I wanted to catch up with the controversial Korean Christian leader, Man Hee Lee, now that his tour of America is over.
Lee spoke in late July in Los Angeles, the last stop in a tour of Europe and America, in response to invitations from other Christian leaders. He had visited Germany, Austria and New York City before his L.A. seminar.
In the speech at the Christ Cathedral in Los Angeles, Lee explained his understanding of the Book of Revelation. As reported by The Washington Times, the main thrust of his message seems to be that humanity is actually living in the time of the fulfillment of the prophecies found in Revelation, which for many Christians would indicate the imminent coming of God’s kingdom on earth.
Lee’s Tabernacle of the Testimony, headquartered in South Korea, has 140,000 members worldwide and established more than 300 seminary schools throughout the world, his website and press release state.
The appearance was controversial, with opponents claiming the church is a “cult.” Lee has said Jesus appeared before him as a “bright heavenly figure,” and claims that the Book of Revelation already has been fulfilled.
Lee supporters told the Orange County Register that the church is not a cult and Lee is not claiming to be the second coming of the Messiah.
I find the cult allegation interesting. Certainly, Lee supporters have been enthusiastic about contacting me and this blog after I wrote about him in July. But I am not sure it’s a bad thing to believe strongly in a faith message.
When does that crossover to becoming a “cult?” The answer is unclear.
To be sure, Lee advocates for some very positive things, such as the reunification of North and South Korea. This weekend, his church is hosting The World Peace Initiative in the Republic of Korea. The church claims over 100,000 volunteers from over 80 countries will participate.
I invite church members to send me updates and pictures from the event. For more information about the World Peace Initiative, visit the website: