|By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999|
| If Sun Myung Moon is sinless, perfect, one body with God and deity, then his claim to speak
God’s words are understandable. But if Moon really speaks God’s words why has he also spoken almost nothing but error concerning the Bible and Jesus’ teachings?
If Sun Myung Moon is sinless, perfect, one body with God and deity, then his claim to speak God’s words are understandable. But if Moon really speaks God’s words why has he also spoken almost nothing but error concerning the Bible and Jesus’ teachings? It should be clear by now that it is not God who is inspiring Moon, but the spirit world, and that members need to be warned about the advisability of listening to the spirits.
The Divine Principle is “the Word of God.” Master Speaks lectures are “the Word of God.” Nearly everything Moon speaks is “the Word of God.” Typical of Unification Church [UC] publications are the following statements:
I speak out as God dictates to me.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon seldom uses a text in his speeches.... He speaks entirely in the spirit of God.
You must trust my teaching, my words 100 percent because they are not my own. They are God’s words.
We must have sympathy for the average Unification Church member who, trapped in a cult, will suffer personal consequences of which he or she is initially unaware. Clearly, much of the information we have written (see our Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, for example) can be used to point out the discrepancy between Moon’s claims and the reality of how he lives his life and what he teaches. How could such a man possibly be Jesus Christ returned as the Lord of the Second Advent and the most perfect expression of God ever? Is there any way to rationalize the absolute discrepancy between Moon’s divine claims and his all too human failures?
Indeed, rejecting biblical teaching and the facts of history, Moon claimed that Jesus had failed in His mission. He declared this entirely on the advice of some unknown spirits who had given him revelations and possessed him. On what logical or historical precedent can those possessed by spirits be trusted? But he also claimed, and promised, he would succeed as the Lord of the Second Advent. Moon, however, was the one who failed miserably to achieve his stated goals: he never converted Korea, he never converted America, he never subjected the spirit world to himself and he never had sinless children. So why should any disciple believe his claim to be the Lord of the Second Advent? How can a UC member logically choose to believe in Moon, who failed at so much, over Jesus Christ, who failed at nothing? Did Moon resurrect from the dead in proof of his claims, as Jesus did?
Any given UC member may be coming from any given perspective personally—an excited new recruit, a devoted worker, a burned out disillusioned shell of one’s former self. Regardless of where a given member is at personally, one should never minimize the importance either of evangelism or pre-evangelism. In addition, just as Jesus warned that, when someone does not understand the Gospel, Satan comes and takes away the seed that was sown in his heart (Matt. 13:19), it is imperative to be certain that the UC member hear and understand the good news. If necessary, one can stress the consequence of Moon’s rejection of Jesus and the Bible generally. “If you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins” (John 8:24). “There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day” (John 12:48). Besides warning members of the dangers of occult involvement, one can certainly warn them of the dangers of eternal judgment. Clearly, if they are wrong and Christianity is true, then they will lose everything, including their soul. So on what objective historical basis do they make their claim for believing in the truth of Moon’s revelations?
As is true for cults generally, working with a UC member takes time, understanding and patience. Be prepared to encounter “heavenly deception” and other forms of manipulation. When you do, ask them if lying and moral compromise are the marks of a godly man or woman? Moon says, “You must be able to manipulate those people” because “Father can manipulate the world.” So why are Moon followers exempted from being manipulated by Moon? If Moon so freely manipulates others, indeed the whole world, how does the UC disciple gain an assurance that he or she is not part of the program? If lying spirits have been speaking through Moon and influencing him all along, could it be otherwise?
Thus, after having carefully documented Moon’s involvement in spiritism, one may then point out the biblical prohibitions against spiritism in Deuteronomy 18:9-12. One could mention that it is impossible for a UC member to be certain that the spirits Moon (or perhaps the member) converses with are themselves telling the truth. How do they know, objectively, that Moon has not been deceived by lying spirits? Indeed, aren’t Moon’s teachings exactly what one would expect from lying spirits? What else could be the origin for teachings that reject God and Christ, pervert the Bible, ruin the family, deny morality and destroy so many lives?
Or, one might read a quote from The Way of the World. The January-February, 1977 issue (pages 45-49) lists 12 “theological affirmations” of official Unification Church beliefs. Of number 10, “The Bible,” it declares: “Truth is unique eternal and unchanging, so any new messages from God will be in conformity with the Bible.” Is Divine Principle and the Master Speaks “in conformity” with Deuteronomy 18:9-12? Is Moon’s theology in general “in conformity to biblical theology? Not at all.
