[Monthly Politic & Economic News: Sept 2017 Edition] Jung Myung Seok Cleared from Second Round of Allegations

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Monthly Politic and Economic News Issue 204 Sep 2017

President Jung Myung Seok of JMS

“His 10 years on the cross opens the path to forgiveness and reconciliation”

The media continuously published apologies and correction statements, after Jung Myung Seok was cleared from a second round of allegations.


In 2009, when President Jung Myung Seok took on the long sentence, it put to an end the accusations and social issues brought against him by former members of the Christian Gospel Mission (CGM, so called JMS). However, in 2012, former members brought a second round of allegations. Approximately 10 allegations were made, of which the Prosecutor cleared him from all. Also, the media continuously published apology and correction statements, after having reported false news. For over many years, all types of false news and slander have been in the public domain. The truth is now revealed. President Jung who will be released in 5 months has a heart like such: “I will entrust the determination of truth to God, while I walk the path of the cross to the end.”

Written by Reporter Jae-hee Yoo  yoojaehee21@daum.net

Photos provided by Christian Gospel Mission


List of Media Companies that Apologized to Jung Myung Seok
The media companies that exposed the truth. Many news companies, including Woman Chosun, MBN, YTN, TV Chosun and Korea Times had published apologies and correction statements from 2012 onwards. Also, KBS and CBS (and others) have reported about the fact that Jung Myung Seok was cleared from all allegations.

In 2012, the Prosecutor’s Office found him innocent of all allegations. Thus, the turning point began.

In the June 2012 and December 2012 Editions of our magazine, we reported about the JMS incidents. We published a report which covered an in-depth analysis of events surrounding President Jung Myung Seok, involving former CGM members and a press conference which led to public concerns. Following our investigative report, Jung was exonerated of approximately 10 allegations. This was then reported in our December edition. Media companies which had published false news then published apologies and correction statements.

 

Police Prosectutor Report Shows Jung Myung Seok Absolved of all Charges
The Notice of Disposition Results of Suspected Crime, issued by the Korean Prosecutor’s Office, showing President Jung Myung Seok absolved of all charges, following 10 investigations.

These events are like a turning point to altering the negative perceptions surrounding President Jung and CGM. Things similarly occurred in the past. The internet and media published false reports about JMS, then the anti-JMS group made accusations one after another in order to extort money. The news then repeatedly reported on the view that President Jung was unjustly sentenced to 10 years without evidence. In 2005, the court recommended mediation to S Broadcasting Company, which had depicted JMS as a public problem. Then in 2010, the court awarded compensation to JMS for damages suffered.

Changing the perception hardened by inaccurate news is difficult. False news continued and damage continued.

It is difficult to change public perceptions, which have been hardened over a long period of time by inaccurate news, with just a few lines of correction statements. Even after the correction statements were published, negative news continued to be publicized. Especially after the Sewol Ferry incident in 2013, there were many libellous news articles about Yoo Byung-eun of the Salvation Sect and President Jung Myung Seok.

The public had forgotten about President Jung’s story. Then the media publicized again about President Jung and caused many in CGM to be victimized.

One significant example of victimization is what occurred in schools. The school community ought to be neutral in regards to religious and social issues (as provided for in Section 6 of the Framework Act on Education, Korea).  Schools should not affect adolescents with biased views, because they are vulnerable to influence. However, people made up and spread rumors throughout schools because the President is in prison. Here are examples.

“Who will compensate for the damages that CGM members have suffered in their families, schools, jobs and society, due to 20 years of false news?”

 

A lesson by Teacher B in a Society and Culture class of High School B on March 17, 2012.

Teacher B wrote the words ‘JMS’ on the board and said, “there is a person called Jung Myung Seok who claims to be the Son of God. It is hilarious that people believe and teach this…There are even college students with excellent grades who believe this. He is not in our country. He is in a prison in the Philippines. Yet there are people who believe him.” In this way, the teacher distorted, inflated and spread rumors.

On October 16, 2015, Principal P of Elementary School C, an after-school training instructor, presented at an after-school training session with 44 other elementary and high school teachers from School District H.

