114. The Principles of Identifying Evil Spirits That Beguile Man
(1) Anyone who impersonates Christ or an angel, and who often spews devilish words that do not accord in the least with God’s words, is an evil spirit that beguiles man;
(2) All who call themselves God’s beloved children, His firstborn sons, angels, or prophets who have come to speak and work, and who say all manner of specious things, are evil spirits that beguile man;
(3) All whose understanding is especially absurd; who constantly let fly heresies and fallacies, and skew facts; and who deny Christ and the words of God are evil spirits that beguile man;
(4) All who focus on the supernatural, who often hear voices and see visions, and who can detect and point out sin and work signs and wonders, are evil spirits that beguile man.
Relevant Words of God:
When Satan tempted Eve, it said, “Why don’t you eat the fruit on that tree?” Eve answered, “God said that those who eat of that tree’s fruit must die.” Satan then said, “Eating the fruit on that tree isn’t necessarily fatal.” In saying this, Satan’s intention was to seduce; it did not say for sure that by eating that tree’s fruit, the human would not die; it merely said that doing so would not necessarily be fatal. This caused the human to think: “If it isn’t necessarily fatal, then eating it should be fine.” She could not resist the temptation to eat the fruit. In this way, Satan achieved its goal of tempting man into committing a sin, though it still did not take responsibility for it, because it had not actually forced anyone to eat the fruit. Now all humans have within them Satan’s poisons that tempt God and seduce man. Sometimes, when people speak, they speak in the tones of Satan, with the intention of tempting and seducing. All the thoughts and ideas that fill people are the poisons of Satan; the very manner they bear is a thing of Satan—and sometimes even a simple wink or gesture carries a whiff of temptation and seduction.
Excerpted from “Those Who Have Lost the Holy Spirit’s Work Are Most at Risk” in Records of Christ’s Talks
There are today some evil spirits that deceive man with supernatural things; that is nothing but imitation on their part, to deceive man through work that is not presently done by the Holy Spirit. Many people perform miracles and heal the sick and drive out demons; these are nothing but the work of the evil spirits, for the Holy Spirit no longer does such work in the present day, and all those who have imitated the work of the Holy Spirit from that time onward are evil spirits indeed. All the work carried out in Israel at that time was work of a supernatural nature, though the Holy Spirit does not now work in such a manner, and any such work now is the imitation and disguise of Satan and its disturbance. But you cannot say that whatsoever is supernatural comes from evil spirits—this would depend on the age of God’s work.
Excerpted from “The Mystery of the Incarnation (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
If, during the present day, there is to emerge a person who is able to display signs and wonders, cast out demons, heal the sick, and perform many miracles, and if this person claims that they are Jesus who has come, then this would be a counterfeit produced by evil spirits which imitate Jesus. Remember this! God does not repeat the same work. Jesus’ stage of work has already been completed, and God will never again undertake that stage of work. The work of God is irreconcilable with the notions of man; for example, the Old Testament foretold the coming of a Messiah, and the result of this prophecy was Jesus’ coming. This having already happened, it would be wrong for another Messiah to come again. Jesus has already come once, and it would be wrong if Jesus were to come again this time. There is one name for every age, and each name contains a characterization of that age. In the notions of man, God must always display signs and wonders, must always heal the sick and cast out demons, and must always be just like Jesus. Yet this time, God is not like that at all. If, during the last days, God still displayed signs and wonders, and still cast out demons and healed the sick—if He did exactly the same as Jesus—then God would be repeating the same work, and the work of Jesus would have no significance or value. Thus, God carries out one stage of work in every age. Once each stage of His work has been completed, it is soon imitated by evil spirits, and after Satan begins to follow on the heels of God, God changes to a different method. Once God has completed a stage of His work, it is imitated by evil spirits. You must be clear about this.
