Nicky Gumbel

Nicky Gumbel warns of 'potentially dangerous' cult

Sun 11 Dec 2016
By Alex Williams

A leader of one of the country's biggest churches is warning of a "potentially dangerous cult" said to be recruiting members in London.

Nicky Gumbel from Holy Trinity Brompton said teaching by the Parachristo group - based in the Docklands area - is "deceptive".

In an email seen by the Daily Telegraph, he and his wife, Pippa, wrote: "'ParaChristo' is connected to a South Korean cult called Shincheonji led by Leen Man-hee.

"As followers become more dedicated, they are taught that Lee Man-hee is the 'Advocate' and 'new John' who is to be worshipped.

The Anglican priest and author went on to say: "We are now in contact with other churches who have experience of this deceptive and potentially dangerous cult."

According to the Daily Telegraph, concerns over the Parachristo group has also sparked a formal alert from the Diocese of London to its parishes across the capital.

A lawyer for Parachristo told the newspaper: "Parachristo was set up by members of New Heaven and New Earth (Shinchonji) to teach God's revealed word through the Bible to people."

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