During the two-hour presentation, as he was explaining about best practices in schools, he out of nowhere said “There is a strange person who is an after-school golf instructor”, and began to openly speak negatively about him. Principal P denigrated the golf instructor’s marriage to a Vietnamese woman, claiming that it was practically a false marriage, and continuously made distasteful remarks about CGM being a strange group.

He spoke for some time about matters that were irrelevant to his presentation: “Jung Myung Seok is in the same group as Salvation Yoo Byong-eun… He is currently in prison. However, the religion is doing very well without fail”; “Do you know why JMS members have three children? This is so that they can naturally increase their numbers through giving birth.”

Teacher Y who had attended the session complained, “It was a waste of time. He propounded a biased perception towards a particular religion. What he did was too far off from the proper purpose of education.”

Later on, after CGM had responded to the incidents, both Teacher B and Principal B apologised for defaming and insulting the CGM and President Jung.

The Ivory Tower of Truth* ruined by a religious war

Universities are no exception. The problem is especially serious in universities that were originally founded by Christian missionaries. If students are thought to be in a cult, their personal information are leaked and parents are contacted without the students’ consent, in order for the students to be forced into conversion educations.

In the case of E women’s university, the office of the school chaplain telephoned the student’s parents abruptly, and asked the parents, “Did you know that your daughter is in JMS? We have received a report indicating that your daughter is in JMS. I will introduce to you church A.” Church A is infamous for forced conversion education. It was reported to the press that Church A had received tens to hundreds of thousands of won (equivalent to thousands to tens of thousands USD) from parents and then had forcefully kidnapped and forced the children into conversion education. The President of Church A was sentenced to eight months imprisonment and two years probation.

Following the Ministry of Education’s recommendation, E University made an announcement that personal information about students would not be disclosed without the student’s consent. Under the guise of guiding students with their life and faith, disclosing students’ personal information is happening frequently in universities founded by missionaries.

Another college professor apologized for criticising the Christian Gospel Mission while in class. On May 24, 2016, during a lecture at D Women’s University Graduate School, Professor B asked the question, “Does anyone know about JMS?”

The CGM stated, “We were hurt by the media. However, we will forgive them because they apologized. There is hope that there are still journalists with good conscience in Korea.”


* In Korean, the expression ‘ivory tower of truth’ is figuratively used for universities.


We hope that injustice would not be repeated

Thousands Gather for Wolmyeongdong 2017 Retreat
The CGM has been increasing in number, contrary to people’s expectation that it would wither after President Jung Myung Seok was imprisoned. Tens of thousands of CGM members from all over the country and even abroad gathered for the 2017 Summer Retreat in Wolmyeongdong, the Natural Temple of CGM.

In the meantime, it has been 10 years since President Jung Myung Seok received his 10-year sentence. As the day of his release approaches, the Christian groups and anti-JMS groups are on the watch alleging that problems would occur again. The CGM are on the lookout for any strong winds that would blow again.

The CGM said, “President Jung is in a position to endure everything and carry the cross. Because of this, we chose not to sue those who hurt him and us, even though we could have sued. We don’t care about the slanderers for simply speaking ill of us. However, we will not tolerate a childish religious war. We will no longer be unjustly attacked like we were in the past. The journalists who once slandered us have now issued apologies and correction statements. Hence, the truth is now revealed.”

Damages caused by fake news must be eliminated

The problem of fake news is worldwide. While the Moon Jae-in government of Korea had suffered fake news, President Jung Myung Seok from JMS is the key example of how fake news regarding religion caused significant damage. The irony of the situation was that in the name of protecting victims, many became victims as a result.

Journalists can create false news because they are human. Conscientious journalists would admit their errors and reveal the truth. Apologies from the media were extremely rare in the past. Now, the media, by their conscience, have come forth to acknowledge their mistakes and apologize.

After the Sewol Ferry incident, people began to distinguish between real and fake news. They no longer trusted the media which poured out fake news. What would be the ramifications of hundreds of fake news articles about the Sewol Ferry incident? Journalists ought to be humble.

Our society should be without discrimination or prejudice

There is a very negative sentiment towards cults in our society. That sentiment grew more negative as a result of the Sewol Ferry and Choi Soon-sil cases. This caused discrimination against minority religions to become more severe.

