68 How to Discern and Handle Various Types of People in the Church
God’s work is now nearing its end. Various types of people in the church—antichrists, wicked people, deceitful people, false leaders and false workers, people-pleasers, and people who pursue the truth and have the work of the Holy Spirit—have already been revealed. But because now many people have too shallow an understanding of the truth, have insufficient discernment, and cannot see through the essence of people, they often treat false leaders and workers who have good calibers, are gifted, and are good at talking about letters and doctrines as people who pursue the truth, and treat those with the essence of wicked people who have not yet committed obvious serious evils as good people. They can even be deceived and used by antichrists and wicked people, following them in doing evil and resisting God, and embark on the road to ruin. Therefore, being able to discern various types of people is too crucial! Only if a person can discern various types of people can they thoroughly break free from Satan’s influence, deception and control. Only if a person can discern various types of people can they gather together with people who genuinely love the truth and have the work of the Holy Spirit to communicate the truth regularly and embark on the road to being saved. I will now communicate the principles for discerning the various types of people in the church.
What kind of people in the church should at least be discerned? First, you must know how to discern wicked people. What is a wicked person? How should you identify a wicked person? A wicked person likes unrighteousness and even likes evil; instead of wanting good deeds and positive things, they dislike them. What does liking evil mean? It means the trendier certain immoral doings are in society, the more they are interested in them. When they hear that playing mahjong is fashionable, they’ll say, “This is good.” When they are told that smoking opium is fashionable, they’ll say, “That’s not bad.” When they are told that committing crimes is fashionable, they’ll say, “That’s pretty good,” and like it. Regardless of what negative trend is fashionable, they will follow it—that’s a wicked person. Most people who chase trends, pursue what is fashionable, and worship idols and celebrities are wicked people. They don’t like good and positive things, and they don’t like the truth. It can be discerned whether they are wicked people based on what they like. How can one discern whether someone is a wicked person when they are not doing evil? You can discern based on their viewpoints and what they like. Even if they haven’t done what they like yet, they will eventually do it later. Even if they don’t do it in front of others, they will do it behind their backs. For instance, some people are self-seeking. Though they don’t do any self-seeking things at the time, they expose their particular fondness of self-interest through their words. As soon as you hear them talk, you can tell that they are self-seeking and that self-interest is more important to them than anything else. When they compete for self-interest, they can even kill their parents and children. A wicked person is someone who is capable of doing all sorts of bad things as they are self-seeking and worship status and power. For example, you once saved them, so they are very good to you and even try to repay their debt of gratitude to you, but when you affect their power and influence and become a threat to their pursuit of power, they will kill you anyway. They love evil things and self-interest, and will kill anyone who encroaches upon what they like. Aren’t they the most wicked people? Some say: “He’s a wicked person, but he never caused me any harm.” That’s because you haven’t encroached on what he likes, harmed his interests, affected his power, or become a threat to him. When your position is higher and you become a threat to him, he will kill you anyway. That is why, as long as a wicked person likes unrighteousness and evil, including reputation and status, they will be capable of committing all kinds of evil. Why did people even kill their own fathers and their own sons and brothers during past dynasties and eras when competing for the throne? Was it because they were born with enmity toward their fathers, children, and brothers? No. They had treated them better than they had treated all other people. So why could they still kill them? It was because power was involved. If power was not involved and they were all ordinary people, no one would kill anyone, and they could even help each other. But as soon as power was involved, even those who had once helped each other would become enemies. So why do wicked people commit evil deeds? Wicked people don’t do evil for no rhyme or reason—it’s based on circumstances. They are fighting for power, so they will have murderous intentions toward people who harm or compete with them. They don’t just kill anyone they see. Wicked people are not like rabid dogs. They also have principles for doing things, but their principles are different to ours. Their principles are based on satanic logic. Now you must first be able to discern what are wicked people. These things are not simple. Could they be understood if not fellowshipped about like this? If we didn’t fellowship like this, you would only think those who kill people with knives are wicked people; you would only say they are a wicked person if you see them doing evil. So how can one discern a wicked person when they are not doing evil? First look at their nature. What is their nature? If they are self-seeking and worship power and money, then they can do evil. When such a person pursues power and self-interest, they will oppose and kill anyone who poses a threat or is detrimental to them. This is what’s called a wicked person.
There is another type of people in the church whom you must also be able to discern—crooked and deceitful people. How can one be sure that someone is a crooked and deceitful person? First, they never speak the truth. Secondly, they never say what is in their heart; it’s a great wonder if they unwittingly do it every now and then. Thirdly, they never tell others anything that is inside them; that is, they never reveal the true situation in their heart to people. When they interact with others, on the outside, they seem to be really good to them and get along with them, but they don’t open their heart to anyone. Regardless of how much time you spend with them, you don’t understand them and you can’t get to the bottom of who they really are. You can’t get them to speak a word of truth. They can talk to you about anything, but they don’t reveal who they really are, never say what their own views are on anything, and never open their heart to people. Everything becomes different and is always adulterated by many other things when it comes out of their mouth. Such a person is regarded as a crooked and deceitful person. Deceitful people are double-tongued—they say one thing in front of you and another thing behind your back. They just don’t tell you the truth; what they say is always half-true, truth mixed in with lies. They can have three views on one topic, saying different things to different people. They can also twist the facts. That is, they are full of lies. They can even frame and hurt people just to achieve their own purposes. Such people are deceitful people, chameleons. Aren’t they the most difficult to handle? You must be especially on your guard against these people. What kind of people does God’s house most guard against? Deceitful people. Deceitful people must never be promoted or put in important positions. God likes honest people, so God’s house promotes and cultivates honest people. So what kind of person is an honest person? Remember this principle: A quite honest person is someone who is not double-tongued, does not tell bold-faced lies, does not twist the facts, does not speak for their own interests, does not just say anything for the sake of achieving their own purposes, and can speak by facing up to the true facts at all times. This is the concept of an honest person. Even if an honest person sometimes lies and tries to save face, that is normal. It is a revelation of their corrupt disposition and does not represent the essence of this person’s nature. If a person likes to speak double-tongued words, never tells the truth, can sometimes even twist the facts, tell bold-faced lies or speak words that frame people for their own aims, is unfair to people, and can harm people, then they are a deceitful person. There is no doubt about this. You cannot define someone as a deceitful person just because they lied once or twice under special circumstances. This can only be said to be a transgression because they don’t always behave like this and there were special circumstances involved. But if someone is this kind of person by temperament and they always act like this, then they are a deceitful person. Deceitful people must never be put in important positions and not even one can be promoted! All those used by God’s house should be honest and upright people who speak the truth. They will speak the truth and not lie even if someone threatens to beat them to death. Such people can be saved by God and are true human beings. When honest people make mistakes in certain things, they have the courage to admit their errors, and they try to get to know themselves, self-reflect, and genuinely repent. Furthermore, they call a spade a spade. God’s house focuses on cultivating such people and won’t replace them even if they have transgressions—they’ll be dealt with and pruned, then cultivated anyway. Double-tongued people say different things to suit different people, can twist the facts, tell bold-faced lies, can frame and harm people, and make up stories. These are the most loathsome people! If you discover someone like this, kick them away. God’s house does not water such people and will not cultivate them to be leaders or workers. In cultivating people, leaders and workers should also act in accordance with this principle.
The characteristics of crooked and deceitful people are the same as those of wicked people—they don’t accept the truth and don’t practice the truth. Some wicked people are simple, while others are crooked and deceitful. A wicked person who is crooked and deceitful won’t reveal their menacing look and will only show a smiling face; when they ought to have a menacing look, they have a smiling face. A wicked person who is simple will reveal whatever is in their heart on their face. Such a person is not crooked and deceitful, but they dare to kill people, so they are a menacing and wicked person. These are the two types of wicked people—one is relatively straightforward and simple, while the other is deceitful and treacherous. If a crooked and deceitful person likes self-interest and power, then they will become a crooked and deceitful wicked person. That makes them even more treacherous. Some deceitful people don’t love power and are not self-seeking. Such people are not wicked people, but they definitely don’t love the truth and don’t practice the truth. Wicked people are self-seeking and worship power and influence, and worse still, they don’t love the truth and would never accept the truth. If you fellowship about the truth with a wicked person for them to accept it, they will hate you and feel as though you are insulting their character. You must first see through these two types of people in the church. These two types of people must never be cultivated. What do you do if these two types of people become passive, weak, and start doubting God? Don’t take care of them. There are some who always rely on enthusiasm and love to take care of such people. That you fellowship with them shows that you lack discernment and have a blind love! When these two types of people are passive and weak, pour cold water on them and make them leave. Kick them out and eliminate them. Only doing so is conforming with God’s will.
