Many people are unaware of Shincheonji that is quite popular and making tremendous progress in South Korea. Shincheonji, also is known as “Shinchonji,” has an abbreviation such as SCJ. It is a pseudo-Christian religion that is practiced and followed in South Korea. And the official name for Shincheonji is “Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony.” The founder and creator of this religious cult is Lee Man-Hee in the year 1980s. And now, in the present scenario, it has got around 200,000 adherents. However, this religious cult is in great controversy among the people in South Korea.
Many Korean consider Shincheonji as cult religion and different from the preaching of the true gospel. The founder of Shincheonji religion himself believes that he has the ability and gift of interpreting the Bible. Lee Man-Hee thinks that he is immortal and that salvation requires faith in him and his religion, rather that God Jesus. According to Shincheonji religion and teaching, they teach that the Bible is simply a combination of metaphors. And he alone has the spiritual ability and power to correct and interpret them.
Many Christian associations and organizations have termed this religion a significant division from the true gospel of Christianity; this religion has made headlines in Korea by attracting many followers. And recently, it made wildfire news in regards to the spread of novel Coronavirus disease. According to the Korea Center for Disease Control, the main reason for the spread of Coronavirus is South Korea, mainly due to the Shincheonji. They stated that the Shincheonji worship system and policy method is primarily responsible for the rapid spread of the deadly disease.
Shincheonji religion has the structure of following a unique process of worshipping. The congregation members of Shincheonji have to kneel in tight rows. The members have been prohibited from covering their face and mouth with masks or sunglasses. This method and practice of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus directly let the virus spread among the members. Shincheonji followers and members believe that the virus was the work of the devil to stop church work. They think and consider that the virus was a form of blockage to the progress of the religion. And hence they continue to practice their religion. And this ultimately let the rapid growth and spread of the virus in South Korea in massive numbers.
They usually practice their work and service through running and operating social-action organizations. Though this cult is objected and criticized yet, they’re very successful and influential. The founder and creator of the cult claim that he has the special and unique capacity of interpreting the bible. He considers himself as immortal and states that salvation requires faith in under him. However, when research and study carefully, Shincheonji is entirely a significant diversion from the gospel’s actual teaching.