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January 18, 2010, 01:21:40 PM
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« on: January 18, 2010, 01:21:40 PM »
Anyone know all the names of the cults that are under the umbrella of the Gu-Won-Pa?

I know that Good News Mission is one.

January 28, 2010, 09:52:19 PM
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2010, 09:52:19 PM »
June 14, 2014 Update: If you're looking for information about fugitive Yoo Byung-eun, his cult, and the Korean ferry disaster, you can find it here: The Salvation Sect (Gu Won Pa) & the Sewol Ferry Tragedy. Guwonpa is an umbrella term used to describe several (now different) groups with shared origins.
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Sorry I don't know that much about this group.
I'm only familiar with their main English name and their IYF branch 
Here's a few links, which you're probably aware of anyway:

http://jmscult.com/forum/index.php?topic=453.0
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April 26, 2014, 11:16:15 AM
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Re: Gu-Won-Pa
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2014, 11:16:15 AM »
Anyone know all the names of the cults that are under the umbrella of the Gu-Won-Pa?

I know that Good News Mission is one.

Four years later...

The name Gu Won Pa (Salvation Sect) has come up in relation to the sinking of the Sewol ferry. I've been gathering articles and information specifically about that here.

What does this have to do with Ock Soo Park and his groups? Well I'm not entirely sure, but it sounds like Park's groups (Good News Baptists/IYF etc.) and Mr Yoo's groups are both splinters of a cult that started in the 60s, splintering from a theological school run by American missionary Dick York. It is known as The Salvation Church or Gu Won Pa. Certainly the name Gu Won Pa (구원파) has been mentioned in the Korean press in relation to both men and their cults. And as Mr Esfes's question indicates, there are groups under the umbrella of the name Gu Won Pa.

There was one interesting mention of Mr Yoo about a month before the sinking which answers his question. Yoo is mentioned in this article:
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Salvation Church (Park Ock-Soo Faction) International Youth Fellowship (IYF)

There are three factions in the Salvation Church. They are the Kwon Shin-chan (deceased)-Yoo Byeong-Eon faction, the Lee Yo-han faction, and the Park Ock-soo faction. All of them have been officially classified as cults by the main denominations of Korean churches.

April 26, 2014, 11:31:57 AM
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2014, 11:31:57 AM »
This article, about Ock's gorup, also mentions the name of the leaders of the other factions, Lee Yo-han and Sin Chan Kwon, that were mentioned in the above article. From this article it sounds like they are part of Ock's group rather than the leaders separate factions/cults. Mr Yoo, the owner of the ferry company has been named as the current leader of the group started by Sin Chan Kwon in several media reports.

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Kohima, Nov. 22: The Nagaland government has deployed heavy security at Dimapur District Sports Complex Stadium, the venue of the venue of Bible Crusade organised by Good News Mission, which began here today.

The move was prompted after several Church organisations, including the Nagaland Baptist Church Council protested against the crusade organised by Good News Mission from South Korea headed by Ock Soo Park.

The Baptist churches in Nagaland claimed the Mission was a “heretic group” which does not preach according to the Bible. The Dimapur district administration said adequate security measures have been taken to ensure that no incident takes place during the crusade.

The crusade will conclude on November 25.

Though the Mission is part of the Baptist Church, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council and Baptist Church organisations in Korea have termed Park’s group “heretic”.

To clear their position, the Mission had invited leaders of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council for discussion tomorrow but the invitation was turned down.

The Nagaland Baptist Church Council has appealed to Christians in Nagaland not to attend the proposed Bible Crusade.

The Nagaland Baptist Church Council’s general secretary, Rev. L. Anjo Keikung, said Park was trying to lure Naga people to become his followers. Park had also organised a Bible Crusade last year in Dimapur despite strong protests and opposition from the Baptist churches in Nagaland.

The Council said ever since its counterparts from Korea alerted it last year, it had investigated the teachings of the Mission and had met several leaders from the Korean Baptist Convention.Keikung said the Council believed in upholding mutual respect for other Christian groups. However, it was also deeply concerned at the rise of numerous controversial Christianity-related groups many of which originating from Korea.