Another type of person in the church is the people-pleaser. God’s chosen people must be able to discern them. What is a people-pleaser? A people-pleaser never pursues the truth or loves the truth. Regardless of how clearly God’s house has fellowshiped about the truth, they don’t accept it, and they still live by Satan’s philosophies, never saying anything that offends people, never arguing with anyone, never criticizing anyone, and never harming anyone’s interests. Whenever they encounter something, they just go “Hehe” and laugh it off. A people-pleaser doesn’t pay attention to discernment; even if they clearly know the principles of the truth, they cannot adhere to them. In things that affect their personal interests, they can even abandon the principles of the truth to only protect their own interests. Especially when it comes to the evil deeds committed by wicked people, even though a people-pleaser clearly knows that those deeds disturb the work of God’s house and the church life, they don’t say anything, because they are afraid to offend those wicked people. They don’t have any sense of justice and are completely irresponsible. Such people are not capable of fulfilling any duty in the church, so they are good-for-nothings! A people-pleaser appears to be a good person, so others think they have a good humanity. Some leaders and workers even cultivate such people—this is most foolish! Don’t cultivate people-pleasers. God does not want people-pleasers. People-pleasers cannot accomplish anything. The main problem is that people-pleasers don’t love the truth and don’t accept the truth. If they cannot accept the truth, then practicing the truth is out of the question. God loathes such people the most and they will be eliminated. The three types of people discussed above will all be eliminated. Not even one can be saved.
There is another type of person in the church who is the most dangerous, and that’s the antichrist. So how can antichrists be discerned? Antichrists don’t pursue the truth at all but pay particular attention to pursuing power and status. They always want to control God’s chosen people and rule as kings. Suppose you see that someone can quickly parrot the words of others’ preachings, and everything they preach is correct and quite good, but they don’t practice the truth at all in the things they encounter. If such a person can even give others a hard time and lord it over them, or when it comes to the work of God’s house, they only protect their own fame, gain and status and don’t defend the work of God’s house, not caring even when they have caused damage to it, then they are an antichrist. What is the difference between antichrists and wicked people? When antichrists don’t have power, they are still wicked people even if they don’t commit any great evils on the outside. Like wicked people, they don’t pursue the truth at all, are fond of unrighteousness, like power, and pay attention to power. So what are the characteristics and behaviors of people who like and pay attention to power? They especially pay attention to their status in other people’s hearts. They focus on how other people see them. If they discover that someone is critical of them, they will take measures to deceive them. If anyone discovers their nature or sees through their essence, they will become hateful and see that person as a stumbling block on their career path, and they will surely think of ways to get rid of or discredit that person in case that person keeps them from becoming a leader or worker. Therefore, antichrists have a particular characteristic: They will try to reject and give a hard time to anyone who sees through them or doesn’t get along with them. They don’t give a hard time to everyone. They will be good to you if you get along with them, adore them, and flatter them. They will try to give a hard time to and lord it over anyone who can see through them and can discern them. This is generally a characteristic of antichrists. Then why do they give a hard time to and lord it over people? They have a purpose—it is for their career, to open a path for their career. Those who can see through them, are quite upright, and adhere to principles are often unable to avoid the punishment meted out by antichrists. Wicked people don’t usually give you a hard time for nothing. Wicked people want to get rich, so if you block their path they will give you a hard time, but if you don’t block their path then they won’t do so. They will give a hard time to anyone who disturbs them, harms them, or damages their interests. They don’t care if you are a good or bad person. That is why wicked people might give a hard time to other wicked people. But antichrists are not the same. Antichrists mainly mete out punishment and give a hard time to upright people. There’s a difference. You must be clear on this.
