Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” (IV)
So, in accordance with this idea, let us now look back at the Age of Law when David committed adultery. How did the people of Israel treat him? Did anyone rebel and suggest replacing him? Did such a thing happen? It did not. So, how did the people of Israel treat David? Certainly, many people were very good to him. They loved him and held him in high regard; they called him a hero. No matter how long King David sat upon the throne, the people of Israel admired him, approved of him and offered him the utmost respect. Although David made a mistake, the people of Israel did not sully his name. They did not blame him; there are no records of this. The people of Israel treated him correctly. What did they say? “We all make mistakes. But King David is much better than the rest of us. Although he is in error, he is not that type of person, for that is a transgression.” Was that the only time which David made this mistake? It was. Afterward, he repented. He was punished by God and endured much suffering, and because of this mistake he shed many tears. He was filled with remorse and self-hatred, and so afterward, he never made this mistake again. In his later years, he became very sensitive to the cold. So, the people of Israel brought a young girl to his bed to join him under the covers and keep him warm. But he would not move close to her. This proves how thoroughly he had repented. So, when God said that David was one who was after His will, was it before or after this mistake occurred? It was after. So why was it that after he made this mistake, God said that David was after His will? What was He speaking in accordance with? Part of it was because of David’s obedience with regard to God’s judgment and chastisement; he truly repented. After he made this mistake, committed this crime, he obeyed God’s words which the prophet transmitted to him. God said He would punish him, and made him choose the method of punishment. He chose that the sword would never depart from his house. In this way he obeyed God’s judgment and chastisement. When he had a transgression, he obeyed God’s judgment and chastisement. God’s righteous disposition does not tolerate offense. David was king, he wasn’t a common Israelite. But God didn’t spare him because of this. He sent a prophet to relay a message to him, and he obeyed. For his mistake, David shed many tears. God saw his response, and in addition David showed the most consideration for God’s will. He wanted to build a temple for God’s name. This was how David was after God’s will. In the Age of Law, what result did God’s work aim to achieve on earth? Was it not to make man worship God? Only David understood God’s heart. So, what was the purpose of building a temple? To bring people to the temple to worship Jehovah God. Others were not mindful of God’s will, only David. David knew the will of God. And on top of this, David obeyed God’s judgment and chastisement after having a transgression. He was truly regretful. So, because of these two things, God stated that David was after His will. Then, what is the difference between those who did not commit a transgression and David who did, but then obeyed God’s judgment and chastisement, and then truly repented? Is there a difference? Can you say that a person who has not committed adultery is better than one who, like David, has? Some say, not necessarily. Why daren’t one say that they are better? Because they are not the king. If they were king they would probably have committed far more criminal acts, wouldn’t they? At that time, David was king in Israel and he had power, much like being president now, so if he wanted something he could make it happen. With such power, if he’d wanted a few girls it would have been easy, wouldn’t it? A common person may want such a thing, but without power they cannot have it. David had the power, but he only committed the crime once, and after he did he was full of regret. He was such a good person, we cannot compare ourselves to him. Even if I compared myself to him I would fall short. Those who have not committed this crime are not necessarily better than David, because if they had power they would probably commit it multiple times. If, after committing such an act, these people were to be punished by God, they may not truly obey. But David did obey God’s judgment and chastisement absolutely. He was chastised in the most severe way, but he obeyed, he accepted, and he shed an innumerable number of tears. So, when God said that David was after His will, the reasons were clear. Those who see this truth must surely be convinced. David was truly a great man, a hundred times, a thousand times better than those who have not committed adultery. Not committing adultery does not make one pure, because most people are not in a position to do such a thing. First, most do not have the position to do such a thing, and second, if they did commit such an act they would not necessarily accept God’s judgment and chastisement. This is a more serious matter indeed.
