REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
OUR PRESENT POSITION
October 7, 1979
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
The topic this morning refers to our present position in
relationship with God. People in general have a yearning to possess a
high place and wide influence. When you go to such places as the
Himalaya mountains or the vast Pacific Ocean, you enjoy their
greatness. It is not easy to occupy a high place or have wide
influence, however, because you have to get there first.
Personalities of people in the world are something like the zigzag
of the mountains, with high and low positions and all kinds of ups and
downs. There is great variation. Nations are the same. Some are high,
others low, some are narrow, and others wide and open. Some
countries have broad, monotonous plains, and others have jagged
heights. National characters can be described accordingly. A
person's character can reach a medium height, or go all the way to the
pinnacle. Which is better? This is not an easy question to answer. It
is possible to have a pinnacle so sharp that there is no room for
anyone to stand on top, or a pinnacle with just enough room for one
person. It is not easy to decide which of these is preferable.
The best choice would be flexibility-to be wide when we want to be
wide, and to be high when that is best. The question is whether we have
that kind of potential for flexibility. I am limited to a space of
less than six feet, but in that limited area there is some intangible
quality flexible enough to be wide and tall. What is it? In your mind
you can go as high and wide as you like.
We can talk about a small mind and a large mind, but there is no
yardstick to measure them. However, a narrow-minded person
thinks of small things, and you can certainly recognize a
broad-minded person. Levels of thought can be as big or small as
you want. A mind can be so small that there is no room for even one
person there. On the other hand, you can make your mind so wide that
God can fit into it with room left over. People have that kind of
Although we may be limited to a physical space, we do have that
capability of being as big or small, as high or low as it wants. If
we have wide, broad minds, what kind of things would we want to fill
them with? With material things? What about filling them with life?
Next, fill them with love. There is nothing more wonderful than
thoughts filled with life and love.
Who else in this universe is in a position comparable to that of
human beings? God has a mind and His thought are probably the
biggest. What kind of mind and thought does God have? They are filled
with life and love. Of course, all religions strive to receive
God's spirit, but what is the point of receiving it? All that effort
is directed toward gaining a God-like mind and thought so that
people can be filled with life and love.
Suppose we draw a circle representing God's mind, and it contains
thoughts about man. Do you think it would have a wavy pattern, or
flow in a straight line? If we say that God's thinking is wavy, or up
and down, does that mean He likes certain people more than others
one day, or likes one race more than others? When you love a person
don't you sometimes love one eye more than another, or one arm more
than the other? Is each part in an equal position?
When your mouth laughs loudly is the rest of your body weeping?
No, when your mouth laughs the rest of your body responds together and
rejoices. Now do you think God's thought about man would be up and
down or a straight line? Now you all say it would be a straight line.
Are all people good, or are there sometimes bad apples in the
barrel? God can always love a good person, but does God love even evil
people? Does that mean they are both the same? Doesn't God's
thinking about good and evil people go up and down? As the leader
of the Unification Church do I blindly value everyone the same?
Sometimes bad apples have to be spanked and good apples praised,
treating each according to its value. Where does that characteristic
come from? It comes from our ancestors, meaning that God works the
We can conclude that God works in a straight line as far as
justice and public equality are concerned. God intended all people to
be good, so there is no difference, but only a straight line. But our
world is not equal. World affairs go up and down, and there are all
kinds of upheavals and convolutions. There is a central line running
down the middle, and above that line God can intervene, while below
that line is an area God cannot touch. One area belongs to the good
side and the other area to the evil side. Thus, there are two realms
in our present world.
Human society and also spirit world work just the same.
Therefore, in spirit world there is a Kingdom of Heaven and at the
same time there is a kingdom of hell. God is all-good and He
recognizes that there are bad things in the world, but He is
determined to transform all evil into goodness. Thus, He has always
remained good and He is needed by everyone, even the people in the
dungeons of hell.
What is a good person in our world? Can we say a good person is
one who lives with a God-like mind? There are many
"beautiful people" among the movie stars in Hollywood. Are
they more inclined toward good or evil? Why? They have fame and
wealth, so why are they disposed toward evil? Why don't we have
high respect for them? Maybe many people there spend money for good
causes, but generally speaking God-centered morality is absent in
Hollywood. The incredible movie scenes reflect the promiscuous nature
of their lives. People can get divorced as easily as they throw out
an old pair of shoes.
