Christians belonging to the Protestant American Baptist church in Manipur have raised an alarm over the increasing number of its youths adopting the Shincheonji Christian cult from South Korea, The New Indian Express has reported.
“This is to inform all associations, institutions and churches of Manipur Baptist Convention (MBC) to remain informed and vigilant about the dangerous heretical cult group, called Shincheonji, from South Korea. Their leader Lee Man-Hee claims to have access to secret knowledge of scriptures which other church pastors do not know. Moreover, he claims that one can truly know God only by following and listening to the teachings of Shincheonji,” said Dr. Wungnaoting Konghar, general secretary of the MBC.
He further accused Shincheonji followers of having ‘infiltrated’ the MBC’s churches in cities and luring young people to ‘false doctrinal Bible studies’.
“Their teachings create animosity and distrust between church members and local church pastors. Once they are into this group, they spend most of their time inviting people to join Shincheonji group and spend very less time with their families, friends and churches and neglect and quit their studies or work, he added.
Manipur’s youths are avid followers of Korean media reportedly and with Korean movies being received favourably in the state. A large number of the Manipur’s Baptist Christian youth have ‘fallen prey’ to the Christian group popular in South Korea, Konghar said.