The Holy Spirit Does Not Compromise With Sin
"Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2) Your sins have hidden and separated God from you. Blocked by the wall of sin, He cannot hear, however loudly you may implore. Therefore, sin is anathema. Which do you like better, a pile of dung or a bed of flowers in bloom? Flowers, of course. To the pile of dung swarm bluebottle flies in the tens, hundreds, thousands and dig in with their noses, until it is covered entirely with their mass. But bees and butterflies, brought near it, squirm and wiggle away and hasten, instead, to flowers. On the other hand, put flies on flowers and they will squirm and wiggle and fly off in search of dung. Imagine another flower in bloom―to the undiscriminating human eye or nose it seems beautiful, fragrant and redolent of honey. But bring bees or butterflies to it and they fly away, whereas flies readily take to the seemingly beautiful flower. Although indiscernible to the human sense, decay has already begun inside the flower, making it attractive to flies. The essence behind all this talk today: Do not transgress even with your eyes, in mind, or in thought. Sin is death. Avoid sin. Full of the Holy Spirit, your heart and mind may be beautiful, but the Holy Spirit will squirm and wiggle away the moment even a hint of sin is harbored in the beauty. The Holy Spirit does not compromise with sin and departs the moment one-billionth of a single sinful thought enters. Then the devil leaps aboard, just as hundreds and thousands of flies cling to the flower that rots and runs with putrefaction. Spoken on Day of Blessings, April 20, 1987
God Transforms Us into the Composition of the Holy Spirit성신의 구성체로 화하게 하시는 하나님
Without knowing that mankind is of the same makeup as the devil, none can find the way to salvation. Thus, there has been no one so far who has achieved salvation. Humans are cursed creatures who have fallen into the First Hell, and not a single person has ever attained salvation. Without knowing about this diabolic composition, do you think these devils’ offsprings can get salvation simply by uttering, “Oh, My Lord!” Can they achieve salvation? None can. From me you now know that humans are composed of the devil. But you still cannot reach salvation. You cannot, even though you may have listened to my sermons 10 billion times and have repeatedly said with full understanding, “We are composed of the devil, we are composed of the devil.” I have given you sermons on how to get rid of this diabolic composition 10 billion times. You may say, “Now, I not only know the fact that I am composed of devil but also know the method to get rid of it. I know it so clearly and can recite it by heart fluently.” Still, listening to a sermon 10 billion times and knowing the method clearly won’t bring salvation. God pinpointed the problem and taught the method of salvation. In addition, God also brought the hands of power and might that can melt devils and sins. He not only taught the method but also provided the hands that can exterminate devils and pour forth the spirit of the triune God without limit and transform humans into creatures of the Holy Spirit, beings of eternal life. The one who has brought such hands is the true God. I am the God who effects this transformation. Spoken to Chorus Members on April 28, 1985
Hymns, Tuneful Prayers, Ought to Be Sung With Understanding찬송은 곡조 있는 기도, 뜻을 알고 불러야
Singing hymns culled from the essence of the Bible, you turn to God. But hymns are not so much a gift to God as a demand on Him for everything. Through hymns, which I first called tuneful prayers, you are all asking God, “Give us all of it. Helpless are we unless you grant it. Please give in abundance.”
So you must sing the hymn with understanding. It won’t do you any good, however hard you clap your hands, if you do it without understanding its meaning, out of tempo. With understanding you begin to savor the taste of one meaning after another. You’re never bored no matter how often you sing, even if you sing ten days or a hundred days continuously. That is as it should be when grace is at work.
God sees the truth of one’s heart. Something done for appearance sake, be it service, hymn singing, or prayer, brings no good, even if it’s done a hundred million years. For those who turn to God sincerely, with a true heart, even for a second, their wishes will be granted. Therefore, all that odious, hypocritical ado is not only unheeded but is offensive to Jehovah. Even among humans requesting favors won’t work, whatever you may be asking for, unless you’re asking under the right conditions. It is even more so with God. So when one implores Him with all the right conditions in, He will give blessings without limit. He says to the one who turns to Him in that manner: “You have nothing to worry about because all your needs are known in advance.”
So believe with a true heart. Otherwise, it is better not to believe at all. It’s better not to make a move than to make moves that would offend God and bring God’s judgment down upon you. In this world, people run, study, work, all because they seek to achieve some goal. What do you hope to achieve by continuing to gather here like this? Salvation alone, and nothing else. Spoken on Holy Dew Spirit Day, May 28, 1983
A Hymn Which Depicts Hell to Cause Longing for Heaven지옥을 그려 놓고 천국을 바라게 만든 찬송가 507장
In several places in the Bible, I inserted the mention of mankind’s fall from First Heaven to First Hell for the sins they committed. I will talk about one of those insertions. The earth is depicted as hell in verses of the scripture. The essential verses―the 2% God has inserted in the Bible for His needs―provide the lyrics of most hymns.