Professor K from the Sociology Department of S University described this as a ‘collective bullying phenomenon’. He said, “An emerging religion develops to solve the problems caused by the failure of the established religion. Historically, established religions with longstanding interests would persistently be biased against minority religions. This has been the case for tens to hundreds of years. Then when a minority religion grows in number, it becomes recognised as a religion. Alternately, it will disappear in the course of history.”

“The problem is that this fight hinders social harmony. Religious minorities and the weak are being bullied- we should be considerate of them and allow them to reach their full potential and contribute to society”, Professor K stated.

The current government is emphatic about supporting social minorities and the weak, and encourages society to be without prejudice and discrimination and to have equality and harmony. This is a task that both government and society must complete.

“The 10 years of imprisonment is the path to forgiveness and love”

President Jung Myung Seok Praying
President Jung Myung Seok in prayer

President Jung Myung Seok would have been imprisoned for 10 years by next February. People say that 10 years is an epoch. He has overcome devastating anguish and pain for 10 years.

With hope, he is planning and preparing everything with expectation for that day of a new beginning.

Thousands Gather for Wolmyeongdong 2017 Retreat 2
The CGM members from more than 50 countries packed into the Natural Temple this July and August. In Wolmyeongdong, there is the world’s one and only natural temple, where people can have services in the midst of nature that God created.

In his poem ‘Prayer’, President Jung prays this prayer: “Even if they hate me like their enemy, please feed them when they are hungry and clothe them when they are naked and give them a place to stay when they wander.” He expresses his heart, “Even if my heart crumbles because of injustice from the enemy who harms me, I will pray for the Lord, pray for the Earth, pray for myself and pray for the enemy. I will bear everything and work only for Heaven.” Just as the Bible said “forgive not seven times, but seventy-seven times”, President Jung forgave with love those who brought injustice upon him, as he walked the path of the cross.

Destiny Artwork Drawn by Jung Myung Seok
Destiny
Silk screen, 132 x 96 cm, 1998

[Art note]

The painting itself expresses the fate of the weak before the strong. The snail on the verge of death is the most delicious food for the stork. No one would say that this snail would survive. The stork said to the snail, “You are my food. If I pick you, you will die.”

However, the snail never gave up under the threat of death and said, “I will live.” He does his best to escape death. No matter how fast the snail tries to move, his speed is like that of the hour hand compared to the second hand.

In this painting, the artist paints the one who entrusts his destiny to Heaven’s will. This painting is full of meaning: We cannot live our life on our own, rather destiny is determined by Heaven’s will. If he gives up, he will die. He will lose.

One must do it until the end, without being conscious of others. The fate of the Lord’s cross is also deeply embedded in this meaning.

The Lord said, “Father, why have you forsaken me?’ However, God only forsook the body, but did not forsake the spirit. The spirit is glorified, while the body resurrects in glory through the spirit.


“He preached the gospel through written words, to the point his hands wore out.”

While in prison, President Jung Myung Seok lives by an extremely busy schedule- writing series of books. The publisher who publishes his books confirmed that he had each year, written and sent 150 to 250 poems, 7000 to 8000 proverbs, over 100 sermons and 20,000 letters.

After he was imprisoned in February 2008, he published 63 books including ‘The Poems of Inspiration’, which was a bestseller for 9 years and 6 months, as well as other poems, proverb books and sermon books. He has written 84 books in total, awaiting publication in the near future. He is a poet, who is represented in the 100 years of Korean Poetry (1908-2010) and 10 of his poems have been published in the Korean Poetry Book in 2011. Recently, he has been writing music on sheet music, without access to any instrument in prison. He released 1 to 2 praise songs every week. He has already written about 40 songs this year.

One can catch a glimpse of President Jung’s heart through his painting ‘Destiny’ and the series of paintings ‘Boldness’, which were selected as masterpieces in the 2011 Buenos Aires Annual Contemporary Art Fair.  ◎

Boldness Artwork Drawn by Jung Myung Seok
Boldness
Korean ink and color painting, 73 x 44 cm, 2006

[Art note]

This is an artwork that the Holy Son asked the artist to paint, so as to be a pair with the painting ‘Destiny’.

The artwork carries the message, ‘If you are bold, you will escape even death.’