Maybe "kissco" dancing is a better name for disco dancing.
Is it most likely on the good or bad side? What's wrong with it? In
many cases the dancers have fun, but don't think of anything else-not
their parents, or town, or nation. Most likely they are not on God's
What are good people? Imagine I went disco dancing. When I
started dancing would God criticize, or want to join me? We can resolve
that the criteria of good and evil depend not on external appearance,
but on internal motivation, on the reason why people do certain
Music, dancing, and drink are not inherently bad. If your
internal character is totally centered on God every day, and you are
serving a great purpose, then every action stemming from that
motivation is good. As I already said, God takes responsibility for
evil people as well as good people. In some cases maybe wine or
dancing would be needed to help get them out of hell. You need bait to
catch a fish.
Is saving souls a good purpose? Does that mean we can turn our
church centers into disco halls? An important question facing us is how
to deal with our present society. Would God just draw a line and say
that activities like dancing automatically sentence a person to hell?
In order to win disco people into heaven, God might have a heavenly
disco place. Would it be good or evil for us to have a disco hall
then? We could show that dance is not inherently good or evil, but
can help enhance man's understanding of God. It doesn't have to lead
to lustfulness and promiscuity. Once people taste heavenly dancing,
they won't enjoy their old disco again.
Good and evil can look just the same. I am known as a religious
leader, but suppose I were to organize a nationwide martial arts
network that fought against street gang activity. Would it be
considered evil for a religious leader to do that? Suppose God heard
me making a plan to combat gangsters and organized crime this way.
Would He protest that this was not a dignified activity for a holy man?
Does a holy man have wings to fly around with? A holy man has the
ability to convert evil people into good people.
You may know that Japanese communists are among the most
belligerent and violent activists anywhere. To help contain their
activity I had some of our members open gun shops around Japan. We
demonstrated our determination and ability to deter them. The
communists were scared by this, so they started accusing me of not
being a religious man but a gang leader.
I investigated the modern martial arts and found they had certain
deficiencies, so I researched a traditional martial art known as chung
do su, or Art of Righteousness. I trained some of our young people in
Japan, and with that method they were able to defeat black belts in
karate after six months of training. Whenever we have Victory Over
Communism rallies, the communists try to break them up. At one time
they succeeded, but now that our young people know chung do su, they
don't dare interfere.
If you have power and capability but you are restrained and
persevering, then people respect you. People don't follow me because
of my short temper and my hatred of unrighteousness, but because I can
restrain my temper and do good things. God needs good people to be
His tools to restore evil people into goodness. He needs
representatives here on earth to carry out His work.
As you know, Soviet Russia is conducting an enormous espionage
campaign, and the American CIA spies on them in turn. What is the
difference between the two organizations? The Russians work for
Russia's benefit, while the Americans work to benefit America. There
are also spies who infiltrate to listen to me, but their goal is not
to help us build the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Their goal is to
find a way to stop me.
My purpose this morning is to show our present position in
relationship to good and evil. The understanding about what is good and
what is evil is hazy in today's world, so we need to know which side
we are on. We should be able to distinguish good and evil in our
world. A good man can go to the dungeons of hell for God's purpose, but
his quality and value will not be changed by doing so. The important
thing is whether he goes down there to bring the people up. He may look
the same as people in the evil world, but his motivation is to influence
the world of evil to come back to God.
The Bible says that after the Crucifixion, Jesus spent three days in
hell before he ascended into Heaven. Was he still the savior during
those three days? Did he go there because he was attracted by life
there? He went there to bring hell into his realm, which is Heaven.
Has America welcomed me? Not only was I not welcomed, but the
government has tried to get rid of me. Is it good or evil that in spite
of their plans I organized young people here? From the viewpoint of
evil I am a bad person. Your parents dislike me the most because they
think I took you away from them. Do you love me? Are you cleaning up
your lives because of what I have taught you? But your parents think
you are not normal because you don't go out on dates. Which direction
is easier to fulfill? Why didn't you follow the easier instruction and
get boyfriends and girl friends?
How do you know I am a good man? You cannot explain it, but you
feel good to be here, even though it is so early in the morning. When
you don't live up to my expectations, you feel depressed and weighed
down, but when you follow them you feel light-hearted and free. If
you live three years this way and then look back at your old life, you
realize how much you have changed. You can think about the whole world
now and mankind, not dwelling on trivial things. You have noble
thinking now, and your mind has widened. You white people have changed
so much that now you want to have a black husband or wife, whereas
before you would hardly have considered such a thing.
