163. The Principles of How to Treat Work Arrangements
(1) Work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship represent the direction of the Holy Spirit’s work and God’s current will. They must be accepted, obeyed, and put into practice;
(2) It is necessary, in doing one’s duty well, to adhere strictly to the principles of the work arrangements. One must never do things as they wish, by their own means, thereby walking the path of the antichrists;
(3) Work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship are illuminated and enlightened by the Holy Spirit. They are counted as human knowledge, and must never supplant God’s words or be treated as His words;
(4) Work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship must be enacted swiftly and decisively, without cutting corners, in order to ensure the attainment of the Holy Spirit’s work and the effective performance of duty.
Relevant Words of God:
In their work, church leaders and workers must pay attention to two things: One is to do their work exactly according to the principles stipulated by the work arrangements, never violating those principles and not basing their work on anything that they might imagine or on any of their own ideas. In everything they do, they should show concern for the work of God’s house, and always put its interests first. Another thing—and this is most crucial—is that in all things, they must focus on following the Holy Spirit’s guidance and do everything in strict keeping with God’s words. If you are still capable of going against the Holy Spirit’s guidance, or if you stubbornly follow your own ideas and do things according to your own imagination, then your actions will constitute a most serious resistance against God. Frequently turning your back on the enlightenment and guidance of the Holy Spirit will only lead to a dead end. If you lose the work of the Holy Spirit, then you will not be able to work; and even if you do somehow manage to work, you will accomplish nothing. These are the two main principles to abide by while working: One is to perform your work in exact accordance with the arrangements from the Above, as well as to act according to the principles that have been set forth by the Above; and the other is to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit within you. Once these two points are grasped, you will not be so liable to make mistakes.
Excerpted from “The Main Principles of Work for Leaders and Workers” in Records of Christ’s Talks
In work and matters of the church, apart from obeying God, follow the instructions of the man who is used by the Holy Spirit in everything. Even the slightest infraction is unacceptable. Be absolute in your compliance, and do not analyze right or wrong; what is right or wrong has nothing to do with you. You must concern yourself only with total obedience.
Excerpted from “The Ten Administrative Decrees That Must Be Obeyed by God’s Chosen People in the Age of Kingdom” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
There are some who are entirely too cavalier in their attitude toward work arrangements from the Above. “The Above makes the work arrangements,” they think, “and we’re down here, doing the work. Some of what’s said and some of the tasks can be implemented flexibly—they can be altered when they come down to us. The Above just talks, after all, and we’re the ones doing practical work. We understand the situation in the church, but the Above doesn’t, so the people and work of the church that are given to us are ours to do with as we see fit. We can do as we like, and no one has the right to interfere.” To such people, the principle of serving God is this: “If I think something’s right, I’ll take note of it; if I think something isn’t workable, I’ll ignore it. I can resist you if I like, or go against you, and I don’t have to implement or carry out anything I don’t want to. If something you say strikes me as unsuitable, I’ll edit it for you, and, once I’ve filtered it, I’ll pass it on down. Nothing I haven’t approved may go to print.” Everywhere else, they disseminate the arrangements from the Above in their original form, but this person sends their edited version of the work arrangements to the people in the area they lead. Such a person wishes always to set God off to the side, and desperately wants everyone to follow and believe in them. The way they see it, God is not their equal in certain areas—they should be God, too, and everyone should believe in them. That is the nature of what they do. If you understood this, would you still cry when such a person is removed and replaced? Would you still feel sympathy for them? Would you still think, “What the Above does is uncalled for and unjust—how could the Above dismiss someone who’s suffered so much?” For whose sake have they suffered? They have suffered for the sake of their own status. Are they serving God? Are they performing their duty? Are they loyal and submissive to God? They are nothing but a lackey of Satan, and their work is the devil’s dominion; it destroys God’s management plan and disturbs His work. What sort of faith is that? They are nothing but a devil, an antichrist!
