REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
25TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE UNIFICATION CHURCH
May 1, 1979
Belvedere, New York
Translator - Sang Kil Han
This morning is the first day of May, and it also happens to be the
Labor Day commemorated by the communist countries.
Although the Unification Church was founded in Korea, it was not
begun for a local purpose, but with a religious meaning for the
worldwide dispensation. A drop of water can originate deep in the
mountains and trickle down the hillside, gathering with others and
becoming a brook, then a river, and finally join the ocean, and in that
way travel around the world. Yet when we look at water we don't
speculate about which nation it belongs to or came from; it is a part of
the world. Though water may land in Korea. it can go anywhere in the
world. The same is true of the air, which also circulates and moves
Aren't people like that as well? We know that though water may
become dirty at some point, it is purified again as it moves from place
to place and can unite with other water. The same thing can he said for
human life. Men mingle and mix culturally, and out of this can come
something good which will advance and elevate all people. This also
happens in religious development. At first a few people gather, like
drops of water from different mountains. Then more will come together
and a river will form, then the ocean, all the time enhancing man's
When we think back on human history, we can clearly see that man's
history has been one of war. Has human civilization advanced or
regressed as a result? We can roughly say that it has developed. The
religious and non-religious person also clash. Both of them are
determined to win, and as a result of the conflict all their rough
places will be rounded off and the undesirable aspects perish' leaving
the desirable things to rise to the surface. Russia and America may
seem to be at peace for the time being, but no one can deny that
internally they have great conflict with each other. Wars are fought
on every level. between individuals, between families, societies, and
nations. War has now reached the world scale, such that if war started
today almost no one would be left out.
If there are two boxers fighting in a ring but there is no referee
and no one is paying attention, they feel miserable. When will their
fighting end? It will just go on and on. When both are tired after a
long fight, they will get together to negotiate their own rules.
Under those circumstances, once they finish the fight and a winner is
declared, the loser will have no deep grudge or complaint. If the
loser complains after having lost according to the rules, he is the one
to be blamed, not the victorious fighter who didn't complain.
If the world is going to get caught up in fighting, will it be with
or without a referee? Who will the referee be? Whenever children
fight, they always come to their parents to ask them to be the judge.
If children fight in the classroom, they go to their teacher. On
every level this is so. Even in a small village there is always
someone to be the judge or referee of a fight, and in national affairs
it is the same. If the world were caught up in fighting and there were
no one to be the judge, it would be very difficult to continue living.
If brothers and sisters in the Unification Church have a conflict
then eventually they have to come to me for a solution. We can say
that the law is not intended to adjust evil things but to adjust good
things, and if we can find nothing to mediate conflicts on the world
scale, we must create one somehow. The person who says he will never
compromise his stand has obviously never fought in a war. If someone
feels he cannot compromise on which school he will attend but then he
is refused admission to that particular school, he will have a
difficult time adjusting. The only way to be admitted is to meet the
requirements, so you must study them if you want to get in. When the
time comes you must take examinations and follow the rules; you cannot
insist on using your book if it is not allowed. The universe follows
specific rules, without exception.
Are you consciously aware of breathing all the time? Have you ever
counted how many times you bat your eyelashes? If there is even a
small particle in your nose or eye, however, you notice immediately and
take action. You know it is abnormal and take steps to remedy it. If
something tickles one of the little hairs on your arm, your nervous
system is immediately alerted and your respond. If everyone on earth
knew about a world war in progress, wouldn't God know as well?
Once people are involved in a conflict they want their side to win,
but after the battle begins they have to fight in accordance with the
agreed-upon rules. Even after war starts some citizens, even the
president, may not want to fight at all, but once it is proclaimed then
no one can decide he is exempt and not participate. If no one will
tight then their side will lose and be overrun, leaving the enemy
country to dictate what should be done to them. If you refuse to fight
until the enemy soldiers march into your living room then you have no
more choice about what happens to you. In war time there is little
mercy and the enemy will run you out.
Human history has witnessed two great world wars. In 1945, one
bomb, dropped on one city, killed 250,000 people instantly and there was
not even time to feel pain; it was instant death. God certainly knows
when such a war is being fought, so which side would God take in such a
war, the side which fought the war according to regulations or without?
