The Return of a Prodigal Son
By Ruth, United States
I was born in a small town in southern China, into a family of believers dating back to my paternal great-grandmother’s generation. Bible stories, hymns of praise and sacred music played in church were my constant companions through the happy days of my childhood. As I started getting older and academic pressure grew, my heart started to slowly grow distant from the Lord. However, the Lord never left me; whenever I called out for Him, He would help me. The grace and holy name of thewere rooted deep within my heart. I remember the year I took the college entrance exam, no one thought I’d be able to test into a good college, including my teachers. Facing blow after blow, I nearly gave up all hope, and I too thought that I’d never be able to test into the college I wanted to get into. But then something popped into my mind—a phrase I heard at church when I was little: “Where man ends, God begins,” and in a flash I felt like I’d been enlightened. I knew it was right: Where I reach my limit is where God begins. The Lord’s capabilities are the absolute greatest, and I believed that as long as I genuinely leaned on the Lord then He would certainly help me. And so, I started praying to the Lord Jesus often: “Oh Lord, please help me. If I can test into the college of my dreams without a hitch then from now on I promise I will never distance myself from You, and I will accept You as my one and only Savior in this life.” While doing that, I was also paying a price inconceivable to most people; during my entire senior year of high school I was practicing the piano whenever I wasn’t eating or sleeping. I was pretty much practicing for 10 to 12 hours a day. I didn’t know where that strength was coming from that was propping me up, but I figured it had to be the Lord listening to my prayers and quietly helping me. The gratitude to the Lord within my heart grew. In the end, my long-cherished wish was fulfilled; I tested into one of the top music academies in the country, and as a result I believed firmly that the Lord Jesus was my only Savior. In my senior year of college I didn’t know what path I should take after graduating, so I called on the Lord Jesus and asked Him to show me the way, to open up a path for me. In 2004, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States, practically all visas for entry had been frozen, but to my surprise I received a full-ride scholarship to a university in the US as a result of a professionally recorded CD of myself. I got a student visa without a single hiccup and went to America to pursue my studies. These two experiences—testing into college and going abroad—showed me that the Lord had helped me to realize dreams that I never would have been able to achieve on my own. I became even more firmly convinced that the Lord Jesus is the true God and that He is my Savior, and I need to properly practice my faith in the Lord and follow Him.
One day in 2007 I gave my mother back in China a phone call, as I often did, to chat. In our call she blurted out: “Did you know that the Lord Jesus Christ has already returned?” Hearing her say this, I had a sudden feeling of pleasant surprise, but then I immediately thought about how in the Bible it says that in the last days false Christs will appear, so I didn’t know if this thing about the Lord having returned was real or fake. I knew I had to approach it with caution. Nowadays the Internet is so fast and convenient, so I figured I should go online to check this out. After I hung up the phone I went online, feeling like I was walking on air, to try to find a reliable source of information. To my surprise, all that I came across were voices of protest blaspheming and condemning the return of the Lord Jesus—. I couldn’t make heads or tails of whether this was true or false, leaving me afraid and uneasy, scared that my mother wouldn’t have discernment over right and wrong and that she would go down the wrong path. I immediately called her to tell her about all that bad stuff I had read online, but mother was very calm, and comforted me by saying: “My child, you haven’t read Almighty so you don’t understand, and it would take a long time to explain it to you, but don’t worry, I’m not going down the wrong path. In fact, I am following the footsteps of the Lamb. Let’s not talk about this over the phone anymore.” I knew that China is ruled by an atheistic dictatorship, and that the CCP government is always persecuting and arresting Christians, so it wasn’t good for my mother to discuss anything to do with faith over the phone. I didn’t dare say too much about it with her, so I gave a call to a pastor in China that I was well acquainted with to ask for help, pleading with him to go “rescue” my mother. When the pastor later told me the news that he had been unable to get her back into the fold, I got so angry that I practically lost my mind. After that, in an effort to stand in the way of my mother’s faith in Almighty God, I even told her she had to make a choice between me and her faith in Almighty God. After telling her that, I had the same dream for three nights in a row, that it was the darkest of dark nights, it was raining torrentially, and I was carrying a black umbrella, walking along a once-familiar seaside. There wasn’t a single person around, and all of a sudden a flash of lightning as bright as day struck my umbrella…. Every time I had this dream I would wake up scared and in a cold sweat, but being so insensitive, ignorant and stubborn, I failed to make the slightest effort to seek and pray, to figure out why I kept having that dream: Was the Lord warning me and telling me to turn back from a path of resisting God, and to instead return to Him? I later saw that no matter what I tried to persuade my mother, it was all of no use. On top of that I was in a faraway foreign land and had a busy life, so I stopped trying to force her hand.
