A Small Blade of Grass That Grew Among the Brambles
By Yixin, Singapore
In November 2016 I became acquainted, through Facebook, with Brother Lin and Sisters Zhang and Xiaoxiao of The Church of Almighty God. They integrated some of the prophecies from the Bible into the fellowships they gave me and bore testimony to God’s work of the last days. Their fellowshiping and testimonies made me understand that Almighty God is performing the work of judging and cleansing people through words upon the foundation of the work of redemption that was done by the Lord Jesus. Almighty God performs this work to thoroughly save mankind from Satan’s domain and rid us of our corrupt dispositions so that we will no longer rebel against and resist God, but instead will become people who truly obey and worship Him. From the words of Almighty God I came to understand that God’s work of judgment in the last days will reveal the wheat and the tares, the sheep and the goats, and the wise virgins and foolish virgins, ultimately separating each according to their own kind and rewarding the good and punishing the wicked. I realized that Almighty God was the return of the Lord Jesus I’d been longing for and I joyously accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days.
One day, Sister Zhu from my old church asked me out of the blue what I’d recently been busy with, and so I told her that I’d been investigating Almighty God’s work of the last days. Sister Zhu had a lot of bad things to say about The Church of Almighty God and also blasphemed Almighty God. She urged me not to have anything to do with them. I said, “I’ve been in touch with some brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God for some time now and it’s been great exchanging ideas with them. They have a fresh and clear way of fellowshiping truths, and I’ve understood a lot of truths from listening to them. It has helped me a lot, I’ve benefited a lot, and they certainly aren’t like you say. What’s more, Almighty God’s words are very practical and have resolved many issues I could never figure out before. His words can sustain our lives and they have shown us the path of practice.” Seeing my unyielding attitude, Sister Zhu changed tact and asked me if I’d tell Sister Yun—who preached the gospel of the Lord to us—about my investigation into Almighty God’s work of the last days. I told her, “No need to tell her yet. There are still many things that I don’t understand, but when I’ve finished looking into it and have become absolutely certain, then I’ll tell everybody what I’ve discovered.” She agreed that I should have a clear picture before I said anything to Sister Yun.
It therefore came as a surprise when, five days later, the boss of the salon I worked for came to me and said, “Yixin, Sister Yun has asked me to pray for you. In fact, I don’t know how to pray but I’ll do my best….” On hearing this I immediately realized that Sister Zhu had told Sister Yun about my investigation into Almighty God’s work of the last days. I felt that Sister Zhu hadn’t behaved very virtuously, and I was a bit annoyed with her. I felt that she’d deceived me and sold me out, and I started to feel that even my brothers and sisters in the Lord were untrustworthy. Just as I was thinking this, my boss, without consulting me about anything, got the attention of the dozen or so colleagues in the salon and told them that I wasn’t a good Christian and that I had gone astray. She went on to say many things which opposed and condemned The Church of Almighty God. This all happened so quickly that I didn’t know how to react, and I got very upset. I said a silent prayer: “Dear Lord, they’ve heard the news that You have returned, so why aren’t they at all interested in investigating Your return? Why are they only listening to online rumors and saying all that stuff that opposes and condemns You? Almighty God has expressed so many truths, so doesn’t that prove that Almighty God is Your return? Why do they have to oppose my belief in Almighty God? Could it be me who’s wrong? O Lord, I don’t know what to do. Please lead me and guide me….”
