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The Significance of Democratic Elections in the Church and Problems that Must Be Resolved

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The Significance of Democratic Elections in the Church and Problems that Must Be Resolved

Having experienced God’s work in the last days from its inception to the final stage, God’s chosen people have all seen a fact: Believing in God without believing in God’s word and following and obeying God means arbitrarily going astray. It means taking the path of the antichrist. Believing in God but listening to people and following and obeying people is akin to believing in Satan, following and obeying Satan. Therefore, those who believe in God but listen to the leaders, follow and obey the leaders, are all addle-heads that have no reality of the truth, that are all controlled by the influence of Satan. They can never be saved. Following and obeying the leaders does not mean obeying God. To put it bluntly, following and obeying the leaders means following and obeying Satan. Only obeying the word of God and practicing the truth is obeying God. Obeying God’s work alone is obeying God. Only obeying all the work of the Holy Spirit is truly obeying God. Only accepting and obeying the guidance and shepherding of the man used by the Holy Spirit, and doing one’s duty according to the work arrangements of the above, is obeying God. Hence it can be said with certainty that all of those who believe in God but listen to the leaders, follow and obey the leaders, are people who resist and betray God. Such people can never be saved by God.

In the fight to ban the false leaders and the satanic forces of the antichrists, the duty performances of the leaders and workers at all levels of the church suffice to prove that corrupt human beings who have neither been saved nor made perfect are those who serve but resist God. No one is truly suitable for God’s use; no one really witnesses for God, exalts God, and does his duty faithfully to carry out God’s will; no one truly expend for God for the sake of bringing God’s chosen people to God. Most leaders and workers are working for fame, fortune, status and blessing. They all indulge in the blessings of status and always show off themselves, rule over people, suppress and exclude people, and work toward maintaining Satan’s dark power. Of these leaders and workers, no one truly defends God’s work and obeys God; no one is truly faithful to God; no one seriously accepts the judgment, chastisement, pruning and dealing with in God’s word; no one pays attention to the entry of life and strives to pursue the truth; no one pays attention to the change in disposition and become truly obedient to God. Most of them are contending for power and status. They even cultivate their own forces to maintain their positions and power. They are obviously competing with God for God’s chosen people, and engaging in the building of an independent kingdom. There are false leaders and antichrist gangs in almost all provincial and district churches. These false leaders and antichrists do not defend God’s work or do any practical work at all for God’s chosen people to understand the truth and enter the right track of believing in God. When God’s chosen people are ruled over, trussed up, suppressed, controlled and desperately forced to reflect the real situation to the above, they met with even more brutal suppression and entrapment. These demons are just as brutal and vicious as the great red dragon. They can even lay such murderous hands on God’s chosen people. Other than demons of Satan, what else can they be? In order to maintain their power, these false leaders and antichrists seal off and control the churches in various places, so they become impenetrable and watertight antichrist kingdoms big and small. Whether those are gangs of three, gangs of five, gangs of seven or gangs of ten, they are invariably independent kingdoms of various sizes made up of gangs of antichrists and turfs of false leaders. Can any church controlled by false leaders and antichrists still be a church that obeys God’s work? Absolutely not. Can it still be a church that obeys Almighty God? Absolutely not. Rather, it belongs to the large and small independent kingdoms of satanic forces that resist God. Any church where there are leaders and workers who oppose the man used by the Holy Spirit, who do not obey the work arrangements and refuse the sermon and fellowship of the above, are all independent kingdoms of satanic forces. If those who are controlled by these false leaders and antichrists cannot break away from the delusion and control of the satanic forces, they will be the objects for elimination. God does not recognize churches under the control of false leaders and antichrists. Therefore, the Holy Spirit does not work in churches under control of false leaders and antichrists. This is the basic reason why some churches do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. No wonder many people have believed in God for many years but lack the reality of truth, let alone the changes in life disposition. This is the crux of the problem. All these churches are controlled by false leaders and antichrists. They all listen to and obey the false leaders and antichrists. They refuse the truth and reject the work arrangements of the above. They do not obey the guidance and shepherding of the man used by the Holy Spirit, but they follow and obey the perverse acts of the false leaders and antichrists. This is the real reason why the church has lost the work of the Holy Spirit. Now God’s chosen people all see it very clearly: Those who are deluded and controlled by the false leaders and antichrists have fallen into darkness. They do not have the Holy Spirit’s work at all. In order to receive salvation and escape from the influence of Satan, how important it is that one must first break away from the control of the false leaders and antichrists, and accept and obey the guidance and shepherding of the man used by the Holy Spirit.

In order to thoroughly resolve the evil acts of the false leaders and antichrists in controlling God’s chosen people and building independent kingdoms, and to ensure that all God’s chosen people are brought before God to enter the right track of believing in God, God’s house has decided that democratic elections must be implemented by the church. Leaders and workers at all levels of the church must be democratically elected. This decision was made on the basis that corrupt mankind in power is akin to Satan in power and demons in power. Without being made perfect by God, corrupt human beings are purely interrupting, disturbing, and dismantling God’s work when they serve God. It is a rival act toward God by satanic forces that are hostile to God. Before being made perfect by God, corrupt human beings are utterly unsuitable for God’s use. They are all people who serve but resist God, who engage in building up their own power and status. Therefore, God’s house has revoked the power of leaders and workers at all levels of the church to arbitrarily promote and appoint leaders and workers, and to arbitrarily segregate and expel people. It is completely in line with God’s will for the church to implement democratic elections of leaders and workers at all levels, to implement partner services and democratic rulings, and thoroughly ban any one-man dictatorship. For as long as the church is controlled by corrupt mankind, God’s chosen people will be unable to enter the right track of believing in God, and unable to enter the reality of God’s word, hence impossible to receive salvation. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary and timely for the church to implement democratic elections for leaders and workers at all levels. Only by implementing democratic elections for leaders and workers at all levels can the church effectively prevent all kinds of wicked people such as the false leaders and antichrists from taking power and control, so it can prevent God’s chosen people from being suppressed, ruled, and afflicted by the devil Satan; so people with reality and humanity who pursue the truth, whom God’s chosen people truly need, can be elected as leaders and workers at all levels of the church. Only when people who really pursue the truth act as leaders and workers can God’s chosen people be brought to the right track of believing in God. At the same time, the leaders and workers who pursue the truth can also be made perfect through experiencing God’s work and doing their duties, and becoming people that are suitable for God’s use, thus fully implementing God’s will. This is the practical significance of the church’s implementation of democratic elections.

After having personally tasted the delusions, suppression, trampling, and afflictions by the false leaders and antichrists, God’s chosen people have finally awoken: It turned out that Satan is still in power when corrupt mankind is in power, and the great red dragon’s descendants in power is akin to the great red dragon itself still in power. These false leaders and antichrists are indeed demons that directly resist God. The false leaders and antichrists being in power are akin to Satan and the great red dragon themselves in power. Now God’s chosen people have finally realized that these leaders whom they had previously worshiped and obeyed in their hearts are demons who directly resist God and engage in independent kingdom, who are the enemies of God and His chosen people. Following these false leaders and antichrists, God’s chosen people had almost lost their lives and missed the chance for salvation. This was a lesson written in blood that God’s chosen people learned after having been deeply harmed. Had God’s chosen people not seen the fact that corrupt mankind in power is akin to Satan and demons in power, they would still have continued to worship and follow the false leaders and workers at various levels; they would even have deemed obeying and following the leaders as obeying and following God, ending up being Satan’s slaves and accomplices that would ultimately be buried and ruined by Satan. Veritably, without the truth, people will be deluded and bound. Without the truth, people will be bullied and controlled. It is so pitiful without the truth. Those who are deluded and controlled by the false leaders and antichrists cannot understand the truth and enter reality despite having believed in God for years. They are still preparing for receiving blessings in their daydreams! Until today when people are enlightened by the Holy Spirit’s work, they are suddenly disillusioned as they understand the truth: Believing in God without obeying God but following and obeying Satan is really the sorrow of not having the truth! This lets God’s chosen people see that God’s work is so practical. By allowing corrupt human beings to do their duties in serving God, by making use of the actions of various false leaders and antichrists to make God’s chosen people personally taste the brutal suppression, delusion, control and affliction by the devil Satan, God lets His chosen people realize the essential nature of the devil Satan and the truth about corrupt human beings in power. From this, they will know about God’s righteousness and love, and see the true process of God’s salvation work for man and God’s omnipotence and wisdom. By experiencing God’s work this way, it is easy to know God’s word and understand the truth, and even easier to understand God’s will and enter reality. When God’s chosen people thoroughly break away from Satan’s influence and completely separate from the delusion, bondage, and control of the false leaders and antichrists, it is when they enter the right track of believing in God. God’s chosen people have all realized that God’s work for saving people and making them perfect is so practical.

