134. The Principles of Treating People Who Love the Truth
(1) All who love the truth and are possessed of the work of the Holy Spirit are counted among God’s people. If they commit transgressions, or stumble and fall, they must be helped lovingly;
(2) Those of good caliber who love the truth and have a sense of righteousness should be cultivated to be leaders and workers, and none at all may attack or ensnare them;
(3) The church must, at its core, have those who love the truth and are possessed of the work of the Holy Spirit. Focus must be given to watering and cultivating them, and giving them opportunities to perform duty and train;
(4) The church must provide its protection to those who love the truth. All evil people who would attack, exclude, or ensnare those who love the truth must be sanctioned.
Relevant Words of God:
God’s salvation of mankind is a salvation of those who love the truth, a salvation of the part of them with will and resolve, and the part of them that is their yearning for truth and righteousness in their heart. A person’s resolve is the part of them in their heart that yearns for righteousness, goodness, and truth, and is possessed of conscience. God saves this part of people, and through it, He changes their corrupt disposition, so that they may understand and gain the truth, so that their corruption may be cleansed, and their life disposition may be transformed. If you do not have these things within you, you cannot be saved. If, within you, there is no love for the truth or aspiration for righteousness and light; if, whenever you encounter evil, you have neither the will to cast off evil things nor the resolve to suffer hardship; if, moreover, your conscience is numb; if your faculty for receiving truth is also benumbed, and you are unattuned to the truth and to events that arise; and if you are undiscerning in all matters, and unable to handle or resolve things on your own, then there is no way to be saved. Such a person has nothing to recommend them, nothing worth working on. Their conscience is numb, their mind is muddied, and they do not love the truth, nor yearn for righteousness deep in their heart, and, no matter how clearly or transparently God speaks of the truth, they do not respond, as if they were already dead. Are things not over for them? A person with a breath left in them may be saved by artificial respiration, but, if they have already died and their soul has left, artificial respiration will do nothing. If, whenever you encounter a problem, you shrink from it and try to avoid it, this means you have not borne witness; as such, you can never be saved, and you are completely done for. When an issue befalls you, you must have a cool head and a correct approach, and you must make a choice. You should learn to use the truth to resolve the issue. At normal times, what is the use of understanding some truths? It is not to fill your belly, and it is not merely to give you something to say, nor is it to resolve the problems of others. More importantly, its use is to resolve your own problems, your own difficulties—only after you resolve your own difficulties can you resolve the difficulties of others. Why is it said that Peter is a fruit? Because there are things of worth in him, things worth perfecting; he was resolved to seek the truth and was firm of will; he had reason, was willing to suffer hardship, and loved the truth in his heart, and he did not let go of what came to pass. These are all strong points. If you have none of these strong points, it means trouble.
Excerpted from “Confused People Cannot Be Saved” in Records of Talks of Christ of the Last Days
If you love the truth, then even if your caliber is a little poor, you have not believed in God for very long, you often make mistakes, and you do stupid things, if you love it when God fellowships the truth, if your attitude toward the truth and God’s words is honest, if it is sincere and eager, if you treasure and cherish the truth, then God will be merciful toward you. God is unfazed by your ignorance and poor caliber, for your attitude toward the truth is sincere and eager, and your heart is true; your heart and attitude are what God values, and He shall be ever merciful toward you—and so you have hope of salvation. On the other hand, if you are hard of heart and self-indulgent, if you detest the truth, and do not love all of God’s words and everything that involves the truth, are never heedful of it, and are antagonistic and scornful from the depths of your heart, then what is God’s attitude toward you? Disgust, revulsion, and unceasing wrath. What two characteristics are evident in God’s righteous disposition? Abundant mercy and profound wrath. The “abundant” in “abundant mercy” means that God’s mercy is tolerant, patient, forbearing, and that it is the greatest love—that is what “abundant” means. Because some people are foolish and of poor caliber, this is how God has to act. You love the truth but are foolish and of poor caliber, God’s attitude can only be one of abundant mercy toward you. Mercy includes patience and tolerance: God is tolerant and patient toward your ignorance, He gives you sufficient faith and tolerance to support you, provide for you, and help you, so that you may understand the truth bit by bit and gradually grow up. Upon what foundation is this built? Upon the attitude of someone who loves and yearns for the truth, who is sincere toward God, His words, and the truth. These are the fundamental behaviors that should be manifested in people.
Excerpted from “Understanding the Truth Is Crucial to Fulfilling One’s Duty Properly” in Records of Talks of Christ of the Last Days
Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:
The church’s cultivation and use of people depends mainly on whether or not they pursue the truth; this is the most fundamental principle. The reason for this is that whether someone pursues the truth or not can explain many issues; it reveals whether the path they are on is the right one or an evil one, whether or not their faith in God is practical, and what sort of attribute they possess. If they truly are someone who pursues the truth, then they will most certainly possess a comparatively good humanity, they will certainly be on the right path, and they will certainly be a relatively kind person. Therefore, God’s house repeatedly emphasizes the need to select and use as leaders those who genuinely pursue the truth; this is a matter of significance. Nobody is perfect; people all have their shortcomings. When evaluating someone, you must consider the main aspects: Whether or not they pursue the truth, are of good caliber, are resolved, and have a sense of justice. If someone can pursue the truth, then even having a few minor shortcomings or committing a few minor transgressions is not considered a problem. As long as they are truly someone who pursues the truth, then their transgressions are all resolvable. When evaluating someone, do not split hairs or judge them on their appearance; you must look at their essence. This is key. The crucial work is to find people who genuinely are of good caliber, who pursue the truth, and who are capable of doing work; and then, to arrange suitable places for them in the church, and supply and cultivate them well. When the church’s leaders and workers at all levels set foot upon the right track of belief in God, they can lead God’s chosen people onto the right track as well.
