New York City Council of Churches Votes Against Admitting Moon’s Sect
by Kenneth A. Briggs New York Times June 23, 1975
The Unification Church, headed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, last week lost its second bid to gain membership in the Council of Churches in the City of New York.
By a 31-to-8 margin, the council’s board of directors, meeting at the lnterchurch Center at 475 Riverside Drive [on June 20, 1975], agreed to accept the recommendation of its executive committee to exclude the Korean-based church. In February, a similar proposal lost by two votes.
Membership would have conferred a degree of establishment status as well as influence and visibility. Claiming to represent 1,700 Protestant and Orthodox churches, the council is the largest ecumenical body in the city. The church says its purpose in seeking entry was to help provide a united Christian front.
The debate over the church’s application has gone on for several months, Controversy centered on the council’s standards of membership, considered flexible, and whether Mr. Moon’s theology and practice ﬁt within those criteria.
Backers of the application argued that tolerance should be granted toward unorthodox views and that the church’s uniqueness had made it an object of unjust derision.
Opponents urged exclusion on the-ground that Mr. Moon’s doctrines — particularly those concerning Christ and salvation — were too far removed from acceptable thought.
Mr. Moon’s critics also charged that the application was an attempt to add legitimacy to the church’s campaign of intensive street evangelism.
“I don’t think ours should be the first Council of Churches to give approval” the Rev. Kenneth Folkes, council president here, said during the half-hour debate.
Mr. Folkes said the church had threatened legal action if its membership was not approved. “I call that plain and simple blackmail.” he said. “Let them put up or shut up.”
Aidan Barry, leader or the New York branch of the church, said he would be “surprised” if the church took the council to court. He attributed the defeat to a threat caused by the church’s rapid growth.
“This church started 20 years ago with five people,” he said. “Now it has perhaps two million. Some people get afraid of something like that.”
[Research shows that the movement never had more than about 100,000 followers worldwide. The Unification Church was always unpopular in Korea and Moon’s sexual theology and sex scandals were well known.]
According to the Rev. Won Il Chei, a leading Presbyterian minister in Seoul, “If we believe those who have gone into the group and come out, they say that one has to receive Sun Myung Moon’s blood to receive salvation. That blood is ordinarily received by three periods of sexual intercourse. But this fact they themselves keep absolutely secret.”
A letter prepared by the Church of the Nazarene, Korean Mission, Seoul describes Moon’s official theology, and details what Moon’s church secretly believes and practices:
1) Founder Moon is the Second Advent Jesus.
2) A believer receives a spiritual body by participating in a ceremony known as blood cleansing which is for women to have sexual intercourse with Moon and for men to have intercourse with such a woman. This idea of blood cleansing comes from the teaching that Eve committed immorality with the Serpent and she passes on to all of us serpent blood.
3) Secretly observed doctrines are Holy covenant and are of more value than the Bible.
4) Members who have experienced blood cleansing can produce sinless generation [children].
5) Founder Moon is sinless.
Rev. Moon’s Church Held not Christian
By George Dugan New York Times June 26, 1977
The Commission on Faith and Order of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America has declared that the Unification Church of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon is “not a Christian church” as it professes to be and that many of its teachings are “incompatible” with Christian belief.
The commission—regarded by many church leaders as the nation’s most representative organization of Christian theologians working together—comprises executives of 26 “mainline” Protestant, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic denominations.
Its assessment of the Moon movement—a year in the making—is in essence a critique of the theology of the Unification Church as set forth in that group’s basic book, “Divine Principle.”
While acknowledging that there were diversities within Christianity, the commission maintained that “certain dimensions of Christian doctrine stand out in sharp detail as essential and indispensable to whatever may be called “Christian faith.” The report was issued Tuesday.
On Friday, officials of the Unification Church held a news conference at the group’s headquarters, 4 West 43d Street.
Moon’s Book ‘Erroneous’
They charged that the National Council commission had consistently “refused” to meet with Unification theologians “despite constant requests to get together.”
Belief in Jesus as the Christ and belief in the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit were cited by the commission as being “essential to Christian identity.”
However, according to the report, “Divine Principle” asserts that Jesus “can by no means be God Himself” and that Jesus was a “second God (image of God).” The commission added that “Divine Principle” teachings on the nature of the Trinity were “erroneous.”
The commission emphasized that “this critique does not in any way call into question the freedom of the Unification Church to exist and propagate its beliefs under the protection of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
Among other Moon teachings that contradict critical elements of the Christian faith, according to the commission’s report, are the following:
Mr. Moon’s revelations are more authoritative than the Bible.
Jesus, because he died on the cross, failed in his mission on earth and must therefore be supplanted by a second Messiah to be born in Korea.
The Jews were responsible for the failure of Jesus’ mission on earth and the Jewish people’s “ignorance,” “disbelief” and “stubbornness” resulted in his persecution and death and placed them on the side of Satan.
Sin was transmitted to Eve through a sexual union with the mythical figure of Lucifer and she then transmitted sin to Adam through sexual union.
The principal author of the report was Sister Agnes Cunningham, Professor of Patristic Theology at Mundelein (Ill.) Seminary and president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
Japanese Religions – a magazine issued by the NCC Center for the Study of Japanese Religions Vol. 9 July 1976 No. 2
THE UNIFICATION CHURCH: CHRISTIAN CHURCH OR POLITICAL MOVEMENT?
Wi Jo Kang (Professor of Missions and World Religions, Concordia Seminary in Exile, St. Louis, Missouri.)
… According to the teachings of the Uniﬁcation Church, the death of Christ was untimely and even unnecessary, for “Jesus did not come to die on the cross.”4 Therefore the Uniﬁcation Church is not a Christian movement but Moon’s movement, or a new religion with a certain Christian coloring. For the followers of the Uniﬁcation Church Moon is superior and more important than Jesus. A Korean Professor of sociology in a prominent Korean University, Ch’oi Syn-duk, who was a follower of Moon in his early years of developing the Uniﬁcation Church, demonstrates this point eloquently:
“Moon, therefore, is superior to Jesus Christ, because he fulfilled the mission which Jesus could not accomplish. Jesus is no longer one of the Trinity, the Holy Son, because of his failure in his original mission. But Moon is not only the founder of the Church but also he is the Messiah of the Second Advent, one of the Trinity, a living God.”
from: Ch’oi Syn-duk, “Korea’s Tongil Movement,” in Transactions of the Korean Branch of Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. XLIII, 1967, p.175. LINK to .docx file
New Growth on Burnt-Over Ground
by Jane Day Mook, article published in ‘A.D.’ May 1974 pages 30-36
… “Here reference must be made to ‘Pikareum’ or ‘blood separation,’ which is referred to in Japanese and Korean sources. In this secret initiation rite, it is said that the inner-core members must have intercourse. In the early days of the Unification Church, this was with Moon who, through the act, made pure the initiate.
In 1955 in Seoul Moon was imprisoned briefly and several students and professors were expelled from their universities because of engaging in what were called “the scandalous rites of the Unification Church.” However, in the 14 years since Moon’s marriage to Hak-Ja Han, it is not know whether, in the secrecy of the initiation ceremony, the rite has become purely a symbolic one.
When asked about this matter of purification, a leader of the Unification Church in the United States replied that purification takes place at the marriage ceremony and that, with special prayers, God’s spiritual blessing and purification are conferred through Moon.
Both the theology and what are understood as the practices of the Unification Church have been anathema to main-line Christians in Korea. Moon himself was excommunicated by the Presbyterian Church in Korea as long ago as 1948.
His church has not been accepted as a member of either the National Council of Churches or the National Association of Evangelicals in Korea, both of whom state unequivocally that the Unification Church is not Christian.”