The snail that was always weak grew to be fearsome and attacked the stork. The stork was so stunned that it almost suffered a heart attack. Afterwards, the stork changed and stopped attacking the snail. God and the Holy Son were with the snail and they defeated the strong. ‘Destiny’ became ‘Boldness’.

Likewise, if you are bold, you can exert tremendous power like a bear or King Kong. The rock upon which the snail sits is shaped like a bear. Take action with boldness!


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The timeline of news releases about Pastor Joshua Jung Myung Seok concerning the religious injustice he has been facing for almost 20 years.

[Monthly Politic & Economic News: Dec 2012 Edition] Jung Myung Seok’s Cases: Dismissed Without Charge

CGM Founder Jung Myung Seok is dismissed without charge

Monthly Politic & Economic News Magazine Article: “All Previous Cases Related to JMS Religious Organization’s Founder, Jung Myung Seok, Dismissed Without Charge.”

The following is an article on Jung Myung Seok from a news magazine titled, “Sincerity moves the heart of Heaven; Truth will eventually surface.”

From January of last year, the case involving the religious organization referred to as JMS (Official name: Christian Gospel Mission) attracted a lot of attention through the media and the case finally concluded at the end of October. Continue reading “[Monthly Politic & Economic News: Dec 2012 Edition] Jung Myung Seok’s Cases: Dismissed Without Charge”

[Monthly Politic & Economic News: June 2012 Edition] Jung Myung Seok Case: Social or Religious?

Social or religious

DCG trying to bring Jung Myung Seok’s case back into public eye

Writer: Cheon Won-Ki | Minjung News 31st May 2012

Due to a certain press conference and some news reports from ex-members of the Christian Gospel Mission (the president of the organization is Jung Myung Seok), past incidents have once again been brought into the spotlight. This so-called ‘JMS controversy’ was covered by the media after receiving reports from an anti-JMS organization in 1999. Continue reading “[Monthly Politic & Economic News: June 2012 Edition] Jung Myung Seok Case: Social or Religious?”

[Newsmaker] Why is Christian Gospel Mission back in the Spotlight?

Christian Gospel Mission Back in Spotlight

Recently, the media has been talking about the Christian Gospel Mission (hereafter CGM). A group called the ‘JMS Damage Control Group’ (hereafter DCG) actively opposes the CGM, and was started by those who alleged that they were harmed by President Jung Myung Seok. After a few months, the DCG formed a network all throughout the nation, and pushed forth with class action claims against President Jung and the CGM. The DCG has dug up old stories against JMS, reproduced various materials leaked from the CGM and made witnesses speak.

Reporter Kim Hyung‐Gyu


Continue reading “[Newsmaker] Why is Christian Gospel Mission back in the Spotlight?”

[Minjung News] Jung Myung Seok Follows Only Jesus

Jung Myung Seok serves only Jesus

“Serving Jesus as the center” 

A person claiming to be an insider is calling JMS (Jesus Morning Stars) a cult. He is claiming to deserve compensation because he was allegedly deceived by the religious organization. The organization was labelled a cult by distorted news reports and broadcasts. Those who are demanding to be compensated are seeking to settle for a large sum of money from the religious organization.   Continue reading “[Minjung News] Jung Myung Seok Follows Only Jesus”

[News Daily] SBS Falsifies News Reports About Jung Myung Seok

SBS falsifies news report about Jung Myung Seok

The truth concealed behind the 10 year sentence of Jung Myung Seok, Chairman of Christian Gospel Mission (JMS)

<Part One> Falsified News Report by S Broadcasting System

12 Feb 2012 15:19:16

Last February, Chairman Jung Myung Seok of Christian Gospel Mission (CGM) received a severe sentence: 10 years in a case where both the witnesses and evidence were ambiguous. In addition, a monthly magazine, Minjeong*, covered the entire story in detail, questioning, “Might the judges have failed to discern clearly during the hearing due to their lack of understanding of religion, and due to the public opinion that had forcibly formed?”

(Translator’s note: Minjeong means the civil administration in Korean.)

When considering the evidence and situation, I, the writer, also have a couple of questions about the verdict given by the Justice Department.

