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JMS News / New Zealand Herald Article on JMS
« on: May 20, 2017, 06:15:55 AM »
The New Zealand Herald just published a piece on JMS, and there's an accompanying video. I wouldn't call JMS a religious group!

May 20: Kiwi Women Targeted by Religious Group Hunting Brides for Convicted Rapist

It's great to see a student magazine cover the continual threat posed by Korean cults on campuses. And it seems like every Korean cult in existence has a presence in New Zealand.

JMS in South Africa / Angelita Models: South African JMS Front Group
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:26:48 AM »
Angelita Models was, and perhaps still is, a typical front group for the JMS cult. I'm unsure if it is still in use because the website and Facebook page it used a few years ago are both no longer online. Front groups are naturally of little use when they are exposed, so JMS and most of the cults I try to track regularly change names and tactics. Hence, fronts are quite transitory in nature.

The front was mentioned in this tweet from one of the cult's New Zealand fronts on July 9, 2013.

Here are some screenshots from the now defunct Angelita Models website. It very much a typical JMS fromt which are designed to appeal to young beautiful women above a certain height. Since the leader is a convicted serial rapist, it isn't hard to imagine why.

General Discussion / Interesting Buzzfeed Article on Korean Cults...
« on: April 09, 2017, 02:17:59 PM »
Interesting piece on Korean cults by a writer whose family has been impacted by the religious extremism. A little disappointed JMS and other cults currently active were not mentioned, but it's always nice to see Prof. Tark Ji-il quoted. Steven Hassan is quoted too, and he has lot of experience with Korean cults - both he and
 serial rapist Jeong Myeong-seok were Moonies.

March 22: How A 20-Year-Old Exorcism Sent Me In Search Of Korea’s Cult Problem (Buzzfeed)

It's possible that Jeong Myeong-seok is only weeks away from release. I've asked a few people who I expected to know, but I keep getting a range of dates rather than a specific date. The issue is complicated by the fact Jeong was arrested in China and spent 10 months in a Chinese jail before being deported back to Korea for trial. Does that time served in China count towards his sentence? If so, he is weeks from release. A lawyer I asked thinks yes. Some others, who I felt sure would know the exact date, were not so sure. I found that uncertainty surprising and more than a little perplexing. The cult has certainly been ramping up the propaganda of late. Could they be getting ready for Jeong's imminent release? Or just annoyed that their secretive cult is no longer such a secret? Probably both, but an imminent release would surely keep them up late at night, not that members get much sleep anyway.

Here are a few key dates:

May 1, 2007: Arrested in China.
Feb. 20, 2008: Extradited to Korea
August 12, 2008: Found guilty and sentenced to 6 years
Feb. 10, 2009: Appeal court added 4 years to the sentence
April 23, 2009: Supreme Court upheld 10-year sentence

I wrote the above yesterday morning, and then last night, thanks to the power of the internet and some helpful friends, I was directed to this Korean article about this very topic. The article states with confidence but not certainty a release date of February 23, 2018. That's ten years and a few days after his extradition home.

The Feb. date coincides with the Winter Olympics which run from February 9 to 25. That reminds me of the shenanigans the cult pulled during and after the 2002 Soccer World Cup. My mind boggles at what they must be cooking up for the Olympics and Jeong's release. They probably see that coincidence as some kind of sign from God. On the other hand, there will be lots of visiting reporters in Korea and overall increased media interest. I speak from experience when I say JMS does not like media interest it cannot control. No cult does, but JMS is particularly sensitive partly because for so long they were able to fly under the radar.

June 13, 2002: Smiling A Serious Business in South Korea (Taipei Times)
Aug. 5. 2002: Soccer Event to Lead Highlight Reel of Global Peace Meeting in Daejeon (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Both reporters failed to connect the cult's front groups to the cult. The first I can understand as the writer was in Korea covering The World Cup (but interestingly enough, her paper The Taipei Times reported on the sexual abuse allegations seven months earlier). The failure in the Korean JoongAng Daily is a surprise, but it does demonstrates the value of such front groups and explains why the Global Association of Culture and Peace (GACP) front was abandoned once its connections to the cult were harder to conceal following widespread Japanese media interest in 2006 and the name appearing on Rick Ross's cult awareness site. In 2002, the cult held an annual GACP event at the University of British Columbia. I doubt they could have done that had there been more awareness back then.

I just happily discovered that the JMS cult along with material I collected and shared as well as an article I instigated were mentioned in the book Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Systems by Dr. Alexandra Stein. It is a nice reminder of the importance of sharing factual information and material and not allowing their intimidation and censorship tactics to succeed.

Another piece about Master Oh that is either paid content or the result of extraordinary lazy reporting. It is interesting that Qi Wellness is not mentioned, only Master Oh's personal site which includes odd testimonies such as “If I had to cross a desert I would choose Master Oh as my companion, I would trust only him to get me to the other side” and Skype and phone treatments. There are hints of the front he leads, one being this photo from the article contains "Qiwell" in its url:

February 23, 2017: How to Stop Feeling Tired and Boost Your Energy Levels (Amy Harris for The Evening Standard)

For Londoners, feeling run down and perpetually tired is not a rare occurence. We work hard and we play hard and it takes its toll.

Master Oh is an energy healer who specialises in treating conditions such as low-energy, chronic fatigue, stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Here, he shares his five energy-boosting tips for Londoners.

1. Meditate
Start your day with a 10-minute meditation to clear and focus the mind. A peaceful mind is ready to deal with anything. If we prepare ourselves to accept all situations and people with a positive and calm attitude, we can remain peaceful throughout the day and avoid draining energy. Our brain uses up 60 per cent of our Qi/chi (energy), while the other 40 per cent is spent on our physical activity. In modern life, we rely so much on our mind and tend to overuse our energy reserves dealing with the resultant stress and emotions. To create energy, we have to free ourselves from our negative emotions and thought patterns. 

2. Smile
Smiling is a simple and effective way to make others happy and improve your energy circulation internally. It also creates positive energy for you and others and stops us from focusing on our personal worries and emotions. Smiling also opens the energy pores on your face, attracting better fortune and good luck into your day.

3. Eat Regularly
In the body, our energy reserves are like the battery in a car and food is like the petrol. Both are important for the car to function. Try to keep energy levels steady by eating at regular times. Eat food that will sustain, support and nourish you and avoid sugary snacks and coffee, which despite their initial boost, drain your energy.

4. Keep Warm
We have two major energy centres on the top of the head and lower abdomen. By keeping these areas warm in cold weather, we support the energy circulation within our body and drain less energy.

5. Sleep Soundly
During sleep, our body recharges and detoxifies. In order to improve the quality of your sleep, finish eating at least two hours before going to bed. Turn your phone and laptop onto plane mode and try to get to bed before midnight. The hours between 10pm and 12am are most important as these are when our body has the deepest sleep.

For more info about Master Oh and his treatments, visit:

And Master Oh will host a mediatation retreat in Korea in April 2017. The location is not given, but I would be very surprised if it isn't at his cult's headquarters.

Marc Hunter was lead singer of Dragon, a New Zealand band that enjoyed hit songs in New Zealand and Australia in the late 70s and 80s. From my school days in Australia, I remember particularly well their hit "April Sun in Cuba".

Jump to 1998, the year before the arrest of the founders of the Jungshim/QiWellness cult. Marc Hunter, like Captain Naima Mohamed 14 years later, was desperately seeking a cancer cure. His search led him to South Korea and to Daera Chun, the base of the cult.

March 30, 2011: Marc Hunter: The Reason I’m Donating to Kevin Marshall’s Charity (Chuck Miller for Times Union)

“The doctor felt around my throat,” said Marc to reporter Pamela Lesmond, “and said, ‘You have a large cancer.’ I sort of didn’t hear anything for a minute. I was stunned. I just sat there.’ ...

