A History Of Korea And The Unification Church That You Won’t See Anywhere Else – Part 1: Back Story

This article examines the enslavement and degradation of Korea by the machinations of Slavemaster ’empire’ building in the Far East and how the founders of the Unification Church fit into their schemes.
This is Part 1 – The Back Story

– published June 6, 2017 –

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The enslavement of Korea

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 Espionage, Drug Lords, Priests and Gangs

Part 1The Back Story.

By Virginia McClaughry

 

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Selling Keys to Heaven

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Foreword

It is a little known fact that what some call Illuminati was a term in use much, much earlier than Adam Weishaupt’s Masonic Order in Bavaria. Today, it is usually a term thrown around by fake conspiracy “theorists” – and by fake I mean they aren’t exposing anything real or meaningful at all, in a lot of cases.

The term Illuminati comes from the Italian Illuminato, plural Illuminati, and was a kind of a slur towards followers of a mystical movement in Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries, who claimed to have direct intercourse with God.

However, in Latin Illuminati means Bright. Since the Catholic Church is all about “talking to God” and having “divine revelations” and so on, clearly the term being used as a slur, would be towards someone who isn’t getting the same ideas from “God” that the Catholic leaders were.

Not too hard to figure out what those might be, but anyway, there was a group of Spanish mystics that referred to themselves as Illuminati and they were hauled into the Spanish Inquisition in 1524. A woman, Isabella de Cruce of Toledo is mentioned as a representative of their quietist/ascetic teachings and their enthusiastic striving for “divine inspirations and revelations“.

Now, this could be a real group that was carrying on unapproved of ideas and was simply cloaking them in Catholicism, or, it could also be a controlled opposition example to therefore be “inquired at in effigy” – read tortured – to scare off anyone else from getting any inappropriate ideas.

Personally, I think it’s a little of both, but here’s the important thing I want to bring to your attention.

A document from the Spanish Inquisition dated January 28, 1558 mentions the following heretical teachings as characteristic of the Illuminati:

“Only inward prayer is well-pleasing to God and meritorious, not external prayer with the lips. The confessors who impose outward acts of repentance are not to be obeyed; the true servants of God are superior to such discipline and have no need of meritorious works in the common sense; the contortions, convulsions, and faintings, which accompany their inner devotion, are to them sufficient tokens of the divine grace. In the state of perfection the secret of the Holy Trinity is beheld while here below, and all that should be done or left undone is communicated directly by the Holy Spirit. When perfection is attained it is no longer necessary to look to images of the saints, or to hear sermons or religious conversations of the common kind” – Book Geshicte der spanishen Inquisition Stuttgart, 1824 pp 3-4.

Granted, this is cited in a German book from the early 1800’s, which happens to be right around the time of the anti-Weishaupt furor, when accusations of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson being involved in a world domination plot (three guesses who is behind those accusations) were running rampant, but I want to call your attention to the part I bolded.

This is practically an exact description of what would soon become known to us as Holy Roller type Christianity, and would be one of the main types of religious methodology and cavorting that would be used to try and subvert particularly the Korean and the American people.

In the name of enlightening them, no less.

One of the methods of corrupting a people that the Catholics loved to employ, was that they would study their culture, take some myths here and some legends there, and identify who the threats were to them spiritually. Then, they would manufacture and backdate a version of their history or culture that is now mixed with Christianity (and all manner of bric-a-brac that is completely unverifiable except for within their own little round robin of sources). They would then take this and work to both parallel and degrade the identified threat and mislead people away from them.

They have done this over and over and over, and Korea was no exception.

In fact, some of the most powerful and inspirational ideas were stolen from them (and China) and then fed back to the Western World as being “Rosicrucian” or “ancient scholars”. Which in turn was then translated and taken back to these cultures, like Korea, and presented as similar truths to their ways to get them to accept it!

Can you believe the audacity to even do such a thing?

I’ll give you an example.

The idea of the twin spirits inhabiting one body came from the East, not the West. But, what do us english-speaking people get as the Catholic-based illuminati version of this?

We get books like the one supposedly written by Valentine Weigelius (a Rosicrucian) in 1649, but yet it was published in London 24 by a woman, Anna Kingsford, in 1886. More than 240 years later! This woman also happened to be all mixed up in the British intelligence operation to bring America back into alignment with Britain, as well as the rest of the world, for that matter.

Instead of a simple explanation of what I just said about the twin spirits, we get crap like this:

“…the Intellectual Soul and the Spirit are denoted by the two greater luminaries, the Moon and the Sun.”

“For the whole lower nature of man – physical, vital, impulsive, affectional, animal – is subject to the stars or astral powers, that is to mundane and elemental influence expressed in the magnetic affinities, antipathies and polarities which go to make up the complex machinery of Fate. But the higher nature of man, dominated and illumined by the Spirit or Sun (the Lord), is free from the servitude of the creaturely nature, and is superior to the ruling of the astral influences. Hence our author says that “a wise man,” that is, he who is instructed and enlightened by his nobler part, “will rule the stars.” 24

So, now we have a decidedly slavemaster (Catholic/Vatican and British nobility) ‘bent’ or twist on this twin spirit relationship. One spirit is higher and better and needs to RULE the other, who is lower and worse.

Typical.

They took a simple true teaching from ‘the East’ – that Sun and Moon part is a dead giveaway – but they twisted it all up into their perverse and self-serving world view and presented it as now Western-sourced to boot.

Look at this now –

All the illuminati of ancient and modern times have acknowledged these two natures or self-hoods in man. Plato emphatically recognises and describes them, so also do the Neo-Platonists, Paul the Apostle, and, with one consent, the whole school of Christian alchemists and kabbalists. The will of the lower self-hood is always centrifugal, directed outward towards the Saturnian boundary, and contrary therefore to the will of the higher selfhood which gravitates inward towards its central sun. “O wretched man! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?24

Now this is all ascribed to the illuminati! How interesting, eh?

Many Eastern cultures recognized that a ‘split’ between these two beings occurred at death. Here’s some other examples of the same twin spirits truth showing, but with the same twist.

Harold Wimberly:

There’s the carnal mind and the spiritual mind.

…. without the rebellion of the carnal mind.

…This also explains Heaven and Hell and reincarnation. When the split occurs after death, the conscious can reincarnate because it can move on. The unconscious doesn’t reincarnate because it can’t move on.”

So, besides positioning the two spirits as being – one is concerned with carnal and the other is concerned with spiritual – we also have these twin spirits being named the ‘conscious’ and ‘unconscious’.

Since any number of osophies, isms, and “sciences” will start targeting especially that “unconscious” through magnetism, mesmerism, hypnotism, analysis, psychology, auditing, lobotomies, electro-shock, electro-magnetism and drugs – do you see where this is going?

It has been said that so-called “original” Christianity believed that only the conscious self could reincarnate.

Now, why on earth would these idiots think that only ONE of these two spirits could do that? If there ever was any “original” anything, it would have taught that both spirits go on, one just does it a little later than the other. One goes on to “animate” another body – breath of life and all that – twinned with another different being, the other goes on to twin up with another spirit in a different body. Rarely do they both go to the same new body, but it isn’t impossible.

 

“But if the soul endures, so must its chief attributes, thought and will…”
(Mendelssohn: A history of modern philosophy by Benjamin Chapman Burt)

 

I would like to leave you with two thoughts here on this point.

  1. Do you think the slavemasters of the world want these two spirits to operate in full awareness and unison?
  2. Do you think they would support any actual training in that, let alone training in what they can actually do together?

 

The Korean people (and the rest of the world) have been lied to repeatedly. Both about what is spirituality and even about their own history.

They have been lied to about America, up to and including having been subjected to staged events supposedly being American that weren’t – primarily orchestrated by the British and the Vatican – done purely to keep us apart because the British/Vatican had not yet re-established control over our country.

They have been made to think that the lack of recognition of their desire for independence at key points in their history was by the Americans, but in reality it was those very same British and Vatican elements who had by then covertly taken over our country by the key period of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

There are a number of excellent examples of all of the above, especially in the beginning of the new book: Project Eagle by Robert S. Kim, but one very important element of history was missed by him.

Not that I’m criticizing him, but I doubt most Koreans or even most of the world has ever caught this, what I’m about to tell you. I wanted to reveal it in the beginning of my article here so that you could sort of have it in mind.

1832.

Why is that significant?

Because that is when Opium came to Korea.

Along with it came arms deals and “western” influence – which really meant British and Vatican influence.

The British East India Company had just dissolved in 1830 and all of its records were destroyed. Considering that by exactly that year, the world was starting to wake up to what the British and Jesuit/Vatican were doing to the people of China and India – just decimating them – this was a defensive move. NOT a moral one.

How do I know that? Because the torch was passed to a private company named Jardine and Mattheson to expand the drug and arms trades.

When the East India Company was dissolved, Britain (and its silent partner the Jesuits/Vatican) were importing 18,956 chests of opium to China, from their slave-factories in India. One chest was 140 pounds so that means 2,653,840 pounds, almost three million pounds of opium. This amount equaled approximately six billion ‘hits’ of opium.

Imagine just how many people that they had deliberately hooked on opium in China, it would take to support that level of trade going on.

Jardine and his buddy Matheson were a huge part of that trade, having previously operated as a CONTRACTOR for the British East India company.

But now, on 1 July 1832, Jardine, Matheson and Company, a partnership, was officially formed in China, and they were now in charge of all that drug trade for Britain and the Vatican.

William Jardine and James Matheson were the senior partners, Hollingworth Magniac, Alexander Matheson (Jardine’s nephew) Andrew Johnstone, Matheson’s nephew Hugh Matheson, John Abel Smith, and Henry Wright, were the first partners.

They took the Chinese name ‘Ewo’ (pronounced “Yee-Wo”) meaning ‘Happy Harmony’. I’ll leave you to think amongst yourselves about the utterly disgusting name choice there – I’m sure they thought it was just so clever of them to promote the “bliss” of an opium addict’s stupor that way. They also chose it to try and cloak themselves and their vile drug/arms dealing with some sort of respectability. The name had been used by the former Ewo Hong run by Chinese merchant Howqua, a business with a supposedly impeccable reputation. Although, even that was also truly ironic because it was that man that the British had made rich in their East India Company trade – opium – because he held the monopoly on trade with the West.

Much like today’s Mafia, besides their nasty dealings where their real profit margin was, Jardine and Matheson engaged in “legitimate” businesses so they could “look” legit (and delude themselves about what they were doing).

The firms operations included trading spices and sugar with the Philippines, exporting Chinese tea and silk to England, factoring and insuring cargo, renting out dockyard facilities and warehouse space, trade financing and other numerous lines of business and trade.

Their #1 goal (and mandate) was to expand the drug/arms trade especially.

Enter Gutzlaff.

Prussian missionary Karl Friderich August Gutzlaff was then engaging in floating evangelical tours around China – which were illegal because Christianity was forbidden under the “fundamental laws” of China – as well as dangerous and largely futile, but he was working hard to develop a reputation as a swashbuckling adventurer and high-profile missionary “hero”.

Oh, no. Not the adventurer stereotype again.

Jeesh. What is it with these guys and that idiotic “adventurer” crap.

Anyway, around the time of Gutzlaff’s second illegal voyage, the painter George Chinnery made his sketch of the reverend resplendent in his traditional Fujianese sailor’s costume of turban, wide-sleeved tunic, baggy trousers and slippers.

The Chinese government prohibited the importation of opium into the country’s ports in 1821.

Lintin (an island near Hong Kong along the south China coast) was the “outer anchorage” for European ships traveling to Guangzhou (“Canton”). They would have to stop at the island, have their cargo inspected and measured by the Chinese customs officials stationed at the island, and pay customs duties.

By the 1830’s, Lintin had become a base for drug smugglers. Old boats hulks that were anchored near the island, served as warehouses and depots where imported opium would be reloaded to smaller boats to be smuggled into Guangzhou and other ports.

Jardine, Matheson & Co was keen to exploit this more risky coastal smuggling trade from Lintin, because it was a new and more direct form of opium smuggling. To do it though, they would need skilled interpreters and intermediaries with knowledge of the local officials, geography and procedures to make it work.

They needed Gutzlaff.

Gutzlaff’s linguistic skills and local knowledge meant he fit the bill perfectly, but how could the “iron-headed old rat”, as the Chinese called William Jardine (good name for him) persuade this well-known, flamboyant missionary to act for opium smugglers?

Answer – MONEY.

In a letter to Gutzlaff quoted in Maurice Collis’ account of the opium war, Foreign Mud, Jardine was quite open about the opium trade and equally candid about the moral objections to it.

“We have no hesitation in stating to you openly that our principal reliance is on opi-um, what by many is considered immoral traffic”.

Considered immoral? Oh, I see, they didn’t “consider” it immoral to try and degrade entire populations. Fascinating, the way their minds work, isn’t it?

Jardine spelled out the rewards for Gutzlaff.

“The more profitable the expedition the better we shall be able to place at your disposal a sum that may hereafter be employed in furthering your mission.”

Gutzlaff took the money.

It was not unusual for missionaries to hitch rides on opium clippers, but being a key figure in organising the smuggling routes into new markets for Jardine? That put Gutzlaff in a uniquely and utterly hypocritical position for a so-called Man of God. But he wasn’t really, see, that’s the thing, he was a spy primarily, and that’s why he could do such a heinous thing. The “religious” work was about breaking the culture of China to force them under the yoke of the Empire-builders, not for any true caring about any of them.

Gutzlaff, who already spoke several Chinese dialects, got right to work establishing relationships with Chinese merchants in other Chinese coastal locations (such as Lintin) and began arranging for missionary ships, carrying Bibles and evangelical literature, to also drop off chests of opium.

Edmund Roberts visited Lintin in 1832, and noted that there were “seven to eight ships” smuggling opium, including American boats. From the 1830s, until the cession of Hong Kong in the 1840s, Lintin Island was the main base for British merchants.

But, guess where Gutzlaff immediately went to establish new opium trade for Jardine, just two weeks later on July 17, 1832?

Korea.

That is the little piece I don’t think anyone ever noticed the significance. What his job now was, and that he was there for a month.

Check it out –

1) Karl Friderich August Gutzlaff: Gutzlaff came to anchor in Chungcheong province in 1832 in order to open a new trade market for the East India Company. He distributed the Bible before he left Korea. After investigating the soil and natural resources, he foretold that God would bless the nation for development. He also predicted that Jeju Island would be able to serve as the center for trade and mission to Asia. However, his initial purpose of visit was trade rather than mission. (Christian Council of Korea)

You see how these Koreans, even today, still don’t realize (or maybe want to admit) what that ‘trade’ was?

Opium, and since he always dropped it together with the bibles…well, you do the math. It has been noted that Gutzlaff never recorded in his letters that he was dropping off the opium with the bibles, but now you know that was exactly his job. Not to mention his month-long sojourn there has been referred to as a secret mission.

It’s goal was, in part, to collect information about the reactions in official circles, the business community and the population at large to the British petition requesting opening the harbors and initiating free-trade and missionary activity. At the same time, the expedition sought to gather information about the political climate and the strength of the military. AKA can we sell them some arms?

Gutzlaff devoted an entire chapter to Korea in his ‘Journal of Three Voyages’. Once arrived, he gained access to the Koreans within a few days. On July 24th he notes in his journal:

“A large boat came along-side, and before the people came on board, they sent up a slip of paper, expressing their sympathy with us in our hardship from the winds and weather and assuring us they did not come to intimidate (sic) us. Those who entered the cabin called themselves mandarins, and made very free with the rum. They inquired politely our country, and remarked that we had anchored in a very dangerous place, adding, we will bring you to a bay called Gan-keang, where you may find safe anchorage, meet the mandarins, adjust the affairs of your trade, and obtain provisions.”

At the second place where the expedition dropped anchor the Koreans were very congenial. As Gutzlaff comments: “All seemed cheerful and happy that we had come..

Considering what he was there to deliver, that becomes rather tongue-in-cheek of him.

Gutzlaff makes quite clear that the expedition was successful in establishing a relationship of trust – aka bribes accepted – with the local authorities, whose hospitality he repeatedly emphasizes. He used the weeks of waiting for an answer from the king to study the behavior of Koreans, their everyday way of life and their relationship to nature and society.

There is a rather veiled reference (more than one) where Gutzlaff offered the Korean officials “medical help’ – methinks that is code for opium.

Most historians think opium use entered Korea “by” the late 1800’s, but I propose it began right here in time. Now, how successful this trade was or grew to over how much time, who knows, but knowing Gutzlaff, I’d be willing to bet that he managed to get something going there.

Where else does Gutzlaff show up? Or should I say, at what significant event…?

The Treaty of Nanjing that ceded Hong Kong to the British, signed in 1843. Because of this, trade with China and Korea, (especially in illegal opium and in arms) grew exponentially, and so did the firm of Jardine, Matheson and Co., already the  largest British trading firm in East Asia even before this treaty.

One can only guess what senior Chinese negotiators thought when Gutzlaff, acting as official interpreter at the signing of the Treaty of Nanking aboard the HMS Cornwallis, handed out complimentary Bibles to members of the emperor’s delegation.

Gee thanks. Not only do we have to take your drugs, now we have to take your bibles?

Bibles and Opium.

 

Is that about a perfect representation of the Slavemasters, or what?

Not long after this, a Korean man would note all these happenings, the degradation and humiliation of China, and that the same stages were happening to his country, and he would say No!. This cannot happen here.

This man would begin a movement that would rock the slavemasters world repeatedly over the next 75 years. It would be lied about and paralleled in more ways than you possibly could imagine, culminating with the ultimate insult of having his movement (and only his movement) recognized by the North Korean Communist government, after his country had been split in half and decimated by war!

Slavemasters do indeed embark on long term plans like this, never let anyone tell you any different.

So, in a nutshell, what do we have here as their main strategy –

Bibles to mess with the so-called “higher” spirit.
Drugs to mess with the so-called “lower” or physical spirit.

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“A house divided can not stand.”

 

 

Introduction


The popular portrait of China in the late 19th and early 20th century was as the ­sick man of Asia.

1920’s Mexican anti-Chinese propaganda
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China was depicted as a country of almost unparalleled corruption and vice, filled with desperate criminals just waiting to rape and pillage the world. (especially America).

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The Chinese were also depicted as something to be eradicated and excluded –

All of which combined to give people the false impression that China was on the verge of collapse. As one writer put it: like an ancient crone tottering on bound feet. This made people in the West think that China had already been bled dry of her wealth.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Not counting the fortunes gained from inciting the Japanese to tear apart the Chinese holdings in Thailand, Korea and other areas starting with the first Sino-Japanese war in the late 1800’s, some of the world­s greatest fortunes came from the flood of wealth literally ripped from mainland China to Japan after 1937.

This alone ought to tell you something was afoot here with all this degradation of China, and you’d be right to think so. That something was that the slavemasters were majorly pissed off. China, you see, had just shut them down on their opium trade. Again. And they threw out the Catholics (the Jesuits, etc.). Again.

So, what would you expect them to call those leading the charge to knock out the slavemasters nasty little hooks into China?

You guessed it.

Communists.

Nothing could be further from the truth about that either, but that will be covered in great depth in the second segment of my Why China? articles.

As you might imagine though, the slavemasters did what they usually do in this sort of situation (besides trying to arrange other people to do their bullying work for them) they set about trying to infiltrate and influence through controlled opposition groups – usually posing as “religions” or “Philosophies” or “morals” societies.

Along about 1915, a man named Frank Buchman spent two years traveling in China, India, Korea and Japan.

He had just left (amidst some rather racy accusations) from being a teacher/adviser at Penn State and together with his homosexual lover, Sherwood Eddy, he was actually on a bit of an intelligence mission. A kind of field trip, literally, where he was tasked to ascertain how to undermine these “communists” in especially China but also to try and figure out why so many of the Asian people were listening to this nebulous “them”. A “them” which most histories don’t really tell us the truth about.

What he observed (rather crankily, I might add) was that particularly in Korea and Japan the “communists” were far better at recruiting than any of the Christian missionaries were.

The Christians were viewed by the Asian people as displaying arrogant, condescending and know-it-all attitudes towards what they called “the heathens”. They viewed them as constantly trying to denigrate, change, and even outright destroy their local cultures.

The so-called “communists” didn’t act that way at all towards these people, which to me means there must have actually been some good people at work trying to help these people break loose from/protect themselves from the slavemasters, would be my guess, for the slavemasters to be having such hissy fits about the whole thing.

I also bet what happened is that once they saw these dastardly American Revolution types telling other Asian people about freedom of speech and mind, freedom from oppression etc. etc. – all the things they passionately hated, especially the Catholics – then they brought in the militant, dictatorial and so called “communists” to position those people as being communist (who were definitely not communist).

This is very typical of them to do, by the way.

No! Not another Jefferson!

So what did the “counter” plan become? Pretending they were not arrogant. Pretending they didn’t view them as heathens.  Pretending to be supportive of “new religions” that would be more Asian.

 

Pretending they cared

About them and their cultures.

 

You know they didn’t, but I find it darkly humorous that they were forced into having to pretend 24-7 to be sane, nice, and not supercilious as all get out.

Buchman, at the time, was working underneath a slavemaster front group called the Young Men’s Christian Association – better known as the YMCA founded by John Mott.

This was another front group to”combat communism” around the world, sponsored by J.D. Rockefeller Jr. on behalf of his Vatican/British nobility slavemasters – such as Robert Cecil, Lord Salisbury, for example.

Mott had interesting ways of trying to mix science with religion (he said science was the probing of God’s mind) and also some rather unique propaganda methods to moralize about stripping people of money.

For example, Mott said:

“To ask money of a man for the purposes of the world-wide Kingdom of God is not to ask him a favor, it is to give him a superb opportunity of investing his personality in eternal shares.”

Money was “so much stored-up personality,” Mott argued, accumulated days of human labor that survived its owners and therefore could be used after death to extend the owner’s life on earth.

This concept of the transubstantiation of money into an immortal soul bore a striking resemblance to the Catholic Church leaders rationale, as it also did to the British Nobility/slavemasters.

­Gold is a wonderful thing!
Whoever possesses it is lord of all he wants.
By means of gold one can even get souls into Paradise.­

– Christopher Columbus on gold
quoted by Stephen Harmiston,
“Gold As A Store of Value”
World Gold Council: Research Study No. 22.

 

With that rather well-trodden propaganda explanation simply updated and regurgitated as his chosen recruitment tool, Mott then incorporated the “culture and methods of corporations” into the missionary movement. Over the years, millions of dollars poured into Mott’s pursuit of a streamlined, efficient “evangelism”.

Two significant factors motivated Mott – ruling the world “under Christ” – and we know what that really means – and the obsession with China and its “its huge potential harvest of souls”. Which of course, really was about stripping China of all its resources, including its people. And yes, it really is that disgusting.

So, it was in this climate that John Mott “activated” Frank Buchman – so to speak – originally in 1909. In this post you can read much more about Buchman and his resulting movements directly orchestrated by particularly the British slavemasters ie: the Oxford Group and its later name of Moral-ReArmament or MRA.

What is less well-known, is the efforts to create interest and ideas for similar movements in Japan, China, and Korea to try and combat the “communists” began again in 1918/1919 by both Buchman and someone surprising. Or maybe not so surprising in the context of his later role in suborning the U.S. to the slavemasters through creating an intelligence organization.

William ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan had himself done an Asian tour in 1918/1919 with his wife, to China, Japan, etc., and was particularly very well received in Korea.

And so the planning began…

 

Pentecostalism Comes to Korea

1.1 A little orientation as to Korea

Where is Korea, what does it look like?

Let’s begin with a little geographical orientation.

North Korea shares a border with three countries; China along the Amnok River, Russia along the Tumen River, and South Korea along the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The Yellow Sea and the Korea Bay are off the west coast and the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea) is off the east coast.

The Korean people consider themselves mountain people.

Early European visitors to Korea remarked that the country resembled “a sea in a heavy gale” because of the many successive mountain ranges that crisscross the peninsula. Some 80 percent of North Korea’s land area is composed of mountains and uplands, with all of the peninsula’s mountains with elevations of 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) or more located in North Korea.

Most of North Korea is a series of medium-sized mountain ranges and large hills, separated by deep, narrow valleys. The highest peak, Paektu-san (“White Head Mountain”) on the volcanic Baekdu Mountain, is located on its northern border with China, and rises 9,002 ft. (2,744 m). It is the most sacred of all the Korean mountains and is even considered to be the birthplace of the first Korean people.

There is a lake in the caldera of the mountain called “Heaven’s lake” that remains frozen until around mid-June; this lake is also the deepest crater lake in the world.

MOST of North Korea’s military bases are buried deep underground and in mountains. Experts says it is the most heavily-fortified country in the world.

The great majority of the population lives in the plains and lowlands. For the most part, the plains are small. The most extensive are the Pyongyang and Chaeryŏng plains, each covering about 500 square kilometers.

Long winters bring bitter cold and clear weather interspersed with snow storms as a result of northern and northwestern winds that blow from Siberia. Winter can be particularly harsh in the northern, mountainous regions.

Pyongyang is the home of a mysterious unfinished building called the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, now the capital of North Korea.

Towering over the rest of the mid-rise city at more than 1,000 feet, the 105-story pyramid-shaped building with the ballpoint-pen top remains off-limits to the public, despite decades of construction and an estimated cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

A little history review now –

Korea had its own imperial dynasty. The Joseon Era of Korean history spanned from 1392-1897. It was followed by the short-lived Korean Empire in 1897 before the Japanese moved in (backed by the British) and squashed that attempt at their own kind of America.

Early in the 1800’s, British ships arrived in Korean Waters trying to ply their opium wares and do a little arms dealing (as usual). The Korean government was outwardly unimpressed and remained opposed to foreign contact but corrupt as it was? Money talks. They made made deals anyway behind-the-scenes and the opium began to flow.

Along with it, came the inevitable destruction of lives and the degradation of culture, followed by the “missionaries” determined to save their souls – for a price, of course, but the perfidious Catholics were soon outlawed, even though, as usual, they continued to profit off the suffering caused by the opium and arms trading still going on.

By the 1860’s a new movement called Donghak was formed by a man named Choe Je-u. He formulated the Donghak ideology in the 1860s to help ease the lot of the farmers suffering from abject poverty and exploitation, as well as to restore political and social stability. Choe set his Donghak themes to music so that illiterate farmers could understand, accept, and remember them more readily.

His ideas rapidly gained broad acceptance among the peasantry. His teachings were systematized and compiled as a message of salvation to farmers in distress.

Donghak was a blend of religion (Korean Shamanism), philosophy and politics which combined elements of Asian beliefs but with modern more equitable ideas of society imported from America. He called his doctrine Donghak (“eastern knowledge”) in order to distinguish it from the Seohak (“western knowledge”) of the Catholics.

Basically, Choe Je-u sought to end corruption and increase the level of living for all Koreans, not just the chosen few.

He was NOT a communist, by the way.

His birth-name was Choe Je-seon (“save and proclaim”). During his childhood, he was also called Bok-sul (“blissfully happy”) He took the name Je-u (“saviour of the ignorant”) in 1859. His disciples called him Su-un (“water cloud”), which was the name he used for his writings, and also called him Daesinsa, the great teacher.

The popularity of his movement contributed to the peasant revolts in Gyeongsang in 1862, and he was arrested shortly before 10 December 1863 for sedition and heresy. He was tried, found guilty on 5 April 1864, and beheaded on 15 April 1864.

Long about 1894, followers of the now corrupted from within (by the usual suspects, of course) Donghak movement gathered to protest the corrupt and oppressive government (lots of deals with the slavemasters that were ruining their people and their country) and the protests soon spiraled into a full-out revolution.

One that just happened to be a perfect set-up for what came next, if you take my meaning.

The Joseon King asked for Chinese troops, but since China was undergoing the same change at the time, that didn’t happen and the British/Vatican forces pressed the Japanese to come in and PUT DOWN this rebellion. China, quite wise to British and Vatican antics by then and having just kicked both of them out and squelched the Catholic efforts behind the Taiping Rebellion, tried to come to the support of the Donghak rebels and that began the Sino-Japanese War.

The Japanese, supported by British and their American counterparts weapons deals, defeated both China and the Donghak rebels, forcing China to PAY Japan in a fortune of silver coins. Literally, a small mountain of it.

By the way, if you look at the also corrupted Taiping “rebellion” in China (lasted from 1850 to 1864) led by a man named Hong Xiuquan  – who was quite crazy – you’ll see a lot of parallels with the later “reverend” Moon religious kookiness.

Now that China had been literally split off from one of its “areas” – Korea – Japan moved in, pretending to be interested in social and political reforms to keep the Korean people distracted, but this soon escalated into outright and brutal colonization tactics – formalized on August 22, 1910 when Japan claimed Korea as a colony.

The following image gallery are pictures (found here) from after Korea had already begun to be destroyed (between 1897 to 1903) but you can still see some remnants of what their society may have been previously.

You can also clearly see the European/British influence on their “leaders”. All that bric-a-bric and braid and brass button uniforms, it’s really interesting to see that.

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Their art, what is left of it after all that looting, was also quite striking and unique, particularly some of their paintings.

Working Title/Artist: Birds and Flowers
Department: Asian Art
Culture/Period/Location:
HB/TOA Date Code:
Working Date: 19th century
photographed by mma in 1993, transparency 5
scanned by film & media 7/2/03 (phc)

 

And this is a picture of a bustling alleyway in turn-of-the-century Pyongyang.

Where, in very similar poor circumstances in a small village northwest of this, the “reverend” Yong Myong Moon was born.

Sun myung Moon was born in the winter of 1920 in the straw thatched home of a farming family in north-west Korea. The house was one of a line of fifteen which made up a tiny village or ri known as both Sangsa-ri and Dok heung-ri. No one knew which was the official name, although ‘Sangsa-ri’ was more commonly used.

Remains of the Moon home
Sangsa-ri, present day north Korea (HSA-UWC, Seoul)

 

 

Pentecostalism Comes to Korea

1.2 Korean Shamanism and The March 1st Movement

 

What is Korean Shamanism or Muism?

At the heart of it is a shaman or mu who is known as “magician, medicine man, mystic and poet”.

In a collection of myths, the origins of the mu or mudang are linked to a mother goddess associated with a mountain – often Paektu-san, the one we looked at earlier with that magnificent crater lake.

The mother goddess has different names according to different regions and mountains associated: Sungmo (“Holy Mother”), Daemo (“Great Mother”), Jamo (“Benevolent Mother”), Sinmo (“Divine Mother”), Nogo (“Ancient Lady”), and others.

The mu’s are said to be descendants of the first children of this mother goddess, or people who have been chosen to by mu’s directly.

That’s the folklore.

What set the mu apart from other healers and priests is his ability to move at will into ‘focused’ states. During this, the shaman unites spiritually and can access what some call “other realms’ where he can be aided spiritually in his work. The mu provides healing on many levels: physical, psychological and spiritual.

The work of the mu is based on the idea of viewing not only the whole person, but the individual’s interaction with his environment, both his inner and outer world. The soul is considered the place of life breath, where a human’s essence (life energy) resides, and any physical illness is inextricably linked with sickness of the soul. Illness of the mind or spirit has its origins (root cause) in soul loss, intrusion or possession.

The gut or kut is the ritual performed by Korean mu, involving offerings and sacrifices to the gods and ancestor worship, rhythmic movements, songs, oracles and prayers, but these are more as teaching aids rather than the actual practices and principles that a mu is taught (by another ‘master’ mu).

The above is the more brief description, now I will dig a little deeper and talk about the actual ‘working’ principles of Mu masters.

Kim Taegon tried to explain the essence of a particular point of Korean shamanism, death/life, but let’s leave out the bric-a-bric of rituals and such and just look at the basic concepts as are thus: the soul inside a body never disappears even though the body ceases to exist. Put another way, during the human life, the body, being of a material nature with dimension, is a tangible existence, while the soul is an intangible eternal existence that exists forever, regardless of the extinction of the matter of the body.

Even more basic, “Spirits – animate and conscious entities associated with physical beings – exist as invisible components of the visible world.

This is what was actually being symbolized with black/white symbols. The “black” is merely the invisible, the dark, the not viewable with physical eyes, the “white” being light, or daytime, that is visible with physical eyes. This is also represented as Sun/Moon.

Any such symbols, spiritually, were meant as an illustrative expression of UNITY.

The UNITY of spirits, particularly the two within a body, but not limited to that.

Note: It’s probably worth mentioning here that during the last years of his life, Korean Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon was talking at great lengths about the “GOD OF DAY” and the “GOD OF NIGHT”. He would go on and on about how these two “Gods” were separated and needed to be united.

Apparently, Moon was trying to accomplish the “UNITY of spirits” in his own way. And of course, one can’t ignore the use of the word “unity” (or “Unification”) in the future name of Moon’s church. I think this is one of his many attempts to try and portray himself as a true “shaman” when in reality? He was about as far from true (and original) shamanism as one could get.

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Another element of Korean Shamanism is the manner in which problems with or between spirits is addressed. Most important is the process of seeking the reason for the damaged relationship and addressing it, responsibly. Not just repenting sotto voce without any direct interaction with the other spirit – this is deemed irresponsible. The relationship with a person’s current surroundings, such as family members, community and ancestors, is always emphasized.

This is because it is also taught/understood, in direct contradiction with Christianity, that ‘Salvation’ does not depend on good deeds and religious devotion during one’s life, because every soul “will be granted a new path in the afterlife“, whether it is a good soul or not.

Things must be handled responsibly NOW, not waiting for some “heaven” or “hell”.

Korean shamanism correctly holds the view that “salvation” is possible right now because of the inherent moral principles within even ‘human’ nature, and that waiting to change until after death is the ultimate in irresponsibility. This comes from the view that death changes nothing but the material state of a particular body.

Whereas Christianity says you have to die before you can have ‘salvation’.

…the grand Christian dogma on which religion rests as on its foundation – that, when we have given up this present life, then shall we really begin to live.

– Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (of revolutionary change) May 15, 1891
as quoted in a post by Virginia McClaughry titled: Catholicism is Anti-American; Anti-Democracy; Anti-Free Speech; Anti-Free Will – See For Yourself

Korean shamanism teaches that worldly life takes precedence over the afterlife or salvation, as reflected in a Korean proverb that says: “it is better to reside in this world, even if you live in doggy dung, than to live in the afterworld”.

Crude, but gets the point across.

Next –

Many ‘experts’ choose to characterize (or rather marginalize) the change of focus, the idling of the physical body while a larger ‘looking’ goes on, as being a state of trance or possession.

That is incorrect.

This sort of mistaken characterization comes from a person who looks with physical eyes at the physical form of the shaman, and ‘sees’ nothing else.

It is not ‘being in a trance’ or ‘becoming possessed’ that the shaman is doing, not a real one anyway. Any outward physical manifestation is incidental – and isn’t even necessary. It is the ‘focus’ of the person that has merely shifted, or rather expanded into a contacting of a spirit, or the spiritual, or ‘invisible’ realm that is always there, all around us, all the time.

I suppose it should be said that even the term shaman, is probably not the right term (let alone the Korean one) in the first place. It’s someone’s pithy attempt to put these abilities at a primitive level equated with “witch doctor” or “medicine man”, because of the view of what is called shamanism is superstitious and that it deluded citizens.

If you look at what this Pope said –

To suffer and to endure, therefore, is the lot of humanity; let them strive as they may, no strength and no artifice will ever succeed in banishing from human life the ills and troubles which beset it.

If any there are who pretend differently – who hold out to a hard-pressed people the boon of freedom from pain and trouble, an undisturbed repose, and constant enjoyment – they delude the people.

– Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (of revolutionary change) May 15, 1891
as quoted in a post by Virginia McClaughry titled: Catholicism is Anti-American; Anti-Democracy; Anti-Free Speech; Anti-Free Will – See For Yourself

 

You can see that anyone who heals the divisions between spirits, or between the spiritual world and the physical, and knows that this is possible while still alive? Is called “deluded” by these people.

The more appropriate attack terms that they really mean towards any actual Spiritual Masters (Korean or otherwise) would be wizard, sorcerer or witch, because those are very specialized attacks by what we call the slavemasters.

All practices of ‘’magic’’ or ‘’sorcery,’’ by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others – even if this were for the sake of restoring their healthare gravely contrary to the virtue of religion.

– Catholic Catechism Part Three, Section Two, The Ten Commandments 2115-2117; English Translation of the Cathechism of the Catholic Church for the United States of America © 1997, United States Catholic Conference, Inc. You can also see this here at the Vatican’s own website.

The first thing to know, if you didn’t know it already, is that unapproved of spiritual activities have been labelled with the meant-to-be derogatory term of occult. So, when you see that term, you now know what they are really talking about.

When Catholic catechism talks about divine revelation, it gets into that men have been chosen to have the ‘powers’ of angels.

the patriarchs and prophets were called messengers of God, and often received from Him extraordinary powers, of miracles and prophecy, in order that they might be believed.

Miracles are extraordinary works perceptible to the senses that cannot be accomplished by the mere powers of nature. They are brought about by the action of a higher power.

Prophecies are predictions of future events that could not have been known by natural means. For the confirmation of the faith, or for the benefit of men, God raised up prophets. Generally speaking, the gift of prophecy is a sure sign that the possessor is a messenger of God.

Over the ages, individuals have experienced a private revelation from God, i.e. a message given only to them.

Thus the miracles of Christ and the saints, prophecies, the Church’s growth and holiness, and her fruitfulness and stability “are the most certain signs of divine Revelation […] they are “motives of credibility” (motiva credibilitatis)… 30-Vatican website

[…] those who from then on have understood it, consider and discern in what way the prophecies must be interpreted.30-Vatican website

Second, the Magisterium must carefully and scrupulously examine all private revelations. Since these private revelations are granted to individuals, human error, illusions, and distortions in reporting or remembering are possible. Frankly, the possibility of diabolical action must also be considered, for the devil even uses what seems to be good to draw people away from the Lord.
– Catholic Catechism

You can clearly see that Christianity promotes these supernatural powers, but that they are only acceptable if one tows the line with what the Catholic church – the slavemasters – or one of their many controlled front groups, say is ‘acceptable’ or real, and, most importantly, that these are never inherent gifts of man. No, they must be given him by “God”.

And if the Church does not agree with what is said or done, well, then, it’s the devil and is EVIL.

You see, Christianity, in all its forms, is extremely two-faced on the subject of spiritual abilities. Miraculous healings, speaking in tongues, and especially – and this is the entire foundation of the Bible – divine revelation.

Since it appears to be rather integral to understanding this Christian mindset – what is Divine Revelation then? …one would rightfully ask, because obviously there’s a distinction between “divine” and some other sort of revelation.

This tells us –

Divine Revelation comes down to us by two means: through Holy Scripture, written down under divine inspiration, and through Tradition, handed down orally from Apostolic times.

From the Vatican’s website

Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit.

 

automatic writing influenced by angels and demons

*automatic writing – said to be produced by a spiritual, occult, or subconscious agency rather than by the conscious intention of the writer.

So, some man was allegedly doing automatic writing from God and that became Holy Scripture. Then some other man invents some other scripture and says it was “handed down orally” – and that’s that.

That’s the bible.

You do realize, that means that “Holy Scripture” – that automatic writing stuff – gets yea or nayed for inclusion into the bible by MEN.

I was talking to a Catholic one day, and I said: Well, if God is speaking through priests then why are they molesting children?

The person responded: Men are flawed because of original sin.

I said: Then how can you trust the bible then?

Silence.

That was the end of that.

These people feed on division of spirits, not UNITY.

They classify any intelligent spirits as ‘angels’, who are better because they don’t associate with those inferior human souls in bodies.

An angel is a spiritual creature…who is superior to human beings…

…they are both different from and superior by nature to human beings, who are a composite of matter and spirit. Otherwise than angels, human beings are rational animals.

-Father Hardon  Catholic Catechism on the Angels

So, really, in Catholicism angel is just a designation for spirit that isn’t the spirit that is running or making a body live. That one is called a “soul”.

Catholicism and the bible repeatedly work to portray that what I call one’s body partner, is somehow less than “pure”, is stupider and less powerful.

This is all literally the original (and worst) manifestation of an us versus them view – pitting the two “spirits” against each other.

Division instead of UNITY.

There are lots more very clear (and documented) reversals-of-truth like that exposed in my article Why Psychiatry Is More Religion Than Science but I did a summation of them.

Pay close attention to that spiritual abilities and power are called magic when it’s by the “opposers” but as we just learned it’s called divine revelation and miracles when it’s by the Pope and friends, and this holds true for just about any branch of Christianity! That’s the two-facedness I mentioned earlier.

  • Angels are spirits independent of but usually with bodies that were not created by God
  • These are divided into “us” and “them” – those that oppose God’s lies and those who don’t.
  • If one of God’s people communicates to you or “shows” you miracles, it’s divine.
  • If one of the “other” side does the same thing, it’s evil, insane and demonic.
  • The only truth there is, is that which God and his sycophantic “angels” says there is, but as told to us by corrupted animal spirits called man who does automatic writing.
  • The Pope decides what is true or not.

 

In my article, I also summed up (after examining the scriptures) of all the things that are essentially classified as crimes by these people.

  • rejection of God and opposition to him
  • scorned him
  • let his trust in his Creator die in his heart
  • lack of trust in his goodness
  • ate from “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” – disagreed that there were any limits or differences between himself and “God”. plus saw that God was not superior – it was a lie that he was.
  • correctly saw that God was  jealous [which means insanely protective] of his self-elected rights and privileges over man.
  • refused to do any more slave work [tilling and keeping the Garden] for God
  • decided to enjoy living – the pleasures of the senses
  • decided to have some earthly goods for themselves instead of giving everything to God
  • wanted to “be like God”
  • self-assertion
  • disagreed that they, as spiritual beings, were created, and that they only live in order to fawn over [love] God
  • man preferred himself to God
  • chose himself over and against God
  • He lifted himself up against God, and sought to attain his goal apart from him

You can easily see where Korean ‘shamanism’ would clearly be lined up as committing crimes against ‘God’ – and that is exactly what has happened historically.

Why are these people so obsessed with creating spiritual division instead of UNITY?

Because they know what happens, and can happen, when they do unite.

You get a glimpse of that knowledge in Taoist philosophy, where the ultimate objective is not emancipation from
‘worldly attachments’, but to reach a better life. Life. In ALL senses of the word, and not transient or doomed to suffering endlessly kind of Life, either.

This is one of the most massively divergent points that shows that Buddhism – as we know it – is clearly an outcropping of the same scared minds that invented Christianity. Buddhism strives to escape from LIVING in UNITY with the spirit that animates the matter of a human body.

Whereas a Taoist desires to LIVE LIFE with perennial vitality and eternal life, and that a human can obtain unimaginable ability. Where Taoism goes wrong is that it is too generalized with how this is obtained – aka oneness with the cosmos and nature.

Do you notice what is missing there?

Spiritual UNITY – particularly within that body. That is what is the determining factor for “a human can obtain unimaginable ability“.

And that is why the Christians (really, the slavemasters) propagate so many ways of dividing those two spirits.

They are terrified of humans that have achieved that (or might).

Why?

Because since they lie, they twist, they are destructive and they are irresponsible – and no ‘soul’ worth it’s salt will ever unite with them while they live that way. So, in their minds, they are toast if too many people start living in UNITY within. Out-classed. Out of their league.

Of course, there’s an easy solution to that, but it requires CHANGE. Real change. Not lip-service, not by making charitable donations or doing ‘good works’. It is an inward thing, an adventure into the ‘invisible’ realm, and it is there that they are laid bare and their lies hold no sway.

And that’s the problem. It must be real change, and they will need help from the kind of people they ‘hate’ most to do it!

But as one might imagine, these most evil men and women aren’t exactly in a hurry to see their entire ‘world’ – with them on top of everyone else – crumble and fall.

Accordingly, of course they would view Korean Mu masters, and therefore Muism, as a threat.

In the late 19th and 20th century, a series of factors were orchestrated to cause the destruction of Muism, leading to the dismemberment of the very fabric of Korean society, which then…wait for it….ultimately paved the way for the re-growth of Christianity in Korea.

Starting in the 1890’s, rather conveniently timed considering the war that is about to also be orchestrated, Protestant missionaries (many of whom were actually Catholics pretending to be Protestants to escape the outlawing of Catholicism) gained significant influence.

They led a demonization of the traditional religion through the press, by word of mouth of fiery lectures of sin and damnation, and even carried out campaigns of physical suppression of what they called “cults.”

This is a large part of what led to the initial Donghak rebellion, which was mostly peaceful until agent provocateurs led the movement into a spectacular failure and essentially the decimation of Muism.

Once the Japanese rule began in Korea, the Japanese tried to appease the Protestants by trying to replace the native Korean Muism with the Japanese Shinto.

Particularly in the Pyongyang area of North Korea, what would soon become a large population of Korean Christians had begun growing in the wake of the disastrous result of the Donghak movement rebellion.

But what you don’t know is just how far back the obsession with the Pyongyang area and the defeat of Muism as evil and something to be eradicated actually goes.

If you read my library article titled: The British “Empire” Was Founded On Creating Alcoholics and Drug Addicts: Why China? you will see that I documented how both China and Japan were infiltrated and lied to by Jesuit priests, and particularly important – how one of them, Father Ricci, was involved with literally forging Confucianism.

You heard me right. A catholic Jesuit priest rewrote Chinese history and invented an ancient master that never existed as purely a means of political control.

This same guy, Ricci, had a number of Chinese followers. One, in particular, who had actually been made a Jesuit. It was believed that he is who, in 1644, conned the Crown Prince of Korea into converting to Catholicism. He returned to Seoul from Peking with five baptised Chinese eunuchs and three baptised Court ladies.1

By 1671, the Korean population were suffering from famine and epidemics. People stole clothes from graves, babies were abandoned, and the starving were eating the dead. Floods added even more misery.

It was in this climate that a young Korean intellectual, Yi Pyok, read about Christianity from Chinese books circulating among a group of friends. In 1777 he brought them together to make further study. They met in a Buddhist monastery happily known as The Hermitage of Heavenly Truth.

And what do you think he read?

The Catholic-spawned Confucious was Christian propaganda line that Ricci had started selling.

Not too surprisingly, they concluded that the Confucian ideals of personal goodness, mutual forbearance, reverence for ancestors, meekness, dignity, and respect for the aged – the Confucian “way” seemed to be very compatible particularly with the Catholic tradition of the Christian faith.

Imagine that.

Sarcastically speaking.

Curious (and desperate) Korean youths were impressed by the Catholic propaganda that all were loved equally by God; and they especially fell for the distinctly Jesuit demands for justice for the poor and an end to slavery.

They believed them, more to their pity, as they would come to find out.

One of Yi Pyok’s young associates, Yi Sunghun, travelled to Peking with his father and sought out the Christian community. He was baptized by a Jesuit and took the name Peter, returning to Korea in 1785.

Korea’s first priest, Father Zhou Wenmo from China – one of Ricci’s Chinese Jesuit followers, arrived that same time period and began “ministering” for the next 9 years (until 1794) There would not be another priest for 35 years.

Who were their targets initially? NOT the very same poor they professed to be so concerned about, but the Korean nobles and the educated, then, once comfortably esconced with nice opium and arms deals made, and only then did they begin “administering” to the poor.

Guess where the very first Ricci-propagandized Confucious-meets-Christ Catholic church was?

Yep, you guessed it.

In 1786 a secret church had been established in Pyongyang. That same year, 1786, belief in Christ was banned. It was considered “opposed to human morality”. The authorities raided the house church and discovered a prayer group. The owner of the house, Thomas Kim, was so badly injured during interrogation that he died of the injuries.1

As you can see, there is more to this story than might first meet the eye. Particularly this hundred years later Donghak movement and its subsequent absolute suppression – it was not because of the Christian elements, it was because of the shamanism.

This, and any kind of spiritual abilities not under their control has always, repeat always, been a total obsession of both the Catholic and the British slavemasters.

They are terrified of them.

Coming back to when the Japanese were tasked to go in there and suppress the heck out of the Koreans now –

Donghak was reformed by Son Byong-Hi (Uiam, 1861–1922), who removed the overt political elements, inserted religious ones and renamed it as Cheondogyo in 1905. Although initially it won the approval of Japanese authorities, this new religion was actually highly active in anti-Japanese resistance, secretly still loyal to Muism, and a major factor in the March 1st Movement of 1919.

We’ll be talking much more about him later on.

Son Byong-Hi

The hysterical mindset of the slavemasters towards Muism is fascinating, practically makes you wonder why they are so afraid of it!

