Truth is My Sword, Volume II
by Bo Hi Pak
Chapter 45 Mount Danbury
Tarrytown, New York
February 3, 1985
In this brief yet informative speech, Dr. Pak describes Danbury as the Mt. Calvary of the 20th century and shares how Father is proceeding with the process of salvation from there. He also explains the meaning of Father's recent Day of the Opening of Heaven declaration and testifies to the victory of the four-day CAUSA seminar in Washington, D.C.
This morning I have only 50 minutes to be here because I am going to Danbury with Mother to see Father. This morning I want to talk about the Day of Opening of Heaven, which Father declared on February 1, just two days ago. Mother and I were at Danbury and Father brought us all small prison towels, and on them he had written "The Day of Opening of Heaven, February 1, 1985, 3:35 a.m." At that moment Father declared in prayer, in heaven and to the world, and then he looked at his watch and wrote down the time. This is probably the final clearing of the way to heaven. Father declared the Day of Victory of Heaven on October 4, 1976, and now Father is declaring the Day of Opening of Heaven. What does it mean? God is now opening up a big highway from heaven to hell, a highway of salvation. Think of it as a highway of truth and light, the opening of a big door that has been closed up in spiritual world. Now the door is open and the spirit people can get on the highway and go to heaven. Father has cleared all the obstacles.
Today Danbury is the 20th-century Mount Calvary. By being crucified on the cross, Jesus set the condition for the salvation of mankind spiritually. In this age, by suffering with the living flesh on Mount Danbury, Father has completely set the condition for the salvation of humanity, spiritually and physically. The amazing thing is that when you go up to Danbury prison where Father is, there is a hill. Very unusual. Prison facilities are almost always on flat ground, but Father's camp is on the highest hill in that area. When Mother arrives, Father is standing on that hill, and when Mother leaves, Father is standing on that hill waving. So that's going to be a famous hill in world history. So Mount Danbury is going to be the source of power for the salvation of humanity on a spiritual and a physical level.
Father is now proceeding with the program of salvation from Danbury. Father is thinking, what else can I do to set the condition before I leave here? While Father is in Danbury incredible miracles have been happening. The Christian community has been turned around, which I'll talk about more a little later. America has been awakened; religious unification has become a realm of reality. All these great things have been happening because Father has been setting conditions. And on February 1, 1985, Father has cleared the way to salvation. No more obstacles, none whatsoever. Everyone who comes to the Divine Principle and accepts the True Parents is going to be streaking down the highway at 100 miles an hour. That is the kind of condition Father is setting. Imagine a highway that starts from the worst part of hell and goes to heaven.
Father is now making things go easy for everybody. For the last 2,000 years, the price of salvation was very high. Since Jesus was crucified, his followers also have had to suffer and go the way of the cross and shed blood. The standard for salvation was so high that it was virtually impossible for ordinary people to go through Jesus. Father knew it was very difficult to attain even just spiritual salvation.
Now Father would like to completely flatten the condition by suffering for mankind himself. He is thinking, I'm going to suffer more for humanity, and by doing so I'm going to let humanity come the easy away. I will work hard on that highway; I will sweat so that the rest of mankind can come easily. Once the super highway is created, all you have to do is get on it. You don't have to worry about bumps or curves. Even a clumsy driver like me can drive it. Speaking of driving, my whole family is scared of my driving. When we drive together, mom drives. Mom has better credibility than daddy, because while I am driving I am always thinking of something else, of going to Danbury or the Washington Times or CAUSA, so the car wanders this way and that way. But even my kind of driver can drive on Father's highway.
So this Day of Opening of Heaven is very important. It's not a crooked road, not only a country road, not only a West Virginia road. They say West Virginia roads are almost heaven, but they can never actually get there; they are always almost there. We don't want to be almost in heaven, but all the way. That's the meaning of the Day of Opening of Heaven. Father erected that highway, sweated and suffered, so that all the rest of humanity and all future humanity can travel that highway to heaven. That is the role of the messiah, and Father is doing it right now. This time that Father is in Danbury is absolutely the most important time in Unification Church history.
Father has suffered on many other occasions, such as in the Republic of Korea, particularly in North Korea, but this is the most important period. Why? Because even though Father suffered in Korea and North Korea, that was not the cosmic age for universal salvation. That was not the worldwide level. Today here in the United States, which is the microcosm of the world, whatever Father does has a universal impact. For that reason, this particular period of suffering of our True Parents is very important. What Father has accomplished at Danbury is the restoration of Christianity and the unification of Christianity. Father brought Christianity into one with the Unification Church. Christians began to understand Father and accept Father and Father's dispensation.
One good example is Dr. Tim LaHaye's visit to Danbury. Dr. LaHaye is a very famous minister. On that day, it was snowing. He was coming from Washington, D.C., and his plane was an hour and a half late. It was the only flight that got out; everything else was canceled. So I met him at the airport and took him by car to Danbury, which normally takes an hour and a half. But that day it took three hours in the snow, and several times our car was dancing on the highway, very dangerous, so we really slowed down. Nobody else was on the road.
