Focus on Resolving a Problem That Exists Within the Church—Believing in God for Many Years Without Change in One’s Corrupt Disposition

Life Progression Can Only Be Obtained Through Pursuing and Practicing the Truth in Life

Do you truly know how to pursue the truth? How exactly should you pursue the truth to achieve results and that will really enable you to see progress over a period of time? How should you pursue the truth to progress quickly? The path of entry can be found within these questions. There are several major things which should be focused on with regards to the practice of pursuing the truth. You have previously spent the majority of your time believing in God being muddleheaded and not taking it seriously, and so consequently you have not achieved any real results. Which matters have people been muddleheaded with previously? Firstly, people have been muddleheaded with regards to eating and drinking the words of God and have not sought to achieve results. Believing that understanding doctrine is enough, feeling content with a little light, not striving to make progress and not striving to advance deeper—is this not a little muddleheaded? Being muddleheaded with eating and drinking the words of God, not seeking to achieve results and not striving to advance deeper into the truth is not how you practice pursuing the truth. Secondly, people do not take knowing themselves seriously, or strive to advance deeper so as to know their own corrupt essence and the truth of their own corruption. Thus, they never make any progress with regards to knowing themselves, they are unable to penetrate their own nature or essence, they don’t know what they lack or what their shortcomings are, and they don’t know to what extent exactly they are corrupted by Satan and how much of them appears human. They don’t know any of these things, and they are muddleheaded. Can this be considered as true self-knowledge? Therefore, with regards to knowing themselves, they do not take this seriously and are muddleheaded. They are also muddleheaded with regards to the practice of praying to God and associating with God, and they do not take this seriously either. It’s enough for them to pray a few words, they do not open their hearts to God, and they do not examine themselves before God, much less say what is in their hearts; they choose only pleasant-sounding things to say, and they treat prayer as a formality and as a process to be gone through. Therefore, their practice of praying to God and associating with God has no effect, and no evident enlightenment or illumination of the Holy Spirit can be seen in them. What’s more, they do not take grasping God’s will seriously. If, in many issues one encounters, one always thinks of what to do that does not count as a sin, how not to suffer loss and how not to impact one’s own vanity and self-regard, then one will not know how to grasp God’s will, one will not seek to grasp God’s will, and one will be unwilling to suffer for God’s sake and unwilling to practice the truth. Therefore, most people are unable to grasp God’s will in many issues which relate to the principles of the truth, and they consequently have no knowledge of God. With some issues, they can engender conceptions and can also misunderstand God. Yet another is that they do not see how to discern between different people, and are muddleheaded with regards to this matter. No matter who they’re talking about, they think, “Whosoever is good to me is a good person, and whosoever is bad to me is a bad person.” They never see people on the basis of the truth or of God’s words and they cannot tell the difference between good people and bad people. This is being muddleheaded and not taking it seriously when pursuing the truth, and they therefore carry on believing in God for several years but are not seen to make any progress. Yet another is that they do not take dispositional change seriously. Most people simply do not know what dispositional change means or exactly what kind of change it is referring to. Some people still believe that being able to perform their duties, to do some work for the church, to do some good things and prepare some good deeds means that their disposition has changed, and so they are muddleheaded regarding the truth of dispositional change and they do not take it seriously. Therefore, they may believe in God for several years without seeing any change in their disposition. When some people bear witness, they always talk about how they love God, how they obey God and how they show consideration for God’s will, to the point where they even cry when bearing witness. The result is that, despite bearing so much witness, no change is seen in their disposition, and their devotion to God in their duties cannot be seen either, much less any expression of their consideration for God’s will. Yet another is that they are muddleheaded regarding being an honest person, and they do not take this seriously either. They believe that not telling big lies and not consciously deceiving others amount to being an honest person. Within their hearts there are so many intentions and so much deceit, yet they still don’t think of themselves as deceitful people, they don’t think it to be something that displeases God and they don’t think that this is to be without humanity and without any human likeness. Therefore, with regards to them being an honest person, no evident progress can be seen, and one cannot see that they are a genuine honest person. On the contrary, one can see that they still possess some crookedness and deceit, as well as wrong intentions. All the above are manifestations of people being inattentive when pursuing the truth and not taking it seriously. In terms of the practice of these matters, how exactly one should pursue the truth, how one should be attentive, what results one should achieve and how one should focus on practice all boils down to the question of whether or not one really does pursue the truth. If you truly are someone who pursues the truth, if you can seek the truth and contemplate God’s words in these matters and ultimately achieve an understanding of the truth, see through those matters, find the path of practice in those matters and practice them all very well, then you will totally achieve results, your life will progress and you will be able to see yourself progress over a period of time.