Since God’s house implemented democratic elections in the church for leaders and workers at various levels, all kinds of false leaders and antichrists have felt that their undoing is approaching. They are counterattacking like cornered dogs as they fear democratic elections like the great red dragon, imposing great resistance and restrictions on the democratic elections of the church. Problems and difficulties exist in church elections in various places mainly because of the presence and disturbance of false leaders and antichrists in the churches. In the places where false leaders and antichrists are in power, it is too difficult for the church to implement democratic elections. These false leaders and antichrists set up blocks and restrictions everywhere. God’s chosen people can see it clearly. Where the church’s democratic elections are implemented early and smoothly, it shows that the leaders and workers of those churches accept the truth and obey the guidance and shepherding of the man used by the Holy Spirit, that they can do their duties and solve problems according to the work arrangements of the above. This is undoubtedly true. In the churches where democratic elections cannot be implemented, there must be the obstructions and rampage of false leaders and antichrists. Therefore, in all churches where democratic elections have not been implemented, there must be the false leaders and antichrists in control. This is undoubtedly true. God’s chosen people are clear about it in their hearts. The work arrangements, sermons and fellowship of the above are clear and concise. They are fully in line with God’s word and popular opinions. Why is it impossible for the false leaders and antichrists to accept and implement them? In order to maintain their positions and power, they attempt to permanently control and dominate God’s chosen people; they are arrogant and evil enough to trample on the truth and betray God. It can be seen what the false leaders and antichrists’ natures are. Why do they refuse the truth and hate the truth to such a degree? If they are not satanic demons, what else can they be? Therefore, they have become the objects of God’s judgment at the height of His fury. Hence this problem is not difficult to explain.

The church’s implementation of democratic elections has fully revealed those who are arrogant and over-ambitious, who attempt to delude and control God’s chosen people and engage in building an independent kingdom. Those who truly love and pursue the truth can absolutely obey God’s work and unconditionally submit themselves to God’s orchestrations and arrangements. They can abandon status and power, cease pursuing reputation and status, and be only willing to pursue the truth, growth in life, and change their dispositions to become suitable for God’s use in order to satisfy God and requite God for His love. Therefore, those who pursue the truth applaud the work arrangements of the above. They can see that those are the needs of God’s chosen people, which they can absolutely obey and implement. But people like the false leaders and antichrists detest the work arrangements of the above and even hate God’s house for implementing democratic elections, because these are too unfavorable for them to reach their dreams and goals. Therefore, they madly counterattack like cornered dogs, and try to spread all kinds of fallacies about the church’s elections. In order to continue to hold power and control God’s chosen people, they use any possible means and engage in mortal struggles. God’s chosen people see all this very clearly. What they do is exactly the same as the sham elections held by the great red dragon. It is not for nothing that they are the descendants of the great red dragon. However the great red dragon treats the people, it is how the false leaders and antichrists treat God’s chosen people. However the great red dragon treats democratic elections, it is how the false leaders and antichrists treat the democratic elections of the church. However the great red dragon maintains its reactionary rule with lies and violence to brutally suppress the popular resistance, it is also how the false leaders and antichrists use lies and power to condemn and suppress, or even segregate and expel God’s chosen people. In the matter of church elections, it is indeed too revealing about people. Those who have a bit of humanity, who love the truth, can do their duties according to God’s word, according to the work arrangements and the needs of God’s chosen people. They never do anything to harm God’s chosen people in order to protect their positions and reputations. However, those false leaders and antichrists who don’t love the truth, who have no humanity, madly counterattack like cornered dogs as if their undoing is approaching by unscrupulously restricting the free election of God’s chosen people. Some of them restrict the election of some people; some of them insist on appointing certain candidates, some of them even force people to choose certain individuals; some use small favors to delude, solicit and even threaten people to act according to their intentions. They use various kinds of means and tricks to tamper with the church’s implementation of elections. Only the false leaders and antichrists are capable of such despicable acts, but these things do not escape the eyes of God’s chosen people who can see all this clearly. This is how God’s chosen people can distinguish: Those who can arrange and implement elections in strict accordance with the work arrangements are good leaders and good workers who love the truth and obey God’s work. Those who impede or restrict the church from implementing elections and those who forcibly appointed candidates during elections or use various means to disturb the elections are false leaders or antichrists. There is absolutely nothing wrong with such differentiation. Hereinafter, anyone who impedes or restricts the elections, or engages in intrigues and tampering in church elections is a false leader or false worker. By distinguishing this way, the determination of true and false leaders and workers will be completely accurate. People who have fear of God respect elections and love positive things. Only wicked people hate the truth and democratic elections. Therefore, it can be said that all those who impede, restrict church elections, and engage in black-box operations in elections are false leaders, false workers and antichrists. This is completely accurate. All those who engage in intrigues and trickery, or use despicable means to delude and coerce people in elections are authentic false leaders and false workers. They are all Satan’s servants. They are the enemies of God’s chosen people who should be rejected. When God’s chosen people are tested by Satan, they should pray to God and attack Satan with God’s word. Such people are those who understand the truth and stand firmly to bear witness. When the false leaders and antichrists come to delude and control God’s chosen people to obey them, it is Satan’s temptation and delusion of people. Under such circumstances, if one can discern Satan’s trickery and forsake Satan, he is forsaking the false leader and antichrists. He is indeed someone who truly obeys God. Those who can be deluded and controlled by false leaders and antichrists and subject to Satan are those who can allow Satan to delude and control at will, those who have not escaped from the Satan’s influence, who have not truly returned to God. Therefore, these people cannot be saved. Just as God says, “All the nations of the earth will be destroyed, and will cease to exist. Of the human beings within the universe, all those belonging to the devil will be exterminated; all who worship Satan will be laid low by My burning fire—that is, except for those now within the stream, the rest will be turned to ashes” (“The Twenty-sixth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “When they loudly entreat, I turn My face away from them, I can no longer bear to witness it; however, how could I not hear the sound of such weeping people? I want to correct the injustices of the human world. I will do My work personally throughout the entire world, forbidding Satan from harming My people again, forbidding the enemy from doing whatever they please again. I will become King on earth and move My throne there, making all the enemy fall to the ground and confess their crimes before Me. In My sadness mixed with anger, I will overcome the whole universe, sparing no one, and putting all of the enemy in awe. I want to reduce the earth to ruins, among which all the enemy will be, henceforth preventing them from further corrupting mankind” (“The Twenty-seventh Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh).

