Eastern Lightning: aka Church of Almighty God aka Church of the Gospel’s Kingdom aka The Gospel of the Descent of Kingdom


aka Church of Almighty God


aka Church of the Gospel’s Kingdom


aka The Gospel of the Descent of Kingdom


Cult publishes under these site:


www.holyspiritspeaks.org


www.hearthymn.com


@godfootstepsen


@churchAlmighty


channel: godfootstepsen


THIS MOVEMENT ARE ACTIVELY PROMOTING VIA FACEBOOK.

A Close Friend on mine was contacted via Facebook to connect with a women appearing on the surface as a believer Immediately upon accepting a connection the postings of this movement started coming my wife a a check in her spirit and asked me to look into these posts.

Ive research a couple of her posts and find shes pushing a cult movement pseudo christian Eastern Lightning (Chinese: 东方闪电; pinyin: Dōngfāng Shǎndiàn) 

About this movement: 

Eastern Lightning (Chinese: 东方闪电; pinyin: Dōngfāng Shǎndiàn) is a heterodox new Chinese Christian movement. Its official name is the Church of Almighty God (Chinese: 全能神教会; pinyin: Quánnéng Shén Jiàohuì), but it is identified by several other names, such as Church of the Gospel’s Kingdom (国度福音教会; Guódù fúyīn jiàohuì) and “The Gospel of the Descent of Kingdom”.

The group has been described as a cult and a terrorist organization.

The name “Eastern Lightning” is drawn from the New Testament, Gospel of Matthew 24:27: “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” 1)source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Lightning

APOLOGETIC REVIEW 

What is Eastern Lightning? | Article Link: carm.org

Beware of ‘Eastern Lightning’ | Article Link: christianapologeticsalliance.com

What Does the Almighty God Cult (Eastern Lightning) Believe? | Article Link: omf.org

Articles on this organisation

Inside China’s most radical cult | Article Link: telegraph.co.uk

Church of Almighty God or Eastern Lightning in Australia: Fears the terrifying Chinese cult is gaining ground | Article Link: news.com.au

Police arrest members of murderous cult who believe Jesus was reincarnated as a Chinese woman | Article Link: shanghaiist.com

China’s Deadly Lightning: Cult violence prompts pastors to ramp up doctrine—and work with state officials | Article Link: christianitytoday.com

A Field Study of “The Church of Almighty God” Cult | Article Link: chinasource.org

Inside China’s Jesus cult | Article Link: channel4.com

Chinese Police Arrest 18 Members of Banned ‘Female Jesus Cult’ | Article Link: breitbart.com

Church of Almighty God’ cult members sentenced in China | Article Link: ucanews.com

Videos and propaganda images of the Chinese Doomsday cult ‘Church of Almighty God’ | Article Link: china-underground.com

References   [ + ]

1. source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Lightning

A Song of Protest: a call for prophetic music

INTRODUCTION

I was deeply moved recently by reading a book about early Christian devotion to Jesus. In his letter to the emperor Trajan the Roman official Pliny (c.112 A.D.) records torturing and executing Christians who confessed that they “meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god”. Such devotion under pressure is common in scripture.

reformation in Christian music

David authors psalms whilst being pursued by enemies (ps 7, ps 27, ps 31, ps 34, ps 35, ps 52), Jesus and his disciples sung a praise hymn on the way to Gethsemane (Mark 14:26), beaten and placed in a dungeon “about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God” (Acts 16:25).

The climactic musical book in scripture runs with the blood of the saints; Revelation is punctuated with hymnic material  (Rev 1:5-6, Rev 4:11, Rev 5:9-10, Rev 7:11-12, Rev 11:17-18, Rev 15:3-4, Rev 19:6-8).

Such worship is deeply inspirational in a way grossly lacking in our churches.

I will never forget coming out of a Pentecostal Church as a new Christian and commenting, “We say ‘Hallelujah, Praise the Lord’ but our lives are not changed.”

I had recognised a disturbing disconnect between my public spiritual performance and holiness of life. Something weird often happens when people sing. During an internship placement whilst at theological college I was amazed to hear the congregation happily sing from a hymn I knew they would never consent to doctrinally. All this points to a need for a reformation in Christian music.

THE PROTEST OF PRAISE

The note I find to be almost completely absent from popular contemporary Christian music is one of protest. My thinking about praise as a protest was first triggered by reading an account of student revival in Ethiopia in the 70’s when that nation was under an anti-Christian Marxist dictatorship.

