In the audio below, Zack tells his story of his involvement with the “Elohim Academy,” another name for the “World Mission Society Church of God.”
Religious cults abound in the world today, but their dangers to a person’s soul is usually overlooked.
Consider, for example, cults like the Hare Krishna’s or the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG). Both of these groups worship as God man made religious objects (the Hare Krishna’s do this) or people (the WMSCOG does this).
The WMSCOG worships two people as God: a south Korean woman known as “Zang Gil-ja” and her dead husband, “Ahn Sahng-hong.”
I want to stop here and let this sink into your spirit for a moment: they literally worship two human beings as “God.” And one of these two people, Zang Gil-ja, is alive today. For people living in the United States or another western European nation, this is unheard of, so bizarre that it cannot possibly be true.
Unfortunately, it is true, and there is nothing more soul-damming and eternally disastrous than to lead someone into idolatry.
But what does the Bible teach? The first commandment of the Ten Commandments, found in Exodus 20:1-17 commands this: “I am the Lord your God who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods besides (or before) Me.” These deceivers of the WMSCOG never tell new recruits they worship this woman as “god the mother,” nor do they tell new recruits they also worship her deceased husband, Ahn Sahng-hong, as “god the father.”
Most people do not thoroughly read the Bible—if they read it at all. If they did, they would know that worshipping a mere man and/or a woman is idolatry, an abomination in the eyes of the living and true God. Cursed is the man or woman who offers any mere human only that which God Himself demands and is worthy of. Read the entire 13th chapter of the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. In this chapter you will discover what happens to people who tempt others to worship anything or anyone other than the one true God.
I wish to highlight the following verses, 6-11, from this important chapter:
“If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter or the wife you embrace or your friend who is as your own soul entices you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which neither you nor your fathers have known, some of the gods of the peoples who are around you, whether near you or far off from you, from the one end of the earth to the other, you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him. But you shall kill him. Your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. You shall stone him to death with stones, because he sought to draw you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. And all Israel shall hear and fear and never again do any such wickedness as this among you.” (ESV)
In the Old Testament, the penalty for leading someone into idolatry was death. And this death penalty was enforced even against those who were closest to the person who was to stone them: wives, sons, daughters, best friends, etc.
Do you see how serious God is against the sin of idolatry? Since this is true, plainly revealed in His eternal Word, what does this teach about the teachers and leaders of the WMSCOG who instruct and lead others to worship Zang Gil-ja and her dead husband, Ahn Sahng-hong?
These cults are evil. It matters not how “nice” and “friendly” or “loving” they come across—they are out to destroy your eternal soul in the everlasting flames of hell.
Woe to these people! Woe to these leaders who go to any length to recruit new people into their cult. On the day of Judgment, God will judge these people the harshest.
If you have been deceived by these two groups, I urge you to flee and get as far away from them as is possible. And you must repent before God of your abominable idolatry of worshipping mere humans as God, begging Him to forgive you.
This is the most serious business one can be involved in, friends. If you are reading this page, it is my opinion that God has led you here for a reason and a purpose. And part of that reason is clear: to convict you of your sin of idolatry by being involved in these groups and to repent of your sin and get your life right before Him.
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