Why Do I Oppose the Unification Church?


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At a morning Hoon Dok Hae service with Moon I’m in the red box at a super early morning Hoon Dok Hae service with Moon

Since posting My Strange Relationship with the Mooniverse, I’ve had current members, both first and second generation, contact me. They often say that they understand to some extent on why I am “negative” (which is a dismissive term in the Unification Church), but they always assure me that the religion I grew up with is an overall positive thing for the world.

I am sorry, but I could not disagree enough.

I started my tumblr-blog How Well Do You Know Your Moon in 2009 with serious concerns over both the theology and the illegal and abusive activities of the UC. As I’ve continued to write and moderate this blog for the past six years, I’ve come to discover there are more layers of corruption in the Church than one could ever imagine.

So for those who are…

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Galatians 6:14b : The Dual Crucifixion


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INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

In this devotional we will be looking at the glorious message found in Gals 6:14-15…

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.   For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”  (Galatians 6:14-15 KJV)

Our devotionals will be looking at:

  1. Glorying In The Cross (Gal 6:14a)
  2. The Dual Crucifixion (Gal 6:14b)
  3. Circumcision To No Avail (Gal 6:15a)
  4. A New Creature (Gal 6:15b)

In each of these devotionals our prevailing topic will be the sufficiency of Christ and the insufficiency of man to bring about the transformation of an individual’s life.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Galatians 6:14b   “by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

Please keep in mind, the main theme of this section…

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies”


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Revelation 19:19 – “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.”

Please keep in mind, “the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies” are describing the political aspect of Satan’s kingdom (beast – the world political powers throughout history, kings – the political leaders of the individual nations used by Satan, their armies – the army of each individual nation that opposes Christ and his people).

Although they are, and will be, always recognized as individual nations with independent leaders and armies, they are shown to share the same motivations, empowerments and goals.  This is because they all share one great chief … Satan!

In this section of his vision, John sees the kingdom of Satan “gathered to make war” against Christ and His people.  Folks…

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Don’t Beat Yourself Up


“The hurt that broke your heart,
And left you trembling in the dark,
Feeling lost, and alone
Will tell you hope’s a lie
But what if every tear you cry
Will seed the ground where joy will grow…”


Can sin cause heartbreak to the believer?

Do you know what AGONY is?
It is a constant struggle and wrestle with pain and suffering – specifically mental anguish.
Anguish is the reflection on evil that is already past, while agony is a struggle with evil at the time present.* Luke 22: 44 gives an example of the Savior Himself in such a situation.
“And being in agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
Jesus is borne up in His hour of greatest need, when He must intercede not only for Himself but for His followers, who are about to leave Him in the lurch. The AGONY he endures reflects the intensity of His struggle not so much with death itself, but with His destiny to be made the sin-bearer for all mankind for all the ages. The punishment that had to be borne for our sins brings Jesus to His knees in anguish.

But Jesus was blameless.

Then what does the word mean in our lives – as sinners?

In Romans 11: 16, 17, Paul uses an allusion to talk about the promise to the Jews and Gentiles. The root of the tree, in this example, is the covenantal promise to Abraham, which anticipated blessing to Jew and Gentile. Israel’s essential nature is Holy (despite all the sins they commit) because they are set apart for God’s purpose. They are the chosen. The allegoric first fruit is Abraham and the branches refer to Israel individually. When some of the branches are broken off, Israel is set aside but there is a remnant. The Gentiles do not displace Israel; they merely partake of “the root and fatness of the olive tree”. When God is finished with the gentiles, He will reinstate Israel. Israel was set aside because of unbelief. The Gentiles have favor because of their belief. Therefore they should not be proud.

Israel was God’s first love, the apple of His eye. No matter what the Israelites did, how much ever they flouted God’s commandments, God still chooses Israel. National salvation will come to Israel. This is the ultimate fulfillment of the new covenant (Jeremiah 31: 31-34). And, this will be realized when Jesus returns to the Earth to set up His kingdom. God has set aside temporarily for the sake of the Gentiles, but He has not forgotten them because of the promise to the fathers, that He will deliver them from sin. That just shows the extent of God’s unconditional love. God has temporarily set aside Israel, so they are in constant “agony” (for the past couple decades).But God will never leave Israel.

For anyone who has accepted God as their Savior, He never forsakes us or lets us down. Even if we have backslidden in our faith or have sinned against God; if we repent, God is ever-willing to take us back into His loving embrace. But, He is a just God. Instead of leaving one to eternal damnation because of sin, He ensures that our punishment is fulfilled on our life in Earth. He gives us another chance at life, and best of all, we get to spend eternity with Him.

It is a difficult time to get over a sin even when we are committing ourselves to the Lord, begging for forgiveness. The guilt that we are overwhelmed with is easily misused by Satan into thoughts that God has forsaken us, and that Hope is an unachievable concept.

“When hope is more than you can bear,
And it’s too hard to believe it could be true.
And your strength fails you half way there
You can lean on me, and I’ll believe it too
And in time, you will believe it too…”

You need to remember that Jesus died on the Cross for your sins even before you were born – He died for your sins that you have already made and the sins that you are going to do. The reassurance of forgiveness does not encourage a lifestyle of sin. As Paul says in Romans 6: 1-3, “… Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?… so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” We are constantly encouraged to live blameless in the Lord and the Holy Spirit continues to convict us in our Spirit.

“I want you as you are, not as you ought to be
Won’t you lay down your guard and come to Me,
The shame that grips you now is crippling
It breaks my heart to see you suffering

‘Cuz I am for you
I’m not against you

If you wanna know how far My love can go
Just how deep, just how wide,
If you wanna see how much you mean to me
Look at my hands, look at my side
If you could count the times I’d say you are forgiven
It’s more than the drops in the ocean”

Don’t beat yourself up. Everyone makes mistakes. Some can be life-altering. But give yourself a chance. I know God did.

* – Taken from M. G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897.

Adam Cappa


Adam Cappa posted this as his Facebook status on 09 April, 2014 (Wednesday), and I just had to share this:

“Girls & guys, I’ve seen a lot of you talking about wanting a Godly relationship in order to learn how to follow Christ. I want to encourage you that it’s not a Christian man/woman you need to meet to teach you about who Jesus is and how to live like him. It’s Jesus himself you need to meet. No one can ever replace who Christ is or should be in our life’s. Place Him first above all things and he will honor you in that. We are told He will give us the desires of our hearts. Psalm 37:4, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” So if it’s a godly relationship you seek, then honor Christ first and let Him provide for you. Your identity can only be found in Christ; not in an unequally yoked relationship. 2 Corinthians 6:14, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” Meaning, believers should date other believers; not try to date someone to make a believer out of them or yourself. “Missionary dating” will most likely, always result in heartache and drama. Focus on your relationship with the Lord and trust Him to provide for you. He knows exactly what it is you need and desire. Instead of trying to always find the “perfect” person to fix you, start working on being the perfect person. It’s starts with Christ. “ – Adam (Cappa)

WESTONE ENDORSED ARTIST: FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI


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Francesca’s newest album, If We’re Honest, is to be released April 22 but you can Pre-order her album on iTunes now. Her album features her new hit song, Write Your Story, which has already received rave reviews from fans on her YouTube channel.

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