Written by an Evangelist
According to my
observations, the Eastern Lightning Cult has developed into its fourth phase and
is going to enter into the fifth phase.
The First Phase:
Eastern Lightning was first started in Henan Province, with the issuance of its
first book titled The Lightning from the East. In the beginning, they used
rather coarse and unoriginal means, which were easy to see through. Using information
they collected from Christians, they sought out those evangelists who were on
the run all the time and slid into their houses books into which they occasionally
put some cash between the pages. I have personally received books distributed
in this way. It is easy to recognize their books at this stage, for the first-person
point of view is adopted. Words like "my sons and daughters" are used
to speak to the readers, as in their book Walking in the Light. This phase
lasted until about seven years ago.
The Second Phase:
phase saw the change of their adopted means from temptation to coercion and violence.
This started about four years ago. By feigning an invitation (for example to pray
for their family or other brothers and sisters), they bring those they have chosen
to attack to their place and attack them physically. Almost every one of them
keeps a small club in their bosoms which they will use to knock out these people
by hitting them hard on their knees, elbows and head. Then they bring them to
an appointed place and instilling into them the Eastern Lightning doctrines. If
they do not accept the teachings, crueler means will be applied. I know personally
many such victims, whose experiences have been reported by the Henan Satellite
TV station. Some of them had their ears cut off, legs broken, a sister's legs
were broken by her brother, all because these people refused to accept the Eastern
Lightning heresy and its "female Christ." This was the reply by the
people from the Eastern Lightning to the interviewers of the TV station. They
have gone so far as to have violated the criminal law and they have of course
been punished by law.
One of my father's coworkers was deceived in this
way and was poisoned. A coworker of mine who has suffered together with me was
also poisoned by the poison put in the water he drank. A brother who was the neighbor
of my sister-in-law was poisoned to death. These events happened in our lives
and demonstrate the violence of this stage of the work of the Eastern Lightning.
They attack influential members of the church. Although the attackers claim to
be Christians, it is easy to see through their lies.
The Third Phase:
The characteristic of this phase is sexual temptation and reputation-damage
to the victim. I know a sister from Anhui Province, who used to be a full-time
worker for the Lord. She was kidnapped by the Eastern Lightning and has been with
them for five years now. I have tried hard to find her whereabouts. She is a beautiful
woman, but now she cares nothing about her reputation and has seduced a number
of church leaders into sexual immorality. I have two coworkers from Anhui who
were tricked and taken away by the Eastern Lightning. They were put under house
arrest for two weeks and sexual temptation. Two women came up to him, attempting
intimate affections to him and someone else appeared suddenly to take pictures
of them all. These pictures were to be later used as evidences and threats to
our brothers forcing them to accept the Eastern Lightning heresy. If they refused
to accept it, a man would show up to accuse them of taking liberties with his
fiancée or cousin etc. and threatening to take them to court. These two
brothers managed to escape and when they did leave they did not even have their
shoes on, for they were watched closely day and night. They told me in person
what they had been through.
In Zhoukou, Henan we have two coworkers who
are father and son. The father is a highly respected elder of the local church.
The son who is in his thirties, remains single. This family was singled out by
the Eastern Lightning who wanted to use the reputation of the father to attract
many believers and take advantage of the single status of the son. They sent a
beautiful lady to their house. While she was at their house, she said to them:
"You are a wonderful God-loving family. How I wish I could serve in a family
like yours. I really wish to be married into your family. Such sweet talk caused
the father to be vigilant but touched the son's heart deeply. One day when she
had a chance to be alone with the son, she seduced him; losing his mind, he slept
with her. The son regretted his sinful act and talked to that lady. But the lady
threatened to destroy his and his father's reputations so that the church would
drive them out. However, within one week of the son's having relations with the
lady, the church had already sensed it, seeing a total stranger staying in their
house. The church asked the elder to stop the son in his sinful act. He could
not, however, overcome this temptation. The father and son talked many times and
had their feelings badly hurt, for the son wanted to marry that lady but the father
strongly opposed the plan. The church thus drove out the son because of his sins.
With the help and prayers of the congregation, the son - who was after
all a new-born Christian - changed his mind and realized that that lady was not
a Christian at all, for being a loose person, she could have done the same to
others as she had done to him. Under the pretext of wanting back a copy of the
book Little Scroll that she had given him, she came to trouble this brother repeatedly.
He then replied to her, "Never will I accept the teaching of the Eastern
Lightning. Never again will I have any intimate relations with you. And I will
not return that book to you." At the initial success at getting the son,
the lady had started to spread the news of her sleeping with the son of the elder,
wanting to destroy this elder's reputations in the church. Now that she realized
all was over, she summoned some gangs from the Eastern Lightning who set fire
to this elder's house. I visited with this elder and he told me in person the
above story. I know there are many events just like this one in Gansu Province,
Fukang of Xinjiang, Anhui, Henan and Hubei Provinces and etc..
The foregoing phases have passed. Over the recent half year,
the means of the Eastern Lightning is becoming more mysterious and harder to guard
against. Having learned from their experiences in the previous phases, in this
phase they have become very deceitful and secretive, and they do their work more
carefully paying much more attention to details, as described in the book An
Inside Look of How the Eastern Lightning Works. Their work is not confined
to only Xinjiang and Gansu, for according to my observations, they have a headquarters
in Xian, Shanxi or in its surrounding area and are extremely active in Anhui.
I received their repeated invitations while I was in Anhui, but I did not accept
them - I will talk about this later on. A sister accepted their invitation and
was put under house arrest. She nearly died and was able to escape with the help
of the Public Security Bureau. I just learned that they are active in Shandong
as well. A big prize has been put on my head for those who can kidnap me. This
is not a fun game, but a bloody fight face to face.
At this stage, their
target is the church leaders. As for the less influential and immature believers,
they are not targeted specifically. They use extremely surreptitious intrigues
and are strictly organized, with their schemes so highly detailed it is hard to
believe. They are indeed from Satan, a heresy intending to demolish the Church
of God, so even workers of God with many years of experience are also deceived
I will not write down all that I know about their work in Xinjiang,
Gansu, Shanxi, Henan, Anhui and Shandong etc., due to the limited space of this
report, but I will illustrate the point with a description of what happened to
a few coworkers of mine, who have just escaped from them recently. As described
in An Inside Look, they use uniform methods, steps and means, working under
one selfsame principle.
Around February of the year 2000, we had a fellowship
meeting, after which I went to serve the Lord in another area. I was away from
home for about three months. So a spy of the Eastern Lightning, who had been in
our church for nine months, started to do his work. (It is one of their strategies
to "spy" and "pave the way.") Our congregation had before
then known about the crimes the Eastern Lightning had committed and about the
government's condemnation of them as a heresy, but we had thus let our guards
up, thinking they were already being watched by the government. This is one of
the main reasons why we fell into their trap.
How they find their way into
churches is usually the same. They would describe themselves as "having a
heart for serving, but uneducated, spirit-filled Christians lacking the knowledge
of the Bible and the Truth of life." We all wanted to see them corrected,
and our brothers and sisters were very happy to accept them and help them to give
up evil and return to good. They thus got admitted to the church, totally unguarded
against by our congregation. As soon as they were accepted by our church, they
started to learn about our church and to pave the way for their future work. During
this long period of time, they would be as meek as sheep, learning our praise
songs and how to pray and would even pray "in Jesus' Name." After the
sermon, they would be very loud in their praises of the preacher and say words
like: "The Lord is merciful to us, for we have never heard before preaching
as good as this." This was to foreshadow what they would do in the future.
During this time, they would pay special attention to the key leaders and important
workers of the church, as well as the interpersonal relationship among the workers,
especially any unhappy events among them. They would also pay special attention
to the warm-hearted believers (just as described in An Inside Look), looking
for those who come to the church earlier than others, who never get sleepy during
sermons and take notes, who can learn the praise songs quickly and who take care
of all kinds of small business. They would then approach these warm-hearted believers,
while leaving alone the half-hearted ones. They would also try to find out what
books our coworkers like to read, for example books by WANG Ming Dao, Watchman
Nee, WANG Guo Xian and LIN Xian Gao (Samuel Lamb), for people who enjoy reading
these books believe in justification by faith.
