Let us discuss cults and the end of each generation within over the 6,000 years of biblical history. If we compare Adam to Noah, Adam was the corrupt, worn-out tradition and Noah was considered orthodox. Adam’s world, which had been considered orthodox, became a cult, and Noah’s world was the new orthodoxy. Adam became a possession of Satan, but Noah belonged to God. Later, however, Noah’s sons Canaan and Ham became heretics just like Adam. At that time, Moses was appointed as the new orthodoxy. Canaan became a possession of Satan, but Moses belonged to God.
Abraham’s descendants—the Pharisees and teachers of the law—were heretics who belonged to Satan (Mt 23:29-33; Jn 8:44). Jesus, on the other hand, was truly orthodox because he belonged to God (Mt 3:16-17; Jn 10:25-30; Jn 17:7-8). Just as was mentioned, the previous generation became an old, worn-out tradition and a cult. The subsequent generation, which was created later, became orthodox. A man is either orthodox or heretical depending on the type of spirit that resides within him. We cannot see the spirits within people, but we can hear the words people speak (1 Jn 4:1-6). Not only is God the word (Jn 1:1-4), but Jesus is also the word (1 Jn 1:1-2). Although Jesus was a physical being, he is also the word because God, who is the word, is with him.
A person can be considered orthodox if his testimony is spoken according to the Bible (the word). If his testimony, however, runs counter to the words of the Bible, he is a heretic. Consider the following example: God told Adam that he would die if he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gn 2:17). Satan, in contrast, said that eating from that tree would not lead to death (Gn 3:1-5). What happened? Adam and Eve died after eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gn 3:6; Ez 18:4). God’s word was true and orthodox, but Satan’s words were lies. Satan’s words were heretical (Jn 8:44-45).
There was an article published recently (Nov. 11, 2009) in a Korean newspaper that described an incident that took place in a Christian forum. A man named Shim called a man named Choi a heretic because he said he believed that the Christian doctrine of the trinity should be understood as three separate Gods instead of three-in-one. The fundamental principles of Christianity should be considered before people just insist on their own understandings. We should only decide who is right and who is wrong after these underlying issues are discussed.
People hold all sorts of unbiblical opinions because the devil who opposes God is with them (Rv 20:2; 2 Thes 2:3-4). These people have inherited the devil’s “genes.” Mr. Choi is part of the Christian Council of Korea (CCK), which stems from the Presbyterian Church. The Presbyterian Church is the church of John Calvin. This is an issue, therefore, related to discerning whether people belong to the church of Jesus or the church of Calvin. We must listen to people’s words (testimonies) to determine the type of spiritual “genes” they carry.
The teachings of the church of Jesus differ from the teachings of Calvin. Their doctrines stem from the roots of their respective religions and the spirits within them. Mr. Choi’s opinion is actually the word of the spirit from whom Mr. Choi inherited his spiritual genes. Amos 3:3 asks, “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” This incident with Mr. Shim is not unprecedented. Rumors have long been circulating that Mr. Choi is a heretic proselytizing and producing more heretics just like him.
The root of the problem, however, does not lie in Mr. Choi himself. The problems arise from Mr. Choi’s foundation, the Christian Council of Korea. It was pointed out in the Korean Press Association’s seventh Christian Press Forum that Korean Presbyterian churches were instrumental in the establishment of the CCK. The CCK was established by a group of conservative Korean Christians in support of a Constitutional amendment that would allow the Korean president at the time to run for a third consecutive term. The Korean Press Association forum cited the CCK’s own webpage as evidence of this fact. (This content has since been deleted.) The CCK has grown out of the Presbyterian Church. John Calvin is the root of the Presbyterian church because he established it. At the time of its establishment, even Calvin’s Presbyterian Church was called a cult by the Catholic church.
I assume that you are well aware of the people who gave information about Shinchonji to MBC PD Note. I also assume you realize whether or not they should be called orthodox or heretics. A cult is an organization with heretical actions. Those who spread lies about Shinchonji to MBC PD Note acted in a heretical way just like the people supporting them (their root). Jesus spoke of this same logic when he accused the Pharisees, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire … When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies,” (Jn 8:44). The heretical CCK is a branch of Calvin the heretic’s tree. This heretical CCK hired and appointed three other heretics—Mr. Jin, who was once a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Mr. Choi, and Mr.Shin—to be cult discrimination experts. The CCK has helped these three people to conduct cult discrimination seminars in the community. Isn’t it obvious, then, that these three people have also acted in a heretical way.
