1. Guo XX, male, aged 54, from Neixiang County, an elder of the Praise Church. In July 1998, when the end-time work of Almighty God was spread to Neixiang County, he spared no effort to resist it, and he took away from a sister a book of God’s word. On October 16, when the sister went to ask him for the book, it happened that he was having a meeting with more than forty of his co-workers. On seeing the sister, he took up the book of God’s word and condemned recklessly, “The words in this book are all heresies and evil spirits.” While saying this, he opened the book and raised it to let the sister see. The sister saw that there were many circles marked in the book and on each circle there was a “×”, and in some places this word was written: “I bind these words in the name of Jesus.” Holding the book, he said, “Such a book will be destroyed once it falls into my hand. No believer in Jesus is allowed to read it.” After saying this, he forced the sister down on her knees and shouted, “In the name of Jesus, I bind the evil spirit, the heretic….” His blasphemous words were intolerable to the ear. He also burned the book before all the people, and confined the sister in a room. After that, he sent all the co-workers to different places to seal the churches. One month later, Guo’s tracheitis recurred, and he had great difficulty in breathing and could not take food. On December 7, he met his death. This devil was finally cursed and died.
2. Wang X, male, aged 67, from Dengzhou City, a junior leader of the Local Church. In April 2000, someone preached to him God’s end-time work. After he heard it, because God’s work did not fit his notions, he concluded, “This way is not true! If it is true, let me receive punishment within one year.” Three months later, Wang really received retribution. He suddenly had a stroke and became hemiplegic. Now he depends on a wheelchair to move around. The punishment has come upon him, and his oath has been fulfilled. Is this way true or not? We wonder if he has come to a conclusion and made a choice? Continue reading
Zhao Xin Sichuan Province
From childhood, I lived in the mountain. I didn’t see much of the world or have higher expectations. After I got married and had children, both my sons were sensible and obedient and my husband was hardworking. Although our family wasn’t very well-off, we lived together harmoniously, feeling very happy and satisfied. In 1996, I suddenly had a serious illness, so I began to believe in Jesus. From then on, I often read the Bible and actively attended meetings. Unexpectedly, my illness got better gradually. Since then, I had greater faith in following Jesus.
Out of my expectation, in 1999, because of believing in Jesus, I was arrested by the police and was detained for a whole day. Moreover, I was fined 240 yuan. The money, though little, was a small fortune for us farmers living in the poor mountainous area. To scrape together enough for the fine, I sold one Chinese acre of peanuts that I worked hard to plant. What puzzled me more was that the CCP imposed on me a charge of “taking part in a counterrevolutionary organization,” and they threatened my whole family, saying that as long as I believed in God, my son wouldn’t be offered a job in the future even if he entered the university and graduated. Just because of that word, my husband, parents, relatives, and friends all began to attack me and persecute me. I became a guilty person in my family. They asked me to do all the hard and tiring work and I had to endure it silently. Continue reading
God’s incarnation shall embody God’s substance and expression.
And when He’s made flesh He’ll bring forth the work He’s been given
to express what He is, bring truth to all men,
give them life and show them the way.
Any flesh that doesn’t embed His substance surely is not God incarnate.
Confirm God’s flesh and the true way by His disposition, words and works.
Focus on His substance instead of His appearance.
It is ignorant and naive to focus on God’s external appearance.
The outward doesn’t determine the inward,
and God’s work does not conform to man’s conceptions. Continue reading
Question 5: Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:16: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God….” This shows that everything in the Bible is the word of God. But there are actually people who say that not everything in the Bible is the word of God. Isn’t this denying the Bible and deceiving people?
Answer: About the viewpoint “All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” we must understand the context in which Paul said these words. At the time Paul wrote letters to Timothy’s church there was only the Old Testament. The New Testament had not been formed yet and there were just dozens of epistles scattered around and kept by various churches. This shows that these words of Paul were referring to the Old Testament. The Israelites only regard the Old Testament as the Bible. The New Testament was not formed until after AD 300. Church leaders at the time held a meeting as they thought the last days were near, and that the utterances of Jesus and the epistles of the apostles should be brought together into a book, and distributed to the various churches like the Old Testament. Therefore, they compiled together the epistles written by Jesus’ apostles and disciples, and following research and confirmation, selected 27 books to become the New Testament, which was later combined with the Old Testament to become the complete Bible. This is how the New and Old Testaments were formed. Further, regarding the formation of the Bible, we must also understand just who wrote it and who recorded it. The Bible has several dozen authors, but none of them said the epistles they wrote were inspired by God. if God had said all scripture is given by inspiration of God, then God should have said it via prophets, but the books of prophets contain no such words. The Lord Jesus has also never said such words. The apostles have also never said the epistles they wrote and their testimonies were all inspired by God, and moreover they did not dare to say they were God’s words. This is fact! But later on, all believers in God think that all that God uttered is in the Bible, and that even though the New and Old Testament were written by men, they were both inspired by God. But have we ever thought about whether this conforms with the facts? Continue reading