Mary Is Assuredly Not Divine
< Matthew 13:53-58 >
“Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished
these parables, that He departed from there.When He had come to His own country,
He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, ‘Where
did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?Is this not the carpenter’s
son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and
Judas?And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get
all these things?’So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet
is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.’Now He
did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”
Jesus Christ’s hometown is Nazareth. Jesus returned
to His hometown, and He taught the Word of God there in a Jewish synagogue.
All who heard Him were astonished and offended by Him, saying, “Where did this
Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?Is this not the carpenter’s son?
Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?And
His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these
When Jesus returned to His hometown and continued
to preach the Word of God there, those who heard His Word did not believe in
it even as they were amazed by it. What’s the reason for this? It is because
this place was His hometown. The reason why they did not believe in what Jesus
said was because He was from their own hometown. So the crowd was all agitated,
saying, “From what we know, He is not educated, nor does He know anything. So
how can He say these things?” This is why they ignored and did not believe in
There are lessons that we should learn and know
from this passage, and there is also a need for us to reaffirm our faith from
We must not deify Mary and idolize her. Because
there are religious organizations in this world that have idolized Mary, I will
make it clear here that it is fallacious to deify her.
We usually place the Catholic Church under the
category of Christianity. Throughout the whole world, there are more Catholics
than Protestants. The reason why I raise Catholicism here all of a sudden is
because none other the Catholic Church is representative of the religious organizations
that have deified and idolized Mary.
Why do Catholics idolize Mary? They do so because
they believe that the Virgin Mary gave birth to only Jesus until she died. They
exalt her as the “Queen of Heaven.” They even call her “the Mother of God.”
Because Jesus is the true God, this seems literally plausible, but a tremendously
dangerous idea lies hidden in it. Once they started going on deification of
Mary, they have kept intensifying such a tendency incessantly.
Finally, Catholics came to call her as “Immaculate
Mary.” Put differently, this means that she was born without sin, and didn’t
commit any sin during her whole life. So, they even argue that she had not given
birth to any other child to Joseph, her husband, after bearing Jesus Christ.
If their claim is true, where then did the brothers and sisters of Jesus listed
in today’s Scripture passage come from?
Such biblically unsound ideas have been consolidated
by the equally non-biblical affairs, such as Mary’s supposed apparitions at
Fatima, Portugal in the early 20th century. Here I would like to
introduce a passage extracted from a Catholic document:
“Fifteen years after the apparitions at Fatima,
Mary appeared to children in Belgium, both at Banneaux and Beauraing. These
are the last Marian apparitions to receive the full approval of Rome. Our Lady
appeared to five children at Beauraing: Fernande, Gilberte, Albert, Andrew,
and Gilbert in thirty-two apparitions from November 19, 1932, until January
3, 1993. On December 21, 1932, Our Lady identified herself to the children,
‘I am the Immaculate Virgin.’ The children saw a golden heart in the center
of Mary’s chest. On January 3, 1933, she said to Andrew, ‘I am the Mother of
God, the Queen of Heaven. Pray always!’”
What do you think about this? Catholics now believe
that Mary was resurrected while she was sleeping, and that she ascended into
Heaven just like her Son did. All these doctrines have aimed at the deification
of Mary, trying to equalize her status to that of her Son. But nothing could
be further from the truth!
We Must Not Deify Mary
Mary was a Jew who was born in the house of Judah.
She was an ordinary young woman of the house of Judah. Joseph, her husband,
was also a man of the house of Judah.
What is the origin of this house? One of the twelve
sons of Jacob was Judah, and God had promised to him, “I will continue to raise
kings from your descendants.” According to this promise, Jesus Christ was born
unto this earth as the King of kings through the house of Judah.
We must therefore realize that Mary is absolutely
not someone who should be deified. She was only a woman who was bestowed with
the special grace of God and used as His precious instrument for His work of
salvation. As such, when we look at Mary’s faith, she is indeed a blessed woman
and worthy of our respect, but to say that this Mary must be honored and exalted
even more than Jesus because she was somehow born without sin, and also because
she is the Queen of Heaven, is simply a product of ignorance stemming from foolish
Catholics call Mary as “the Interceder of their
prayers.” They say that since Mary is an interceder between God and man, when
people pray to her, she would speak on their behalf to God the Father. And they
say that it is even more effective to pray to Mary. This has originated from
their carnal thoughts that to speak to the king’s mother would be more effective
than to ask her son. So everyday, they say many Rosaries. But
you should seriously consider whether your prayers would really be conveyed
to God the Father if you pray to Mary.