They were also interested
in how much income our workers make, so that they could use this sensitive issue
to attack our church leaders when they got the chance. (In their handbook there
are specific teaching materials on how to attack the local church leaders by undermining
their positions and their reputations.)
After they had collected all the
information they needed, they started to "pave the way" and tried to
take our workers to go with them so that they could be indoctrinated with the
Eastern Lightning heretical doctrines and have their former learning changed.
That particular spy in our church took as long as nine months to do all this preliminary
work, until all the important coworkers had left after the fellowship meeting
and all his hindrances (among which I am the biggest, I think) were gone. Soon
after we left, he talked to a brother who was put in charge during that time:
"I've just returned from Lanzhou [Gansu Province] where my brother lives.
There are hundreds of people there who are in the dark. They have never heard
of the way, the truth, or the light. They are as I was before God opened my eyes.
I've never been trained to preach or teach, so I beg you to please go and speak
to them. Bring them out of the darkness! Let them know and understand the truth
and fundamentals of the Gospel."
Such a call could not be refused.
They became excited and threw away all caution. After all, this was a brother
who had been in our church for nine months. He had shown much humility and zeal
for God's Word. As a result, many hearts were touched and four coworkers (two
men and two women) were sent with him. He played a role in selecting which four
should go, saying, "Judging from the abilities of the four of you, the way
you work, the quality of your lives and your knowledge of the Word, I believe
as you work and pray together you'll be as powerful as a cannon shot! Your words
will ring true, correcting the people's errors. We will also pray, of course."
It is important to mention here that picking by name which individuals
are to go is the same maneuver the Eastern Lightning repeatedly use everywhere.
He knew as long as he could with much sweet talk and flattery deceive these four,
the whole church would follow along. It was difficult to see through his very
tactful lies at the time. Looking back now, we still think they were not lies
worked out by mere common humans. Yet we had loosened our guard on our part. May
the Lord forgive us our stupidity and immaturity!
On the scheduled day
of their departure the Lord tried to prevent them from going, but due to those
workers' inexperience they were unable to discern whether it was from the Lord
or the devil. The weather on the morning of their departure was harsh, with such
strong winds and sandstorms that they could see nothing beyond ten meters ahead
of them. When they were ready to leave for the train station, one of the four,
who has a gift of teaching, felt such a great pain in his left leg when they went
downstairs that he could hardly move.
One brother said, "This is probably
a hindrance from Satan. If it is so, you should be ok once we get on the train.
And this incident is proof that a great work will be done there."(We can
tell how poor our ability is to distinguish the work of the Holy Spirit from our
own thoughts and attacks by the devil.)
When someone suggested they delay
their trip by a day, the Eastern Lightning spy protested strongly, saying, "No!
We must go today. If the train is cancelled because of the weather, we will take
a bus." He insisted, because he had already informed the others of these
people's arrival and snare after snare had thus been laid for them. The fellow
brothers and sisters at church remained totally deceived until they had lost all
contact with those four. By the time a sister called me, they had been gone for
long and their families had come to the church for these people.
on their trip anyway, and when they reached Lanzhou there were three people there
to welcome them. Two said they were "brothers from Lanzhou," while one
was "a brother from Xian." In reality they were deceivers sent by the
Eastern Lightning to trick them. The man from Xian said, "The Lord gave me
a vision that there would be two female disciples coming from the northwest. He
showed me they will come to revive the church in Xian. So I have come to Lanzhou
in obedience to what I received in the vision."
Then the man named
Paul from Lanzhou asked one of our brothers, "How many times have you been
to Lanzhou?" He replied, "I've been here once before, but this is the
first time I have come to serve the Lord." Paul shook his hand, saying, "Brother,
this is the fourth time we have met. I have seen you three times before in visions.
