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The “Three Criteria, Five Verifications, Two Guarantees” for Selecting Leaders

Because most leaders and workers are unable to see clearly through people’s nature and essence, they are unable to choose and use the right people. They only know how to blindly apply rules, but as they have no grasp of principles too many of those that they choose prove to be useless. This is because most of the leaders are still not equipped with the truth, and they don’t have a good grasp of the truth for serving God. Instead, they view the matter of serving God as something as simple as little kids playing house; they think that what it means to be a leader or a worker is simply to host some gatherings and give some sermons. These people have no idea regarding how to bring others into God’s words, into the truth, to allow others to attain true salvation. Most who have the role of leader feel that they have performed much work and they are very self-satisfied, as if they have earned the right to enjoy their position. They are opposing God while they serve God, yet they don’t realize it. They even keep on complaining when they are eliminated by God’s house, griping about God’s house being unfair. This is the kind of corruption and ugliness revealed by most leaders and workers. In order to quickly modify the leadership at all levels in God’s house, God’s house has put together some exact standards for choosing people—the “three criteria, five verifications, two guarantees”—for use by leaders at all levels.

God’s work of the last days is to use the truth to judge and chastise people, to achieve the goal of saving and perfecting them. Only by really understanding the truth, only by being able to fellowship the substantive knowledge of the truth, only by being able to use the truth to resolve the issue of people’s corruption and all their difficulties can God’s chosen people be brought into the truth of God’s words and onto the right track of believing in God. Only in this way can God’s chosen people attain salvation and perfection. If the leaders from all levels of the church are fellowshiping truths that are too shallow, if they are unable to use the truth to resolve issues, then they are unable to lead people to enter into the truth. Therefore, those who do not understand the truth cannot lead God’s chosen people to enter into God’s words, and only those with real understanding of the truth can lead God’s chosen people to enter into the reality of the truth. This is an undeniable fact. The three criteria that God’s house has previously established for selecting leaders of all levels can be summarized as: 1. They must pursue the truth and understand the truth. 2. They must have humanity and a sense of justice. 3. They must be equipped with the ability to perform work. These are the criteria and principles for God’s house in selecting leaders of all levels. The key to the three criteria is that the leaders must understand the truth and be equipped with the truth. This is of the utmost importance, and it is also the most fundamental, for only those who understand the truth can lead others to enter into the truth. If a person’s understanding of the truth is too shallow, if he or she is only equipped with good humanity and the ability to perform work, then they are not capable of leading others to enter into the truth and gain the truth, and so such a person is still unable to shoulder the full burden of the work. Therefore, an understanding of the truth is most critical, while to have a good humanity, a sense of justice and to have the ability to perform work are of secondary and tertiary importance. If a person can really understand the truth and is equipped with the truth, then he or she must also have humanity and a sense of justice, and then they can lead others onto the right path. Only an upright person can walk the right path; a person that is not upright can never lead others onto the right path. As the saying goes: “How can you correct others if you are crooked yourself?” If those in leadership roles are not upright people, then they will never gain the trust and support of others. Those in leadership roles must be the right people, and so the second criterion must also be satisfied. The third criterion is that they must have the ability to perform work. Without the ability to organize and perform well, any work that they do will never achieve good results. Even if they understand the truth, they will have no idea regarding how to lead others to enter into the truth. They also will not know how to resolve people’s corruption and their various difficulties. Therefore, the ability to perform work is also necessary. The three criteria can be summarized as having the truth, humanity, and ability to perform work. This is the simplest way of putting it.

The three criteria for selecting leaders of all levels are as follows:

First, they must be those who pursue the truth and understand the truth. Primarily based on: 1) They are able to fellowship substantive understanding of the truth; 2) they have real experience and understanding regarding the practice of and entry into the truth, and they have a path of practice; 3) they are adept at fellowshiping the truth, and they are able to combine the issues of corruption and various states of people when eating and drinking God’s words; 4) they are able to clearly see the existing issues and shortcomings of people, as well as support and supply them; 5) they are able to discern the false Christs, antichrists and all kinds of people being worked on by evil spirits, as well as discern various kinds of people, they also know in their heart the people that God saves and abandons, and they are able to see clearly those people that can be saved and those that shall be abandoned.

