5. What an evil person is and how various evil people can be identified
Relevant Words of God:
Those among brothers and sisters who are always giving vent to their negativity are lackeys of Satan, and they disturb the church. Such people must one day be expelled and eliminated. In their belief in God, if people do not have a heart of reverence for God, if they do not have a heart of obedience toward God, then not only will they be unable to do any work for Him, but on the contrary will become those who disturb His work and who defy Him. Believing in God but not obeying or revering Him, and instead resisting Him, is the greatest disgrace for a believer. If believers are just as casual and unrestrained in their speech and conduct as unbelievers are, then they are even more evil than unbelievers; they are archetypal demons. Those who give vent to their poisonous, malicious talk within the church, who spread rumors, foment disharmony, and form cliques among the brothers and sisters—they should have been expelled from the church. Yet because now is a different era of God’s work, these people are restricted, for they face certain elimination. All who have been corrupted by Satan have corrupt dispositions. Some have nothing more than corrupt dispositions, while others are different: Not only do they have corrupt satanic dispositions, but their nature is also extremely malicious. Not only do their words and actions reveal their corrupt, satanic dispositions; these people are, moreover, the genuine devil Satan. Their behavior interrupts and disturbs God’s work, it impairs the brothers’ and sisters’ entry into life, and it damages the normal life of the church. Sooner or later, these wolves in sheep’s clothing must be cleared out; an unsparing attitude, an attitude of rejection, should be adopted toward these lackeys of Satan. Only this is standing on the side of God, and those who fail to do so are wallowing in the mire with Satan.
—The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. A Warning to Those Who Do Not Practice the Truth
It may be that in all your years of faith in God, you have never cursed anyone or committed a bad deed, yet in your association with Christ, you cannot speak the truth, act honestly, or obey the word of Christ; in that case, I say that you are the most sinister and malicious person in the world. You may be exceptionally amiable and devoted toward your relatives, friends, wife (or husband), sons and daughters, and parents, and never take advantage of others, but if you are incapable of compatibility with Christ, if you are unable to interact in harmony with Him, then even if you expend your all in relief to your neighbors or take meticulous care of your father, mother, and members of your household, I would say that you are still wicked, and moreover one full of cunning tricks.
—The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. Those Who Are Incompatible With Christ Are Surely Opponents of God
God has done all this work, and people have experienced it, and witnessed all these steps of God’s work with their own eyes. No matter which way people look at it, the work performed by God and the words He speaks are beyond question by man, and must not be doubted by man. Regardless of how ordinary and normal this fleshly body is, how unremarkable it may appear to people, they must still accept God’s words as the truth. Some say, “Because Your flesh is so insignificant and ordinary, because the person that You are is so incapable of inspiring obedience or admiration in us, and cannot be of any greater benefit to us, we ought to treat You as an ordinary person.” What do you think of such a view? Others say, “Because some of the things You have done have left us unconvinced, have given us notions, and are incomprehensible to us, and because You have said some things that are unacceptable to us, You cannot represent the God in heaven—and so we must fight You to the very end. If You ask us to spread the gospel, we will not, if You ask us to perform our duty, we will not, and if You ask us to accept Your words as the life and the truth, we will not. We shall fight the person that You are to the very end—let’s see what You can do to us.” In the hearts of these people who do not accept the truth at all, there are a thousand—ten thousand—reasons to deny the work of God, to deny that the words of God are the truth, to deny His incarnate flesh. But there is one thing that might not be so clear to them: No matter how many reasons they have, if they do not accept these truths, they will not be saved. If you do not accept the person that I am or the work of God, and do not acknowledge these words of God, that is fine—but if you do not take these words as the truth and put them into practice, I tell you this in all honesty: You will never be saved, nor will you ever pass through the gate of the kingdom of heaven. For if you circumvent these words of God, these truths, and this person who works, this Christ, then no matter how much doctrine you understand, or how much work you have done, you shall receive nothing; you are just a piece of trash. No matter under whose banner you perform your duty, under what name you believe in God, you cannot be saved. And if you cannot be saved, what blessings can you receive? Some people vie with the God of heaven, some vie with the God on earth, some contest the words of God, and some contest the truth—but they never contest their own destination. Is this not vile? These villains are so abhorrent, every one of them is evil. They are all nonbelievers, opportunists, people without shame, and this is the essence of antichrists.
