Lesley Stahl, journalist of 60 minutes recently profiled a case out of North Carolina where the eyewitness testimony of a rape victim turned out to be wrong, leading to an innocent man’s conviction and 11 year incarceration before DNA evidence proved his innocence. This is a fascinating story about how flaws in the way police collect (and produce) victims’ visual memories can lead to wrongful convictions.
In America over 200 convicted prisoners have been proven innocent by more recent DNA tests. The most common element in all wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA evidence has been eyewitness testimony. In this segment two psychologists show how fragile human memory is and how easily it can be influenced leading to eyewitnesses who are absolutely convinced they are telling the truth and yet still they are proven wrong.
Pastor Joshua Jeong Myung Seok is one of the most publicized Christians in Asia. He founded Providence Church which quickly became one of the fastest growing churches of the 20th century. The church has grown fastest in Korea (known as Sumni Church) and in Japan (known as Setsuri church). The church has grown to 50 nations and continues to spread through the world.
But in May 2007 while in China [where Christianity is illegal] he was arrested and thrown into prison. While he was suffering the inhumane conditions of the Chinese prison, accusations against him spread throughout public broadcasts. The church was labeled a cult in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan and members of the church all over the world began experiencing extreme persecution from friends, family, and each by their own nation.
After a year of imprisonment and interrogations China found him innocent of all charges and released him. Before his release he was asked if he would like to stay in China or face charges in Korea. He chose to go to trial, but his trial was far from fair. To hear first hand accounts of the trial and the final decision read the full article,
Providence conducts a bible study all over the world referred to as the 30 lessons or Principles. The bible study is not like any other bible study you might have experienced. It’s a series of lectures that are progressive, meaning you have to learn the beginner lessons to understand the intermediate lessons, and based upon that foundation of principles we teach a few advanced lessons that help the reader to understand how the prophecies of the Old Testament and New Testament apply to this advanced time period.
Misunderstandings caused by tabloids
There is a common misunderstanding among outsiders who were exposed to media broadcasts about Providence back in 1999-2005. At the time the news portrayed the organization as a cult that Continue reading →
Jeong, Myeong-seok (정명석) is the controversial leader of a new religious movement generally known as Providence. His Korean name is not중뮹석, as the variant Romanization (1) of his name Jung, Myung Seok would suggest, but 정명석. His Western name is Joshua Jeong, or, using the older Romanization, Joshua Jung. He is also known as Seon Saeng Nim (선생님), the Korean word for teacher, as R for Rabbi, the Hebrew word for teacher, or as Pastor Joshua. The following testimony was written before Jeong, Myeong-seok faced trial in Korea so if any details seem out date please understand the chronological context.
Jeong, Myeong-seok has been accused of sexual abuse in South Korea, China, and Japan. He has also been referred to as “false Messiah” and “international fugitive.”
First, where the rape charges are concerned, I cannot say it any better than an answer (2) in the faq section of providencetrial.com (3).
“To those who are familiar with the details of the allegations, there appears to be a consistent pattern that has emerged: the gathering of anonymous “victims” together in a public news conference in order to present allegations of Continue reading →
Persecution takes many forms. Some forms of persecution are new, but in reality we are still walking the same painful path Jesus told us we would have to endure 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ himself preached the gospel to a believing nation, and was judged as guilty and given capital punishment even though he never broke any laws.
In a day and age where broadcasts dictate the public perception, a person is deemed guilty long before any court ever rules. In this article Providence church addresses the false accusations and reveals what is really taught by laying out all the facts and letting you read the sermons preached from the pulpits for yourself.
This article will address the false impressions that have dominated the public perception. To learn more read the full article…
President JungMyungSeok, founder of Christian Gospel Mission (CGM), is currently in prison. His ten-year sentence was the decision of the Supreme Court which upheld the decision of the lower court.
Now there are voices that JungMyungSeok’s trial was unfair and should be retried.
A monthly magazine, Civil Government, published an article in its February issue, under the title, “Why is JMS (CGM)’s President JungMyungSeok carrying the cross?” and listed the problems of his trials, item by item.
In the article, Cha Jin Soo reports on the original incident that led to Continue reading →