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, March 28, 2011

Mind Control--Conditions for Thought Reform

In the book Cults in Our Midst, Margaret Singer describes six conditions that make thought reform (or mind control) possible.  She was speaking about cultic groups in general, not specifically the World Mission Society Church of God.  But read throught the list yourself and see if you find any similarities with your experience involving the WMSCOG.  (I did!)  The more similarities you see, the higher the chances are that your thoughts are being manipulated.

Margaret Singer's Six Pre-Conditions for Thought Reform
(Reprinted under the Creative Commons License)
  • Keep the person unaware of what is going on and how attempts to psychologically condition him or her are directed in a step-by-step manner.
    • Potential new members are led, step by step, through a behavioral-change program without being aware of the final agenda or full content of the group. The goal may be to make them deployable agents for the leadership, to get them to buy more courses, or get them to make a deeper commitment, depending on the leader's aim and desires.
  • Control the person's social and/or physical environment; especially control the person's time.
    • Through various methods, newer members are kept busy and led to think about the group and its content during as much of their waking time as possible.
  • Systematically create a sense of powerlessness in the person.
    • This is accomplished by getting members away from their normal social support group for a period of time and into an environment where the majority of people are already group members.
    • The members serve as models of the attitudes and behaviors of the group and speak an in-group language.
    • Strip members of their main occupation (quit jobs, drop out of school) or source of income or have them turn over their income (or the majority of) to the group.
    • Once the target is stripped of their usual support network, their confidence in their own perception erodes.
    • As the target's sense of powerlessness increases, their good judgment and understanding of the world are diminished. (ordinary view of reality is destabilized)
    • As the group attacks the target's previous worldview, it causes the target distress and inner confusion; yet they are not allowed to speak about this confusion or object to it - leadership suppresses questions and counters resistance.
    • This process is sped up if the targeted individual or individuals are kept tired - the cult will take deliberate actions to keep the target constantly busy.
  • Manipulate a system of rewards, punishments and experiences in such a way as to inhibit behavior that reflects the person's former social identity.
    • Manipulation of experiences can be accomplished through various methods of trance induction, including leaders using such techniques as paced speaking patterns, guided imagery, chanting, long prayer sessions or lectures, and lengthy meditation sessions.
    • the target's old beliefs and patterns of behavior are defined as irrelevant or evil. Leadership wants these old patterns eliminated, so the member must suppress them.
    • Members get positive feedback for conforming to the group's beliefs and behaviors and negative feedback for old beliefs and behavior.
  • The group manipulates a system of rewards, punishments, and experiences in order to promote learning the group's ideology or belief system and group-approved behaviors.
    • Good behavior, demonstrating an understanding and acceptance of the group's beliefs, and compliance are rewarded while questioning, expressing doubts or criticizing are met with disapproval, redress and possible rejection. Anyone who asks a question is made to feel there is something inherently disordered about them to be questioning.
    • The only feedback members get is from the group; they become totally dependent upon the rewards given by those who control the environment.
    • Members must learn varying amounts of new information about the beliefs of the group and the behaviors expected by the group.
    • The more complicated and filled with contradictions the new system is and the more difficult it is to learn, the more effective the conversion process will be.
    • Esteem and affection from peers is very important to new recruits. Approval comes from having the new member's behaviors and thought patterns conform to the models (members). Members' relationship with peers is threatened whenever they fail to learn or display new behaviors. Over time, the easy solution to the insecurity generated by the difficulties of learning the new system is to inhibit any display of doubts—new recruits simply acquiesce, affirm and act as if they do understand and accept the new ideology.
  • Put forth a closed system of logic and an authoritarian structure that permits no feedback and refuses to be modified except by leadership approval or executive order.
    • The group has a top-down, pyramid structure. The leaders must have verbal ways of never losing.
    • Members are not allowed to question, criticize or complain. If they do, the leaders allege the member is defective, not the organization or the beliefs.
    • The targeted individual is treated as always intellectually incorrect or unjust, while conversely the system, its leaders and its beliefs are always automatically, and by default, considered as absolutely just.
    • Conversion or remolding of the individual member happens in a closed system. As members learn to modify their behavior in order to be accepted in this closed system, they change—begin to speak the language—which serves to further isolate them from their prior beliefs and behaviors.


  1. Hi Genny! Thank you so much for posting this! I am a member of this church for 1 year and 7 months but I am planning to leave now. All these things that you have posted are true. I experienced it all. At first, I thought the fire of the holy spirit is just losing in me but being mind-controlled had also entered my mind however I just ignored it, being blinded with “the truth” they said. But now I got tired of defending their bent teachings to myself. I want to be free from their control. I once tried to leave that church before, but they keep on looking for me and going to my dorm and even to my school! to convince me not to leave. And just this Sabbath day, while I’m away from church since I have Saturday classes, one sister texted me regarding the tithes of my fruit. In my entire stay, I only had one fruit and she hasn’t offered any tithes yet. So this sister texted me if I want, I “can” also offer tithes in place of my fruit. And I was like WHAT?! Maybe that’s already the time for me to wake up from this deception. I hope I can totally leave now, and never believe in their sugar-coated lies.

    1. Thanks for sharing. How are you doing now?
      (PS--For those who are wondering... a "fruit" is a new recruit/converted member.)

  2. One thing that really bugged me about this church was that they were so adamant and convinced that 'bearing fruit' and giving and helping them monetarily was a 'chance to get blessings.' It did NOT fit in my moral values as I always adhered to the fact that if I did good deeds it's from my heart not because I want to get 'blessings'. Another thing is that they really celebrate and treat the mother God as a god. In my humble opinion, according to the bible, if God came down in the flesh he wouldn't want to be celebrated this way. He would want to be as anonymous as possible- just look to the way Jesus behaved.
    It took me long (not that long though not even a year) to get out because I was in a time where friends were few and they were so nice and friendly and open. However once I was serious about my faith, I was obliged to step back and take a look at this cult and what I saw and studies made me leave them for once and for all.