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One Must Pursue the Truth in Order to Meet the Standards of Being a Leader or Worker

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One Must Pursue the Truth in Order to Meet the Standards of Being a Leader or Worker

How to Discern Whether Someone Possesses the Truth

How should one discern if someone possesses the truth? What is it that people who have the truth possess? If a leader or worker lacks the truth, what kind of wrong actions will he take and what sort of wrong behavior will he exhibit? People who lack the truth act without principle and do not know which principles to uphold and do not know where to focus their attention. People without the truth lack principles, and their greatest fault is that they love being pedantic about the rules. This is especially true for those who blindly copy the rules and when they can’t find the right rule, they just make them up at random, and people like that are just ridiculous and absurd. People who understand the truth do not copy the rules, and instead, they grasp the principles and solve the problem, handle the situation and act based on those principles. For example, while spreading the gospel, someone might encounter a person who is missing a finger. They might not know if they should share the gospel with this person, because there had previously been a rule about not sharing the gospel with disabled people. So, they follow this rule and then they ask, “The work arrangement says not to share the gospel with disabled people. Here I have someone who I discovered is missing their finger, or missing an eye, or they are lame in one leg, should I share the gospel with them?” How do you think someone who knows the truth would handle this problem? They might think: “A disabled person is someone who has had their sensory organs hurt or their limbs are not functioning properly. Why don’t we share the gospel with people who have such disabilities? It’s because this kind of person definitely has serious problems and their substance is such that they cannot understand the truth. While being disabled involves the outer appearance of someone, the substance of the issue is that they cannot understand the truth, so a person with that type of disability should not have the gospel shared with them.” However, in this case we have someone with a very minor deformity who can still understand the truth. Some people are ignorant and don’t understand why the gospel is not shared with disabled people. They won’t speak to the substance of the issue that people who are disabled cannot understand the truth, they lack humanity, and their intellectual powers are not normal, and that’s why the gospel cannot be shared with them. In this case, the person spreading the gospel is relying on looking at the outer appearance to decide that someone who is disabled is ineligible to hear the gospel, and not considering whether or not the disabled person can substantively understand the truth. Thus, if one decides not to share the gospel to someone because of a minor physical disability, that is just being pedantic about the rules. Someone who isn’t so pedantic about the rules would see if someone with a minor disability can still understand the truth. If they are very sagacious, mentally sharp, and accept things correctly, perhaps even doing so better than the average non-disabled person, if their caliber and capacity for understanding may be much better than non-disabled people’s, this person who isn’t so pedantic would see that they are not truly disabled and that the gospel should be shared with them. There are some people who appear healthy, or who are even very good looking, but they have no ability to receive the gospel or understand the truth. They are no better than fools. Aren’t they the truly disabled ones? They are not like typical disabled people; it’s their spirit that is disabled and they are unable to understand the truth. This is not an outer disability, it is instead an internal one and it is a serious disability. So, what do you think about someone who has a minor disability, but inside they are perfectly fine and able to understand the truth internally, and how do you compare them to someone who is completely disabled internally yet outwardly fine? Which one of these people is truly disabled? The one who cannot understand the truth is the thoroughly disabled and crippled one. If someone has a minor disability but can still understand the truth, and they are of good caliber, then they do not count as truly disabled and the gospel should be shared with them. Someone else asked the following question: What if ten years prior someone had been possessed by evil spirits, and after beginning to believe in Jesus they were no longer possessed by them and since they accepted God’s work of the last days, they have never been possessed by them again. Does this person count as being possessed by evil spirits? How would someone with the truth view this situation? In the past they had been possessed by evil spirits, but now they understand the truth and that shows that the Holy Spirit has enlightened and illuminated them. If so, do you think there are any evil spirits still doing their foul work in them? If there were evil spirits at work in them, the person could not possibly understand truth. It is by the degree to which they understand truth that we can know for sure that the Holy Spirit has enlightened and illuminated them. Do you think that someone who has been enlightened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit could still have evil spirits working inside them? If there were evil spirits working in them, then the Holy Spirit would not work in them; when the Holy Spirit works in them, the evil spirits can no longer work in them. You must recognize the work of the Holy Spirit! If someone has had the work of evil spirits within them all along, there is definitely no way that the Holy Spirit would work in them. If it is confirmed that the Holy Spirit truly works in this person later, then that is sufficient enough to prove that there are absolutely no evil spirits at work in them later. This is something that can only be said by those who know the work of the Holy Spirit. If this person can now understand the truth, and they will accept it correctly no matter how you fellowship about it with them, then there’s no way such a person has evil spirits working in them. You have to look at the matter based on their current behavior. It’s just the same with someone who had cancer ten years ago: Do they still have it now? If they did, they would have died long ago. The incubation period for cancer is not that long, so you have to know a little common sense. People who possess the truth can see to the heart of the matter, but people who lack the truth are unable to see anything clearly. Instead, they just hold tightly to the rules so that they feel constrained when things happen, but they end up not knowing what to do. When things happen, they just become confused and they stop in their tracks. Do people who become confused when things happen and who become pedantic about the rules possess the truth? People who have the truth see the substance of the problem and they deal with the problem based on the substance and they don’t get hung up on the rules.

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