Additionally, with regards to the negative view about CGM and Chairman Jung, I cannot completely agree with it, as there is too much ambiguity. The reason is that I have gone into CGM and have closely observed the organization.

Reporters must hold to the inviolable rule in their profession. The mass media that greatly influences society must especially do its best to promote fairness. The center of mass media are the reporters. It is because if the final step is reporting, the first step is searching and collecting information, and the reporters take the lead in that role.

However, if the accuracy of the information collected is compromised in step one, then there is no need to talk about its fairness. That’s why reporters must not break the inviolable rule; they must not just edit and write an article without thoroughly checking the validity of the information.

In 2008, the so-called ‘Na Hoon-a* case’ turned out to be only a rumor. Na Hoon-a opened a press conference and made it clear to the reporters who had not fulfilled their responsibilities, declaring, “The reporters who wrote articles without checking the facts are abettors, and the reporters who did not write a rebuttal article even after seeing the false articles are bystanders.”

(Translator’s note: Na Hoon-a is a famous Korean singer.)

Until now, there have been articles written elsewhere in the press, criticizing CGM and Chairman Jung, and the verdict made by the Justice Department makes it difficult to resolve all the questions that have been raised.

For the sake of the readers and for my own sake, as the writer, who are wondering, I am starting this first article as a means of taking one step closer to finding the answer.

Is the report about JMS religious group by S Broadcasting System true?

In 1999, an incident occurred between Ms. Hwang and CGM members on their way to the Wolmyeongdong retreat center, and S Broadcasting System reported it as ‘kidnapping.’ However, according to the police investigation, it was not ‘kidnapping’ but rather, a ‘simple assault.’ Thus, after discovering the truth, Police Journal wrote an article about it being a simple assault case, where as S Broadcasting System had misreported it as ‘kidnapping.’

After that, Chairman Jung went on a missionary trip overseas, but S Broadcasting System gave a news report that the JMS chairman had sexually harassed church members, fled to Hong Kong, and was causing problems even in a foreign country.

Through the broadcasting, they made their claims about Chairman Jung seem factual, and other members of the media re-published the claims into articles without checking. However, when analyzing the content of the show that was aired at that time, there are several issues that can be clearly identified.

The first issue deals with the part of the sermon where Chairman Jung had said, “Evangelize one woman,” according to the show.

The segment that was aired on TV at that time was the video of a Sunday service that CGM had taken in 1995 about ‘The Life of Thanksgiving.’

The original video said, “Evangelize one person out of ten, which is the tenth of the tithe of life.” However, the show distorted the audio portion for “one…of ten” so that it could not be heard clearly and added the subtitle, “one woman” and aired it in this manner.

The second issue is the video footage which showed that Chairman Jung was surrounded by only women. The broadcasted scene was extracted from the recording of a live service and event. When the original video was reviewed, both men and women were actually present. However, despite that, the broadcasting company selectively doctored and aired the footage so that it only showed the women.

These two videos are what have given others the false impression that Jung is a religious sect leader who has sexual problems and only deals with women.

The last issue is a claim that JMS is the initials for Chairman Jung’s name. However, CGM has not used JMS as their official name even once. And at the time of covering CGM’s story, their official name was International Christian Association.

Actually, the initials, JMS, are an abbreviation of Jesus Morning Star, and it comes from Revelation 22:16: “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” In order to make their life of faith into a culture that is centered on Jesus, the Savior, CGM members used the term JMS informally between the members.

The document recommending reconciliation that the court adjudicated between CGM and SBS.
The document recommending reconciliation that the court adjudicated between CGM and SBS.

▲The document recommending reconciliation that the court adjudicated

The biased report about CGM by S Broadcasting System continued to be aired, so the court adjudicated reconciliation in the following manner:

  • Any report or information that is unilaterally from Kim and others must not be aired.
  • Must notify all pertinent parties 48 hours before airing any related material.
  • Reserve 5% of airtime for rebuttal purposes.
  • Violation of these rules will result in a penalty of $30,000 dollars per instance.

Though this ruling was expected, since the show had already aired on TV, the people who watched it still believed what they had seen. In addition, the members of CGM had to now guard their lives along with their faith while bearing the aftereffects.

