Thursday, November 29, 2007

Amazing Study at the World Mission Society Church of God

Hello, I am back. So today I attended a Bible study at the World Mission Society Church of God, and I learned a subject called “The Seal of God”, this was amazing, I never knew that all these major world events had been prophesied in the Bible. Even WWII, wow. But what is more shocking is that there another major disaster coming up. And we need to be prepared; we need to receive the Seal of God.

For some time now, I have being doing my research about all the major world disasters that are occurring, and I mean in the past 50 years major disasters have just gone up the roof.

Also taking into consideration global warming, this is something that cannot be stopped, according to experts, in order just to stop global warming it would take about 400 years, just to stop it. I cannot imagine how long it would take to reverse it.

You would have to be living in a bubble to not recognize the signs and the symptoms of the earth. What is going on right now. Even Jesus said it, I remember I read it.

Mt 16:2-3 He replied, "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times

The world is collapsing in front of our eyes, why can we not see it? And more importantly why do Churches not teach that this had all been prophesied in the Bible?

Is 24:3-6 The earth dries up and withers,the world languishes and withers,the exalted of the earth languish. The earth is defiled by its people;they have disobeyed the laws,violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth...

But I was relieved after my Bible study at the World Mission Society Church of God, today I found out that the only way to escape all these disasters is by having the Seal of God:

Jn 6:27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."

Jesus is the Seal of God, but how do we get Jesus in us so that we may also have the Seal of God?

Jn 6:53-56 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood; you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.

Through Jesus body and blood we could remain in him, and he could remain in us, so that we may also receive the Seal of God that comes from Christ. But the only way to eat Jesus body and blood is through the Passover:

Mt 26:17-29
on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?" He replied, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.' "So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover…While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

On the Passover night, Jesus promised his body and blood, through this we could receive the Seal of God, and escape the disasters that are to come.

Ex 12:13 the blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

Just like the time of Moses, God gave a promise through the Passover you could escape the plague…well it is the same now; God does not change his mind

1 Sa 15:29 He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind."

Up to now, I am glad that I have continued to study the Bible here at the World Mission Society Church of God, definitely you could never find out, unless you see it yourself. I will continue studying and I will find out more about this Ahnsahnghong and Mother, but I want to see it through the Bible. Till next time Keep posted.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

My Questions are being answered at the World Mission Society Church of God

Hello, once again. Yesterday I attended another Bible study at the World Mission Society Church of God, and I asked a lot of questions. One of my main questions was that how come you cannot see any crosses or statues inside the World Mission Society Church of God? Their answer was given through a lesson about Idolatry. We began the lesson by taking a look at the second commandment:

Ex 20:4-6 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

This is very straight forward, I never knew this commandment existed I was very shocked, later on I came to find out that is not found in the Catechism through which I learned the commandments. No wonder most people, including myself didn’t know about this.
Even God went on to describe that the Idols looked like scarecrows in a melon fields:

Jr 10:2-5 this is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good."

I mean it cannot get clearer than that, because literally people don’t worship scarecrows, they don’t adorn them with silver and gold. But the verse says: “LIKE a scarecrow in a melon patch”. The only thing that I have seen that looks like this, and is adorned with silver and gold, that people bow down and pray to it is the Crucifix.

I was very shocked about this study, that I went home right away to find out where the whole cross worship began, how is it that is now in every church and that everybody uses it, even though nowhere in the bible is this practice mentioned. So I Found two books to testify to the origin of the cross as a symbol of worship.
The first book is entitled “Babylon Mystery Religion” by Ralph Woodrow. On page 22 of this book I found this:

“We can see that the ancient Babylonians were the first to use a cross in worship; it was used in the worship of Tammuz the Babylonian god. The first letter T in his name was marked on the official garments of the priests and I was also used as an amulet over the heart. Thus, the cross was a pagan religious symbol”

Another pagan ritual practiced in Christian churches today, but to my surprise I found another book which explains why this pagan ritual was introduced into the church. The book is entitled “The Cross: its History and Symbolism” by George Benson. In this book on page 28 the following:

“It almost seems incredible that the cross, the supreme symbol of Christianity, should not have come into use to any extent until nearly three hundred years after the death of Christ…The very fact of the cross having been used for centuries for the crucifixion of criminals was a powerful reason for not using it as a religious emblem. To the early Christians it was a symbol of disgrace. They could not look upon it as an object of reverence…”

After reading this I put 2 and 2 together; 321 AD Sabbath was changed, 431 AD the Cross is introduced as a symbol of Christianity; I am guessing this all had to do with the Changes Mr. Constantine did. In top of all of this, the cross was a weapon of execution, no different to the guillotine, a gun, a rope, a sword. Which makes me think, if Christ had not been crucified, but decapitated with a guillotine, would people wear guillotines around their necks? Would we see them on top of Churches? Nonsense!!!

After my Bible study at the World Mission Society Church of God, I came to realize that churches who keep Sunday worship, and have crosses; these are churches I will try to avoid from now on. Still about the Ahnsahnghong and Mother issues, I don’t yet, but something tells me that I will find out very soon. Till next time.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

My First Bible Study at the World Mission Society Church of God

Hello again, so I’m back. Today I would like to inform you that yesterday I attended my first Bible study at the World Mission Society Church of God. Before I attended I put in my mind that at the first sign, of something not being introduced through the Bible, I was going to walk out of there, and take my son with me. So I studied about the Sabbath Day. I had heard from other places something about the Sabbath Day, but not like I did yesterday. I did not understand the importance of it, and how all throughout the Bible is clearly laid out. What shocked me the most is that, now a day all churches claim to follow the bible, but nowhere in the Bible do you find anything on Sunday observance. I mean, I am no Bible wiz, but just through common sense you understand that Saturday is the correct day to go to church according to the Bible.

Genesis 2:1-3 {thus the heavens and the earth were completed in their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested [a] from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.}

So I put some logic into this. Since the creation of the world God only rested, blessed and made holy the seventh day. Nowhere in the records of the creation do you see that God blessed the first day of the week, or that he rested on the sixth day of the week, or anything in the likes. This was done before any religion existed (Christianity, Judaism, Islam…whatever), that means that if you want to be blessed by God, and you want to rest, the day God designated was the seventh day. If it didn’t matter, I mean why would God set it aside? God would have just made all the days the same, but he didn’t, that means that this Seventh day is very significant.

I also saw the history of the one who changed it, Constantine. It makes perfect sense, the Sun-day... the day of the sun, no wonder all the sun imagery in the Churches. I always wondered how come they always put the halos in the back of the heads of the saints… now I understand, is to identify Christianity with the worship of the sun. I mean I really don’t want to follow Constantine, I want to follow God.

So after my Bible study I decided to go ask a priest to see what their excuse for not keeping the Sabbath Day is; I mean they have billions of people following them, they must have some really good evidence for not keeping the Sabbath day. This is what he told me: “After Jesus Christ, the law was abolished”.
So I did my research, and I found out that the law in the bible means, the law given to Moses, which means the 10 commandments.
Now I have yet to see a church that says that they don’t follow the 10 commandments. They all claim that they follow the 10 commandments, but among the 10 commandments the fourth commandment says:

Exodus 20:8-10 {"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God…}

So if the law is abolished, and we don’t need to keep it, I guess it’s ok to steal now, kill, lie, covet your neighbor’s goods, and dishonor your father and mother. I mean if the law is abolished, and the Sabbath doesn’t need to be kept, then we could do all of these too. Nonsense!

Lastly I found a really old book written by D.L. Moody, a very famous preacher. The book is entitled, “Weighed and Wanting”, on page 46 of this book, when speaking about the fourth commandment, Mr. Moody writes:

“I honestly believe that this commandment is just as binding today as it ever was. I have talked with men who have said that it has been abrogated, but they have never been able to point to any place in the Bible where God repealed it. When Christ was on earth he did nothing to set it aside…”

I mean, the Sabbath Day needs to be kept, after my bible study I realized that Churches today don’t keep the 10 commandments, but the 9 commandments; this is not in the Bible.