The stigmatization severely worsened with the division of Korea in the early 1950’s, contributing to a further erosion of the Korean traditional religion. Then came the “movement to destroy the worship of gods” in the 1970s and 1980s, where indigenous worship was actually legally prohibited and all the Muism traditional shrines were virtually wiped out.

This was particularly difficult under the regime of President Park Chung-he, the ruler put in place by American/British/Vatican intelligence interests with Kim Jong-Pil bolstering up the Unification Church as a ‘political’ arm to gather up those people and distract them into his form of trap cult.

Meanwhile, in North Korea, all mu descendants were labelled as members of the “hostile class” and are considered to have bad songbun, “tainted blood”.

Sound familiar at all?

Eugenics against spiritual abilities! (see Why Psychiatry is More Religion than Science)

And what would you expect to see being created to try and attract, misdirect, and keep busy any of these spiritual and rebellious types?

That’s right, controlled opposition versions of Muism.

Lo and behold?

Frank Buchman had been tasked to Korea, China, etc. to begin the seeds of what would become the Oxford Movement (Moral Re-Armament) and at the same time that William Donovan was there.

1919.

A movement called the March First Movement had started that very year – yep, orchestrated by Son Byong-Hi and the Cheondogyo – with series of demonstrations for Korean national independence from Japan. Who, as I mentioned earlier had been incited/controlled to help start punishing China by taking over its southern holdings such as Korea, and to suppress the heck out of the Native Koreans with spiritual abilities – the Mus.

This revolt was not in the slavemasters plan. They didn’t want a truly independent Korea, they wanted the Korean people subjugated by the Japanese, anything rather than have those “communists” gain a foothold and throw out foreign influences, which include them, of course.

As I suspected, this March movement was not communist and it was indeed following in the footsteps of the American Revolution. In fact, did you know that it even began with a “Proclamation of Independence”?

We here with proclaim the independence of Korea and the liberty of the Korean people. This we proclaim to all the nations of the world in witness of human equality. This we proclaim to our descendants so that they may enjoy in perpetuity their inherent right to nationhood.In as much as this proclamation originates from our five-thousand-year history, in as much as it springs from the loyalty of twenty million people, in as much as it affirms our yearning for the advancement of everlasting liberty, in as much as it expresses our desire to take part in the global reform rooted in human conscience, it is the solemn will of heaven, the great tide of our age, and a just act necessary for the co-existence of all humankind. Therefore, no power in this world can obstruct or suppress it!

The movement was begun by 33 Korean leaders who, after almost 10 years of Japanese rule, drew up the above “Proclamation of Independence” and then organized a mass demonstration in Seoul for March 1, 1919, their late emperor’s commemoration day. Emperor Gojong had died on January 21, 1919 and there was widespread suspicion that he had been poisoned.

All the 33 were religious leaders, consisting of 16 Protestant Christians, 15 Cheondogyo members, and 2 Buddhists.

At 2 P.M. on March 1, 1919, the 33 leaders, hoping to bring international pressure on Japan to end her colonial rule in Korea, convened at Taehwagwan Restaurant in Seoul, signed and read their proclamation (secretly authored by historian Choe Namseon) and had co-conspirators read it in townships throughout the country.

The suppressed anti-Japanese feelings of Koreans were released in one great explosion, and mass demonstrations took place in many parts of the country, forming the largest national protest rallies against foreign domination in Korean history.

Before the formal declaration, Korea also aired the following complaints to be heard by the Japanese people through papers and media:

  • The belief that the government would discriminate when employing Koreans versus Japanese people; they claimed that no Koreans held important positions in the government.
  • The existence of a disparity in education being offered to Korean and Japanese people.
  • The Japanese despised and mistreated Koreans in general.
  • Political officials, both Korean and Japanese, were arrogant.
  • There was no special treatment for the upper class or scholars.
  • The administrative processes were too complicated and laws were being made too frequently for the general public to follow.
  • There was too much forced labor that was not desired by the public.
  • Taxes were too heavy and the Korean people were paying more than before, while getting the same amount of services.
  • Land continued to be confiscated by the Japanese people for personal reasons.
  • Korean village teachers were being forced out of their jobs because the Japanese people were trying to suppress their heritage and teachings.
  • The development of Korea had been for the benefit for the Japanese. They argued that while Koreans were working towards development, they did not reap the benefits of their own work.

Their formal declaration is alleged by several sources to be based on President Wilson’s 14 points – a total propaganda piece designed to usher in the British League of Nations at the Paris Peace Conference, that he was ordered to do by Colonel House and members of the British nobility. (see book The Reckoning chapter 5-1 British Intelligence Sabotaging America)

President Woodrow Wilson issued his Fourteen Points in January 1919. One of the points included the phrase ‘a free, open-minded, and absolutely impartial adjustment of all colonial claims’ and in his speech he outlined the promise of “self-determination” for those oppressed minorities, and a world organization that would provide a system of collective security for all nations.

However, as manifested at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, Wilson was not interested in challenging global power relations vis-a-vis the British and Vatican “Great Game” plans for the new world order – the League of Nations.

Senator William Borah wished “this treacherous and treasonable scheme” of the League of Nations to be “buried in hell” and promised that if he had his way it would be “20,000 leagues under the sea.”

As the public protests in Korea continued to grow, the slavemasters were getting very, very nervous about their “league of nations” baby – that’s the world organization Wilson was tasked to SELL.

And so, in April 1919, from the British noble Sir Edward Grey ordered American Wilson “advisor” Colonel House, and he then ordered puppet President Wilson to have the ambassador to Japan (what a via, right?) be told that : “the consulate [in Seoul] should be extremely careful not to encourage any belief that the United States will assist the Korean nationalists in carrying out their plans and that it should not do anything which may cause Japanese authorities to suspect [the] American Government sympathizes with the Korean nationalist movement.

Japan violently suppressed the March First Movement, resulting in massacres and other atrocities. In one notable example, Japanese police herded the inhabitants of the village of Jeam-ri into a locked church before burning it to the ground, even shooting through the burning windows to ensure that no one made it out alive.

Wow, that’s incredibly vicious!!

The March 1st Movement then provided a catalytic momentum for the Korean Independence Movement. The ensuing suppression and hunting down of activists by the Japanese resulted in the expatriation of Korean leaders into Manchuria, Shanghai and other parts of China where they continued their activities. The Movement was a catalyst for the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai in April 1919, the Korean Liberation Army was also subsequently formed and allowed to operate in China by the Nationalist Government of China.

Syngman Rhee and Kim Kyu-shik in Shanghai 1935 approximately.

Interestingly enough, the March 1st Movement also sparked off waves of resistance all around the world, in India and many other countries.

Before the Japanese finally suppressed the movement 12 months later, approximately 2,000,000 Koreans had participated in the more than 1,500 demonstrations. About 7,000 people were killed by the Japanese police and soldiers, and 16,000 were wounded; 715 private houses, 47 churches, and 2 school buildings were destroyed by fire. Approximately 46,000 people were arrested, of whom some 10,000 were tried and convicted.

And true to its word, the United States remained silent.

Isn’t that just the most despicable and in total contradiction of the founding principles of our country, vicious betrayal of humanity you ever heard? Shame on Wilson, shame on him for bowing to these monsters.

You see, the Koreans didn’t know that America had been turned into Europe and Britain West. They still thought our Presidents were the shining examples of equality and freedom of mind, spirit and body that our first leaders were – like Thomas Jefferson.

They couldn’t believe this was really happening…so even though they were being violently suppressed by the Japanese starting in April, a delegation of overseas Koreans, from Japan, China, and Hawaii still somehow managed to make it to the Paris Peace Conference in June of 1919.

Included in this delegation, was a representative from the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai, a young Kim Kyu-sik (김규식).

Kim Kyu-sik

After considerable effort, Kim managed to arrange passage with members of the Chinese delegation to the peace conference, making the trip with a Chinese passport and under a Chinese name in order to evade the Japanese police. The Chinese, of course, were eager for the opportunity to embarrass Japan at the international forum, and several top Chinese leaders at the time, including Sun Yat-sen, told U.S. diplomats that the peace conference should take up the question of Korean independence. Beyond that, however, the Chinese, locked in a struggle against the Japanese themselves, could do little for Korea.

However the United States did not pay any substantial attention to them, and the delegation was blocked from official participation due to the status of Korea as a Japanese colony!

Summing up the March 1st Movement –

What started out peacefully, just like always was soon turned into something else that would actually lead to the suppression of the native Korean religions like Cheondogyo – you can bet that was no accident. After all was said and done it was Cheondogyo that was forced to go underground until 1945.

And it was the Catholics that took things towards violence – forming the Ulmindan (Righteous People’s Army, a movement for independence) that led to the end of what was a good movement.2

But the slavemasters were still very worried about all this rebellion against them around the world, and THAT is what sparked this tremendous scurrying around to get some front groups going – including so-called communist ones – to both parallel and corrupt any even possibility of further rebellion.

Especially Religious front groups.

And that brings us back around to Frank Buchman and now that you understand why he was there in China/Korea in 1919, we’re ready to see what happened next in Pyongyang, Northern Korea.

 

Pentecostalism Comes to Korea

1.3 Pyongyang and the ‘Jesus Church’ –
Part one – Discussion

Jumping ahead just a bit now just to illustrate what they began trying to control the opposition on exactly here in time, when choosing where to insert two planned black intelligence operations, in 1945 the OSS chose North Korea and particularly the Pyongyang area. They felt that it would be: “…the best place for OSS agents to operate.” They planned to land and create clandestine networks there operating under deep cover. (this was in 1945).

Since the OSS was predominantly Catholic, and now that you know the history of the infiltration of Korea using Catholicism, you get more of the meaning of that.

Why did they say that they chose this area?

A FEU report stated: “The most distinct group that could be relied upon to act wholeheartedly and patriotically in an anti-Japanese resistance movement would be the Christian element in North Korea.

As said by Colonel Carl Eifler – the original commander of OSS Detachment 101 in Burma. Napko involved creating a special OSS organization intentionally named generically as Field Experimental Unit or FEU.

That was an intelligence assessment, ladies and gentlemen, and for that to be stated so authoritatively almost thirty years after Buchman and Donovan both converged on Korea gives you some idea of just how much work went into creating that controlled opposition religious mind-set.

Interestingly enough, this is exactly where a young Yong Myung Moon would begin operating as a “Korean religious leader”.

 

Pentecostalism Comes to Korea

1.3 Pyongyang and the ‘Jesus Church’ –
Part Two – Pyongyang – the ‘Jerusalem of the East’.

On January 14, 1907, a group of Korean Christians and Western missionaries met in Pyongyang for a Bible study in a church on the outskirts of the city. Many of the Koreans (if not all) were actually part of the secret underground network of Cheondogyo (we’ll cover that in the next section). So, with that in mind, just imagine the scene there…

One by one, the men confessed their sins to each other– sins of racial prejudice, hate, anger, and jealousy.

“God” answered and revival broke out. In the ensuing months, thousands repented publicly, including elders of churches and foreign missionaries serving in Korea.

And out of that, they say, they think came the work of the Spirit that finally broke out as at Pentecost,” said Samuel H. Moffett, son of a missionary to Korea.

People walked hundreds of miles to attend revival meetings. Churches sprouted up everywhere.

In other words, the spiritual change was a repentance movement. Believers confessed their sins and were born again,said Pastor Han Hum Oak.

Thus began the Great Pyongyang Revival of 1907.

 – – –

Talking about the March 1st movement of 1919 again now, the next time we see such a concerted “religious” effort that was actually a form of intelligence, was when the Catholics formed the Ulmindan, thereby driving the independence movement towards war. A war with all the wrong people, but the subjugated and desperate Koreans erroneously viewed the perfidious Catholics as supporting them, generating an even larger shift to Catholicism, and again, away from their native religion.

What the history books don’t tell you is that far more people were actually in covert protest of this denigration, because remember what these Christians were like towards them.

As Frank Buchman said, or rather observed right here in 1919, that the Christians were viewed by the Asian people as displaying arrogant, condescending and know-it-all attitudes towards what they called “the heathens”.

The vast majority of Koreans viewed them as constantly trying to denigrate, change, and even outright destroy their local cultures.

Buchman also observed – and this was the part that really bothered him – that the so-called “communists” didn’t act that way at all towards these people.

Now that we know that what he was calling “communists” were really Cheondogyoists and covert Muists, I think you can guess where the slavemasters are going to go with this.

What is one of the single pivotal things that Buchman, with British slavemaster help, incorporated into the Oxford Group (later re-named Moral Re-Armament) ?

Public sharing or confession of sins.

 

By 1919, Buchman had organized his first “house­party,” a type of gathering which was to become a Buchmanite trademark. Activities ranged from Bible study and “quiet times” to bridge playing and golf. There were also voluntary general meetings in which attendees “shared,” confessing their “sins” and offering witness to the “change” in their lives caused by adherence to Buchman’s principles.

In 1918 [through 1921] he was back in China. His return to China was financed by Harry Blackstone of Los Angeles, and Buchman was accompanied by a team of his own choosing that included Dr. Harry Luce, father of one of the co-founders of Time magazine.3

When Buchman was requested by the British nobility to come to the Arms conference in Washington D.C. in November, 1921, this is when he got his debut or shove into the limelight by the British/Vatican slavemasters.

Buchman, while in D.C., worked out a sort of self-advertisement which you can see the whole “disarmament” influence on, in order to try and recruit people to his “cause”

Unless we deal with human nature thoroughly and drastically on a national scale, nations will follow their historic road to violence and destruction. You can plan a new world on paper, but you’ve got to build it out of people.

This is just another variation of blaming the people – when in fact it is the slavemasters that are the real war-mongers and killers.

hilarious portrayal of the slavemasters blaming war on the people - disarmament 1921

Buchman’s technique was polished up – he would put forth a public posture of moral probity and abstinence, and invite people to talk to him about their personal problems. But, he was after something in particular – he was after what he perceived as the person’s weakness.

He would probe for the specific topics or events in their lives on which they felt the most guilt, then he would persuade them that they could overcome their perceived weakness by confessing it to him.

And, of course, becoming a faithful follower.

He recruited many people using this technique, its important that you understand it because it would become the trademark of the later-named Moral Re-Armament which scientology’s Ron Hubbard followed closely on the heels of – tactic-wise. The only difference is that Buchman usually exclusively aimed at people of power and influence, whereas Hubbard usually hit “low” – referring to Miles Copeland’s degrading reference to the “common folk”.

By the time this whole system was fleshed out pretty much, starting in 1928 Buchman’s little flock then became known as the Oxford Group, and Buchman and his traveling salvation show were soon off on mission to rebellious (or influential on rebels) places such as China, Japan, Korea and South Africa.

He and his followers became very busy spreading his “gospel” in the very countries that the slavemasters were having rebellions struck against them.  The rebellions were justified completely, the people didn’t agree that they, their country, and their country’s assets belonged to the slavemasters by some “divine” right.

That’s why the introduction of religious front groups with new “twists” on things – they’re trying to figure out how to get those dang independent types under control.

And remember, it was born in Asia…

But in Korea they needed something that would also span the ‘low’ classes.

What to do…

Kim Yong-Bock (1981), a liberal Presbyterian theologian, characterized the whole recent history of Korea, in which Christianity has grown, as a battle between ‘messianic politics’ and ‘political messianism’. 5

In Pyongyang (and elsewhere in Korea) the first wave of late 1890’s missionaries tried to use the bible, particularly Romans 13:1, to keep the Koreans from revolting against the Japanese – if you can believe that twisted kind of betrayal.

As stated by the American board of the Presbyterian mission, the largest and most active missionary community in Korea –

“Loyal recognition is, I believe, the sound position. It is in accord with the example of Christ, who loyally submitted himself and advised His apostles to submit themselves to a far worse government than the Japanese, and it is in line with the teaching of Paul in Romans 13:1 (“Let every person render obedience to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except for God, and those in authority are divinely constituted.”)

A Presbyterian missionary named James Scarth Gale (who was one of the rather nasty bunch of missionaries who started trying to convert the “heathen” Koreans in 1897)  had a theory on how to trick the Koreans into “being Christian”:

For you ex-Moonies out there, see if you recognize anything here –

The Oriental mind, whether possessed by literati,or coolie, is cast in the same mind. They all think alike in figures, symbols, pictures. For this reason, I believe that allegory and suggestive literature have a special place with them.5

That is a rather key attitude that we’re about to see get put in action through a kind of combination of the above ideas, the MRA (Buchman) repentance/sharing of sins, plus a sort of horribly perverse form of Muism – ALL mixed up with some good ole American deep south Pentecostal Revivalism.

A church born from that rather toxic brew of ideas was a 10-year-old Yong Myung Moon’s first exposure to “religion” in the 1930’s.

The MRA aspect (then known as the Oxford group) being by then a formula of self-improvement by performing self-inventory, admitting wrongs, making amends, using prayer and meditation, and carrying the message to others.

How do I know there was already a strong MRA (Buchman) presence in Korea by the 1930’s?

Well, from a book about the United Church of Canada, where a Reverend Armstrong, who supervised the Korean mission from United Church headquarters in Toronto, visited Korea in the wake of the March 1st Movement of 1919. This is the same time that Frank Buchman was there on “mission” for the YMCA, and then by the time Armstrong visited Korea again in 1934 he was well enamored of the Buchman movement and raring to hook up with them in Korea.

Before his visit he had been enthusiastic about the merits of the Oxford Group Movement in helping “to quicken thousands of Christians in the Churches of Canada and send them out radiant and eager to share Christ with others…”
(The Cross in the Dark Valley by A. Hamish Ion; page 73)

But the local Canadian missionaries “did not share the same enthusiasm.” This did not deter Armstrong, he just shifted gears a bit, but he still was well on-board the Buchman British intelligence operation to try and get control of the Asian peoples and have them be anything but rebels on the order of the American Revolution.

Anything.

Heck, his people over in Japan (particularly rev. Price) that same year of 1934 were: hosting “house parties” characteristic of the Oxford movement, but by and large most Japanese Christians were quite critical of the Oxford Group Movement. (The Cross in the Dark Valley by A. Hamish Ion; page 46)

And it was just before this that we get a very key toxic-brew church appearing in Pyongyang – the Jesus Church – but what was it really? Did it start out that way?

All very good questions, and since it is so key to the role that Rev. Moon and his Mafia-Gang Drug Lord buddies would later play, I think I better spend a little time on that.

One thing to keep in mind here, is this code word of “communist”. For almost a hundred years by then, it had been used to degrade and stigmatize anyone who even vaguely followed in the path of the American Revolutionists.

One of the key Japanese mafia men, or Yakuza, that would launch Rev. Moon’s “movement” was Yoshio Kodama.

Per a CIA document 6 Yoshio Kodama is listed as a Rightist Leader in 1926, as opposed to Leftist which is where all those “communists” get labeled as being. The terms “right” and “left” as to politics come from the French Revolution (itself a sick parody of the American Revolution) where those who were for the King and Church ruling over everyone sat on the Right of the King, whereas those who were for the people and equality (more or less) sat on the Left of the King.

What this means is that those who want to ride roughshod over the rest of us, sit “above” us and profit off of us usually position themselves as anti “communist” – as defined as against any leveling resulting in their not being able to rule with such vicious impunity. You can see why they would be “anti” because such a thing happening – like in America – would tend to wreck all their delusions of grandeur.

The Document says that Yoshio was active in Bin Akao’s Kenkoku Kai (National Construction Society) which was formed in 1926 and was an ultrarightist nationalist group. Now, they weren’t nationalist in the sense that Americans were, they were nationalist in the sense of ruling, criminally, over their rather enslaved people, so really they were FASCISTS and DICTATORS.

This Kenkoku Kai organisation is said to have declared: “The Japanese people standing at the head of the coloured people, will bring the world a new civilization.

Tōyama Mitsuru (頭山満), of the Black Dragon Society (黒龍会) was appointed honorary chairperson of the Konkoku Kai.

Their paper Nippon Syugi was virulently anti-communist with slogans such as “Death to Communism, to Russian Bolshevism and to the Left parties and workers’ unions“.

The fact that they were against “bolshevism” is pretty much a dead giveaway as to who was actually yanking their chains. (See Red Bible post) The British and Vatican slavemasters, as usual.

So, meanwhile, over in Korea, remember what you learned about Muism and the vicious suppression that was being carried out against it?

Well, many Koreans didn’t take kindly to that, and along came a man named Yong-do Lee who was a Korean mystic – a shaman.

I suppose I should mention that when you see Christians talking about the Asian people’s “ancestor worship”, that is their misleading term, their own special little code for what was actually a belief in the immortality of the spirit, and that ergo just because someone died didn’t mean one couldn’t connect with them. Yes, many times it was charlatanism, but there were enough times when it wasn’t to have embedded a deep loyalty to that immortality did exist, as well as re-incarnation.

That was not something the Catholic Church wanted around – you can bet your bippy. It was a direct challenge to their false doctrine of one-life spirits that never existed before the birth of the body they inhabited, and who were delivered like packages to either heaven or hell where they never came back.

Key point – that.

So when you see them targeting supposed Korean “ancestor worship” they really meant Muism – which was NOT easily characterized as “ancestor worship” by any stretch of the imagination. That, of course, is why they mis-characterized it that way – deliberately leaving out what actually bothered them.

Now this Yong Do-Lee (1901-1933), he began specifically targeting the Christian congregations as not repenting properly, more or less, as well as for being so arrogant towards the Korean people.

Yong Do Lee

Meditation and prayer are the keys to the gate of mystical living.

What an interesting person this guy was.

His mysticism was oriental and Korean shamanistic in the sense that he accepted the idea of muh or “mu” and he also accepted the oracles of those who were possessed by a spirit.7

But what was different about him, why was he so popular, especially far more so than any Catholic or Christian missionary ever dreamed of being?

Well…

Quite simply, he was real. This man truly and without guile, deeply touched the hearts of the Korean people.

But it was also how he was trained.

On that note, we need to talk about who his mentors were, and the not very well known detail of that through them he was part of a secret underground organization.

Really?

Yessir.

A really interesting one too.

Earlier we touched on the history of the Donghak rebellion. But, to really understand the success of Yong Do Lee, we need to delve quite a bit deeper into that.

 

Pentecostalism Comes to Korea

1.3 Pyongyang and the ‘Jesus Church’ –
Part Three – The Secret Underground

When China suffered repeated defeat at the hands of the European powers in the 1850s, future Donghak creator Choe felt dread and foreboding that Korea would suffer the same fate.

Know what that “repeated defeat” he mentioned was actually about?

THE OPIUM WARS!!

You know, where the British/Vatican were pounding China for not allowing them to continue ruining their people with opium and “religion”. (see Why China? library article)

I wonder if Ch’oe knew that. I bet he did, come to think of it.

He thought for many years about this problem, what was being done to peoples and countries around the world, and when he had his enlightenment experience in 1860 he began studying and creating his spiritual plan – seeking no converts for the first year.

Yongdam-jeong, nestling sedately amidst the pristine forests and tumbling mountain streams of Mt. Gumi, is close to Su-un’s birthplace of Gyeongju. It was to this refuge that Su-un, disillusioned with the rapidly deteriorating political and social situation in his country, retreated with his family to restore his soul and undergo intense spiritual training.

This is where he was when he had his revelation.

Starting in 1861 or so, Ch’oe began wandering throughout Korea for around 3 years preaching his beliefs. He preached that God and man are the same once he understands chigi, the equality of all people.

Tonghak’s most prominent teaching centers on the belief that divinity resides within each individual, that each person is identified with the divine, and as a result of this exalted status, all human beings are considered equal, irrespective of their social standing, lineage, gender, age or education.

One could obtain divine virtue through self discipline and understanding the chigi, or pure force of the universe. Man could not be saved by only passively accepting “God” but through his own actions.

This revolutionary religious and social concept imbued a desperate people with a new sense of dignity, and with a corresponding compassion for their fellow humans and respect for all creation.

In the spring of 1861 he wrote On Propagating Virtue (P’odok Mun). He taught about the need to become a gentleman and sage through following the Way (the Mandate of Heaven). He described in detail the talisman given by the Lord (sangje): shaped like the Great Ultimate (t’aeguk, the symbol on the South Korean flag, the yin and Yang). 10

He also included popular shamanistic beliefs such as acknowledging mountain gods, spiritually conversing with one’s ancestors and chanting ordered word formulas. Some called these ‘magic’ due to that shamans increased their spiritual focus and therefore their healing and other spiritual abilities as a result.

