How to Differentiate Various Kinds of People
How to Differentiate Various Kinds of People
When it comes to attaining salvation, aside from pursuing the truth and resolving one’s own corruption and poison, one must also learn how to differentiate various kinds of people. This is very important. This is because the road toward attaining salvation has many dangers. The major dangers are the work of various evil spirits, the deceptions of false Christs, antichrists, false workers, false shepherds and false brothers and sisters. If one cannot differentiate these evil doers and deceivers, then it is quite possible that one will veer off the proper path. In this way, they will end up forfeiting their opportunity for salvation. That is why it is very important to know how to differentiate various kinds of people!
Now, how does one differentiate antichrists? Remember, antichrists only have one distinctive feature. That is, they do not bear witness to the practical God and they do not bear witness to or lift up Almighty God. They only bear witness to themselves. They never communicate God’s words, all that God has and is and all the truth that God expresses. This kind of person is an antichrist. This is how to differentiate antichrists. Why do we call these people antichrists? It is because they are the enemies of Christ. The distinctive features of people that are enemies of Christ are that they do not bear witness to Christ, they do not lift up Christ, they do not communicate the words of Almighty God, they do not bear witness to Almighty God’s work, they do not let people obey Almighty God, they do not let people eat and drink the words of Almighty God and they do not let people accept the work of Almighty God. These kinds of people are antichrists. Notice how if someone always talks about his conclusions of some sort of “truth” or if they always talk about the method of work summarized by themselves, yet they never bear witness to God’s disposition, they do not bear witness to God’s work and they do not bear witness to all God has and is, then this person is an antichrist. In the past, God’s family has discovered that after some leaders had been working for several years, those followers who they led did not have any understanding of God. Those followers led by them worshiped them in hearts. Their status amongst them was higher than God and higher than Christ. Wouldn’t you say that this kind of person is an antichrist? This person is an antichrist. Do you know how to differentiate antichrists? When they work, they never bear witness to God or communicate the truth. They only focus on their status in other people’s hearts. They always make people worship, follow and obey them. This kind of person is an antichrist. It does not matter how high their status is. If they are like this, then they are antichrists. Their brothers and sisters should abandon them. Make sure you understand this. Suppose there is someone who says that they are the regional leader and they want to communicate with you. Right when you hear the regional leader is going to communicate, you listen to them without delay. You believe that they are guaranteed to communicate the truth. However, after communicating for quite a while, you discover that they do not bear witness to God or lift up God at all. At this point, you should ask them, “How do you experience God’s judgment and chastisement? Are you able to communicate this to us? Also, what kind of understanding do you have of God? Are you able to communicate that to us?” If they are not able to answer these few questions, then this person is a false worker and a false apostle. If they persistently show off themselves and lift up and bear witness to themselves, then they are an antichrist. When it comes to this kind of people, you should abandon them. Understood? What is the main distinctive feature of antichrists? They do not have any understanding of God and they do not have a heart that reveres God. They never lift up or bear witness to God in their work. They always show off themselves and make other people listen to and obey them. They do not lead people before God. Instead, they mainly lead people before themselves and make them obey them as if they themselves were God. This kind of people are antichrists. You should now understand how to differentiate antichrists, right?
Now, what is an evil person? A person who does evil deceives other members of Gods’ family. He forms gangs, spreads notions and spreads rumors. He disturbs and obstructs other people from entering the life, and he demolishes the work of God’s family. This kind of person is an evil-doer. All those who form gangs, sow dissension, always disturb others from eating and drinking God’s word and entering the truth, always spread notions and cause people to become negative and always spread rumors to disturb other people’s hearts are evil people. Externally, there is nothing unusual about evil people. In brief, when people look at their appearance, when people look at the things they say and do, their hearts feel unwell and they feel disgusted. These people are unable to benefit others. All they do is bring other people frustration, disturbance and trouble. This is what is known as an evil person. Evil people can be found anywhere. Every church can have evil people, the only difference is in how many there are. Some churches have one; some churches have three; some churches may have five or six. Basically, all those who do not have a good function in the church, who are detested by the majority of people and are hated by those who are comparatively honest and simple-minded are evil people. It can be said that evil people are the most treacherous people. Their hearts are particularly bad. They stir up enmity and talk people into quarrels. These kinds of people are evil people. Evil people are capable of doing just about anything. Their thoughts never remain idle. They are always turning their thoughts on this person or that person. They are always thinking about hurting this person or harming that person. They are always thinking about how to turn their evil thoughts on others. This is an evil person. Using vernacular language to explain it is that these kinds of people are known as “the black sheep of the flock.” Those that belong to this category of people are evil people. If an evil person stays in one particular place for a long time, perhaps one or two years, the majority of people there will notice it and they will say, “This person is awful. All he does is gossip behind other people’s back and sow dissension. All they do is judge other people and cause disturbances. This person is too awful.” This kind of person is an evil person, understood? Are you able to differentiate evil people? It seems like you are able to.
There is yet another kind of person and they are known as nonbelievers. Everyone within God’s family believes in God. However, there is one kind of person who, even though they claim that they believe in God, inside their hearts they have doubts about the existence of God, about the fact that God created all that is, about God’s rule over all that is, about God’s incarnation, about God’s word and about the truth. One aspect is that they are unable to confirm whether or not these things are true. Another aspect is that they still doubt, believing these things to be impossible. What do they believe in their hearts? They believe in all the things that exist in the material world. They believe everything that their eyes can see, and they believe everything that their hands can touch. They take a suspicious attitude toward anything that their eyes cannot see, to the point where they even do not acknowledge it. This kind of person only believes nominally in God, but in reality, they are just nonbelievers. I have heard that within western religion, 25% of pastors, that is basically 1 out of every 4 pastors, do not believe that the Lord Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and they harbor some doubts about the Bible. Amongst the western pastors, there are this many that are nonbelievers. Especially when it comes to the second incarnation of God, they become even more oppositional. They believe that God only exists in heaven and that God will never work amongst man. As a result, whoever says that God has come will be accused by the majority of western pastors as heretics. Wouldn’t you say that these people are nonbelievers? They are nonbelievers. Nonbelievers do not believe in the work of the Holy Spirit. They say, “This is something that is thought of by man. Man’s heart can be momentarily inspired and can sometimes become enlightened. But this has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit’s work.” They do not believe in the work of the Holy Spirit. Also, they do not believe that God’s words are spoken by God. They say, “These words were spoken by man. Who has seen God say these words? How could God say these things? This was spoken by man.” All those who do not believe in the incarnation of God or the work of the Holy Spirit, and even do not believe that the words of God are expressed by God or the Spirit of God, are nonbelievers. No matter how genuine they say their belief in God is, they are nonbelievers. A nonbeliever is not someone who claims that they do not believe in God. They say that they believe in God with their mouths, but their hearts do not believe. This is what it means to be a nonbeliever, and it can also be said that they are imposters. Have you discovered the existence of these kinds of people? You can see that within God’s family, there are some people who have believed in God for many years but still dare to commit the sin of stealing. They dare to steal the sacrifices, judge God and are even capable of doing any sort of evil. Is this kind of person a nonbeliever? This person is a nonbeliever. After believing in God for so many years, if he has experienced the work of the Holy Spirit, he should have a heart that reveres God. Since nonbelievers do not believe in the existence of God, the work of God incarnate and the work of the Holy Spirit, they do not have a heart that reveres God. …
Another kind of person is the person that does not have the Holy Spirit’s work. How do you differentiate this kind of person? If you ask those who do not have the Holy Spirit’s work to talk about the state of their life experience or how they put God’s word into practice, they are unable to speak about it. When you talk about the spiritual state in life, it is as if they are listening to you speak in a foreign language. They do not understand. When they open their mouths to speak, they interrupt and all that comes out are the words of a layman. This kind of person does not have the Holy Spirit’s work. Those who do not have the Holy Spirit’s work do not understand spiritual matters. Have you seen those who do not understand spiritual matters? Remember, all those who do not understand spiritual matters are people that do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. When they speak, the words that come out are that of a layman. They do not understand when you communicate to them about the states or matters of spiritual life. Whenever they speak, it is guaranteed that they are interrupting. They believe in God but they speak the words of laymen. They cannot communicate about matters concerning spiritual life. This is a manifestation of someone that does not understand spiritual matters. Those that do not understand spiritual matters do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. There are few people who understand spiritual matters, but because they have done too much evil and do not pursue the truth, the Holy Spirit does not work upon them. Those that do not have the Holy Spirit’s work are not able to talk about the spiritual state in life. They do not have the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and illumination. They want to communicate the light of the truth but they are unable to do so. That is why when you communicate matters concerning life experience, they have nothing to say. They stare at you with fixed eyes. They want to speak but they cannot. They are unbearably uncomfortable and they worry helplessly. These kinds of people are people that do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. Additionally, their state is the same as unbelievers. They say whatever they want and do whatever they want. They follow the tides of the unbelievers. This kind of people are also people that do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. They say anything unbelievers say that is fashionable at the time. Whatever unbelievers are paying attention to, that is what they will follow. They follow precisely step by step the tides of the world. They do not fall behind in the slightest. How can this kind of person have the Holy Spirit’s work? They cling to the world and they love the worldly people. They do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. Are you able to distinguish these kinds of people? When you come into contact with them, you will think, “Why do they carry the taste of the world? Why are they full of the flavor of an unbelieving person?” It can be said that this kind of person is a nonbeliever. It can also be said that they do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. They do not truly believe in God. Once they speak, they have the flavor of an unbeliever or the flavor of the world. Brothers and sisters will feel that they have seen an unbeliever when they see them. They do not feel close with them at all. Even though the brothers and sisters want to communicate the truth to them, they are unable to. It is awkward talking with them. This kind of person does not have the Holy Spirit’s work. You should be able to differentiate them. Which people truly believe in God? For those who truly believe in God, the more you communicate the truth to them, the thirstier and more eager they become. When you look at them, it is as if they are applying all of their energy to press onward and upward. Their hearts are eager and they are particularly thirsty. If you communicate the truth with them and talk about the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and illumination, they will even be emotionally moved and have tears flow down their faces. They are very willing to listen to other people communicate. When other people talk about life experiences, communicate the truth and communicate about matters of faith, they are very willing to listen to and they are very thirsty. As long as they have some spare time, they will want to come out and communicate with their brothers and sisters. They feel they absolutely must communicate. This kind of person is someone that truly believes in God. Those who truly believe in God are willing to eat and drink God’s word, communicate God’s word, participate in gatherings and contact with their brothers and sisters. They are not willing to answer unbelievers. Additionally, once true believers understand a bit of the truth, they feel the need to fulfill their duties and expend themselves for God. When they see their brothers and sisters face difficulties in terms of entering the life, they want to help and assist them. They want to see and assist their brothers and sisters. They feel they have a responsibility. They would not feel right if they didn’t go and help. These kinds of people belong in the category of true believers. All those believers in God who are willing to fulfill their duties, ready to expend themselves for God and able to pay the price are people who truly believe in God. It can also be said that they are people that pursue the truth.
There is one more kind of person that needs to be differentiated. It is those that cannot be saved. Those that believe in God, pursue the truth and are able to fulfill their duties are people that can attain salvation. They are people that have God’s protection. But there are a group of people that do not pursue the truth, always live in their transgressions, cling to the world and cling to the enjoyments of the flesh. They are not focused on pursuing the truth and eating and drinking God’s word. They are even more not willing to fulfill their duties. They think that fulfilling their duties is a loss for them. If they have to fulfill a few years’ duties, they will feel like it is a big loss for them. They want to gain some benefits from God’s family. It can be said that this kind of person is unable to attain salvation or is beyond saving. What kind of people cannot be saved? Those who frequently live in their transgressions and do not repent. They are fully aware that they themselves do not have the truth, but do not pursue it and do not thirst for it. Furthermore, no matter how their brothers and sisters help them, it is ineffective. They still have no energy. They only have energy when it comes to clinging to the world. They do not have any energy to pursue the truth. These kinds of people are people that cannot be saved. How should we deal with people that cannot be saved? One aspect is that we must maintain a distance between them. Don’t get close to them. Another aspect is that we must guard against their deceptions, disruptions and enticement. In general, those that cannot be saved also feel that they are hopeless and they will be ready to go to their death. However, when they do this, they try to pull in someone else to accompany them. If you are also not willing to pursue the truth, it just so happens that he will be finding someone to accompany him and drag you along as well. He will have a close relationship with you and say things that will make you feel negative, weak and lose your faith. At this point, you will have been completely ruined by him. That is why those who cannot be saved do not pursue the truth regardless of how their brothers and sisters help them. They do not ponder how they should eat and drink God’s word, how they can attain an entrance into the life and do not focus on all about matters of the truth and matters concerning entering into the life regardless of how brothers and sisters help them. This is a person that cannot be saved.