As a matter of fact, Mary gave birth to many children.
We can find from today’s Scripture passage that apart from Jesus, she bore six
or more children. Jesus was especially to be born though the body of a virgin.
That God was born through the body of the Virgin Mary to become man was something
that Jesus had to fulfill unfailingly in order to save everyone from sin. It
was because Jesus, God Himself, was sinless that He was born through the body
of the Virgin Mary.
However, Mary’s other children, that is, Jesus’
brothers and sisters in flesh, were born into this world ordinarily through
normal conception. James, who wrote the Epistle of James, was Jesus’ own brother,
and Joses, Simon, and Judas were also Jesus’ brothers in flesh. And He also
had at least two sisters or more. Except for Jesus, all children born between
Mary and Joseph were born into this world through normal conception. It is a
lie to claim that Mary did not give birth to anyone apart from Jesus, and it
is also a lie and a fallacy to claim that Mary was born without sin. This is
As such, we must not idolize Mary. We must not
worship the Virgin Mary as God, far less think of her as God’s mother or wife.
Nor should we pray to her. We must not worship her as God, either, or revere
her as God. Catholics say Mary’s prayer that goes, “Hail Mary full of grace
the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at
the hour of our death. Amen.” I once saw on a Catholic TV channel how they were
saying Mary’s prayer: A man first recited the first half of the Prayer, and
then the others responded with the rest half of it. When I saw this, it saddened
me deeply beyond words.
They pray like this, but Mary is not full of grace
like God. What nonsense is this to speak of Mary as being full of grace? Mary
was merely a woman on whom God’s grace was bestowed. Just as you and I have
received God’s grace, so too did Mary put on the love of God. It was because
God used Mary’s body as His instrument that she was blessed. It was only because
Mary accepted God’s grace by faith, and conceived and gave birth to Jesus, that
she received God’s grace and love; had she not given birth to Jesus, she would
have been no different. Yet despite this, people still think of her in carnal
terms, deifying her, building statues for her, and asking for her help before
these statues. Nothing could be more dismal.
In Catholicism, many cases of Mary’s apparitions
have been reported. Some others testified that they had seen the tear of blood
flowing from the eyes of her statue. If a statue bleeds, it is only bleeding
rust stain, as water sips into the statue and causes the metal parts inside
it to rust. By deifying this, Catholics are creating an atmosphere as if Mary
is alive, but in fact all this talk is utterly fallacious.
Of course, these words may offend those who deify
and worship Mary, but this is the reality. They claim that Mary never gave birth
to anyone except Jesus. But it is clearly written in the Word that Mary gave
birth to several children. Does this then mean that this Bible is a lie? Or
does it mean that our Bible is different form their Bible? This passage in their
Bible is the same as ours, even though they have seven extra books called “Apocrypha.”
How could Mary be the holy Mother of God? She
is only one of the lowly women. Exactly like us, Mary is only one of humans.
So praying to her is completely futile. Those who are carnally minded have misunderstood
Mary so much that they have idolized and deified her, and are placing their
faith in her. But this Mary, whom Catholics revere as the Queen of Heaven even
at this very moment, was no more than one of the lowly women just as it is written
in the Word. Mary was not such a great woman as to be mentioned by everyone,
but she was only a woman of faith. Yet the following generations deified her
and worshiped her like this. This was the Devil’s scheme. He is still telling
people, “Believe in Jesus, but also believe in Mary,” so that they would not
receive the remission of sin no matter how much they believe in Jesus. The Devil
does this because one cannot be saved if something is added to or subtracted
from the Word of God.
This is why today I am treating this topic so
seriously and trying to preach the Word of Truth. It is to spiritual aspects
that we must pay our attention.
There is nothing else but only this faith in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit that we need to know. Apart from this faith,
all our evil deeds, such as corrupting the Truth, and idolizing human beings
like this out of our carnal thoughts, only make us God’s enemies, and therefore
we must not tolerate these things. Since the Catholic Church just covered up
the fact that Mary had given birth to many other children apart from Jesus Christ,
Catholics are actually praying to Mary and thus are going astray that much farther.
It is because they do not believe in the Word but follow their own man-made
thoughts that they are all perishing like this.
As you and I carry on with our lives of faith,
if we do not believe based on the Word of God, we, too, will face such results.
What the Word approves is approved, and if the Word says that God has saved
us with the water and the Spirit, then He has indeed saved us with the water
and the Spirit; we should not interpret it so absurdly based on our own carnal
thoughts. We should not idolize or lower someone apart from what the Bible is
speaking of. Our lives of faith must be centered on the Word.
We are preaching the gospel to the world. In fact,
we must now devote all our energy to spreading this gospel. My fellow coworkers,
as you and I spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit, what task has been
entrusted to each of us in our work? Are we devoting all our efforts to this
work? Unless we devote all our energy to this work, some absurd issues can arise
and exhaust us. You are the workers of the gospel, and the witnesses who are
spreading the gospel throughout the whole world. This age now is the most opportune
for spreading the gospel. If we do not spread it now, we will have to put our
life at risk to spread it later, and what is worse, we cannot expect that it
would be as effective as today.
In such a favorable time for spreading the gospel,
if we do not devote ourselves to this mission, then we, too, may fall into such
carnal errors. The people of Jesus’ hometown ignored Him out of their carnal
thoughts. Catholics also exalt Mary with their carnal thoughts. For us not to
follow their examples, each and every one of us must be faithful to our assigned
work and run for the gospel.
My fellow coworkers, the door will now open throughout
the whole world. It will open without fail. The closed nations will be opened
and we will be able to preach the gospel in each and every corner of the world.
We can ship our Christian books into the countries where the gospel of the water
and the Spirit had not been spread yet and share them with people, and we can
also print our books outright in those countries. Through our coworkers throughout
the world who have received the remission of sin and are now working with us,
we can print our Christian books locally and distribute them directly. The gospel
will then spread around in no time.
And we will continue to post new books in our
web site. As we continue to publish our spiritual growth series like this book
on Matthew, God’s work will be carried out successfully. We must do this work
by faith and continue to live our spiritual lives of faith.
I believe that now is the time for our saints
and our ministers throughout the world to be bold and ambitious. And I believe
that our purpose must be clear. We should not lay our focus on whether we are
approved by others or not. Rather, we must now think about whether or not we
are faithfully fulfilling the works that God has entrusted to us, and whether
or not the gospel of the water and the Spirit is thus reaching the whole world.
We should ask ourselves whether or not we are indeed devoting all our strength
and effort to these works. This is what we must be attentive of. Never forget
the fact that Satan is trying to make us have carnal thoughts and to destroy
us. Do not even think that we would live like this for ten thousand years. The
world will end sooner or later.
The cause of the complete collapse of the Russian
Orthodox Church is a great lesson for us. Its leaders had argued for years over
such trivial issues as what the priests should wear on the pulpit, that is,
whether their garments should be blue, red, or black. When they were thus fighting
amongst themselves over such absurd questions, do you know what happened in
Russia? The Communist Revolution broke out, and the communists imprisoned all
the religionists and killed them. When Christians were misplacing their minds
and interests in such absurd issues, Satan dealt a devastating blow to them.
Is this not the case in today’s Christianity also?
Isn’t each denomination claiming to be the only and the best denomination? In
Korea, there was a heretic group called the Church of Eternal Life, whose founder
was recently arrested and sentenced to death for murdering several followers
who had deserted the sect. This founder claimed that one could receive eternal
life if he keeps the 318 commandments of his own law. One of its core creeds
rested on a bizarre commandment stating that one can receive eternal life if
he does not sleep with his wife. Compared to the 613 commandments of the God-given
Law, the 318 commandments of this law were only half the true Law in number,
but even so, would anyone really be able to keep even one of them? This is simply
impossible, even for the most devoted follower of the sect. Because everyone
is insufficient, what is needed is the gospel of power that saves insufficient
sinners, not such man-made bizarre commandments.
My fellow believers, I admonish you to examine
yourselves. Are you not insufficient? Of course you are. How, then, could you
have received the remission of your sins? You have been saved only by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. If you really believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, you would then also pass your insufficiencies onto
“What is there to do? I at least believe in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit. The Lord came to this earth, was baptized,
died on the Cross, rose from the dead again, and has thereby saved me through
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. I believe in this. I am now sinless,
for the Lord has blotted out all my sins. Though I am insufficient, God has
entrusted me with His works, and I will faithfully fulfill them before I go
to Him.” This is the spiritual faith.
