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Shinchonji: The Cult of Man Hee Lee (Links & Resources)
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:03:07 AM »
Man Hee Lee and Shinchonji (신천지):

A fascinating glimpse into material primarily aimed at indoctrinated members:
Quotations and Thoughts on Man Hee Lee's The Creation of Heaven and Earth by Dr. Paul Willis

Experiences with SCJ's Bible Study Course

Official Sites:

www.lightmeetslight.com points to the site below: (It did link to it.. and since this came to light it has been Orwellianly removed.)
http://www.worldopenseminar.com/

That's worth noting because Mannam's slogan is "When light meets light there is victory" whatever that means.

http://www.scjbible.tv/
http://www.scjbible.tv/index.php
http://www.youtube.com/user/godvoice12 Korean language. Godvoice?
http://www.youtube.com/user/healingallnations (English) Healing all nations... except Japan - they don't like Japan.

antichrists destroyers


From that site: http://www.worldopenseminar.com/html/about.html



Member Blog: http://shinchonjiunmasked.wordpress.com/
Which is a good example of a guy who thinks he's defending cult allegations, but really he isn't. Creepy stuff.

Wikpedia: Mostly propaganda posted by cult members
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Man-Hee

Man Hee Lee in America, July 2012

When PR goes wrong:
http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2012/07/anyone-who-is-a-believer-will-regret-it-if-he-or-she-does-not-come-see-instructor-manhee-lee-at-the-crystal-cathedral-this-saturday/

Press Release: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7jGThCKKGZYQkdEYVJHLUNCRUU/edit?pli=1#
Photos: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7jGThCKKGZYNDZnQk42WHp3TjA/edit
http://www.yorkblog.com/faith/2012/07/18/man-hee-lee-in-america/
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/stories-faith/2012/jul/31/Lee/

Shinchonji Leader Man Hee Lee comes to Bakersfield (신천지 이만희 총회장님)


Critical Website: http://shinchonjiandthebible.blogspot.kr/
Features lots of information and questions for cult members that I'm sure go unanswered.
Of interest is this summary of the groupsLee was involved with before becoming Korean Messiah No. 8750. It seems he wasn't always the Messiah.

A Korean student's article about Shinchonji entitled "Warning on Cults" on page 3 of this PDF file from Handong Global University.

October 08, 2012, 08:13:36 AM
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2012, 08:13:36 AM »
Google translation from this Yahoo Groups page for German Shinchonji.

I came across the link on page 41 of this PDF of a German newsletter.

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The people in the world live up to 100 years. They are born and eventually they die. But the children of God, born of God's seed
are to live for ever and there is no parting with them through death. These children are not valuable?

Whoever does not believe, can not be a believer. Jesus sowed the seed of God (Mt 13:24, Mk 4:14), and we also sow the seed of God. Apostle Paul said, he
suffered pangs of birth (Gal 4:19), and he tries to satisfy his children (1 Corinthians 3:2). Also, he called his son Timothy (1 Timothy 1:1-2). Paul was not even
married and he was a man all this, that he suffers pangs of birth or breast feeding the child was meant spiritually. He described his son as a disciple,
which does not mean a carnal son, but a spiritual, by being born of the seed of God. In James 1:18 it is written: Who by the word of truth is born is called the first fruits.

People grieve so much about their dead children or siblings, even though they already knew that they will die some point. Yet no one is above sorrow, though a child of God who is born of the seed of God and can live forever, lost. Is not this a proof that he has no faith as God's family? How can one be so carefree, even though his child was born through suffering the pangs of birth, dies or is lost? He must have a heart of the hireling.

If even a small child is no longer visible, we must do all in effort to find it. We SCJ saints are different from the parishioners of the traditional communities. Because we are all born with the seed of God by suffering the birth pangs. From the first meeting, we have a lot of time and effort for these children to give birth, even while they're Center training that and Training new members have been through. When I see (the master), that such precious children go fall and lost, my heart is breaking. How can I with shame and embarrassment watch the sky? How can someone who is not the Holy care, be a worker of God? I can those who are lost and wandering around somewhere, do not forget. Jesus said: You look for his lost sheep everywhere in the mountains and in the valleys (Mt 18:12-14).

And the father is his son with unreturned hold the best robe, and put a ring on his finger and a feast prepared for him (Luke 15). We need to think about how we now behave. If someone can not see or no reason not to the church comes to the district manager must first take care of him. He must be the right word to convince that he comes back. But if he still does not come, he must visit with the department head to the lost. But even if this does not work, have the church leaders and Cheondosa visit him. If he still will not come to the tribe leader must take care of it. If he still does not come to church, the reason of his absence, including its core Esse and phone number will be forwarded to the head office.

This saint has lost to the kingdom of heaven and eternal life to the chosen faith in SCJ. He learned on Mount Zion, the new song. After graduation, he took part in the training new members. If such does not want to come to church, he must have a reason. If it lacks faith and lack knowledge, we have to visit him and bring him to the knowledge. If it is not possible to visit him at home, we have other ways to find out. We have the best education in the world, namely the revealed word. Why we can not bring him to the knowledge?

