God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together (Excerpt VI)
Those who take their utterly unbelieving children and relatives into church are too selfish and show their kindness. These people stress only love, with no regard as to whether they believe or whether it is God’s will. Some bring their wives before God, or bring their parents before God, and regardless of whether the Holy Spirit agrees or carries out His work, they blindly “adopt talented people” for God. What benefit can possibly be gained from extending this kindness toward these people who do not believe? Even if these unbelievers who are without the presence of the Holy Spirit struggle to follow God, they still cannot be saved as one believes they can. Those who receive salvation are not actually that easy to obtain. Those who have not undergone the Holy Spirit’s work and trials and have not been perfected by God incarnate cannot be completed at all. Therefore, these people lack the Holy Spirit’s presence from the moment they begin to nominally follow God. According to their conditions and actual states, they simply cannot be made complete. So, the Holy Spirit does not decide to expend much energy upon them, nor does He provide any enlightenment or guide them in any way; He merely allows them to follow along and ultimately reveals their outcome—this is enough. Man’s enthusiasm and intentions come from Satan, and in no way can they complete the Holy Spirit’s work. No matter what kind of person one is, one must have the work of the Holy Spirit—can a person complete a person? Why does a husband love his wife? And why does a wife love her husband? Why are children dutiful to their parents? And why do parents dote on their children? What kinds of intentions do people really harbor? Is it not in order to satisfy one’s own plans and selfish desires? Is it really for God’s management plan? Is it for God’s work? Is it to fulfill a creature’s duty? Those who first believed in God and could not obtain the presence of the Holy Spirit can never obtain the work of the Holy Spirit; it has been determined that these people will be destroyed. No matter how much love one has for them, it cannot replace the work of the Holy Spirit. Man’s enthusiasm and love represent the intentions of man, but cannot represent God’s intentions and cannot replace God’s work. Even if one extends the greatest possible amount of love or pity toward those people who nominally believe in God and pretend to follow Him but do not know what it is to believe in God, they will still not obtain God’s sympathy or obtain the work of the Holy Spirit. Even if people who sincerely follow God are of poor caliber and cannot understand many truths, they can still occasionally obtain the work of the Holy Spirit, but those who are of rather good caliber yet do not sincerely believe simply cannot obtain the Holy Spirit’s presence. There is simply no possibility for salvation with these people. Even if they read or occasionally hear the messages or sing praises to God, in the end they will not be able to remain through the time of rest. Whether one seeks sincerely is not determined by how others judge them or how the people around view them, but by whether the Holy Spirit works upon them and whether they have the presence of the Holy Spirit, and it is all the more determined by whether their disposition changes and whether they have knowledge of God after undergoing the Holy Spirit’s work over a certain period; if the Holy Spirit works upon a person, this person’s disposition will gradually change, and their view on believing in God will gradually grow purer. Regardless of how long one follows God, as long as they have changed, this means that the Holy Spirit works upon them. If they have not changed, this means that the Holy Spirit does not work upon them. Even if these people render some service, they are instigated by their intentions to obtain good fortune. Occasional service cannot replace a change in their disposition. Ultimately they will still be destroyed, for there is no need for those who render service within the kingdom, nor is there need for anyone whose disposition has not changed to be of service to those people who have been perfected and who are faithful to God. Those words from the past, “When one believes in the Lord, fortune smiles upon one’s entire family,” are suitable for the Age of Grace but are unrelated to man’s destination. They were only appropriate for a stage during the Age of Grace. The intended meaning of these words is directed at the peace and material blessings that people enjoy; they do not mean that the entire family of one who believes in the Lord will be saved, nor do they mean that when one obtains good fortune, one’s entire family will also be brought into rest. Whether one receives blessings or suffers misfortune is determined according to one’s essence, and is not determined according to the common essence one shares with others. The kingdom simply does not have this kind of saying or this kind of rule. If one is ultimately able to survive, it is because one has achieved God’s requirements, and if one is ultimately unable to remain at the time of rest, it is because this person is disobedient to God and has not satisfied God’s requirements. Everyone has a suitable destination. These destinations are determined according to each person’s essence and are completely unrelated to others. A child’s wicked conduct cannot be transferred to his or her parents, and a child’s righteousness cannot be shared with his or her parents. A parent’s wicked conduct cannot be transferred to his or her