Question (7) The church leaders and workers do not have harmonious coordination. They do not discuss all aspects of the work, each talks about his own business. Gospel work is not discussed beforehand and it is not summarized afterward. The gospel deacon decides themselves on the contents of eating, drinking and communicating at gospel meetings, never discussing it with others. They hardly ever discuss how to optimize the life of the church, or how to resolve various states of brothers and sisters. We do not know how to resolve such a situation.
Answer: This is a problem with church leadership: The church leaders are unable to take charge of the work. Have the church leaders grasped the situation that the gospel deacon cannot perform work and that at work it is never discussed? If the leaders are aware of such a circumstance, why do they not resolve it? Tell me, when there is a problem with the gospel deacon and the work has not been done properly, do the church leaders have responsibility for this? This explains that the church leaders cannot lead, they are unable to resolve problems and they cannot discover problems. One aspect of church work is the life of the church, another is preaching the gospel. Why are you not concerned about and place importance on these two things? Why do you not understand the situation? The church leaders are not bearing burden, they are muddle-headed, and not taking it seriously. Therefore, the work is in a complete mess. The fact that problems are not resolved when discovered and the work is done poorly explains that the leadership of this church has a problem. Furthermore, the gospel deacon does not discuss anything with others. Is this not a satanic disposition? Those who think that in all matters their own views count, are these people seeking the truth? Those who are genuinely seeking the truth should discuss any matter with others, and have harmonious coordination. The work is not done by one person, the church is not a family of one, it is the family of God’s chosen people. God’s chosen people should discharge their responsibility, and all should exert their effort. If a mass of people collects firewood, the fire will be blazing all the higher and everyone will be delighted. So is that work your affair alone? Is it your private property? Only taking account of your own views and never discussing things with others, such a person does not understand the truth. This is not the work to be done by you alone, this is not your own home where you can do as you please. This is the home of God’s chosen people, where there are your partners, there are deacons, there are workers. If we communicate more with them, and each person is given some responsibility, isn’t the work then better performed? It’s like a family. In some households the husband is the head of the family, it is only what the husband says that counts. If he is determined to do something, no matter what others say, it will be useless. How do you regard your wife? Is she a puppet? If you don’t let her speak, then what sort of husband would you say that you are? Does he take notice of anyone? If it is the wife who is the head of the family, and she does not do as the husband says at all, she does not ask about the advice of the children as they’re growing up, she does whatever she wants to, she has no knowledge whatsoever, what sort of person is this? Is this not a foolish woman? This is disgraceful! Important family matters need to be discussed and taken care of by the husband and wife and if the children are older they should be allowed to take part so that they know how to get along and maintain their family, so that they can carry out their responsibilities and duties. In this way everyone is happy and free of worries and they will feel, “I have a right as well, I am bearing responsibility.” If in a church one person takes charge and only what he says matters, never communicating with other leaders and workers, never coordinating with others at work, wouldn’t you say that it is a foolish man, or foolish woman in charge of the household? How can such a person make people feel so sickened? Learning how to coordinate is crucial and it allows everyone to carry out their duties. Do you think that as a leader you are the head of the household, and only what you say counts? Are you then thinking of maintaining the family on your own? How can this matter of one person being in charge of the household be so off-putting? Coordination is so great, is fit and proper and everyone is at ease and released, because the church is the home of God’s chosen people and not of any one person. If we allow God’s chosen people to have their say and all bear their responsibility, isn’t this a good thing? It is something to be happy about. Whoever is bearing his responsibilities feels good inside, “I am a person too and this means that I’m considered able to look after some things,” and he is delighted. If you don’t allow him to take on responsibility, he feels pent up and aggrieved, feels that he has no status and position in the church, and feels that he has lost out. Isn’t this the case? Let everyone take charge and let whoever in the church has a firm view or experience about a particular matter say their piece and act as they say. Then they will feel good inside and exert themselves. If you give them encouragement, they will make even