Moon or the Sun?

Moon or the Son?

Richard Hollerman

On September 3, 2012, Sun Myung Moon died at age 92.  Known for his charismatic personality and business acumen, this cultic leader has an amazing record of outreach and achievement.

Born in Korea in 1920, Moon was known for his anti-communist activities.  He spent time imprisoned in his native North Korea, from 1948 until 1950, when the UN troops were responsible for releasing him.

The first edition of his book, Divine Principle, was published in 1946.  This volume describes “Unification Theology” that has been his life-long passion.  The Explanation of the Divine Principle was published in 1957 and continues to be the blueprint of the Unification view of life and history.

Moon was first married in 1943 but divorced his wife in 1953.  In 1960, he married his first wife (at 17 years of age) when he was about 40 years of age.  Moon’s followers call Hak Ja Han (his wife), “Mother” or “true Mother,” and both Sun and Kak are called the “True Parents.”  The 14 children are known as “True Children, and the entire family is called “True Family” by the followers.

This controversial leader began his new religion in Seoul, Korea in 1954.  Moon claimed that Jesus Christ appointed him to “complete” Christ’s unfinished work on earth.  His church took the name, “The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity.”  Generally, this is referred to as the “Unification Church.”  Moon had worldwide ambitions and sent out missionaries in 1975 to 120 different countries.  Claiming some five to seven million members worldwide today, defectors claim that there are only about 100,000 loyal members.

One of the stated purposes of the Unification Church is that God wants a worldwide people established on the “Divine Principle” formulated by Moon. This worldwide unification effort is seen most clearly in the mass weddings promoted by Moon and his followers.  One article describes Moon’s view of marriage and the utterly unique wedding ceremonies that have been reported in the media:

In 1961, Moon established the Unification Church wedding or marriage rededication ceremony, known as the “Blessing” which is given to married (or engaged) couples. The first blessing ceremony was held for 36 couples in Seoul, South Korea by the Moons shortly after their own marriage in 1960. All the couples were members of the church. Moon matched all of the couples except 12 who were already married to each other before joining the church. Even larger wedding blessings followed. In 1992, Moon gave the wedding blessing for 30,000 couples at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. Three years later he did it again for 360,000 couples, and in 2009, Moon presided over a Blessing ceremony for 40,000 people on the campus of the Sunmoon University; the ceremony was supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea.

In 1986, the psychiatrist Marc Galanter made a research which concluded that “Moon`s marriages proved to be happy.” Another long-run research by psychologist Robert Epstein concluded that “arranged marriage in the Unification Church works as well as arranged marriages in other cultures and certainly far better on average than mainstream marriages in the United States.” According to USA Today, “Moon teaches that romantic love leads to sexual promiscuity, mismatched couples and dysfunctional societies” ( wiki/Sun_myung_moon).

TV, radio, newspapers, and news magazines report Moon’s bizarre marriage practices.  In the year 2009, “Moon married 45,000 people in simultaneous ceremonies worldwide. . . . He married an additional 7,000 couples in South Korea in February 2010.”

Obviously, such marriage arrangements are totally foreign to Scripture and should be shunned by anyone who respects its authority. Surely untold damage has occurred with this practice. We have read that the marriage partners are chosen by the Unification hierarchy and they don’t even know who they are marrying until just before the ceremony.

A special effort is made to couple people from entirely different cultural backgrounds to help bring in universal brotherhood and sisterhood.  Moon explained, “People should marry across national and cultural boundaries with people from countries they consider to be their enemies so that the world of peace can come that much more quickly.”  Interestingly, Hak Ja Han, Moon’s wife, is from South Korea, of the same ethnic background as he is! Further, since he was married for about ten years to another woman, we wonder whether he lived in adultery all of his life (Mark 10:2-12; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:2-3)!

Moon’s followers have expanded into many different educational, cultural, and business enterprises.  Their empire includes “the Washington Times newspaper, the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, Bridgeport University in Connecticut, as well as a hotel and fledging automaker in North Korea.  It acquired a ski resort, a professional soccer team and other businesses in South Korea, and a seafood distribution firm that supplies sushi to Japanese restaurants across the U.S.” (worldnews.nbcnews. com­news/2012/09/02/ 13622427-sun-myung -moon-founder-of. . . .).  He also owns United Press International.  One report details even more of Moon’s business success:

A small sampling of Moon’s possessions included computers and religious icons in Japan, seafood in Alaska and ginseng in Korea, huge tracts of land in South America, a recording studio and travel agency in Manhattan, a horse farm in Texas, and a golf course in California.

In 2004, Moon held an opening ceremony of the largest helicopter manufacturer in Asia, with 500 VIPs participating, namely Washington Times Aviation; the company produces Sikorsky helicopters on sub-contract basis. Moon traveled worldwide in his private jet which cost $50 million, The same year, Moon launched $ 1.5-billion construction project of 70-story twin skycrapers in Seoul; a year later he bought an area of ​​46,000 m² in Seoul for the construction of skyscrapers. Currently the project is under construction and scheduled to be completed by 2013.

In 2011, construction of $18 million Yeosu Expo Hotel was completed; the hotel located at Moon-owned The Ocean Resort in Yeosu, the venue of the Expo 2012. ( Sun_myung_moon).

It should be clear to any reader who respects the authority of God’s Word that these kinds of business endeavors are not the work of the body of Christ.  While the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church, and other groups may actively involve themselves in such business pursuits, Christians know that Christ never said to “to into all the world and establish businesses”! Rather, He declared, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15).

Sun Myung Moon was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and died on September 3 at age 92.  There is no indication that he repented at all before he left the land of the living.  As the Hebrew writer tells us, “It is appointed for men to die once, and after this comes judgment” (9:27). Moon has now met his Maker and there is no further opportunity for him to repent of his extensive false teachings and outrageous megalomania.  Although his followers proclaimed him Messiah for our age, Moon died like any other man. 

This is the way of other false teachers and false prophets.  Ellen G. White (Seventh Day Adventist Church) died in 1915.  Charles Taze Russel (Jehovah’s Witnesses) died in 1916.  Herbert W. Armstrong (Worldwide Church of God) died in 1986.  Kenneth Hagan (Word of Faith) died in 2003. Think of other religious leaders of cults as well as mainline religions: Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (Catholic) died in 1979. “Pope” John Paul II died in 2005.  “Father Divine” died in 1965, and Jim Jones who proclaimed his messiahship died in 1978.  And now, in 2012, Sun Myung Moon has joined the ranks of leaders, teachers and prophets who have “gone the way of all flesh” and their opportunity to repent no longer exists! 

Let’s learn the lesson that we should already know: We must utterly renounce any involvement with popular charismatic religious leaders who are not following the true gospel of Christ Jesus (cf. Galatians 1:6-9).  Let us repent of our sins (Acts 3:19), turn to Christ for forgiveness (Acts 2:38), become new creatures in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17), and live a life of full devotion to Him who loves you and died for you (Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

Our plea to the followers of Moon is simple:  Will you persist in following Moon and his false teachings?  Or will you turn to the Son of God who alone is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)? There is no salvation in Moon but there is abundant life in the Son!







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