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.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Leaving the World Mission Society Church of God

Since I started this blog (and even before) many people have written to me, and I always ask if they will share their story.  How did you (or your loved one) get involved in the World Mission Society Church of God, and what finally prompted you to leave?

Even though personal details vary, ex-members of the World Mission Society Church of God have many similarities in their stories.  I've found 5 main reasons former members have shared with me in their stories.  Here they are, in no particular order:
  • The teachings of the WMSCOG contradict the teachings of the Bible.  For example, they take verses out of context and distort their meaning, and misinterpret other verses whose meaning is clear.  Here are a few specific examples.
  • The behavior of the people (especially leaders) in the WMSCOG contradicts the teachings of the Bible.  For example, even though the church claims do what the Bible says, they find their leaders promoting lying, divorce, gossip, and such.
  • The teachings and practices of the WMSCOG contradict themselves.  (I call this "internal evidence.")  For example, they keep the feasts of God incorrectly according to their own requirements, and they deny some teachings of Ahnsahnghong himself.
  • They realize the church's behavior lines up with destructive mind control tacticsFor example, they weren't told about Ahnsahnghong or Zang Gil-Jah until after joining, and there was a heavy demand on their time and money, to the exclusion of their other God-given responsibilities.  Check out more stories of personal experiences in the WMSCOG.
  • Lastly, some were pushed out (or kicked out).  For example, they couldn't live up to the expectations of the WMSCOG, either in behavior or giving (tithing).  These seem to have had the hardest time, feeling condemned for failing, until they realize one or more of the other, above reasons.  Then they feel blessed to have been "rescued" despite themselves.

Here is another list that shows more specific reasons, Top 10 Reasons People Cease to Believe in the WMSCOG, which you can find on the website Examining the WMSCOG.  It's well worth your time to explore that website, especially since it has the perspective of an ex-member (who writes many of the articles).

No matter which was the main reason for leaving, members who leave continue to share similarities in what happens next in their stories.  They must go through a healing and recovery process.  And the longer they've been in the cult, the more difficult the process is.

If you are going through that currently, please know that there is help out there.  There are cult counselors who can help you in person.  There are also pastors at your local churches who can connect you with the help you need.  There are books that can help you in your healing (such as "Releasing the Bonds" by Steven Hassan).  And there are places like our facebook group, where you can talk to other former members and help each other.  You don't have to do it alone.

31 comments:

  1. I am desperate. My daughter encountered 2 WMSCOG people in a parking lot while she was in her car leaving a grocery store last week. They asked if she had been crying, and then they asked her if she knew about the God the Mother and then invited her to a bible study. From what I read about WMS this is a common tactic to attract new members (victims). My daughter did not celebrate her own Catholic Mass except on holidays, but I don't know what else they told her but she sunk into it going to their bible studies, church, coffee socials 6 our of 7 days. She is coming home denouncing the Catholic faith, saying we are all doomed for not following the Bible, that practicing any derivative of the "true" faith is heresy. She is now celebrating Passover on the Jewish calendar, and who knows what Easter will bring. This has caused GREAT conflict, arguments, anxiety and tears on my part. She is perfectly calm in feeling she has found a true meaning to her existence. I should note that my daughter was diagnosed with anxiety, OCD,and ADHD which she is on medication for all of these disorders (which is another story). Right now I just want her to STOP, but her frame of mind is not flexible to see anything else. I fear she will try to coerce our younger daughter towards this perspective/cult whatever it is called. We are trying to reach clergy in our parish to get guidance and have them talk to her, but I fear she will not want to listen. What are we parents to do? The testimonies I read about this organization was enough to convince me that no good can come from this. Thanks, A Mom fighting demonic forces...

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    1. Thanks for sharing your story. I am so sorry you are going through this. If you haven't already, I hope you will make your way over to the forum at examniningthewmscog.com where you can meet others in similar situations and find support.

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    2. How are things going with your daughter now?

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    3. You're worried because your daughter is going to bible studies, coffee socials, and church??? Sounds like your fighting really tough "demonic forces".

