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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Jaerock Lee
Kim Young-sam meets with Rev. Dr. Jaerock Lee at Manmin Central Church.jpg
Former President Kim Young-sam meets with Lee at Manmin Central Church
Born 1943
Muan County, Jeollanam Province, Republic of Korea
Nationality South Korean
Occupation Pastor, Author
Religion Christian, Evangelical
Spouse(s) Boknim Lee
Website www.drlee.or.kr
Jaerock Lee
Hangul 이재록
Hanja 李載祿

Jaerock Lee (born 1943, Muan County, Jeollanam-do, South Korea) is a Christian author and the senior pastor of the Manmin Central Church in Seoul.[1] Manmin means ‘all creation; all the nations; all the people.’ The church was founded by Lee in 1982.[2] His books have been translated into many languages.[3] Major Christian newspapers like The Christian Post,[4] Christian Today, and Charisma (magazine),[5] have featured Lee's ministries.

However, his ministry is controversial, and he has also been accused of being a cult leader.[6][7]

He claims to have 120,000 members throughout the world in 9,000 member churches.[8]

Lee is currently president of The United Holiness Church of Korea,[9] chairman of United Holiness Theological Seminary, and the permanent president of the World Christianity Revival Mission Association.[10]

Manmin Central church claims to have the largest number of churches in Korea.[11]

Early life

Before he converted, Lee had been sick for 7 years. He attempted to commit suicide several times, but one day his elder sister took him to a Korean healing evangelist, after which he claims his illnesses disappeared.[12]

1982 to 1999

Lee founded Manmin Central Church in July 1982[13] with just 13 members.[14] The number of registered members continued to increase rapidly and passed 3,000 within 5 years of the founding. In this period, many church organizations such as Prayer Warriors' Mission, Volunteers' Mission, Choirs, and Performing Arts Committee have been organized.[14]

Lee made a contribution for the construction of a hall for the aged.[15]

Rev. Dr. Jaerock Lee makes the progress report in Peaceful Re-unification Jublilee Crusade in Seoul, Korea(1995)

In the 1990s his church has witnessed a drastic increase in the number of church members in and outside Korea and the church was able to establish a new denomination.[14] In 1993 his church was selected as one of the “World's Top 50 Churches” by the Christian World magazine (US).[16][17] Lee was the head of the “World Holification Crusade” in 1992 in Yoido, and he was the chairman of the 1994 “Holy Spirit Seoul Explosive Crusade”, and the Administrative President of the “Peace Re-Unification Crusade for the 50th anniversary of Independence Day of Korea” in 1995.[18] He has been Chairman of the Korean Christian Association and the World Evangelization Central Association, and the President of the National Evangelism Campaign Center and the Evangelization Council for Prosecutory Officials.[19]

2000 to 2010

Lee has travelled extensively in different parts of the world, initiating Christian events and so-called crusades in several countries.

In October 2000, Lee visited Pakistan. His church claims that this was the largest Christian evangelistic event ever held in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.[20]

In 2001, Lee travelled in Kenya,[21] and in September 2001, he visited the Philippines to lead the Church Leaders Conference and Healing Crusade.[22][23]

On July 26–27, 2002, Lee led Honduras evangelistic meetings and an estimated 120,000 persons attended meetings in Olympic Stadium in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.[24] On October, 2009, H.E. Rene Francisco Umana, the Honduran ambassador to Korea, visited Lee's church to celebrate the church's 27th anniversary.

2002 India Crusade

Lee led a healing festival at Marina Beach, Chennai, India, in 2002. The event was broadcast live on India's four television channels.[25]

In 2003, a government official arranged for a Christian prayer and healing "festival" at the Dubai Handicapped Club in the UAE. Lee spoke and performed a healing ceremony for 100 persons, including nationals, with various disabilities, reported United States Department of State in the International Religious Freedom Report 2004.[26]

In November 2003, Lee visited Russia to lead the "2003 Russia Miracle Healing Festival" at "SKK" indoor Olympic Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which event was a part of the 300th anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg.[27]

In October 2004, Lee visited Germany to lead The 2004 German United Crusade and the event was broadcast through Classics TV in UK, CNL in Kazakhstan, RTVA in Spain, and TKV in Russia.[28]

Lee meets with Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo(2004)

In December 2004, Lee visited Lima, Peru for a Christian event. Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo invited Lee to the presidential palace and requested him prayer for the economic development and administration of the country.[29]