There are many people now whose speech still contains far too many elements of letters and doctrines. No matter what they say, the moment you get serious with them, they immediately have nothing to say. If you don’t get serious with them, they can talk a great deal. What kind of problem is this? Those who preach letters and doctrines fear that others will get serious with them or raise questions for them. The moment someone asks for reality or substance in their words, they fall silent. So if you are unable to talk thoroughly about the essence of a problem, what’s the use of preaching that empty doctrine? Can it resolve any of man’s problems? What effect can it have on your own life entry? If you do not practice what you preach, and what you preach is not something that you truly know about, then it is no use saying it, and it benefits no one; what you preach must be something you truly know about and which you genuinely practice. If you practice what you preach, and you show the kind of person you are, then what you will be preaching is reality. If you can examine yourselves in this way and demand this of yourselves, then you can fellowship about the realities you possess, the truths you genuinely understand and the things you truly know about. If you have none of these things, then don’t force yourself to say anything. Is this an easy thing to achieve? Some people can achieve this and some people can’t. Those without sense are unable to achieve it, and neither are those without self-knowledge. Some are enthusiastic and wish to do their duty, and they feel that any time spent not doing their duty is a waste of time. So if you wish to fulfill your duty and if you wish to really achieve results in your duty, then you must first practice the truth and first enter into reality. And when you have entered into reality, aren’t your fellowships then even better? If you have barely understood 10 percent, but you talk as though you understand 50 or 100 percent, then is that remaining 40 or 90 percent your reality to talk about? Would they not be doctrine? Determine whether you should say something or not based on whether or not it is something that you do and something that you live out. By placing such strict demands on yourselves, your speech will slowly become real, and it will become accurate and trustworthy. When others hear you speak they will know that what you say is what you do, that you are that kind of person, and that there is no disparity between you and the things you say. In this way, your speech and actions will achieve results. Don’t speak empty words or barren words and don’t preach doctrine—just preach what you know. Can you achieve this? Some people can and some people can’t. Why can’t you? Tell me, where does the difficulty lie? What is dominating you and making you unable to achieve this? See through these matters, and know that they relate to the question of sense. If someone has no self-knowledge, how could they have any sense? When you clearly know that you possess nothing real but you talk persistently and preach letters and doctrines, what is the difference between this and telling lies? Always speaking empty words and always talking theory—is this not the nature of the great red dragon? Aren’t you deceiving people? Aren’t you bearing false testimony? What is the most obvious characteristic of the great red dragon? It is always saying nice-sounding things, always saying empty words, and always saying the most pleasant things whilst committing the most awful crimes—is this not the poison of the great red dragon? Does this not represent the nature of the great red dragon? So what exactly do you find difficult with speaking truthfully? If you have nothing, then say you have nothing; if you do something in a certain way then say you do it in that way; if you haven’t done something then say you haven’t done it; if yes, then say yes, and if no then say no—this is how difficult it is to say something honest! If you really are an honest person, then you will say what you are, and if you are not then you will say that you are not; if you know doctrine then you will say you know doctrine; if you haven’t lived something out then you will say you haven’t lived it out; and if you say some empty words, you will say, “What I just said were empty words, and I haven’t acted on them myself.” If you really can achieve this, then that is really great, and you will be conducting yourself truthfully and honestly as a person, and conducting yourself as a