在东方闪电崛起的初期,我感到她似乎有意进军欧美,志在全球,所以曾撰文送到《Christian Research Journal》,因该文是英语,而且已经有很多关于闪电的中文资料,所以未有为自己的网站翻译。最近发现有人把它翻译了,放在互联网上。在感谢翻译者之余,也把该文的中/英文版本贴在自己的网站上,万望能提醒所有人,小心回避这个可怕的邪教。——张逸萍

 

 

被闪电欺骗

张逸萍Steve Bright

 

 

中国大陆家庭教会的基督徒现在正面临另一邪教的威胁,这个邪教是大陆最大的邪教之一,经常利用欺骗和强迫的手段来转化家庭教会信徒。

 这个邪教自称全能神(又称实际神,东方闪电),它的信徒相信,根据《马太福音》2427节里所描述的耶稣的第二次降临,耶稣以一个中国女人的形式回来了,就像闪电从东方发出

 关于该组织的规模,有很多说法。《时代杂志》在200111月刊登的一篇名为《耶稣回来了,她是中国人》的文章说,全能神声称在中国有30万的信徒,但观察者认为大概只有几万人。宗教自由中心”2002年的一份报告文件中指出,该组织活跃在中国十几个省市,欺骗了上千人。基督教使命组织China For Jesus估计,全能神在中国20多个省市拥有数以百万计的成员,但在中国要计算出任何一个组织的追随者的数目几乎是不可能的。

 很多中国基督教组织得到的大量的一手资料证实,全能神这个邪教对家庭教会有毁灭性的影响。亚洲成就(一个负责亚洲地区基督教传播事务的非营利性组织)的创办者保罗·海特威(Paul Hattaway)在一篇研究报告记载了很多基督教徒被欺骗、绑架、洗脑、殴打、下毒和敲诈的实例。中国西北部的一名工人告诉保罗·海特威,中国家庭教会本该有较大发展,但却因为这个邪教的活动渐渐萎缩,他说:去年我们许多引导人成为全能神邪教组织的目标,有些人受金钱利诱而加入了这个组织。当他们发现加入的并不是恪守圣经的组织而想要离开时,却不被允许。我们数十名信徒失踪,更多的人则致残。那些曾设法摆脱邪教组织魔爪的人,现今仍在躲躲藏藏,为自己的生命担心。至少有两个我们的人被杀害了,其他人则彻底消失了。

 2002419日,34位中国家庭教会福音团最高引导人被全能神邪教组织绑架。邪教教徒伪装成哈该学院(中国的一所引导人培训学校)的代表,引诱引导人参加一个研讨会,然后强行将他们分开,其中一位女性引导人成功逃走并通知了警方。到6月为止,除一些被下了迷药后活捉回来,继续遭受着肉体上的折磨外,其他人都成功逃脱或者被释放。

 

 隐形的闪电

 关于这个邪教的发家史有很多版本。很多基督教组织引用《时代》杂志的文章以及机密文件的说法,认为全能神是赵维山于1989年创立的。赵维山原是邪教组织呼喊派的成员,他声称耶稣基督已经回来了,以一个30岁的、相貌平平的邓姓中国河南女子肉身显现!这种教义是基于赵维山所谓的《马太福音》2427节的神的启示。据亚洲成就报道,2000年,赵维山在美国以逃避宗教迫害为由取得难民身份,并继续指挥邪教组织在中国境内和世界各地的活动,报告并没有注明这条消息的来源。而其他传教组织的报告中并没有提到赵维山是该邪教的创立者,而是说邓姓女子将自己树立成女耶稣的形象。几个定期访问大陆的中国籍基督徒很熟悉这个邪教,他们对《基督教研究期刊》说,他们听说过邓,但是从未听说过赵维山。而中国方面的资料则倾向于认为邓躲在幕后,赵维山负责操作。

 但是20041月一邪教网站的一篇文章否认了全能神这个邪教相信邓姓女子曾经被河南郑州的一个恶魔附身这一谣言,文章解释道:事实上,上帝成肉身显现出身和居住的地方根本不在河南,而且也不姓邓。但是文章并没有指明谁是上帝,这就解释了为什么全能神不可能被魔鬼附身。事实上,没有人见过或者拍到过这个被人们称为女耶稣的人,这就很难证实她的身份甚至她的存在。

 

 第二次道成肉身

 这个邪教相信,《圣经》已经过时了,那些将神的启示限定在《圣经》中的人就像是过于坚守旧约拒绝耶稣的法利赛人。邪教要求信徒放弃过去的真理,建立今天的圣灵语言:女耶稣的著作就是神的新话语

 这个邪教出版了很多书,其中包括《道成肉身》和《来自东方的闪电》,在中国分发了几十万册。其中两本书在美国的中国人教堂发放,分别是《圣灵向众教会的说话》和《神隐秘降临的作工》。这些书的内容基本上是雷同的,很多内容都是以第一人称的口吻说的,就好像是他们的女基督写的,简洁中带着威胁的口气。

女基督称,耶稣是神的第一次肉身显现,但是祂没有完成祂的工作,所以神要再来一次,这一次是一个女人。这次显现继往开来,开启了一个神6000年拯救人类计划的新时代。她说,神的计划包含了三个时代(创造、拯救和毁灭)和三个豁免(律法、救赎和国家)。她说,她来这里是为了国家能够得到豁免,所以她的工作就是审判。

 她的书里充斥着赤裸裸、恐怖的对异教徒的诅咒和审判。她说,人类唯一的罪孽就是不接受她是基督,拯救的唯一方法就是跟随她。她说,神是没有人性的,她承认自己憎恨人类。她在教义中说,耶稣因为我们的罪而死,但却否认耶稣复活。她强烈反对耶稣第二次降临这个概念,她告诉她的信徒不要去等云朵降下

 女基督不能通过治病、驱魔或者行神迹来向有可能成功她的信徒之人证明自己的神性。相反,她利用威胁和恐吓来改变异教徒。她说,她会惩罚或者杀害那些否定她的人,甚至他们的家人都会遭到厄运。另一个邪教网站罗列了887个因为拒绝这个邪教的传教而死于疾病、事故或者其他不明原因的实例。

 

 摸底铺路

 这个邪教欺骗性的传教做法非常有名。三自爱国教会(中国政府认可的教会)官方杂志——《天风》,就撰文揭露过该邪教组织利用金钱或者礼物做诱饵引诱别人的事实,如果对方接受了礼物但是没有加入的话就会遭遇暴力甚至是被杀害。

China for Jesus的一篇报告揭示了该邪教使用的四个步骤:第一步只是单纯的送书和钱给基督传教士;第二步他们会利用比较激进的手段,包括暴力和强迫;第三步,用性诱惑作要挟。

第四步叫做摸底铺路,邪教将他们渗透进家庭教会的这一手段称为摸底铺路。邪教指示信徒们混入家庭教会,确定谁是虔诚的基督教徒,谁是教会的核心人物。他们将目标瞄准那些早到迟退、查阅圣经很有效率的教徒。邪教成员会和这些人套近乎成为朋友,将自己扮演成虔诚的、寻求真理的人以获得信任。一旦这些渗透者成功得摸清了这些教徒的底,他们就开始问各种问题动摇他们的信仰以为后来的行动铺路。他们会邀请这些基督徒学习《圣经》,问各种问题来对这些基督徒进行狂轰滥炸而非真的学习《圣经》,例如天堂在哪里?是在地球吗?或者他们会质疑教会被提这个概念,这是这个邪教强烈否认的教义。最后,向他们传教,即神第二次化为肉身。China for Jesus的作者曾撰文预测,这个邪教现在会开始使用未知的第五步,这一步会在近几年被揭露出来。

邪教否认全能神邪教绑架了人,强迫基督徒去接受他们的教义。Hidden-advent网站上的一篇文章指出,手册指示信徒不要去说服那些不相信上帝的人,因为教会不需要这种没有价值的人。文章又说,单单1999年一年时间,教会就开除了七八万行为不当、违抗教会规则的人。全能神更喜欢将目标对准正宗的基督教家庭教会,而不是那些游移不定的基督徒或者异教徒。根据邪教内部的指示,他们不会去向那些不崇拜耶稣基督、不学习《圣经》的人下手,如佛教徒、道教徒、穆斯林以及其他很多中国的东正教和罗马天主教徒,非基督教徒甚至是全能神的家庭成员都不是传教的对象。

