World Mission Society Church of God:
Tabs kept on church
August 2, 2010
CULT experts have vowed to keep
tabs on a church group that has
opened its new Melbourne headquarters
in Pascoe Vale.
The Korean-based World Mission
Society Church of God moved from
Nunawading into a vacant church
in Pascoe Vale Rd in April.
Church deaconess Hilda Dursun
said the church’s growing congregation
prompted a move to bigger
Cult experts contacted by the
Leader said the group – which believes
God lives in Korea in the
form of a woman known as
Heavenly Mother and that a man
called Ahnsahnghong was the
second coming of Jesus Christ –
held views many mainstream
Christians would find ‘‘unacceptable’’.
Melbourne cult support group organiser
David Ayliffe, who coauthored
the book My Brother’s
Eyes about his involvement in a
fundamentalist group in NSW, said
the group’s views were of concern.
‘‘Their extreme claims concerning
Ahnsahnghong and the woman
known as God the Mother means
they can exercise, whether they do
or not, controlling authority over
the lives of any followers simply
because of their interpretation of
‘God said’,’’ Mr Ayliffe said.
Cult Information and Family Support
network co-ordinator Ros
Hodgkins said the group was lowkey
in Australia but she was in contact
with a group member’s
parents. ‘‘They’ve had a pretty horrid
time over the past couple of
years,’’ Ms Hodgkins said.
‘‘Their child virtually gave and
sold everything he had to get to
Korea to meet with the saviour.’’
Cult Counselling Australia director
Raphael Aron said the group
was ‘‘very much out of the general
square when it comes to Christian
He said the group believed the
world would end in 2012 and it
needed 144,000 recruits before then.
But group members hit back, saying
such claims were wrong.
Ms Dursun said the church’s
teachings were all based on the
‘‘Many people can have their fixed
idea about any church,’’ she said.
‘‘If people are against us, they are
against people who follow God.’’
The group’s ‘‘overseer’’ Jeon
Chang Joo said the church was
seeking to bring unity to peoples
lives. ‘‘Earth is a kind of village and
family but people have forgotten
the existence of God the Mother,’’
Mr Joo said.
Ms Dursun said the group was
well-established worldwide with
1.1 million members and the United
Nations had recently recognised its
charity work in raising $100,000 for
the Haiti disaster relief fund.
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