The words of Sun Myung Moon:
“Christianity is an organization of idiots … Even God is under my thumb”
January 1, 1969 – Korea
“All that is required is enough money, then we can destroy the established churches.” December 3, 1969 – Korea
“God is now throwing Christianity away and is now establishing a new religion, and this new religion is the Unification Church. All Christians in the world are destined to be absorbed by our movement. There have been saints, prophets, and many religious leaders …. in past history …. Master here is more than any of these people and greater than Jesus Christ himself.”
quoted in Time, September 30, 1974, page 68
“Jesus never achieved a thousandth of what Father has done. In his two years and eight months of public ministry, he didn’t even establish the national foundation. Now, Father has established a foundation of worldwide power that is unprecedented in history.”
January 1, 1990 – Chongpadong, Seoul, Korea
“…I know the established Christian theology… I know the enemy, but the enemy doesn’t know me. Thus the enemy has already lost the war.”
February 1995 – Today’s World, page 14
“As Christians, we prayed in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit. Now we should pray in the name of the True Parents. … Until our mission with the Christian Church is over, we must quote the Bible and use it to explain the Divine Principle. After we receive the inheritance of the Christian Church, we will be free to teach without the Bible. Now, however, our primary mission is to witness to the Christian Church.”
Master Speaks 7, March/April 1965, page 1
“Spirits that have lived on the earth for several billions of years gathered in spirit world and are being mobilized to lift Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church out of obscurity. Do you know what that means? When someone showed the name ‘Sun Myung Moon’ to an advanced spiritual medium, the medium spoke saying to pray for this person and offered a prayer and then bowed. Do you know that? It is like that. That is why unless the spirit world becomes unified, the earth cannot be unified. In fact, we have some people standing here who have the ability to communicate with spirit world. Confucius, Buddha and Jesus are my subordinates. Just yesterday a Buddhist came before me and said “Buddha ordered me to pray 24 hours for Sun Myung Moon so I had not choice but to comply…..” Even Buddha will be at odds with heavenly law if he does not cooperate. In the future the communist world will completely disappear.”
March 15, 1975 (page 29)
“That is why you should be in a position where you can subjugate creation and subjugate the angels to unify into one to receive cooperation from heaven. You must come to grips with how the spirit world has already come under the command of Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church. That’s right. Buddhist spiritual mediums came up to me and bowed. Do you think a believer of Buddhism, a believer of Confucianism would do such things? Confucius and Buddha, the whole lot of them are my pupils. Do you know what that means? Pray about it to see if I am lying.
It is what presents the global problems. Such a fierce fight should take place to base our responsibility on rules and principles so that we can pass the upper realm of hope. Formation was the era of offering creation, next was the growth era followed by the current era of the adopted child where the history of Jesus is that of attempting to restore the adopted child, he himself did not attain completion as a son. That is why he had to return. After returning he would have to subjugate the angels and subjugate the world of creation before standing before God. No one can enter heaven without standing before God. He is in the briefing room of paradise right now. Christians stupidly shout with loud voices even though they don’t know what they are talking about, but I say go ahead and die and see who is correct.”
1975 Speech No. 184 (page 64)
“Then in one sense, Father, Heavenly Father will say, “Reverend Moon is far better than me, the Heavenly Father.” In a short period of time, he will synthesize, He will crush the enemy and let them surrender. Our Master senses this kind of feeling of the Heavenly Father. Also, he is proud of himself and appreciates that Jesus Christ’s unfinished job of 6,000 years has been completed by him in his lifetime.”
July 31, 1974 – Barrytown
“Now God leaves Christianity and strengthens a new religion, and this new religion is the Unification Church… With the right foot we trample Christianity and subdue it to us.”
April 2, 1972 (pages 3 and 5) – Paris Address
“We will liberate the entire spirit world, too. Even Jesus is not in the Kingdom of Heaven. When I saw him, he was in Paradise. Did Jesus, who came in order to liberate the world, fulfill his mission? No, so his mission is not over yet. Since his mission was not completed, he could not be victorious for the liberation of the world and be loved as a son by God. This is the path of the Unification Church today.”