children, and a parent’s righteousness cannot be shared with his or her children. Everyone bears his or her respective sins, and everyone enjoys his or her respective fortune. No one can substitute for another. This is righteousness. In man’s view, if parents obtain good fortune, so can their children, and if children commit evil, their parents must atone for their sins. This is man’s perspective and man’s way of doing things. It is not God’s perspective. Everyone’s outcome is determined according to the essence that comes from their conduct, and it is always determined appropriately. No one can bear the sins of another; even more so, no one can receive punishment in another’s stead. This is absolute. A parent’s doting care for his or her children does not mean that they can perform righteous deeds in their children’s stead, nor does the dutiful affection of a child to his or her parents mean that they can perform righteous deeds in their parents’ stead. This is the true meaning behind the words, “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” No one can take their evildoing children into rest on the basis of their deep love for their children, nor can one take their wife (or husband) into rest on the basis of their own righteous conduct. This is an administrative rule; there can be no exceptions for anyone. Doers of righteousness are doers of righteousness, and evildoers are evildoers. Doers of righteousness will be able to survive, and evildoers will be destroyed. The holy are holy; they are not filthy. The filthy are filthy, and they do not contain a single holy part. All wicked people shall be destroyed, and all righteous people shall survive, even if the children of an evildoer perform righteous deeds, and even if the parents of a righteous person commit wicked deeds. There is no relationship between a believing husband and an unbelieving wife, and there is no relationship between believing children and unbelieving parents. They are two incompatible types. Prior to entering into rest, one has physical relatives, but once one has entered into rest, one no longer has any physical relatives to speak of. Those who do their duty and those who do not are enemies; those who love God and those who hate God are opposed to one another. Those who enter into rest and those who have been destroyed are two incompatible types of creatures. Creatures that fulfill their duty will be able to survive, and creatures that do not fulfill their duty will be destroyed; what is more, this shall last through eternity. Do you love your husband in order to fulfill your duty as a creature? Do you love your wife in order to fulfill your duty as a creature? Are you dutiful to your unbelieving parents in order to fulfill your duty as a creature? Is man’s view on believing in God right or not? Why do you believe in God? What do you want to gain? How do you love God? Those that cannot fulfill their duty as creatures and cannot make a full effort will be destroyed. People today have physical relationships among one another, as well as associations by blood, but later this will all be shattered. Believers and unbelievers are not compatible but rather opposed to one another. Those in rest believe that there is a God and are obedient to God. Those who are disobedient to God will have all been destroyed. Families will no longer exist upon earth; how could there be parents or children or relationships between husbands and wives? The very incompatibility of belief and unbelief will have severed these physical relationships!
Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh
God Decides People’s End According to Their Essence
If one is ultimately able to survive, it’s because they’ve achieved God’s requirements. But if one can’t live in final rest, it’s because they disobey and can’t please God. Neither a child’s wicked deeds nor their righteousness can be transferred to his or her parents. And parents’ evil or righteousness can’t be shared with any of their children. There’s a destination that each person deserves. That’s determined based on their essence. One’s destination is in no way related to others.
To each their own sins or their blessing, no one can substitute for another. If one is a doer of righteousness, they’re righteous. And one is an evildoer if evil’s what they do. Doers of righteousness are bound to survive, and destruction awaits evildoers. If one is holy, there’s no filthy spot on them. If one is filthy, they have no single holy part. There’s a destination that each person deserves. That’s determined based on their essence. One’s destination is in no way related to others.
Wicked people are to be destroyed, and survival awaits righteous people, even if an evildoer’s child is righteous, or a righteous person’s parents are wicked. There is no relationship whatsoever if a husband believes and a wife doesn’t, or if a child believes and their parents don’t. They’re two types that do not go together. There’s a destination that each person deserves. That’s determined based on their essence. One’s destination is in no way related to others.
So before one enters into rest, there are physical relatives ’round them. But once they’ve entered into rest, they have no such relatives to speak of. If one does their duty, they’re a foe to those who don’t. Those who love God are foes to those who hate Him. And those who enter into rest are incompatible with those who are destroyed. There’s a destination that each person deserves. That’s determined based on their essence. One’s destination is in no way related to others.
from Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs