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South Korea: Plasma Donation by Shincheonji Church Facilitates Development of the Cure for COVID-19


On August 27th, over 1,000 members of religious organization called Shincheonji Church of Jesus participated in donating plasma for the cure of COVID-19. This is the second round of donation from August 27th to September 4th in Daegu by Shincheonji Church, a Christian denomination with 300,000 members globally,

Under the crisis caused by the escalating proliferation of the virus, This is carried out under the invitation of the health authorities in South Korea back on 24th, asking Shincheonji Church to cooperate for donating additional plasma for the development of the vaccine.

Early this year, around 4,000 confirmed cases were found in Shincheonji Church members with most infections from the city of Daegu, while most of them recovered from the virus with 11 deaths.

According to the report from the Korea Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (KCDC) and Shincheonji Church, 562 recovered members from the church registered to donate plasma and 628 completed donation as of August 26th through the cooperation between KCDC and Shincheonji Church. The number of donors from the church will be 1,700 when the donation is finalized in September.

Facing the need for “facilitation of developing a cure through plasma donation and clinical trial”, the KCDC asked another round of a large-scale donation by members of Shincheonji Church on August 24th.

“With the cooperation of Daegu city, Daegu Athletics Center plans to provide the space, and GC Pharma plans to provide the necessary equipment and personnel from 27th August to 4th September. We express our gratitude to the people who participated in donating plasma willingly to save other patients after recovery. We specifically express our gratitude to the congregation members of Shincheonji, Daegu city for providing a location, and Korean Red Cross,” said Mr. Kwon Jun-wook, Deputy Director of the KCDC in his two consecutive briefings on 27th and 29th.

Research and development of the convalescent plasma treatment is underway by National Institute of Health under the Ministry of Health and Welfare in cooperation with Green Cross (GC) Pharma, a biotechnology company in South Korea.

On the same day, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized an emergency use of convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19. Experts say that more data need to be collected to see the benefit of such treatment.

Major challenges of researching the effectiveness and the development of convalescent plasma treatment come from limited supply from donors who must be recovered from the virus.

Chairman Lee, Man Hee of Shincheonji encouraged donation from the members. “Let us lead the effort in plasma donation so that the blood (plasma) of the congregation members can be used for overcoming COVID-19 for the citizens and the country,” he said in his letter to the members on 25th.

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Exponential Growth of Newly Rising Denomination ‘Shincheonji Church of Jesus’ in Republic of Korea


In just over a year, 100,000 people graduated after completing a Bible study in Shincheonji. This is an unprecedented phenomenon that is taking place globally.

Due of the corruption and the secularization of today’s religious world, many people are coming to Shincheonji to study the Bible and fill their spiritual needs. Although there is a decrease in the number of people worldwide who identify themselves as religious, there is also a rare phenomenon of over 100,000 people streaming into a church called Shincheonji, church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (a newly rising denomination in the Republic of Korea) in the short time of one year.

On November 10th 2019, Shincheonji held a graduation with over 100,000 graduates who completed a Bible study offered in Shincheonji. Shincheonji offers a free Bible study course that one must complete in order to be registered as a church member.

The graduation took place in the province of Gyeonggi-do with a total of 103,764 people who passed their graduation exam after studying the Bible in its entirety. Approximately 50,000 were present in the audience and the graduation was broadcasted in other major cities of Korea. International graduates overseas also participated through live stream broadcast.

This number of graduates is equivalent to 100 churches of over 1,000 congregation members each, which contrasts greatly from the drastic fall of the number of congregation members seen globally in the religious world. Shincheonji is the only place in the world where this many people go after completing an in-depth Bible study.

A survey conducted of all the graduates showed that 41.7% were believers practicing their faith under pre-existing denominations such as Protestantism, Catholicism, and others,. Many shared that the reason they decided to go to Shincheonji was because of its “sublime teaching of the Word.” A graduate said, “In a traditional church, I was not able to fill my spiritual hunger; however, in Shincheonji I was able to fill it with the words of the Bible and understand a clear purpose of my life as a Christian.” He continued to say, “numerous people are leaving their churches due to the corruption and secularization that is prevalent in many churches today, but Shincheonji helps believers to have a logical and a clear understanding of what it means to be reborn with the Word. Therefore, I chose to go Shincheonji.”

It is incredible to see a 100,000-person graduation; however, what is more shocking is that Shincheonji – which is teaching the fulfillment of Revelation and has been growing at an incredibly rapid pace since 1984— is labeled as a “cult” by the Christian world of the Republic of Korea.

To the major allegations made against Shincheonji such as “Shincheonji claims that the founder of Shincheonji is the One Who Overcomes,” and “Shincheonji hides their true identity when evangelizing and brainwashes the people with their teaching,” the graduates reported that those are all false accusations.

Christians in the Republic of Korea responded to the rapid growth of Shincheonji by saying, “Everyone in the world of religion must repent for becoming entangled with the world, interfering with politics, and losing trust of believers. It seems that those who want to carry out a genuine life of faith are going to Shincheonji.”

However, Shincheonji states that 95% of those who chose to come to Shincheonji (according to the survey done on graduates) is because of the excellent teaching of Bible. Shincheonji teaches the Bible in its entirety from the book of Genesis to Revelation in less than 1 year, and the greatest difference between traditional churches and Shincheonji is the only place that accurately teaches the fulfillment of the prophecies of Revelation.

The graduation will be the starting point of Shincheonji’s continuous growth. Because the 100,000 graduates have fulfilled a 100% evangelism rate, there are currently over 200,000 people studying the Bible in Shincheonji. If Shincheonji continues to grow at this pace, within three years it will reach 1 million congregation members, and the status quo of the religious world will change forever.

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