大陆有一本关于异端邪说的书,由基督教和中国研究中心撰写,在台湾出版,记载了一个中国家庭教会成员怎样逃脱出这个邪教的事例。他说,这个邪教从来不进行公开活动,他们的活动总是非常隐秘地组织起来,无论他们去哪,他们总能以惊人且独一无二的手段分裂甚至摧毁教会。其他人则视这个邪教为魔鬼,认为它是由美国的撒旦崇拜主义者资助和运作的。

 

志在全球

 东方闪电的女基督这个概念和韩国文鲜明牧师创立的统一教的概念如出一辙。文鲜明于1971年来到美国,声称基督还没有完成祂的救世计划,1992年宣布他和他的妻子是弥赛亚,是真父母,将会带领人类进入成约时代

女基督声称她的显现是作为新的弥赛亚的身份带领世人完成神的救世计划的最后一步。在邪教网站之一Hidden-advent上,她说;这项任务已经扩展到中国以外的地方。现在,这项工作的任务是收服各个国家堕落的人。这项工作不仅带领中国人,更是带领全球的人。你现在看到的只是我们在中国的工作的那部分,其实它已经开始向全球扩散。

2001年,托尼·兰伯特在《从东方来的闪电,一个新的邪教组织》中指出这个邪教已经将总部搬到了纽约和多伦多。《基督教研究期刊》还收到了一些来自巴黎和阿姆斯特丹的基督徒的报道,说这个邪教也进入了欧洲。西方的资料显示,这个邪教已经通过网络和中国教堂的停车场发放书籍、小册子和CD,并且还花钱请人将书籍翻译成英文以进行更好的传播。

 

 

(转自:华人基督教专家称全能神是欺世的邪教组织 http://www.kaiwind.com/hwzs/xzyl/201305/31/t20130531_904594.htm  

 

 




 

 

Deceived by the Lightning

 

Article ID: JAL130 | By: Lois Chan and Steve Bright 

 

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 28, number 3 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org

 

Christians in mainland China’s “underground” house churches have faced persecution from the country’s Communist government for years. They now face another threat from one of the mainland’s largest cults, which frequently uses deception and coercion to gain converts from among house churches.

The cult calls itself “The Church of Almighty God.” The Chinese government refers to it as the “Real God” cult. Chinese Christians call it “Eastern Lightning.” Its followers believe that Jesus has returned in the form of a Chinese woman, like “lightning that comes from the east,” according to the description of His second coming in Matthew 24:27.

Estimates of the group’s size vary. A November 2001 Time magazine article titled “Jesus is Back, and She’s Chinese” said followers numbered themselves at 300,000, although observers estimated only tens of thousands. A 2002 report produced by the Center for Religious Freedom, which contained copies of seven confidential documents from a Chinese government report on religious cults, said that the group had active organizations in more than 10 provinces and cities and was deceiving thousands. China For Jesus, a Christian mission organization, estimates that the cult has more than a million members in 20 provinces. Fear of government persecution has driven religious groups in China underground, making an accurate head count of any group’s followers virtually impossible.

According to the secret security documents, the public security minister, Jia Chunwang, called for increased action against the cult, saying, “We need to work more, talk less to smash the cult quietly.” Security officials are concerned by the cult’s declaration that China is the Great Red Dragon of the book of Revelation who faces destruction. Beijing police arrested more than 2,000 followers of the cult prior to 2002, but they were not able to destroy the group.

Scores of first-hand accounts received by Christian organizations working in China confirm the devastating effect that the Eastern Lightning cult is having on the house churches. A report titled “When China’s Christians Wish They Were in Prison,” by Paul Hattaway, director of the mission organization Asia Harvest, contains accounts of Christians being deceived, kidnapped, brainwashed, beaten, poisoned, and blackmailed by the cult. One worker in northwest China told Hattaway that the Chinese house churches that usually experience phenomenal growth had been declining due to the cult’s activities. He explained, “In the past year many of our leaders were targeted by the Eastern Lightning cult. Some were attracted by their financial inducements and joined them. Later, when they discovered what they’d joined was not biblical, they were not permitted to leave. Dozens of our believers are missing, dozens more crippled. Some who have managed to escape the cult’s clutches are in hiding, fearing for their lives. At least two of our people have been murdered. Others have simply vanished.”

