[GGilbo] Shincheonji Church-The Christian Council of Cheonan, negotiation for open public debate broken down...
Shincheonji Church-The Christian Council of Cheonan: negotiation for open public debate broken down... "Stop distorting the fact"
Second discussion underway between Shincheonji’s Cheonan Church and the Christian Council of Cheonan
"The main purpose of the Christian Council of Cheonan is not to prove who has true faith based on the Bible, but to slander using the Bible."
Negotiations for open public debate between the Cheonan branch of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, The Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (Chairman Man Hee Lee, abbreviated to Shincheonji Church) and the Christian Council of Cheonan (CCC) have broken down.
Shincheonji church’s Cheonan branch and the Christian Council of Cheonan agreed to discuss a total of 10 topics (5 topics each) that focus on the content of the New Testament on June 22nd, followed by a second meeting to coordinate details regarding the open public debate.
However, each side had different proposals regarding the method of debate. Shincheonji church proposed: "It is necessary to present the key themes of the New Testament based on the Bible and ask each other questions regarding these themes." However, the Christian Council of Cheonan demanded use of a variety of materials in addition to the Bible in order to disprove Shincheonji church’s doctrine.
Even though both sides agreed on the theme, they ultimately failed to agree on the method of debate, in spite of their two-hour meeting.
Shincheonji church’s Cheonan branch emphasized: "The purpose of this Bible forum is to see who is more Bible-oriented using core Biblical themes. It is not intended to verify one’s doctrine or preaching. It has to be left to the audience's own judgment to decide which side is right after presentations are given."
In addition, Shincheonji church said: "We should outline the theme and rules of the forum in order to prevent dispute. Forums designed to criticize another denomination’s teachings can turn into arguments rather than discussion. The intentions of the Christian Council of Cheonan, which was to use the forum only to defile Shincheonji church, were revealed during the negotiation process."
Shincheonji church’s Cheonan branch stressed: "To verify who is more Biblical, we proposed revealing the theme of the forum on the day without reading from the Bible. The Christian Council of Cheonan must respond honestly to Shincheonji church regarding the Bible forum and stop pursuing their own gain."
Shincheonji church said: "During the process of outlining the themes and rules after the Bible forum was proposed, the Christian Council of Cheonan has been disguising their true intentions to the media by claiming that Shincheonji church is the one avoiding the forum, even though they themselves refuse to agree on the content. The Christian Council of Cheonan must immediately stop slandering and ignoring the nature of the debate which was designed to see who has true faith based on the Bible."
Shincheonji church’s Cheonan branch has expressed a desire to continue discussions with the Christian Council of Cheonan in the future for the sake of open public debate.