The Words of Hyung Jin Moon From 2009
The following is from a speech Hyung-jin nim gave in English to "Original Divine Principle Workshop" participants (mainly from Japan) on June 15, 2009, at the Chung Pyung Heaven and Earth Training Center
God has been so alone. He has many fans praising Him but not one true object partner with whom he can share His entire heart. Many people will praise God and say, "You are so powerful. Thank You. Please give me Your blessing," but not one person had tried to understand God completely. Our True Parents have done that. They have revealed the essence of God. They teach us that God's essence is knowable. That essence is true love; it is a selfless love that can even subjugate Satan, our worst enemy. If we can inherit that kind of true love, we can become God's object partner. God created the universe; even though we are small, if we inherit true love, we can become that incredible God's object partner. That's amazing!
Kook-jin nim works hard, but he doesn't only work hard. He is always generating results for our Unification Movement. It's not just a matter of working hard. Everyone works hard. It's a matter of making the Kingdom of Heaven here while True Parents are here. We have a mission. He has been witnessing continuously, endlessly, to the staff members in the business foundation [which he runs]. He brings new people, and then witnesses to them. He sends them to Divine Principle lectures, and then they come to the church.
He shows confidence. We have a lot of professionals come into the foundation. They are used to business in Korea, where people often go to bars, play around, and even cheat on their wives. This is the business culture in Asia and all over the world. You know about this in Japan. It's the same in Korea. People new to our business foundation find a corporate culture that prohibits drinking and cheating on spouses. If they don't like that, they can go elsewhere.
Kook-jin nim teaches by his professionalism and by his example. We have some very accomplished people working there. Our human resources director at the foundation (who came from the LG conglomerate) is highly educated and experienced; he is helping us reorganize the Headquarters Church. He is on our team.
One accountant, a highly educated and smart lady, is working on the foundation's team. We were holding a Divine Principle lecture contest. The judging panel consisted almost entirely of new members who had just been witnessed to. We wanted new members to judge the Divine Principle lectures, so that we could see who the best lecturer for new people is. During the discussion of who was good, this lady, who recently became a member, proclaimed her faith very strongly: "I chose this faith because I found truth here. If someone like our foundation chairman [Kook-jin nim] believe: in this church, I believe in it too."
She has been in top companies in society; she has worked as a professional in the business world, but then she came to the Tongil Group, whose leader is so handsome [Applause Hyung-jin nim laughs]...but he never goes to bars, never takes the employees out drinking. He works all day from early morning until night, and then goes straight home to his beautiful wife! [Applause]
The employees are so inspired.
"Unificationism is very different!" They hear the Principle, and understand the reality of the Fall. They understand why God wanted to have his children inherit His true love. They understand why the four-position foundation, a couple and family, is so important. They understand why loyalty and honesty between husband and wife are so important. It sets a new tradition for that family, and the society, nation and world. True Father is teaching men to not be animals, but instead to be true fathers, true husbands and true brothers. He is training men to learn to love their wives as a spiritual practice, teaching the value of a husband and wife. And this inspires the employees.
And then, if they visit the video center, they might look into their ancestry and discover the pain caused when an ancestor didn't have just one wife, but a second wife.
They can see how that caused pain inside the family, and why they have to indemnify that, liberate their lineage from that. Then they realize, "I have to start becoming better, for the sake of my family too." They realize this teaching is showing the way to the kingdom of heaven.
We have an incredible teaching but have not had the ability to convey that to society to bring people in -- here in Korea -- and to make the organization strong. But because the business foundation has been strengthened, it is helping the church become stronger, more rational, more organized, helping membership grow. And now for the first time in our church history in Korea, we had the core members vote and elect their regional director. In the past, the church president or international president might have appointed the person, but now the members' voices are being heard. The criterion for being able to vote in this was at least one year tithing to the church community. Members could see all information about the candidates -- education, career and personal assets. They could make sure the person they were voting for is honest. Because the members can see this information, when they decide, the best people are elected…
Within the foundation, the chairman has a lot of power, but he has given that away by delegating a say in all major decisions to others. Decisions are checked by many professionals. That system is also being used by the World Missions Headquarters, and by the Korean Church Headquarters. Every decision involving the use of members' donations, for example, has to be approved by many designated people, not just by one leader. Everyone in the line has to approve the decision. This system protects our congregation and membership. These changes are very important to our church as we grow and develop. Because of these changes, and the strengthening of our organization, we are much better now at witnessing; our members are becoming prouder of being Unificationists and thus more confident to witness.