March 3, 1976 – Choongang Training Center (Sootaek-ri) Gyeonggi-do, Korea
“I sincerely welcome and express my deepest appreciation to you for coming to participate in this ‘Cosmic Assembly for the Settlement of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind and for the Proclamation of the Word by God’s Substantial Self’”
Sun Myung Moon 2011 and January 8-15, 2012 – Public Rallies in Korea
“Jesus Christ is trying to follow me, my footsteps, all the way. He stayed in Paradise, because he did not marry. But I gave him marriage. Don’t you want to meet the wives of Buddha, Confucius and Muhammad? They sent letters of gratitude to me from the spirit world. They pledge that even if their religion disappears, they will follow me.”
The Arrival of the Era of the Fourth Adam’s Realm
Sun Myung Moon Sunday October 24, 1999
Belvedere International Training Center, New York LINK
“Confucius, Buddha, Jesus are my servants”
March 15, 1976
“I am now making a prototype of the perfect family, accomplishing what Jesus could not do.” The Ideal Family is the Base for Peace and Unification, July 24, 1994, Belvedere (in Today’s World, May 1995, page 12)
An Eclipse of True Christianity
by Gabrielle Devenish Christian Post reporter November 26, 2011
The “Christian” organization you are supporting may very well be a cult.
The Unification Church, otherwise known as The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity (HSA-UWC) or the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), Universal Peace Federation (UPF), CARP, etc., founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, owns or is affiliated with several organizations, many with Christian-sounding names.
The organization itself “uses Christian terminology and categories, but the definitions and meanings are totally different,” said Fred Miller of True Light Educational Ministry in Shirley, N.Y.
Kurt Goedelman, founder of Personal Freedom Outreach, an apologetics ministry that deals with cults, told The Christian Post, “They claim to be Christian but they deny all tenets of Christianity.”
The movement rose to its peak in the 1970s, when the hippie generation embraced the Unification message of peace and love.
“When the hippie culture became popular in the ’60s, young people turned to alternative religions and one of the new religions was the Unification Church. Moon got enormous attention through his support of Richard Nixon and his followers worked zealously to bring people in to the movement,” James Beverley, professor of Christian Thought and Ethics at Tyndale University, said in an interview with CP. Followers are sometimes termed “Moonies” due to the founder’s last name, though Miller noted that they consider this term offensive.
“Back then he (Moon) was drawing the kids in. You could see them standing on corners selling roses and trinkets,” said Miller, who has been studying cults for 20 years.
“The Unification movement was popular in the ’70s and ’80s but membership has gone downhill in the United States and Canada and most parts of the world,” Beverley noted, in part because of Moon’s conviction of tax fraud. However, “Moon has many followers in South Korea and Japan.”
Despite the Unification promotion of peace and love, the movement is not a Christian organization, based on the faith’s primary tenet of having a relationship with Jesus.
“Moon claims that he’s the Messiah. In order to get to heaven, you must be married. Now I don’t know how different you can get from Christianity,” said Miller.
“He (Moon) was also actually ‘crowned’ King of Christianity,” he added.
Craig Branch, director of the Apologetics Resource Center, called the Unification Church “a pseudo-Christian cult,” in an email to CP.
Beverley agreed. “If cult refers to a group that claims to be Christian but is far, far away from clear, main biblical teaching then the Unification Church fits the description,” he said.
“Part of (the Rev. Sun Myung) Moon’s strategy was/is to form conservative political group alliances and therefore credibility with traditional conservative Christians, which unfortunately … had some apparent endorsements from notable Christian leaders. For example the conservative newspaper, The Washington Times, is owned by Moon,” said Branch. The Rev. Jerry Falwell has also been tied with Moon, and interestingly, said Miller, “Ninety-five percent of the sushi in American restaurants is coming out of his factory.”
Many of these have Christian-sounding titles, such as the Christian Heritage Foundation, the National Conservative Political Action Committee, the National Prayer and Fast Committee or the Washington Institute for Values in Public Policy – the FFWPU / Unification Church is affiliated with all.