My fellow believers, we must live with such spiritual
minds and by such faith. Rather than commenting on how others are, it is far
more beneficial for us to examine ourselves, admit our insufficiencies, and
ruminate on the Lord’s gospel. Remember that when you are pointing your finger
at someone else, three fingers are actually pointed at you. We must remember
the Bible passage, “But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you
be consumed by one another!” (Galatians 5:15) and realize that to argue
over who has done right and who has done wrong is to sink our teeth into each
other and to tear and kill one another. If we keep gnawing at one another, who
could possibly survive as a whole?
As I read today’s Scripture passage, I would like
to say a few pointed words to some Christians who have deified Mary and believe
in her instead of believing in God the Father and in the divinity of Jesus:
“Stop this absurdity now!” I want them to realize that they are living their
lives of faith only carnally, and to now return to the real, spiritual life
of faith. It saddens me deeply to see that people have made up strange religions
by freely adding their own thoughts and are heading toward the path of destruction.
We should believe in the Truth proclaimed by the
Bible only as it is. Since the Word says that God has blotted out all our sins
with the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we must believe accordingly, just
as it is proclaimed. It is when we believe in this that we become sinless. And
it is our goal of faith for us to be born again and thus to enter the Kingdom
of Heaven. Is this true or not? Of course it is. Have we become without sin
just because there was some emotional change in our hearts? No, it is because
we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that we are now sinless.
My fellow believers, if someone tries to alter
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, he is unquestionably wrong. But among
the righteous, there could be evil ones, even though they do not try to alter
the true gospel. If there is someone among the born-again who does not serve
the true gospel and only tries to live virtuously to win a good reputation,
he is an evil one before God. Let’s assume here that there is someone among
us who has done nothing wrong and has lived piously. But this person does not
serve the gospel. Is this person then a good person? No, he is not. No matter
how piously he might live, if he does not serve the gospel and does not live
for the gospel, then he is a wicked man. He is the most wicked man who has done
What loss does God suffer if we sin, and what
benefit is accrued to Him if we do not sin? If we sin, then it is only we who
are judged and punished. God is not ruled or influenced by us, but He is the
only omniscient and omnipotent God who can do everything according to His will.
He is the Judge. We must therefore not think of Him as one of us, as if He is
like us. It is we who need Him. Is it because we have lived virtuously that
we are justified? No, absolutely not! It is because we believe in Him that we
have received the remission of our sins. It is because He has blotted out our
sins with the gospel of the water and the Spirit that we have been saved. And
it is because we believe in this that we are now sinless. Living virtuously
does not mean that there would be more spiritual changes in us.
When we serve the gospel, we are spiritually transformed
and our faith grows. If we do not serve the gospel, then there is no benefit
whatsoever for us, nor are we better off in anyway. If the gospel of the water
and the Spirit is taken from us, there is no good faith in us, nor, for that
matter, any faith at all.
Let’s suppose here that you give up your effort
to serve the gospel and instead pursue your own carnal affairs. What will happen
then? You will be corrupted in no time. Your hearts will rot away immediately,
just as maggots swarm over a dead rat. When your hearts thus die and rot, the
stench of decay will permeate. Your bodies, your acts, your minds and your thoughts
will ooze disgusting stench. Do you agree? The same is true for me as well.
I, too, will stink with a terrible stench if I do not serve this gospel. Had
I not been born again, I would not bear with the people of this world. Unless
we serve the gospel, this is who we would become.
Our Faith Must Not Be Carnal, But Spiritual
We must not live our lives of faith carnally.
To deduce that Mary is the wife of God the Father because she gave birth to
Jesus is a carnal logic. How could this be a spiritual logic? Can anyone ignore
Jesus just because He is from his hometown?
One must not deify Mary, nor should one dismiss
Jesus simply because He is from the same hometown. Jesus is the Son of God,
He is fundamentally God Himself, and He is our Savior. Yet despite this, there
were Jewish Rabbis—teachers, that is—who heard His Word and ignored Him. No
matter how great these teachers might have been, they could not speak like Jesus.
They could not reveal the mysteries of salvation. But in spite of this they
still stood against the gospel of the water and the Spirit and refused to believe.
