REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE LAST FRONTIER
December 7, 1986
Translator - Sang Kil Han
There seem to be equal numbers of Japanese and American members
here this morning. It is a really historical event to see you all
together in such a harmonious gathering. Only 45 years ago today,
war was initiated between Japan and the United States. This question
is for all of you: Are Japanese members absolutely necessary in
the Unification Church? How about you Japanese members-do you think
the American members are absolutely necessary? Well, what do you
think? Yes, of course they are.
What kind of frontier or battle line are we talking about today
in our title? Is it a military battle line between America and
Russia? No, I am talking here about the division between selfishness
and unselfishness. It is the confrontation between good and evil-or,
on a horizontal level, good people versus bad people. Good people
are the faithful ones who have become one with goodness, and evil
people are those who have become very close to evil. From the
vertical point of view, it is a battle between God and Satan.
Man's mind and body, whether he is aware of it or not, are
separated and in conflict on the horizontal level. Husband and wife
are also separated. The vertical relationship between parents and
children is one of separation as well. In each race there are
different factions and groups, and on an even larger scale there
is no unity on the national level. Now we see the world itself
divided between advocates of materialistic communism and believers
in God. It is easy to see the two clearly divided groups on the
horizontal level-the free world and the communist world. But people
fail to see for the most part that there is an equally intense war
on the vertical plane between God and all the forces that oppose
What do we achieve through conflict? History shows that by
fighting and struggling, the stronger power absorbs the weaker and
some sort of unity comes about. We can look at four elements:
goodness and good people, and evil and evil people. By fighting
and confrontation, the strongest among these will eventually absorb
the weaker ones. The philosophical basis for the free world is
spirituality or idealism, whereas the communists stand on the ground
of materialism. These are incompatible philosophies which must
confront each other and they are doing that now.
Which of the two views is correct? Which is primary- the material
or the spiritual world? An individual attains unity when his body
is centered on his mind. This is the Principle. Therefore the free
world should be the center and absorb the communist world. But we
see a different reality today because communists are working hard
to unify the world, centering on their ideals, while the free world
is not even thinking about global unity. Thus we see a perplexing
situation, in which communism is well established and methodically
moving in a sure direction, while the free world is almost like a
satellite revolving around and making no determined effort to absorb
others. From this viewpoint, it is clear that we must form a strong
entity centering on a spiritual ideal to absorb the communist world.
This is only on the horizontal level, but we see similar things
happening vertically. For instance, all religions are divided and
even in conflict. No two are truly united. If Christianity is the
mainstream religion, then it should be absorbing all the scattered,
smaller religions. But is this happening now? Do you think that
goodness should absorb evil, or should it be the other way around?
We can clearly understand Christianity's role today. But what is
actually happening is that the religion of Christianity in general
has become virtually spiritless, powerless and numb. With no
awareness of their God-given mission, their spirit and influence
have been steadily dwindling. Meanwhile those who represent a lesser
goodness or even evil seem to be stronger and gathering momentum.
That is not at all a comfortable thing to observe and the world is
facing a very important, critical situation.
The same situation exists on the vertical plane as well. We must
understand that there is alarming confusion within the spiritual
world because Satan is still running rampant, exerting strong
influence over people who are more evil than good. Vertically,
goodness has less influence than might be expected. The balance is
truly at the dangerous point now. The left side is coming closer
and getting the better of the right side, which is clearly the
Who will take responsibility for this? Who will say, "It
is my mission to set it right"? Can God take responsibility
for it? Of course, God has been doing that for many years, but even
almighty God cannot do anything without a good foundation on earth.
Heaven is our destination, but we can only enter heaven after
defeating evil on earth and in the spirit world. That is our formula.
God knows this, of course, and so do good people. Satan and evil
people also know this rule. With whom does the responsibility lie?
You can see clearly why I said today that we are standing and
fighting on the last battle line of history. If we look back at
human history, we can see that there have been many wars and many
different civilizations, but there has been nothing like we see
today. This is the last battle line on the cosmic level.
God, our Father, is extremely serious looking at this critical
situation. Would God say, "Since I love you, My sons and
daughters, you should take it easy, have a comfortable life and be
happy"? Can He say that to His loving people? In an ideal
world, yes, but in this critical situation He cannot. Would God
say, "Now that you're blessed and have spent many long years
working hard, you should forget all about the war between good and
evil"? Would He say that. Could He say that?