What are these insertions? Open to Hymn 507. In no way is the phrase “this body of mine faring on the troubled path of life” a description of heaven. It portrays hell. I have put it there for a reason―to set down evidence of my being God for this current generation. However often they may read it, they will not realize its real import, but upon hearing my lucid explanation they come to say, “It is indeed so.” They come to the realization that this is true and it has been hidden until now for this moment of truth.
“No haven of rest awaits this body of mine faring on the troubled path of life.” None whatsoever. “No place is free from worry or trouble” is a description of hell. “The heavenly kingdom, my home, where I am to return” is a hymn seeking one’s homeland, to which one must retrace his steps. In other words, the earth is depicted as hell, to which the inhabitants of the First Heaven fell. The hymn expresses their desire to be released from a life of affliction in this hell and return home. Does not the exposition demonstrate that I am the author of this Biblical insertion? Clearly it does.
Where, then, is this home? Was it the place of previous abode or not? The objective is to retrace the way back there. “Even if blown by cold winds in the wilderness, the road remaining is not long. Even if swept down by snow storms from over the mountain, the kingdom of heaven is my home whither I must return.” Hell is described to cause longing for the other world. It is I who have set in motion this search for their previous abode, so they may return to their homeland.
Spoken on Holy Dew Spirit Day, May 26, 1985
What Kind of Life Cannot Be Bartered for the Universe?우주를 주고도 바꿀 수 없는 한 생명이란?
All’s well once the problem of salvation is settled for certain. Jesus identifies his blood with a life that “cannot be bartered for the universe.” It is written, “The corruptible will clothe itself with the incorruptible.” (1 Corinthians 15:54) But can blood, the fastest-rotting substance, make something that won’t rot? It can’t. But they sing day and night, “Let the precious blood of Jesus wash away sins,” praising blood, which rots fastest of all body parts. Most Christian hymns are about salvation by the blood on the cross. Can blood wash away sins? It can’t. It is the biggest nonsense of all to link salvation to the most corruptible substance of all. Does Jesus understand the meaning of salvation, when he talks about achieving eternal life by washing away sin with blood that can’t save? He has no inkling of salvation. Case closed. What kind of life is greater than the universe? When the corruptible gets clothed with the incorruptible and a mortal is transformed into matter akin to the Holy Spirit, life will continue for eternity. Such an immortal life is so valuable that it cannot be bartered for the whole universe. Truly, it is none other than God who can provide such a life. So, to attain salvation you must follow me, listen, act, and triumph over sin. Only those who triumph over sin, over the devil, and are qualified to be transformed by the Holy Dew Spirit can live forever in that heavenly world, which surpasses all. Spoken on December 25, 1988
All Things Work Together For Good합동하여 유익하게 돼요
What so-called religious leaders of this world do is mostly fight and split up. They split up, divide again, and then some more, until all’s split up. The devil’s work in this world is jealousy, envy, hate, and finally murder. So it is the devil that splits, divides, and destroys. Whether they number 100, 1,000, 10,000, 100 million, or 1 billion, those in the fold of grace are one. All those in grace become one unit. If there is jealousy, it is caused by those infiltrated by the devil to do the devil’s mischief. There should be unbreakable unity, and there should be no hate. When this state prevails, all things work together for good. To be in grace is to be in the Holy Spirit. Then, you can say, “I am within the Lord.” The Lord must be within you, must dwell inside you. Only then comes the kingdom of heaven. The perfect fullness of the Holy Spirit is meant by the passage, “Nor will people say, ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” All complaints, discontent, and anguish vanish, because the kingdom of heaven is there. Unless your heart turns into heaven, you cannot go to heaven. When all those who have formed heaven in their hearts gather, whether they number a billion, 10 billion, 100 billion, they are one. That is what’s meant by becoming one in the Lord.
It is said, “Endeavor to meet often as the end of time nears.” You must try to meet often. All things working together for good in grace means that this throng of people, though weak and of no account individually, exerts, when united with one heart, the combined strength of a million, 10 million, 100 million. That is the power of unity in grace. That’s the meaning of all things working together for good.
