Providence (religious movement)
Providence (also called Setsuri) is a Christian new religious movement founded by Jung Myung Seok (also known by the names of Joshua Jung, Joshua Lee and Pastor Joshua). It began as a schismatic group from the Unification Church in South Korea in 1978 where it still has the most members. Providence has been widely referred to by the media as a cult.
Following accusations against him by South Korean police of rape, fraud and embezzlement, Jung fled the country in 1999 and lived as a fugitive in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China before being arrested by Chinese police in May 2007. In April 2009, the Supreme court of South Korea sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment.
- 1 Alternate names
- 2 Theology
- 3 Non-religious organisations
- 4 History
- 5 Outside of Korea
- 6 Controversies in the proceedings against Jung Myeong Seok
- 7 See also
- 8 Explanatory notes
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The official name for Providence is the Christian Gospel Mission. It has also been called Jesus Morning Star (JMS), Setsuri ("Providence" in Japanese), International Christian Association (ICA), the Morning Star Church, the Bright Moon Church, and Ae-chun Church.
The beliefs of Providence are explained to followers in a series of 30 secret lectures. After a series of Bible studies aiming to demonstrate that the Great Tribulation has already begun, the final, most secret lectures are believed by adherents to prove that Jung is the Messiah using numerology, explain that those who do not "meet" him will not go to Heaven, and warn that any who betray him are committing a grave crime. It is also taught that Eve was 14 years old when she first had sex with Adam.
Providence teaches that Jung is here to finish the restoration history of the Holy Trinity, asserting that he is the messiah of this time period and has the responsibility to save all mankind and that the Christian doctrine of bodily resurrection is false, but that people can be saved through Jung.
Providence's teachings are similar to the Unification Church. According to one researcher, nine of the 30 secret lectures resemble the Unification Church's Divine Principle very closely. The main differences are that:
- it identifies Jung as the Messiah (rather than Sun Myung Moon)
- it teaches that original sin, originating in Eve's intercourse with Satan, can be defeated by having sex with Jung.
In 2012, Jo Gyeong-suk, former head of the Seoul Branch of JMS and herself an alleged victim, gave the statement before the press that salvation through sexual union with Jung was part of its canon. Additional confirmation comes from religious scholar Yoshihide Sakurai and a Christian anti-cult activist, Toyoshige Aizawa. Members of the Christian Gospel Mission state that the teaching is not part of the CGM canon.
Jung encourages his followers to form non-religious organisations for the purpose of attracting young people without initially revealing the religious nature of the group or their real motives, a practice ruled "fraudulent" under law by the Japanese Supreme Court.
Jung was born in Geumsan County, South Chungcheong on February 17, 1945. In the 1970s he was a member of the Unification Church, whose teachings closely resemble Jung's. In 1980, Jung founded the Ae-Chun Church, which was affiliated with the Methodist Church. The church was later expelled from the Methodists and he changed its name to the International Christian Association.
According to the Information Network on Christian Heresies, in 1986 the vice president of Providence attempted to act on the sex scandals surrounding the group, but he was shut out of the organizational system and Jung consolidated all power around himself.
Sexual abuse accusations and international manhunt
In 1999, Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) in Korea reported about sexual abuse allegedly committed by Jung. According to former members, Jung had forced dozens of women to have sex with him, and said that they would go to hell if they told anyone what he had done. This resulted in Jung fleeing the country one day later. He was officially charged in 2001. At the end of the trial in 2002, a witness who had testified that there was no sexual exploitation from 1993-4 was found guilty of perjury.
Jung, having been wanted by Interpol since 2002, was arrested in 2003 for overstaying his visa in Hong Kong and was due to be returned to Korea, but when released on bail, fled the extradition hearing. An Interpol Red Notice was issued on Jung in 2004.
In April 2006, a press conference was held by the anti-Providence group EXODUS in which four unidentified women dressed in baseball caps and bandanas covering their faces, accused Jung of organised sex crimes against themselves and other women.
Capture, trial and conviction
After about 8 years on the run, Jung was arrested by Chinese police in May 2007. He was extradited back to South Korea on February 20, 2008. Jung has also been charged with fraud and embezzlement of church funds.
South Korean media reported that Jung had claimed to have received a "special revelation" from God, and that many female members of his organization were ordered to undress for a "health check" and have sex with him to wipe off their sins. Jung denies the charges, and members of the Christian Gospel Mission call the accusations a distorted rumor.
In January 2008, the Supreme Court of South Korea awarded two females, one Korean and one Japanese, ₩50,000,000 (US$52000, €36000, or £26500 as of January 2008[update]) and ₩10,000,000 (US$10400, €7200, or £5300) in damages for sexual assault. Providence followers started riots outside of newspapers that reported the court's verdict, broke into the Seoul office of the leading newspaper The Dong-a Ilbo trashing office furniture, and demanded the removal of articles critical of Jung.
In 2008, in response to the rape allegations, Providence pastor Bae Jae-yong said that it was "distorted rumor that was created by the people who have slandered him" and that "all fundamental truth will be clarified by [Jung] at the prosecutor's office".
In August 2008, Jung was convicted of sexual abuse charges and sentenced by Seoul Central District Court to six years imprisonment. In February 2009, the Seoul High Court added four years to the lower court's sentence of six years. Jung appealed his 10 years imprisonment sentence to the Supreme Court of South Korea in April 2009, but the sentence was upheld.
One of the sexually assaulted women subsequently filed a civil lawsuit against Jung. In its verdict in November 2009 Seoul Western District Courts Third Civil Division ruled that "the plaintiff's right to bodily integrity was violated and she suffered psychological pain as a result of the sexual violence of defendant... The defendant is obligated to compensated plaintiff for her pain." and that Jung should pay ₩50,000,000 in compensation.
Outside of Korea
Providence began operating in Australia during 1997. Members of Providence have reported to been actively recruiting for new members at the Australian National University. On 9 April 2014, the Australian government-funded television network Special Broadcasting Service reported on their activities in Australia, including statements by former members that they sought young attractive women.
Most Japanese news reports about Providence have been about the sexual allegations. In 2006 the national newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that Providence is "causing serious social problems in Japan", labeling it as a "cult" and "sect". It also reported that the organization was pressuring members to live together, make regular donations, marry within the organization, and follow the strict guidance of its founder.
The group's church usually consisted of a single apartment room, where their religious studies occurred. Sometimes the church was were where some of the faithful cohabitated. There were some 40 such churches across Japanese cities as of 2006. Members while still a students were expected to contribute a minimum of 1,000 yen at the weekly services, and as wage-earners paid monthly tithes and bonus-time contributions. Believers were instructed to live frugally on cheap food and never indulge in alcohol. They were forbidden from dating, but at a suitable time married within the group in mass ceremonies.
Police raided eight Providence facilities in Chiba, Japan on suspicion a senior member illegally obtained residence status. They also searched a facility in the city's Chuo Ward. The senior member, a Korean, was arrested for overstaying her visa. It was claimed that Providence recruited "high class, high income" men and selected women for "style and looks".
Providence has been reported about in Hong Kong, known as "月明教會" (The Bright Moon Church) there. In October 2006 a former member told Oriental Daily News that it has about 100 core members in Hong Kong, including many medical graduates and some assistant professors. Though it has been in Hong Kong for years, its slow development kept it fairly unknown until its media exposure. For evangelism, Providence created an organisation to run various community activities, known as the United Culture and Arts Network (UCAN).
Providence's earliest activity in Taiwan was in 1988. It is commonly known as Jesus Morning Star church (JMS), Chinese: 晨星會; Hanyu Pinyin: Chéngxīng huì; Tongyong Pinyin: chéeng sīn hùei; literally: "Jesus Morning Star church"), "攝理教" or "攝禮教" (shè lǐ jìao). Providence itself rejects these common names, officially registered as "中華基督教新時代青年會" (China Christian Youth Association, CCYA). It is also known as "攝理教會", and Providence Church.
In November 2001 the Taiwanese version of Next Magazine published the article "Korean cult leader raped over one hundred Taiwanese female college students". Allegedly involved National Taiwan University, Fu Jen Catholic University, and National Chengchi University all denied the report, stated that there were no cult activities in their campuses at the time. NCCU acknowledged that there had been such activities many years ago. There had been similar reports in 1997. Members of EXODUS soon came to Taiwan and held a press conference with an involved woman.
Controversies in the proceedings against Jung Myeong Seok
Following the trial, several reporters called into question the proceedings against Jung Myeong Seok, citing the following :
Seoul Broadcasting System
After its original broadcast, the Seoul Broadcasting System was found to have committed broadcast infractions against the Christian Gospel Mission. Specifically, SBS altered the audio and added additional subtitles to one of Jung’s sermons from 1995. The original sermon said that the tithe of life was to evangelize “one part in ten”; the version broadcast by SBS said “one woman.” Additionally, videos of Jung with males and females side by side were doctored to show only females with Jung. The Christian Gospel Mission sued SBS for this, won the lawsuit, and received 900 million won in compensation($900,000 USD).