I later told Brother Lin what had happened that day, and he found a passage of Almighty God’s words for me: “Satan is constantly devouring the knowledge that men hold of Me in their hearts, and constantly, with teeth bared and claws unsheathed, engaged in the last throes of its death struggle. Do you wish to be captured by its deceitful stratagems at this moment? Do you wish, at the moment that the last phase of My work is completed, to cut off your own life? Surely you are not still waiting for Me to dispense My leniency one more time? Seeking to know Me is the key thing, but neither should you neglect to pay attention to actual practice. I am revealing insights to you directly in My words, in hopes that you will be able to submit to My guidance” (“Chapter 6” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Brother Lin then gave fellowship. “We can see from God’s words that what happened to you was a battle in the spiritual world and you came up against Satan’s temptation. In the last days, God has incarnated in the flesh and is uttering His words in order to save mankind. By doing so, He enables us to understand the truth from His words, know God’s work, know God’s disposition, totally forsake Satan and turn back to God, and attain salvation and be gained by God. Satan is always on God’s heels, trying to disrupt and disturb God’s work, and using all kinds of people to create rumors to slander and condemn Almighty God—the Christ of the last days—and prevent us from coming before God. Religious leaders and atheists in positions of power are the embodiment of Satan, and every time God incarnates on earth to do His work they resist and condemn Him, and they try to disrupt and prevent people from following Him. When the Lord Jesus did His work, the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of that time acted as Satan’s lackeys and they did everything they could to condemn and oppose His work. They spread false rumors and bore false testimonies to slander and blaspheme the Lord Jesus. For example, they blasphemously claimed that the Lord Jesus was exorcising demons by the power of Beelzebub, they slanderously said that the Lord Jesus was inciting local citizens to not pay taxes to Caesar, and they bribed some soldiers to bear false testimonies stating that the Lord Jesus had not resurrected and that His body had been secretly taken by His disciples. When God incarnated to do His new work in the last days, the Chinese Communist government, who are attempting to turn China into a zone of atheism, along with many religious pastors and elders who want to protect their own livelihoods and status, began to spread countless lies and false testimonies about Almighty God and The Church of Almighty God in order to deceive and frighten people, and to prevent people from investigating and accepting God’s work of the last days. A lot of people who don’t understand the truth and who are without discernment blindly believe these rumors and do Satan’s bidding by spreading these fallacies, harassing people and preventing them from accepting the true way. Such people become the accomplices of Satan and they become the evil ones who oppose God. We must therefore see clearly that the atheist Chinese Communist government is the enemy of God, and see clearly that those pastors and elders who prevent others from investigating God’s work are the Pharisees of our time. We must see that all the rumors on the Internet are part of Satan’s scheme to prevent us from turning to God, and we must also be clear that if we want to investigate the true way, then we should only listen to God’s words and absolutely must not believe Satan’s rumors. This is how we will be able to stand on God’s side during spiritual battles and bear testimony for God, and not be taken by Satan.”
Brother Lin’s fellowship helped me to understand the origins of the rumors. I now understood that Satan’s aim in spreading rumors to disrupt and obstruct me was to prevent me from attaining God’s salvation of the last days. After thinking more about it, I realized that these people who were attacking me had never read Almighty God’s words, had never investigated Almighty God’s work of the last days, and were merely blindly believing in rumors and resisting and condemning Almighty God. Their minds had been completely addled by Satan and they were doing Satan’s bidding and resisting God without even knowing it. A wise person would first read Almighty God’s words in earnest and conduct a thorough investigation before reaching any conclusion. But faith in God is no small matter, and I was afraid of taking the wrong path, so I still had some worries in my heart. After getting home from work, I prayed to the Lord with tears in my eyes: “O Lord, I am very lost and confused, but I don’t want to just believe in what others say and parrot it word for word. I want to act according to Your will, so please lead me and guide me.” That night, I fell asleep, and some hours later I had a vague feeling that something was pressing down on me. I struggled to open my eyes but couldn’t. Realizing that struggling was pointless, I hurriedly shouted, “Save me Lord Jesus!” I shouted this twice, but nothing happened. I could still feel something pressing down on me. I was at a loss about what to do and got very scared. Suddenly, I thought about Almighty God, and so I called out, “Almighty God! Almighty God!” and then I woke up. After waking, I was still a bit shaken, and it took a while before I fully gathered my wits. I wondered why calling out the name of the Lord Jesus hadn’t worked while calling out “Almighty God!” had woken me up straight away. Then I remembered a fellowship that Brother Lin had given me: “God takes a different name in each age and, after God begins a new work, the Holy Spirit then upholds His name for the new age. So for believers to gain God’s commendation, care, and protection, they must pray using the name of God in the current age. In this age, the Lord Jesus has already returned and is using the name ‘Almighty God’ to end the Age of Grace and begin the Age of Kingdom. During the last days, God’s name is Almighty God, so we must use this name in our prayers, otherwise God won’t hear them.” It was then that I realized that my nightmare hadn’t been spontaneous, but that God had heard my prayer and had given me proof that Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus. Thanks be to God! After realizing this, my heart surged with strength and I now had the faith to face any assault from my boss and colleagues.
