By Wallace Mawire
On Saturday morning 2 April 2022 more than 1500 church leaders and pastors from various churches, denominations, languages, and nations who established Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Shincheonji Church of Jesus, joined together for a special global conference.
“Conference for Pastors in Partnership with Shincheonji Church” was hosted by Shincheonji chairman, Mr Man-Hee Lee, to share the progress of online Bible seminars that began in 2021. Pastors were updated about MOUs established thus far along with examples of cooperation and collaboration between Shincheonji and other church organisations around the world.
According to Shincheonji Church of Jesus, 2155 pastors, 22 seminary schools, 958 churches in 67 countries have established MOUs with Shincheonji. The church is providing theology material and instructors for the churches and seminary schools that have established MOUs with them, to educate people about the Bible as mutually decided upon in the agreement.
The theme of unity under God came across strongly with chairman Man-Hee Lee reminding pastors that “We are one in God,” and urging pastors to take up their role as shepherds and work together for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
The head of Shincheonji’s Ministry of International Missions stated, “Many participants from Africa in the Bible Seminar from August last year reached out to establish MOUs with us. This led to the first MOU in September 2021 with the Worship in the Presence of God Church in Uganda,” explaining how Shincheonji first started to establish MOUs with other churches.
Many similar examples were shared. Pastor Willifred Endohu, a pastor who has been leading his church for 11 years in Cote d’Ivoire, introduced himself stating, “I studied theology in a seminary and was trained to be a pastor through prayer meetings and began ministering to a church in a very small room. Thankfully enough, 11 years later my congregation has grown to be about 500 members. I am also a lecturer at a seminary institute as well.”
Pastor Endohu is currently learning Lesson 16 of the Introductory Level course in Shincheonji’s Zion Mission Center. He confessed that his “thoughts and knowledge of the Bible have been broken and is changing through the lessons. Jesus and the Word that has become flesh has struck a chord in my heart. I also want to preach the Revealed Word after I’m done studying. I want to share this Word to the people in my congregation that have been following me for the last 8 years,” showing his aspirations upon completing the courses.
He also added, “I want to express how thankful I am for Mr Lee, because that’s how I could receive the Revealed Word from God. Mr Lee could not have taught such a profound Word if he had not met God and Jesus. I want to tell my fellow pastors that what I have seen and verified is that all the answers are in the Bible and Shincheonji is testifying those answers according to the Bible. Please come and check for yourselves.”
During the conference Mr Lee, shared about how he has come to share the Word and the role of pastors today. “Revelation is about re-creation. If you look at Revelation 21, the first heaven and the first earth pass away and a new heaven and a new earth are created. It is about creating people and all creation again,” Chairman Lee stated. He continued to explain that those who are born of God’s seed are harvested and sealed to create God’s new kingdom and new people at the time of Revelation.
He also added, “Writing the word of all the chapters of Revelation in people’s hearts is harvesting, sealing, and nurturing those who have been born of God’s seed and making them into the citizens of God’s kingdom. [This is why] Jesus showed me the events of all the chapters of Revelation and commanded me to testify to all the churches,” as he explained the role of the promised pastor today.
In his concluding remarks, Mr Lee stated, “We must become freedom fighters of God’s kingdom who restore what God lost. Let’s fight and overcome the devil with the blood of Jesus and the word of testimony and create the people of God’s kingdom so that God may finally come and reign over the world after 6000 years. This is what [God] has made known to us through the Bible. I hope that everyone engraves the words of all the chapters of Revelation—which is the law of heaven—in their hearts. There is only one God, one Bible and one hope. We, as those who believe in God, are also one. We are one!”
Shincheonji’s lectures are available online in 24 different languages on YouTube with over 1.5 million views to date. Anyone can view these lessons free of charge by visiting the church’s official YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/c/ShincheonjiChurchofJesus