In April 2002, Eastern Lightning members kidnapped 34 leaders of the China Gospel Fellowship, a network of house churches. Cult members posing as representatives of Haggai Institute, a leadership training school in China, lured the leaders to attend a seminar where they were separated and held against their will. One woman managed to escape and alert the police. By June all the others had escaped or were released, although some who were drugged while being held captive continued to suffer physically.

 

Invisible Lightning. 

There are a several versions of the cult’s history. A number of Christian organizations cite the Time magazine article and the seven secret security documents that say that the cult was founded in 1989 by a man named Zhao Weishan, a former member of a Christian sect called the Shouters. Weishan proclaimed that Jesus had returned in the form of a 30-year-old, plain-looking Chinese peasant woman named Deng from the province of Henan. This teaching is based on revelation that Weishan claims he received from God regarding Matthew 24:27. Asia Harvest reports that in 2000 Weishan was granted refugee status in the United States, where he continues to run the cult’s activities in China. The report does not cite the source of this information.

Reports from other missions organizations do not mention Weishan as the founder but say, rather, that the woman Deng set herself up as the “female Christ.” Several Chinese Christians who regularly visit the mainland and are familiar with the cult told the Christian Research Journal that although they had heard of Deng, they had not heard of Weishan. Chinese sources favor the theory that Deng hides herself, while Weishan runs the cult’s operations.

An article dated January 2004 on one of the cult’s Web sites (www.hidden-advent.org), however, denies as “rumor” the reports that Almighty God’s Church believes in “a woman with the surname Deng who was once possessed by a demon in Zheng Zhou of Henan province.” The article explains, “Actually, the place of birth and location where God became flesh is not in Henan province at all. Furthermore, the surname is not Deng.” The article does not, however, identify someone other than Deng as the Christ; rather, it explains why “the flesh of the Almighty God” could not be demon possessed. The fact that no one has ever seen or photographed the woman they call the “female Christ” makes her identity or even her existence difficult to confirm.

 

The Second Incarnation. 

The group believes that the Bible is out-of-date and that those who limit God’s revelation to just the Bible are like the Pharisees who held on to the Old Testament and rejected Christ. Followers are told to give up the truth of the past and build their foundation on the Holy Spirit’s word for today: the writings of the “female Christ,” which are “God’s new word.”

The cult has published numerous books, including The Word Becomes Flesh and The Lightning Comes from the East, and distributed hundreds of thousands of copies in China. Two of the books that are distributed among Chinese churches in America are titled The Holy Spirit Speaks to All the Churches and God’s Work through His Secret Appearing. The content in these books is nearly identical. Much of it is written in first person, as if by their “female Christ,” and is terse and threatening.

The “female Christ” states that Jesus was God’s first incarnation, but that He did not complete His work; therefore, God needed to come again to finish the work, this time as a woman. This “appearing” ends the previous age and begins a new age in God’s six-thousand-year plan to save all humanity.

God’s plan, she says, has three ages (creation, salvation, and destruction) and three dispensations (law, redemption, and kingdom). She claims that she comes for the kingdom dispensation and therefore her work is judgment.

Her books are filled with explicit and horrific pronouncements of damnation and judgment on unbelievers. The only sin is not to accept her as the Christ, she says, and salvation is possible only by following her. She states that “God is inhumanly cruel” and she admits that she hates humankind.

She teaches that Christ died for our sins, but denies that He rose again physically. She ardently opposes the concept of the second coming of Jesus and tells followers not to wait for a “white cloud descension.”

The “female Christ” doesn’t prove her divinity to potential believers by healing the sick, casting out demons, or performing miracles; instead, she uses threats and intimidation to persuade converts. She says that she will punish or slay those who repudiate her, and even their family members will meet with misfortune. Another of the cult’s Web sites (www.godword.org) lists 887 cases in which people allegedly died of sickness, accident, or unknown causes after rejecting the cult’s evangelistic efforts.