Excerpted from Work Arrangements
This is a principle of church life: Brothers and sisters who sincerely believe in God and pursue the truth should be treated specially. Whether they are new believers or have believed in God for years, one must have genuine love for them, offer them real help, and have a bit of a spirit of dedication toward them. In ordinary times, one should fellowship more with them about the truth so that they can understand the truth as quickly as possible and grow up in life. As for people who do not pursue the truth, if they are watered for a time, and it is discovered that they do not love the truth and have no interest in it, then there is no need to expend too much time and effort on them; such would be unnecessary, because you have already fulfilled your obligation and done everything benevolent that was expected of you. Some people might have a different opinion, and say, “People who do not pursue the truth should be watered more and provided for more; you should think of ways to get them to pursue the truth. By contrast, those who already pursue the truth do not need to be worried about anymore, because they already know how to pursue.” Is this view correct? No, it is not. You must recognize that it is in the nature of people who do not pursue the truth to not love the truth. It is arguable that ninety percent of those who do not love the truth are dead. Are you determined to bring the dead back to life? What makes you think you have what it takes? If I bumped into a dead person, I would walk away quickly. If the Holy Spirit is not working in someone, then nothing anyone does will be of any use. It would be great if you took that sole bit of love you possess and dedicated it to God, or gave it to those brothers and sisters who genuinely pursue the truth. … You have to look at which people the Holy Spirit focuses His work on. Does God perfect those people who do not pursue the truth? If the Holy Spirit will not even do that, then why should people foolishly waste their time on it? Is this not an example of human ignorance? Thus, you must give more support to brothers and sisters who genuinely pursue the truth, because they are the ones who were preordained and selected by God, and are the ones He is going to save. If you frequently fellowship on the truth with these people, in tune with each other in both heart and mind, supporting and providing for each other, then you ultimately will all be able to attain salvation. If you cannot get along with these people, then you have turned your back on God’s will. In every church there is a tiny handful of people who are pursuing the truth; these are the ones on whom the Holy Spirit’s work is focused. They are the core of the church. How does the core of a church come into being? Whichever people the Holy Spirit focuses on are the ones who become the church’s core. If you can water these people, cause their statures to mature, and make them set foot upon the right track in believing in God, then your fulfilling of your duty will be adequate and in line with God’s will. If you do not focus on watering these people, and just discard them to one side and ignore them, and then mainly focus on saving those spiritless dead people who belong to Satan and the ones who were not preordained and selected by God, those service-doers, then this proves that you are singing a different tune to God’s; you are disrupting His work, are not cooperating with the work of the Holy Spirit, and have not achieved the critical points in your job. … Thus, when it comes to people who are actually pursuing the truth, you should take measures to focus more on watering them, providing for them, and ministering to them. Support these people so that they can set foot upon the right track of believing in God, and your service will then be in accord with God’s will. Only then will your service truly be in cooperation with the work of the Holy Spirit. Within the church, people who genuinely love the truth and possess normal humanity should keep company with those who pursue the truth, get along harmoniously with these people, and, by way of pursuing the truth, gradually get to where they are expending for God in unison. In this manner, people who pursue the truth will attain salvation, and you will, too, because the Holy Spirit works among people who pursue the truth.
Excerpted from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life
People’s attitude toward positive things and positive people, and toward those who pursue the truth reveals them the most. Their attitude toward those who pursue the truth shows their attitude toward the truth and God. If someone denigrates, abuses, and attacks this group of people, then it proves that this person hates God, and hates the truth and positive things. This is absolutely the case. Today, some people no longer dare to openly take a stand against the man used by the Holy Spirit. They know that anyone who opposes the man used by the Holy Spirit will be condemned by everyone in the church as an antichrist, and so now they do their utmost to vilify, attack, and judge the leaders and workers who pursue the truth and have the work of the Holy Spirit. They wish to topple these leaders and workers and take their place. Are these not the tactics of antichrists? Say there is someone who keeps passing judgment on and attacking people who pursue the truth in a church, who keeps trying to find fault with them and who looks for expressions of corruption in those who pursue the truth, and, having found something, passes judgment on, attacks, and then vilifies them, ultimately belittling them as bad, as evil, and causing everyone to reject them. Are such people not evil? Anyone in the church who is hostile to good people who pursue the truth is evil and shall be punished. That is because these good people who pursue the truth are objects of God’s work of salvation, they are under God’s protection, and they are precisely the ones who are safeguarded by God; anyone who is hostile to such people is hostile to God, and to the work of God.
Excerpted from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life