Rev. SUN MYUNG MOON
Sun Myung Moon was born in Korea in 1920, but now resides in the United States, surrounded by the wealth brought in to him by his followers. He is the author of a book called "Divine Principle", in which he states on page 9, that the Bible is "not the truth itself, but a textbook teaching the truth." It must not be regarded as "absolute in every detail". So we find Mr. Moon giving lip service to the Bible, but taking tremendous liberties in its interpretation.
EVENTS IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN
Consider Mr. Moon's interpretation of the events in the Garden of Eden. Mr. Moon teaches that Satan tempted Eve, and then proceeded to have sex relations with her. This, in turn, produced the child, Cain, who because of his evil father the Devil, started Communism. Eve than thought better of the affair, turned to Adam, became his wife, and produced the child, Abel, the forefather of democracy.
The Bible says in Genesis 4:1,2, "Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, "I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord." And again she gave birth to his brother Abel..."
MISREPRESENTATION OF JESUS CHRIST
Mr. Moon teaches that Jesus was just a man who attained Deity by fulfilling the purpose of creation, but can by no means be considered to be God Himself. (See D.P. p. 209,210). Robbing Jesus of His true Deity, Mr. Moon then proceeds to brand Jesus Christ a failure.
In his "Divine Principle", Mr. Moon teaches that Jesus failed in His christly mission. Mr. Moon goes on to say that Jesus' death on the cross was not an essential part of God's plan for redeeming sinful man. The Bible teaches that Christ died obedient and perfect, completely paying the penalty for sinful man. Jesus, Himself cried out from the cross, "It is finished!" (John 19:30).
Christ is called in Hebrews 99, "The Source of Eternal Salvation". Christ's resurrection from the dead was a total victory, according to 1 Corinthians, chapter 15, because He conquered the worst enemy of man, namely death. Will Mr. Moon rise from the dead in victory as did Jesus? We will soon see.
THE "RESURRECTION" BY MOON
In the doctrine of the resurrection, Mr. Moon has borrowed a teaching straight from the Jehovah's Witnesses, namely that Jesus was not resurrected from the dead in his body, but as a spirit man (D.P.,p. 211,212). Further, Mr. Moon states that Jesus did not appear in bodily form after his physical death and prior to his ascension, rather he was "a being transcendent of time and space", a spirit being. (D.P., p. 360).
Contrary to Mr. Moon's interpretations, is the account in Luke, chapter 24, where Jesus appeared after His resurrection to His disciples and they were frightened and thought they were seeing a spirit. (Moon doctrine exactly!) Jesus said to them, "It is I MYSELF. Handle Me and see, for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see I have." Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, not as a "spirit man".
NOT MUCH HUMILITY
Mr. Moon feels his erroneous revelations are so good that he makes this statement, as reported in "Time" magazine. "God is now throwing Christianity away and is now establishing a new religion, and this new religion is the Unification Church." (Time, Sept. 30/74, p. 68).
Various titles used for Moon include "Lord of the Second Advent", "Father of the Universe", and "Visible God".
Mr. Moon states that prayers are to be made in the name of the True Father and the True Mother, namely Mr. Moon and his present wife, who are also bearing "perfect children" to replace the twelve apostles! Jesus stated that prayers were to be made in His name. (John 15:16).
VISITATIONS FROM BEYOND
Moon claims to have had visitations from Jesus, Moses, and Spirit Beings from the nether world. He claims that Jesus begged him many times to take upon himself the task of redeeming the world. Romans 3:23,24 indicated clearly that Jesus has already done that. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Jesus Christ."
WHO VISITED MOON?
2 Corinthians, chapter 11, tells us about the false prophets that Jesus mentioned in Matthew, chapter 24. Verse 13 of 2 Corinthians 11 reads, "For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light." Mr. Moon had visitations, no doubt, and the "light" he received obviously came from a source at variance with the Scriptures.
LIFE IN THE MOONIE COMMUNE
Recruits are brought in by friendliness, decit, and "love bombing". They are deprived of sleep and proper food and indoctrinated for long hours day and night. Soon they are on the streets selling candles, peanuts, flowers, etc., and becoming part of the deception themselves.
A doctrine of Mr. Moon's is "Heavenly Deception", which briefly stated is this Because Satan deceives God's children, God's children, in turn, have the right to deceive Satan's children. Of course, you and I are defined by Mr. Moon as "Satan's children", so we are the victims who get sold their merchandise, along with the lie that it is for "youth work", "Orphans", or "drug rehabilitation".
Mr. Moon has been put in jail for tax evasion, and continues to have troubles with the Internal Revenue Service in the U.S.A. He has added several major industries to his street activities and continues to rake in the money.
Several years ago, Moon married over 2,000 couples at Madison Square Garden, which he matched up by comparing their biographies. He does not allow them to consumate their marriage for 3 1/2 years, and the marriages are illegal anyway, since Moon has no licence to marry people.
Couples can decline the mate that Moon has chosen, thus going against "God's will", and they must go elsewhere to legalize their union. The 2 1/2 hour mass blessing conferred on the couples by Moon is called "a moment of rebirth, and ultimate encounter with God and one's destiny" according to a press release from Moon New York Headquarters.
In contrast the "moment of rebirth" in the Bible occurs when a person receives the Biblical Jesus Christ as his Savior. (John 1:12, 13).
WATCH OUT FOR THESE NAMES
The Unification Church and Rev. Moon are currently hiding behind these names, and probably others we are not yet aware of
The Holy Spirit Association
Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity
The Unified Family
International One World Crusade
A WORD ON DEPROGRAMMING
Some believe that the only way out of a mind-control, communal cult group is by kidnapping the poor, brain-washed member, and subjecting them to endless hours of "deprogramming". We believe that this is committing further violence against an already damaged person. We have seen amazing answers in intercessory prayer on behalf of a person trapped in a communal cult, and have found that the Lord is able to bring them out in various ways. In the early days, after release, the person is zombie-like", but with lots of love and affection, sleep, and a proper diet, they will gradually become more normal, and the Lord will lead you as to how to deal with each one as an individual. With the help of the Holy Spirit and unconditional love, many have not only returned to normal life, but have become vibrant Christians. Write to us for further help.