The Lord told me you really love Him and that you are a very good preacher. I
have been earnestly praying you would come and teach us God's Word so that my
heart can be comforted. 'The Lord Will Provide' will surely bring you here. So
I have been patiently waiting for you to come and teach us God's Word. I hoped
you would come just like Paul went to Macedonia after he had seen the vision in
which a Macedonian invited him to go there. These days I have had an especially
strong feeling and now you are here. Praise the Lord! He really knows our needs!"
words of flattery appealed greatly to the pride of these immature and unguarded
workers and carried them away so that they thoughtlessly jumped into the traps
laid out for them. Such is our pitiful human nature that we all hope to receive
affirmation and praise for our previous work. Yet in fact, our achievements and
reputations etc. are all temptations.
The man from Xian then said, "We
have bigger needs in Xian. We have come by following the vision we have received.
No wonder we now have met you here. The Lord has brought you here! Are there not
four of you? If all four of you good preachers were to stay here in Lanzhou it
would be a waste. Why don't two of you stay here, and the other two follow me
back to Xian?"
All four of us objected, "We do not put much
trust in visions. We'll pray about it, but our first intention was for all four
of us to remain in Lanzhou." The Xian man answered, "If this is the
case, I will respect your decision. Let's all pray. I believe God will not forsake
His flock. I will pray God will change your hearts." They cooperated with
each other perfectly well: When the two said they had come by vision, the other
one would simply resort to prayer!
Soon it was lunch time and someone came
in to join us, whom Paul from Lanzhou introduced as "an elder from the local
church." So they shook hands with each other and the elder, as soon as he
had sat down, said, "I have come by vision and revelation." The two
brothers said, "We're sorry, but we don't put much trust in things like dreams
and visions." At this, Paul tapped the elder's shoulder to stop him, so the
elder said, "We shall then respect your decision and I won't talk about them
again." But during the meal, the "elder" put on a show again and
said, "No, the Spirit is moving strongly in me and I can't quench the fire
of the Spirit. I'll have to say this even if I know you don't like it. I have
seen this vision for two nights now. In my dream, a man in a white robe rebuked
me and said to me, 'Why do you stop my work?' I said, 'All three generations of
people in my family believe in you and serve you. How could we stop your work?'
Then the man said, 'You stop my female servants from going to Xian!' At this I
was completely baffled." He was trying to say that he, as the elder, was
responsible for any wrongs the church might do. He asked immediately, "What
were you talking about before I came in?" Then Paul explained to him the
issue that was troubling us. So he said, "Praise the Lord! No wonder I felt
a great disturbance in my heart at home, and so great was my disturbance that
I just got up and came out of the house. Now I know why the Lord accused me of
stopping his work. It was because you four are here already. Brother Paul, we
should not stop God's work. Things we don't know, God knows. Don't you see the
brother has come a long way from Xian?" The suspicions of the brothers and
sisters were completely undermined under such assault from all sides as this,
and they discussed among themselves: "How about we agree to part our ways."
The Xian man shouted, "Hallelujah! Thank and praise the Lord! God always
remembers His sheep! We shall leave today." The spy in our church went out
at once to get four train tickets for Xian - for our two sisters, the Xian man
This was how the Eastern Lightning successfully split the
brethren. Later, using the same methods, the two brothers in Lanzhou and the two
sisters who went to Xian were convinced to split again.
One of the brothers,
who had pains in his leg, was invited to teach, but only five people (all from
the Eastern Lightning) showed up even though it was said that several hundred
people would come. As usual, they praised excessively. Two days later, someone
said, "We have a brother who went to look for the correct teaching after
he had found out that things had gone wrong in our church. He has just returned
for the first time in two years. Would like to listen to his teaching?" The
brother said, "Yes, of course." In that "brother's" teaching,
it was first posited that no matter what it is, be it the Movement of the Spirit-filled,
or the Eastern Lightning, we should take a look at them all. As long as we have
set our hearts right for God, we can never do wrong. This is called "to fight
all evils with one good." Then the teaching gradually slid into the heretical
teaching of the Eastern Lightning on the so-called three eras - the Era of the
Law, the Era of Grace and the Era of the Kingdom. (This is introduced in the book
An Inside Look.)