Fortunately, nowadays, audience and readers are not easily swayed by what the media show since they know the ins and outs of the media. Therefore, the public opinion about CGM and Chairman Jung has started to lend its ears to the truth.

It seems that reporters might have been pierced by Na Hoon-a’s retortion, and since then, they have been producing reports that are based on facts and truth rather than those that are biased and manipulative.

I wrap up part one with hopes that egregiousness and injustice will be resolved through a smarter public opinion.

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[News Daily] Mr Kim Demands Two Million Dollars From Jung Myung Seok

Kim extorts Jung Myung Seok for 2 million dollars

The truth concealed behind the 10 year sentence of Jung Myung Seok, Chairman of Christian Gospel Mission (JMS)

<Part 3> Chairman Jung may be the real victim of this case. Mr. K demanded from him 2 million USD.

Published 2010.03.31  14:15:08

Rumor vs Truth: Continuing the series, The truth concealed behind the 10 year sentence of Jung Myung Seok, Chairman of Christian Gospel Mission (JMS), I will begin the final portion, Part 3, with the story about Mr. K, the leader of the anti-JMS group, Exodus, who demanded 2 billion Won (approximately 2 million USD) from Chairman Jung.

Mr. K demanded from Chairman Jung a 2 million USD settlement

It is not apparent if Mr. K is really fighting for justice, since he has been leading the anti-JMS group called Exodus, and has held a press conference with the alleged victims, in addition to fighting legal battles with Christian Gospel Mission (CGM) on several occasions over a long period of time. In fact, in order for an individual who is penniless to request even one trial, it costs a tremendous amount of money. For several trials, it costs considerably more. However, is this truly a fight to implement justice even when he has to empty his pockets, simply because he was “naturally born with a heart of justice that cannot tolerate injustice”?

With multiple concerns about Mr. K, Pastor P met with him several times. Pastor P revealed that he had directly heard from Mr. K about demanding a 2 billion Won (approximately 2 million USD) settlement. (Pastor P has also testified about this in court as a witness, with other evidence available: a transcript regarding Mr. K’s demand for 2 billion Won. Refer to the picture below.)

Mr. K said to Pastor P, “No matter how much you try, Jung Myung Seok will not be able to enter Korea at all. There are some prosecutors who are gnashing their teeth about JMS. Among them, there are at least three high ranking prosecutors. If you give me 2 billion Won as a settlement, I will drop the charges that I have filed with the victims.”

Pastor P responded that once Chairman Jung comes back to Korea, the truth would be revealed, but Mr. K replied, “He will rot in China prison forever. Even if the chairman were to come back, S Broadcasting System or reporters would not stay still,” and added that we did not know how scary the power of the press and having connections was.

Even before this, Mr. K had told Mr. N from CGM (JMS) that if they were to give him a 2 billion Won settlement, he would drop the charges, showing him the written document of dropping the charges. Also, at the meeting with Pastor P, he brought up his meeting with Mr. N and kept demanding a settlement, saying that he wouldn’t drop the charges unless they give him 2 billion Won.

The transcript of Mr.K demanding a 2 billion won (2 million USD in 2010) settlement from Jung Myung Seok.
The transcript of Mr.K demanding a 2 billion won (2 million USD in 2010) settlement from Jung Myung Seok.

Mr. K changed the settlement from 2 billion won to 140,000,000 Won (140,000 USD) after the confirmation of Chairman Jung’s first extradition. Why did he change his mind?

A written and signed letter of apology about defaming Chairman Jung was sent to CGM by Mr. K (Nov 15, 1999), and further apology letters to Chairman Jung were also sent by Mr. K (March 17 and July 21 in 2005). However, afterwards, he again demanded money. At this, Chairman Jung gave the following reply to Mr. K:

“Even a lover becomes an enemy once he fights. As Jesus said, whoever it may be, once he fights, he becomes an enemy and his heart is in agony. It is hurtful and harmful. You already acknowledged that I am not a bad person, but if you demand money again even after that, I can only grow deeper in my thoughts.”