In 2010 when I returned to China my mother brought up her faith in Almighty God with me. She seemed to know just what I was thinking, and she asked me bluntly: “You know that I’ve believed in Almighty God for several years now, so do you think there’s anything strange about me like all that stuff they say online?” I was stumped by her question and couldn’t come up with a response right away. Giving it careful thought, I realized those things they said online that made me tremble with fear had not happened to my mother; she was quite normal, and stood unharmed before me. In fact, I could see that she had changed more since gaining faith in Almighty God than she had after she started believing in the Lord Jesus. Not only had she become more rational in her words and actions, but she also had gained a greater understanding in her approach to issues. Seeing all of this, I thought: It seems like the online rumors aren’t true, because facts speak louder than words. My mom then said, “Why don’t you believe your mother, and why don’t you look at the facts, but instead believe the rumors online? Have you investigated and gathered evidence about that stuff?” Embarrassed, I answered “I haven’t.” She went on: “You didn’t do your research to find out that it’s all just hearsay, but believed the rumors you heard online and made a snap conclusion. Shame on you for being so highly educated but so lacking in reason. You should take a careful look at the Four Gospels, and you’ll see that when the Lord Jesus was carrying out His work the Jewish priests, scribes and Pharisees made up all kinds of rumors and false testimony. They said that the Lord Jesus was a friend of sinners, that He was a man who indulged in food and alcohol, and they falsely accused Him of inciting the people to stop paying taxes to Caesar. They even bribed soldiers into giving false testimony, getting them to say that the body of the Lord Jesus was stolen by His disciples and that He wasn’t resurrected. Surely you know about these things? What the Four Gospels record is just a small part of the work carried out by the Lord Jesus, and they contain written accounts of so many rumors that the Jewish leaders spread about the Lord Jesus. Have you thought about this before? If the Internet had existed at that time then the Jewish priests, scribes and Pharisees certainly would have spread their rumors and false testimony online, and their words slandering, blaspheming, framing and condemning the Lord Jesus would have been all over the Internet just like how it is with the religious world today condemning Almighty God. Do you know what this means? The Lord Jesus said: ‘This is an evil generation’ (Luke 11:29). ‘And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved’ (John 3:19–20). Almighty God said: ‘Humanity lost their God-fearing heart as well as the function incumbent upon God’s creatures after being corrupted by Satan, thereby becoming an enemy disobedient to God. Humanity then lived under Satan’s domain and followed Satan’s orders …’ (“God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in). ‘God’s creation of the world goes back thousands of years. He has come to earth to do an immeasurable amount of work, and He has experienced to the full the human world’s rejection and slander. No one welcomes God’s arrival; He is greeted coldly. In the course of these several thousand years of rough going, man’s conduct has long since wounded God to the quick’ (“Work and Entry (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s word very clearly reveals the nature and essence of corrupt mankind’s resistance to God and how it treats God as an enemy. Mankind has been deeply corrupted by Satan, and all of humanity has become enemies of God, no one loves the truth, and no one welcomes the arrival of God. When the Lord Jesus was in Judea working and expressing the truth, He performed many miracles, many common people were drawn to follow Him, and so Jewish leaders became worried that all the common people were going to follow the Lord Jesus and abandon them. So, they made up rumors and gave false testimony on the Lord Jesus, frantically resisted and condemned Him, and ultimately they nailed Him to the cross. This is ironclad evidence of corrupt mankind hating the truth and viewing God as the enemy. Today God has once again become flesh, and He is once again being met with the frantic resistance and condemnation of corrupt human beings. The CCP government is afraid that the people will all follow Almighty God and gain discernment over its evil substance, that they will then reject it, and then it will lose its position of power. Leaders in the religious world also fear that believers will follow Almighty God, and then they will lose their status and livelihood. So, just like the Roman regime and Jewish leaders of that time, they are adopting contemptible and malicious tactics, fabricating all sorts of rumors and giving lots of false testimony on , thereby slandering and condemning Almighty God and discrediting The Church of Almighty God. Their goal is to get people to stand up and condemn and reject Almighty God’s words and work, and stand in the way of people receiving God’s salvation. We must have discernment over Satan’s tricks! The CCP government is an atheistic and satanic regime that has always been an enemy of God. When it first came to power it destroyed copies of the Holy Bible, demolished churches, slaughtered Christians and even deemed the Holy Bible, a work recognized all over the world, as cult literature and protestants and Catholics as members of an evil cult just to suppress and persecute them. It commits every misdeed imaginable, so what rumors would they dare not come up with? The facts show that both the CCP government and leaders in the religious world are satanic devils that hate the truth and are enemies of God. This is something that we must see clearly. We are people of faith—we must believe God’s word and we must believe the truth. We absolutely cannot believe the rumors and lies of the CCP government and leaders within the religious world. If we lack discernment over the rumors spread by the CCP government and the religious world, if we do not seek and investigate the word and work of Almighty God, then in the end we will be just like the Jewish common people, forsaking Christ and refusing the true way because we’re taken in by the rumors that we hear. That way, not only would we lose God’s salvation, but in the end also be met with God’s righteous punishment for resisting Him!”
