REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
December 25, 1976
Translator -- Bo Hi Pak
Today is Christmas, 1976, and people around the world are celebrating
the birth of Jesus Christ. In the history of the Unification Church the
year of 1976 was a most critical and extraordinary year and today we
have ample reason to be grateful, especially as we gather together for
the first service in this holy place, our Manhattan Center.
We are not an ordinary group. There are many Christians in the world
but the Unification Church and this particular gathering have a special
meaning and purpose in God's dispensation. It is most important in
celebrating this day of Christmas to know the purpose of the coming of
Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago. Without knowing that purpose clearly this
celebration is meaningless, so this morning I would like to deliver a
message on the topic, "God's Will and Christmas."
When we ask if God's original intention for this world has been completely
fulfilled, the obvious answer is no. The will of God was thwarted because
of the fall of man. Through history fallen mankind has been searching
for the ultimate fulfillment of the will of God and the purpose of
creation. As this providence has been advancing on many different levels
of the individual, family, society, nation and world, God's original will
or blueprint has never| changed. All the while that unchanging goal has
been there for man to accomplish, waiting for man to catch up.
God is eternal, unchanging, absolute and unique; therefore, the will of
God is also eternal, unchanging, absolute and unique. God cannot yield
His original standard or give up His principle because of the failure
of men. He cannot compromise or deviate from His original goal no matter
how much sacrifice we men have to pay. He cannot come down to the level
of men; men must go up to the level of God.
Realization of the ideal hinges
upon the perfection of one man
As soon as the fall of man took place, God's will focused on the goal of
restoration. God Himself is destined to save mankind, to show people
how to get out of the fallen state and into the original ideal of
creation. That is the providence of God's salvation,
or restoration. Throughout history men have not been in a position
to save themselves; salvation comes instead from a higher place. This
is why a savior must come to save mankind. As yet no individual has
successfully showed God's original ideal of creation to the world.
Without having individual perfection or salvation there can be no family
salvation, no social, national or world salvation. God has been thinking
about how to establish one central champion who will give mankind His
clear message and show the way to salvation. In the mind and heart of
God that one man is the key because that one man's victory will bring
not only his own individual perfection, 'out will open the way for family
perfection, social, national and world perfection.
God knows this world is evil, and He cannot abruptly send His champion
without having prepared some foundation. God's first task is to
prepare the foundation on the individual level by working through
central individuals, and then to prepare the family, social and national
levels. This is how God came to prepare the nation of Israel. The chosen
nation of Israel had the mission of receiving the Messiah and had been
expecting his coming for 2,000 years before Jesus came.
Jesus Christ came for the will of God, to transmit God's will to the
chosen nation of Israel. God was moving in a certain direction and Jesus
Christ was moving parallel to that direction, so certainly the people
of Israel were supposed to move in a way parallel to Jesus. If all three
had been moving parallel in one direction, God's ultimate will could have
been fulfilled in that nation. God and Jesus were united and all that was
needed was to have the people of Israel unite with Jesus. After man's
having fulfilled on the national level, expansion of that fulfillment
to the worldwide level would have been assured.
As you know from the Principle of Creation, the perfection of Adam
would not only have been the perfection of an individual but would have
brought the perfection of the family. That would have expanded into
the perfection of the clan, society, nation and the world. Therefore,
one man of perfection could have brought world perfection. Then there
would be only one ism necessary for all man kind-Adamism. Under Adamism
the individual would prosper, the family would prosper, and the society,
nation and world would prosper.
The true forefather of mankind is that individual whose perfection
represents not only his own success, but the perfection of the family,
nation, world and cosmos. Today's world would be entirely different if
that had been accomplished by Adam. We would not see all the disgusting
sights that we witness every day. Neither would we see the language
barriers and the national barriers separating people. Furthermore, every
individual would understand the perfection of man and would also live
in complete unity between spirit world and this world. Every individual
could clearly map out his own way of life to reach the ultimate Kingdom
of Heaven. The problem today is that man does not possess the living
God and no one has given him true direction. Mankind lives random,
wandering lives. In the original ideal this would never be; everyone
would be guided into perfection in a way perfectly parallel with the
will of God and no one could live outside that will.
The realization of the Kingdom of God hinges upon the perfection of one
man. That one man will bring the perfection of the Kingdom of God here
on earth, and thereafter will erect the Kingdom of God in Heaven. The
citizens of the Kingdom of God will start their lives here on earth and
after they consummate their lives here will automatically be elevated
into the Kingdom of God in Heaven, where they will continue as families.
God's work begins here on earth
If there had been no fall the situations here on earth and in
heaven would have been perfectly parallel. On earth there would be
the individual, family, society, nation and world under God and the
same would be seen in the spirit world. One united world would have
occurred. It is God's will to see perfection come first here on earth;
God never intended to have His Kingdom established in spirit world and
then copied here on earth. Christians commonly think that the heavenly
kingdom in spirit world is the perfected kingdom but that is not true.
Without perfection here on earth no perfection can be obtained there.
There was always a blueprint in the mind of God, the original plan that
always has been and will always remain perfect, even though the physical
realization of these plans has never yet been seen. Jesus prayed,
"Thy will be done here on earth as it is in heaven." Jesus knew the
perfection of God's will in Heaven and he brought that will to earth,
coming to establish perfection here so that mankind would bring the
kingdom into heaven. That was God's plan.
God has not yet seen the perfection of His original plan here on earth,
however, even after the coming of Jesus Christ. Because of the crucifixion
Jesus could not accomplish the full purpose of his coming, the perfection
of Adam's level. It was not at all God's original plan to fulfill the
ideal by killing the Messiah. If that was indeed God's method then just
sending him to a nation that was unprepared to understand him would have
been sufficient. Sacrifice is sometimes necessary, but God did not intend
the sacrifice of human life as the key to complete salvation. Because
of the crucifixion Jesus Christ was not allowed to reach the fullest
degree of perfection and no family, social or national perfection was
obtained. Therefore, it is most logical that the Messiah must come a
What will Jesus do when he comes? Will he come to wipe out the world? The
word "judgment" is frequently misunderstood to mean that God will wipe
out everything in anger. That is not the purpose of the Messiah's coming
a second time. The whole purpose is to fulfill the mission that was
left undone 2,000 years ago, to work for individual, family, social,
national and world perfection. Judgment is the constructive work of God
to see the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Because the work of God is realistic and physical, the Messiah's coming
on the clouds in the sky does not make sense. By interpreting the Bible
literally many Christians anticipate Jesus' appearance in the sky,
but that could not be so. People perceive God as being supernatural,
someone who could perform even the miracle of bringing Jesus on the
clouds. Why would Christianity be necessary in that case? Why would
faith be necessary? Why didn't God use supernatural power to build up
the Kingdom of God in the first place? Why has He had to wait for 6,000
years to accomplish this?
I want you to know that God's will in sending Jesus Christ 2,000 years
ago perfectly parallels the coming of Adam in the garden of Eden. The
Lord of the Second Advent will come for the same purpose. In other words,
God's will, Adam's purpose, Jesus' purpose and the purpose of the Second
Coming are all the same. Truth is unchanging, being the beginning and
the end. The will of God cannot be changed or tarnished by time but
will be the same forever. God has a formula and when it is fulfilled
God will seal it. That particular formula is still there, unfulfilled;
God is waiting for man to fulfill that pure, unadulterated standard.
God never detours
God has been working tirelessly for 6,000 years to accomplish one thing:
the perfected Adam. God has been working to see that man as a model
for mankind. Out of all the multitudes of men, the world has still not
met that one man who is perfect in the sight of God. Yet no matter what,
God's will is marching on. God promised a Messiah when Adam failed and
if that Messiah cannot fulfill in the fullest degree then God will send
another Messiah. That is the messianic concept. The Messiah's ideal is
perfectly parallel with the ideal of God and therefore we can say that
God and the Messiah are one.
For God and the Messiah to become one, what must the Messiah do? To answer
that you must know why God created man. Was man created for himself or
for someone else-for woman? If any man thinks he was born for self-glory,
he is absolutely wrong. God created man for the sake of woman.
