Nehe City, Heilongjiang Province
I was formerly a co-worker of the Cross Church. After I turned to the Lord, I received a lot of grace. Because of that, I was very zealous in my pursuit and made a resolution before the Lord that I would serve him all my life. Only two years later, I began to preach and often went to other counties to support the churches. At that time, I felt that believing in the Lord was so wonderful and so meaningful.
In the spring of 1997, somehow the churches fell into desolation. The believers’ faith and love grew cold. They intrigued against each other, deceived each other, and complied with each other in public but opposed each other in private. Among them, worldly philosophies of life became increasingly prevalent. The church had become no different from the world. I also became cold in the pursuit of loving the Lord and no longer wanted to go to other counties to work. At that time, my leader came back from studying in Wenzhou City and told me, “Now, there’s a gang of people preaching ‘the Eastern Lightning.’ They’re especially capable of deceiving people. If you don’t accept their way, they will cripple you. This gang of people are real ‘heretics’ and ‘cultists.’ You should guard the flock properly so that they can’t steal the sheep. Don’t let down the leaders above.” Hearing that, I thought to myself, “So, this gang of people are not believers in the Lord. If I come across them, I must teach them a lesson.” From then on, I began to be busy.
One day in July 1997, Brother Zhang in our church called me and said, “Someone has come to Sister Liu’s home to preach ‘the Eastern Lightning.’” Hearing that, I immediately made a call to Sister Liu: “You stall him first. I’ll be there in a minute.” Then, I hastily went to Sister Liu’s home with two co-workers by taxi. As soon as I stepped into the room, I saw a brother fellowshipping with Sister Liu. Without saying a word, I rushed up to him, grabbed his clothes, and roared at him, “You devils deceive people everywhere. And today you want to capture sheep from our church. Scram! What you preach is not the gospel, but a ‘heresy,’ a ‘cult,’ which leads people away from the true way.” “Please let go. Let’s have a fellowship, and you’ll understand,” the brother said calmly. “There’s nothing to fellowship with you. Go away now. If you come to the homes of the brothers and sisters in our church again, I won’t be so easy on you!” I shouted angrily and drove him out.
One month later, I heard that a person of “the Eastern Lightning” had come to a brother’s home. I hurried there with a co-worker and saw that it was that same brother whom we saw at Sister Liu’s home. Before the brother spoke, the co-worker who came with me bawled at him, “You are such a deceiver!” As he said that, he punched the brother hard in the face. Immediately, blood ran out from his nose. However, he got neither angry nor annoyed, and even less did he blame us. Instead, he said, “I can understand your feelings, but I hope you don’t get angry. Calm down and let’s have a fellowship about the Lord’s coming.” “Stop your nonsense. Go away now. If you come to our church again, we will break your legs!” As I said that, I hustled him out of the door. Later, when the leader above learned it, he kept complimenting me, saying that I was a good, faithful, and sensible steward. Receiving the leader’s compliment, I became even more enthusiastic about resisting “the Eastern Lightning.” I “guarded” the flock day and night, for fear that people of “the Eastern Lightning” would come and steal the sheep. I sealed the churches everywhere, telling the brothers and sisters that no one was allowed to receive strangers without my permission and that whoever did so would be expelled. I also said that if any people of “the Eastern Lightning” came, they should call the police. Even so, I still could not set my mind at rest. Then I printed the booklet that slandered “the Eastern Lightning”—The Sound of the Trumpet in the Church, and distributed it to all the churches so that everyone would reject “the Eastern Lightning.” At the same time, I also made a resolution to myself: Even if I was the only one left in the church in the end, I would not believe in “the Eastern Lightning.” Continue reading