Second, they must be people with good humanity and a sense of justice. Primarily based on: 1) They have honesty and uprightness in their humanity, and they dare to stick to the truth and principles; 2) they are able to maintain the work of God’s house and are not afraid to offend others, they do not rely on sentiments and can handle matters with justice, they are able to fairly treat all kinds of people and put aside personal grudges; 3) they are able to leave behind their family and break away from worldly entanglements, and they are willing to spend for God, follow Christ and serve Christ for the rest of their life.

Third, they must be competent. Primarily based on: 1) They are proficient in discovering work issues of the leaders within their working area, proficient in fellowshiping the truth to resolve issues of men’s corruptions, and able to resolve the various deviation issues of people in accordance with God’s words; 2) they are able to handle things no matter how busy they are, they are able to prioritize matters, and they are able to perform well their work of watering and supplying the leaders and workers, to ensure that the church life at all churches is normal and effective; 3) they are able to ensure that the church life at all churches is normal and undisturbed, and attain the optimum results in the work of leading God’s chosen people to enter the truth; 4) they are competent and are able to appeal to people, they have good prestige among men, and they are approved and supported by the majority of people.

The first criterion is that they must understand the truth and be equipped with the truth. This is the most fundamental of the three criteria. Specifically, they must have practical experience and knowledge of God’s words; they must have a certain knowledge regarding God’s work, of God’s disposition, as well as all that God has and is; they must have some substantive knowledge regarding all aspects of the truth; they must have some transformation in their life view and their values; their points of view must fit with God’s words overall. This is the criterion by which the regional decision-making team members and pastoral decision-making team members must be equipped with the truth. If the regional decision-making team members and the pastoral decision-making team members are unclear in their fellowshiping of the truth, then they have not been able to resolve issues using the truth; if the regional decision-making team members and the pastoral decision-making team members have not gone through any transformation in their views this is sufficient to show that they don’t really understand the truth. Those who have never undergone a transformation in their views without doubt still oppose God and they most certainly cannot completely fulfill their duties according to God’s requirements. Those who are unclear regarding the truth definitely have a shallow experience of life, and it is very difficult for them to lead others to enter into the truth. Those who do not understand the truth cannot see through the various people, things and objects that they encounter, they cannot have real and accurate discernment regarding all the false Christs and antichrists, and they also have no idea which people are worth cultivating and which people can attain perfection. Therefore, those who are unclear regarding the truth definitely cannot properly select the leaders and workers for all levels of the church. We could say that for those who do not have real understanding of the truth, if they are performing work for God’s house, then they are the blind leading the blind, and all will eventually fall into a pit. If a person does not understand the truth and is not equipped with the truth, then he or she is unable to lead others to enter into the truth or help others to attain salvation. Such is the importance of understanding the truth and being equipped with the truth.

The second criterion is to have humanity and a sense of justice. Specifically, it is to have an upright and decent character, to have a sense of justice and the courage to adhere to principles, to not be afraid to offend others, and to be able to leave behind everything in order to accomplish that which they have been entrusted by God. Only those equipped with such humanity meet the standard for being a regional decision-making team member or a pastoral decision-making team member. The regional decision-making team members and pastoral decision-making team members must be the right people, and have a sense of justice. If a person is upright, then when they lead, most people will approve them and support them; if a person is not upright, then when they lead, most people will not approve them or support them. A person must have a sense of justice for them to love the truth and pursue the truth, as well as to attain perfection from God. Only a person with a sense of justice can easily accept the truth and be willing to practice it. A crooked and deceitful person has no sense of justice, a crooked and deceitful person does not love the truth, and is unwilling to practice the truth, therefore he or she shall not be perfected by God. Because a person with a sense of justice loves the truth, they can easily gain the work of the Holy Spirit, and they can enter into the truth quickly. Therefore, God is willing to cultivate and perfect someone who has a sense of justice. Only people who have a sense of justice are truly good people, and they are people that others like to associate with. Once someone with a sense of justice has entered into the truth and understood it, their life disposition will also be transformed and they can absolutely be perfected and used by God. All those people with a sense of justice who pursue the truth are corrupt mankind’s best, and if they are also of good quality and are able to enter into the truth quickly, then they shall be perfected and used by God. Having humanity, a sense of justice, and pursuing the truth: this is the second criterion that someone who plays the role of leader must meet.

