By Enhui, Malaysia
I am an ordinary Christian and I have believed in the Lord for 28 years. When I first started believing in the Lord, I felt that the church was a pure place, a sanctified place in this evil age. I was very proud that I could separate myself from the world because of my belief in the Lord. However, good times didn’t last long. I gradually discovered that the pastors and elders followed the trends of the world. They sought fashion, lusted for money and struggled for position like worldly people, so no one obeyed God’s commandments or followed the Lord’s way. Believers often gossiped about others, judged others, blindly fabricated rumors, had jealous disputes with others and sowed dissension. They liked to vent their dissatisfactions on the Internet due to some trivial matters, which brought shame to. No one wished to be the light and the salt of the earth for the Lord and the church was full of sin. An unbelieving colleague of mine said to me, “Nowadays, Christians do things much worse than unbelievers.” The situation made me feel sorrowful and pained. I often thought: What’s wrong with the church nowadays? Why is it bereft of the blessings of the ? I not only don’t receive nurturing at gatherings, but hear or witness the darkness in the church, which makes me feel disheartened and lose all my hope about the church.
I searched the Internet for the supply of spiritual life. Thanks to God’s mercy, in May of 2016, I met Brother Zheng and his cousin on Facebook who bore witness to me about God’s work of judgment in the last days. Brother Zheng said, “Now, the age has changed, and the work of God has renewed, so has His name. In the Age of Kingdom, God no longer does His work under the name of the Lord Jesus but instead reveals Himself to man by the name of Almighty God, working and expressing His words—the truth.” What he said was incredible yet confusing to me. I thought: Why has the name of God changed? My notion emerged, but then I had a second thought: Man can’t fathom God’s work. Perhaps there are mysteries. Instead of holding on to my own conception, I should seek. So I asked, “Brother, please fellowship with me about why God changed His name.” He sent me one verse, “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name” (Revelation 3:12). He then sent me a passage of Almighty God’s words, “‘Jehovah’ represents the Age of Law, and is the honorific for the God worshiped by the people of Israel. ‘Jesus’ represents the Age of Grace, and is the name of the God of all those who were redeemed during the Age of Grace. … And so, when the final age—the age of the last days—arrives, My name shall change again. I shall not be called Jehovah, or Jesus, much less the Messiah, but shall be called the powerful Almighty God Himself, and under this name I shall bring the entire age to an end. I was once known as Jehovah. I was also called the Messiah, and people once called Me Jesus the Savior because they loved and respected Me. But today I am not the Jehovah or Jesus that people knew in times past—I am the God who has returned in the last days, the God who shall bring the age to an end. I am the God Himself that rises up at the ends of the earth, replete with My entire disposition, and full of authority, honor and glory” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’”). After reading these words, Brother Zheng fellowshiped, “The name of Almighty God is exactly the new name recorded in Revelation. God is the Creator, the Ruler of the universe. No one name can fully represent what God has and is. God changes names because of His work. He uses His name to initiate the age, end the age, and represent His work and the disposition He expresses in that age. For example, God used the name of the Lord Jesus to conclude the Age of Law and usher in the Age of Grace. This name represented God’s redemptive work and His disposition of love and mercy. In the last days, God ended the Age of Grace and brought the Age of Kingdom under the name of Almighty God. This name represents God’s work of judgment in the last days and the majesty, wrath, righteousness, and holiness of His disposition. It can be seen that God’s name is a mystery of great significance.”
Almighty God’s words solved my problems and made me finally understand that there is only one God. Jehovah, Jesus, and Almighty God are three names in different ages based on different work. No wonder God’s name recorded in the whole Old Testament is Jehovah, and God is called by the name Jesus in the entire New Testament, and God’s name is the Almighty, Almighty God, in Revelation which prophesies God’s work of judgment in the last days. Almighty God’s words disclosed the mysteries in theand made me understand the mystery and meaning of God’s name. I was very pleased.