Excerpted from “Knowing God’s Work Today” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
There are some who are possessed by evil spirits and cry out vociferously, “I am God!” Yet, in the end, they are revealed, for they are wrong in what they represent. They represent Satan, and the Holy Spirit pays them no heed. However highly you exalt yourself or however strongly you cry out, you are still a created being and one that belongs to Satan. I never cry out, “I am God, I am the beloved Son of God!” But the work I do is God’s work. Need I shout? There is no need for exaltation. God does His own work Himself and does not need man to accord Him a status or give Him an honorific title: His work represents His identity and status. Prior to His baptism, was not Jesus God Himself? Was He not the incarnate flesh of God? Surely it cannot be said that it was only after receiving witness that He became the only Son of God? Long before He began His work, was there not already a man by the name of Jesus? You are unable to bring forth new paths or to represent the Spirit. You cannot express the work of the Spirit or the words that He speaks. You are unable to do the work of God Himself, and that of the Spirit you are unable to do. The wisdom, wonder, and unfathomability of God, and the entirety of the disposition by which God chastises man—all of these are beyond your capacity to express. It would therefore be useless to try to claim to be God; you would have only the name and none of the substance. God Himself has come, but no one recognizes Him, yet He continues on in His work and does so in representation of the Spirit. Whether you call Him man or God, the Lord or Christ, or call Her sister, it does not matter. But the work He does is that of the Spirit and represents the work of God Himself. He does not care about the name by which man calls Him. Can that name determine His work? Regardless of what you call Him, as far as God is concerned, He is the incarnate flesh of the Spirit of God; He represents the Spirit and is approved by the Spirit. If you are unable to make way for a new age, or to bring the old to an end, or to usher in a new age, or to do new work, then you cannot be called God!
Excerpted from “The Mystery of the Incarnation (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
When people have some understanding of God, they can willingly suffer for Him and devote their lives to Him. However, Satan is still in control of the weaknesses within them, and can still cause them to suffer. Evil spirits can still work in people, interfering with them and causing them to be in a confused state of mind, to take leave of their senses, to feel ill at ease, and to be disturbed in every respect. There are things of the mind or soul in people that can still be controlled and manipulated by Satan. This is why you fall ill and become troubled, and it is possible for you to commit suicide, and at times you also feel that the world is desolate or that life has no meaning. In other words, these human sufferings are still under Satan’s command; they comprise one of man’s fatal weaknesses. Satan is still able to use those things that it has corrupted and trampled; they are weapons Satan can use against humanity. … Evil spirits latch onto every opportunity to do their work; they can speak to you from within or whisper into your ear, or they can throw your thoughts and mind into disarray. They can even suppress the Holy Spirit’s touch so that you cannot feel it. After that, they begin to interfere with you by confusing your thinking and addling your brain, leaving you restless and unhinged. Such is the work that evil spirits do on people. If they cannot discern it, then they will find themselves in great danger.
Excerpted from “The Significance of God’s Tasting of Worldly Suffering” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:
Anyone who impersonates Christ to speak to deceive people is a false Christ. All false Christs are possessed by evil spirits, and they are deceivers. How can you discern a false Christ who is constantly speaking in order to deceive people? If you merely look at some of their words, perhaps you will scratch your head and you will not be able to thoroughly understand what the evil spirit really intends to do. If you continue to track this evil spirit and discern everything they have said as a whole, it becomes very easy to see what sort of thing they really are, what they are doing, what they are actually saying, what they are plotting to do to people and what path they are offering people; discernment of these things becomes easy. We can see that essentially the same characteristics are present in evil spirits’ words. They can only imitate God’s words and expressions; they do not possess the essence of God’s words. God’s words have a context and a purpose. The ultimate purpose and effects of God’s utterances are very clear and people can see that His words possess authority and power, that they can touch one’s heart and move one’s soul. But the words of evil spirits and of Satan have neither context nor effect—they are like a pool of stagnant water, and people feel murky in their hearts after reading them. They gain nothing from them. So, evil spirits of all kinds entirely lack the truth and are certainly murky and dark inside. Their words cannot bring people light and cannot show them the path they should follow. Evil spirits cannot clearly state their aim nor what they are trying to accomplish; there is no mention of anything regarding the essence of the truth or the root. Not in the least. Nothing that people should understand or gain can be found in the words of evil spirits. Therefore, the words of evil spirits can only deceive people and bring them internal murkiness and darkness, negativity and dejection. They cannot provide people with any sustenance at all. From this we can see that the nature essence of evil spirits is that of evil and darkness, and that it lacks vitality, instead reeking of death. They are truly negative things that should be cursed. There is no truth at all in their speech; it is all nonsense and devilish talk that causes people to feel disgust and aversion as if they had just eaten a dead fly. If people are in pursuit of the truth and possess the caliber to comprehend God’s words, they will be able to discern the words of evil spirits upon reading them. Those who do not understand spiritual matters and do not have the ability to comprehend the words of God will certainly be deceived by the devilish words of evil spirits. All those people whom the Holy Spirit has enlightened and illuminated, who have an understanding of God’s words and who understand some truths will naturally be able to discern the devilish words of evil spirits. They will be able to see in any words spoken by evil spirits that evil spirits are wholly devoid of truth, of what God has and is, or of the slightest power or authority. Compared with God’s words, the difference is truly the difference between heaven and earth.
Excerpted from Work Arrangements