REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
MEN OF GOD
September 23, 1979
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
"God" in Korean is Hananim, and the literal translation
is "one master", or "only host." When you spell God
backwards, what word do you get? Dog. One is heaven, one is hell. On
one side men of God, on the other side men of dog. You don't think of
dogs as being very lowly and disgusting in American culture. You love
dogs as pets, but in the Oriental concept a dog is a rather foolish and
lowly animal. A dog symbolizes ungodliness.
The Bible speaks very much about cleansing oneself, particularly
before holy days. Dog meat and pig meat are never used, and not even
fish which have no scales. If a Korean is describing the worst of
anything, a dog is always included somewhere in his description. Don't
ever call anyone the son of a dog in Korea; you'll be knocked down in
the street! That is the worst way to curse a Korean. Do you know why?
I will not explain; that is your homework.
What kind of people are we who gather together in the darkness of
early morning at Belvedere-are we dog people? There is a boundary in
between the realm of God and the dog-like realm. They are
basically and fundamentally different. A person who would go from the
dog's realm to God's realm must start out by denying himself and all
his circumstances and all possessions. He can only hold on to the one
line of life. What is that one line of life? You have no use for
anything else in the other world because God wants you to become
perfect in love. Also, if there is no more life then nothing else can
There are two things to hang onto and nurture-one is life and the
other love. The only thing which God wants to remain is life centered
upon love. The life and love of men shall ultimately be connected to
the life and love of God, becoming one and the same. People of the
dog-type culture represent satanic culture. What is a dog like? A
dog does not have a standard of discipline in life. Also, he
symbolizes self-centeredness because if a dog feels mistreated he
might even bite his own master. When you pat a dog he wags his tail
and shows contentment, but if he feels mistreated he reacts violently.
A dog serves his master, yet does not totally give himself up. A dog
has no discipline or regulation in its love but just goes anywhere.
Any people who live that kind of life are far from noble. A dog
represents the opposite of noble human characteristics.
What kind of people are gathered here? If I rap you on the head do
you feel good or do you feel like biting me? There are some people
here with a dog's characteristics: if they feel mistreated they want to
fight it immediately. A snake always has an angry look on its face,
particularly poisonous snakes, and it is always ready to bite. You
never see a snake smile. A snake is naturally a symbol of Satan. Are
there any dog-like or serpent-like people here?
Of course there is no such thing as moral principle in the animal
world, but dogs are the most promiscuous in the whole animal kingdom.
They have no hesitation about mating between brothers and sisters, or
even parents and children. Do God's people have moral discipline? Is
America becoming more and more disciplined morally? What will happen
to satanic people? They will be so corrupted that inevitably they will
destroy themselves. Have you completely cleansed yourself, made a
totally new beginning and left your past behind? Maybe you have
cleaned away most of it, but probably some small portion remains.
If America keeps going in its present direction, the time will come
when the rest of the world will abhor America. A man with any
conscience could never tolerate what America is doing today. What is
the so-called glamorous life being led by Hollywood stars? They
are basically self-centered. Are their love affairs pure and
upright? If any nation or community lives a dog-like life, it is
bound to decline because God's principles are uncompromising.
In the Bible it is recorded that Sodom and Gomorrah were judged by
brimstone and fire because dog-like people lived there. They were
totally immersed in a sensual life and interested only in satisfying
their physical appetites. God could not tolerate such people who were
totally destroying their love. Some of you may have visited Pompeii in
Italy, which was destroyed by a volcano. Archeologists have uncovered
evidence by which they can reconstruct life at the moment the volcano
erupted and covered the city, and it was truly dirty and lustful,
totally morally corrupt.
The Roman Empire was once mighty, yet it collapsed, not from
outside force but from within. From the emperors down to the everyday
people, everyone was pursuing a sensual life. Sometimes the most
representative element of such a life is dance because it reveals the
values and heart of a culture.
Certain songs and Iyrics emphasize the sensual side of human
desire, evoking those sensations in listeners. Such dancing and music
always presage the coming of doom for that culture.
You know that dance styles and music in America center on physical
desire and sex. The latest dance fad is disco. There are many signs
of the last days in American culture today. What kind of people could
survive this and bring hope to America? Who will rise above all this
with strength and discipline for the sake of the future? Unless such a
movement emerges, we can say that America is already doomed and it is
only a matter of time before it totally collapses.
