Chapter 17. Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself II” (II)

Understanding the Significance of God Using Trials to Perfect People Through the Story of Job

In God’s work of the last days more trials befall people. Why is that? It’s because Satan has corrupted mankind and it wants to wrest humans away from God in order to sabotage God’s management plan. This is Satan’s goal. God wants to save mankind, and wants to wrest humans back from Satan’s grasp, to make them complete, and have them turn back to God. This way, the war of the spiritual world is particularly fierce, and mankind is its focal point. This is why it is entirely normal for people to undergo trials through God’s work. God wants to save mankind, but Satan is bound and determined to corrupt them. It will not give up easily, so what can God do to save people in spite of this? He must allow Satan’s tests to befall people, and through these tests God can then expose Satan’s trickery, allow people to see through it, thereby accepting God’s words, standing on the side of God, turning toward Him, and obeying Him. This is the only way for corrupt humanity to truly gain salvation. This is how God saves mankind. It is because God has this method for saving humans that corrupt mankind encounters all sorts of Satan’s tests in their acceptance of God’s work (which are trials that God allows to befall them). This is normal, and this is the natural law. Some people say: “Is it okay to not encounter these kinds of trials?” Some people are probably unable to see through this; they need to clearly see the facts of the war of the spiritual world. What is the relationship between the truth and fallacy? They are opposites, that is, they are diametrically opposed and mutually exclusive. Satan will come to test you when you try to accept the truth. How will it do that? It will use fallacies and lies to deceive you, and if you are deceived by these things, you will lose hold of the truth. If you accept the truth and are able to see through Satan’s fallacies and lies, then the truth will be able to take root in your heart and will become your life. We can see from this that truth and fallacy are diametrically opposed. If you have accepted Satan’s lies and fallacies, it means that you do not possess the truth and you belong to Satan. If you have accepted the truth, you will be able to have discernment on its lies and fallacies, and be able to reject them. Then the truth will become your life and you will belong to God. Thus, truth and fallacy are irreconcilable.

So what is the primary role that trials play? We see that Job took a firm stance in the midst of trials, and he overcame the tests of Satan. This is a classic example. Are there any who fail in the tests? What is the final outcome of those who fail? These are things that must be seen clearly. We have seen that some people overcome Satan through their trials; they are gained and perfected by God, and they gain His approval. There are some others who fail in the tests and are captured by Satan, eliminated through God’s work. It is a fact that both of these kinds of people exist, and no one can deny it. So, God’s work perfects people by means of all kinds of trials, and it also exposes and eliminates people through all kinds of trials. This is how the wheat and the tares can be fully separated and how people can be divided according to their type. This is how God saves people, and it is how He eliminates people. Looking at it from this, isn’t God’s work realistic? (Yes.) His work is so practical—no one can avoid it. This way, would it be okay if God’s work didn’t have Satan serving as a foil? (No.) Then what purpose does that serve? For example, if God would have you know His holiness and righteousness, how would you know it? Without Satan’s evilness and filthiness, would you be able to recognize God’s holiness and righteousness? People need negative and evil things to serve as a foil. This way they can differentiate and compare the truth and positive things with negative and evil things, and then finally determine what is positive and what is negative. Then people have a true choice. If there were only positive things and no negative things, people would accept positive things without knowing whether they were right or wrong, and they wouldn’t know what it is that they are accepting. This is why God uses negative things to act as a foil. We have seen that in order to perfect Job and make his faith complete, God allowed Satan to test him, so wouldn’t you say that God using trials to perfect Job which was also allowing Satan to test him was God’s love and salvation for him? It shows that God has genuine love for mankind, which is the only reason He carries out this work of salvation for man. Will God try people who always follow and worship Satan, who do not fear God? Those kinds of people are not tried. In the past, many people who pursue the truth, who truly love God encountered all kinds of trials—some became ill, some suffered disaster, and some suffered many misfortunes. What do nonbelievers say about those misfortunes? Unforeseeable calamity! But we see, after they encountered these things, people who love and pursue the truth became stronger, were able to stand firm, and thus grew in their spiritual stature. Why is it that they grew? They never stopped praying to God and forsaking the flesh throughout their experiences, and in the end they were not constrained by any people, events or things. They continued to follow God, their faith became greater, their drive to pursue the truth grew, and they not only had no doubts or misunderstandings of God, but they believed in Him all the more, and were all the more devoted to Him. What does this mean? For those who pursue the truth, trials truly make them perfect! They truly are so beneficial for people’s progress in life! Trials are good, indispensable things. I had so many trials after I started to believe in God, and quite a few brothers and sisters, particularly those who really pursue the truth and gave up everything for God, also had quite a few trials. Particularly over the past decade or so, because of the great red dragon’s persecution and their hunts, many people have been imprisoned, tortured, or put under surveillance; many are unable to return to their homes and are wandering from place to place. All of these are trials. However, all those who pursue the truth in the midst of trials are continually purified, their faith and love for God become more and more genuine, their devotion to God becomes purer and purer, and their obedience to God becomes more and more absolute. From the fruit borne of these realities we can see that trials are the most beneficial, most indispensable thing for those who pursue the truth. But for those who do not love the truth or the true way, the consequences of trials are different. Some people become negative and weak as soon as they encounter a trial while some people immediately complain and blame God. As soon as some people encounter trials, they no longer want to believe, they doubt the true way, and they doubt God. Some who are tried betray and deny God. This happens all too much. During the great trials, the mass arrests of 2012, quite a few people were eliminated. They became Judases—they denied God. Looking at it from this phenomenon, don’t trials expose and eliminate people? All those people who do not pursue or love the truth are exposed and eliminated. For those who pursue the truth, trials are being perfected, being purified, and being saved—this is a fact. Quite a few people who pursue the truth have gained purification and been saved through their trials, so would you say that trials are good, or not? (They’re good.) They are great! However, some trials are too serious. When a trial of losing the loved ones befalls, that is too serious and some people cannot withstand it. When a trial of torture is encountered, some people cannot withstand it. Those who do not love the truth who rarely pray and simply abandon their belief say: “This path is too difficult to walk. This way of believing in God, believing in Him under such terrible circumstances is like walking across knives. It’s like living life at the point of a blade. It’s too difficult!” Some people choose to retreat. See, as soon as it involves danger to their life, they decide to run away and no longer believe. Those who genuinely want God say, “I’d put my very life on the line to have faith until the end!” People with this faith stand firm, and that faith is in accord with what God requires. Putting their life on the line to follow God and being without complaints is an incredible kind of faith. They regard handing their life over to God, and when necessary giving it up without any hesitation as a bounden duty! Why are people with this kind of faith so steadfast? Why does God require people to possess this kind of faith? This is the moment when God and Satan vie for man, and without this kind of faith you will not get through it. Satan will not allow you through this pass, which is why God makes Satan’s accusations and its behavior a standard for weighing people’s faith. If you make it through that then you are up to standard, but if not, you will be eliminated. This is why God said when His work had just begun that it would not be easy to undergo this stage of work, that no one could stand firm without the faith of Job, and they might be eliminated at any moment. What happens after that? Particularly in 2012, a number of people were exposed and eliminated in the mass arrests, and quite a few others (hundreds of thousands) could no longer take it and retreated because they saw how dangerous it is to accept Almighty God, and they saw the blanket arrests carried out by the great red dragon. So many people want to crowd into God’s kingdom, but they do not get through Satan’s barriers—they cannot make it past Satan’s arrests, torture, and the country’s restrictions, so they get stuck. Why have these people failed? Their faith is not up to standard. They do not have genuine faith in God, and they are not able to put their lives on the line, so they are eliminated. In the Book of Revelation it is written that: “The fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Rev 21:8). What kind of person does “those who are timid” refer to? Those who are afraid of the great red dragon, who surrender to Satan in the end after hearing that the national government does not allow this faith, and that whoever believes will be arrested and then suffer torture and imprisonment—not only for them, but their children are not allowed to test into university or find jobs. Are those who have failed this way many or few? (Many.) Is their faith as great as Job’s? (It’s not.)

And what was Job’s faith like? “All that is mine is given by God; all that God bestows upon me He may take back at any time. I will return all of it and still praise God’s name. God, no matter what You do, You are God and can do no wrong. I will obey You, and I will praise You.” Satan’s tests of Job ended up being a complete failure. Some people are arrested, imprisoned, and have their assets confiscated by the great red dragon. Under these circumstances some get divorced, their families scatter; they are blamed and rejected. How do their trials compare to Job’s? In fact, they’re not too far off. Their home, the bit of money they have in the bank, and any valuables in their home were all taken away by the great red dragon and they were even arrested and put into prison! Isn’t that being left completely empty-handed? Some get divorced and become estranged from their children—isn’t this pretty similar to Job’s experience? Whether or not someone has faith is revealed when these kinds of trials befall them. Some people are crestfallen when they get out of prison—they have been Judases, they have surrendered to the great red dragon. They have failed! They did not pass the test of the great red dragon—they collapsed. There are some people who are released spiritually and can’t stop giving thanks to God after coming out of prison: “This time in prison was not in vain. I experienced the work of the Holy Spirit as well as God’s enlightenment, protection, and salvation. I saw God’s love!” Their faith grows and after they return they pursue the truth even more and continue to perform their duty and serve God. This is someone who is able to stand firm in the midst of trials. Through this trial, their stature grows, they gain understanding of God; they have greater faith in God and are more willing to expend themselves for Him. Isn’t this being perfected through trials? Perfection can be gained through trials. This is why trials play a critical role in God’s work. He perfects people through all sorts of trials, perfects all those who love and pursue the truth. At the same time, He uses trials to expose and eliminate those who do not love the truth. What about those who are exposed and eliminated? They will be left convinced. It’s no use to say that you genuinely believe in God. How is it that you were unable to get through this test of the great red dragon? How could you fear death? How could you lust after the enjoyment of the flesh? Why were you constrained by feelings for your children? When some sisters are arrested, what tricks does the great red dragon use? They have their husbands write them letters and visit them, they have their children go see them and cry, beg for them to confess and come home. The great red dragon uses their loved ones to make an emotional attack, to strike them at their Achilles’ heel! Their loved ones tearfully implore: “Just confess quickly—hurry up and confess. We’ll go back home and be together!” This is the time at which some people become weak and cannot stop crying—they burst into tears. As soon as they cry, they are in danger, for the trickery of the great red dragon is likely to succeed. Some people still pray to God when they are crying, when they are weak, and that gives the Holy Spirit an opportunity to work in them. As soon as the Holy Spirit does work they are able to stand firm. But there are some people who do not pray to God when they cry and are weak. They simply give up and become Judases. The critical life-or-death moment in this spiritual battle comes down to a single thought. It’s really true. What do you think those that become Judases are thinking when they get out of prison? They themselves can’t believe that it’s real. They say: “I’ve believed in God for years, so how could I have become a Judas in an instant? Even in my dreams I never imagined I could suddenly turn into a Judas. How did this happen? Aren’t I dreaming?” They give themselves a slap in the face—it’s not a dream, it’s reality! Then there’s nothing to be done. Since you don’t have genuine faith and you didn’t rely on God in the critical moment, you are doomed to be a Judas. It’s just that you were never exposed without that environment, but as soon as you were in that environment you were exposed right away. This is why encountering trials is something with great significance.

