The Way Of The Spiritual Leader
by Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Section 3. Giving Sermons
There has never been a time when I have prepared for a sermon. When speaking from life experiences, it is impossible for it not to be emotional.
When you wonder why you suffered for God's will in the past, it is because you have lost your subjective character. If you suffered for people, as long as those people remain, your standard lives on.
Before I give a sermon, I spend more time praying for the members than I do praying for the sermon. After you have gathered your heart and prayed, "Father, I have to bring these people up but how do I do it? Is it this way or that way?" You preach according to your heart's commands.
Apart from the heart there is no life. The path of the valley of life is difficult and grim. If you must request a teacher, request the teacher of the heart, not the teacher of knowledge. If you dig into the valley of the heart, the more you dig, the more tears you shed and the more your "self" disappears.
When I stand at the podium, I say a special prayer. Sometimes I do not even have a sermon topic until I am standing at the podium. There are many times when I haven't prepared that I pray after reading the Bible and the topic comes to me. After seeing what? After seeing people. As soon as you see a person, you say "Ah, that one is this type" and you compare that person to yourself. "Oh, when I was like that, I was in such and such a circumstance," and my heart was like such and such. . .
It is like giving a sermon to yourself. Through your course, centering on heaven's grace. . . If that person is being moved and inspired, the audience will return. Therefore, the audience and I, the members and I, are one. That is why members are necessary.
And it doesn't matter what type of ill-bred person speaks, there is always something to be learned. Each person has truth with their own unique characteristics. So, if you don't let it flow by listening in earnest, there is a wealth of material you can gather for your sermon. That is why you must pray. When I give sermon's in Korea, my back is completely covered with sweat. My undershirt and white shirt is soaked and sweat drips from my forehead. I'm like this now because I use a translator. It's because I use a translator. It's not like this in Korea. Do you understand? [Yes] That is why I say, speak with all your dedication and listen with all your dedication. Do you all do that? Listen to one grandmother's speaking for 12 to 20 hours. Listen while staying up the night. After having heard it all, it is then your chance to speak.
From long ago I would give sermons even in my sleep. I would talk while sleeping. Even when I went to Sunday school, I was preaching while sleeping. In a loud voice. . . So I would wake up because of the sound of my own sermon. even then, I already knew that many people would represent heaven and lead. Whenever I passed a church, even if I was eating lunch, I would just want to go in and eat. I wanted to go in and eat at the head of the altar. That was how it was. I already know how to place a ladder and use it. Your heart already knows.
You must restore everything. You must start with a laborer. You must restore starting as a laborer and go up. If you lose that, from the highest position of glory, there is no magic formula back. You must go to the lowest position and pull yourself up. When you wear clothes you cannot wear a suit. Does a laborer wear a suit? I started wearing a suit to do sermons after 1970. And it wasn't even a real suit. I wore a laborers uniform. You American members may be hearing this for the first time. I did not start eating at a dining table. Starting with mere rice balls. . . It is restoration. Restoration through indemnity. I had no need for any spoon or fork. You must indemnify and restore all of those things.
Dr. Sontag's question: "You are receiving criticism because it is said that what you say in sermons to the public and what you say to your followers is different. Many people are supposing that the lessons you teach to your followers in unofficial settings are different and stronger. Where do these comments have their basis?"
I do not fear speaking to the public. There is no compromise in God's words. Throughout history all prophets revealed the content of their prophecies boldly, and I do the same. Whether it be at the Yankee stadium rally or the Washington monument rally or at a general sermon for my believers, anyone such as yourself may come. I often speak candidly. Sometimes I give sermons with strong language. That is because I want that sermon to remain in one's memory.
I do not speak smoothly like a diplomat. Also I do not seek to buy the good graces of the people like politicians. What is most important to me is how history is going to speak of me.
I do not chase the popularity of the present. It is not important whether or not I am popular with the American people today. I only speak the way God instructs me to. But sometimes, in order to match what people need, I will speak to match the level of the listener. There is no secret there.