person with both feet planted firmly on the ground. Some people always have to adulterate what they say and they always speak under constraint. They are incapable of speaking truly. What causes this? What is it that obstructs them from speaking truly, and what constrains them to speak falsely? Have you found the source? There are many times when they are mainly constrained by their own vanity. They think, “The minute I tell the truth, everyone will look down on me, they will have no regard for me and will not look highly upon me.” Moreover, sometimes when they tell the truth they fear that their own interests will suffer loss, and sometimes they harbor intentions and cunning schemes, and if they speak the truth they will expose themselves, and will therefore be unable to achieve their intentions and aims. And so these are the main causes which make them speak falsely, which conceal the truth and give others a false appearance. These are the root causes of not being able to be an honest person. So how exactly can you become an honest person? You must know yourself: What constraints have given rise to your corrupt disposition? Why is your corrupt disposition and your thoughts constrained by flesh? Which aspects of the truth do you lack? Why can’t you put the truth into practice? Are physical interests and physical vanity really so important? They’re not important, are they? If you let this matter slide and think it simple, how will you recognize this question? This relates to the issue of being an honest person and to the issue of normal humanity. Does it also relate to the truth? Do not belittle these matters. They relate to the truth and to being an honest person. It is great for someone to be like that, to speak truly and tell the truth, and their heart will be at peace. Do not speak falsely and do not use a disguise, for these things are pointless. Speaking truly and conducting oneself truly brings much enjoyment to your heart, and you will never get tired of it.

In your everyday lives you will all encounter some things which relate to practicing the truth. So tell me, how should you practice it in a way that will achieve results with pursuing the truth? What are the results obtained from pursuing the truth? The main result is that, in terms of the truth and your knowledge of God, you make constant progress, you advance ever deeper, and you persistently gain new light and new enlightenment. In addition, you become more and more honest in your practice, more and more real, and you do not say empty words. If someone develops in this direction every day, and sees progress and change with this aspect, then these people will be the ones who pursue the truth, and you will see the effects following in their wake every day. Say someone used to love preaching letters and doctrines more than anything, and then one day everyone suddenly realizes that this person has not preached letters and doctrines for a few days, and this person says some real things that come from his heart—is this not progress? You suddenly discover someone performing their duty without saying a word, they are working conscientiously and doing things well, and everyone is satisfied with them—is this not progress? You suddenly discover someone who, when others judge him, he does not hate them, and when others reject him and call him names behind his back, he does not grow angry. He just focuses on contemplating God’s words, on performing his duty and on praying to God—is this not progress? You suddenly discover someone who is very decent and who always works conscientiously, or else they perform some duties, or they eat and drink God’s words, or they serve their brothers and sisters, or they go feel out a target to spread the gospel to, or they spread the gospel. They do nothing meaningless at all; they don’t go to the movies, they don’t associate with unbelievers, they don’t go shopping, they don’t wear nice clothes or makeup. It’s simple for them to handle external matters, they wear simple clothes, they keep their appearance simple, there are no trivialities in their life, and they spend more time in meetings, in fellowshiping about the truth with their brothers and sisters, in performing their duties and spreading the gospel—is this not progress? You see that they are doing fewer and fewer meaningless things and the empty or idle things they say become fewer and fewer—this is progress. And, moreover, when you see someone being very serious and shouldering the burden with spreading the