During the drive, Dr. LaHaye said, "It is incredible what our government did to Reverend Moon, to confine Reverend Moon in this kind of place." When we got to Danbury, he met Father, who was wearing humble prison clothes. He held Father's hands and the first words Dr. LaHaye spoke were, "Reverend Moon, I apologize on behalf of my government." Mother saw that Dr. LaHaye's eyes were red and he was crying. What a beautiful union, a beautiful union of brothers, like Esau and Jacob. Father and Dr. LaHaye were embracing. Then Father said, "No, Dr. LaHaye, you have nothing to apologize for. It must be God's will, and God's will brought us together. You know, because I am in Danbury, you came all the way from California to meet me here. If I were in East Garden, you would not come there to see me. Now you came here. So you see, God works in mysterious ways.
Another great victory took place over four days during a great seminar in Washington, D.C., from January 28 to January 31 for Christian ministers. From the 50 states, 300 ministers gathered together in Washington at the invitation of CAUSA International, which is known to the world as Reverend Moon's organization.
I have never seen a lecture so noisy. The ministers were not just listening, they were saying, "Amen! Amen!" I can tell if the lecture is going well or not by the sound of the amens. Sometimes it was just a few people saying amen, sometimes it was the whole 300 saying amen, sometimes amens and hand clapping, sometimes black ministers standing up and saying "Hallelujah!" It was not a seminar at all-it was an evangelical meeting, Pentecost in a way. All in all, during these four days, there was an incredible harmony and inspiration and enthusiasm, and most important, unity was created.
By the way, we published a new book, the CAUSA lecture manual. The name CAUSA comes from the Latin word "cause," the first cause. So CAUSA is the movement of the first cause, which is God. Therefore, we declared Godism.
The communists took the color red for their book, so we published the blue book. Blue represents heaven and peace; the golden frame and golden lettering represent unchanging quality. The Principle never changes, truth never changes, so that is the purpose. This text presents an examination and critique of Marxist-Leninist ideology and a critique of the confusion in the Western system of values. It presents the new worldview based on the affirmation of God inspired by Reverend Sun Myung Moon, founder of CAUSA International. Divine Principle is Sung Sang (internal), and CAUSA is Hyung Sang (external). What CAUSA has done comes from Divine Principle. It created a weapon to smash the enemy ideology, which is godless communism, which is Marxism-Leninism. That is what the CAUSA manual is all about.
Since I don't have much time, I would like to read several comments of the ministers from the CAUSA workshop. Here is one, "The ecumenical approach of the movement is a big plus. CAUSA does not waste time on theological nonsense, but gets down to the basic beliefs necessary to be a child of God here on earth to prepare oneself for eternal life."
Here is one from a minister from Utah named Willoughby: I felt desperate to educate Americans about the value of God, family, and country. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to come to this conference and listen to the fantastic messages that are being given here. I thank Reverend Moon. I have had a new rebirth of opinion of Reverend Moon. I heard through the smear tactics of the news media about the Moonies and Reverend Moon, and I was down on them. I tell you, now I hold them in the highest esteem there is. The principles here are something that we can all work for. I have finally found an organization that is really serious about communism. Most Americans are asleep. This organization can wake them up. God or no God. I want to be counted. I want you to know that I want to be counted in the number when we go to the Soviet Union. So let us set the date and get over there to Russia and be heard, declare the truth. Four days ago many of us descended from our planes with hesitant steps. I sense that most of us will be leaving today with firm steps.
There was one Mexican-American minister whose name is Reverend Albo, a very tall and handsome minister. He was always in the front row listening to the lecture. So we asked him to speak. He went up to the stage and said to the 300 people sitting there, "Everybody stand up." So everybody stood up. He said, "I want to give you a simple Spanish lesson. Repeat after me, `Viva la CAUSA, Viva la CAUSA, Viva la CAUSA,"' which means "long live CAUSA." Then he said,
CAUSA has been the great inspiration in my life. It is certainly a wonderful thing that Reverend Moon had this revelation from God. For the word of God says that without vision men shall perish. Thank God for this man who has vision and is bringing together all different kinds of faith and different colors of skin.
I am pledging before you that with the help of God I will go back to my community fighting communism until the day I die. I came here with some fear and trepidation about what was going on. I wasn't sure if the purpose was to make me a member of the Unification Church. But I realized that my vision was too low. Their ambition is far greater. Actually what they are trying to do is to unify the whole world fighting against the enemy of God and men: communism. Brothers and sisters, it is not a question of whether you are Assembly of God, Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, or whatever. Rather we are going to maintain faith in God and in our world today. Because we are in a real crisis. I praise God that this organization is reviving interest and rekindling the flame. I want to tell you that they are rekindling it in my soul. Although I am a Baptist, and as such I may not accept everything, I believe in the universal Fatherhood of God.
Brothers and sisters, it doesn't matter whether you believe in Baptist water or the Pentecostal fire. Why don't we put it together? When you put water and fire together, you make steam and put the power into solving the crisis we have today. If you live in a community where there are people of all faiths and poisonous snakes come into your community and start biting your children, you wouldn't ask the person next to you if he is a Buddhist and then tell him that he couldn't fight the snakes. The most poisonous snake of all is godless communism. You and I need to pull together no matter what our religions are so that we can save this world. I have been stirred and motivated. I am going back to the television station which I preach over each week and I am going to do more than I ever did before. God is helping me. I am 76 years old. I pray that I can live another 100 years so that I can keep on fighting communism, and I want to join with you in that parade into Moscow.
I could go on and on with these testimonies, but I must go to Danbury and I am already late. Thank you very much.
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