As you can tell from the chairman’s reply, it is obvious that Mr. K has been persistent in asking for money. However, after Chairman Jung’s first extradition was decided, a couple of days later, Mr. K lowered the settlement from 2 billion Won to 140,000,000 Won. 140,000,000 Won is the cost of his legal fees for the trials. Mr. K also requested that Pastor P pay compensatory damages for his father according to CGM’s conscience, but informed Pastor P that 10,000,000 Won (approximately 10,000 USD) or 20,000,000 Won (approximately 20,000 USD) would not be enough to cover the damages.

The letter of apology from Mr. K to Christian Gospel Mission on November 15, 1999
The letter of apology from Mr. K to Christian Gospel Mission on November 15, 1999
Two letters of apology that Mr. K sent to Chairman Jung Myung Seok in 2005 (Left: the letter on March 17. Right: the letter on July 21.)
Two letters of apology that Mr. K sent to Chairman Jung Myung Seok in 2005
(Left: the letter on March 17. Right: the letter on July 21.)
The reply from Chairman Jung Myung Seok to Mr. K
The reply from Chairman Jung Myung Seok to Mr. K

When a rumor becomes vicious, it hurls invisible stones that cause tremendous damage

Mr. K is someone who has contributed in a big way, we could say, to last year’s 10 year sentence of Chairman Jung Myung Seok. However, Mr. K was unable to receive even one penny from CGM. The reason being the chairman made sure with CGM “to not handle this case with money.” What it means is that “truth should be proven with truth” and at the same time, it tells us that there is nothing for him to settle in this case. If CGM were to have paid the 2 billion Won settlement that Mr. K had demanded when he was trying to entice them with the written order to drop the charges, Chairman Jung would not have needed to face the trial or receive the 10 year sentence. Chairman Jung and CGM, who already knew the truth, were sure of an acquittal, but the result of the trial was so different from what they had thought.

“Child molestation allegations” were tacked onto Michael Jackson while he was alive, but after his death, Jordan Chandler, who had accused Michael Jackson of molestation at that time, finally confessed, “My father was bribed and forced me to do it because of the money,” and Michael Jackson was finally cleared of the egregious, false charge.

Actually, the truth is not what’s important to abettors and to those who listen to rumors and spread them. All they are after is entertainment in their mundane lives. These vicious rumors are accepted as facts, and through the fast streaming of this internet and information era, they lead to a grotesque public opinion. In the end, the public opinion turns into gigantic stones that are hurled. Then innocent people get hit, collapse, and even die from them.

Even though the court had sentenced Chairman Jung to 10 years, it is not conclusive that all the rumors are true. In other words, the guilty verdict doesn’t necessarily mean that Chairman Jung is actually guilty. In addition, it doesn’t end just yet. As long as those who know the truth do not give up and continue to be courageous, ultimately, the truth will be brought to light, prevailing over the darkness.

Currently, in order to live a life that puts Jesus only as their first priority, according to Chairman Jung’s teaching, CGM members are holding Holy Spirit Movements on Fridays through internet broadcasting for 400 churches in Korea and for 50 foreign countries. One member said, “The essence of our faith is Jesus of the Bible. I believe that the egregiousness in the case involving Chairman Jung, who helps us to know Jesus clearly, will absolutely be revealed.”

There is a Japanese movie, I Just Didn’t Do It. It is based on a true story about a guy who was falsely accused as a molester in a subway and was called to trial; it clearly showed the problems of Japanese criminal trials. With the final line of the movie, I will wrap up the series, The truth concealed behind the 10 year sentence of Jung Myung Seok, Chairman of Christian Gospel Mission (JMS):

“Please, in the way you would wish to be judged, I hope you will judge me.”

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The English translation and pictures are released for public use under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.


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The chronology of trials Pastor Joshua Jung Myung Seok faced 

The life and background of Pastor Jung Myung Seok.

[News Daily] “Victim” Confessed in Court for False Claims

Victim confesses she lied about Jung Myung Seok

The truth concealed behind the 10 year sentence of Jung Myung Seok, Chairman of Christian Gospel Mission (JMS)

<Part 2> Ms. Y falsely claimed herself to be a victim of sexual assault by Chairman Jung, but confessed the truth in court.

26 Feb 2010 12:57:13

Reports that raise suspicion over the verdict of the Supreme Court on Chairman Jung Myung Seok’s 10 year sentence are continually being covered in the monthly magazine, Minjeong* (February issue), BreakNews (a weekly magazine), Inside Story of Cases (February 28 issue), and other magazines. As a continuation of the article, <Part One> The truth concealed behind the 10 year sentence of Jung Myung Seok, Chairman of Christian Gospel Mission (JMS), regarding the false reporting by S Broadcast System, NewsDaily is writing an article about how Ms. Y had falsely claimed herself to be a victim of sexual assault but later confessed the truth in court as Part Two.

(Translator’s note: Minjeong means the civil administration in Korean.)

Mr. K took the initiative and held a press conference with four alleged female sexual assault victims of Jung, but the reality was different from the claims.

About the Ms. Hwang Case that was mentioned in part one of our article, Mr. K complained to Police Journal, “How come Ms. Hwang’s kidnapping case was only a simple assault case?” Mr. K is the leader of a major Anti-JMS group called Exodus.

On April 18, 2006, Mr. K put up four females who claimed they had been victimized by Jung and held a press conference. The reporters wanted to listen to Mr. K’s side of story since he claimed that he was working hard on the side of justice.

But a couple of questions were raised: Could females who were just raped actually hold a press conference? And on top of that, it wasn’t a conference with only one person but a group of four females altogether? Actually, it is very rare for bachelorettes who have just been raped to gather and hold a press conference. Also, one female who had left Christian Gospel Mission (CGM) joined the meeting with the victims from Exodus, yet she stated, “I don’t understand how those who were raped could share so boldly about their experiences.”

About this case, a sexual abuse counsellor, Ms. L, said, “Normally when females are severely shocked by sexual intercourse, the negative memories fade away after at least three to five years, and this is only if they receive proper therapy. But for a sexual experience that is not regular but is rape, which is sexual assault, the degree of mental trauma is immensely greater, so it takes far more time for victims to mentally recover. Therefore, it is very difficult for victims to boldly share in front of others what had happened to them within a few years. Especially when they are young and single, they try to make a complete recovery and normalize their lives again, so they try to minimize any negative stigma about themselves.”

The suspicion about the press conference was resolved mostly in the process of verifying the truth behind what Mr. K had claimed. At the time of the press conference, Mr. K. testified that the victims were injured severely to the point they could not even walk after the sexual assault and that they also discharged blood. However, checking the video records from a surveillance camera at the conference showed the victims smiling, so it was difficult to tell that they were victims at all, and the way they walked did not look the least bit uncomfortable.

The medical test results of the victims were negative, and Ms. Y confessed that she had committed perjury in court.

April 4, 2006 test results of Ms. B and Ms. Y who claimed to be the victims of Jung:

– The medical examination results from the Public Security of China: The hymen is intact. There are no signs of sexual assault or abnormality.

– The medical records from the Police Hospital: No damage to the hymen. No indication of sexual assault can be found.

– The National Scientific, Criminal & Investigation Laboratory: Result of semen test is negative.

Furthermore, a crucial event that supported the test results occurred in court: Ms. Y who claimed that she had been sexually assaulted by Jung and filed the lawsuit with the others confessed that she had falsely testified and then dropped the charge. Ms. Y came out from court, holding her mother’s hand and completely denied her case while changing her testimonies made to the police and the prosecutor. The Justice Department warned, “If the witness testifies differently from the original reason behind the charge, the witness can face a penalty.” Nevertheless, Ms. Y confessed, “It is fine even if I face a penalty. In fact, I was not sexually assaulted at all. Ms. B, who filed the lawsuit with me, also hasn’t been sexually assaulted, but because Exodus bribed us, she falsified the suit and gave false testimony.” Then Mr. K from Exodus, who held the press conference with the four females claiming to be sexual assault victims of Jung, sued Ms. Y for falsely testifying.

The point that arouses the most suspicion from this case is Mr. K’s response. First, why did he lie at the press conference? Second, why did he sue Ms. Y who confessed the truth in court?

If Mr. K were a true hero of justice in a world full of injustice, all his actions would be easily understood. However, Mr. K’s lies are far from just. If Mr. K, who volunteered to be a spokesperson for the female victims, was not seeking justice, but in fact harboring a hidden agenda, then we should examine everything in detail and carefully discern what the actual truth is.

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