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    4. Depending on what's going on at those "bible studies, coffee socials, and church" there could be cause to worry. Certainly you can think of situations where that would be true.

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  2. The Members of the World Mission Society Church of God are in a False Heaven built by misinterpretation of Scriptures, The scripture are Holy & they cannot be interpreted using Human wisdom. World Mission Society Church of God presents Ahnsahnghong as the Christ(Anointed one) but where is Ahsahnghong now? This question is not widely not asked by majority of World Mission Society Church of God's member they presume that Ahnsahnghong has ascended to Heaven but the reality is: "He is still in his Grave?", how can some one who is still in the Grave save anyone who trusts in him? May the Lord Yeshua lead these people from darkness to light. Let's pray that Zhang Ghil Jha herself would confess the truth to the members of her church.

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    1. Hmm. Jesus saved a few while he was alive. His disciples did the rest of the work. So what's the problem?

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    2. "What's the problem?" The problem is implicit in what you wrote...Jesus came to earth so that ALL mankind be saved, not just a few. If you deny this, then you deny Jesus and are worshiping a false god.

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  3. Everything on this sight is false. For one, if God were too come IN THE FLESH as the bible clearly and jesussaid HE WOULD a second time.. then as a man in the flesh, HE HAS TO GO THROUGH A PHYSICAL DEATH AGAIN! Doesn't mean that SPIRITUALLY he's goimg to die! Two DIFFERENT deaths! Two, Jesus said that when he came again that he would also bear a NEW NAME. It's the same concept now as then! When jesus was herw, it had already been prophesied that God would come in the flesh as a man and woild bear a new name. Who were the only people to recognize Jesus?? His disciples! How? Not from miracles, but BIBLE PROPHECY! Only God can fulfill His own prophecy!! It predicted through scripture where he'd come again which was south korea. He fulfilled the remaining years to preach the gospel which JESUS DIDNT FULFILL! It was supposed to had been 40 years! Jesus preached 3 before he was crucified! Ahn Sahng Hong fulfilled ALL of the prophesies on second coming christ and preached the remaining 37 years!! And just like jesus never proclaimedto be god, neither did he!! He wanted us to recognize him through his word! Its a test of our faith and belief in his PROPHESIES! The bible is a literal blue map on how to receive oir salvation and recognize christ in the flesh and thats how you recognize the true christs from the false people CLAIMING to be him in the last days! Clearly whoever made this site was SPIRITUALLY blind!! I read about this church before really going and decided to see whats so bad and false, but have found nothing but truth! They teach SCRIPTURE AND PROPHECY RIGHT OUT OF THE BIBLE IN FRONT OF YOU as you read yourself. If you went and tested the watera you'd see! No false person could make this up and use gods words to glorify himself because the bible would contradict their words. HOWEVER, nothing I've learned can contradict itself! Scripture BACKS UP OTHER SCRIPTURES THEN SO DOES HISTORY!

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    1. Hi Anonymous. I like your comment because it's a nice summary of wmscog reasoning. Although I've addressed many (if not all) of your points in my articles, I think a response to your comment would make a nice article in itself. Please look for it soon.

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    2. Anonymous is Correct. Everything about this site is false and only left for your interpretation. You want people to come out of a church that preaches about salvation. Well once they come out who will lead them? you? are you wiser than GOD? if you have rejected the church based on your own personal beliefs than let that be your choice, but don't try to lead others in the same path of confusion. Please Study the bible people your teachings are so false.

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    3. The information on my site is well documented. If you think something here is false, please be specific so that I can address it and correct if needed.

      All Christian churches that I know of "preach about salvation" (including the Catholic Church). You said, "You want people to come out of a church that preaches about salvation." How different is that from the wmscog wanting people to come out of their own church that also "preaches salvation"?

      You said, "if you have rejected the church based on your own personal beliefs than let that be your choice, but don't try to lead others in the same path of confusion." The same can be said about wmscog members who preach to others to come out of the mainstream Christian (and Catholic) churches.