We were attacked during the indemnity period, so we often wanted to hide and not explain who we were. In Korea that has changed a lot now. We always encourage our members: Do not be shy. Now is a time prepared by God. It is not a time to be scared, but a time to be proud of ourselves as Unificationists. True Parents shed blood, sweat and tears for this. Brothers and sisters around the world shed blood, sweat and tears for this. Members have even died for this. We must not hide this. This is our pride and our Principle, the truth that True Parents revealed from Heaven.
[Hyung-jin nim indicates a large church-symbol pendant he wears on a necklace]
I wear this wherever I go. Some of us worry about even showing our blessing rings. This is so much bigger! Too big to hide! We have to be proud.
We explain to everyone that this is our Unificationism symbol. This means give-and-take action, and this means the four-position foundation -- centered on God's true love.
Our Unification Church symbol represents the Principle. Wherever we go, we have to be proud of our Principle. It is the truth that True Father revealed. It is the truth that liberated God. It is the truth that brings true love into the couple, the family, the society, nation and world. This simple symbol. Wherever we go, we say it carries the power of heavenly fortune.
Catholics make the sign of a cross over their body when they pray. We wanted to make the sign of the Unification symbol. We received inspiration from heaven.
[Hyung-jin nim leads everyone in hand movements that outline the shape of the Unification Church symbol]
Aju. We made the Unification symbol. I love this; we do this wherever we go.
I had lunch with the Hoonsas they are dressed in their Hoonsa uniform. We all did the sign of the Unificationism symbol in a restaurant! Other people were wondering what it was. It is time to be proud of ourselves as Unificationists.
Truly, God has prepared this time. When I studied world religions at university, the Unification Church was included in our textbook on new religions. The Unification Church has the biggest foundation of any religion during the life of its founder, even compared to major religions. We will continue to become more successful while True Parents are here!
Matthew 28:16 [actually Matthew 28:19] is one of the most important passages in the Bible, and for Christianity. It's called the Great Commission. Jesus says that now they must go out into the nations to bless and baptize people, make them into disciples. This is the moment when Christianity was truly born. At that time they were being persecuted. So Christians could have just become ingrown, looking just inside their own community: They could have thought, we just have to be happy and live a Christian life.
But Jesus told them, No, you must not just look inside your church community; you must go out and make disciples, and testify to my works and my deeds, and baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He said, Do not just become an ingrown church. Look outward and witness.
From that moment we see Christianity become Christianity. In that moment we see Jesus' direction to make Christianity spread all over the world. Now, two thousand years later, there are one and a half or two billion Christians who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Everyone on the planet knows the story of Jesus, whether or not they accept it.
But when Jesus was alive he was persecuted, mocked, imprisoned as a criminal, tortured, and sentenced to die. He suffered capital punishment. Yet, two thousand years later, Christianity is the world's largest religion.
Compare all this with us now True Parents are still here on earth. We are already teaching the Principle, serving, and teaching about true love, establishing true families in nations all over the world. While True Parents are still here we are rebuilding the church so we can witness more. Imagine two thousand years from now -- the whole world will know True Parents story -- in less than two thousand years!
The Principle is what True Father suffered for. It is the Principle that liberated God. We must not let it die. We must build, so that while True Parents are still here they can see millions of faithful children of filial piety committed to the Great Commission of building the kingdom of God and spreading the message of True Parents -- inherit God's true love. We will be victorious in this.
Let us pray.
1: Now after the sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Mag'dalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulchre.
2: And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
3: His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.
4: And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.
5: But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
6: He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
7: Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you."
8: So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
9: And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.
10: Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."
11: While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place.
12: And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sum of money to the soldiers
13: and said, "Tell people, `His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.'
14: And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
15: So they took the money and did as they were directed; and this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
16: Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
17: And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted.
18: And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20: teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."