Religious Groups in Korea

The World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG, in Korean: 하나님의교회 세계복음선교협회) is a religious group from Korea. Before taking an in-depth look at their beliefs though, it will help us to understand the culture and mindset in the country out of which this group arose.

“There are many gods and Jesuses in Korea” – Professor Tark, professor of Religion at Busan Presbyterian University. His website in Korean is at hdjongkyo.co.kr. You can watch his entire introduction embedded below, or directly on vimeo here:



Korea is full of fringe religious groups. This is also the country where both Dahn Yoga and the Unification Church came from. Now, there is a new group, the World Mission Society Church of God.

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  • there are 20 of us who just left the wmscog church of god in los angeles CA usa we have been in this church between 10 to 15 years only to find out that we have been lied to about our whole history. our doctrine has been changing as the church has grown.

    • I am so glad that you are finally out. What was it that helped you to see that you were being lied to? Are there any insights that we could use to get our loved ones out?

    • ed,
      Reseda, CA? They have a big church there. Complete with playground for kids.

      • minimi it’s all lies. If your smart you will get out. ASH did not fullfill what the church claims that he did. He did not claim that there was a god the mother. I’m sure he taught in the NCPCOG about Christ till his death in 1985. In fact they told us that ASH and mother where never physically married (to other people) but they were, ASH never had children but he did, his mother and father where Buddhist and never believed in god but in fact they died as Christians. lies lies lies. How can there be truth when there are so many lies?

    • Ed, my wife was seduced by the San Diego WMSCOG. Could you and your friends help me get her straightened out? Please help.

  • Try to find a way to talk to her. She is thinking that anything negative she hears about what she knows as truth, is a ploy to take her faith away. So you must think differently. Do not make accusations or seem like you don’t believe. Keep neutral. Control your panic. Remember she will receive all your negative emotions and words in two ways; your words are not from god so they must be from the devil, and since you do not hear the words of god you do not belong to god. At the same time it’s being reinforced with a Bible. Try to send her lots of emails and voice recordings and pics of you and the kids. They will take place of the thoughts of a heavenly family because this is her focus now. Do you understand what I am saying to you? You should get some professional help with what your going through. It is complicated. It’s a battle that overcame my marriage and I introduced my wife to the the church ten years ago. I could not even talk to her about what was going on within the church leadership. I was bringing to her attention things going on within the church. Like what members were saying or doing to each other using sermons to make examples out of people and things that should not be taking place in the house of god. My son was so sick one time from asthma. He was short of breath. I told her we needed to take him home to rest and she would not go and we fought. At 12 am I was in the emergency room and he was not breathing. This s**t happened twice. If anything, myself or the kids (which always was me) interfered with her church duties, she would always tell people “my husband does not want me to study,preach,teach” etc. When in fact it was that I needed time to work and the kids should come first. More or less these where factors interfering with her faith coming from the devil. She put a space between us because of how her faith was affecting her thinking. Don’t get me wrong, I was a member too, but for some reason many people lose the ability to use their common sense and no longer see the whole picture. Some type of fear or worry, like you will not go to heaven, is the motivator. It even comes to the point where members come to hate life on earth, thinking if they complete god’s work the world will come to an END where there is no more pain or sorrow. And there is much more to say about this. There is no doubt these types of messages are putting people’s lives on hold or at risk. For example, many drop out of school, divorce, sell there homes and stop planning a future. church church church. It’s the response of a doomsday message and every man for himself. And just think, we were both members. This extremism is why the divorce rate is high in the wmscog. This is all psychological. Go get help and I hope my story helps.

    • @ED, what made you leave a church you had faith in from 10-15 yrs, why did it take you so long to see that they were lying to you. The bible says many will fall in the last days, can this be the case. Did you and the 20 who left, verified everything and made sure it was not just rumors, before you decide to walk out. Can you give more details. Is there really a Heavenly mother like they claim, please answer back, thank you. I am just seeking for the truth, please help!