Is your thinking centered on gaining benefit from other people, or
how to give them some benefit? It is not easy to think about how to
give to other people. Why is it so good? Why doesn't God give us
something easy to do, instead of always asking hard things of us? God's
thinking is public-minded, and the other way is selfish,
private-minded. When you stand on the public side you are on the
good side. This has always been true-whether in the past, present or
When you say you have good parents do you mean that they exploit
you? Or do they give unconditionally to you and expect nothing back?
Do good friends take advantage of you, or try to help you?
That principle is illustrated here in this room. You are cramped by
sitting so close together and your legs are tired by now. If you didn't
care about the other people around you, you would stretch out and lean
on others so you could feel more comfortable. But instead you realize
that your neighbors' legs may be even more tired than yours, so you
invite them to lean on you. Which is better-the person who stretches
out and hears 100% of my speech because he is comfortable, or the
cramped person who only hears 50%? The second is best because he is
already living up to my words. The other person may have heard every
word, but is not living it. God knows that though such a person is
hearing, he is not really listening.
Without clear criteria, it is difficult to judge whether some action
is good or evil. There is much confusion in the world on this point.
Suppose I went every day for a week to study disco dancers in order to
understand them, and someone spotted me and called the newspapers. The
next day it would be in the headlines. People would criticize me for
making you work hard while I go enjoy myself at the disco. How would
you feel upon reading such an article would you leave? Maybe you
wouldn't leave, but you would start going to discos yourself
In many cases people don't understand why I do certain things. If I
make a movie, people just wonder why a religious leader spends so much
money. Their viewpoint and mine are entirely different. I see that a
clean-up job is needed in Hollywood and a moral revolution needs to
be kindled among the youth, so if a movie will serve that purpose then
it is God's tool. I have paid much attention to Las Vegas, the gambling
capital of America, because some day that has to be cleaned up too. If
religious people run away from evil, who will take responsibility for
cleaning it up? Who will build the Kingdom of Heaven in the evil world
if they run away? Someone must face it.
Many people advised me not to buy the New Yorker Hotel because it is
on Eighth Avenue, but I decided to get it so we could start cleaning up
that area. Do you applaud me because you feel good about this? Our
beautiful sisters can learn martial arts and line up on Eighth Avenue.
As soon as a man approaches to solicit them, they can put their karate
into action. In this manner, Eighth Avenue would be cleaned up very
I am convinced that the martial arts need to be organized in this
country. In Japan there are many martial arts organizations but they
fight among themselves, so I am mediating to make them a force of
goodness. I did that long ago in Korea. Sometimes my reputation
suffered and people insisted I was a gangster, but I accept that title
on the condition that I be called a heavenly gangster. We have created
a karate studio at Barrytown and Belvedere. You never heard of a
seminary offering karate so that the students could combat evil. I know
that our men must be ready to use their strength to protect goodness in
case of emergency.
I prepared myself to do any sport, and even now I am perfectly fit.
Because you are Moonies you feel glad that I am pushing America, but the
rest of the American people don't like it. Whether we have a good life
or not, we are going to stop America from crumbling and revive it on
What is our present position? Is the Unification Church only
religious, or is it involved in everyday life? Are we still the
Unification Church even when we are in the bottom of hell? We do not
deal with just good people. I send you out to the worst places where
people will persecute you and where evil is really working. That is our
real stage. You go to worldly places for witnessing and fundraising,
but actually you are spying on that world so that in a few years you
will know how to save them. I am working with you to learn the reality
of evil so we can have a working strategy to win.
We have intelligence and experience. We get to know the evil
society, and then we create a ladder for it. We must witness to people
from all walks of life. You might go to Hollywood and witness to movie
stars, gamblers, drinkers, for they are also part of humanity. The mere
fact that we are in Las Vegas does not mean we are gamblers. Why would
we go to a place of prostitution? Only to save the people there.
That's how the Unification Church thinks.
Our present position is to be everywhere. First, we must be strong,
arming ourselves with truth and commitment. Then we shall be champions
of God who are ready to go anywhere. Suppose such a champion goes
gambling and wins $100,000 every night. Many gamblers ruin their
families by their compulsive gambling, so the first place all that money
should be spent is to restore those people and help mend their homes.