The church’s implementation of elections has fully exposed the presence of tenacious satanic forces among the leaders at various levels of the church. These evil satanic forces are still resisting God’s work and controlling God’s chosen people. Where there is the presence of the false leaders, false workers and antichrists, there is no peace in the church, and God’s chosen people will be imperiled and victimized. The church’s elections will inevitably be utterly chaotic, trouble-ridden and impossible to proceed smoothly. Why is the contest between God’s chosen people and satanic forces so fierce in implementing the work arrangements and church elections? Why do the false leaders, false workers and antichrists hate elections so much? Why are the false leaders and antichrists so insane, unreasonable, malfeasant, despicable and shameless in dealing with the church’s democratic elections? This completely exposes the satanic nature and demonic semblance of the false leaders and antichrists. Whether people love and pursue the truth, whether they really work for God’s chosen people and do their duties in carrying out God’s will, are fully revealed here. True and false leaders and workers are revealed most clearly and thoroughly in the church’s elections. During the church’s elections, God’s chosen people only need to see which leaders and workers impede and restrict the normal election of God’s chosen people, they will be able to identify the authentic false leaders and workers. They should reject and refuse such false leaders and workers, and need to dismiss and ban them. Such practice is extremely beneficial to God’s chosen people in understanding the truth and entering the right track of believing in God, which is entirely in accordance with God’s will. Where the false leaders and antichrists are not replaced or dismissed, the church elections could not be carried out, and God’s chosen people would be imperiled and victimized, and unable to enter the right track of believing in God. God just wants His chosen people to forsake, reject and curse Satan so that His chosen people will enter the right track of believing in God and receive salvation. When God’s chosen people believe in God, they should only obey God, obey God’s word and obey the truth. This will never be wrong. When someone sees the false leaders impeding and restricting the church from implementing democratic elections, if he can still listen to these false leaders, obey and defend them, such an addle-head is absolutely not truly God’s chosen person but a charlatan. The true chosen people of God are those who love the truth, seek the truth and pursue the truth, and those who stand on the side of God. Once they understand the truth and gain discernment of Satan, they will immediately forsake Satan, reject Satan, and practice the truth and obey God. Such are the true chosen people of God and real brothers and sisters. Those addle-heads who steadfastly obey the false leaders and antichrists, who do not seek the truth at all, are neither God’s chosen people in a true sense nor real brothers and sisters. They are false believers and unbelievers that God’s chosen people must reject. Only the true chosen people of God can love each other. Only true brothers and sisters can love each other. For those false believers, false leaders and false workers who deny the truth, reject the truth, hate the truth and follow Satan, we should never give them love. We must identify them, reject them, and draw a line between us and them. This is the time when God reveals people and groups them according to their kinds. God’s chosen people must pay special attention to distinguish and guard against people. Those who lack discernment on people and treat all kinds of people indiscriminately like brothers and sisters are addle-heads who have no truth. Those who blindly believe, obey and follow the leaders at various levels of the church are all addle-heads who live under Satan’s power, who are outside of God’s word. So these people will never be saved. These unbelievers, false believers, false leaders and antichrists are those destined to be eliminated.

Now that the leaders and workers at various levels of the church have been thoroughly revealed in the church’s implementation of elections, whether people pursue the truth, reject the truth or hate the truth has long been revealed clearly. After having followed Satan and committed evil, those leaders and workers who really pursue the truth have long begun to reflect on themselves, felt shameful before God and God’s chosen people, and become repentant. In the different periods and situations below, they have already known their own nature and substance that they resist God while serving God, and learned the painful lesson of following Satan and taking the path of the antichrist, and begun to embark on the path of pursuing the truth and being made perfect.

