Only Good Church Leaders Can Create a Fulfilling Life in the Church
What exactly is considered to be a fulfilling life in the church? Many people think that as long as they normally go to church and fellowship about God’s word with no restrictions or disruptions, and they feel they enjoy the congregations, then this is what a good church life is all about. In fact, such thinking does not quite hit the mark. A good life in the church means that many people are able to normally enjoy God’s word and live in the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, as well as under the reign of the truth. People are able to normally experience God’s work, and continue to attain deeper understanding of their own corrupt substance as their knowledge of God continues to grow deeper. They are able to simply open themselves up, love and help each other, and pursue the truth. They will make constant progress, while their life dispositions continue to undergo transformations. They are able to attain a comprehensive understanding of the truth, and gradually they will have a good grasp of the truth. They feel enriched and see that they are truly saved; they are filled with joy and peace. They come to fear God and are able to truly submit to God and worship God. Such is regarded as a truly fulfilling life in the church. In such a life in the church, those who truly believe in God will be nurtured and provided for so that they may grow spiritually and lead a meaningful life. Therefore, a life in the church which enables people to grow spiritually is considered a truly fulfilling life in the church.
Those who truly believe in God can only be saved and perfected when they have a fulfilling life in the church. Now, how does such a life in the church come about? Undoubtedly, as we experience God’s work, only good church leaders can create a fulfilling life in the church. What constitutes a good church leader? A good church leader is someone who pursues the truth, someone who has the Holy Spirit constantly working in them, and someone who truly follows God and submits to God’s work. A good church leader takes seriously what the church has entrusted to them. They consider the spiritual maturity of the brothers and sisters as their responsibility. Therefore, they often engage in fellowship about God’s word with the brothers and sisters as well as share their own experiences in life, which helps to bring others into the truth. When they find someone who exhibits corruption, they will offer support and aid. When they find someone who is experiencing hardship or deviates in their practice, they will promptly provide counsel and resolve the issues by communicating the truth. Such a church leader evidently has the Holy Spirit working in them constantly so they have real experiences and are able to articulate true knowledge of God. They are able to promptly identify issues that others have and resolve them with God’s word. When a church is led by such a person, the effects of the congregation will be great, and life in the church will only improve. This is because such a church leader chooses the right path, they are able to lead people into God’s word and resolve issues by the truth in God’s word; they are able to convince people so that they agree with and support them, and able to edify their faith in God. If a church leader is not a right person, then the path they choose will not be right. They’ll be unable to invite the Holy Spirit to work in them. People will not get support or nurturing in their spiritual life from them. Every action they take will surely disrupt God’s work and God’s chosen people will naturally be under their influence and control. How could life in such a church be considered good?
No one can deny that the quality of life in the church is directly related to the quality of its leaders. If a church has good leaders, life in the church will certainly be fine. Otherwise, life in the church will not be at all fine. Life in a church can only be good when its leader has the Holy Spirit working in them and constantly enlightening and illuminating them. This enables them to support and nurture others through their communication. People are able to attain spiritual support and nurturing from them, as well as get on the right track of their faith in God. If the Holy Spirit is not at work in a church leader, then it suggests that they fail to truly pursue the truth and are not a good leader. Without the work of the Holy Spirit, a leader will speak and carry out work according to human ideas only. They will lord it over others by talking eloquently about doctrines and texts but won’t solve any issues with the truth. They will only disrupt God’s work and cause trouble to church life and are incapable of creating good quality church life. If a leader does not have the Holy Spirit working in them, everything will be empty talk. In the absence of the work of the Holy Spirit, a leader can only control and restrict others by engaging in useless verbosity. They won’t truly resolve people’s corruption, so God’s chosen people are very unlikely to mature in their spiritual life. If a church leader is not someone who pursues the truth, they can never lead others into God’s word, not to mention guide them onto the right track of their faith in God. Those who believe in God in such a church will only speak words and doctrines without any reality of belief in God. Their life dispositions will never undergo any real transformations. This is the consequence a church faces when it is led by someone without the Holy Spirit working in them. It goes without saying that a good church leader is a right person. This means that they are someone who pursues the truth and exemplifies humanity. They are someone who truly follows God and experiences God’s work. Even though they may exhibit corruption and commit transgression occasionally, the Holy Spirit is at work in them because they are someone who pursues the truth and the path they take is correct. Their experience, understanding, and transformation are evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit. Others can see a demonstration of true faith and true submission to God in them. When they commit transgression or exhibit corruption, they will then engage in true reflection and remorse, and will truly repent. Therefore, others can see that they are someone who truly believes in God and truly repents. Their pursuit and aspiration are correct. Such a person is a right person. They are someone who has the Holy Spirit working in them. When someone has the Holy Spirit working in them, they are able to truly submit to God’s work and have true life experiences as well as provide a true witness to God. They are able to articulate their true knowledge of God and convince others. They are able to fully support people and address their issues of corruption as well as guide them onto the right track of their faith in God. If a church leader is a right person, they are definitely someone who has the Holy Spirit working in them, which enables them to act and speak quite differently from others. Their experience, communication, and witness will support and help others. We can say that they are edifying and beneficial to others. People will feel inspired and full of faith as a result of their nurture and support. They will feel more at ease, and be able to enter the reality of truth as well as continue to mature in their spiritual life.
