O God, the separation of the good and the evil is Your blessing!
Kannon Bodhisattva saved both the good and the evil, without making any distinctions. However, as the arrival of heaven on earth is drawing ever so near, today, the time has come when God is going to clearly separate the good and the evil, and strengthen the good and obliterate the evil. We must blot out evil and completely finish it off. Naturally, then, the saving power has to be decisive, and this power is the Great Divine Power of God that the Messiah exercises.
Ah, the time for celebration has finally arrived!
On the Founding and Birth of World Church of Messiah”
February 4, 1950
In Meishu-sama’s Sacred Word, “Inaugural Statement: On the Founding and Birth of World Church of Messiah,” he says, “the time has come when God is going to clearly separate the good and the evil, and strengthen the good and obliterate the evil. We must blot out the evil and completely finish it off. Naturally, then, the saving power has to be decisive, and this power is the Great Divine Power of God that the Messiah exercises. Ah, the time for celebration has finally arrived!”
I believe that to separate the good and the evil means that you are allowed to know whether you, yourself, have rebelled against God or not—this is such a great blessing.
To be able to realize that we have rebelled against God, that there are sins within ourselves we must repent—doesn’t that mean that we are gradually getting to the truth of the matter? Isn’t it because we were able to come in contact with the truth that we are now able to think and feel that we must repent, that we are sinners?
World Church of Messiah – National Missionary Area Chiefs Meeting
February 5, 2020
One of you just said, “I now realize that I haven’t even come close to the starting line of Meishu-sama’s true divine work.”
At the time of the birth of the Messiah, Meishu-sama told us that the Messiah is the King of kings, right? A king is someone who wears a crown, isn’t he?
As you all know, in a marathon, the winner is often crowned with a wreath. In the same way, we also need to run a race where, in the end, we will be a king and receive a crown—the crown of life.
However, until today, we have simply been wasting our time around the starting line, conversing with others and consoling each other, and saying things to each other like, “This race is going to be a tough one, right?” or “I wish you all the best!” Or maybe we started to run, but we said to each other, “Let’s run together!” held each other’s hands and were not running seriously. That is, we were running in a way that no matter how much we ran, we would never get to the goal.
You need to know that in the end, you have to run this race all by yourself. You can’t be a baby and rely on others.
Remember that this is a race that leads you to attain the crown of life. Of course, it is a tough one. You simply can’t run it having fun with others. It is a race where you have to run your heart out.
A marathon is a very, very tough race, right? But this race you are about to run is much, much tougher than that. So actually, you don’t have any time to think about others.
It is not about others, everyone. It is whether you really want to run this race and receive the highest honor you can get from God, this crown of God’s life that only the King of kings can wear. This is all there is.
When you decide to run this race, maybe people around you may tell you that they don’t want to run. But that means nothing. It is not about others.
The time has come, no, it was already here, when we needed to run this race. But we have been saying things like, “I want to run with this person” or “I need more preparation before I start,” and have been postponing the time to start. We have been like this until today.
And actually, it is promised that you will be honored with this crown. We don’t know what kind of race it will be, but still, the crown is already promised. Others may say to you, “I am not running” or “You need to do this first before you run,” but no matter what others say, are you ready to throw off, push aside everything and run this race even if you need to run it all by yourself and no matter what hardship awaits you? This is the only question you need to think about.
While you are running this race with all your strength, you may find many who are following behind you when you look back. There may be many who are touched by your determination. But you shouldn’t be concerned by this either. The most important point is whether you want to receive the crown or not.
God says that He is going to separate the good and the evil. So after you start running, thoughts like “What is going to happen to those who I left at the starting line?” or “Will they ever be saved?” may come to your mind. But I tell you, you don’t need to think like that.
It is true that they ignored and didn’t listen to the voice of God that says, “Run the race of life you promised to run.” But by rebelling against God, they are now in the position to one day repent before God. What a great blessing this is!
To rebel against God, really, is a blessing. Did you know that? For it is only through rebelling against God that you will be able to repent one day and experience the joy of meeting with Him once more.
What I’m trying to say is that we are not in a position to worry about others.
What you need to think about is what you want to do. That’s all there is. If you decide to run the race, just run it even if you are all alone. Run straight to the crown.
What counts the most is this kind of unyielding, unshakable determination. It is this kind of determination that should spread to the people around you.
Since World Church of Messiah is now going through a period of transition, there are naturally those who cannot let go of the faith they had before. But if you think about them all the time, you’ll never be able to make a start.
Rather, you have to make up your mind and start running the race even though it is only you who do so. And with God’s permission, if some are moved by the way we run this race that leads to the crown of life, our Church moves forward with those people. This is the kind of mindset we should have in advancing the divine work.
Meeting with Kyoshu-sama: Executive Directors and Regional Directors
October 1, 2020
Published in Glory, no. 25, February 1, 2022