The cult demands complete obedience and sacrifice. Adherents must turn their material possessions over to the organization and follow orders, otherwise they will be punished. They are urged to leave their families, to live in a commune, and to spread the message of the “female Christ.”

 

Spying and Paving the Way. 

The cult is known for its deceptive evangelization practices. An article in Tianfeng, the magazine of the Chinese government–controlled Three Self Patriotic Church, says the cult entices people with money or gifts, but will turn to violence or even murder if a person accepts their gifts but fails to join.

A report from China for Jesus describes four stages of strategy that the cult has used. The first stage was simply to send books and money to Christian preachers. In the second stage they adopted aggressive tactics, including violence and coercion. In the third stage they used sexual temptation and entrapment as a means of blackmailing prospects.

The fourth stage is called “spying and paving the way,” the name the cult gives to their process of infiltrating a house church. Followers are instructed to mingle with church members in order to identify those who are strong Christians and core members of the church. Likely targets are those who arrive before a church meeting and stay after, and who can look up Bible passages efficiently. Cult members will try to befriend such people and to act like sincere truth seekers in order to gain their trust. Once the infiltrators have successfully “spied” these people, they begin to “pave the way” by asking questions to shake the Christian believer’s faith. They may invite the believer to a “Bible study,” for example, where instead of studying the Bible they badger the believer with questions such as, “Where is heaven? Is it on earth?” Or they will question the concept of the rapture of the church, a doctrine the cult ardently denies. Ultimately, they turn to preaching their message, which is the second incarnation of God. The author of the China for Jesus report predicted that they will begin to use an unknown fifth strategy now that this latest one has been exposed in recent years.

The cult denies that Almighty God’s Church kidnaps people and forces them to accept its message. An article on one of their Web sites (www.hidden-advent.org) states that regulations instruct followers not to pressure those who are not willing to believe in God, because the church doesn’t want “worthless” members who do not really believe. The article claims that in 1999 alone the church dismissed 70 to 80 thousand people “who were guilty of misconduct and disobedience to the church’s regulations.”

Eastern Lightning prefers to target orthodox Christian house churches rather than fringe or heretical groups. According to the cult’s own internal instructions, they are not to evangelize those who do not worship Jesus alone and do not study the Bible, such as Buddhists, Taoists, and Muslims, as well as many Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics in China. Non-Christians and even family members of Eastern Lightning followers are also excluded from being evangelized.

A book about heresies in mainland China, published in Taiwan by the Christian and China Research Center, contains the testimony of a Chinese house church member who escaped the cult. He says that the cult never acts in the open, but that their activities are always covert and organized. “Wherever they go, they destroy and scatter that church with incredible speed and unmatched means.”

Even though the central Chinese government denounces the cult, some Chinese Christians view the cult’s behavior and financial strength as indications that it is being supported by individual local Communist officials who are seeking to disrupt and destroy house churches. Other Chinese Christians see the cult as satanic and believe that the Satanic church in America is behind it.

 

Global Vision. 

The message of the “female Christ” of Eastern Lightning resembles that of Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church. Moon came to America in 1971 claiming that Christ had not completed His mission, and in 1992 he declared he and his wife to be the Messiah, the True Parents, who would usher in a “Completed Testament” age of world peace.

The “female Christ” declares that her appearance as the new Messiah ushers in the last stage of God’s plan. On one of the cult’s Web sites (www.hidden-advent.org) she confirms that its work has already expanded beyond the borders of China: “At the present time, the work is one of conquering the deeply corrupt people in the nations. Moreover, it is not merely a work of guiding people in China, but one of guiding the entire universe. You now only see the work being done in China, but actually it has already started to extend overseas.”

In a 2001 article titled “Lightning from the East” in the China Insight Newsletter, researcher Tony Lambert reported that the cult now has centers in New York and Toronto. The Journal has received reports from Christians in Paris and Amsterdam that the cult has reached Europe as well. Sources in the West have reported that the cult has been distributing books, tracts, and CDs through the Internet and in the parking lots of Chinese churches. It has also advertised a paid position to translate their books into English.

 

 

(原网址: http://www.equip.org/articles/deceived-by-the-lightning

 

 

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