It is likely that both sides will ignore the rules to some extent, but
the question is who fought in the most lawless, inhuman way. Does it
appear today that the communists are violating more laws, or the
How did the second World War begin? Did people agree to fight each
other, or was there one group which arranged or instigated the fighting?
In World War 11 it was obvious who fought in the least decent way;
Hitler purposely killed many non-military people during that
war-among them 6,000,000 Jews-and the Japanese mercilessly killed
civilians in the Pacific during World War II. These are elements which
When God compares the communist world and democratic world, He will
side with the realm which is less guilty of inhuman deeds. We can
assume that in a world war God will support the fairer side and
afterward raise it up to be the leader of the world. Korea and Israel
both won their independence after World War 11, and they share a similar
history of suffering.
The victorious side is usually the more just of the two, but now
thirty years after World War II we see that without exception these
victorious countries are declining. Why? Naturally God continued to
observe them after the war ended, and if there is more to blame than to
be praised then He leave those countries and not give them His
assistance any more. There is always a reason for a country's decline,
but citizens hardly ever realize the reason for what is happening. I
have an explanation for why England and America are declining today,
even though they won World War II: They failed to promote goodness after
the war. God has turned away from America to support people who show a
higher standard of goodness than this country.
Even to a layman's point of view, President Carter always seems to
do that which benefits the communists. The public notices this and will
support him less and less. It is not hard to imagine that God and Satan
will arrange the sides like teams, with the tree world and communist
world confronting each other. Is the tree world dominant today, or the
communist world? Shall the free world acknowledge its decline and give
up, or brace itself up and stop drug usage and immorality in order to
win over the threat of communism?
We can reason that when the two sides fight, something good will
remain and something undesirable be weeded out. If that is always a
result of war then we can apply this principle to situations today.
God's purpose in all of this is for mankind to create better and better
unity, and from out of all that confusion one champion can be selected
on the worldwide scale who can demonstrate his ability to the maximum.
It stands to reason that God will choose one champion to represent
all levels, and events will be driven in his direction. If that
champion represents both man's world and the spirit world, would he tend
to be religious or not? It is logical that God would choose a religious
person in this role who is capable of influencing even
non-religious people to change. This is what God had to do after
World War II; He had to find someone who could move the world in the
direction of religious unity. It is a new phenomenon since World War II
to see such a group emerging.
The world atmosphere after World War II was such that a strong
religious movement was likely to happen. The time had come for this,
like a cosmic season in the trend of history, and the Unification Church
appeared in Korea to begin this task. God's chosen individual was
supposed to do something which no one in history had ever achieved, and
no matter how great the odds against him might be, that person had to
fight for justice. By winning, this person would be in a position to
judge what is right and wrong on the world scale and no one will be
exempt from that judgment.
These events will encompass all of the earth and spirit world,
without exception. If everyone had accepted that standard of goodness
earlier then God would never have allowed Korea to be divided, nor
Germany. There would have been no reason for conflict to continue
there, nor even between the communist and democratic worlds as a whole.
Human history would have been consummated at that time. Then all
creation would only struggle over love until one standard of love was
agreed upon. If God erred in the standard of love, then all mankind and
creation would point it out to Him and even God would have to admit it.
All creation can be regulated only by the law of love, and once it
is established every problem will be solved, without exception. What
kind of war has the Unification Church been fighting? It has been
fighting according to the criterion of love; we fight for justice which
conforms with the law of love on every level. Even on the national and
world scale, we insist that nations and races must not fight each other,
no matter what. Our Japanese, British and German members are coming to
America and saying, "I love you," but Americans are skeptical
that this is possible. Nevertheless, our members do impossible things
and come from all angles to reach a person in love, changing him into a
loving instead of a hating person.
Does the Unification Church fight? What is your weapon? How long
do we have to tight? We have to fight to the end, to such an extent
that God can say we are like Him. Eventually even our enemies must say,
"Yes, you have won," and beg us to stop. We have to go on
fighting until our enemy recognizes that we are victorious. They will
be thankful we have won because once they understand love they will see
that even though they seem to have lost they too have actually won.
