Weekly Devotion Revelation 6:17

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

The day of the wrath of the Lamb is coming. It’s inevitable. A day is coming when the Lamb will judge all of the unrighteous. Who will be able to stand? The answer, obviously, is no one. No one, except those who have believed on His name.

Lord, please make me constantly aware of the day of Your wrath. May it cause me to rejoice in the salvation I have received in You. May it also drive me to be fervent in evangelism, knowing that the gospel of Christ is the only hope this world has of escaping Your wrath. Give me boldness and urgency to get Your gospel around the world.

June 2018 Prayer Letter

Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,

We had another great month of presenting the ministry in May. We were able to travel to 12 churches in AL, TN, SC, GA, and MS. The Lord has been faithful to continue to raise our support. We are currently at 20% of our needed support level! God is good!

During the last week of May, we were a part of Vision Baptist Mission’s (VBM) orientation. This was our second time to be a part of this yearly meeting and it once again proved to be a highlight of the year. All of the missionaries with our board that are stateside—whether on deputation or furlough—were both encouraged and equipped with much preaching and teaching to further the gospel by planting churches and training men. We appreciate how the leadership of VBM invest so much in us and challenge us to likewise invest in others for eternity.

We are excited about the month of June, which brings meetings in 10 different churches in LA, MS, AL, FL, GA, NC, and SC. Please pray that the Lord would allow us to be a blessing to churches as we travel and minister the Word. Please also pray for the billions of China, the vast majority of which are on the way to hell and are in need of someone to share the hope of Christ with them.

 

Chinese Cults: Eastern Lightning Epilogue

“And your usual iced Hong Kong milk tea?”

“Yeah, please.” Grabbing 18 RMB out of my wallet and giving it to the server, I picked up my tray with my mocha coffee roll on it and headed for the corner table.

“It’ll be right up,” said the server as he began working on mixing the milk tea.

I took my laptop out of my bag, plopped it on the table, and fired up my VPN so I could access American websites.

While waiting for the VPN to establish a connection, I took my smart phone out of my pocket and checked the time then left my phone on the table next to my computer.

Within seconds the VPN was connected and I was checking my emails.

*Buzz Buzz*

It was my phone. Picking it up and tilting it slightly toward me, the name “Rabbit” appeared in bold characters. Hey, XiaJun… read the message preview.

Without unlocking my phone I dropped it on the table and leaned back into my chair with a sigh.

Rabbit? Again?

It had been about a month since I had last talked to him and about two weeks since his Eastern Lightning cohorts had come by my apartment to “fellowship”. I hadn’t heard from either of them in the interim and was glad for it. I had recounted that evening to Tam and another friend from church and they had each warned me to stay away from all of them. Not that I needed a warning – I had had more than enough of an encounter with them to let me know they were trouble.

Hesitantly, I finally picked up my phone again and began unlocking it. I was dreading what the message might say.

Would he want to come by my apartment? threaten me with blackmail?

Clicking the message app icon, I saw the message that simply read, “Hey, XiaJun, let’s hang out again sometime soon.”

As innocent as it may have seemed, I knew that XiaoHong and XiaoZhang must have filled Rabbit in on our “fellowship” at my apartment a couple of weeks previous. He seemed to be testing the waters to see whether or not I had connected the dots and realized he was a part of their cult too.

Taking a second to mull over what to say, I decided a forthright reply would be best. Chinese people aren’t direct, afterall, and being in a similar position would feel embarrassed to not agree to hang out. I needed to take a cue from the American playbook and “nip it in the bud” Barney Fife style.

“Rabbit, I know who you are. Don’t contact me again. I can and will call the police.”

Muttering a prayer, I hit the “send” button and set the phone back on the table.

“Hong Kong milk tea,” the server had finished my order and set it on the table behind my laptop.

“Thanks.” Taking a sip of my iced milk tea, it would be a long while before I would realize that it worked. Rabbit, his wife, XiaoHong, and XiaoZhang never contacted me again.

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The cult known as “Eastern Lightning” or “The Church of the Almighty God” is alive and, from what I can tell, prevalent in China. Though in existence for quite some time, it was thrown into the spotlight in China in 2014 when an adherent used a metal mop handle to beat a woman to death in a McDonald’s located in China’s Shandong province. Readers can follow this link to an article CNN wrote about the group and the McDonald’s incident a few years back.

Please pray for China. Please pray for believers in China to have discernment as they encounter others that claim to be saved. Pray that despite oppression from either the government or cults, the gospel would continue to advance so that more and more of China’s billions can be saved.

This is part five in a series of posts about Eastern Lightning, also known as The Church of the Almighty God, which is a cult in China that stands in opposition to true believers there.

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