God’s trials of Job were really significant—they were perfection and salvation. One aspect of God’s trials is that He uses them to save people, and another is that He uses them to eliminate people. This reveals God’s righteousness and that He is fair to everyone. It also shows that God’s righteous disposition does not tolerate mankind’s offenses. What role does Satan play in this? Its role is to be a foil and a serving object. We can also see God’s almightiness and wisdom from this; His wisdom is exercised based upon Satan’s trickery. This is a fact. They are not empty words, and this is proven within trials. Can’t we gain some true understanding of God’s work from the trials that befell Job that were recorded in the Book of Job? It can be said that each of us has encountered many trials in God’s work of the last days, but most trials have not been too great, so we haven’t paid them any mind. Some of the trials really are great and require us to pay a price and to suffer—those kinds of trials seem to have been etched into our bones. Do you think that it’s good to use the great red dragon as a foil, as a serving object? (It’s good.) How is it good? It allows us to know God’s righteous disposition which does not tolerate offense. On top of that, with the great red dragon as a foil and a serving object, people can either be perfected or be exposed and eliminated. This test of the great red dragon is truly formidable! What is it for those who do not pursue the truth? It is a pass that cannot be traversed, it is an obstacle that cannot be surmounted. They cannot get through it. It is like shackles, like prison bars. But for those who pursue the truth, it is being perfected, it is salvation, it is transcendence. This is awesome! Some people say: “I want to break free from the great red dragon and overcome it. How can I do that?” How can you do that without any trials? Without its arrest, torture, and imprisonment, how can you break free from it? You can’t do that unless trials come upon you. In your life of the church, you say: “I am capable of breaking free of the great red dragon; I can overcome it.” Those are empty words and doctrinal words, and it’s useless. We have seen that Job had true faith in this aspect, and when trials came upon him he was able to cast aside everything and unconditionally return to God everything that God had bestowed upon him, even praising the holy name of God. Do you know what was most admirable about Job? He acknowledged that everything he had gained had been given to him by God. Do you acknowledge that everything you have came from God? Some people don’t realize that. They say: “This all came from my own blood, sweat, and tears. God didn’t give it to me.” Is that accurate? (No.) Then what was bestowed by God? “Only the things that didn’t come from hard work, that came down from the heavens have been bestowed by God. If I got them from my own labor, ability, and talent, if I relied on my own intelligence, then I gained them on my own. They have nothing to do with God.” Is that kind of perspective in line with the truth? (No.) Why not? If you are someone who pursues the truth you should figure this out—this is the time to seek the truth. In the words of a song they sing in Hong Kong: “It will come if the time comes in your life, do not force it if the time does not come.” What kind of perspective is this? It’s an acknowledgement that it is Heaven who has bestowed this, who has arranged all things for mankind. There’s another perspective. Some of the veteran farmers have spiritual understanding. What do they say? “The planting is in man’s hands, the harvest is in Heaven’s hands.” Could anyone who has that kind of perspective say “I’ve worked hard my entire life and have had a prosperous life; this is from my own ability”? (No.) They would say something like: “All of this is fate. It doesn’t matter if you’re capable or not, it’s just about being blessed that way. Heaven had given you that blessing so you gained it with some work. If He hadn’t given you that blessing, no matter how hard you slaved over it you wouldn’t have gotten anything. So what we have gained and what we have enjoyed has all been given to us by Heaven.” Is this a correct perspective? (It is.) They don’t believe in God, but they recognize that. Wouldn’t you say that that’s a person with spiritual understanding? (Yes.) Everything is under God’s rule and no one can get past it. Everything that people gain is pre-determined by Heaven. Those who are wealthy do not dare to say: “I’ve earned all of my money through my own skills.” If they were to say that it could be taken away at any time. What do they have to say? “This was a gift from Heaven!” That kind of destiny was pre-determined by God. Job was a person with spiritual understanding. He said: “Everything that I gained has been given to me by God. I did not earn it through my own hard work.” If God did not give to those who work hard, then wouldn’t there be a great deal of people who labor in vain? There are many people who are more skilled and more hard-working than us, so why haven’t they gained this? Why have we? It was predetermined by God; it is God who has given us everything. This is entirely true. People have a small hand, they put a bit of work into what God determines. Does people’s work play a decisive role in this? It does not—they need to have that destiny. The duty that people perform in God’s house and whether they can be used by God in the end—was that also pre-determined? Some people are envious of others, and say: “Why can’t I do what you can do? Why am I so stupid? Why don’t I have your level of education?” All of these things were pre-determined by God, and they do not depend on people’s abilities. Some people possess capabilities in one area, and others possess capabilities in another area—these things were pre-arranged by God, and they are things that have been bestowed by God. Whatever capabilities people have are not worth bragging about. There’s nothing worth bragging over—everything human is corrupt!

God approved of Job, so what should we learn from him? He had genuine faith in God; he had genuine obedience. When God bestowed wealth upon him he thanked and praised God. He sought to fear God and shun evil. When God took his riches away, he was entirely obedient and returned to God everything that He had given him without the slightest complaint. He didn’t reason for himself by saying: “God, You gave this to me so why are You taking it away?” He didn’t reason. What did he think? “Everything God does is right.” This kind of obedience is amazing. A creature having reason in the presence of the Creator is incredibly valuable, and Job’s humanity, character, and reason were incredibly valuable. “God gives to me and I am happy. God takes from me and I am still happy. God is still God, and I should still praise Him.” This reason of Job was incredible. This is something that corrupt people lack. If that happened to you, would you complain? It’s not easy to say. For one, you largely do not acknowledge that everything you have was given to you by God, and for another, if God were to take it away, you would try to reason over it. So how does your character compare to Job’s? After reading the testimony of Job’s character, I am convinced and I can say that I do not measure up to him. I truly do not measure up to Job.