Jesus said, "I still have a lot to tell you but as of now you will not be able to understand." There are times when I cannot tell things to my members or even my leaders. That is not because they are secrets, but because they will not understand. For each person there is a different level of understanding the Unification Principle. Even Saint Paul said that for religious followers, "You should eat milk rather than hard foods, because they were not prepared spiritually." Every one must speak at the level of their listeners so they can understand.
There is no reason for any Unification Church activities to be done in secret. The record of the past proves this point very well. What have I done in the past few years and what has the Unification Church done in Korea, the United States and Japan? That is the proof. The things that we have done have been acts of sacrificing ourselves for the nation, the people. In short, others. Our first mission is to spread the truth and restore man's heart for God. Have you ever heard that we were going to rob any bank or take over any government?
1. Sermon Preparation And Spirit
1) Sermon Preparation is not Accomplished with Books
People who work for the sake of God are truly pitiable. They are lonely people. If you consult with people and read books to receive the gospel of life, it can serve as a reference. You can make an artificial leaf, but you cannot make a real leaf. If you look at a book, you must consider that person's thought perception and it does not help at all to center on a different thought perception and have responsive feelings. It often serves as an obstacle or detraction. That is why spiritual leaders are lonely people. You all don't know that, correct? You must. You must. Because I do it by myself as well.
When I am here, I feel that Chung Pyung is not far and go there everyday. When it is cold, when the sun is blazing, when the wind is blowing -- all the time. It is because I need the taste of something new, the atmosphere of grace which you feel at the center of your heart. I need the new feeling that comes from God. When I don't eat food, it doesn't matter if you have that. You need that sort of thing. You must overcome the feelings you get from dealing with people. When dealing with people, you mustn't do it unsatisfactorily. In a course that is mandatory, the phenomenon of revival does not occur. It has to be exciting. You must stay up nights without even realizing it is night. You only discover the value of heaven when you get to the point that you can say, "Heaven is the only place to be." Isn't that right? Even with trees, they either completely adhere or they don't graft. Right?
Without any direct experiences, a spiritual leader can do no work. Doing sermons based on books, heaven is such and such from a book. . . Is God in the middle of this book? He is not. You must all know that God exists in the soul and it doesn't work if God doesn't go through the soul.
The most valuable thing is a direct experience-based faith. That is why if you are Unification Church members, you have direct experiences. You absolutely get to experience first hand. What kinds of things arise? Everything possible within the realm of your realistic life. Truly, if you give all the dedication you have for the providence, heaven will go with you.
If you all have an intimate relationship with God, don't worry that you didn't prepare for your sermon. You need that kind of training as well. When I meet a famous person there are times when I can speak up to ten times a day. Then I must talk about different things at each different location. But do I prepare for each and every one? My heart at those times is to completely have the consciousness of an offering. The consciousness of an offering. There is no "I," there is no concept of your existence. There is no sense of having possessions. It is a position of absolute dedication.
If you say "Sermons are only for Sundays," when it becomes Sunday you say "Where in the Bible shall we read? Come out you holy song, come out." [Laughter] This is not what you should do. Do not do this. Center on your knowledge of people, center on the live resources, extract relevant miracles from the Bible, and give a fun sermon comparing that person's experiences with the content of the Bible. Then the listener will be completely blown away. When he hears his own experiences he will like it. You must go do it like this. Do you understand? Do not attempt to do it by looking at books. Books come from people as well. You must know that people themselves are the origin of books. Do you understand? [Yes]
2) You must have Spiritual Abilities
You are the same. I do the most difficult thing in the church. Always have a plan and do not look around and do not get sidetracked. If you can become that kind of people, you will develop. Do you understand? [Yes]
The most difficult position is that of a spiritual leader. You must pray and consult with members all night. It is development when you continuously stay up nights debating the truth. Do you understand? [Yes] Even if you receive opposition from the neighborhood. . .
Even now, wherever I go, if I think back to the 1960s, I get the feeling of that time again. If I go there and just do it, that environment will completely change in an instant. There is that "something." You too must pray in order to get that felling. You must do a lot of those prayers. Do you understand? [Yes] If you don't spend a lot of time praying your heart's antenna will always be immersed in that place. If you always aim for that, 24 hours a day, and if you always live by that standard all the time, no matter what you're doing, you don't have to have a lot of praying time.
