Ahn Sahng Hong’s Family Census Record
In the past, there has been some controversy over whether or not Ahn Sahng Hong ever had children. When I was a member of the World Mission Society Church of God, I was told on more than one occasion that Ahn Sahng Hong was never married or had any children. After some research into Ahn Sahng Hong’s life, not only did I discover that he had established another church called Witnesses of Jesus Church of God, now known as the New Covenant Passover Church of God, but that Ahn Sahng Hong was in fact legally married to a woman named Hwang Won Soon and had four children.
Why Is This Important?
It seems as though the way that the WMSCOG describes Ahn Sahng Hong’s life to its members and what the actual evidence shows, just does not add up. Let’s take a look.
“His whole body seemed to be shattered; He could barely take a step.”
A presumed WMSCOG member blog also describes Ahn Sahng Hong’s suffering and sacrifice:
“Father Ahn Sahng Hong climbed rough hills and mounts; no one knew He suffered all alone, searching for us. Every step, with pain, His whole body ached as He stumbled over stone, and He was feeble with weary legs. How much in pain Father Ahn Sahng Hong’s feet were.”
Ahn Sahng hong hardly suffered alone as the documents shown below demonstrate, he was married and had four children. Ahn Sahng Hong also does not appear “feeble with weary legs” in this picture of him standing in a river nor in this picture of him swimming at the beach.
The lyrics of “Holy Is Your Sacrifice” further claim that [Ahn Sahng Hong],
“Even a bowl of soup he would sacrifice; He saved his poor wages, skipping his poor meals…He was hungry, He was cold, for thirty seven years.”
The same presumed member blog (see screenshot above) similarly goes on to say:
“Mountain water was His only meal…Even His food He spared for the sake of the children and we steam Him not.”[sic]
Yet, Ahn Sahng Hong is seen above eating a meal with his wife, children and other members of his church that clearly includes plenty of solid food. Here, Ahn Sahng Hong is photographed standing behind his 3 tier birthday cake.
Clearly, there are a number of inconsistencies between the WMSCOG’s portrayal of Ahn Sahng Hong’s life and the evidence that we have available. Yet, another contradiction stands out. WMSCOG General Pastor Joo Cheol Kim’s view on family and love being “temptations of Satan” does not reflect Ahn Sahng Hong’s actions with respect to the same issues. Clearly Ahn Sahng Hong did not believe that family and love were temptations of the satan since he married and decided to have four children. It would appear that the WMSCOG believes that their own leader and supposed “god”, Ahn Sahng Hong, was tempted and succumbed to Satan’s tempations. It also is apparent that a marriage and four children did not interfere with Ahn Sahng Hong’s important work of establishing a new church, “restoring the Passover”, and preaching to the public. Three of his four children were born after Ahn Sahng Hong’s baptism into the Seventh Day Adventist Church on the alleged date of December 16, 1948. You can see the proof in Ahn Sahng Hong’s official family census record below.AhnSangHong-Family-Census-English_Redacted