What would you say was most praiseworthy about Job? He was the most reasonable one in front of God. How can his reasonableness be proven? With his obedience: “God, You have taken away from me, and I do not complain. I obey.” At that time, did Job seek out his friends, muster up some of his power to go settle accounts with the robbers and reclaim his wealth? Did he do that? (No.) If this were us, would we come up with this kind of solution? (Yes.) Is there obedience within this? (No.) Sometimes we go out while carrying something valuable and we have to bring some kind of personal protection. Why do we do that? It’s to prevent someone taking it away from us. “If someone tries to get it from me I’ll fight for it.” Isn’t that what it is? If your personal property has been violated will you be able to fight, will you be able to gather your strength to resist? That’s what I used to think, but now when I give it some thought, I am ashamed, and abashed. It is lacking when compared to Job, and it is embarrassing—my character cannot compare to Job’s. Isn’t that true? (Yes.) So after reading the Book of Job, what about him should be emulated? Job possessing that kind of reason in front of God was so precious! He had absolute obedience for all of God’s arrangements and he obeyed God’s orchestrations. “I thank God for what He bestows upon me. I seek to fear God and shun evil, to not do evil. If God takes away, I obey and I do not blame Him. I will still praise His name.” Just this is something that we cannot do—we do not possess the obedience of Job. God may take away what He gives; we must return it. It’s easy to say the words, and it can be upheld in principle, but when something befalls us we cannot act on it. Isn’t this a problem of stature? It’s inadequate stature—we cannot compare to Job. Then what should we do at this point? If you are someone who pursues the truth, should you reflect on yourself based on Job’s story? Reflect on yourself, try to figure out your own faults and deficiencies, what truths you should possess, what kind of understanding you should have of God, and what kind of obedience you should have. This is how you should practice. Additionally, we can see something very valuable about Job from his story. That is, he did not know the truth of the behind-the-scenes spiritual battle, he was merely mortal flesh and did not know that God had made a bet with Satan—he was in the dark, but without knowing what was going on he bore such a resounding witness. We currently understand more of the truth than Job did and we are able to clearly see some of the truth of the spiritual battle. If we were to have some trials befall us, would we be able to bear witness the way Job did? Have you ever thought about this? Is this something that should be seen clearly? Job bore witness without knowing the true situation. Based on normal laws, once we understand the true situation of spiritual warfare, shouldn’t it be easier to bear witness? We should have more of a path for practice than Job did. So what is the problem if we are unable to give testimony as Job did, even with this kind of background? Isn’t this knowingly committing a transgression? What is the nature of that? Being completely clear on the true way, but intentionally going astray—this is a serious problem! Isn’t this something that should be resolved? This is something that calls for self-reflection.

Now you understand why God allows Satan to test us—it is to expose us, and to make clear to us the facts and the truth. It is also to have us stand witness and humiliate Satan, and eventually be saved and preserved. Is God revealing these facts to us for our own protection? It is. This is God’s love, God’s warning for us, for fear that we will foolishly, ignorantly fall into Satan’s trap. God has said that not a single hair will fall from a person’s head without His permission. What does that mean? This is God giving you a quiet reminder to have you not worry, to believe in God—everything is done with God’s permission, and nothing that He does not allow will befall you. All you need to do is lean on God, and you will see His deeds. We’ve seen from a testimony that while one brother was being tortured, the evil cop tried to pull him up with a metal rod, and then a phone call came from his family when he was about to smash him back down. Then the exact same thing happened again. That officer was possessed—that was an evil spirit! He wanted to beat one of God’s chosen people to death, and even though being smashed back down with that metal rod wouldn’t kill him, it was absolutely brutal! A phone call came in just at that time. Don’t you think God works in mysterious ways? What God does is never off the mark by one bit. Some people say: “Can you really guarantee that? What if it is off? If it is, is He still the Lord of creation?” The power and wisdom of the Lord of creation are unimaginably profound. God is in control of the entire universe: No matter how many celestial bodies there are, none of their orbits are off by a hair! Doesn’t that require much greater accuracy than this matter? God determines the orbits of every single celestial body in the universe, which requires much more precision than this. His arrangements are in perfect order. Even scientists cannot calculate this with their calculators; this is how wondrous God’s arrangements are. What one evil officer, one evil spirit, does or even everything that Satan does is on this earth and is easily directed by God with nothing out of place! The countless celestial bodies in the universe never go remotely off track, much less a small thing like this! Does putting it this way make it clear? (Yes.) Some people say: “Nothing is off, because it’s God being there and watching it! How could that go wrong?” Is that correct? It’s true that God is there and watching. So would anything be off if He weren’t there keeping an eye on it? Now you can’t make sense of it, right? This relates to people’s insight. Humans cannot fathom God’s almightiness. People do not have good insight, and even if you do, what you are able to see is still quite limited. God’s capabilities far surpass man’s imagination—it is something that people cannot measure.