It happened a few days later that when our brother
was left alone in a room, a prostitute sent by the Eastern Lightning came in to
meet him: "My brother, have you ever been to Lanzhou before? I met you before,
in a vision." She played the same trick again, but with sexual temptations
added to it, saying, "I was swimming in my bathing suit when suddenly a crocodile
came up after me. I screamed Help! Then you appeared in my dream and I saw you
jump into the water and take me in your arms. You saved my life and I have always
wanted to meet you in person." Hearing this, the brother put on a stick face.
The two men in Lanzhou were subjected to horrible torture, beatings and constant
round-the-clock brainwashing and sexual entrapment. Although neither brother gave
in to fornication, they were given "medicine" for their painful injuries.
This medicine made one brother even more ill, and he was unable to sleep. He lost
his perspective and willpower. His mind was in a state of utter confusion. A woman
was taken to his room, where they photographed him in his semi-conscious state
with her, to be later used as "proof" of his sexual immorality.
Xian, the two sisters were introduced to two other women, and then the two who
escorted us to Xian simply disappeared. One of the two women started to use their
usual tact and asked them: "Have you been to Xian before? I have seen you
many times in visions. My feeling has been extremely strong these days, so I thought
God must be sending His workers to us. I have arranged a meeting for you to teach
at." The other woman hurried to make her request too: "I have also arranged
a meeting. Hurry! What should we do? It's a terrible waste to keep two good preachers
together." The two women began to argue who should get them. They felt embarrassed
and agreed to split up, one sister going one way and the other another way. They
did not see or talk with each other for the next five months. These two sisters
had similar experiences after they parted, so I will recount here the experience
of one of them.
One of the sisters was told that the meeting she was to
teach at was in the suburbs of Xian. But she was taken to Weinan, then to Tongguan,
moving constantly. She was later to escape from the mountains of Tongguan. In
the first three days she was asked to teach. The congregation (all EL members)
unfailingly praised her sermon, saying things like, "Your sermon was the
best we have ever heard. We would like to invite to preach in still another village."
the fourth day she was preaching when two men in the congregation made a scene.
They were specially chosen by the Eastern Lightning to act as though they were
demon possessed. They shouted, "Don't listen to her! She is a demon. I have
been with her for many years. I follow her everywhere. When she travels by bus,
I am faster than the bus. When she travels by plane, I am even faster than the
plane. I have never left her, and it has been many years since I first possessed
her." They rolled around on the ground, hit people, broke things and refused
to eat and sleep. It lasted for two weeks. The look of their eyes and their voices
were so vivid that even she continued to believe they were truly possessed until
a month had passed after she had escaped to return home. The Eastern Lightning
is especially good at planning and making different events work together convincingly.
people possessed by a demon naturally caused the congregation to bring this sister
to account. The family members of these two men were even more persistent and
would not let her go. They demanded that she cast the demons out. Under such circumstances,
this sister's faith was shaken. She could not have known it was a mere show. During
these two weeks, she tried to lay hands on those two men and pray over them in
Jesus' name, but these "possessed" people came up and bound her, holding
her down, sitting on top of her, and beating her. The more she tried to cast out
the devils the more possessed they seemed to become. One of the men mocked her,
"Why do you still pray in Jesus' name? Don't you know Jesus' name became
useless long ago?" The congregation followed them in mocking her, and caused
her to ask herself "Is Jesus' name really powerless?"
next that everyone suggested that the congregation donate money so that those
two "demon possessed" men could be sent to a mental institute. They
asked this sister: "How much money do you have with you? It will probably
cost tens of thousands of RMB. How about you ask your church for some money?"