I am fighting to promote love, even though everyone is against me.
Why should people hate me? I have started the greatest war imaginable,
coming to fill the world with love. We can deduce one principle here:
God will certainly notice and take steps to inhibit the person who tries
to block such a movement of love. It is only a matter of time until he
inevitably declines, and so will any country in the same position. What
if Christians around the world oppose I such a movement of love? Do you
agree that the - opponent of a person fighting the war of love has
to I be defeated?
What about people who lived 1,000 years ago, how would they feel?
What about people 1,000 years from now, will they have the same opinion?
How would God feel, who has existed for all time and will exist billions
of years from now? It is easy to understand logically that God will
write His constitution to protect love; love itself may be the
constitution and He will personally work to preserve it. Is your home
church work a war too? A war of what? It is a struggle over who will
love the most, a war in which you will win over evil or evil will win
There are children who love their parents very much, but if you have
more love than the parents do, then you will gradually bring the
children out into the heavenly circle. A husband and wife may love each
other very much, but the love which comes from God will be even
stronger, and gradually the husband or wife will be drawn away from the
other to come to God's side. You have to have love of such absolute
power. A spectator might think that I am saying this because I belong
to the Unification Church. My reply is that I wonder if this is
possible for you, even within the Unification Church; what do you think?
Are you going to get blessing first or get love first? As long as
you have love you don't have to worry about the blessing because it will
just come to you. On the other hand, no matter how much blessing you
have now, without love it will all dissipate. So don't worry about
blessing until you have worried about love.
What are you doing, you people who come here early Sunday after
Sunday? You are now being trained to tight the fiercest war so you can
be champions who can take beating after beating and still win. There
will be no greater war in the future than the one being fought now, and
I am fighting for that cause. What would happen if I said to God that I
was going to call off the fight and give up the love He has been
promoting? Would God give His approval, or would He go berserk and not
know what to do?
God is quite dependent on me, and to make sure I won't leave, God
would give me an even bigger bundle of blessing. Are you applauding now
because what I said was true, or because it would mean the Unification
Church, and therefore you, would also prosper? Are you applauding
absolute love itself, or calculating as the Unification Church gets
bigger you will go higher? If you applauded for love itself, then you
passed the examination.
With this understanding the conclusion is very simple. No matter
how long a person has prospered, he will plummet down if he opposes
God's champion in the war of love. If the rich nation of America
opposes that champion then it will tumble, in even less than ten years.
There is no other alternative in God's dispensation. If the communists
oppose the Unification Church movement, they will decline also. Since
God has utmost wisdom, He knows the best way to carry out the
When a country or a person perishes this way, what happens to his
blessing? It will be given to the Unification Church instead. You now
know a valuable secret here of how to get blessing by the dozen-let
people persecute you but overcome it all. The more you are persecuted,
the more blessing will come, so you can be eager to be opposed. That is
our deepest pride. Those who agree, raise your hands.
In the future will you continue to work for what you believe in and
be persecuted? If the free world had recognized the Unification Church
when it was first founded then there would be no reason for the free
world to be in the chaos it is now. If the Korean people and government
had welcomed me in 1945 then North and South Korea would not have been
divided, nor would Germany have been divided; neither would the
Christianity that God nurtured tor 2,000 years have declined. People
still do not know why the Christianity that was so painfully built on a
foundation of blood and sacrifice has recently declined so much in such
a short time.
On the other hand, the Unification Church has been struck hard but
has grown and grown, day after day, like bamboo after the rain. The
spirit world yearns for true love to be established and so does God, so
whoever opposes this love could not possibly have a chance to survive.
In that respect are you grateful to be a member of the Unification
Church? Now that I have explained all this to you, you become strong
and confident but were you as confident yesterday as you are now?
Yesterday concluded the sixth year since I had been granted
permanent residency in this country, and today marks the anniversary of
the day the Unification Church was founded. What is the significance of
the number seven? It marks the realization of the ideal of love. Why
didn't I give you such a grand message as this a long time ago? Today
is the appropriate day because this starts my seventh year here. From
this moment you will inherit this war of love and you will take over for
Who among you is glad to inherit that responsibility from me? If
you really mean it then I am off the hook now, and I can travel around
the world to care for other nations. I have persevered through
impossible persecution to see this moment; I have been waiting to see
members of all five colors of skin gather here and be happy to inherit
this historic blessing.
I am not even American so you should love this nation more than me,
and I trust that eventually you will. Would you lose an ear for
America? Half your nose? Would you become an invalid for the sake of
this loved If you are willing to die for the sake of love then you will
have no regrets. It may end your physical life, but you will never die.
Jesus did not fulfill any part of this, yet the thought he left on
earth enabled Christianity to prosper for 2,000 years. If you carry
this out now, how many times more than Christianity will this movement
prosper in the future? You should be able to feel this most
realistically, even though you are sitting on a cold concrete floor. If
your legs are hurting then you can realize it is the pain of love. It
is not make-believe.
This is preparation for love to travel in any direction; that is
what you are doing now, preparing for the worldwide scale. When you
violate the most basic law you have no chance of surviving. There are
many examples of this in history. My first wife wanted me to be an
ordinary husband and father and could not see the magnitude of what I
was doing. Many families that opposed me have since split up. Even the
nation of Korea, which refused to recognize me, was divided into two
parts, with no hope of being reunited soon.
By the end of the second World War the world was essentially united
and communism was not very strong. The United States was practically
almighty, but now today it has plummeted. Here in America it is hard to
know the reality in other parts of the world, but if you travel abroad
you will frequently find a common hope for America to perish, even while
those same people still cling to some small hope that America will stand
up for righteousness.
There is little hope for the many people who lure addicted to drugs,
and the immorality in America is staggering, but the communists
everywhere are applauding this. No American has cared enough to do
something drastic about this problem, but I came all the way from Korea
to help. single-handed. In a short time I have raised you to that same
standard. I have brought hard-won money to America to spend here,
even though this nation is so trig that it is like dumping a bucket of
water into a lake. Many hard-won people have come here from Korea
and Japan to help. Certainly I did not do this for myself or the
Unification Church, yet the response has been accusation that I am
trying to brainwash the young people and dominate this country.
Probably at some point you felt the same way. didn't you? You may
deny it, but didn't you have some reservation inside" You have no
complaint whatever about what I say to you? Then if you go full steam
ahead America may have hope yet and ten years from now things will be
You don't want to see just Americans embracing each other, but to
see the whites embracing the blacks and all the unfortunate people of
the world, loving those people as they love themselves. All the social
problems of this country could be solved over-night if all the
whites who live in nice houses would willingly trade with people living
in the poorest, houses, no questions asked. If people do it willingly I
will God say they are foolish? In no time at all such people would find
themselves living in better home
Since, for obvious reasons, it is not an immediate practical
solution. what are the alternatives? That is for you to introduce
God's thought into American homes. If so, then some day people will
volunteer to live that way. Fashion is unpredictable. you know, so
it's not impossible that some day a white person would go to a plastic
surgeon to trade noses with a black person. Or to have one black ear
and one white ear. I am not saying that should happen, but that
some day it just might happen!
No one can evade having to lay the individual foundation in this war
and gradually extend the foundation of God. The first seven years of my
mission were a fight to secure the individual level, but since that time
the biggest war on earth has been underway. Now there are many people
around me, but there was a time when no one, not the government or the
churches or even my first wife, was not persecuting me. Satan was
almost all-powerful, and he mobilized everything to stop me,
knowing that his world would crumble if I were successful.
The height of persecution came in 1955, one year after the
Unification Church was founded. The government was determined to
eliminate me so they probed and probed, looking for something I had
violated, checking our money and all our affairs. They even tried to
accuse me of being a communist to justify keeping me in prison. They
called me a dictator worse than Hitler, but what had I ever done?
Nothing. I just stood firm and endured all of that. After putting me
in prison without evidence they had to support their allegations so they
investigated every possible thing, but they found nothing wrong, so on
October 4 they released me. The first thing I did was to grow stronger.