The Naga separatist group, Federal Government of Nagaland (Singnya), has also strongly opposed the crusade. It said members of the Mission have come to Nagaland to propagate heretical teachings in order to woo innocent believers to its fold.

The group has urged the Church to defend the faith.

Rev. Jae Kyeong Lee, president, the Foreign Mission Board of the Korea Baptist Convention, in a letter to the Council has expressed concern over the Mission, which is also known as “Guwonpa” (or salvation sect).

“Pastor Ock Soo Park, pastor Sin Chan Kwon and pastor Yo Han Lee are the major leaders of the Mission,” Rev. Lee said. The Christian Council of Korea, an association of Evangelical church denominations in Korea, has confirmed officially that the Mission or Guwonpa is a heresy according to the Baptist Church of Korea.

“We cannot work or cooperate with heresies such as Guwonpa. We cannot accept their wrong doctrines, applications and activities, which divide churches and destroy families,” Rev. Lee said.
He said there were some serious fallacies in the preaching of Park and his followers.

Even though they are using the name of Baptist but their doctrines and interpretations are quite different from rest of the Baptist churches in the world. GNM is one of the representative heresies of Christianity and started its activities around 1960s amidst the great confusion and the social and cultural changes in Korea, according to the Korea Baptist Convention.

Rev. Lee said, the origination of GNM was not from Korea but was imported from the US. Later, it spread its roots in Korea through the Korean followers who conveyed the doctrine and teaching of the foreigners from the US and the Netherlands. “These foreign missionaries have reared their followers with a viewpoint that there were seldom any gospels and redeemed pastors within the existing churches,” Rev. Lee said.

April 26, 2014, 11:52:47 AM
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2014, 11:52:47 AM »
http://nnwpsg.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/good-news-mission-who-are-they/

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2. What is Good News Mission?
The Good News Mission is one of the representative heresy of Christianity that started its activities in around 1960s amongst the great changes and confusion in Korea, both socially and culturally. Strictly speaking, the Good News Mission has not originated from Korea, but was rather “imported” from the US. It has spread its roots in Korea through the Korean followers who were conveyed the doctrine and teaching from foreigners from the US and the Netherlands, etc. These so-called “foreign missionaries” have reared their followers with a viewpoint that there were seldom any gospels and redeemed pastors within the existing churches. In particular, Dick York, who has called himself a “missionary” has viewed the existing churches as anti-gospel force and has asserted a systemic theological studies meant a departure from faith and being corrupted in the world.

The leaders of the Good News Mission who have inherited these doctrines were Ock-Soo Par, Byung-Un Yoo, and Shin-Chan Kwon’s best student, Yo-Han Lee (Bok-Chil Lee).3) Currently, the organization is actively involved in the propagation of their teachings and doctrines with these three leaders, and the groups with Yo-Han Lee and Ock-Soo Park are spotted with more vigorous activities. Whereas Pastor Yo-Han Lee’s group (http://seoul.jbch.org) and Pastor Ock-Soo Park’s group (www.goodnews.or.kr) carry out their activities through Seoul Jungang Church located at the intersection of Indukwon Station in Anyang City, Gyeonggi-do, and Gangnam Church located in Yangjae-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul4) (moved from Daejeon Hanbat Jungang Church in Daejeon City), respectively,  the late Pastor Shin-Chan Kwon (deceased) and Pastor Byung-Un Yoo’s group (www.ebcworld.org) carries out its activities though Seoul Church in Samgakji area in Seoul.

Three main leaders in this organization have two things in common of being influenced by Dick York and using the church denomination of “Baptist” for their churches. The foreign “missionaries” including Dick York have conveyed their teaching that “the salvation can be achieved only through comprehension,” under the presumption that there is no gospel of salvation in the existing church denominations, such as the Presbyterian church, Methodist church, Holiness churches and Baptist church. Accordingly, what these three factions of the organization assert in common is that there is no salvation at the existing churches, and the people can only be redeemed of their sins by coming into their groups, listen to the gospel, and understand secrets of the redemption.