You can center on the things you see, and center on the things that you feel and center on the things you say. Then even if you don't prepare for sermons, you will always have a sermon topic and things to fill the sermon. You aren't like that, right? If you stop suddenly and completely, you will always be looking for the end of the sentence, saying, "where did the end go?" Where has it gone. . . .
It is the same of an electric line. You lose the end and all of a sudden you are saying "Whoa, where did God go?" If you decide to find out, you cannot just say "For goodness sake God!" You cannot do that. I must always have the end of the line. If you connect them, then, "ZZZTT!" If you connect the plus and the minus there will be a big spark.
If I go into a home, I can tell in an instant if this is a home of dedication or if it is not. Even if no one says anything, I already know. If you remain still, the cells know that the electricity is flowing. Do you understand? If I just go in, I can tell right away whether or not the household has given much dedication. If I go to a church, I know. There is something that makes God's will or something special follow in the church and keep it from dying and failing. Without this, do you think it would last? If it is anything like you, it would have failed a long time ago. I don't tell you. I don't even tell my mother what it is. Sometimes by mistake I might say, "Something is going to happen today," and then people would say, "How do you know?" or "Well, let's wait and see," and it becomes exposed. I don't speak of it easily. If, when I say these things, the words do not match the explanation, I cannot be a public figure. Do you understand?
Would it be all right if rumors spread that I am a sorcerer? Is it acceptable for Reverend Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church to do such a thing? No, it is not possible. Rather, it is better to act as if I do not know of such things . . . You do not know what kind of people they are. They may say things, but you will not know why they say those things. But I know. I know why it is. That is why I have been taught.
That is why you must pray for these kinds of situations. These things must follow father. I listen to words that others received very well. I act as if I know nothing and say "Is that so?" Therefore, I know, as a teacher who can listen well to what you have to say . . . You must do that in this manner. It is a very difficult thing for God to create this kind of phenomenon in order to develop one such person. Think about how tremendously difficult it must have been in order to lay a bridge from the spirit world to this one individual. How much suffering and toil must there have been in order to lay that bridge over many historic generations, after being broken over and over? Because I know this, because I am a specialist in this area, because I know God has a will for this person, I listen while staying up the whole night. Isn't that what must be done? You have to understand each other. Isn't that right?
You all must have that something. And in order to get that, you must pray. Do you understand? [Yes] When you go out for witnessing and come back when dusk is setting in, you must have instances when you return lost in endless tears. I was so unworthy today. . . When my foot, steps, which set out to find sons and daughters of God, return in persecution, I must feel that my dedication was not sufficient. How shameful is it that God could not find any of his sons and daughters, when he appointed me to the task? You must know how to stand in a rice paddy and wail out loud. You must know how to grab onto trees and whip back and forth, and pray with no regard for yourself. You must have a lot of this kind of time. If you are a leader, shouldn't you have this kind of experience at least once every four days? Do you understand?
When I go to sleep, I pray for guidance about where I will go the next day. "Father! I will leave my direction for tomorrow in your hands, so please let me know my direction as soon as I wake up tomorrow." And as soon as I wake up in the morning, I would have a feeling of where I would have to go. If you go somewhere on what seems like a whim, you will find someone waiting there. Do you understand? By doing this, you can develop your spiritual heart.
If that happens, your thoughts will always be right. You will always have thoughts like "Today, such and such a situation will occur." When you don't even think about it, when the motivation of the thoughts are not yourself, you must wait and see if thoughts appear. If you wait and see you will know if they were revelations. This is how it works. I hope that you can develop this aspect and go forth.
3) A Spiritual Life is Necessary
The good feeling that you had when you first joined, the heart of determination that you had when you first joined . . . these feelings must become stronger and brighter. Now, if you have this speech, I want you to have the confidence that "I will without a doubt make this world one!" That kind of heart. A person who goes thinking that anything can be overcome and that kind of atmosphere can be had. Now, if that environment existed, there is not one of you here that could lift your heads. Even if an arrogant person came here, there would be some sort of spiritual energy pushing down on him. If someone came with a pompous heart saying "What is there in this church?," he will strangely be unable to move, and if there is any humility, we will be able to feel it like our own flesh.
For this to happen you must pray. You need a prayer life and spiritual life where you can go by yourself to a quiet place and look at the moon and interact with all of nature. I am like this as well. Me. The reason I go out to the sea, the reason I go out to Barrytown is to be able to physically feel this heart. That is more important that even eating food.
There are instances when I am sleeping alone and I sit up and stay up all night . . .
So, the heart of being able to wail while thinking of heaven and the providence, the heart of longing for a precious lover, and the heartbreak of an eternal separation with your precious lover, must always be within you. Because you feel these things, you are able to leave all the people you love in the world and go forth. When you listen to my speech, you just hear the words, but they do not reverberate in your heart.
Why? Why is that so? Because you have no direct experience. When a divine minister goes and gives a sermon from the podium, I know in an instant if those are words from heaven. Don't you know?
I myself must bore through to the very bottom and observe all the things in reality. Standing from that position I must bring out something new. Have you ever even once had this heart? We must think about how much, in our 24 hour lives we have realistically done for the providence, and how much, in the face of the providence, I have felt value and went forward. How many hours do you think you spent doing this? The time must come when we are able to do this.
You must also have time to experience through your own direct senses, and believe after finding out for yourself. The amount of time you have doing this is important. Although someone leading an individual life may not be able to feel this, a person leading a life filled with grace, will not be able to see creation in the same way. It is always seemingly new. It seems new when seen in the morning, and new when seen in the evening. When God's grace slowly rolls in like waves, you can feel fascination and mystery in three dimensions. If there is someone who can perceive this, that person is a happy person. This person is the one who Buddha proclaimed as being the one who is unique in all of heaven and earth. This person will feel the endless value and stand in the position of being able to celebrate his importance.
4) There are Historic Stories
I too have things that have left an impression. I remember vividly when I was being transported to Hungnam prison, sharing iron shackles with a criminal, going through a mountain valley and following a path along a stream. Truly it was a new feeling. The time when we trod through the mountain valley trail will not be forgotten. It leaves a deep impression. That walk was the walk of departing for a new world.
Where is the road that I must take everyday from now on? What must I do when I am finished with my sentence? I was very curious. It is very curious. How will I endure prison life? Even though it is hard, I choose to take the path. This is a good opportunity to realize a new self. The only thing that I have left are these kinds of things.
One time I had to dig a tunnel at Hamheung. We were so hungry while we were working, I couldn't lift the tool that my hand was grasping and we were on the verge of collapse. When we heard the cry, "It's lunch time!" you cannot imagine how wonderful that sounded to our ears. Oh that rice! The feeling of that moment of coming to eat after sticking that pick in the ground. . . I have had countless experiences of these and other materials of living history. There is no suffering that can compare to that.
These miserable situations do not destroy me, but enable history's path to be enlightened. So I must go on until the day comes when God can gather together his treasure. If these facts of suffering where revealed to the people of the world, rather than speaking for one hour on a different subject, if you speak only 10 minutes on this topic, everyone will break out in tears. Where is there any sermon topic that is as good as this?
That is why I tell you all not to worry and suffer until you are 30 years old. Even Jesus lived till 33 years old, and then he went on the path of death. The Unification Church Blessing that I speak about is a blessing that you all have borrowed. You must know that intelligently. If you're wondering what the conclusion of all these contents is, it is to be able to realize something new. This new day can only succeed if new things are realized. If nothing new comes out, then progress cannot happen. Mother is sitting here listening to the sermon, and although it seems as though I am speaking of many different topics, mother is the best at listening and eventually she knows what the topic is. The conclusion is made by speaking about oneself. Therefore, it is important to receive a lot of education. You have to educate yourself.