I just prayed for the forgiveness of those who had opposed me and
In 1960 the foundation of my family was established and the next
year there was a blessing of 36 couples, then later 72, 124, 430, 777
and 1800. The year I blessed 430 couples was the year 4,300 in Korean
history, paralleling the 430 years the Israelites were enslaved in
Egypt; it was also the year that the world-level dispensation was
launched. The exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt was paralleled by
the beginning of the world-level mission. The worldwide exodus
centering on the Unification Church began in that year, at the close of
the national-level dispensation.
In 1965 I blessed 120 holy grounds in 40 nations; as part of that I
blessed holy grounds in each state here, as though each was one country.
My actual dispensation in America began in that year, for I knew that
when America had won in this cosmic war that the whole world would
benefit eventually. On this foundation the world could come into
blessing on the world level and so in 1970 the 777 couples were blessed,
with couples of all races included. Here the earth as well as men had
met the condition for world-level blessing.
I launched the worldwide dispensation after earth and men were
secured. Consequently, our economic work in the Unification Church only
began after 1970. Before that I never paid attention to economic
things. Now you know the famous rumor that we have endless money and
resources! In nine short years we have achieved that much. Keep in
mind that the more persecution we get, the more riches we will get.
It is difficult to witness to even one person because one person is
infinitely precious. Money is coming to the Unification Church, and
after that hundreds of thousands of people will follow. If we paid
people to come tor three weeks' training, who would refuse ? After the
training, more than likely the person would give the money back again so
that someone else could be trained. You will invite many people who are
leaders and opinion-makers to be in that class.
I will invite only leaders, and then other people will criticize me
tor not inviting them with a salary too. However, you can tell the
people you witnessed to in the past that they had their chance but
refused it. You will really feel happy when that day comes, won't you?
Those of you who haven't yet passed the fund raising course, raise
your hands. Sooner or later you will go to do that. Everyone will go.
Would you volunteer to go, or need some push? Am I fund raising now or
not? When the departments are out of money they always come to me; when
I look at them and ask, "Money?" they reply, "Yes!"
The News World is typical.
How would you like it if I blessed 3,000 couples this year? I
already have almost 3,000 couples engaged now. I am thinking whether I
should do it now or wait a couple more years. What do you think? Are
you confident that you can be a better warrior in the war of love than
the person you marry ? Once you are married you will start a
competition and see which one will outdo the other in three years. If
the wife wins the race then maybe we will have her stand on the right
side at the wedding! That is the equality American women have been
fighting tor, isn't it?
Would you men feel that you could never submit to r that, even if
you lost? I have seen that usually women are more religious, however.
I don't want you to go just two hours to your - home church but
to pay constant attention to it, going back and forth sixteen times a
day if necessary. If the men go twelve times, the women will go
fourteen times. Later you will just stay there, not sleeping, but even
just standing there. Neither male nor female will l budge for fear of
being outdone. You can go on seven-day fasts together. Don't you
think the home church people will come to stare and see what is
happening? You won't have to visit them because they will visit you
first! When they come to find out what is going on you can give a
speech or cry or anything. Are you fully determined to do even that?
Why should I perform your marriage ceremony-is there any difference
in me or anyone else doing it? Why not be light and free
American-style, and go pick your own mate? Why not? You have
tried that already and it didn't work, did it? You have a simple
explanation-it is because no one can see an individual like I can. I
can tell you a thousand different things about a person, whereas even
after observing him for a long time you may be all wrong. I am thinking
of having up to 4,000 couples matched by this year.
Do you men miss women so much that you want to get blessed? Are men
so vitally necessary to you women? Always in your mind you must think
that the blessing is good preparation for the war of love. You are not
marrying just anyone. You have to be sure that your spouse is quite
ready to tackle this war of love; once you are sure he is, then you are
ready to marry. When people get married in the usual way they first go
on a honeymoon, but we are ready for "honeywar." Then when you
get married and can travel together, that is "honey-sun."
You have heard that soon we will have Deli Suns, which will be
family-style fund raising.
