"We are confident that as we bind the body of Christ together,
we create a healing of America that will rebuild the family, restore
the community, and renew the nation and the world".
So stated Reverend Michael Jenkins of the American Clergy Leadership
Conference, as the "We Will Stand" national 51 day national
tour made its 33rd public appearance in 34 days.
"We have overcome many battles", he told the assembled.
Reverend Leo Beato welcomed the audience.
"This is the will of God," he said, as he gave welcoming
remarks. "I want you to know that Reverend Moon is very controversial.
I walked with Dr. King and he was also very controversial. I used
to be a Catholic priest. I walked with Dr. King at that time, and
because I became so involved with Dr. King's movement, many truly
wondered if I had gone too far. Because of that I came under scrutiny
in the Catholic church, and because the scrutiny was too restrictive,
I removed myself from the Catholic church voluntarily, and I went
on to become a Lutheran pastor.
"I believed that in Martin Luther I would find the kind of
spirit that would stand strong against the winds when trials and
tribulations come. I can see that I was also facing another crisis,
but I am confident that God is with us, and that the Lutheran church
also represents the spirit of Martin Luther in his absolute stand
for the freedom of the individual to worship God as he so pleases,
and also freely study the Scriptures on his own.
"Therefore, I feel Father Moon is bringing us revelations
from the Bible that will help us to strengthen our families and
to really build true families. I've seen the power of the blessing
of marriage, both in my own church and other churches when we anoint
our families with the blessing of marriage that Father Moon has
been inspired by Jesus to bring to us.
"Those marriages have a special spiritual power to stay together.
That's why the marriages of Father Moon have a 95% success rate
over the last 30 years. That's an amazing phenomenon.
"Therefore, the anointing of marriage is now becoming a Christian
movement. We are going to rebuild the family by anointing marriages.
We are confident that we will not lose this battle. This battle
is ours to be won. I pray for all the churches to come together
and really share the blessings of God."
Mr. Scott Simon organized the program together with Reverend Richard
Buessing. As American Constitution Committee (ACC) leaders they
are the founding pioneers of this great outreach effort to ministers
of all faiths.
Starting in 1983, when they were ordained (along with several others)
as ministers of the Gospel in the Bahamas by Reverend Won Pil Kim
(one of Father Moon's earliest disciples at the start of his ministry
in Korea) they have walked a course that has expanded to include
outreach to political leaders.
David Caprara was on hand for the American Family Coalition as
The impromptu message for the evening was shocking. Mr. Peter Kim,
the translator for the keynote speaker, said he'd never seen Father
Moon so harsh.
"Somehow there was something going on in Maine that had to
be dealt with. We don't know what it meant, but some of the words
to white Christianity were very, very harsh. He declared very strongly
that white Christianity has divided America and has continued to
divide the denominations", stated Reverend Jenkins, a white
minister of the Gospel himself.
"God wants to save all humanity!" shouted Father Moon.
There were those who exploded on the spot and could not receive
the message, however. One such minister, who was even on the invitational
committee, stormed out of the room shouting in anger. He was absolutely
livid as he felt he was boxed in and judged.
Coming from a Calvinist tradition, he felt that the Bible says
that God will come for His elect. Calvin taught that only the elect
would be saved and the rest would be condemned to hell and that
nothing we could do could change that. He taught that people are
already pre-chosen and elected.
Father Moon pointed out shortcomings of this doctrine.
"Jesus prayed that all mankind should be one. The book of
Romans calls for universal salvation. God wishes that none should
perish, not one, but all will receive the glory of God. That's God's
heart. Of course, people have to choose their own destiny."
Afterwards, Reverend Jenkins was conciliatory, but clear.
"This pastor expressed his hold to a dogma and we will pray
for him because we do believe that he was sincere. Many pastors
are held captive by dogmas that have been entrenched in their denominations
over history. They have no idea how much they are slaves to the
letter of the law, and that's why America is falling apart. American
families are falling into total breakdown. The divorce rate is rising
in the Christian church beyond 50 percent.
"Many pastors have no power to stop the promiscuity, free
sex, lesbianism and homosexuality. They can't even speak about it
in their pulpits. Why? Because they are slaves to the letter of
the law and they are captives of their denominational dogma. This
must be broken down, and that's what Father Moon and this tour were
doing in Maine. Many of the denominational dogmas have held our
churches in absolute adversarial positions. These walls must come
down, and these dogmas must also be eliminated. God loves everyone.
Jesus loves everyone. If we really live a sacrificial life as Jesus
would live for the sake of others, then we will find common higher
ground in Jesus' love for our fellow man.
"The Bible spells out clearly that the only requirement to
really come to the Lord is that we must have faith in Jesus. But
the churches have nit-picked their positions to such an adversarial
and judgmental position that they have done nothing but divide the
churches until finally within denominations there are feuds, so
that there are now 2,500 denominations in America. This is not Jesus'
desire. Jesus is saddened when he sees this."
Mrs. Cora Brown, 91 years old, came on the stage afterwards and
gave Father and Mother Moon a gift from New Hampshire -- a replica
of the fishing boats that have been so famous in Maine.
She loved the message.
In further remarks, Reverend Jenkins stated :
"Women in general have loved the message of the tour because
they know that it is challenging the adultery that exists in the
church. It's very painful for many of the pastors. Very few pastors
can even say one word about adultery from their pulpits because
they themselves are caught up in relationships that are not correct
before the Lord.
"Therefore, a great cleansing is occurring in the Christian
church at this time.
We know that this is a revelation of magnificent proportions."