The Domestic War Caused by the Rumor Storm

The Domestic War Caused by the Rumor Storm

Yitan    Malaysia

When I was nine, my mother took me to believe in the Lord Jesus because of my illness. Before long, I was cured. At the age of twelve, I was baptized into the Lord. When eighteen, I began to study the Bible and perform a variety of services in the church. Later, I had the honor of becoming a preacher. As the Lord granted me abundant grace and blessings, I was deeply moved and decided to follow Him for my whole life. However, during the service, I saw that my co-workers vied against each other, excluded and belittled each other, had jealousy and strife, and even fabricated accusations to frame others. I felt very puzzled. In one church I served, two pastors competed against each other for position and resulted in the separation of the church. So, I left that church sadly. Later, I went to another church, where the pastor was against two chairmen and they undermined and disagreed with each other. Feeling helpless, I chose to leave again. Then, as I was envied and framed by others in another church and underwent all sufferings, I could do nothing but go away … I saw that the churches everywhere were filled with man’s will and with the flesh, and were in complete darkness, without the work of the Holy Spirit at all. I didn’t know where to go.

My situation lasted until December of 2016 when I knew Sister Zhang Hua and Sister Liu Yue on Facebook. They read Almighty God’s words to me, fellowshiped and testified about God’s work in the last days with me patiently many times, and talked about God’s will for me. Then, I knew that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus and then I accepted His work in the last days happily. Afterward, I felt the work of the Holy Spirit. While reading Almighty God’s words, I constantly received new light and new insight and understood the truth more and more. As a result, my original faith and love recovered. Through my engagement with the brothers and sisters in the Church of Almighty God, I found that among them there were no fleshly interactions, no jealousy and strife, no jostling, but help and spiritual sustenance. And they united in God’s words and testified about God’s work in the last days with one heart and one mind. I saw that it’s a true church and I was even more certain that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus.

After making certain about Almighty God’s work in the last days, in order to conveniently read God’s words and watch the Church’s gospel films, choir videos and so on, I installed the Church’s app on my cellphone. Then I started to read God’s words and listen to hymns with it every morning. When I was not busy with my business, I also listened to the recitals of God’s words and watched films and MVs. With the text to read, the videos to watch, and the audio to listen to, I was left with a deeper impression of God’s words, and could draw close to God at any time and any place. My brothers and sisters in the Church shared the same feeling with me. Through the rich content on the app, we could know God’s work in the last days and receive the supply of living water of life flowing from God’s throne. So, I introduced the app to my wife, hoping that she could learn more about Almighty God’s work through it and gain God’s salvation in the last days. However, later, when my wife talked about the Church of Almighty God with her Facebook friend, her friend sent her various rumors resisting and condemning the Church and even blaspheming Almighty God. My wife couldn’t discern them. Thus, she told the matter to the pastors and preachers in my original church. Against all expectations, the pastors and preachers didn’t investigate or ask me for any information about the Church of Almighty God but sent negative publicity to my wife. Failing to discern it, my wife began to have an objection to my belief in Almighty God and even said words of blasphemy, resistance, and condemnation according to the rumors.

I exhorted my wife, “Don’t listen to others before you make a personal investigation. Those rumors are used to frame the Church of Almighty God by some scheming people. They intend to hinder people from investigating the true way. It was not until I read Almighty God’s words and made certain that Almighty God is the incarnate God, is the returned Lord Jesus that I began to believe in Him. Almighty God’s words have corrected many of my former wrong views and wrong understandings of the Bible. And through the fellowship and testimony by the brothers and sisters of the Church of Almighty God I came to understand that Almighty God is the very Lord Jesus we’re expecting. Try to seek and investigate it.” However, regardless of how I tried to persuade my wife, blinded by the rumors and false testimonies completely, she was unwilling to investigate God’s work in the last days and even hindered me from attending meetings with my brothers and sisters. Later, not only did my wife argue with me, but also there were many problems emerging in my work. The business was bad and sometimes there was even no customer in a day, so I lost my job. Confronted with my wife’s objection and life’s hardships, I became weak and didn’t understand why these matters occurred. I really felt awful and distressed. Though I was out of work, I could find a new job. But if I was separated from my wife and kid, it would be hard to mend fences with them and our family would break up. I prayed for it before God every day, asking Him to lead me to understand His will. Through constant prayers, I believed that there was God’s will in everything and thus I became much stronger within. One day, I went to a park to calm down. There, I used the app to read God’s words, watch videos and listen to hymns. In the Daily Bread page of the app, I happened to see No. 51 in Answers to Questions on Gospel: “Why Are Some People Disturbed by Satan and Evil Spirits When They Just Accepted God’s Work in the Last Days?” As I was curious about its content, I clicked it and took a look. I read God’s words, “In every step of work that God does within people, externally it appears to be interactions between people, as if born of human arrangements, or from human interference. But behind the scenes, every step of work, and everything that happens, is a wager made by Satan before God, and requires people to stand firm in their testimony to God. Take when Job was tried, for example: Behind the scenes, Satan was making a bet with God, and what happened to Job was the deeds of men, and the interference of men. Behind every step that God does in you is Satan’s wager with God—behind it all is a battle. …When God and Satan do battle in the spiritual realm, how should you satisfy God, and how should you stand firm in your testimony to Him? You should know that everything that happens to you is a great trial and the time when God needs you to bear testimony” (“Only Loving God Is Truly Believing in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).