gospel, fellowshiping about the truth and talking about knowing God’s work, and they speak very powerfully and God is with them, then is this not progress? When someone shoulders a burden, their expressions are different. Inside, they are considerate to God’s will and they satisfy God, their heart puts forth its strength, and what they say carries a different weight. If there is no place for God in someone’s heart, if they do not shoulder any burden of spreading the gospel, and they are muddleheaded and slipshod, then their spreading of the gospel will have no effect, and in their expressions of spreading the gospel they will not live out a normal human likeness, and will have no normal humanity. It will be as though they are not taking these things seriously and are constantly muddleheaded. Do people like this make progress? If they do not live out normal humanity or live out a true human likeness, then they will not progress. If you see someone of a young age, say in their twenties or thirties, and you see them performing their duty and talking in a very mature manner, as though they were in their forties or fifties, is this not progress? People must possess a normal human likeness, and be pure and innocent, but can one be seasoned and achieve inner maturity without the truth? Anything said by those who do not have the truth is empty and contains too many elements of untruth. Someone asks them, “What do you eat at home?” And how do they respond? Whatever unbelievers are most particular about eating, they just say it, they always big it up so as to make others look highly upon them, and they say offhandedly that they’ve eaten a good meal. Is this not a lie? If you miss one meal, or two meals, are you hungry? You stand there feeling empty, and say, “I’m not hungry,” when in fact your stomach is grumbling away. Is this not speaking falsely? To tell the truth, you would say: “I’m really hungry at the moment, but I can keep it under control for a while, it’s no problem. It should not affect fellowshiping about the truth or performing my duty. I’m a little hungry, but if I just wait a while, then it doesn’t matter.” You must speak the truth, and do not always say empty words. What problem does it show when everything you say is false or empty? It shows that you do not possess normal humanity. What you say must conform to reality, it must be realistic, and it must be true. What you say must be like what someone says who possesses normal humanity. When you take speaking and becoming an honest person seriously, and you take it seriously for a period of time, you will then see results, you will then see progress, and you will then see change. And when you take pursuing the truth seriously, you will achieve results every time you read God’s words. If you do not see results then do not stop and do not rest. When you achieve results, that’s great, and it just so happens that you will then feel tired and should then take a rest. By always accumulating in this way, you will gain some enlightenment and illumination every time you read God’s words and every time you eat and drink His words, you will derive some light from them through contemplation. No matter what duty you perform, you will be able to complete it every time with both feet planted firmly on the ground and by taking it one step at a time. Others will then see that your work really is completed, that it has been done well and that it has achieved results. If you are this serious in many things and you achieve results, then after a period of time you will be able to see that your life has progressed and that you are filled with faith. When someone’s thoughts, actions and mental state reach this realm, they will no longer feel their life to be empty, but instead will feel enriched. If you do not believe this, then when the day comes when you are living out a normal human likeness, you will then personally feel the joy of this realm, you will feel that being an honest person is so easy, speaking honestly is so easy, speaking falsely is so exhausting, and after speaking falsely you will feel pained and your conscience will be uneasy; the more you tell the truth, the happier you will be, and you will no longer be constrained by reputation, vanity or status—these things will not exist for you, and you will have only honesty, truth and normal humanity. In this way, you will live at ease in your heart and will live happily. Inside you, you will feel peace and joy, and you will enjoy conducting yourself as a person.

