World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) members have made a number of claims as to why Ahn Sahng-Hong wrote “Problems With New Jerusalem, The Bride and Women’s Veils“. Some of the claims that members have made are that critics of the book have only looked at selected lines, have failed to examine the book’s content, or considered the situation around which the book was written. (Their biblical misinterpretations are often a result of not taking the surrounding context into account). This series of articles will focus on exactly how Ahn Sahng-Hong’s book absolutely contradicts what the WMSCOG teaches by taking an in-depth look at Problems With New Jerusalem and comparing it to WMSCOG information and literature.
WMSCOG members sometimes may mis-translate the title of the book to say “The New Jerusalem and the Bride: Explanation on Women’s Veil”. The Korean word being translated to “explanation” is 문제, which actually means problem. You can copy and paste the Korean word into Google Translate to double check. The topics in this book were such a problem for Ahn Sahng-Hong that he published the book twice while he was alive, once in 7/18/1980 and a second time 10/20/1983 [click the “Last” tab]. Therefore I find it hard to believe that Ahn Sahng-Hong “collected all the copies of the book” as some WMSCOG members claim.
There is also a misunderstanding that Ahn Sahng-Hong wrote Problems with New Jerusalem against Um Soo-In only. In the Preface, Ahn Sahng-Hong writes, “This book was published to stop the troublemaker at church, namely those that misinterpret the Bible and act like a religious fanatic also to explain the errors of the books published by UhmSooIn and testify of the unchanging truth of the Church of our God”. This is a very important statement that Ahn Sahng-Hong makes. According to Ahn Sahng-Hong, the book has 3 purposes:
- to stop troublemakers in the church, those that misinterpret the Bible and act like religious fanatics
- to explain the errors that Uhm Soo-In makes in her books
- to testify of the unchanging truth of the “Church of God”
In this series of articles we will examine what Ahn Sahng-Hong wrote regarding Um Soo-In’s interpretation of the Bible and how his writings compare to the WMSCOG’s interpretation of the same verses, his interpretation of the New Jerusalem and the Bride, and WMSCOG member commentary on the topic.