      You said, "Well once they come out who will lead them?" I hope they will find an honest Bible-believing church to help them on their walk of faith.

      You said, "Please Study the bible people your teachings are so false." How about if you tell me specifically which teachings are false so that I can examine them?

      I believe the wmscog's teachings about "mother god," humans being fallen angels, God's ability to lie (and that it's acceptable for members to lie), and how we are saved are all among their false teachings. Are you willing to examine them yourself? I hope so.

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    4. God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. - Just a thought (no new name) "there is only one name in heaven and on earth by which we are saved, the name of Jesus"

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    5. “The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.”
      ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬
      http://bible.com/111/rev.3.12.niv

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    6. Hi Anonymous. Would you please explain what you mean by that verse? Considering that the wmscog interprets it differently than historical Christian scholars, it would be more helpful to share your thoughts about it.

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  4. What will I do? I encountered them yesterdsy and today and I already got bible studies from them and also baptize , and then I got curious whi is what thry are calling ahn sanhg hong, so I researched about him and fohnd out that irs a cult, , I want to stop this now, please help me.

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    1. Interesting that they would baptize you without your knowing who Ahnsahnghong was.
      But if you want to stop your involvement with this group, just go ahead and stop. They may pester and pressure you for a while, just be strong and hold your ground.

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    2. Interesting, is that all you can comment? Can you give anymore advice? How to live with the guilt?

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    3. Hi Jesslyn. I'm sorry, I've been away from my blog for a while, but I'd like to reply anyway in case you or anyone else still needs help with dealing with guilt.

      If you are feeling guilty because of how you treated loved ones while you were involved in the group, find a way to apologize to them. Tell them you realize you made a mistake and that you are sorry for any hurtful words or actions, and ask them to forgive you. It may be hard to say, but I'm sure they would be eager to express their forgiveness and love for you.

      If you are a Christian who became caught in a false doctrine like this, then it's understandable that you would feel the guilt of sin after realizing it and turning back to the truth. If that has happened to you, please remember that God forgives, whatever the sin. He forgives us faster than we forgive ourselves. Talk to a pastor or read up on God's forgiveness. You can also find resources on "cult recovery." Plus, you can let God use your experience for good (Rom. 8:28) perhaps by becoming stronger, more compassionate, and more educated in matters of faith and doctrine.

      I hope you are feeling much better about it by now, Jesslyn. Blessings to you.

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  5. Please pray for me!!!
    My husband is stuck in this cult and my kids are taking it so hard.. I'm ready to throw in the towel after a year and a half of this! but I know it's only satan and a spiritual battle kind of thing!! I just don't want my babies to suffer more then we do missing him all the time gone and at the church or laughing in our faces at our beliefs now.. which were once his own beliefs! so sad.. I need advice from former members to help me please!

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  6. These people are all over my campus. They are disrespectful and literally everywhere. After a while I figured that they target universities because we college students are vulnerable, easily convinced, and to a certain extent lost on topics such as religion. I never got involved but my best friend is involved and she has never been the same since the first day she joined. There is so much wrong with these people, i don't even know where to begin. First off, they give out baptisms like it is nothing literally any one can get baptized at any time even if you don't know them yet. Secondly, they meet at the most ungodly hours, she goes from about 11pm up until 3-4am. She dropped out of school. Quit her job. She is loosing friends by the second, she has not spoke to her parents in over a month. and she swears that anyone that isn't following this cult of hers will go to Hell. She finds my beliefs to be a joke and a laughing matter although she is following this God the mother. it is very sad that people believe their words, and it is even more upsetting that they leave behind loved ones and things that once mattered to them. Open your eyes people!