Therefore, in the last days, those who accept God’s judgment and chastisement are the ones who are truly after His will. If one can accept His judgment and chastisement, then they will repent. Accepting God’s judgment and chastisement is the most difficult thing to do. For corrupt humanity, the most difficult thing is to actively obey God’s judgment and chastisement and to willingly accept His punishment. If they have this desire, then it is greater even than the desire to practice the truth. And if one is willing to actively obey, then they will have no trouble in practicing the truth. Why is it that some people believe in God for ten, maybe twenty years, and yet they are unable to practice even a single aspect of the truth? It is because they do not have the will to obey God’s judgment and chastisement. They cannot accept it. There are lots of people who develop their own conceptions and then do not accept God’s judgment and chastisement. Their conceptions about God cannot be resolved. How do those who have conceptions about God go about believing in Him? They believe in their imagined God. Should God appear before them He must disguise Himself, He must adhere to their imagined conceptions about Him in what He does and how He speaks, so that they will follow Him to the end. If God acts in accordance with His own will, in accordance with His own substance, if He acts in His own natural way, then these people will resist Him. So, these people who adopt their own conceptions when judging things, who adopt their own conceptions by which they judge God, are they people who resist God? If a person believes for over ten years and still has conceptions about God, then they are not one who loves the truth. They are absolutely lacking of love for God in their heart. Now, see how hard it is for people to believe in God. The rumors, the slander, this is what people believe when they hear it. God has spoken so many words, expressed so much truth, but they don’t believe a word of it. But Satan’s rumors, these are what they can accept and what they believe in their hearts. And these rumors stay with them for many years. So, what is the problem? A preference for believing in Satan’s rumors over God’s expression of the truth, is this not the essence of corrupt humanity? An essence of hatred for the truth? It goes without saying that these rumors are false. If they were true, would anyone still believe in God? If we say such things are true, if I tell you they are true, then to keep believing in God would not be so simple. If all these things were true and you still believed in God, what kind of faith would that be? If all those rumors were true, some people would still believe. When other people heard rumors which were clearly false they wondered whether they were true, but such a person said, “Regardless if they are true, I still believe.” What kind of faith would this be? Is this not true faith? This is true faith, is it not? This kind of faith represents a person is truly obedient and truly follows God. “I don’t care what God does. If, before my very eyes, He does something which does not adhere to my conceptions, then I will forget my conceptions, for He is God. These things which God does that do not adhere to my conceptions are still truth, they still have meaning.” Isn’t this level of acceptance impressive? To achieve this level of acceptance what kind of faith must you have? “If all the rumors are true, I will still believe in Him. Do not speak of those things. If God were to do something that is most incompatible with man’s conceptions, I would still believe He is God.” To speak of why you should still believe, you say, “Because God is the truth and because corrupt humanity cannot fathom anything. Whatever God does, I will not question it. I do not trust my own feelings, my own conceptions. I simply admit that He is God, whatever He does, He is God.” Isn’t this true faith? One who has truly achieved this type of faith, I dare say, is one who is nearly perfected. They have already received truth. They know God. They do not believe in their own personal conceptions and feelings about Him.
