EMBOLDENED REV. MOON TO BRING HIS "BLESSING" CEREMONY TO OUR NATION'S CAPITAL
LARGEST MASS WEDDING EVER TO BE HELD AT
Sun Myung Moon -- the self-proclaimed "sinless Messiah" from Korea is planning another one of his famous mass weddings, this one to take place in our nation's capital at RFK Stadium. The goal of the Unification Church is that 3.6 million couples will be "blessed" by Moon in marriage simultaneously at this time -- thousands upon thousands in person at the stadium and the rest by satellite linkup throughout the world. What is the true meaning and significance of these "Blessing Ceremonies"? And how can Rev. Moon and his Unification Church, once relegated to cult status and derided by the American media, still be flourishing and expanding his empire after all these years?
IN THE PAST -- A NEGATIVE U.S. MEDIA
In the past much negative media attention came to the Unification Church in the United States because of their bizarre mass weddings. For example on July 1, 1982 Sun Myung Moon and his wife Hak Ja Han married, "blessed", 2,075 couples at one time in Madison Square Garden, New York City. This was very shocking to many in the West who view marriage as a highly personal and deeply intimate experience--and created much negative media coverage. Most of the couples in these weddings were "matched" by Moon himself, and many of them had never even met before the day of the wedding. Moon claims that he can see 7 generations of his followers' ancestors in order to find the perfect spouse for them.
Another strange thing associated with the Unification Church "Blessing" is the "tangam ceremony". In those days this was a secret marriage initiation ritual in which the husband was required to first hit his future wife as hard as he could with a baseball bat 3 times on the buttocks. If she passed out in between, he had to wait and then continue. Then it was her turn and if she was too weak, another member had to take her place to perform the rite. According to the Unification Church this was supposed to "indemnify" (pay for) the sin of Adam and Eve (which Moon says was sex) and the historical resentment between men and women since the Fall, and to prevent future resentment in the marriage. I have heard that some people have suffered serious back injuries as a result of this. The "tangam ceremony" has been somewhat toned down and modified since then, but it still has the same concept and doctrine behind it.
The Unification Church teaches:
WEDDINGS HELD IN KOREA
Since the Madison Square Garden extravaganza the mass weddings were moved back to Korea where there have been several since then, each succeeding one growing dramatically in numbers. On August 25, 1992 in Seoul's Olympic Stadium, Sun Myung Moon "blessed" 30,000 couples at one time -- 20,000 in the stadium and 10,000 via satellite. This was an especially important occasion because in the days leading up to this event, Rev. Moon had made speeches in several cities throughout Korea in which -- for the first time -- he publicly proclaimed that he is the Messiah, "The Lord of the Second Advent", the "Savior" of the world. This was one of the most momentous events in the history of the Unification Church and in the career of Sun Myung Moon, but the media here in the U.S. hardly picked up on it. The latest of the mass weddings was held on August 25, 1995. Again, the American media hardly noticed. The Unification Church claims that then a staggering 360,000 couples participated in their "international blessing" (many by satellite linkup), held again at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea.
IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL
Rev. Moon seems to be getting bolder lately as he is now moving his mass weddings back to America, even to our nation's capital. The Unification Church has been extremely active all these years developing into a worldwide movement and has made tremendous strides toward gaining public acceptance and legitimacy. It has established major businesses of many kinds, with at least 335 closely affiliated companies worldwide, 280 or so of these in the U.S. It owns The Washington Times (the second largest newspaper in our nation's capital, Sae Gae Ilbo in Seoul, Korea, Noticias Del Mundo in New York, Ultimas Noticias in Uruguay, the Middle East Times and other publications. Tiempos Del Mundo, Moon's latest media venture (headquartered in Argentina), is slated to become the first Pan-American newspaper, planning publications in at least 17 different countries (10 in South America, 5 in Central America, 1 in the Caribbean, plus the United States). Unificationists have been very active in American politics via the American Freedom Coalition, and have gained clout and influence among many U.S. politicians. On July 28, 1993, Mrs. Moon, "True Mother", gave a speech on Capitol Hill, proclaiming Unification Church doctrine to Senators, Congressmen and their staff. Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah was the sponsor of her speech. Then on September 7, 1993, Mrs. Moon gave the Unification Church message at the United Nations, announcing to ambassadors, embassy and consulate representatives and prominent American political, civic, and religious leaders the beginning of "the Completed Testament Age". It is for this reason that Rev. Moon has proclaimed to his members,
Amazingly, the Unification Church, one of the most bizarre cults ever on American soil, has done a tremendous job of gaining public support and legitimacy in the U.S. This is partly because most people are not aware of the inner teachings of the group, but only see the face they put on for the public. It is also because many people can be easily bought, and the super rich Sun Myung Moon is a master at using his money to gain influence. And the Unification Church conducts many different projects and conferences seeking to change its image from that of a cult to a respectable and legitimate religious movement. Now they even have big name celebrities and politicians like former President Bush going around making speeches for their organizations like the "Women's Federation for World Peace" and the "Family Federation for World Peace." The Unification Church uses these celebrities and politicians to seek to gain credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of the public and to recruit new members.
A few years ago Moon made his first public speaking tour through the U.S. in 17 years. In a tour of 32 major U.S. cities he made public speeches proclaiming that he has established the first "True Family" and "true blood lineage" and announced the beginning of the "Completed Testament Age". He taught (his version of) the purpose of the Messiah and spoke of (his version of) his own life's purpose and course, inferring and implying over and over again that he is the Messiah, the Lord of the Second Advent, the Second Coming of Christ, and warned that America had better listen to him! Concerning that tour, Dr. James Baughman, then President of the Unification Church in America, told Unification Church members:
The American media, which used to give the Unification Church so much opposition, gives them very little opposition now. And Christians, who used to constantly protest and speak out against Moon when he first came to this country, have slacked off, many have grown apathetic, and many who call themselves "Christians" now actually support and embrace Sun Myung Moon and his Unification Church! Famous American evangelist Jerry Falwell often appears at Unification Church functions. The Unification Church says of him,
"Rev. Jerry Falwell is a leading representative. He tried to revive America centering on Father." (Sun Myung Moon, "A New Dimension is Beginning", Today's World, April, 1995, p.12.)
All of these factors seem to have emboldened Rev. Moon and now he is planning his largest mass wedding ever in our nation's capital.
PROMOTING THE "BLESSING"
In seeking to promote this "Blessing" the Unification Church often publicly speaks of the importance of the family unit, that the family is the most important unit in our societies and in our nations. They speak of the importance of fidelity between the husband and wife and the need to teach children sexual abstinence before marriage. All of these things this writer wholeheartedly agrees with. What could possibly be wrong with that? In a large advertisement that recently ran in The Washington Times, The Washington Post and other newspapers nationwide entitled, "Proclamation Of The 3.6 Million Couples Marriage Blessing" the Unification Church said, "We invite the leaders of the world and the people of all nations to join us in this noble endeavor, by actively promoting and participating in the international blessing ceremony ..." Elsewhere the advertisement says, "Through a special marriage blessing, couples worldwide have the opportunity to become true families." Fairly innocuous words, but the "Proclamation" fails to tell people what "true families" are according to the Unification Church, or how participating in a mass wedding -- held by a man who claims to be the Messiah, "the Lord of the Universe", who vows he will "conquer and subjugate the world"-- will cause them to become "true families".
