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A conspiracy theorist who is the son of cult leader Moonies has purchased a 130-acre property on a mountain in eastern Tennessee that will serve as a “training center” for his congregation who revere AR- assault rifles. 15.
Pastor Hyung Jin ‘Sean’ Moon – head of Rod of Iron Ministries, a gun-centric spin-off from his father’s Unification Church – has acquired the property of Grainger County, which is home to only a barn and a small residence, for $ 460,000.
“This is going to be a very, very important mission,” Moon said in a recent sermon discussing the acquisition, according to VICE. “Many, many, many buses full of people will come and pray there and liberate the ancestors. “
Moon said his goal was to recreate the infamous Unification Church spiritual retreat held in the small South Korean town of Cheongpyeong, located about 43 kilometers from Seoul.
“As soon as I was near this property, I immediately smelled Cheongpyeong,” Moon told supporters.
“As this spiritual download was occurring and we could feel Cheongpyeong’s presence, we just knew that of all the lands in Tennessee that we have seen, this is the one we need to reclaim and have as a spiritual retreat. “
Moon allegedly bought the property so that he and his followers could “get back to basics” of the church without “corrupting his mother’s satanic rule.”
He founded the Rod of Iron Ministries in 2017 after following his mother, Hak Ja Han Moon, who was the rightful heir to the Unification Church, founded by his late father, Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Sun Myung Moon was a self-proclaimed messiah whose worshipers were called “Moonies”.
Pastor Hyung Jin ‘Sean’ Moon, head of Rod of Iron Ministries and son of Moonies sect leader Reverend Sun Myung Moon, has purchased a 130-acre property on a mountain in eastern Tennessee that will serve as ” training center ”for his congregation.
Moon has big plans for his newly acquired property.
He reportedly intends to build training centers and a theological school on the ground, as well as primary and secondary schools.
He also wants to build separate huts for men and women and dig a well in the center of the enclosure that would provide water to the homes. The well would also “symbolize the second coming of Christ”.
Moon plans to plant roses and lilies around the well, symbolizing the virginity of men and women respectively. He also wants to plant fruit trees and a vegetable garden, noting to his supporters that the land is “suitable for growing ginseng”.
Additionally, Moon told his parishioners that the Tennessee Shrine would not only serve as a place to recreate spiritual traditions, but could also be an incubator for future political leaders.
“It’s not enough for people to come to Sunday service and things like that now and be a part of evangelism that way,” Moon said in a sermon.
“It is now essential that you occupy a political post. It doesn’t matter how old you are, because you are the patriots.
Moon acquired the Grainger County property (above) for $ 460,000. He plans to use the property to recreate the infamous spiritual retreat of the Cheongpyeong Unification Church
He also plans to build training centers and a field theology school, as well as elementary and secondary schools in the field (Photo: worshipers holding their weapons during their service on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania)
Moon told his followers, “As this spiritual download was happening and we could feel Cheongpyeong’s presence, we just knew that of all the land in Tennessee that we saw, this is the one we need to reclaim and have. like a spiritual retreat ‘
He argued that its members needed to get involved in politics so that they could defend the church and the United States against “globalists, satanists and political satanists who want to take power and genocide communities sharing the same ideas, and of course, communities with guns. . ‘
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the main Unification Church argued that Moon and his followers “do not represent the legacy of the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon.”
Asked about Moon’s plans for his new acquisition, the spokesperson told VICE: “Cheongpyeong can be compared to the Vatican; it is a place where members go to study, pray and seek spiritual guidance.
“It can never be replicated by any other organization as it is neither founded nor consecrated by Reverend Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Dr Hak Ja Han Moon. “
For decades, Unification Church officials have denounced accusations of psychological, physical and financial abuse.
In the late 1970s, three parishioners claimed that church leaders encouraged them to kill themselves when they tried to stray from the belief system.
Others accused the church of using coercive tactics, such as brainwashing and sleep deprivation, to attract members.
There are also allegations of misconduct regarding Cheongpyeong, including that members had to pay large sums of money and submit to beatings that “would exorcise evil spirits” during “ancestor liberation” ceremonies.
The ceremony – which involved members sitting cross-legged in identical outfits as they slapped each other under the direction of a church leader – was intended to serve as treatment for spiritual issues such as mental illness, infertility, homosexuality, marriage problems and serious illnesses like cancer.
Moon (above giving a sermon in October 2020) told his parishioners that the Tennessee Shrine will not only serve as a place to recreate spiritual traditions, but could also be an incubator for future political leaders
Moon founded the Rod of Iron Ministries in 2017 after following his mother, Hak Ja Han Moon (left), who was the rightful heir to the Unification Church, founded by his late father, Reverend Sun Myung Moon (right)
“I remember its raw intensity,” ex-Moonie Elgen Strait told the outlet.
“You are in this room, with a few hundred people around you. People lead songs and beat those drums – it creates an intense group environment. I feel like it plunges people into an altered state of consciousness.
The Strait claimed that the workshops, known as “ansu”, lasted 21 or 40 days and were often held several times a day. He claims the members would come out of the ceremonies both bleeding and bruised.
The Unification Church spokesperson also denied Strait’s claims, saying, “All religious organizations have spiritual practices that have been misinterpreted at one time or another.
The alleged accusations made in this story go against the founding principles of our organization. ‘
Meanwhile, Timothy Elder, director of global missions for Rod of Iron Ministries, clarified that ancestor liberation ceremonies conducted at Moon Church – and potentially at Tennessee property – do not involve physical damage, but rather written requests for spiritual cleansing.
“There will be no ‘ansu’ activity,” Elder told VICE. “We have no intention of repeating these excesses on Tennessee property. ”
Rod of Iron Ministries did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.