      • Amanda I know they are telling people lies about the reasons we left it keeps getting back to us. IF you read my last post it explains a little and thats just the start. The church has been ling about so many things its hard to get into. According to the court case between the NCPCOG and WMSCOG ASH wrote a book disclaiming the exsistance of a mother god, did you read it. ASH wrote this book while at the NCPCOG if sarha reprisents god the mother then she would have to sleep with her son isick to produce the children of promis and anyone who follows the concept of mother god would perish. More or less it puts into question if ASH ever reviled god the mother at all. Why would there be two churches in korea that ASH started with two conflicting teachings? Also the WMSCOG has not given any answers to what is in question. WMSCOG posted some information on there web site and facebook stating that we are upset because we did not see or understand the court case, that profesor tark had produced false witnesses that where testifing that the church has a dooms day measage for 2012 which the church adimatly denies in this court case. I have a problem with this denile from the WMSCOG because that is exactly what thay where teaching us forteen years ago till the present day. There was a study ten or more years ago called the 2300 days and nights, it was about the end taking place in 2012. It sucks because I have wached the church doctrin slowly change over the years and the older members should know better and remember what they learned. The WMSCOG tried to sew the NCPCOG for the copy rights and lost in court and the church has done its best to cover this up over the last six or sevin years by kicking members out as they start to ask questions “damage control”. AS a result of this court case and the tetomony of the WMSCOG are history and the fullfillment of phophacy the church claims to have fullfilled seems to be in question. Ferthermore its general pastor, mother and church leaders own statments and testomony being recorded by the court. So many other questions have been asked as a result of but not one good answer or bible lesson has been given and to thingk we have only seen the clossing argument of the case. We have asked many church members if they know why we left but they have not been told the truth just more lies. Trust me we have not been blinded by the devil and if WMSCOG wanted us to continue in are faith they would have attempted to explian the facts at hand and provide anwsers through a bible but all Ive seen is excuses, lies and cover up. Keep in mined we are asking these questions because our church history and fullfillment goes against the testamony of jerusalem mother,general pastor and our founding leaders in the korean supprem court. So lets ask them. Why did the WMSCOG lie telling us ASH had no children is there somthing to hide? Perhaps it because his own son is the pastor of the origonal church ASH started and was the leader till his death in 1985 worshiping through jesus crist. Perhaps its because ASH wrote a book disclaiming the existance of a mother god. Is that why you tried to sew the NCPCOG for the copy rights to this book? how and when did ASH reviel mother god when in fact they where all members of the NCPCOG till his death in 1985 worshiping through jesus. according to this court case the two churches split in 1988 and thats when WMSCOG started teaching about a mother god. You told us the WMSCOG was founded by ASH but he died in 1985 in the NCPCOG. That means how was the passover fullfilled for 37 years if god the mother is the reality of the passover would she not have been reviled when ASH astablished the passover if mother was the fullfillment of passover but according to this court case that teaching was not taught by ASH in the NCPCOG. None of ASH books in the WMSCOG talk about mother god,in fact he left a book disclaiming the existance of mother god. Does the WMSCOG claim this book to be written by someone other than ASH if so why did you sew for the copy rights? Is it safe to say since general pastor wrote the green book that testifies about god the mother these are his writting and teachings not ASH. Did not the court case go over this very claim when ASH first wife claimed she was god in NCPCOG which led ASH writting this book in the first place. The court case indicates that this was not taught in ASH life time but after his death. Its seems clear the WMSCOG split from the NCPCOG because they wanted to teach about mother god in 1985. So as you can see this is a can of worms that puts the so called truth into question. How can the truth of god be combined with such a disput, lies,half truths,cover ups, missinformation. Does not the WMSCOG teach that god controls all things including govermant in order to fullfill gods purppos is that not what you where taught but it seems god may have lost his power because the WMSCOG lost there court case that would have protected there so called truth. One thing is for shure for every lie theres ten more. sorry its 3am and im going to bed sorry for typos i dont have time to proff read and correct them right now

        • hi everyone, you might find it easier to converse in our discussion forum.

        • ED…you have me in confusion, you stated above that IF SARAH REPRESENTS GOD THE MOTHER THEN SHE WOULD HAVE TO SLEEP WITH HER SON ISSAC TO PRODUCE THE CHILDREN OF PROMISE. Is this a typo error or is this what you really meant to say, if so could you please explain this to me because it does not make sense to me.

          You also say that General PASTOR wrote the book testifying about MOTHER and not ASH, What is the name of this book and when and where was it written, was it after 1985…

          • correct you know the story of Abraham is god, Isaac represents jesus christ the seed of promise and Sarah represents god the mother in WMSCOG right. So UmSooIn claimed to be god and ASH wrote that Sarah is Isaac’s mother. How can she sleep with her son Isaac to give birth to the children of promise? Please read Problems with new Jerusalem the bride and women’s veils by AngSahnHong and WMSCOG Vs Ji WonTak court case. The Church is telling all kinds of misinformation, making it hard to discern. Plus if you’re kind of new these last few years, you may not know how this court case and that book contradict our history, but this totally contradicts the history we were taught. If you contact this site, I will have the admin help us get in contact with each other. It may be too hard to understand over the internet as it is very detailed and somewhat complicated since WMSCOG is putting so much misinformation out there. I know you are hearing all kinds of things about us. It’s not true, none of it and every church is saying different things. They destroy families including mine and I can go into great detail about how this was done over several years by raising my wife up and beating me down and making an example of me and how this division works. So this is a warning to everyone, if your spouse is a good gospel worker and you are not, be warned there will be a separation process to put division between you.

        • @ED, forgot to add it’s not 2 churches, it’s 3, check this out it’s all in korean, but if you scroll down you will see a familar pic. http://www.cogjw.org (church of god jesus witness)

        • What? The green book was written by the general Pastor? Then why is it that it’s written that the author was ASH at the front???

  • Pay attention look at la zion you will not see foreigners holding positions that have to do with running the church or doing books, handling money. Has anyone ever seen a pastor that was not korean? NO and you will never see one. They are very aware of this yet they do no share the info. We have heard little hints from them here and there and their childern that are now teens, who where only 3 years old when I first saw them seemingly know more than us to. Pay closs attention and you will notice many things. And pay attention the sermons and their meanings are changing. One example, there was a study 2300 days and nights it was about the end taking place in 2012 there is no doubt this is what was taught. But now instead of that study refering to the year 2012, it now refers to the day of atonement. This is BS. Open your eyes. Does not the Bible teach God will not change his ways or his mind. I was helping a sister with her emergency pack and a young foolish deacon rebucked me telling me we are in a “more mature understanding now” and we dont want to push the idea of 2012. He has been a member for about three years, what does he know? I will tell you he knows a new teaching. After that a new missionary came out to give me the third degree. When I told him mother said people should be packed for the year 2012 and for the last days, he said that I was spreading lies and mother never said that. More BS. I have been hearing it for 14 years. Who’s blind now? Open your eyes and remember what you learned. When we came from Sunland we where all close. What happened to all the old members? I will tell you, they know the old way things where taught and have become a danger to the church and their change of doctrine. We also where told when we loved each other and where like family we would go to heaven. That was never true. Read “my sheep listen to my voice” and you will see this. LIES LIES LIES The pastors in la, denver, NY claim they dont know about what’s going on. They are all liars and are responsible for the misinformation you all recive in order to cover this up. Why else would the LA pastor get out all our books during a sermon and tell us the copyrights of the books belonge to WMSCOG and talk of a lawsuit in korea with another church. I tell you he was talking about the court case between the NCPCOG and the WMSCOG over a book written by ASH. Why would god come to the earth and start three or four chuches with conflicting teachings? The WMSCOG which was the ASH witness association started in 1985. In fact ASH never completed the 37 years. Many would be missing because the WMSCOG can not combine there history with the NCPCOG because the NCPCOG worships jesus crist not ASH and zhang. The WMSCOG writes a statement that they dont want to be considered like other Christian churches but a new religion, making it clear by there own statement.

  • @DUPED @JUBILEE & other former members I agree with T.H. Jesus died for our sins, but can Duped or Jubilee or any former member help me figure this out. The sabbath is in the bible, so where do we go from here, I still want to follow and obey true God’s command, but where shall I keep the sabbath, @ the 7 day adventist? @ home @ a jewish church, seriously where do I go. And what about God’s feast, the bible says Jesus did not come to abolish but to fulfill, this is why I also believe in the passover, so where do we go, does anyone know of any church that keeps all of these, or did I miss something in the N.T. I just want to follow my True Creator, the King of Kings and, Lord of Lord’s, where can I find his true church! 😥 I feel so lost I am a lost, hungry, cold, sheep looking for my shepards barn!