So what do you take care with every day? It is crucial to progress with pursuing the truth. Firstly, you must take care to keep advancing deeper into the truth, and contemplate the truth in your free time. You must take care to do this; it is highly beneficial for you. You fill your hearts with matters of the flesh, emotional matters, matrimonial matters and matters concerning your children, but it is pointless to fill your hearts with these things. They make you dejected, heart-broken and pained, and you consequently do not advance deeper into the truth, and you do not progress. Say for example you have now progressed to a certain level of a truth and have understood it to a certain stage. You must then keep a reckoning of this in your heart—this is being an honest person. You must keep a reckoning in your heart about what new light you have obtained, what old light you had previously, whether or not you have obtained any new light and whether or not you make any progress over a period of time. And you must contemplate your knowledge of God, and ask yourselves: “Have I deepened my knowledge of God over this period of time? Have I deepened my knowledge of God’s disposition? Have I deepened my knowledge of God’s almightiness and wisdom? How does God use the devil Satan to render the service when doing His work? Why does God test and refine me using all manner of people, matters, things and environments? What is the significance of this?” Contemplate these things in your free time, and after you’ve contemplated them for a while you will obtain new light, and then fellowship with brothers and sisters as soon as possible. The Holy Spirit will enlighten you through this fellowship, your knowledge of the truth will deepen and become systematic, and it will also become more complete. Then, after fellowshiping a couple more times, you can write the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment down in your diary, and can engrave your knowledge and your progress with this aspect of the truth on your heart. That’s great. If you keep a reckoning in your heart as to what level of understanding you have of each truth, what indicators you have achieved and whether or not you have made a breakthrough over a period of time then, in this way, you will see progress over this time period, and will see progress within three to five months. This is how you practice. This is one aspect, being that you must take entry into the truth seriously and you must apply some thought—it won’t do to be inattentive. Secondly, you must take care to know how to devote yourselves in your duty. Why do you need to do your duty? What is the significance of doing one’s duty? Why is it you could be slipshod previously when performing your duty? Why do you always feel wronged, feel you’ve suffered loss, feel that your duty is unsuitable, or always feel ill at ease? What thoughts, what conceptions are dominating you for you to give rise to these feelings? Contemplate these things thoroughly and then strive for the truth. At such time as you become most willing to do your duty, at such time as you do your duty without any thought of getting something in return, at such time as you do your duty without fear of suffering loss, and at such time as you feel uneasy when you are slipshod in your duty, and the more conscientiously you do your duty the happier you feel, then this is the time when you will be competently doing your duty, you will have progressed, and this will prove that your life disposition has changed. When you are able to pay the price when doing your duty, what does this show? It shows that you are not looking for anything in return and not haggling for remuneration, and it shows that you are being sincere toward God. Therefore, when you do your duty, you don’t care about paying any price, you don’t care about how doing your duty takes up so much of your time, and you don’t care about giving up your family or your household duties. You think, “By expending in this way, my heart is at peace and it feels at ease. I feel that my conscience is stirred toward God, I feel that I’m still a person and I still have this little bit of humanity.” When you come to this kind of understanding, is this not progress? This is progress. So when it comes to doing your duty, you should contemplate the truth in this way: “Why do people have to do their duty? Why does God require us to do our duty? Why, in our belief in God, can we gain God’s praise, obtain the work of the Holy Spirit and be blessed by God when we do our duty? What does it all mean?” And isn’t it ok when you’ve completely understood this truth through contemplation? If you never contemplate anything, then your heart will always harbor some individual conceptions about doing your duty, and you will think: “Will I be blessed by God by doing this? Am I fulfilling my obligations by doing this? If I am fulfilling my obligations but in the end I’m still not saved by God, then isn’t it superfluous to do this duty?” When you have these kinds of thoughts, it proves that you do not understand the truth about doing one’s duty and that you have not grasped God’s will, therefore you are able to produce these kinds of thoughts and conceptions. What problem is it when someone is slipshod in their duty, when they can make excuses to God, make bargains with God and feel that they suffer loss by doing their duty? Is it not that they do not understand the truth? When someone does not understand the truth and is unwilling to do their duty, they say: “Let me do some work for an official or for my top boss and then I can get some advantage. But who will be good to me when I do my own duty? What can I get in return?” They cannot see the significance of doing their