“The Unification movement retains the outline, though not always the substance, of classical Christian doctrine,” Beverley states in his book, The Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions. “Divine Principle, the famous Unification ‘Bible,’ has been the centerpiece in Unification evangelism and in-house teaching.”
Divine Principle was penned by the Rev. Moon, with a disciple [Hyo-won Eu], and published in 1966. But “Moon has always made it clear that his ongoing teachings and sermons themselves constitute the most important source of modern revelation,” the book clarifies.
“The Unification Movement would see the Bible as an errant book,” Kurt Goedelman, of PFO, pointed out in an interview with CP.
Theologians seem to agree on other key areas where Unificationist teaching clearly departs from Scriptural Christianity: the Fall, the Trinity (including denying Jesus’ sinless nature) and the resurrection of Christ.
“Moon denies the Trinity, minimizes the sovereignty of God, and teaches salvation based partly on human works, including payment for liberating ancestors,” Beverley explained.
Also, “The Unification Church (Sun Myung Moon) teaches that mankind’s Fall was twofold: (1) spiritual and (2) physical,” said Ric Walston, president of Columbia Evangelical Seminary of Washington, in an email to CP.
“(1) The Spiritual Fall: The Unification Church teaches that God wanted Adam and Eve to mature to the point of spiritual perfection before they engaged in sex and had children. If they had done this, they would have been ‘True Parents’ and they would have had perfect children, and, thus, they would have established the kingdom of God on earth,” he wrote. “But, Lucifer seduced Eve and had spiritual sexual relations with her. Their spirit bodies committed fornication. This is what caused the ‘Spiritual Fall.’”
“(2) The Physical Fall: The Unification Church teaches that in her effort to right this wrong, Eve seduced Adam and they had physical sex. But, Eve was motivated by ‘satanic love’ and Adam and Eve’s children (and all children thereafter) were children of the devil. This physical, sexual union between Adam and Eve is the ‘Physical Fall’ of mankind.”
Walston said that the belief system teaches “Jesus was [the] only person since the Fall who was without sin and so he was to redeem mankind both spiritually and physically. But, Jesus failed his divine mission.”
Instead of getting married and having children, thereby redeeming humanity “both spiritually and physically,” Jesus died, Walston said.
“So, Jesus only redeemed humanity spiritually by dying on the cross; and, now, Sun Myung Moon is the second coming of ‘Christ’ to redeem mankind physically.”
Branch also explained, “Sun Myung Moon claims to have received the revelation that he was to fulfill what Jesus did not do.”
PFO director Goedelman summed, “Only devotion to Moon and his wife can bring salvation.”
“The Unification Church centers on Sun Myung Moon as the key Savior and Lord. Jesus is viewed ultimately as someone who failed in his original mission. Unificationists focus on Moon and his Divine Principle and his ongoing teaching. Christians focus on Jesus and the Bible and the Gospel as given by Jesus and his original disciples,” Beverley stated.
Because followers are so heavily indoctrinated and highly devoted to Moon, it is hard to reach them with any other message.
“Defectors are extremely exiled,” Miller noted. “One leader in the Unification church told me that he believed in true Scripture, but if he left the church, ‘I lose my wife, I lose my job, I lose my family, I lose everything.’”
Beverley stressed, “The way to win the Unificationists is through love not coercion.“
“Followers of Sun Myung Moon are usually highly committed to Unification teachings. Consequently, there is not much openness to evangelical Christian faith,” he said. “However, the Unification Church is going through a crisis now because of the split between Moon’s oldest and youngest sons [and their mother, Hak Ja Han, the leader of the FFWPU]. Further, there are increasing signs of doubt about Moon himself, given the clear evidence of his own failures and those of his family. Given these realities, Christians can witness with love and patience about the supremacy of Jesus as the only Savior and Lord.”