Excerpted from “What Is It to Offend God?” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Some people, though they cannot understand parts of the arrangements made by the Above, are yet able to obey them. They say, “All God does is correct and has significance. Even if we can’t understand it, we submit to it. What we will not do is pass judgment on God! If something doesn’t sound right to us, we heed it anyway. We’re humans, with human minds—so what do we know? So we just follow along and submit to God’s arrangements until the day comes when we understand them. Even if that day doesn’t come, we would still submit willingly. We are humans, and we should submit to God. That’s what we’re supposed to do.” Others, however, are not like this. When they see what is being done by the Above, their first reaction is to investigate it. They say, “God, let’s look at what You say and what You require. The first item is fine, but the second isn’t quite right. I’ll fix it up for You.” Does someone who says so have a heart that reveres God? It may rather be that they have notions about something God does, and therefore do not carry out His arrangements in the church, but wantonly circulate their notions among their brothers and sisters, so that they come to have notions about God. Firstly, such a person cannot provide the truth; secondly, they spread notions; and thirdly, they cause others to have notions about God, and to oppose what He does, and to try to make Him act differently, such that, in the end, He may relent to them. There are those who would do such things in hopes of dispelling people’s notions, making God relent and act differently, and making Him satisfy people. Were such a person to feel remorse and weep after doing such things, could they then be counted as one with a heart of reverence for God? Some people are a bit zealous and ignorant in their service of God—for this, you can be forgiven. If, however, you continue to act so, you will have knowingly done wrong, which is a graver and greater sin, and a terrible thing! If your view of these matters is simplistic, and you feel they do not amount to much, then you are bound, one day, to offend God. I have seen some such people; even if they are not purged, their outcomes were actually already decided early on.
Excerpted from “What Is It to Offend God?” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:
The work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above represent the new steps and direction of the work of the Holy Spirit. Hence, leaders and workers of all levels must closely follow the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above to fellowship on the truth and fulfill their duties. This is a principle of serving God and also the right path of service. One who deviates from the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above to do their own thing disturbs and disrupts God’s work. Such a person is someone who resists God. If one cannot fulfill their duty in accordance with the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above, they will not know whether their actions are good or evil, and whether or not they conform with God’s will. Therefore, the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above are a mirror that reflects if leaders and workers are entering reality. Those who can accept the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above at all times are people who can accept the truth and enter reality. If someone sees that the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above do not accord with their own notions or feels that these things expose or deny their actions and conduct, and thus becomes angry from embarrassment and judges and condemns the work arrangements of the Above to be false, then this is sufficient to prove that this person resists and hates the truth, is trying to protect their own position, and insists on going down the wrong path. This kind of person is surely a false leader or an antichrist. Some leaders and workers especially hate the truth. If the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships conform with their own notions and are beneficial to them, they will deem them as real, and then accept them and pass them down. But if these things do not conform with their own notions or are disadvantageous to them, they will judge them as false, refuse to accept them, and withhold them. This is purely an act of Satan. Blindly relying on one’s own notions in one’s views on things, measuring whether something is true or false through whether it benefits one’s own fame, gain and status is too absurd. Such a viewpoint is purely that of Satan’s and does not possess truth reality whatsoever. Such people definitely do not love the truth, pursue the truth, or have reverence for God. It can be said for certain that the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above are the present work of the Holy Spirit and come from the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit. That which comes from the work of the Holy Spirit can of course lead and guide all those who pursue the truth to understand the truth and enter reality. To measure whether leaders and workers at all levels of the church do their work and fulfill their duties in accordance with God’s will, we should see whether they truly accept and obey the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above, and whether they do their work and fulfill their duties in accordance with them. If a leader or worker can never accept and obey the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above, then it can be certain that this person is a false leader or worker and must be eliminated. If a leader or worker can accept the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above, then they will be able to fellowship truth reality in the church, and they will be able to cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit, and guide God’s chosen people into truth reality.
Only if what leaders or workers fellowship completely conforms with the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above can their work achieve results and gain the approval of God’s chosen people. If what leaders and workers fellowship cannot closely follow the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above, then their work will not be able to keep up with the new light and new steps of the work of the Holy Spirit. If the things people talk about are too outmoded and do not keep up with the present work of the Holy Spirit, and if they still do not seek the truth, it will be quite impossible for them to have the work of the Holy Spirit. The work of such people definitely will not have any benefits for God’s chosen people, and church life can then only be a pool of stagnant water. All those who cannot keep up with the present work of the Holy Spirit and accept the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above are in danger and could easily be eliminated. Thus, the Above asks leaders and workers of all levels to closely follow the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above to fellowship on the truth and do real work. This is the way for them to obtain the work of the Holy Spirit and to achieve real results in their duty. Only this is service that conforms with God’s will. Whether or not someone can accept and obey the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above is a sign that shows whether they obey God’s work or are walking the path of an antichrist. Only by strictly following the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above in working and fulfilling one’s duty is one a person who truly follows God and obeys God’s work. Only such a person will receive the confirmation of the Holy Spirit’s work and gradually enter truth reality to become perfected and fit for God’s use. It can be said that all those who oppose the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above are not people who pursue the truth, and are all false leaders and antichrists. There is no doubt about this. Whether or not one can accept the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the Above is extremely revealing.
Excerpted from Work Arrangements