The believers started to write their own songs, some of which were designed to help them overcome the evils of materialism and secularism.

Such an ethical intent is usually absent from our normal congregational experience. Why aren’t our contemporary song writers exhorting us to beware the temptations of consumerism and immorality?

The answer is found in the exhortations of Paul about corporate praise; Eph.vs.15walk, not as unwise but as wise….be filled with the Spirit, vs.19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart…. Col 3.vs.16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Eph 5:15, 18-19: Col 3:16-17).

The vertical dimension of thankfulness to the Lord is practiced in our churches, but the horizontal dimension of exhorting one another to godliness through song is absent because we lack godly wisdom.

Imbibing a culture which teaches happiness is to be desired and unhappiness avoided our song writers and “worship leaders” cannot impart a godly wisdom grounded in holy fear (Prov 9:10).

They lack the faith to teach us how we are to overcome the world (1 John 5:4).

Despite popular convictions of a renewal in Church worship the steep decline in holiness of life in Western Christianity testifies otherwise. In our spiritual infancy we must return to the teachings of scripture (1 Cor 3:1-3).

LAMENT AS THE PATHWAY TO PRAISE

Sixty seven psalms are defined as songs of lament1)Themelios-42-1.pdf pp.89ff..  

These are significant for us because they prophetically anticipate the sufferings, and subsequent glory, of Jesus (1 Pet 1:10-11). The psalms of lament must ultimately be understood as the words of him who “offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence” (Heb 5:7).

However, Jesus’ songs of sorrow are a pathway to his song of praise. This is very clear from his use of Psalm 22. Christ’s ultimate lament, ““My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”” (Mark 15:34) is a quote from Psalm 22:1.

His joy in presently praising God in the Church, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you” (Heb 2:12) is a quote from Psalm 22:22.  The brothers of Jesus are intimately bound to his way of suffering and glory (Luke 24:26).

The only way to experience the riches of Christ’s glory is to walk the way of his suffering (Phil 3:10).

This great gospel truth must be expressed in songs of lament-praise in the Church. Christians under pressure have always understood this.

SHARE IN THE PROTEST OF THE CROSS

By exhorting, “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name”, Hebrews 13:15 advocates a difficult and glorious way of life that denies the final authority of evil to impede the purposes of God.

Believing this is why I always begin my day with a song, however I’m personally feeling (cf. Eph 5:20; 1 Thess 5:18).

This lifts me up to share the perspective of heaven.

Revelation’s “new song/song of Moses and the Lamb” is sung by those who have “conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name” (Rev 14:3; 15:2-3).

The original beast was the Pharaoh of the exodus deliverance (Ex 15:1) and many beasts still roam the earth. 

Secularism, post-modernism, capitalist materialism, hedonism, sexual libertinism seek to devour God’s people.

So the Church today urgently needs a release of prophetic song that is a refutation and denunciation of the powers of evil in their cruel rule over human souls.

We need to have inspired words resonating with biblical truth to sing as an edification and protest against the spiritual harlotry that has so deeply infiltrated Western Christianity (cf. James 4:4; Rev 2:22; Rev 17:1-6). I desperately need this, and so do you!

CONCLUSION

Missionaries have long diagnosed Australians culturally conditioned apathy to ultimate issues as our most resistant stronghold to the gospel.

To be free from deep and painful concerns about eternity is deemed a positive attribute in our society.

Listen to the music and you will see that this spirit is running riot in our churches

Something encouraging however is stirring in the spirits of God’s. I recently received an email that read, “I struggle with how willing people are to be lukewarm.” Let me finish where I begun.

Pliny tortured and killed Christians not as criminals but as members of a “depraved, excessive superstition” uncompromising of the tolerant religious pluralism of his day.

The “Only Jesus is Lord.” people were politically incorrect in the worse possible way.

They were protesters against a worldview and form of civilisation whose agitations threatened to undermine everything of value to the Empire.

Time would prove Pliny’s verdict on uncompromising early Christianity to be correct.

I long for a time when the boundaries between world and Church will be so starkly visible once again (Mal 3:18).

But to facilitate my protest, and yours, we must ask the Lord to raise up gifted musicians who will give us songs of suffering-and-deliverance filled with genuine spiritual power, baptising the Church in the lament of the cross and the ecstasy of the resurrection. This will herald the dawn of a great revival. 

MESSAGE DELIVERED: 11th Jan, 2018 |

Author: Dr. John Yates


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1. Themelios-42-1.pdf pp.89ff.