1) Choosing a Title
A sermon for a gathering is not something that you make up as you go along, but something I receive the meaning for and do under the permission from heaven. That is a sermon. That condition of the heart . . . Do you understand? Therefore, everyone who goes up to the sermon podium with a proud posture is not necessarily God's leader. You must go with the attitude of an offering as if you were going to the place of execution. When a judge in a court lays down a sentence of execution, it is a moment of extreme tension, correct? People who have not experienced this do not know. Standing at the podium is a more tense situation. It is a scary thing. Wasn't it scary in front the ten commandments a long time ago? That is the kind of position it is.
For people who have not had that kind of experience but just go home to live and eat, it doesn't matter whether they are asleep or awake. Therefore, a minister has to deal with the problem of how to adjust to that life and environment.
When you give a sermon, you shouldn't go deciding on an absolute topic. Originally, you should pray and receive the topic during prayer. With a prepared topic, there is no way you can move the people. If you always prepare . . . If you want to make others cry, you must first shed tears during your sermon preparation and prayer. While thinking about all sorts of different people, begin thinking of Korea's current situation and think about the kind of person who will come to hear you. You shed tears about this and go to the podium in order to give the audience the grace of crying. Even with letters, it must be a letter that you wrote with tears in order to have your recipient shed tears. In the same way, you must become the motive . . . Without this, it is a lie if you say that the recipient cries. Isn't that right?
Therefore, when you stand before the podium, you must know that the podium is a judge. Although you are expected to do better than last time, when you don't do better you must repent. If you gave a sermon for one hour without giving any grace, you have to repent for three hours. If you give a bad presentation and you don't give them any grace, you have to apologize in excess of three times. For one life, you must give the water of life and take care of it. But if you didn't give it water, and take away water instead and ruin the soil, you must be responsible for that. Even after the audience has left, you must spread grace, centering on today's speech.
2) The Right Head
When you give sermons on Sunday, you must be serious. If I was like you, then I wouldn't be able to get any sleep. How could one sleep? It is like giving an injection in order to save other's lives. It is the same as giving a rejuvenation shot. We need to give members one week's worth of medication and then give them a rejuvenation shot. You must lead from the serious position of a doctor who gives a shot to a patient who is on the brink. That is why when you go before the podium, it is like going to the place of execution.
I am like that as well. I have led a lot of people, and there are rumors about me within the public. It is the same for people that I do not know as well. The first time you depart and the last time you return is the same. The more you do . . . It is more difficult. The more you lecture, the more words flow out of your mouth and the more automatic it becomes. This is no good. The more you do it, the harder it is. It is more difficult. That is why the audience is moved. Because it is new.
So when you eat morning rice, you eat new rice, right? Is it new rice or old rice? [New rice.] It seems like new rice, right? [Yes] There must be a new flavor. In the same way, you must give new things. So, when you give principle lectures, you must also give new things.
From the spiritual aspect, we should supply a new something, like a health medicine, and add to it. If we don't, there will be a sour taste, a salty taste, or a bitter taste.
When you give a sermon on Sunday, you must speak from the position of feeling the pain a woman feels when giving birth to a child. You must apply all of your concentration there. When you stand before the podium, you must have the feeling of a pregnant woman going to the birthing room. Because I've had this experience, I've tried to enter that level. If you enter that level, you need no preparation. The content of your sermon is not a problem and speaking is not a problem. The problem is whether your heart is ready or not.
You have all seen those Russian tight-rope walkers before, right? It must be that kind of feeling. The feeling that a tight-rope lady feels. When standing at the podium, it is that kind of feeling. Do you understand?
Even I feel the same way. You think giving sermons is easy, right? If you shed tears while preparing, your audience will also cry. That is why when you offer a prayer at the podium, you get all choked up. You must stand at the podium with that kind of heart. If you cannot control it while you speak, you will end up wailing. Regardless of whether or not you'll lose face, the heart of crying out will come to a boil. If you want to feed people hot gruel, you must pour and give out hot gruel. It is the same thing. Whether you are preparing for a sermon, or pouring gruel, if you make a mistake, it will seem like it is dark. Do you understand? In order to prepare for a sermon, you must use discretion in what you eat and use discretion in having relations with your spouse. You have to know that there are those kinds of situations.
The time that you give a sermon has to become the line between going to heaven and hell for someone. If someone says, "I have always wondered about the Unification Church, I think I'll go and see," and goes to the Washington church, if that person leaves saying, "What was that all about?," then it is the same as if you cut off their head. The position that is more serious than when a judge gives a sentence in the courtroom is the position of giving a sermon. You must know that tens and hundreds of people stand in that position.
Moreover, if you are responsible for one person in the church and that person falls away, you have failed the one person you were responsible for. Have you thought of that?
A leader mustn't take his responsibility lightly and make his followers come to dislike him. We must try to make sure that no one is like that. It is difficult to be a leader. You must know that being in the position of revealing your original self is an extremely scary and fearful position.
You must feel this through giving sermons. If you give an ill-prepared sermon and no one receives any grace from it, if you give all your strength and there still is no result, you must come back and spend some time wailing regretfully. It is a shameful thing. You must know your own shame. That is how you develop.
3) Things to Look Out For when Giving a Sermon
Dedication is not something you give all at once. When you give a sermon, do not think that you are giving a sermon in front of many people, but think that you are giving a sermon to just one person. If one person is inspired and sheds tears, that will spread throughout the audience. Up until now, the reason that district and regional leaders have not been able to make progress with their churches is that they have given sermons which were not rooted and seemed to just float around in the air. If there is no foundation for it to be absorbed, who can witness successfully? The district leader himself must clean his own foot stool. If I give some direction, the district leader must risk his life to accomplish it in order to set a good standard for regular members.
You must always be wary of what direction I am taking. If you fall into step with me, it will be the most effective thing for your sermons. It becomes a motive for you to give inspiration. The problem is trying to find out what I am doing a certain thing for. In order to meet my the heartistic level, you must bring up your heart and think about how you will go in my place and represent me. If all of you in this nation moved in unison as an object to me, then heavenly luck will come to us.
4) Preacher Should Give New Inspiration Every Time
It's same for general pastors. If they lecture in their own district, people say, "Oh, the district leader is giving the principle lecture. He will say that after this." and they know it all. So you can't give the same lecture from three years ago.
You lectured this way in past, but you should be able to add branches of new explanation and contents to it now. In contents, you should give necessary testimonies for spiritual growth. You need to give lectures appropriate to the particular atmosphere. If you've been a preacher for three years, you got to give testimonies which will give inspirations to listeners. If a member doesn't get that kind of inspiration, he or she doesn't attend the weekly service well. In this aspect, you know that you've been negligent in giving lectures till now. Therefore, from now on, you need to give something new. You got to inspire them somehow. Supplement with praying if necessary. If you still can't do it, you should risk your life and make a difference.
Even when you are walking on a road, you should go trying to find something new. Also, when you go to church, don't go just like that. Only if you go thinking that you will be in a new position and go into new environment, something new will be there for you. In going to church, don't always go in a straight path, but sometimes go around. You are supposed to go south but try north. It is to find a new path.
Again, if you can't feel that way, try rearranging all your house furniture. Don't let them sit there for several months. Change them completely. Then your thoughts change. This is absolutely needed.
When you give a sermon, if the members know that you gave a sermon with that title, they don't like it. When lecturing on principle, people don't like when it is done in the old way. This is like people having different moods in different seasons. People are not always happy because it's morning. There are days of depression even though there are not many worries. Even though it's such a fine and exhilarating day, you can get very melancholy. Then what do you do? If there isn't any stimulus to change this suddenly, you go and find a more melancholy place.
Likewise, give an opposite new stimulus or find a new direct stimulus to overcome that feeling. If you can't find a solution and manage your everyday life, you won't be able to guide many human spirits. Preachers always replenish their sermon, and supply whatever members need.
5) Sermon Should be Inspired
Your lectures don't have composure because you lecture with the book. In order to have composure, you should go on whenever your mouth is open. To influence and inspire, you should have drive in your own inspiration. Push it hard. Sometimes lecture in a cold room and sweat . . . That's what we need. Drum on a desk at times, the whole . . . When you get an inspiration and are about to shed tears, jab your eyes and let tears out.
If the preacher shows tears, then everyone soon shed tears. If the preacher shed tears with a few other people and preaches, the whole place changes. It becomes an ocean of tears. Then you should feel "How much suffering and pain they went through in order to cry at my lecture." towards those people. If you look at that, you feel pity for them. With that, now you have the same heart and feel joys of a soul resurrecting, you cry first, then . . . That's what we need. Once you cry like that, even a murderer can't oppose you. That's what we need.
If there is a heater, it's got to be hot to warm up there. And in summer, there can be cool if there is cool. Ultimately, the problem is the person in charge. The leader should report "Father, I'm going to lecture now" every time he goes to preach. This needs to be a habit. You should wish that today, no one gets hurt or digresses because of what you say. And if the lecture went well, be grateful and report them all. Also when you give lectures, even if you know it all, be sure to read page by page with a praying heart clinging to the Divine Principle book.
Giving a sermon or standing in front of masses is serious matter. If you read the book, God gives an inspiring phrase; you've got to have something like that. You need to be trained like that. Also, if you have something unpleasant in your mind, you need to forget about it for that moment, completely. Even if my wife is sick or said this and that, some unpleasant letter came, you have got to wash those thoughts off when you are on the platform.
When giving a sermon, you have to be inspired first. Your prayer should inspire yourself. A sermon should be done in a position to be pitied. Stand in a position where you beg God to pity those poor people who will be connected to Him though you.
That is a solemn position. It's the heavenly law that offers a bow in front of offerings. Okay? [Yes] That offering is taken by God. Only when you offer all your passion and might and effort, and when you open your mouth with your best sincerity, God would help. Understand? Offering is presented very seriously.
Therefore, if you always have a heart saying "I am an offering to God, use me as you please," God will always be with you. Then, due to making an appropriate offering, you can say appropriate words to be redeemed and inspired. Do you know what I mean? You will already know. You will know when you open your mouth.
If I live that kind of life, my relationship with God is self-explanatory. After that, the places you go can improve. Do you understand? [Yes] The number of people who were inspired by your sincere sermon is an important matter. There must be some. It would be good to have three at least, you think, but it will be ten times, several hundred times more with God. It multiplies like that. This is scientific phenomenon. Data is recorded and God works on His providence in specific proportion. Do you understand? [Yes] That's why we make heartistic efforts. In delivering God's words to someone, it's crucial how much God aids and supports. If you deliver His words seriously, those words become a representation of God himself. Understand? [Yes]
If you receive grace, you should praise and show gratitude towards heaven when you return. This should be a habit. At first do it like this, then when you have time to make titles, do. While talking, everything you do should become a sermon. If I had a hard time, preach that I did this that time. Therefore preachers should undergo many hardships. They should go through a lot of life training. They need to experience the lives of a poor laborer and a beggar, or a someone on the high executive staff to the top authority. Then, with all those experiences, you can share and give testimonies of sad times in public standpoint.
The audience gets influenced only when the truth is told. What you heard from someone else can't touch their hearts. You should tell the true facts. Usually when you give Divine Principle lectures, you speak other's words. Principle is this and that, it's all other's words. But Principle should be my Principle. Then when you lecture about restoration, and talk about Adam's family, you be Adam and have heart of Eve when you lecture. From Noah to Abraham, Isaac, etc., you should be in their shoes and shed tears. Think about how much I have suffered to find this course of restoration. You can't hold your tears back. Without tears, souls are never driven.
Tears and sweat can't be absent. This is an absolute rule. You should be sweating when you preach. Sweat should be rolling down your spine. Even if you had put in all your sincere heart, try harder in preaching from now on. Until now, district leaders were bums and didn't preach. If there are any like that from now on, I'll replace them all. Okay? [Yes]
6) Preaching Time
The problem is that when a crowd of people comes, who is going to handle them. I will be the cook. Now, do you write it out and talk for fifteen minutes or talk without writing? If you try without script, you can do well. But if you do with script, it becomes problematic. After it's all cooked, if you are to make flavored rice, you can add honey and sugar, but to do something like that, you need to delay time saying, "Good, good, it tastes good."
