Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Oh, you're up. You're up early today. Yep, it's time for the election again. All the co-workers are meeting for it today. I wanna get there early. Time flies, doesn't it? You've been a church leader for a whole year. Yeah, you're right. You know, this past year, I haven't done much practical work. I realize now that you can't resolve problems without the reality of truth. I'm not so sure whether I'll get reelected. You worked really hard this year, and you've accomplished some things in your duty. You don't need to worry about it. Guess we'll find out. No matter what happens, I'll pursue the truth and do my duty. Mom. Tell grandpa it's breakfast time. Grandpa, breakfast. Xiaoxue, I'll need your help at the shop today. Hey, where are you going? You from around here? I live just east of the city. What's your business here? Uh, I'm just going to my uncle's house up ahead. Yes, we have watches set up at every alley. I'll call you back. Hey! Mrs. Wu, how's your back today? Oh better. Director Ma. Hello Mrs. Wu, who is this? She's new here. This is Miss Zhou. My back's been acting up again. She's my acupuncturist. Yep! Acupuncture? That's right. I'm an acupuncturist. It can treat many conditions, like stiff neck, back pain, or the after-effects of strokes. Yes. She's very good. Hey, since you two seem to know each other, I make house calls if you're interested. - My rates are low, and I can guarantee— - Eh, no, no. I'm in perfect health. Right then. Carry on. Hello? Yes, I'll be there soon. - Here. I'll be out watching. - Great. It's time for our election. Picking the right church leaders is of the utmost importance. Right. Someone who loves the truth and has good humanity can guide us in entering the reality of the truth. Picking someone who lacks the truth would harm us irreparably. Yes. We must fellowship on the election principles first, so everyone has discernment and insight, and can vote according to the principles. That's the way to choose good leaders. Right. The church has exposed false leaders and antichrists before. We've all seen this happen, and we've learned since then. We know that false leaders and antichrists can't do practical work. They deceptively spout doctrine to show off, and they delay the life entry of brothers and sisters, which really harms them. - That's right. - Yes. Those false leaders and antichrists were only able to become leaders because we didn't vote based on principles. We relied on our own ideas and imaginations, which harmed everyone in the church. Yeah. But now we've learned our lesson already, so we need to vote well. If we betray these principles and vote based on feelings, we'll resist God and harm His chosen people. You're right. It's important to fellowship clearly on these principles. We need to seek the truth and fellowship clearly. I've been thinking about this election. Both of our church leaders have strong points. Sister Xu has practical fellowship and can resolve problems. Sister Zhou's new and doesn't have as much experience but she seems good, fellowships the truth well, and is responsible in her duties. I think they're still the best choice. I too have thought about it. They're both good choices. There's no doubt. If there's a better candidate, I don't know who it is. Same. Sister Wu. The gathering's done? I'll go look. Great. Freeze! Get back here, dammit! Get her! She went that way! Go! Don't let the believer get away! Just one seat left. Once we're full, we leave! Hurry! I don't see her. Check over there. What do you want? Is Qingyu home? Hey, who's there? Qingyu. Sister Yang? Come in. Come quickly. We were in a gathering when the police showed up. If our lookout hadn't sounded the alarm, we all would've been arrested. Thanks to God's protection. Luckily, I found your house. You'll be safe in here. Let me know if you need anything. - Qingyu. - Yeah? The CCP has been going crazy arresting believers. If you protect a fugitive, then you're just asking for trouble. If they find her, you'll both go to jail. Wouldn't that destroy our family? But don't you always say we should do good things for others? The CCP's targets these days aren't criminals, they're believers. We should protect them. It's a good deed, something blessed by God. Dad, Qingyu is right. The CCP hunts down believers like they're criminals. It's terrible. God commends us when we receive and protect these brothers and sisters. You should support her. So you're saying Sister Yang's gathering got reported? That's right. Thanks. The police are looking for her so she can't go home yet. But wait. Your father-in-law isn't a believer, and you're quite busy. Maybe she shouldn't stay at your place. We should find somewhere else for her. Then where do you think she should stay? How about with me? I haven't believed long, and I'm not known. She should be safe here. Sounds like a plan. Let's have her attend gatherings here. I have gone to a few gatherings with her. She always fellowshiped practically. How about we have her lead some small groups? Sounds good. Today, let's fellowship on our elections. Don't be afraid to ask any questions. I have a question actually. I know that we should choose leaders who love the truth and possess its reality, because that's the only way to lead us into the truth. But how do we know who has the reality of the truth? I'm not very clear on that right now. For example, some people can work, preach, expend themselves, pay a price in their duties, and support their brothers and sisters. Is that having the reality of the truth? Right. When it comes to this subject, we've fellowshiped a lot, but when something comes up, I don't have much discernment. I see some people have good caliber and grasp the truth quickly, they fellowship well with good understanding, and I think that they understand the truth and have its reality. Is that the right way to look at it? That's a good question. It is. We need to fellowship on it. God's word is very clear on the subject. Let's read some so we'll understand. Okay. God's words make it very clear. A person being eloquent doesn't mean they have the reality of the truth nor does it matter if they can suffer for their duty. What matters is if they can practice the truth, and if they live by God's words. That's what really matters. - Amen. - That's right. Some have good caliber. Their fellowship on God's words is helpful and illuminating for other people. But if they lack experience and practice, and just do what they want when something comes up, anything they say will be empty and also impractical. They won't be able to tell you the essence of the truth, because they haven't practiced it. Right. Can a believer who doesn't practice the truth enter into the reality of the truth? - I don't think so. - Definitely not. Exactly. You can tell someone has the reality of the truth if they practice it, if their words and deeds are principled, and if they can uphold the truth and protect the church work when things happen, and if they're loyal to God in their duties. Someone like that has the reality of the truth. That makes a lot of sense. Someone who doesn't practice the truth can't enter into its reality. When I was just starting out, I didn't understand a lot. I listened to pastors and elders explain the Bible, so all I got was some Bible knowledge. I didn't know about the reality of the truth. All I did was pray to the Lord to take me to the kingdom of heaven. It's pretty pathetic when you think about it. Accepting Almighty God's work of the last days, and experiencing the judgment of God's word helped me understand the truth, and see that I'd been corrupted by Satan, that I was arrogant and even selfish. I would lie and cheat to protect my interests, and I appeared to work hard but all I really wanted was the kingdom's blessings. Was I acting like a human really should? Then I began to loathe myself, deliberately forsaking myself and practicing the truth when things happened. Finally, I had some submission to God. And now, though I've changed a little, I still spout doctrine without much reality. I now realize without experiencing the judgment in God's words, we can't know our own satanic nature nor can we ever practice the truth. With that, how could we have the reality of the truth? Could we be worthy of God's kingdom? You're absolutely right. I was mired in religion for most of my life. I never understood the truth. I blindly trusted pastors. I thought since they knew about the Bible, they had the reality of the truth. Yes. And what came of that? Almighty God expressed so much truth, but they never sought to hear God's voice. They condemned and blasphemed Almighty God, and kept us from seeking the true way. They almost had me deceived. These pastors and elders lacked all reality of the truth. The whole lot of them are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites. - Exactly. - That's right. I realized whether you have reality, it's not based on the things you say but how you live. When things happen, someone who can practice the truth, resolve problems with the truth, and help others understand and obey God's will, is someone with the reality of the truth. Yes. When God's work isn't like human notions or when we face refinement, our behavior is what reveals whether or not we have the reality of the truth. - Yeah. - Yes. This reminds me years ago, I was elected as a church leader. I felt it was God exalting me. I was passionate about the job and was willing to suffer. In gatherings, I'd share my own understanding of God's words. I thought I knew the truth and possessed its reality. I thought I was loyal and obedient. I thought a lot of myself. I became arrogant then stubborn and reckless. I wouldn't listen to anything my brothers and sisters said, so I was removed from my job.