greater effort and work with great enthusiasm. This is called “If everyone collects firewood, the fire blazes all the higher.” You should mobilize each person’s positivity, give full play to their functions, let them speak, and let them take charge. You are the leader of the church in name, but in fact everyone is in charge and carries out their duties. As soon as everyone sees, “Although I am not a leader of the church, yet there are some matters to do with the church in which my say counts. In those things, it’s what I propose, it’s my way of doing it, and that is what I do,” aren’t they happy? Why cannot you make people happy? I do things to make everyone happy. If I ask you to take on some duties, you do them as you see fit with no need to ask me. Once you have completed them, I reveal my views, “It’s not correct to have done this thing in this way, and it’s without any principles; it’s right to have done that thing in that way, which is completely correct.” I allow them to practice. If something has been done wrongly, I talk to them and have them correct it. If it has not been done correctly but there are no serious consequences and only a slight effect, then it does not matter. Allow a person to practice, give him some rights, loosen your grip and let him do it. If he does it wrongly, prune him and deal with him. If he does it correctly, then support and encourage him. If he makes a mistake, then still encourage him, “Do it again, and maybe next time there can be no mistakes.” He replies, “No, there can’t,” and then he should do it much better. Give people freedom, give them rights, and do not control people, which is the secret to being a leader, and is the secret to doing good work. You should permit others to take charge more, and allow them to savor the taste of being in charge. As a leader you ask a worker or a particular brother or sister: “What is your view of this matter?” They say: “This is how I see it.” “Fine, what you say about this matter counts, and you are responsible for doing it.” How happy do you say they are, and they feel good inside, “Ah, this leader is really good. The day has finally come when I can do something, the day when I can be in the limelight. Finally, there is the opportunity for me to do a little by myself.” When he has been successful through practicing it, he has confidence and he is even more willing to carry out his duties. It is so much better if you allow people to do a few things. However, there are some things that he is unable to do that you should not allow him to do, or you first communicate with him, first urge him what he should pay attention to, and how he ought to do it. You first pass on to him the skills, let him know how you would go about it, so that he does it in keeping with your way. Even if some minor mistakes are made but they are not big mistakes, isn’t it good to do it this way? If he cannot do it, then show him a skill and tell him how it is to be done. Let him do it and allow him to practice; this is called cultivating people. It’s easy to be a leader—you just think of ways of doing things to make everyone happy and willing to carry out their duties. If you allow everyone to have the opportunity to express themselves and to give full play to their strengths, in this way you arrive at the outcome of “Everyone collecting firewood for the fire to blaze higher.” Now I’ll try to have those upper-level leaders of the church do some even bigger jobs and allow them to practice, give them an opportunity to speak. If their communication is really good, it can be passed on to God’s chosen people, as long as it is not communicated during gatherings. God’s chosen people can be allowed to read it in their spare time and leaders’ strengths will be given full play. This can be done by all who have the work of the Holy Spirit, and some realities of the truths. These people are all quite good, they are all people who pursue the truth. Even if their work is a little biased or a little deficient, God’s family does not investigate it, it does not matter. Do you follow? By no means should you control people, do not restrict them or trample on them, in particular anyone who has strengths. Whoever has merits that are stronger than ours, whoever has merits stronger than even mine, should absolutely not be trampled upon. Allow him to give full play to his merits and as long as he is a person who is pursuing the truth, even if he commits a few transgressions or is a little off track, slowly correct his mistakes and cultivate him. Some people fail, and suffer a setback, trip and fall over and crawl back up to continue practicing. Slowly they are made perfect. Is such putting into practice good or not? Under no circumstances should you suppress people. It is narrow-minded to suppress others, it is demonic. You cannot suppress God’s chosen people who have made mistakes, who have strayed off the path, or who have been deceived. Suppression is putting people down, looking down on them, discriminating against them, it is no good. But for an antichrist and evil person, it is not suppressing. That is called imposing a sanction. They must be sanctioned, they must be banned, and they must be thoroughly exposed. Allow God’s chosen people to distinguish and finally abandon them, eliminate them, do you understand? Some people commit transgressions; they are somewhat absurd, and