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EXPLORE GROUPS: Good News Mission (Ock Soo Park)

Good News Mission (Ock Soo Park)

include Independent Baptist Mission; Bible Crusades; "Salvation Sect" (guwonpa)

Ock Soo Park (1944–), aka "The Servant"

Ock Soo Park (1944–), aka "The Servant"

South Korea (1971)

Seoul, South Korea

include Mahanaim Bible College; Mahanaim Cyber Theology School; Lincoln House School

include International Youth Fellowship (IYF); International Mind Education Institute (IMEI); Good News Corps (GNCorps); Good News Medical Volunteers (GNMV); Mahanaim/Mahanaim Cyber College (teaching “Good News Theology”); Gracias Choir; World Christian Leaders’ Workshop (WCLW); Christian Leaders Fellowship (CLF); Minister of Youth World Forum (MYWF); Good News Broadcasting System (GBS); Mindset Reformation Movement (MRM)

include The Secret of Forgiveness of Sin and Being Born Again, The Faith of Resurrection, Who Are You Who Is Dragging Me?, The Heart Store, Is God Alive in Your Heart?, Notes on Genesis 1

include Good News Newspaper, The Special Seed, Tomorrow

include Good News TV/GNN Broadcasting Station (South Korea); GBS TV (Kenya)

Good News Mission (GNM) is one of a small cluster of Korean groups known collectively as the “Salvation Sect” (or guwonpa in Korean). Since 1985 and as recently as 2014, at least seven mainline Protestant denominations in Korea have issued formal condemnations of GNM—together with its fellow guwonpa groups—as a heretical cult. • Park mostly conveys his error through frequent use of storytelling and the twisting or misapplication of Scripture. For instance, in his book Repentance and Faith (p. 21) he claims that the prodigal son in Jesus’ parable left with his father’s money so he could run his own business and prove himself successful. In The Secret of Forgiveness of Sin and Being Born Again (p. 12) he misquotes John 8 when he asserts that Jesus told the woman caught in adultery “I do not condemn you. You have no sin.” • Park actually warns those who accept Christ’s pardon to not repent and ask God’s forgiveness daily because Christ has already sanctified them (but see Mt. 6:12). If one repents again, it demonstrates that he still has sin and therefore is not really “saved.” This is a form of antinomianism (from the Greek anti = against, and nomos = law). To accomplish this Park also makes a bizarre distinction between sin and crimes—e.g., “You may have stolen, lied, and committed murder, but those are not sins, they are crimes.” (The Secret of Forgiveness of Sin and Being Born Again, p. 12) These errors are central to Park’s teaching and to his efforts to convert people who already profess to be Christians to his Good News Mission. In one online sermon he states: “Even now there are many people that preach something similar to the Gospel, but it is rare to see anyone preaching the true Gospel.” (Two Types of Righteousness) In opposition to all others, Park divisively preaches “a different gospel” (2 Cor. 11:4). • As Korean theologian Dongsup Chung writes: “The sect does not differentiate between ‘once for all’ repentance for justification (Hb. 6:1) and repeated repentance for sanctification (Ps. 51; Mt. 6:12; 1 Jn. 1:8; Rev. 3). According to Park, the Scriptures do not say repentance is the prerequisite of forgiveness of sins. He teaches salvation without the need for sanctification. But the Bible says ‘Repent and each one of you be baptized upon the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 2:38). The believer is positionally righteous but personally a sinner. The believer is simultaneously righteous and sinful (Martin Luther).”

There is a persistent pattern of religious and legal conflict, together with allegations of manipulation and deception, that should cause anyone to regard Park and his sect with extreme caution. Controversy has erupted in various countries where Park and Good News Mission have sought to mount crusades and other public events, including Fiji and India. Press accounts and statements by former participants in GNM-affiliated groups allege a pattern of objectionable conduct, such as deceptive recruiting; pressure and manipulation; seeking to convert already professing Christians; grandiose claims and promises; exaltation and near-worship of Ock Soo Park. (Note that his online biographies laud him as "Mind Education Expert" and "the best mind educator of the age.")

Since at least 2007, Park and Good News Mission and IYF have sought to win the favor of government and institutions of higher learning across the developing world and especially in Africa. Through invitations to international conferences; offers of training, partnerships, and business investments; and promises of medical breakthroughs, Park and GNM have gained a foothold with various heads of state in Africa. Many news reports link Park and GNM with Unhwa Biotech, a company producing "Ddobyul," which Park and associates have allegedly claimed can cure cancer and HIV/AIDS, leading to serious counterclaims by those saying that some have died by taking the Unhwa drugs instead of conventional treatments.

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

include Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, English, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog

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