Those who truly believe in God cannot stay away from the leadership of someone who has the Holy Spirit working in them. It is considered a blessing for the brothers and sisters when someone who truly submits to God’s work and pursues the truth is elected as a leader of a church. God’s chosen people may then be able to attain support and benefit from them. They may be able to guide a number of people onto the right track of their faith in God and to attain God’s salvation. This is an undeniable fact. If no one in the church truly pursues the truth or has the Holy Spirit working in them, the church should at least elect a right person to be a leader, that is, someone who relatively pursues the truth in earnest. Since people’s stature is limited, it’s fine if someone is a right person. It’s unfortunate whenever church members elect a leader who is not a right person. Someone who is not a right person definitely fails to pursue the truth and does not have the Holy Spirit working in them. Some people will certainly become weak and stumble as a result of wrong leadership, and not even the devout brothers and sisters will be able to enjoy support from them. Many of people’s ridiculous ideas and deviations in their practice will never be corrected, nor will they find solutions to their transgressions or revelations of corruption. Could life in such a church be good? Wouldn’t a wrong person who takes on a leadership role in a church probably do something outrageous or ridiculous that disrupts God’s work? Isn’t it the case that believers in that church would be led onto the path of wickedness? Wrong leadership pertains to someone who fails to pursue the truth, someone who is Mr. Nice Guy or someone who cannot engage in spiritual matters. It means big trouble if the leadership of a church is overtaken by an individual who has evil spirits working in them or someone who is an antichrist. Such a church will never nurture a fulfilling life. It will only be dragged along the path of the antichrist, who is an enemy of God, and will be cursed by God. It is like when parents are thieves, all members of the household will suffer misfortune. In short, when a person does not have the Holy Spirit working in them, they will disrupt God’s work no matter what they do. They will never guide others onto the right track of faith in God. Isn’t it a calamity to the church if such a person takes on a leadership role in the church? If there is not one person in the entire church who has the Holy Spirit working in them, then the congregation is like a bunch of pitiful orphans who aren’t looked after by anyone. It’s a serious problem when the church fails to find anyone who has the Holy Spirit working in them to take on a leadership role. Many fail to realize how serious it actually is. The day when the great calamities strike is when people will see that the day of God is coming at last but they have not been saved. They will finally come to their senses and learn that they have been misled by false leaders and false workers. They have been lied to by wicked people and charlatans, but it will be much too late to feel regret then.
The most important thing when electing a church leader is choosing someone who has the Holy Spirit working in them. This means that the congregation should elect someone who pursues the truth and is good at communicating God’s word, someone who is able to solve problems by the truth, who can truly offer support to others. If the church elects such a person, it has chosen the right person. It is a good thing with respect to one’s own salvation. It is also a good thing for others. When the church elects the right person to take on a leadership role, the brothers and sisters will benefit from it as well. Brothers and sisters in the church will benefit even more if the church leader happens to be someone who has been perfected: Those who truly believe in God can be saved and enter the kingdom. Nothing could be of more benefit than this! Therefore, if a church elects the right person for their leadership role, everyone will receive blessings and benefit from it. However, if the wrong person is elected for the job, everyone will be in trouble and suffer misfortune as a consequence. When a church elects the wrong leader, it means that many people in that congregation have some problems. They are unable to see what’s in a person. They bring misfortune to themselves when they elect the wrong leader on the basis of their own preferences. If a church manages to elect a false Christ as a leader, it means that people in that congregation can still be deceived by false Christs. If a church manages to elect an antichrist as a leader, it means that people in that congregation can still be deceived by antichrists. If a church manages to elect a wicked person as a leader, it means that people in that congregation cannot discern good from evil, and that they can still be manipulated by wicked people. Any church which is capable of electing the wrong leader is a church at risk. Such churches may rebel against God at any moment, and be captured by Satan once again. This is a rather serious problem. If there is such a church in any district, the district leaders and workers must take responsibility for addressing these issues. Otherwise, they will not be doing their jobs. Therefore, the house of God has outlined the following rules to deal with such cases: Elections of church leaders must be presided over by district leaders and workers. District leaders and workers must ensure the elections are conducted properly.
Now we have fully comprehended that a fulfilling life in the church is created by good church leaders. If church leaders are mediocre, life in the church will also be mediocre at best. If the church leader is a bad person without humanity, then life in the church will certainly be gloomy and depressing, and everyone will be affected by it. If people want a fulfilling life in the church, they should elect the right person to take on the leadership role of the church. There can only be a fulfilling life in the church when a good church leader is elected. It has long been a proven fact that three conditions must be present in order to create a fulfilling life in the church. First, elect a good person to take on the leadership role of the church. A good leader is someone who is after God’s heart, so the Holy Spirit is at work in them. This is absolutely the case. Electing someone who has the Holy Spirit working in them is the most important thing. Second, kick out the wicked people who disrupt church life. Make sure that at least no one possessed by demons (including those who have often been worked on by the evil spirits) and no antichrist are found in the church so that life in the church is not disrupted. This is also a critical factor. Third, organize small group meetings. Three groups—A, B, C—are preferable (or at least two groups—A, B—if there are no wicked people disrupting the church). This is also a necessity. When these three conditions are met, we can expect a normal and fulfilling life in the church. Meetings will be enjoyable, and life in the church will only get better. The end result will be that God’s word will reign and the truth will rule, and Satan will have absolutely no place in the church. Those who believe in God will be able to preview the reality of the kingdom in the church. All who know the truth will be able to gradually see this path clearly. Unless these three conditions are met, there will never be a fulfilling life in the church. This has been proven by countless examples.
A fulfilling life in the church ushers people into the practical training of the kingdom. In a fulfilling life in the church, people’s life dispositions will undergo constant transformations and they will become holier as the path they embark upon becomes brighter. In a fulfilling life in the church, people will feel God’s presence as well as the Holy Spirit working among them. When people have a fulfilling life in the church, their knowledge of God will increase day after day and they will become more and more clear about all aspects of truth. People will unknowingly escape from sins and attain salvation from God. They will unknowingly embark upon the path toward being perfected by God. A fulfilling life in the church is extremely critical to people maintaining their faith in God as well as their being saved and perfected by God. Therefore, it is a must to elect a good person who is right for taking on the leadership role of a church. This is something that pleases God. It is also something to celebrate. It will be a grave misfortune if a church elects someone who does not have the Holy Spirit working in them as a leader, or elects a Mr. Nice Guy who fails to pursue the truth, or a wicked person who is either a false Christ or an antichrist. Such a church would remain under Satan’s rule, as with other religious gathering places where the Holy Spirit is not at work but the works of people and Satan are found at every turn. In such churches people would suffer the consequences and misfortunes and there would be no hope for them to be saved by God. Therefore, it is considered an act of resisting God when a church elects a wicked person or someone who does not have the Holy Spirit working in them as its leader. It is despised and hated by God. Electing a wicked person as a leader will not only do harm to oneself but also to others, not to mention the offense it will cause to God. It has the same effect as doing evil deeds, which one must suffer the consequences of.