Nobody can be comfortable when they are fighting a war and say
with certainty, "We're going to win." People feel they
are in a critical situation every moment. You might crush the enemy
with the right move but if you make one wrong move, the enemy can
get the better of you, even if you are in the position of goodness.
So for the sake of humankind, we can't think now about whether or
not we are comfortable or whether or not we are working too hard,
or whether somebody has a problem, whether somebody is happy or
not. Those concerns are not primary now. The crucial question now
is, "Will the side of goodness win so that the whole world
can benefit?" For the soldier standing on the front line
whatever he hears, says, smells, or touches-whatever he does-he
thinks about one thing: "Does this help win the victory?"
His mission is always the critical center of his thinking.
Does this just apply to men because men are soldiers and fighters,
or are women included, too? How about older people? Are young
people the only fighters and older people not capable? Old or young,
man or woman, everyone in the world is involved in this spiritual
war. If there is one best location from which to wage the battle,
shouldn't everybody go there? Where is that one place on earth
where the spirit world will help all the good people of the physical
world? The Unification Church is the one place about which all the
good spirits say, "Go there. That is the place to win the
The Unification Church has a very clear purpose. Even a first-day
member knows it: we must bring the world into unity. In order to
bring everything into unity, however, we must have a center. What
should be our center? True Parents are the point at which the
vertical axis of the heart of God-the spiritual axis-connects with
the physical axis. You cannot dispense with this connecting point
of the True Parents. There is conflict, however, because other
parents exist. Because of fallen parents, fallen people multiplied
evil, resulting in a world that is false. In order to change what
is false, the truth must come. True Parents, then, seek to change
the false children into good or true children and that is the last
thing Satan wants. He will make people so afraid of that, they will
cling and do everything to stop their children from going to the
Reverend Moon has become famous. More famous than President
Reagan? How about Russia's Mr. Gorbachev? The Reagan Administration
is in peril now. It would be very easy for it to crumble, and the
newspapers are making a lot of noise. The communist world is in
just as much turmoil. They are saying, "We should adjust our
communism and gradually take after the free world's economic
style." What is happening to both sides is really desirable,
in a way. From whose point of view is it desirable-the world's, or
America's, or God's? Yes, from God's and the Unification Church's
point of view. Can you see how close we are to the destination,
the terminal point?
When the world situation is like this, what will the Unification
Church do? Of course, we will move forward but are we going to
achieve an individual goal, a family goal, a national goal or a
world goal? We are working for God's world goal. But all of you
have lived only individual lives so far. An individual might say,
"This is my way of life, I don't want to change it. I will
remain on the individual level." Can you say that? Americans
often fall into this individualistic way of thinking.
Reverend Moon has lived his whole life away from the crowded
highway, climbing a steep ladder all the way to the top. Does
anybody enjoy doing that? It is very tiring and even Reverend Moon
doesn't like it, but without going that way, the goal cannot be
reached. We are not talking about climbing just in the summertime
when you wear light clothes, but also in the winter when you have
to wear thermal underwear, trousers, coat and boots. If you were
climbing a ladder, would you climb a little at a time, taking only
a few steps a day? Or would you just climb all the way up, using
all your strength? In fact, even though it might be freezing weather,
I would take off every heavy piece of clothing and then, as light
as possible, scramble up very fast. I have lived my whole life this
way. Which would you prefer-climbing slowly or quickly? You might
say, "Does Father really mean that we should take off everything
except maybe briefs or pants to become as light as possible and
then climb up at top speed?"
If you are in an actual war, the only thing you think about is
how to survive and win. In order to do that, you quickly learn that
you can do all kinds of things which, in everyday life, you would
have thought impossible. You just do them. This is how people behave
under wartime conditions. Would you want to be comfortable in the
moment and live another day or two, and then be killed? Someone
might protest, "What's wrong with the world? Where is the war?
That's just what the Unification Church says. Why don't you take
it easy and live like you always used to live?" Would you
agree with him?
How are we going to win this war? You know how people tried to
throw me out of this country but they were unsuccessful. The
newspapers and influential groups attacked me, finally sending me
to prison thinking that would be the end of the Unification Church.
Did the Unification Church come to an end? Danbury was a horizontal
turning point. From that point on, there was only one place to go,
which was up. You look at the last couple of years since the time
of Danbury. Has the Unification Church declined or developed? It
went up at a sharp angle, didn't it?
Until I returned here two weeks ago, what were you doing? You
worked very hard, didn't you, to get ten million signatures of
support for CAUSA's ideals? Did you ever think before you started
that you could achieve the goal so quickly? Did you even believe
you could get ten million signatures? When the goal of ten million
people was announced, almost everybody was skeptical, but did you
do it successfully or not? You did it. You went out and touched
the American people. You did not know what was going to happen,
but you did it because you wanted to reclaim this country for God.
But now do you say, "That is all I can do. That's the limit"?
Are you prepared to go out and do more?
Now that you've done it, shall we take a rest? Since the Reagan
Administration is declining and the Gorbachev Administration is
going down, shall we go down also? We must shoot up strongly.
Imagine you are a boxing champion in the ring and your opponent is
getting weak. What do you do? Don't you just strike out with great
force and knock him out? You don't think about it-your fist just
flies into his face.
There has never been a group like the Unification Church in the
entire history of man. Only forty years ago, the Japanese and
Americans were fighting to the bitter end. Today Reverend Moon has
brought representatives of those two nations together and each of
them is trying to care for the other more than their own country.
They are fighting together for the common cause-the world- with
all their might. Harder than the Japanese ever fought against the
Americans and vice versa, we're fighting together against our
common, invisible enemy. Think about it. Two of the strongest
armies in the world were fighting each other, but now the same
nations are united together against the common enemy. What could
be more powerful?
How is it that so many people around the world have tried to
persecute and chase away Reverend Moon for many years, but nothing
has ever stopped him? In fact, he is only getting stronger, whereas
everybody who was once strong against the Unification Church is
losing strength. Mr. Reagan is losing strength, Mr. Gorbachev is
losing strength, the entire secular world is losing strength. But
Reverend Moon, whom they wished would decline, is clearly going
up. Why? Not only is Reverend Moon rising up but more and more
people are tagging along after our movement. There are millions of
members of VOC, supporters of CAUSA, and thousands of supportive
ministers. Imagine: at one time all of Christianity went against
Reverend Moon for being a "heretic," but now many Christian
leaders are lining up in support. All America tried to bring me
down, but now more and more Americans are supporting me.
Somehow I have steered the Unification Church through all this
suffering. You might wonder why a smart person would make so many
enemies and never say anything in retaliation. I just minded my
own business. Even though many people sprang up to oppose me, I
have no enemy. It was like a lot of dogs barking at a stranger.
Once the stranger is gone, they all bark at each other. Many groups
and individuals really barked at me in the past, but now they are
barking at each other. No matter how much noise they made, I never
budged. You know what is happening today? Many ministers are saying
with wide-eyed innocence, "I didn't oppose you, Reverend
Many non-Unification Church members are watching me as if with
binoculars and wondering what I am going to do next. Then when I
do something, they say, "That's the best thing he could ever
do!" In that way the world is much more sensitive to me than
the Unification Church members. People from outside the church are
smiling and applauding me, but Moonies are making faces and saying,
"Oh, Father, must I sacrifice again?" Many scholarly
people believe our movement has a lot of opportunity to rise in
the world so they are really interested in watching it. But people
within the Unification Church rarely think of themselves that way.
They think, "I'm such a miserable person and I'm getting
old." When a man is determined to run, his head goes first.
But with Unification Church members, the stomach runs first! It's
Imagine if it was announced that Reverend Moon was scheduled to
speak at a certain place on such and such a date, how many people
would gather there? The Bible has already warned us that the first
will be last and the last will be first. That seems to be coming
true now. The people in the outside world are eager to run, whereas
many Unification Church members are lagging behind.
Until now, there were many frontiers and front lines of different
kinds. Who fought on the front lines of the Unification Church war?
It was Father. Now I am saying that this is the last frontier or
battle line. But the last battle line is not just one short line;
it is a long line composed of the last individual front line, the
last family front line, the last racial, national, world and
universal front lines. On all levels, there is a front line and
this is the last one because after this victory, there will probably
be no war.