After my first Bible study in the World Mission Society Church of God, I understand now the correct way to follow God according to the Bible, about the Ahnsahnghong thing and the Mother thing I don’t know yet, but what I do know is that I am not going back to Sun-day worship. Till next time… keep posted.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

What is a Cult? it seems everything is a Cult!

Hey, it’s me again. So in today’s episode I want to let you know, that I decided to read the Bible before I attend the Bible study at the Church of God, the reason is that I don’t want to be ignorant about the Bible when I attend this Bible study. I began to read the New Testament (because the Old Testament is too complicated), and to my surprise what did I find, by using my cult checklist that I got online, I came to find out that Christianity is the biggest cult in the world. I also found out that all around me, I am surrounded by cults. In the next paragraph we will see examples of this:

1) Cults Claim to Have all Knowing leadership:
John 21:17 {the third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.}

2) Cults only teach you up to what you are able to believe:
Hebrews 5:11 {We much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.}

3) Cults claim no room for differences(Everybody is the same):
Colossians 3:11 {Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.}

4) Cults claim to introduce a new and better way:
Hebrews 7:18-19 {the former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.}

5) Cult members should imitate cult leader:
Philippians 2:5 {your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus}
Also Colossians 3:11 of example 3.

6) Cults isolate you from your family:
Matthew 10:37 {anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me}

7) Cults Brainwash ignorant and people who have no critical thinking.
Acts 4:13 {when they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.}

8) Cults Recruit people:
Mk 16:15-16 {He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned}

9) Cults always claim Persecution of the Leader:
Acts 22:6-8 {"About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, 'Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?' 'Who are you, Lord?' I asked " 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,' he replied.}

10) Cults have ignorant leaders:
John 7:14-16 {Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. The Jews were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning without having studied?"}

11) Cults try to keep members busy:
Acts 2:46-47 {every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

12) Cult leaders always try to gain your trust:
John 14:1 {"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me}

13) Cults believe that by your actions you prove your faith:
James 2:17 {in the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, Is dead.}

14) Cults claim salvation is through obedience before the end comes:
Matthew 24:42 {“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.}

15) Cults make members dependant to the cult leader:
John 15:5 {“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.}

16) Cults claim that there is no exit apart from the cult:
John 6:67-68 {“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.}

17) Cult members claim to have “Spiritual Battles”:
Ephesians 6:12 {for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.}

18) Cults try to keep things secret:
Matthew 17:9 {As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, "Don't tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."}

19) Cult leaders claim to be the only way, and supreme authority:
John 14:6 {Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.}

And for the sake of space and time, I omitted the teachings of: Judaism, Mohammed, Buddha, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Copernicus, Galileo…etc.
If we are going to judge groups and organizations by these standards, then every single organization and religion is a cult. This is nonsense, the whole cult categorization of the World Mission Society Church of God is ruled out of the picture, the only thing left for me to do, is to go an study the Bible, to find out if their teachings really come from the Bible. So we’ll see what happens when I attend this bible study, if they are able to backup their beliefs solely through the Bible. Till next time….keep posted.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

My first visit to the World Mission Society Church of God

Hey it’s me again, so I paid my first visit to the World Mission Society Church of God in New Jersey. My son attended asked me to pick him up after service. So before I went there I decided to take some of the pointers from the cult check list that I found. Upon my arrival my son greeted me, and asked me to come in while he took care of some things, I was really glad he did that, because I really wanted to check it out. So here is what I found:

When I first came in everybody greeted me very nicely and politely, this is very nice. Everybody smiled, and they were very courteous. One thing that was on the checklist of cults is that everybody is nice and they welcome you with love (now I don’t agree with this, because then in order for it not to be a cult everybody has to be mean. I guess we have to keep our kids away from watching nickelodeon, because all the people on T.V. are too happy and loving, these are cult rituals; Barney and Dora the explorer are cult leaders. Nonsense!) I was very pleased by the way the people treated me, because I feel comfortable knowing that my son is in this kind of environment.

Another cult point is that the congregation has to be mostly young people 20-30 years old, but in the Church of God I saw many grandparents and also people in their 40’s and 50’s. I also saw kids and teenagers, so if cults recruit only people between the ages of 20-30, the recruiters of the Church of God should get fired, because they are not doing a very good job in their filtering process. So I was glad to see people of my age too.

