Posted by: Seeking Truth | May 7, 2007

Reply to a comment on World Mission Society

This is a reply to one of the comments by Ryan about the post regarding the Church of God, World Mission Society.The main reason why I decided almost immediately that this organization was a cult was because of the scriptures. Ignorant comments? These are comments informed by the Word of God and I believe they were brought to mind by the Holy Spirit. I know my bible and I live my life according to it’s instructions.

Jesus did say we must eat His flesh and drink His blood to have eternal life. However, just because He is the Passover Lamb and we want to eat His flesh and drink His blood, it doesn’t mean that celebrating the Passover will give us salvation. Neither does practicing communion guarantee salvation.

The truth is that there is only ONE way to receive salvation, and the others are less important. Believing in Christ as the Son of God and receiving Him as one’s Lord and Savior is the ONLY way to be saved. Practicing the Passover and even Holy Communion are extra things. While they are of importance to the life of a believer, they are not the critical element of salvation. Believing and confessing with one’s mouth that Jesus is Lord and Savior is.

Jesus did not give His disciples His flesh and blood to eat and drink literally. He is the bread of heaven, the Word of God. What He meant was that to receive salvation one needs the Word of God in one’s life and the cleansing of the Blood of Christ. So to eat His flesh is to feed on His Word, and to drink His blood is to be cleansed by His blood and live with Him on the inside.

The Church of God most likely isn’t making up scriptures. However, they are doing the following:

1) Reinterpreting scriptures to fit their doctrines
2) Misinterpreting scriptures
3) Twisting doctrines to suit their purposes

There are many prophecies in the Bible, that second coming Christ will bring back the Passover. This will be like his identification card so we can recognize the true Christ from among all the false Christs in the world.” That in itself is insufficient to prove that a person is the Christ. Anyone who has read the books of Revelation, Daniel and portions of the prophets will know that there are more criterion to fulfill that merely restoring the Passover. The “second coming Christ” in Korea was barely noticeable. When Jesus returns again, He will come in glory and in power, at such a time that the Jews will return to Him. Is now the time? Was a few years ago the time? Right at this instant is NOT the time, neither was it the time a few years ago. Honestly, if Jesus has already come back, why is there still the following:

1) Sin abounds all over the place
2) Mankind has not been judged
3) Christians have not been raptured
4) The Anti-Christ and Satan have not come to Earth and made their one government empire

Anyway, how can Jesus die again? He is no longer in corporeal form. He is now Spirit. How can a Spirit die and return to heaven again like the “second coming Jesus” in Korea, who is dead? That makes zero sense.

The existence of the Heavenly Mother is nonexistent. The bible neither testifies of such an entity in the Old Testament or the New Testament. Has there ever been a revival of the doctrine of the Heavenly Mother? No. Why is it that when Jesus prayed, He only prayed to the heavenly Father? Is the Heavenly Mother so unimportant that her “son” totally ignores her when He prays? In fact, if the Heavenly Mother is of equal standing to God the Father, why oh why is there so little mention of the Heavenly Mother save in a few, easily misinterpretable scriptures? Why is the whole New Testament almost totally devoid of a single EXPLICIT mention if the heavenly mother? Compare that with other core doctrines in the church: Holy Communion, Confession of Sins, Water Baptism, Holy Spirit Baptism, Speaking in Tongues, Spiritual Gifts. Each one is given explicit, specific mention in the Bible more than once.

One more minor point: When the Lord returns something to the church, He doesn’t do it in a small way. It might start out small, but it will spread like wildfire. The Azusa street revival spread very quickly. This heavenly mother movement has been around for quite some time, and yet it has failed to penetrate the core of Christianity. When God does something, does He only do it for a few churches here and there? The answer is a resounding NO! He does it for all His churches, all around the world, around the same time and whatever He restores will be accepted by most of us. That has been the way which He has moved His churches in the past, and that is the most likely way He will move His churches in the future.

Church of God, World Mission Society may not be a cult in the traditional sense of the word, but it definitely is not the way to salvation.

Posted by: Seeking Truth | April 6, 2007

Church of God, World Mission Society

Today, I was approached by a Korean as I was coming back from work. For some reason, I decided to do his survey. I was a little surprised to see that it (apparently) was about Christianity, because it asked questions that at a shallow glance would seem to be used by Christians to initiate outreach. They were questions such as “Did you know that Jesus commanded us to celebrate the Passover in order to receive eternal life?” and “Do you know what 666 means?”. Then the questions got a little strange to me. Next up was “Do you know what Jesus’ name will be when He comes again?”, “Do you know that Jesus second coming will be from the east?” and “Have you ever heard of the Heavenly Mother?”. Red flags went off.

“Must be one of those…” I thought to myself. Never mind, polite as I was I decided to let the man have his say. I must really thank God that I was wearing shades. That way, the guy couldn’t see my expression fully.

This organisation seems to be the usual cult stuff. Among the notable core doctrines (and my comments) are:

1) Jesus has already come back (and now He’s dead again. Like, how many times does He have to die? lol)
2) Jesus came back in the east, which was South Korea (Why Korea and not Japan? Japan is farther east after all)
3) The bible has been changed/locked and only the returned Jesus can open it (so what’s different from what the Latter-Day Saints and Islam teaches?)
4) There is a Heavenly Mother as well as a Heavenly Father (Seventh Day Adventists/LDS anyone?)
5) Earthly family is a shadow of the heavenly family. So the reason there are brothers and sisters in earth is because there’s a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother in heaven (so does that mean that brothers and sisters are supposed to get married to each other?)

After reading up on it a little on Wikipedia, I find that it’s just the same as most of the other cults. Nothing much new except different country and different new Jesus.

I really wanted to tell the man that he was believing in a load of crock, but I decided that I didn’t want to argue with him and hurt his feelings. Besides, I had just let him have 20 minutes of my time already.

What I would now like to comment on is the Heavenly Mother. I am not sure how much of the bible they say is locked up/corrupted (perhaps it’s like Islam where seemingly arbitrary bits and pieces of scripture retain their true meaning and only Islamic scholars can seperate the dross from the gold), but the CoG WMS believes that the “bride” referred to in Revelation 22:17 refers to the Heavenly Mother.

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come’! And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life”

Okay fair enough. So…what about Revelation 21:9?

“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

Wait. Isn’t the Lamb talking about Jesus Christ? With all the numerous allusions to Christ as the sacrificial Lamb, I don’t think Rev 21:9 is talking about the Heavenly Father here. So let’s put two and two together:

“The bride is the wife of Jesus Christ” + “The bride is the Heavenly Mother” = Jesus Christ is in His Heavenly Mother’s pants

Yuck. Yuck Yuck Yuck! I don’t want no Jesus who marries His own Mother. Maybe that’s why we have mé·nage à trois on earth: the Heavenly Father and the CoG WMS Jesus are banging the Heavenly Mother together.