The court also gave the following orders: SBS must not broadcast material provided by the involved informant (Kim OO); SBS must inform the Christian Gospel Mission 48 hours before broadcasting any material related to their organization; SBS must guarantee 5% of the broadcasting time to the Christian Gospel Mission so that their rebuttal will also be aired. If these orders are violated, SBS must pay damages in the amount of 30 million won(30,000 US dollars) for each violation. SBS later issued an official letter of apology to the CGM.
Kim Do Hun and EXODUS
It was discovered that Kim Do Hun of the anti-CGM group EXODUS, who originally orchestrated the press conference for the four plaintiffs against Jung, had demanded settlement money from Jung and the Christian Gospel Mission in the amount of 2,000,000,000 won (2 million USD) without the knowledge or consent of the four accusers. Do Hun on three occasions sent letters of apology to Jung, in which he stated: “I deeply regret that I stabbed you in the back, slandered you by spreading controversy against/about you, and caused you deep pain...I apologize again that for the past six years, the members of (EXODUS) and I have misunderstood you, and as such slandered and insulted you...” The letters were written on November 15, 1999; March 17, 2005; and July 21, 2005; and contained Kim’s photograph and seal.
Trial and Verdict
During Jung's trial, one of the four original accusers, “plaintiff C,” withdrew her lawsuit, stating on record that no sexual abuse had occurred. The court warned that withdrawing her suit would result in legal ramifications; however, plaintiff C said she did not care if she was punished, but maintained that no abuse occurred. Additionally, she stated that plaintiff D--who filed together with her in a joint lawsuit—had also fabricated her allegations at the instruction of the original informer (Kim Do-hun of the anti-JMS group EXODUS). Plaintiff C was later convicted of perjury.
Additionally, while Jung's actual trial involved a total of four plaintiffs, the media was criticized for “scrambling” to publish reports of former members citing mass sexual crimes before thoroughly checking the facts behind the allegations. It was argued that as the trial progressed, such claims were not substantiated by physical evidence, but had already shaped the public perception of the case.
Various reports have also criticized the ultimate verdict of Jung’s trial, in that he was convicted despite: 1) an absence of physical evidence in the trial; 2) the recanted testimony by one of the four plaintiffs and subsequent testimony that all allegations of sexual of abuse against by Jung were fabricated.
Cha Jin Su, an investigative reporter who has been following the CGM case since 1999, said: “...the court should reflect to see if the verdict of the presiding judges was clouded by their lack of understanding of religion and a public opinion that was forcibly manipulated… it should re-examine the injustice done to [Jung].”.
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Hwang Chul-kyu, who is in charge of international crime cases in Ministry of Justice, announced on May 16 that, "Chinese police informed us that a man caught in Beijing on May 1 turned out to be Jeong Myeong-seok after comparing fingerprints."
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Mr Jung founded the so-called Ae-Chun Church in 1980 and it became affiliated with the Methodist Church. The church was later expelled from the Christian body and he changed its name to the International Christian Association. Mr Jung also wrote the '30 lessons', which criticise Christian teachings and beliefs and end with his adopting the role of Jesus Christ at the second coming.
- Sakurai, Yoshihide (December 2007c), キャンパス内のカルト問題 : 学生はなぜ「摂理」に入るのか? [Cult Problems on Campus : Why were students involved in the "Setsuri" (Providence) cult group?], Journal of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning (in Japanese and with English abstract) (Center for Research and Development in Higher Education, Hokkaido University) 15: 1–14
- Sakurai, Yoshihide (March 2007a), カルト問題と格差社会との関連 [The context of social disparity and the cult problem], 宗教と現代がわかる本 [Religion in the Modern World] (in Japanese): 140–143,
人間の始祖、アダムとイブは堕天使ルシファーにより誘惑され、成長以前に不義の性交を行い（元摂理信者のノートによれば、禁断の木の実を食べたイブは当時 14 歳であった！）(The first humans, Adam and Eve engaged in underage intercourse -- according to Providence believers, Eve was 14 when she partake of the forbidden fruit!)
- "Suspect of Corrupt Cult Founder Arrested in China". The Korea Times. 2007-05-13. Archived from the original on 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
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- Schreiber, Mark (2002-10-27). "'Love' cult snares students". Japan Times. Archived from the original on 2003-03-06. Retrieved 2015-04-07.
