Impact of Fake News on Jung Myung Seok and Providence

Impact of fake news on Jung Myung Seok and Providence

The Impact of Fake News on Jung Myung Seok and Providence

Since the U.S. Presidential elections in 2016, the world came to understand more about how prevalent and detrimental ‘fake news’ is. But fake news did not just come into existence in 2016.

What is Fake News?

News that is untrue, but reported as if it is true with accompanying ‘evidences’, such as edited pictures. (Below is an example of fake images that accompanied fake news regarding Kim Jung Un)

An example of deceptive effects from fabricating images. While discerning whether a photo is real or altered is difficult to do, tools such as fotoforensics can help.

So what if there is Fake News?

Fake news spreads even faster than real news because it is typically “viral” and sensationalistic, and deceives the public to believe lies. Fake news preys on the gullibility and emotions of the masses. Because of the high levels of readership of such “viral” news, other news agencies quickly rebroadcast the news after picking it up from the original source. People, likewise, simply share the news via social networks without performing any “fact-checking.” As such, fake news greatly affects public opinion and quickly translates to real world consequences.

One famous example is the fake news about “Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring” that caused an armed man to barge into and open fire in a pizza parlor.

Fake news is nothing new. The media, always carrying an agenda, manipulated and fabricated stories in favor of its agendas.  Harmful fake news was produced in 1999 by Mr Kim by the Seoul Broadcasting System about Pastor Jung Myung Seok’s “sexual misconduct”. It took 11 years before the Korean Court ruled that the news was “unreliable” and should not have been broadcasted. The broadcast had distorted videos of Pastor Jung’s sermon and his interaction with members. (Reference News Article)

After the broadcasting, public opinion of Pastor Jung and the Christian Gospel Mission (Providence) became extremely negative, and Pastor Jung was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment (in 2009) based purely on verbal testimonies and an unfair trial.

The fake news about Pastor Jung continued to spread widely and people such as Peter Daley even took these as “proof” against Pastor Jung and made himself a reputation for spreading false information that he himself has distorted, and also, made up. As a result, tens of thousands of Providence members become subject to ridicule and persecutions at home, work and school.

Why do people create fake news?

1) Money

It is a well known fact that fake news generates income for the writers and news agencies. Fake news writers even admit earning thousands of dollars monthly from this. (See one example)

In the case of Pastor Jung, Mr Kim and EXODUS threatened the release of fake news in order to extort millions of dollars from Pastor Jung and Christian Gospel Mission (CGM). When Pastor Jung refused to give in, Mr Kim released the “news” and sparked a wave of media allegations in 1999 that eventually led to Pastor Jung’s arrest and conviction. (Reference News Article)

After failing to extort $20 million from Pastor Jung in 1999, Mr Kim tried again to extort a smaller sum of from Pastor Jung in 2011. Even though Pastor Jung was already in prison, Mr Kim threatened the release of an obscene video that allegedly came from “internal sources”. Once again, Pastor Jung and CGM refused to give in, and Mr Kim held a press conference while releasing the video. This sparked another flurry of investigations but the Korean court ruled that the “evidence” was fake, and dismissed all the charges. (Reference News Article 1 | Reference News Article 2)

2) To smear someone else’s reputation and be the hero

An owner of a fake news empire, Paul Horner, opines how fake news helped Donald Trump win the election. Fake news smeared Clinton’s reputation while improving Trump’s own reputation.

“Honestly, people are definitely dumber. They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that’s how Trump got elected. He just said whatever he wanted, and people believed everything, and when the things he said turned out not to be true, people didn’t care because they’d already accepted it. It’s real scary. I’ve never seen anything like it.”  (Reference News Article)

In South Korea, ex-UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon decided not to join in the Presidential Elections because other candidates had launched “fake news campaigns” to smear his reputation.

Ban said, “For the past three weeks, I have devoted everything I had, but my genuine patriotism and passion were damaged by rumors and fake news. I, my family and the U.N. have been greatly hurt. . . . I will give up my pure aspiration to achieve a change in politics under my leadership and unify the country.” (Reference News Article)

Peter Daley’s Campaign Against Providence

Pastor Jung’s reputation has also been smeared by fake news campaigns in South Korea and all over the world. A more recent example is Peter Daley’s campaign against Pastor Jung in english-speaking parts of the world like Australia.

Peter Daley, self-professed in his own video to be motivated by revenge, began creating slanderous material about Pastor Jung and made it his personal crusade to distribute these to numerous news agencies. He portrays himself to be protecting and helping the “brainwashed cult members”, without realizing that his actions have in fact victimized thousands of believers who have to live under public ridicule for their faith.

At the expense of Pastor Jung’s reputation and the lives of thousands of members, Peter Daley receives media publicity and is portrayed as an “expert” about cults. He receives praise from people who call him “brave”, people who did not fact check about Peter Daley’s motivations and his past.

Conclusion

As a member of CGM, I write from a perspective of being a direct victim of fake news, alongside other members and Pastor Jung.