These chants were not mindless sounds like the Buddhists, they were actual words, almost like lyrics and in some cases were actually put to music.

He believed in the immortality of the spirit, and that spirits can come again into new bodies, but was very much against the Christian idea that one had to die to experience “paradise” or Heaven.

One of his most central themes was that basically the heck with all this suffering and have to wait for “heaven” idea, we should be working to create a paradise on earth now through peace, moral virtue and the recognition of the true power in the universe – spiritual energy that is shared and also individual. All this he combined with reforming society and overcoming old, outdated customs (most of which were slavemaster feudalism ideas in the first place.)

He also lived a life consistent with his teaching of the innate dignity and equality of all humans. He freed his servants and returned them to their parents, adopted a young servant boy, and arranged for his son to marry the daughter of a former servant.

Since this is such a key, key figure in what was to come in Korea, including the later vast, secret underground network, let’s delve a little deeper into his story – starting with his description of how this all began.

[From the Ch’ondogyo kyongjon, pp. 6 – 17] 9

In April 1860 the whole world was in turmoil, and the hearts of the people turned evil. And a strange rumor spread in the world, saying:

“The Westerners cultivated high ethics, and there is nothing they cannot do. There is no one who can stand before their attacking military power, and even China is being destroyed.

That is a rather dry wit, I must say. The juxtoposition of “high ethics” with the fact that the West is running around attacking so many people and countries militarily does pose a stark contrast between what they say and what they do. Which when it comes to the slavemasters? That is 100 percent true.

To all of my feelings there seems no end. And as I was in fear and anxiety, I felt the terrible cold in my body. I then encountered the divine spirit, and, from within, I heard the revelatory voice. I looked, yet I could not see anyone; I listened, yet I could not hear. Therefore, I felt strange and mysterious. With attentive mind I asked:

“How is it so?”

God said:

“My mind is your mind. How could men know it? They may know Heaven and earth, but they know not the spirit.
Yet I am the spirit. Now you shall attain this eternal truth, cultivate it, write it, and teach it to all people. And you shall establish the law and publish it. Then you shall be immortal and shine all over the world.”

After meditating and reflecting upon this for almost a year, I came to realize the principle of the universe. Hence, I wrote the incantation and the law of communion with God and composed the song of wisdom. The heart of truth is contained in the Incantation of Twenty – One Letters.

This incantation that is chanted (often in unison) is a central part of the Eastern Way or Tonghak.

It reads:

The Ultimate Energy here and now,
I pray for its great descent.
Serving God,
I am transformed to follow the divine will.
Eternally not forgetting,
I become aware of all.

It was explained as follows:

  • The ‘Ultimate’ means nothing beyond;
  • the ‘Energy’ is spiritual, infinite, pervades  all  things, and directs all things. It is formless and, therefore, difficult to describe. It seems sometimes that one can hear it, but it is hardly visible. It is the ultimate, original, One Energy of the universe.
  • ‘Here and now’ means being initiated into the Way and coming in contact with the Ultimate Energy.
  • To ‘pray’ is to entreat.
  • ‘Great descent’ means participation in the Ultimate Energy.
  • ‘Serving’ means having the spirit within, experiencing the Ultimate Energy externally, and keeping what one  has  realized. ‘God’ must be venerated as one would serve one’s parents.
  • To ‘transform’ means change without self-conscious effort.
  • To ‘follow the divine will’ means incorporating God’s virtue and making up one’s mind.
  • ‘Eternal’ means one’s life span.
  • ‘Not forgetting’ means the constant preservation of thought.
  • ‘All’ means innumerable things.
  • ‘Becoming  aware’ indicates realizing the truth and receiving wisdom. Therefore, if you fully comprehend God’s virtue and never forget it, you shall attain union with the Ultimate Energy, and you shall attain the supreme holiness.

Cho’e said:

But the Westerners have no order in their words and no pure concern for God. They pray really for their flesh, and they have no effective God. In their doctrine there is no real teaching of God. They have form, but no substance. They seem to think,  but they have no incantation. Their way is vain, and their doctrine does not really deal with God. Thus, how can one say that there is no difference between our way and their way?”

Couldn’t have said it better myself, especially when you factor in that he is not referring to a “God” in the sense of some single massive spirit that is described in Christianity. He has a different meaning there.

From a question and answer recorded –

They asked:

“If God’s mind is man’s mind, why is it that good and evil coexist?”

I said:

“Although it is said that one’s nobility and baseness, one’s joy and suffering, are predestined, actually the virtue of the superior person is in harmony with the virtue of the universe because of his righteous mind and conduct, but the petty individual is in conflict with the will of the universe because of his unrighteous mind and conduct. Isn’t this really the principle of rise and fall?”
[Translated by Yong Choon Kim] 9

Doesn’t get any simpler than that, now does it.

Donghak/Cheondoism venerates the spiritual power, the “Hanul” or whole universe in and around all Life and Matter, plus the honorific term Hanulnim (하늘님) or “Divine Master” representing the spiritual individual in ALL of us as the ultimate principle of good and justice. It directly points out that man and things are not created by a supernatural (out of nature) One God, but generated by a “God” that is inner in things.

A very important point is the teaching that all things are the same in terms of their innate quality.

This is equality, very eloquently put and quite close to what Thomas Jefferson was attempting to convey in America’s founding documents.

You can see the problem this would immediately create. It threatens both feudalistic slavemaster two-class systems and the “I’m the best spirit” God of Christianity – which the slavemasters would then impart to themselves as superior by virtue of their alleged channeling line to God that only THEY were allowed to have.

Within only 3 short years from when he first started talking to the Korean people about their rights and what is wrong with structure of Korean Society and Christianity, government officials arrested him, charging him with heresy (i.e., Catholicism) and insurrection intentions.

You’ll notice that one of the things that he was charged with was, of all things, being Catholic, when nothing could be further from the truth. He was highly critical of Catholicism (and all Christianity spin offs as well). Put more specifically, he referred to Catholicism as an error.

An excellent way to put it, if I do say so myself.

Ch’eo provided Korea with a spiritual teaching but government officials feared – with a little “helpful’ whispering-in-the-ear from the slavemasters – that his religious movement presented the threat of a popular uprising against their unbridled corruption.

And so…the throne approved his execution, which took place by public beheading in 1864.

He had elected a replacement before he died, Cho’e Sihyeong, and he continued and took the entire movement underground for the next 30 years.

– – –

Jeon Bong Jun, the man who would lead the Donghak rebellion that would reverberate all the way to the highest slavemasters hall, was only 10 when his father was executed in 1864 as part of leading a revolt led by Choe. He is also referred to in literature as Chong Pongjun. (the naming translations often vary)

The young Jeon was highly motivated to continue the dream of social equality and reform, as you might imagine, so it should come as no surprise to you that as soon as he was old enough, Choe Sihyeong mentored him and introduced him to Donghak.

He was called Mung Bean because he was short – as in just like the mung bean, short but sturdy enough to grow in the worst possible environment.

By 1885 (age 30) he had risen to overseeing the Gobu district in North Jeolla Province.While there, he opened a private academy and an Oriental medicine clinic in Gobu to serve the community, and it is thought that he was instrumental in helping to get the works of Che’o Je-u put into two volumes, The Bible of the Donghak Doctrine (in Korean-Chinese, 1880) and The Hymns of Dragon Lake (in Korean, 1881).

As I said earlier, the Ch’eo movement had gone underground and the slavemasters feared the size and power the movement had gained and wanted to prompt them into the open.

This was a controlled opposition operation in the sense that the Japanese had been armed with American-made weaponry as ordered behind-the-scenes by the British and Vatican slavemasters, and then the Japanese (certain factions) were then prompted to “take over” the Korean government in 1894.

I think that Ch’eo, Choe’s successor, sensed that and this explains his initial reluctance reluctant to support the uprising led by Jeon begun in 1894. (Note: the Ch’eo and Choe names are apparently interchangeable, which makes things a tad confusing)

It started when Jeon Bong Jun and other farmers pleaded with a Local magistrate of Jeolla Province to lift the heavy (and some say illegal) taxes and to return extorted property taken from people accused of unsubstantiated crimes – basically he literally framed anyone who opposed him.

Shorter than average man, Jeon more than made up his short stature with exceptional courage and charisma. He emboldened farmers and local residents to mount an assault against the corrupt mayor, freeing the unfairly imprisoned and distributing food to the poor.

Then on February 10, 1894 he raided a government office in Gobu with some 1,000 farmers and Donghak followers. The attack was to punish the Gobu mayor, and they threatened to punish him and other corrupt officials if they did not cease all corruption.

Following the revolt, the royal court appointed a new mayor and offered immunity to the peasants if they went back to their previous lives.

Back to work slave
sayeth your master

But the official sent by the central government to supposedly repair the damage had a whole other reason, or task that his master had set him upon. He began locking up innocent people during his crackdown on rebellion instigators and participants, reigniting the people’s wrath.

Under the slogan “Bogukanmin,” meaning that the people are the foundation of a nation and the nation would fall if the foundation were weak, on April 28th 1894 Jeon sent out notices to other Donghak leaders around the country to rise up with him. Rising to the call, roughly 13,000 people gathered for the revolt in Gobu on May 4, 1894.

Jeon wrote a statement informing people of the reason behind the uprising, and set up four overarching rules, including “don’t kill people and don’t destroy properties,” before charging ahead. Jeon’s army of peasants overwhelmed nearby cities and took over Jeonju in just one month since the start of rebellion. His reputation as a bold leader spread just as fast, compelling the central government to ask for help from the Qing court.

Jeon’s Donghak rebel forces grew exponentially, numbering in the thousands by the time the now Now General Jeon began leading them northward, and now Ch’oe agreed to support the rebellion.

The Japanese army sneaked in under the pretext of “balancing the power” with the Chinese. If you know your history, you know that means the British are totally involved in this – see: Origin of the term “Balance of Power”

Now threatened on two fronts, Jeon stated that his forces would withdraw from Jeonju if the government accepted his reform plan, which included punishment for corrupt officials, freedom for slaves, and fair distribution of land. Not wanting further bloodshed, the government agreed to a peace treaty with Jeon on May 7.

Twelve Reforms Proclaimed by the Tonghak Overseer’s Office
[From the Tonghaksa, pp.126 – 127; Translated by Han-Kyo Kim9 ]

  • 1 – The ill will that has long persisted between Tonghak believers and the government shall be eradicated. There should be cooperation in all aspects of governance.
  • 2 – Crimes committed by greedy and corrupt officials shall be investigated and severely punished.
  • 3 – The wrongdoers among the rich and powerful shall be severely punished.
  • 4 – The wicked among the Confucian literati and the yangban class shall be ordered to mend their ways.
  • 5 – Slave registry documents shall be burned.
  • 6 – There shall be improvements in the treatment of the seven classes of lowborn (ilban ch’onin) and butchers shall no longer be required to wear the Pyongyang hat.
  • 7  A young widow shall be allowed to remarry.
  • 8 – Improper levies of sundry taxes shall be completely terminated.
  • 9 – In recruiting officials, regionalism shall be eliminated, and talented persons shall be appointed irrespective of their birthplace.
  • 10 – Persons who are in league with foreign enemies shall be severely punished.
  • 11 – All past debts, private or public, shall be declared null and void.
  • 12 – Farmland shall be equitably redistributed for cultivation.

But the agreement was not honored.

In July, the Japanese army invaded the royal palace of Gyeongbok Palace, allowing Japan to meddle in the internal affairs of Joseon. This was the beginning of what is called the First Sino-Japanese War – Sino means China.

Enraged at Japan’s blatant attempt to occupy his homeland, after the harvests were in Jeon reiterated the people’s grievances against misgovernment and corruptiononce and once again led an army of 12,000 farmers against the Japanese invaders.

The army grew and grew along the way until reaching the city of Kongju, where the now combined forces totalled close to 100,000 Koreans under Jeon’s command.

On 8 December, 1864, trying to win over the Korean men of the Royal Army, a declaration alleged to have been penned by Jeon himself, was read out in a last appeal to his fellow Koreans to unite against the western Foreign Aggressors who were using the Japanese to take control of their country.

The parallels to the original “demand” letter to the King of England by the American patriots – just prior to the start of the actual battles of the revolution – are quite astounding.

Just one quote –

“United in our purpose and in accordance with the will of the people everywhere, we now arise in righteous rebellion and pledge our lives to the strengthening of the nation and the protection of the people.”

The battle ended in a crippling defeat largely due to the British and American better trained and equipped Japanese forces who literally mowed them down – much like the scene at the end of the movie The Last Samurai.

 

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Japanese forces pursued the retreating rebel troops, forcing Jeon to disband his army and go into hiding, as did the Northern leaders Choe Sihyeong and Son Byeongheui.

Jeon was on his way to visit another rebel leader in the Honam region when a turncoat follower led government forces to capture him on December 2nd.

He was tortured and interrogated.

A captured Jeon (center)
He is being carried because both his legs were broken.

Jeon was executed in 1895.

There is a record of his interrogation, and his own words revealed the true depth of the Korean people’s frustration and anger throughout the country that extended FAR BEYOND the areas affected by the uprising.

As you can imagine, this terrified the powers that be.

The desire to squelch the movement continued, while at the same time a parallel movement was started to try and channel the followers into a corrupted direction away from what the original leader, Che’o was teaching. I’ll get to that in a minute.

The current leader though (and his right-hand man Son) were Public Enemies #1, and over the next 3 years the pursuit of them was particularly unrelenting (and smacked of desperation).

In January 1898, Choe and Son Byeongheui escaped arrest because Kim Yeonguk had been misidentified for Choe Sihyeong. But, by April 1898, however, Choe was finally captured and put on trial. Because the government wished to execute Choe before he died of disease, the trials were speedily done.

Choe Sihyeong in captivity

Son Byeongheui and a group of other believers attempted to free Choe by bribing the judges with land, but Choe was executed after only a month and his head was put on display at one of Seoul’s main city gates.10

He was buried in the cemetery with a small marker saying ‘Donghak Ringleader Choe Sihyeong’. That night, Son Byeongheui and the others secretly entered the cemetery and took Choe’s body. Choe was reburied in Gwangju.8

Son Byeong-hui, now the third leader of of the Donghak movement, assumed leadership. He developed a secret, underground cell organization to avoid persecution and the movement continued to grow. Son continued to locate the center of Donghak operations in northern Korea.10

Note: In 1905, when Son Byeong-hui was forced by the Japanese to rename (and pretend to restructure) the Donghak Movement, he chose the name Cheondogyo. Translated literally it means “religion of the Heavenly Way”, where cheon means “Heaven”, do means “Way” (written with the same character as Chinese Tao), and gyo means “religion”, “teaching”, “-ism”.

Although the Donghak revolution technically failed, an unstoppable change was set into motion as a result of the peasants’ now enlightened state about democracy, the need for expulsion of foreign influences and putting an end to feudalism. It was THIS that propelled Korea into the 20th century, not the actions of the British and Vatican slavemasters.

But then that’s why the slavemasters wanted to stop it – way too much like what happened in America.

I read somewhere that President Theodore Roosevelt closed the American legation in Seoul, and one year later he even had the word “Korea” deleted from the U.S. government’s Record of Foreign Relations and placed all Korean files under the heading “Japan” – if that’s true? Then it sure shows some serious annoyance.

And FEAR.

Not nearly the flippant and ever so casual rhetoric of ‘oh, they’re just peasants, no matter‘ that was being squawked around by the press.

Although the result that the slavemasters wanted, psychotic Japanese dictators squashing Korea (often done so that the slavemasters look “good” by comparison) for the next 50 years, had happened, they were still worried. So, literally that same year of 1894 they began taking other covert actions, starting with a parallel movement by recruited agent Ilsun Sah-ok, better known as SangJeNim.

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As a reminder, we’re still in this section –

Pentecostalism Comes to Korea

1.3 Pyongyang and the ‘Jesus Church’ –
Part Three – The Secret Underground

And we are about to start addressing some of the opposition moves against the Donghak, starting with Kang Il-Sun and also getting into Pentecostalism’s role in counter-intelligence, and come back around to Yong Do Lee.

Let’s get started.

 

Counter Intelligence Religious Movements in Korea

There are various, what I believe to be manufactured histories as to this Kang Ilsun’s supposed “enlightenment”, but the inescapable bottom line is that he was an cowardly opportunist who showed up just before the revolutionists were defeated and the leaders of the Donghak movement had gone underground.

He followed the rabble army from its starting point near his home as far as Ch’ongju, without taking part in the fighting. Heck, it may have even been him that helped contribute to the later betrayal and capture of Cho’e, the 2nd leader of the Donghak.

I think he was both an agent provocateur and a parallelling agent, vis-a-vis when he later designs a movement trying to attract out any hidden Donghak followers.

In the year 1896, as part of his “ferreting out” hidden Donghak followers task, he was introduced by British/Catholic agents to the study of occult magic – supposedly things such as calling rain and hail and transforming his own body into something else.

Now twenty-six years old, he set off for the next three years wandering about the country, seeking out famous magicians. It was during this time that he began imitating (or trying to) real shamans using the tactics of magicians – which is not the same thing at all. He began to portray himself as a prophet, spiritual healer, and thaumaturge, all through sleight-of-hand, planted “I’m Cured” people, etc.

You can just imagine where he was really learning those tricks from, because the same type of thing was then being introduced in Britain, Europe, and America to attract out their possible “communist” rebels and to see if there were any other powerful beings like Presidents Jefferson and Jackson, etc. etc. lurking around or having been born.

Just ONE of those is such a problem for them, you see. Just one.

Heck, Kang Il-sun, even said that he did all this wandering (in all the areas of the Donghak movement) in order to “gain a correct comprehension of the social reality.” In other words, he was assessing the situation from an intelligence action view.

In the autumn of 1900, aged twenty-nine, Ilsun (aka Kang) had run into the first wave of “evangelists” that had been sent into Korea, and he tried to combine that with dramatic “I’m possessed” routines – a la pentecostalism – when he returned to Cholla to live at Kaengmang-ni. He walked around the hills behind the village, crying aloud day and night in his quest for spiritual power. People thought he was crazy, and deliberately avoided him.

That wasn’t working, in other words. In May of 1901, fellow agent Kim Hyongyol was sent in to get things going organizationally. Kim was from the village of Haun-dong near Chonju (in the present Kumsan township) and had also been “observing” the Donghak rebels with Kang at Ch’ong- ju during the Tonghak rising.

He picked up Kang and brought him to his house in Haun-dong, which soon became the center of the new cult. One of the giveaways here is that the teachings these two devised were FAR too much following Catholic/Christian propaganda. For example, he portrayed himself as the incarnation of the Lord God who rules with the Triune God – aka the Holy Trinity of the Catholics. Then, in an eerily similar fashion as combined Okhrana/British intelligence agent Helena Blavatsky had just been engaged upon in America and then India (trying to investigate and control the rebellions there that had been sparked off) he also started combining other elements.

For example, that he “came from heaven to fulfill both the Buddhist prophecy of the coming Maitreya and the Christian prophecy of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.” plus threw in Catholic-manufactured Confucianism and Taoism.

Sound familiar? As you can see, the later New Age movement ain’t “new” at all – it’s the same damn controlled opposition activity as ever.

But the real connection to counter-intelligence against the very real spiritual abilities of the true shamans shows up in one very important addition.

He altered Cheo’s 21 word chant, changing its purpose to bringing kangsin or kangnyong, ‘descent of spirits’, as in actual possession. But it was what they did, the “act” they implemented, that was exactly like Pentecostalism, just then getting off the ground.

They taught that this ‘descent of spirits’ was signalized by ecstasy and trembling, and that it was THIS KIND of spiritual possession that brought on all the spiritual abilities ie: healing the sick, kaean, ‘opening of the eyes’ (by which spirits and distant things could be seen) and ibo ‘aural rapport’ (by which divine intimations could be heard). In Buddhism kaean means spiritual awakening to buddhahood; in Kang’s teaching it meant insight into the objective world and knowledge of the past and future.

That is a tremendous perversion of what the Donghak movement taught, and that was the point. In scientology, those in the know call it the bridge to nowhere and that’s what this was.

But what this means is that the “possessed” Korean holy roller show was now born for the first time.

It didn’t work though.

In the summer of 1901 he went off somewhere, later telling a story that he went to Taewon-sa, a monastery on Moak mountain near Chonju.

Taewon-sa or Daewon-sa, is located near Sinjon, not far from Seoul.

 

This one reminds me of Easter Island statues.

 

So, that’s where he was when allegedly on 18 August 1901 –

…nine days after he began a course of prayer and meditation, he was suddenly enlightened during a violent rainstorm, and was freed from avarice, lust, anger and ignorance. Enlightenment brought him divine powers; perfect knowledge of all things, both spiritual and material; and clairvoyance with understanding of astronomical principles. He could call forth wind and rain, make himself invisible, perform all magic acts, and even usher in the age to come by correcting the courses of the heavenly bodies.14

Just a little over the top, wouldn’t you say?

When he got back, he put on a show where he fasted for nine days in an unheated room during the coldest winter weather, claiming that he was exercising his divine powers.

No one believed in him or accepted his new doctrines, but undeterred, The Kang Traveling Road Show did fool some people who became “believers”.

He told people the story that “working in invisible realms, he defeated all evils, opened the Great Gate of Spirituality, and began the work of reconstructing heaven and earth” and that a new world would arise in the relatively near future.

Not only is this PR-positioning himself as a “messiah” even to use such an obvious charlatan to say similar things as the first leader of Donghak did is actually a degrading positioning of Che’o principles. Something that would be done more than once, as you will see.

But he also told another story that even more reveals what he is really up to.

Kang Il-sun claimed that he had been the supreme lord with absolute authority in heaven and that Mateo Ricci (1552-1610) in China with all the divine saints, the Buddha, and Bodhisattvas pleaded all the misfortunes in the human and divine realm to the ninth heaven. So he descended to the Canopy Tower in the Country of Great Laws (France) and wandered about the three realms to stop in an Eastern land. He stayed in the statue of Maitreya Buddha at Kumsan-sa in Mt. Moak for thirty years, bestowing on Ch’oe Che-u the heavenly mandate and divine directions to establish the great Way. However, Ch’oe Che-u, confined within the Confucian tradition, failed to manifest the true law and to illuminate the true light of the great Way; hence, Kang Il-sun withdrew the heavenly mandate and divine direction in 1864 and descended to the world in 1871.14

Now, besides that he specifically brings up Mateo Ricci and how Kang answered Ricci’s pleas and “came down” (spiritually only) to France…he says that while he’s living as a spirit in a statue he says that it is him that is the source of Donghak because he told Ch’oe what to do, but you know, that Ch’oe, he messed it all up and that’s why Kang is now here incarnated.

Now, is that about a perfect parallel op to derail Donghak or what? Not to mention that Kang came up with this just after he was doing all that “social” surveying for 4 years, but hell, this story is almost as good as L. Ron Hubbard saying he was the Maitteya.

Wow.

Here’s the temple Kang is trying to say he lived in at statue at for 30 years and talked to Ch’eo – only Ch’eo never went to this temple, but hey, let’s not sweat the details, right? Sarcastically speaking…

1960 Photo of Kumsan-sa

Geumsan-sa [금산사, 金山寺, Golden-Mountain Temple] It is located on the western slope of Mt. Moak-san, quite renowned for its mystical spiritual qualities in Korean culture; a western orientation is very rare in Korean temples. Despite “legends” put out about it, it’s really only around 500 years old, if even that.

This is one of the oldest structures.

Current structures were built much later than that, such as this –

 

Here’s the giant statues Kang says he “inhabited” one of for 30 years –

But besides all that, these are really interesting –

The ordination platform

Nine Dragons, an ancient Buddhist guardian-motif, encircle the first finial.

Ok, so besides storytelling, Kang began recruiting. Guess where he focused on from 1902 to 1909?

The seven districts where the Tonghak rebellion had been most active.
(Chonju, T’aein, Chongup, Kobu, Puan, Sunch’ang, Hamyol).14

How’s that for an obvious counter-intelligence assignment?

And lo and behold, what else do we see showing up in Son Byeung-hui’s general Donghak stronghold area? We see a Canadian (which means it’s British intelligence back of it somewhere) named Dr. Robert A. Hardie show up and start arranging a Holy Spirit movement (public confession and repentance) at Wonson in 1903.