Then they removed all her money, more than a thousand RMB (U.S. $120). She became
penniless. This is called "break the escape," an important move for
them, which is taught in detail in a book issued by the Eastern Lightning. It
is their way of making sure this sister could not run away. She tried suggesting
they call the police, but was strongly opposed. After they had tired her out excessively,
right in the middle of the impasse, there came to the meeting a "brother"
named Wang Enguang from Zhejiang Province. He has deceived a lot Christians by
his acquaintance with many well-known preachers. When the two "demon possessed"
men saw him they immediately fled to a corner of the room, tried to hide under
a table, and shouted, "The light! The true light! I'm afraid!" After
some spasms and stiffening of body they became calm, and the demons were presumed
to have been cast out. The congregation all said with one voice, "Hallelujah!
This is the truth!"
The sister felt humiliated and defeated, while
"preacher Wang" took center stage and explained the teachings of the
Eastern Lightning. He quoted many verses from the Bible and systematically explained
what they believe step by step, in the order of, for example, the incarnation
of Christ, the reason the Jews did not accept Him since the name prophesied was
"Emanuel" not "Jesus". They said it is thus understandable
why the Jews do not believe. In this way they would gradually lead the listeners
to the doctrines of the "Eastern Lightning." They said John the Baptist
had been the forerunner of Jesus, and he was gone, so gone with him was the Era
of Law. In the same way, Li Changshou (Witness Lee) had been the forerunner of
the "female Christ." He was gone too, and gone with him was the Era
of Grace. Now the Era of the Kingdom has come. The Jews do not accept the Messiah
who has already come because they remain in the Era of Law. Likewise, the "almighty
female Christ" has already come, but Christians are still lingering in the
Era of Grace. The members of the congregation took turns speaking, trying to instill
into the sister their false doctrines, so that she became confused and started
to say to herself, "It sounds reasonable."
During all this time,
the sister was under house arrest. They took all measures carefully, which include
measure number one, "break the escape." They had taken away all the
money she had on her. Every night they removed her shoes and clothing, so that
she wouldn't be able to escape. In addition, there was always one person watching
her as she slept. She was never allowed out of the house. When she needed to go
to the toilet she was given a pail to use.
Measure number two, "changing
the perspective," is in fact brainwashing. They have rules for "changing
the perspective." They are to watch the expression on the face and questions
asked, so as to ascertain what level has been reached. They are not to be hasty,
as introduced in An Inside Look, but to do it very carefully paying attention
to all particulars.
Measure number three is a teaching test. They will
bring in someone who "does not believe in 'the Eastern Lightning'" (but
who actually has been sent by the Eastern Lightning to feign disbelief in it).
Our sister was told to teach the Eastern Lightning doctrines. If she continued
to say "it is said in the Bible," she would fail the test. For to them,
the Bible is only something to use to cheat Christians; it is not something to
teach their doctrine from. Some would pretend to accept her teaching, in order
to encourage her. She would lead that person in prayer, but he/she knew already
how to "pray," even better than she did. At one point this sister even
remembered her family and colleagues, and wanted to bring them in and tell them
about the truth of the Eastern Lightning, so that she could bring them out of
the teaching of justification by faith. The other sister had a better foundation
of her faith and refused to believe in the Eastern Lightning teaching as soon
as the "female Christ" was mentioned. Yet, even she was so totally confused
that she could no longer think straight.
Measure number four is sexual
temptation. (Praise the Lord, none of our four coworkers gave in to it.) This
is the real test, to see if she has really accepted the Eastern Lightning. A man
was sent to speak to her and he said to her, "I own an apartment in Xian.
Come and live with me in Xian, since your husband is not a Christian." Every
night, on each side of her was a woman sleeping beside her, keeping her in-between
them. Neither would switch sides with her. By midnight, one would shout out loud
and proclaim a certain verse from the Book of Ruth and did this repeatedly. The
next morning, the other would claim to have seen a vision in her dream, saying,
"I saw a curtain coming down from heaven, on which was written 'Ruth 3:7.
