“It’s not the devil… It’s my baby” – A Former Member’s Story
This true story from one of our friends who is now an ex-member of the World Mission Society Church of God has been posted here with their permission. The rudeness she experienced when speaking with active members which you are about to read is, sadly, not uncommon from our own personal experience. Here is our friend’s story in her own words:
I was there for only a few months. I joined after I found out I was pregnant and my family didnt agree with my choice to parent and kicked me to the curb so to speak, and the people from the World Mission Society Church Of God seemed so nice and accepting of me. I thought it was a good place to restore my faith in Christ. I got baptized after the first two lessons, Sabbath and Passover because it felt right and the proof was in front of me. I’m no Bible wiz so I was amazed. I didn’t ask why they said “Ahnsahhong” during the baptism. It was really naive of me now that I think about it, but I believed that was just the Korean way of saying Jesus (because I heard “Christ” before that name) so I didn’t dwell. As I studied more it became difficult for me to travel (the church was in New Jersey and I live in Long Island, New York). I became sick due to the pregnancy and my belly was growing, so it was difficult for me to travel and have Saturdays off from work. I was living on my own and paying for everything on my own at that point. A couple of the sisters were getting frustrated with me telling me that I was not keeping [the] Sabbath and telling me that the devil was stoping me from coming. So I thought to myself, “it’s not the devil they are talking about–it’s my baby”. I just couldn’t make that two hour drive to the church and the three hour drive back, pay those tolls, make an offering, pay my rent and bills, buy food and baby items, all at the same time by myself!!! When I tried to explain this to them they would tell me [to] pray about it. And I would like a good little lamb. But one day I didn’t make it and the sister that I’d gotten very close to was upset that I didn’t make it to yet another Sabbath. She became rude and disrespectful with me when I asked her if we could study the Bible by way of Skype or Oovoo. I thought it would be good because of my situation, it just made sense in my mind. But to her it was me being lazy and not caring about my salvation. And she blew me off that night. I can’t remember exactly what she said, but it was a pompus response to my humble question. I didn’t hear from her until 2 months later. She text me asking me to come back to the WMSCOG, and didn’t apologize. Instead, she made me feel minimal by telling me she understood that I simply “didnt know any better” and it wasn’t my fault and she “forgot about that”. I decided to learn more about this church. I mean I know Christians who call themselves as such and conduct themselves as anything but. However those two conversations with her made my skin crawl. I went on the internet, as I should have done MONTHS ago and found a blog that had been a few years old and WMSCOG members were arguing with the rest of the world [For our readers, our friend is referring to this blog]. Just every faith ripping each other apart. It took me 3 days to read years of this one particular debate; is Ahnsahnhong the second coming of Christ? And I left that blog more confused then I had ever been about anything in my life. Everyone made valid points and quoted Bible passages and even Atheists were making sense. Who is this “mother god” lady they spend their last penny to visit in Korea? And is it true that no WMSCOG member has or will die as long as they have the Passover? That’s what I’ve been told and its such a hard concept to wrap my head around. I’ve never told any of my friends or family members what I’ve been through and the demons that are haunting me because of the WMSCOG. I also should mention that I left the church right before the “father and mother god” study. Before I did my own research, when they mentioned “father and mother”, I just thought they meant God was not of a specific gender, but had both male and female qualities. That was enough to explain “elohim” to me. Little did I know I was worshiping a dead man and a living woman. Shameful. I’m young and haven’t experienced many things in life. I’m vulnerable and I always want to believe in the best of people. And I also want to believe in the truth. I’ve been on a downward spiral since the experience and it’s won me nothing but confusion and anger.
Our prayers go out to our friend. Please comment below, or contact us from our contact page to send some words of encouragement to her.
Our friend is not the only person who thought that “Ahnsahnghong” was the Korean name for Jesus. Turns out, it’s not. View another ex-member’s experience with just this mistake on YouTube here: Part 1, and Part 2. Some people are shocked to learn that they are worshiping a dead Korean man, and a Korean lady.
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