What kind of man was Jesus? Was he man or woman or in between? What is
a true man? Is the President of the United States automatically a true
man? The true man is one who perfectly fits God's framework, meaning that
if God is round, that true man is perfectly round and if God is square,
that true man is perfectly square. From day to night, from eternity to
eternity he will not deviate from that standard.
Once he becomes a true man in the sight of God, will he waver and change
or will he stick to God's one principle goal? Will the true man say,
"Well, I will try this for ten years and if it doesn't work I will
change"? Or will that man not change for ten years or one hundred years
or for eternity? When there is danger to his life will he exclaim, "I
definitely don't want to be in this situation. I must take cover"? Why
not? If he deviates in any way then he is no longer like God because
God never changes. Paralleling this, will you try first for a year or
so and then see what happens? Would a true member of the Unification
Church give up or change?
I want you to know that God is straightforward. He will not detour but
will go ahead regardless of what happens. When God moves and there is
an enemy roadblock, God knows that His advance will ultimately smash
all opposition. God knows that it is the other side which will be
shattered. Therefore, the true man and the true member is fearless,
having the courage to clash with opposition and knowing the other side
will eventually fall away. He will always take the adventurous way, not
avoiding anything in order to seize the advantage. You must live that
way every day. God is eternal; therefore, I am an eternal being. God
is unique; therefore, I am unique. God is unchanging; therefore, I will
never change. God is absolute so I am going to be absolute. That is the
way you must think every day.
How do we know Jesus was a true man? He didn't write a big sign on
his forehead or get a Ph.D. He didn't have any extraordinary size or
power. Why do we know him to be a true man? We know Jesus was a true
man because his way of life was parallel with the will of God and fit
perfectly the description of God's way of life. We know that Jesus
Christ was born solely for the will of God, that he lived solely for
the will of God and that he died solely for the will of God. At the
critical moment of Jesus' death on the cross he died as a Messiah and
with the dignity of a Messiah, not as an ordinary man, a sad man or a
man taking cover. He deeply felt, "Even though the Roman Empire opposes
me now, it shall receive my mercy. Even though the Israelites oppose me,
they shall receive my mercy." Therefore, Jesus had room to forgive them,
room to pray for them and to embrace them.
Jesus could not give up the will of God by resenting their adamant
opposition to his efforts to save them. Jesus certainly could not
abandon his mission at that moment by hating the people. He was a true
man because he perfectly lived the life of God. He was a walking God.
There was no separation between God and Jesus, and because no one can
destroy God no one can destroy Jesus Christ. The crucifixion was not
his destruction; God manifested the power of resurrection so that the
world could see that Jesus was never destroyed.
What attitude is needed
in order to receive the Messiah?
Since the fulfillment of perfection was not obtained in Israel, God
prepared the second Israel as the foundation upon which the second Messiah
could come. That foundation is the work of Christianity. We must know
that Christianity is the second Israel in the sight of God. The ultimate
goal of Christians the world over is to receive the Messiah. They talk
about this, but the most critical question for them is how they are
going to meet the Messiah. Many Christians think that the Messiah will
command extraordinary miracles to happen which will solve all the world's
problems in one moment, instantly making the world the Kingdom of God.
This is their ambiguous understanding but this could not possibly be so.
When the Messiah comes the second time he will start from the very
bottom of man's situation and advance step by step to the height of the
Kingdom. He brings the pattern which the rest of the world should follow
and he will not compromise with the world. He will initiate the final
showdown between good and evil. According to that standard, are modern
day Christians ready to be lifted up to the Kingdom of God in heaven as
perfected men and women? Not at all. They must transform themselves and
change to fit into the pattern that the Messiah will bring; as the second
Israel, Christians are to be the first people to change themselves into
Even today there are people who think that the fall of man was in the
plan of God. How ridiculous! If God had planned for evil and sin, He
could never be a good God. God never intended the work of salvation to
be needed; He originally intended only the garden of Eden, with Adam and
Eve becoming the embodiment of perfection. A man of perfection does not
require salvation. God would far more prefer to have man without any
need for the dispensation of salvation.
How well do you know the will of God? Many Christians are convinced that
God's will for them is to seek only their own chunk of heaven, and they
could care less about the fate of the rest of the world. Meanwhile the
nation and the world are crumbling and instead of feeling responsible,
they expect God to handle everything. That is not true Christianity.