duty, so they always feel as though they suffer loss by doing it, and therefore are unwilling to do it. This is the situation, right? Tell me from your hearts, does God know how much someone expends for Him in their duty? God scrutinizes all things. He knows every word you say in private and He knows everything you think while at home, and if your knowledge of God can reach this level, then you will have no problems with doing your duty. Some people don’t quite believe that God scrutinizes all things and that He knows the innermost heart of man, always thinking: “This is a doctrine. Is it true?” If you do not have this knowledge of God, then you have too little faith, such pitiful faith. So now, while you are determining whether the things God’s words reveal are the things in the deepest recesses of your heart, can God see you? He may not see you, but the Holy Spirit scrutinizes all things. Therefore, all of God’s words come from His Spirit, and only through experiencing God’s work can you see that His words expose the things in your innermost heart, the things you have never revealed, and even the things you have been unaware of and that you have only ever thought about in passing. Only then do you recall that you thought that way previously, or you had that idea before. Were it not for God revealing it, then you would completely forget about it. You may not be entirely clear about the things within your own marrow, but God reveals them all for you. His scrutiny of man is carried out to this extent. Therefore, by experiencing God’s work, you then see how almighty and how wise God is in both word and deed. You see that God truly does scrutinize your innermost heart and makes you fully convinced. At that time, you will no longer dare to be slipshod in work, and the moment the idea or the intention to be slipshod arises in you, you will hasten to pray before God, saying: “God, please be merciful. See how pitiful I am, still able to be slipshod in my work. I really must not be slipshod again.” People like this have some true knowledge of God, and so their faith becomes more and more real. And when they come to have true faith in God, they no longer dare be slipshod in their duties. The moment they are, they think, “God sees me, God scrutinizes me. This is awful! I must repent right away, and pray to God right away.” This is true faith. If they have no faith, they will think: “God doesn’t know what I think in my heart,” and so they won’t care. Whatever they think in their heart, they will likewise do, and they will never know to repent, never know to return before God and never know to pray to God. People like this do not have God in their hearts. Do those who have no place for God in their hearts have true faith in God? They have no true faith, so can the duties they perform conform to God’s will? They are without true faith, they are certainly slipshod in their duties and they do not take their duties seriously. They think, “That I can perform my duty is already pretty great, but I’m unwilling to do this duty, and I don’t know how many days I can persevere in doing this kind of duty.” This is what they say in their hearts. People like this don’t even have this tiny bit of faith and they perform their duties insincerely, so can their life dispositions change? Can they attain salvation? Will anything they do be remembered or blessed by God? They have no true faith, and without true faith they become self-righteous. Everything they do is based on their own thoughts and views, they do whatever they think is right, and when they see others performing their duties with devotion and having abandoned everything in their lives, they say: “These people are a bit silly. They are foolish in their belief in God and they are all simple-minded. Their faith will all be in vain in the end. I won’t believe like they do. If I believed like them, then I may as well go and make some money.” Are these not the words of an unbeliever? They acknowledge in their hearts that God exists, yet they have no faith in God. They force themselves to perform some small duty, and so that duty will certainly be done in a slipshod way, and it is impossible for them to stir up any sincerity. Because they think, “I haven’t seen God do anything and I haven’t seen His blessings,” they therefore perform their duties in this way, and yet they still think themselves to be wonderful and great. And if people like this do not pursue the truth either, can they persevere in performing their duty till the end? If they do not pursue the truth, then they will not persevere for long. With such little faith you are unable to perform your duty for long and are unable to store up many good deeds. Therefore, it won’t do to have no faith. So how then must you practice if you have true faith? You must pursue the truth and you must have true knowledge of God. When someone has some true knowledge of God, then their faith increases somewhat—knowledge increases one’s faith. Ultimately, when they come to have true knowledge of God, their faith then gets greater and greater. And when their faith is becoming greater and greater, they are then able to be devoted to God, they become capable of obeying God till death, and capable of giving up their lives and giving everything for God. People like this will certainly attain salvation and be perfected, and this is beyond all doubt. If you have no devotion in your duty, if you do not wish to be slipshod but are unable to achieve it, then is this not a serious problem? And if you continue to believe in this way and do not pursue the truth, and if you are forever unable to change this condition, then what will be your final end? Will you not suffer loss with your life entry? If you do not have the