The next day at work my boss once again said in front of everyone who worked there that I had gone astray and also said a lot of things that blasphemed Almighty God. Hearing her say such things made me really angry, so I asked her, “We are all believers in God. Why don’t you investigate the words and work of Almighty God and seek God’s will instead of just blindly condemning and blaspheming Him? Doing such things shows that you have no reverence for God in your heart!” After saying all this, I stormed out. A short while later my boss came looking for me and told me that I should not have lost my temper with her. I said, “I didn’t want to lose my temper but you shouldn’t have said those things. The things you said that blasphemed, opposed, and condemned God are not things that we believers in God should ever say, because they offend Him. From your perspective, it may seem that you are doing a good deed by urging me to change my mind. But I’m an adult, and I think things through rationally. The issue of whether or not Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus is something that I’ve sought and investigated. It’s not something that I just randomly decided to believe in. Please respect my decision, and don’t try to stop me or constrain me from seeking and investigating God’s work of the last days.” My boss then asked me if I’d seen any of the rumors on TV and on the Internet about The Church of Almighty God. I replied, “Negative stuff always comes from Satan. What I read are the words of Almighty God, and what I watch are the films, choir videos, and music videos produced by The Church of Almighty God. I don’t watch what you watch. The Church of Almighty God doesn’t allow its members to do wicked deeds, which is exactly the opposite of what you are all saying. Almighty God asks that we become honest people and good people who possess humanity, conscience and reason.” After listening to what I had to say my boss was at a loss for words, and having no other option, she left.
After that my boss started picking on me and even started saying sarcastic things about me. I knew that she was saying these things in an attempt to force me to abandon my faith in Almighty God. One day, she suddenly said to me, “Sister Yun wants to talk with you when she returns from her business trip.” When I heard that, I felt a bit upset and a bit nervous. I thought: “Sister Yun will definitely try to prevent me from believing in Almighty God. I became a Christian after listening to her preaching and she’s a VIP customer in our beauty salon. If I offend her then the boss won’t be happy and I’ll have even more problems getting along with her in the future.” As the day of Sister Yun’s return drew closer, I became more nervous and afraid. One afternoon, I was sitting in the VIP room praying to God. I’d just finished my prayer when my phone rang. It was my boss. “Sister Yun is coming over. Give her a facial.” I wasn’t at all keen to do it but there was no way I could refuse. When I got back to the treatment room I put on a recording of hymns in order to calm myself in God’s presence. While listening to the hymn “I Am Determined to Love God With My Heart” I heard these lines: “May You open my spiritual eyes and may Your Spirit move my heart. Make it so that, as I come before You, I throw off all that is negative, cease to be constrained by any person, matter, or thing, and lay my heart completely bare before You, and make it so that I may offer my entire being before You. However You may test me, I am ready. Now, I give no consideration to my future prospects, nor am I under the yoke of death. With a heart that loves You, I desire to seek the way of life” (Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs). God’s words gave me faith, and gradually I began to feel calmer and more grounded. “That’s right,” I thought. “I shouldn’t be restrained by any person, matter, or object when choosing the true way. Since I’m already certain that Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus, I should follow Him without the slightest doubt or hesitation. How my boss sees me and treats me or how my relationship with Sister Yun develops is all in God’s hands. I should rid myself of my worries and abide by God’s arrangements.” I therefore went to face the situation with confidence.
A few minutes later, Sister Yun arrived. I prayed silently to God: “O Almighty God, I’m afraid that she’ll say something that blasphemes, resists, condemns and attacks You. I’m also afraid that she’ll try to harass me. Please help and protect me, God.” At first, Sister Yun only talked about her business trip to Israel and how successful it had been. Eventually, however, she brought up the topic in a roundabout way. “During the last days there are lots of false Christs and false prophets who try to deceive people—” I didn’t want to hear her say anything that would blaspheme Almighty God so I interrupted her by saying, “Yes, the Lord gave us this reminder so that we can guard against those false Christs who imitate the Lord Jesus by manifesting signs and miracles. But the Lord’s intention was to make us develop discernment, not to have us refuse to listen to all who preach the gospel of the Lord’s return. The Lord Jesus said: ‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me’ (John 10:27). The Lord will lead us along the right path, so we shouldn’t just worry about being misled by the false Christs of the last days, but should also keep in mind the fact that the Lord will return during the last days. As long as we seek the Lord then we’ll find the manifestation of the Lord because He has told us that God’s sheep can hear God’s voice.” But Sister Yun didn’t pay any attention to what I said and just repeated the stuff about false Christs deceiving people during the last days and that I should be more careful. Then she said more things about how bad The Church of Almighty God was. I ignored her, and when she saw that I wasn’t going to reply, she stopped talking.