Family life and the home have been weakened. America's dignity as a
nation and the spirit of patriotism are fast disappearing. People look
for nothing else but fun and self-satisfaction, and they are blind
to anything else. They are like dogs. Can you see some hope and dream
for America's future in the eyes of such people? Someone has to step
forward and clean this mess up. No human could do such a task. The
satanic phenomena in the world are not totally of man's making, but
Satan's. The American public, particularly the young people, have
become Satan's victims. He has been so cunning and persisted so long
that man's wisdom alone could not find the solution.
God must intervene in a religious, spiritual way. Is there any
religion in America which represents God's will and is trying to clean
up the mess? America's churches today are also Satan's victims.
Churches advertise things like disco dances and bingo games. Are those
churches working for God or Satan? They are hastening doomsday in the
name of Christianity, making their own destruction inevitable. Am I
just criticizing because I dislike America? No, this represents Satan's
culture, a dog culture.
Before you knew the Divine Principle you lived in that culture
without too much trouble. When parents see that their teenagers don't
have girlfriends or boyfriends they get worried and tell them to go out
with several people and pick one they like. Is such education advocated
in the Bible? Would any righteous religion teach such a principle?
That kind of habit is part of a doomsday culture and it deserves
judgment. America is totally blinded and becoming more aimless every
day. Because it has no goal or anchor, it is becoming more and more
dumb every day.
In order to turn the tide, a new religious movement is needed which
really represents God's direction. That is the only hope for America.
But even if such a movement exists, the whole nation will try to crush
it instead of welcoming it. If America did so, it would become the
enemy of all mankind because such a movement is not only good for
America but necessary for world salvation. If America persists the way
it is, the time will come when nations will mobilize to expel America.
Do you think a movement which had the strength to revolutionize
America's way of life could originate in the midst of America's present
culture, or would it have to come from elsewhere? Someone else must
come and turn the tables. Where will this movement come from?
America's trends today originate in the Western culture, which has its
roots in materialism. Therefore, the solution must come from the
opposite kind of culture, which is the Eastern culture. Where in the
Orient could it come from? It should be a Christian nation because
unless it can understand the Christian heritage it could not do any
good by coming to the West.
India is known as a country of mysticism and spiritualism, but it
is not a Christian country. Buddhism prevails there. China has been
the center of the Orient for thousands of years, but it has become a
communist, atheist nation. Nothing can be expected from there. Japan
is a religious nation, but traditionally the Japanese worship many
gods. Korea is one nation that stands out in this respect and meets
all the criteria. It is a Christian nation which preserves the
Oriental traditions. Christianity has been perfected in Korea. It is
significant that Christianity in every nation of the world is declining
except in Korea, where it is thriving. Korea is also America's last
bastion of power and influence in Asia.
When Jimmy Carter was campaigning for election he stated that as
President he would withdraw America's armed forces from Korea. He
openly said he intended to dissociate from Korea, but when he got into
office he couldn't do it. Later he said it was a mistake and that
America would not withdraw. Some force in heaven would not allow it.
The relationship between America and Korea is more than a horizontal
one. People today have to feel there is something vertical there.
Even though policy makers and liberal politicians want America to
disengage from Korea, somehow they can't do it and the link between the
two nations is still strong.
The Unification Church is one spiritual force which consistently
advocates American involvement in Korea. During the Koreagate crisis
everything Korean was suspect in this country, and at that time not one
politician spoke out for Korea. Only one man-Reverend Moon-and his
followers were unafraid to speak up and advocate relations between the
I confronted the Congress of this powerful nation, even when people
told me I was foolish and would be shattered. People laughed at me.
At one time America was so sure of its power that everyone was sure the
Unification Church would be crushed. But my ally was God. It was
exactly like the confrontation between David and Goliath in the Old
Testament. There is no question that we had some gloomy days, and the
investigators were sure they could clobber us. Even some of our
members and leaders were worried and expressed their doubts whether we
could survive. When the Fraser committee tried to strike the
Unification Church, it seemed to people that he had won 98% of a
victory. But when Mr. Fraser was running for election to the Senate
he thought he had won and declared victory on election night. He went
to bed happy, but in the next few hours a miracle was in the making,
and when he got up in the morning he had been defeated by a slim
Now people look at me differently. They think I must have some
mysterious power somewhere. I look normal, but they think I must have a
hook-up to some special guidance.
This morning I gave Mother permission to come for just half an hour
and then leave because she is expecting our baby any day now.
What are these people in the Unification Church? Your parents and
society want to kidnap you and try to persuade you that they have a
better world. But it is a dog world out there. We are a formidable
entity that is a threat to that way of life. Everywhere in American
life I am a phenomenon. If the issue of Reverend Moon comes up at the
most dull dinner table, the barking begins on both sides, pro and con.
People are starting to think that without me America will be a dull
place to live. If that happens when they just talk about me, what
would happen if I showed up in person?
I have heard that when a child is crying, an American mother might
try to quiet him by saying, "Stop! Stop! A Chinese is
coming!" Soon they will be saying, "Stop! Stop! Reverend
Moon is coming!" I don't mind. People may misunderstand me, but I
have had an impact on the American scene and we will make the truth
known. Then they shall be saved by it.
Are you Americans? Are you dog people or not? If I rapped the
average American on the head like this he would certainly start
barking! People outside could never understand such a scene in our
Church, and they only know to explain it by calling it brainwashing.
There is no other way they could describe it. Suppose an American
preacher came down to the pews and slapped one of the church elders;
what would happen? The elder would yell, "What kind of minister
are you?!" and a fight would start.
What are we here for? For disco dancing? Rock music? What kind
of culture is this where we sit on a concrete floor, gathering early in
the morning even without breakfast? Normally this place would be empty
after two weeks, but instead more and more people try to get in, coming
all the way from New York. Will we receive great honor by being here?
You certainly don't have rich, expensive food. Many of you are
engaged, but you are so busy that you hardly see your fiancees. What
kind of life is this? You say this is a great life, but I say it is a
grave life! Which is it?
What makes us great? We represent the only hope for America. We
represent God's kingdom and some special godly power that no other power
can compete with. When we are united together we are like a rock and
nothing can disturb us.- We have the power of life which is
connected to the ultimate power source, which cannot be disrupted by
any means. We have the power of life and love centered upon God.
Why do I represent a source of strength, but also a source of fear
when you do ungodly things? Because I am a channel of the power of
life and love that comes from God. Whether you are white, black or
yellow, once you clearly know my secret and what I really stand for,
you cannot help but follow me. When I leave New York and go to Boston,
as far as Unification Church member are concerned the sun of hope rises
in Boston. When I go to England, the sun of hope rises in England. Do
you agree because you are afraid of me? I am thinking it might be
true, but if you believe it then you are greater than me. Because
there is power coming from our give and take, when I go away you lose
some strength and feel anchorites. You are my witnesses to that.
What are we trying to accomplish and where are we going? Would you
mind if I made you captain of a boat that would be going out in high
seas? How about you women, are you ready to be captains? When you go
out to sea a shark will swim by and laugh at you, sneering, "What
kind of captain are you?" Are you the kind of captain who will
shout back, "I am your captain and I'm going to catch you"?
Could you harpoon him right in the eye and catch him?
Why are we, as religious people, catching the living things of the
sea? Whatever we catch from the sea becomes a sacrifice on the altar.
We offer our catch to God and ask God to forgive mankind. Whatever we
do is a sacrifice on the altar. Jesus told Simon Peter he would make
Peter a fisher of men. Peter had been a catcher of fish, but Jesus was
going to make him a catcher who could bring men to God. We go to sea
and catch real fish as the representation of God's kingdom and offer
them on God's altar. If God wants us to stop fishing then He must save
the rest of the world first. We are doing it for the salvation of the
Twenty-four hours a day we catch fish and make them a
sacrificial offering. Of course we need money for building God's
kingdom, but so far none of the money from fishing has gone for that;
it has been re-invested. More money has gone into the sea than
has come back out. I have no intention of spending one penny from the
sea for my own personal or family use.
This year I caught many tuna weighing over 1,000 pounds, and every
time the fish was drawn in near the boat I was the one who speared it.
Its blood gushed out and the water became crimson. Why? If America
were to pay for all its sins, many people would have to be killed. The
criminal reality of today's American culture deserves the bloodshed of
many people, but by killing the fish I am thinking that somehow one more
life is saved and one more death is prevented. That is my fervent
desire. I look at the fish as a sacrificial offering, just as Abraham
cut the offering in two without mercy. I am not sympathetic to the
fish at that moment as I make it an offering for the world, but every
time I offer a prayer that the killing of one fish may prevent the death
of many sinful Americans.
Those who have met me for the first time since I returned from
Boston, raise your hands please. Why did you come to the Unification
Church? Do you think this morning that you made a wrong decision? I
am merciless in pushing you out as a sacrificial offering for the sake
of mankind. Will you accept that? Look at Jesus-what was his mission?
He made himself a sacrificial offering for the sake of mankind. He did
it on his own, not at the command of God. He voluntarily accepted his
destiny. God is not commanding me to do certain things every day; I am
telling Him to rest assured that everything shall be taken care of,
that I will do it willingly.
