“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” John 2:18
“Then if any one say unto you, Lo, her is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go no forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:23-27
With comforting and instructive words Christ speaks to his disciples and to the Church of the New Dispensation. Matthew 24 is the record of Christ’s reassuring words to his disciples on the Mount of Olives just two or three days before he would be crucified in Jerusalem. Christ was telling his disciples and he tells the Church of the New Dispensation that they must not be deceived by the false prophets and false Christs who will tell great lies concerning His coming. The apostle John says that there will be many who will claim that they are Christ, or there will be those who will make claims for the “messiahship” of some person other than the Christ of the Scriptures, but the Church is called to exercise the “unction from the Holy One” whereby she “know all things.” (Cf. I John 2:20)
During every area of the history of the Church since Petecost, there have been those who have claimed to be the promised Messiah or have claimed to be the Comforter (Paraclete) promised by Christ in John 14. These deceivers are those whom Christ warns the Church to shun. He tells His Church that they are “profane and vain babblers.” They are liars and their intention is to lead men astray, and if it were possible, they would even deceive the very elect of God.
Such a deceiver was the infamous Montanus of the second century A.D. who claimed to be the promised “Paraclete” or Comforter of John 14. Another such deceiver and pseudo-Christ was Mohammed who claimed to be the greatest of all the prophets. He prostituted the Scriptures into the service of his godless purposes, when he formed the ideas of Mohammedanism – ideas that still exist in the Koran. Joseph Smith of Almyra, New York, was a similar deceiver and an antichrist in nineteenth century America who claimed to have uncovered special information which is recorded in the profane Book of Mormon. These ideas have resulted in the formation of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of all cultists is their claim that they have received some esoteric instructions (information of the initiated only) by special revelation which supersede and supplant any other ideas – including the instruction found in the Holy Scriptures. These deceivers and godless men are instruments of Satan, and they lead many astray. Concerning them, the apostle Paul writes as follows in I Timothy 4:1-3: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”
During the past two years Time magazine has carried several reports in the religious news section concerning one of these devilish cults which Jesus Christ and the Spirit of Christ through his apostles has taught the Church to recognize and to expect. The ideas of a cult known as the “Moonist” are developed and propagated in a book by a “Rev.” Sun Myung Moon from Korea. The book bears the ostentatious title Divine Principle and is the “Bible” of the followers of Moon, who once again has received much national news coverage. His Unification Church (a name which makes his organization suspect) has been in court in New York State to regain a tax exemption for an estate in the town of Greeburgh, N.Y., where according to Time, it has purchased nine million dollars worth of properties since 1972. In addition the Unification Church of Moon has occupied some of the time and space in the news media because of the growing opposition to the Moon cult for “what it is doing to the minds of its young converts.” Time says the following:
“In Dutchess County, N.Y., District Attorney Albert Rosenblatt is investigating complaints from parents that their children have been ‘brain-washed’ in high-pressure courses at the church’s Barrytown training center. Rosenblatt also wonders why so many Moon cultists require emergency-room treatment at a local hospital.
“Around the country, hundreds of parents have been driven to near hysteria by changes in their convert children’s behavior and by reports of brainwashing. They are filing suits and banding into anti-Moon groups. Some parents have even resorted to abduction. In many cases they use ‘Deprogrammer’ Ted Patrick, who for a fee conducts counter-brainwashing of cultists.”
The cultic and sectarian nature of the Unification of Church of Moon is evident when the goals and the origin of this movement are investigated. His goal is nothing less than the unification of all mankind. His followers believe him to be the “Lord of the Second Advent” – i.e. the Second Coming of Christ. A study of Divine Principle, which appeared in 1957, reveals that the ideas of Moonism are a strange secretism in which the dualism of Taoism*, numerology, and metaphors from Moon’s electrical engineering are fused together. Divine Principle points to a new Messiah from Korea. Although Divine Principle does not say Moon is that Messiah, it is clear that he considers himself this Messiah. This is the obvious conclusion. His disciples and his followers claim that he is the Messiah.