As I listened to what my mother had to say, I felt as if I was awakening from a dream and I had to reflect on them: “She’s right. Why did I blindly believe that negative stuff online without reading the word of Almighty God or doing any investigation? This world has been so corrupted by Satan that it’s brimming with lies and deception; there is so much treachery everywhere that we can’t really guard against it. I didn’t do any kind of research into the information online but just blindly believed it. I parroted what everybody else said and drew an arbitrary conclusion. Wasn’t that incredibly careless and ignorant of me? Wasn’t that following along with the wicked and making arbitrary judgments?” Seeing that I wasn’t saying a word, my mom handed me a copy of The Word Appears in the Flesh and calmly said: “This book contains words spoken by God in the last days. I hope you will be able to set aside your notions and look into it carefully. Bring up any questions you may have so that we can fellowship on them together.” I took the book and started reading it without saying a word. But I wasn’t really reading it with an attitude of seeking the truth. Instead, I had the mentality of a researcher, wanting to measure and verify God’s words against my own personal knowledge, and I even wanted to refute them. It was precisely because of my irreverent and contrary attitude toward God’s words that I was unable to attain the enlightenment and illumination of, so much so that the entire time I was not actually getting acquainted with Almighty God’s work. But even so, I continued to cling to my erroneous notions and didn’t want to accept God’s new work. I talked it over with my mother: “Mom, before, I believed all of the rumors I heard online, and tried to obstruct you from believing in Almighty God, but in reality it was I who was blind and ignorant. From now on, I won’t oppose your faith in Almighty God, but there’s no way that I can pray with you in the name of Almighty God, because I called on the name of the Lord Jesus to test into my dream school and receive a full-ride scholarship to pursue my studies abroad. I’ve received such great grace, so how could I abandon the Lord Jesus? Wouldn’t this be ungrateful and treacherous?” She gave me a passage from the words of Almighty God to read that was directed at this notion of mine: “From the work of Jehovah to that of Jesus, and from the work of Jesus to that of this current stage, these three stages cover in a continuous thread the entire gamut of God’s management, and they are all the work of one Spirit. Since the creation of the world, God has always been at work managing mankind. He is the Beginning and the End, He is the First and the Last, and He is the One who begins an age and the One who brings the age to an end. The three stages of work, in different ages and different locations, are unmistakably the work of one Spirit. All those who separate these three stages stand in opposition to God. Now, it behooves you to understand that all the work from the first stage until today is the work of one God, the work of one Spirit. Of this there can be no doubt” (“The Vision of God’s Work (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). She then shared this fellowship with me: “You think that accepting Almighty God’s name is betraying the Lord Jesus, but this is entirely your own notion and imagination. In fact, Jehovah God, the Lord Jesus and Almighty God are all one God. In the Age of Law, God was called by the name Jehovah; He issued laws to guide mankind’s life on earth and had man follow His laws and commandments in order to rein in and guide humanity. Toward the end of the Age of Law, mankind had been corrupted by Satan to the point that they could no longer abide by the laws, and all of mankind was living under the condemnation and cursing of the law. God became flesh using the name Jesus to carry out the work of the Age of Grace, and in order to redeem mankind He was nailed to the cross as an eternal sin offering for man. Ever since then, as long as we come before God to confess our sins and repent, then our sins will be absolved and we will no longer be condemned or cursed by the law. On top of that, we also receive the Lord’s boundless blessings and mercy. However, even though our sins can be forgiven and we can enjoy the Lord Jesus’ abundant grace, our sinful nature and corrupt dispositions have not been eliminated. We still live in a vicious cycle of committing sins and then confessing them, unable to free ourselves. In the last days, God has once again become flesh as Almighty God to express the truths that will judge and cleanse man; this allows man to come to an understanding of the truth and obtain the truth through , throw off our satanic, corrupt dispositions, be thoroughly cleansed by God, and live out a true human likeness. This way, in the end man can become fit to inherit God’s promise and be brought into His kingdom. So, the Lord Jesus and Almighty God are both the incarnations of God in different ages, and They are one God.”