Tell such and such (this sister's name) to obey my will.' This was repeated three
times and then the curtain went up." This was meant to tell the sister to
go to bed with Wang Enguang who was sleeping in the same room. Earlier, he had
bought her new underwear and found a place for her to bathe. Against her own will,
she allowed him to do that since she had not bathed for a very long time. Then
one day, the congregation suddenly left one by one, leaving the sister and Wang
by themselves. Wang immediately locked the door and tried to seduce her. She rejected
him. He then wanted her to randomly pick a verse from the Bible and insisted that
her randomly picked verse had in it the meaning of "union." Putting
her trust in the holiness of God, she refused to commit adultery with him. Then
Wang said, "Don't you remember what period of time we are living in? I must
warm your wounded heart with Christ's love." Praise the Lord, our sister
never succumbed to his sexual temptation. (The other sister met with the same
temptation and slapped the face of the man who attempted four times to caress
her. Yet he shamelessly said, "I like you even more now, for this shows you
have a strong character." This other sister told my wife and me after she
escaped and returned home.) On the following day, people asked among the congregation
about Wang Enguang's whereabouts. Some said, "He committed adultery with
such and such (this sister's name) and was put to death by God." They meant
to defile this sister's reputation, even threatening to inform her family so that
she would be resolute about joining the Eastern Lightning. She personally told
my wife and me about all the above events.
At first, she did not contemplate
escape because of the isolation of where she was being held, and because she had
no money and the bus ran down the mountain only once a day. But one day she said
to the old lady who guarded her, "I have already accepted [the Eastern Lightning].
Why am I not allowed to go? I miss my family. I miss my child. I want to go home."
The old lady replied, "Is that anything to be decided by you? If you have
accepted willingly, it will be wonderful when you bring some people back with
you." She then realized all freedom had been robbed from her and decided
to escape. When people were busy picking prickly ash in the mountain, God helped
her slip away from the big mountain and she begged her way onto one bus after
another until she finally reached Tongguan and Xian. In Xian, since she escaped
without getting her clothes back, seeing what she had on her, no one would let
her borrow some money to make a phone call back home. She wept in the street and
was able to finally make a call to her brother in law, who found someone in Xian
to buy her a train ticket. She wept uncontrollably when got off the train and
saw the faces of her brethren.
Of the four, she was the last to escape.
She had been away for about five months. When she reached home, she did not look
human. She believed she was going to die, and had written two wills, one to her
family and one to the church. In her will to her family, she told her, "Tell
Daddy not to find trouble with the church regarding me." In her will to the
church she wrote "Dear fellow workers, no matter when, no matter where,
coworkers must not separate." We all wept when we read her words.
had been brainwashed so that her mind was in a state of total confusion and she
was on the verge of going mad. She prayed to the Lord, "Lord, I know there
is only one true God in the whole universe. I don't mind whether you are Jesus
or that 'almighty.' But if you let me die before the truth is revealed, I will
rebel against you even in the hell." She was able to bring back with her
only the key to her house and those two wills.
Back at home, these coworkers
were no longer able to pray. People from the Eastern Lightning forbade them to
pray in Jesus' name after the real motives were revealed, i.e., their heretical
teachings on "the three eras of time" and "the almighty female
Christ." They were allowed to pray in the name of "the almighty"
alone, constantly monitored when they prayed. A group of people surrounded them
to force them to swear: "Let any betrayal bring down a curse, death, or lunacy."
Our sister remembered her experience of that "demon possession" in which
the more she called on the name of Jesus, the more aggressive the demons became.
So when she prayed with us, she was so afraid to call on the name of Jesus that
her eyes were full of fearful tears. All of our coworkers in our church fasted
and prayed for her. We made her understand that the reason why the Eastern Lightning
stopped her from praying in the name of Jesus is because they were afraid of this
name, just like burglars were afraid of police. When she said that their teaching
sounded reasonable, I told her whatever is spoken out from their mouths is wrong,
because the origin of their teaching is wrong. This is why Paul forbade the evil
spirits to witness for him (Act 16:16-18). Whatever from Satan is wrong, even
if it is truth, because the purpose of this truth is evil. Some people believe
that there are many wonderful points in the books of the Eastern Lightning, but
I told them that these books (including Manifestation and Lightning)
are not worthy of reading as long as they contain even one wrong statement; for
example, the statement which declares "the two incarnations of Jesus, first
as a male then as a female." A bowl of delicious chicken soup is to be discarded
even if it contains a tiny drop of poison. A counterfeit note is fake no matter
how much it looks like a genuine one. We kept round-the-clock vigil and had fastings
and prayers for her. I led her in prayers and had her follow me sentence by sentence.