After the fall of man God's efforts focused on the work of salvation. I
want you to know clearly that His target is the world, not just one
man, one race, one people or one nation. God intended the Messiah to
accomplish the fulfillment of perfection, not to create a multitude of
denominations. He still is determined to achieve that one ultimate goal
of perfection and unity between men, even if this may mean the sacrifice
of the churches.
I have seen what the Kingdom of God is like in the spirit world and
ultimately you too will see that God's Kingdom is not organized in
the same divided way that religions are here. Such separation is truly
contrary to the will of God. The conflict and division between religious
people has been carried over into spirit world and brings grief to
God. Yet that has been conventional faith.
How can you become true sons
and daughters of Christ?
We believe in Jesus Christ as the savior and Messiah simply because we
want to become the son or daughter who can fulfill the will of God. Jesus
died for the sake of his mission, not just to acquire his own chunk of
heaven. Don't ever worry about your own heaven, but worry about bringing
down the Kingdom of God to your society and to this world. If you are
like that, when you say to God, "I don't want to go to the Kingdom of
God," God will chase after you and personally install you in the highest
position in His Kingdom.
Jesus never complained to God about the rebelliousness of the very people
he had been sent to save and never ceased caring about them. That was
not Jesus' heart. Jesus knew clearly that his mission was not just the
salvation of Israel but of the world. God would be most pleased to hear
Jesus pray, "God, Your goal is world salvation. Please use me and Your
chosen nation as Your sacrifice to fulfill Your work." Jesus became a
son of God simply because he was perfectly united with God in will and
in heart. Because of that oneness Jesus Christ could willingly die for
the rest of the world.
How can you become the true sons and daughters of Christ? By becoming
perfectly one with Christ, one with his spirit and one with his heart. If
you are perfectly united with Jesus Christ you can be a willing sacrifice
for-the salvation of the rest of the world. The true Christians are
those who are willing to sacrifice themselves, their own church and their
denomination for the fulfillment of the will of God for world salvation.
A true Christian could not pray for God's help and blessing for only
his family. After knowing the truth of God's situation we can only pray,
"God, I am ready to be Your sacrifice. Use me as Your instrument; fulfill
Your will for world salvation through me. If necessary please sacrifice
my family, church and nation." Such people will create the Kingdom of God.
Those who pray only for their own chunk of God's blessing will end up
in hell. If you search closely you will discover that this is true. If
God's sole concern is world salvation, do you think He would support the
person who was interested only in himself, his family and his church, or
would He side with the people who were most involved in world salvation?
Put yourself in God's position for a moment and look at the American
churches. Not only are there a great many churches, but they are pursuing
very different purposes and goals. White people organize together,
black people organize their churches and yellow people organize their
churches. Do you think this is a very beautiful thing for God to behold?
Absolutely not! If any Christian leader would call for his people to
unite with other races then he could be considered a true Christian
leader among his people.
Since we know the overall will of God, we can understand the world which
can meet that standard. Could a perfected man be influenced by Satan? Even
if Satan is standing right next to that man he is completely powerless
to influence him. Satan could sneakily flip him over in his sleep, but
upon awakening that man would realize what had happened and just flip
back to his right position. It is a waste of Satan's energy to meddle
with a perfected man.
Can Satan test God? God never told Satan that he could not try to test
God, but Satan is not that dumb. He knows very well that no matter how
much effort he makes, testing God is a waste of his time and energy. A
man of perfection is just like God and Satan knows that testing him is
a waste of time. When you become a man of perfection, Satan is powerless
to influence you. You stand aloof of Satan's temptations.
Are you Unification Church members such men and women? How can you
become that kind of person? The solution is simple: don't worry about
yourself but think 100% of God. Decide that you will be as unchanging as
God and cultivate that quality. Then you will graduate from temptation
and Satan will have to testify that you have graduated out his sphere
of influence. Satan will grudgingly acknowledge you.
Satan even tried to tempt Jesus Christ. After offering three temptations
to Jesus, Satan came to the conclusion that he had no power over him. If
even a little bit of selfishness, a little bit of ego, remained in Jesus'
heart, Satan could have hooked it and pulled Jesus down to his dungeon.
Satan cannot grab any nation
or person who serves the world
Which is the majority in the Unification Church, those who have graduated
from the temptation of Satan, or those who are still susceptible? That is
the key question of our Church. There are many ways for you to be tempted,
but you must remember that while I certainly push you and send you out,
I am having you do it not for me or for yourself, but for the sake of
God, humanity and the world. I have never asked you to earn money for me.
Wait and see who will be the winner in the sight of God, the Unification
Church or our opposition.
I know very well that there are terrorist groups who think that by
eliminating me they can destroy the Unification Church. How wrong and
ridiculous their thinking is! If I were killed, God would raise up
millions more like me to continue in His work. How are you members
different from conventional Christians? Why are you here? You are
handpicked by God and you joined this church to give yourself for the
sake of God and humanity. The Unification Church sign at the door is
insignificant and unnecessary. The significant thing is our purpose for
being here. If there were no church at all under the sun but every person
was eager to live for God and humanity then the Kingdom of Heaven would
quickly come. No churches would be needed. That is the kind of world
God wanted to build in the beginning. Adam failed so the coming of the
Messiah became necessary. Jesus was not given a chance to succeed so
the Second Coming became necessary. No one else in the world accepted
the job so God raised the Unification Church to take up the task.
If you find something good, don't put it in your own pocket but think
of God and humanity. Go to school to become champions for God and
humanity. Go out and even fight for that purpose; that is the fight of
righteousness. You do not have to know all 66 books of the Bible to know
that God wanted to erect such a world and that you are chosen to help
do that. If you give yourself for the sake of God and humanity then you
already know the Bible to the fullest extent. You know more of God than
If you become that kind of person you have already transcended the Old and
New Testaments and Satan will not find any handle to grab you. There is
only one way Satan could hook you; he must say, "1 love God more than you
do. I love humanity more than you do and you must follow me." If that were
the case then Satan would no longer be Satan but would already be working
for God. When you worry about a thousand things before you concentrate on
God, Satan has many hooks to manipulate you with on every level. How
foolish to expose yourself in such a way to Satan's manipulation!
The nation will also be tested. For example, at one time America was
trying to serve the world, but America has again become isolationist,
giving its own domestic interests priority. Can Satan hook this nation
or not? If America's 220 million people were united together to give
themselves for the sake of the world, how great America would be. God
has poured down the power and material blessing America needs to do just
that. All this country lacks is the determination to do the job. America
is in a position to lead, like a locomotive pulling a train, but if the
locomotive is damaged then all the cars behind will be helpless. If
one passenger foresees the danger to the locomotive, should he pull
the emergency brake, even over the protests of other passengers? As
long as the others do not know about the problem they will oppose and
That is the job I have been doing in America. I know that danger is
coming to America and that this locomotive should be kept intact at any
cost. Even if there are repercussions locally from stopping the train
so abruptly, such as disruption or fire, the greater tragedy still has
to be averted. We are the champions to apply the brakes to stop the
train and prevent the tragedy. If someone on the train pulled out a
pistol and shot you, would you still pursue that mission or would you
give up? If you were literally dying, what would your last words be?
Would you just feel miserable, or would you shout, "Brother, sister,
take my mission and go on"?
By inheriting the heart of Jesus
you can do anything
In this world there are so many churches which are celebrating the birth
of Christ right at this moment. They are having services and celebrations,
and we are the only group representing the true heart of Jesus which
was filled with grief. This is the only group dedicating itself to go
on with the mission of Jesus until it is fulfilled. I want you to know
that under God's grace Christianity has been prospering for 2,000 years,
but in less than two decades world Christianity has declined. Do you
know why? Because of you; because of the Unification Church.
God is now raising this group up as His new champion, and in order to
minimize opposition God is withdrawing His spiritual power from other
groups. No matter how glorious the external church building is, with
stained glass windows, plush carpets and a beautiful organ, the very
important spiritual element is missing. No matter how great a theologian
or evangelist emerges to revitalize the spirit of Christianity, it
is not there because God has already shifted to another dispensation,
centering on a new ideology and revelation. Any movement or church or
individual who opposes this ideology will decline.