—The Word, Vol. 4. Exposing Antichrists. They Do Their Duty Only to Distinguish Themselves and Feed Their Own Interests and Ambitions; They Never Consider the Interests of God’s House, and Even Sell Those Interests Out in Exchange for Personal Glory (Part Six)
People nowadays are still unable to let go of things of the flesh; they cannot give up the enjoyment of the flesh, the world, money, or their corrupt dispositions. Most people go about their pursuits in a perfunctory manner. Actually, these people do not harbor God in their hearts at all; even worse, they do not fear God. They do not have God in their hearts, and so they cannot perceive all that God does, and much less are they capable of believing the words He utters. Such people are too much of the flesh; they are too deeply corrupted and lack any truth whatsoever. What is more, they do not believe that God can become flesh. Anyone who does not believe in God incarnate—that is, anyone who does not believe in the visible God or in His work and words, and instead worships the invisible God in heaven—is a person who does not have God in their heart. Such people are rebellious and resistant to God. They lack humanity and reason, to say nothing of truth. Moreover, for these people, the visible and tangible God all the more cannot be believed, yet they consider the invisible and intangible God to be most credible and most gladdening. What they seek is not the actual truth, nor is it the true essence of life; much less is it God’s will. Rather, they seek excitement. Whichever things can most enable them to fulfill their own desires are, without a doubt, what they believe in and what they pursue. They only believe in God in order to satisfy their own desires, not to seek the truth. Are such people not evildoers? They are extremely self-confident, and they do not at all believe that God in heaven will destroy such “good people” as themselves. Instead, they believe that God will allow them to remain and, moreover, will reward them handsomely due to having done many things for God and displayed considerable “loyalty” toward Him. If they were to also pursue the visible God, as soon as their desires were not met, they would immediately strike back against God or fly into a rage. They show themselves to be vile little dogs who are always just seeking to satisfy their own desires; they are not people of integrity in pursuit of the truth. Such people are the so-called wicked ones who follow Christ. Those people who do not seek the truth cannot possibly believe the truth, and are all the more unable to perceive humanity’s future outcome, for they do not believe any work or words of the visible God—and this includes not being able to believe in humanity’s future destination. Therefore, even if they follow the visible God, they still commit evil and do not at all seek the truth, nor do they practice the truth that I require. Those people who do not believe that they will be destroyed are, conversely, the very ones who will be destroyed. They all believe themselves to be so clever, and they think that they themselves are people who practice the truth. They consider their evil conduct to be the truth and therefore cherish it. Such wicked people are very self-confident; they take the truth to be doctrine and take their evil acts to be truth, but in the end, they can only reap what they have sown. The more self-confident people are and the more wildly arrogant they are, the more they are unable to obtain truth; the more people believe in the God in heaven, the more they resist God. These people are the ones who will be punished.
—The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together
The wicked like evil, vicious, malicious things; they love all these things that are related to negative things. At the mention of positive things—when they are told that something is of benefit to people, that it comes from God—they do not like what they hear and become uninterested. That being so, there is no way they can be saved. No matter how well-articulated the truth, how true this way, their interest cannot be roused—but at the mention of eating, drinking, having fun, of whoring, gambling, stealing, robbing, they perk up. This is a vicious and evil disposition, there is no goodness in their hearts, and so they are incapable of loving positive things. How do they regard positive things, in their hearts? With contempt. They despise them and will make fun of them. At the mention of being honest, they think to themselves, “Honest people do nothing but suffer. I’m not going to be honest. You’re foolish for being honest, look at how arduous it is for you to perform your duty. You’ve never thought to give yourself a way out, you’ve never considered your health. Who will look after you when you’re burnt out? I cannot let myself get burnt out.” Some say, “We have to leave ourselves a way out; we can’t keep blindly toiling on by the sweat of our brows. We have to prepare a way out, then we can just make some token effort.” Talk of their own mindset makes them happy, but any mention of absolute obedience, of faithfully expending oneself and performing one’s duty, disgusts them, they feel aversion to it, and it falls on deaf ears. Are such people not vicious? There is nothing but viciousness in their hearts. At the mention of the truth, and of practicing the truth, if their own interests are infringed upon they become averse, they do not want to hear it: “All day long you go on about the truth, the principles of practice, and being honest. Can being honest put food on the table? Can I make money by being honest? I can make a profit by lying.” What logic is this? This is “highwayman’s logic.” Is this disposition not vicious? Are such people’s hearts kind? (No.) Such people cannot gain the truth. Thus there is an objective to the little that they dedicate, expend and forsake. They have thought it all through: They will dedicate one part, and get back ten parts in return. Only this seems worthwhile to them. What kind of disposition is this? It is wickedness and viciousness.