When that gambler appears before God, would he be sent to hell because
he gambled? What would God's verdict be?
God's way of thinking is revolutionary and entirely different from
that of most religious people. Unless God thought in an extraordinary
way, how could He dream of saving the entire world? He's not interested
in having a small heaven and a big hell. He is planning to turn the
whole world around.
I would like to see you becoming fabulous actors. I am also
interested in creating a school to teach the best form of dancing. I am
planning to create the best acting college in Hollywood, where our
members can become the best film stars. They will be great movie stars,
but God-centered men and women who are not swayed by temptation.
You can imagine that I am thinking about many things. Many other
projects that are already being fulfilled as well. In five or ten years
when you see the result you will wonder when I started all that. You
are simply going ahead with your responsibility now, and during that
time I am doing everything.
Now you realize that I am not interested in just spiritual work, but
that I am creating a solution in all the smelly, crumbling areas. I am
creating a solution. I am doing work which no head of state of this
world can duplicate. Even in martial arts we don't want to take second
place, so we are creating our own champions. I am also planning to
create sports teams, but only the best. A Moonie soccer champion will
still be kicking the ball even if his leg is broken!
It is my standard to excel and be number one in every area. We are
interested in catching a lot of fish, and we have received criticism
even for that. Last summer I set a new record in catching tuna and also
for catching the biggest tuna on the East Coast. It was a huge battle
to catch every tuna and bring it aboard. When the tuna was finally
drawn near the boat, I was the one to harpoon it. Many people question
how a religious leader could do such a thing. But I see the tuna's
blood a sacrifice to save Americans who are destined to die because of
their sin. The fish will die in their place.
In the Old Testament era the animals which were offered on the altar
were killed by the chief priest. I offer the tuna for the sake of
humanity, to help pay the debt of sin. I never, ever think I am
catching tuna to help feed my family, or to earn money for them, or for
sport. Whatever I am involved in, I have 100% unity with God, with
total vertical harmony. If that is my attitude, then what kind of men
and women do I want you to become? I want you to become central figures
in all walks of life, but always God-centered people.
Who is the best member on a 10-person fundraising team? It is
the person who gives more service in the most sacrificial way, and who
strives to make unity. The person who is always giving orders is less
likely to be in that position than the person who strives to carry them
out. What about the person who complains about having to do the work?
When you look at yourself in the mirror, demand that your eyes
repent for giving any dirty looks to people, and that your mouth repent
for any harsh words it said, and your ears for wanting only to hear good
things. Ask your brain if it is thinking of itself, or for God and
others. A selfish mind is narrow, but a broad mind thinks for others
and for the mission.
What is the place of the Unification Church? We are here to take
responsibility for all the bad things in America. We want to change
them for the better. If we can turn the dirty, smelly places into
heaven, people will have to respect us. When we bought Belvedere and
East Garden, there was much criticism in the community, and people felt
the town was losing its beautiful landmarks. But now they see that we
are doing a beautiful job of taking care of these properties. Our
philosophy is to get a piece of property and make it better.
America is crumbling because most people think they will take
responsibility only for good things. No one is interested in improving
the bad areas. If God is truly determined to save the world then will
He deal only with good people, or will He go to the worst possible place
as well? It is a simple philosophy: if the worst place can be changed
into heaven, then everything else is taken care of.
When I came to America I said I would help all the people who were
struggling with problems, whether free sex, drugs, family problems,
whatever. In 1975 Barrytown was a training center for members from all
over the country. Whenever I visited the leaders they would wail about
how many low-standard people were smoking marijuana and stealing,
worrying that this was not how a training center should be run. But I
told them if America didn't have so many such people, then I wouldn't be
here. I came to America to help save those people.
Many of you were in trouble in the past, like human trash, with no
goal in life. Today you are revolutionaries, completely turned around.
You will receive more and more assistance as spirit world intervenes to
help people overcome temptation. There is a story about one chain
smoker who heard Principle and decided to join. But he just couldn't
overcome his desire for smoking, and would sneak out for cigarettes.
One day he sneaked out and put a cigarette in his mouth and then his
whole chest throbbed with pain. He exclaimed to himself, "I never
knew smoking was that painful!" And then he could quit.
One person wanted to be a member and follow God's way, but had a
hard time overcoming his drinking habit. One day he had a drink
secretly and then hiccupped all day long, advertising that he had been
drinking. The Unification Church is a mysterious place where things
like this happen. Without knowing about spirit world, people think
there is brainwashing going on here because they hear about things like
this. They can't understand how such drastically good changes in
people's lives can happen otherwise.