Aren’t the roots, the trunk, the branches, and the fruit all part of the same tree? With Calvin as their root, the tree, its branches, and its fruit are all heretical (Lk 6:43-45). The CCK calls Shinchonji a cult because Shinchonji’s teachings and actions are different from their own. In fact, the teachings of Shinchonji are the teachings of the Church of Jesus. The teachings of the CCK, on the other hand, are the teachings of Calvin. The CCK’s so-called cult discrimination experts (conversion education pastors) have gone so far as to give sleeping pills to the members of other churches or denominations. The conversion education pastors tape people’s mouths and handcuff them. They confine people and force them to receive conversion education. If people refuse to convert to the churches of the conversion pastors, then the pastors commit them to mental institutes. These are the actions of the so-called cult experts appointed by the CCK. These are the actions of the Presbyterian Church. This same Presbyterian Church even bowed down to the Japanese emperor as a god during the most recent Japanese colonization of Korea. Furthermore, people from the Presbyterian Church even manipulated the husband of a Shinchonji member to murder her. She was murdered because she refused to believe the doctrines of the Presbyterian Church and refused to convert to their denomination. They have acted according to Jesus’ words in Jn 16:2 and have murdered people just like Calvin did.
Let’s look carefully at the doctrines of another of the pastors of the Presbyterian Church as well as CCK. Mr. Jin claims that the four living creatures in Revelation refer to the four gospels. Aren’t these, in fact, very different? Perhaps he does not know the meaning of the Chinese characters for each term or the meaning of the parables in the Bible. You may find it surprising that he received a doctoral degree even after dropping out of elementary school in the second grade. If the word is symbolized by the seed (Lk 8:11), this man is spreading weeds—the seeds of the devil (Mt 13:39). He forces people to convert to his denomination—the organization of the devil. He forcefully commits anyone who refuses to listen to him and his organization to a mental institution. The conversion education pastors violate people’s basic human rights. Aren’t these actions barbaric? Anyone who realizes that their words are nothing but the seeds of the devil will never convert to their denomination.
What about the teachings of Mr. Shin? The CCK also appointed a man named Shin along with Mr. Jin to conduct cult discrimination seminars. In these seminars, Mr. Shin boldly bears false witness of things he claims to have seen and done. In fact, Mr. Shin denies Jesus. He once claimed that instead of eating and drinking the flesh and blood of Jesus we must eat and drink someone else’s flesh and blood to receive salvation. He also claimed that we can only get our prayers answered by praying in someone else’s name, not the name of Jesus. Apparently, Mr. Shin is an Antichrist (1 Jn 2:18-19). Heretics produce more heretics. Mr. Shin has too far in using unbiblical teachings to label others as heretics. True believers with sound judgment will be able to take a look at this situation and easily discern who is the real heretic.
We have examined the words and doctrines of the three people—Mr. Choi, Mr. Jin, and Mr. Shin—whom the CCK appointed as cult discrimination experts. Who gave them spiritual birth? The CCK. Who, then, gave spiritual birth to the CCK? The Presbyterian Church. Who gave birth to the Presbyterian Church? Calvin did. The roots and branches of a plant are the same as the mother plant. It does not matter whether they claim to be doing good or not. They call us a cult and persecute us to hide the fact that they themselves are the true cult. Again, the CCK is the real cult, and their cult discrimination experts are the real heretics themselves. Their actions prove that they are heretics.
We have twice asked a pastor belonging to the CCK to answer a set of questions regarding the Bible. To this day, however, we have yet to receive a response. How can a believer, who is outside the Bible and carrying out an arbitrary life of faith, possibly understand the Bible? Today, Shinchonji Church of Jesus would like to announce that the CCK is the true cult. We also pray that those who belong to the CCK will be born again through the blood of Christ. Those who receive the revelation and the testimony of Shinchonji Church of Jesus will know the only true God and Jesus (Mt 11:27; Jn 17:3). By receiving the word of revelation, they will also know the true meaning of the Bible and eventually attain salvation.