The church's doctrine is composed of the so-called '30 precepts,' although it's pretty clear that they're derived from the Unification Church," explains Toyoshige Aizawa, a Christian minister engaged in weaning young people away from cults. "Jong has twisted the biblical story of Adam and Eve to deal with sex, saying, 'To atone for Adam and Eve's original sin, which was visited upon all mankind, it's necessary to engage in intercourse with the Lord.' In this case, he means himself, since he claims to be a reincarnation of Jesus.
- Tahk, Myeong Hwan [탁명환, 卓明煥] (1986). 기독교 이단 연구 [study on Christian cults]. 국제 종교 문제 연구소.
- Sakurai (2007a), p. 140 (p. 1/5).
- "South Korean fugitive cult leader Jung extradited back to Seoul". Associated Press Television News. 2008-02-20. Archived from the original on 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
- 신, 동명 (Sin Dong-myeong) (2012-04-06). “테러·성폭행 … 독버섯처럼 자라고 있다” :‘JMS’ 탈퇴 지도자들, 실체폭로 기자회견 ['Terrorism, Rape, growing like poison mushrooms': JMS defected leader(s) hold press conference revealing actual goings-on]. The Christian Times (ko:기독교타임즈).
- "Another problem cult" [教団のワナにはまるな] (in English and original Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. 2006-08-18. Archived from the original on 1900-01-01. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
The gimmicks the sect uses to increase its membership are nothing new. At university campuses, the sect's recruiters first approach students under the guise of a sports or cultural circle. After building close personal relationships with these students, the members reveal the religious nature of their group and start indoctrinating them. The favorite targets are serious-minded young people who feel alienated from their families and schools and wish to change their lives.
- "How to Spot a Woolly Wolf". The Keimyung Gazette. 2006-08-18. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
Although its members come from all works of life: university lectures, soldiers, doctors, teacher, nurse, housewives, and children, JMS is essentially a university cult, Most of the former members I have spoken to encountered JMS on a university campus. Younger girls are also targeted for recruitment: in Hong Kong the cult has high school liaison officers, and in Seoul a church especially for schoolgirls. Soccer, cheerleading, modelling, photography, martial arts, dance, drama, and music festivals are all activities JMS uses to acquire new members, Hosting there events are front organizations: organization with no obvious links to JMS. Totally deceptive in nature, members routinely lie to hide their JMS connections, An international student studying at Ewha Women's University found herself at Wolmyungdong after being invited to a martial arts display.
- "Alleged Cult Sows Seeds Via Campus Event |". The Guardian, University of California, San Diego, USA. 2006-11-13. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
Members of a controversial religious group, led by an international fugitive wanted for numerous instances of alleged rape and sexual assault of female members, recently held an event at UCSD, which included a modeling show featuring young women, singing and videotaped religious messages from the group’s founder — hallmarks of the group’s tactics to recruit new members. The group, known as the Global Association of Culture and Peace, was established by 61-year-old South Korean national Jung Myung Seok, who also goes by the name Joshua Jung. The group, widely regarded by international press as a cult, also goes by several other names, including JMS, Providence, Setsuri and the Bright Smile Movement.
- "Cult aimed at elite in 50 universities". Asahi Shimbun. 2006-07-31. Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
Ex-members say recruiting on campus started on Jung's orders in the mid-1990s. "It's a fraudulent activity, as they conceal the group's identity in luring members," a lawyer said. An ex-member in his 30s said he and other cultists were deprived of sleep--forced to work late into the night and then wake up early to listen to Jung's videotaped preaching.
- 이대복 (2000). 이단종합연구 [Comprehensive Heresy Studies] (in Korean). 기독교이단문제연구소. p. 647. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
- 심창섭 (1997). 기독교의이단들 [Christian Heresies] (in Korean). 대한예수교장로회총회. p. 274. ISBN 978-89-88327-28-9.
- Luca, Nathalie (March 2002). "After the Moon sect: South Korea and indoctrination through the sacred game of football". CNRS. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
- Luca, Nathalie (1 January 1997). Le salut par le foot: une ethnologue chez un messie coréen (in French). Labor et Fides. pp. 14–. ISBN 978-2-8309-0787-2.
On y apprend que JMS est un ancien adepte de la "secte Moon".
