Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Be Alert: Do not fall into this trap!


Recently, a Pastor visited me, and I took him to the Mall of America, the biggest mall in America.  As we were walking, we met a person who wanted to talk to us. Immediately, I realized that he wanted to share the gospel with us. I was happy and wanted to hear what he had to say. Another person joined him and tried to talk to me. The conversation and everything that happened later forced me to investigate and led me to write this. I am sharing this for information-sharing purposes and would like you to evaluate the information and beware so that you will not get trapped or deceived.

Highlights from our Conversation

Everything started with the statement that Christ had returned. I wanted to hear more as it was a red flag. Then it went to many prophecies, observance of Passover, Sabbath, celebration of Christmas, etc. Everyone except their church is heresy and false. Only they are accurate, and everyone else is waiting for judgment. As the conversation progressed, we sat down to talk, and they refused to speak to the pastor who was with me since he was asking many questions. I was asking questions but in a way to understand what they are trying to say and who they are.

As things progressed, they started picking one verse and jumping to another to prove their point. In the end, I had to tell them that I am a Pastor and I have studied theology, and what they are saying tells me that they are cults. At that point, everything changed. Till that time, they were telling me that I was a cult, and the moment I told them, they did not want to talk to me.  

They asked me which day I worship God. I said every day. They were upset and said I was lying. I told you to come to our church, and we have prayer meetings on Saturday also at times. Finally, as they tried to escape, I asked them the church's name. They would not tell as they suspect I would go around and tell others about them (I think they got that right) and lead more people to heresy and falsehood. They won’t disclose their name or anything. I challenged them and gave them my card, saying if you have the truth, why are you afraid.

Finally, they revealed the name when I insisted that if they were sure that they are spreading truth, why were they trying to hide? It was the World Mission Society Church of God.  It is a religious movement which originated in South Korea in 1964. After the founder Ahn Sahng-hong, whom they claim as Christ, died in 1985, Kim Joo-cheol and Zahng Gil-jah changed the church's name to Witnesses of Ahn Sahng-hong Church of God. After that, the Church expanded its activities to other parts of the world and began using the World Mission Society Church of God as its name. Its headquarters and main church are in the southeast of the Seoul metropolitan area. The church has distinctive beliefs that set it apart from mainstream Christian denominations.

Central Teachings of this group

  • Belief in God the Mother: One of the most distinctive teachings of the WMSCOG is its belief in God the Mother. They assert that there is a Heavenly Mother as well as a Heavenly Father, based on interpretations of certain biblical passages.
  • Observance of the Passover: The WMSCOG places significant emphasis on the observance of the Passover, considering it a key sacrament. They believe that the Passover is necessary for salvation and practice it annually.
  • Sabbath Day Observance: Similar to some other Christian denominations, the WMSCOG observes the seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday) as a holy day of rest and worship.
  • Feast of Unleavened Bread and other Jewish Festivals: In addition to the Passover, the WMSCOG observes other biblical festivals, including the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Tabernacles, which are rooted in the Old Testament.
  • Mother God's Role in Redemption: The WMSCOG teaches that God the Mother plays a crucial role in the process of salvation and that acknowledging both God the Father and God the Mother is essential for attaining eternal life.
  • Ahn Sahng-hong is Christ, who had already come and should be titled Christ Ahn Sahng-hong.
  • Jesus Christ was supposed to rule 70 years. Like David became king at the age of 30, Jesus started his ministry at the age 30 after taking baptism. He lived for another 3 years. There is a total of 37 years left in his rule. When Israel became a nation in 1948, Ahn Sahng-hong started the balance rule and he was alive till 1985. That way he completed 70 years of rule. ( I know this do not make sense but that’s what the people whom I met told me.)
  • A person has to be baptised in the name of Ahn Sahng-hong.
  • They believe it is restoring the truth of the early church.
  • They use the word "prophecy" a lot during the conversation and pull up verses from here and there to prove their belief.  

Few Bible Verses to note

  • If anyone tells you then, ‘See, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Over here!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 Take note: I have told you in advance. 26 So if they tell you, ‘See, he’s in the wilderness!’ don’t go out; or, ‘See, he’s in the storerooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. ( Mathew: 24:23-27, CSB)
  • Jesus told them, “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and they will deceive many. ( Mark 13:5-6)
  • Then he said, “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Don’t follow them. (Luke 21:8, CSB)
  • “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV)
  • “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.” (2 Peter 2:1–2, NKJV)
  • “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (1 John 4:1–3, NKJV)  

Helpful Video links for a more detailed study


It's important to note that the teachings and practices of the World Mission Society Church of God have been a subject of controversy and criticism, and there are varying perspectives on the group within the broader Christian community. The church has been involved in legal and public controversies, and its teachings have been a point of debate and discussion among religious scholars and Christian theologians.

