Unification News for April 2001

March 30 - Portland, Maine

When we arrived in Maine, the first thing I ran into was the fact that one of our prominent ministers, who is really a righteous clergyman, had to withdraw from the program not because he didnít support us but because he had been attacked severely by his denominational heads and also by his own church, and he felt afraid. He was under severe persecution but he was willing to stand. God bless him.

With the severity of the attacks going on, I feel for these ministers who are bound by these denominational walls and barriers, and held hostage by incomes that are used to force them to go down a road that they donít want to go. One of our clergymen who had stood with us will come to other states on the tour. We praise him for not renouncing his association with us when he was pressured to do so.

We comforted that clergyman. We donít want to lose him, and we donít want him to lose his church. Therefore, we pray for his protection and safety. Weíve overcome many battles. Even some of our national committee members are under severe, severe attack.

As youíre reading these testimonies, donít think that there are only glorious reports. There is a lot of suffering on the way. Some pastors have turned against us and betrayed us. Rev. Leroy Elliott was on the phone for an hour the other day with a pastor who he thought was really one of the best of the 120, yet this pastor completely betrayed us. Rev. Elliott asked how he could betray us at this time, that he thought we were brothers. But that pastor was ice cold. He could not change because heís being held hostage also by some kind of control that has been placed on him and his church, which forbade him to stand forward righteously.

We have to be careful at this time as the pastors go through tremendous trials. Rev. Elliott, as a member of the National Baptist Convention board of directors, he is confident that many in the Baptist church will stand strong. We have known many pastors completely transformed by these battles. Some have fallen by the wayside. We will come back to them if we can. We pray for their resurrection.

However, there are others that have joined the battle and gotten 10 times stronger. One such pastor is Rev. Leo Beato. He was with us in Maine. He and Rev. Olson have come under fire from the Lutheran church. However, because they are responsible pastors in their Lutheran ministries, and they also are very careful to be correct according to their Lutheran traditions, they were able to overcome the pressures. Although they did not secure the endorsement of the Lutheran denomination yet, they are confident that they are on the right road as men and women of God.

Rev. Beato stood up in Maine with confidence. "This is the will of God," he said, as he gave welcoming remarks. "I want you to know that Rev. Moon is very controversial. I walked with Dr. King and he was also very controversial. I used to be a Catholic priest. I walked with Dr. King at that time, and because I became so involved with Dr. Kingís movement, many truly wondered if I had gone too far. Because of that I came under scrutiny in the Catholic church, and because the scrutiny was too restrictive, I removed myself from the Catholic church voluntarily, and I went on to become a Lutheran pastor.

"I believed that in Martin Luther I would find the kind of spirit that would stand strong against the winds when trials and tribulations come. I can see that I was also facing another crisis, but I am confident that God is with us, and that the Lutheran church also represents the spirit of Martin Luther in his absolute stand for the freedom of the individual to worship God as he so pleases, and also freely study the Scriptures on his own.

"Therefore, I feel Rev. Moon is bringing us revelations from the Bible that will help us to strengthen our families and to really build true families. Iíve seen the power of the blessing of marriage, both in my own church and other churches when we anoint our families with the blessing of marriage that Father Moon has been inspired by Jesus to bring to us. Those marriages have a special spiritual power to stay together. Thatís why the marriages of Father Moon have a 95% success rate over the last 30 years. Thatís an amazing phenomenon.

"Therefore, the anointing of marriage is now becoming a Christian movement. We are going to rebuild the family by anointing marriages. We are confident that we will not lose this battle. This battle is ours to be won. I pray for all the churches to come together and really share the blessings of God."

Mr. Scott Simon put together the program with Rev. Richard Buessing. David Caprara was involved, and well as the ACC leaders, who really are the founding pioneers of the effort to reach ministers. Starting in 1983, when they were all ordained as ministers of the gospel in the Bahamas by Rev. Won Pil Kim, they have walked a course with Christian ministers, and later expanded to include educating political leaders.

Now the ACC leaders and the Family Federation leaders are one, side by side. I could see how Scott Simon had sown great seed in the work.

The Maine event was shocking. Peter Kim said heíd never seen Father so harsh. Somehow there was something going on in Maine that had to be dealt with. We donít know what it meant, but some of Fatherís words to white Christianity were very, very harsh. He declared very strongly that white Christianity has divided America and has continued to divide the denominations. The white Christians are held responsible for this, and they must listen to Father or they will go to hell.