    • Hello LOST SHEEP and thank you for commenting. Those are all good questions! Please re-post your question in the forum in order to make the communication easier to manage. The discussion may be a little to long to have below an article.

    • Go back to Christ. All churches claim to have the truth. Perhaps when god said come out of her my people, he was refering to you. This Church does not belive in God’s words, they use only what makes you feal guilty or to control your actions. Love, marriage, lie, steal 10 commands are of no value to them. Thay teach god came to this earth and had sex with his creation and spiritual children. 14 years in church and they have been telling lies the whole time. Our history is a fabrication all BS and made up. Thay have not answered one question. They claim we are not christains, that was a new one on me. What was I? Because they said we were christains OMG. They have grown these last 14 years and have laid a foundation that is now changing. They just opened all kinds of schools and are ready to go all over the world including businesses this year. They where teaching us that it’s all comming to an end in 2012, which they now deny. Seems they have big plans considering the world is ending soon. All BS

      • Hi Ed, I live in your area and would like to talk to you about helping others trapped in the church. If you could email me at butgod0000 AT gmail [.] com I would greatly appreciate it!

    • I have been studying this church since a friend’s wife joined and started spewing this nonsense. I would suggest that you first read St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Yes the same one they quote from Gal 4:26, 28, 31 etc to claim mother god. It is crystal clear from the letter that Paul condemns those who want to get to heaven based on Jewish practices of the law. The have completely missed the context of Gal 4:26 et al.
      When Jesus lived, died and rose again, he fulfilled the law. That is what he meant. He kept the law while he lived because he was under the law, being born a Jew and had to remain under the law till his death to overcome the effects of the law.
      That church is a complete mockery of Christianity.

  • Hi ED
    How can i get itn touch with you since i’m in a very desperated situation.
    My wife is attending this fake church.
    She doesn’t want to see this website with these excellent information.
    Waiting to contact you soon.
    Tkx

  • this all claim against WMSCOG is right. 1. World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) according to bible christ establish church of god by his own blood. so the church name must be just church of god but they use world mission society church of god it’s different. 2. Ahn Shang hong married and had kids 3. Jerusalem Mother is married and had kids and divorce. 4. ASH never told about mother exit. 5. he explain about bride & 144000 6. they B.I.T.E. 7.twist scripture 9. wrong prediction 1988, 1999, 2012 10.many more it’s a cult

  • My brothers and sisters. Another possibility for helping them seek the truth is asking them to search online for the oldest known scriptures nearest to the original text they’ll find out it’s the King James Version. Try that once they start reading The Word of God can change them. We have to remember the Word of God said family is evil. Even though they might be blood related were bound with a deeper spiritual connection with God. All we can do is pray for mercy. I know that may have seemed harsh but “Sugar coated preaching is dangerous to your soul”. Be patient my brothers and sisters await patiently for when the time the Son of God reveals himself.

  • My family is into this church.. I want them to be saved.. please guide me

  • Dear, Jubilee

    Reading your story broke my heart and bought tears to my eyes. Please Jubilee think about what your going to do next, you said that 10 years of your life, your family, your finances, and your love was swallowed up, that your son has mental problems from growing up in the church thinking the world was going to end. You can not let anyone or anything make you loose faith Jubilee, GOD is out there and he is seeing everything, he knows about the 10yrs of sacrifice you have put in and GOD is JUST he will pay them back, but don’t say never again, it’s time to heal and live this beautiful life. (you sound like your going to do the opposite of what you have been doing for the last 10 yrs) I am not telling you what to do with your life, I am just saying that 2 wrongs don’t make a right. (you can still live your life but remember that alot of what you study came from the bible and it was GOD”S word not theirs) do you understand what I am trying to tell you. Keep your faith and ask GOD to direct you Jubilee
    I know that GOD”S true church is out there, and this experience you have gone through was for something, to make you stronger perhaps, there is a reason for everything as well as a time for everything, hang in there Jubilee, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR SON!!!!!