And because they did not believe, Jesus did not perform any signs or miracles
The same applies to you and me also. If you do
not believe in this Word of God, the Lord will not work in your hearts. It is
when you and I believe in the Word of God wholeheartedly that the Lord works
in our hearts. When the Lord holds our hearts steadfast, fills them, makes us
serve Him, enables us to avoid falling into evil and to follow Him by leading
us with His Word, is when we are standing firm on our faith.
Therefore, we should not live our lives of faith
carnally, but we must live by faith. Our lives of faith must be centered on
the Word. We must base our lives of faith on the Word at all times. We cannot
slacken off this life of faith. “Since I’ve grown this much, I can now make
my own judgment and take care of myself even without the Word.” To think like
this is wrong.
We must always live our lives of faith centered
on the Word. We must never forget the gospel of the water and the Spirit, but
grounding ourselves in the Word, we must make the spreading of the gospel of
the water and the Spirit our purpose, and we must continue to march forward
for this purpose. Only then can we avoid being entangled in absurd affairs and
wasting our time. And only then can we properly live our lives as servants,
be commended by God and loved by Him even more, and prosper in both body and
spirit. As such, we must not live our lives carnally.
How many family members did Jesus have in His
flesh? His brothers alone were seven. This means that Mary had at least 7 children.
It is quite possible that she had even more children, but this is the least
number of children that she had.
It is because many people today keep thinking
of Jesus in human terms and believe in Him in the same human way that their
faith is groundless. “Jesus died on the Cross for me. How painful it must have
been! I believe!” To believe in Him like this is to have carnal faith. Our Lord
said that He came by the water and the Spirit, and that He has blotted out all
our sins with the water and the Spirit. Shouldn’t we then believe accordingly,
just as He said?
Instead of sympathizing with His suffering, shouldn’t
we accept the salvation that Jesus has already fulfilled for us exactly as it
is, and shouldn’t we hold onto and believe in the Word likewise, exactly as
it is? Do not be so pretentious as to show your sympathy to Jesus. Who is to
sympathize with whom here? It is God the Father and Jesus who should show us
compassion, not us—are we, after all, in any position to sympathize with Jesus?
Are beggar or the homeless in any position to pity us?
All those who believe in Jesus only carnally must
be awakened. Even now, they believe only in the blood of the Cross, saying,
“How painful it must have been! Since He died for me, I believe in Him.” But
this faith is nothing but an emotional faith that comes out of pity. It is an
absurd belief in which one agrees to believe in Jesus, as if he was doing a
favor to Him. It is arrogant faith that says, “Okay, I’ll now acknowledge. I
will acknowledge that You have saved me.”
Just how wrong is this? It is an insulting injury
to our Lord’s pride. It is a blasphemous offense to Him, for one who needs Lord’s
compassion is, not knowing his proper place, agreeing to believe in Him as if
he is doing a favor.
What makes us to be in right relationship with
God is faith. What is real faith? Looking at the work of salvation through which
God has save us with the water and the Spirit, we cannot but admit the Truth
of His love with thankfulness. And because this gospel Truth makes sense to
us when we consider it with our reason, we cannot but revere God and confess
to Him, “I believe in what You have done for me. I believe in Your righteous
work.” None other than this is faith. To look at with reverence what God has
done for us and to believe in it is faith. A religion, in contrast, is something
that is made of human thoughts.
Instead of being bound with your own insufficiencies,
you should meditate on the Truth that the Lord has blotted out all your sins
with the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and believe in this Truth. Weren’t
our sins passed onto Jesus when He was baptized in the Jordan River and came
up from the water? Our Lord, by shouldering our sins through His baptism, dying
on the Cross, and rising from the dead again, has saved us perfectly.
If our sins were passed onto Jesus, then we are
now sinless. Are you still with sin then, or do you have no sin? Of course you
have no sin. And Jesus was also condemned for all our sins. This is how He has
cleansed our hearts. We should now march forward by placing our faith in our
Lord. Though you and I are insufficient in our flesh, the Truth is that the
Lord has blotted out all our sins. Therefore, by faith our hearts can be cleansed,
and by faith we can live our spiritual lives of faith for the works that please
the Lord. All that remains of us is to receive new strength everyday and run
our race of faith.
We must live our lives of faith spiritually. We
have not grown up fully, nor have we matured completely. We must continue to
run toward the mark as the Apostle Paul declared: “Not that I have already
attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that
for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself
to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14).