There is no time for rest. Most people who sleep one hour extra
feel good when they wake up. But if I rest one hour extra, when I get
up I feel I must repent. I push myself that way. When I travel I
seldom go to expensive restaurants. Usually I go to a McDonald's
because I know the MFT and mobile teams frequently go there, and when I
am there I think of them. I don't want to buy expensive clothes for
myself. This suit I am wearing is one of the best suits I have; the
slacks cost just a few dollars and they come from Poland. London has
several excellent department stores, where one good suit normally costs
at least $300. But I went to a cheap wholesale place and paid $90;
then I saw on the label that it was made in Poland. Actually I went
there to get Dr. Durst a suit when he came from America, but he said
he wouldn't get one unless I did too. So I bought one.
My shoes cost $12, and just like MFT shoes they are all worn out.
They are plastic, and so in the summer they are sweaty and smelly. But
that's the way the MFT lives. When People magazine did an
article on me a couple of years ago they came to one speech I made at a
celebration in the Catskills. They described me as being expensively
dressed, with leather shoes from London, a custom-made cashmere
suit, and so on. They assumed that was the case and did not ask
questions, but that is not true. I am stingy with myself, but for the
sake of the members I spend much money. I am extravagant when I buy
them clothes, food and houses.
What does the world think of me though? They think I am so
money-hungry that I would take your eyeball and sell it for money.
They think I would take your gold dental fillings and sell them. What a
gap there is between the truth and their opinion! I am amused sometimes
by the unfounded criticisms people make because eventually that will
make a great story. My road in life leads in the humble direction, but
people who bark at me are rushing in the other direction looking for me.
Soon they will be so far away that I can't hear them barking any more.
When those people can't find me they will eventually encircle the earth
in their search, and they will be so tired that they need someone to
help them. At that moment they will meet me. That is how I think.
I have received much criticism, but to me it just sounds like
barking dogs. I feel that the children and grandchildren of these
people will understand me, however. No matter what people say today,
what I am telling you this morning will become reality. God is building
a true force here-that's you. Even if people don't want to have
anything to do with me, you will go after them one by one, and all of a
sudden you will have touched everyone. Twenty-four hours a day you
are thinking about it. Are you paid to do it? But somehow your heart
and mind just cannot be idle, and the more you do the more fulfilled you
feel. When you don't do anything you feel uncertain and nervous.
Those who volunteer for the dog world, raise your hands. Don't you
like the dog world? You have every kind of freedom there to do whatever
you like and no one will bother you, but as soon as you enter God's
world there is discipline and you aren't allowed to abuse yourself. I
don't think you like that, do you? In God's world you must walk
straight, with your chin up, and when you sit down you sit very
straight. When you sit cross-legged American style you are
unstable, and if someone pulled the chair out you would fall over. But
when you are anchored with two feet, sitting on the floor in the
heavenly way, there is no way people can pull your chair out.
You can tell American chairs that because you will sit on the floor
you will give them a vacation from being sat on and enduring smelling
things. They will be thankful that someone thinks of liberating them.
There is humor, literature and beautiful poetry in sitting on the floor.
Do you feel good sitting on the floor? Sitting close together on the
floor like this you cannot move away if two people you don't like sit or
either side. Then when you change positions to relieve your legs you
have to lean close to one of those people. Then you have some beautiful
fellowship with the neighbor you hate. You can feel what a wonderful
life it is here because you have suet fellowship and you have to work
You don't mind if we change the dog world? We need a rope to get to
God's world, and that is the rope of life and love. When you cross the
boundary you enter a completely new world. In order to get there
religious people have emphasized celibacy as a way of life. The gate to
heaven is rather narrow and only wide enough for one person at a time,
so men and women cannot enter together side by side. One has to be in
front. American women are unlikely to get to heaven because they would
rather stand side by side instead of walking in back. Thus, there is no
room for them!
Is the Messiah coming as a man? Inside you might be asking why God
couldn't make the Messiah a woman. Religion starts out with the
individual and because the gate is narrow it's best if you go into God's
realm as an individual; so throughout history religions have emphasized
celibacy. Who can come and go freely on earth without visas? That is
the Messiah. You need a pass with the Messiah's name on it in big
letters and yours in small letters in order to move freely. You can't
say your name should be in big letters instead.
I think that soon American women will demonstrate against me for
women's rights and want to get rid of me. You say no, but don't you
have a little grudge inside?
There should be one single file to enter this gate; either men or
women will have to go first, and it is unlikely women will go first.
Men have to go in front. Someone will insist that I say this because I
am a man, but that is not true. Woman is truly the one who caused the
trouble in the garden of Eden. By man listening to a woman, everything
in the garden of Eden became fallen, so if in restoration men let women
lead them in the wrong direction the nation and world will crumble.