1. After having taken the wrong path by following the false leaders and antichrists when they did not understand the truth, some people felt that they had lost the Holy Spirit’s work and they had sunk into spiritual darkness. They started to reflect on themselves and saw that they had taken the wrong path and committed evil by following Satan, and began to repent.

2. After having followed the false leaders and antichrists, committed many evil acts and entrapped God’s chosen people, some people felt compunctious about doing evil rather than serving God. They regretted, hated themselves and began to repent.

3. After the notices issued by God’s house about all the work arrangements, sermons and fellowship revealing and banning the false leaders and workers and antichrists, some people began to know themselves, reflect on themselves and began to repent.

4. On the matter of the work arrangements and election implementation, some people saw God’s work progressively advance and the church’s work gradually enter the right track, and they learned that God’s work was indeed saving people. They regretted about how they used to resist God and harm God’s chosen people by listening to and obeying the false leaders and antichrists. They felt remorseful, hated themselves and began to repent.

5. After God’s house issued its notices, some leaders and workers who had done many evil acts following the false leaders and antichrists began to reflect. People with conscience and reason saw that the path they used to take was wrong—obeying the false leaders and antichrists was obeying and following Satan. They were not believing in God or obeying God. So they hated themselves, hated their own satanic nature, and even cursed themselves. They were willing to cast aside their status and abandon their vanity. As long as God did not forsake them, they were willing to serve and began to repent.

After the notices of work arrangements, sermons and fellowship issued by the above, the leaders and workers at various levels of the church began to awaken. They see that God’s work for the salvation of man is so practical. Since people worshiped Satan in their hearts and worshiped status, it led to their listening to and obedience of the leaders, and endurance of all kinds of torture and affliction by Satan. Now they finally understand that living under Satan’s domain is worse than death and without freedom. Now they understand the meaning of breaking away from the dark influence of Satan, and know how to separate from Satan’s influence, how to return to God. Now they understand what God said about entering the right path of believing in God is so important after all. Without this stage of following the false leaders and false workers and antichrists, enduring the devil Satan’s affliction, it is difficult for people to understand: Corrupt mankind in power is Satan in power. Obeying and following the leaders is obeying and following Satan. Being ruled and controlled by people is living under Satan’s power. Today they finally understand what is really breaking away from Satan’s influence, truly living before God. It turned out that entering the truth is so practical. Now that God’s chosen people have seen it clearly. When they believe in God, they can only believe in God’s word, obey the truth and obey only God. This is entering the right track of believing in God. If they believe in God, and they can still follow people, obey the leaders, believe in people, they are not someone who obeys God. They are following and obeying Satan instead of truly believing in God. To understand such a most practical truth, people had to suffer so much and endure so much torment and affliction by the false leaders and antichrists. This way, they could understand how dark and frightening Satan’s influence is. Just by reading God’s word without actually experiencing the real events, man will never understand the truth, know about God’s word and enter reality.

The church’s implementation of elections is the beginning of God’s chosen people to enter the right track of believing in God. It is also a key step in completely banning and ending the false leaders and antichrists’ control of the church. Those who love and pursue the truth have all repented and begun to enter the right track of believing in God. Those who had not repented when the church implemented democratic elections, who were even stubbornly resisting and complaining against God, are the authentic false leaders and antichrists. Therefore, those false leaders and antichrists who are still disturbing and impeding the church’s implementation of elections must be severely punished and replaced without mercy. Those who have conscience and reason should have repented. Those who have not repented now are irrational degenerates without conscience and reason. They are demons that deny and hate the truth. These iniquitous false leaders and antichrists must be banned. Those who still do not repent and admit their sins must be expelled. God’s chosen people should supervise their expulsion.

