The strangest spiritual sect in South Korea is the offshoot new spiritual movement Shincheonji. Lee Man-hee discovered that the new religious movement on 14 March 1984. It is officially recognized as the Shincheonji Church of Jesus and called SCJ. It’s a combination of Korean figures, which translates to”New Heaven and Earth.” The spiritual movement is also referred to as the temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony.
The church had many negative responses and even described as a doomsday cult. Thousands of press articles were published and became the centre of scrutiny throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea. A 61-year-old who was a Shincheonji member got infected with the virus and disperse one of other church members, which led to the virus outbreak in South Korea. However, despite the negative response, the church actively participates in different cultural and volunteer efforts. The church conducts various social associations. The Olympics-style athletics festival is a popular event hosted by the church.
The travel of this church began with the creator and leader of the church Lee Man-hee. He was previously a member of other religious groups. Later, Lee Man-hee found the new religious movement and launched the very first Shincheonji temple in Anyang, Gyeonggi province, in March 1984. In June 1990, the Zion Christian Mission Center under the church had been established in Seoul. Regardless of the negative response, the membership of this church began to grow. Membership was further divided into twelve tribes according to the geographical lands within South Korea. In 2014, the membership of this church was projected to 120,000 members. At the moment, the church and its teachings are widespread across the world.
The church’s philosophy state that Lee Man-hee, the creator and leader of this church, is that the pastor promised in the New Testament within the Holy Bible. It states that the present world is living in the time prophesied by the Book of Revelation. It further talks about how salvation or eternal life is located within authentic religion together with the members. Everybody who’s not part of the church will be denied forgiveness and ruined during the last judgment.