That is true! The bridge to heaven is a single-file bridge, with
no room for passing. One person should be up front leading everyone to
the goal. That should be a man.
Why can't you have more freedom and flexibility? Because there is
only room enough for one line marching forward. Therefore, each step is
critically important. If you make one mistake then the whole path will
Have you ever seen one bride and two bridegrooms get married? Love
is single-minded and goes in one direction. Do you have more than
one life? Everything except life and love is unnecessary and you should
cut if off. This is why religion always teaches self-denial.
Higher religions even teach people to deny their family and society and
to go away for meditation to awaken into a greater truth. Your goal is
to become united with God, to be a man of God.
What is the basic difference between a dog-like man and a man
of God? First, the lineage or origin is different. Second, their words
are different. Third, their actions, and fourth, their love is
different. What are God's characteristics? God will never compromise
His lineage or position at all, but insists that it must be completely
pure. Next, He emphasizes words of truth, and He always acts on His own
words. There are no lies or deception in God's world. Finally, His
love is genuine and pure. God wants to have His own lineage, and He
exists for the sake of His own lineage and there is room for nothing
else. When He makes a pronouncement, action follows in exact
fulfillment. Ultimately it is all consummated in love.
Ultimately the goal of God's entire dispensation is love. Love
starts from its own lineage and tradition. Then the word will blossom
in His own actions. That is how love is consummated. Let us examine
how this works. Are you in the image of God? If you resemble God then
there are four principles to follow. God certainly maintains His own
subjective role with its dignity and authority. In the same way each of
you has his own dignity, and no one wants anyone to offend that. When
you say something do you live up to it? It is not good to make a
pronouncement and not live up to it yourself. When you say it you
should live up to it, and then expect others to live up to it. Why
should it be like that? You need someone else who can live up to your
expectations because that is how you have an object of love. You need
someone to love.
Men and women need someone for give and take of love. If there is
some word to be spoken then there must be two parties-one to speak and
the other to listen. When you speak would you want men and women in
action together, or only one or the other? If they are together then
you can have a channel for give and take of love; together you can find
a subject and object so give and take is possible. We want to mingle
and be together because we aspire to fulfill love, and love cannot be
fulfilled by oneself.
When you are stimulated by love, particularly first love, it is an
overwhelming experience. When you are in love you talk all night and
still are not bored. You are temporarily blinded and can't think of
anything else. For the sake of that love you would willingly sacrifice
yourself. That is noble love. But today's Americans don't even think
about finding a true love for which they could sacrifice. If they want
to find out whether the other person truly loves them or not, they face
a dilemma. Men and women come together just for convenience or fun, and
there is no true love there, so even after several years a person cannot
really know if the other person really loves him.
Divorce has become a business in this country and good-looking
young women go into a marriage for some strategic purpose. They find a
rich man, marry him, and then get divorced. Or they marry a rich old
man for a few years and then divorce him, but both ways they get lots of
money. Increasingly the custody of a husband and wife's money is a
secret they keep from each other. If they revealed everything then the
other person might want a divorce to get part of it!
But the world of God is different. What kind of lineage would you
have? God is alpha and omega, first and last. Love is unchanging from
beginning to end. Life is also alpha and omega, and no one can hide or
lie about life. You want eternal life, don't you? That is because life
continues eternally, without end. That is circular motion. Motion in a
straight line always ends some time, and only circular motion is
unending. Why is the earth round? Because it represents eternity.
Atoms also move in circular motion. There is no square shape with sharp
corners in the human body; your eyes face, head, limbs-everything is
What in our world should remain for eternity? What quality shall be
preserved for eternity? You would like to keep love and life for
eternity. Which comes first? For God, life comes first because first
He existed and then He expressed love. But for man, love comes first.
Love was the origin of man. Everyone's life was initiated in love of
their parents, and they have value because they participated in that
love. Your life was conceived in honest, true love. That is why your
relationship with your parents is inseparable. Could you divorce your
parents? No matter how much you insist you are independent and have no
relationship, you cannot deny them.
The privilege of children is to be participants in their parents'
love. The true desire of children, therefore, is not to be wealthy or
honored by the world but to grow up in the love of their parents, then
consummate and gloriously return that love. Therefore, God provides
each child with a husband or wife and children of their own. Your
husband and sons are representatives of your father. Your wife and
daughters represent your mother. No matter how big and strong a husband
may be, when he comes home he may become like a child with his wife,
Lying on her lap, and even sometimes drinking the mother's milk.