—“Only When You Know Yourself Can You Pursue the Truth” in Records of Talks of Christ of the Last Days
One major aspect of the dispositions of the wicked is malevolence. Toward anyone’s well-intentioned exhortations or reminders, or even on those occasions when people point out a few of their shortcomings, the attitude of the wicked is not one of gratitude, of humble acceptance, but rather hostility and hatred—it may even give rise to vengefulness. There are some who deal with an antichrist by saying, “You have consistently flaunted yourself whilst performing your duty during this period, you made a complete mess of doing your duty. Are you worthy of standing before God? During the period when you were supposed to be fulfilling your duty, you behaved wantonly and refused to act according to principle. Why did you not seek the truth? Why did you not act according to principle? Why did you ignore the brothers and sisters when they fellowshiped with you? Why did you continue to do as you pleased?” These several “whys,” these supremely unexceptional words, words that expose their essence, get under their skin. So they think to themselves, “Why? There is no ‘why’—I do whatever I want to do! Who are you to deal with me?” Though they don’t say these things out loud, in their hearts is born a vengeful and hostile wrath. And what does this wrath give rise to? “What gives you the right to deal with me? On what basis do you say that I behaved wantonly? So what if I do behave wantonly, what can you do about it? In all my life, no one has ever dared say such things to me! Only I have the right to say these things to other people—others don’t have the right to say them to me. The person who can teach me a lesson, who is worthy of teaching me a lesson, hasn’t been born yet! And yet you presume to try and teach me a lesson?” Thus enmity is born. And once enmity appears, given the malevolent dispositions of the antichrists, will they be content to let it end here? Absolutely not. Next, they’ll start calculating to themselves: “Does this person who dealt with me hold any power in the church? If I take revenge on them, will anyone stick up for them? If I try to fix them, will the church punish me for it? I’ve got it—I won’t visit my revenge directly on their person, I’ll do something totally under the radar, I’ll find out what they’re called, where their home is, who lives with them. I must take revenge on them, I cannot simply let this drop. How could I put up with this kind of mistreatment? I don’t believe in God in order to be mistreated, to be picked on by whoever feels like it—I came to be blessed, to get into the kingdom of heaven. People live on the strength of their pride, and must have the spine to fight for their dignity; if you bully me, if you treat me like nothing, I’ll make sure you suffer the consequences. Let the two of us see which one is tougher, who can beat who!” A few simple words of truth and honesty will infuriate the antichrist, produce so much enmity, so much resentment, and make them go to extraordinary lengths to avenge themselves upon that person. Naturally, they don’t only choose one type of person to take revenge on, but are ready to hate anyone who is a threat to them, who can see through them, who understands the truth and is able to expose their essence and can deal with and prune them, who has the integrity to state the facts and is able to expose them for what they really are. There are even those who say, “Whoever deals with me, I’ll go hard on them. Anyone who deals with and prunes me, who robs me of my share of blessings, and gets me thrown out of the house of God, I’ll never leave them be. That’s how I am in the secular world: No one dares provoke me, the person who dares to provoke me hasn’t been born yet!” That’s the kind of smack they talk when they face being pruned and dealt with. When they talk smack, it’s not to intimidate others, or to mouth off for the sake of protecting themselves—it’s what they really plan to do. And so there are certain leaders and workers who, when they encounter such people, dare not approach or provoke them; instead, they always keep these people under their protection, with the result that these people become set in their ways, and persist in causing disruption and disturbance to the church, and end up controlling the brothers and sisters. This is how disaster comes about. It can even come to the point where some antichrists, because their tactics have been exposed and reported by the brothers and sisters, then take revenge on them after finding out, handing them over to the great red dragon, to the government. Is this not malevolence? (Yes.)
—The Word, Vol. 4. Exposing Antichrists. They Do Their Duty Only to Distinguish Themselves and Feed Their Own Interests and Ambitions; They Never Consider the Interests of God’s House, and Even Sell Those Interests Out in Exchange for Personal Glory (Part Eight)
How do antichrists and the wicked get along? They generally laugh and joke around; they flatter and curry favor with each other. The wicked flock to wherever the antichrists are; they are always together, like flies following stench. No serious work is done when they are in each other’s company; they just gossip about who bad-mouthed whom or who lambasted the leaders, or if they see people who displease them, they will contemplate how to squeeze them out. All they talk about is how to give others a hard time. They also discuss how to take a stand against the Above, how to know in advance if someone plans to report an issue with them, and what to do about it once they do know. Such are the matters that this pack of wicked ones talk about. When together, they never fellowship about which brothers and sisters might be weak or negative, lack conviction in performing their duties, or have been deceived because of something, and they never fellowship about how best to help and support those brothers and sisters; nor do they ever fellowship about which areas the church could do better in or the ways and methods to resolve these problems. They do not talk about such matters. They only gossip about who is unhappy with them, who is a threat to their status, who is going to report an issue with them, and who is in contact with the Above. After discussing something, antichrists then go and put it into play across the churches, and their meddling turns the churches upside down. Everyone is then thrown into a panic, and the brothers and sisters ultimately begin to be suspicious and jealous of each other, tearing each other apart and exposing one another—thereby achieving the antichrists’ goals. This is how the antichrists lead the churches. If the wicked do as they say, the antichrists protect them. If the wicked do not do as they say, then the wicked are the first to be dealt with. If those wicked ones follow the antichrists, and can be recruited and drawn in, then the antichrists will turn those wicked ones into accomplices and informers to carry out evil acts for them. They will plant those wicked ones among the other brothers and sisters to find out who has been bad-mouthing them behind their backs, who has complaints about them, who has some insights into God’s words and wants to exercise discernment about them and about certain things that might expose them for what they really are, who beneath them plans to report them, and who often wants to be in contact with the Above. They specifically keep an eye on these things, and then, when they are all together, they discuss countermeasures, deliberating on whom they can expel each day, and then making it seem official by putting it to a vote. These are the things that antichrists do; this is how they lead the churches. In locations with antichrists and the wicked, a turbid atmosphere pervades the churches. This is called the devil being in charge. Can anything good come from the devil being in charge? It can only bring calamity upon God’s chosen ones.
—The Word, Vol. 4. Exposing Antichrists. They Confound, Draw In, Threaten, and Control People
Every church has people who cause trouble for the church or meddle in the work of God. They are all Satans who have infiltrated the house of God in disguise. Such people are good at acting: They come before Me with great reverence, bowing and scraping, living like mangy dogs, and devoting their “all” to achieve their own objectives—but in front of the brothers and sisters, they show their ugly side. When they see people who practice the truth, they strike out at them and shove them aside; when they see people more formidable than themselves, they flatter and fawn upon them. They run wild in the church. It can be said that such “local bullies,” such “lapdogs,” exist in the majority of churches. They act devilishly together, sending each other winks and secret signals, and none of them practices the truth. Whoever has the most venom is the “head demon,” and whoever has the highest prestige leads them, bearing their flag aloft. These people rampage through the church, spreading their negativity, venting death, doing as they please, saying what they please, and no one dares to stop them. They brim with the disposition of Satan. No sooner do they cause a disturbance than an air of death enters the church. Those within the church who practice the truth are cast out, unable to give their all, while those who disturb the church and spread death run rampage within—and, what’s more, most people follow them. Such churches are ruled by Satan, plain and simple; the devil is their king. If the congregants do not rise up and reject the head demons, then they, too, will sooner or later come to ruin. From now on, measures must be taken against such churches. If those who are capable of practicing a little of the truth do not seek to, then that church will be expunged. If a church contains no one who is willing to practice the truth and no one who can stand witness for God, then that church should be completely isolated, and its connections with other churches must be severed. This is called “burying death”; this is what it means to cast out Satan. If a church contains several local bullies, and they are followed by “little flies” that entirely lack discernment, and if the congregants, even after having seen the truth, are still incapable of rejecting the binds and manipulation of these bullies, then all those fools will be eliminated in the end. These little flies might not have done anything terrible, but they are even more deceitful, even more slick and evasive, and everyone like this will be eliminated. Not a single one shall remain! Those who belong to Satan will be returned to Satan, while those who belong to God will surely go in search of the truth; this is decided by their natures. Let all those who follow Satan perish! No pity will be shown to such people. Let those who search for the truth be provided for, and may they take pleasure in God’s word to their hearts’ content. God is righteous; He would not show favoritism to anyone. If you are a devil, then you are incapable of practicing the truth; if you are someone who searches for the truth, then it is certain that you will not be taken captive by Satan. This is beyond all doubt.