  • you know how they use the verse from the bible about how many will fall in the last days,(they use this one when someone leaves) well I was reading luke 18:6 And the LORD said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the son of man comes will he find faith on earth?”

    sometimes I think that everything is going to come out into the light, all the lies, misinformation, etc. and everyone who is there at that time will feel like you, and that is why Jesus says will the son of man find faith when he comes. I think everyone is going to be devasted. we all have faith in our own way, but like you said, you are going through mood swings a part of you was taken away and that’s not easy after all those years you were there. So never loose your faith girl, pray to God he will listen.

  • Duped,feb.19,2012 10:30 Ten years ago I was searching for the truth. I went from curch to church and each time I came away knowing that wasn’t the one. Then by chance(or was I chosen?) a wmscog member gave me a study about the sabbath. Finally something that made sense and I could accept. It took 3 months of studies before I sighned on the dotted line and got baptised but by then I was sure that I had truly found the truth and my ticket to heaven. I devoted myself ayynd my life to the church. I repented big time. Family, friends, good times, gone. Boy did I change. The only thing that mattered was C.O.G. It was the truth and every thing else was not. As time passed it just seemed like somethings were just not the same.I overlooked these as just due to the church growing. Needless to say I was devastated, I mean I was truly blown away when I found out some things about the cog that were never told to me. It just killed me. 10 years, how do you pick up the pieces. what do you do next?It’s unbelieveable. Never again man, unreal.

  • I want to encourage you. Jesus is the Christ you were looking for and thought that you found. Keep seeking after the one who deserves your devotion. Jesus paid such a high price for you. Use what you have learned over the last ten years and help as many people as you can to come out of the bondage that you were in. You have a great opportunity here! It is going to take a lot of time to realize all of the teachings that were put into you as a way of keeping you under their control but you have realized with the help of the one true God that you are coming to truth at last. Please keep in touch and if you have questions I am truly willing to help if I can.

  • Duped…Thanks for your words of understanding, love and hope. I can see It’s going to take some time to get over this. Today is tuesday(3rd day) and last saturday(sabbath day) use to be set days, 10 years of that and you think about it a little, but I was able to do things that I haven’t done and felt pretty good about it. It was kind of a feeling of freedom. A good feeling. I visited My best friend, whom I’d always try to bring into the church, but never could(thankfully, he would say thats some heavy s..t but wouldn’t commit) and this time our conversation was aout good times and good tmes to come. Baseball and the upcming season, football, basketball, cars, and everything good in life. No end times, last days or church stuff. We joked, we laughed we had a good time. It hadn’t been this way for a long time. So now I’m going to bring my big nose down out of the sky and make amends with my family and friends, some whom I haven’t had contact with In years, and enjoy life instead of waiting for the end. Iv’e never been in jail, but I can imagine this Is how It might feel to get out. I hope all of you who have escaped enjoy life too.

  • Duped Why I left wmscog For ten years I was In denial. I couldn’t or wouldn’t see some things that just weren’t right. To me the church was an absolute truth, no need to question anything, and so It went. Then several months ago, the pastor gave a sermon on tithing. He stated that you cannot enter the heavenly kingdom just by keeping the passover, but you must also tithe. Well In my ten years, I never heard that one. That got my wheels spinning. Then a short time later I found out about the marriages and divorces and the children of our “Elohim”. Well that was It. I wasn’t going to follow or give my tme and money to “Gods” who were no better than me. I mean really come on. So IT was Asta La Bye Bye Baby!!!!!

  • @T.H. My son and his wife have been involved in the WMSCOG in Santee for the past 4 years. They now belong to the one in San Diego. I am desperate to hear from an ex member of either of those locations. This cult has ruined their lives. They live in an awful house, have given away everything they have and have no interests in anything except WMSCOG. They currently share an awful house with 2 other members and the member’s 9 year old daughter. My belief is that roommates are necessary because my son is in the military. Too much outside control, I guess. If you or anyone else knows of any ex members in the San Diego area, please, please message me! My son needs his life and his family and we need him. I am going to visit next Thursday and would like to make this visit more meaningful than all the others. I would like to be of help and support to any other parent who has a child in this cult.

  • I live just outside of the Seattle area. My loved one was in the military as well when the WMSCOG in Santee drew them in. Renita Peyno (I don’t know if I spelled her name right) lives down in that area I think. Your best way of contacting her might be through Facebook. I wish I could be more helpful. Believe me, I know how you are feeling right now.

  • They coerce many to room with each other. Its a way to keep members bound.

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