Another mysterious thing is that even if you leave the Unification
Church you cannot extract the Principle from your mind, and you will see
it working everywhere. Then you have to come back. We are really
turned around. There are couples who were living fallen lives in the
world, but then they realized God was working in the Unification Church
and joined. Then for seven years until they were blessed they had no
physical relationship with each other, even though some of them still
shared the same bed. Was I spying on them to make sure they did that?
This is why we can confidently say that we can change the world.
Our job is to be responsible for the worst situation. When you get a
mission in a terrible place, would you say that even though you love me,
you simply can't do such a mission? Is your love conditional? If you
really feel that the Unification Church is created for saving this
world, you will ask what is the most troubling, difficult mission and
then volunteer to go there.
What is the worst problem in the world today? Why is it communism?
God is the living Father of mankind. If someone tells your children
that you don't even exist, and your children deny you are their parent,
how do you feel? When you realize that that person is telling your
children to deny you simply so he can destroy them, then that person is
truly your enemy.
This analogy applies to communism. It says that there is no such
thing as God, so communism will be the master and ruler of mankind. God
is our Father, but communism is trying to throw Him out the window.
Therefore, communism is the greatest evil in the world. The Unification
Church has declared a war against communism in the name of God, and
saying, "We know God." I have truly won the reputation of
being the greatest enemy of communism, and the communists know this
better than anyone.
We are making a movie about General MacArthur, and so far there has
been no publicity about it in the free world. But the communist press
has already accused it of distorting history. Kim Il Sung even
sponsored a week of rallies against the movie. The State Department and
Pentagon are very naive and never think what the communist motive might
be in trying to stop that film; instead they tiptoe around, trying to be
careful. The communists know very well who their most threatening
challenger is, and they know the impact this film can have on them.
The Japanese communists thought they could deceive the world, but
they fear the Unification Church and Reverend Moon because they know we
cannot be deceived. We created a committee in Japan for the study of
communism. Thinking we were promoting communism, they came to listen to
us, but then they found out exactly how wrong they were and since then
they have opposed us. We have mastered communist theory. Communists
have studied the Principle so they can rebut it, but they are confused
by our emphasis on spiritual values and spirit world. They cannot
master the Principle!
A letter was received in one of our Japanese centers from someone
who had been a prominent member and had left. He confessed he had been
sent by the communist party to study the Principle and develop a
complete rebuttal. But he said he realized Divine Principle was the
truth, and his conscience wouldn't permit him to stay and spy any
longer. So he wished good luck to the church, and finally left. What
can the communists do if their spies are converted by us?
Without question the worst problem faced by the world today is
communism. How can we win against it-with fists? No, only with the
word of God, and the heart of love. The communists believe that the end
justifies the means, and that if a lie is repeated enough it will become
the truth. We must teach them that truth is always truth and a lie is a
lie. We have become the most formidable organization working against
communism. Our International Federation for Victory Over Communism is
working in Asia, Europe, and America and will weaken international
This summer our CARP members were working at the University of
Southern California. A communist youth group staged a rally with about
500 people to demonstrate against Reverend Moon and the Unification
Church. Only 80 of our members were there, led by Tiger Park. He told
the members to stand back and watch him. He strode up to that
opposition rally and challenged the leader to come out for a showdown.
The group fought among themselves over whether the leader should go out
or not. Tiger Park grabbed one of the organizers in front and held up
his clenched fist and asked him, "Do you see my fist?" In the
face of this determined confrontation the rally melted away. We are
winning a fearsome reputation among communist youth in the world.
The second worst crisis for God in the world today is the weakening
of Christianity. It should have been God's main force but in the last
two decades it has rapidly declined, so it needs to be revived. Today
Christian churches are mostly recreation halls with bingo and dances.
We not only teach our own members at the Unification Theological
Seminary, but we also invite eminent theologians from all over the
country to visit. We offer them an open invitation to study Unification
Theology and question it and criticize it. Many theologians thought the
Unification Church had no theory, and thought they would teach us about
theology, but everyone who comes to Barrytown is amazed that we have
such a deep teaching.