The third criterion is that they must have the ability to perform work. Specifically, they must naturally be of good quality. Not only must they have the ability to understand the truth, but they must also have enough ability to perform work. Good quality primarily involves two aspects: On the one hand, their understanding of God’s words should be relatively pure, and free of absurd notions; on the other hand, they should be equipped with a good ability to work. For those of truly good quality, as long as they have an understanding of the principles for the work to be performed and the results that need to be achieved, they can find their own path. They are also able to draw wisdom and lessons from their work experience, and they know how to perform work in order to achieve the best results. Good quality people can perform work simply by following some instructions from others, or they merely need to observe others performing work to know how they should perform in order to achieve better results. Good quality people do not need others to hold their hands when teaching them. All those who always require others to teach them by taking their hands, who are always dependent on others’ guidance, and are always asking questions relating to rules are people whose quality is not high enough. Those who have performed work for a year or two and are still unable to achieve normal work results are people of poor quality. Good quality people can still attain an understanding of the truth and enter into reality through their own pursuit, even without watering from others and even though it might take them longer. But with the watering from some good people, their growth will be even faster. All those who have become acquainted with someone else for a year or so and are still unable to see through them are poor quality people. Those of poor quality will certainly have a shallow understanding of the truth as well. Even if they have understood some truths, they are unable to fellowship the essence of these truths. Such people only know how to follow rules when performing work, and they most certainly are unable to adhere to principles when performing work. People of too poor a quality most certainly cannot see through others, they do not know how to select and use others, therefore how can they properly perform the work of God’s house? Good quality people are able to understand the truth fast, and they enter into the truth easily. After they have understood some truths, they can be promoted and used. These good quality people only need to be cultivated for a year or two before they can attain results that gain approval and affirmation from most people. Those who have performed work for several years yet are still unable to clearly fellowship the truth, who are still unable to clearly see which person is worth cultivating, cannot lead others. Therefore, those of ordinary quality certainly do not have the ability to perform work, they are unfit to become leaders at any level, and they can only ever be associates, assistants or workers.

Selection of leaders at all levels in God’s house must be based entirely on whether these people really understand the truth. This is especially true for regional decision-making team members and pastoral decision-making team members, who must be measured according to whether they are able to use the truth to resolve issues. If this basic criterion is met they only need to be equipped with an average humanity and ability to perform work. Those regional decision-making team members and pastoral decision-making team members who have been selected must all be able to fellowship the essence of the truth. They must at least be able to resolve issues using the truth, and only such people can shoulder the work. In short, for leaders at all levels who have been selected, their ability to fellowship the truth and use the truth to resolve issues must be the most outstanding and top-notch within their own scope of work. For example, the church leaders that have been selected must have the most outstanding and top-notch abilities to fellowship the truth and resolve issues in accordance with God’s words within their church; the district leaders that have been selected must have the most outstanding and top-notch abilities to fellowship the truth and use the truth to resolve issues within their district; the regional decision-making team members that have been selected must have the most outstanding and top-notch abilities to fellowship the truth and use the truth to resolve issues within their region; the pastoral decision-making team members that have been selected must have the most outstanding and top-notch abilities to fellowship the truth and use the truth to resolve issues in their pastoral region. In short, those leaders at all levels that have been selected must be top-notch in their ability to fellowship the truth and use the truth to resolve issues. Only those who can understand the truth and are equipped with the truth can shoulder the work and lead others to enter into the truth. Those who really understand the truth and have entered into reality are at least able to resolve mankind’s corruption and its fallacious points of view in accordance with God’s words. Only those equipped with the ability to resolve issues using the truth can properly perform their duties. Because those perfected by God are those who really pursue the truth and have entered into the truth, leaders at all levels selected by God’s house must also be those who really pursue the truth and have entered into the truth, while only an ordinary amount is required for the other two criteria (having good humanity and the ability to perform work). In this way, the three criteria for selecting leaders of all levels become even easier to understand. We only need to observe which people are the clearest in fellowshiping the truth and the best in using the truth to resolve issues so that everyone is convinced, to know that they are the ones that can be selected as leaders. The selection process is this simple.

All those who really pursue the truth and are able to achieve certain results in fellowshiping the truth are qualified to become leaders at all levels of God’s house. They only need to be ordinary in other regards, and even if they had occasional transgressions in the past, as long as these don’t recur God’s house will not hold them accountable. As long as they can really understand the truth, are able to use the truth to resolve issues, and can lead others to enter into the truth, then they can be selected as leaders for all levels in God’s house. This will propel all of God’s chosen people to do their best to pursue the truth and attain salvation from God. This also embodies God’s justice and fairness, allowing us to see that God’s house is completely fair in its treatment of people. Regardless of the transgressions they committed, as long as they are not evil-doers, they are not being worked on by evil spirits, they are not deceitful or absurd people, they are able to do their best in pursuing the truth, and they are equipped with the ability to use the truth to resolve issues, then they can all be used by God. Anyone, as long as he or she is equipped with the truth, is able to practice the truth, has real obedience to God, is faithful to God, and is loyal to God, then they can be selected as a leader of all levels in God’s house. If someone is unable to understand the truth, then regardless of how good their quality and humanity are, they are not qualified to become a leader at any level. If a person is of good quality and has good humanity, if he or she pursues the truth, they can be cultivated to become a church leader or a worker of God’s house, but they cannot shoulder the main work of leadership for the time being. To understand and be equipped with the truth is the most fundamental criterion for leading, this must be clear. When selecting leaders and workers for all levels, the most important thing is to avoid selecting deceitful people, absurd people, and people being worked on by evil spirits. Regardless of the level, if any such leaders have been selected, all the work of the church will be ruined and the church work will become paralyzed. All who select such people as leaders for whichever level are blind, they are people who disrupt God’s work, and they must be replaced. All those who are unable to discern others, who also select and use the wrong people, have no understanding of the truth and have no proper discernment. Such people are not qualified to act as the primary leaders of God’s house. Those who are qualified to become leaders must be those who really understand the truth and have entered into reality; they must be able to discern and see through others; they must be good at fellowshiping the truth and must be able to use the truth to resolve issues. Otherwise, they should never be allowed to become leaders in God’s house. Those who merely have a good humanity and are of good quality cannot become leaders of God’s house; only those equipped with the truth can become leaders of God’s house. This rule is set in stone, and it will never change.

When selecting leaders in God’s house, only the possession of the truth is the most basic requirement. Only those who are equipped with the truth will be used by God, because the more truths a person is equipped with, the better their humanity, and the more efficient the work will be that he or she performs. Therefore, the more a person is equipped with the truth, the more they shall be placed in important positions by God. Church leaders must be those clearest in their fellowshiping of the truth within the church, and this should be a matter of course; the district leaders must be those clearest in their fellowshiping of the truth within their district, this should be a matter of course; the regional decision-making team members must be those clearest in their fellowshiping of the truth within their region, this should be a matter of course; the pastoral decision-making team members must be those clearest in their fellowshiping of the truth and the best at using the truth to resolve issues, for only this makes the most sense. In each pastoral region, only those with real knowledge of God are qualified to become the pastoral decision-making team members. In God’s house, only those equipped with the truth, who have real knowledge of God, will be placed into important positions by God. Because Christ is the truth, the way, and the life, in the kingdom of Christ, only those perfected by God can be placed into important positions by God and thereby serve Him. God’s house selects leaders of all levels in accordance with the degree to which they understand the truth, as well as their ability to use the truth to resolve issues. Those who are equipped with more truths are those more likely to be placed into important positions by God. God likes those who pursue the truth, those perfected by God are those who have gained the truth, and those placed into important positions by God are those equipped with the truth. Regardless of who it is, as long as he can understand the truth and have knowledge of the essence of the truth, he can be used by God. Only those equipped with the reality of the truth can serve God in accordance with His will.

These are the three criteria for selecting leaders of all levels, which must be followed when selecting leaders.

