They call themselves The Unification Church. Their ultimate goal is to
unite all the world’s religions under the leadership of their founder, Sun Myung Moon.
Moon is a highly charismatic personality. He claims that when he was
sixteen years old in Korea, he went to pray on a mountainside. While in prayer, he claims
that Jesus appeared to him (sound familiar?). Jesus allegedly told Moon that he wanted him
to complete the work that was left undone by him nearly two thousand years ago. What was
that work which Jesus left undone? Saving mankind, of course! Moon's followers see him as
the "Lord of the Second Advent." Make no mistake about it, Moon’s followers consider him to
be the messiah, the Lord.
What we have in this "Lord of the Second Advent", is an ex-Presbyterian
who divorced his first wife because, as Moon says, "she did not understand my religion."
Moon’s first wife is by no means alone.
In 1957, Moon published Divine Principle, the Bible of the Moonies. In
this volume, Moon puts forth in writing his incomprehensible teachings. He is no different
than the other cults In that he claims that his book explains the Bible.
Moon’s followers call him "the victor of the universe and the Lord of
creation." This is based on a 1945 experience in which Moon claims to have been victorious
in a struggle against satanic forces in "the spiritual and physical world."
In 1972, God supposedly appeared to him and told him to come to America.
The purpose was to prepare the people in America for the Second Coming. Upon arriving in
America, a twenty-two acre estate was purchased in Tarrytown, New York and serves as the
cult’s headquarters in America.
Of all the major cult systems, the Moonies are among the most destructive.
While most other cults resort to elaborate theological fabrications to justify their false
teachings, the Moonies have undergone hundreds of accusations of mind control to regulate
the behavior of their members and of prospective converts. The well publicized accounts of
ex-Moonles verifies the validity of such charges. The Moonies have also just recently lost
a case of that very nature in England.
The exact methods used in such a regimen are numerous. These methods
include, but are not limited to, isolation, sleep deprivation, diet control, and fear.
The prospective member’s personal right to make and consider rational decisions in an
unhindered manner, is severely Impeded.
Once a member is safely within the net of the Moon distortions, he or
she may be assigned to one of the group’s many ventures. For a good portion of them, this
means being assigned to an M.F.T. - a Mobile Fundralsing Team. Being on an M.F.T. means
selling candy, flowers, or a host of other items for fourteen to eighteen hours a day. It
means sleeping on floors. It means using "heavenly deception" to sell your items. To
mis-represent themselves to outsiders is common. When a follower of Moon claims that the
funds being solicited are for "drug programs", or for "Christian" youth programs, they are
well aware that they are lying. but if it promotes the cause of Moon, or "Father", is
perfectly acceptable. All this, while Moon resides in an eight million dollar estate and
enjoys spending time on his forty-eight foot yacht.
The teachings of Moon are an assortment of Eastern religions, spiritism,
and anti-Communism, all cloaked in Christian vocabulary and sprinkled with Bible verses.
When prospective members encounter the group, they are not exposed to the theology until
they are well within the confines of the sect. The reason is simple: to attempt to convert
people with the type of bizarre teachings which Moon perpetuates, would be fatal to their
The unusual teachings of Moon are too numerous to treat here, therefore,
only some of the major heresies will be covered.
The Moonies hold the following views:
1. Jesus Is not God
2. Jesus failed In His mission
3. Jesus’ resurrection achieved spiritual, not physical salvation
4. Moon will complete Jesus’ unfinished work
Probably the most obvious distinction between Moon and other cults is
Moon’s assertion that Jesus failed in His mission. While most cults pervert the role and
nature of Jesus, they do not claim that He failed. Moon not only perverts the role and
nature of Jesus, he goes on to also claim that Jesus failed!
Jesus Is Not God
"Thus, the Bible domonstrates most plainly that Jesus is a man." Divine Principle.
"Nevertheless, he can by no means be God Himself." Divine Principle
"When you read the Bible, it appears as if Jesus knew everything. But He did not know how the fall of man took place as clearly as we do." Master Speaks
"For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form." Colossians 2:9
Indeed, He was true God in the flesh." St. Athanasios, 358-362 A.D.
"The Jews answered Him, 'For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make yourself out to be God.'" John, 10:33.
Jesus Failed In His Mission
"However, the Kingdom of Heaven on earth has not been realized due to the crucifixion of Jesus...." Divine Principle.
"We, therefore, must realize that Jesus did not come to die on the cross." Divine Principle
"Jesus' crucifixion was not God's predestination to fulfill the whole purpose of Jesus' coming as the Messiah." Divine Principle.
"And He said to them, 'Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day; and that repentence for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations..." Luke 24:46,47.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." I Peter 1:3.
"...The Sacrificial Victim was offered for all mankind, and was sufficient to save all." St. John Chrysostom, 393-397 A.D.