Therefore, in assessing Pastor Jung and CGM, my sincere appeal to readers is to 1) perform detailed fact checks from reliable sources and 2) take a pause to read/listen to both sides (with an open heart). People who read the negative articles or explore Peter Daley’s websites know someone in Providence- whether it be a family member, a colleague or a friend. They need to listen to and trust the person they know, instead of the internet, the gossip and Peter Daley, whose only intent is to harm Providence and its members, without any understanding of it.

[Given the numerous amounts of negative media out there, large amounts of which are in korean, we understand that this is not an easy task to perform fact checking. As such, CGM has translated many of these news that present the lesser known published perspectives about CGM on its website, while linking to the original news sources.]


The writer is a father, a husband, a Providence member residing in the United States of America.

Should you trust the Daily Mail about Jung Myung Seok?

Daily Mail writes malicious article about Jung Myung Seok

The Daily Mail’s malicious article on CGM and Jung Myung Seok

On 19 May 2016, the Daily Mail published a sensationalistic piece of news about Christian Gospel Mission in Australia, making disturbing accusations on Providence and Jung Myung Seok on sexual matters.

The article is basically a rehash of Peter Daley’s accusations of CGM and Jung Myung Seok from 2006, and bases its source on the “expert advice” of Daley. (See article about Peter Daley’s so-called credibility, which also addresses all the accusations made in the news article itself)

“Anyone who has the slightest respect for truth should not read the daily mail.” – British writer

However, let us examine the reliability of the Daily Mail. How much should you trust it? In the online website, “Quora”, a British writer opined that the Daily Mail has ZERO credibility. He said that “if the Daily Mail says something is true, then I assume it is untrue.” And that “anyone who has the slightest respect for truth should not read the daily mail.” Another writer opined that the Daily Mail “is clearly a very partisan publication with editors who don’t mind lying or telling half truths, as long as it serves their purpose”

Wikipedia banned Daily Mail as an ‘Unreliable’ Source

In 2017, the Daily Mail became the first news agency to be banned by Wikipedia as a source. This was a rare move by Wikipedia and took place because Daily Mail’s reliability was so poor, and majority of wikipedia editors voted for its removal as a reliable source. Wikipedia still allows links to sources like the Kremlin backed news organisation Russia Today (RT), which means that the Daily Mail is even less reliable than RT, which is well-known for making fake news. What does this speak of the Daily Mail?

Why did Daily Mail publish about the CGM and Jung Myung Seok?

Given the Daily Mail’s palate for unreliable sources and sensationalistic news to increase its viewership, it is not surprising that it carried Peter Daley’s news about the Christian Gospel Mission and Jung Myung Seok.

In this era where fake news seems even easier to believe than real news (see our article on the era of fake news), we sincerely hope that the public can discern well on this issue and various other issues.


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The Truth about Providence Teachings: Jung Myung Seok and Spiritual Brides

Recent news stories about Providence and Jung Myung Seok have made headlines saying Providence Church grooms members to be brides. But they are creating fake news by basing headlines on unreliable claims and testimonies. As a result, the news has misrepresented Jung Myung Seok as a womanizer.

Fortunately though, these statements are far from reality.  New stations like MBN and TV Chosun have made apologies to Jung Myung Seok for making false claims about him. In fact, Jung Myung Seok is a religious leader who focuses on spiritual relationships and not physical ones.

Actually, the concept of brides stems from the Bible. Multiple parts of the Bible depict the relationship between God and believers as husband and wife (Isaiah 54:5) or bride and bridegroom (Revelations 21:2). The Bible enriches human relationship with God by using figurative speech like wedding banquet (Revelations 19:7).

Jung Myung Seok bases all his teachings on the Holy Bible. And many people believe that the Bible is an authoritative source that talks about God. It is a text that has served the fundamental tenets of Judaism (Old Testament) and Christianity. For anyone who has read the Bible in its entirety, referring to oneself as a bride of God is neither new nor controversial.

What is a bride of God?

What is a bride of God? This is where the misunderstanding lies. Love is the determining factor that defines the relationship between a bride and bridegroom. However, Jung Myung Seok does not teach about physical love. He teaches that love arises between the oneness between two hearts. In this case, he is referring to the unity of thoughts and deeds between God and man. This love is a metaphorical love of oneness between a husband and wife. So he is talking about a love in the mind. And this has formed the basis of his lifelong philosophy and teachings on spiritual love.

This is what makes God and people become bride and bridegroom. Jung Myung Seok has emphatically and repeatedly said that this love is worlds apart from sexual love. It is completely different.

These news headlines came about because the media misunderstood Jung Myung Seok. One of the biggest reason for this is because news stations aren’t interested in real Biblical principles. The reality is that Providence is made up of large groups of men, families, children and the elderly. They are all brides because they choose to love and live for the Holy Trinity. All of them cherish the same philosophy as Jung. Anyone who has seen and experienced the reality of Providence Church will know that the media has been indisputably wrong in its portrayal of Providence Church.