist God in the same way that the antichrist resists and opposes God. These people will be condemned and punished. Now you should be able to understand this matter. The only path to being saved and entering the kingdom of heaven is to experience God’s judgment and chastisement. If you believe in God but do not experience God’s judgment and chastisement, do not accept dealing and pruning and still talk about your own reasoning, then you are not someone that follows God. Instead, you are someone who resists God. The Holy Spirit will definitely not work on someone who does not accept the truth.
I often ask people that have just started believing, “You have believed in God for a few years, do you have any foundation?” Some people do not understand, “What are you referring to when you ask me if I have a foundation or not?” I reply, “Basically, are you able to discern the great red dragon’s false words and the religious world’s misconceptions? If the great red dragon and the religious pastor try to confuse you, are you able to stand up to it?” They say, “Yes I can. I know of the fallacies of the great red dragon. I also know of the misconceptions of the religious world. They cannot confuse me.” I say, “It seems you have a bit of a foundation, but can you use the truth to refute these misconceptions?” They reply, “This I cannot do. I cannot use the truth to refute these misconceptions. In any case, they still cannot confuse me.” These people can’t be confused, does this mean they have a foundation? They have a bit of a foundation. However, if you cannot use the truth to refute, do you dare say that you can truly stand firm? You cannot use the truth to refute these misconceptions, that is proof that if you encountered an even more deceptive person, a person that is even more capable of confusing you, there is a danger that you might fall for it, right? If you can use the truth to refute the falsehoods and misconceptions of the Chinese Communist Party, the great red dragon, and the religious world, then you truly have a solid foundation. You have an understanding of God’s work and you know what is the truth. Satan cannot corrupt this kind of person. In the past, we often heard some people say, “Why is there such a huge difference between Christ’s human nature and the corrupt human race’s human nature? As a corrupt human race, isn’t our corrupt disposition the product of being corrupted by Satan? Well, Christ lives in the same world with us. Why can Christ not be corrupted by Satan?” Now, you have found an answer to this! Where is the answer? Christ is the truth and life itself. He possesses the truth, that is why Satan cannot corrupt Him. Once Christ has heard the words of Satan and worldly people, He says, “These are all falsehoods and misconceptions. These people are demons!” He can tell them apart right away. People that understand the truth, they only know one part of it, “Oh, these are misconceptions!” When it comes to the words of the great red dragon, they say, “Lies.” When it comes to the words of religious world, they say, “They do not understand the truth, these are empty theories.” Those that understand the truth can distinguish one portion. If someone does not understand the truth, then they cannot distinguish at all, isn’t this the case? Those that cannot distinguish, once they encounter religious pastors and elders talking about the Bible, what do they say? “This is all true.” When they hear the reality of the truth communicated in the Church of Almighty God, they say, “This is all true.” They do not distinguish. Everything is true to them. If anything is in accordance with their conceptions, then it is true. “True, it is in accordance with the truth, it is accurate. It is in accordance with the truth, everything is correct.” Can this kind of person distinguish? Why can they not distinguish? They determine whether what someone says is true on the basis of whether or not it is in accordance with their conceptions and imagination. This is bad. A man’s conceptions and imagination itself is not the truth. Man’s brain is a dirty puddle of water, isn’t this the case? Right now, we all recognize this. Now, those that genuinely understand the truth and can distinguish, what is their basis for determining the truth? Their basis is their understanding of God’s words, their solid understanding of God’s words. This is how they can distinguish those false words of doctrine. If you do not have an experience or understanding of the truth of God’s words, it would be impossible for you to distinguish the misconceptions of the religious world. Absolutely impossible.