How can false leaders in the church be discerned? False leaders often only pay attention to letters and doctrines. They are silver-tongued and are good at talking about letters and doctrines, but are ignorant of matters in the spirit. In other words, they do not have much spiritual understanding. When it comes to the details of the life condition in the spirit, they are not clear about them. They are merely satisfied with being able to understand doctrines, being able to talk, and handling outside matters. They think this is being a good leader. That’s the logic and creed of a false leader. So what’s the difference between a false leader and an antichrist? Antichrists like to give a hard time to and lord it over people, but false leaders don’t. On the outside, false leaders do whatever is in the interests of God’s house and can defend the work of God’s house, but they don’t have entry themselves and can’t resolve problems about entering into life for the brothers and sisters. That’s what a false leader is. Then what kind of a person is a false leader? They are quite good, not bad, but they can’t do practical work. Why can’t false leaders do practical work? Why don’t they have the work of the Holy Spirit? It is because they don’t know how to pursue the truth. They think: “I understand letters and doctrines, so that means I pursue the truth. Look at all these people. Who among them can talk about letters and doctrines? I can tell you one whole set at a time. Am I not pursuing the truth?” That’s what they think. They think: “I explain everything so clearly using letters and doctrines, and I can handle things that are contrary to the interests of God’s house. Do I not have much spiritual understanding?” That’s how they see themselves. Isn’t this a bit absurd? This is not having spiritual understanding. Such a false leader has a sharp mind, they speak letters and doctrines in whole sets, and it appears from the outside as though their management of the church is in perfect order, but they just don’t have spiritual understanding and don’t have the work of the Holy Spirit. When it comes to how to experience God’s words, how to enter into the reality of the truth, how many aspects the essence of the truth has, which principles should be grasped in doing things, and what results ought to be achieved in doing them, they know nothing about these details, they just can’t talk about them no matter what, and they can’t explain the essence of these truths regardless of how they fellowship. They can never get to the point and are completely unable to do the work of watering and supplying God’s chosen people for them to enter into the reality of the truth—they cannot achieve results in this regard. They cannot resolve any problems through talking about letters and doctrines. Whose approval can they win by speaking a lot of letters and doctrines? People without discernment. Most people who don’t have discernment like to listen to letters and doctrines. The better a person can talk about letters and doctrines and the loftier they make them sound, the more such people adore this person and say that they are spiritual and a good leader. But people who truly understand spiritual matters and the truth can see that what this person says are all doctrines that don’t have reality. Therefore, most people in the church cannot discern such a person and only a small number of people can. Why can most people be deceived by antichrists and false leaders? Are you clear on the reason? It is mainly because most people still don’t know how to discern them. That’s all it is.
So which portion of people in the church are service-doers? People without spiritual understanding. They understand some doctrines and appear quite loyal from the outside in doing service. Among these people, the ones who possess quite a good humanity and can perform their duties loyally to the very end will be able to survive. Two-thirds of service-doers won’t be able to survive; only one third will survive. That’s how they are differentiated. Therefore, only one-third of people in a church will truly be saved and survive, half at the very most. As the situation in each church is different, half will be the maximum, and the other half will be eliminated.