After that, my boss still wasn’t happy about me believing in Almighty God and continued to pick on me and attack me in front of my colleagues. During this period, the brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God were always there to fellowship and share God’s words with me so that I could understand God’s will. They also told me that God is holy, and that when God created mankind, He gave us free will, the freedom to choose. They said that God never forces anyone to do anything but only expresses truths that provide sustenance for us and that help us to understand His will and to differentiate between good from evil. For example, God told Adam and Eve that they could eat fruit from any tree in the Garden of Eden except the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, because if they did they would surely die! The essence of God is good and He gives mankind the freedom to choose; it is only Satan that controls and coerces people, because Satan is evil. So, accepting Almighty God’s work of the last days is each individual’s decision, and nobody is forced into it. As well as telling me these things, the brothers and sisters also found a passage of God’s words: “In every step of work that God does within people, externally it appears to be interactions between people, as if born of human arrangements or from human interference. But behind the scenes, every step of work, and everything that happens, is a wager made by Satan before God, and requires people to stand firm in their testimony to God. Take when Job was tried, for example: Behind the scenes, Satan was making a bet with God, and what happened to Job was the deeds of men and the interference of men. Behind every step of work that God does in you is Satan’s wager with God—behind it all is a battle. … When God and Satan do battle in the spiritual realm, how should you satisfy God, and how should you stand firm in your testimony to Him? You should know that everything that happens to you is a great trial and the time when God needs you to bear testimony” (“Only Loving God Is Truly Believing in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). The fellowships with the brothers and sisters helped me to understand this passage a little. I now understood that no matter what happened to me, it was always sanctioned by God. God was using these situations to test me to see if I had real faith in Him and to make me develop discernment. God wanted me to see clearly what comes from Him and what comes from Satan, and He wanted me to learn to rely on Him and look to Him in times of trial, to stand witness for God like Job, and thereby humiliate Satan.
With the guidance of God’s words and the assistance of the brothers and sisters, I was able to build a clearer picture of the true way, I became certain that I wasn’t on the wrong path by following Almighty God but was instead keeping pace with the footprints of the Lamb. The brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God were fellowshiping truths and God’s will with me. They were bearing witness to God’s work of saving mankind, and to all that God has and is. They never tried to force me to believe anything, but instead helped me to learn how to discern between various voices so that I could make my own decisions freely. But Sister Yun and my boss believed in all the online rumors and continuously said things that resisted and blasphemed God in order to obstruct and coerce me, and to prevent me from accepting God’s work of the last days. When I didn’t accept their point of view, they started to bully me, mock me, and verbally attack me. But I saw clearly that everything they said and did came from Satan, because bullying, coercing, and attacking people are actions that can only derive from Satan. Thanks be to God! I was now able to see at a glance who comes from God and who from Satan, and I now had discernment of these types of people. I now felt light filling my heart and that a heavy weight had been lifted from it. I was so grateful to God for incarnating in human form during the last days and expressing so many truths so that, every time I was harassed, I was able to turn to God’s words to understand His will and find the path of practice. I felt so fortunate to be able to grow, a little at a time, under the provision of God’s words!
At first, I thought that the whole affair had come to an end, so I was surprised when a new round of attacks began. One day, I had just finished giving a customer a beauty treatment when my boss came and took me to the building next door. As we got to the door, she told me that Sister Yun was in there waiting for me. I went in, and when I saw that Sister Yun and Pastor Liu and his wife were there, I immediately began to feel nervous, and I had no idea what they were going to do. I quickly said a silent prayer to God: “O God, they’ve come to talk with me again. Please protect me and help me by giving me the wisdom to answer them.” After praying, I no longer felt nervous, and I wondered: Had they come to force me to leave Almighty God? And if I refused, would I lose my job? But then I remembered that everything was in God’s hands and that God’s arrangements were always suitable, so I resolved that, even if I lost my job, I still wouldn’t leave Almighty God.
