Former Member’s Lawsuit Against The WMSCOG Gets Dismissed

On March 17, 2015, the Superior Court of New Jersey dismissed Ms. Colón’s complaint agains the World Mission Society Church of God, Zhang Gil Jah, Joo Cheol Kim, Big Shine Worldwide Inc., Lincoln Avenue Grill LLC, Albright Electric LLC and a number of WMSCOG officials.  The complaint alleged conduct such as fraud, hacking/invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  Regarding these allegations the Court stated in it’s opinion,

“The very argument that Ms. Colon used as her shield in World Mission’s previous case against her, the First Amendment, is now being used by the Church as its shield in the case sub judice.  The same amendment that protected Ms. Colon previously, now protects the church.” (see Page 3 below)

Should the “church autonomy doctrine” serve as a legal shield for organizations that commit secular crimes or tort violations under the guise of religion?

The best way to challenge this decision is to convince the Court that New Jersey has a compelling interest in protecting its citizens from the WMSCOG.  In order to prove this to the Court people need to be willing to document the harm that the WMSCOG has caused them.  If you have been harmed by the WMSCOG, please post your experience in the Comments section below.

Ms. Colón is currently exploring her legal options.

https://www.examiningthewmscog.com/media/court-cases/nj-ber-l-3007-13/WMSCOG-Motion-To-Dismiss-Decision-03-17-15.pdf

14 Comments

  • Wmscog makes people marry to live in the church, so they could pay all the bills. Where do tithes and offerings go? The gospel workers pay for just about everything.

  • The ex members of this group need to come forth and testify to the harm done to them, their families, and their lives in general. As the family members of people in the wms, I am sure we could also testify as to the harm done to our families in detail. I am in contact with many people who have had their families torn apart by their loved one’s involvement in the WMS. Their stories are heart wrenching, and very similar. We outnumber them, people. Like I have said before, for every member there are exponential numbers of people who have clearly seen the damaging effects of this group on their loved ones.

  • MY wife has been with this church for 5 years. And that 5 years is like hell to me as a husband. To me, worshiping to God makes you a better person day by day. For 5 years my wife’s attitude did not become better. She became worst. She spends most of the time in the church and neglects her responsibilities for her family – like physically taking care of the kids and spending quality time with his spouse. She escapes whenever I forbid her. Not only that she is always in her church the whole Saturday from 9AM to 11PM, she takes the children with her, trapping them in a room in their church for hours. Last night, she brought the kids to her church because it was their passover celebration. She took the kids from the house at 530PM and the service was done at 9PM. The kids has not had any food to eat. My 5 year old son was so hungry when we arrived at home and my 1 year old daughter feel asleep of exhaustion. I scolded her about it and she was just quiet as if she doesn’t know about what is wrong in the picture. And today, she is bringing again the kids. I have had enough of her already. At home, on Sundays, if she is not easily irritated with small stuff, I always catch her spaced out and talking to herself. One time, she took my 5 year old boy to bath and poured hot shower on his face. The boy was screaming and she was like “Devil! Please get out of my sons body and continued saying abuji…abuji..”

    • I don’t often suggest this but you might want to get the authorities involved. There is abuse happening here. If she was just going herself that would be one thing but your children are being forced into an obviously adverse situation and her actions are also physically damaging. You need to reach out for help with this situation. You have obviously been tolerate in this situation. Asking for help is no refection your strength or resolve. Time for further action to help your family.

    • I agree, this is not the way God would have a family behave. We teach our children the love of God, and the innocence shines through them. Hot water is alarming. Please continue to document any weird behaviors, and I would advise that you explain to your wife that church is not a healthy place for the children if they are not tended to properly. My kids were always in a classroom during services ( No more than 2 hours) snacks were provided, and a suitable adult to supervise.

      You have the right to step in and protect your children. Obviously you love your wife very much, I pray that you can come to some mutual agreement to keep the children safe, and tended to at all times.

      Watching our spouse change can be painful, but please don’t allow it to destroy the love and admiration you have. If it is not healthy, then you need to make some tough choices.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your tragic story. Would you be interested in doing a phone interview concerning your experience with this cult?

  • MY wife has been with this church for 5 years. And that 5 years is like hell to me as a husband. To me, worshiping to God makes you a better person day by day. For 5 years my wife’s attitude did not become better. She became worst. She spends most of the time in the church and neglects her responsibilities for her family – like physically taking care of the kids and spending quality time with her spouse. She escapes whenever I forbid her. Not only that she is always in her church the whole Saturday from 9AM to 11PM, she takes the children with her, trapping them in a room in their church for hours. Last night, she brought the kids to her church because it was their passover celebration. She took the kids from the house at 530PM and the service was done at 9PM. The kids has not had any food to eat. My 5 year old son was so hungry when we arrived at home and my 1 year old daughter feel asleep of exhaustion. I scolded her about it and she was just quiet as if she doesn’t know about what is wrong in the picture. And today, she is bringing again the kids. I have had enough of her already. At home, on Sundays, if she is not easily irritated with small stuff, I always catch her spaced out and talking to herself. One time, she took my 5 year old boy to bath and poured hot shower on his face. The boy was screaming and she was like “Devil! Please get out of my sons body and continued saying abuji…abuji..”

