The Shincheonji Church of Jesus, also called the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, was founded in South Korea in 1984. A South Korean guy named Lee Man-hee, who is still in his 80s, established the Church. About the fact that Lee Man-hee set in place the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, nothing is known regarding his life. The Church, on the other hand, refers to Lee Man-hee as the “Promised Pastor” listed in the Bible. Shincheonji representatives are certain that he is the only one to guide the favored shepherds into Heaven’s kingdom on Earth.
In South Korea, the Shincheonji Church of Jehovah has over 1,000 branches. The Congregation also claims to have over 240,000 adherents all over the globe. As a result, the party is effectively a Christian offshoot. Shincheonji accounts for about 14-15 percent of South Korea’s Christian community. One of the most prominent features of Shincheonji is that its adherents claim Lee Man-hee is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. To the outside world, though, nothing is understood of their religious beliefs.
On its official website, Shincheonji identifies itself as “the last and only kingdom and sanctuary of God on this planet.” Their Church is focused on promising to surrender to Jesus by submitting their entire body in the manner of a candle. Shincheonji attracts people in a variety of forms, including sending representatives to traditional Protestant religious communities. Following that, they seek to convince Protestant congregations to pursue their Church. However, it is a strategy that has prompted several churches to send alerts to hold Shincheonji representatives at bay. The sect’s failure to take protective action to avoid the spread of the coronavirus also recently drew strong condemnation from the South Korean public.
Despite the term “Church of Jesus,” Shincheonji continues to have no affiliations with Christian organizations. “We are not a typical church that occurs between the first advent of Jesus and the coming of what is prophesied in the book of Revelation,” the group’s introduction states on their official website. Shincheonji members claim that the founder, Lee Man-hee, was chosen by Jesus to impart the true reality to all of his shepherds. They are a rapidly expanding organization with thousands of affiliates all around the world.
After leaving all other religious groups, Lee Man-hee found his religious team and launched its first temple in March 1984 at Anyang, Gyeonggi Province. As its membership grew, it created that the Zion Christian Mission Center in Seoul. What’s more, the membership within South Korea was divided into twelve tribes in line with the geographic territories. It is presently headquartered in Gwacheon, which includes a prophetic meaning according to this Shincheonji theology. The church in 2014 was reported to have over 120,000 members. The church’s widespread teachings have led to an increased membership not just restricted within South Korea but across the world.