In an effort to deflect the tag of indulging in ‘heretical teachings of the bible’ made by various Korean church organizations and councils which has been supported by the Baptist and Revival churches and various tribal church associations in Nagaland, the Good News Mission of pastor Reverend Ock Soo Park on Tuesday said churches cannot impose their will on members.
According to Pastor Park, who was speaking (through an interpreter) with sections of the media at the press conference, faith was an individual choice. Pastor Park said he was labeled as a ‘heretic’ ( teaching a doctrine that was not in line with the Word of God) and over which people were being asked to boycott his crusade by the NBCC.
Pastor Park maintained that despite wanting to thrash out the issue with the NBCC leaders, they had not responded to the offer from the GNM.
He also told the council leaders, “you have never come to meet me and yet you write against me”.
Without pinpointing fingers at the NBCC, Pastor Park accused many churches in Korea of having become corrupt and due to which people have started leaning away from the churches.
Park further said that corrupt religious leaders never makes an effort to teach the truth. Perhaps alluding all the criticisms on him and the GNM, Pastor Park said that when people began to speak against corrupt church leaders, they were branded as heretics.
“God is with us and they are afraid because we are working very powerfully” he affirmed.
Park said he was invited by one church leader to visit Dimapur in 2009 adding “I did not invite myself.” However, he said the pastor called up at the last moment before the crusade to say the church could not host it. He also claimed that one female pastor who had allegedly written against the mission last year, apologized to them, saying that she did not write the words.
Director of International Youth Fellowship Pastor Wook Yong Kim who also spoke at the press conference maintained that it was the Holy Spirit who allowed them to conduct the crusade.
Maintaining that the information received by NBCC from a Korean pastor was all false, Pastor Kim asserted that the wrong information given to the Naga people needed to be fixed. While agreeing in principle to the move by NBCC to protect its members from heretical teachings, the pastor urged the council to hear them out before passing the decree. “We are not trying to receive a praise or acknowledgment but fix the false information” he added.
Disclosing that they had even met few political leaders like chief minister Neiphiu Rio and Urban Development and H & T Education minister Dr.Shürhozelie to fix a meeting with the NBCC leaders, Pastor Kim however lamented that all their efforts failed.
It may be recalled that the NBCC, NCRC and other Church Associations have endorsed the joint statment of the Korean Church Council and Baptist Associations cautioning against the ‘heretical teachings’ of Ock Soo Park and his Good News Mission from South Korea.
One of the points raised pertains to the issue of interpretation of salvation and sin. The churches say the Good News Mission teaching on certain issues were not in line with the teachings of the bible as followed by the established churches throughout the world. Therefore, the church in Nagaland has decided to issue the warning to members