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    1. I feel your pain. An entire family from my church got sucked into this cukt and my heart breaks for them. The cult got to the kids first, then the father. Lastly the wife who only began attending because she "had" to be with her husband and children. The son tried to involve me, kept inviting me to study but wouldn't tell me with whom/what church. Accused me of one thing and another, finally gave up because I fought the heresy with scripture ("It is written.") The mother was so confused , she didn't even know the name of the church she was attending, and when we had a long theological discussion, she didn't know how to answer the points I made. The best defense against these people is prayer and study of scripture. If you have children, teach them so they are armed against the devil. At university, get involved with a bible teaching fellowship or church and then work with them on campus to educate others about the gospel. I guarantee you that they will leave you alone when they see you know your scripture. You cannot "rescue" your friend, but God can. In the meantime, put on the full armor of God.

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  7. But doesn't it make sense that children with a Father would have a mother too? I can not deny this. It makes so much sense!!! Also, when Jesus came, they said He was a blasphemer and cult leader as well. When Christ comes again, it will be in the same way, with a small group who believes and a larger group who does not. I don't want to be one who cannot believe in God just because of where he was born or because he was a human form just like me.

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  8. I encountered this cult about 2 weeks ago. I had commented to a friend that I was trying to find a Christian church. She invited me to her church. I went the very 1st day they wanted to baptize me. I was skeptical from the minute they were pushing baptism on me. Then they began to talk about how we are Angels that sinned in heaven. Then I really felt something was not right. They kept telling me your flesh is fighting because it doesn't want God. It was not my flesh but the spirit of God showing me to get out. In one of the studies I kept asking questions that they simply had no answers for. Why they didn't have answers because they go based on specific teachings.I could see with my questions I caused confusion in them. They kept these 2 "Gods" hidden. The last day I began to notice pictures of a women all around the church. I asked who is this women? They completely ignored my question.That's when I decided to research and saw where I was. They are deceivers. People who don't have any knowledge of God's spirit are easy prey for them. I thank the Lord for his spirit and wisdom who live in me I was not easy prey for them. I'm recently trying to bring my friend out of there. To all the people on here that have people in this cult. Don't give up. Pray also there are number of sites that help and discredit all these false teachings.They will show how they distort the holy scriptures. In the 2nd coming there will be a rapture and if this man is who they claimed then that would have already happened and it hasn't because he is a false prophet. I am so happy that God she'd his light immediately. I never let them baptize me. It's so sad to see how many people fall into their lies. This was quite the experience.

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  9. apparently this 'cult' won awards from the Obamas family and royal Queen in buckingham palace too. they are quite a number and phenomenon spread all over the world to be called a cult anymore. also they did quoted bible verses when I asked them questions few weeks ago and it is scary to know God's perspectives. coming from a catholic family i very much believe they hold more truth to what my pastors and family had wanted me to just follow blindly. and it is true there should be new covenant passover and heavenly mother too, not just old covenant passover lamb and solely a fatherly God. they had been quite courteous and sincere, most of them are koreans whom they call each other brothers and sisters? i was not comfortable with baptism because of my family issues but i will definitely go back to study the bible with them.

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    1. There are issues with some of the awards they tout. Quoting Bible verses and being friendly does not indicate that they preach the truth. I hope you will do more of your own research. There is plenty out there to show that they are wrong.

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    2. Even Satan can quote scripture. Salvation is through Jesus alone

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    3. I assume receiving the MBE award from the Queen of England has issues too?? I applaud this church for practicing their faith and believing in the Bible (crazy thought right?)

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    4. Yes, that award has issues also, or more specifically, the wmscog's use and articles about the award. Have you looked into it on your own? Community service is admirable, but less so if it is used for self-promotion, which is what the wmscog seems to do.

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  10. I empatise, but with me, it's my mum who has joined something like this (another religious org). As a daughter there's nothing much I can do about it, every time my dad and I talk to her about this she seems offended like we think that she is incapable to making right decisions. After all, it's... different... but it's not a something illegal or anything. Oh well. She doesn't have any basic idea of religion, she just believes whatever miracles and "truths" she hears and sees on Facebook. sigh.

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  11. Well put Genny....."Community service is admirable, but less so if it is used for self-promotion, which is what the wmscog seems to do."

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