Likewise, I would also like to say to all of you
and our workers throughout the world: “Do not complain about this or that. Be
faithful to what has been entrusted to you now. If you can spare some time even
as you are doing this work, then you should examine yourselves and stand again
on your faith. What room is there for you to comment on how others are doing,
whether they are doing well or badly? Be more diligent if you have extra time.
We are still far away from the goal of attaining the prize of the upward
call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Can you become holy enough to stand before God
with your own righteousness? Can you reach such holiness by not making mistakes
in your conversation or behavior? Never! To serve the Lord is holy; it is not
by pretending to be holy on our own that we can become holy. It is only because
of the gospel that we have become holy. It is because the gospel has blotted
out all our sins that we have been sanctified.
To be frank, we do not pray that much when we
gather together. We pray for the spreading of the gospel throughout the world,
and for all the things that we do to serve the gospel faithfully and effectively.
Then we the workers of God enjoy eating and talking with each other in great
joy. Since we meet after laboring hard, we just have tasteful dish and restore
our strength. If we have still some time left, we go out to play soccer. We
are refreshed by doing so, and get back to everyone’s position to do our best
in serving the gospel Truth. To thus return and take care of our families and
do what has been assigned to us with renewed strength is spiritual. Is there
anything special to it? What else is there for us to do, other than to diligently
and faithfully carry out the works that God has entrusted to us?
If you do not serve the Lord, nor the gospel,
then could you do something else that would make you holy? Would you be holy
if you cultivate your mind sitting in deep meditation in a cave? Instead of
becoming holy, you will become even filthier. If one is all by himself and just
sits idle without doing anything, then only worldly and useless thoughts come
to his mind.
My fellow coworkers, we have not spread the gospel
completely yet. This is still far away. I know that it is very hard for us.
I believe that God will give us strength. God will make us to serve the gospel
more. Sometimes, we are troubled by the things of the past. But we must not
be bound by the things we have done already. Rather, we should press
ourselves toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ
Jesus. Paul also tried to forget those things that are behind and reach forward
to those things that are ahead. You have to faithfully carry out what has been
assigned to each of you, and devote all your hearts and strength to this work.
This is wise.
Jesus said, “A prophet is not without honor
except in his own country and in his own house.” You, too, will be without
honor in your house. If your family members have not been born again, then you
will often been persecuted. It is because you are not spiritually compatible
with them that there is struggle between you and your family members. Because
we the born-again carry on with our lives of faith and live for the gospel,
our very thoughts and lifestyle are different from the worldly people. There
are far too many incompatibilities between the born-again and those who are
not born again yet.
We Must Spread the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit to Europe
I believe that we must spread the gospel to Europe
more vigorously as well. Though we have been publishing our books in almost
all the European languages, there still are not many who are accepting this
true gospel in Europe. Many people from all over the world have been requesting
our books, but such requests coming from Europe have been rather rare. Our books
have not entered in bulk into even a single country in Europe, but as a way
will soon be opened for this, we are now preparing for it. In no time, we will
hear the news that the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit is spreading
in Europe even more than in the United States.
I believe that the gospel will soon be spread
to Japan also. Recently, one of our English titles was translated into Japanese.
As it took a long time for this book to come out, any Japanese truth-seeker
will be able to realize immediately upon reading our book that it is the Truth.
In my previous sermon I spoke to you about the
four fields of the heart, and what we need to ponder upon now is this: “Am I
a tare or wheat?” “Was I a wayside field when I heard the gospel? Did I hear
this gospel when I was living a religious life? Or was I a stony field that
accepted the true gospel for the moment but could not believe in it with my
heart? As this gospel was preached to me, did I just say that I believed, even
as my inside was filled with my sins, few of them were revealed, and I had not
admitted them yet? Or am I now a thorny field? Even though I did believe in
the gospel Truth, because I still love the world too much, am I not following
the Lord only halfheartedly? Or am I a good field? Do I really believe that
the Lord has saved me, even though I cannot but only be this insufficient? And
am I a real grain of wheat before the Lord?” These are the things that we should
In previous sermons I explained a series of Jesus’
parables in Matthew 13. Do you remember this Word? Have you forgotten it all?
By the way, you do realize whether you are the real wheat or the tares, right?
And you also know which stage we have reached in our lives of faith, right?
