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Networking and Doctrinal Overlap Between Unification Church and Shincheonji

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Mr Lee Man-hee and Kim Nam-hee, pho­tographed with Moon offi­cial Mr Pak Bo-hi (sec­ond from the left) attend­ing a Uni­fi­ca­tion Church Lit­tle Angels event. Mrs Pak is stand­ing next to Mr Lee.

COMMENT: A spec­u­la­tive ele­ment of dis­cus­sion con­cerns a cult/church in South Korea which is the epi­cen­ter of a burst of coro­n­avirus cas­es in that coun­try. A reput­ed pres­ence of a branch of the orga­ni­za­tion is in Wuhan, which has direct­ed dis­cus­sion in the direc­tion of the virus hav­ing migrat­ed from Hubei province to South Korea.

Against the back­ground of Uni­fi­ca­tion Church activ­i­ty dur­ing the Cold War, in con­nec­tion with CIA, in con­nec­tion with the fas­cist pow­er elite in Japan that is con­tin­u­ous with that coun­try’s activ­i­ties dur­ing World War II, we won­der about the pos­si­bil­i­ty of the use of this cult as a vec­tor­ing agent.

(For more about the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church, see–among oth­er pro­grams–AFA #‘s 7, 14, and 27, as well as FTR #‘s 186, 551.) It is impor­tant to see the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church in its posi­tion as a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the Japan­ese patri­ot­ic and ultra-nation­al­ist soci­eties. Back­ground infor­ma­tion on this dynam­ic can be found in–among oth­er pro­grams, FTR #‘s 905, 969, 970.)

Might it be pos­si­ble that it was used to intro­duce the virus into Chi­na in the first place?

“. . . . Jung Eun-kyeong, direc­tor of the Korea Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, said the author­i­ties were inves­ti­gat­ing reports that Shin­cheon­ji had oper­a­tions in Hubei, the Chi­nese province that includes Wuhan, where the virus emerged. The South Kore­an news agency New­sis report­ed on Fri­day that Shin­cheon­ji had opened a church in Wuhan last year, and that ref­er­ences to it had been removed from the church’s web­site. Church offi­cials could not imme­di­ate­ly be reached for com­ment. . . .”

The Shin­cheon­ji orga­ni­za­tion appears to over­lap the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. In addi­tion to net­work­ing between ele­ments of both orga­ni­za­tions, the Shin­cheon­ji Church has many doc­tri­nal sim­i­lar­i­ties to the Moon orga­ni­za­tion.

  • Shin­cheon­ji Train­ing Cen­ter (low­er left) and the Moon’s Palace at Cheong­pyeong (upper right).

    Shin­cheon­ji “mes­si­ah” Lee Man-Hee bought land imme­di­ate­ly adja­cent to Moon’s palace. ” . . . . On Novem­ber 15, 2012, Lee and his wife, Kim Nam-hee, bought land from Hyundai-Kia, Hyundai, Gyeong­gi-do, Gyeong­gi Province for 3.15 bil­lion won. A three-sto­ry train­ing cen­ter with a mari­na was built at the loca­tion. (Note the pic­ture at right.) . . . .”
  • ” . . . . Lee attend­ed a per­for­mance com­mem­o­rat­ing the 50th anniver­sary of the found­ing of the Lit­tle Angels arts group [a Moon subsidiary–D.E.] at the Sejong Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts on Sep­tem­ber 7th. Lee and Kim also had a com­mem­o­ra­tive pho­to tak­en with Mr. Pak Bo Hi. The Chun Ji Dai­ly and the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church World Dai­ly News pub­lished favor­able arti­cles. . . . ”
  • Most impor­tant of these points of over­lap between the orga­ni­za­tions is the posi­tion and influ­ence of Kim Kun-Nam in Shin­cheon­ji: . . . . Kim Kun-nam, one of the two authors of Shin­tan, which can be called the first doc­trine of Shin­cheon­ji, is from the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Kim also served as a lec­tur­er in the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. It is no exag­ger­a­tion to say that Shin­cheon­ji doc­trine devel­oped on the basis of what Kim made. . . .”
  • In addi­tion, the plans for Lee Man-Hee’s sup­pos­ed­ly divine wife to suc­ceed him are rem­i­nis­cent of Moon’s decreed suc­ces­sion by his wife after his death. ” . . . . After the death of Moon, the deifi­ca­tion of Han was fur­ther strength­ened. At present, in the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church, Hak Ja Han is the holy and hon­or­able god of the day for the first time in his­to­ry. It was Moon, who called him­self True Father, who made Han like this. Moon has said that Han is the sec­ond great leader of the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Kim Nam-hee has the over­whelm­ing sup­port of Lee Man-hee and became the moth­er of the peo­ple through a spir­i­tu­al sub­sti­tute at the head of a sem­i­nary. In the Gapyeong Shin­cheon­ji Train­ing Cen­ter, … are expressed as Kim. This is a doc­tri­nal foot­step that makes Lee’s suc­ces­sor, Kim Nam-hee, become the mas­ter of Shin­cheon­ji. . . .”
  • The cer­e­mo­ni­al crowned vest­ments of Lee Man-Hee and his wife are very sim­i­lar to those worn by Moon and his wife:

Sun Myung Moon, and his wife (above), Lee Man-hee and Kim Nam-hee (below)

 

1. “Shad­owy Church is at Cen­ter of Coro­n­avirus Out­break in South Korea” by Choe Sang-Hun; The New York Times; 2/21/2020.

. . . . Now, health offi­cials are zero­ing in on the church’s prac­tices as they seek to con­tain South Korea’s alarm­ing coro­n­avirus out­break, in which mem­bers of Shin­cheon­ji and their rel­a­tives account for more than two-thirds of the con­firmed infec­tions. On Fri­day, the num­ber of cas­es in the coun­try soared above 200 — sec­ond only to main­land Chi­na, if the out­break on the Dia­mond Princess cruise ship is exclud­ed from Japan’s count. . . .

. . . . As of Fri­day, more than 340 mem­bers of Shin­cheon­ji, which main­stream South Kore­an church­es con­sid­er a cult, still could not be reached, accord­ing to health offi­cials, who were fran­ti­cal­ly hop­ing to screen them for signs of infec­tion. . . .

. . . . Jung Eun-kyeong, direc­tor of the Korea Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, said the author­i­ties were inves­ti­gat­ing reports that Shin­cheon­ji had oper­a­tions in Hubei, the Chi­nese province that includes Wuhan, where the virus emerged. The South Kore­an news agency New­sis report­ed on Fri­day that Shin­cheon­ji had opened a church in Wuhan last year, and that ref­er­ences to it had been removed from the church’s web­site. Church offi­cials could not imme­di­ate­ly be reached for com­ment. . . .

2. “Rival Kore­an mes­si­ah builds work­shop next to UC / FFWPU Cheong­pyeong Cen­ter: Bench­mark­ing the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church and Shin­cheon­ji of Lee Man-hee;” howwelldoyouknowyourmoon.tumblr.com; 1/15/2015.

com­put­er trans­la­tion, there will be inac­cu­ra­cies:

One Shin­cheon­ji for­mer mem­ber was instruct­ed to bench­mark the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Lee Man-hee imi­tates doc­trines and activ­i­ties of the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church.

Lee Man-hee’s con­nec­tions with the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church

Lee Man-hee’s rela­tion­ship with the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church con­tin­ues to be cap­tured. On Novem­ber 15, 2012, Lee and his wife, Kim Nam-hee, bought land from Hyundai-Kia, Hyundai, Gyeong­gi-do, Gyeong­gi Province for 3.15 bil­lion won. A three-sto­ry train­ing cen­ter with a mari­na was built at the loca­tion.

Lee attend­ed a per­for­mance com­mem­o­rat­ing the 50th anniver­sary of the found­ing of the Lit­tle Angels arts group [a Moon subsidiary–D.E.] at the Sejong Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts on Sep­tem­ber 7th. Lee and Kim also had a com­mem­o­ra­tive pho­to tak­en with Mr. Pak Bo Hi. The Chun Ji Dai­ly and the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church World Dai­ly News pub­lished favor­able arti­cles.

Peace move­ment copied

Lee Man-hee claims to be a “lion of peace” and has trav­eled all over the world. In Sep­tem­ber and Decem­ber 2014, Mr Lee held con­fer­ences on reli­gions in Seoul and in Los Ange­les in the Unit­ed States. [Sum­mit of the World Alliance of Reli­gions for Peace (WARP) Seoul, Sept. 17–19, 2014] He put for­ward fan­ci­ful claims that he would unite the world’s reli­gions. Lee rea­sons that ‘the con­flicts between reli­gions break peace.’ At the Los Ange­les event Lee said that he is the per­son who is direct­ly con­nect­ed with God and that God’s will is to elim­i­nate con­flicts caused by reli­gion.

