Re: Good News Mission cult
Date: November 21, 2020 01:40AM
Hey @Joonyah ! thanks for sharing your experience with GNM! If you don't mind, I'd also like to share my experience.
Before I begin, I would like to say I am a part of Good News Mission, and I’ve been in this mission for about 16 years. I would like to also have a chance to reply to your post and speak about the mission in a different perspective. I hope that those who read can really think about what I say, before anyone makes any assumptions.
More than angry, I was honestly sad to see how someone gets upset, and so he/she goes online and says as many false bad things as they can. I want to ask you some things, in order to question the foundation of your belief.
“However they often do speak out of context from the true meaning of the Bible and use cleverly phrases like "break your heart", "change your heart", "or that you are evil".”
What do you mean out of context from the true meaning of the Bible?
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
The reason the church says to ‘break you heart’ or ‘change your heart’ is because the truth is that our thoughts/our ways is different from God. “You are evil.” Is that far from the Bible? Genesis 6:5 and Jeremiah 17:9 say otherwise.
This is what it means by “Change your heart.” If I think in my heart that I’m weak, then I must change my heart based on the Bible which it says that I’m strong in the Lord when I’m weak. What you say is out of context.
“Often times they will just disregard certain verses from the Bible and only emphasis the verses that benefits the church.”
Can you please state what verses the church disregards? If you can answer this, I would really appreciate it. Claim without evidence is not a smart way for an argument to be valid.
“Many people would sell their lands, homes, cars, and just about everything to give offering to the church and grow Pastor Park's empire.”
Can you please name those people and why those people did it? Were they forced to? Also, where is Pastor Park’s empire located? What is included in his empire?
Fact Check: Pastor Park doesn’t possess and none of the buildings is under his name. If you can recall his sermon about what he possess, he says he decided not to even buy an apartment for his life after retirement. All pastors in GNM follow that lifestyle model of being selfless and the heart of sacrifice. In fact, all pastors in GNM, including Pastor Park, are not allowed to possess anything but they give offering by faith before telling members to live by faith. They practice first on what they preach. Never once have I heard any sermons on sell what we have and give offering.
“Although they rarely tell their members directly to pay money (sometimes they do), they do pressure the members into making many unnecessary offerings and would often them they have no faith, or that they are caught up by "their own thoughts" and give them a sense of guilt and pressure to pay the church. Members of the church are pressured and therefore have to keep paying for the church.”
As a member of this church, I have never been forced to give offering. The pastors have always told me, “only if God gives you the heart, give offering.” That is the only thing they have said. And if I don’t have the heart to pay, I do not pay. If you felt anything other than peace, that is of your own guilt, perhaps what Ananias did in Acts 5, compelled to sell his land to give offering. Peter didn’t give sermon to sell their lands. It was just Ananias who felt he had to do that. Just because you felt that way, that doesn’t mean GNM preached a sermon on pay money, pressuring them.
“Basically all the members are brainwashed into thinking that everything coming out of Pastor Park's mouth came directly from God himself. So they never question his motives and just blindly follow what the pastors tell them to do”
May I ask you, what has come out of Pastor Park’s mouth and what did they do by blindly following him? Did Pastor ever tell them to do anything inappropriate and unbiblical? If you can state it specifically, I would really appreciate it. Think about it. What kind of pastor would preach on a pulpit, “Hey, I’m going to talk about the Bible but don’t listen to what I say!” Any pastors should tell people to hear the words they speak when they talk about the lessons from the Bible.
It's really that they would just randomly bring students who are not very interested in religion to go there and do something they had no idea they were going to do in the first place.
The program you are talking about is called GNC, Good News Corps, you can find more information about this 10-month long program on our website, iyfusa.org/good-news-corps, where it also states that IYF is a Christian organization and GNC is made up of Christian missions work. There is no trick here, as it is very clearly stated.
“Often they are kept in churches and not allowed to leave the church without the permission of the pastor.”
Unfortunately, this is quite obviously. If the pastor is the guardian of the foreign college students who are within his care, they would as a matter of fact need his permission to leave the church. Same goes with any other foreign-exchange program. This is for the safety of the students. There are people who just want to get U.S. Visa through the program and run off to work and earn money illegally. These things happen so we want to ensure that the promise we’ve made with the U.S. Immigration office for inviting them is kept. If they want to work and/or come to U.S. and do what they want to do, then they must leave U.S. and should come back with an appropriate VISA. We don’t trap them. They travel with us to at least 5 cities across U.S. plus they travel to foreign countries, like Mexico with us. It’s just that they cannot go off of our care while their legal status is under our care.
They claim that their goal is to bring salvation to suffering souls but in actuality it has more to do with growing their empire.
Can you please give an example of this?
Every year in the US, the Gracias Christmas Cantata (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXNlAzJAQvw) is hosted by about 30 cities in theatres/arenas that usually have the capacity of 3,000 to 10,000 people. This show that the Good News Mission hosts is free admission. The reason we hold the cantata every year since 2012 is specifically to give hope and the gospel to the people of that city. Does the Good News Mission announce to the audience of 10,000 people how great Good News Mission is and to join it? The answer is no. Through the events, we don’t advertise to join the church. If they want to join GNM, they should make that decision on their own. And this is the United States of America with the First Amendment of the Freedom of Religion. What kind of person would be forced to become a church member in our nation? That was never happened and it was never on any media outlets but only on shady blogs here and there. But if you can name an event that in which the GNM focuses on growing their “empire,” please state it here.
“Rather than focusing on salvation they place more emphasis on buildings, cars, and other materialistic things. There whole focus is to grow, grow and get large much like the way a business operates.”
Can you please explain which building/car/materialistic thing was gained?
Though what you wrote was inaccurate, what I feel from your writing is that you have indeed received a lot pain during the time you have known Good News Mission. What happened and why do you feel that you need to say stuff like this?
I don’t want to fight, nor try to persuade. No matter what I say, if you don’t have an open mind, you will try to find whatever you can to use against me. I just write this post, asking those who read, to have an open mind, without assuming before they truly know what the truth is.