An Oriental Moon is rising in the Occidental sky.
It’s the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, a Korean evangelist who has been gaining national attention through his pro-Nixon rallies and blitzing the United States with four-day “Day of Hope” conferences to spread his one-world, one-religion faith.
Moon heads the Unification Church (formally the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity). He is beginning another lecture circuit of thirty-two cities this month, and full-page ads in major newspapers herald his coming.
On the surface of his growing movement (he claims two million followers and members worldwide, 10,000 in the United States), the message is obey Puritan morals, fight Communism, unite behind the nation’s President, and believe Bible fundamentals. But those drawn to hotel ballroom banquets and Day of Hope sermons—and those who seriously inquire about membership—find a strange, unorthodox theology and austere regimentation suggestive of the militaristic Children of God sect.
A few Unification Church beliefs and practices:
• Moon is a modern-day John the Baptist preparing the way for the “third Adam”—the “Lord of the Advent.” Some followers are convinced Moon himself is that Christ.
• Communication with the dead is practiced. Moon has sat in several séances, including one in 1964 with Arthur Ford, the late Bishop James Pike’s favorite medium. Ford predicted great things for Moon.
• Marriage is essential to salvation because the coming Christ will marry and the union will typify the perfect family relationship. On the other hand, divorce is recognized, and Unification Church couples may find church discipline so stringent that their marriages do not survive. Those that do survive are “resolemnized” through ...1
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