Biblical Answers to the World Mission Society Church of God

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.--1 John 4:1

Are you or a loved one struggling with this group? Do you need Biblical answers about the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCoG or CoGWMS), their founder Ahnsahnghong (Ahn Sahng/Sang-Hong) or their current leader "Mother Jerusalem" (a.k.a. "Heavenly Mother God," Zang/Zahng Gil-Jah, or Chung Gil Cha)? Thank you for coming here. I hope my blog helps you. Questions and comments are always welcome.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Persecution and Unbelief as Proof?

Have you heard anything like this from the World Mission Society Church of God?...
"2000 years ago Jesus, His disciples, and the early church were persecuted for the truth.  The true church is always persecuted.  History repeats itself.  Our Church of God is being persecuted today because it is the true church.  Prophecy is being fulfilled."
"It's just like the Pharisees 2000 years ago who didn't recognize Jesus as God because He didn't appear as they expected.  What has happened before is happening again.  People do not believe Ahnsahnghong is God because he does not appear as they expected.  They are just like the Pharisees 2000 years ago with their unbelief.  It is fulfilled prophecy."
"As soon as you are baptized and start studying the Bible with us, you will encounter persecution.  Your family and friends will say that you have joined a cult and they will try to prevent you from following the truth of God.  Luke 12:52-53 says that the truth will divide the family.  It is prophecy being fulfilled."

Now let's honestly think about that for a moment....

Yes, Jesus and His disciples and the early church were  persecuted.  And yes, not everyone believed in Jesus at the time because they were expecting something a bit different in their Messiah.  And yes, anyone who chooses a different faith than their family is probably going to encounter some resistance.

But history repeating itself is fulfilling prophecy and proving that Ahnsahnghong and his church are the only true church?!  NO.

If "Bob" tells you that he's God in the flesh, and you don't believe him, does that provide proof that what he's saying is true?  Of course not.  What if he shows you a few Scriptures and interprets them so it looks like they might be talking about him (he was born in the flesh after all, and he has a 'new' name...).  If you still don't believe him, is that proof now that he's really God?  NO.  Perhaps you don't believe him because he's really not speaking the truth.

What about all those other people in the world who claim to be the Christ?  (Here are a few)  They've all got plenty of people who don't believe them.  Is that proof that any of them is telling the truth?  No.

And what kind of persecution is the WMSCOG dealing with?  People thinking they're crazy for believing a Korean woman is "Mother God" and that you can go visit her?  People posting dissenting websites about them and calling them a false church?  Families upset that their children are being torn away from them?  People close the door on them while they evangelize in the neighborhood?  People don't believe them?

Do all of those things prove that Satan is sending persecution on them for preaching the truth?  NO.  Perhaps all those things are happening because they really are a false church.

What about all those other churches that are being persecuted.  Have you ever heard of Voice of the Martyrs?  They keep track of Christians (not the WMSCOG) being persecuted around the world.  But the persecutions they deal with are much greater: imprisonment for their faith, houses and churches and Bibles being burned, beatings, murders....
If persecution were proof that they were preaching the truth, then I'd say they satisfied that requirement.  And yet the WMSCOG will say that those people are preaching falsehood.

And what about your family and friends getting concerned that you have joined a cult?  When they argue with you about your new-found faith in "Christ Ahnsahnghong" and they are so scared for you and frustrated with what you are being taught in your new church that they may even start arguing and yelling about it?  Does that prove that your new church is true?  NO.

Would the same thing happen in a Christian family when one of their children decides to become a Muslim or Buddhist or Wiccan?  Yes.  Does that prove Islam or Buddhism or Witchcraft is true?  Of course not.
Perhaps you have actually found a CULT and your loved ones are genuinely concerned for your well-being.

These types of "fulfilled prophecies" are NO PROOF at all.

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