Before arriving at this particular level of achievement I had to
go through certain courses to indemnify history. I am certainly an
individual with my own will and naturally have the human desire to take
care of myself. By understanding that kind of human tendency I evaluated
all the many kinds of human desires and interests surrounding me. Then
when I must make a decision about how to do the will of God, there is
no kind of situation which I am unfamiliar with. I have evaluated every
With all that experience I came to one ultimate truth; the more you seek
after your own benefit, the more your future will be blocked and will
finally crumble. No matter how difficult it seems, when you are absolutely
centered upon God and humanity nothing can block you. Any opponent will
be shattered in any confrontation. I know this through my own experience.
Some people think, "Oh, Reverend Moon is a successful man; he has lots
of money and lots of young people follow him. He receives tremendous
respect so he must be very happy." Whoever says that truly does not know
me at all. Every day I receive reports from all over the world. Do you
think most of the reports are happy reports of success or are most of
them heartbreaking? Every day I hear about someone who was arrested or
who was tortured by communists, or about some extraordinary persecution,
some church which has fallen apart or some nation or some missionary
who is in trouble. If I were an ordinary man I just couldn't take the
burden. I would have run away a long time ago.
Even America is not friendly. The press scrutinizes me with a biased
outlook and parents are suspicious. We are in a fish bowl with everyone
staring. If I were an ordinary man who had my temper-and I am a man of
temper, no question about it-I would have lashed out at them long ago,
or else shriveled into nothing. But that is not the kind of person I am.
You seem to be doing a most difficult job, going out fund raising
and witnessing, but at least you have no overwhelming responsibility
there. If other people respond then you have achieved something for
God. If they don't respond, however, it's still all right and you can
go on to another person. But I cannot take that position.
Ten years ago I was known as being penniless and today I am called a
millionaire. But honestly speaking, I personally have no more money than
I had ten years ago. Ten years ago the scope of the movement was smaller
than today and so the scale of concern and worry was smaller. Today I
can't put off critical work for lack of money because our movement has
come to the stage where unless we take emergency measures a whole nation
might crumble or Asia might disintegrate. I can't avoid tackling problems
just because I don't think I have the physical, mental or financial
capability. Regardless of what my capability is, once the problem comes
I will never avoid it. I will grab it and solve it! That's why God needs
me and that's why the world and America need me.
My secret comfort
I always have one secret comfort in any adverse and difficult position. I
always remember that my Father in heaven has felt much greater suffering
than I do and His is a much greater burden than mine. He has been weeping
as he has faced a thousand times more emergencies than I have had. He
is my Father and I must be like my Father. That is my secret and comfort.
God has come to me many times, saying, "You are my son. I thank
you." God's comfort is sweet and nothing in this world can deter the power
that comes from such comfort. Since I am being comforted by Heavenly
Father I can go on. Anyone among you who can follow this way with 100%
public-minded dedication shall also be comforted and I shall always
stand side by side with you in spirit.
Since I cannot know everyone's situation I am praying to God, "Heavenly
Father, please listen to them and help them. You must comfort them as
much as you have comforted me. Father, you must do this for me!" This is
why many extraordinary spiritual situations develop in the Unification
Church. I am sure that in prayer many of you see visions and hear voices
and receive special inspiration in your hearts. That is because God is
directly reaching you as He reaches me.
The nation of America was created primarily by the Protestant
movement. We're closely watching the direction in which America is
moving. I will give you this prophecy about the Papacy and the gigantic
nation of America: As long as they are parallel with God's will they
will prosper, but as soon as they separate themselves from the will of
God they will be shattered. If they don't understand the will of God
but oppose it out of ignorance then a great tragedy will come to this
country and all the Christian communities of the world.
God is a living God and His goal is world salvation. Certainly God must be
doing something to gather a group of people whose hearts can be ignited,
who can become God's new champions and undertake the mission to save
God's three headaches
The evil power of communism is creeping into the churches. The communists'
most vicious tactic is to infiltrate in the disguise of priests, pastors
and ministers. The propaganda of the communist ideology is being spoken
in many churches today. These priests are proclaiming that Jesus Christ
was the first communist because he blessed the poor and chastised the
rich. The communists are wolves in sheep's clothing. If this is the
world of reality then God needs you and the movement of the Unification
Church in order to liberate all the churches of America and to eventually
liberate the communists themselves. The living God and the living Jesus
want to see this.