In December 2005, Lee was denied permission to enter Egypt; he arrived at Cairo International Airport on a Korean Airlines flight with 20 of his members. He had been scheduled to lead a Christian event in Cairo together with Egyptian Christian organization at Christmas.[30]

Lee meets with DR Congo president Joseph Kabila(2006)

In February 2006, Lee visited Kinshasa, DR Congo and led a festival.[31] The crusade was held with support from political, economical leaders as well as from the church leaders and the local press.[32]

Salvation Miracles Revival Crusade in New York, USA (2006)

In July 2006, Lee went to the United States to lead a three-day "Salvation Miracles Revival Crusade" at New York City's Madison Square Garden,[33] The event, which was endorsed by New York senator Rubén Díaz and New York City Councilman Hiram Monserrate,[34] and the head of the National Religious Broadcasters attracted large numbers of Latinos and other members of immigrant groups.[35]

The crusade was transmitted on television to 200 countries.[36]

Lee visited Bethlehem at Christmas of 2007. In September 2009, Lee again visited Israel. While there, he led the "International Multi-Cultural Festival",[37][38][39][40] at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem.[41] The event drew roughly 3,000 attendees from 36 countries to rally for peace in the Middle East;[42] attended by the Israeli minister of tourism Stas Misezhnikov and Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat. Lee expressed his solidarity with the Jewish people, the State of Israel and its leaders.[43] A spokesperson for countermissionary organisation Jewish Israel speculated that Lee's visit was connected to the planned launch of a Russian-language evangelical television station. The association of Israeli pastors established for the growth of Israeli churches and the union of pastors organized the event, CNS reported.[44] The festival was broadcast to 220 nations in 8 different languages by simultaneous interpretation through TV broadcasters including TBN(Trinity Broadcasting Network) and DayStar, Enlace, CNL etc.[45]

In Estonia, Lee led an event called the "2010 Korean Culture Festival"[46] or "Estonia Miracle Healing Crusade 2010" in Saku Suurhall Arena in October 2010.[47][48] Alina Aivazova, wife of Leonid Chernovetskyi, Mayor of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine attended this crusade. Lee received the appreciation plaque from the municipality assembly of Tallinn.[49] This event was broadcast to 220 countries via aired TV, Cable TV and the Internet.[50][51]

Controversies

Lee was excommunicated from the Church of Holiness in May 1990, and his organisation was ejected from the Christian Council of Korea in April 1999 over "heretical claims". The 1999 accusations were refuted by Korea's Union of Presbyterian Churches in 2004.[6][52] Leaders of the Korean Missionary Association have also accused him of being a cult leader, pointing to an alleged July 1998 statement by Lee that he was "sinless and exempted from dying".[35][53]

In 1999, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, a South Korean television broadcaster, aired a documentary critical of Jaerock Lee. In response, 300 Manmin Central Church members invaded the television station, attacking security guards and breaking into the station control room to cut the power, while another 1,500 organised a sit-down protest in a nearby street; 600 riot police were needed to restore order. The station had previously been prevented by court order from airing a story on Lee's sex life.[54] MBC filed a lawsuit against the church and 61 people involved in the attack, seeking damages of 2.7 billion; the Seoul Southern District Court granted damages in the amount of ₩696 million in November 2000 against the church and some of the participants in the attack, but threw out the case against Lee himself.[55]

In July 2000, Lee visited Uganda to lead the Uganda United Crusade. The Korean Missionary Association in Uganda released a statement in connection with this visit, describing Lee as a "cult leader" and stating that he was "not well accepted by Korean Churches".[53]

When Lee visited New York and Madison Square Garden in 2006, local Korean ministers protested against the festival, citing what they referred to as "heretical teachings" of Lee.[56] Major League Baseball player David Wright, third baseman for the New York Mets, was tricked into doing a commercial for Lee's crusade; Wright agreed to appear on camera and offer an endorsement because he believed that the event had already been approved by the Mets, but in fact, the advertisement, which featured unauthorised uses of the Mets' logo, was being put together by a reporter who misused his press credentials to gain access to Wright and film him. After the misuse came to light, broadcasting of the advertisement ceased, and Wright publicly apologised.[57][58]

Estonian singers Tõnis Mägi and Dave Benton were to appear at Lee's Korean Culture Festival event in Estonia in 2010. The singers were led to believe that the event was sponsored by the South Korean embassy, which turned out to be false, prompting Tõnis Mägi to cancel his appearance.[59] The Korean grand embassy in Helsinki regretted having been mistakenly connected with the festival.[60]

