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Exponential Growth of a Newly Rising Denomination ‘Shincheonji Church of Jesus’ in the Republic of Korea

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In just over a year, 103764, people graduated after completing a Bible study in Shincheonji…this is an unprecedented phenomenon that is taking place globally.  

Due of the corruption and the secularization of today’s religious world, a great number of people are coming to Shincheonji to study the Bible and to fill their spiritual needs. Although there is a decrease in the number of people who identify themselves with a religion worldwide, there also was a rare phenomenon of 103764 people streaming into a church called Shincheonji, church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (a newly rising denomination in the Republic of Korea) in a short time of a year.   

On November 10th 2019, Shincheonji held a graduation with 103764 graduates that completed a Bible study offered in Shincheonji. Shincheonji offers a free 6-month Bible study course that one must complete in order to be registered as a church member.    

The graduation took place in the province of Gyeonggi-do with a total of 101,286 people who passed their graduation exam after studying the Bible in its entirety. Approximately 50,000 were present in the audience and the graduation was broadcasted in other major cities of Korea. International graduates overseas also participated through live stream broadcast. 

Having 103764 graduates is equivalent to having 100 churches of 1,000 congregation members, which is greatly different from the drastic fall of the number of congregation members seen globally in the world of religion. Shincheonji is the only place in the world where 103764 people come after completing an in-depth Bible study.   

A survey conducted on the 103764, graduates showed that 41.7% were believers practicing their faith under pre-existing denominations such as Protestantism, Catholicism, and others. Additionally, the reason why they decided to go to Shincheonji was because of its “sublime teaching of the Word.” A graduate said, “In a traditional church, I was not able to fill my spiritual hunger; however, in Shincheonji I was able to fill it with the words of the Bible and understand a clear purpose of my life as a Christian,” and he continued on to say, “numerous people are leaving their churches due to the corruption and secularization that is prevalent in many churches today, but Shincheonji helps believers to have a logical and a clear understanding of what it means to be reborn with the Word. Therefore, I chose to go Shincheonji.”  

It is incredible to see a 103764, person graduation; however, what is more shocking is that Shincheonji – which is teaching the fulfillment of Revelation and has been growing at an incredibly rapid pace since 1984— is labeled as a “cult” by the Christian world of the Republic of Korea.  

To the major allegations made against Shincheonji such as “Shincheonji claims that the founder of Shincheonji is the One Who Overcomes,” and “Shincheonji hides their true identity when evangelizing and brainwashes the people with their teaching,” the graduates reported that those are all false accusations.   

A graduate stated, “For the past 6 months of Bible study, I saw if it’s true that Shincheonji makes people quit jobs, divorce, and leave their homes, and I realized that those were false rumors and far from the truth. I am thankful that I had a chance to study the Bible for the past 6 months and to see for myself that Shincheonji’s teaching of the Bible is biblical and logical.”

Another graduate stated that there are times when Shincheonji does not reveal their church when evangelizing; however, this is because traditional churches spread false rumors about Shincheonji that people do not want to study the life giving words of the Bible due to the fear of such accusations being true. The reason why evangelism is done in such way is to be fair and give a chance for everyone to judge using the standard of the words of the Bible.

The people of Christianity in the Republic of Korea responded to the rapid growth of Shincheonji by saying, “Everyone in the world of religion must repent for becoming entangled with the world, interfering with politics, and losing trust of believers. It seems that those who want to carry out a genuine life of faith wandered off and ended up in Shincheonji.” 

However, Shincheonji states that 95% of those who chose to come to Shincheonji (according to the survey done on graduates) is because of the excellent teaching of Bible. Shincheonji teaches the Bible in its entirety from the book of Genesis to Revelation in half a year, and the greatest difference between traditional churches and Shincheonji is the only place that teaches the fulfillment of the prophecies of Revelation. 

The graduation will be the starting point of Shincheonji’s continuous growth. Because the 103764 graduates have fulfilled a 100% evangelism rate, there are currently there are 200,000 people (will change) that are studying the Bible in Shincheonji. If Shincheonji continues to grow at this pace, then within 3 years Shincheonji will reach a million congregation members, and the status quo of the religious world will change. 