Spoken on October 28 and November 25, 1985
Spoken Promise of God하나님과의 언약
When you comprehend the meaning, even a little, the savor of the hymn changes. In this world, contracts are drawn up and promises made in writing, but God gives his word. In a gentle voice I am telling you, “Obey without fail, lest you should fall and be miserable. Obey to the letter and come with me to that world, because there is no salvation unless you go with God. To go together to that world of eternal joy, do not sin. You can go only if you keep the law, the law of liberty, which means you shouldn’t trespass even in thought.” Is this a promise in writing or is it given orally? It is my spoken word. Once made, God’s promise is forever and does not change. But nothing can be done if people sin. Keeping that promise made with a gentle voice, we shall go together. Do not violate my commandments if you want to live in that world forever. Let us go there together by keeping the law without fail, not violating it even in thought. Is that a promise? It is. I don’t change. If you keep your word, I will take you, absolutely. But if you keep committing sin, there’s nothing I can do. As it is said, “The covenant with my Lord is forever and unchangeable,” I am saying that my spoken promise shall not change, for all eternity. Sing, reflecting on the meaning, “As the covenant with my Lord is forever and unchangeable, He will always protect us until we reach that country.” Spoken on Holy Dew Spirit Day, May 28, 1983
Hymns Are Prayers With a Melody찬송은 곡조 있는 기도
Hymns are prayers with a melody. Those who have stopped singing hymns have no tears. What are hymns about? About the devil? No, they sing about God, about me. Whether you say “Not by might nor by power, but by the Holy Spirit” or “Mighty power will come from constant efforts at prayer,” it means the same thing. Suppose there is to be singing at a dinner party and the order is arranged to let those who have knelt longest before God sing first. When asked to sing, however, some of these front runners with many hours of prostration to their credit don’t seem to know how to sing. But I have seen them prostrated all the time. Prostrated, they pray, sing hymns, beseech in song, “Grant, O Lord, aid to this fragile thing. Grasp my weak hand as I kneel and guide me.” The hymn is prayer, prayer set to a tune. A person who has stopped singing hymns is like one who has stopped breathing. One who is diligent in prayer does not stop singing. Tears flow. That’s because grace is at work―God has listened to the song. Not because the song is sung well, but because God takes care of the earnest prayer―the true, anxious entreaty, the supplication which comes from the bottom of the heart. The primary focus in grading for salvation is on the amount of time spent on one’s knees and the truthfulness of one’s heart. God sees the heart. When they are made to sing, the singing may not be professional but it’s full of grace. They sing, sobbing uncontrollably, weeping blinding tears, just as they have implored in continual prostration, tears welling up unawares. This is a sight pleasing to God. Excerpt from a sermon given October 3, 1985
Salvation Not Attained By Believing Alone믿는 것만으로는 구원 얻을 수 없어
What could be more blatantly ludicrous than Jesus―who not only fails to find salvation for himself but does not even know its meaning―promising eternal life to anyone who believes in him and his word, for merely calling him “Lord”? Remove the word “believe” from your vocabulary, because it is not needed. The limit of belief in someone is found in expressions like “He can live without law. He is reliable. He can be trusted.” That’s about as far as it goes. What’s meant by belief in God is “God can be counted on.” But can you attain salvation by just being able to count on God? No, you can’t. Consider this analogy: Somebody has come from Paris, France. Would telling him “I believe you” over and over, 10 million times, or reiterating “I believe I’ll be in France” get you to France? No. You must buy the ticket and board the plane to get there. Salvation is not different. It requires more than mere belief. In the beginning I used the parable of the bathtub to distinguish the Christian church from ours. Shouldn’t grace come down from the Spirit of God to wash away the sin of the soul, the grime of the mind? It should. The established Christian church is an empty tub with no water in it. Suppose the Bible is soap and the hymns a towel. Rub the soap on the towel, bone dry without a drop of water, and scrub yourself, shouting “Wash off, grime!” Is it grime that washes off or is it your skin that peels off? It’s the skin. Grime washes off when skin, doused with water, is scrubbed with a towel, soaked in water and lathered with soap, rinsed, then soaked again in a tub and so on. No purpose is served, no matter what you do in a dry, waterless tub. So there should be water, which is the work of the Holy Spirit. In the end God pours forth the grace of the Holy Spirit like dew. Spoken on the National Youth Retreat, August 17, 1980
Heaven Has Neither Earth nor Night and Day천국에는 흙도 없고 밤낮도 없어
Heaven Has Neither Earth nor Night and Day On the creation of the universe Genesis has this statement in Chapter 1, Verse 1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” God is said to have created the sky and the earth. But isn’t it on earth where things rot? Moreover, doesn’t Genesis […]
Paul’s Fiction about Visiting Third Heaven삼층천에 가봤다는 바울의 허풍
Apostle Paul, reputed to be the most learned of Jesus’ disciples, was boasting, spewing nonsense, and had to come up with a way out in case he should be cornered with no ready answers to skeptical queries. That’s why he said, “Fourteen years ago I knew a man in Christ.” (2 Corinthians, Chapter 12) He made it seem as if the stories were about a fellow Christian. But, close examination of the context shows that Paul is actually talking about himself. In short, just in case, he had prepared an escape clause, saying that the man was somebody else. Paul says he went to the third heaven, which was none other than paradise itself. The word “paradise” was inserted in the Bible by me, and Paul had no knowledge about it. If he had been to paradise, shouldn’t he announce what he had seen, be it as trivial as a rat’s tail? But he makes no such announcement. He merely says, “God knows.” If he bore witness, wouldn’t he talk about what he saw? Instead, his report is “God knows.” Does that make sense? Clearly it does not. It’s self-evident that God knows. Simply citing it, Paul does not say anything himself when he should, implying that it is out of some sense of humility. But that’s nonsense. Paul simply did not know. So no human on earth knows heaven. If Apostle Paul, the most learned, cannot report seeing anything, can other humans conceivably know heaven? Do believers of Jesus know? They do not. Can they, ignorant of heaven, guide others to heaven or not? Obviously they cannot. Spoken on October 20, 1986, August 18, 1986