“I’ve thought, ‘Everybody dies and I am going to die sooner or later,'” said Marc. “It’s pointless wondering things like, ‘Why me?’ because you could equally wonder, ‘Why not?’ I’ve had a niggling fear that all those years smoking cigarettes were coming home to roost. I am a very positive person. I am not trying to downplay the seriousness of it, but many people have had worse things happen to them.”

Within days, news of Marc’s throat cancer sent a shockwave through an Australian music industry that had just rebounded from INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence’s suicide. Quickly, various performers and bands gathered for a Dragon tribute concert, the profits from which would help defray Marc’s medical bills and provide for his two children. ....

“People were standing up and yelling and cheering and crying,” said Todd Hunter, “it was incredible. Marc sang, maybe for the last time, that song. These musicians’ incredible generosity was so phenomenal. There was a time when Marc thought nobody cared about his music. But he was amazed by what all these guys were doing, and it got to him in an incredible way.”

But Marc’s throat cancer continued. He needed the strength to undergo another operation, before the cancerous cells spread to his his brain and to his lungs. But his energy was low from previous surgeries and chemotherapy. Three weeks after the Melbourne concert, Hunter and his wife flew to Daera Chun, South Korea for one last option – an ancient healing process called Qi, which was a blend of meditation, diet and chun su massages.

Back in Australia, Marc Hunter’s situation spurred more fundraisers. A second benefit concert, this time in Sydney, featured another Who’s Who of Australian musical talent, past and present.  Men At Work regrouped for the first time in a decade to perform at the concert. Members of InXs performed for the first time since the death of Michael Hutchence. Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett and Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes duetted on Dragon hits “Dreams of Ordinary Men” and “Speak No Evil.”

“I have thought a lot about the possibility of dying,” said Marc at the time to the newsmagazine New Idea. “Now, I believe it doesn’t really matter when or where you die, but how you live your life. If somebody diagnoses you with cancer and tells you they are going to cut open your jaw and take out a tumor, you would panic unless you had something to sustain you. But my time with the Qi masters gave me a tap on the shoulder and reminded me we are spiritual beings.”

Marc Hunter passed away in his sleep on July 17, 1998. After his treatments at Daera Chun and the throat operation in Sydney, he spent the remaining months of his life in the company of his wife, children, family and close friends. He was only 44 years old.

JMS In The US & Canada / 2006 Blog Post:
« on: January 25, 2017, 08:48:50 PM »
From some 11 years ago is a blog post by blogger and radio host Cousin Creep about the JMS Cult in the US. He managed to find and talk to a former member. While Cousin Creep's older posts are no longer online, his blog is still up here:

I had a link on my old site and I posted it on the Exodus site here, but I think I neglected to post it here.

Jeong Myeong-Seok The Korean Sex Messiah

Move over Reverend Moon there’s a new self proclaimed Korean Messiah and he’s wanted by the law. Instead of being wanted for tax evasion (like Rev Moon) this Messiah is on the Interpool list for being a smutty snuff buff. Enter Jeong Myeong-Seok the latest in what seems a new stereotype that cults from Korea seem to be headed by self proclaimed Messiahs. Jeong Myeong-Seok’s group is called JMS established in 1980 which uses the names Jesus Morning Star (JMS), International Christian Association (ICA) and Global Association Of Culture & Peace (GACP).

Allegations have appeared over the past few years that Jeong Myeong-Seok has been rapping/molesting female members under the guise that having with the self proclaimed Messiah helps you to enter heaven. In September of 2001 Jeong Myeong-seok was charged with sexual assault by the Korean government and left the country. He moved to Taiwan, Hong Kong & later China where he continues to sexual abuse members of JMS.

On April 18, 2006 Four South Korean women have accused Jeong Myeong-seok the leader of the new religious organization JMS, of rape. This complete story can be viewed here .

The JMS story has been featured on Korean media yet internationally it’s been quite obscure and English language website few and far between. The JMS story has been featured on Korean media yet internationally it’s been quite obscure and English language website few and far between. There is an English language bulletin board which has been following the JMS saga for a number of years (run by an Australian living in Korea).

JMS has branches in Hawaii, LA, Chicago & NY under the name Providence Church. I managed to contact an ex member of this group and found that these fronts for JMS use Soccer, Hip Hop Dancing and Musicians to recruit new members into JMS through the Providence Church. What those children think is only a recreational Providence Church activity is actually a recruitment drive for JMS cult.

I managed to contact a girl by the name of “Vanessa (not her real name) who was once involved in the Providence Church/JMS.

There are churches in Los Angeles…… Chicago was down to earth and fun. New York has some musicians. Those are the three main ones in the U.S. Chicago is the most fun. Los Angeles does a lot of sports and dancing recruiting. Chicago does soccer recruiting. That’s how I got in.

Our pastors were Korean. Also, people who had completed the 30 lessons and had been in the church for several years could minister. So it wasn’t segregated. Also, women could pastor on Sunday. It was non-sexist in some ways, which is hard to find in churches. Also, they were accepting of my bodybuilding as a woman. That’s hard to find in regular churches. They also promoted soccer and encouraged me to do hip-hop dance. I appreciate that. I became a really good dancer, and felt good about myself during this time.

I researched them on the net, and I found out they were a cult. I never really got into the whole JMS being messiah thing. I just liked the lessons and fun activities. They are fun when they don’t go rabid. I would hang out with them if they weren’t pushing the JMS thing so much. I don’t believe this man is the Messiah. I researched extensively the difference between cults and churches. I researched JMS specifically and found out about the rapes. We never saw him in Chicago, but just heard his sermons. They were good sermons. I got pissed off about one or two sexist and anti-Semitic sermons. I’m half Jewish and a woman, and there were other fully Jewish people in the group. I have never practiced Judaism, but blood wise, I am part Jewish by nationality. I’m of Christian faith since 13, and never fully accepted JMS as a messiah.

So if you’re in the LA, Chicago or NY area and someone offers you some Hip Hop dancing lessons or ask you to join a Soccer Club just ask if they’re from the Providence Church.

I can't say I'm at all surprised by this...

September 9, 2016: Not So Holier Than Thou: Religious Leader Crimes Top 5,000 a Year (The Korea Times)

... Experts believe the high crime rate derives from the religious leaders' use of their superior position to exploit followers. They also point out loopholes in the judiciary system that prevents law enforcers from handling such cases. There have been discussions to strengthen ethic education for religious leaders and introduce laws that will expel or punish them if they commit crimes.

"A religious leader who commits a crime can simply change the name of the religious institute, be it a church or any religious entity, if it was operated like his or her private foundation," Lee Su-jung, a professor in the faculty of Liberal Arts at Kyonggi University, said in an interview with Yonhap news agency. "Official procedure is needed to punish religious leaders who commit crimes."

General Discussion / The Comfort Women of the Japanese Imperial Army
« on: January 14, 2017, 12:32:11 PM »
The issues surrounding World War 2 "comfort women" (rather a polite term) of the Japanese Imperial Army are related enough to the JMS cult to warrant a thread here. Is not the term "comfort women" equally applicable to Jeong's most devoted and indoctrinate ladies? Willing or unwilling, forced at gunpoint or more subtly coerced, they are certainly tasked with the same job. The JMS ladies also remind me of Kim Jeong-eun's "Pleasure Squad".

My approach here will mirror my penchant for "lazy blogging" which involves little writing, a lot of reading (or at times admittedly skimming), and a lot of copy and pasting of links. As I start this thread, I only have a few links saved, but I have been interested in this topic for a few years now. Hence, my list of articles will start small and then hopefully grow throughout January and February 2016 and beyond.