Later, Brother Zheng read more of Almighty God’s words to me and communicated his knowledge of these words. I have understood that God incarnate expresses His words to do the work of judgment in order to allow us to realize and gain the truth, through which He leads us to know Him, His work, and His disposition so that we can thoroughly break away from the influence of Satan and return to God, no longer being bound or constrained by sin. Only after we experience God’s work of the last days can we cast off our sinful nature and attain the transformation of our disposition, being someone who is in line withand completely gained by God. What’s more, I have also understood why the churches are dark, desolate, and full of sin. One aspect is that God has done a new work and the Holy Spirit is not working in the churches of the Age of Grace. The churches have subsequently become wastelands. People have lost confidence, no longer seek the light but wallow in the same filth as Satan and live in insouciant sin. Another aspect is that the pastors and elders don’t lead people to walk in the way of the Lord or abide by His commandments, leading to their loathing and rejection by God and the churches’ loss of God’s care and protection. It is just as the Lord Jesus prophesied, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). Thanks be to God! My doubts are resolved in The Church of Almighty God. I believed that the words of Almighty God are the truth and I have recognized that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus I have longed for. He has returned to flesh on earth and done the work of judgment and purification. Thus I accepted God’s work in the last days happily.
Within the first week of engaging with Almighty God’s words, I longed for them a lot. So I made an investigation through the official website of The Church of Almighty God. There were many books, including Testimonies of Experiences About Life Entry (I). All of it documented the testimonies of life experiences from the brothers and sisters in The Church of Almighty God about how they achieved knowledge of their own corrupt substance and of God’s righteous disposition and how they stepped onto the path of casting off sin through accepting and submitting to God’s judgment and chastisement. It contained the way to get rid of sin. I read several pieces and felt they were greatly helpful and beneficial for me. This was a very good book and I wanted to buy it. I thought that it was available in our church. Then I called the bookstore in my church to inquire about the book. The clerk asked me who was the author of this book and I told her it was not written. After a while of searching, she didn’t found it and then said, “It is heresy, isn’t it?” After hearing this, I searched online by the key word heresy and saw that “Theis….” I started to have some doubts, for the ones who shared Almighty God’s kingdom with me were Chinese. On top of that I heard about cult occurrence in China during recent years. Various emerging denominations were also reported by the news media. So I harbored doubt toward The Church of Almighty God. At the same time, I remembered the Bible said that there shall arise false Christs and false prophets to deceive people in the last days. I wondered if I believed in the wrong way and I felt a little afraid. Thus, I had the thought of giving up believing in Almighty God because I was afraid of taking the wrong path. But on second thought I was reluctant to give up because Almighty God’s words are very practical and unlocked the mysteries of the Bible and gave us the path to follow. I was in agony on the inside because of my wavering mind. Amid my suffering, I prayed to the Lord, “O Lord. I have investigated the way of Eastern Lightning and think it is the true way and the words of Almighty God are the truth. Yet I am afraid of taking the wrong path due to the online words of attack, judgment, and condemnation. I don’t have discernment and I am at a loss now. May You lead me.”
After praying, I thought: No matter what, the thing I was faced with came from God. I didn’t see those things spread online with my own eyes. I should not listen to one side or fear being deceived. God’s sheep will surely recognize God’s voice. I will have verification in my spirit if they are God’s words. I must conduct a careful investigation. Then I continued to read Almighty God’s words. Once, I saw God’s words saying, “God become flesh is called, and so the Christ that can give people the truth is called God. There is nothing excessive about this, for He possesses the substance of God, and possesses God’s disposition, and wisdom in His work, that are unattainable by man. Those who call themselves Christ, yet cannot do the work of God, are frauds. … for although they claim to be Christ, they possess none of the substance of Christ. And so I say that the authenticity of Christ cannot be defined by man, but is answered and decided by God Himself” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of ”). “If, during the present day, there is to emerge a person who is able to display signs and wonders, and can cast out demons, and heal, and perform many miracles, and if this person claims that they are the coming of Jesus, then this would be the counterfeit of evil spirits, and their imitation of Jesus. Remember this! … Once each stage of His work has been completed, it is soon imitated by evil spirits, and after Satan begins to follow on the heels of God, God changes to a different method; once God has completed a stage of His work, it is imitated by evil spirits. You must be clear about these things” (“Knowing God’s Work Today”). God’s words made me remember Brother Zheng’s fellowship about the discernment between the true Christ and false ones. Christ is the incarnate God, and is God Himself. He can express the truth and God’s disposition, do the work of God and reveal the mysteries of God, whereas false Christs are the brood of Satan who are possessed by evil spirits and claim to be Christ. They can neither express the truth or God’s disposition nor do God’s work, much less reveal His mysteries. When false Christs appear, they can only imitate the work the Lord Jesus did in the past by performing some simple signs and wonders or healing and casting out demons. False Christs can’t change people but can only deceive them, making them become more and more darkened.