The pastor asked me when I first started believing in the Lord, and then talked about many things to do with faith in the Lord. Then he asked me, “Do you know about The Church of Almighty God? Are you still in touch with them?” He then went on to say many things that blasphemed Almighty God and laid false accusations against The Church of Almighty God. I got angry listening to him, and said, “Why is it that The Church of Almighty God that you describe is nothing like the one that I have been in contact with and actually know something about? We have all seen the stuff online. What I’ve seen are the words of Almighty God and the films and videos produced by The Church of Almighty God, as well as the written testimonies of experiences had by the brothers and sisters. I’ve also looked at some of the negative propaganda, but all I saw was a lot of empty, baseless rumors and lies. They are not able to produce a shred of believable evidence to back up even one of those rumors. They either make things up from scratch or take an existing falsehood and embellish it and then spread it around more. These are all Satan’s lies, so I don’t believe them and have absolutely no interest in them. How is it that you only believe the negative rumors but never even look at the words of God on The Church of Almighty God’s website? None of you read Almighty God’s words, nor do you investigate God’s work of the last days, but instead you just condemn it however you please. Is that the right thing to do?” The pastor didn’t answer my question directly but instead said, “The Church of Almighty God has expanded very quickly, and they’ve been actively going to other churches to steal their members. If you insist on believing in Almighty God, then we won’t be nice to you any longer. We’ll tell all of the brothers and sisters in our church that you now believe in Almighty God, so the next time you come to our congregation they’ll think you’ve come to steal them away and they’ll reject you.” He then tried to use some false testimonies to scare me but nothing he said affected me. In fact, I felt even more emboldened and said, “This stuff that you’re talking about, did you personally see it happen? Or have you done a thorough investigation and got solid evidence? What proof do you have that the members of The Church of Almighty God did all this? Where’s the evidence? You’re just taking the rumors and false testimonies spread by the CCP government and the religious community to condemn Almighty God and falsely accuse and incriminate The Church of Almighty God. Aren’t you worried that you’ll be condemned by the Lord, just like the Pharisees were?”
I went on, saying, “The Lord Jesus predicted this about His return: ‘But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation’ (Luke 17:25). What does this mean? At present, the whole religious community and the atheist Communist government of China are trying their best to resist and condemn Almighty God’s work of the last days. Doesn’t this fulfill the Lord’s prediction? Isn’t the religious community’s resistance to and condemnation of Almighty God today exactly the same as the Jewish Pharisees’ resistance to and condemnation of the Lord Jesus all those years ago? The Pharisees resisted the Lord Jesus and denied that He was the foretold Messiah, but the Lord’s disciples were able to recognize that the Lord Jesus was the Messiah foretold in the prophecies and so they followed Him. And today, we now find ourselves in the exact same situation. The pastors and elders don’t accept Almighty God’s work of the last days, and they resist and condemn Almighty God, but the good sheep in the various denominations are able to recognize the voice of God in the words of Almighty God and recognize that Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus. How is it so? The Lord Jesus said that God’s sheep are able to hear God’s voice, and that God’s return would separate the sheep from the goats. I’ve only believed in the Lord for a short time, and I don’t understand the Bible all that well, so I don’t know how the Lord will separate the sheep from the goats. Pastor Liu, you’ve been to seminary and have been a pastor for many years now. Perhaps you’d be so good as to explain it to me?” Pastor Liu looked at me angrily, because he clearly didn’t know how to explain this to me. All he said was, “We believers gain eternal life because we have been baptized.” So I said, “What? Gaining eternal life is that easy? So everyone who has come to your church and been baptized will enter the kingdom of heaven? Does that accord with what the Lord said? Are they all people who approach the Lord with true hearts? Do they all abide by the will of the heavenly Father? Every sermon in the church mentions giving offerings, but the Lord never said that giving offerings is the same as loving the Lord. So what is loving the Lord?” Pastor Liu replied, “Reading the Bible a lot and praying a lot is loving the Lord.” Although I didn’t know what truly loving the Lord meant, I knew that it was foolish to say that reading the Bible and praying a lot is loving the Lord. The Pharisees read the Bible a lot and did plenty of praying, but can it be said that they loved the Lord? If they loved the Lord, then why did they blaspheme and condemn Him, and nail Him upon the cross? It seemed to me that the pastor didn’t understand what loving the Lord meant at all. Pastors may well understand biblical knowledge and theological theories but that doesn’t mean that they understand truths! But I could only blame myself for not previously having enough discernment and regarding them too highly.
