WHO IS “MOTHER GOD”?
In the past few years, I’ve had some friends share with me about random encounters with what they called the “Mother God Cult.” Usually individuals or pairs approached them on Rutgers campus or in stores and spoke to them about the Bible’s teachings on “Mother God.” Our reactions were pretty much to wrinkle our brows and shrug our shoulders about these mysterious people.
Recently, I learned a high school student of mine was raised in the “Mother God cult” because she tried to recruit another student of mine. Further, a friend of members of PCC (who even attended PCC a few times) has all-in joined this Mother God church.
Taking all this in, I decided to look more closely into the “Mother God Cult,” which is actually called the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG). Since May, I’ve been reading through their beliefs as stated on their website and responding to their use of the Bible on my personal blog.
“The World Mission Society Church of God believes in God the Mother,” their website proclaims. In fact, Mother God lives today in the flesh in South Korea. According to the World Mission Society Church of God’s website, by 2008 they had one million registered members worldwide, with churches established in New York and Los Angeles.
They teach “salvation will never be given to those who are stuck on the name of Jesus” and all must accept “Christ Ahnsahnghong,” their founder, and Mother God for salvation. All of these teachings, they claim, are supported by biblical evidence.
So, how do we test all things, especially teachings claiming to be from God? We test them against God’s own written words:
“But test everything; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Is the World Mission Society Church of God the one, true church? Is Mother God our only hope for salvation? Did their claims pass the test?
The following practices of poor biblical interpretation (manipulation-?) are the most evident in the WMSCOG’s use of Scripture:
Isolating verses and taking them out of context.
Imposing views on the text rather than letting the text speak for itself.
Jumping from one part of the Bible to another with utter disregard of context to “prove” ideas, beliefs, or opinions.
Inconsistent decisions on what should be taken literally or figuratively, often based on preconceived ideas.
For example, the WMSCOG often cites Galatians 4:31 as evidence of Mother God in the Bible:
“So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.”
Yes, this may sound mysterious when read alone, but we should never read a single verse of Scripture alone and draw a conclusion from it! Context, context, context! When we read Paul’s full argument in his letter to the Galatians, it becomes obvious that “the free woman” he is referring to is Abraham’s wife Sarah from the book of Genesis, not a female deity.
Like many groups and churches that have nontraditional interpretations of the Bible, the WMSCOG seizes on unusual sounding verses, isolates them from the rest of Scripture, and ignores whatever Scripture does not fit into their preconceived ideas.
I have composed all of my blog articles refuting the WMSCOG’s use of Scripture into a self-published short book for educating, refuting, correcting, and evangelizing those involved in the WMSCOG called Searching the Bible for Mother God: Examining the Teachings of the World Mission Society Church of God.
All of the information in the book is available for free on my personal blog, but the book lays the information all out in an easy-to-follow order (instead of throughout scattered articles). I want to get this information out to as many as possible, so I have made it as cheap as I possibly could.
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Free articles on Mother God, cults, apologetics, etc. on my blog: godfromthemachineblog.wordpress.com