- Sakurai, Yoshihide (18 May 2007b), 日本のカルト問題 : 「摂理」を事例に [Japan's cult problem: a case study of 'Providence'], 日本近代学会大会 [Japan Modern Society],
1975-77年の間に統一教（統一教会）に関わった。そのために、摂理の教義は統一教会の教義とかなり似通ったものになっている。(From 1975 to 1978 he was involved with the Unification Church. For this reason, Providence's teachings resemble the Unification Church quite closely.)
- Information Network on Christian Heresy. ///현대종교/// (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-11-04.
정명석은 1975년도에 측근 신도들에게 통일교 창시자 문선명의 사명은 끝났고 1978년부터 자신의 사명이 시작됐다고 공언하기도 했다.
- "South Korean cult merges sex with prayer". Kyodo News Service, Japan. 2006-07-27. Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
Jung honed his sagely credentials as an acolyte of South Korea's Unification Church ... Its Bible-based teaching is similar to that of the Unification Church but departs from it
- 현대종교 발행인. 신흥종교 2002 실태조사연구집 자칭 한국의 재림주들. 2002: 국제종교문제연구소장.
- "2,000 Japanese join cult led by suspected sex offender on the run from Interpol". Asahi Shimbun. 2006-07-29. Archived from the original on 2013-12-19. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
He stayed at his aides' homes in Osaka and Chiba prefectures, where he summoned up to 10 female followers almost every day and indecently assaulted them under the pretext of 'health checks,' they said. Some Japanese female followers were instructed to go overseas for a rendezvous with Jung, they said. The aides told them to never mention the meetings with Jung, warning they would go to hell if they revealed the secret.
- "China extradites SKorea cult leader". Radio Australia. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
- "Ask the Police". Korean National Police Agency. 2005-07-04. Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
Jung Myoung Seok has been wanted on the charge of rape since 30 June 2001.
- Sakurai, Yoshihide (October 2006). "「摂理」は大学のキャンパスにいる カルトの被害をどう食い止めるか". 中央公論 121 (10): 142–149.
2002 年ソウル地方法院では、SBS 放送禁止仮処分訴訟において、1993-4 年にかけて鄭との集団性交渉はなかったと証言した証人を偽証罪により懲役 1 年に課した。 (In 2002, the Seoul District Court, in the matter of the SBS broadcast ban injunction, ruled that a witness who had testified that there was no mass sexual relations from 1993-4 had committed perjury, and sentenced him to 1 year in prison.)
- "[University]Columbia University Networks Global Alumni". Koreatimes.co.kr. 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
Jung has been wanted by Korean police, for fraud, rape and embezzlement, since he fled the country in June 1999. The pseudo-religious leader was placed on the Interpol wanted list in 2002.
- "Ask the Police". Korean National Police Agency. 2003-09-21. Archived from the original on 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2006-11-21.
Seoul Interpol requested the suspect's deportation to Hongkong Interpol on 1 July 2003. The suspect was arrested for illegal stay in Hongkong, China by Hongkong Immigration Department on 9 July 2003 but released on bail after 3 days. Hongkong Immigration Department approved the exit order for Korea against Myung Sok JUNG. However, the suspect disappeared since he appealed dissatisfaction to Immigration Department on 1 August 2003. Hongkong police cancelled the bail against the suspect and are searching for him after registering the suspect on watching lists.
- "Accused rapist cult leader faces extradition to Korea". News Limited. 2008-01-02. Archived from the original on 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
- "Cult Leader Extradited to Korea". Koreatimes.co.kr. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
He'd been on Korean wanted lists since 1999 (and the Interpol Red Notice since 2004) after fleeing the country after charges of rape emerged. While overseas, he made constant headlines for allegedly raping female devotees in various countries.
- ""JMS 정명석 성폭행 계속...정부 뭐하나" 울분" [JMS Jung Myong Suk molestations continue ... where are the officials in all this?] (in Korean). CNB News. 2006-04-18. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
이 날 기자회견장에는 피해자들 뿐 만 아니라 JMS 교도였다가 현재는 JMS를 탈퇴한 교도 등이 모여 만든 단체인 엑소더스에서 활동하고 있는 김도형씨가 이들과 함께했다. 김도형씨는 격앙된 목소리로 “우리들은 현재 목숨을 건 싸움을 하고 있다”며 “(JMS의) 조직적 성범죄가 근절될 수 있도록 해달라”고 호소했다. (Not only were the former JMS members-turned victims present at the press conference, but together with them was a representative of the JMS Exodus, Kim Do-Hyung. In an exasperated voice, Kim Do-Hyung exclaimed, “We are fighting for our lives right now...please put a stop to their (JMS) organized sex crimes....”)