Moon states in his Divine Principle that Adam and Eve were to be joined in divine matrimony and should have been perfect parents. They would have formed with God a kind of Trinity to shape the world, but Eve sinned by committing adultery with an archangel, who thereby became Satan. Jesus was intended to be a second Adam and would create the perfect family. However, he was crucified before he was able to marry. Jesus therefore redeemed mankind spiritually, but he was not able to redeem humanity physically. This is the task that is left over for the Lord of the Second Advent. This Lord of the Second Advent is obviously Moon himself. His second wife, who he claims has not reached his own spiritual perfection, will eventually reach this perfection because they are the new Adam and Eve who will physically redeem the world. The children of this union will be the first of a new perfect world.
Such anti-Christian philosophizing can best be called Neo-Manichaeism of Neo-Gnosticism.
In public meetings Moon is reported as the “brotherhood-minded Christian clergyman and founder of the ecumenical Unification Church.” He is immediately suspect, however, when a Roman Catholic monsignor (a nominal Christian at best) could offer prayers at a Waldorf banquet in his honor and the Roman Catholic seer and soothsayer, Jeanne Dixon, could say, “Bless you, Reverend Moon, for your message.” Birds of a feather flock together! Idolaters extol each other, not God.
In private meetings Moon claims to be “greater than Jesus himself” which is the same claim that Mohammed and many other anti-Christian religionists have made. Moon says, “God is now throwing Christianity away and is now establishing a new religion, and this new religion is Unification Church.” He has also said. “I am your brain” and “the whole world is in my hand, and I will conquer and subjugate the world.”
The ideas of Moon developed from an earlier Korean messianic movement. He said after leaving this movement, “Jesus revealed the truth to me, and I was instructed by God to go to America – the second Israel – and lay a foundation for the Second Coming.”
In February of 1974, Moon obtained from former President Nixon personal thanks at a White House meeting because he began organizing a “God loves Nixon” campaign in the face of rising criticism during the Watergate scandals.
The man is an obvious opportunist. He takes certain truths such as that found in Revelation 3:16, and perverts it for his own purposes. God has certainly rejected nominal Christianity as he rejected the Laodiceans. He has “spewed them out of His mouth.” God has not done this, so that he can permit the Moonists to do their tricks. This Moon would have us believe Jesus Christ forsakes every Church which does not teach the truth or walk purely. Moonism is only part is that spewed out and rejected Church.
Jorge Lara-Braud, a theologian affiliated with the National Council of Churches, who now oppose Moonism, says, “Moon is a misguided religious populist. He is preying on the fears and disillusions of disaffected Americans.” Paul Moore, a Nazarene minister, of the more fundamentalist brand says, “Rev. Moon is a liar and a deceiver, He denies the Trinity and the inspiration of the Scriptures.”
While the analysis of Jorge Lara-Braud is patently correct and while the comments of Paul Moore are also true, it is more accurate to say that Moon is one of those whom the Spirit expressly says that “they shall come in the latter days.” Today they seem to sprout like toadstools. The apostle John says the following: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” I John 4:1-4
Let the church of Jesus Christ of the twentieth century beware of ever form of the New Gnosticism and the New Manichaeism which sprouts forth today. The New Gnosticism and the new Manichaeism of the twentieth century denies the Scriptures. Theirs is the “Knowledge” or “science falsely so-called” to which the apostle Paul refers to in I Timothy 6:20. These profane and vain babblings the Church of Christ must avoid at all costs.
“Blessed is eh that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” Revelation 16:15b.
*Taoism is a popular Chinese religion which is purportedly based on the ideas of Laotzu (c. 604-531 B.C.) and Chuang-tzu. The ideas of Taoism are selected from many sources and is characterized by a plethora of gods. Superstition, alchemy, divination, and magic are also some of the chief aspects of Taoism.
Association with this form of Paganism should be reason enough for Christians to reject the ideas of the Moonists.