My Deceived Heart Has Been Awakened
I Finally Believed in the Lord After a Few Setbacks
I was born in a small city in northern China. In 2010, I came to Brazil from China with my relatives. I made friends with a here. He took me to a church to listen to sermons three times, but I did not hear. Later, I stopped going to church because I was busy with work. It was not until my friend took me to attend church again in June of 2015 that I gained some knowledge of the being the Redeemer through others’ sharing. Especially when I first read Genesis, I felt that the is really so wondrous. I learned from textbooks at school that man evolved from apes and that all things on earth took form on their own. Only after reading Genesis did I come to understand that humans and all things were made by God. I suddenly felt that I had been fooled for over 20 years and finally came to my senses at that point. Thereafter I believed in the Lord Jesus.
I Tasted the Lord Jesus’ Grace for the First Time
In late 2015, I returned to Brazil after five months in China. I decided to find a stable job and settle down. However, things backfired on me. I was frustrated with work and life, feeling upset and anxious. At night, I complained to my Christian friend on the phone. He said to me, “Calm down and to the Lord and see how the Lord arranges everything for you.” I then calmed my heart down to pray, “O Lord Jesus! I beg You to help me. I come across difficulties in work and I have no idea what to do. O Lord! I hope You can help me.” Against all expectations, four days later, my boss called me to return to work. I was very glad and I thanked the Lord Jesus for hearing my prayer. In later days, I received more grace from the Lord. In order to repay His love, I attended meetings every week and even asked for time off from work to perform service in the church.
A Video From the Church of Shook My Heart
From June of 2016 on, I not only attended gatherings in the church but also shared scriptures with my friends and browsed on Facebook to know more of the Lord. I added many friends. They shared scriptures with me whenever they had time, which made me profit greatly. One day, I saw a video on Facebook with the headline God Descends With Judgment, which suddenly caught my eye. I clicked it with curiosity. I never expected that it was a nicely photographed video, and a spectacular performance. The sonorous singing and the striking lyrics as well as the engaged performances attracted me. I took a close look and discovered that the video was from . I thought to myself: Everyone in the video is singing with their hearts and they seem to be offering this song up to God. The Church of Almighty God is really pretty good. This is the first time that I know this Church. I will learn more about it later.
To Distinguish Between Fact and Fiction
I sent the video to Sister Yang, who frequently shared scriptures with me on Facebook. She also felt good about it and wanted to learn more about the Church of Almighty God seriously. She found the Church very special and full of the work of the . Then, I shared the video on my timeline. I never expected that one friend would make derogatory remarks about the Church of Almighty God and send me a lot of negative publicity after he saw the video. I was thunderstruck when I saw the words blaspheming Almighty God and resisting and condemning the Church. I thought: This is a good church. Why are there many criticisms about it? When I clicked another video of the Church, it struck me that false Christs would appear during the last days. Then I thought: If I forsake the Lord Jesus’ way and go the wrong way, won’t it be all over for me? What’s more, the flesh of the Lord Jesus was male, while the Church of Almighty God says in the last days is female. How could it be possible? It appears that the issue could not be ignored. I’d better stop watching the video. Then I urgently informed Sister Yang about it. She said, “We shouldn’t establish fact from fiction based on one-sided statements, which is not in accordance with the teachings of the Lord. We are all expecting the Lord’s return when believing in Him. Now some people are preaching the coming of the Lord. We must investigate it instead of blindly condemning and resisting it. We’d better find the people of the Church of Almighty God to make an investigation.” I thought: What Sister Yang said makes sense. It is indeed my first time to hear the of the Lord’s return. I don’t know whether the words on the Internet are true or not. I think the videos and movies made by the Church of Almighty God are pretty good. I should get the facts straight. It is rational to treat the Lord’s return in this way. Thus I promised Sister Yang to investigate the Church of Almighty God with her.
I Understood the True Meaning of the Appearance of False Christs During the Last Days
Sister Yang reached a brother from the Church of Almighty God in North America, Zhang Xiangyang. After exchanging greetings, Sister Yang and I asked the same question, “We all know that the Lord will come again in the last days. But it is recorded in the , ‘Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect’ (Matthew 24:23-24). Please share your understandings of the issue that false Christs will appear to deceive people in the last days.”
