A CALL TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO REPENT, FOR THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUTH, AND ONLY ONE TRUE GOD.
Christianity has a long history in China, and few realize that the relationship dates as far back as one thousand five hundred years. Today, we are experiencing unprecedented growth in many places, and especially China.
Catholicism reached China in the 6th century. At that time the Church blossom and it was known as the Jin Jiao, or the "Luminous Church" many conversions took place, including many high ranking government officials, as with other things in life, success brought on envy from other religious organization, and persecution started.
It was not until the 15th Century when a group of Jesuits - send by Rome - successfully returned to China and again started the Church's apostolate. A major figure in the Chinese history, father Mateo Ricci S.J. was very successful in adapting himself to the delicate and complex new culture, even reached all the way up to the Emperor himself, and thus was allowed to preach to the mass, and my family became Catholic at about this time. Slowly, Church made progress in this most populated country in the world.
The Holy Father in 2007 officially called for the Chinese Patriotic Church to join the open activities of the others and was an open call for UNITY. The Holy See has great expectations in China and the contributions that the Chinese culture will bring to the Church. The relationship between the Holly See and the Chinese Government has improved significantly in recent years, but some psychological obstacle still exists, and that is a history of strange cults in China has made all religions looks suspicious in the eyes of the Chinese officials, many of these cult have caused great misery, suffering and death, this has caused the Chinese officials to err on the side of caution.
However, the Bible gave us clear instruction on how one can worship in peace, and obtain salvation, or give us a way out of this dilemma. One needs only to follow the Word of God, accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, repent from the sin of not observing form the true Word of God by cult worshiping. We were warned that "Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel" (Mark 1:14-15).
MEANING OF REPENTANCE, AND WHY
The words "repent," "repentance," are mentioned over 100 times in the Bible. Some confusion or misunderstanding over what the word repentance means. When the word "repent" is used in the Word of God in the context of Biblical salvation, it is referring to a truly God-given, Spirit-led change of heart and mind toward God. I say, repentance is to accept the one and only True God, the word of God.
In Mark 13:6; 21-22, we are taught that, "Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many. At that time if anyone says to you, And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. Many false god, or false prophets will lead you astray, and hide the truth from you, it is incumbent upon us to prepare for, and accept the Truth. If we read the Good Book carefully, and compare with the lies that are out there, then we will not be misled.
FALSEHOOD OF THE CULTS
Some other belief systems or cults teaches that God is ultimately an impersonal, eternal force, essence, or power of existence, which has none of the attributes or characteristics of humans (such as knowing, thinking, loving, etc.). This is sometimes called Brahman in cults such as Hare Krishna, or Tibetan Secret Sects. Brahman can be thought of as a sort of spirit force which has no personal qualities, but which pervades everything in the Universe. The attributes of personality are believed to exist only in physical, material things. God, in pure form, is impersonal and has no personal characteristics. This contradicts directly of what the Bible has taught us. However, Gods characteristics are those of a living, personal, individual Being. These include the following:
He lives (John 5:26 )
He loves (John 3:16 ; Rom. 5:6-11)
He speaks (Matt. 3:17 )
He works (John 5:17 , 20)
He knows (Matt. 6:8,32)
He wills (Matt. 7:21 )
He sees (Matt. 6:4,6,18)
God is not just an impersonal force, nor does He need a physical body in order to possess personal characteristics. God is spirit, not material or physical, and yet He possesses the characteristics of a personal individual.
Also, we are both physically and spiritually made in His image or likeness (Gen. 1:26f; 5:1; 9:6; James 3:9). But our inner being is not Divine, not of the essence of God, and not to be worshiped. To believe we are Divine is blasphemous. So when other cults preach a divine being that looks unlike any of us, this can only be a lie, therefore this image must not be the image of our one and only TRUE God. But, more importantly, certain cults, such as Tibetan Secret Sect, or another by the name of Falun Gong, worship a MAN as living god, even claiming themselves as reincarnated gods, but God is not a man. (1 Samuel 15:29)
The Ten Commandment said of the Lord "I am the Lord thy God, and thou shall have no other God besides me." This is affirmed in Isaiah 43:10,11 - "Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior."
At this end time, as foretold in the prophesy, deceivers will emerge, and come in the name of our Lord, spreading false teaching. Many have risen, many have fell, but surely they will come, and they will try to deceive us. What we are trying to do here, is merely point out some of the fallacies one by one.
WHAT IS FALUN GONG?
It leader, Li Hong Zhi, who often claims that his power, is greater than that of Buddha and also reincarnation of the "holy one," which I don't know enough to argue, but even our Lord Jesus Christ? He teaches that, by practicing his cult ritual, his follower shall reach salvation, and life everlasting. Another example, Li Hong Zhi predicts the end time in 1997, and again in 1999, however, in either cases, he was proven wrong, he now claims that he postponed the explosion to give the mankind one more chance.
Li also proclaims himself as a kind of a "prophet". In Revelation ( 13:11 ) foretells at the end time, or at the end of Satan's reign on earth, a religious personality will arise and deceive the whole world. This person is referred to as "another BEAST", or a FALSE PROPHET". The BEAST some time has power to performs great feats, and combined with the demonic words he speaks (Revelation 16:13 ), he will trick people to give their allegiance to, and even worship, the Beast (Revelation 13:14 ). He would wield vast influence in others faith, he will successfully convince most of the world to commit idolatry (Revelation 13:12 ). Unfortunately, the Good Book does not reveal the False Prophet's name or even the numbers to us the faithful, as it does with the Beast. Instead, we must recognize him by what he says and does (Matthew 7:15 -20).