As a marathon runner approaches the goal, he doesn't need to
think about anything except running and doing his best. He doesn't
Know what he's passing, in what condition he's in. He doesn't care
about anything except reaching the goal, which he knows is getting
closer all the time. What are you doing? Is Father the runner and
you are just spectators?
When I come and speak to you, you are kind of wary and waiting
for what I might tell you to do. When war happens in a country,
the one who says, "I don't want to be a soldier," has no
opportunity in those times. But the one who says, "I want to
be on the front line and I will be the winner," has all the
opportunity. In the ranks of the officers, the one who achieves
the biggest victory will be the four-star general and the marshal,
isn't that true? What kind of rank would you be content to have in
this spiritual war? Are you just watching other people fight or
doing the fighting yourself? Are you going to lead the soldiers
yourself or will you be one of the soldiers who just follows? In
the past, America tried to snipe at Father. They aimed all sorts
of accusations at me and not at Unification Church members. What
happened? Was I defeated or did I overcome? All that matters now
is that they attacked me with all their might and I became a winner.
When I go to Korea, the government people individually hail and
support me, but they are wary of what I might do next. They watch
me carefully because they are impressed and kind of fearful. The
same thing happens in Japan. They are not afraid that I will harm
them but they are watching because I have already achieved so much.
Now that I have returned to America, people here are also watching
me, wondering, "What is Reverend Moon doing now? What is he
going to do next?" We are not fighting with weapons, but we
are bringing one person after another over to our side.
The direction that we will pursue has become clear to us, hasn't
it? Now that it has, you Americans don't need the Japanese members
anymore, do you? You don't need Father anymore, do you? Aren't you
independent? Don't the Japanese members make too much trouble for
you? The American people want everyone to be just like them.
Although they may not like me, God likes me. And you Japanese
members have to stay here. God said it. How about that?
If you were God Himself, what would you need in the spiritual
battle: a general or a soldier? They are both fighters, but what
is the difference? The general always goes ahead as a leader and
is himself a target, whereas a soldier doesn't lead the way or go
out in front. So when you are on the front line of the dispensation,
which would you like to be-just a soldier or a general?
We must brace ourselves, conscious that in the next three to
seven years, the dispensation must come to a victorious fulfillment.
If you take a high vantage point on the world situation this is
very plain to see. All the signs show that the world will now
decline slowly whereas for us, victory is within range in three
years, depending on how hard we work. Do you know that? This is
not only subjective thinking but if you look objectively, all the
signs show that this could easily come about.
What is another difference between the soldier and the general?
The general shouts out and gives commands to the rest of the troops
who are following him. How about you? Do you have soldiers too?
Every one of you wants to be a general in this spiritual battle,
don't you? To do that, you have to obtain followers, or soldiers.
Then you have to feed them, clothe them, and teach them. Do you
have the kind of guts necessary to do that? This is a very practical
question. Unless we are able to lead our followers here in America,
our position cannot be successful. This is why we have planned to
instruct seven thousand ministers by bringing them back to Korea,
showing them God's dispensation. We are doing that even today-a
group of ministers is in Korea right now. Thousands of people have
already gone there, and that will continue.
Do you think Unification Church members can match the abilities
of these ministers? No, the ministers are much more able and trained
people. That is why I am shaking up all the Unification Church
members and saying: Beware. Put yourself in Father's position and
consider whether you would try to win the victory through the
Unification Church members or through the ministers. If you do not
have ability and you are not up to the standard, what can I do?
Father looks at nothing but the victory.
Do you really feel that the spiritual war we are in and the
front line we are forming now is the last front line, and that
there won't be any more battles after winning this victory? Ten
million individuals in America signed in support of the CAUSA goals,
but they also have families. Probably the wife or husband also
agrees. Then they also have their children. Maybe a couple of
children are still living with the parents, so we could say that
there are perhaps four people per signature, on average. That means
forty million people are on the side of goodness rather than on
the evil side. Our function, our task, is to take care of them and
teach them how to serve the purpose of God. That is what we mean
by "digesting." Can we do that?
This is the first Sunday since I have returned from Korea and
it is the first Sunday of December. Should I begin this month by
issuing once again the direction to go out? Are you thinking how
miserable you are? This victory is not just something the Unification
Church wants to gain. Everything in the universe wants it, even
the smallest pebbles. The animals and all things-minerals, water,
air-want to see this one great victory of God. The last opportunity
is upon us and we have to win. In fact, I see next year, 1987, as
the most crucial and important year in which we must harvest many
smaller victories or else we will not have enough power to achieve
the final victory.
We all feel that without the Unification movement America can
never be rescued. Each of us knows that there is no other way to
bring America over to the side of goodness. Fifteen years ago I
spoke in this country and said that America would soon be coming
into very difficult times. I said that America would perish if
something was not done. Unification Church members believed me on
a certain level, but couldn't really understand. They looked around
and everything seemed to be going all right, according to the good
old "American way." There was no better way in the world,
they thought, so they wondered, "Father, what are you talking
about? America won't really perish." However, only fifteen
years later, everybody is saying, yes, America really is falling
and about to perish, just like Father predicted. It is not only
we who feel that but also many others, including retired military
leaders, as well as renowned scholars. Such people are coming and
listening to CAUSA lectures and after having heard them, they shout
out, "Hurray, America has hope!"
The Fifteenth International Conference on the Unity of the
Sciences was recently convened, during which participating scholars
agreed that Reverend Moon's teaching is the only way for the world
to go. They felt very honored just to catch a glimpse of Reverend
Moon. But today, there are Unification Church members living close
to Father and seeing me here every Sunday who don't feel a fraction
of the strong feeling those scholars exhibited. This is not right.
Are you really looking forward to victory? Then you will look
forward to seeing Father as a most precious opportunity.
Are you going to fight this spiritual war or not? Once you make
up your mind, you can do anything. If you are truly determined, it
is time for me to rest awhile. When I started going this path, I
was alone with no friend, no teacher, nobody I could share with.
The environment, everything, was opposing me. Today, however, you
have many friends and you have True Parents. When you have a
difficult problem, you can come to me and ask how to win. You have
everything you need.
I came here for the sake of this country, sacrificing my own
country. This is not my home but I have been working hard here.
Compared to your standard until now, I have been working harder,
but from now on, you should work harder than I. This is your mission.
You young people are some of the most fortunate ones who have
managed to escape the deadly snare of drugs. So many young people
are using drugs in this country. America may have the greatest
defense arsenal in the world, but can they do anything about one
drug addict? No. Only God's power through the Unification Church
can change that helpless state of affairs.
Korea's political situation is at a desperate point right now,
much worse than it is here. You don't know how bad it is. Everybody
wonders how Korea can still stand, not knowing that God is supporting
it in an invisible way. When I left Korea recently, many informed
people said, "Reverend Moon, you know how critical Korea's
situation is, how much she needs you. Must you go back to America?"
They did not realize that Father has to come here not just for the
sake of America, but for the sake of the world.
So on this last frontier should we move forward only during the
daytime? We have to occupy field after field, higher ground after
higher ground. No place should be without a Unification Church
center. Our movement should be everywhere. We have to thrust
ourselves into every endeavor and become masters in each field. Do
you understand? We cannot afford to even think about losing at
this point. We have to be saturated with the idea of victory. Until
now, Father has been doing almost everything and we are indeed on
very high ground today. But from now on, you have to work just as
hard as Father, if not harder, or else America will have no hope.
That is the only way we can restore America. We have to do it
There are people in Congress who are supportive of the Unification
Church, aware that our work is a good influence for America. Their
numbers will grow day by day. Such supporters are not our members
- they are also in the media, the academic community, and in every
field. They understand the meaning of the Unification Church even
more clearly than many of you. You must challenge them and you can
never be outdone by them. It should be out of the question. You
must be the forerunners. That is the determination we must have
Father gave everything he had for the sake of this country and
the world, didn't he? Likewise, you have to put everything you have
on the line for the same purpose. Then you can say, "God, I
have worked just like Father did." But you can only say that
after you have done it. When we have that kind of strong determination,
the victory will be ours. We have to act to win the victory, not
just think about it. Are we going to fight this war and win the
victory or not? Those who are determined to do that, raise your
hands. Thank you. Let us pray.