When I led her to pray: "Starting from today, I renounce all my connections
with the evil spirits of the Eastern Lightning," she started to cry for fear
of the curses that might come true and that she would become a lunatic. I read
to her Numbers 23:24 in which God turned the curse of Balaam into a blessing.
We thus prayed for God to put once again the peace of Jesus in her so that it
would be with her from now on. I led her to conclude our prayers "in the
name of Jesus" and cautioned her especially not to speak of the so called
"almighty" of the Eastern Lightning, since this word from the Bible
has been distorted by them to have a different meaning added on to it referring
to the "female Christ." With much difficulty, she followed me and prayed
as I led her. Then we had her pray by herself and she did, even though somewhat
like she first believed. Then all the coworkers prayed for her again. Praise the
Lord, for He listened to our prayers, and this sister shined a little brighter
We have other coworkers who have been caught by the Eastern Lightning
and never came back. Some are staunchly following their erroneous doctrines. We
had a female coworker named Chen who was invited to Anhui and has since changed
sides and is now working for them. Another brother who initially really loved
God, and was our fellow worker for a long time, also changed sides. He constantly
called me and asked me to come to meetings, but I refused. He did this to show
his loyalty to the Eastern Lightning and it was also a requirement made of him.
He was able to get a sister named Han instead. She was gone for 18 days. We found
out later she had been confined in a cave in Gong County. Her experience was almost
identical with the other sister's. She came back so badly beaten and bruised that
she couldn't get out of bed. I know some coworkers from Jinan (Shandong Province)
and Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province) and some of the Lord's workers with many years
experience, who were carried off by them. I know three from Lanzhou, two of them
managed to escape, one returned with the help of the police. The situation is
the same in Xinjiang. In Pucheng near Xian, a sister disappeared for more than
twenty days. Her family hired a taxi for two hundred RMB a day to look all around
for her, but by the time they found her she had accepted the Eastern Lightning
doctrines. There are similar instances in Weinan as well.
Due to the limited
time, I cannot speak in more detail. But I find it very necessary to warn everyone
about the sinister methods adopted by the Eastern Lightning. We should not loose
our guard thinking they are a cult that has already caught the attention of the
police. Watch out that they do not take advantage of our warm-heartedness for
Christ and entrap us into temptations.
The Fifth Phase:
to my observations, the fourth phase is coming to an end and they are entering
into a new stage of their work - I want to blow the trumpet call of warning, so
as to call workers of all churches to vigilance and prevention. The above-mentioned
Chen heard that our four coworkers had returned home, so he reported it to the
headquarters of the Eastern Lightning Cult, which immediately sent two key figures
(both male). These two men met with our sister who was the last to escape. She
did not tell me about this meeting at first, but after a long struggle later on,
she told me everything. The fact was the Eastern Lightning did not believe that
I will never accept their "almighty" and were planning to kidnap me.
Our sister warned me not to stay in my house and said, "I have never seen
these two men before. They are now staying with (such and such) in our neighborhood."
I told her not to meet with those two men again. She told me their conversation
in the meeting. She said to them, "After I returned home, my church told
me it was totally a fraud. All the demon-possessions and visions were sheer lies."
Then they said, "After all, they were for your good!" So they acknowledged
themselves that they were sheer liars. This removed all the confusions and doubts
from our sister. In the meantime, they said to each other: "We should make
sure that we can't continue to use these methods in the future." This should
catch our attention, for it means that they will learn from their failure and
think of more sinister ways to get us.
The Eastern Lightning Cult is organized with twelve structural
levels. Each level sums up their experiences to form a common
strategy for their next maneuver. According to the prophecy
in the Bible, there will be more and more events like this
in the future. We are blowing this trumpet call to warn every
one of us, but especially workers of the church: Beware!