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Rev. Moon draws lineage of God through families
By JIM GRANSBERY
Of The Gazette Staff

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon spent more than an hour Saturday night connecting God and humans through families.

Moon, the founder of the Unification Church, spoke to the multidenominational, multiracial audience gathered at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana Convention Center in his native Korean. The focus of his speech emphasized the lineage of God through Adam and Eve down to modern couples, their children and grandchildren.

Several times he noted that life, love and lineage were the goals of all humans, but that lineage was the most important to God with the ultimate end being the unity of humans into one society, one nation, one world.

Moon was in Billings Saturday as part of his 50-state tour in 51 days. His “We Will Stand” tour is an effort to rebuild families and renew communities. He has garnered the support of many clergy, not all of whom agree with him on doctrinal matters but support Moon’s effort to put family life first.

A number of Billings religious and clergy attended and participated in the program, including the Rev. James DeFoe of the Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church, Jose Chavez, a lay minister at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Bishop Richard Larsen of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Rev. Hilton McClendon of the Hope of Life Community Church, who offered a gospel song for the gathering. The event drew a diverse crowd of about 450.

Moon, 81, began in a soft-spoken manner, his words translated by an aide. But he quickly got warmed up, emphasizing his points by slapping the podium. He challenged his audience with questions and at one point asked the indulgence of the clergy present.

“Some of the ministers may be uncomfortable with some of these statements, but please stay with me,” he said.

He indicated to the men present that “no matter how famous or dignified you are, you are only half a person. You have no choice about that no matter how bad you feel.

“What you need is your spouse,” he said. “That is why she is called your better half. For the honor of love, you need the better half.”

Likewise couples are incomplete without children, he said.

“Without children, you will never be a father and mother,” Moon said. “It is your children that put you in the position of honor of love ... and it is grandchildren that continue this lineage line of God. Lineage is the most important and it comes through the absolute love given by a husband and received by the wife and vice versa.”

Moon said Jesus was sent to be the second Adam and through him a perfection level would be reached. In his pitch for unity, he wondered what was to be gained through more denominations. He called for a unity of mind and spirit to “reach a perfection and maturity to build God’s family.”


Jim Gransbery can be reached at (406) 657-1288, or by e-mail at jgransbery@billingsgazette.com


Updated: Sat Mar 31 23:58:51 CST 2001 Central Time
Copyright The Billings Gazette, a division of Lee Enterprises.



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