truth then you will be unable to stand firm, and you need not wonder what your final end will be. Some people do not understand what “If you do not have the truth then you will be unable to stand firm” means, and they ask: Why can’t someone stand firm if they do not have the truth? Some people say: “I’ve believed in God for over 20 years and have never turned back,” or they say, “I’ve believed in God for over 10 years and have not turned back.” No need to rush, for when the great disasters and great trials come, you will fall, and if you are without the truth, you will blame God and betray God. Some people have believed in God for over 30 years, and what are they like in the end after they are captured by the great red dragon? After one bout of torture and torment, those who have believed in God for 20 or 30 years are completely shattered in an instant, and they actually say they are not believers. Some people think that their own faith is great. Consequently, when they encounter an evil spirit’s work or words, and when the spirit utters a sound or a word, it’s very powerful, and when they see it they think: “Is this not God appearing? You see, they’re also talking about belief in God.” And so they believe that the moment the evil spirit says something about believing in God, that it is God appearing. If they talk about matters which concern the unbelievers, then they are not necessarily the real God, and so they follow them in their belief. What problem is it when they say that this is God appearing and they believe in this God? They are deceived. If you do not have the truth, then when one day an evil spirit works and shows some signs and wonders, then you will become entranced, you will confuse right and wrong and you will treat the evil spirit as if it were God. Can people like this stand firm? No, they cannot. They will be blown away by the tornado conjured by the evil spirit, and they will be shanghaied into its service. Some people, for example, say they have been good their entire lives and have never gone astray. Then one day they get caught up in the criminal underworld, they are unable to endure a bout of torture at the hands of these people, and so they join them just as fast as they are able. They have been good people all their lives and yet ultimately are shanghaied into the service of these people. They are unable to stand firm, right? Without the truth, people really cannot stand firm. Without having run up against anything or run up against any disaster, then people can talk casually; but when they run up against a great trial, a great disaster or a great temptation, they then go to pieces. Without any hardships at the moment, you think you are standing very securely. In fact, you are now like flowers in a greenhouse that cannot endure harsh wind and beating rain. So don’t think that because you have believed in God for many years that you will be able to stand firm, for when an antichrist comes to deceive you, saying they have been sent by the Holy Spirit, that they are the beloved son, the first-born son of God, and saying much more than this, you will see them as being real, you will believe in them and you will then follow them. What do you think of people like this? Have they betrayed God? Following an antichrist is a betrayal of God. Being deceived by the work of an evil spirit, believing in an evil spirit, regarding the evil spirit as the real God—all this is a betrayal of God. Those who betray God all lose, they all fall down, and they do not stand firm. Understand? All people in religion are without the truth, therefore there are so many in religion who are deceived by evil spirits, so many who have been possessed by demons, and so many who pursue being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. Therefore, all in religion who do not pursue the truth, along with those who do pursue the truth without gaining it, are all deceived. Only those who experience God’s work of the last days and who genuinely gain the truth cannot be deceived by Satan. There are now some people who cannot be deceived by the work of all manner of evil spirits. When they see one, they know them to be without the truth, and that they are an evil spirit, and they penetrate through to its true face; some false Christs and antichrists are unable to deceive others, and can only deceive new believers and those who do not understand the truth; some who specialize in preaching letters and doctrines and who are without reality are unable to deceive others. They may want to control others, but others do not suffer their restraints, they do not accept them and they do not acknowledge them. All manner of satanic fallacies and heresies that deceive people have no effect and are impotent on those who understand the truth. The moment these people see them, they know them to be fallacies, and they can then analyze and discern them. Can all the various satanic poisons, the satanic life philosophies, and the knowledge, the theories and the scientific conclusions of the unbelievers deceive those who understand the truth? No, they cannot. The moment they see these things, they know that they are not the truth, and they know them to be false. Only those who have genuinely gained the truth can stand firm; no one may deceive them and no one may knock them down. Therefore, is it still possible for those who have genuinely gained the truth to betray God? It is impossible for them to betray God. Only those who have genuinely gained the truth are the ones who will genuinely attain salvation and who genuinely know God. Those without the truth are all just refuse, they are all eliminated by God and in the end they will not stand firm.

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