After trials came upon Job, the witness that he bore proved that he was someone who feared God and shunned evil. One aspect of this is that he had an understanding of God, he knew God’s disposition, he knew that God hates evil, and he knew that God hates negative things. This is why he was constantly warning himself: “Do not do evil. Learning to obey God and submitting to His orchestrations and arrangements in all things can never go wrong!” This was Job’s philosophy. Considering that Job was able to fear God and shun evil, what do you think of his character? Was it good or bad? That kind of person certainly had the best character. What would he be described using a popular term now? A person with great dignity—he had the best character. This was true throughout the entire Age of Law, which is why Job was someone who was made complete through God’s work during that age. He is a classic representative of someone who was saved and made complete by God during that time. He had the best character, and only those with the best character can more easily understand the truth and put it into practice. Those who are lacking in character certainly cannot easily accept the truth and put it into practice. In the past I spoke frequently about how to determine if someone is good or bad in the aspect of their humanity, and what standards are most accurate when weighing this—what was the conclusion? The best are the ones who love the truth. Those who do not, those who hate the truth are those who lack positive humanity. Exposing people’s character through the truth is the most accurate way. So in the church, what’s the most accurate way of discerning someone’s humanity? It is done by using the truth. Those who love the truth and are able to put it into practice are guaranteed to have positive humanity, while those who do not, who hear and understand the truth but still do not put it into practice are guaranteed to lack positive humanity. This is the most accurate way. When you look at someone’s external presentation, they may appear to be average but in the life of the church they are able to accept the truth and put it into practice, then looking at their external presentation is no use, and it’s not accurate. If they can do these things, they are the best kind of person, and you will not go wrong entrusting them with the work of the church, or any kind of duty. Those who pay nice-sounding lip service and seem to do things well on the outside but do not accept the truth or put it into practice are the most insidious, deceitful, hypocritical people who mostly likely fool and deceive others. Is it correct to say that? It is certainly correct. It is critical to look at whether or not someone is able to put the truth into practice. If someone does something wrong and is dealt with and pruned by their brothers and sisters, see if they are able to accept it. That is when people are exposed. Someone who is able to accept the truth and to put the truth into practice after understanding it is someone who can definitely be saved, who can be preserved. However, those who pay nice-sounding lip service, who are best at reasoning but do not accept the truth or put it into practice will be eliminated sooner or later. Can you remember these words? Commit them to memory. This is how it is—this is accurate. Looking at people this way will be accurate 100% of the time. What most exposes people is the truth—outside of this, no other standard is accurate. What is the great red dragon like? It has done so much evil and no matter how it is criticized by the common people, it will not accept it at all. Have you ever seen the great red dragon utter a single word of apology to the people, to Chinese citizens? It has never done that. It has committed so many crimes yet never acknowledged a single one! It has done so much evil and murdered so many people, but never acknowledges wrongdoing to the people, and it particularly will not relinquish its power. For any other political party in the world, if the people criticize it, if it has violated the law and committed crimes, it will admit blame and step down. It is only the Chinese Communist Party that will never voluntarily step down. This is a band of demons! They possess no humanity, and they are not even human—they are demons, they are beasts, and are absolutely unreasonable. They have arrested and murdered so many of God’s chosen people, and after they have reported this through their testimonies, what has the great red dragon said? “This is just brazen opposition against the police, and it is brazen defiance of the CCP’s right to rule.” See, they label you this way—they are still trying to reason even after persecuting you. When you bear witness they still say: “This is just brazen opposition against the police.” What kind of police are the CCP police? They may as well have the mob or bandits in power! They are called “police,” but are they worthy of that name? They know no shame, they are overbearing and unreasonable—can there be any comparison with governments in democratic countries? (No.)

Whether or not people are able to fear God determines whether or not they can be preserved. Those who can achieve this are the saved ones, and they are the only ones God has made complete. There is only one standard for those who have been made complete by God—fearing Him. If you meet that standard you can be preserved, but if you do not, you will be eliminated. It means you belong to Satan and you will be obliterated. Is this something you see clearly now? Because Job was someone who feared God, which was proven through his witness amidst his trials, God commended him. In His work of the last days God has presented Job’s story as a model for all those who are undergoing His current work so that everyone can learn from this what path they should take and the truth they should pursue in their faith. God’s will is within this!

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