A good church leader is definitely someone who pursues the truth and has a sense of justice. When someone who has a sense of justice is willing to pursue the truth, they will be able to act as an advocate for justice and treat others fairly. Someone with a sense of justice will speak according to God’s word and always uphold principles. They are able to speak with impartiality to comfort others and to convince them. Only one with a sense of justice is able to treat others with sincerity and with no deceit. When they make a mistake, they will feel very remorseful and be willing to issue a public apology. Only when such a person takes on the leadership role of a church will its members feel more at ease. Only when such a person takes on the leadership role of a church will people’s hearts be set free. They will start to find meetings enjoyable, and will get onto the right track of their faith in God. It’s comparable with a nation that has a good leader who leads the citizens to worship God. Only then will the nation prosper and develop and receive God’s blessings. We have already figured out that the reign of the great red dragon—that is, of Satan and the devils—is entirely responsible for China’s poverty, lack of progress, decadence, endless disasters, and countless calamities. This is a tremendous misery on humanity. The great red dragon frantically resists God and mercilessly persecutes God’s chosen people. In cities and villages, forces of darkness reign. Demons and evil spirits have become rampant and act without any restraint. It is even worse than Sodom. How could God not curse and punish it? Although the ancient Chinese did not believe in God, they had the practice of worshipping heaven and presenting offerings to heaven. They used to say, “He who offends against heaven has none to whom he can pray.” The great red dragon not only denies the existence of God, but it also defies the heavenly will by going against it. The great red dragon openly resists God and provokes God to unleash His wrath on it. So now disasters are occurring all over the nation. These humans who are resisting God are facing the greatest of all calamities. Who can escape God’s punishment? Having been corrupted by Satan, we by God’s grace are fortunate enough to experience God’s work and enjoy God’s judgment and chastisement. We would also meet God’s punishment and perish in disasters if we had no fear of God or did not listen to God’s word. God’s disposition is righteous. We believers will also be eliminated by God if we fail to listen to God’s word or submit to His work. We will perish like the unbelievers in the forthcoming disasters. This is a fact which no one can deny. Any believers who fail to pursue the truth and have not been saved by God will certainly perish in disasters, just like the Israelites who perished in the wilderness. This is because God is righteous. It will be futile to complain to God or judge God at that time. Wouldn’t you belong to Satan if you complained and resisted God when facing God’s righteous punishment?
So we believers are now in a situation of extreme and imminent danger! If we fail to elect good church leaders, we will forfeit our only chance to be saved and our hope for God’s blessings will also vanish. Election of church leaders is a seriously important matter because it directly pertains to whether or not we may be saved, which is the most important thing in our lives. Without good church leaders, there will never be a fulfilling life in the church. Without a fulfilling life in the church, our spiritual development will be delayed and our hope for being saved will be gone. Isn’t this a seriously dangerous matter? Like a lion roaring, false Christs and antichrists are out there nowadays deceiving and devouring people. Without a fulfilling life in the church, people are easily led astray, get on board the wrong ship, and end up getting shipwrecked. Believers who also believe in false Christs or antichrists are the most pitiful and foolish of people. They are like chaff being tossed in the air, drifting aimlessly. As the saying goes, “Birds of a feather flock together.” In the end, they mistake foe for friend, and forfeit their own future. What wretched lives they have! Therefore, never think that the election of good church leaders has nothing to do with you. Any church which elects a good leader will definitely nurture a fulfilling church life. Believers can only adequately experience God’s work and attain the way, truth, and life, as well as undergo transformations of their life dispositions by having a fulfilling life in the church. And this is a blessing which all believers are entitled to receive. All believers can understand the frustration and pain of not having a fulfilling life in the church, and so they ought to play their part in creating a fulfilling church life. It is also their duty as a believer of God, for people can only get on the right track of their faith in God and be saved by having a fulfilling life in the church. When believers are deceived by false Christs or antichrists, it means they have got on board the wrong ship, gone down a dead end. Why speak of salvation if they have been captured by Satan? To get on the right path and enter the right track of faith in God, people must have good church leaders. I cannot overestimate the importance of electing good church leaders!
November 28, 2006