Theology and Apologetics Roundtable: Apologetic Response to Messianic Claims of Unification Church

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Apologetic Response to Messianic Claims of Unification Church

The Unification Church, at best, is a cult of Christianity. Sociologically, one would consider this a cult due to its deceptive recruiting practices. Sun Myung Moon formally established the church in May 1954. It was originally called The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity. Later in 1997 it was called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. It is currently shortened to the Unification Church. Followers of the UC are commonly referred to as “Moonies”.

Regarding the Messianic claims of Christ, Moon makes the claim that Jesus failed in His two-part mission to redeem the human race from both spiritual and physical death. Moon maintains that Jesus fulfilled the mission of spiritual redemption while he subsequently failed the mission of physical redemption. Moon makes the claim that Jesus failed the second part of the mission because He was crucified before He could marry and produce offspring. On a side note, Moon acknowledges Christ as the second Adam but not as the final Adam. Moon also makes the claim that Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, was also Jesus’ father. This is an obvious denial of the virgin birth and questions Jesus’ deity. Because of this redemptive failure, a third messiah needed to come finish the divine task. Who would this messiah be? Moon of course. He makes the claim that at age 16, Easter Sunday, he received a vision from Jesus who called him to fulfill this mission.

The UC makes the claim of being a Christian movement. However, it deviates tremendously from orthodox, Biblical Christianity. It is a cult both theologically and sociologically. The Bible makes very clear that Jesus mission was completed in its totality. His death and resurrection provided full atonement for mankind. Jesus obtained absolute salvation from the effects of sin and death, in both the spiritual and physical realms.

Colossians 1:19-22

For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— [1]

[1] New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Col 1:19–22). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.