The Shincheonji religious movement; a critical evaluation
A Tertiary Thesis
University of Pretoria
By Young Sang Kim 2016
This thesis is written from the perspective that the Shincheonji cult is not well understood in the western countries, and that much of the information available is in the Korean language.
The writer outlines the beliefs of the group and how it appears to be a christian organisation, however it uses practiced methods to infiltrate regular christian communities and induce their efforts to the aims of the cult.
The history of the cult leadership is given, which is difficult to find without understanding of Korean writings. "The influence of Shincheonji is very negative. Many Families have been broken, and her influence has also spread on college campuses to convince students that Shincheonji is [the] only way to get saved." p.112
And: "Shincheonji having failed to register as a non-profit religious organisation, has to disguises [sic] themselves as a normal church and carry out the illigitimate propagation activities which is interrupting a regular church in Korea." p.122
And: "Note the different spellings of the name of the group: Officially it is Shincheonji, Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (SCJ). Commonly referred to as Shincheonji, but the name is sometimes spelled without the 'e' -- Shinchonji."
This is a tertiary thesis and the reader can find the full text online for their own study and evaluation.
|TABLE OF CONTENTS|
|A.||STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM||3|
|B.||THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY||4|
|C.||THE LIMITATION OF THE STUDY||5|
|D.||THIS HISTORY OF THIS STUDY||6|
|E.||METHOD OF STUDY||7|
|F.||SUMMARY OF EACH CHAPTER||7|
THE STATUS AND HISTORY OF SHINCHEONJI IN SOUTH KOREA
|A.||THE MEANING OF SHINCHEONJI||11|
|B.||THE HISTORY BEFORE SHINCHEONJI WAS FOUNDED BY LEE||13|
SHINCHEONJI’S MAIN DOCTRINE AND ITS PROBLEMS
|A.||THE NATURE OF BIBLICAL DOCTRINE||23|
|B.||LEE’S PHILOSOPHY IN TRANSLATING THE BIBLE||28|
|C.||SHINCHEONJI’S DOCTRINE OF MATES AND ITS PROBLEMS||30|
|D.||SHINCHEONJI’S DOCTRINE OF THE OLD AND THE NEW COVENANT AND ITS PROBLEMS||39|
|E.||SHINCHEONJI’S DOCTRINE OF SALAVATION BY GOOD DEEEDS||58|
LEE MAN-HEE’S ALLEGORICAL INTERPRETATION
|A.||SUPPORTING REFERENCES TO REATIONALIZE ALLEGORICAL INTERPRETATION||75|
|B.||THE EXAMPLE OF LEE’S ALLEGORICAL INTERPRETATION||84|
LEE MAN-HEE’S TRINITY
|A.||BIBLICAL VIEW OF THE TRINITY||99|
|B.||LEE’S INTERPRETATION OF THE TRINITY||109|
THE INFLUENCE OF SHINCHEONJI ON CHURCHES AND SOCIETIES, AND ITS STRATEGY TO INDUCE PEOPLE
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