The end time is prophesied to be full of deceptions (Matthew 24:11), and the elect will not totally be immune to the deceits either (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22 ). The true believers, we must take care to see through the facade and to recognize Satan's servants for what they they say or do, not what they appear to be (II Corinthians 11:14-15). My brothers, this false prophet of Li Hong Zhi. I must warned that, "The Beast" will try to destroy the church through persecution, failing that, he will try to destroy her through heresy and false doctrine, what many of these cults are doing, especially Falun Gong is just that. The church of God is in more danger from heretics than from persecutors; and heresies are as certainly from the devil as open force and violence. (Revelation. 2:14-15, 20, 24)
WHO ARE THEY?
A prophet, is God's spokesman, delivering a message that God has ordained him. God tells Moses that Aaron in Exodus 7:1, his brother, would be his prophet, even as Moses was God's prophet. Because of Moses' disbelief in God's ability to speak through him, God would speak to Moses, who would tell Aaron what to say to others--Pharaoh in particular. It is the function of speaking for another, rather than the miracles they performed, which defined Moses and Aaron as prophets. Frequently, the words a prophet spoke on God's behalf will in fact, predict what would happen later. However, a prophet's essential role was to speak for God, and not necessarily predicting the future. False prophets either speak for the WRONG god, or they claim to have heard from the true God but do not accurately represent His teaching, they speak out of their OWN human hearts, for their own ambitions, and more likely, the "god" they are speaking for is really a demon. The worst, insinuate themselves to be our Messiah.
It is true that, if a prophet foretells something that fails to come to pass, he is a false prophet, but foretelling the future correctly does not necessarily mean true prophets. The real issue is whether one who claims to be representing God and speaking for Him, is doing so accurately or falsely. This by itself, is proof that he is a fraud, but for us, he teaches that he alone has the power to change the course of the world is not acceptable to us Christians. And the heresy of not accepting Jesus Christ as our only salvation, rather, the false doctrine of practice his Falun Gong is the ONLY WAY to save our body and soul when the earth explodes.
The punishment for disobeying God is DEATH, as God has taught us unequivocally, and Revelation 19:20 says that this is exactly what happens to the False Prophet: He is thrown into the Lake of Fire. Li, in his blasphemy betrayed Our Lord and Savior Jesus, has now a lake of fire to look forward to in all eternity.
WHY ARE THEY DANGEROUS
"By covetousness (greed) they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber" (II Peter 2:3). False prophets use human weakness of covetousness to make inroads to a person's heart. ". . .and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas Gods angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord" (II Peter 2:10-11).
So the BEASTS "walk according to the flesh"; their minds are primarily on physical things and not things Divine. God is not in all their thoughts (Psalm 10:4). They also despise authority--other than their own--and apparently think themselves superior even to God's angels. The apostle also says false prophets have "eyes full of adultery." This may not be literal, it can also more generally describe unfaithfulness--a willingness to discard an agreement if it is in their interest to do so. They also worry little about resisting sin. Like Balaam, they are willing to do just about anything for personal gain.
The question we always have to ask, is money "And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves (Mark 11:15). The cult of Falun Gong reminds us more of a money changer in the temple, not teachers of the TRUTH. We have not seen any charities promoted by the Falun Gong.
We can identify these false prophets and their teaching, "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage" (II Peter 2:19). They promise liberty--freedom, perhaps, from keeping God's law or from persecution or tribulation--but they are themselves enslaved to sin. Brothers and Sisters, this is why I am writing this, to warn you against the most dangerous of slavery by false doctrine.
When the very Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, appeared upon the scene in His public ministry, He came preaching the narrow and exclusive doctrines of repentance and faith. If Jesus felt compelled to preach such a message before a lost and dying world, so should we. Galatians 1:6-9 teaches that there is only one gospel, and if any gospel message leaves out the doctrine of repentance or faith or both, you can be assured it is a false gospel. False gospel in any other name is heresy, and must be rejected by us.
HOW TO STAY TRUE
The reward for repentance my brothers and sisters, is great, reject the cults, and follow the gospels. In Matthew 25:46 - After judgment, men receive their eternal destinies. The righteous receive eternal life, a state of bliss, in the presence of God. The wicked receive eternal punishment, suffering and sorrow, separated from God.
Jesus Christ, the most perfect Spokesman for God who has ever lived, had only 12 true disciples when His ministry ended (Acts 1:15 ). This was not a failure on His part, but because His Father's message could be wholeheartedly believed only by those of whose minds God had prepared to accept it. Today "Purpose-Driven" church leaders like Li will not preach the pure Word of God because they know it is divisive. It would also thwart their goals of a large following and sizeable profits, the ultimate goal. Thus, their messages do not involve repentance, sound doctrine, or God's law, except where it may serve to further whatever purpose is driving them. So if and when we ever come across this, hold our Lord close to your heart, and you will see through the falsehood of these cults. With that, we pray the Church can return to China soon, and all the world will see the truth.
Author: George Shen
A lifelong catholic, he served in the US Marine Corp from 1978 to 1983, and even now, is an Officer in the National Guard of California, a descendant of a very well known catholic family from Shanghai that helped the Jesuits in the sixteenth century to get established there. He is very concerned about the difficulties the Holly See finds in China in order to reunite the Church.
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