The Church of God - Another "Doomsday Church"?
In recent years, there have been quite a few “Doomsday” churches that have appeared, proclaiming to know when the end of the world would take place. By doing this, these organizations have led many to submit their lives to them and even cough up their life savings in hopes of receiving salvation on the days these institutions prophesied as “the end.” Ironically, the only thing that came to an end on that “prophetic” day, were the churches themselves and the hopes that many had in the empty predictions and promises that were made to them by its leaders; so called “prophets.” I can think of at least three of these “end of the world” churches off the top of my head.
Now, I am not bringing this topic up to discredit anyone (I mean, these churches have done a good job of that on their own and have provided more than enough fire to keep themselves on the hot seat till the real end takes place - whenever it may be); I am saying this so that you can get an understanding of the damage these kind of churches do to people, and of the stigma that accompanies any organization once it is labeled under the “Doomsday” category because of these organizations; especially a church. NOT to say that every church or its beliefs are correct. But you get my point.
So why do I bring up the topic of "Doomsday" churches?? It's because lately, people who slander the Church that I attend and believe in, the World Mission Society Church of God, have been making false claims against the WMSCOG saying, “Christ Ahnsahnghong is a false prophet because He predicted the end of the world would take place in 2012 and it didn’t happen.” Because of groundless insistences like this one, the WMSCOG is often viewed unjustly as another “Doomsday” Church, causing people who have no real knowledge of the WMSCOG to hinder our Church and also disturb members like myself.
Through the following topics, you will be able to understand the legitimacy (well, rather, lack there of) of the things people say against the Church of God. Furthermore, you can come to know the motivation and reason behind their false claims and realize that their only purpose for saying these things against the Church of God is not for public interest, but rather, are driven by personal interest and unjustifiable hatred, as it was when Christ came in the flesh for the first time 2,000 years ago.
1. Is Christ Ahnsahnghong A False Prophet? Did He Really Say the End Was 2012?
It looks like it’s a 2-4-1 special with these questions. In order to get the answer for them both, we need to understand why these people claim that Christ Ahnsahnghong said the world would end in 2012, where their information is derived from, and are they clearly and accurately quoting the words of Christ Ahnsahnghong. Or do they force their own interpretation on His words as they do the words of the Bible (2 Peter 3:16).
When we look into the source of their claims that “Christ Ahnsahnghong preached the end of the world taking place in 2012,” we see them quoting the following passage from Christ Ahnsahnghong’s book, entitled “The Bridegroom Was A Long Time In Coming, and They All Became Drowsy and Fell Asleep”:
2. The World Was Supposed to End in 1988, 1999, and 2012 According to the WMSCOG
Among the things I've heard people say about the World Mission Society Church of God, one of them is that our Church teaches a "time-limited eschatology." I know; the first time I heard that word, I also thought to myself, "Escha-what?" Time limited eschatology is defined as the department of theological science focusing on the end and is often referred to as teaching about the "the end times" or the "end of the world."
By people saying that the WMSCOG teaches a time-limited eschatology, they accuse the Church of teaching its members that the world is going to end on a specific date. What's even more, is that they say that the Church of God taught that the world was supposed to end in 1988, 1999 and in 2012. Whether true or not, being that it’s the year 2014, we can see these time-limited theories never came to pass as truth.
Which brings up the question: Does the Church of God really teach a time-limited eschatology? Does it really claim to know the time of the end and teach people of a specific date in which everything is supposed to come to an end?