An Interview With The NCPCOG: Ahn Sahng Hong Believed The Idea Of A “Mother God” To Be Delusional
Among World Mission Society Church of God members, there has been some discussion concerning the “marriage” between Ahn Sahng Hong and Zahng Gil Jah (Jang Gil Ja). Were they ever legally married? Had they divorced their spouses prior to being involved with one another? Did Ahn Sahng Hong or Zahng Gil Jah ever have children together, or in their previous marriages? When I was a member of the World Mission Society Church of God, I remember asking a high ranking member if Ahn Sahng Hong and Zahng Gil Jah had ever had children. I was told that they had not. I later asked another high ranking member if Ahn Sahng Hong and Zahng Gil Jah had ever been married to other people. The WMSCOG member explained that “people spread lies about father and mother on the Internet to persecute the church of god”. I took that answer to be a “no”.
Interview with the NCPCOG
We recently contacted the New Covenant Passover Church of God (NCPCOG) in S. Korea and conducted an interview with a missionary of the organization in an attempt to gain more answers concerning Ahn Sahng Hong and Zahng Gil Jah’s supposed marriage. According to the NCPCOG missionary:
- Ahn Sahng Hong was legally married to a woman named Hwang Won Soon and together they had three children. (By the way his children’s names are written on the back of his tombstone)
- One of Ahn Sahng Hong’s three children remains a member of the NCPCOG
- Ahn Sahng Hong never legally divorced his wife Hwang Won Soon. Hwang Won Soon died about three years ago (~2008).
- Ahn Sahng Hong never legally married ZhangGilJah.
Ahn Sahng Song Refutes the Idea of a “Mother God”
The NCPCOG missionary explained that Ahn Sahng Hong wrote a book entitled “새 예루살렘과 신부 여자들의 수건 문제 해 석” or “Problems with the New Jerusalem, the Bride and Women’s Veils”. The NCPCOG informed us that they are in the process of having Ahn Sahng Hong’s book translated into English in order to publish an English version of the book on their website. According to our source at the NCPCOG, Ahn Sahng Hong wrote this book in response to a woman named Um Soo In (엄수인) who claimed that she was the “mother god” prior to Zahng Gil Jah making the same claim after Ahn Sahng Hong’s death. Below is the translation of the preface of the book:
This book is 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 Um Soo In and to testify the unchanging truth of Church of God. Church of God is established upon prophesies of all prophets, therefore, one cannot find any flaws in Church of God. Nevertheless, women like Um Soo In committed great things with impudent thoughts so how will she be forgiven? They’re being presumptuous with their words and books and interpreted Revelation in their own way and spoke impudently so what are they to do with their sins? This is a big problem. They will continue to be arrogant and form incorrect thoughts led by Satan which will eventually lead to destruction. It is almost impossible to come out of the den of destruction now. But if they let go of their pride, repent, and confess? Maybe they can come back. It’s a hard thing to say. Saints all over the country, what has happened is a big lesson for you. We need to be extra careful that you don’t get lured into their delusions. The cause of fire is church criticism and church leaders’ gossip which are Satan’s invitation in your mind. When Satan enters your mind, it’s difficult to escape from Satan’s net. If there are brothers that criticize the church or gossip, you must adamantly refuse them for you to live. Now let’s find and study all the errors of recorded books of Um Soo In.
In the preface to “Problems with the New Jerusalem, the Bride and Women’s Veils“, Ahn Sahng Hong warns readers that this woman named Um Soo In, who a South Korean cult says was Ahn Sahng Hong’s first spiritual wife, is leading people to destruction. What did Um Soo In do or say that Ahn Sahng Hong felt compelled to write an entire book refuting her claims? Below are some revealing quotes from Ahn Sahng Hong’s book.
The reason why Stephen testified before the scribes and Pharisees using Isaiah 66:1 is to clearly show that God does not dwell in earthly Jerusalem but is in heavenly new Jerusalem that was built by Himself…It is clear that the above prophecy is associated with the verses in Revelation 21:1-4. God does not dwell in a place built by man’s hands, but is in the new Jerusalem God Himself made and we will go there at the end of the world.
After quoting Revelation 21:1-2, Ahn Sahng Hong writes:
Um Soo In is babbling about how she is the new Jerusalem that came down out of heaven. Um Soo In is using the following verse to claim that she is the mother from heaven.