Even Rev. Kim struggled on the stage to find the proper words that would be at least strong enough that the people could even receive the message. However, there were those who exploded on the spot and could not receive the message. One such minister, who was even on the invitational committee, stormed out of the room shouting in anger. He was absolutely livid as he felt he was boxed in and completely judged.

Father said that God wants to save all humanity, but this minister felt that that was absolutely wrong. Coming from a Calvinist tradition, he felt that the Bible says that God will come for His elect. Calvin taught that only the elect would be saved and the rest would be condemned to hell, and nothing we could do could change that. He taught that people are already pre-chosen and elected, and therefore there is nothing we can do about that.

Father smashed that ideology to pieces as he proclaimed that is not true. Jesus prayed that all mankind be one. The book of Romans calls for universal salvation, that God wishes that none would perish, not one, but all would receive the glory of God. Thatís Godís heart. Of course, people have to choose their own destiny. This pastor expressed his hold to that dogma. We will pray for him because we do believe that he was sincere, but many of these pastors are held captive by dogmas that have been entrenched in their denominations over history. They have no idea how much they are slaves to the letter of the law, and thatís why America is falling apart. American families are falling into total breakdown. The divorce rate is rising in the Christian church beyond 50 percent.

These pastors have no power to stop the promiscuity, free sex, lesbianism and homosexuality. They canít even speak about it in their pulpits. Why? Because they are slaves to the letter of the law and they are captives of their denominational dogma. This must be broken down, and thatís what Father was doing in Maine. He broke down many of the denominational dogmas that have held our churches in absolute adversarial positions. These walls must come down, and these dogmas must also be eliminated. God loves everyone. Jesus loves everyone. If we really live a sacrificial life as Jesus would live for the sake of others, then we will find common higher ground in Jesusí love for our fellow man.

The Bible spells out clearly that the only requirement to really come to the Lord is that we must have faith in Jesus. But the churches have nit-picked their positions to such an adversarial and judgmental position that they have done nothing but divide the churches until finally within denominations there are feuds, so that there are now 2,500 denominations in America. This is not Jesusí desire. Jesus is saddened when he sees this.

Therefore, we could see in Maine a tremendous battle ensued. We praise Rev. Kim and Rev. Beussing and Mr. Scott Simon for holding the course. The region has been one, and has produced very excellent results for our True Parents.

Also, one of the most precious women that we saw on the tour, Ms. Cora Brown, 91 years old, came on the stage afterwards and gave Father and Mother a gift from New Hampshire, a replica of the fishing boats that have been so famous in Maine. She loved the message. The women in general have loved the message on the tour because they know that Father is challenging the adultery that exists in the church. Itís very painful for many of the pastors. Very few pastors can even say one word about adultery from their pulpits because they themselves are caught up in relationships that are not correct before the Lord. Therefore, a great cleansing is occurring in the Christian church at this time.

We know that this is a revelation of magnificent proportions. Father gave his speech long and harsh in Maine and we never saw Father smile during his whole presentation after the first 20 minutes. It was very warm in the beginning, but after about 20 minutes he began to be so stern. Rev. Kim was so shocked that he could not believe that Father could bring such a strong message, and yet itís only on love. So Father is trying to save Christianity, trying to break down the walls and lift up the family.

David Caprara was on hand with the American Family Coalition. We are confident that as we bind the body of Christ together, we all create a healing of America and we will be able to rebuild the family and restore the community and renew the nation and the world.

God bless New England for allowing Father to make a significant contribution to break down the incredible historical walls that divide Christianity.

Rev. Michael Jenkins

"We are confident that as we bind the body of Christ together, we create a healing of America that will rebuild the family, restore the community, and renew the nation and the world."

So stated Reverend Michael Jenkins of the American Clergy Leadership Conference, as the "We Will Stand" national 51 day national tour made its 33rd public appearance in 34 days.

"We have overcome many battles," he told the assembled.

Reverend Leo Beato welcomed the audience. "This is the will of God," he said, as he gave welcoming remarks. "I want you to know that Reverend Moon is very controversial. I walked with Dr. King and he was also very controversial. I used to be a Catholic priest. I walked with Dr. King at that time, and because I became so involved with Dr. King's movement, many truly wondered if I had gone too far. Because of that I came under scrutiny in the Catholic church, and because the scrutiny was too restrictive, I removed myself from the Catholic church voluntarily, and I went on to become a Lutheran pastor.