We are qualified for accreditation to offer a Masters degree, but
because of government harassment we have not received it from the State
of New York. But so many visiting scholars have seen the quality of our
school that our students are accepted by many leading universities into
their Ph.D. programs-this includes Harvard, Yale, Drew, University of
Chicago, and so forth. The students and some of the faculty at these
universities are shocked that Moonies are enrolling there, and they are
very curious. But after a while our students win their respect, and now
are demonstrating their leadership abilities.
Our students are making their professors study again. If they don't
come to class prepared, our students challenge them with sharp
questions. If they don't want to be embarrassed, the professors have to
study ahead of time! Now we have conducted Unification theology
seminars for leading theologians at 18 different universities, with our
students presiding over the visiting professors. This is unheard of at
those schools. These famous professors are the heads of the
intellectual communities in their areas. We are attempting to turn the
heads of the academic world so the body will also turn.
Without really knowing what is going on, some ministers warn people
not to mingle with the Unification Church, but we are confident that we
have the commitment to revive the established churches. The louder the
ministers shout against us, the more young people drift away because
those ministers have no power. Do you have confidence you can revive
Now our seminars are being offered to the legal profession. Soon I
want to organize a judicial federation as an arm to crack down on
communism when it violates basic human rights. In a few years we will
have our own Ph.D.'s. They are graduating from seminaries of many
denominations, and because they are well grounded in these theologies as
well as the Divine Principle, no one will be able to compete with them.
Established Christian churches have always tried to destroy the
Unification Church, but we have never attacked. We are only trying to
The third greatest problem of the world is the moral decline,
particularly among youth. Who will clear it up? Do you have confidence
we can do it? This problem has been Satan's best weapon so far in
stopping the realization of the heavenly kingdom, but all three of these
problems operate in conjunction with each other. The communists work to
corrupt the youth, promoting drug traffic and encouraging immorality by
proclaiming it as a "right." The Unification Church has a
confident answer for all this, and we are not just talking about it, but
acting on it.
So far we have proven we can prevail over communism and revive
Christianity, and now we are tackling the moral problem. Unification
theory is being taught in all walks of life in Japan. I have been
misunderstood and hated by the powers of the world, but this lonely man
has proven that God's solution works. We must work harder than the
communists. We should be burning with greater zeal than Christian
leaders, and living with God-centered morals. If we are no better
than the people we are trying to change, how can we say we will save
My strategy is to reach young people under 30 and teach them
heavenly discipline, training them to tackle these problems of the world
and win. We can travel from one side of the world to another. If our
Japanese Church hears that we need 100 members here, they will arrive
the next day. If I ask you to leave for Europe or Africa tomorrow, you
will. We cover the entire world, but we are one movement, one family.
Our stage is the entire universe, but our minds are even bigger. We
will solve all these three problem areas, liberating America, the world,
and ultimately liberating God. Have you ever thought we would liberate
God, instead of God liberating us?
We will take over God's mission so He will have nothing to do except
watch. You may be sitting here on a cold concrete floor, but you have
the confidence that when you move, America and the world will move. I
come from humble origins in the Korean countryside, but I am telling
America that I will move this nation. When I go to Britain, it doesn't
even take six months for the whole country to begin talking about me.
The government knew that nationwide controversy would start with my
arrival, so they tried to keep me away. They didn't know, however, that
there are many small Reverend Moon there who will also stir up heavenly
Whether I am here at East Garden or away in the mountains, if I give
a direction would you act on it at once? If I told 1,000 of you to
surround the White House, fasting and praying for 40 days, would you do
it? My way is not the communist way, but God's way. We have the power
to do anything, but disciplined by God's spirit, so our way cannot go
wrong. We will tackle each task fearlessly and boldly, and we will
If you have a black husband or wife, you feel you can be a savior to
Africa, a true father or mother to that continent. If you have an
inter-racial marriage you can be greater than me because that is
one thing I haven't done. I want you to have that credential, and be
proud for that.
You can tell God to watch you liberate Him. Unless you make noise,
how will God know you are doing anything? You have to tell America what
you are up to, or it will not pay attention. Why has America reacted so
strongly to me? It is because I have such a fervent interest in this
country. This nation can't help but respond.
It doesn't matter whether I live for many more years or die now, as
long as you become junior Reverend Moons. You can have the confidence
to turn this nation upside down for God. Can you do it? A little
sister on the front line must have confidence that even though she is
unknown, when she stands up, America will also stand up and be saved.
Make your minds big like God's mind and fill them with life and love.