Missionary activities

Lee sent missionaries to Asia,[61] America, Africa, Europe and Africa.[14][62] He plans to build the world's largest church.[5] Lee believes that God gave a vision for the construction of Grand Sanctuary and had the members pray for it.[63]

World Christian Doctors Network

Lee founded the World Christian Doctors Network (WCDN), which organizes an annual conference. The WCDN attempts to medically analyze supposed healing cases performed by God.[64]

Books

Lee has written a number of books about his approach to Christianity.[65] His books are published by Christian publishers around the world such as Strang (USA), Destiny Image Europe (Italy), Baruch (Ukraine), Word of Christ (India), Andi (Indonesia), and Grace (Taiwan).[66] As of September, 2014, Lee has written more than 90 titles.[67] His book ministry specializes in e-books including Chinese language.[68]

Professions

Professions is a collection of 100 poems. [69]

My Life, My Faith

Lee’s autobiography is called My Life, My Faith.[70] He outlines factors that contribute to the growth of the church,[71] and claims that God gave him prophetic visions.[72] My Life, My Faith Volume 1 has been published in 35 languages,.[73][74]

In the second volume of My Life, My Faith, Lee writes about the USA, China and the EU and says that in the future, the world will have these three major powers.[75] He also claims that Christians can be healed from diseases by faith.[76][77]

Bulawayo 24 News gave the books a favourable review.[78]

In the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the books My Life, My Faith has been published with official permission from its government in its vernacular language by Vietnam Religion Publisher (VRP).[79]

The Message of the Cross of Jesus Christ

The Italian Christian publisher Evangelista Media published Understanding the Message of the Cross of Jesus Christ.[80]

Richard R. Blake reviewed the book for Reader Views in the US. The Message of the Cross has been published in 57[81] different languages including English, Nepalese, and Indian vernacular languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Simte, and Tangkhul.[82][83][84] Hindi version of the book was covered by CNN-IBN[85]

The Law of God

The Law of God is a collection of Lee’s topical messages on the Ten Commandments. The primary focus of the book is the reason behind the Ten Commandments and the spiritual significance of each Commandment.[86]

The Power of God

In the book The Power of God, Lee has attempted to introduce the process in which a person may meet God.[87]

Heaven

Creation House, an imprint of Christian publisher Charisma Media in the US published the first volume of Lee's book Heaven.

In Heaven volume 1, Lee discusses the different places of heaven: Paradise, the First Kingdom of Heaven, the Second Kingdom of Heaven, the Third Kingdom of Heaven, New Jerusalem and the rewards given according to each one’s measure of faith.

In the second volume of Heaven, Lee writes that the combination of twelve precious stones represents the heart of Jesus Christ and God.

Lee also writes about the prophets in the first-ranked group in heaven: Elijah, Enoch, Abraham, and Moses[88]

The Indonesian translation of Heaven and Hell have been listed as a bestseller in Indonesia.[89] At the Jerusalem Book Fair in 2011, the president of Israel Shimon Peres and the mayor of Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat received copies of the book.[90]

Man of Flesh, Man of Spirit

Man of Flesh, Man of Spirit (Vol. 1 and 2), is a compilation of Lee's sermons on the Book of Job. Lee discusses what he perceives to be the evilness in human nature.[91]

Spirit, Soul and Body

In the book Spirit, Soul and Body, Lee deals with the question “What did God, who existed all by Himself before all eternity, look like?” The book discusses possible meanings of such biblical terms as 'flesh', 'things of the flesh', 'works of the flesh', and 'spirit'.[92] Lee writes that the 'heavens' were generally categorized into four spiritual realm[according to whom?]. The entire physical space including our Earth, our Solar System, our Galaxy, and the whole universe is referred to as the first heaven.

Love: Fulfillment of the Law

The book discusses the love of God.[93]

Footsteps of the Lord

Footsteps of the Lord is a compilation of Lee's series "Lectures on the Gospel of John". He discusses Jesus' origin as well as the spiritual meaning embedded in Jesus' birth, public ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection.[87][94]

My Father Will Give to You in My Name

My Father Will Give to You in My Name is a compilation of messages and Lee claims that this book will enable the reader to understand "the law of the spiritual realm" on receiving answers from God.[95]

Against Such Things There Is No Law

Against Such Things There is No Law discusses the “nine fruits of the Holy Spirit” along with specific examples.

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