Another point to mention is that there have been scores of other books allegedly authored by “God” or “Jesus” from the spirit world, and many other people, like Moon, have claimed that Jesus talked with them and gave them vital teachings. However, these books and teachings have contradicted part or all of Moon’s teachings. Who, then, is right? Members may say that these are false revelations, and that they came from evil spirits impersonating Jesus. But how can they be certain that Moon is not in the same category? Other people are just as sincere and certain in their claims as Moon is. This point may especially be brought home in light of Ken Sudo’s admissions in The 120 Day Training Manual:
Even Satan can come in the name of Jesus. So if a spirit may say “I’m Jesus,” don’t believe so easily. Don’t believe until you can check if it is good or not. Sometimes a spirit comes as if he is spirit of Father himself, even through a spiritual person, spiritual brother or sister, and members who don’t know anything are amazed. We had so many experiences like this and most of them are false. In the name of Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Mother Mary, and even in the name of Father himself, Satan beguiled us and made us rebel against the providence of God. Spiritual phenomena isn’t so easy to understand.
Even the spiritual world is a fallen world. Therefore you cannot rely on [the] spiritual world.
The problem, of course, is that the origin of Moon’s teachings is the very fallen spiritual world spoken of! Again, how can the UC members possibly know that Moon’s revelations are authentic if UC leaders admit that Satan impersonates Jesus and that even they have been deceived on multiple occasions? Where is the objective standard by which to judge the revelations? Their “answer” to this is certainly self-serving, but hardly a guarantee against deception: “One important direction of evil spirits is to lead people to rebel against Father.”
One may also enumerate the potential dangers of UC membership—mental, physical and spiritual. Is joining the Unification Church worth the risk of physical or psychological breakdown or suicide, or perhaps demon possession? For example, Moon relates one story about a psychic healer. A friend requested her to pray for her critically ill son. A [spirit] voice came to the healer and asked her if she would pay any price to heal the boy. She said yes. Three days later the boy was healed. Almost immediately “the healer’s only son died. He had been very healthy. The healer was so shocked that she lost her mind. She became insane.” Eventually her dead son appeared to her and told her of all his “blessings” in the spirit world because she had healed the boy! Moon uses this as an example of how everything turns out rosy when we obey the voice of a spirit. Biblically, the truth of what happened is far different. Regardless, are spirits who do such a thing the kind of spirits that members wish to trust?
Further, what are Moon’s legitimate credentials for being “Lord” and “Master”? Did he fulfill historic prophecy, or predict his own resurrection from the dead, or perform outstanding miracles, as the “failure” Jesus did? How many disciples really know Moon or have spent even more than a few minutes with him? Should one literally entrust one’s life and soul to a stranger? How is it possible for the claims of Moon to be so discordant from his actions? And does any UC member really believe he can meet the requirements demanded of him by Moon, without which one loses everything? Isn’t freedom from unceasing guilt and effort far better? Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). Would one not prefer a secure relationship and a truly sovereign God (Rom. 8:28-38) as opposed to the insecurities of life with Moon? Would one not desire the complete assurance of all sins forgiven and the joy of knowing one has eternal life (Col. 2:13; 1 John 5:13)? Indeed, who can deny that the member who leaves now is in good company?
UC leaders themselves have admitted that thousands of disciples have left. Even twenty years ago they confessed:
In the Unification Church, many have joined and many have left, and few remain. We have lost many, many brothers and sisters. They believed Father was the Messiah; they received the Divine Principle. They made deep determination to sacrifice their entire lives, yet many left because we couldn’t raise these members enough.... We have killed more than we have saved. It is very true.
Today it is far worse: tens of thousands have now left. Moon himself has failed in his own role as Lord of the Second Advent. Therefore, everything is lost anyway. So why remain a member?
Years ago, however, Moon was right about a few things. He confessed: “Any man who says that he is the source of life and love cannot be trusted, not even Reverend Moon.” “Even I cannot be trusted 100 percent because of the innate nature of human weaknesses.” Who, then, can one trust 100 percent?
Moon once claimed, “My words will prove to be true. Otherwise there is no God.” However time and again his words have not proven true. They consistently contradict God’s word, and Moon has failed in his promises. So why should he be trusted at all? Has Moon now concluded that there is no God? Will he realize that listening to the spirit world at the beginning was the source of his troubles?
There is only one God who can be trusted 100 percent—the God of the Bible. He will never fail anyone who trusts in Him: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). The only really important thing in life is to come to know Him. As Jesus said, “Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.... Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:3, 17).
|UNIFICATION CHURCH||THE BIBLE|
|I have paid a great amount of indemnity, and because of this I have the right to forgive another’s sin. (Master Speaks (MS-3) March-April, 1965, p. 16)||Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone? (Mark 2:7)|
|Jesus was a man, not God Himself. (Moon, Christianity in Crisis, p. 27)||Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus. (Titus 2:13 NAS)|
|Jesus... failed in fulfilling His mission on the earth. (Master Speaks, December 26, 1971, p. 2)||I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. (John 17:4)|
|We ... must realize that Jesus did not come to die on the cross. (Divine Principle, p. 143)||And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” (Luke 24:25-26 NAS)|
|Do not believe in the Christ upon the cross.... The cross is the symbol of Satan’s victory. (Master Speaks, No. 4 (2), p. 6)|| It was for this very reason I came to this hour. (John 12:27)
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Cor. 2:2)