How do we now see which people in the church will be able to stand firm and can be regarded as God’s people? God’s people are all ones who have spiritual understanding and pursue the truth. It does not matter how deep their life entry is. As long as they have some experience and some change, it is sufficient. This means that they are God’s people. First, see who can absorb and understand the sermons and fellowship. Secondly, see who takes performing their duties seriously and pays attention to achieving actual results. Most people now think of performing their duty like this: “Putting in effort like this is already pretty good, I don’t need to take it more seriously.” Such people are wrong. They are not even good service-doers. Those who take listening to sermons seriously and truly understand them and who take the performance of their duties seriously and can act in accordance with the principles, are the type of people regarded as God’s people. All those who don’t take listening to sermons seriously and think it doesn’t matter whether they listen to them or not, and only understand their board outlines and never fellowship about or enter into their details after they finish listening, are people who don’t pursue the truth. So which people are those who hate the truth? What kind of behaviors do they have? First of all, they dislike the sermons and fellowship of the above and don’t care about them. Secondly, they have hatred, jealousy and loathing toward people in the church who pursue the truth and always want to attack these people. Thirdly, whenever they do something wrong and the brothers and sisters deal with them, they will become hostile, kick up a fuss, and not comply. Whoever exhibits these three behaviors is a person who hates the truth. Then what kind of people are worth cultivating? People who pursue the truth. People who pursue the truth can be cultivated to be leaders and workers. What kind of people can be leaders? What kind of people can at most be just workers? What is the difference between people who can be workers and people who can be leaders? How can you tell? People who can be leaders and people who can be workers both comparatively pursue the truth and the growth in life. But some of them can be leaders while others can at most only be workers because their calibers are different. Some have talent as a field commander, while some are born commanders in chief. Those with good calibers are able to command the overall situation and take charge of all aspects of the work. These people can be leaders. Those whose calibers are poor can only take charge of one aspect of the work and will mess up the work if they are allowed to take charge of all aspects of it. Such people can only be workers. That’s how they are differentiated.
There is currently another type of people in the church—those who used to pursue the truth quite a lot and in whom the work of the Holy Spirit could be seen, but who lost the work of the Holy Spirit later on. What is the reason for this? Can you discern such people? Such people used to perform some duties relying on their enthusiasm, and the Holy Spirit also worked in them. But later, because they stopped pursuing the truth and didn’t love the truth, the Holy Spirit no longer worked in them. As long as a person has enthusiasm when they first believe in God, the Holy Spirit will work in them, but if they later don’t pursue the truth, not accepting the truth or practicing the truth, and always blindly do things relying on enthusiasm, then the Holy Spirit won’t work in them anymore. In order for the Holy Spirit to keep working in you, you must make progress. If you never make progress and instead keep holding on to rules and always rely on enthusiasm to do things, and no matter how the Holy Spirit works in you, your stature remains the same, and you don’t go forth in pursuit or make headway, then the Holy Spirit will stop working in you. So how can we know if a person has the work of the Holy Spirit? What should our judgment be based on? The first thing is that when they speak, they have the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. When you listen to them talk about practicing the truth in some particular aspect, you can feel: “He has the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, so this path he talks about is right!” This is a path that generally cannot be expressed by a person without the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. This is new light, practical, a correct path—it comes from the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. For instance, you might not receive enlightenment from the Holy Spirit when reading a couple of sentences of God’s words, but they have a special appreciation of these same words, new light that cannot be received through explaining the words literally. This is what’s called having the work and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Or when they communicate how to fulfill one’s duty, you feel the path they talk about is especially practical. This means that they have the work of the Holy Spirit. When people who have the work of the Holy Spirit talk about something, whether it is fellowshiping about the truth, about fulfilling one’s duty, or about their knowledge, everyone who hears it will feel it is fresh, illuminating, and enjoyable. This means that they have the work of the Holy Spirit. How can you tell if a person does not have the work of the Holy Spirit? If, no matter what they fellowship about, they always talk about clichéd doctrines and empty words, and are unable to tell any light about the details of practice, this means what they say are doctrines. Most people are not willing to listen to the doctrinal or empty words they say, are sick and tired of such words, and feel they are not practical. From this you can ascertain that the person does not have the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, one can determine whether a person has the work of the Holy Spirit in accordance with the feeling in their spirit. This is something that they can feel.