"The Savior endured these things, and made peace through the blood of the cross for things in heaven and things on earth." St. Cyril of Jerusalem, 350 A.D.
Jesus' Resurrection Acheived Only Spiritual Salvation
"Jesus could not accomplish the purpose of the providence of physical salvation because his body was invaded by Satan." Divine Principle.
"Salvation through redemption by the cross is spiritual only." Divine Principle
"Thus, Christ must come again on the earth to accomplish the purpose of the providence of the physical, as well as the spiritual salvation, by redeeming the original sin which has not been liquidated even through the cross.." Divine Principle.
"For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven...He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body." Colossians 1:19,20 and 22.
"For to this end Christ died and lived agian, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living." Romans 14:9.
"Nevertheless, our salvation is not a phantasm, nor does it pertain to the body only; but truly, the salvation of the whole man, soul and body alike, has been accomplished in the Word Himself." Sy Athanasious, 370-371 A.D.
"...for there is no stain where God is and whence salvation comes, whole man and at the same time God also, on behalf of the whole of suffering man, so that He might bestow salvation on the whole of you..." St. Gregory Nazainzus, 381 A.D.
Moon Will Complete What Jesus Could Not Do
"By my mission, I fulfill the mission of Jesus and Moses." Master Speaks
"I have inheritied the misssion and the work, and succeed Jesus in this work. I am fulfilling what Jesus left undone." Master Speaks.
"I have paid a great amount of indemnity, and because of this I have the right to forgive another's sin." Master Speaks.
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12.
"And when you were dead in your transgressions...He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our transgressions." Colossians 22:13.
"We have been free from punishment, we have put off all wickedness, and we have been reborn from above, and we have risen again, with the old man buried, and we have been redeemed, and we have been sanctified, and we have been given adoption into sonship, and we have been justified, and we have been made brothers of the Only-begotten, and we have been constituted joint heirs and concorporeal with Him and have been perfected in His Flesh, and have been unitied to Him as a body to its head...Christ paid out much more than the debt we owed, as much more as the boundless sea exceeds a little drop..." St. John Chrysostom, 391 A.D.
"The Lord alone is able to have mercy. He alone, who bore our sins, who grieved for us, and whom God delivered up for our sins, is able to grant pardon for the sins which have been committted against Him..." St Cyprian of Carthage, 251 A.D.
For further enlightenment into what Moon really teaches, the following
quotations are being included. These quotations are from speeches which Moon has given to
"You know, for thirty years our movement has been delayed by the initial rejection I received when I first declared this message.
Koreans deserve hell, so that nation must suffer. Christians all over the world deserve to decline, because they did not accept me."
"We are tigers to shake the whole world. We are great personages to
change the whole world. Our state is the whole world. The leading nation of the whole
world is America and we must shake America first. Master Speaks.
"Until our mission with the Christian church is over, we must quote the
Bible and use it to explain the Divine Principle. After we receive the inheritance of the
Christian, we will be free to teach without the Bible." Master Speaks.
"I am a thinker. I am your brain."Master Speaks.
The material presented here on Moon is but a glimpse into the queer
world of a man who yearns for power. Moon seeks political power. He has chosen to pursue
this power through the use of religion. Moon has created a group which not only propagates
preposterous heresies, but which also constitutes a very real threat to the freedom of
thought of the individual.
The sharp contrast in Moon’s system is clearly seen in his rabid
denunciation of communism - while he concurrently leads a very effective dictatorial
organization. He is possessed with the illusion that someday all religions will be under
As Orthodox, we have never, and will never, recognize any one person as
the head of the Church, except for Christ Himself. We follow the teachings handed down to
us through the ages, The teachings’ which Jesus Christ told us to guard.
We condemn Moon’s teachings and pray that those deceived by him will
find their way to repentance.
We think of the words of St. Paul and commend those who would follow
Moon to read them: "Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions
and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For
such men are slaves not of our Lord Jesus Christ but of their own appetites; and by their
smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting." Romans 16:17,18.
The intent of this pamphlet, as stated previously, is to give the
Orthodox reader a brief introduction to the major cults which are operating today. It is
hoped that the Orthodox reader will find this publication useful as a quick reference
guide as to the major differences between the faith which Christ taught and the false
teachings of the cults.
The cults mentioned in this pamphlet are not Christian. They teach
doctrines which distort the Truth of Christ. There are many other cults which are also
having an impact on our society which were not covered in this work. The fact that many
other groups were not listed in our look at certain groups does not mean that they are not
cults. Among the various groups not covered, but which are still nonetheless considered
cults, are the following groups:
1. Christian Science
2. The Way International
3. Transcendental Meditation
4. Divine Light Mission
6. The Children of God
7. Worldwide Church of God (Herbert Armstrong)