Chapter 85. The Sermon and Fellowship About the Third Paragraph of God’s Word “You Ought to Prepare a Sufficiency of Good Deeds for Your Destination”
How to Know What Is “Evil in the Sight of God”
When a person chooses a path to walk, he already understands the truth. He has already heard and understood all of it. Look at what road he chooses. This choice represents his nature. It represents the person’s essence. There are some who say, “I have believed in God for more than ten years. I understand all of it, but I cannot put the truth into practice.” What do these words really mean? These are not very ordinary words to say. These are words that are spoken after believing in God for more than ten years. They represent the nature of a person who does not love the truth. These words very clearly express the true nature, essence, root, and core of the person. These words very clearly and thoroughly expose that person. This is in line with the fact and we can discern people this way in future. You see some people only say a few words, and they are really useful. They really illuminate what the problem is. These are no ordinary words. There is a phrase that goes like this in the Old Testament, “evil in the sight of the LORD.” At that time, the people of Israel were in the land, and the kings of the Israelites were doing this, and that, and no one could see God. People just did exactly what they wanted to do. The people’s nature was revealed for what it really was. Sometimes a prophet would come and say, “What you have done is evil in the sight of the LORD,” but everyone would say that God was not near. Still, the prophet would say, “These things that you have done, all of this wickedness that you have done, it is evil in the sight of the LORD.” Wouldn’t you say that this means that God is watching people with great scrutiny? At that time, no one saw that God was near. Even when a king was doing things, they did not see that God was near, that He was watching. However, after the king was finished doing these wicked things, a prophet would tell him, “What you have done is evil in the sight of the LORD.” What did God use to communicate His message to people? He used the words of a prophet. People cannot see God. However, every move that people make all occurs under the close scrutiny of God’s watchful eyes. This is a fact. So, there are some things in man’s sight that would not necessarily be considered sin, and might even be considered very normal, yet provoke God’s anger. Therefore, God used the words of His prophets to tell them, “What you have done is evil in the sight of the LORD.” What does this mean? You have done evil. You have sinned against God. You have done what God hates. It is an abomination to Him. Stop thinking that you are a king, just doing what you want. God knows the righteous and the good things that you have done, but He also knows the evil that you have done. So He is angry and wants to punish you. So, when you look at the Old Testament, you see that God made it known to the people and kings of Israel whether what they did was right or not. In the end, He expressed His thoughts about their actions through the prophets to let the people of Israel know what God thinks, what He likes, and what He hates. This is God’s work. God has not left people alone. He is always looking to complete this work and takes responsibility for humanity, even to the end. Only after humanity has reached its destination and the final outcome has been settled will God’s work be complete. So, in the sight of man, some people’s actions are regarded as evil and some are not, but God does not see things like we see things. If God counts you as evil, then you are in trouble. Why are there some things that people think are normal but are evil to God? How do they anger God and provoke His wrath? This is somewhat of a profound mystery. Normally, the things that people talk about and the trivial matters of their life, what they like and what they do, do not matter much, and God does not notice them or look at them. But you remember this: If people do something to interrupt the work of the Holy Spirit, to be in exact conflict with what God wants to do, to be in clear opposition to God, to tear down what the Holy Spirit is going to do, then they are in trouble. God then takes what they have done as evil. When God tells you that what you have done is evil, then what you have done is what God hates the most. It is what God wants most not to see. It can also be said that it is what the Holy Spirit wanted to solve and then you just went and did what was evil and so you have provoked God’s wrath. What are the kinds of things that easily provoke the wrath of God? Well, for example, let’s say I discover that there is someone in the church. I like this person. He is a talented person, and I am looking to promote him, but the church leader expels him. Was this not also done in opposition to me? The leader is purposefully opposing me and could I not have done something to fix the leader? I will first remove this leader, and then I will raise that person up. Any person would do this. However, if this is someone that God was looking to perfect, and if a false leader or worker expels him or isolates him, this kind of thing is evil in the sight of God. God was just about to have mercy on this person, the Holy Spirit was just about to do a work in him, and the false leader or worker condemns him, which has a negative impact on his faith. Isn’t this opposition to the Holy Spirit? If you oppose the Holy Spirit or interrupt the work of the Holy Spirit, God sees you as evil, and you have sinned against God. This is a very serious matter. So, within the church, false leaders and false workers have done much evil that opposes God. Tell me, they steal God’s offerings, giving thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands to antichrists, improperly manage God’s offerings and even allow the great red dragon to take them; aren’t these a sin against God? These kinds of people are evil in the sight of God. There are those that expel so many of God’s chosen people from the church, that, in the end, God’s chosen people are all weak, passive, and some even stop believing because their knowledge of the truth is too shallow. What is the Holy Spirit to do? Isn’t this an evil thing in the sight of God? So, everyone who directly interrupts, opposes, or obstructs the work of the Holy Spirit stands convicted as a wicked person in the sight of God and is what is also known as “steeped in iniquity.” If you interrupt the work of the Holy Spirit once, God will hold it against you as evil once. If you do not repent and instead continue to do evil next time, again and again doing evil, this is what is meant by being steeped in iniquity! If you have done it one time, the Holy Spirit will rebuke you and let you know your fault. You may come to your senses and avoid doing it next time. After a period of time, if you do evil again when something related to your personal reputation happens, this time you will be warned. You have been warned, being disciplined when you do it the second time. So if you still do it a third time then you are in trouble. The Holy Spirit will forsake you, and you will be condemned because you have committed much evil. If you have done evil two or three times, but the Holy Spirit ignores it, then God will not convict you. If the Holy Spirit has already disciplined you, and you already know it, realizing that you have done evil, but you still do evil again and again, that is what is meant by being steeped in iniquity. There are some right now who have done a lot of evil, who have done all kinds of evil. So such people will absolutely not be saved. They will certainly be punished. This is mentioned not just in one place in the word of God but in many places, and no one can change the word of God.