Month: February 2014

Pastor Cho Yong-gi of One of the World’s Largest Churches Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Embezzlement

By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter
February 21, 2014|5:02 pm

The Rev. Cho Yong-gi, founder and pastor emeritus of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, one of the largest Pentecostal churches in the world, has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling church funds.

Cho was found guilty of causing $12 million in losses to the church by having officials in 2002 buy stocks owned by his eldest son, Cho Hee-jun, at four times the market value, Yonhap reported on Thursday.

The 78-year-old pastor, who founded the church in 1958, will also have to pay about $4.6 million in fines. The junior Cho will also be serving a three-year prison term for colluding with his father, the Seoul Central District Court ruled.

According to The Gospel Herald, Cho was also found to have been evading 35 billion won (US $3.3 million) in taxes. The elderly pastor first came under investigation in 2011 when he was accused by 29 church elders of embezzling church funds and privatizing church assets.

Cho was apparently given a light sentence by the Seoul court because of his long-standing contributions to society, and will have a five-year stay of execution.

A biography of Cho on the English version of the Yoido Full Gospel Church website says that the pastor, who came to faith after attending a crusade led by American missionary Ken Tines, met Jesus in a vision one night while he was fasting and was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

“Pastor Cho gives thanks to the Lord for his 47 years of ministry, and has been sincerely serving 750,000 church members,” the biography states. “In the early 21st century, the church’s goals for next 10 years are to build 500 prayer houses and 5,000 satellite churches in Korea, and to expand global mission through internet broadcasting, and to enlarge overseas mission to the third world countries, including North Korea.”

Update on a friend from today post 07 Feb 2014

This friend keep sms me many times that she want me to remove previous post. The reason is she does not let you all know she lost her virgin as it is suppose to be a secret between both of us.

I told her is my family will check or not and in a year or two once our relationship is deep and stable, if my family knows she is not a virgin, she may be hurt and sad my family angry I going to kill myself.

My family already said that since I know her just two weeks she disclose to me she is not a virgin, my family thinks it is too early relationship not deep stable enough not so nice.

My psychiatrist had replied my e-mail that she support the idea I should move on had many better things to do to drop this relationship as she comment it is intrusive in her opinion to dig out too much of my illness. I told this friend it may mislead her and it is doctor job to know the details to provide medical treatment well. My friends tell me since I broke up just be myself no need to find love now since both of my elder sister had not find love yet.

Sorry I cannot remove the post. I need this blog for people to learn about my life. I said it is very hard to recover our relationship, even I seek family advise can able to recover the relationship, we may not able to attend new creation church for the rest of the life as I in shame more than enough for break up and recover later on.

Mental illness must see doctor to see if medical treatment is needed. Any illness need to be treated as early as possible to enjoy life even more. I am not expert do not know if anyone man or woman loss virgin need to be properly deal with in order not to suffer sad but be happy enjoy life better more like an illness. If just keep secret is causing harm even more so I cannot accept her request to remove post.

If she feel too depress sad or hurt can’t sleep and go to work well, she may need to see doctor if medical treatment is needed. Then she can tell doctor the reason that she loss her virgin and I broke the promise cannot keep secret for her. Another thing is just now she told me via sms that she had two ex some more, one got sex before loss virgin and one did not. Medical care in Singapore even is more expensive, but much better than Vietnam I think.

Non-Disclosure of Sensitive Information by Care Group Leader

I wrote a letter to New Creation Church Singapore yesterday send by fax and postal mail after I broke up with a friend.

I would like to feedback that I had invited a friend to a care group on Friday night 17 Jan 2014 whom I know her online in this web site as I paid a subscription a year premium member to exchange contact number. She is from Vietnam working in Singapore 6 months come to Sunday service for three times and first time in a care group till now I know of.  The care group leader had prayed that I will recover from mental illness fully. But the situation went worse in a relationship with this friend. She keeps asking me what my actual illness is. So I let her know the actual mental illness name I believe as even my care group leader may not know.

Today afternoon I went to see my psychiatrist for follow up consultation and collect medication. She even wants to know what the actual medicine name is, I let her know and the dosage amount per pill. So the relationship went on a rock and I broke up with her as a friend. The reason is she told me she is not a virgin meant to be a secret my family would not know but my anger go and tell them and she knows. My family said it is not good to let me know about she is not a virgin as the relationship not deep enough known less than a month. I respect her decision. I not sure if my mental illness causing our relationship to be in a rock if not properly understood my medical condition, so my family want to tell the church that please get my permission not anyhow disclose sensitive information like I have mental illness to others as she is new sit beside me hear about her praying for me. I hope there is a house rule and common sense to be upheld by all brothers and sister in church that in service on stage and care group shared by others are confidential not supposed to spread outside for internal use only. You may copy this letter to my care group leader if you want to. I feel shame to come this church care group and services if leader and other in care group know that I broke up with her might as well worship other faith better now.