“The Church With A Small Number of Members Is The True Church” – Joo Cheol Kim
I love reading books by Joo Cheol Kim, Chief Pastor of the World Mission Society Church of God, and realizing that the statements he uses against other churches also apply to his own. I’m surprised that WMSCOG members can read these contradictions and still remain a member of the organization. If you’re a current member, I would appreciate hearing your comments in the comment section at the bottom of this article.
In a collection of articles reprinted from the March 2009 and April 2011 issues of the Monthly Chosun Magazine by the World Mission Society Church of God, the WMSCOG boasts on the cover (click the thumbnail to the left to enlarge) concerning itself:
1,900 local Churches in over 150 countries, 1,450,000 registered members
That’s interesting because in his book titled, My Sheep Listen to My Voice, Joo Cheol Kim writes:
…it is not Biblical to regard the church that has many members as the true Church. In regard to the number of believers, the Bible tells us that the church with a small number of members is the true Church
That’s right, Mr. Kim just said that. Read that again in case you missed it because at “1,450,000 registered members” (Update 2020: they now claim they have 3 million registered members) it would seem that according to Joo Cheol Kim’s own words, the WMSCOG is too large to be the true Church.
Joo Cheol Kim Says False Churches Are “Gorgeous”? Are The WMSCOG Buildings Not Gorgeous?
Take a look at some of the WMSCOG church buildings here. Some of them are quite…gorgeous. Let’s look at what else Joo Cheol Kim has to say in My Sheep Listen to My Voice:
…false churches are apparently gorgeous and famous in the world, and many people belong to them. However, their end is destruction.
I’d say many WMSCOG buildings are quite “gorgeous”, wouldn’t you?
The WMSCOG has also established many churches around the world according to their church history outlined here. They also show off images of Joo Choel Kim receiving recognition from the UN and Zahng Gil Jah receiving public awards in South Korea. Does that not qualify the WMSCOG as “famous in the world”? How can the WMSCOG hope to save the world if no one knows about them?
Does The Size of The Church Matter?
The Nakseom Church in Incheon…The size of this Church site is over 3,306㎡ [4,000yd²], which is very big for a church.
Joo Cheol Kim is also quoted in the article as saying:
Another one is the Church of God in Jecheon, North Chungcheong Province, where the dedication service was held on May 11. Its land area is 2,500㎡ [3,000yd²], and the total space is near 3,000㎡ [3,500yd²], so it is known for its supersize throughout the provinces…There is a certain will of God who has granted you this big and beautiful temple?
Yet in My Sheep Listen to My Voice, regarding the size of the Church Joo Cheol Kim writes:
What was the fate of those who had large and luxurious buildings and received worldly praise? Only the judgement of hell was waiting for them.
Wait a minute. Joo Cheol Kim says that the fate of churches with “large and luxurious buildings” is the “judgement of hell”? What about all of the WMSCOG’s large and luxurious churches like the one he just described, the ones pictured on their official site here, or their headquarters pictured here? (Pretty large and luxurious looking I might add). According to Joo Cheol Kim, wouldn’t the WMSCOG churches suffer the same fate as all of the other “large and luxurious” churches? Is that not a double standard? The fact is, it can’t be reconciled; it’s a contradiction.
Why Does It Matter?
If this was any other church, one could chalk it up to an error in preaching. However, we have to keep in mind that the WMSCOG claims to be led by “god in the flesh”, aka the “heavenly mother” Zahng Gil Jah. How can a church, who supposedly has “god in the flesh” leading the organization, allow Joo Cheol Kim to write these errors in their official publications? Why would the “mother god” allow such errors to be made?
I can not help but notice a glaring contradiction after reading the above referenced material and reflecting back on when I was a member. I remember the pastor and various other high ranking members saying that “the Bible can not contradict itself”. While I agree with this statement, I can not ignore the WMSCOG’s assertion to be the only organization that interprets Scripture correctly, claiming that people who do not agree with their interpretations are “using their own minds”, and yet they make statements that are in complete opposition to themselves. So the Bible, being God’s inspired word, can not contradict itself, but the WMSCOG, an organization claiming to be led by “god”, can?
If you’re a current member, I would appreciate reading your thoughts on the above points in the comment section below.