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  • Ah! Brother Yang, this is quite a well-hidden cave you've found here.

  • Yes. Thanks be to the Lord!

  • This is all part of the Lord's plan.

  • Brother Yu, try this. See if it lights. That raid of our meeting was really a close one!

  • Ah! It lights!

  • Had it not been for the Lord's protection, we'd have been captured!

  • The CCP government is so evil!

  • They're forcing us to resort to new methods each time we want to meet.

  • It's true.

  • The pastors and elders are cooperating with them to capture us all.

  • They don't want us to believe in Almighty God, there is no way! (Indeed.)

  • Hey! Brother Yu, Brother Zhao,

  • when we last met,

  • we mentioned the questions of what it means to have true faith in God

  • and how we can gain His approval.

  • We didn't have time to fully discuss these

  • because the CCP came and broke up our meeting. (Exactly.)

  • Today, please talk to us about those questions. (Okay.)

  • Indeed, please discuss them with us.

  • Thanks be to God!

  • What does it mean to have true faith in God,

  • and how can our faith gain His approval?

  • This question is essential.

  • Absolutely. Yes, indeed.

  • This directly relates to whether our belief in God

  • can earn us salvation and allow us to enter His kingdom.

  • Yes, indeed. All they say is true. Yes.

  • Before, in our faith we only focused on working for the Lord

  • so we could enter His kingdom and be rewarded when He returned. (Yes.)

  • Now everyone realizes that this is the wrong path of faith.

  • Right. Yes, we do.

  • The religious community does not know what true faith in God is,

  • nor how to believe in God to gain His approval.

  • None know how to answer these questions.

  • That's right. Yes.

  • All mysteries of truth and faith

  • have been revealed by Almighty God, Christ of the last days.

  • Almighty God speaks clearly about the question what's true faith in God.

  • Let's read from the words of Almighty God. (OK!)

  • Please turn to page 1.

  • Belief in God isn't that simple.

  • Please turn to page 775.

  • I will read it. (Good.)

  • That's great. Fantastic.

  • We just read the words of Almighty God.

  • Now that you've heard them, how do you feel?

  • Fantastic! I feel enlightened!

  • The words of Almighty God clearly speak the truth of faith in God.

  • Yes, it's true.

  • What I've heard really is convincing! (Praise God.)

  • I've believed for over 20 years,

  • but I still do not know what true faith in God is.

  • Now that we've read Almighty God's words,

  • we understand what faith in God is.

  • This is just wonderful!

  • The words of Almighty God really are the truth!

  • No wonder so many believe in Almighty God after they hear His words.

  • Yes, I agree.

  • Almighty God's revealed the truth and mysteries of faith in God.

  • So do you all understand this now?

  • Yes. We do understand.

  • Many believe in God but still don't understand what true faith in God is,

  • they still do not know God nor His work.

  • This is a muddled kind of faith,

  • a faith that will never earn God's praise.

  • Indeed. It's true.

  • Almighty God clearly specifies what true faith is:

  • Amen. It truly is. This is great.

  • Almighty God speaks very clearly about real faith! (Yes.)

  • People who believe in God should believe in God's words,

  • that is, they should practice His words and experience His work.

  • This is how they'll truly understand truth,

  • and how they will really know God. (Yes.)

  • Now this is real faith in God.

  • Amen! Thanks be to God!

  • When they explain it, we understand. (Indeed.)

  • In the religious community,

  • we focus on suffering and working for the Lord

  • and not on practicing or experiencing His words.

  • Therefore, no matter how long we believe in God,

  • we won't understand truth or know God.

  • If we believe in God like this, how can God acknowledge us!

  • That's true.

  • What did the Lord Jesus say next?

  • Amen!

  • This shows we believers sacrifice for the Lord according to our own will,

  • we don't practice or experience His words.

  • Faith like this does not obtain God's approval and is condemned by God.

  • Yes. Indeed.

  • Back then, though I believed in the Lord Jesus,

  • I didn't try to practice or experience the words of the Lord;

  • I'd only repent after I sinned then beg Him for forgiveness.

  • When in trouble, I prayed to the Lord, asking Him for help.

  • I thought as long as I memorized a few Bible passages,

  • kept the words of the Bible, and followed the rules,

  • I was believing in the Lord.

  • I thought if I just zealously sacrificed and worked for the Lord,

  • I was believing in the Lord well.

  • I thought I loved the Lord and was loyal to Him.

  • I thought when the Lord returned,

  • I'd definitely enter His kingdom.

  • This continued until I accepted Almighty God's work in the last days

  • and saw what He says,

  • Almighty God here reveals the essence of men:

  • They believe in Him to receive blessings.

  • That is they want to make a deal with Him.

  • In time I realized that my motives for my faith were all too impure.

  • I was seeking blessings, grace, rewards,

  • and the rapture into the kingdom of heaven.

  • As long as I could enjoy the blessings of the kingdom of heaven,

  • I would bear any suffering and pay any price,

  • but I didn't practice and experience the Lord's words nor try to know God.

  • So as a result,

  • my life had nothing to do with the truth contained in God's words.

  • I'd believed for years but hadn't the slightest knowledge of the Lord.

  • Yet I thought my faith could obtain the Lord's praise,

  • and that when He returned, I would be lifted into the kingdom of heaven.

  • I was shameless and ignorant.

  • God was incarnated twice to carry out the work of redeeming and saving humanity.

  • He did this to give the truth to mankind.

  • This will allow them to accept God's words as their life,

  • freeing them from the bondage of sin

  • and making them obedient to God. (Amen!)

  • I did not understand God's will;

  • I didn't pursue truth nor seek knowledge of God.