Ahn Sahng Hong quotes Galatians 4:22-26 and then writes:
Um Soo In thinks that Hagar is the actual earthly Jerusalem and Sarah as the actual heavenly Jerusalem…It is written (Galatians 4:24) ‘These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants’ as the prophecy of the Old Covenant and New Covenant where Hagar represents physical Israelites because of Mosaic law received on Mount Sinai and earthly Jerusalem and Sarah represents the New Covenant established by Jesus Christ in the upper room of Mark’s house and spiritual Israelites, namely, Jerusalem from above. However, Um Soo In claims she is the Jerusalem from above that came down to earth. If the verses from Galatians 4:22-24 speak of a prophesy where Sarah is the Jerusalem from above and that Jerusalem is Um Soo In then Um Soo In must be married to her son. Because Isaac is Sarah’s son and Isaac is also said to be Christ. (Galatians 3:16)
Wait a minute. Not only is Ahn Sahng Hong’s interpretation of Galatians 4:22-24 different from the WMSCOG’s interpretation here, but evidently UmSooIn used the same verses to claim that she was the “mother god” that the WMSCOG uses to claim that ZahngGilJah is the “mother god”.
Um Soo In referred me [Ahn Sahng Hong] as the blind Isaac and herself as the Jerusalem from above or Sarah and is saying to live with Isaac or her son after all so where will you find this kind of extremely disgraceful thing? Um Soo In is to gather power as a false prophet with weird delusions so what is she to do with that sin and we need to think about the sins of her followers. (Isaiah 9:16)
From the above passage, it seems that Um Soo In publicly criticized Ahn Sahng Hong calling him “the blind Isaac” though it is not clear why. Ahn Sahng Hong calls Um Soo In a delusional, false prophet for claiming that she is the “Jerusalem from above”. Would Ahn Sahng Hong say the same about Zahng Gil Jah if he were alive today?
In Chapter 8, Ahn Sahng Hong writes that Jerusalem is an actual place and not a person:
Heavenly New Jerusalem means 144,000 saints, but there must be New Jerusalem that is an actual building. If New Jerusalem as an actual place does not exist then where will the 144,000 saints will live in heaven?
Revelation 21:1-4 records that the New Jerusalem or tabernacle of God is with the people, and this tabernacle is not a person but a divine building. So why are we claiming that saints are the church and 144,000 saints are the New Jerusalem? Because every church thinks that a building is church or New Jerusalem but I want to make it clear that church is where saints are gathered and the New Jerusalem is where 144,000 saints will enter.
The previous verse [Hebrews 12:22-24] is a clear fact that is written in a letter. And it records that Jesus Christ also has entered by his own blood.
After reading these quotes from Ahn Sahng Hong’s book, it becomes clear that he:
- did not believe that there was such a thing as a “mother god”
- believed that UmSooIn was delusional for claiming to be Sarah or the New Jerusalem
- believed that the New Jerusalem is a place and not a person
The Rights to Publish Ahn Sahng Hong’s Writings
Despite the evidence presented here, some of our readers may dismiss the literature on the NCPCOG website as fraudulent. Ask yourself these questions:
- If the NCPCOG did not have the right to Ahn Sahng Hong’s books, why would the WMSCOG allow them to freely publish his writings on the Internet for everyone to see? Would they not have claimed copyright infringement? (You can click here to see all of Ahn Sahng Hong’s books on the NCPCOG site)
- Why does the WMSCOG only allow their members to read Ahn Sahng Hong’s books? (For those of you who have never been in the WMSCOG, you can not readily purchase their books outside of the church)
- If the book titled, “Problems with the New Jerusalem, the Bride and Women’s Veils“ was not Ahn Sahng Hong’s true writing, wouldn’t the WMSCOG have claimed defamation or fraud? Would they not have demanded that the book be taken down from the NCPCOG website?
The fact remains that Ahn Sahng Hong’s books ARE available for the public on the NCPCOG site. During our interview with the NCPCOG missionary, regarding Zahng Gil Jah he stated, “In Korea, the evidence is so obvious“. The lack of information written in English remains a barrier for Americans and people in other non-Korean speaking countries. We applaud the NCPCOG’s efforts in making the information available to the general public and we look forward to seeing the complete English translations of Ahn Sahng Hong’s books on their website soon. The members of the WMSCOG deserve to know the history of the organization to which they so readily give their time, effort, money, and countless hours of recruiting.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.