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Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church is conducting a political outreach to evangelical and fundamentalist pastors through CAUSA, an anti-Communist organization with headquarters in New York City. The group's "ministerial alliance," headed by Unification pastor Chung Hwan Kwak, is organizing grassroots teams to promote Godism, a philosophy Moon says will defeat communist ideology worldwide.

Pastors are offered all-expense-paid trips to conferences and training seminars; Unification Church members follow up with phone calls and letters; and assurances are made that CAUSA is out to change no one's religious convictions. But Godism is an intricate "world view" that permeates CAUSA seminar materials and is touted as the sole solution to communism, which is viewed as "God's emergency of all time." In essence, Godism is a formula for ushering in the kingdom of God on earth by human effort. CAUSA has attracted a following among some Christians throughout the country, and it has gained at least a temporary hearing among others.

In Washington State, Assemblies of God evangelist Daniel Scalf agreed to become a regional director for CAUSA. In a published CAUSA report about one of its ministerial alliance meetings, Scalf is quoted as saying "I believe that CAUSA has the best material I've ever seen on the subject of Marxism-Leninism."

Reports of Scalf's work on behalf of CAUSA generated alarm at Assemblies of God headquarters in Springfield, Missouri. The denomination's executive committee passed a resolution urging pastors to avoid CAUSA. "Contacts made through this group are followed up by Unification workers who use the openings to solicit for converts," the resolution reads. "The Committee feels our ministers and churches should be discouraged ...

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