Obvi­ous­ly, you will have often heard the word ‘peace’ used in the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. It was a key fac­tor in deter­min­ing the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Sun Myung Moon pre­sent­ed him­self as a peace activist. Moon said in his auto­bi­og­ra­phy, As a Peace Lov­ing Glob­al Cit­i­zen, “Peace will nev­er come on this earth with­out break­ing down the bar­ri­ers between reli­gions.” “For thou­sands of years dif­fer­ent reli­gions have claimed to be the right ones, build­ing high walls. God’s will is for peace.”

In the end, Lee is mere­ly fol­low­ing the old­er suc­cess­ful reli­gious move­ment under the ban­ner of “peace.” Retirees, who were in the plan­ning depart­ment for Shin­cheon­ji activ­i­ties and events, con­firmed this.

Shin­tan was writ­ten by the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church

Most of the doc­trines of Kore­an pseu­do-reli­gions are sim­i­lar. It is because almost all the lead­ers did not receive prop­er the­o­log­i­cal edu­ca­tion. They preach pseu­do-reli­gion. Shin­cheon­ji also bor­rowed doc­trines from the Olive Tree move­ment of Park Tae-seon (b. 1915) and The Tent Temple—or the Tem­ple of the Tabernacle—which was found­ed by Yoo Jae-yul (b. 1949).

But Shin­cheon­ji was par­tic­u­lar­ly influ­enced by the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Kim Kun-nam, one of the two authors of Shin­tan, which can be called the first doc­trine of Shin­cheon­ji, is from the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Kim also served as a lec­tur­er in the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. It is no exag­ger­a­tion to say that Shin­cheon­ji doc­trine devel­oped on the basis of what Kim made.

The process by which Lee Man-hee is set­ting up a suc­ces­sion plan for Kim Nam-hee is also sim­i­lar to the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. The UC refers to Dr. Hak Ja Han as True Moth­er and has dei­fied her. After the death of Moon, the deifi­ca­tion of Han was fur­ther strength­ened. At present, in the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church, Hak Ja Han is the holy and hon­or­able god of the day for the first time in his­to­ry. It was Moon, who called him­self True Father, who made Han like this. Moon has said that Han is the sec­ond great leader of the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church.

Kim Nam-hee has the over­whelm­ing sup­port of Lee Man-hee and became the moth­er of the peo­ple through a spir­i­tu­al sub­sti­tute at the head of a sem­i­nary. In the Gapyeong Shin­cheon­ji Train­ing Cen­ter, … are expressed as Kim. This is a doc­tri­nal foot­step that makes Lee’s suc­ces­sor, Kim Nam-hee, become the mas­ter of Shin­cheon­ji. What remains is the deifi­ca­tion of Kim. Just as the deifi­ca­tion of Moon has been fur­ther strength­ened, it is impor­tant to pay atten­tion to where Kim can go.

The Uni­fi­ca­tion Church became a huge orga­ni­za­tion by using ‘peace’. Although there has been fric­tion between the inter­nal forces after Moon’s death, it is steadi­ly estab­lish­ing suc­ces­sion rel­a­tive to oth­er pseu­do reli­gions. Was it enough of a role mod­el for Lee Man-hee? Shin­cheon­ji has copied the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church in doc­trine and activ­i­ty. How far can Shin­cheon­ji catch up with the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church (FFWPU)?

Discussion

2 comments for “Networking and Doctrinal Overlap Between Unification Church and Shincheonji”

  1. Thank you!

    This is great stuff here and real­ly con­nects some impor­tant dots.

    I think it’s worth not­ing in the con­text of the 2017–18 flu epi­dem­ic and the dif­fer­ing types of cov­er­age (staid vs hys­te­ria), one sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor is the stock­mar­ket. Ana­lysts had been pre­dict­ing its col­lapse in 2020 for much of the last half of 2019. The hys­te­ria over a hand-full of deaths may be relat­ed to a desire to mask what seems to be a sys­temic col­lapse of cap­i­tal­ism (or rather anoth­er tremor relat­ed to the 2007–8 near col­lapse — if the oli­garchy can save them­selves) by dis­plac­ing the blame for this col­lapse on an exter­nal fac­tor so as to avoid dis­cus­sion of the effects of easy mon­ey poli­cies and mas­sive ‘quan­ti­ta­tive eas­ing’ over a decade and more...

    Posted by The Gary Webb Experience | March 5, 2020, 7:27 am
  2. You might find some­thing inter­est­ing in this 2014 account of a HWPL and the “peace” that pas­seth under­stand­ing: http://www.yeu-international.org/en/publications/newsmail/small-stories-that-can-change-the-world/how-i-ended-up-in-a-korean-religious-cult

    Posted by The Gary Webb Experience | March 5, 2020, 7:43 am

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