[NBN News] Korean Church Become a Total Wreck with Corruption, finally Get the Cane
Korean Church Become a Total Wreck with Corruption, finally Get the Cane
The elder, Bongho Sohn said “Korean churches will be reformed after they totally fall into ruin”
The elders of Shincheonji Church of Jesus hold a rally for calling upon Chritian Council of Korea to disband.
▲ A bus parked in front of a building of Christian Council of Korea(CCK) is
exposing their corruption.(photo= reporter Minjung Kim)
[Seoul=NBN News Communication] Reporter Minjung Kim = “It is said that the church made of the body of Christ became a culture in Europe and an enterprise in United States. Along with this, it became even a big company in Korea.”
This is from the documentary ‘Quo Vadis’. filmed by director Jaehwan Kim. What would Jesus say if he looked at today’s Korean churches? Jesus definitely taught christians to be the light and salt of the world but the reality is just embarrassing.
As secularization in the pursuit of money and status, power and honor rapidly spread through Christianity, the Korean churches are facing a big crisis for now. Corruption such as Bankrolled election, sexual crime of pastors, hereditary churches and etc, that spreads like cancer, even has reached an irreversible level.
The credibility of Korean churches has plummeted and the number of believers also showed a sharp decline. A survey on social reliability of Korean Church' in 2017 by Christian Ethics Mission of Korea (CEMK afterhere) showed that only 19.4% of people trust the protestant church in Korea. Besides, in the survey, 49.4% which is almost half pointed ethics morality are 'the problem that Korean pastors need to improve' that shows seriousness of christian ethics problem.
According to status figures of churchgoers of the annual statistics 2018 in Christian Times published by methodist churches, approximately 210,000 people had left their churches for last 5 years. It resulted in 14.5% decrease in the number of methodist churchgoers during the last 5 years which has been a great shock to the denomination.
▲ The elders of Shincheonji Church of Jesus went on a demonstration in front of the building
of Christian Council of Korea(CCK) on the 5th Street of Jongro to urge CCK to repent
and disband on the 12th. (Photo=Reporter Minjung Kim)
Accordingly, there are growing voices of reflection and reform in Korean Christianity world. On the last 9th and 10th 'Social Ministry Conference' was held at Seongrak Holiness Church in Sungdong Gu of Seoul and it was co-hosted by Good Mission Network and Pastoral Sociology Institute.
The elder Bongho Sohn, a chair-professor of Kosin University, gave first lecture and criticized Korean churches sharply. He strongly denounced that considering the present situations, Korean churches seem to be able to be reformed after totally being devastated. And he added that only when Christianity have moral authority they can be the light and slat for the world.
Moreover on the 12th the slogan, CCK must repent and disband, continued to ring in front of a CCK’s building which is actually a headquarter of major leading Protestant denominations.
The elders of Shincheonji Church of Jesus rallied on that day and urged CCK’s disband with saying that CCK becomes a symbol of corruption with money and power as well as slanders the other denominations as heretic cults deliberately without any evidence.
Then the elders raised their voice by claiming that CCK must stop the coercive conversion program toward other denominations who do not belong to the established denominations. They also insisted that shocking illegalities such as kidnapping, confinement, violence and etc. that are force to convert their religion are happening easily among Korean churches, which is just for established denominations to prevent their believer from leaving them.
As public opinion that Korean churches have already lost their self-purification has been prevailing, how Korean religious world find the way to change is drawing attention.
** The article is published at the Times - https://c11.kr/31r5