Awhile ago, a man named Mr. Jin suggested to the Shinchonji Chairman Mr. Lee through a third party that he would like to organize a Bible debate with Mr. Lee. Mr. Lee quickly agreed to the meeting and sent in a list of conditions and suggested topics to the moderator. Mr. Jin also sent a document to the moderator, but, instead of discussing topics related to the Bible, Mr. Jin’s document was filled with personal attacks attacks against Mr. Lee. Mr. Jin said things in that document that a person who serves God could never say. In response, Mr. Lee asked Mr Jin to stop his personal attacks and participate in a debate about the prophecies of the Bible.
Mr. Lee sent Mr. Jin an advance copy of 40 questions regarding the interpretation of the Bible. Mr. Lee suggested that if Mr. Jin is willing and able to answer the questions, he would be happy to enter into an open debate. Instead of actually answering any of Mr. Lee’s questions, Mr. Jin made several public statements on the Internet about how he had won the debate that never actually took place. Later, Mr. Jin and Mr. Lee finally met for the first time when Mr. Jin filed charges against Mr. Lee. At that time, Mr. Lee asked Mr. Jin to meet again later.
The next day, Mr. Jin showed up with other two people. Mr. Lee took out a voice recorder and set it on the table in front of Mr. Jin. Mr. Lee said, “You couldn’t answer a single one of my 40 questions about the Bible. Why are you saying you won our debate? If you couldn’t answer a single question, wouldn’t you be considered the loser?” Along with that he added, “Today, I brought 10 questions that are simply about verses from the Bible. You should be able to answer these questions.” After Mr. Lee read the 10 questions out loud, Mr. Jin looked shocked. This entire conversation lasted less than 10 minutes, but Mr. Jin got up and said he had to leave. Since that time, many years have passed, but Mr. Lee has never received a reply for any of the questions he asked Mr. Jin.
After hearing the story, who do you think won the debate? Pastors should be able to participate in friendly debates using the Bible as evidence. Is there a reason to attack others regarding their personal lives? People who do not know the truth should at least be willing to listen to the truth and believe the truth of the Bible.
Since the beginning, Shinchonji has never altered the Lord’s Prayer that is recorded in the Bible. We have never recited the Apostles’ Creed because it is not in the Bible. Other Christian groups have called Shinchonji a cult because we don’t say the same altered Lord’s Prayer they say and because we don’t recite the Apostle’s Creed. It has been a few years since that time. Some of those denominations have stopped using the altered Lord’s Prayer and returned to the version in the Mt 6. Many, though, are still chanting the Apostles’ Creed despite the fact that it is not in the Bible.
The Korean version of the Apostles’ Creed mentions a holy assembly, which is the same term used in the Bible to describe the gathering of the spiritual leaders of Israel around the time of the first coming. The language of the Apostles’ Creed also seems to blame Pilate for the death of Jesus. Anyone who reads the New Testament, though, can see that it was the chief priests, elders, and other Jewish leaders who were to blame for killing Jesus, not Pilate (Mt 27). Jesus’ own disciples blamed the priests and elders for having killed Jesus (Acts 3:13-15). Pilate admitted Jesus was a king and God’s son. He even announced three times that Jesus was innocent and concluded by washing his hands of the matter in front of the crowd (Mt 27:24). The Jewish crowd responded by gladly accepting responsibility for Jesus’ blood right before Jesus was taken to be crucified (Mt 27:25-26). How can the assembly of people that put Jesus to death be called a holy assembly? How can they blame Pilate for their crimes?
Since it was the chief priests and elders who killed Jesus, not Pilate, people who recite the lies of the Apostles’ Creed as their own are crucifying Christ all over again.
Why do Christians recite the Apostles’ Creed over and over again even though it was not written according to the Bible? Look carefully at Proverbs and read Rv 22. Galatians 1:8 says, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” Should anyone be reciting the Apostles’ Creed? The early church leaders framed Pilate for their crime and they hide their sins by urging Christians to recite the Apostles’ Creed. Doesn’t it seem obvious that all nations have been deceived?
The pastor hired as a cult expert by the Christian Council of Korea is not using the Bible for discernment. He is spreading false accusations and other lies that do not come from the Bible. Shouldn’t this issue be opened for public debate?