I have no doubt that it is a cult group who claim tremendous growth in the last decade. They have even tried to remove videos which challenge their claims. I came to know that they are very active in many college campuses and are trying to reach and influence many Christian students and convert them.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Cost of Civil War

Internal conflicts are everywhere these days. There are currently more than thirty-two countries going through war now. Many are dealing with civil wars, and people live in fear and turmoil. There is hunger, and people are losing hope. I know people who live in these areas, and life is tough, and with each passing day, things are getting destroyed which was once built with incredible difficulty. A building that took years to build is destroyed in a few hours.

In the Bible, Jesus made a statement when he was accused of doing miracles with the help of Satan.

Mathew 12:25

Knowing their thoughts, he told them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is headed for destruction, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. (CSB)

Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, "Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. (NLT)

 Any kingdom, town, or family divided by civil war or divided will fall apart. It is not going to prosper or grow but will get destroyed. It is valid for churches and other organizations. An unresolved internal ongoing conflict or issue is proof that fall is waiting. It may take some time, but it is slowly getting destroyed when civil war is not stopped.

 Let's not take it lightly. Any feud or conflict which is not resolved will destroy the organization. When it comes to the church or the kingdom of God, we cannot afford that. Even if we lose or let certain things go, we cannot let anything is destroyed. We have to work in unity for things to grow and prosper.

Civil war is costly, and we cannot afford one in these last days, and hinder the work of God.         

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Discipleship - No sacrifice = No success

One of the last instructions of Jesus Christ to his disciples was to go and make disciples of all nations. The ask was to teach these disciples to obey his commands (Matt. 28:19-20). A disciple cannot be passive in life but active in making disciples and teaching them to obey the teachings of Jesus Christ.  

Today's challenge is that all resources, zoom or live meetings, and messages are not moving people to acceptance and obedience. We hear a lot weekly and know the theory very well. We may be able to take a class or preach at a conference, but in our personal lives, we miss application. It may look like the bald man trying to sell hair oil that cures baldness.    

True discipleship moves us beyond information to a practical level which involves sacrifice and self-denial and is essential. Unfortunately, we often desire to do everything within our comfort zone and ensure everything is secure and will not go the extra mile. Jesus taught us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. When we deprive ourselves of our desires and put God's desires before our own, we are living out our discipleship and following in the footsteps of Jesus. We are also living out our faith and showing the world what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus. When we deny ourselves of things we desire, it teaches us to rely on God instead of ourselves and helps us stay focused on our ultimate goal of glorifying God. All successful pursuits of accomplishing God's plan and purpose involved sacrifice and self-denial.

Adoniram Judson was 25 years old when he went to serve as a missionary in Burma. At 61, he died on the way back on board a ship in the Bay of Bengal and was buried at sea, having spent 37 years abroad with only one trip back home to America. It took Judson 12 years to make 18 converts. When Judson began his mission in Burma, he set a goal of translating the Bible and founding a church of 100 members before his death. By his death, he had accomplished those goals and more. Judson left the translated Bible and a half-completed Burmese-English dictionary, established about 100 churches, and had over 8,000 believers. One of his famous quotes is –

"There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice, it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success, it is because someone will succeed after."

True discipleship involves sacrifice, and we cannot make progress without it. If you feel stagnant or stuck in your Christian life, it could be that you know much theory but need to improve in practical implementation. Discipleship comes with a cost, and are you willing to take small steps to see God's plans unfold in your life?   If we do not have an eternal perspective and temporary outlook toward our life, it will not be easy to give up our comforts. When we realize what our master had told us and how short is our life in this world compared to life after death, it will become easier to deny ourselves and accept sacrifices to accomplish kingdom goals.

We can start with small steps. We can join the group going out to give tracts and do street evangelism. Start meeting someone consistently and help them in their spiritual journey. Join a team going on a mission trip. When an opportunity to serve requires sacrifice, go ahead and do not postpone it.  

Remember what Judson said, "there is no success without sacrifice." 

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Prerequisites before Teaching

One thing the Bible is clear about is that God commands everyone to obey.  It teaches that Obedience is better than sacrifice.  Recently I noticed something about Ezra.

Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel. (Ezra 7:10)

I had always been impressed with Ezra among Bible characters. This verse stood out to me because it shows a pattern that should be followed by everyone who teaches or preaches to others.

Step 1 – Determine in the heart

  • It is a decision taken within the heart and not forced by someone else.

Step 2 – Study the law of the Lord

  • Not just read but study the word. It takes time to study something.

Step 3 – Obey the word

  • Do what was understood while studying in your personal life.

Step 4- Teach others

  • If you realize it works, take time to share it with others. Teach others what you studied and obeyed.

One challenge we may have is that we will miss the order and a few steps. The question is, which stage do we miss?

Always remember that the order is Study->Obey->Teach, and any other order will not yield much result. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Thriving Talk - Stay Productive

Episode 23 of Thriving Talk came out today. The topic is "Stay Productive" This is another Dad-Son edition in which Tim, my son, sits with me and asks questions about life, purpose, spirituality, faith, etc. 

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Be Alert: Do not fall into this trap!

Introduction Recently, a Pastor visited me, and I took him to the Mall of America, the biggest mall in America.  As we were walking, we met ...