What is the nature of the issue of believing the rumors of the CCP government and the religious world?

n the early 2018, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began to implement its new Regulations on Religious Affairs, thereby throwing a cloak of legitimacy over Xi Jinping’s “Sinicization of religion” policy. It also folded the State Administration for Religious Affairs into the CCP’s United Front Work Department to increase its control and suppression of religion, further laying bare the CCP’s evil attempts to completely ban religious beliefs and eradicate all religions in China. Its suppression and persecution of religious beliefs has been escalated to a political campaign, leading to a general deterioration in conditions for religion throughout China. More than a million Muslims in Xinjiang have been imprisoned in re-education camps; a large number of churches, mosques, Buddhist temples, Taoist temples and other religious sites have been destroyed, all religious activities of the house churches are banned, numerous numbers of Christians have been arrested and imprisoned and some of them have died or become disable as a result of beatings; even in the Three-Self churches, Christians are requested to hang the portraits of Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping, sing the national anthem and raise the national flag. Among all the persecuted religious groups, The Church of Almighty God (CAG) suffers the harshest persecution. According to incomplete statistics, in just 2018, at least 11,000 CAG Christians were arrested for engaging in church activities, and at least 20 died of persecution. In 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices published by the US Department of State, it was mentioned that Uyghurs, Falun Gong practitioners and members of The Church of Almighty God were subjected to systematic torture in China.

What is the nature of the issue of believing the rumors of the CCP government and the religious world?

Relevant Words of God:

Those who do not understand the truth always follow others: If people say that this is the work of the Holy Spirit, then you, too, say it is the work of the Holy Spirit; if people say it is the work of an evil spirit, then you, too, become doubtful, or also say it is the work of an evil spirit. You always parrot the words of others, and are incapable of distinguishing anything by yourself, nor are you able to think for yourself. This is someone without a position, who is unable to differentiate—such a person is a worthless wretch! You always repeat the words of others: Today it is said that this is the work of the Holy Spirit, but chances are one day someone will say it isn’t the work of the Holy Spirit, and nothing but the deeds of man—yet you can’t discern this, and when you witness it said by others, you say the same thing. It is actually the work of the Holy Spirit, but you say it is the work of man; have you not become one of those who blaspheme against the work of the Holy Spirit? In this, have you not opposed God because you cannot differentiate? Who knows, maybe one day some nitwit will appear who says that “this is the work of an evil spirit,” and when you hear these words you’ll be at a loss, and once again bound up by the words of others. Every time someone stirs up disturbance you’re incapable of standing by your position, and this is all because you do not possess the truth.

from “Only Those Who Know God and His Work Can Satisfy God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Those who shake their heads when they hear the truth, who smile widely when they hear talk of death, are all Satan’s offspring; they are all objects to be eliminated. There exist in the church a lot of people who have no discernment. When something deceptive occurs, they just stand by Satan’s side, and they even feel wronged when called Satan’s lackeys. And someone might say they have no discernment, but they always stand on the side without truth; there has not been a single critical time when they have stood on the side of truth, not a single time when they have stood up and argued for the truth—so are they really without discernment? Why do they always stand by Satan’s side? Why do they never say one word that is fair or reasonable in support of the truth? Has this situation genuinely arisen as a result of their momentary confusion? The less discernment people have, the less able they are to stand on the side of truth. What does this show? Does it not show that people without discernment love evil? Does it not show that they are the loyal offspring of Satan? Why is it that they are always able to stand on the side of Satan and speak its language? Their every word and deed, and their facial expressions, are enough to prove that they are not any kind of lovers of the truth; rather, they are people who detest the truth. That they can stand on the side of Satan is enough to prove that Satan really loves these petty devils who spend their lives fighting for Satan’s sake. Are all these facts not abundantly clear?

from “A Warning to Those Who Do Not Practice the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

What is the first reaction of some people when they hear some rumor or slander about God? Their first reaction is: I don’t know if this rumor is true or not, whether it exists or not, so I’ll wait and see. Then they start to ponder: There’s no way to verify this; does it exist? Is this rumor true or not? Though this person is not showing it on the surface, their heart has already started to doubt, already started to deny God. What is the essence of this kind of attitude, this kind of viewpoint? Is it not betrayal? Before they are faced with the matter, you can’t see what this person’s viewpoint is—it seems like they don’t conflict with God, like they don’t regard God as an enemy. However, as soon as they’re faced with it, they immediately stand with Satan and oppose God. What does this suggest? It suggests that man and God are opposed! It’s not that God regards man as an enemy, but that the very essence of man itself is hostile toward God. Regardless of how long someone follows God, how much they pay; regardless of how someone praises God, how they keep themselves from resisting God, even urging themselves to love God, they can never manage to treat God as God. Is this not determined by man’s essence? If you treat Him as God, you truly believe that He is God, can you still have any doubt toward Him? Can there still be any question marks concerning Him in your heart? There can’t. The trends of this world are so evil, this human race is so evil—how is it that you don’t have any conceptions about them? You yourself are so wicked—how is it that you don’t have any conceptions about that? Yet just a few rumors, some slander, can produce such big conceptions about God, can produce so many ideas, which shows just how immature your stature is! Just the “buzzing” of a few mosquitos, a few repulsive flies, that’s all it takes to deceive you? What kind of person is this?