Leaders and workers at all levels have been thoroughly revealed in the church’s elections. When the church holds elections, leaders and workers who really pursue the truth, who have the Holy Spirit’s work, make every effort to communicate the truth entirely for defending God’s work so that God’s chosen people can understand the truth and have the discernment to elect those who really believe in God and pursue the truth to be leaders and workers of the church. They do this out of responsibility for the church and care for God’s chosen people. Only those who care for God’s intention are capable of doing this. Therefore, anyone who obeys the truth and defends God’s work can perform the work of communicating the truth and providing and supporting for God’s chosen people. This is the performance of defending God’s work and being loyal to God. When you see a leader or worker who cares for God’s will and protects God’s chosen people like this, you can be sure that he is a good leader or worker for God’s chosen people. In dealing with church elections, false leaders and false workers act entirely for the purpose of maintaining their positions and power. They seek helpers everywhere and use all sorts of despicable means to disrupt the normal order of elections and undermine the electoral system so that God’s chosen people will choose those who will be advantageous to them. In no way are they working for God’s chosen people. They are only serving and laboring for the purpose of maintaining the power of Satan. When they deal with matters of church elections, they never communicate the truth or care for God’s chosen people at all. They are only concerned about grabbing power and domineering over others. They don’t care about the life and death of God’s chosen people. Their satanic natures and demonic appearances are exposed before God’s chosen people just like that. So, after recognizing the satanic semblances of these false leaders and false workers, God’s chosen people should remember them, reject them and dismiss them. Many false leaders and false workers are now trying to restrict and disturb the implementation of democratic elections in the church. The behaviors of these people are the best revelation of the false leaders, false workers and antichrists. Therefore, if leaders and workers at all levels of the church and God’s chosen people find any leaders and workers who are disturbing and restricting the normal elections of the church, they can sum up their wicked deeds, carry out dismissal and banning. Not a single wicked person should be spared.

Whether a leader or worker belongs to God or Satan, whether he is true or false, no matter how nicely and reasonably he usually speaks, the most important thing depends on whose side he takes and for whom he works when it comes to the church elections and the life entry of God’s chosen people, because it is the crucial moment that is most revealing of people. It is only at the critical moment that a person reveals his true colors: Each person has his own intent and purpose in doing things, whether he is defending God’s work, defending his own power, doing his duty for God, working for God’s chosen people, or seeking status and power for himself, it is easy to distinguish between a true and false leader or a true and false worker in this way. Now that God’s work has entered the final phase that reveals people and classifies them according to their own kinds. All those who are absolutely obedient to God’s work, do their duties and serve God in strict accordance with the work arrangements of the above, are those who love the truth and have the Holy Spirit’s work. They are the objects that God will save and make perfect. All those who defend and follow the false leaders, antichrists and satanic power are demons that belong to Satan, that are hostile to God. They have now become the objects of judgment at the height of God’s wrath. They are the objects of punishment at the end of God’s work. From here we find a thought-provoking question: Why are all leaders and workers willing to show off themselves and even circuitously witness for themselves? Why do corrupt human beings pay particular attention to their own positions and images? Once they are being pruned, dealt with, revealed or reported by others, they become enraged, desperate and determined to condemn and punish others anyhow. Is this the conspicuous exposure of Satan’s nature? Is this a person who really practices the truth and really obeys God? Is this a person whose life disposition has changed? Where are the results of those who have believed in God for many years? Where are the capitals and qualifications of the leaders and workers? Do those who cannot accept being pruned and dealt with obey God’s work? Of those who become enraged and desperate when being revealed and reported, where is the reality of obeying God? As for those who do not have any true obedience, what qualified them to be leaders and workers for God’s chosen people? No wonder some leaders and workers complain that the man used by the Holy Spirit always causes troubles for them. I will tell you then. It can be said that this is God’s pruning and dealing with the leaders and workers at various levels of the church, and this is even His judgment and chastisement. Isn’t it God’s salvation and making perfect for corrupt mankind? Can’t we see through this matter? Whoever really pursues the truth, and whoever rejects and hates the truth, is fully revealed here. The objects for God to make perfect, and the objects for God to eliminate have all been classified according to their own kinds. You have the nerve to be leaders and workers when you say such foolish words. This explains that people do not know God’s work, let alone understand God’s intentions. Such people resist God while serving God. They don’t see that God’s righteous disposition is unoffendable. As God’s work is about to conclude in the time of His winnowing, it is also when all kinds of false leaders and antichrists madly resist God, engage in building independent kingdoms and recklessly domineer over others. God’s fury finally erupts. It is the most severe judgment and chastisement for all the false leaders and antichrists. It is of course the judgment, chastisement, pruning and dealing with the leaders and workers at all levels of the church. It is also the punishment and curse for the false leaders and antichrists, and the judgment and chastisement for the entire corrupt mankind. This war to expose and judge the false leaders, antichrists and satanic forces is entirely God’s judgment and chastisement of all those who resist God while serving God. The severity and fury of His word fully reveal God’s righteousness disposition. This is completely the Holy Spirit’s work. Judging and chastising corrupt mankind like this is so real and practical. Those who can accept and obey such judgment and chastisement are blessed. People who refuse and resist such judgment and chastisement of God, who even complain about God are those who neither love the truth nor obey God’s work. They are but the slaves of Satan. People like the false leaders and antichrists are cursed. Wicked people are bound to be punished. This is undoubtedly true. God’s judgment and chastisement are so revealing.

The church’s democratic elections for leaders and workers concern the key event of God’s chosen people to enter the right track of believing in God. They directly concern the key event of the church life. When good leaders and workers are chosen, the church life will be good. If the false leaders and antichrists take power, they will bring disasters to the church, and God’s chosen people will be imperiled and victimized. Do you consider it minor when you look at the disasters brought by the false leaders and antichrists to the churches in various places? God’s chosen people should know that how the church’s elections are treated matters a lot and treat the elections seriously. The seven principles of the church’s democratic election that God’s chosen people must understand and comply with are announced as follows.

1. God’s chosen people in the church (except the expelled ones) all have the right to elect and to be elected. No one has the right to interfere with the right of God’s chosen people to elect and be elected.

2. When elections are held by the church, all God’s chosen people must all be notified and everyone must participate (refers to voting). Those who are aware of but do not participate in the election are deemed voluntarily forfeiting their rights. No one has the right to select a portion of people to carry out the election or exclude a portion of people from participating in it. Anyone who deprives others of their rights to vote or restricts them from voting is a wicked person who violates human rights and resists the truth.

3. In the church’s election, no one is allowed to designate a candidate, or deliberately incite or force God’s chosen people to vote by following certain people’s will. This is an act against human rights and against the truth. Before the election, only communicating the truth and preaching the principles to practice are allowed. This is the proper way of communicating the truth and doing one’s duties. Therefore, any election outcome attained by inciting, deluding or coercing people to vote is invalid.

4. The number of voters participating in a church election must account for more than 80% of the church members. For districts and regions, the number of participating voters can temporarily be the maximum number attainable as circumstances dictate. In the event that some of God’s chosen people are unable to participate in voting because they have not been notified, that particular election is invalid. A church election must ensure that all God’s chosen people in that church are eligible for voting by notifying everyone. Moreover, they must be informed of the exact time for voting. For an election to be valid, participation by more than 80% of God’s chosen people must be reached. Those who have been informed but do not attend voluntarily forfeit their rights.

5. No one has the right to replace or remove any fairly and duly elected leader or worker regardless of what problems they may have, unless there are special problems that God’s chosen people were not aware of. Under this circumstance, removal must be approved by more than 80% of God’s chosen people in order to conduct by-election.

6. Democratic election of church leaders and workers has been institutionalized. The tenure is one year. No one has the right to promote, appoint, or replace a leader or worker at any level resulting from an election of the church. If an elected leader or worker has committed serious transgressions in office that renders him unable to continue working, by-election can be held after it is approved by the majority of God’s chosen people.

7. From the day God’s house promulgated full implementation of the church’s electoral system, no leader or worker has the right to designate or appoint church leaders at all levels. Leaders at all levels of the church must be elected. This is the administrative rule of God’s house that no one has the right to amend. The promotion and appointment of leaders and workers at all levels in the past by leaders at various levels are voided and nullified. Leaders and workers at all levels must be elected anew to be accepted by God’s chosen people. Whoever violates this administrative rule will be punished as the antichrist.

After implementing the seven principles for the democratic election of church leaders and workers, leaders and workers at all levels and God’s chosen people must comply with the practice accordingly. God’s chosen people have the right to supervise the church’s leaders and workers at all levels to conduct elections according to the seven principles. God’s chosen people can join together to restrict and stop any leader or worker at any level who violates these seven principles. If he refuses, they can appeal to the upper leaders. This is a just act for maintaining the church work. All God’s chosen people should support and cooperate. Only by implementing in such manner can the disturbance and rampage of the false leaders, false workers and wicked people be restricted. The church has the authority to expel any wicked people who have been clearly exposed in the church elections if they fail to repent and admit sins. However, its action must be reported for approval.

Since the church implemented democratic elections, some problems have been revealed. God’s chosen people urgently need to understand and enter the reality of the truth, in which there are four main aspects, which is precisely what they lack.

(1) God’s chosen people must learn to discern and recognize all kinds of people. These are the most important aspects to learn about discerning people: 1. Whether they have the conscience and reason of normal humanity; 2. Whether they pursue the truth; 3. Do they have fear for God? 4. Do they truly believe in and obey God? 5. Do they do practical things and solve practical problems for God’s chosen people? 6. As leaders, what kind of people will certainly frame people, harm people and become antichrists? 7. How to distinguish the essential nature of the wicked people.

We must learn to distinguish these seven aspects to be conducive for the elections. We also need to discern and guard against those wicked people who are particularly arrogant and ambitious, who want to take power and control people.

(2) Leaders and workers at all levels of the church must communicate and illumine the fact that leaders and workers at all levels of the church need to possess three criteria: 1. The truth; 2. Humanity; 3. Quality and ability. Achieving equitable and reasonable results of electing leaders and workers at all levels will benefit the lives of God’s chosen people and benefit the church life because it prevents the wrong kind of people who can do evil from being elected to harm the church life and harm God’s chosen people.

