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July 11, 2016: This apocalyptic Korean Christian group goes by different names. Critics say it's just a cult.

Lee is keen to mention that he has composed a formal declaration for the end of all global war. The text of the declaration is carved into a large stone tablet in his back yard.

Unfortunately, I've been using Photobucket to host photos posted here.

July 7, 2017: Amazon, eBay images held to ‘ransom’ by Photobucket

I have every photo posted here on several hard drives and a couple of computers. It'll just take time to replace the broken photobucket links with alternatives.

I somehow missed seeing this piece published last year. Wonderful to see Helen take an interest in SCJ and call out those that really should know better...

March 26, 2016: Zimbabwe: When a Whole Chief Justice Falls for a Ruse (by Helen Morris)

As Zimbabweans, how do we feel about our most senior judge flying to South Korea, wasting days of office time at a conference with no tangible or meaningful outcome, legitimising a religious cult and then allowing state media to praise his bold contributions to the cause of peace?

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku recently came back from Seoul, South Korea, where he represented Zimbabwe at the Proclamation of the Declaration of Peace and the Cessation of War, organised by a group calling itself Heavenly Culture, World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL), headed by one Man Hee Lee.

A Herald article from March 15 2016 claims "the quest for global peace and harmony escalated with the historic launch of the proclamation" and praises Chidyausiku's participation in the event.

The declaration described in the article is strangely vague. The speech by Man Hee Lee, which the Herald reports as groundbreaking peace-building policy, is full of statements that even a 12-year-old might make after first seeing a bomb blast reported on the evening news -- "wars are untenable", "the work of peace is a task someone must take on", "the declaration seeks to dispose the world of all armed conflicts". Although the sentiment is noble, the declaration ignores decades of peace-building work by policy-makers around the world, and ludicrously over-simplifies local and global politics.

The website for HWPL is as vague as the speech quoted in the Herald. HWPL's "vision for sustainable peace" states that if all the heads of state "sign an international agreement" and if all the youth "agree not to fight one another ... world peace will be restored". Again, these platitudes are so obvious that they are barely worth stating.

Moreover, humanity has not been at peace since Cain killed Abel, so there is nothing to restore. The website boasts about peace marches and conferences at which peace is declared, but provides very little concrete evidence of substantial work towards developing peace in any region of the world. Man Hee Lee has "traversed the globe 24 times, talking about peace", but there is no evidence of concrete work towards peace. There are plenty of photographs of him talking or posing, but he has never mediated a conflict or brokered a ceasefire anywhere.
More research about Man Hee Lee reveals that the elderly white-suited man is best known in South Korea, not as a herald of peace, but as the leader of a church called Shincheonji. As the leader of Shincheonji, Man Hee Lee teaches that after Jesus ascended to Heaven, God promised to anoint another pastor, who would prepare Christians for the Second Coming. Man Hee Lee claims to be that pastor and attracts people to his sect by convincing them that "when the Second Coming arrives it will not be enough to know only God and Jesus, believers must also know the pastor promised in the New Testament" (that is Man Hee Lee). His teaching demonises "the enemy", which is anyone who refuses to recognise that Man Hee Lee is the only true route to salvation, forcing many members to cut off contact with any family and friends who are not followers of Man Hee Lee.

As God's anointed pastor, Man Hee Lee expects absolute obedience from his followers. He instructs them to limit their sleep, in order to devote more time to prayer and to studying his doctrine. The widespread sleep deprivation makes the congregation easier to frighten and emotionally manipulate. They study his teachings and his version of the Bible for four or five days a week in groups, managed by minders, who report disobedience to church elders.

Every person in Shincheonji is expected to attend three or four-hour services on Wednesdays and Sundays. Many Shincheonji branches use a digital fingerprint recognition register to ensure that every person is present. Followers are strongly urged to give up their jobs or studies in order to devote their lives entirely to the church. They are also encouraged to give up all of their savings to their leaders, leaving them completely reliant on the church community.

One of the key requirements for becoming a core member and guaranteed salvation in the Second Coming, is recruiting new members for Shincheonji. The sect became very unpopular in South Korea because members would infiltrate other churches and attract the members away from their congregations.

Many churches in South Korea have signs explicitly forbidding Shincheonji members. Shincheonji events in South Korea have to be protected by special internal church security forces, because they invariably attract protests from people who have lost family members to the cult. The government of South Korea has banned Shincheonji from advertising in local media.

The sect's deep unpopularity in South Korea meant that Man Hee Lee had to develop a new strategy for generating positive publicity for Shincheonji. He founded a "volunteer" organisation called Mannam to target foreigners. The organisation explicitly claimed not to be religious, but the key leadership was identical to Shincheonji's. Mannam hosted peace walks and parties for foreigners in South Korea to demonstrate that the church had widespread support.

In 2012, Mannam advertised (in English) a World Peace Ceremony at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, to which it invited thousands of foreigners, with no mention of Shincheonji. In Korean, however, it advertised the Shincheonji 6th Olympiad, taking place at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, at the same day and time. By publicising the large foreign audience at the event, Shincheonji was able to argue that it is a globally relevant organisation.

However, many of the people conned into attending the 2012 Mannam event were angered and frightened when they realised the close links between Mannam and Shincheonji. Mannam was disbanded, but in 2014 a new organisation was founded under the name HWPL with Man Hee Lee as chairman. In 2014, they hosted the World Alliance of Religions for Peace Summit, inviting government and civil society leaders from around the world.

Although neither Shincheonji nor Mannam were mentioned in English at the summit, attendees noted that all of the South Korean participants made the Shincheonji hand signal (thumb and index finger extended) when cameras were pointed at them. Based on the invitations that they had received, many of the participants believed that they were going to Seoul to participate in discussions and workshops or to chair panels about issues relevant to peace building. However, there were no discussions -- the programme was dominated by peace marches and mass rallies with long speeches by Man Hee Lee.

In the speeches, Man Hee Lee's solution for world peace was for all people to unite and accept one religion -- his own. The participants were divided into small groups, each of which was closely monitored by a pair of minders, who forced the participants to attend every event and demanded that they look happy for the cameras.

Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church / A Slave to the Moonies
« on: May 31, 2017, 12:54:11 AM »
I have it on good authority that the unnamed "church" the former slave talks about from 26:35 is the Moonies:

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 front 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."

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