Who Does Ahnsahnghong Say Is The Bride?
The World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) believes that a woman named Zhang Gil Jah (Xhang Gil Jah) is the bride spoken of in Scripture. The WMSCOG believes that Zhang Gil Jah is Ahnsahnghong’s spiritual wife as they explain in an online sermon titled “The Heavenly Wedding Banquet”. The WMSCOG references Revelation 22:17 saying:
“The Spirit is our Father, and the bride is the wife of our Father, so she is our Mother.” © WMSCOG English WATV.org – Accessed on 05.13.2011.
The WMSCOG’s statement concerning the bride referring to the “mother” clearly contradicts Scripture which identifies the church as the bride elsewhere:
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Ephesians 5:23-24
I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 2 Corinthians 11:2
The WMSCOG believes that the bride refers to the “mother god” and not to the church despite the Bible’s explicit teaching that the bride is the church. But what does the Korean man named Ahnsahnghong, who founded the WMSCOG (and whom they believe was the second coming of Jesus), believe the bride is?
In his book entitled “Visitors From The Angelic World”, Ahnsahnghong writes on page 55:
“Thus, Jesus is the last Adam, and the saints who are redeemed can be called the last Eve.”
Adam and Eve were husband and wife. If Jesus is the last Adam and the saints are the last Eve, the Church is the Bride!
If Ahnsahnghong’s writings support that the bride represents the church, why does the WMSCOG believe that the bride is Zhang Gil Jah or the “mother god”? Did Ahnsahnghong, in any of his writings, ever describe the bride as a single person, a god, a mother or anything other than the church? If a WMSCOG member can produce documentation to support that Ahnsahnghong, in his own writings, believed that the bride represented anything but the church, I am open to correction, but until then let the record show that Ahnsahnghong never preached anything about a “mother god”.
Despite the lack of evidence to date to support that Ahnsahnghong himself believed that the bride in the Bible represents the “mother god”, the WMSCOG claims that “the One who is indispensable for giving eternal life is our Mother, the wife of the Lamb, represented by Eve”. © WMSCOG English WATV.org – Accessed on 05.13.2011.
Interestingly, on page 65 of “Visitors From The Angelic World”, Ahnsahnghong writes:
“To speak again, as we have our human fathers through whom our bodies are given birth, so we have our spiritual Father who created our spirits by His breath of life.”
This would have been a good opportunity for Ahnsahnghong to mention that there was a “spiritual mother” if he in fact believed there was one, but he didn’t.
The WMSCOG claims that
“Those who do not believe in Mother can’t receive the promise of eternal life and the kingdom of heaven”. © WMSCOG English WATV.org – Accessed on 05.13.2011.
Yet in the Bible Jesus says
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die (John 11:25).
The WMSCOG goes on to say in the above referenced sermon that “God…has acknowledged us, who are following Mother in this age, as those who have the best faith”. A bit pretentious wouldn’t you agree?
This “spiritual marriage” between Ahnsahnghong and Zhang Gil Jah has been a matter of controversy among many former members and critics. In fact, some former members and critics have alleged that Ahnsahnghong and Zhang Gil Jah had divorced their respective spouses prior to their establishment of the WMSCOG. If it were true that Ahnsahnghong and/or Zhang Gil Jah have a history of divorcing their spouses at any point, would that not disqualify them both for being “god” according to the Bible? Absolutely.
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. Matthew 19:19