(3) Let all God’s chosen people can uncover Satan’s tricks and prevent false leaders and antichrists from conducting black-box operations, falsities, trickery and conspiracies during church elections. God’s chosen people must be able to implement fair and equitable elections in a responsible manner without being subject to the rule of anyone, and be able to independently practice the truth based on God’s word when conducting elections.

(4) God’s chosen people must recognize and see clearly those leaders and workers who can water, provide the truth to, and protect the benefits of God’s chosen people during church elections. They also need to support and coordinate with good leaders and workers to attain fair, reasonable and ideal election results.

Doing a good job in the church’s democratic elections is the key link for God’s chosen people to enter the right track of believing in God. If the church elections can be conducted normally and able to achieve fair and reasonable results, it can ensure that the majority of leaders and workers at all levels will defend God’s work and maintain normal church life. Then it can effectively restrict the false leaders and antichrists from interrupting, disturbing and undermining. At the same time, it is extremely beneficial for the church life and for God’s chosen people to enter the right track of believing in God. If the leaders and workers at all levels are elected by fair and reasonable elections, it can ensure that most leaders and workers are those who pursue the truth and possess better humanity. This will ensure that most leaders and workers can really do their duties for God’s chosen people to understand the truth and enter the right track of believing in God, and they can embark on the path of pursuing the truth and being made perfect, receive God’s salvation and be made perfect by God.

By following the continual work arrangements and the guidance and supply of sermons and fellowship of the above to enter the right track of believing in God, the chosen people of God have confirmed in their hearts that the work arrangements, sermons and fellowship of the above are all the guidance and instructions of the Holy Spirit’s work and all that God’s chosen people need. Naturally, it is also the reality of truth that God’s chosen people should enter. Only by doing one’s duty and leading church life in strict accordance with the work arrangements is the living of real belief in God and the likeness of real man. This is the reality of God’s word that God requires man to enter. Only when God’s chosen people lead the church life according to the Ten Principles of Church Life and the Ten Unacceptable Acts are they truly on the right track of believing in God. Therefore, God’s chosen people must be clear that when all the false leaders and antichrists of the satanic forces are completely banned and terminated, when God’s chosen people can only obey the truth and obey God’s work, that is when God’s chosen people completely enter the right track of believing in God, and God’s great work is thus completely fulfilled. By believing in and obeying God like this and practicing the truth and living with God’s word, the evil forces of Satan will completely lose their place in the church, and God’s chosen people will truly stand up thereafter. They will no longer be oppressed, bound and controlled by Satan’s forces. They can all honor God as great, truly obey and worship God. They will completely enter the right track of believing in God. They will surely be those who are saved, and the great red dragon will also collapse afterward and be completely destroyed. God has fully triumphed over Satan. He is fully glorified. Those who enter the right track of believing in God are the objects of God’s salvation work in the last days. They will never be forsaken by God in the disasters and trials of the future. They will survive after being made perfect and saved.

Let us read these two passages of God’s word that will make it easy to understand God’s intention.

Now is the time I determine the ending for each person, not the stage at which I began to work man. I write down in My record book, one by one, the words and actions of each person, as well as their path in following Me, their inherent characteristics, and their final performance. In this way, no manner of man shall escape My hand and all shall be with their own kind as I assign. I decide the destination of each person not on the basis of age, seniority, amount of suffering, and least of all, the degree to which they invite pity, but according to whether they possess the truth. There is no other choice but this. You must realize that all those who do not follow the will of God will be punished. This is an immutable fact. Therefore, all those who are punished are so punished for the righteousness of God and as retribution for their numerous evil acts. …

My mercy is expressed upon those who love Me and deny themselves. And the punishment visited upon the wicked is precisely proof of My righteous disposition and, even more, testimony to My wrath. When disaster comes, famine and plague will befall all those who oppose Me and they will weep. Those who have committed all manner of wickedness, but who have followed Me for many years, will not escape indictment; they too, falling into disaster, the like of which has seldom been seen throughout the ages, will come to live in a constant state of panic and fear. And those of My followers who have shown loyalty to Me alone shall rejoice and applaud My might. They will experience ineffable contentment and live in a joy that I have never before bestowed upon mankind. For I treasure the good deeds of men and abhor their evil deeds. Since I first began to lead mankind, I have been eagerly hoping to gain a group of men of the same mind with Me. I have never forgotten those who are not of the same mind with Me; I have held them with loathing in My heart, awaiting only the opportunity to visit My retribution on them, which will give Me relish to see. My day has finally come today, and I need no longer wait!” (“You Ought to Prepare a Sufficiency of Good Deeds for Your Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).

July 1, 2011

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