from “How to Know God’s Disposition and the Result of His Work” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:

The great red dragon, the devil, is currently fabricating rumors, smearing, and saying a lot of hostile and blasphemous words against Christ. What’s your stance? Do you stand on the side of Christ and reject it, or do you accept the lies, the fallacies of the great red dragon, of Satan? If you have accepted the great red dragon’s nonsense and fallacies, and have developed some notions about Christ, what kind of problem is this? Is that kind of person compatible with Christ? (No.) What events exposed them as incompatible? Had the great red dragon not said these hostile, blasphemous and smearing words, these people would not have any notions. In that case, would they be compatible with Christ? They still wouldn’t be. The great red dragon is now saying these fallacious, hostile, smearing and blasphemous things against Christ, and they accept them. They have soaked up all those fallacies and have developed notions and resistance, and begun to deny Christ. What’s the problem here? Isn’t the nature of this much more serious than that of Eve accepting Satan’s nonsense? When Eve was deceived by Satan, it was because she did not have these books, these words of God on seeking the true way and distinguishing right from wrong; she had only heard one statement from God. The moment Satan came to test her, she fell for Satan’s trick, believing that what it said was correct and reasonable. So, she accepted its suggestion. But that is not the case in the last days. The great red dragon is none other than the ancient serpent, which has become the great red dragon in the last days. The great red dragon directly utters words that attack and blaspheme God. However much work God performs is however much the great red dragon resists, blasphemes and judges. From the creation of the world until now, the great red dragon’s nature has not changed, but has become worse. In the last days, man is able to accept the nonsense of the great red dragon, and then begins to doubt and judge Christ and develops one notion after another. What kind of problem is this? This sufficiently demonstrates that man does not love the truth. Since he does not love the truth, he does not believe God’s word. He loves evil and thus believes the great red dragon’s word. In the last days God has uttered so many words, a hundred times, ten thousand times more than the lies of the great red dragon, so why doesn’t man believe in any of God’s word? On the other hand, he accepts whatever nonsense that comes out of the great red dragon’s mouth. What is this all about? Doesn’t it expose man’s satanic nature that loves evil? He does not believe in the word of God because he loves evil.

Some say, “Don’t these people fall for the great red dragon’s tricks because they lack the truth and have no discernment?” Is this a valid statement? (It’s not.) Why not? Without the truth, why wouldn’t they just read God’s word to seek the truth? Why don’t they accept God’s word but only Satan’s? This exposes their evil nature. Their nature is evil. That’s why they believe in the nonsense of Satan instead of God’s word.

from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life, Volume 139

As for examining the true way, there are many people in the religious world who always listen to the great red dragon instead of reading the word of God. If you don’t read the word of God, how can you come to a conclusion on God’s work and appearance? Could it be that if you listen to the word of the great red dragon, it will bear witness for God to you? Do you believe that the great red dragon possesses the truth, that it is right? Can it bear witness for God or acknowledge God? Since the creation of the world, has there ever been a time when the devil Satan recognized God, a time when it recognized the word of God as the truth? Has Satan ever said anything like this? Look at the ruling parties in the world—does any one of them say that the word expressed by Almighty God is the truth and so the people of their entire country should accept this truth? Which ruling party has borne witness for God like this? What God has the great red dragon ever recognized as the true God? They can’t even see into what sort of thing the great red dragon is, yet they believe its words. According to the word of God, whoever believes the nonsense of the great red dragon is its filial progeny. If you believe the nonsense of the great red dragon, will God acknowledge you as a believer of His? He will absolutely not acknowledge the progeny of the great red dragon as those belonging to Him. God says you belong to the great red dragon—the great red dragon is your master, your god, and you are an evildoer. Therefore, of what ilk are those who develop notions about God from the words of the great red dragon? They are all the filial progeny, the devotees, the followers of the great red dragon. They are not fit to see Christ’s face! These people are certainly antichrists and resistors of God! There is not a single good person among those who believe the nonsense of the great red dragon!