Definitely we will have a 4,000 couple blessing before the third
seven-year course is over, and all the recent engagements are in
preparation for that. After the third seven-year course I won't
continue giving blessing in this way. By that time my own children and
the blessed children will be of marrying age and I will concentrate on
their marriages. During the time of restoration I have been giving
blessings to everyone, but after the 21-year course I will not
because the Principle won't allow that. According to Principle I have
been giving blessings first to those in the external position and then
later will concentrate more internally; that is the pattern.
When I can give blessing to my own children, every blessed couple
will rejoice as much as if they were really getting blessed this time.
At that ceremony only blessed couples will he able to attend; single
members will not be qualified.. This is not just a logical decision,
but one made according to strictest heavenly law. Certainly by that
time the day of persecution will be over.
On this foundation I proclaimed the new era on February 23, 1977.
In that new era there will he nothing for me to envy, either spiritual
or physical-- no power, wealth or society-because l will be more
prominent than all of them. God will never he able to give up the
Unification Church; He may give up the world, but not the Unification
The coming of that age will he like turning the world upside down.
So far even the best religious people have always been the underdogs,
but now centering on the Unification Church we are almost equal, and
as it keeps revolving we will he on top Then no area of government will
have any excuse to investigate or persecute us. They have persisted in
investigating for five years and found nothing. The day is coming when
Congress will be blamed for doing injustice to us while not doing
justice for America. This is why l told Col. Pak to file suits against
various departments in government. We have the best lawyers working
for us and there is much talk about these suits in legal circles. Some
really righteous lawyers who have defended us in the past when they saw
we had done nothing wrong and who received so much pounding themselves
are now really excited about our legal actions.
As I have told you many times before, we will now buy many jumbo
jets. Once the world really understands the injustice that has been
done to me, won't presidents come to apologize to me when I go to
other countries? You will be my escort and I will take you with me on
the jumbo jets. Imagine how they will receive us when the world finds
out what we have had to go through.
We have been persecuted incredibly, yet the Church grew and you
grew individually as well. If there had been no persecution, how much
faster would the Church have grown? There will be alumni meetings for
all the different blessings, and the couples will gather from all over
the world. When the American government hears of it the Immigration
people will come to bow and welcome them and urge them to stay as long
as they wish. By then Unification Church members won't need any visas
to travel. They will be the champions in the war of love and there
will be no one who can stand up against them. Citizens young and old
will come out to applaud and respond.
Don't you think this boom is inevitable one day? You have nothing
to be ashamed of because you have already been persecuted, but what
about the people who persecuted you? They will feel ashamed and want
to hide. Is there any argument or force that can dissuade you from
this coarse? Will you do more than you have been doing already? You
can measure out units of thread according to how much you are
persecuted, and eventually you will have as much as the hair in a
horse's tail. By the time you have gone through much tribulation the
world will be coming into unity all around you. Why does everyone like
me regardless of their sex or age or religion? It is because I have
fought every single war of love and I have a big assortment of fixtures
so everyone can be hooked onto me.
If I go tuna fishing this summer, who will volunteer to go with me?
What about the women? I have only one boat and there is a limit to how
many can get on it, so I will have more boats built for all of you to
get on and we'll have an armada. We will have women as captains. Then
you women would like your future husbands to be captains too, right?
Does that mean you want to marry fishermen?
Jesus told Peter he would be a fisherman: being a fisherman is not
bad at all. Often American women are somewhat stronger than men, so I
think the 200 mile limit was reserved by God for American women. I
don't believe that, I know it! When you have a full boatload of fish I
will recognize and accept you. Did you know we recently got a new
property for our shipbuilding industry?
What would you do to become rich? Fishermen in this nation are
some of the poorest-paid professionals, so we will give the best
schools and best living to fishermen. Now people visit the seashore for
fun, but someday soon they will come to the sea to work and go to the
mountains for recreation. If that trend doesn't appear automatically
then I will create it. I will bring one woman and one man at a time to
come fishing with me and the fish will come. Do you agree? Thank you.