Many Roman Catholics misunderstand me so much that they want to destroy
me and many church leaders have called me a heretic. But at the same time
I desire to reach out and embrace them, not only to liberate them but to
give salvation to all. God's greatest headache today is communism and God
is looking for the people who will be responsible for defeating communism.
Who is going to rebuild the Christian churches? After all, God has chosen
them to be the foundation, the champions of the Kingdom. Who is going
to re-ignite them?
A third headache of God is the moral degradation of the youth of the
world, particularly the youth of America. Many of them are dependent
on drugs and have become morally degraded by their practice of free
sex. Who is going to rededicate these young people to the righteous
cause? Do you think the Carter administration can be responsible for God's
three headaches? No! The present government may very well be deceived
by the communists and certainly they have no determination to stop
communism. The American government cannot elevate American Christianity
to heightened prosperity. The entire free world, the Papacy and all
the churches together cannot unite to bring the necessary spiritual
prosperity. Unless some champion can solve the three headaches of God,
this world is facing doomsday.
You and I are here to tackle the three major headaches of God. The will
of God is the liberation of the world. Our God-given solution to these
problems has been working, and all we have to do is reach the rest
of the world. The communist elements are focusing their attack on me
and church-goers who want to enjoy the prosperity and luxury of their
churches don't like me either. Those who want to see the young people
corrupted also don't like me.
No matter how strong our opposition may be, God's determination is
stronger. As long as that is true you have nothing to worry abut. We
members of the Unification Church solemnly declare that we will
tackle this mission of being champions of God. We are joining in the
spiritual revolution and will heal the corrupted youth; we will bring
the solutions to the Christian community. We certainly have the answer
to communism. We join together for the liberation of the world and the
liberation of mankind, but that's not all. We are gathered together to
liberate the heart of Jesus and of God Himself. No Christian churches
today are proclaiming this goal. Nobody outside our church is teaching
this purpose. As long as we continue on our march, we are the only hope
of the world, the hope of Jesus and the hope of God, and no one can
destroy this movement. We can only win and prosper in due course.
We are gathered together to participate in the historic mission in which
Jesus and God will take delight. That is truly the spirit of Christmas
and we are celebrating in that spirit. We are not in darkness. We know
the truth and we have already begun the march toward the goal. The only
remaining question is how far you can march. Can you march from the east
coast of the United States to the west coast toward Asia, the Middle East,
Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean and back to the United States? Can
you march around the world? As members of the Unification Church, you
must pray, "Heavenly Father, give me longer arms so I can embrace the
world, so I can lift up the world to Your throne. I know that Your goal
is world salvation and my arms are reaching out to the world, but they
are not long enough, Father. Please lengthen my arms and strengthen
my feet so I can lift up the world. I am taking Your responsibility."
Anyone who tells God, "You know that I have given myself; I cannot
reserve anything. Everything is for You. Please accept it and do Your
will" knows that God's eyes will fill with tears and that God will come
down and embrace such a person.
I am trying to live up to that every day. I know the embrace of God, but
how much will I feel closer to Him when I've completed my mission! How
much delight God will take after the world is His again. This is my goal
and direction and you are here to join me in that pursuit. If you die
in such a struggle then your death is never in vain because you are not
living for your own sake.
As long as the Unification Church has that goal we will never be
destroyed. Rest assured, no power can destroy you. If you are always
busy with your mission then God is always behind you, pushing like a
tailwind. Don't turn around to face God because He will not want to see
your face until the final victory. This is the true Christmas.
In the name of God and in the name of Jesus Christ we are celebrating
the true Christmas. The year of 1976 is over and our determination is
that the true spirit of Christmas will go on through the third century of
America, from 1977 to the ultimate fulfillment of the glory of God. Let
us join together on this Christmas day to pledge ourselves to God by
raising both hands. Thank you. Let us pray.