The first underpinnings of Pentecostalism arrive.

The Pentecostalist Americans tried to come too but just a year later, at the beginning of the Japanese Russian War of 1904, any American missionaries were initially confined to Pyongyang by government order.

This is about when the center of Kang’s activities became the vicinity of Mt. Moak, where Taewon-sa temple was and where he had opened his herbal drugstore. His followers were mostly the peasants of North Cholla province who participated in the Tonghak rebellion and others of low social class.

At first Kang gave his creed no formal name, but referred to it as ‘the sublime way (muguk-taedo) unparalleled in history’.  He did start calling himself Chungsan, so technically you could call what he was teaching Chungsan-gyo, but it wasn’t until after his death, when his concubine Ko succeeded him, the names Taeul-gyo, ‘teaching of the primordial monad’, and Sondo-gyo, ‘teaching of the way of immortals’, were adopted.

By the way, Cholla is also called Jeolla, the capital is Jeonju. That’s where General Jeon had been an overseer before he began leading the Donghak rebellion.

You would expect the actual leader this Kang guy is trying to parallel would show up somewhere in here time-wise, and so he did.

In 1905, Son Byeong-hui, the 2nd leader of Donghak, re-appears and does his pretty stunning mis-directional maneuver of renaming (and pretending to restructure) the Donghak Movement to Cheondogyo.

Son and his followers began to “out” Kang as the charlatan that he was (although he probably never knew it was them), for practicing medicine combined with incantations, imposition of hands, and the application of paper charms, all of which was readily accepted as the exercise of divine therapeutic powers. Those who believed they had been healed joined the new religion and acknowledged Kang as divine. They became his missionaries. They said he foretold deaths and misfortunes, the quality of harvests and the course of events. It was claimed that he could control the weather and even empower others to halt the rising sun; that a pillar of cloud stood by his house; the rain never wet him and mud never soiled his shoes. His followers increased as this miraculous reputation spread.

Too bad it was a total sham, and that’s exactly what Kang began being called, particularly with the nickname Human’i-gyo, after humch’i, the first two syllables of his principal mantra. The name was derogatory, for Humch’i was also a pun on a Korean word meaning ‘theft’.

The following year, 1906, Pentecostalism really strenuously began being pushed in Korea as a counter-move right after the Cheondogyo movement had been re-organized. This is also what Kang is paralleling and will do so even more now. (note: Pentecostalism would be in China in 1907 and Japan in 1913.)

A number of interesting things show up right at this point.

For example, in the autumn of 1906, the threat of Russian invasion had passed, but the Japanese did not withdraw. This caused anxiety amongst Korea’s oppressed people who were constantly being fought over by Japan or China.

At the same time a number of young Korean Christians returned from America and caused problems with their true stories of American corruption. America, following Britain’s examplehastened to recognise Japan’s control’ which caused an anti-American sentiment to sweep over the land.

Get that?

Britain was backing the oppression of the Koreans

and making America and puppet-President Wilson follow along.

 

That is how big a deal that Donghak rebellion was. They were still worried about it!

Not only were the British/Vatican interests backing these war conditions so they could get their World War I going and try and sneak in their League of Nations plan, but they were also backing getting these Pentecostalist “repent” revivals going in all the countries where their interests were threatened, including America, so they were using their American sycophants to help.

For example, in September 1906, Dr. Howard Agnew Johnston, of New York, whilst in Seoul, Korea, informed a group of missionaries (and Korean Christians) about the 1905-1906 Khasi Hills Revival in India. Dr. Robert A. Hardie, who had done the previous Wonson revival, was then invited to lead them in a new revival plan. (see 1907)

Picking up on another Pentecostal precept, somewhere right around this time is when Kang began speaking in incomprehensible words. Most Koreans treated him as mad, but others took it as proof of his extraordinary religious powers – with a little prompting I’m sure, since that’s exactly what Pentecostalism teaches.

Everyone missed the point though – this was a counter intelligence operation, a special kind of faking.

That speaking in “tongues” was a variation on something very important, something that had just gotten going in America, England, and Europe.

You know – Pentecostalism.

I’d say that a little background about it is in order at this point I think. Yea?

Ok.

Classical pentecostalism was first introduced in the early dawn of the twentieth century by Holiness evangelist Charles Fox Parham (1873-1929) who advocated that xenolalic tongues are the proof of Spirit baptism. Xenolalic tongues means speaking in languages which the individual has not learned.

Charles Fox Parham

Agnes Ozman first received the Holy Ghost on 1 January 1901, and Charles Parham quickly identified her speaking in tongues as “Chinese” (Blumhofer 83). Parham became increasingly convinced that Spirit-filled tongues were always identifiable human languages and were given expressly for the final evangelization of the world before Christ’s return.

Parham, center front, 1905 at Bryan Hall revival.

This speaking in tongues and “becoming filled with the holy spirit” doctrine gave birth to the Azusa revival (1906) through his student William Joseph Seymour (1870-1922) and further to the organization of the American Assemblies of God (formed in Hot Springs, Arkansas 1914). Korean classical pentecostalism is related to this lineage.12

It was under Seymour’s leadership that Pentecostalism becomes global 13 (1906-1909)

Do notice how that correlates exactly with what is going on in 1906 in Korea and India, that we just covered, and it was in 1907 that Pentecostal missionaries became active in China. The McIntoshes and the Garrs from Azusa Street were among the first.15

And it was under him that Mary C. Rumsey – who later came to Korea in 1928 – received the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the Azusa Street revival meeting in 1906. She experienced tongues-speaking in 1907 and received God’s call to be a missionary to Korea. Trained to do that and graduated in 1907.

 

William Seymour

This is what it often looked like at the “revivals” –

Tent Revival

Oral Roberts – 1948

Now, do you remember in the last section where I told you about the night of 7 January, 1907 when Korean spiritual leaders called on 1500 Koreans to all pray aloud together?

The Korean Leaders – 1907

Well, what had been going on prior to that for the first 5 days was very similar to what Kang and the Pentecostal evangelical westerners were pushing ie: confessions of sins, weeping and trembling.

Which sounds a whole lot like what was going on in America, and still goes on in Korea today.

But then something else was made to happen on Monday night 7 January, 1907. The real star of this event were the 1500 Koreans enacting actual Muist/Cheondogyo techniques. I believe they simply intermixed the above Pentecostal techniques that they knew the Westerners wanted to see.

Rev. Graham Lee (center)

William Swallen, Graham Lee and Samuel A. Moffett in 1907

 

Rev. Lee gave a short sermon that night, and then started to lead the group in prayer…but was overcome by what happened next.

… the whole audience began to pray out loud, all together. The effect was indescribable.

Not a confusion, but a vast harmony of sound and spirit, a mingling together of souls moved by an irresistible impulse to prayer. It sounded to me like the falling of many waters, an ocean of prayer beating against God’s throne… As the prayer continued, a spirit of heaviness and sorrow came upon the audience. Over on one side, someone began to weep and, in a moment, the whole congregation was weeping… Man after man would rise, confess his sin, break down and weep, and then throw himself on the floor and beat the floor with his fists in a perfect agony of conviction.

The Korean leaders chose to present this oneness, this unification of the Korean people and the most interesting part of the result is that the missionaries were forced to allow it to become a permanent feature of Korean evangeliclism. A new form of prayer – audible prayer in unison called tongsung kido.

So after seeing that?

Well, by comparison out little counter-intelligence faker Kang was just shown up to be way out of his league and off-his-rocker to boot, with what he was doing. He wasn’t getting him any closer to infiltration of the secret Donghak network.Therefore, he was reigned in by Ch’a Kyongsok in July 1907.

You know, time for a little PR overhaul.

Ch’a lived at Taehung-ni, in Ibam township, near Chongup, and he took Kang to his house to work on him. Kang began to dress normally, devoting himself more assiduously to planning his part in the coming new creation, whereby his teachings would unite all the world’s governments into one (sin segyo chohwa chongbu).

Accompanied by small groups, he travelled about North Cholla, preparing his great work, teaching new followers, and occasionally holding training sessions for larger groups that lasted several days at a time.

He was regarded with suspicion as one who misled the common people with occult practices. I can just imagine who passed that on to the Japanese local officials, who then started keeping a careful watch on him in case he fomented rebellion.

On January 28,1908, when he met with 20 followers at one house, the Japanese gendarmerie arrested them on suspicion of raising a group of uibyong (loyalist volunteers). The others were released after fifteen days, but Kang was detained for more than forty days.

This was then used to disabuse most of his followers, who, unable to square his pretensions about reorganizing creation with his inability to avoid his misfortune, decided he was a fraud and left him.

After this, even his more loyal and enthusiastic supporters began to express doubts and complaints. Taesun chon’gyong tells how Sin Wonil, one of the twenty-four chief disciples, said to him: “You have been working for the establishment of paradise on earth for a long time, but nothing has happened. Your followers are racked with doubt, and the world at large is scoffing. We beg you to found the earthly paradise at once, and restore our reputation.

The answer Kang gave is just classic. It could be Scientology, it could be the Unification Church or any number of other later similar counter intelligence religious groups saying the same damn slippy ridiculous answer as to why their claims don’t work either.

Kang replied: “Human affairs depend on opportunity, heavenly affairs on due proportion; and my work requires both human opportunity and heavenly proportion. If I were to abandon this principle and try to hasten matters, I should bring disaster on the world and death to millions. So I cannot do what you ask.”11

His disciples’ relations complained that he was deceiving people and ruining happy homes. Meanwhile, strict surveillance by the justices brought his activity virtually to a standstill. He was in his thirty-eighth year when he died suddenly on August 14 (24th of the 6th moon) 1909. It is reported that very few of his disciples accompanied Ch’a Kyongsok and Kim Hyongyol to the funeral. They were afraid of being laughed at.11

Sounds to me like this turned out to be a kind of  “feel out your enemy” intelligence windfall for the secret organization of Son Byeong-hui. Now they knew what the Japanese were told to watch for, and how they dealt with it.

After his death, Lady Ko, then known as Tae-mo-nim (Holy Mother), performed her own holy roller show to gain control of the movement. On November 9, 1911 she suddenly fainted during a ceremony commemorating his birthday. When she recovered, her speech and behavior were strangely altered. She claimed that his ‘holy spirit’ (songnyong) had invested her.

She assumed the task of propagating the faith. She altered the chant that Che’o had originally taught into the “new” T’aeulju mantra, but she still tried to sell it as bringing the same result, ie: that it “provided a lifeline to the enlightening and healing energy” but she added in some serious Catholic twists of that heaven was now defined as the “womb” of the universe.

What most people are unaware of is that the shamans of the Donghak movement would also train to learn to work in tandem with what I call their body partners, in a series of slow and controlled movements that coordinate the twin spirits and their energies, and when sped up were quite deadly in battle. The Korean word for it was tai chi. It’s a beautiful subject, despite all the efforts to annihilate it there do still exist people here and there who know its actual meaning and practice. A very few.

This Ko woman was not one of those. She basically “aquired” that knowledge through questionable means, did not truly understand it and of course altered it, but she began using what she did have to draw in followers. Compared to a real shaman, this woman would look pathetic, but to those who had never seen a real one? I’m sure she looked rather impressive.

Along with the mantra, she also taught a set of 16 tai chi movements (slow, controlled, and synchronized with the breath) that correspond to the sound symbols of the mantra. The movements are believed to activate the healing energy (chi) from the universe and to expel the toxic energies from the body. Each movement is also correlated to the function of one or more internal organs.

By 1914 she was recognized as head of the sect in succession to the founder. Ch’a Kyongsok and Kim Hyongyol were among the prime movers in the missionary movement that was now started under the name of T’aeul-gyo or Sondo-gyo. Numbers grew rapidly, but political in-fighting between Ko, Ch’a Kyongsok and Kim Hyongyol led to a schism.

By 1922, Ch’a had created his own sect and registered it with the Government-General of Chosen as Poch’ongyo, ‘doctrine of universal Heaven’.

Kim Hyongyol followed Ko at first but then he broke from both of them and took up with Chungsan’s first wife, Chong, whom he taught to recite mantras that would attract Chung- san’s spirit to enter her. This project came to nothing because Chong was mentally deranged. Kim Hyongyol then went for a time to Kumgang-dae on Moak mountain to perform spiritual exercises so that he himself should receive the spirit.

Now, here’s the problem, the source that translated whatever this is as Kumgang-dae on Moak mountain appears to have made a boo-boo, because as far as I can tell that would be impossible.

I’ll show you why.

Kim’s boss, Kang Il-sun was from the area of where Mount Moak is. Other translations have him going to two different temples in the general area of the Moak mountains. The first comes from that supposed legend where, as a spirit only, he inhabited a statue of Buddha at Kumsan-sa in Mt. Moak for thirty years.14 The second is the Taewon-sa temple that he visited as Kang.

They both go by one or two names; Kumsan-sa or Geumsan-sa and Taewon-sa or Daewon-sa, depending on whose translation you use. They are way far apart but yet are both referred to (even now) as Moak range.

Red marker in the below map is where the Kumsan-sa or Geumsn-sa temple is, arrow is where the Taewon-sa temple is.

Our reference says that “Kim Hyongyol then went for a time to Kumgang-dae on Moak mountain.” The problem here is that name Kumgang is a completely different mountain range, it’s in North Korea (not south like the other two temples) and it is the second highest mountain in Korea.

Kumgang = Diamond Mountain dae = greatness

It’s nowhere near “Moak mountain”.

Here’s where Kumgang is – It’s much further north and literally on the other side of the peninsula of Korea.

With its 12,000 peaks Mt. Kumgang is located at the east coast of Korea, south of Wonsan, and not far from the demarcation line between North and South Korea. It is about 31 miles from the South Korean city of Sokcho in Gangwon-do. It is one of the most famous mountains in North Korea and is part of the Taebak range.

It was considered sacred by Korean Buddhists, as legend has it, for thousand of years. Composed of thousands of rugged, glittering granite and diorite peaks, cliffs, steep ravines, waterfalls, and ancient Buddhist temples, Kumgangsan is a region of breathtaking beauty that, until 2010, had been off-limits to most foreigners visiting North Korea.

It’s beautiful, and as I understand it, it is part of the area where the Donghak movement had its “center” for running its secret underground network after 1898.

Just look at this place –

If you look at this map, where I have roughly marked Mt. Kumgang in red and the other two temples related to Kang Il-Sun in blue, you can see how way different its location is.

Looking at our reference again now: “Kim Hyongyol then went for a time to Kumgang-dae on Moak mountain” we are looking at an impossible geographic description.

So what are we to make of this? Are we supposed to believe that somehow the two Mt. Moak temples Kumsan-sa or Taewon-sa were supposedly mistranslated to a completely different mountain temple area? That’s just a little too much of a serious stretch of the imagination for my taste.

Or, more likely, the Moak mountain part was simply added in there for some erroneous reason, whereas Kim really did go to the Donghak areas of Korea – North Korea where Kumgang and Pyongyang area.

I’m going to go with that he really did go to Kumgang, and I’ll tell you why.

Our reference says that he returned declaring he had succeeded, and started a new sect at his own house in approximately 1916. He dropped all the “I’m possessed” crap, the pentecostalism, the occult “magic”, and instead of teaching the T’aeul mantra, he taught his followers the sich’on formula of Donghak.

Kim, in my opinion, had just been recruited into the secret Donghak organization and I think that’s why we have a bit of bullpuckey entered into where he went (and even what he did after).

You see, he wasn’t the only one to be recruited like that…

But before we get into that, I have a question.

Did it ever occur to anyone that this whole Pentecostal revivalist crap was actually a sick parody of an EASTERN spiritual movement? I’m referring to the Che’o muism Donghak movement here…

I think it was.

On that note, time to come back to Yong do Lee.

The Donghak/Cheondogyo secret organization led by Son Byeong-hui proved extremely useful during the Independence uprising of March 1, 1919. 10

The Japanese police arrested Son Byeong-hui on March 1st, 1919, ending his active leadership of the movement. Son continued to make his presence felt upon Cheondogyo until his death in his prison cell on May 19, 1922. Before his death, Son pointed out Park In-ho to succeed as leader of the movement. Park, sensing a lack of support from the elders of the religious group, supported a move for leadership by General Committee, thus ending the period of leadership by a single leader (1860-1922) in the Cheondogyo organization. Throughout the period of Japanese colonization of Korea, the Cheondogyo movement continued to operate underground opposed the Japanese occupation. 10

Now here’s the interesting thing. While Yong Do Lee was in school he participated actively in the independence movement. He was 19, and he was arrested and put in prison, but as soon as he was out of prison he continued to participate even though Son Byeong-hui had been forced underground.

After Son Byeong-hui died and Park In-ho took over, Yong decided (was tasked) to enter the seminary. I suspect this was an intelligence action, a method of infiltration that he could then use to get into a position to continue the independence work to try to save and restore the Korean nation.

He later said that the Korea Christian church members (and priests) “do not serve God or others but are eager to seek their own profit.16

A more fitting description I couldn’t think to make.

In a truly perverse and nasty positioning when the controlled opposition “communists” took over North Korea in 1953, only Cheondogyo received dictator Kim Il-sung’s approval to continue activities; all Christian churches, Buddhist temples, and Shaman centers ceased to exist under the totalitarian, atheistic hand of Kim.

That was NO accident to PR-positon Cheondogyo as “approved by communist dictators”. That is just so typical of the slavemasters to arrange something like that, but it does show just how much they still hated Che’o almost a hundred years later!

The leader of Cheondogyo moved the headquarters to South Korea10 though, basically a thanks but no thanks.

Now that you know that Yong Do Lee was secretly part of the Cheondogyo underground network, let’s look closer at what happened with him and against him, and how that relates to the formation of the Jesus Church. The same Church that is now a major key to understanding just who and what Sun Myung Moon really was.

 

Pentecostalism Comes to Korea

1.4 Pyongyang and the ‘Jesus Church’ –
Yong Do Lee

For five years, from 1928 to shortly before his death in 1933, no other revivalist in Korea equaled Lee in the ability to draw and move people. Partly this appeal was due to his reputation for living a Francisesque life—he often gave away his belongings to the needy and lamented his inability to give more. But there was no doubt that the chief reason for Yi’s success as a revivalist was his highly emotional yet penetrating preaching.

When he was in control of his emotions, he preached powerfully, as was observed by his missionary friend and admirer Victor Wellington Peters:

He was like lightning over the thirteen provinces of Korea and even into Manchuria, and he burned a deep impression upon the hearts of the people everywhere. There was something magnetic about his preaching that never failed to draw crowds. Admirers followed him sometimes hundreds of miles.
(Timothy S. Lee Boran Again Evangelicalism in Korea; 2010)

In 1928, he had himself a mystical experience which he characterized as having experienced regeneration by overcoming the devil while he had been praying on 24th of October in 1928 in Tong-chun of Gangwon Province.

Now see? That’s in that same area we discussed earlier that Kim Hyonghul went and I suspect was recruited and trained by the Cheondogyo (Donghak) masters.

Tongchun is top left –

And here’s the map showing the Kangwon province where Mt. Kumgang is.

Before the division of Korea Gangwon and its North Korean neighbor Kangwŏn formed a single province.

As we already know, the terrain is mountainous in the west, but it slopes down to the coastal plains (including the T’ongch’on Plain and Hupkok Plain) in the east. The plains are used for rice cultivation. The area is prone to fog. As elsewhere along the Kangwon coast, there are various lagoons.

It’s another amazingly beautiful area.

 

What would he have learned, if what I suspect is true and he underwent some Muism training?

We find Yong-Do Lee’s spirituality that can be compared to the spiritual performance of Korean shamans. Thus he kindled the shamanistic spirituality of Koreans, and Korean Christians were enraptured over his ministry for several years.
Christian Council of Korea

So, what is this shamanistic spirituality really? Aside from the charlatans, sleight-of-hand and downright money-grubbing ego challenged types that tend to try to pretend they are shamans…there were some actual ones, probably still are.

Although I covered this earlier, let’s revisit this again specifically in regards to Yong Do Lee.

Probably one of the simplest ways to show the core difference between Korean spirituality and all forms of Christianity (which would include Buddhism, Veda, etc., that are tainted by it) is this one point.

Responsibility.

One of Lee’s fundamental differences, and this is a huge one, is that he refused to agree that after the “justification” process of Christianity (repentance etc.) that a Christian still has original pollution or “a SINFUL NATURE that produces actual sins.” 31

Lee taught that can be CHANGED.

Really think about this for a moment.

Christianity has people believing that because of man’s “fall” that his nature is forever polluted and cannot be changed unless he accepts Christ, dies, and goes to heaven – in which case no one would ever known about it, because part of it is that he cannot come back and be a man after this “change”.

Do you see how sick that is? How false? How determined to keep man in a broken state (or put him in one) that these people who invented Christianity are?

This is why you see Popes saying things like this:

In Christianity, you can’t change while alive. You have to DIE first.

…the grand Christian dogma on which religion rests as on its foundation – that, when we have given up this present life, then shall we really begin to live.

– Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (of revolutionary change) May 15, 1891
as quoted in a post by Virginia McClaughry titled: Catholicism is Anti-American; Anti-Democracy; Anti-Free Speech; Anti-Free Will – See For Yourself

In Christianity, you can’t change while alive. You must suffer, and suffer some more and can never stop suffering while still being human.

God has not created us for the perishable and transitory things of earth, but for things heavenly and everlasting; He has given us this world as a place of exile…

the other pains and hardships of life will have no end or cessation on earth; for the consequences of sin are bitter and hard to bear, and they must accompany man so long as life lasts.

To suffer and to endure, therefore, is the lot of humanity; let them strive as they may, no strength and no artifice will ever succeed in banishing from human life the ills and troubles which beset it.

– Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (of revolutionary change) May 15, 1891
as quoted in a post by Virginia McClaughry titled: Catholicism is Anti-American; Anti-Democracy; Anti-Free Speech; Anti-Free Will – See For Yourself

In Christianity, if anyone tells you that it doesn’t have to be like this here, they are deluding you – says the religion with the unverifiable magnificent “afterlife” held out as a carrot…

If any there are who pretend differently – who hold out to a hard-pressed people the boon of freedom from pain and trouble, an undisturbed repose, and constant enjoyment – they delude the people.

– Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (of revolutionary change) May 15, 1891
as quoted in a post by Virginia McClaughry titled: Catholicism is Anti-American; Anti-Democracy; Anti-Free Speech; Anti-Free Will – See For Yourself

Do you see how (and why) someone like Yong Do Lee was a threat?

I love his definition of responsibility, or rather clarification of it  – It is the LINE of sin. A small man avoids responsibility, but a great man bears responsibility. 31, p. 250

He also tore apart Christianity on the idea that it only wants man conscious of his sins, not having him change and achieve unity. He was basically saying that LAWS and RITUALS and PRIESTS cannot save you.

He was right.

One of my favorite discoveries came from one of his followers, a man named Byeun, who chronicled Lee’s life from his perspective. He said that Yong speaks of truth as being LIFE.31

Meaning that, in my opinion, it was kind of a code.

For example, look at this quote by Yong –

“The life of my wickedness living in this world is exchanged for the life of Jesus Christ, who lives in heaven, my truth that desire material gain is exchanged with His life that desires spiritual things; my life that makes efforts in anxiety and worry is changed into His life that jumps up with joy, peace and courage…”

Now let’s replace the word life with truth (and spirituality for Heaven) and see what happens.

“The truth of my wickedness living in this world is exchanged for the truth of Jesus Christ, who lives in spirituality, my truth that desires material gain is exchanged with His truth that desires spiritual things; my truth that makes efforts in anxiety and worry is changed into His truth that jumps up with joy, peace and courage…”

Interesting. Don’t you think?

Now, he didn’t mean some kind of straight ‘swap’. Not at all. Yong was always stressing spiritual UNITY.

He called it “spiritual fellowship” as in a mutual relationship, not some kind of hierarchial or master-slave one. Often, to help explain it to those less literate he would use a marriage metaphor to express this oneness. Less than honest people would try and use that later in a very twisted way (Sun Myung Moon and his “spiritual” sex) which is completely not what Yong was teaching.

Yong also correctly taught/exposed the truth that this oneness has been limited to just God by most religions. He corrected this, exactly as per true Korean shamanism, to that the oneness is also between “people and animals” and “between all things in the world” and that therefore the full experience is to “be united with people and all things in the world.