“Generally, when I approach any cult member, I don’t tell them their religion is wrong. I take a more confused approach: ‘Wait a minute, I don’t understand, you believe this, but your Scripture says this.’”
He said that when regarding the Unification Church, Christians need to keep in mind Matthew 24 and Luke 13.
“For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matt 24:5).
“Many will knock on the door, saying Lord, Lord, open unto us, but He will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from’” (Luke 13:25).
He was known as ‘Mun Yesu – Jesus Moon’ and the ‘physical Jesus’ in the 1950s.
Gil-Ja Sa Eu “At Ewha University, hundreds of students heard the DP and were moved by it. But in the end only 14 stood firm and were kicked out. Professor Yang witnessed to Maria Pak, a very powerful woman. She was intrigued by the idea of a man who was “physical Jesus” and was revealing secrets of the Bible. She was brought to the house where Father was teaching at that time, but it was jam-packed; not even any elbow room. Father was poorly dressed and everyone was sweaty and somewhat dirty in her eyes. Finally, she could take it no longer, cried out in frustration, got up and left. Afterwards, Father was told who she was and he was upset with Prof. Yang. “To meet such a person, I need to dress up and meet them in a nice place such as a hotel”, he told her. Reflecting later, he noted, “Compared with Jesus’ manger and the stable where he was born, it was not so bad.” Maria Pak became one of our worst persecutors in Korea.”
June 1, 2001 Washington, D.C. Family Church
Korea: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary – by Keith Pratt and Richard Rutt (1999)
… in 1953. He taught that although Christ had brought spiritual salvation, he, at this time known as Mun Yesu, ‘Jesus Mun’, had brought the necessary complementary physical salvation. He wrote a new scripture, ‘The Divine Principle’, to be added to the Bible, and conducted some dramatic ceremonies, including the Marriage of the Lamb, when he took a very young new wife. He controlled every individual in his flock, conducting mass weddings of couples chosen to be spouses by himself, and instituted draconian evangelistic training for them. He was firmly anti-communist and soon established branches overseas, especially in the USA (where Mun lived after 1973 and there were 3,000 followers in 1980), preaching that full salvation came out of Korea. In 1982 he was convicted of income tax fraud. He then moved to Brazil, whence he returned to Korea in 1998. …”
Gil Ja Sa Eu My Testimony (1980)
Spring 1955 at Ewha University: “I bought many Bible commentaries, and read them but none of them had what I was looking for. Whenever I received expense money from home, rather than buying clothes, I would buy books in this area and try to work out my questions. Toward the end of my junior year I began hearing a strange rumor.
They said there was a “Unification Church” which would solve all the unknown facts about the Bible, and that a Moon Jesus had come.
At first I paid no attention, because this group said that Jesus would come as a man and I always had believed he would come on the clouds. As the days went by, however, more and more students in my dormitory began going to the Unification Church. Particularly my close friend Shin Mi-shik (Mrs. Sang Ik Choi) began going there and invited me to go with her.” …
“Soon after I began hearing the rumor that Professor Kim was going to the church, five capable professors, including Professor Kim, and the English literature professor, were fired by the university. They had been told to choose between their academic careers and the Unification Church and had chosen the church.
One evening after dinner I went out on to the field with my friend Mi-shik and as we walked I asked her in a whisper, “Is Moon Jesus really Jesus?” she had been walking a step ahead of me, but hearing my question she turned around and said angrily, “You don’t know anything! How can you be qualified to ask such a question?”
Her attitude was so serious and solemn that I wasn’t able to say anything further. Only my heart was pounding. Soon I said, “Then I’ll go there and see!” My pride had been hurt by her saying that I wasn’t qualified, and I promised to go with her forgetting that I had been resisting her invitations for three months.
She smiled and said, “Then shall we go?””
from pages 14-15 and 17
Hyun-shil Kang (The first member to join in South Korea)
“It was rumored that Moon ‘Yesu’ ‘Jesus Moon’ is a heretic and he is bringing a strange spirit to Pusan from North Korea”… (January 1, 2007)