Point #3. Cults usually have small congregations. Well I guess this one Church of God failed also, because I saw about 200 to 300 people coming out of this Church(I am guessing these cult leaders are not very good at math). When I asked how many members attended the Church of God they told me that about 350, this is very amazing, most congregations are not this big.
Another thing I was trying to pay attention to was how many people I sat down with, I mean according to the Cult guidelines; they usually sit you with a group of 2 or 3 people. Well to my surprise, there were about 10 to 15 people who joined the conversation we were having. Ok they failed this one too; they are not meeting cult guidelines. Most of the people that were there at the time participated in the conversation, the age group didn’t matter, and everybody joined the conversation. They were mentioning how some of the members sometime did good performances, they gave me examples, like break dancing, singing, dancing, playing instruments…etc, I don’t remember them all; but through this I saw another cult guideline not met. According to the cult guideline, no member could claim that they have special talents, or abilities, everybody is the same.

Another thing that I was glad about was that I came during the time to eat dinner. In this situation I paid really close attention to see if what they served was really low on protein, and was going to make my mind weak. That night dinner was chicken stew with rice and beans. Ok hold on! I did my research, on a protein scale chicken is the second highest source of protein, and also beans are very good source for proteins. Now whoever is the nutritionist for this “cult”, I think he should find another profession, because he is messing it all up, it is low on protein, not the most high on protein.

After my first visit to the World Mission Society Church of God, many of the cult guidelines I was looking for were not met, this leaves the cult like behavior behind, and now the only thing left for me to see is if their teachings really come from the Bible, or they are just made up. I scheduled another visit, next time I would like to attend one of their Bible studies, to see how they backup all the claims that they make through the Bible. That night I was not able to study, because there was not much time, but my first impression of the Church of God, was a good one, we’ll see as time goes on what happens. I will keep you posted and let you know after my first study. Till next time.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

My son in the World Mission Society Church of God???

Cult Mission Society Church of God, that is the first thing I saw when I started to research on this organization after finding out that my son attends and has become a member of this Church. At first glance I was very scared because the claims posted on the internet about this Church are pretty scary.
According to what I read, it is claimed that the Church of God believes in a Korean couple (Ahnsahnghong and Mother Jerusalem) to be the embodiment of God on earth, they also practice many beliefs that are totally against to what is considered today to be Christianity.

When my son first told me that he was going to Church, I was very happy because I knew that would keep him out of trouble, but after finding out what kind of Church my son is attending; I wanted him out right away. But I started to think, “what if what these people claim is true?” “What if God really came to this earth as a Korean couple?” I mean why not? God is almighty; he could do whatever he wants.
I know a raised my son to be a very smart kid, he is not the type who lets himself get fooled so easily, there has to be something in this Church that is making my son stay, and the only way to find out is by going there, seeing from inside what is all about, how are they convincing the people to believe that Ahnsahnghong is the second coming Christ, I mean they must have some really good method because from what I have seen they have many members worldwide, so It has to be pretty big.
I am not just going to believe what I read in the internet about this Church, for all I know the people writing these things could be four eyed kids in their basements, talking against this organization. Because on one side you have the people who slander the Church, mostly is on blogs, and things like this one, that anybody could open up. But I also saw another side to this Church of God, which is their community service.
I found out that in Korea, this Church does a lot of volunteer work, and that it received a letter of recognition from the president of South Korea (this letter is only given to an organization, once a throughout research of the organization has been done, and nothing wrong has been found with it), they have received this letter three times already.
In conclusion, the bad arguments against this Church are very strong, but the sources where they are coming from are not very reliable; but on the other hand, the good things about this Church are found on government sites, and other reliable sources. I am tired of people telling me what is good and what is bad, the only way to find out is by going to the Church myself, and making a decision for myself.
I have had these door to door preachers come to my house and try to convince me so many times, but their arguments make no sense, if this Church of God World Mission society is the same way, I will be able to figure it out, I am a man, I could make my own decisions, and not base them on what other people tell me, specially coming from the internet. Ok folks keep posted; I will let you know what I see in this Church after my first visit. Till next time.