The selection and establishment of leaders at all levels in God’s house is primarily based on the three criteria above, but it is not a simple matter to determine whether someone meets these three criteria. It is certainly unreliable to depend on a single person’s subjective judgment, therefore it must depend on three or four different parties who are familiar with the candidate to ensure that the judgment is accurate. In the days past, the selection and use of someone are mostly based on the observations of a single person interviewing and fellowshiping with the candidate, then after inquiring about this person with a few other people, the selection of this person is blindly determined. Because of this, many mistakes have been made, causing many heavy losses to the life entry of God’s chosen people. Now, we must learn from these lessons and come to know our shortcomings and ignorance. We should come to realize that we are no sages, that we must go through the understanding and verification from multiple sides before deciding on the selection of candidates, which will give us better odds. Therefore, before selecting and establishing a leader, we must gain an understanding from multiple sides, we must obtain the evidence and information provided from those familiar with the candidate, we must obtain the verifying information from leaders and workers above and below the candidate, and then we must have a comprehensive analysis to balance the pros and cons; and finally, if we have determined that this person has truly met the three criteria, then he can be officially established. This is the necessary procedure for selecting the leaders of all levels, which is a completely fair, appropriate, and reasonable process. The evidence from those familiar with the candidate in these four aspects is as follows:

1. Evidence from those in the church who have known this person the longest and have the closest relationship with this person (at least three to five people);

2. Evidence presented by the majority of people from the church;

3. Evidence provided by this person’s family, friends, and relatives;

4. Evidence presented by co-workers from the higher and lower levels (at least three to five people).

These are the evidence from the four aspects most critical for understanding if someone has met the three criteria. The evidence from only one or two aspects is insufficient, therefore we must obtain the evidence from three or four aspects. Primarily, we must verify the following five situations using the evidence:

1. We must verify that this person’s humanity is rather honest and upright, that he has a sense of justice, and that he is certainly not someone who is crooked and deceitful, promiscuous or evil;

2. We must verify that his understanding of truth is pure and that he loves the pursuit of truth, and that he is certainly not someone who is absurd and does not understand the spirit, or someone with too shallow an understanding of truth;

3. We must verify that he is competent and is loyal to his duties, and that he is certainly not someone who shuns hard work and muddles through when fulfilling his duties;

4. We must verify that he has a true understanding of God, that he has true obedience, and that he is certainly not someone who harbors conceptions and resistance against Christ and the man used by the Holy Spirit;

5. We must verify that he is someone who can perform work in accordance with the arrangements from the above, and that he is certainly not someone who goes against the arrangements and acts on his own ideas.

Accurate evidence regarding these five conditions must be obtained from those familiar with the candidate in the four aspects. If the issues in these five respects cannot be verified, then the three criteria certainly have not been met. All these five conditions must be verified before determining that this man has met the three criteria, and only then can he be established. Only by selecting men based on the information provided by those familiar with the candidates in the four aspects can we ensure accuracy. If anyone should select and establish leaders without acquiring the evidence from those familiar with them in the four aspects, then this person must be someone irresponsible toward God’s chosen people, and he must be someone who acts willfully and is arrogant and conceited. All those who have been selected and established based on subjective assumptions, without acquiring the evidence from those familiar with them in the four aspects, these men must be reevaluated (except for those who are very familiar). For all those who are not very familiar, we must verify by relying on the evidence provided by those familiar with them in the four aspects. This is the rule of God’s house. Everyone must follow it, with no exceptions. Anyone who goes against the rule of God’s house and establishes leaders based on his own subjective decisions is rebelling against and resisting God, and he is an antichrist. Those leaders that are loyal to God should carefully treat others with fairness, they should accept and listen to anyone’s suggestions unconditionally. For those who are more experienced in the work, in order to prevent mistakes from happening, they can actively solicit and listen to the suggestions of the majority; and in this way, they shall have better odds in succeeding. Such men are those who are truly attentive to God’s will, they are those who are being responsible to God’s chosen people. In the work of adjusting leaders, the leaders at all levels must have fear of God and seek God’s will through prayer, must gain an understanding from those familiar with a leader in the four aspects to determine if he has truly met the three criteria. You must never be lazy and be afraid of trouble, thereby muddling through this matter. After the conclusion of the adjustment work, you must clearly write down the basis by which you have selected and established a person, and state whether your decision includes the evidence from those familiar with the person in the four aspects, together with your signature. If the person selected does not match your description and has been revealed as someone who does not qualify, God’s house shall hold you responsible, and you must answer to God’s chosen people. If all the people you have selected are proper and qualified at a fundamental level, then we can be certain that you are loyal to God and that you are being responsible to God’s chosen people. Regarding how to select and use people, each leader must face the facts and make their own decisions.