  • I singularly pursued grace and sought rewards.

  • Even if I sacrificed,

  • it would've been only in exchange for the blessings of the kingdom of heaven.

  • How was I believing in God?

  • How was I loving and faithful to God?

  • Clearly, I was trying to make a deal with God;

  • I was trying to use Him and to trick Him.

  • In the judgment of Almighty God's words,

  • I've seen just how deeply I've been corrupted by Satan.

  • I was selfish and crafty. I lacked humanity.

  • I was a despicable villain, only looking out for myself.

  • I wasn't fit to live before God.

  • God's the Creator of all things. Man is His creation.

  • Man should believe in and sacrifice everything for God.

  • That's our responsibility and duty as a created being. (Amen!)

  • Yet I lacked any reason or conscience.

  • When I sacrificed or suffered, it was to make a deal.

  • I wanted God's compensation and blessings.

  • How could my faith through which I tried to trick God not incur His hatred and His loathing?

  • How could God possibly allow a satanic creature like I was to enter His kingdom?

  • Finally, I knelt before God and prayed in true repentance.

  • No matter how God deals with me,

  • no matter what my final outcome will be,

  • I'll willingly obey God's arrangement.

  • Amen! Thanks be to God!

  • Even if I just give service to God, I will pursue the truth.

  • I will do my duty as His creation.

  • Amen!

  • By going through Almighty God's many judgments, chastisements, trials and refinements,

  • my viewpoint of faith in Him has changed.

  • I've started to pursue and practice the truth.

  • At last, I'm on the right track of faith for salvation.

  • Praise God. Great.

  • This is the result of experiencing Almighty God's judgment in the last days! (Amen!)

  • Thank Almighty God for saving me! (Amen!)

  • Praise God!

  • Listen to their experience and knowledge of faith in God.

  • That's what it means to practice God's words and experience His work. (Yes.)

  • Look at how we practiced our faith, how we prayed,

  • how we read the Bible, and how we sacrificed and labored for Him.

  • It was all for rewards and entrance to the heavenly kingdom. (Yes.)

  • We didn't grasp what it meant to practice the Lord's words and experience His work.

  • This clearly isn't true faith in God, it's actually just a muddled faith!

  • That's correct.

  • We in the religious community do believe in the Lord but just keep His name.

  • We just keep the name the Lord Jesus,

  • but we do not search for the truth or accept the return of the Lord Jesus.

  • If we believed like this for 100 years, we couldn't cast off our sin and be cleansed.

  • Right. It's true.

  • When it comes down to it, aren't we just like Satan, remaining unchanged?

  • How can we make it to the kingdom of heaven? (Yes!)

  • This is true.

  • Having gone through the judgment of Almighty God in the last days,

  • I've finally seen that I have been deeply corrupted by Satan;

  • I was too arrogant and lacked reason.

  • On the outside, I looked like I could spread the gospel,

  • do some work, endure suffering,

  • memorize a few passages of the Bible and talk about its words.

  • I thought that I knew God

  • and acted arrogantly and holier-than-thou.

  • In truth, I neither prayed nor searched for truth and principles.

  • I went about according to my own conceptions,

  • especially when it came to my treatment of the Lord's return.

  • I restricted God to the Bible based on my own conceptions.

  • I thought that all of God's words and work were in the Bible

  • and none of His words or work existed outside of it.

  • I stubbornly maintained that those who believe in the Lord must keep the Bible,

  • and that anyone who doesn't keep the Bible couldn't be called a believer in the Lord.

  • The result was

  • when Almighty God's work in the last days touched me,

  • I didn't seek or investigate.

  • I even followed pastors and elders in denying and judging it.

  • I was arrogant and lost all reason before God.

  • Could the way I behaved be called true faith in God?

  • No, it was simply evil!

  • How am I any different from the Pharisees that resisted the Lord Jesus?

  • I saw something Almighty God says,

  • Almighty God's words pricked my heart at that time.

  • His judgment revealed my nature: I believed in God but resisted Him.

  • I could feel God's wrath upon me.

  • I felt His righteous disposition which can't be offended.

  • I trembled with fear.

  • The shame of my evil deeds compelled me to kneel to the ground.

  • I've believed for years,

  • but how am I still so arrogant and so conceited?

  • Why do I still lack true reverence to God?

  • When God's work didn't match my conceptions,

  • I judged and denied it at will.

  • I did not search for the truth or obey God.

  • Am I not arrogant, someone who believes in God yet still resists Him?

  • My behavior offended God's disposition long ago.

  • If not for God's mercy and salvation,

  • I'd have been sent to hell long ago.

  • How could I have the chance to hear God's voice,

  • and accept His judgment and cleansing in the last days?

  • Thank God! Thank God for His mercy.

  • I felt that I really and truly had been saved by God!

  • Amen. Praise God!

  • This time, I hated and cursed myself more than before.

  • I resolved that

  • no matter how God judges or prunes, deals with, tests or refines me,

  • I'll accept it and obey Him.

  • Amen!

  • By often reading Almighty God's words

  • and experiencing His chastisement and judgment,

  • I now understand truths I previously didn't.

  • Thanks be to God.

  • More and more I understand my satanic nature of resisting and betraying God.

  • Thanks be to God.

  • I've gained some knowledge of God's holy essence and righteous disposition

  • which indeed allows no offense.

  • Praise God!

  • I've unconsciously developed a reverence of God and a thirst for the truth.

  • I keep a lower profile than I used to.

  • I'm not as arrogant and I'm not as conceited.

  • When confronted with trials,

  • I can deny myself consciously, search for truth, and practice truth.