DKZ’s Kyoungyoon has now confessed to his former affiliation with the JMS cult spotlighted within the latest documentary “Within the Title of God: A Holy Betrayal.”
“Within the Title of God: A Holy Betrayal” is a documentary sequence exposing 4 cult leaders and their horrifying practices. One of many cults coated within the sequence is JMS Windfall (also called the Christian Gospel Mission), based by chief and convicted rapist Jung Myung Seok, who’s described as having groomed and sexually exploited a lot of his younger feminine followers.
Within the wake of the documentary’s recognition, a listing of addresses allegedly affiliated with the JMS cult started spreading on-line, and one particularly drew consideration for being the deal with of a café run by Kyoungyoon’s dad and mom.
On March 7, shortly after the preliminary stories, DKZ’s company Dongyo Leisure shared an official statement to disclaim Kyoungyoon’s affiliation with the church. They said that Kyoungyoon “believed that the group in query was merely an peculiar church that his dad and mom have been attending, and he had by no means come throughout or been conscious of the knowledge within the [docuseries].” The company added that the household has ceased enterprise operations, left the church, and may have no affiliation with it shifting ahead.
Regardless of the company’s assertion, DKZ’s Kyoungyoon has now come ahead in a brand new interview with Dispatch to element his expertise with JMS cult and share an apology.
On March 13, Dispatch revealed an interview with Kyoungyoon that befell on March 8 and 10. To start, Kyoungyoon defined that he was born into the faith and attended the JMS church together with his dad and mom rising up. Whereas his mom initially attended a Presbyterian church, she was launched to JMS by her youthful sister.
Kyoungyoon defined that he first heard a JMS sermon by way of a video and was launched to the chief by his aunt as “a tremendous one who’s learn the bible 2,000 instances and conveys god’s message effectively.” He elaborated, “I watched ‘Within the Title of God: A Holy Betrayal.’ There’s a component the place he says ‘I’m the messiah.’ Simply watching that [edited] half made me suppose, ‘Ah, he’s a loopy particular person.’ However I didn’t know then. I could look pathetic…however that’s the way it was.”
Expressing his understanding that others could discover this tough to consider, Kyoungyoon shared, “I bear in mind watching the [sermon] video. He lays down [bait] for 2 to 3 hours earlier than he says ‘I’m the messiah.’ After doing that, when he says these phrases, many believers reply. That’s the way you get sucked in. It’s a sort of gaslighting.”
Though he didn’t personally consider that Jung Myung Seok was the messiah, Kyoungyoon shared that he was step by step brainwashed to suppose that. He added, “To be trustworthy, I didn’t have the suitable to decide on a faith. As a result of my household believed it…I didn’t even have something to match it to.”
Kyoungyoon then touched on an incident from his elementary college days that he thinks made his mom fall deeper into the faith. “Once I was in second grade, there was fluid in my mind. I couldn’t eat something and stored throwing up. A bunch of pastors got here from afar to wish [for me]. Then three days later, I went for an examination to get surgical procedure however they stated there have been no issues. After that day, I feel my mom believed her religion was actual.”
Considering again to this time, Kyoungyoon continued, “Wouldn’t it have been an sickness that will get higher with time? It was simply that the timing was proper.” He added, “Serious about it now, it was so silly.”
On his private affiliation with the church, Kyoungyoon revealed that he joined JMS’s vocal membership round his third yr of center college, as he wished to obtain correct vocal coaching however didn’t have the monetary means to take action. He defined, “I used to be lively [in the club] from my third yr of center college to my first yr of highschool. We met offline about a couple of times a yr. We by no means carried out. I feel JMS used the pursuits of youth to evangelize or propagate. Again then, I didn’t query it. I simply considered them as individuals who taught me music.”
When Kyoungyoon was born in 2000, Jung Myung Seok was on the run. When Kyoungyoon began elementary college, Jung Myung Seok was arrested, and was then launched across the time Kyoungyoon graduated highschool in 2018. Given all of the information protection surrounding the JMS founder, the interviewer requested if Kyoungyoon really believed him.
Kyoungyoon answered, “Ever since I used to be youthful, I discovered ‘Jung Myung Seok has been falsely accused.’ They educate so many the reason why he’s harmless. It’s nearly indoctrination. I feel that’s how I used to be brainwashed to suppose, ‘Ah, Jung Myung Seok is being persecuted like god.’”
Kyoungyoon was then requested if he didn’t consider the information, to which he responded, “The Jung Myung Seok I noticed didn’t appear to be a intercourse offender. Being deluded simply from seeing that picture is my mistake. I merely adopted the phrase ‘There’s no should be swayed by the encompassing slander.’ I believed he wasn’t somebody who would do this. I’m so ashamed of myself for considering that.”
On how he defined his faith to others, Kyoungyoon shared, “Once I was youthful, I used to be as soon as bullied for believing in a cult. Subconsciously, I grew to become defensive. If somebody requested my faith, I’d say I used to be Christian.” He added, “I’ve by no means talked about JMS to my company, members, or anybody else.”
The interviewer requested Kyoungyoon if he had ever propagated whereas selling as an idol and he responded, “I swear I by no means have. These closest to me are my members and followers. I’ve by no means as soon as spoken about [JMS] to them. If I did, I’d don’t have any excuse to remain in DKZ. I couldn’t dare face our followers.”
Lastly, Kyoungyoon firmly said that he has left the church. He said, “I noticed a remark that stated ‘Depart [your group] and return to Jung Myung Seok.’ It’s not that I don’t perceive the place these criticisms are coming from. Nonetheless, can’t they assist [believers] escape this as quickly as potential? Whereas this can be a shameless request, I’m asking for an opportunity.”
Kyoungyoon continued, “When the controversy first started, I used to be terrified. I used the excuse ‘I used to be ignorant.’ Was I a sufferer as a result of I didn’t know? It’s true that I ignored [the truth] as a result of I didn’t need my religion to be denied. That’s why I closed my eyes and ears. I felt apologetic after seeing the ache of the victims.”
Kyoungyoon concluded, “Is it a aid that I’m not well-known but? I believed that [if I was more famous,] I may’ve been used as their instrument for propaganda. That’s actually terrifying. Though it’s late, I’m now leaving the church. I’ve left the church. There isn’t any extra JMS.”
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