Sometimes a child will suck on his mother's finger, and sometimes the
husband does it also. You can accept it in the future.
Some person might want to revolutionize everything and start a whole
new order. Go ahead and change everything, but can you alter your
relationship to your parents? You can say you won't be their child, but
will it work? Husbands and wives get divorced, so why not parents and
children? Men and women may separate, but not parents and children.
There is a heavenly tie binding them eternally. Your parents are alpha,
and when you marry you become omega. Then alpha and omega are one and
the same. One is up, the other down; one is right and the other left,
and they interact.
Are there any children who like to see their parents get divorced?
Does anyone get married with the knowledge that he will get a divorce in
the near future? Why does divorce come unexpectedly and against their
will? In many cases divorce comes because of another love affair.
Because there was no concrete love in the first place, the foundation of
love easily breaks apart. Is there any wife who would like to see her
husband dancing with another beautiful, charming woman? No husband
wants to see his wife dancing with another man. Maybe if the other man
is uglier or inferior to the husband then he will have confidence she
will come back to him.
There are all kinds of formalities in social dancing, but no matter
what, this particular principle persists in human affairs. If a husband
knows his wife is having a good time and snuggling close with another
handsome man, could he really enjoy himself? Would anyone welcome that?
God provided a man and woman with each other and husband and wife are
meant to be a pair, so if they go disco with each other then that's all
right. Once a covenant is made between husband and wife, it becomes a
tradition and lineage, a foundation which none can touch. It must be
preserved for eternity.
On that foundation the words you speak become truth and have value,
but if you stand on an improper foundation of lineage, the words you say
will have no power. If you want to speak, you must live your words in
action first. Why do my words have power? Because I have lived
everything before I ever speak. There is nothing I say which I have not
fulfilled. You think you are the master MFT members, but actually I am.
I know best how to make a business and how to witness. No one has
brought in more people to the family than I have. Therefore, when I
speak my words have authority and power. When you don't live something
yourself, your words are meaningless.
Many times when your parents tell you to do something you resist and
say you can't do it, but it causes you no pain. But when I tell you to
do something and you don't live up to it, you feel pain and misery. It
is because what I am teaching you is meant to help you achieve the world
of love, and when you don't live it, you don't get to the world of love.
I push you out so you can fulfill it, and when you don't live it you
feel pain and your conscience hurts. When you violate the heavenly
principles I teach you, you feel pain and discouragement. Nothing you
do brings you comfort.
Perhaps one time I tell you to do something that seems impossible.
When you have the courage to live it you feel full of power and life
because it has brought you out to the world of love. Then you have hope
to fulfill love even more in the future. I am known as a man of
strength and conviction because I have a fervent desire to love the
people of the world. When you devote your will to deeds of love for
mankind, love will return to you. That's why your energy increases.
Look at what is happening right here-people of all five races have
come to follow my way of life. When you live it you feel comforted and
What are the True Parents? They are the alpha initiated by God,
and wherever they go they are alpha seeking for an omega. If I left
for Africa tomorrow, the same thing would happen there-alpha will
attract omega. Why are you Unification Church members here? You want
to receive alpha so you can receive the power of love and life. By
receiving the energy of life and love you can rejoice together with
God. Then you can be parallel with God's position. This power and
authority I have is a privilege given by God, and I am meant to give
that authority to you. When you receive life and love through True
Parents it becomes your life and love which is parallel with God's.
It is my duty to bequeath that to you. If you receive and live up
to that inheritance then you shall become a true father or mother of
mankind as well. There is one Father and one Mother, one truth and one
tradition. The Unification Church has come to begin that tradition in
this promiscuous world. If the world does not respond but persecutes
the Unification Church instead, the tradition of God shall go on
regardless. Could you men become women tomorrow? Could you women
become men? No one can change your manhood or womanhood, and no one
can revolutionize the parent-child relationship either. Do you
Here we have True Parents installed by God, and no one can change
your spiritual sonship and daughtership centered on them. Are
America's families probably destined for hell or heaven? No one likes
to hear about doomsday and the world tries to shut me up. Even though
I may be more persecuted for criticizing President Carter, I am not
swayed. If I can see the death and decline of American society and do
not say anything because I want to be popular, history will judge me
severely. Even if the world judges me today, let them go ahead. I
would rather be approved by history.
I was persecuted by Koreans because I spoke the frank, honest truth
about that nation, and it persecuted me. When I spoke the truth in
Japan, the nation didn't want to hear it and I was persecuted there.