"I believed that in Martin Luther I would find the kind of spirit that would stand strong against the winds when trials and tribulations come. I can see that I was also facing another crisis, but I am confident that God is with us, and that the Lutheran church also represents the spirit of Martin Luther in his absolute stand for the freedom of the individual to worship God as he so pleases, and also freely study the Scriptures on his own.

"Therefore, I feel Father Moon is bringing us revelations from the Bible that will help us to strengthen our families and to really build true families. I've seen the power of the blessing of marriage, both in my own church and other churches when we anoint our families with the blessing of marriage that Father Moon has been inspired by Jesus to bring to us.

"Those marriages have a special spiritual power to stay together. That's why the marriages of Father Moon have a 95% success rate over the last 30 years. That's an amazing phenomenon.

"Therefore, the anointing of marriage is now becoming a Christian movement. We are going to rebuild the family by anointing marriages. We are confident that we will not lose this battle. This battle is ours to be won. I pray for all the churches to come together and really share the blessings of God."

Mr. Scott Simon organized the program together with Reverend Richard Buessing. As American Constitution Committee (ACC) leaders they are the founding pioneers of this great outreach effort to ministers of all faiths.

Starting in 1983, when they were ordained (along with several others) as ministers of the Gospel in the Bahamas by Reverend Won Pil Kim (one of Father Moon's earliest disciples at the start of his ministry in Korea) they have walked a course that has expanded to include outreach to political leaders.

David Caprara was on hand for the American Family Coalition as well.

The impromptu message for the evening was shocking. Mr. Peter Kim, the translator for the keynote speaker, said he'd never seen Father Moon so harsh.

"Somehow there was something going on in Maine that had to be dealt with. We don't know what it meant, but some of the words to white Christianity were very, very harsh. He declared very strongly that white Christianity has divided America and has continued to divide the denominations," stated Reverend Jenkins, a white minister of the Gospel himself.

"God wants to save all humanity!" shouted Father Moon.

There were those who exploded on the spot and could not receive the message, however. One such minister, who was even on the invitational committee, stormed out of the room shouting in anger. He was absolutely livid as he felt he was boxed in and judged.

Coming from a Calvinist tradition, he felt that the Bible says that God will come for His elect. Calvin taught that only the elect would be saved and the rest would be condemned to hell and that nothing we could do could change that. He taught that people are already pre-chosen and elected.

Father Moon pointed out shortcomings of this doctrine. "Jesus prayed that all mankind should be one. The book of Romans calls for universal salvation. God wishes that none should perish, not one, but all will receive the glory of God. That's God's heart. Of course, people have to choose their own destiny."

Afterwards, Reverend Jenkins was conciliatory, but clear.

"This pastor expressed his hold to a dogma and we will pray for him because we do believe that he was sincere. Many pastors are held captive by dogmas that have been entrenched in their denominations over history. They have no idea how much they are slaves to the letter of the law, and that's why America is falling apart. American families are falling into total breakdown. The divorce rate is rising in the Christian church beyond 50 percent.

"Many pastors have no power to stop the promiscuity, free sex, lesbianism and homosexuality. They can't even speak about it in their pulpits. Why? Because they are slaves to the letter of the law and they are captives of their denominational dogma. This must be broken down, and that's what Father Moon and this tour were doing in Maine. Many of the denominational dogmas have held our churches in absolute adversarial positions. These walls must come down, and these dogmas must also be eliminated. God loves everyone. Jesus loves everyone. If we really live a sacrificial life as Jesus would live for the sake of others, then we will find common higher ground in Jesus' love for our fellow man.

"The Bible spells out clearly that the only requirement to really come to the Lord is that we must have faith in Jesus. But the churches have nit-picked their positions to such an adversarial and judgmental position that they have done nothing but divide the churches until finally within denominations there are feuds, so that there are now 2,500 denominations in America. This is not Jesus' desire. Jesus is saddened when he sees this."

Mrs. Cora Brown, 91 years old, came on the stage afterwards and gave Father and Mother Moon a gift from New Hampshire -- a replica of the fishing boats that have been so famous in Maine.

She loved the message.

In further remarks, Reverend Jenkins stated: "Women in general have loved the message of the tour because they know that it is challenging the adultery that exists in the church. It's very painful for many of the pastors. Very few pastors can even say one word about adultery from their pulpits because they themselves are caught up in relationships that are not correct before the Lord.

"Therefore, a great cleansing is occurring in the Christian church at this time. We know that this is a revelation of magnificent proportions."

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