Brother Zhang said, “The Lord Jesus spoke those words to admonish us to gain discernment about the appearance of false Christs when He comes to earth during the last days. His purpose is not to allow us to reject all news preaching the Lord has returned or that Christ has appeared without exception, let alone to judge or condemn it. From the words of the Lord Jesus we can see that the defining features of false Christs are to work wonders, to perform miracles and to heal and cast out demons. Almighty have clearly stated the manifestations of false Christs. He says, ‘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! God does not repeat the same work. Jesus’ stage of work has already been completed, and God will never again undertake that stage of work. … Thus, God carries out one stage of work in every age. 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’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From God’s words, we know that those false Christs follow on the heels of the true Christ to imitate His work and can never bring forth new work. So they can only imitate the work the Lord Jesus did in the past. There are some who are possessed by evil spirits and claim to be the second coming of the Lord Jesus, to be Christ; they also heal and cast out demons, perform miracles and spread the way of repentance and forgiveness. They are false Christs, which is totally correct. This is because God’s work is always new and never old and He comes not to repeat the old work in the past. For example, when the Lord Jesus came to work, He concluded the Age of Law and ushered in the Age of Grace. He didn’t repeat the work of decreeing the laws and leading man in their lives done by Jehovah God. Rather, He did the work of redemption upon the foundation of the work in the Age of Law. The Lord Jesus brought man the way of repentance and forgiveness. As long as man came before Him to confess his sins and repent, God would forgive his sins and not remember his transgressions, and then he would be qualified to enjoy God’s abundant grace and blessings. This was a new work and couldn’t be done by any man. Likewise, the return of the Lord Jesus in the last days—Almighty God—has brought the Age of Grace to an end and begun the Age of Kingdom. He does not repeat the work of redemption done by the Lord Jesus. Rather, He has expressed the truth and done the work of judging and purifying man based upon the foundation of the redemptive work. As long as we accept and obey the judgment of God’s words, we can understand and gain the truth, break free of our corrupt disposition, and no longer commit sins to rebel against or resist God, becoming ones who possess truth and humanity. So that we can be brought into God’s kingdom and inherit His promises. All the work is new and any false Christ cannot do it.”
I reaped great benefits from Brother Zhang’s fellowship. He drove the point home that false Christs can only repeat the old work done by God previously and cannot bring man new paths or carry out new work. His fellowship also made me fully understand the true meaning of what the Lord , “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” It turned out that false Christs could only perform some signs and wonders and heal and drive out demons to deceive man. Sister Yang also said she gained a lot. Therefore, we made an appointment to go on listening to Brother Zhang’s fellowship the following evening.
I Blocked the Brother and Sister Because Rumors Entered My Mind Again
I thought Brother Zhang of the Church of Almighty God gave a good fellowship, but I still had some misgivings because of the online rumors. I went back to my church and asked an old brother if he had heard of the Church of Almighty God. He told me that our pastor asked us to keep away from the Church and repeated some words of our pastor to judge, attack and condemn Almighty God. I quickly told Sister Yang that the Church of Almighty God couldn’t be contacted and urged her never again to get in touch with it. However, she seemed to be determined to investigate the Church and said, “I will follow the Lamb wherever He goes.” When my persuasion was in vain, I blocked her and Brother Zhang on Facebook and stopped my contact with them.
I Was Deeply Moved While Watching Another Video
However, soon afterward, I did zero business, having nothing to do all day but cook. Moreover, my sleep became poor. I watched movies on YouTube when I was idle. Curiously, there would appear many movies, MVs, choir videos and so on from the Church of Almighty God whenever I opened YouTube. I thought: The videos of the Church are springing up and it’s different from what the rumors say. What is of God will increase. Could it be that the Church of Almighty God is from God? Brother Zhang’s fellowship last time was in line with the truth. Perhaps I should learn more about the Church of Almighty God rather than listen to others and condemn it. But I shrank back as soon as I thought of the online condemnation and the pastor’s warning that we must not contact the Church. So I searched for other videos on YouTube, but the videos of the Church of Almighty God were always there no matter how I searched. That made me feel frustration. In the end, my curiosity was aroused. I thought: No matter what was put on the websites or what the pastor said, I cannot rely solely on those words in finding the truth. I’d better make an investigation for myself. I believe the Lord will be with me and enlighten me. After thinking of it, I clicked the video God’s Call | Musical Drama “Chinese Choir Episode 9.” It was a portrait of today’s society and the very picture of our life, so practical and real.
I was attracted and empathized with it. I cried and smiled along with the plot development of the video, deeply moved and inspired with a desire to see all the videos of the Church of Almighty God at once. From that time on, I watched the videos of the Church every day and finished watching all the Chinese choir videos from episode one to seventeen in one week. The more I watched them, the better I felt about them. It seemed that a power within was urging me to watch the videos and investigate the Church of Almighty God. I thought to myself: I’ve seen so many videos. No word in them is negative but all is positive. Some reveal the darkness of the world, and some bear witness to God and guide people to return to God. They are untainted by fleshly things or worldly things. The Church of Almighty God is nothing like what the rumors say. It is very pure and worthy of my investigation.