After doing it for a scheduled time, fire flamed up at a comer, you can't stop there. You have got to pour gasoline and light a fire and have a breeze to go with it, and then you can stop . . . To do that, it takes one hour, two hours, or even ten hours . . . If you have ability to lecture for ten hours and still keep them there, do that. If you can do it, you will dissolve Reverend Moon's fifty-year-old "Han."
If you can dissolve ten times of what you can dissolve for an hour, would you want one or ten times? [Ten times] Everyone would want that.
7) Difficulties of Preaching
The most difficult thing for a human to do is to speak in front of this many people. About three hundred people have gathered here, and all of them pay attention when I speak in front. Individuals A, B, and C, they all listen and criticize or judge on their own. So it is very difficult for the speaker to speak in front of many people.
Again, if his speech focuses on young people, it's impolite to older people. For young people want exciting and explosive acts, you should talk about exciting things, and older people want quiet stories, you need subdued contents. So it's hard to deal with them together.
Even when you are singing, songs that older people like, songs younger people like, and songs more educated people like, songs uneducated people like, they are all different.
Again, when you are speaking to wives, it becomes problematic to decide which group to focus on. When speaking to younger group, you can't always be, "really, yes, that is correct," and sometimes need to be "yeah, right on sister!" But then, it is impolite for the entire audience. You can't ask the older people to excuse your language because you were talking to the younger people.
Just like a train runs and ignores trivial objects lying in front of it, when you speak up here, you go to say it if it is an important issue to deal with. Nothing will be achieved if you consider every little detail. You need to know that. Also, wives shouldn't doze off when I talk about men.
When giving a sermon, there are people who receive revelation and people who don't, the problem is how to decrease the gap. In order to do that, use the ones with revelations to build foundations for the others. In other words, those who received revelations should put their hearts out for the ones who didn't.
3. Preach Focusing on Father's Words
For you people, even though you can't be the shining morning sun itself, you have radiated that shining light, so you should have independent authority to set the direction and then work in your day. How would I know if it's day or night? It gets tired at daytime.
That's why we need to know the past. We need to know the history of Unification Church. In order to know the past, read my speech books.
Night or day, if you were falling asleep from fatigue when I was working, you must read those books more than you play and then shed tears. Do you people preach with your mouth? What do you have to give in a sermon? What is there to listen to? This is what I think. What is it that you are talking about? Who will want to hear a speech about your emotions and feelings in the past? I don't like that. It should be done through the principle. More than 200 of my sermon books have titles. You should be at the point where you have digested those titles with tears, and you have become one with the contents. You should wish that "Centered on Cain and Abel's standard, here I came as a teacher and a parent to lead this meeting." Where is the center of the speech? You are the center of speech.
Centered on words that were passed down through history, centered on established words, you become the counter-party and become one in mind and body. And when my philosophy and your minds become one, and Cain and Abel unite, the parents of heaven come and the spiritual world becomes directly connected to build an independent foundation. This is the formula of the principle. Do you understand? [Yes]
Study the Divine Principle. Read all of my speech books. Speak with my speech books. You shouldn't speak of yourself. Without knowing that, you don't know the course of restoration. The providence was centered on Jesus until 1960.
For those of us who are striving for the united world, we should complete reading Father's speech books in the united language. Where is Father's speech book? This is one of them, and this is number 74. There are 74 of them so far. There are more coming. What if you don't read this in the original language? Use the original language, it's not English or German.
Thus, now you don't need to worry about your speeches any more. This is what I spoke about in my early life. When you do an interview in spiritual world, would you say "I never saw them or read them?" I won't even translate them into English. It would be good to put some Chinese characters in them. It's a serious matter if you go to spiritual world without reading these. It's a serious problem if leaders don't read these.
In future generations, would I be in their homes or would the speech books be in their homes? Think about it. Which one? Father's books will be there.
Now we need to systematize Godism and the Headwing thought. In college campuses and in intellectual society, they say Godism or Headwing instead of Rev. Moon's philosophy. We need to make changes quickly. CARP exclaims Godism and Headwing everyday. If professors don't know that, they will lose respects. Students ask questions at once. You can't be careless about knowing that. Understand?
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