Statement Concerning Incorrect Presentation
Teaching on Jesus Christ
To: National Desk
Contact: Family Federation for World Peace and
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following is a
statement by Rev. Michael Jenkins, President, Family Federation
for World Peace and Unification, USA, concerning the incorrect
presentation of Unification Teaching on Jesus Christ:
The Associated Press has recently reported incorrectly the
beliefs concerning Jesus and the faith of the Family Federation
for World Peace and Unification (formerly the Unification Church
founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon).
An August 14th article entitled "Vatican:Archbishop Giving Up
Wife" states incorrectly, "For instance, Moon's followers regard
Moon as the messiah who is completing the salvation Jesus Christ
failed to accomplish."
The church affirms Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and that
his mission was successful in bringing salvation through the
blood atonement. Because of the rejection of the chosen people
to receive Jesus, the promised Kingdom of God did not come at
that time but was prolonged until Jesus return. This
prolongation was not a failure on Jesus part but of that of the
people who God had prepared to receive Him.
The Unification teaching doesn't associate the lack of the
faith of the people to receive Jesus with any failure on Jesus'
part. Their rejection caused a prolongation of his mission and
calls for His return.
Unification teaching affirms Jesus as Lord and Savior. In a
recent publication of Rev. Moon's teaching, The Life and Mission
of Jesus Christ (HSA Publications, 2001), Rev. Moon has stated,
"...Jesus is the only begotten Son of God.... That is why He is
the Savior. Therefore it is only through Jesus that we can be
connected to the lineage of God."
Concerning the title of "Messiah" the Unification teaching
affirms the biblical concept of the Hebrew term for "Messiah" ,
Messias meaning "anointed one". Unification teaching affirms
that Rev. Moon has received the anointing of Jesus and stands in
a messianic role as "True Parents." Unification teaching also
affirms that the "anointing" or messianic role is also conveyed
to other pastors and leaders who, if called by God, take up the
cross and follow Jesus.