Interview with Michael Yon: The Truth Behind the Comfort Women (The Liberty Web - A site operated by Japan's Happy Science cult)

December 2: S Korean Academic Denies Defaming Comfort Women (Daily Mail)

January 14: Korean Professor Fined after Challenging 'Comfort Woman' Narrative (Andrew Salmon for Forbes)
December 13: Japanese Group Launches 18C Racial Discrimination Case Over Comfort Women Memorial (ABC News)
December 21: Prosecutors Seek Three Years in Prison for Professor who Wrote about Comfort Women (The Hankyoreh)
December 30: Comfort Woman Statue to be Erected in Busan

January 6: Seoul Court Orders Gov't to Make Public Documents Related to Sex Slave Deal (The Korea Herald)
Japan Recalls Envoy After South Korea Puts Comfort Woman Statue Outside Consulate (The Guardian)

January 18: Former Japan Sex Slavery Victim Dies at 94 (The Korea Times)
January 24: Ex-Comfort Woman to Return Payment to Japan (The Korea Times)
January 25: Professor Cleared of Defaming Comfort Women (The Korea Herald)

New Zealand first. Aside from a couple of people who were invited to the 2014 WARP Summit in Korea, I have yet to hear from anyone who has encountered Shinchonji in New Zealand. There is, however, a presence there according to the cult itself in the following press release concerning the opening of its first NZ office. Such international offices are one of the main reasons the cult invites (and pays for) so many people to attend mass SCJ events in Korea. As mentioned below, a participant in the 2014 WARPed event gave a speech at the opening ceremony of the cult's first NZ office. The mass events in Korea serve to establish ties in other countries that are then used to help the cult establish itself in those countries.

May, 2015: Opening of WARP Office in New Zealand

New Zealand, the land of Peace, joins the widespread movement of WARP Office.

Marking the ANZAC 100th anniversary this year, representatives from all walks of life gathered
for the first peace dialogue hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light.

Wellington, New Zealand – On May 2nd 2015, the first peace dialogue of World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (‘WARP’) Office was successfully held by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) at Victoria University in Wellington.

WARP Office is a platform of communication where representatives of each religion gather and discuss the methods of contributing to world peace. WARP Offices have been established in 55 cities over 35 countries including USA, United Kingdom, India, Philippines and South Africa receiving global attention as a symbol for peace. Under the theme of "The Role of Religious Leaders in World Peace," New Zealand embarked the third peace dialogue in the South Pacific region following Australia and Fiji.

The WARP Office meeting in New Zealand was more meaningful since it was held after the 100th anniversary of ANZAC day last April honoring the war veterans. Participants took this meeting sincerely because they recognize the importance of the active participation in peace-building process. Even though it is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, New Zealand remembers painful legacy of World War I,II, and the Korean War.
In this event, five religious leaders, Jenny Chalmers, Rajiv Chaturvedi, Graham Hassall, Jagdish Prasad and Paul Lee who represent Anglican, Hinduism, Bahaism and Christianity respectively, and students from Victoria University discussed the role of each religion in establishing world peace. The event first began with watching the video of the peace movement led by HWPL. Especially, Mr. Rajiv Chaturvedi, the participant of the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit which was held in Seoul, South Korea last September vividly conveyed the message of HWPL’s Chairman, Mr. Man Hee Lee.

Mr. Rajiv Chaturvedi continued in his speech that Chairman Lee has definite and practical answers to achieving world peace and cessation of war. He also emphasized the importance of opening WARP Offices around the world. Each religious leader also presented how their religions can contribute to world peace. They spoke that the mutual communication and harmony among religions is crucial in bringing world peace. Through signing peace agreement, they vowed to actively take parts in the WARP Office meetings in near future and continuous peace movement of HWPL.