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Survivors of 2010 terrorist attacks give testimonies of how Prophet Mbonye prophesied tragedy before it happened in new documentary

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Several Christians and followers of Prophet Elvis Mbonye, of Zoe International Ministries, who survived the 2010 Al- Shabaab terrorist attacks in Uganda that occurred at Kyadondo Rugby grounds and Ethiopian Village, Restaurant in Kabalagala, respectively, have given touching testimonies of how the man of God prophesied the horrible incident just a month before it happened!

In their chilling confessions, the Christians, most of them survivors of the terrorist attacks at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds, gave their confessions in a new documentary filmed by Zoe Ministries, in which they all revealed how Prophet Mbonye told them during a conference held in May 2010 that he had received a vision from God about a pending terrorist attack in Uganda, although none of them knew it would really happen just a month after the prophesy.

It is now exactly 10 years since the brutal attacks on July 10th, 2010, which left over 74 people dead and at least 71 injured after the Al-Shabaab terrorists exploded bombs in a fully-packed rugby field where soccer fans were watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

Frank Kakooza, who survived the bomb blast at Kyadondo Rugby grounds, said that “I just heard a blast. I can’t even tell you how loud it was But the State has to come out clearly and respect the word of prophesy that comes out of Prophet Mbonye, because he has been saying things which have come to pass. For instance he prophesied about Trump, The choppers, this bloodshed that happened in Lugogo; now why don’t you talk to that person? Fore warned is forewarned; Why wouldn’t anyone want to listen to him?”

Judith Akankwasa, another survivor, added that “we were screaming and scampering for our lives. Not many of us; really few of us had sensed that this was an attack. What made it even more interesting was the sound behind us of a second explosion. My instinct told me to take cover and I was crying to God; have mercy on me. I repent. I repent. But I was astonished to later know that the man of God had actually seen this before hand and he had endeavoured to warn his people. This message was out there although it wasn’t received by everyone, it was out there. I am amazed at what God can do.”

Robert Semujju, whose head was partly shattered by shrapnel from the bomb, miraculously survived the explosion, said that; “I was seated, watching the match. Then all of a sudden I don’t know what happened next. My skull had been blown to the extent that even part of it was shattered and it was open. I think God never wanted me to see that situation anymore. Because after Lugogo, me I went to the mortuary directly. It’s by his God grace, I am here. But later I recalled the man (Mbonye) had prophesied about it. Meaning that through him, God had warned about what was going to come.

Annet Bananuka, a teacher, said that “When I heard news of the attack, I remembered that I had been at a conference during which Prophet Mbonye had warned of the first ever terrorist attack in Uganda. He said he could see an explosion. He could see bloodshed.”

Prophet Mbonye has since prophesied about several other events that have come to pass. For instance, in 2012 he prophesied that Uganda would be engulfed in grief after losing some of her citizens in a plane crash and asked Christians to pray about it. Just a few weeks after he had pronounced the prophesy Uganda lost gallant soldiers who perished in a chopper crash that occurred on Mount Kenya. Seven out of a 28-member crew lost their lives when the Mi-24 chopper failed to negotiate the 17,000 foot altitude of Mt Kenya.

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Dishonesty is causing conflict at family and community level, how ACORD Uganda is tackling this in Wakiso

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“Children of God are peaceful, where there is conflict, then they focus all efforts on making peace.” These were the words of Rev. Father Kato Adolf while he was talking about peacebuilding to the different staff members from several organizations in Bundibugyo district recently.

Naturally, families are supposed to peaceful to each other and exercise love as these are the same people who live together, care about each other and share several other things. They are children of God; they are supposed to be peaceful. But when conflict arises, it must be changed to peace.

Dishonesty is one of the issues causing conflict at family and community levels in Uganda. ACORD Uganda has however been proactive enough as to take the first step and tackle this issue in Wakiso. The dishonesty in some families in Wakiso area are not caused by alien issues, it always zeros down to the issue of openness. This is not limited to the families themselves but also cuts across to the leadership. Through partnerships such as the one with Girls for Girls (G4G) dialogue, that aims to help young women develop the courage, vision, and skills to take on public leadership, ACORD Uganda is acting fast in Wakiso district to tackle this conflict.