- ""JMS 정명석 성폭행 계속...정부 뭐하나" 울분" [Jung Myung Seok assaults continuing; outrage over government inaction] (in Korean). CNB News. 2006-04-18. Retrieved 2007-01-20.
피해자들은 이 날 오후 4시 안국동 느키나무까페에서 'JMS 비리 폭로 및 수사 촉구를 위한 기자회견'을 열고 최근 언론을 통해 알려진 정명석의 성폭행 당시 상황 등을 낱낱이 공개했다. (Victims held a press conference at 4PM today in the Nukinamu Cafe in Anguk Dong demanding the exposure and investigation into the JMS corruption case and more fully clarifying events surrounding the Jung Myung Seok sexual assaults that had recently been reported in the media.)
- "China extradites chief of alleged S. Korean rapist cult". AFP, The China Post. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
- "South Korean religious sect leader extradited from China to face rape charges". International Herald Tribune, AP. 2008-02-20. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
- "Cult boss extradited to face sex raps". JoongAng Ilbo. 2008-02-21. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
Jung was taken directly to the Seoul Central Public Prosecutors' Office from the airport. Prosecutors began questioning Jung after his arrival regarding nine complaints filed against him on charges that include embezzlement and sexual assault.
- "World News Quick Take". Taipei Times. 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
He fled an extradition hearing but was detained by Chinese authorities early this month. Former members, mostly young girls, have told police they were told to undress for a "health check" and to have sex with him to wipe out their sins.
- "Religious sect leader formally arrested on rape charges". Yonhap. 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
- "JMS 정명석씨, 신도 성폭행 6천만원 위자료 확정" [Court upholds compensation for JMS's raped followers in the amount of 60 million won] (in Korean). Donganuri News. 2008-01-11. Archived from the original on 2008-02-15. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
JMS 정명석 총재에게 성추행ㆍ성폭행 당한 여성신도 2명이 위자료를 받게 됐다. (Two female followers received compensation for sexual assault and rape by Leader Jung Myung Soek.)
- "Cult Followers Break into Dong-A Ilbo Office". donga.com. 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
Members of the religious cult JMS broke into the editorial office of the Dong-A Ilbo Monday morning. They smashed the glass entrance on the 13th floor to enter the daily`s office, demanding the removal of articles on the cult`s founder Jeong Myeong-seok. Jeong is reportedly hiding in China after being accused by former women followers of committing sexual assault and rape.
- "언론계에 'JMS 공포'" [JMS terror in the world of media] (in Korean). Chosun Ilbo. 2008-01-17.
17일 언론계에 따르면 JMS 신도 40여명은 지난 14일 서울 광화문 동아일보 사옥 13층 편집국에 난입, "정명석 총재 관련 기사를 내리라"고 강요하며 장시간 난동을 부렸다. (The press reported on the 17th that on the 14th, 40 followers of JMS forced their way into the editorial department on the 13th floor of the Dong-a Ilbo Building in Gwanghwamun Seoul, demanded the paper recall articles about Jung Myung-seok, and created a general disturbance for several hours.)
- "검찰, 본사난입 JMS 신도 7명 기소 : 뉴스 : 동아닷컴" (in Korean). News.donga.com. 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
- "Cult Leader Gets 6-Year Prison Term". Koreatimes.co.kr. 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
Notorious cult leader Jung Myung-seok received Tuesday a six year prison sentence for raping and sexually abusing his female followers.
- "Sect leader imprisoned". Dubai, UAE: 7 Days – via HighBeam (subscription required). 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
A South Korean court yesterday sentenced Jung Myung-seok, the leader of a fringe religious sect, to six years in jail for raping female followers, a court official said.... Former members have told the Seoul court that young and attractive women were presented to Jung as 'gifts' and he forced them into sex as a part of a purification ritual.
- "정명석 JMS총재 징역 6년 선고" [JMS leader Jung Myung-Seok sentenced to six years in prison] (in Korean). Chosun Ilbo. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
서울중앙지법 형사26부(재판장 배기열)는 12일 여자 신도들을 성폭행한 혐의로 구속기소된 JMS(기독교복음선교회) 총재 정명석(63)씨에게 징역 6년을 선고했다. (The Seoul Central District Court No. 26 Criminal Division (Justice Bae Ki-yeol) delivered a prison sentence of six years to JMS President Jung Myung-seok, 63, who had been arrested and charged with raping 12 female followers.)
- "JMS 정명석 징역 10년 확정" [Jung Myung-Seok's 10-year prison sentence upheld] (in Korean). Yonhap. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
여신도들을 성폭행한 혐의(강간) 등으로 구속기소된 국제크리스천연합(JMS) 총재 정명석(64)씨에게 징역 10년을 선고한 원심을 확정했다.
- "Court Upholds 10-Yr Sentence on Cult Leader". Korea Times. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
The Supreme Court upheld a 10 year-imprisonment sentence on Jung Myung-suk, the leader of the JMS (Jesus Morning Star) religious cult Thursday for the rape and sexual assault of five Korean female followers. Jung was indicted for sexually assaulting the victims between 2003 and 2006 in Hong Kong, Malaysia and China. A lower court convicted him on three counts sentencing him to a six-year-prison term, but a high court extended this to 10 years convicting him on all five counts.
- "한국일보 : 법원, JMS 정명석 5천만원 배상 판결" [South Korean cult leader hit by new judgment] (in Korean). Hankook Ilbo. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
- "South Korean cult leader hit by new judgment". Asian Correspondent. 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
- 2014-04-10, “성폭행범이 이끄는 한국의 밀교”, 기독교포털뉴스
- Joel Tozer, 2014-04-09, Inside Providence: The secretive Korean church led by a convicted rapist, Special Broadcasting Service (Australia)
- Sakurai 2007b, p. 4
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- "Setsuri cult facilities raided over immigration suspicions". The Japan Times. 2007-01-20. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
- Weekly Fuji, 19 January 2007. カルトＳＥＸ教団に強制捜査...教祖にせっせと女性貢ぐ
- 總會長的點點滴滴--海外宣教. 總會長的點點滴滴 (in Chinese). 中華基督教新時代青年會CCYA（攝理教會）. Archived from the original on 2006-03-28. Retrieved 2006-04-22.
- 立案證書 (in Chinese). 中華基督教新時代青年會CCYA（攝理教會）.
- 李美嬅, 陳洛薇 (2001-11-09). 宗教染指 上百女生受害？某周刊指韓國攝理教會教主涉嫌引誘非禮 遭點名臺大、政大、輔大否認 (in Chinese). Central Daily News. p. 8.
- "S Korean religious figure faces sexual assault accusations". Taipei Times. 2001-11-12. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
Chung [sic] Myung-seok (鄭明析), founder of the South Korean Jesus Morning Star Church (南韓攝理教會), is suspected of sexually assaulting his female followers. A Chinese-language magazine said Chung had sexually assaulted the women, many of them students from National Taiwan and National Chengchi universities, telling them it was part of a religious ceremony. The accusation prompted the police to investigate.
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- “기독교복음선교회(JMS)와 정명석 총재, 가려진 10년의 진실 (The Truth Behind JMS and Jung Myeong Seok)" NewsDaily. 2010-10-12. (당시 방송에서 나왔던 장면은 교단에서 촬영한 영상으로 95년 주일예배 '감사하는 생활'이라는 설교였다.그런데 방송에서 발췌한 부분의 원본내용은 "생명의 십일조 열의 하나를 전도하라"는 내용이었다.방송은 '열의 하나'라는 부분을 명확하게 들을 수 없게 처리하였고 자막에는 '여자하나'라고 표시하여 방영하였다. 두번째는 정 총재와 함께 있는 사람들이 모두 '여성(?)'이었던 장면이다.방영 장면은 예배와 행사때 였는데 실제 비디오를 검토해보면 남녀가 같이 있었던 장면이었음에도 불구하고 방송은 여자들만 나오는 장면만 편집을 하여 방영하였다....이후로도 계속되었던 S방송사의 편파적인 보도에 대해 법원은 결국 화해권고결정을 내렸고 주요 내용은 다음과 같다. 김○○씨 등의 일방적인 제보 자료를 방송에 쓰면 안된다. 방송 48시간 전에 해당 단체에 고지해야 한다.방송분의 5%를 보장하여 반론 보도를 할 수 있도록 해야한다.이를 어길 시에는 건당 3,000만원을 배상해야 된다.)
- "Why is JMS (CGM's) President Jung Myeong Seok bearing the cross?". Minjung (Civil Affairs Magazine). 2010-02-15. http://www.mjnews.co.kr/ Publisher: Asiamade (SBS의 이와 같은 편파적인 보도에 대해 법원은 결국 화해권고결정을 내렸다. 주 내용으로는 '김 OO씨 등의 일방적인 제보 자료를 방송에 써서는 안 되며 방송 48시간 전 고지할 것과 방송분의 5%를 보장하여 반론 보도를 할 수 있도록 하라는 것이었다. 또한 이를 어길 시에는 건당 3,000만원을 배상하라'는 결정이었다[In dealing with the misleading coverage by SBS, the Court decided that the matter should be resolved by way of settlement between the two parties. A court order was given regarding the terms of the settlement, which included the following:·SBS must not report on President Jung if it intends on using information directly provided by Kim OO in its reporting. ·SBS must give at least 48 hour notice to Christian Gospel Mission of the basic contents of what it plans to broadcast.·SBS must provide 5% of the broadcast time for the Christian Gospel Mission to respond to SBS’s reporting.·In the event that SBS violates any of the above terms, it must pay compensation for the damages caused to Christian Gospel Mission in the amount of 30 million won ($30,000 USD) per violation.])
- Moon Il Seok, “Reconsideration Needed for the Case of Jung Myeong Seok.” Break News. 2010-2-15
- http://www.mjknews.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=58073 “JMS President Jung Myeong Seok, is this a social or religious issue?” Monthly Politic and Economic. 2012-05-31
- “기독교복음선교회(JMS)와 정명석 총재, 가려진 10년의 진실 (The Truth Behind JMS and Jung Myeong Seok)" NewsDaily. 2010-10-12.
- Moon Il Seok, “Reconsideration Needed for the Case of Jung Myeong Seok.” Break News. 2010-2-15.(차 기자가 다섯 번째로 정 총재 관련 재판이 잘못됐다고 보는 이유는 성폭행과 관련된 내용이다. 그는 “당시 '문제 제기자'의 주장에 따르면 여성들은 '심한 성폭행을 당해 걷기가 힘들 정도로 깊은 상처를 입어 하혈을 했다'고 발표하였다. 그러나 이 사건이 법정으로 옮겨진 후, 이 진술과는 달리 피고의 변호인은 사건 현장에 있었던, 당시 cctv를 보면 이 두 사람은 피해자답지 않게 미소를 지었고, 걸음걸이 또한 전혀 불편해 보이지 않는다고 반박하였다”면서 “무엇보다 주목해야 할 사실은 성폭행 피해를 보았다며 법정고소를 함께 진행해왔던 c모양이 위증을 했다는 선언을 하고 고소를 취하한 것이다. c모양은 어머니의 손을 잡고 법정에 나와 경찰과 검찰 진술을 번복하며 피해 사실을 완전히 부인하였다. 재판부는 '증인이 고소 내용과 다르게 진술을 하면 처벌을 받을 수 있다'라고 하였지만, c모양은 '처벌을 받아도 좋다. 사실은 성폭행 당하지 않았다. 자신과 같이 고소한 d모양도 강간 등 성폭행을 당한 사실이 전혀 없음에도 '문제 제기자'의 사주에 의하여 허위로 고소를 하고 지금까지 허위 진술을 한 것이다.'라고 명백히 밝혔다”고, 원고 중의 한 사람이 법정에서 진술한 사실을 적시했다.)
- “Why is the Spotlight on the Christian Gospel Mission Again?” Newsmaker. 2012-04-01. www.newsmaker.or.kr/
- Moon Il Suk. http://breaknews.com/sub_read.html?uid=122285§ion=sc1 “Reconsideration Needed for the Case of Jung Myeong Seok Case.” Break News. 2010-02-15(그는 이 사건을 추적한 후 쓴 이 기사의 결론에서 “취재를 하는 기자도 비종교의 잣대로 종교행위를 가늠하면 해괴한 그림을 만들어 내듯이 검찰도 이 사건에 대하여 공소만을 위한 것보다 ‘백 명의 도둑을 놓쳐도 한 명의 억울한 죄인을 만들지 말아야 한다’는 무죄추정원칙에 얼마나 충실했는지 돌아봐야 할 것”이라고 강조했고 “재판부는 증거와 증인이 애매한 이 사건을 10년이라는 중형을 선고한 결과에는 심리를 맡은 재판관들 역시 종교에 대한 이해부족과 억지적으로 조성된 여론에 의해 판단이 흐려지지는 않았는지를 되돌아봄으로 정 총재의 억울한 부분을 살펴야 할 것”이라고 지적했다. )
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