[DongA Daily]More than 20000 graduates from Zion Chrisitian Mission Center, Systematic Bible study gives “Satisfaction”
[Smart Consumer] More than 20000 graduates this year from Zion Chrisitian Mission Center, … Systematic Bible study gives “Satisfaction”
Shincheonji Zion Christian Mission Center produced approximately 20000 graduates this year. The center operates the Bible study curriculum of Shincheonji Church of Jesus and teaches the entire Bible in 6 months for no charge.
The 20000 graduates signify more than just a number, given the toughness of the course which includes 6 months of study and a strict graduation exam.
The first graduation ceremony of 2017 was in March, with approx. 2000 students from the John tribe of the Eastern Seoul & Gyeonggi regions; these were followed by graduates from L.A. in the U.S., (in April) as well as from the Matthias tribe of the Daejeon & Chungcheong regions and the Thaddeus tribe of the Daegu & Gyeongbuk regions in May, numbering 5000.
Subsequently, almost 9000 graduates from the Andrew and Busan James tribes of the Busan, Ulsan, Gyeongnam, and Jeju Island regions, the Thomas tribe of the Jeonbuk region, the Peter tribe of the Gwangju & Jeonnam regions, and the Phillip tribe of the Gangwon region celebrated their graduation ceremony in June.
These were followed by 3500 students from the Bartholomew tribe of the Western Seoul & Gyeonggi regions, the Matthew tribe of Incheon and the Seoul James tribe of the Eastern Seoul & Gyeonggi regions who completed their course in November. The Matthias tribe of the Daejeon & Chungcheong regions produced another 1300 graduates on the 16th, and 3000 more from the John tribe of the Southern Seoul & Gyeonggi regions and the Simon tribe of the Northern Seoul & Gyeonggi regions await graduation.
They have learned the entire Bible from Genesis to the book of Revelation in 6 months and have obtained such thorough knowledge of the Bible that all of them scored over 90% in their graduation exams, which consist of 300 questions. This puts them on a whole other level from simple churchgoers.
Those of them who wish to become members of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, receive a month of education provided to new family and registered in Shincheonji Church of Jesus. After registration in the church, a variety of Bible study programs are provided free of charge and tests are given for the examination of one’s own faith.
This rapid growth of Shicheonji Church of Jesus represents an earnest desire of the believers to learn the Bible; it also shows that a considerable number of Christians are disappointed with the secular sermons of the established churches and the current religious world, rife with faith that is unreliable and easily changed.
Shincheonji Church of Jesus stated that "More than 100,000 students have graduated in the last 5 years. It is not a simple swelling of numbers achieved through inducing attendance, but the believers responding hugely to the principle of a Bible-centered faith and an intensive Bible education"
** The article is published at DongA Daily.- http://news.donga.com/3/all/20171218/87800130/1