Her fellowship was reasonable and there was nothing I could refute, but my notions were still manifold, so I immediately replied: “Since Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus, then whether I call Him by the name Jesus or the name Almighty God it’s all the same. Either way, He’s the God that bestows grace.” “Jehovah God, Lord Jesus and Almighty God are one God,” my mother responded, “this is undoubtedly true, but God takes a different name in each age. So we can only receive God’s salvation by accepting God’s new name. It’s like how in the Age of Law God used the name Jehovah to carry out work, and people prayed in the name of Jehovah, and God listened to and blessed man. Then, in the Age of Grace God used the name the Lord Jesus to carry out work, and then people needed to pray in the name of Jesus, otherwise their sins wouldn’t be forgiven, nor would they receive the Lord’s grace and blessings. It’s just like the Israelites who cried out for Jehovah God in the temple didn’t have God’s presence and didn’t obtain the Lord Jesus’ salvation because they didn’t accept the Lord Jesus’ name. Now it is the Age of Kingdom and God is using the name Almighty God to carry out new work. Only by praying in the name of Almighty God can you receiveand attain God’s salvation. If you hold on to the name Jesus and do not accept the name Almighty God, then you are actually believing in God’s past work and resisting God’s present work, which in essence is resisting and betraying God. The Holy Bible says: ‘You have a name that you live, and are dead’ (Revelation 3:1). Only by accepting God’s new name and submitting to His present word and work will we have the reality of belief in God. Do you understand what I am saying?”
I felt everything that my mother was saying was both sensible and also practical, but in my heart I still could not let go of the name Jesus, because the Lord had bestowed such great grace upon me. Everything I have today has been given to me by the Lord Jesus, and I couldn’t not follow my original promise: to properly practice my faith in the Lord and follow the Lord. And as a result, I continued to refuse the gospel of Almighty God.
After my summer vacation ended and I returned to the US, my busy studies and fast-paced life very quickly brought me back into the “real” world. Whenever I went back to church services, I discovered that none of the sermons contained anything new, regardless of whether it was a pastor in a Chinese church or an English-speaking church. It was all just the same old song and dance all the time. Church life was tedious and it didn’t feel like I was getting any sustenance in my life. In an effort to hold on to their flock, church co-workers would frequently organize trips, outings, parties and other activities for all of us to take part in. There were all kinds of people within the church, including many people who weren’t really devout seekers, but rather just people looking for a boyfriend or girlfriend, a roommate, someone to travel with, someone to have meals with, etc., and I realized that the church was no longer a place where I could find peace of mind. This filled me with pain and sadness. I later stopped participating in services altogether, but I was in a constant state of anxiety. I felt like a desperate child who had lost its way and was just passing through life in a daze.
After I gave birth to a son in 2014, the conflict between me and my husband intensified because I didn’t have any breast milk to feed our child. When he got home from work every day, the first thing out of his mouth was: “How is there still nothing there? Without breast milk my son’s immunity will be compromised.” This was the first time I had ever had such a feeling of incompetence—I felt as though I was entirely unfit to be a mother. I saw both Western and Chinese doctors, and even searched for home remedies online, but nothing helped me produce milk. I felt hurt, sad, and angry, as if I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and I felt that if that went on I would truly lose my mind soon. During my entire convalescence after childbirth my face was constantly wet with tears, and no matter what I did, I couldn’t understand why this was happening to me. I often felt an indescribable panic come over me, and all it took was for me to hear words such as “mother’s milk” or “feeding,” and I would immediately burst out sobbing, completely unable to control myself.
After my mother learned of the difficult situation I was in, she came overseas to look after me. When she saw how I was suffering she said to me: “Have you ever thought about why there’s more and more darkness in your life, why it’s more and more filled with suffering? It’s because youbut do not seek the truth. The Lord has returned, yet you do not seek or investigate. Instead, you blindly cling to your own notions and imagination, just going along with what everyone else is saying and arbitrarily judging God’s new work. This is resisting God! You’re not accepting God’s new work, so you have lost God’s care and protection. You live under the domain of Satan, and this will only leave you afflicted and toyed with by Satan, filling your life with more and more suffering.” Hearing my mother say these words, I sank into silence. In the days that followed, whenever mother put my child to sleep, she would put on some hymns of God’s words for me to listen to. A wonderful thing happened—my mind unexpectedly started to slowly find peace along with the music of these hymns. One time, I listened to this : “… The heart and spirit of man are too distant from God, to the point where man remains in the service of Satan even as he follows God—and still doesn’t know it. No one actively seeks out God’s footsteps and the appearance of God, and no one is willing to exist in the care and keeping of God. Instead, they wish to rely on the corrosion of Satan, the evil one, in order to adapt to this world, and to the rules of existence that wicked mankind follows. At this point, the heart and spirit of man have become man’s tribute to Satan and become Satan’s foodstuff. Even more, the human heart and spirit have become a place in which Satan can reside and its fitting playground. Thus does man unknowingly lose his understanding of the principles of being human, and of the value and meaning of human existence. The laws of God and the covenant between God and man gradually fade away in man’s heart, and he ceases to seek or pay heed to God. With the passage of time, man no longer understands why God created him, nor does he understand the words from the mouth of God and all that comes from God. Man then begins to resist the laws and decrees of God, and his heart and spirit become deadened…. God loses the man that He originally created, and man loses the root of his beginning: This is the sorrow of this human race” (“The Sorrow of Corrupt Mankind” in Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs). Every last line of Almighty God’s words grabbed hold of my heart. I could see that I was in precisely the state described by God’s words, that I had recognized God with my words, but in reality my heart had been completely possessed by Satan. All my thoughts and feelings were about matters of the flesh, what I was pursuing was also the flesh, and what I was going down was the secular path. In the Holy Bible it says: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6). “Know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). I thought about how there was nothing about any of my actions that conformed to God’s will, but all ran totally counter to God. I came before God and prayed: “O God, I’m in this situation today because I cherish my degree, identity, marriage and other things of this world, thinking that having these things should be enough. I simply have not sought out the truth, nor have I pursued knowledge of God, to the extent that each time You have knocked on the door to my heart and laid out God’s word and the truth right before my eyes, I have failed to treasure this. When I heard that You have come to carry out new work, I was obstinate and opinionated, and made baseless judgments. I was fully aware that there was reason in my mother’s fellowships, yet I stubbornly held on to my own notions without investigating the true way. O God, all I cherished was Your grace while rejecting the truth—I really was so stubborn and rebellious! If You will still give me a chance, I will certainly investigate Your work to the best of my ability.” At that time I didn’t know if that kind of prayer would be heard by God, but I still kept on crying out to God in this way.
