The Aftermath of the Storm in My Family Caused by the Pastor (I)

By Linglin, Taiwan

“Mom, are you still meeting with people from Eastern Lightning online? The pastor has asked us to keep an eye on you, and if you have any contact with them again, we have to stop you!” As he said this, my son grabbed my tablet computer away from me.

At that moment, my husband, who had never touched alcohol in his life, unexpectedly lurched drunkenly from another room and, pointing at me, shouted: “Our son’s mother-in-law is a pastor and you have to listen to her. If she says you are not to have any contact with them, then that is what you will do! She said that if you keep believing in Eastern Lightning, then our church will not admit you anymore. You must listen to us on this. You are not allowed to meet with those Eastern Lightning people again!”

Ever since the pastor—my son’s mother-in-law—found out that I’d accepted God’s work of the last days, she had been inciting my husband and son to try and stop me, to force me to give up the true way. But I had already become sure that Almighty God was the Lord Jesus returned, so how could I give up my belief? And so, the family battles began …

The Pastor Comes to Disrupt Me From Welcoming the Lord’s Return

I should begin with what happened in March this year. One day, I met Sister Liu on Facebook, and she testified to me of God’s work of the last days. After several months of seeking and investigating, I came to understand such truths and mysteries as God’s six-thousand-year management plan, God’s three stages of work, God’s name, God’s incarnation, and mankind’s end destination. I therefore became certain that Almighty God, who had always been condemned by religious pastors, was the Lord Jesus returned. I felt a joy beyond all hope—I had believed in the Lord for almost 30 years, and I never thought that I’d be able to welcome the Lord’s return in my lifetime. God was showing me His kindness! Unable to contain the joy in my heart, I wished to get more brothers and sisters from my church to follow the footsteps of the Lamb, and so I told the glad tidings of the Lord’s return to Sister Ruan. I never imagined that, not only would she not accept it, but she would also tell the pastor—my son’s mother-in-law—about what I’d said. I was then in heaps of trouble …

One day, I was resting at home when the pastor rushed over with a deacon from the church. In a very threatening manner, she said, “I hear you are now a believer in Eastern Lightning, and are meeting with them?” I replied, “That’s right.” She went on, “You have been a deacon in our church for so long, how come you haven’t taken any stand? If you want to study the Bible or listen to sermons, then I can preach to you. If there is anything in the Bible you don’t understand, then just ask me. You mustn’t contact them again!” She then fired question after question at me and she made me feel somewhat nervous. What bad visitors they were! In my heart, I silently called out to God: “O God! Please calm my heart, give me wisdom and strength, give me the right words to say and enable me to stand witness for You!” After I’d prayed, my heart felt a little calmer, and I said to them, “Then let’s look into a few issues. What kind of person is able to get into the kingdom of heaven? How will God separate the goats from the sheep, and the good servants from the wicked servants in the last days? Why cannot unholy man see the face of God? How should man carry out the will of the heavenly Father? …” I asked several questions in quick succession which rendered the pastor speechless, and she just stood there looking awkward. I then fellowshiped with them my knowledge and understanding of these issues, and said, “The Lord Jesus said, ‘I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come’ (John 16:12–13). These two verses prophesied God’s work in the last days. Now, the last days have already arrived. God has incarnated once again, and has expressed millions of words and revealed all of the mysteries of God’s management of mankind. Those who truly believe in God in various religions and denominations all recognize after reading the words of God that they are the truth and the voice of God, and so have turned toward Him, one by one. The reason why I accepted the work of Almighty God in the last days is not because I was easily persuaded, rather, it’s because through the words of Almighty God, I believe with all my heart that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus, and that I am following the footsteps of the Lamb. If you were really taking responsibility for the spiritual lives of the brothers and sisters, you ought to have led the brothers and sisters to read God’s words and accept His work in the last days.” Afterward, the pastor had nothing to say, but stood looking very annoyed, and before long she stormed off in a huff. As she left, she warned me, saying that if I preached the gospel of Almighty God to brothers and sisters in the church again, she would stop me from serving in that church.

God or My Son—Who Would I Choose

Just a couple of days later, the pastor told my husband and my son about the fact that I’d accepted God’s work of the last days, and she spoke many groundless allegations to them and many things which blasphemed God. A storm then erupted in my family.

One day, I was attending a meeting online with people from Eastern Lightning in my home, when my son suddenly pushed open the door and came in. He yelled at me, shouting, “Mom! I hear you’ve accepted Eastern Lightning? I’m a deacon in the church, so tell me how I’m supposed to face the brothers and sisters there!” My husband, who was normally quiet, also chimed in from the sidelines, saying, “Our son is right! Don’t just think about yourself. Think of your son! Our whole church is now condemning The Church of Almighty God. How will our son face the brothers and sisters in our church in the future with you now believing in Almighty God? You’ll bring shame upon him!” The things my husband and my son said made me feel that I must choose between God and my son. If I took thought to my son’s prestige, then that would mean I wanted to give up my belief in Almighty God. Thinking this, I felt such distress, as though my heart had been pierced. I’d believed in the Lord for several decades, and it had been really hard, longing to see the Lord return in my lifetime. If I gave up my belief now, then I would lose my chance to attain salvation. A battle was raging in my heart and, in a moment of desperation, I prayed silently to God. Suddenly there came into my mind a fellowship which my brothers and sisters had given me before: Satan will never take it lying down when someone comes before God but will always use all manner of trickery and deceit to stop people from turning to God. Sometimes, it will cause illness to befall people, or will cause bad things to happen to one’s family members, and sometimes it will try and stop people by getting family members to coerce them and church pastors to attack them—in short, every person who comes before God must undergo a spiritual battle. I remembered a passage of God’s words that a sister had fellowshiped with me: “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.

The Aftermath of the Storm in My Family Caused by the Pastor (I)

I came to further understand from God’s words that, although it appeared on the outside that my son and my husband were opposed to my belief in God, it was actually that Satan was making a wager with God in the spiritual world, to see what I would choose. Satan wanted to use my feelings for my son to disturb me, to make me give God up and thereby lose my chance to be saved. Whereas God was using the accusations and harassment of Satan to test me, to see whether I could resist being constrained by these people and events, and follow Him with a true heart. I then felt that God was watching me, hoping that I would be able to stand firm in my testimony to Him. So I said steadfastly to my son and my husband, “I will follow Almighty God no matter what. This is my choice! You should also seek and investigate this way, and not resist or abandon God simply because you fear being mocked or slandered. Son, you are a deacon in the church, so even more so you should think about the lives of the brothers and sisters. You should lead them in seeking and investigating this way. If you would only read the words of Almighty God, you would know that the Lord has returned already!” Unexpectedly, my son cut me off, and said fiercely, “I will not investigate this way! In any case, you are not allowed to attend these meetings in our home any longer, and you are not allowed to have any contact with people from The Church of Almighty God again!” My son’s rigid stance grieved me. I didn’t argue with them any longer, but just prayed in my heart that they would not say anything that defied God. After this experience, I didn’t want to fight with them at home all day every day. I could only take advantage of the time in the early morning before they’d woken up to perform spiritual devotions and attend meetings with my brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God. Good times never last long, however, and before long another storm erupted in our family …

To Be Continued …

Part Two: The Aftermath of the Storm in My Family Caused by the Pastor (II)

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