deviate a little. You absolutely must not suppress them, but should help them with a loving heart, deal with them according to their substance, which is then correct. Are there any relatively good people who are suppressed, ostracized, or trampled underfoot by you? Some people dare not let out a word, but there is condemnation in their consciences. I never do that to anyone. I promote all genuinely good people, even though they have offended me. And if they are unfit to be used later, then I will dismiss and replace them. I will not generally expel them. If he really is an antichrist, I will not let him off; if he is not an antichrist and there is some hope that he will repent and mend his ways, and some hope that he can be rescued, then I certainly do not expel him. I do not permit anyone to expel him. Have you trampled upon good people? Have you suppressed the relatively arrogant and conceited people who nevertheless are of particularly good quality, and who are also pursuing the truth? If you have suppressed them, this is also a kind of blood debt. The best thing is that after you have been a leader for several years there has not been such a blood debt, and no one has been harmed. If you have only suppressed Satan demons, have not harmed good people who have committed transgressions, have not suppressed or trampled upon anyone who has been genuinely pursuing the truth, if you have done this much, you can arrest assured and that will be fine. It is most important that under no circumstances can brothers play around with women, and that sisters absolutely do not indulge in lust, do not act promiscuously with a partner. Establishing normal human relations with others is too important. In this way, you will be able to give account to God. If you have this filth on your hands, the traces remain and even if you dive into the Yellow River, they cannot be washed clean, do you understand? Having worked for so many years, I have borne in mind a number of principles: Under no circumstances would I suppress or treat unjustly any good person. No good person has been punished by my hand, including those who have transgressed or offended me. If it is an antichrist, I will not let him go and I will punish him to the point of collapse, and remove him. It won’t do if you disrupt the work of God’s family. If you only have some prejudice and judgments against me, but you are good to God’s chosen people, you are loving, then for my part I will be tolerant, patient, pardoning, merciful. If here you are my enemy and there you do evil and disrupt God’s chosen people, then I will not let go of you, and I must remove you. Is it not principled that I act in this way? For example, if a person is hostile to me, I need to understand why he is antagonistic, how he is toward God’s chosen people and the church’s work, and whether or not he has done good work. If God’s chosen people concur that he has done much profitable work, I will show mercy toward this person, and say, “There is no need to investigate him. It is fine no matter which level of the leader you elect him to be.” As long as what he does is to the advantage of God’s chosen people, and is to the advantage of the work of God’s family, I will not investigate him, do you understand? As leaders and workers, can you carry out this principle? You probably have not acted on it now and it is fine if you can carry it out in the future. You definitely must not treat good people unjustly. Whoever exposes you, or attacks you, you must see how the person’s substance is after all, whether or not he is an evil person after all. If he is not an evil person, then you absolutely must not punish him as an evil person, be merciful to him; can you bear that in mind? Do not investigate. Even God pardons people and shows mercy to them. What qualification do we corrupted mankind have to bear grudges? If he who interrupts and disturbs God’s work gets along with us, is our family, friend or siblings, it won’t do and he is still an enemy. If he is our enemy but he is good to God’s chosen people, and sincerely obeys God, then we must be completely merciful to him. This is a principle of leadership. Under no circumstances can you treat a good person unjustly. If you really can do this, then notification of expulsion from God’s family will be one hundred percent accurate. Furthermore, have you ever discovered under your charge people who truly have value to be made perfect, but are rather arrogant and conceited, particularly self-righteous, normally do not obey anyone? They are people of very good quality but they have been suppressed, trampled underfoot and have had no opportunity whatsoever to practice because their disposition is not good. Are there not such people? For those of good quality, as long as they are persons who pursue the truth, even if they are arrogant and conceited, we can prune and deal with them, but must not suppress them. If they are people who pursue the truth, whatever transgressions they may commit, we can be tolerant, merciful, forgiving, and give them the opportunity to practice. If a person who is talented commits transgressions, he can be pruned and dealt with, but it is not permissible to suppress him, which is a principle. Bear this in mind, in particular the coordinators of each pastoral area and regional leaders: Under no circumstances can they stifle people of talent.