Who Does Ahn Sahng Hong Say Is The Bride?
The World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) believes that a woman named Zahng Gil Jah (Jang Gil Ja) is the bride spoken of in Scripture. The WMSCOG believes that Zahng Gil Jah is Ahn Sahng Hong’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.
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.
I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
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 Ahn Sahng Hong, who founded the WMSCOG (and whom they believe was the second coming of Jesus), believe the bride is?
Who Is The Bride According To Ahn Sahng Hong?
In his book entitled “Visitors From The Angelic World”, Ahn Sahng Hong 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!
Why The Contradictions?
If Ahn Sahng Hong’s writings support that the bride represents the church, why does the WMSCOG believe that the bride is Zahng Gil Jah or the “mother god”? Did Ahn Sahng Hong, in any of his writings, ever describe the bride as a single person, a god, a mother or anything other than the church? No. In fact, Ahn Sahng Hong wrote an entire book denouncing the idea of a “mother god”.
Despite the lack of evidence to support that Ahn Sahng Hong himself believed that the bride in the Bible represents a “mother god”, the WMSCOG claims:
the One who is indispensable for giving eternal life is our Mother, the wife of the Lamb, represented by Eve
Interestingly, on page 65 of “Visitors From The Angelic World”, Ahn Sahng Hong 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 Ahn Sahng Hong to mention that there was a “spiritual mother” if he in fact believed there was one, but he didn’t.
What Does Scripture Say?
The WMSCOG claims that:
Those who do not believe in Mother can’t receive the promise of eternal life and the kingdom of heaven…God…has acknowledged us, who are following Mother in this age, as those who have the best faith.
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…
Was Ahn Sahng Hong Ever Married to Zahng Gil Jah?
This “spiritual marriage” between Ahn Sahng Hong and Zahng Gil Jah has been a matter of controversy among many former members and critics. Zahng Gil Jah is said to have divorced her husband while both were members of Ahn Sahng Hong’s original church. Ahn Sahng Hong remained married to his wife until his death in 1985. He is buried next to his wife Hwang Won Soon in South Korea. Zahng Gil Jah’s divorce and Ahn Sahng Hong’s alleged adulterous affair with Zahng Gil Jah, would absolutely disqualify them them both from being “god” according to the Bible.
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.