—The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. A Warning to Those Who Do Not Practice the Truth
People who do not strive for progress always wish for others to be as negative and indolent as themselves. Those who do not practice the truth are jealous of those who do, and always try to deceive those who are muddle-headed and lack discernment. The things these people give vent to can cause you to degenerate, slip downward, develop an abnormal state, and be filled with darkness. They cause you to become distant from God, and to cherish the flesh and indulge yourself. People who do not love the truth and who are always perfunctory toward God have no self-awareness, and the disposition of such people seduces others into committing sins and defying God. They do not practice the truth, nor do they allow others to practice it. They cherish sin and have no loathing of themselves. They do not know themselves, and they stop others from knowing themselves; they also stop others from desiring the truth. Those they deceive cannot see the light. They fall into darkness, do not know themselves, are unclear about the truth, and become more and more distant from God. They do not practice the truth and they stop others from practicing the truth, bringing all those fools before them. Rather than say that they believe in God, it would be better to say that they believe in their ancestors, or that what they believe in are the idols in their hearts. It would be best for those people who claim to follow God to open their eyes and take a good look to see exactly who they believe in: Is it really God that you believe in, or Satan? If you know that what you believe in is not God, but your own idols, then it would be best if you did not claim to be a believer. If you really do not know who you believe in, then, again, it would be best if you did not claim to be a believer. To say so would be blasphemy! No one is forcing you to believe in God. Do not say you believe in Me; I have had enough of such talk, and do not wish to hear it again, because what you believe in are the idols in your hearts and the local bullies among you. Those who shake their heads when they hear the truth, who grin when they hear talk of death, are all the spawn of Satan, and they are the ones who will be eliminated. Many in the church have no discernment. When something deceptive occurs, they unexpectedly stand on the side of Satan; they even take offense at being called Satan’s lackeys. Though people might say they have no discernment, they always stand on the side without truth, they never stand on the side of the truth at the critical time, they never stand up and argue for the truth. Do they truly lack discernment? Why do they unexpectedly take the side of Satan? Why do they never say one word that is fair and reasonable in support of the truth? Has this situation genuinely arisen as a result of their momentary confusion? The less discernment people have, the less able they are to stand on the side of truth. What does this show? Does it not show that people without discernment love evil? Does it not show that they are the loyal spawn of Satan? Why is it that they are always able to stand on the side of Satan and speak its language? Their every word and deed, the expressions on their faces, are all sufficient to prove that they are not any kind of lovers of the truth; rather, they are people who detest the truth. That they can stand on the side of Satan is enough to prove that Satan really loves these petty devils who spend their lives fighting for Satan’s sake. Are all these facts not abundantly clear? If you truly are a person who loves the truth, then why have you no regard for those who practice the truth, and why do you immediately follow those who do not practice the truth at the slightest look from them? What kind of problem is this? I do not care whether you have discernment or not. I do not care how great a price you have paid. I do not care how great your forces are, and I do not care whether you are a local bully or a flag-bearing leader. If your forces are great, then that is only with the help of Satan’s strength. If your prestige is high, then that is merely because there are too many around you who do not practice the truth. If you have not been expelled, then that is because now is not the time for the work of expelling; rather, it is time for the work of elimination. There is no rush to expel you now. I am simply waiting for the day when I will punish you after you have been eliminated. Whoever does not practice the truth will be eliminated!
—The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. A Warning to Those Who Do Not Practice the Truth