Wherever you go, life and love will overflow. Moonies are powerhouses,
intense and hot, and when our circuits are hooked up the world has to
Why did you come here instead of staying with your own families?
Many members are wondering how they ended up here because they are
scared to move forward and scared to stay put. I feel sorry for them.
There is no such thing as two ways- there is only one choice and that is
to go forward. The Unification Church way of life is not just ours, but
the universal way of life and God's way of life. If a spanking is
inevitable, you might as well get it over with and let other people be
inspired by your example.
Maybe you like the Unification Church but have decided you still
don't like people of other races. Is that your position? White and
black make a beautiful mixture. When you are teaching someone, you
should feel you want to convert them into the best possible man or
woman. To do that you must make a wholehearted investment. Am I
investing myself in America? In every respect I am investing
totally-materially and economically, of course, but most importantly,
with spirit and heart. I am holding nothing back.
You are either here to take advantage of me or to be directed by me.
Which one? That means you are willing to respond to my call? If your
lips say yes, do your eyes bear witness and your heart echo it? You are
willing to be directed by me because you know it will be used for the
purpose of God and mankind for salvation. You welcome that, don't you?
I tell you to live and die for the sake of your country because
otherwise America will not be saved. That determination means you will
give everything, without reservation, for the sake of this country. The
person who is ready to die doesn't care about hunger, lack of sleep, or
hard work. As long as he is still alive, how can he complain? Suppose
you are martyred. Would you wonder how that could happen to you and
complain that you worked so hard while I lived in East Garden?
You are a different person now. You can tell the sun that you are
here to liberate God. If you climb to the top of a mountain, you can
say you are the first one to climb that hill with the heart of
liberating God and the world, and the mountain will know you are its
friend. When I first came to America I went to every state and dedicate
a holy ground, offering a special prayer. I told nature at each place
that I would be back, and I could feel the creation welcoming and
cherishing me. The entire universe will be your friend.
Will you ever be lonely? If you are in chains in jail, you will not
be lonely if the entire universe is your friend. When you are a dynamo
of the spirit of God, even if you don't say anything, still people will
be brought by spirit world to comfort you. Have you seen me in dreams
and visions? If you live this life 100% then you will be like me. Your
position and place is that of a master, not a servant.
When you are witnessing or fundraising you feel hope to convert this
nation. In years to come many people will seek your advice and you can
influence the leaders of this nation. That is a realistic hope as long
as you live this way. Today we have churches in 127 countries, but
think of 25 years ago when I was living in a mud hut in Pusan, talking
about these very things. The people listening thought I was really
Now that I am saying these things at Belvedere no one thinks I am
crazy. You can see hope, and you know this is the only alternative
remaining for the nation and the world. My crazy words turned out to be
true. You are persecuted now, but in time you will be honored by the
world, and leaders of nations will invite you to come help them. Will
you start working when that times comes, or will you start now?
Today is the day to begin, here in New York in your home church
area. Will you be a freight car or a locomotive? A locomotive is
smoky, hot, and noisy, so everywhere you go, there will be noise and
smoke and controversy. You have to receive persecution; that is our
daily diet. People may think you are weird and they are curious about
how you live. That curiosity is a good thing and through people's
interest you will become famous. Then you can exercise more influence
My name is well known, isn't it? Even elementary school children
know my name. When my 11th child was born, it was announced by all the
wire services and all the major newspapers.
Whether they like me or denounce me, no one ignores me. Among
Moonies I am the best man, but among anti-Moonies I am the worst
man on earth. Who is right?
I knew that I would prevail even without your help, but with you it
is much easier. Will you be defeated or victorious? Our mission is to
liberate God. It is the most difficult mission. You may shed much
sweat and blood, yet feel you haven't done enough. Even when you give
every possible service, you still feel you have not done enough. Do you
think God will embrace you, saying, "My child, I know you love me
and I love you"? If you drop from total exhaustion, God will
embrace you, and in the dark of night even your dirty hands will glow.
You will experience many mysterious things.
A pious son wants to take over his parents' difficulties and
liberate them. A loyal subject takes over the problems of the kingdom,
sacrificing himself to solve them. What is the starting point? It is
the point of love and truth. You have to know what is good and what is
evil. If you know it, then you will act on it.
Today is October 7, a good number. Can you pledge you have changed
today and want to liberate God? If so, raise your fist with mine.
God bless you.