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THE SHOCKING NEWS BEHIND INTERNATIONAL KOREAN
CHRISTIAN COALITION AGAINST HERESY (IKCCAH)
Written by: Keng Sheng Chew
I would not even call it a "shocking truth", lest I rashly judge without an adequate understanding of the
background; but I would call it”shocking news". Popular Korean national newspaper, The Korea
Times, in a Korean language article dated 31 January 2012, reported that the International Korean
Christian Coalition Against Heresy (IKCCAH) (세계한인기독교이단대책연합회), the organization
that slandered Pastor Kwang-su Ryu and the Darakbang church*, has been called an anti-Christ
organization. The original news article is in Korean, and therefore, hidden from the reading of the
majority English readers who have no command of Korean language.
An English translation of the news article in Korea Times (original article URL:
http://m.koreatimes.com/article/709926), rendered the article as follow:
‘IKCCAH’, an antichrist organisation?
Published: Jan 31, 2012 (Tue)
Translated by Kwon In Hyeok
A Korean religious newspaper publisher in America has published an article at the end of
last year criticising that ‘International Korean Christian Coalition Against Heresy’ which
was formed in Korea is ‘centred in antichrist-like heresy’, and it seems that it will have a
great influence on Korean churches in America.
The Christian World, USA (100 Old York Rd., Suite 3-140, Jenkintown) which is based in
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, provided a comment on the first page of the article that
'IKCCAH' is "a coalition which consists mainly of the heretics who are frantic and desperate
to make heresies" as the article enumerated in detail the heathenism and the problems of
Pastor ManPoong Kim (Washington Global Mission Church), the President representing
USA in the coalition, and the key members together with pictures (Published by Joel Kang).
Among the figures criticized as heretics by the paper are Pastor HyungTaek Park, the early
former President of the coalition, Pastor YongSik Jin, Senior Ordained-Deacon InKyu Lee
and Pastor ChangDeok Han, the members of the standing committee, and Pastor SamKyung
Choi, the Chairperson. With regards to, especially Pastor SamKyung Choi, this paper
published an article titled 'The final arbiter is the one who is picked as the most evil heretic
by the Christian Council of Korea'. One Korean pastor in Washington said that the paper
being published for 78 times means that if it was issued every week, it is almost being
published in the community for 2 years and there is no choice but to take the fact seriously
that many Korean churches have viewed the Southern Baptist Churches as a heresy.
IKCCAH has Pastor YoungSun Song (Philippi church) as one of its co-representatives other
than Pastor ManPoong Kim, and 87 staffs who are against heresy gathered and participated
in the Inaugural assembly which took place last year November in Daerim Methodist Church
in Shingil-dong, Seoul.
The paper tried to contact The Christian World, USA, failed to reach it.
This article said that the reason that IKCCAH has been called an anti-Christ or anti-Christ-like
organization is because of some very questionable people sitting in the committee, the most notorious
of which, is Pastor SamKyung Choi. I am not here for to personally discredit Pastor SamKyung Choi
but even a casual background "cut and paste" google search of his name ("SamKyung Choi"or "Choi
SamKyung" 최삼경) revealed that he has been called the "most evil heretic" and preaches tritheism.
The Christian Telegraph, in a report dated 4th June 2013, revealed that Pastor SamKyung Choi used to
be the president of the Heresy Handling Committee of PCK (The Presbyterian Church of Korea), the
biggest denomination in Korea, a member of the Heresy Handling Committee of the Christian Council
of Korea(CCK) and the president of Heresy Counseling Center. With those titles he had enormous
power and spearhead the attack and passing heretical condemnations. Unfortunately with such great
power, he yielded into the temptations of money.
This has bring a lot of bad names to CCK and tarnished the reputation of CCK (just google "Christian
Council of Korea" and see the Wikipedia entry, and you will understand what I mean) because of the
fabrications of its committee member, Pastor SamKyung Choi. In reality, CCK is a strong affiliate with
World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and they held joint thanskgiving ceremony together, and will hold
the 2013 WEA General Assembly together, as reported the reputable evangelical Christian news portal
in United States, The Christian Post. see article: http://www.christianpost.com/news/world-evangelicalalliance-christian-council-of-korea-hold-joint-thanksgiving-service-62051/)
CCK has since expressed its regret to the poor handling of this matter and be willing to reexamine
these false accusations and slanders (see another article in the Christian Telegraph:
Also, CCK has then expelled Pastor SamKyung Choi together with all those associated with him such
as Pastor Hyungtaek Park and Pastor Yongsik Jin (Reference:
Coming back to Pastor SamKyung Choi, according to the report quoted earlier in the Christian
"He (Pastor SamKyung Choi) demanded many churches to donate to his ministry and they
had to give him bribes, tens of millions of won to hundreds of millions of won (tens of
thousands of US dollars to hundreds of thousands of US dollars). These bribes are now
being exposed one by one. Some churches capitulated with him so that he would not make a
negative decision capitulated with against their churches and gave him bribes because they
were afraid of being embroiled in heretical controversies. But some others that did not give
him bribe had to suffer from various difficulties.