After I read Almighty God’s words, I understood that the matters I encountered were spiritual wars, Satan’s temptations, and God’s trials for me. Outwardly, my wife hindered me and didn’t allow me to believe in Almighty God. As there was no customer in the shop, I lost my job. Actually, all these were done by Satan. Satan used my wife’s disturbance and life’s hardships to make me negative and weak, so that I would deny God and be in enmity to God eventually. I believed that God was looking at me. And I was willing to follow the example of Job in seeking God’s will in the painful trials, rely on God to stand the testimony and allow God to gain the glory.

Then, I listened to the hymn of experience No. 12 “O God My Heart Already Belongs to You”: “O God! My heart loves You at all times. I feel my love today is even more real. Though I said I loved You, and I dedicated and gave up something, today I have just realized it was for my own sake. I really feel extreme remorse. God’s judgment, refinement, and chastisement are for purifying me, removing the mixtures in my love. O God! My heart loves You at all times. I have known Your righteous disposition. I have Your kind words kept in my heart. I will love You forever. O God! My heart loves You at all times. Your love is the breath of my life. In Your bosom of love, I have joy, laughter, and even more, the pain of refinement. I hate myself for failing Your love. My corrupt disposition is really hateful. Your righteousness is true and lovable. How could I leave You? …” This hymn made my mind dart back to the time when I believed in the Lord Jesus. At that time, I served the Lord full time. I thought my labor and work could deserve a crown of righteousness God prepared for me in the future. In retrospect, my effort and dedication were making a deal with God. There were simply too many impurities in my faith. I did not truly have faith in God, let alone love toward Him. God arranged such circumstances for me to test my faith and obedience, thereby removing the mixture in my faith. Satan tempted me, trying to destroy me with my wife’s attack and my work frustration and make me lose the faith in following Almighty God and betray Him. Through reading God’s words and listening to the hymn of experience, I understood God’s will and Satan’s contemptibleness. I was willing to stand the testimony in this spiritual struggle. Later, I passed through those difficult days by depending on God’s word.

After I regained my faith, I talked about God’s work in the last days and fellowshiped about God’s will with my wife again, telling her how to discern the rumors. Gradually, she was willing to listen to some of what I said and agreed to attend a fellowship given by the brothers and sisters of the Church of Almighty God. That night, two sisters and a brother of the Church testified about God’s work in the last days to my wife. In the process, she didn’t speak but I knew she was thinking and seeking. And I felt happy for her. The following day, given that she hadn’t relaxed for long and that she loved sea, I took her to the seaside. She really enjoyed herself there. She told me that she had prayed to the Lord Jesus and that she would make a close investigation of the Church. That day, our relations were restored. At night, we watched the gospel films of the Church and listened to hymns together. My wife was very delighted. I felt joyful all the more and rejoiced at her willingness to investigate God’s work in the last days.

After I got up the next morning, I went to our backyard to tidy up miscellaneous items. When I came back, I found my wife looked peaked and seemed to get ill. I asked her whether she was ill. She did not respond, but passed her cellphone to me fiercely. I took it and found it was a post blaspheming, resisting, and condemning Almighty God. I said, “Don’t read these negative publicity. In investigating God’s work, we should enter in from the positive aspect …” Before I finished my words, my wife said, “I don’t believe in the Church of Almighty God. There’re not just these materials about the Church. You’re wrong to believe in Almighty God….” Hearing her words, I knew that she was frightened by those false testimonies. I opened the app of the Church of Almighty God and wanted her to watch a gospel film but she refused and turned her back to me, without saying anything. I said that I would take a rest but she remained speechless. Afterward, I couldn’t fall asleep, so I turned the cellphone on to watch the films of the Church. But my wife gave me a punch suddenly and said some words of resistance and condemnation. What she did stunned me. I said, “What were you doing? Why did you beat me?” She slapped me across the face and threw my cellphone onto the floor. While yelling, she ran downstairs and told it to my father. My father held the same attitude with her. I suddenly realized that they had been deceived by the rumors to the extent that they had lost their sense. My father also believed those rumors and said words resisting Almighty God and asked me to go out. He opened the door and kicked me out of the house.

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