In selecting a man to use, God’s house completely follows the “three criteria,” “five verifications,” and “two guarantees.” Simply stated, they are: Guarantee that this man is someone who pursues the truth, has a sense of justice, and is responsible, while further verifying that: 1) He is not someone deceitful; 2) he is not someone absurd; 3) he is not someone being worked on by evil spirits; 4) he is not someone who is always promiscuous; 5) he is not someone arrogant and without reason; 6) he is not someone with a vicious and ugly appearance; 7) he is not someone who lusts after enjoyment and shoulders no burdens. The two guarantees: 1. It must be guaranteed that the man selected is able to lead God’s chosen people in entering into the reality of the truth. 2. It must be guaranteed that this man shall be favored by God’s chosen people and approved by the above. These two guarantees are also very critical, for they are the final conditions. If the man selected has qualified in everything except for the fact that he is unable to perform practical work, then this is like the blind looking for the blind—they are both garbage and should be eliminated. Therefore, when selecting the leaders and workers of all levels, we must follow the three criteria and five verifications as well as the two guarantees, to ensure accuracy.

I realize that most people have some specific difficulties that they do not know how to resolve regarding people selection, which is in fact very simple. Since all of humanity is corrupt, with corruption present in all aspects, many corrupt dispositions are still present even in those fairly upright and decent people who pursue the truth. This means that people are unable to discern who is good and who is bad from substance alone. This is because those not equipped with the truth only know to look at how people behave, but they are unable to see through the differences in people’s nature and essence. When seeing such revelations of corruption as arrogance and deceit in those being selected they think that they are arrogant and deceitful people, and as a result, they treat those honest and kind people who have revealed corrupt disposition of deceitfulness as people who are deceitful. Similarly, they treat those with a sense of justice who pursue the truth but also have an arrogant disposition as people who are arrogant. This is very unfair. I ask you: Which one of those who pursue the truth and have a sense of justice has never once revealed an arrogant disposition? As a matter of fact, all corrupt mankind has an arrogant disposition, but there is a difference between people in nature and essence. If a person is someone who pursues the truth and has a sense of justice, then he or she is equipped with a human sense, is able to accept and submit to God’s work. They are able to accept the truth, and God’s judgment and chastisement, as well as dealing and pruning, and are able to attain salvation and perfection. The antichrists, however, have no sense, and they are also arrogant and run wild. Such people will never submit to God’s work, and they will never accept the truth, they will also never accept God’s dealing and pruning. Such people are incorrigible. Therefore, we can see that while both kinds have an arrogant disposition, there is a difference between them in nature and essence. Some people pursue the truth and are equipped with rationality, and such people are able to attain salvation and perfection. Some people do not pursue the truth, they have no sense, therefore they walk the path of the antichrists. The difference here is enormous. Only the ability of discernment allows us to see through people, only then can we treat others with fairness. In fact, honest people also have a deceitful side, but those who are deceitful in nature and essence do not have an honest side. Sensible people also have an arrogant side, but those truly arrogant people who are insane and frenzied in nature and essence don’t have that rational side. People who can practice the truth are sometimes vain and fake but people who delight in fakery, vanity, and hypocrisy are unable to practice the truths in the least bit. Acts of rebelling against God and opposing God are also present in those who have real obedience to God, but those who do not pursue the truth display no acts of true obedience toward God. Those who have attained good results in the work they perform also have instances where they muddle through, but those who are always muddling through have never attained results in the work that they perform. Do you know how to discern these issues? When reflecting on others’ situations, some people only know to pick out the shortcomings of others but they see none of their merits. Such people only know to focus on appearances and behaviors, but they are unable to clearly see what type a person’s nature and essence belong to. They have no idea whether this person satisfies the three criteria or whether this person is competent in his or her work. Can such people use the truth to resolve issues in the work that they perform? Can such people properly perform the work of adjusting the leaders at all levels? This is the time for experiencing God’s work, therefore everyone sometimes reveals corruption, everyone commits acts of arrogance and deceit, everyone has shortcomings. If we only judge people by their appearance and behavior no one shall be able to fully meet the standards God requires. However, in fact, some people are able to properly perform the work of a leader, and are able to shoulder God’s commission. The key is that people do not know how to select the right people, and they are unable to discover such people. Those without the truth indeed have no discernment, therefore they do not know how to utilize the three criteria to measure others based on their nature and essence. Instead they always focus on behavior and actions when applying the three criteria. In the end, they grow more desperate that there are no suitable candidates when they apply such criteria, and they end up feeling that there are no suitable people in God’s house. However, all people think that they themselves meet the three criteria; they are all able to measure themselves according to their own nature and essence, instead of using their behavior as the right benchmark. They go easy on themselves, but they measure others entirely based on their occasional actions, treating them with severity and without any mercy. What kind of attitude is this? Why are people unable to treat others with fairness and common sense?