When I realized this, I saw no point in continuing to debate with Pastor Liu, so I stopped talking. But the pastor had more to say. “Do you know that they say the Lord has returned incarnated as a woman to perform God’s work?” I replied, “What form the Lord takes when He returns and incarnates to do the work is God’s business. We are just tiny, insignificant beings created by God, so how can we make rules for God’s work? In the Bible it says: ‘[W]ho has been His counselor?’ (Romans 11:34). Almighty God’s words say: ‘Man should not define the work of God; moreover, man cannot define the work of God. In the eyes of God, man is as insignificant as an ant; so how can man fathom God’s work?’ (Preface to The Word Appears in the Flesh). God is the Creator of all things and God’s wisdom exceeds everything, so however God does His work He doesn’t need to check in with us humans first!” Seeing that they didn’t have the slightest interest in seeking and investigating God’s work of the last days, but only wanted to nitpick and look for chances to attack and blaspheme God and prevent me from accepting God’s work of the last days, I decided not to continue the conversation. Finally, I asked them, “Did you ever think about how your coming to the salon today would affect my work here?” To my utter surprise, the pastor lied to my face and said, “Your boss doesn’t know what this conversation is about.” Before, I would have been very shocked that this pastor—a man who preaches and instructs people and knows the Bible so well—could tell such a bare-faced lie. But after having just heard them make up lies that blasphemed God, I wasn’t at all surprised. This behavior was all too normal for them. I couldn’t help but think of the Lord Jesus’ words: “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). In my heart I said these words to God: “Thank You, God! You have allowed this event to happen to me today so that I can see that they have no understanding of the truths, and that they are liars who brazenly spread falsehoods and deceive people. Truly, they are hypocritical Pharisees.” I had nothing more to say to them and wanted to leave immediately.
Seeing that I was in no mood to continue the conversation, Sister Yun said to me, “Yixin, you should think about your children and your parents.” I replied, “They are all doing well, and we’re all fine. I believe in the one true God, the Creator of all things. Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus. God is the God that loves and saves people, and with God’s blessings and guidance, my family will do better and better.” The pastor and Sister Yun wanted to pray for me, but I refused. Pastor Liu finished off with a warning: “If you don’t leave The Church of Almighty God then you’ll be ostracized from our church!” I thought: “And what is the church like these days? It’s like the temple when the Lord Jesus first started His work: nothing but a den of thieves. The gatherings don’t provide any spiritual sustenance, so what is there for me to miss?” I’d already accepted God’s work of the last days, was keeping pace with the footprints of the Lamb, and had come before God’s throne. I was being provided with the living water of life issued by Christ and enjoying being face-to-face watered and shepherded by God. I was the happiest woman on earth, and The Church of Almighty God was now my true home.
Almighty God’s words say: “Everything that has been arranged now is for the purpose of training you so that you may grow in your lives, to make your spirit keen and sharp, to open your spiritual eyes and make you recognize the things that come from God” (“Chapter 13” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh). I’m grateful to God for having mercy on me and for using the harassment of religious forces to enable me to develop discernment. I saw how full of lies the religious pastors are, how they resist and condemn God’s work of the last days, and how they don’t have a shred of reverence for God. I saw how their congregations cling to their sinful ways, how they follow the trends and fashions of the material world, how they cheat each other, and how they don’t behave like believers in God at all. All this made me even more certain that the religious community no longer has the work of the Holy Spirit, that it is smothered in darkness and under Satan’s control. At the same time, I was able to see that the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God pursue the truth and seek to know God under the guidance of God’s words and, when they encounter difficulties, they seek to use God’s words to resolve their problems. Within The Church of Almighty God it is wholly the truth, God’s words, and the Holy Spirit which rule. Almighty God’s words must be accomplished, and what is said will be done. Nobody can stand in the way of what God wants to accomplish, and this is an undeniable fact! Almighty God’s words are indeed the truth, and Almighty God is the manifestation of the Lord of creation. I wish to follow Almighty God for the rest of my life!