There are many people in the church who only look at others from the outside. For example, a person comes to believe in God and it is not possible to tell from their appearance whether they are good or bad; they appear to at least have knowledge and speak like a scholarly person. But how can you tell whether they are a person who pursues the truth? Some people will take one look and say, “This person is cultured and has caliber. In the outside world, he might be an official, so he definitely can be a leader. What a talent!” Is it correct to say that? No, it is not. Why not? You cannot just look at a person from the outside. Some people might not have an eye-catching appearance, but they love and pursue the truth. Some people might seem pretty good from the outside, but they might not necessarily love the truth. We have all learned enough lessons from these types of things. When a person doesn’t have the truth, they like to judge others by appearance and see whether certain people in the church are elegant and handsome. They think whoever is elegant, looks dignified, and acts like an official will be guaranteed to make a good leader. This is an incorrect notion and makes it easy to make mistakes. See how every time God was incarnated He chose the form of an ordinary person. The Lord Jesus came as an ordinary person. When people saw Him, they said: “Isn’t that a Nazarene, the son of a carpenter?” What does this mean? They looked down on Him. If the Lord Jesus was dignified in appearance, people would have said: “That is not an ordinary person. He looks like He came from the kingdom of heaven.” But that was not what He looked like. The Lord Jesus looked too ordinary. If He had not performed signs and wonders, nobody would have followed Him. If He had not expressed truths, even Peter would not have followed Him. If the Lord Jesus had not expressed truths or performed signs and wonders, no one would have been able to tell He was the Christ just by looking at His appearance. Why did God choose the form of an ordinary person both times He became flesh, last time as an ordinary Jew and this time as an ordinary Asian? God did so to fight back against people’s notions. In the Age of Law, the first king of the Israelites, Saul was lofty, which conformed to man’s notions, but he resisted God. God grew tired of him and raised up for them a new king—David. David was an ordinary man and a shepherd. The one who defeated Goliath in the end was David; Saul could not defeat him. Doesn’t what God does strike back at people’s notions at every turn? Why does what God does strike back at people’s notions? It is to make people not judge things based on their notions as that makes it easy to make mistakes and resist God. What kind of changes in people can be brought by God striking back against their notions? What kind of results can it achieve? In the end, people won’t rely on their notions and imaginations to delimit God, they won’t believe their own brain and eyes, and they will start to deny themselves. They used to be opinionated and thought: “I’m right. I’m certain about it. I’m on the ball. Everything I do is guaranteed to be right.” But now? “I’m not necessarily right, and what I feel is right is not necessarily right. Others might be right, so even if I think I’m sure I won’t say I’m definite.” That’s what happens to them—they no longer dare to do whatever they please or act arbitrarily in everything they do. It’s the same when people look at others. Don’t just look at one’s appearance; the key is to look at their essence. Only then will you be unlikely to make mistakes.
Once you have discernment regarding the essence of various types of people, the next step involves the issue of how to handle them. If you are one hundred percent certain that someone is a wicked person or antichrist, and they have committed many evil deeds and aroused public outrage, and meet the standards for expulsion, then they should be expelled directly. Most churches should be able to appropriately handle these several types of people who have been obviously exposed. There is a special situation in which some people may indeed need to be expelled, but they are not too wicked and haven’t fully reached the point of expulsion, perhaps around 70%. Most people cannot see through them and aren’t willing to vote to expel them, thinking that these people seem somewhat to be true believers, can still do some service, and seemingly still have a bit of a chance. In that case, put these people that most cannot see through in group B, that is, they are put there pending expulsion. For example, some people belong among the antichrists but they haven’t committed any major evils; they merely have some transgressions regarding offerings, such as secretly sharing with others offerings (material things) to God from the brothers and sisters. It is going too far to expel such people, so put them in group B. There are also some people who don’t pursue the truth whatsoever, but they have gifts and are silver-tongued, and most people in the church support them and are easily controlled and deceived by them. Such people are causing a disturbance in the church, while those who genuinely pursue the truth but don’t have gifts are not supported by everyone. This is a phenomenon commonly seen in the church. Most of God’s chosen people, when they have yet to understand the truth, typically like and approve of people who are gifted and silver-tongued. So all such people who are silver-tongued, like to talk about letters and doctrines, and like to show themselves, are able to deceive others too easily. These people have not yet committed obvious major evils, but it is very easy for God’s chosen