BRING THE CHRISTIANS
The Unification Church has taught its members that one of the main strategies that they are to use in promoting the "Blessing" is to seek to persuade Christian Ministers and their congregations to participate (see article in Unification News, April 19, 1997, p. 4 under sub-headings "Five Stage Strategy" and "First Stage"). Among other things in this article, the Unification Church instructed its members:
The Unification Church has been busy this year giving "True Family Values" seminars to Christians and using these to try to influence people to be involved in the November "Blessing Ceremony". One wonders what they have told Christian Ministers and Christians at these "True Family Values" seminars in seeking to persuade them to participate in the "Blessing". Have they told them that participation in the Blessing is not just pledging to remain faithful to your spouse, and to teach marital fidelity etc.? Have they told them such things as we have presented in the article, "Examples of the Use of Deception by the Unification Church"? For example have they told them that the Unification Church teaches:
And that Rev. Moon teaches:
Has the Unification Church told them all the implications involved in their teaching about the "Blessing" and what is the true meaning of the "Blessing Ceremony" according to Unification Church doctrine?
WHAT IS THE TRUE MEANING OF THE "BLESSING"?
The Unification Church teaches:
To understand the "deep significant meaning" of the Unification Church "Blessing Ceremony" one must understand at least a little bit about Moon's doctrine. Moon teaches:
And his Unification Church teaches:
According to the Unification Church one of the "secrets" that Moon "discovered" is that the Fall of Man occurred by Eve having sexual intercourse with Lucifer in the Garden of Eden, and then in turn she seduced Adam.
"God expelled fallen Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. ...all the ancestors of humankind came to inherit the lineage of Satan. Their blood lineage was corrupted." (Ibid. p. 22)
"We have inherited Satan's blood lineage..." (Sun Myung Moon, Today's World, June 1996, p. 4.)
Moon's doctrine of the Fall of Lucifer and the Fall of Man can be easily disproven by the Bible. Moon takes certain Biblical themes and terms such as the ones mentioned above and gives them an anti-Biblical definition. He does this also with the teaching of Jesus and the Bible concerning spiritual rebirth and concerning what it means to be born-again and how to receive it. He takes Biblical terms and redefines them to meet his own ends.
The Unification Church teaches:
So to support or participate in the so-called "Blessing" is tantamount to endorsing Moon's claim that he and Mrs. Moon are the "True Parents" of mankind -- and that Moon is the "Sinless Messiah" the only hope of salvation. It is to endorse his false doctrine that the Fall of Man occurred by Eve having sex with Lucifer (and then seducing Adam and having sex with him before the `proper time') and that the only hope of salvation is for one to have their "blood lineage changed" by undergoing Moon's "Holy Wine Ceremony"! Many have alleged that this "holy wine", which participants drink, contains a small amount of Moon's literal blood (in highly diluted form, of course). Thus through undergoing this ceremony one can have their "blood lineage changed" and be engrafted onto Moon's own "sinless perfect family". According to the Unification Church this is how you, your spouse and your children can become a "true family".
Of course from then you must attend the "True Parents".
Despite the teaching of the Bible -- and of Christianity for 2000 years, Moon teaches that Jesus was not supposed to be crucified but was supposed to marry John the Baptist's younger sister, and that Jesus and her were supposed to start a family of sinless children, etc.
Sun Myung Moon teaches:
But according to Moon Jesus failed in his Christly mission and ended up being crucified. Moon teaches,
Sun Myung Moon claims to have more wisdom than Jesus, he has often said that he is greater than Jesus and he has even claimed that Jesus Christ has bowed down to him! And from the above quote we can also see that he claims to have "restored" the "failures" of Jesus Christ! So we see that to support or to participate in Moon's so-called "Blessing Ceremony"is to also endorse Moon's teaching that Jesus Christ is a failure, that Jesus failed in His mission and that Moon is greater than Jesus! Actually, to support or participate in the so-called "Blessing" is to endorse all of Moon's teachings (that Jesus was conceived by Mary having sex with Zachariah etc., etc., ) as Moon also claims that he is the true teacher, the teacher of teachers. In Moon's own words:
And his Unification Church teaches:
The purpose of this article is to warn the public, the Christian community and the media of the true significance of the "International Holy Wedding" according to the Unification Church. And we at New Covenant Publications would like to encourage all true Christians and the media to expose and speak out against the false Messiah Sun Myung Moon and the many false and abominable teachings of his Unification Church.
Ephesians 5:11 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them..
This article by David Wolfe
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