We have always emphasized in the past that no matter what, the leaders being selected must be the most exceptional within their area. Even if they are not able to meet the three criteria on the surface, in their nature and essence they must at least come close to meeting the three criteria. They must at least be able to perform actual work, be able to obtain the approval of the majority of church members, and their fellowshiping of the truth must be able to convince most people. If he or she meets these conditions, it shows that the leader you have selected is competent, that they are qualified enough. In fact, measuring whether someone is qualified to be a leader is primarily done by understanding how well they fellowship the truth, the depth of their humanity, the results of the work they perform as judged by their co-workers and subordinates and people familiar with them, and whether only a minority agrees with them being the leader or if they have the approval of the majority. All this provides partial confirmation. Whether a person can shoulder the work, whether they can properly perform practical work, are all things that are very easy to understand. So long as they have the ability to perform work that produces results, so long as they are able to help others to understand the truth and gain paths for entry, this is sufficient for them to be promoted and used. Their minor shortcomings and transgressions should not be considered major concerns. No matter how good a person is, if he or she is unable to perform work, what use are they? So long as they understand the truth and have the ability to perform work, so long as they are a hard worker, then they are fully qualified and should be put into important positions. Only those who can discern which category a person’s nature and essence belong to know how to select and use others and not wrong others. Only those who can clearly see which category a person’s nature and essence belong to are able to treat others with fairness. Thinking back to those who have been replaced, those were all cases where the wrong people were chosen and used, people who seriously disrupted God’s work and harmed God’s chosen people. If someone can perform actual work and is a hard worker, even if they have some serious transgressions God’s house would never go so far as to replace them. Up until now, I have discovered very few people who are truly equipped with the truth, have the ability to perform work, and are hardworking. If people like that do indeed exist in the church God’s house will certainly cherish them and put them in important positions. The inability to select leaders at all levels shows that people are not equipped with the truth. It reveals that their quality is too poor, that they are unable to see through others’ nature and essence. How can such people lead others to enter into the reality of the truth? Whether a person is equipped with the truth and the ability to perform work is primarily based on whether they can properly select leaders at all levels, and whether they can choose and use the right people. This is most telling. Remember: Those who can properly select leaders at all levels are competent in their work, while those who are unable to select the right leaders at all levels are not competent in their work, and even if they act as leaders they will never properly perform their work. Those who know how to select and use people are those who are equipped with the truth and discernment, they are those of truly good quality, who truly have the ability to perform work. Only those who know how to select and use others have all-round talent, and this is absolutely the case.

When modifying the leadership at all levels, the major targets for elimination are: those worked on by evil spirits; those whose humanity is bad; deceitful people; absurd people; those who only focus on the literal meanings of words but do not understand the spirit; those unable to discern; those unable to perform practical work; those who are unable to water and provide sustenance to God’s chosen people; those whose work cannot convince or be approved by God’s chosen people; those who always have conceptions regarding God and the man being used by the Holy Spirit. All these people must be thoroughly eliminated, and they must never be used as leaders at any level. The people that God’s house selects must attain results in the work they perform and must be proven hard workers in order to be promoted and used. All those who have not been approved by God’s chosen people, who cannot perform practical work or whose work efficiency is too poor, who have positions but are unable to perform practical work, or are parasites that only covet status, they must all be eliminated, every single one of them. This policy completely fits with God’s will, and is critical for God’s chosen people to enter onto the right path of believing in God.