    • My wife too has been with the church for a long time about 7 years (I’ve been with my wife for 18 of those years). Now I’ll be honest I didn’t like a lot of the practices at first, Tuesday night service and keeping the Sabbath (be in church all day Saturday) pretty much threw a spanner in my works for what I imagined a family/married life would be. How ever like any good understanding husband I compromised, listened, and took my wife’s emotions into consideration, an to be more honest I didn’t mind having a whole day in the week to myself to do what ever I wanted to do with out my wife or family around to interrupt. Now my wife has always been a very religious person, I myself am not a very religious person an care not for what my wife chooses to believe in or how she chooses to practice her faith. An yes I’ve been to the church myself even accepted baptism all be it to appease my wife an keep her happy (happy wife happy life they say) however I am not easily persuaded into changing my logical and rational thoughts or to let anyone dictate how I should live my life thus I don’t go to church willingly unless it is too keep from an argument with my wife, an when I am at church I change my persona ever so slightly to seem viably susceptible to the teachings (again happy wife happy life) even though I know myself I am very much in control of my mental faculties an am not pushed into participating in anything I don’t choose to be apart of, of cause she knows where I stand an knows I am not about to become a devote member of the church, an yes I’ve heard the end of days speech (which I don’t agree with) I know about God the Mother an Ahnsahnghong an the promise of having no bad come to you if you accept the pass over (I see this as kind of spiritual insurance) and all the rest. Now like I said I care not what or who my wife believes to put her faith in, but in recent times I’ve had to start questioning my wife’s time spent with the church. This has lead to many arguments between us which typically end in me not being a ”real member of the church” thus not understanding the reasoning behind the strong convictions my wife harbors. Untrue I understand my wife, I know her, I know what’s driving her, the belief that we are living in the end of days and that at any moment this world could end (because a little old lady in South Korea die’s) an she could be judged for her sins an sentenced to an eternity of damnation in hell scares her, that fear is what drives her actions and devotion to the church. Now you might be wondering if I have known all this for as long as I have known this why only now would I be even remotely interested in changing it ? I love my wife I’ve known her for half my life an together we have survived threw what events would destroy most relationships. The reason I am at the end of my road here is because since my wife started working she has not let up on her ”responsibilities” to the church an god/gods, she is literally fighting sleep putting her self into an exhaustive state so that she can continue to do the gospel. From my perspective I see it hurting my wife not only physically but financially as she won’t take shifts that interfere with her church schedule and I can’t stand it but I can’t stop it either, I’ve tried multiple times over (without physically tying her down or getting into a heated confrontation) I even asked the question ”if say God the Mother does die and the world doesn’t automatically end an we all either ascend or descend would that change you’re faith ?” to that she replied of cause because it would mean the teachings are a lie. So you see the conundrum. My wife is a good woman, a great mother and a loving wife,I can’t fault her for being dutiful to her family when she isn’t in church or at work despite how sleep deprived she maybe she still tends to her duties an keeps the home running, but like a bucking stallion her devotion to the WMSCOG is unbreakable. I am not trying to put a wedge between my wife’s faith or belief in God to the contrary I only want her to start putting her self and her families needs first, but how do I do that is my question, how do I help my wife understand that she can not continue to try an juggle church work an family ? Perhaps I am too late, perhaps I let it go on for too long because it allowed me to be selfish with my own want’s an need’s an freedom’s until that became too enviable to sustain. I don’t want to leave my wife an family an start over again on my own in order to prove a point that life can be sustained with out a vigorous devotion to god or church.

      • Jack, I just read your post (May 16, 2018). Sorry to hear what you are going through. I have been dealing with the members of this cult for about seven years now and have made about a half dozen or so YouTube videos on them with the hope of exposing their damaging practices. Would you be willing to do a phone interview with me, telling of your experiences? It would help others who are going through similar situations.

  • I can’t help but feel the aches in everyone’s hearts who are being affected by this so called church..My brother and younger sister are involved and it countinously drives a barrier between are family. They literally will spend every moment in that church and if they dare not show up or miss a day a so called brother or sister from that church is knocking at their door, this has happend multiple times in my witness.I am nervous for the safety of my nieces and nephews as they do sit in a down stairs so called nursery or class ALL DAY! And are forced to stay awake during service..My sister and I were in a grocery store where three women were pretending to shop and approached us at 9pm and told us to go back to their church to study! And believe me they were not taking no for an answer they will stock you! It has taking many tears and arguments to make my siblings understand that Jesus Christ is the only son of God that I will ever praise!.. Please I need help I fear things are escalating I feel these people are plotting something , it’s so secretive I’ve found out only certain members can watch certain videos that show supposable end of time footage needless to say they prey in Korean and nobody’s Korean their :/

  • Yes what every they have mentioned is happened to me and my children’s but Almighty God Jesus only have to help them and our family. My wife also has the same attitude, behaviour, abusive to children. My faith on Jesus Christ will show them a lesson if very few days this is for sure

  • Jack, I just read your post (May 16, 2018). Sorry to hear what you are going through. I have been dealing with the members of this cult for about seven years now and have made about a half dozen or so YouTube videos on them with the hope of exposing their damaging practices. Would you be willing to do a phone interview with me, telling of your experiences? It would help others who are going through similar situations.

  • It’ll be four years in August that my husband has been a member of this cult and it has torn our marriage apart. I keep telling myself that it’s just a phase because I too attended the wms for a few months but after reading some of these stories I’ve become a little discouraged. Today is Sunday so of course he’s at the “education study” that the wms hosts from 9-6pm on Sundays, not to mention he spends his ENTIRE Saturday there. We hardly spend any time together, with me working during the week and him being at the wms. I need help getting him out of this place, every time I utter anything against them he says that “Satan is using me”. He even told me at one point (when I was pregnant) that it would be best if I left him because he doesn’t have time for a family, so I did just that. I packed all of my things and left and the next day he begged me to come home so I did. He even stopped attending the cult at one point for a few months but the members kept calling him until he went back. It’s exhausting and we need help. Please, if anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears.