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Growth of Shincheonji church and reasons for the downfall of the existing denomination in Christianity.

2018-08-12조회수 718


Growth of Shincheonji church and reasons for the downfall of the existing denomination in Christianity.





Shincheonji Church provided data for the first half of the year. According to this data, the gospel was spread to 50,000 people and 4,000 people have completed its Bible study to become new members of Shincheonji Church. In addition, 65,000 people were direct recipients of Shincheonji volunteers’ acts of service. This is a huge number indeed. This growth is in stark contrast to that of existing churches, which is decreasing rapidly. 


Currently, seminaries are busy finding new ways to recruit students due to a sudden drop in seminary students. Unless they have parents who are pastors or elders in a mega church, it is difficult for seminary students to secure jobs through their major. The Church is also suffering from declining church members of its own. Moreover, because of decreasing church members, it has become common for pastors who own small churches to have two jobs in order to earn a living.

Experienced leaders make judgment on an organization when evaluating it by looking at the reasons behind its growth or decline. The amazing volunteer work within Shincheonji Church, reported to the press, shows consistent growth annually. 
On the contrary, existing churches belonging to other denominations cover newspapers with stories of malpractice, embezzlement and sexual violence. As far as objective facts are concerned, it is obvious which group is a cult, phoney, anti-religious and anti-social. 
However, political circles and the media are still hesitating to take action due to powerful Christian denominations causing disparagement of Shincheonji Church. However, when looking at the rapid growth of Shincheonji Church compared to the decline of existing denominations such as the Christian Council of Korea (CCK), it seems that believers follow neither public trend nor the logic of power.


The emergence of a new denomination always begins when corruption of the existing denomination reaches its peak. And, it has been a part of religious history that true reform of a denomination leaded to its dramatic growth. The reason why the existing denomination is collapsing is due to the negative attitude and the illegal behavior of pastors that prevents evangelization, contradictory attitudes which label certain denominations that promote the love of one’s neighbor as ‘cults’. 
Despite all this, there has always been oppression of new denominations by existing denominations. With history as a mirror and warning, it would be in the interest of existing denominations and their church members to learn about the example set by Shincheonji Church and acknowledge the diversity of religion.


**  The article is published at the Times - https://c11.kr/2tud




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