Tell me, what fruit will be borne by those who pursue the truth? Some say it is to understand God and to have no conceptions about Him. Then, how does one show that they understand God? To have no conceptions about God, no matter what He does. If God said, “I will kill someone in front of you,” they would have no conceptions about this; if God said, “I will have a relationship with someone before your very eyes,” they would have no conceptions; if God said, “I will get married and have a child,” they would have no conceptions; if He said, “I will curse in front of you, I will curse Satan,” they would have no conceptions. If God then asked, “Do you still believe?” they would answer, “I believe! You are God, God is, forever, God.” This level of belief is good. They adhere to God’s will and do not resist Him in the slightest; they will not resist Him again, they have grasped who He is. Can this type of person still have conceptions about God? They cannot. If a new member of the faith produces some negative material saying, “Look, is what this says correct?” Such a person will respond, “Oh, this material is great. If all this information were correct, were the truth, I would still believe in God! God is to be adored, He is the One to be trusted, He is the true God. If it wasn’t for this information, I would question whether or not He is God. If corrupt humanity, with all its evil, was not resisting God and condemning Him, something would be wrong, it wouldn’t be right! When the Lord Jesus came into this world via the conception by the Holy Spirit, many people stood up to condemn Him. The entire Jewish faith stood up and condemned the Lord Jesus, they sullied His name. Now, in the last days, when corrupt humanity’s evil has reached its peak, if no one condemned God’s appearance, if no one spread negativity about Him, this would not be normal! So, when God of the last days appears, rumors, lies and falsehoods must surely abound. Amongst the endless flood of lies, I found God’s voice and I seized it with all my might. I believe in Him and I follow Him. I recognize Him, and recognize that He is my Savior.” Who is ready to believe in this way? Some are ready. They do not have conceptions about God. They say, “Whether You married or not, You are still God. Whether You had a wife or not, had children or didn’t, You are still Christ. However many disasters You rain down, You are still God. If You destroy the world, I would praise You, for this would allow me to see Your righteousness.” If God arrives and corrupt humanity did not condemn Him, if there were no rumors about Him, then it would be strange, would it not? So, if I were to make a mistake, what would you think of me? Is there a correct answer? Just now, one of our brothers answered well, his position on the matter was good. He said that, “If you have done something in error it is your business, it has nothing to do with us. However, you are still our leader, I still respect you and obey you.” You can see how good this point of view is. It is because the man used by the Holy Spirit is one who God has witnessed. If you don’t accept the man who He has witnessed, if you do not obey him, then you are not obeying God! God anointed David. He sent a prophet to anoint him, yet when he made a mistake God punished him. However, God used him, so we must obey him. His mistake has nothing to do with us. God punished him for he was God’s man. God witnessed him and used him, so it is God who knows how to deal with such matters, we need not concern ourselves with them. We need only concern ourselves with obeying. Is this not the case? If a young girl sees her mother making a mistake, and says, “You’re not the mother, I am the mother,” is this acceptable? “You made a mistake, so can you still act as a mother?” Does this mode of thinking stand up to scrutiny? It does not. The mother made a mistake but she is still the mother. The daughter should treat her mother in the way that a mother deserves to be treated. She must be a good child. This is one of the principles of being a good person, is it not? Look at Abraham’s slave. How did he pray to God? His master Abraham, when praying said, “Lord Jehovah….” But Abraham’s slave, what did he say? Did he dare to pray in the same way as his master? He said, “God of my master Abraham….” You can see he acted according to his position, did he not? If you act according to your position, then you will be reasonable and principled. You will be a good person and others will admire you. So, if those who study the true way are not principled and do not have truth, then they will always read the negative propaganda. They will not see how God’s work saves man, and they will not see God’s expression of the truth. They will merely research whether or not the lies of man, the falsehoods and the rumors are true. Were such lies true, then what of it? If they are untrue, then what of it? Is this how one should search for the true way? Is this the road toward the study of the true way? What use is it to always look for meaning in people’s lies? Will the truth fall from the mouths of people? Will living water flow from them? Isn’t all that spurts forth from people’s mouths lies? But what are lies? The falsehood which people speak, the dishonesty, the deception, these are all lies. So why do you believe the lies which people speak? Why don’t you believe the truth God has expressed? You are biased and unjust, are you not? If you could see that such are the words expressed by God incarnate, that it is the work of God in the last days, the truth, then why would you still believe the lies of corrupt man? As for corrupt humanity, from the governments to local organizations, to the thinkers, philosophers and politicians, do any of them have even a modicum of truth? Aren’t they all just part of corrupt humanity? All that they say is merely the words of man. In more straight terms what they say is all lies, not a word of it adheres to the truth. Man’s words do not hold even a modicum of the reality of truth, so are they not then lies? They are all lies. Aside from everyday conversations, that which involves politics or criticism, especially that which is critical of God’s work and His Church, is all lies! Corrupt humanity criticizing the work of God? Are they qualified to do so? They are demons, what qualifies them to criticize the work of God?! They are inviting death. They will cry only when death is staring them in the face. What is Wikipedia? Is it not a tool for the spreading of demon’s lies? Those who run Wikipedia certainly are not people who believe in and worship God. Do you believe their lies? Don’t you feel stupid?