An example of one of his prayers to try and teach that idea was: “Help me to be UNITED with the bird.31

Beautiful, isn’t it?

And yet the “experts” called Yong’s prayer primitive as compared to other christianity-infected religions.

Yong once said:

“Korea needs pioneers of the repentance movement more than any pioneers of doctrine or organization. A movement that does not bring regeneration by repentance does not have any significance at all. The pioneers of the Church should be truly born-again Christians, dead to sin and born of righteousness, born-again by the Holy spirit.”

His primary targets for this true repentance were the arrogant church, its ministers and missionaries and get this…his chief target was the Christian congregation of Pyongyang.

How interesting, no?

Now it’s time to really dig into this man’s life, because it is so key to what happened to Korea (in a lot of ways) and because this is where we find the perversion of his teachings forming the black heart of the later Unification Church.

I already covered that he is part of that underground network of Cheondgyo, and his participation in the March 1st movement (he also participated in subsequent smaller rebellions and was arrested twice more) so we will pick up with when he and his Mu masters changed directions…

Seminary School.

In February 1924, after obtaining the recommendation of Methodist missionary Alfred Washington Wasson (known as Wang Young-Duk in Korea) Yong enrolled in the English language and Literature department of Wasson’s theological school. He met fellow students Lee Ho-bin and Lee Hwan-Shin there.

Shin and Yong Do Lee (right)

Wasson, their schoolmaster, was one of the missionaries who had been present at the 1907 powerful revival.

Wasson – 1921

Wasson and family – passport photo 1921

I think this is probably Wasson also, in this pic with Yong Do (right).

*important note – Many of the pictures I will start using, like the one above, were from a Korean website and I had to translate the captions of each one to get some kind of idea what they are. This one, above, has what I believe to be Wasson labeled “dono”. Given that Google translations are skechy at best, take that as you will. The images are from: Pastor Lee Yongdo related articles, photo collection, Yoon Chul 2012-02-29.

Oh, and here’s a picture of Yong’s parents Duk Hong Lee and ‘Miss Mary’.

Yong had graduated from the seminary January 28, 1928 and set off to Dongcheon (Tongchun) Church in Gang-won province the next day to minister there.

Some of his first people at his church.

Black ops began on him almost instantly – we have already seen how twitchy the powers that be get about when someone who is not under their control begins inspiring people. Especially a someone who had already been connected once to the leader of Cheondgyo at the March 1st movement in 1919.

An unfortunate parallel, one that I think is intentional, is consistently drawn by writers and historians regarding a woman named Mary C. Rumsey – yep, the very same Azusa Pentecostal revival one – because she was sent to Korea the same year that Yong do Lee begins his work.

Mary C. Rumsey

It is also false that she is who first brought ‘classic’ pentecostalism, allegedly because of a supposed prior lacking of a specific teaching on speaking tongues. As you can see, Kang Il-Sun was well into that right in the beginning more than 20 years earlier, and that the true penetration of revivalism/pentacostalism (that he became mixed up in) was exactly during the same time it was happening in America.

That said, watch what happens here.

Two women Pentecostal missionaries were sent to Korea. One from Britain and one from America – in 1928.

“…Mrs. Mildred M. Bassey came from England.  Mary C. Rumsey came from New York.”
(John Stetz, “History of the Korean Assemblies of God,” a brochure, 1974, p.2.)

Please note: this was the same year that Frank Buchman formed The Oxford Group – that would later be renamed the MRA – Moral Re-Armament.

 

Mary arrived to Korea in March 1928, just a couple months after Yong began his first ministering job.

Jong-Ho Byeon (1904-1983) once wrote: “Miss Rumsey should have only watched Yong-Do’s revival with her hands and feet  tied up without embarking on her own missions.

There is some truth to that, but not for the reasons you might think.

An interesting convergence begins right here.

Immediately upon her arrival, Mary C. Rumsey had connected up with British intelligence asset Dr. Robert A. Hardie (who had arranged the Holy Spirit movement at Wonson in 1903) and was staying at the Shi (施) Hospital in Seoul.

While ministering at the hospital she began conducting Pentecostal services introducing tongues and “charismata” – spirit possession and spirits speaking to one – to her friends.17

And just like that –

Korea would become re-infected with Catholic Illuminati practices –

“…the contortions, convulsions, and faintings…”
(Inquisition document, 1558)

Meanwhile, I suspect that the above did not go un-noticed, because later that year Yong do Lee, together with a young Methodist named Jae-bong Park32  climbed to Baekjeongbong (Naekumgang) at the foot of Kumgang (Geumgang) Mountain to pray and fast for ten days.

Perhaps a little consult with his Cheondgyo secret network masters was on the schedule?

Because when he came back…that boy was on fire.

After having a mystical experience, he started the ministry of the “Prayer Mountain” in 1928.16

There is some contradiction as to when this experience happened, one source says its in October and another says it was on Christmas Eve of 1928.

Anyway, while praying and fasting, he had this mystical experience of fighting with the devil and overcoming him, but when he came back he then demonstrated some interesting skills that he apparently did not have priorly (he also had another “experience” on January 4 1929 at a revival meeting in Yangyang Church in Gangwon).

These are what he used to begin his revival movement.

Left – Yong With Sara Wonkyo  Right – Yong with Pastor Oh Sanghoon

 

When he preached, people began to repent of their sins with loud cries, more and more people began to convert from the “perverted” forms of Christianity – which was a direct hit at the Catholics and Presbyterians/Protestants. People liked him.

Lee with some of his listeners.

Within a year, he was well-known in even the remote islands off the west coast.

Reverend Lee was a young Methodist minister who was quite intellectual and also very rich in feeling.

…He would give all his pocket money to beggars on the street and then, without bus fare, walk home.

Reverend Lee was a humble, meek, reticent man. But once he stood in the pulpit, he became a most eloquent, dynamic, fiery preacher. But there was nothing fanatic in him.21

And then 1930 rolls around, a very fateful year.

Why?

Because Yong began leading revival meetings in Pyongyang, which were said to be accompanied by great works that “shook the entire city”. A widespread repentance took place.

We find Yong-Do Lee’s spirituality that can be compared to the spiritual performance of Korean shamans. Thus he kindled the shamanistic spirituality of Koreans, and Korean Christians were enraptured over his ministry for several years.

Christian Council of Korea

And because of this?

Direct action controlled opposition operations began against him, starting with a “prayer group” that “spontaneously” began meeting at night after his sermons.

The Methodist Church in Pyongyang.

1930 – February 26 (Until March 9) Revival meeting of Central Methodist Church.

March 1, 1930 at a house in Pyongyang – note the Japanese soldier.
Yong do is in center.

Seven Presbyterian youths who attended the rally began to gather in the basement of the church and pray.
(Later referred to as “Pyongyang Prayer Team”).33

In particular, he led a revival meeting in February 1930 at the Central Methodist Church in Pyongyang. He preached for seven hours under the title of “blood sermon” and impressed many people. Seven young men who attended the rally began to gather in the basement of the church outside their home and prayed, and later they were called “Pyongyang Prayer Club.”33

They asked Yong to take pictures with them. Yong’s expression in the first one is pretty funny – like he knows what’s up.

Here’s Yong at another meeting at Gongpyeong Church in April.

Meanwhile, pentecostal reinforcements arrive for Rumsey.

Gladys Parson,who belonged to a church of the American Assemblies of God and has ministered in many places all over the world, came to Korea in 1930 as a private missionary…Around that time (1930), Elfreda Offstead came to Korea from America.12

 

By 1931, Yong Do Lee was even leading revival meetings even in China and Manchuria. He was in his zenith.

He was now at his zenith [in 1931]. To have followed him to all his meetings would have been more than human flesh could stand. Even to write an account is impossible. He was like lightning over the thirteen provinces of Korea and even into Manchuria, and he burned a deep impression upon the hearts of the people everywhere. There was something magnetic about his preaching that never failed to draw crowds. Admirers followed him sometimes hundreds of miles.
(Timothy S. Lee Boran Again Evangelicalism in Korea; 2010)

Between January 9 and January 16, Yong was at Yeongdon, Gyeongbuk, then he delivered a Youth Christianity Course.

From February 15 to the 18th, he was at Pyongyang again “by Prayer Club request” who again asked to take pictures with him after his sermon.

Apparently, this prayer group expanded and added some girls at some point? The second picture was also labelled Pyongyang prayer group.

Na Song Juk, Yoon Kyung In, Han Myung Bok and Reverend Lee.

From the left back row with Pyongyang Prayer Unit, Kim Ji-young, Kim Won-sun, Yong Do, Kim Young,
Kim Ye-jin ..
From the left front row, Kim Eun-sil, Lee Ki-sun, Song Bong-ae (wife of Lee)
The other two are unknown.

Men – Lee ho Bin, Yong Do Lee, Korean Vice Minister,
Women – Yoon Kyung-im, Jeon Soon-hye, Lee Young-sook, Kim Hae-bong, Na Song-joo and Han Young-bok

Then he goes to India for over a month to be part of a spiritual “Agrarian” rally there.(Feb, 16 to 28) and the Kohchang Rally (March 5 to March 18).

He comes back in April to Gangdon Yongjeong again to do two rallies there.

Then in May, he was assigned as a Methodist pastor to the province of Gyeongsang province, where in June he worked as a revivalist for the Methodist Church. His revival rally sermon, made a great reaction and made church revival all over the country.

May 30 – at the end of the meeting pics (Yong on left)

Yong (center)

Meanwhile, in late July 1931, Yong visited Wonsan with Yi Hwan and met with Paek Nam Ju, Han Jun Myung (Han Jung-myeong) and Park Seung Gul – who together are known as “Wonsan’s monks.”

(from left) Kim Ji-young, Lee Ho-bin, Seung-geul Park, Lee Yong-Do, Yi-Doo Lee

In the back of Hyeonjedong, Oh Sang-hoon, Lee Young-cheul (Yoido son), Lee Ho-bin,
Yong Do (right)

And now things start getting really interesting, black ops-wise.

“The Goddess of Shumen” is brought to meet him there on July 20, a woman I believe to be some sort of agent provocateur-type because of the craziness she is involved in and had involved Yong’s schoolmate Lee Ho-bin into – as you will clearly see as we go along here.

A young man dressed in black clothes came from Gangdo Yongjeong was this pic description. It also said: “with Park Seung Gul, Lee Ho bin, and “the Goddess from Sariwan.” I now know that person’s real name was Yoo Myung Hwa. Yong is second from left.

Yong’s old schoolmate, Paek Namju (now a professor at a Women’s Seminary in Wonsan) had become reknown as a “charismatic” preacher… (G. Chryssides, Advent of Sun Myung Moon)

Furthermore, in those days there was a woman who was in correspondence with this man. Her name was Yoo Myung-hwa. Jesus Christ appeared to her, and Jesus spoke to Mr. Baek through her. Yoo Myung-hwa told him. “The Lord is with me; the Lord is speaking through me.”

Mr. Baek fell to his knees, saying, “Please tell me what you want to say!”

From that point, troubles began. All that had happened to them was reported to Christian ministers, who on hearing it, began to persecute both Yoo Myung-hwa and Baek Nam-ju. Thus, the spiritual groups and established churches started fighting.30

Paek, you see, had fallen in with Lee Ho Bin and Seong-Do Kim, as well as Choon Myung Han and “the Goddess” and they ask to meet Yong Do. This somehow gets changed into that Yong instigated what they were doing, and he did not.

Mr. Paek Nam-ju (right) and Mr. Lee Yong-do (second from right) and “the Goddess”
(History and theology of Korean Pentecostalism by Ig-Jin Kim, 2003)

Yong doesn’t look to happy about this whole thing, and well he shouldn’t.

Note: If you check out page 53 of this book, you will see an absolutely horrible alteration of the above events, deliberately and wrongly pinning them on Yong Do Lee instead of Paek!

So, now, what is the Seong-Do Kim person’s story? (she’s very key, as you will see later).

In 1924, Kim’s church minister was arrested for adultery. She was shocked and prayed deeply about how a man of God could make such a mistake. Satan appeared to her and mocked her. Then Jesus appeared in her prayers and told her that adultery was the root of sin. He also said that his crucifixion had been the result of the mistrust of his own people, that the Second Advent of Christ would occur through another man and that he would appear in Korea. She wrote Jesus’ words out on twelve large strips of paper six foot long by one foot wide. She was told to teach what she had learned. Her minister said it was the work of the devil, but her story got round and soon many Christians began to visit her. As interest in Kim’s revelations grew, the Presbyterian Church expelled her in 1927.

She formed her own church (wasn’t official, wasn’t really a church, more like a group) in Cheolsan called the Chang Mak Church. She refused to put up a cross at her new church because of her belief that the crucifixion had not been God’s will, but a tragedy.

Reverend Moon’s wife’s grandmother and mother were one of her followers later.

(Through the Jesus Church that Seong-Do was mixed up in through Heo Ho-Bin, who was also one of Kim’s followers)

Hak Ja Han Moon – Moon’s wife, was born (February 10) in 1943, at her maternal grandparents’ home at number 26, Shineui village in the township of Anju, South Pyeongan Province. She was the only daughter of her father, Han Seung-oon, and her mother Hong Soon-ae.

Words of Soon-AE

When I was born, I was named “Soon-Ae” (“obedient love”) by the minister of her church. My mother guided me to become a Christian and trained me for three years under the guidance of Rev. Young-Do Lee. After that period I moved to another church. I could not feel satisfied with the same old church, so I had been looking for a new church on a higher level. Next, I met Mrs. Sung-do Kim (“Grandmother Kim”) and became her disciple.

Although she lies – Yong never had or created a church that she could have even been in –  the fact that both the grandmother AND the daughter are mixed up with Seung-Do Kim? Is going to be VERY key, as you will soon see.

So, anyway, this Kim woman began holding services at home, teaching that believers should repent for the death of Jesus as if they had killed him themselves. .She received revelation that men and women should prepare themselves for the coming Lord, that single people should not marry, and that married couples should refrain from sexual relations. People came to see her from all over Korea, and she taught them to prepare for the coming Messiah. Her group expanded to nearby towns and to Jeongju, Anju, Sukcheon, Pyongyang, Wonsan, Haeju and Seoul. The services were very noisy and ecstatic. 27

Sound pentecostalish to you? Does to me.

Ok, now watch the kind of lies that still abound out there, about Yong and his so-called involvement with this woman and her buddies Choon-Myung Han and “the Goddess” Myung-Hwa Yoo.

He was involved in “the Prophesy Movement of Choon-Myung Han” or the ipryu faction, which was the prayer meeting centered around Choon-Myung Han, Nam-Joo Paik, Ho-Bin Lee, Myung-Hwa Yoo and Yoo-Shin Lee, all of which were said to have been fascinated by the thoughts of Emmanuel Swedenborg.7

I am also eternally indebted to Swedenborg, Rev. Young Do Lee, and our beloved Jesus. All of them led me to Father…”19, Young Oon Kim

These two references are very good examples of people who have tried to pin things on Yong Do Lee that he had nothing to do with, and were in fact sourced to Paek, Ho-Bin, Kim, etc.

Mr. Paek Nam-ju from Wonsan had done research on Swedenborg’s spiritual endeavors and translated his books. He received revelations from God that the Messiah would come to Korea. He decided to prepare for the coming Lord.30

Choon-myung Han who together with a woman named Myung-Hwa Yoo were pretending to be Jesus around the area of Wonsan and were part of Paek’s movement, which also had nothing to do with Yong Do Lee.

Now that we know what Paek, and Ho-Bin (follower of Seong Do Kim) were into…just what are these “thoughts of Swedenborg“, why would they be “fascinated” by them and why were they pretending that they were channeling Jesus after studying Swedenborg?

Since it is apparently so key to this little infection of Yong’s movement, I guess I better give you a little rundown about Swedenborg.

.

Swedenborg

First on the list is that the premiere documentarian of the British Society for Psychical Research, Frederick Myers, specifically credited Swedenborg for, and I quote:

Swedenborg originated the notion of science in the spiritual world, and must be regarded as a true and early precursor of our enquiry into the nature of trance manifestations.

…But in the midst of this long series, and in full analogy to many minor cases, occurs the exceptional trance-history of Emmanuel Swedenborg. In this case, as is well known, there appears to have been excellent objective evidence both of clairvoyance or telesthesia and of communication with departed persons

…It was to Swedenborg first that that unseen world appeared before all things as a realm of law; […] of definite progress according to definite relations of cause and effect, resulting from structural laws of spiritual existence and intercourse which we may in time learn partially to apprehend. For my own part I regard Swedenborg,—not, assuredly, as an inspired teacher, nor even as a trustworthy interpreter of his own experiences,—but yet as a true and early precursor of that great inquiry which it is our present object to advance.

…Just as Swedenborg was the first leading man of science who distinctly conceived of the spiritual world as a world of law23

Ok, so Swedenborg is clearly one of the people who first started telling the lie that the “spirit world” had laws – as in laws like matter does. Myers credits Kant with supposedly being “satisfied” with Swedenborg’s “evidence” that he possessed and demonstrated the special abilities named above.

Who was he?

From the book The Occult Underground by James Webb 1974 –

“Swedenborg taught there there had already been two great judgments which had fallen on mankind; and both had signalled the end of an established Church. Swedenborg had concluded that the Third Age, that of the Christian Church, was due in its turn to be overthrown…. This third judgement had been prophesied by Christ and foretold in Revelation. It was in this tradition that the Church of the New Jerusalem sought to inaugurate the New Age.

Sincere or fraudulent, however, the early mediums found the terrain well prepared. Their success would never have attained its remarkable proportions but for the efforts of three men: a Swedish engineer turned prophet, an Austrian physician branded unacceptable by the world of learning, and a young American good-for-nothing who took to seeing visions.

The prophet was Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772).

Since 1736 Swedenborg had experienced mystical states: supernatural flashes of light and other manifestations assaulted his inner eye. …But soon his relations with the heavenly kingdoms grew more direct, and he held conversations with angels and spirits.

He described the process as follows:

” . . . when angels speak for a man they turn themselves to him and conjoin themselves with him; and this conjunction of angel with man causes both to be in like thought.”

He then said (or rather dissembled) that actual conversations with any angels was a rarity because the “state of man had become so changed” so that this “commerce” is no longer with angels but was instead:

“…with spirits who are not in heaven.”

AKA – talking with the “dead”.

He then published the Arcana Coelestia (or “Heavenly Secrets”) in London in 1749 but it only sold 2 copies in the first year.

(Full title:  Heavenly Secrets Contained In The Holy Scriptures Or Word Of God Unfolded — Beginning With The Book Of Genesis Together With Wonderful Things Seen In The World of Spirits And In The Heaven Of Angels)

 

From within the book, we can document that Swedenborg had the big red flag (as to probable British and Vatican slavemaster involvement) of that only special people could talk to these spirits and only if they give their loyalty and love to “God”.

Those who are in heaven can discourse and converse with angels and spirits,….also with the inhabitants (from other “earths” outside this solar system) themselves whose interiors have been opened, so as to be able to hear those who speak from heaven. A similar privilege is granted to man…..But it is given to no one as a spirit and angel to speak with angels and spirits, unless he be of such a quality that he can consociate with them as to faith and love; nor can he consociate [talk with spirits] unless the faith be directed to the Lord and the love to the Lord….. (and if he is conjoined with the “Lord”)….he is secure from the insult of evil spirits who are from hell. With others the interiors cannot be opened at all, for they are not in the Lord. This is the reason why there are few at this day, to whom it is given to discourse and converse with angels….

And look at this doozy –

That man cannot do good, nor think truth from himself, but from the Lord…no one can lead away any one from sins, thus remit them, but the Lord alone.

Could this be more Catholic? It’s so transparent it’s a joke.

The Catholics are well-known for spawning just about anything and everything imaginable as part of their “mission” to get people to believe what they want them to. Notable examples are in my Why China article.

Now, you might ask, but isn’t the Catholic Church against things like clairvoyance, telepathy, and communication with spirits? No, that is not what they are against.

They are against it being done without them in control of it. Big difference. Huge. See Why Psychiatry is More Religion Than Science.

That is still that way. If you check out this posting of mine, I track all the psychiatric manuals and their repeated determinations of these things being “symptoms of mental illness”…unless…and get this, it is done within and under the supervision of an approved culture like Christianity!

So, as you can see, Swedenborg is marching right on straight down the line in lockstep with the Vatican in ideas and attitudes towards these things.

The Brits were on board as well.

In fact, it was in England that 15 years after Swedenborg’s death, on May 7, 1787, the New Church movement was founded. A number of Churches had sprung up around England, and in April of that year the first General Conference of the New Church was held in Great Eastcheap, London.

It was the Brits that sent missionaries to the United States teaching Swedenborg – all as part of working to subvert the people of the young American nation. One famous missionary was John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed.

Across the Atlantic in America, Baltimore’s first clergyman, Rev. John Hargrove became, in 1795, the first New Church (Swedenborg) minister on the continent, from whom all other ordinations in the New Church in North America descend.

By 1850, nearly one hundred of such churches had spread across the eastern seaboard all the way to the middle west, many of them were using the “New Jerusalem” name.

The reason for this is that Swedenborg is considered by some to have pulled somewhat from Spinoza’s teachings. Spinoza was “cherem” – a Hebrew severe ethics action taken against him much like the “Declared SP” in the Church of Scientology or the “anathema” of the Catholic Church. His “cherem” was for, amongst other things, talking to other Jews about his idea of “New Jerusalem” essentially. Spinoza then went on to work extensively on his theories.

In the 19th century, Swedenborg’s work Heaven and Hell was being especially concentrated on. It tells of Swedenborg’s visit to Heaven and Hell to experience and report the conditions there. In structure, it was related to Dante’s The Divine Comedy but what it really was, in my opinion, was a rather thinly veiled attempt to try and rationalize and excuse the crazier aspects of the Catholic propaganda – the Bible.

According to Swedenborg in this book, God is love itself.[12] and intends everyone to go to heaven. That was His purpose for creation.[13] Thus, God is never angry, Swedenborg says, and does not cast anyone into Hell. The appearance of Him being angry at evil-doers was permitted due to the primitive level of understanding of people in Biblical times. Specifically, holy fear was needed to keep the people of those times from sinking irretrievably into the consequences of their evils. The holy fear idea was in keeping with the fundamental truth that even they could understand, that everything comes from Jehovah.[14] In the internal, spiritual sense of the Word, however, revealed in Swedenborg’s works, God can be clearly seen for the loving Person He actually is…

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Ok, now let’s look again at these sources about this faction that is wrongly positioned as Yong Do Lee’s movement and was actually Paek Nam-Joo’s –

He was involved in “the Prophesy Movement of Choon-Myung Han” or the ipryu faction, which was the prayer meeting centered around Choon-Myung Han, Nam-Joo Paek, Ho-Bin Lee, Myung-Hwa Yoo and Yoo-Shin Lee, all of which were said to have been fascinated by the thoughts of Emmanuel Swedenborg.7

I am also eternally indebted to Swedenborg, Rev. Young Do Lee, and our beloved Jesus. All of them led me to Father…”19, Young Oon Kim

Do you see it now?

This is both a corrupt, money-grubbing, opportunistic and self-aggrandizing attempt to ride on Yong Do Lee’s thunder by these people – which now forever marks the actual character of the later founders of the Unification Church as such – but it is also clearly part of an intelligence operation to mislead people away from Muism and the work of Cheo especially.  (Donghak/Cheondgyo movement)

In my research trail I came across examples of several former UC members who have blogged/written about that Moon and his family joined Yong-do Lee’s movement in about 1931-32.

These were not substantiated, but clearly if they joined anything, it was Paek/Kim’s groups, the crazy people with all the weird rituals and Pentecostal crap – most of which ended up in Moon’s Unification Church.

Note: I am absolutely positive that there must still exist at least one or two people around that knew the truth about the Moon families early years with the Jesus Church. (if anyone finds any further evidence to that effect…please let us know in the comment section of this page)

The main point here is though – that it’s really disgusting that for 50 years Moon and his people have lied about Yong Do Lee like this.

By the way, Lobster magazine quotes something similar re: Moon’s family joining in one of these movements, but apparently didn’t realize what he’s actually talking about. This is not surprising because let’s just say what you are reading here in what I put together was not easy to find.