If I were to tell you all the small things that happened to me along
this way, one month would never be enough to cover everything. Yet I
have to finish my speech this morning in only a few hours. In 25 years
the Unification Church has expanded so quickly that now there is no one
who has not heard of Reverend Moon and the Unification Church,
especially in America. Is there anyone who does not know? You think I
am tops, but in the world I am thought to be the worst.
Is the member who is coming from behind going to be on top, while
the person already here sinks even lower? If someone who joins after
you works much harder, he have to be elevated. This is why I am
training you in how to witness to many people before that happens. Then
you can go up and down as you like. Instead of needing someone to push
you up, when you know there is a difficult task you will want to go and
do it yourself in my place. If someone joins later then they will want
to volunteer to do it for you, just as you do for me. But first you
have to have the foundation which comes from witnessing to many people.
We know that human history is the chronicle of restoration. What is
the ultimate point of restoration? Of course it is home church. As
home church becomes successful you go from level to level, and finally
to the world; ultimately you take off' and even gravity won't hold you
down. You may not know it yet, but this course is the miracle of
miracles. The fact that I could announce the providence of home church
within 25 years is a miracle; compare ] that to the little that
Christians have achieved in I 2,000 years. God sent Jesus to earth for
certain reasons, and ultimately Jesus died for that purpose. All of
these events are culminated in home church, the center of the
Jesus left the key to heaven with Peter because everything had to be
done on earth. To achieve this I gave everything I have, much more than
you can ever imagine. You are to inherit that, both those who know its
full value and those who don't know. this is where we are now. You
won't have to break your back for 25 years to build this; from now on
you will pick up the position of glory and harvest blessing equal to
your hard work. God's intention is to let you inherit everything I have
worked for; I will not get the glory directly. Your glory may reflect
on me, but you will receive it directly.
Imagine how the world climate has changed since I began. When I was
fighting to make this foundation it was a bloody war, but your situation
is one of welcome and the people will soon respond, even in a few days.
From now on it will expand year after year. You are beginning to get
the knack of home church now, aren't you? If you have 10,000 active
home church members then all of New York respond and help you. Once New
York responds, all of America will respond. This is no exaggeration;
when America responds to God then the whole world will respond as well.
I have already proclaimed New York as the front line.
One of our brothers, Tom Ludwig, has been conductor of the New York
Symphony and been guest conductor of famous orchestras, but he has put
himself on the lowest level and now is scraping walls. I saw him
yesterday helping with restoration and I felt good to see him working
that way. It closely fits the description of the king of love.
If I take off my tie and white shirt, I am a first-class
worker. Recently I went to Barrytown, and even though the water was
cold I waded in to catch fish and didn't feel it. Mother felt cold just
watching me. Each one of us needs to be versatile like that. I know
how to stir up a fight too; when two people are fighting I sometimes
agitate to make them fight more. First I will determine whether the
small one was right and then I will tell him he is entitled to fight.
If the small man doesn't have the guts to fight then I will tell him to
step out and fight in his place.
If you see something wrong, you cannot just sit aside. If you are
wrong then you should feel shame, but if you are right then you should
never be defeated by any big guy. We should never compromise in the
name of righteousness. Sometimes women are too quick to react and don't
think so deeply, but there is much to learn by seeing how they react
when someone prods them.
Love has many forms. It is not love to leave a person alone if he
does wrong things endlessly. If he is doing bad things then it is love
to give him a big whack. This is why we are training in karate to have
fists of love. If you see someone doing something wrong yet no one is
taking action then you will go and confront him, and if you have trained
yourself you can win. Love is not indifferent or mediocre. When you
are right, you have to speak out.
If you want, you can fight a duel and settle differences that way.
I want you to know how to deal with violence too. If you don't, then
your love will never be alive and vivid; you will just be cowardly.
Don't strike first and then love later. First you love, and if the
person doesn't respond then you strike him. That is allowed. You must
know for sure how this works and how to combat with love. Then you will
be refined in love.
Now you know the situation and why you have to work hard in home
church. Once you have laid the necessary foundation you should confront
people and ask what wrong you have done and you can demand to know why
they do not respond. Because you can rightfully protest, the power of
righteousness work and they begin to help you. They will have to wonder
about what wrong you have done, and then conclude they must help you.