In April 2015 I went back to China with my mother because of a health issue, which gave me an opportunity to get in touch with The Church of Almighty God. I thought about how I had strived and struggled in this world without attaining happiness, and how within religion as well I had failed to find the truth that could dispose of the darkness and emptiness in my heart. I had this strong sense in my heart that perhaps it was because Almighty God, who I had continuously refused to accept, was the Savior Jesus who helped me test into college and got me to the United States. When this occurred to me, I told my mother that I wanted to take part in church activities at The Church of Almighty God. Before long, brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God came to meet with me, and I saw that when they got together, what they read was the word of God, what they fellowshiped about was the truth, and what they put into practice was the truth. No matter what they did, God’s words served as their standard and the truth served as their principle. They did not act according to the flesh, nor did they have secular dealings with each other. I saw that The Church of Almighty God is the good land of Canaan where the truth rules. My spirit was filled in that place, I was provided for, and my heart was no longer empty—I gained a sense of fulfillment.
One day at another gathering with some brothers and sisters, Sister Wang read this passage from the words of God: “The Almighty has mercy on these people who have suffered deeply; at the same time, He is fed up with these people who lack consciousness, as He has had to wait too long for an answer from humanity. He wishes to seek, to seek your heart and your spirit, to bring you water and food and to awaken you, that you may no longer be thirsty and hungry. When you are weary and when you begin to feel something of the bleak desolation of this world, do not be lost, do not cry. Almighty God, the Watcher, will embrace your arrival at any time. He is keeping watch by your side, waiting for you to turn back around. He is waiting for the day you suddenly recover your memory: when you realize that you came from God, that, at some unknown time you lost your direction, at some unknown time you lost consciousness on the road, and at some unknown time acquired a ‘father’; when you realize, furthermore, that the Almighty has always been keeping watch, waiting there a very, very long time for your return” (“The Sighing of the Almighty” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). This passage of God’s words moved me deeply. I felt that Almighty God was just like a loving mother calling out for a missing child, expectantly waiting for His child to someday soon return to His side. I could hear that this was the voice of the Lord. I realized that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus who helped me time and again to surmount one crisis after another, and that He had never left me a single step of the way, but persistently waited for me to turn back. I thought about how I believed in God yet didn’t seek the truth or believe God’s words, but instead believed online rumors and the words of pastors. I had given my allegiance to the enemy, joining the CCP government and pastors in religious communities in disparaging and attacking God, who had been caring for me night and day. I had rejected God’s salvation. I truly was so blind and ignorant. Mywas still based on my own notions and imagination; I believed that the Lord Jesus had helped me successfully test into college and guided me to go abroad without a hitch to pursue my studies, so I had to always remain true to the Lord Jesus’ name, and that this alone was devotion to the Lord. I relied on my notions and imagination in my view of things. When God began a new age and took on a new name I did not recognize God’s work, and time and again I refused God’s salvation for me. How was that having faith in God? Wasn’t it just having faith in myself? All that God had given me was love, yet time and again I hurt God. I knew I owed such a great debt to God …
I absolutely had to kneel down, and I cried bitter tears as I prayed to God: “Oh Almighty God! I have been blind and ignorant. I believed the rumors of the CCP government and the religious world; I forsook You and condemned You, and I relied on my own imagination and notions to delimit You. I refused Your gospel of the last days—I am a modern-day Pharisee. Just based on my behaviors and deeds I should be destroyed along with Satan, but, because of Your love for me, You have time and again given me chances to repent. Oh God, I am willing, just like the people of Nineveh, to come before You ‘in sackcloth and ashes,’ to truly confess my sins to You and repent, and beg You to have mercy on me. I wish to cooperate with You, and be cleansed and saved by Your word.”
After that, brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God would come meet with me three times a week; this went on uninterrupted for over four months. During this time I read several passages from the word of God nearly every day, and as I came to understand more and more of the truth, my relationship with God became more and more proper and my original faith was restored. I felt at peace in my heart, and I no longer felt anxious or desolate. Through reading the words of Almighty God and gathering to fellowship about the truth, I came to be absolutely certain of God’s work in the last days, and that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus whose return I had longed for. I made a resolution to follow Almighty God to the end of the road, and to repay God’s love by being one who pursues the truth.
I went back to the US in 2016, where I got in touch with brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God through their website and started taking part in activities at their church. Thanks be to God! It was God who led me each step of the way to where I am now. In order to repay God for His love, I want to offer all of my strength to carry out the work of spreading God’s gospel, so that more people who thirst for and seek the truth can come to know that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus. I will also tell them that if they follow in my footsteps—blindly believing Satan’s rumors, resisting God alongside Satan—in the end, they’ll be the only ones to lose.