When I came to America and spoke the truth without fear, this nation
persecuted me as well. Sometimes I chastise you when you do wrong and
it is bitter to hear. A satanic person tries to hide his flaws and
failures, but a heavenly man wants to expose them and repent. That is
the best solution in every case.
It is the Unification Church tradition to confess when something
wrong is done. I never volunteer to listen, but I hear many
confessions from members, either in person or in letters. You want to
unload all the iniquities in your heart. When I hear them and forgive
you and tell you not to do them again, you feel liberated. That's why
many people want to speak to me and unburden their hearts. Everyone
has personal secrets, and though I never ask to hear them, people
volunteer anyway. You hardly want to tell even your teachers or
parents, but here in the Unification Church you want to unload your
secrets to me. Why is that? By using me as a foundation you can reach
out for a greater horizon of love.
Those who need love, raise your hands. What kind of love do you
need? How is true love different from illicit love? Satanic love is
always self-centered. Parental love is pure because it is
unselfish. Why do we all crave the love of God? Because it is
parental love, pure, genuine love. Every man and woman craves such
love. A husband and wife desire pure, unselfish love that is
unconditional. Sometimes in an airport I might see an elderly husband
pushing his wife in a wheelchair, taking care of her and getting her on
the plane. That is a beautiful scene. In my mind I wonder whether
they married when they were young or middle-aged, or when they
were old. I feel that if they started their pure love when they were
young and kept it alive over the years then God must bless them. I
pray momentarily for God's blessing on that couple.
That's the kind of world we want to build. God is very idealistic.
In a pure, truthful, unselfish world you want to become husband and
wife and parents, as well as leaders of the nation. That is truly
heaven. If 220 million Americans crave only selfish love then there
will be 220 million fights a day. But you want to feel love for 220
million Americans, whether they return that love or not. God's
tradition is one of unconditional love; He doesn't want to receive love
first and then give love. Parental love is unconditional, even towards
Therefore, you want to practice God's tradition, and whether people
love you or not, you will love them first. Then your love is pure and
If your parents love you to degree ten, you love them to degree
twenty. You should want never to be indebted to your parents, but to
become a creditor of love. That is my tradition. That is the
Unification Church tradition because it is God's tradition. Let others
be indebted in love to you. When other people try to do you favors,
always bring more blessing to them to clear away that indebtedness.
When you live a self-centered life it will never reach out beyond
your own boundary and become eternal. But when you go beyond your
boundary and center upon God, there is no limit and you can travel all
the way to God and embrace the whole universe.
When you want to live in unselfish love and have ambitions for the
sake of the world, God knows that you need people and material resources
to build the Kingdom and all these things will come to you. A
low-pressure realm always attracts a high-pressure system to
it. That is what causes storms. The give and take of love and high
pressure systems can create a hurricane. Are we a destructive or
constructive hurricane? Centered on the greediness of Reverend Moon?
The greediness of all mankind? What is the craving and ambition of
mankind? Unity of the world. Power, money and knowledge will all fail
to bring unity.
I crave the oneness of the world also, but I will do it with the
power of love. This is one area I cannot be surpassed in. It will be
done with true, God centered love. How can you achieve this? The
simplest way is to follow me. Taste persecution for the sake of mankind
and God. God has been ridiculed and misunderstood, and now you should
want to be in that position in the name of God and the world. If you
want to avoid persecution then your love is only conditional. Many
members try to live Unification life conditionally; they say they love
True Parents, Divine Principle and the Church, but they can't stand
Engagement comes before-the wedding. An engagement is a
covenant made between two people who promise to become one. You must go
through this engagement period to prepare for complete oneness because
later when children come there will be stormy weather and unexpected
difficulties. In order to overcome all these with love you must
practice with each other, learned to rely on and trust one another.
When rainy days come in the future you will be able to handle them. It
is beautiful, but not easy. When you finish, however, there is true
value which commands the respect of the people..
Why are you persecuted? If you bother no one and just earn money to
support yourself, why should anyone bother you? That's not how you will
save America though you must do something extraordinary, including
fundraising where you can earn more than your own share, and witnessing,
where you bother some people and bring them to be members. The secular
world thinks eight hours is good enough for one day, but we consider 24
hours a day to be adequate.
What do you do with the money you earn fund raising? Two thirds of
the income should be devoted to the sake of others, and one third for
your own needs. But you shouldmake a conscientious effort to reduce
your needs, so you require only one tenth or one twentieth of the income
and you can give more for others. Then more value can be created. That
shall be recorded in the annals of the Unification Church. The MFT
spirit is to strive to use 100% of their earnings for the public
purpose. Always you feel you are not doing enough when you give
everything you earn; you even take money out of your savings account to
add to the result. That is my spirit and tradition.