from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life, Volume 139

Is judging God’s work and spreading notions about God a serious transgression? It is a transgression that violates administrative decrees—it is serious. Some people always brazenly want to research God and inquire everywhere into Christ’s address and Christ’s family. They also check on the websites of the great red dragon and religious websites specifically to inquire about what is going on with Christ, what is going on with the man whom the Holy Spirit uses, and always want to get involved with matters of God’s family. What kind of person is this? (A nonbeliever.) What else? This is called harboring sinister intentions! This person is evil and wicked—they are not someone who seeks the truth. Those who truly love and pursue the truth do not interfere in other people’s family matters, nor do they bother themselves with what the great red dragon says, or what kind of discussion or commentary there is. They do not inquire into these personal matters. Some people are always asking about these things. Is there some intention or purpose? What is it? What is their purpose in understanding this? They are researching “Are you really God or not? If you are not God, then I will not believe.” Or they will spread and disseminate your personal matters to get a hold on you. Isn’t this the purpose? Is this intention, this purpose not sinister and despicable? Does this offend God’s disposition? Is this a transgression? Will God hate such people? Would you hate it if people inquired about your private business? If someone truly loves the truth, then as soon as they see the words uttered by God and God’s work they can see that it is the incarnation of God. Then they can just pursue the truth well. Why is it that some people do not pursue the truth? Why are they always studying those matters? Can they grow in life by researching those things? Can they gain the truth? (They cannot.) Those kinds of people are really disgusting. In the words of nonbelievers, this person is a meddlesome, petty person. Once they have researched these things, can they still love God in their hearts? Can they still pursue the truth? The more they research, the more they doubt and the more they doubt, the more they see Him as unlike God. They will certainly ponder, “I have to find a chance to step back, but first I need to get something out of this. I can’t come out of this at a loss.” Is this not a nonbeliever revealing their true colors? Tell me, are the things that Satan and the great red dragon spread not slanderous, disparaging and defamatory? Can they evaluate people fairly? The devil will not evaluate people fairly. It always carries a defamatory and disparaging air to have others reject you. Some people say: “I will see what kind of person the man whom the Holy Spirit uses really is. Is he someone who pursues the truth? Is he someone who has had changes to his disposition? Do his words contain the reality of the truth? Can he lead me and provide me with sustenance? Can he be of benefit to my growth in life? If he possesses all of these things, then I see this person as being testified to by God and someone whom God raises up. That can’t be wrong, and then we shall submit. No matter how the great red dragon and the religious community slander and judge, I will accept this person’s leadership and shepherding.” How about this perspective? It is proper. Some people have eyes in their head but do not see these things; they just listen to the words of evil spirits, demons and Satan. Is this not evil? Isn’t this a transgression? Does it offend God’s disposition? Judging God is a serious transgression. If you intentionally judge God and do not repent and change, then the Holy Spirit will not work in you and you will not be perfected. Since you are God’s enemy, can God still perfect you? If you judge the man whom God testifies to (the one God uses), then this is also a violation of the administrative decrees. Do these two things count as major transgressions? (Yes, they do.) If you do not resolve these two types of transgressions, the consequences will be unimaginable. God defends His work. Once you violate God’s administrative decrees, the Holy Spirit will not work in you and God will hate you and be disgusted with you from His heart. This is God’s righteous disposition. God is a God who hates evil. If you have evilness within, if you are wicked, He will not do work in you; He will abandon you. If people are neither cold nor hot, but like lukewarm water, then God will spit them out of His mouth. What kind of water are you? You are sewage water, evil water, so God will certainly spit you out and eliminate you! If you do not repent transgressions that cause God to feel hatred, disgust and utter detest, isn’t that problematic? Can these transgressions send people to hell? This is a serious matter! Why are you always researching? Why do you believe in the lies of Satan and the great red dragon? Why do you not believe the word of God? This shows that people are evil, and such people can’t be saved by God.

from “Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word ‘Transgressions Will Take Man to Hell’” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life XIII

The name “Satan” is spoken of so often. But do you know what Satan is? Those able to fabricate all kinds of lies to attack God are Satan. If you can believe Satan’s lies and oppose God, does that make you Satan? This is a fact that most people cannot see clearly. Those who can believe Satan’s lies to be true and thus oppose God are also Satan. Only Satan would follow Satan, and Satans together form a gang. So, Satan is the one that most believes Satan. … What type of person most believes Satan’s words but does not believe God’s? They believe whatever Satan says and anything God says seems to be doctrine and high-sounding words. What kind of people are in this state? Those lacking a God-revering heart and who possess no truths whatsoever; they believe Satan. Their belief in negative things triumphs over their belief in positive things. Isn’t that the kind of person who will be exposed and eliminated?

from “Only Those Who Stand Witness Possess the Reality of the Truth” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life IX


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