1377Re: Welcome -- toejamken
- Jul 19, 2006Hello to Louise and all,
I'm sorry for this slow response, and will try to do better in the
I was involved in the Unification Church, as a young man, for 1 1/2
years from March 1975 to Sep 1976. I believe they have since changed
their name. During that period, I spent a lot of time at their
training facility in Barrytown, New York. When not there I was out
fundraising and also, for a few months, I tried to recruit new
members to join the church in California. I thank God that I was
unsuccessful in that endeavor.
My occasion for leaving the group was not doctrinal. It happened as a
result of others prayers and the love of my parents. Right after an
event at the Washington monument where Moon spoke, a large group was
gathered at a park in preparation for dividing us into fundraising
teams. I found myself with no heart to go. My parents had come up for
the event, but leaders had kept me from seeing them. I had separated
from the rest of the group and was walking down a road when my
parents drove up. They didn't give up, and had been told where they
might find me. By the grace of God, I gained permission to go home
for a short period, and I never went back.
It is not easy getting over such an experience. People who leave a
cult have to face the pressure that they are turning away, not from a
group, but from the will of God. As a young child I knew that God was
real and had a salvation experience at 11, but I had no desire to
pursue any quest for God or attend any church for several years.
I left the cult at 21, and did not turn to God until I was 28. At
this time, because of the prayers and testimony of my grandmother ( I
am experiencing a lot of emotion as I write), I decided that if I was
to die my fate would probably be hell. I fell on my knees and
rededicated my life to Christ. This was the beginning of my new found
life in Christ! I began reading the Bible and experiencing answers to
prayers, and my joy of salvation progressed from there. Today, I am
50 years old.
Shortly after my rededication, I read a book by Hal Lindsey, "There's
A New World Comming." As I was reading verses Hal quoted from the
book of Isaiah, I KNEW there was only ONE unique MESSIAH, Jesus! Sun
Myung Moon was not another Messiah, but a false messiah. God's Word
had truly healed me of my past.
For many years, I haven't met or kept in touch with any members of
the Unification Church, but there are those who come up to my door
from time to time who I know are in bondage that I try to help. One
may not see any results, but I know that an accumulation of
experiences with those who know Christ can have an effect.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Louise <mclouus@...>
> Toejamken, I think it would be interesting to find out how youleft the Moonies. Would you be so kind as to tell us your story and
what let you to Christianity after believing that Moon was the
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