I never feel indebted to you; instead you are indebted to me.
America is indebted to me. When you are indebted to others you cannot
be a leader or have dominion. I am, indebted in word or action or in
love, and you must be like that because God is like that. You are
Americans because you belong to American he American tradition. The
Unification church has no particular nation. Our country is the planet
earth. The earth is our hometown and family. Let's claim our home and
build our nation.
You must feel that any place you go is your hometown, where many
blessed people live because they want to make their nation. When you
ask such people what is their aspiration, they will reply it is to have
one world and one family, a free world where no war is warranted. The
Unification Church is creating the new lineage and origin. We are
speaking new words which never existed before, doing new actions and
giving new love. These new things didn't come from me but from God.
What is the ultimate goal? To make everyone here on earth men of God.
When you speak, do so on behalf of God. When you act, do so as
God's representative. We worship God as our Parent. No one can remove
you from the Unification Church any more than they can deny that you are
an American citizen or have American parents. In the same way, no one
can separate you from your heavenly citizenship. No one can deny and
change your destiny; it is already sealed. Even if someone cuts my head
off, it doesn't change anything. Just as a patriot shouts, "Long
live my country, " at the moment of his death, so will I cry out at
my death, "Long live my eternal Parent and nation here on earth,
the Kingdom of God."
We live in a world of evil and the quickest way for us to unite
completely is to suffer persecution together. That will only harden and
toughen our unity. Many white people oppose you, but there are black
people very close to your heart. When white people persecute us, it
brings white and black and yellow closer together here. We have a
multi-color blessing because all five colors of skin are married
together here. This is a historical event.
This started with alpha and it will circle all the way around to
omega. No one can stop it. What does Divine Principle mean? Actually
the literal translation means "original principle." Since it
originated from God and God is divine, we call it the Divine Principle,
however. We are talking about principles of the original way of life,
the original way to form a family, society, nation, world and cosmos.
Would you speak without action? You act by earning money to spend
for others; you bring people so they can learn the original way of life.
These are the most brilliant acts in the sight of God. First do these
things and then speak. You show your action through MFT, witnessing,
and many other things. After that you demonstrate how to truly love
your neighbors and family, and people will see in you an example which
they want to follow
If it happens that you marry a nasty husband then you should compare
his nastiness to the worst persecution you faced when fund raising.
Then you can say, "My husband, you are still better than those
nasty people on the street and I still love you." I saw many
horrible husbands in Korea who would burn their wife's face with
cigarettes, or beat her. But those wives would pray to God that they
had already forgiven their enemies and now they wanted to pass this test
of their unselfish love by loving their husbands. Through such an
extraordinary demonstration of love, God can give someone the title of
special heroine or patriot. When husband and wife live together
normally in love and peace there is no historical event taking place.
History is made under abnormal conditions. When you face such an
emergency you can always feel it is your God-given opportunity to
do historical things. Are you ready to be historical persons?
Many people asked to marry a black husband or Oriental wife, and now
some of them are thinking that maybe they did the wrong thing, yet they
don't want to speak up. I am telling them now that they should look for
an extraordinary situation so they can become historical people.
The black member of an interracial couple should give his or her
mate the worst time because so far the white people have discriminated
against black people. Now white people must have the opportunity to be
heroic in the same way black people had to do. Thus, the white husband
or wife have an opportunity to be recorded in history. All history will
honor such couples, and flowers will be left on their tombs every day.
Do you white people welcome it? Wouldn't you rather be ordinary,
everyday people? White people will welcome it because you want to
demonstrate that white people can love all mankind, from extreme to
My ambition and desire is to create historical,
tradition-setting families which will be remembered. Would you
like that? I will not forgive those who oppose this!
Would you complain? Before you complain, exercise obedience and
loyalty. In order to practice love of mankind on the family level you
must forgive, be loyal and be obedient. Our lineage should be
different. You have many different colors of eyes, but you are of the
same lineage. No one can alter or disrupt this, not even God. This is
the king's lineage directly from God and you are born for it. If you
deserve that lineage then you will speak like a heavenly man and live up
to it in action. Ultimately all these will be fulfilled in
I persevered for decades through all kinds of agony and persecution
just to live up to this position and fulfill it so I could bequeath it
to you. There is a new world coming, something brilliant and exciting
which is bringing hope for the world. Our pride is that we are marching
forward to reach the final day when God's will is fulfilled on earth.
Amen! The most important thing is to become men of God. We are
harboring the hope of the future. Amen. Those who will fulfill that
goal unto their lives, raise your hands. God bless you.