people in the church to be deceived and blinded by them. Put these people in group B too. There are some other leaders and workers who are decent people, kind-hearted, don’t give a hard time to or lord it over others, and also pursue the truth, but as they don’t understand the truth, are of small stature, and have poor reception of the truth, they cannot do the substantive work of leading others. Is it appropriate to put such people in group B? No, it is not appropriate. They haven’t committed any major evils, so it’s sufficient to just replace them. For if they are handled too excessively, some people won’t quite agree with it; moreover, when judged by the principles, they are not quite at the level of being put in group B, and it is not correct to handle them in such a manner. Furthermore, you still need to see whether they have learned their lesson, if they have spiritual understanding, and if they can repent in the future. If someone has only just started to do the work and perhaps has not got the hang of it or has not grasped the principles, but their caliber is good, they are clear-headed, and they can repent following failures in certain matters, then they cannot be replaced. Good-caliber people are not easy to find. Suppose someone’s disposition is not good. They know the principles in their heart, but their life philosophy is so grave that they promote whoever benefits them and are jealous of whoever is better than them. The character of this kind of person is bad and they don’t practice the truth. Not only must they be replaced, they must also be put in group B. Some people don’t understand the truth and cannot do things by principles, but they zealously defend God’s house and side with God’s house in everything. How should such people be treated? Ordinary people don’t side with God’s house. As they can side with God’s house, they are good people, and such people should be cultivated by God’s house. Generally, don’t replace them if they make some mistakes. Give them a chance. Only bad people should be put in group B. What does “bad” refer to? The first thing is that they are jealous of and will attack anyone who is better than them. Additionally, they will form cliques with whoever sucks up to them, always incite trouble and spread negativity when they speak, and be of no good use in the church. Even though such people don’t commit bad things such as steal, robbery, assault or swindle, their character is bad and their disposition is bad, so they must be put in group B. Some people, first of all, cannot be classified as antichrists; secondly, they cannot be classified as wicked people; thirdly, they are not evil spirits; fourthly, they are not homosexuals; and fifthly, they haven’t stolen offerings. Such people cannot be handled excessively. Those who have stolen offerings must also be handled based on the circumstances. If someone’s embezzlement was intentional and the amount was significant, then they must be expelled in accordance with the administrative decrees of God’s house. If they merely gained some petty advantages from the materials donated to help the needy among God’s chosen people in the church and did not intentionally embezzle offerings to God, it’s sufficient that they acknowledge the situation and repent. Don’t blow things out of proportion and expel them.
God’s chosen people in the churches everywhere need to have a heart that fears God when treating various kinds of people and should correctly treat and fairly handle them in accordance with the principles. In regard to true antichrists and wicked people, if there is conclusive evidence and the confirmation from most of God’s chosen people who understand the truth, then they should be promptly handled in accordance with the administrative decrees of God’s house and be expelled. This is called getting rid of an evil for the people. Doing so conforms with the will of the people and is after God’s heart. Why must antichrists be expelled? Because antichrists have the nature of wicked people and don’t love the truth at all, and as long as they are not expelled, they will disturb God’s chosen people. Antichrists will never repent, and God does not save wicked people and antichrists. Therefore, if God’s chosen people discover antichrists, they must report them and discern them, and must expel them from the church. Putting this into practice completely conforms with God’s will. Exposing, reporting, and expelling antichrists is a good deed. It is even more important than preaching the gospel to gain people! If an antichrist exists in a church, at least a portion of people in that church will be affected and disturbed. And there will be a hidden danger inside the church. This is called “A foul fish spoils the whole pot of soup.” One antichrist can disturb and harm the entire church. The harm caused by antichrists in the church is the greatest; it is much greater than that caused by evil spirits and unbelievers. Accordingly, all God’s chosen people have a responsibility to expose, report, and reveal antichrists. If someone is only an ordinary false leader, whose humanity is ordinary or rather good and who haven’t committed any evil deeds, but who like to talk about letters and doctrines merely because of not understanding the truth and thus can’t supply God’s chosen people, then don’t make a big deal out of their flaws and put them in group B. Doing so doesn’t conform with God’s will and is an evil deed. People who have a heart that fears God all do things in accordance with God’s words and the truth as opposed to by relying on their own preferences and notions. This is a principle that should be followed when treating all types of people.
January 17, 2017