Speaking at the G4G dialogue session recently, Nabikofu Fatumah one of the panelists of the day confirmed that dishonesty is causing conflict at family and community level. She advocated for openness among families and the community leadership to be able to foster peace. “Lack of transparency by the community leaders across the region. When this is achieved, the issue of dishonesty at family and community level in Wakiso district will be a thing of the past.”

What makes this issue worse is that not only Wakiso district is affected but several other districts in Uganda. It may not have happened by now, but it could happen eventually. Many youths have all witnessed conflict in one way or another and some have gone further to find out what has caused it.

The good news is that conflict negotiation, reconciliation, mediations and several other methods have been employed by ACORD Uganda to curb on conflict in the families and communities of Wakiso district and Uganda at large through peacebuilding.

The onus is on the youth of society to identify these conflicts and speak out openly about them so that we can all start a new journey to peacebuilding since we are all children of God who are supposed to be peaceful.

About ACORD Uganda

The Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development – Uganda (ACORD-U) is a Ugandan National Non-Governmental Organisation that has worked in Uganda since 1979 with headquarters in Nsambya-Kampala and several other offices across the Country. ACORD-U aspires to contribute towards Uganda’s Development and Humanitarian Responses for Vulnerable Communities in Rural and Peri-Urban Areas. Currently, ACORD-U Implements interventions in more than 23 Districts in the South-western, Western, Northern, West-Nile, and Eastern Parts of Uganda.

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A peaceful Uganda that starts with you and how you can play your part.

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We know that we all have a role to play when it comes to our societies. No matter who you are, how old you are, or what you do, this is a matter that concerns us all. However, the youth who make up over 70 percent of the Ugandan population, have an even bigger role since the future belongs to them. 

One of the key things about being happy and being able to make a positive contribution to society is having peace. This enables anyone be young or old to express their full potential and for the youth is helps them to harness their potential for sustaining the peace in their society.

Even when you look at securing a peaceful, just and inclusive society, it will always come back to you. The youth may wonder what it takes. Some may say, it has all be done and it still being done. This is the point where the same question that has always come up shows its face, why is our society still the same or worse becoming the opposite of what we want it to be? The interesting thing about all these questions is that it will always come back to you. What are you doing to achieve peacebuilding in your society?

The truth is nothing will or can change unless you change. You start are the one to start and we will follow. You are the one to lead and we will follow. You are the one to act and we will follow.

You would never be peaceful and face war, you would never be just and meet injustice, when you are peaceful and just, your environment will be inclusive and complete.

The takeout here for Ugandan youth is to be peaceful and just to create an inclusive society for all. The fear and violence will not have to even exist with ladies and gentlemen of peace and justice in Uganda. 

Remember the words of Rev. Mukonzo Ezra Yongeza at the ACORD Uganda peacebuilding training in Kasese about the youth position in peacebuilding, he said; “The youth are the wall of every building the iron sheets are the elders who are supported by the youth who are the majority and energetic. The moment the youth are equipped, the world changes. The adults have tried for many years and things are the way they are, the youth need to be supported too.”

We all need to do our part to foster peaceful, just, and inclusive societies in Uganda that are free from fear and violence. 

About ACORD Uganda

The Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development – Uganda (ACORD-U) is a Ugandan National Non-Governmental Organisation that has worked in Uganda since 1979 with headquarters in Nsambya-Kampala and several other offices across the Country. ACORD-U aspires to contribute towards Uganda’s Development and Humanitarian Responses for Vulnerable Communities in Rural and Peri-Urban Areas. Currently, ACORD-U Implements interventions in more than 23 Districts in the South-western, Western, Northern, West-Nile, and Eastern Parts of Uganda.

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VIDEO: Why the Youth need to be equipped to lead on peacebuilding in Uganda

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A word from Rev. Mukonzo Ezra Yongeza at the ACORD Uganda peacebuilding training in Kasese about the youth position in peacebuilding.

The youth are the wall of every building the iron sheets are the elders who are supported by the youth who are the majority and energetic.

The moment the youth are equipped, the world changes. The adults have tried for many years and things are the way they are, the youth need to be supported too. 

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