Former JMS cult member reveals impact of documentary ‘In The Name Of God, A Holy Betrayal’ on followers
The Netflix documentary titled In the Name of God, a Holy Betrayal, released March 3, made a huge impact in South Korea.
The documentary reveals the truth behind the Providence cult, better known as JMS, and the crimes of its founder, Jung Myung Seok, who is said to nurture and sexually exploit many of his young followers.
On March 13, a netizen who revealed she had been a member of the cult for 7 years revealed the documentary’s impact on her and the JMS cult.
She also gave more information about the cult in question, also called the Christian Gospel Mission or Providence.
In a popular online community, the netizen left a post that drew a lot of attention and answered some burning questions.
“The reason I wanted this to be a hot topic was because I wanted this information to reach JMS members who haven’t seen the Netflix show and in the hope that those who haven’t JMS may experience the cult’s manipulation and filth and never fall victim to it.
More importantly, I didn’t want the cult leader and deputy to escape and be investigated and punished. »
Introducing herself, the netizen revealed that she joined JMS as a college student when Jeong Myeong Seok, the so-called Messiah, was already in prison, which saved her from sexual abuse.
Since she was 175 cm tall and Jeong Myeong Seok liked tall, thin women, she was approached by young women who eventually persuaded her to go to church.
She then revealed what kind of activity she got to do as a member of JMS.
“I attended Sunday service and Wednesday service and morning prayer every day. And when Jeong Myeong Seok was in prison, I held morning prayers at 1:00 am and worked on the church broadcasting team and the worship team. I also evangelized in colleges and was part of the Star group.
I admit that I was truly a cancer to society when I evangelised and I will live with the guilt for the rest of my life. I’m very sorry. And I know other former members who have learned the truth and left JMS probably feel the same way. I’m very sorry. »
When asked if she believed JMS to be an ordinary church, she admitted that she knew it was considered a cult.
“I knew it was a cult. But the world only defined us as a cult and we didn’t think we were a cult. I thought the world didn’t really know us. »
When asked “But if you go to the online communities, wouldn’t you necessarily have known that it was a cult?” ” She answered.
“But no article reveals Jeong Myeong Seok in detail. You can only find this on anti-JMS forums. So I thought it was just harsh criticism.
And I thought that was truer because I was taught to believe that it was all lies. When they teach you, they really make things up and bring the material with them for you to believe. »
Internet users then pointed out that they had watched the documentary.
“They told me not to watch it, but none of my friends outside of JMS know I was there. As we talked, they mentioned In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal because it was very popular and brought it up like, “Have you seen it? It’s so shocking. »
They kept talking about it so I got curious and I kept seeing posts about it on theqoo and as someone who wasn’t 100% pro Jeong Myeong Seok I couldn’t overcome my curiosity. »
A netizen then asked if it was dangerous to leave the JMS cult.
“A lot of people around me left the cult even before the documentary came out. I’m not close to famous pastors or stars and the members around me were regular believers or stars that weren’t Jeong Myeong Seok’s style, so the church didn’t really try to catch people like us when we tried to leave.
However, if it turned out that someone was going to leave the cult, there was a one-on-one interview with a responsible pastor, and they sometimes turned up at your door (I’ve never done that). But members introduced to you were just students like me.
They will just push you to keep going to church and if you said “fuck you assholes” they would just leave…lol. Therefore, I was surprised to learn that Professor Kim Do Hyeong’s father had been followed and attacked. »
When asked “What was the impact of the documentation? She explained:
“It was big! It’s the biggest mess I’ve seen since I’ve been with JMS. So many people are leaving now. Most followers believed the cult leader didn’t commit any sex crimes as very few people agreed or turn a blind eye.
However, since evidence was presented this time, the majority of them now understood the facts. I think everyone fights because I really fight.
Of course, JMS told us not to watch the Netflix documentary, so there were acquaintances of JMS who didn’t watch it. But I didn’t reach out to them or say, “You have to f*ck watch this” or anything, because one of them might be some crazy guy who’s after me. »
Netizens were curious to know more about Jeong Myeong Seok and whether the young woman believed him from the start.
“Yeah.. ^_^ There’s nobody in the world who talks as dumb as he does~~~ The effect is bloody amazing.
He is in custody. He’s lucky he only goes to jail… He needs to be shredded to death.”
She concluded by saying that unfortunately the sect still has many followers.
“But I think there are more people who didn’t go because they haven’t seen it (the documentary).
Especially those in small churches outside the city who cannot get detailed information. If you are an online community user and go to a small church, please see my post… and watch the Netflix documentation. »
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