You must have many reasons to protest in case they do not respond,
really trying hard by putting in long hours and doing impossible things,
and then if they don't listen you can confront them with your record.
The ways the government has persecuted us have all been recorded,
and later on when you confront officials with the facts they will not be
able to deny it. When the truth is revealed it will work to restore
them by helping lead them to repentance. We I never remember all of
that just to punish them later, I but to hasten their restoration. If
they have to have a reason to repent then it will help them, so we are
collecting reasons. Then they will live just as you have. Once you
reach a certain standard then after three and a half years you can
profoundly influence these people. That's how long it took me to
collect basic information about Americans-what they like and how they
live and so forth.
Finally, after 25 years, there is no area in which I have not done
everything I should have. I have pretty much done everything necessary.
Some of you are more advanced than others, but basically you are r all
just beginning: after you finish training you will carry on what you
have learned. On this 25th anniversary, if you resolve to look ahead to
the future and make today the beginning of your 25-year course,
then this will be a very meaningful morning for you. If you deeply
invest yourself in home church for 25 years knowing what you know now,
what will you be like at the end? You will be like God to your people.
That is what God and Jesus intend.
By doing that you will be recognized before heaven and earth as
having all of my value. Regardless of how difficult it is, you are
still destined to participate in my glory. Every person has to do it,
and if you know this and yet don't do it, what kind of person are you?
When I had difficulties in those 25 years, God came to console me many
times. When you follow my path then I will appear in dreams and visions
to help show you the way. You won't even have to close your eyes to see
Your home church members will see visions of me and of you also.
When they are open like that then they will live eternally in the same
spirit world, and realize they are to live as the same family. Love
will open their eyes. You link that to your home church and they will
link it to another home church, and yet another, and it will be an
unbreakable chain of love which no one, not even God, can cut. This
link will be directly sustained by the spirit world.
Are we going to fight this war of love now? You don't have to take
my word about this. You have your own faculties for testing whether
this is true or not. How do you test it? Go beyond the things and
people you were close to; if one of your home church members dies and
you feel more sorrow than if your own parent had died, then see whether
your people won't see visions. When you cry daily for their sake, see
if they don't respond. You should have such deep feeling for them that
you sometimes don't sleep at night for thinking about your home church
people. If because you are thinking about them so much you don't even
remember how long it was since you last ate, see whether what I have
told you is wrong. Any standard less than that is inadequate. Without
that kind of heart you can offer them the Divine Principle but they
will not listen.
There is strong love in the everyday world, but it is going in the
wrong direction. You have to be able to love people more strongly
before you can expect them to cut their old ties of love and come to
you. Start loving them and start loving God. Certainly there is a
barrier because of the fall and it is difficult to penetrate. You
will never do it with a sharp object, but only with love.
There are barriers on the individual, family and national level.
You have to have love great enough to break the national level
barrier? and even more for the world. You have to think constantly
what you are going to do with America and the world, even talking to
yourself like a crazy person. There have been many American patriots,
but you have to go beyond their standard, always going higher and
higher. After you pass their standard then things will become easier.
There is a very concrete practical reason why we do this. If you
are Abel then you need Cain, and only together with Cain can you come to
God You cannot go to God alone, no matter how wonderful you are.
Let this be the start of your future for the next 25 years. Think
of nothing but home church and then you will accomplish God's
dispensation. Then in 25 years America will be entirely restored, a
big stake driven into the world as an anchor for God.
As I have established all these invisible conditions the communist
regimes have become divided and weakened. You are seeing signs now of
internal communist division; China and Russia are hostile because
certain conditions have been established. Who in America could really
know that though? In the meantime I am gathering the godly nation,
race and tribe, like a big river coursing along as many sources come
together. In summary, I have been establishing the tradition of love.
When this is established, liberation follows. For the first time
America will be a free nation, and so will the world. Free from what?
From wrong love.
I want this to be the strong start of your new career; by
visualizing the next 25 years ahead of you, let this be the very
significant start for each of you. I want to let you march forward in
the war of love with full commitment. A-man! God bless you.