We were fundamentally the wayside fields or the stony fields. Those who have
failed to hold onto the Word are still stony fields. It is by holding onto the
Word that we come to admit that we are the seeds of evildoer. And it is by holding
on the Word of the water and the Spirit, and because the Lord has blotted out
our sins, that we become sinless and are brought to life instead of dying.
“Even though I have received the remission of
my sins, am I not still trying to succeed only in this world, unable to cast
aside my lust for the world? Am I not using the name of Jesus for the sake of
my prosperity in this world?” We need to think about these things. We need to
examine ourselves to see if we are of these three kinds of fields: Such hearts
have no interest in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, nor in serving it,
but are interested only in becoming rich; and deceived by the fame of the world
and the pleasures of the flesh, all our interest lay only in these things. We
also need to realize that these three fields were all forsaken, admit that we
had been such fields, and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
We have to admit, “My heart desires this world
and does not know my own sins. This is not right. I am making a mistake now.”
And we have to believe in the Word of the water and the Spirit. Then, we will
become good fields, accept the Word, bear good fruits, and we ourselves will
become the real grain. It is when we accept that we are wicked and that we are
bound to hell if we have sin, and when we also accept the gospel of the water
and the Spirit as well, that we can become good fields. This is how we can become
the wheat and the good fields before God and yield by thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.
Such people will be commended by God and entrusted with more works. They will
be even more faithful when they are persecuted, and therefore, the Lord will
bestow even more blessings on them. There is no doubt about it.
When Peter said to Jesus, “See, we have left all
and followed You,” Jesus answered and said like this: “Assuredly, I say to
you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or
mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall
not receive a hundredfold now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions--and in the age to come,
eternal life” (Mark 10:28-30).
When we serve the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, the Lord never gives us the blessings of faith without persecutions.
Our Lord wants us to be cleansed of the carnal residues from our hearts before
He blesses us to His heart’s content. When He thinks, “This one is faithful
to Me, and will not go astray even if I bless him,” He bestows material blessings
on him, too. God gives us strong faith first, and then He gives us other blessings
upon the blessing of faith.
We should then think about these things: Having
the deep-rooted faith, we must hold onto the Word that we hear, have spiritual
thoughts, believe in God’s Word, and think about how we should live. We should
humble our hearts before God instead of thinking that we are already
perfected. We should remove our carnal residues from our minds when the Lord
makes us do so once in a while, and admit our true selves when God makes us
do so. And we should follow the Lord with clean hearts, without letting our
hearts be seized by our insufficiencies by shaking them off with our faith.
When we pray to the Lord, hold onto the Word, and serve Him by faith, He will
entrust us with various works. When God sees it fitting, then He will bless
us so much, either directly or indirectly.
Let us become the ones who are spiritual. This
is the key point. There is nothing else. There are people who have been born
again for 10 years or more, but this does not mean that they are already
perfected. They must run again toward the goal for the prize of the upward
call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). There are stages upon stages,
and we must continue to run until the Lord is satisfied.
All that remains for us to do is to preach the
gospel of the water and the Spirit to the entire world. It is intolerable for
us to become obstacles to the spreading of the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
If only this gospel is spread, then it is okay for us to be insufficient. And
if we only believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, live for this
gospel, hold onto the Word of God in our hearts and follow it by faith, then
God, too, will say that it is okay.
However, if we engage ourselves in useless things,
and quarrel with each other on worthless accounts, then God cannot tolerate
this. Everything apart from the spreading of the gospel is a waste of time.
We should do everything for the sake of spreading the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, as it is written, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever
you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
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And I should say that Catholics around the world
must awaken and come to their senses. Whether or not they like to hear this,
what should be said must be said. They should know that Mary gave birth to six
children apart from Jesus. It is the prophets’ duty to enable them to realize
the truth from the Word, and to say, “What we had believed was all false. It
was all wrong.” Mary was an ordinary woman, but she came to be blessed when
she believed in the Word of God. We also yearn to have such strong faith, for
this is the most blessed thing to all the born-again saints.
Whether people listen to us or not, we the priests
of this time must tell them the Truth of the Word of God exactly, for it is
“For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge,
And people should seek the law from his mouth;
For he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts”(Malachi 2:7).
Let us thank God and devote all our strengths
to serving the gospel. Let us all live by spiritual faith. Halleluiah!