Columnist Thomas Tarurongo Wynne. Photo: CI NEWS/16040843
We should not dismiss the fact that a South Korean religious cult, who have embedded themselves into the Fijian community and business sector are on the ground, speaking to people of influence and in the Cook Islands.
meeting some of their representatives in 2019, and it’s clear, as they were
looking for contacts to potentially embed themselves then, they are potentially
looking to people of influence here in our beautiful paradise, to do it again.
farming equipment, promises of educational scholarships and business were their
offers at the time and based on a quick search on Mr Google and Pacific news,
it is clear they have grown their Church and empire in Fiji, despite the
detention this week of their cult leader Daniel Kim.
Two of their
leaders have been deported back to South Korea with two released on court
injunction, and another two are on, including the leader are according to Fiji Times,
on the run.
It would seem
the former Fiji government had not taken heed to red notices and Interpol
warnings of the group’s leaders and activities, and sometimes this happens when
there is benefit to be made by key people linking with groups like these for
And why we must
be so careful and discerning when those come with cap in hand, with offerings
that seem too good to be true, and mixed with the language of religion, faith
and Christianity - when in fact it is a cult.
So how did this
cult end up in Fiji?
news outlets The Grace Road Church became notorious after 400 of its members
moved to Fiji in 2014 claiming they would be safe from imminent natural
Its founder Shin
Ok-ju was jailed in 2019 for holding followers captive in Fiji and subjecting
them to violence.
The Church has
built a business empire after arriving in Fiji.
It denies it is
a cult - as well as allegations of abuse.
One has to ask,
how does a cult from South Korea establish itself and business interests in a
country like Fiji.
And the simple
answer is because somebody benefitted from them being there and building their
business, so normal checks and balances were ignored until now, with the change
What’s clear is
that someone invited these people to our Ipukarea, someone is hosting them and
someone is in discussions with them, and their presence again on Rarotonga
should be a red flag to us all.
own government has created distance between themselves and Glory Road being in
Rarotonga, so we are left then, with the question of who invited them or who
accepted the invitation.
And this is why
we are compelled by scripture to be discerning and to watch out for wolves in
sheep’s clothing, because they look like sheep, behave like sheep, but in their
hearts, is the heart of a wolf.
business website, it says - Agriculture operation was first established as our
forefront with an aim of food security and self-sufficiency. We have since
evolved to be a more diversified entity with a fast-growing and sustainable
development of agriculture, construction, food processing, restaurants,
trading, resorts, health services and more. GR Group is laying the eternal
foundation to raise Fiji to be the centre of the world as promised in the
Bible. And that’s because they believe Fiji is the sanctuary promised them to
escape the coming Doomsday, and why they are called a Doomsday Cult.
their business website they focus on developing agriculture, but of greater
concern is their construction arm with former projects in Fiji including the
extension of the Presidents House, the former Prime Ministers residence, Fiji
National University, the airport and courthouse alterations and refurbishment.
of these government contracts someone had to sign off on and why we must remain
vigilant and send our Grace Road Church visitors back to Fiji, empty handed, as
soon as is possible.