Student reveals how she joined South Korean cult

‘Wait a second, am I in a cult?’ Student reveals she was ‘brainwashedinto joining secretive South-Korean Shincheonji church on University of Salford campus and ended up having her ‘every move controlled

  • Jess, マンチェスターから, joined Shincheonji Church of Jesus while at university
  • The student said she was extremely vulnerable after her father suddenly died
  • Asked by strangers ‘for a coffee with godbefore they began meeting weekly
  • Jess said she was ‘brainwashed’, group controlled who she saw and what she did
  • When she saw Shincheonji described as a cult in the news that she realised
  • Sought help from her university tutor and escaped Manchester to leave the cult
  • A student has revealed how she was ‘brainwashedinto joining a South Korean cult who ‘controlled what she did and who she sawwhile on campus at university.

    Jess, マンチェスターから, was ‘vulnerablehaving recently lost her father when she was approached by two strangers from the Shincheonji Church of Jesus at the University of Salford and invited to ‘coffee with god’.

    While the meetings simply began as weekly Bible study groups, things quickly evolved and soon Jess found the group was controlling who she saw and what she did.

    と話す BBC, she said she became a ‘completely different personwhile in the cult, 説明: ‘Controlling others for me is really out of character, so that’s how far in I’d gotten into being brainwashed.








    Jess, マンチェスターから, has revealed how she was 'brainwashed' into joining a South Korean cult who 'controlled what she did and who she saw' while at university

    Jess, マンチェスターから, has revealed how she was ‘brainwashedinto joining a South Korean cult who ‘controlled what she did and who she sawwhile at university

    Jess, a former physiotherapy student, was recruited into church while on the campus of the University of Salford.

    She explained how two strangers she thought were students approached her on campus and invited her to ‘a coffee with god’.

    Jess added: ‘I’d gone through a massive loss of suddenly losing my dad and at that point I was already so vulnerable.

    ‘They asked me, “ああ, are you a Christian?” あれから, we began to meet every week for just one-to-one Bible sessions.

    Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which translates as 'new heaven and new earth,' was established in 1984 and describes its founder Lee Man-Hee as the 'Promised Pastor'

    Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which translates as ‘new heaven and new earth,’ was established in 1984 and describes its founder Lee Man-Hee as the ‘Promised Pastor

    Jessi said she had no idea the pair were from the sect, Shincheonji, 説明: ‘That isthe biggest deception and the biggest manipulation.

    The movement, which translates as ‘new heaven and new earth,’ was established in 1984 and describes its founder Lee as the ‘Promised Pastor’.

    He has widely been described by other Christian groups as a false prophet or a cult leader.

    The group is apocalyptic and messianic in character, and has been described as a doomsday cult.

    Lee Man-Hee: The ‘immortalleader of a secretive cult that allegedly bullies its members into silence

    Lee Man-Hee (写真), whose cult has 74 churches in South Korea, is considered by 120,000 followers to be 'immortal' and even the second coming of Jesus Christ

    Lee Man-Hee (写真), whose cult has 74 churches in South Korea, is considered by 120,000 followers to be ‘immortaland even the second coming of Jesus Christ

    • Lee Man-Hee, 今 88 年, is the founder of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony.
    • His group has been accused by Christian authorities around the world as being a secret cult that infiltrates churches and ‘deceivesto recruit.
    • リー, whose cult has 74 churches in South Korea, is considered by 220,000 followers to beimmortaland even the second coming of Jesus Christ.
    • Very little is known about the cult, but it has been claimed that it is so strict and obsessed with secrecy that its members are bullied into silence.
    • Lee’s critics charge him with self-promotion, such as his alleged trip to the UAE in 2015 to pose for photos and boost his credentials at home.
    • その他 – often other religious authoritiesclaim that he is afalse prophet‘.
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    The group is known for its aggressive, and deceptive proselytizing practices.

    ‘Shincheonji followers believe Lee Man-hee is immortal and has an eternal life,’ said Ji-il Tark at Busan Presbyterian University in South Korea.

    ‘To propagate their belief, they often approach their relatives and acquaintances or sneak to other churches without telling them they are Shincheonji members.

    However things quickly turned sinister for the student, as she described being in the church as ‘absolute mind control.

    She revealed a buddy system was used to watch over new recruits, 説明: ‘To know if someone is full engaging or not engaging and always finding a way to draw them in a lot morejust surveillance really.

    Jess attended intensive Shincheonji classes in a room at the university as well as attending a temple, located at the time in a business park.

    Jess said she was 'going through a massive loss of suddenly losing her father' when she was approached and recruited by the church

    Jess said she was ‘going through a massive loss of suddenly losing her fatherwhen she was approached and recruited by the church

    彼女は言いました: ‘I became a completely different person. My mindset was completely different, I’d lost motivation in terms of my studies.

    ‘All of my concentration was just on the activities of Shincheonji.

    Jess became so immersed in the sect that she started recruiting others.

    Jessuniversity tutor Linda Hollingworth became concerned about her, explaining things felt off with the student.

    彼女は言いました: ‘You were sort of missing quite a lot of sessions and not interacting and when I was asking your friends about where you were, they were saying they weren’t seeing you either. It just felt wrong.

    Having been recruited into the ultra-secretive cult, Jess attended intensive Shincheonji classes in a room at the university as well as attending a temple

    Having been recruited into the ultra-secretive cult, Jess attended intensive Shincheonji classes in a room at the university as well as attending a temple

    But just as Jess began having doubts about the church, Shincheonji hit the news at the start of the pandemic.

    2月中 2020, it emerged that more than half of all South Korea’s coronavirus cases could be linked to the secretive ultra-religious cult.

    The outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Korea was initially centered in the city of Daegu after a 61-year-old Shincheonji member known as Patient 31 infected other church members causing the pandemic to surge in Daegu.

    As the disease spread among Shincheonji’s members and thousands of others, there was a national outcry against the group and by 22 2月 2020, 以上 1.3 million South Korean citizens signed an online petition to the Blue House requesting the government to disband Shincheonji entirely.

    As the news hit the headlines across the world, Jess said: ‘That’s the first time I’d ever seen Shincheonji being labelled as a cult.

    ‘For a moment I just thought, “Woah wait a second, am I in a cult?”

    But just as Jess began having doubts about the church, Shincheonji hit the news at the start of the pandemic (写真, the cult leader)

    But just as Jess began having doubts about the church, Shincheonji hit the news at the start of the pandemic (写真, the cult leader)

    ‘Because we were encouraged to not Google anything about Shincheonji which is something that we all followed.

    ‘But from doing my own research about the organisation, I was really, really shocked.

    Feeling shaken by her discoveries, Jess went to see tutor Linda and her story came out.

    With her tutor’s help, she fled the city and deleted all of her contacts.

    彼女は言いました: ‘Even from leaving Manchester early that morning there was still that feeling of fear and paranoia that someone was watching me. ‘

    Jess studied remotely and went on to finish her degree, 言って: ‘I feel like I’m definitely in a much better place and I’m able to confidently share my story with others and just raise awareness.

    Meanwhile Rod Dubrow-Marshall, professor of psychology at the University of Salford, 前記: ‘The group is of concern to people in the way it operates.

    ‘I’m not saying that everyone is affected in the same way. but there’s a number of instances of people losing contact with their loved ones, of giving up their jobs and their livelihoods.

    Feeling shaken by her discoveries, Jess went to see tutor Linda who helped her to flee Manchester and escape the cult

    Feeling shaken by her discoveries, Jess went to see tutor Linda who helped her to flee Manchester and escape the cult

    The university told the BBC it has rules about how religious groups can interact with students and they monitor this.

    A statement from the University of Salford said: ‘We encourage students to report if they or someone they know is subject to any coercion, manipulation or abuse whether domestically or in another setting.

    Meanwhile Shincheonji denied it is a harmful cult and said it does not groom, control, brainwash or manipulate members.

    It said it is not secretive and its beliefs can be found online. People are told the church’s name when Bible studies begin.

    It said members don’t have to devote huge amounts of time to the church and are not encouraged to neglect university.

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