His family converted to a millenarian brand of Presbyterianism when he was ten.18

It’s fascinating that Lobster magazine called it Presbyterian, whereas Young Oon Kim correctly called it Methodist.

“One day on the way to work, I passed a large sign that spoke of a revival with Reverend Yong Do Lee to be conducted through the current week. That evening I went to the large Korean Methodist church to hear Reverend Lee. Though arriving on time, I had to squeeze in because already many hundreds were in attendance.21

And then there’s this book calling it Protestant –

The Northern Region of Korea: History, Identity, and Culture by Sun Joo Kim, page 157 says …the Protestant Church and then in parentheses Yesu Kyohoe.

None of these sources were really right. Because these two people (Paek and Kim) were doing their own very weird spin-offs, but the most fascinating thing here is that two out of three of these sources try to pin it on Yong Do Lee – and that’s a lie.

This cluster of agent provocateurs, as I call them, also engage in “speaking in tongues” – which got associated with Lee by default, and that was the plan, obviously.

Look at this –

Speaking in other tongues did not become generally known in Korean churches at that time. One reason that the Korean churches rejected Yong-Do Yi was that they disagreed with his ministry in which (during prayer time) unknown utterances sprang up once in a while. It was only “a meaningless and crazy speaking which corrupts the church.”

Now, speaking in other tongues was presented as a dogma by pentecostals. The other church-goers made cynical remarks against it saying, “unknown utterances are mad talk and foolish talk.“ Hence, pentecostals were called the ‘glossolalia sect’ or ‘theatrical people.’ 12

Now here’s the thing. This is exactly when Mary Rumsey, the Pentecostal Missionary had hooked up with Heong Huh from the Salvation Army.17

She had begun putting on her own “Goddess” show, basically because she needed someone local to front for her next move.

Heong Heoh reported that she used to demonstrate the revelation (guidance) of the Spirit. For example, one day she unexpectedly asked him to accompany her to visit a person.  He later realized that it was God who revealed to her that a woman lay seriously ill. They prayed together for the sick woman and when she laid her hands on her, the woman was immediately healed. In another case, she visited a family with him, which was dying of hunger. She gave them a gift of  money, then the mother asked her, “How did you know of our situation?”12

Cynically speaking, how hard would it have been for her to arrange these “miracles” ahead of time? Not very.

This woman sounds suspiciously like Steve Martin’s role (and his team) as a revivalist con-artist preacher in Leap of Faith. His team planted shills in the audience, plus did research of attendees so it could look like he “miraculously” knew their life etc. etc.

 

It was only through the help of Huh that Rumsey was able to esablish the Subinggo Pentecostal church in Yongsanko Seoul in April 1932, and a she recruited a new convert named Sung San Park while she took a trip to Japan. Having returned to Korea in December 1932, Seong-San Park became pastor to Seobingo (서빙고) congregation.12

Hong Heoh helped to pioneer three congregations: Seobingo congregation (with Rumsey), Yeonhijang ( 연희장) congregation, and Nambu (남부) congregation. Later, Heoh invited missionary Chestnut to take up lodgings in the upper room of his house in Yongsan. Then in this house Heoh set up Nambu Church. The Korean Assemblies of God as well as its Bible school was also started in this place. 12

Meanwhile – Yong Do Lee gave another revival in August of 1931, this time with his school-mate Pastor Lee Hwan Shin.

With a little informal gathering and visiting as well.

Visiting Yong Do Lee at the Yongho House August 28, 1931;
Lee Hyung-jae, Pastor Lee Ho-bin, and others

Back – Yong Do Lee, Yong Do Lee’s mother Mary
Front – Mrs. Yonggu Yangok – Mrs Song Bonghae – Daughter – Son Yeongcheol

Love Yong Do’s expression there…it’s very telling.

 

Ok, so now that the whole set-up of bringing in the kooks into Yong Do’s movement in July, what would you expect to see next?

Yep! You guessed it.

Sanctioning and punishing Lee (for what these people were doing) began only a few months later in October of 1931.

Remember Paek falling to his knees and believing “the Goddess” was possessed by Jesus Christ?

From that point, troubles began. All that had happened to them was reported to Christian ministers, who on hearing it, began to persecute both Yoo Myung-hwa and Baek Nam-ju. Thus, the spiritual groups and established churches started fighting.30

The presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of the Yellow Sea brought forth the issue of frequent correspondence with the goddess of Shumen, praying for the extinguishment, attacking the clergy, and being an “unorthodox”.

They attacked Yong Do Lee for it!

Now there’s a shocker.

Talk about your set up and spike. Wow.

And check out the rather uninformed takes – I’m being polite here – on all this:

Carelessly, Y. D. Lee acknowledged the prophecy of M. H. Yoo, a woman possessed with a spirit as that from the Holy Spirit.7

No, that was Paek.

This unconventional tendency of Yi’s was noted by Peters: “Here was the very marrow of his mysticism. With an unbounded faith in the power and leadership of the Holy Spirit, he was ready to credit any manifestation. He would not presume to curb or guide; the Spirit must be given free rein, he felt. Hence, he was apt to see even prudence as a frustration of the Spirit.”22

Again, no, that was Paek, but notice how this source really goes nuts with using it to trash everything Yong Do was doing. Even his spiritualism!

In April 1932, the Pyongyang presbytery regulated him (blamed him) for what the Pyongyang Prayer Team was doing by restricting its activities. From that time on, the revival movement of Yong began to be attacked with ‘the molecules that disturb the church and destroys the church’ because it destroys the orderly order and the tradition of faith, especially because the missionaries are transforming the gospel.

Oh, so he’s a disease now! Cehrist. Laying it on a little thick, aren’t they?

But, do notice, it was that same month that Mary Rumsey and Heong established the Subinggo Pentecostal church in Yongsanko Seoul.

Where the triple prayer – overnight prayer, tongues, and fasting – became the power source of its movement as well as of its theological development.

What a coincidence, right?

Rumsey and Hong Heoh began to gather children and to teach the Bible at a rented house on the outskirts of Seoul in 1932. This had become a congregation, and then she visited Japan to talk about Korean missions with the American Assemblies of God missionaries. She ran into Pentecostalist Seong-San Park who was trained at the bible school in Nagoya. (In Japan, it was Carl F. Juergensen who landed in 1913 with his wife and children as the first Pentecostal missionary family.) Rumsey invited Seong to take care of the congregation and he came back with her in December, 1932. 12

Somewhere in here, Gladys Parson and Elfreda Offstead (both of which had come in 1930) – these two ladies – financially helped a man named Bu-Geun Bae to establish the second pentecostal congregation and paid the rent for the church building. 12

Meanwhile –

June 1932 –  Pyongyang Myeongchon Shinam Revival Meeting.

Yong Do Lee’s tuberculosis is getting worse now, and in September he goes for treatment.

Yong, back row, third from left.

Hospital trip pic description –
Pastor Lee Sukwon of the post of the post, Elder Kim Kyo-soon of the black dress,
Pastor Yongdo, pastor Lee Hobin

 

Yong Do, back row, far right. I think that’s Seung-geul Park in front, in black.

Park seung-geul, Yong-do, Lee ho-bin (back)

October 15 – Gyeongnam Province, North Korea, then later Unsan and North Korea. Pyongyang Anju Auckun Church members follow the revival meeting.

Gyeongnam

In November, “the Goddess” gets caught having made a ‘false prophecy’ in Pyongyang, then on the 28th, Han and Paek get a “governing” resolution, reported to the Methodist Gyeongsang Province Regional Church where Yong belonged

Now this black op gets taken to PR mode, they are preparing to permanently shut him down.

On December 14, the rebellion of a Christian ‘Jezebel’ – that’s Seong-Do Kim’s combined group –

However, some of the prophecies of M. H. Yoo and C. M. Han turned out to be false. Y. D. Lee was also condemned because of his involvement and sympathy with them. Kidokshinbo (The Weekly News of the Korean Presbyterian Church) judged them “Jezebel’s group.” 7

Plus that sources this: Yong-Kyu Park, “The Issue of Pastor Yong-Do Lee and His Hereticalness,” Presbyterian Theological Quarterly. 244 (Oct., 1995): pp.43-53 and the Kidokshinbo is this: “Be careful of Jezebel’s group,” Kidokshinbo, Dec. 14, 1932.

And don’t forget, right here is when Seong-San Park became pastor to the Pentecostal Seobingo (서빙고) congregation.12

Then on December 19th there is an Interrogation of Kyungsung Cultural Association, followed by the Pyongyang prefectural assembly.

When the Korean Church asked Lee to resign from his ministry, he refused.7

Ok.

Now pay attention, because this gets very tricky fast, what happens next. First of all, in the below, notice that now the Japanese get involved with taking down Yong Do too! Methinks the British and Vatican slavemasters are yanking down some chains here.

Starting in February 1933 –

In February 1933, though very ill with third-stage tuberculosis to the point that he was coughing up blood, he was leading a revival in Haeju, Hwanghaedo, when Japanese soldiers grabbed him by the collar, beat him up and threw him on the ground. Following this incident, which seriously worsened his illness, the Methodist Church suspended him from him from his pastoral post, and the Presbyterian Church expelled its believers who supported Rev. Lee. 25

Kim Young Oon was there.

 

The woman that would found the Unification Church in America – arriving in 1959 – as part of an intelligence mission.

Kim Young Oon was a Methodist in her home town of Haeju when Lee Yong do came and held revival meetings. “Some elders in the church started to criticize Rev. Lee after members of the congregation stayed in the church and prayed all night and had spiritual experiences, speaking in tongues and going into trances and prophesying. I was one of the ones who stayed all night. The church became divided. Those who were for Lee Yong do began to hold separate meetings which I attended.”20

Notice what she says happened AFTER Lee’s sermons, by obviously those same planted crazies we already know about. Particularly note the speaking in tongues part.

Also note how she says “those who were for Lee”? That is a point-blank lie. They were not “for Lee”, that’s not who she associated with, as you are about to see. She was associated with the Holy Lord Church and the Inside the Belly Church people.

More on her supposed experiences first –

“One day on the way to work, I passed a large sign that spoke of a revival with Reverend Yong Do Rhee to be conducted through the current week. That evening I went to the large Korean Methodist church to hear Reverend Rhee. Though arriving on time, I had to squeeze in because already many hundreds were in attendance.21

As he preached I could feel the Holy Spirit through his fiery words. Yes, there was a judgment in his preaching urging everyone to repent. The hearts of everyone present were melted because his stern words were supported by an ardent love of God. Ministers, elders, deacons, doctors, lawyers, business men, teachers – men and women alike – cried in repentance with deep humility.21

Even after the meetings many people stayed and continued praying. During the night some would speak in tongues; some would prophesy; some would go into a trance. Such spiritual phenomena occurred night after night through the whole week of revival.21

There’s that speaking in tongues business again.

Check out this part –

After Reverend Rhee left, the congregation which had tasted of the Holy Spirit craved more. But there was no one who could maintain the high spiritual atmosphere…Deeply stirred by Reverend Rhee, I began a nightly prayer vigil at the church where he spoke… 21

So, see? She’s already starting with her own pentecostal crap that she, along with Moon, would embed in the later Unification Church, plus some very unique weirdnesses – all of which did not come from Yong Do.

All of this is about black-balling Muism and the Cheongdyo legacy.

And now the hammers start coming down –

In 1933, the Anju Presbytery named Gook Joo Hwang, Myung Hwa Yoo and other dangerous figures as heretics and prohibited churches from inviting them for their revival meetings. This was ratified by the General Assembly that met in the autumn that year. 26

Because the Hwanghae District of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Churches ruled to ban invitations for Lee, then the Pyonghang District condemned him and he was deemed to be “heretical”.15

He was then suspended from the Central District of Methodist Churches. The reason was something related to Mrs. Ho “visions” and that she was demon-possessed, and the establishment of this “Jesus Church”. 15

 

Criticisms of Yong, even today, still try to use these people’s op against him, saying things like that he was “emotionally biased rather than objective and depended excessively upon the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit rather than rational judgment.7

Or this –

Also going beyond the pale of convention was Yi’s concept of spiritual indwelling, his belief that God might dwell in just about anything—man, woman, even a cloud or a donkey—in which case the words originating from it should be adored.22

It was these crazy, very specific people who said they were Yong-do Lee’s followers are who established the Jesus Church.

Particularly a man named Choon-myung Han together with a woman named Myung-Hwa Yoo, whom if you remember, were pretending to be Jesus. Ms. Yoo would become the central figure in the new Jesus Church. She claimed Jesus was incarnate in her body and leading the Jesus Church through her and as proof her belly would shake whenever his spirit “moved”.

 

Meanwhile, the British sent in more people next, E.H. Meredith and L. Vessey in 1933. They were sent as “independent missionaries” strangely enough, even though they belonged to the British pentecostal church.17

 

Elsie Merdith and Lily Vessey entered Korea from England in 1933 at the invitation of Gladys Parson (who was an “independent” who belonged to the American Assemblies of God – see 1930.)

It seems that Mrs. Parson met those two English ladies in England because she travelled around the world as a private missionary. It also looks as if there were three groups at least among the missionaries: Rumsey; Parson and Offstead; and Merdith and Vessey. Among the photos taken at that time, no photo shows these women all at one place.

Parson then leaves Korea in 1933; there is no trace of Offstead after this point.12

 

A changing of the guard?

On that note –

Now comes the final stage of this black operation – the creation of the CONTROLLED OPPOSITION.

The Korean site where I found the pictures had a timeline, which said (translated by Google):

In the church where Sehuman [Yong] was labeled as heresy, even the members who participated in the independent prayer meeting followed him. Those who were driven out prayed continually and strongly called for the establishment of a new denomination. As a result, on June 3, 1933, when the ‘Jesus Church’ was declared in Pyongyang, with over 90 members including Lee Ho-bin, Paek Nam-ju, Han Jun-myung, and Park Gye-ju, Seemoon was the promoter’s representative. At the foundation council held on the 6th, He was elected as an illustrator and officially became the founder of the Church of Jesus.

Yong was elected against his will, I might add.

The Korean site also said:

Pyongyang President Charlie West, the promoter of the declaration of the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ.

Who the heck this Charlie West is, I couldn’t tell you, but he sounds rather key! Anyone out there know who that is, please contact me through the comments section of our About page.

One thing that’s important to understand here though, is that the Jesus Church was not actually truly started until October, and also that…and get this…it was the JAPANESE that were pushing for it. That’s not a good sign at all.

June 1933 –

But without official registration, meetings could not be held. In June, 1933, an official in the Japanese governor-general’s office offered to help the expelled ministers get a license to hold services.The Japanese clearly wanted to encourage the development of a church that had no connections to foreign missionaries.20

The ministers accepted the unexpected offer and decided to call themselves simply the Jesus Church. [see October] Lee Yong do was appointed chairman. The core founders were Lee Ho bin and Lee Hwan shin, Yong do’s seminary fellows, and Baek Nam ju and Han Joon myung from the Wonsan group. The new church declared its foundation day retroactively to be January 3, 1933. 20

Min, in Church History of Korea p 391-399 says that the Jesus church was the first indigenized church in Korea that was founded independently without any connections with western missionaries.

But, that is not true. Not any easily visible connections.

But they are easier to see now, wouldn’t you say?

This is the last known picture of Yong Do Lee, in August 1933.

Chyrssides provided an extremely valuable piece of information that clearly shows that Lee had no desire whatsoever to let Lee Ho-bin and the other crazies establish a church in his name. They even put him as chairman and “founder” against his wishes.

“I am ready to die. But please don’t let this thing (the foundation of a new church) come to pass. How can the beloved people be separated from one another, and how can the Church of Your body be divided?

‘O how painful it is for my name to be called that of the founder of a new Church!’

(Byong Jong Ho (ed.) The story of Reverend Lee Yong Do (Seoul:Simoowan, 1958)

There is another very nasty element that had been added amongst these “followers” – who weren’t – who founded the Jesus Church. A very important element that would be carried by Young Oon Kim, Sun Myung Moon’s wife’s mother, and Moon himself.

The blood-sex rituals – which get ascribed also to Yong Do Lee, and they were not, repeat NOT, his idea at all.

So who was the real source of that wackiness?

Well, as it happens, Chryssides also documents that another founder of the Jesus Church was a man named Hwang Kukju (aka Gook Ju Hwang and Guk-Ju Hwang).

A listing of organized sources about this Hwang character documents that –

“Hwang Kuk-ju … during the 1930s … received a special revelation and claimed that his neck had been cut and that his head had been replaced … . He said : “My head was replaced …; my blood by … blood; my mind by … mind; all changed … .” … He set up a prayer house in the Samgaksan Mountain, where he taught and practiced the exchange of spiritual body yongche through ritual sex.

Hwang Kuk-ju brought into the community of Lee Yong-do the doctrine of changing the blood … through the sexual intercourse.”

[Joong-hyun Choe : The Korean War and Messianic Groups. diss, Syracuse U., p. 170; Kyoung-bae Min : A History of Christian Churches in Korea. Yonsei University Pr, Seoul,  2005, pp. 437-9]

Well, now, would you look at that…it was never Yong Do Lee at all.

The core foundation of the Unification Church has now been exposed.

 

So, again, what’s the real problem they were trying to solve with this rat’s nest of crazy bullshit being assigned to Yong Do Lee?

We find Yong-Do Lee’s spirituality that can be compared to the spiritual performance of Korean shamans. Thus he kindled the shamanistic spirituality of Koreans, and Korean Christians were enraptured over his ministry for several years.

Christian Council of Korea

Muist spirituality was not the crazy antics of these lunatics – it was what I explained earlier. That is what Yong was doing, not this crap.

Alright, let’s prove out the actual origins of the Unification Church even further now.

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Pentecostalism Comes to Korea

1.5 The ‘Jesus Church’, The ‘Inside Belly’ Church, The ‘Holy Lord’ Church –
The Crazies take over – Controlled Opposition and Black PR of Yong Do Lee

September 1933 –

Ms. Yoo was the central figure in the new Jesus Church. She’s the ‘goddess’ that claims Jesus is incarnate in her body and leading the Jesus Church through her and as proof her belly would shake whenever his spirit “moved”.

Jesus. Oral Roberts and the 700 Club move over…my belly shook therefore it’s Jesus? This shit is hard to take, I know, but you need to know about it because now we’re going to get a whole church named after that.

Apparently Lee Ho-Bin (poor deluded guy) married her? The distinct name similarity between Heo Ho-bin and Lee Ho-bin cannot be a coincidence, leaving me not much options other than to conclude that the two “Ho-bins” were married in the 1930’s or wanted to appear to be that way.

Even as recently as 2005 in Today’s World, 34 a Unification church publication, she is specifically referred to by Church historian Chu Yeon-gu as “Mrs. Heo Ho-bin of the Inside Belly Church“.

Note: This despite the fact that previous Unification Church historian Michael Breen makes no mention of this possible marriage to Lee Ho-Bin, and states that Heo Ho-bin was married to another man by the name of Lee Il-duk. That said, the people involved with this Jesus Church or “inside the belly” church are known to lie at the drop of a hat concerning even their very origins, so Breen interviewees dropping out the real reason for her being referred to as Mrs. Heo Ho-bin  – because she was married or wanted to appear to be married to Lee Ho-bin in the 1930’s – is most certainly not out of the question.

Not at all. In fact…these people had no qualms whatsoever dragging Yong Do Lee’s name through the mud based on what they were doing, not him.

In September of that year, the New Jesus Church Central Mission Headquarters was established in Pyongyang, the Wonsan Theology School was built and publication began of the monthly magazine Jesus. At the time, the Presbyterian Assembly declared the New Jesus Church a heretical group and warning notices were handed out at each of their gatherings.  – Unification Church Periodical

Yong Lee was also condemned even though he had pleaded with them not to start this Church.7

But that didn’t stop them from pretending (lieing) that he supported it, splashing his picture all over their first publication. Note the strange cross..

Jesus Church publication –

October –

Rev. Lee Yong-do passed away in Wonsan at dawn on October 2. He was only 33, the same age as was Jesus when he died. After a five-day funeral,  Rev. Lee Ho-bin was elected the church’s spiritual leader. – Unification Church Periodical

By this time, however, Lee Yong do was ill with Tuberculosis. In October he died, aged thirty two. Lee Ho bin replaced him as chairman.20

Within the new church, there was a lot of spiritual activity associated with the Wonsan members, who were led by Baek. 20

Note: Remember, Wonsan was Reverend Hardie’s area. He was the guy that to me was a rather obvious British intelligence asset, and he was the guy who was backing Mary C. Rumsey’s speaking in tongues she was doing, who had just started up the first Korean Pentecostal Church.

So what’s this Inside the Belly Church?

Well, it’s actually an outcropping of the Holy Lord Church (Songjugyo) or Sacred Lord Church – which was Seongdo Kim’s. Heo was a follower of Kim’s, and I think this is the same person as Yoo, Paek’s “goddess” that totally schmoozed Lee Ho-bin with this “belly shaking”. I suppose there could be two women making this same claim, but I have found no evidence of that.

These churches, beginning with the New Jesus Church, then the Holy Lord Church led by Kim Seong-do, and finally the Inside Womb/Belly Church led by Heo Ho-bin …

[Paek] We know little of his religious group, except that it was apparently instrumental in setting up the Inside Belly Church and a group called the New Jesus Church. Paek Namju was given a revelation that he must go to Chulsan and meet Mrs Kim Seongdo and follow her. (G. Chryssides, Advent of Sun Myung Moon)

In particular, men from Wonsan were doing spiritual works in the eastern part of Korea. At the same time, women appeared who were doing spiritual works in Cheolsan, in the western part. Among these women, the most notable were Rev. Kim Seong-do of the Holy Lord Church, Rev. Heo Ho-bin of the Inside the Womb Church…29

Paek was already linked up with the blood-sex ritual guy at this point, Hwang Kuk-ju, because he was a founder of the Jesus Church in 1933.

The actual sequence here is that he was engaging in these sex rituals and then had to leave Wonsan because he got a girl pregnant.

[Paek] In order to pay indemnity for Jesus’ suffering, he walked barefoot to Cholsan to meet Kim Seong-do and apply to register Grandmother Kim’s group under the name Holy Lord Church. He was the first person in Korea to have a John-the-Baptist mission.30

[Jesus Church] …someone in the group claimed to have received a revelation that they had to link up with another spiritual group led by a woman on the west coast. Baek is said to have walked the 130 mile journey barefoot to meet her.20

Paek Namju and Mrs Kim met and Paek begin to believe Mrs. Kim’s revelations. One woman in Paek’s group reportedly received a revelation that he was the new Lord and that he would beget a child by means of a virgin. The arrival of this child was a matter of some embarassment, and Paek became subject to accusations of sexual misconduct by the Christian orthodoxy. A more plausible explanation for his 130 mile journey to meet Mrs Kim is that he was trying to flee the scandal. 27

…but also moral perfectionist (Mr. Guk-Ju Hwang) and counterfeit prophecies (Mrs. Myeong-Hwa Yu, Mr. Jun-Myeong Han, and Mr. Nam-Ju Paek). Especially, Guk-Ju Hwang and Nam-Ju Paek fell into religious adultery, which implies the typical analogy between religious trance and sexual ecstasy.

Christian Council of Korea

As you can see, someone tried to turn this into some “religious” event of walking barefoot and other BS, but in my opinion, what really happened is that it was time for his group to hook up, visibly, with the women, and further confuse the trail regarding this whole operation against Yong Do Lee, as well as taking the Black PR of him up another notch with this belly shaking and sex rituals.

[See 1936 Rev. Moon “return to eden” and dancing naked]

Meanwhile – Jong-Ho Byeon, who was actually changed and captivated by Lee’s ministry – not just a crazy faker like the others – decided to devote his life to vindicating Yong Do Lee. He decided to publish a little collection of Yong Do’s diary in 1934. Rumsey and the other Pentecostal leaders (such as the ones the British had sent) read it very carefully. 12

I’ll just bet they did, because look what happens next.

Paek and Hwang and the rest of the crazies already in the Jesus Church, link up Kim’s group more visibly and ergo position it as part of Yong Do Lee’s movement.

In 1934, the Jesus Church held joint services with Kim’s unregistered group to protect them from the Japanese authorities. 27

Paek gets caught having blood-sex rituals with someone’s wife however – gets expelled from the Jesus Church by the Japanese authorities. Which, of course, brought attention to what they were doing and pinned it onto Yong Do.