Why does God’s house have to replace all those who always have conceptions regarding God and the man being used by the Holy Spirit, who have no real obedience? We must have an understanding regarding this. Those who have believed in God for over five years yet still have conceptions regarding God and the man being used by the Holy Spirit are certainly not people who pursue the truth. If these people become leaders at any level, they will certainly become antichrists, servants and accomplices of Satan. Therefore, they must all be eliminated, every single one of them. God’s house absolutely will not allow the enemies of Christ and of the man being used by the Holy Spirit to lead God’s chosen people. If anyone uses those loathed by Christ and by the man being used by the Holy Spirit as leaders, then they are also enemies of God as well as enemies of God’s chosen people. Those used by God’s house must be of the same mind as God, they must be people who coordinate tightly with the work of God’s house, they must be people who are loyal to Christ and obey Christ. Otherwise, they do not deserve to be used by God. Those who eat and drink God’s words, who enjoy God’s grace, who do not bear witness for Christ but instead bear witness for themselves, who seek power and status, are all scum. They have neither conscience nor rationality, they are all antichrists, they are not fit to serve God, and they must be eliminated. Therefore, God’s house requires that leaders of all levels must be those who absolutely submit to God, they must pursue the truth and be able to love God in their hearts, and they must coordinate well with the work of God’s house. If they don’t possess these requirements they absolutely cannot be used. Those who fulfill duties and serve God, but are not of the same mind as God and instead just manage their own affairs and perform work for the sake of maintaining their own status and power, aren’t these people the antichrists? All those who do not exalt and bear witness for Christ, but instead bear witness for and show off themselves, they are all enemies of Christ; all those who, in their fellowship and sermons, do not talk about understanding their own corrupt essence, do not talk about how they experience God’s words and enter into reality, are all people who deceive God’s chosen people, and they are enemies of God’s chosen people; all those who have performed work for several years without helping God’s chosen people to know Christ and submit to Christ, who are unable to help God’s chosen people to enter into the truth of God’s words, are all people who serve God yet oppose God, they are all hated and loathed by God. All these people are parasites that leech off God’s house. They covet status yet do not perform practical work, they are all evil servants who have no conscience or rationality, and who are selfish, despicable, brazen and shameless. Presently, some of these people have already been revealed, while some are still being revealed. The work of this modification of the leadership at all levels is also a revelation of the leaders and workers at all levels of God’s house, to see which pastoral decision-making team and regional decision-making team are truly selecting and using leaders for all levels in accordance with God’s requirements, and to see who are truly attentive to God’s will. Subsequently, God’s house will thoroughly eliminate all those pastoral decision-making team and regional decision-making team members who are not qualified to select people. As for those who have committed the most serious transgressions, ones that hold up the work of God’s house and harm God’s chosen people, God’s house will not let them off easily.

The modification of the leadership at all levels must obey the work of the Holy Spirit. When selecting each person, we must pray to God and entrust God, and in particular, we must take it slowly with those who we are uncertain about, to see if there are any obstructions from the Holy Spirit or the environment which might come from the will of God. We must pay attention to the work performed by the Holy Spirit, and sometimes when there are obstructions to the work being performed we must pay attention to whether they originate from God. We must pray to God and ask for God’s opinion. If we rely on God, then we will make fewer mistakes or no mistakes at all. Regardless of the person being established in a leadership role, the person can only be established if there are no objections from several people and if all the necessary conditions are met. If, when giving someone a leader position, you feel ill at ease, as if something is wrong, then this usually originates from the Holy Spirit. This person thus should not be given the role at the time, and you should wait a few more days to have a better understanding of the situation. Regardless of the person being established in a leadership role, so long as there are objections then more observation is required. We should never blindly promote anyone, and while we are waiting and gaining a better understanding events might change at any time and a more suitable candidate might appear. When performing work, those who serve God should pray to God and pay attention to the work of the Holy Spirit. They should not blindly perform their work, they must be calm and patient, learn to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and only in this way can they truly perform work with accuracy and without making mistakes, thereby satisfying God’s will. If those who serve God cannot submit to the work of the Holy Spirit and always do things their own way, then it is very easy for them to disrupt God’s work and harm God’s chosen people, and become evil doers who oppose God.

January 20, 2008

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