Today, to our amazement, Samkyung Choi, such an infamous heresy examiner, is being
publicly revealed as a blasphemer and the one who has proffered heretical theory. It has
recently been reported that he has passed heretical condemnations on sound and proper
churches with various forms of fabricated data. He has threatened many pastors of great
churches with distorted and fabricated data indicating heresy in their churches and he
shamelessly demanded a great amount of money from them in bribes.
He has his own interpretation of the Bible and always passes judgment and condemnations
on all the other pastors and churches that are not in full agreement with his own standards.
He also performs reckless and merciless persecutions and threats against those who do not
meet demands. With such inappropriate use of power he gained enormous profits and
showed all kinds of unrighteous and lawless deeds including conspiracy and collusion to
blackmail, factioning, and fabrication with the intent to drive many churches and pastors into
the category of heresy. Much of his fabrication and threats have now been publicly revealed
in Korea." (Reference: The Christian Telegraph - The Heretical Controversies in Korean
Christianity. URL: http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue19877.html)
With such a dubious character sitting in the committee of IKCCAH, how could we ever trust the report
that slander Darakbang and Rev Kwang-su Ryu? Most Malaysian Christians and churches who join in
the band to slander Darakbang and Rev Kwang-su Ryu have no idea what they are getting themselves
into. They no idea the can of worms that they are opening, as a result of the intense church politicking
in South Korea that undergirds this report. Most Malaysian christians, being a minority population in
Malaysia, of a mere ~ 9%, probably cannot comprehend the degree or intensity of church politics that
are happening in Korea, but this is the reality of it. Why? Because such politics in Korea involve lots
and lots of money through sales of books, curriculum, donations, etc.
The same Christian Telegraph article reports:
"There are approximately 300 different denominations of Christianity that currently exist in
Korea. Although they serve one God and read the same Bible, each of them has differences
in their interpretation of the Bible and in the doctrine they chose to follow. However,
because of these minor differences in interpretation and doctrine, one group, frequently and
without due process, has caused a church or a missionary organization to be classified,
condemned, and rejected as a heretical sect.
However the greater pity is that they have not been doing it based on biblical grounds, but
instead make a scapegoat out of targeted churches or organizations for politically pragmatic
purposes. Thus, if you understand how a church is victimized as a political scapegoat, you
will also be able to understand how a church is condemned as a heretical sect in the Korean
Many of the mega-sized churches in Korea had increasingly fallen into troubles due to
controversial issues of heresy. For example, a church known to have the world’s largest
congregation and its Senior Pastor and founder Rev. David Yonggi Cho (formerly known as
Paul Yonggi Cho), the Yoido Full Gospel Church (Assemblies of God), has been
condemned as being heretic for a long time by many Christian organizations and is still
condemned by a few.
It is a matter of fact that the heretical condemnations have been carried out by just a few
people within the community of Korean Christian churches. They have been nicknamed “the
heresy examiners”. They have been condemning others with their own standards and not by
The churches that were unilaterally condemned as heretic in this way had no chance to
defend themselves and were subsequently alienated and abandoned by Korean Christian
society. Many suffered from it for a long time. For this reason, many Korean churches
accepted the heresy examiners’ requests and their bribes out of fear of also being involved in
the controversial disputes" (Reference: http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue19877.html)
Of course, to be fair to IKCCAH, we must not fall into the logical fallacy of argumentum ad hominem.
The credibility or non-credibility of the messenger has no absolute bearing on the veracity of the
message. Mother Teresa can say 1+1 = 3 and is still wrong, Hitler can say 1+1 = 2 and is still right. In
my next post, I will expose the lies and fallacies behind the report, one-by-one.
* For an English translation of the report that accuses Darakbang as heresy, click here:
For the original report in Korea, click here: http://ikccah.org/3084