The Holy Spirit, the groom with the bride (pastor) along the child conceived. If the child is then not of the Holy Spirit and of his bride? How can we neglect this child? We do the works of God are neither foreigners nor hirelings (laborers). We are the Bride of the Holy Spirit, and we give birth to his children. let it cause us not to sin or someone leaves us. really Let us build God's kingdom. The District Manager must be aware of and be aware of their task they accomplish. Then the grace of God and will of Jesus Christ be with you forever.

October 22, 2012, 10:47:18 PM
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 10:47:18 PM »
Some audio from a SCJ Bible lesson that teaches that the rider on the white horse is Jesus combined with footage of Man Hee Lee on his white horse in the middle of Seoul.

Man-Hee Lee in the Middle of Seoul on a White Horse

October 27, 2012, 10:25:47 AM
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2012, 10:25:47 AM »
Last week I caught my first real glimpse of SCJ recruiters in action. Oh I've seen plenty of Mannam recruiters, but this was my first time to witness SCJ members recruiting for SCJ proper without the smokescreen of a volunteering or world peace front group. Well the second actually if you count the time an oldisg lady thrust a SCJ card at me 10 meters away from and 5 minutes prior to the meeting point for the first Mannam event I attended.  Anyway, they were out in force at my place of work - the East Gate of Keimyung University - giving out Candy and taking phone numbers. Interesting that one of my former students said on Facebook that they were chased students who took photographs of them and made them delete the pictures, but when I asked if I could photograph them they said yes (after a twenty second closed discussion):


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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2012, 12:11:19 AM »
Despite accusations of distortion, Shinchonji keeps on attracting converts

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When Caritas Lee Seung-hye set out on a series of Bible studies with her mother, she was given an interpretation that was very different to the one she remembered from school.

The Holy Spirit came to someone secret, she was told, someone who was not any one of Jesus’ apostles.

This interpretation was provided by Shinchonji, Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (SCJ) a minority religious denomination which typically kicks off with a free Bible course and an exam.

At this stage Caritas had no idea her brother had converted from Catholicism to Shinchonji.

“I tried to find the lies and tricks in Shinchonji to catch my brother out,” says Caritas, who lives in Seoul’s now infamous Gangnam district. “But he refuted my evidence as a test of his faith to Shinchonji and we’re no longer able to talk with one another.”

Since that time, her family has remained divided. Caritas’ brother no longer speaks to her mother either.

Noting its suspect teachings and the damage done to her family, Caritas then became an anti-SCJ campaigner.

Shinchonji, meaning ‘new Heaven and new Earth’ was founded in 1980 by Lee Man-hui, whom followers believe to be the ‘returned Jesus.’

Referencing Revelation (7:2): ‘Then I saw another Angel come up from the East, holding the seal of the living God,’ SCJ claims that ‘the East’ is Korea and that ‘another Angel’ is CSJ founder Lee.

SCJ also toys with Revelation (7:4) in claiming that the 144,000 sealed members of the tribe of the children of Israel are instead the members of Shinchonji which make up the 12 tribes of the group across South Korea. Today, they operate more than 300 mission centers.

Father Paul Han Min-taeg, assistant director of Evangelization and Education at Suwon diocese, says that SCJ is little more than a heretical Christian sect, one of an estimated 40 or so in South Korea.

“It denies the Holy Trinity and deifies its founder Lee, dazing its followers by distorting the prophecies in Revelation,” he says. “With its apocalyptic view, it brainwashes followers and urges them to go out and lure followers in a variety of ways.”

In recent years, the South Korean press, blog postings and confused expatriates writing online have tried to piece together exactly what SCJ represents and how it works. Many have pointed to an affiliation to a group called Mannam, a seemingly non-religious organization with an army of volunteers who typically encourage the uninitiated to take part in trips and activities across the country. Many foreigners have joined in and say they have had a good time without any hint of proselytizing.

Yoo Jung-hoon, who like Caritas is an anti-SCJ campaigner, says that the group also preys on Catholics in the belief that many don’t know the Bible well enough to internally dismiss some of Shinchonji’s more outlandish claims.
“For them, luring Catholics is a piece of cake,” he says.

Veronica Lee Eun-soo, 40, who gave a pseudonym to protect her identity, admits she was one of those easy targets.

“Without any knowledge of the Bible, the teachings in the Shinchonji Bible study looked marvelous and I appreciated this God-given chance,” she says. “While studying there I felt I was a chosen one.”

She says that now, many of SCJ’s claims – that all angels are humans and that the Bible is written in metaphors that only Lee can understand – seem ridiculous.

“But I suddenly came to believe in the ridiculous,” she says.

A Shinchonji official who did not give a name says that SCJ is misunderstood. It has never taught that Lee is Jesus, he added, although many of the SCJ faithful believe that to be the case “as they love him very much.”

“We are people of God of a different denomination, just like Baptists or Methodists," he said. "But some other Christians tell malicious lies against us because more and more Christians are converting to Shinchonji.”