I have gained discernment of false Christs. But there was something I couldn’t figure out. There are many rumors and false testimonies of blasphemy and condemnation of Almighty God on the internet. Many Christians on Facebook who were incapable of differentiating also followed the trend of speaking the words that judged, attacked, and condemned Almighty God. God’s words are very real and truthful. Why did those people condemn them? The official website of The Church of Almighty God has abundant truths in various aspects which is completely positive and beneficial for man. However, why did those people speak the slanderous words of judgment at will? And why did they directly distort the truth and bear false witness without reading Almighty God’s words? These questions have been preying on my mind.
I often held these questions in my thoughts as I prayed to God. One day, I was reading “Fellowship and Preaching About Life Entry” and came across this passage: “When God comes to do His work, corrupt mankind refuses to accept it, fabricating various rumors in their utmost efforts to judge, deny and slander God’s work. Countless rumors and stories are made up to slander and judge the name of Almighty God and His Church, with the result that all the religious believers are deluded and the true believers in God are hindered from coming before Him. This is the fact of corrupt mankind resisting God. When God became flesh for the first time, He came to Judea, where believers in Judaism all believed in God. But after God incarnate began to do His work, all these believers condemned and resisted His work frenziedly. To what extent? They nailed the Lord Jesus to the cross alive. They would rather have a criminal released than not crucify Jesus. Seeing that God incarnate could express the truth to save mankind, they strongly opposed Him. They welcomed a criminal more than Christ. Such was the deed of a religious group, which represents the whole corrupt mankind’s resistance against God. Does man, corrupted by Satan, have any conscience and sense? They even crucified the Creator—the most lovely God who expressed the truth to save mankind. They racked their brains to fabricate various rumors and lies to deceive people, and they even tried to instigate the whole mankind to reject the work of God and expel the coming God. This is a typical case of corrupt mankind resisting God. Doesn’t the whole corrupt mankind treat God with the same attitude now? They do their utmost to resist, condemn, and expel God, and will not give up until they put God to death. They do not allow God to exist in the world.” Only after reading these words did I realize that we have been so deeply corrupted by Satan that we have lost conscience and sense. We humans don’t love the truth, positive things, nor do we welcome the coming of God, completely living under the domain of Satan and becoming the accomplices of Satan. Facing the arrival of God, many people don’t seek or investigate it but instead speak flippantly by judging and condemning it at will and do their utmost to banish God’s coming. Just as the Bible says, “And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:5), “This is an evil generation” (Luck 11:29), and “the whole world lies in wickedness” (1 John 5:19).
Thank God for leading me to seek the truth. I have understood how to distinguish the true Christ from the false ones and seen through to the essence of those people who didn’t investigate the truth but crafted rumors and bore false witnesses. Thank God for keeping me from being deceived so that I could come before Him. From that moment on, I lived in The Church of Almighty God, a large family, gathered in fellowship and performed duties with my brothers and sisters. We spare no effort in seeking the truth under the provision and watering of Almighty God’s words. We fellowship with each other about our experiences and knowledge. I am willing to open up to fellowship when I am met with difficulties and they help me by communicating God’s words, which makes me feel that brothers and sisters love each other like family without bias. I truly have enjoyed the happiness and sweetness I had never felt before, living with peace and joy every day. I am willing to consecrate my individual portion to God’s work in the last days so as to find the lost lambs which belong to God and fulfill my duty as one of God’s creations to satisfy Him, no longer whiling away my days but living a meaningful life to honor and be witness to God. Amen!
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