Later, in the winter of 1934, the new Jesus Church expelled Baek for committing adultery. Although this incident was down played by his friends, it appears to have been linked with rumors of messianic claims.20

So now Paek and Kim form the Holy Lord Church.

As we saw in chapter three, the Jesus Church was rapidly expanding. This relationship lasted for three years until the Jesus Church, upset by the group’s heretical belief that the Lord would return in the flesh and by claims of some of the believers that Kim was the Lord, severed ties. Baek Nam-ju, who had been expelled from the Jesus Church for adultery, helped Kim set up her group independently and suggested the name, Holy Lord Church. Her eldest son, Chung Suk-cheon, was registered as the nominal leader. 27

Kim’s Son (right)

Oddity – doesn’t Kim’s son look an awful lot like the kid in this 1931 pic? (I included this earlier)

Back – Yong Do Lee’s mother), Yong Do Lee
Front – Mrs. Yonggu Yangok – Mrs Song Bonghae – Daughter – Son Yeongcheol

Just a thought.

Our ‘goddess’ – the shaking belly woman, Yoo, has now taken on the name Heo Ho-bin having actually married or wanting to appear to be married to Lee Ho-bin (as we discussed earlier), and is now a ‘follower’ of Mrs. Kim and a member of the Holy Lord Church.

Moon said about his later wife’s mother:

“Soon Ae Hong ….she had been a member of the Holy Lord Church and a follower of Back Nam-joo of Cheolsan. Even though I knew of their recent history and that the Unification Church had inherited their tradition28

Like I said earlier, see how key this really is? It’s not Yong Do Lee at all that these people would later infect America with through the Unification Church – it was the crazies.

It’s really interesting how they all lie about this.


True Mother (left) with her mother Soon Ae Hong and with her grandmother Won Mo Cho

The Inside Belly Church was formed as a branch of the Holy Lord Church, shortly thereafter.

Ok, so what’s going on with the Rumsey pentecostalists?

In 1934, the Subingo congregation had grown to 70 adults and 200 children. They had the first baptismal ceremony at the River Han, and moved to another place (Dongbingo-Dong) because Rumsey could not manage to pay the rent.12

Example River Baptism – (this is in the South of the U.S. around this same time)

By 1935, they had twelve members in its leadership committee.12

So, Hong Heoh set up Yeonhijang (연희장) the third pentecostal congregation now,  at Buk-Ahyeon-Dong. Seon-Myeong Moon, a representative of Korean hereticism, was said to have once belonged to this Yeonhijang congregation in his teens.12 [see 1938, Moon]

Around that same time, Seobingo pastor Seong-San Park started Heukseokdong (흑석동) congregation at Heukseok-Dong across the River Han. It had about 30 adult members, and was actually a branch of Seobingo. (Yeong Gwan Park,The Two and Four Major Cults, Seoul, 1977, p.34.)12

Remember the triple prayer – overnight prayer, tongues, and fasting – was the power source of its movement as well as of its theological development.

See how that is exactly like what the Jesus Church/Belly Church/Holy Lord Church were doing? No accident.

Around 1936 – the Seong-Do Kim faction gets split off from the Jesus Church.

As we saw in chapter three, the Jesus Church was rapidly expanding. This relationship lasted for three years until the Jesus Church, upset by the group’s heretical belief that the Lord would return in the flesh and by claims of some of the believers that Kim was the Lord, severed ties.  27

So, here’s where things get really interesting as to lies by the Moon organization.

One source says that Moon was 16 years old when he “received the revelation that he was the prophet raised up by God. At that time (1936) there were several ecstatic and messianic movements in Korea, and especially a Methodist pastor called Young Do Lee seems to have influenced Moon.

As you just saw, it’s been said that it was the pentecostal Yeonhijang church set up by Rumsey man Heong Huh, that Moon was associated with.

However….one of Moon’s patsies, Young Bok Chun, tries to have it be believed that it was Yong Do Lee he was associated with, and tells a pretty despicable lie about Yong Do as being the source for ritual nudity – when we know that’s not the case, it was the crazies (Hwang, Yoo, Kim, Paek, etc.)

The Advent of Sun Myung Moon by G. Chryssides points out a source who says that the Jesus Church congregation, engaged in ritual nudity during public worship.

I often went to these meetings when I was young. The pastor was an enthusiastic and eloquent preacher and advocated a peculiar interpretation of the Bible. During the meetings he used to roll up a newspaper and go around saying, “Satan, get out! Satan, get out!” while the congregation was praying in a state of ecstatic shaking.

This movement advocated the so-called “restoration of the original state” before the fall of Adam and Eve. The congregation was dancing around and crying for the return of Eden. And when the pastor cried, “Adam and Eve were naked before the fall! Take off your clothes!” the men turned to the women and stripped off their clothes, and they danced around naked.

– Rev. Young Bok Chun, Secretary of the Evangelical Department of the General Assembly of the Korean Christian Church in Japan, also wrote the Korean Background of the Unification Church – a vested interest source, clearly.

This total lying propagandist, Young Bok Chun, made a huge mistake when he portrayed that Sun Myung Moon had participated as a regular attender.

This particular mistake nails both him and Moon to the wall as deliberately lying about Yong Do Lee.

Moon came to him [Yong do] in 1936 and was deeply influenced by him and other charismatic leaders. The movement was suppressed and the leaders were scattered, but Moon, who was a member of the group, brought with him the idea of the return to Eden.

Rev. Young Bok CHUN, Secretary of the Evangelical Department of the General Assembly of the Korean Christian Church in Japan, also wrote the Korean Background of the Unification Church – a vested interest source, clearly.

Note the year of 1936.

Be just a little difficult for Moon to “come to him” when Yong Do had been dead for 3 years.

These two people lie even further, clearly trying to get around the rather glaring discrepancy that Lee had been dead for three years at that time – AND the fact that Moon was mixed up with the Rumsey pentecostalists.

Moon is documented by Chryssides as saying that “when Lee died in 1932 his spirit passed to one Kim Baek Moon, who began a new group known as the Israel Monastery.

Note that Moon can’t even get the death date right, in the middle of his lie trying to explain his other lie!

Personally, I think this favorite little childhood ditty of mine, accurately sums up just about anything that Moon says about Yong Do Lee –

One bright day in the dark of night,
Two dead boys got up to fight.
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.
The deaf policeman heard the noise,
and came and shot the two dead boys.
If you don’t believe this lie is true?
Ask the blind man, he saw it too.

See what I mean?

Chryssides, to their credit, correctly doubts Moon’s and Chun’s testimony that attempts to ascribe all this crazy crap onto Yong Do Lee, but fails to note that this all happened after Lee was DEAD. I think this is largely because they didn’t look at it the way I did, and didn’t timeline it. Not to mention the fact that this was not easy to find all these pieces I did, in the first place, to even put this all back together into some semblance of a correct sequence of events.

Still, I think it was very perceptive of Chyrssides to suspect something was very wrong here about all this, one of the few (if not only) that ever has.

So, let’s see what actually happened here.

* * *

 

Pentecostalism Comes to Korea

1.6 ‘Moon’ Time
Return to Eden, Sex and Blood –
Further Black PR of Yong Do Lee plus
Start of new controlled opposition

 

On October 5, 1938, the first 3 Korean pastors were ordained at Mary Rumsey’s quarters by a BRITISH bishop from the British Pentecostal church, no less. I figure that had to be a connection that the two British missionaries, Elsie Merdith and Lily Vessey had (they had come from England in 1933 at the invitation of Gladys Parson).

Three prior Rumsey church leaders, Heung Huh, Sung-San Park* and Boo-Keun Pae (Bu-Geun Bae) – were who received ordination; the last two were trained in Japan originally. 17  Bu-Geun Bae had been financed to start the second congregation, Suchangdong, by Gladys Parson and Elfreda Offstead. 12

*There is a note that says: “The first elder, Seung-Hak Baek” was ordained, perhaps this is a variation on Park’s name?

They now renamed their church to the “Chosun Pentecostal Church and Mission Center”.

The four original congregations (Seobingo, Suchangdong, Yeonhijang, and Heukseokdong) were the most important congregations of Choseon Pentecostal denomination before the Second World War…”

Reference: The Complete Collection of Yi Yong-Do (CCYY), edited by Jong-Ho Byeon, 10 vols. Seoul, 1993

This same year, the new church officers decided they should get a bigger place. As there were no rich members of the congregation, they figured they should get the money from the missionaries. Rev. Pak and six church officers met with two missionaries, one American and one Briton, at the house in downtown Seoul where the missionaries lived. [that was Mary Rumsey and either Elsie or Lily]

Translating was Henry Dodge Appenzeller, an American who was the director of the Paichai (pronounced Pay chay) School, founded by his father, who had been the first Methodist missionary to Korea.
(Unification Church History)

This clearly shows the METHODIST involvement in supporting pentecostalism, that I mentioned earlier. Please also note that the Appenzeller Family is discussed at great length in Part 2 of this series.

So, here comes the Jesus Church connection, finally visibly tieing up to their true “handlers” – intelligence wise.

“We wanted to enlarge the church but we needed money. Our main position was, ‘If you don’t give us money, we will leave’,” said Kim Hee son, one of the young deacons, recalling the meeting forty seven years later. The two missionaries, both middle aged women were in a difficult situation. The tradition established by Protestant missions in Korea was to not fund church construction, but to insist that congregations be self supporting. Furthermore, they did not have the money.

…Rev. Pak, smarting from the clash with the foreign missionaries, said they should join the new Jesus Church, because it was the first denomination started by Koreans. Few in the congregation knew much about it. (Unification Church History)

Pak is also referred to as Baek, by the way. He’s one of the people that had been ordained.

Ok, so now we know there is a split, or a joining about to happen here, between the Pentecostal Church and the Jesus Church, but let’s look at Moon’s history a little closer now.

 

The Future Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s involvement

 

We know that Hong Heoh set up Yeonhijang (연희장) the third pentecostal congregation at Buk-Ahyeon-Dong in 1935, and it’s been said that: Seon-Myeong Moon, a representative of Korean hereticism, was said to have once belonged to this Yeonhijang congregation in his teens.12

Moon would have been 15 or so then.

We also know that around that same time, Seobingo pastor Seong-San Park started Heukseokdong (흑석동) congregation at Heukseok-Dong across the River Han. It had about 30 adult members, and was actually a branch of Seobingo. (Yeong Gwan Park,The Two and Four Major Cults, Seoul, 1977, p.34.)12

Unification History, Chapter 3 says that:

In his first year away from home, he attended services at the Pentecostal church in Heuksokdong. The church was one of six established by the denomination since the arrival of the first American missionary, Mary C. Rumsey, in 1928. It had been set up a few years earlier, when Pak Kyong Joon a deacon at the first church in the south west suburb of Sobinggo, moved across the river to Heuksokdong. The minister, Pak Song san, held services in Sobinggo in the morning and at Heuksokdong in the afternoon.

“Set up a few years earlier” is a problem, time-line wise. Because…how could Moon be attending both Heoh’s congregation and Park (or Pak) congregation when he’s 15 or so, but yet other sources say that he doesn’t come to Seoul to do any of it until 1938, when he would have been 18.

For now, I’m going to go with that he started out attending one of these Pentecostal congregations around age 15 or 16. We even have Moon in his own words “hinting” to this. My guess is it was the Heuksokdong one, because as you are about to see, it merges with the Jesus Church.

This also means that it is while he’s connecting to these particular kooks, is when he: “received the revelation that he was the prophet raised up by God.” at age 16 when he “met Jesus”. An error, leaving out the word “church” as in Jesus Church, perhaps? Or a code, referring to that he met with Pak and Ho-bin in 1936, in Seoul, and “received his mission? (see Rev. Young Bok CHUN re: 1936)

I think it was the second one as it lines up perfectly with what comes next.

Unification History, Chapter 3

…By 1938, the year when Sun myung moved to Seoul, the Jesus Church had thirty two churches in Korea. They were all in the northern half of the country. The only services held in Seoul were in the house of Kang Suk kyong, a wealthy Jesus Church member who had moved from Pyongyang. Occasionally, church leaders and revivalists would hold meetings in her home. They cried and yelled so much during their prayers that neighbors reported them to the police. It was decided that a new church should be established in Heuksokdong, in Seoul. where two of Kang’s daughters lived. But there was no money to send a full time minister to the city. It was at this time that the Pentecostal congregation in Heuksok dong came looking for a new church to join. Rev. Pak Song san asked the Jesus Church if it would take his flock from Heuksok dong. They agreed and a new Jesus Church, called the Myongsudae Worship Hall, with some hundred and twenty members, began holding services. Kwon Duk pal, the young lay preacher from the Pentecostal group, was put in charge. He conducted such emotional services that the new church became known locally as ‘The Crying Church’.

 

The Jesus Church (Yesu Kyohoe) in Myungsudae, Seoul in the late 1930s.
Sun Myung Moon is standing in the back row in front of the window.

This time period is where that lie by one of Moon’s patsies, Young Bok Chun, really comes into play here.

As quoted in: The Advent of Sun Myung Moon by G. Chryssides

I often went to these meetings when I was young. The pastor was an enthusiastic and eloquent preacher and advocated a peculiar interpretation of the Bible. During the meetings he used to roll up a newspaper and go around saying, “Satan, get out! Satan, get out!” while the congregation was praying in a state of ecstatic shaking.

This movement advocated the so-called “restoration of the original state” before the fall of Adam and Eve. The congregation was dancing around and crying for the return of Eden. And when the pastor cried, “Adam and Eve were naked before the fall! Take off your clothes!” the men turned to the women and stripped off their clothes, and they danced around naked.

So, now we know where that really came from, and when, and again, that this was not Yong Do Lee.

One has to wonder, if ole Kwon Duk Pal was doing just a little bit more than conducting “emotional services.” Although, one could suppose that after all that crying, the running around naked thing could get rather emotional.

Albeit perhaps a rather different emotion.

 

From left, Yoo Koo-bok, Moon’s cousin Seung-gyun and Kwon Duk-pal, the lay preacher at the church which Moon attended.

Yikes! That Kwon guy looks…well, let’s be kind. Err…rather less than intelligent.

And check out Moon’s ‘fancy’ pic from this time period –

Moon – school pic, 1940

“Throughout his high school days (prior to 1941 when he graduated) in Seoul Sun Myung Moon attended a local chapter of Yesu Kyohoe. Sun Myung Moon lodged at the home of Ms. Lee Kee-bong and briefly at the house of her sister Ms. Lee Kee-ha.”   (The Advent of Sun Myung Moon by G. Chryssides)

These two women were the daughters of Mrs. Kang (Kang Suk Kyon). Sun Myung Moon was given the job of Sunday School teacher for about thirty children in the now merged Pentecostal/Jesus Church.

Moon is standing second from the left.
Seated right is his landlady, Lee Kee-bong.

When the authorities decreed in the late 1930’s that the Showa Emperor was to be worshipped by the Korean populace as a god, the most notable objectors were Christians. They refused to comply. (Whittaker 65)

Mary Rumsey was forced to leave in October 1939, and there were six pentecostal congregations and 173 members at that time.12

One of which was now merged with the Jesus Church.

In December 1940, the other two foreign missionaries (the two Brits) who had planted Pentecostal churches after Rumsey were deported. The Chosen had lost its leaders.17

A little over a year later, in December 1941, Song-do Kim of the Holy Lord Church, remember her? The one that Moon’s future wife (and her mother and grandmother) had been hanging out with. She got arrested.

On December 16, 1941, Kim was arrested by the Japanese and imprisoned for a hundred days. She was greatly weakened by this experience and died on April 1, 1942, aged 62. While Kim was imprisoned the Japanese burned her records; these would otherwise have become the earliest manuscripts of the Principle. Her church was taken over by Ho-bin Huh and came to be known as the Inside Belly Church because of Huh’s belief that the messiah would soon be born from her womb. (Graham C. Lester, blog post)

That’s not entirely accurate. Miss ‘my belly shakes when Jesus is in it’ had already established the Inside Belly Church in Pyongyang as a branch of the Holy Lord Church.

But now she – as Mrs. Ho-bin, Lee’s wife apparently, takes over Kim’s Holy Lord Church. (note: True Mother is the euphemistic over-the-top title of Moon’s wife)

Hak Ja Han Moon – Moon’s wife, born (February 10) in 1943, at her maternal grandparents’ home at number 26, Shineui village in the township of Anju, South Pyeongan Province. She was the only daughter of her father, Han Seung-oon, and her mother, Hong Soon-ae. Specifically, shortly after the birth of True Mother, Rev. Kim Seong-do of the Holy Lord Church died in prison from the torture she received there. Thereupon the mission was passed down to the Inside the Womb Church led by Rev. Heo Ho-bin. As Rev. Heo was also imprisoned, her mother, taking her place, testified to True Mother, who was six years old at the time. She blessed her, saying, “You will be Heaven’s Bride.” Even before the birth of True Mother there were prophecies about her, such as, “She will become the queen of the universe.” 28

Huh Ho-bin, who was the leader of the Holy Lord Church in Pyongyang. Huh and her husband, Lee Il-duk, were such fanatical followers that they would go to Pyongyang train station to wait for Kim to arrive, even after she had died. Every time Mrs. Huh received a revelation, her stomach would move as if she were pregnant. This unusual experience was cited by the followers as further evidence of the truth of Kim’s teaching that, contrary to common Christian belief, the Lord would be born in the flesh. Huh’s group became informally known as ‘Bokjung-Kyo’ literally the In-the-Belly Church.27

However, war was now upon them.

During WWII, there were several Koreans who preached the pentecostal gospel but they had no draw. 17

The first real move on that wasn’t until  some time in 1945 when Kim Baek Moon re-activated the combined Pentecostal/Jesus church into the Israel Jesus Church – and Moon is right there for that.

The next real move was April 9, 1950, when Heung Huh, Sung-San Park and Boo-Keun Pae – the first 3 ordained Pentecostal priests – tried to revive the Korean Pentecostal Church in Soonchun, Jeonra-Namdo at a revival/formal meetings.

Two months later the Korean War broke out.

Rev. Ellowed, Army chaplain met with Heung Huh and he promised to hook up the U.S. Assemblies of God to him. Rev. Osgood, head of the Asian Misson of it, visited and then Arthur B. Chestnut was officially sent to Korea on Dec. 15, 1951 as the first AG missionary.

With the founding of the Korean Assemblies of God later in 1951, Rumsey’s work was officially turned over to the American Assemblies of God in 1952.

Chestnut began to work together with Heung Huh, Sung-San Park and Boo-Keun Pae to gather up the scattered members. On April 8, 1953 they held the opening service of the Korean Assemblies of God at Namboo Church.

Heong Huh, became the first Korean Assemblies of God national chairman. 17

And with that, we are now completed on the back history, and ready to enter my main timeline where all this religious propagandizing begins crossing into full out intelligence activities by many of these very same people, especially Moon, Young Oon Kim etc.

Please see Part 2 – War, Intelligence, Money and Communism.

 

References –

1 – Monsignor Richard Rutt’s pamphlet “The Korean Martyrs

2 – Choi, Suk-Woo (August 1984). “Korean Catholicism Yesterday and Today”. Korea Journal. 24 (8): 4–13. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007 – page 10.

3 – The Religious Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps by A. Orange; Chapter 2: Frank Buchman

4 – Thesis by Matthew David Arnold Duke University

5 – KOREAN CHRISTIANITY AND THE SHINTO SHRINE ISSUE IN THE WAR PERIOD, 1931-1945: A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF RELIGION AND POLITICS; thesis by Sung-Gun Kim, B.A., M.A.; May 1989

6 – 25 March 1969 S-E-C-R-E-T NO FOREIGN DISSEM, Kodama, Yoshio CIA file declassified in 2005 under Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act. This document appears to be so newly on the web there isn’t even a google cache version of it yet, or an internet archive version.

7 – CHAPTER 5 A REFORMED DOCTRINE OF SANCTIFICATION FOR THE KOREAN CONTEXT; University of Pretoria; pages 52-54; found at slideflix. Please note, this source extensively documents his sources regarding Yong-do Lee, conveniently located right on the pages noted above. References on the Yoo etc. having fascination with Swedenborg are listed as: In-Seo Kim, “A Report of Investigation of the Inside Story of Yong-Do Church. Faith Life, 1934, May; V. W. Peters, “Simeon, A Christian Korean Mystic,” Korean Mission Field (Oct., 1936): 219; Yong-Kyu Park, “The Issue of Pastor Yong-Do Lee and His Hereticalness,” Presbyterian Theological Quarterly. 244 (Oct., 1995):42.

8 – KBS; General Jeon Bong-jun; June 30, 2011

9 – THE TONGHAK RELIGION AND UPRISING: CH’OE CHEU ON LEARNING TRUTH AND TWELVE REFORMS PROCLAIMED BY THE TONGHAK OVERSEER’S OFFICE

10 – New World Encyclopedia. Reference notes: ‘this article draws directly, with the author’s permission, from the following unpublished article: Davies, Daniel. 1992. Ch’oe Che-u (1824-1864): The Heavenly Way, unpublished paper.”

11 – [page 28] CHUNGSAN-GYO: Its History, Doctrine and Ritual by Lee Kang-o Translated and Edited by Richard Rutt

12 – History and theology of Korean Pentecostalism by Ig-Jin Kim, chapter 5 (1928-1953); found here

13 – Christian Pentecostalism Timeline

14 – Scriptures of Won Buddhism, book found here; quoting from the works of Kang Il-sun

15 – The Holy Spirit Movement in Korea: Its Historical and Theological Development by Young-hoon Lee

16 – The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition …by Vinson Synan p. 139-141

17 – The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements …edited by Stanley M. Burgess, Eduard M. van der Maas.

18 – Lobster issue #21, ‘Privatising’ covert action: the case of the Unification Church by Jeffrey M. Bale; Introduction; The Unification Church – Korean Central Intelligence Agency connection;     The Unification Church – World Anti-Communist League Linkage. Big thanks to Roger dog for providing it.

19 – Young-oon Kim’s testimony: from page xvi of 40 Years in America, by Michael Inglis and Michael Mickler ISBN 0-910621-99-3

20 – http://www.tparents.org/library/unification/books/sm-early/Chap03.htm

21 – My Successful Search for God – Part I: My Spiritual Pilgrimage, Young Oon Kin

22 – Timothy S. Lee Born Again Evangelicalism in Korea; 2010

23 – SYLLABUSES,CHAPTER I, INTRODUCTION – The Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death by Frederic Myers, published 1903 Volume I

24 – Title  –  ASTROLOGY THEOLOGIZED: The Spiritual Hermeneutics of Astrology and Holy Writ Being A Treatise upon the Influence of the Stars on Man and on the Art of Ruling Them By the Law of Grace; With a Prefatory Essay by Dr. Anna Kingsford on the True Method of Interpreting Holy Scripture. Reprinted from the Original of 1649 [in 1886]. Wherein is set forth, what Astrology and the light of Nature is. What influence the Stars naturally have on Man, and how the same may be diverted, and avoided.

25 – Bibliography of Rev. Lee Yong-do: New Look at Pioneer Who Awakened the Korean Church, news posting 2014-09-03

26 – History of Christianity in Korea (2011) by In-soo Kim, PhD; pages: 333-335

27 – Sun Myung Moon,The Early Years, 1920-53 By Michael Breen, Chapter 6, Jerusalem of the East

28 – The Words of Hak Ja Han Moon from 2013, True Mother’s Life Story — Part 2 — The period just before True Parents’ Holy Wedding

29 – Chambumo Gyeong Bk 3 Ch.1 Sec.1 Intro

30 – Sun Myung Moon’s Life In His Own Words, Part 8: Korea’s Spiritual War; Preparations for the beginning of True Father’s public mission in 1945

31 – Justification: The Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness from Reformation … By Paul ChulHong Kang

32 – Paul Kyung Chul Han, Spiritual Awakening: A Theological and Historical Study With Four Major Waves in the Korean Church, pp. 166-167.

33 – Pastor Lee Yongdo related articles and photo collection, Yoon Chul 2012-02-29.

34 – July 2005, article in Unification Church publication Today’s World p. 16. Article intro reads: “The following is based on information compiled by Chu Yeon-gu of the FFWPU History Committee, an organization researching our history.” The FFWPU stands for Family Federation For World Peace and Unification – the new name for the Unification Church as of May 1,1994.