In January 2014, Chairman Man Hee Lee successfully solved the religious dispute of Mindanao Island Philippines which lasted for over 40 years. Also, with Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), he hosted WARP Summit and formed the network of peace advocates, consisted of over 1,200 heads of state, religious leaders, directors of women and youth organizations. After the summit, attendees are voluntarily opening the WARP Office Meetings and hosting dialogue of Scriptures in their home countries, inviting two chairpersons.

By understanding the role of religions in bringing peace and searching for the ways to unite as one, participants in the WARP office meetings in New Zealand are destined to find the solutions to religious conflicts around the world.

And this is interesting given the recent Telegraph articles about The Anglican Church issuing warnings about SCJ. Named above is Vicar Jenny Chalmers of Taupo's St Andrew's Anglican Church.

September 21, 2015: Shinchonji Illegally Occupies Peace Plaza and Holds Massive Event (Kukmin Daily)

It is reported that “Shinchonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony” (Shinchonji) illegally occupied and used the Peace Plaza at Olympic Park in Songpa-gu, Seoul, on September 18 to celebrate the first anniversary of the “World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit” (WARP).

The Korea Sports Promotion Foundation (KSPO) immediately posted a notice on its website saying, “The event currently being held in the Peace Plaza at Olympic Park has not received approval. Therefore we give notice that it is an illegitimate event and an illegal occupation by the organizers. KSPO, as the facility’s manager, has strongly urged the organizers to close down the event, but they are forcefully resisting the order and continuing to carry it out.”

A person related to KSPO explained, “Last month when Shinchonji applied to use the venue, the screening committee rejected the application. Then on September 17, at around 11 p.m., approximately 800 Shinchonji believers invaded the Peace Plaza, blocked the police when they tried to intervene, and set up their event.”

The online news site “” of Chonji Ilbo, which some speculate is an advocacy agent for Shinchonji, posted an article titled “First Anniversary of WARP Report - Peace Roars in Olympic Park,” reporting that “57,000 persons gathered for the event from all parts of country… The participants became one in this peace event lasting longer than three hours, overcoming their differences of generation, gender, and nationality.” Chonji Ilbo mentioned nothing about the event’s illegitimacy.

You just have to laugh^  The Aljazeera staff named don't have much of an online presence. Interesting^
HWPL, Aljazeera Sign MOU for Cessation of War, World Peace
THE Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with one of the world’s most respected news and current affairs channels, Aljazeera media network, to achieve their common goals: the cessation of war and world peace.

The agreement was signed at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas, Seoul, Korea. It is HWPL’s first MOU with the global media which has in attendance; HWPL Chairman, Man Hee Lee, director of Aljazeera Center of Public Liberties and Human Rights(PL&HR) Sami Elhag, and senior producer of Aljazeera Center of PL&HR Mohamed EltayebElkhidir.

Mr. Elkhidir participated in the Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War last 14 March that marked the beginning of cooperation. Mr. Lee’s dedication was so moving that Aljazeera has steadily interacted with HWPL. It led to Mr. Elhag who helped formulate the Doha Declaration, specifically dedicated to protecting journalists worldwide. Finally, two journalists took part in the 2nd Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace(WARP) Summit and made MOU work.

Mr. Elhag and Mr. Lee, promised a close cooperation between the two organisations and emphasized the role of global networks to achieve world peace and appreciated the cooperation and help of Aljazeera. The idea to become one to achieve world peace and the important role of youth were strongly featured in their dialogue.

The purpose of MOU is that two organizations will lead the peace movements, spreading a culture of peace and peace education to all people, including women, youth, and religious leaders. HWPL’s peace activities will be broadcast in English, Arabic, Turkish etc. to over 140 countries across the globe and special documentaries about HWPL will be made while ways to protect journalists’ rights, one of the Aljazeera’s initiatives, will be discussed.

At this year’s Summit, leaders in the field of politics, law, religions, and civil society have gathered to discuss concrete action plans for each sector to advocate for a legally binding document in compatible with the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War(DPCW) for three days. Over 59 broadcasters particularly shared ideas how to draw people’s support as journalists in press conference and the media forum.

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