Netflix drama exposes controversial Korean cults

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A member of the South Korean boy band DKZ claimed he was unaware his parents were members of a controversial Christian church that came under fire following the airing of a Netflix drama series exposing the dark sides of four religious cult leaders.

Kyoungyoon’s record label Dongyo Entertainment posted a statement on the band’s online fan site on March 8, which read: “Kyoungyoon thought his parents were attending a normal church. He was shocked after realizing the truth and watching the series [about JMS],” Korea JoongAng Daily reported.

The true crime drama series, In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal, was aired on March 3, and quickly made headlines in the East Asian country.

The documentary exposed horrifying practices by cult leaders — Jung Myung-seok of Jesus Morning Star church or JMS, Park Soon-ja of Odaeyang Church, Kim Ki-soon of Baby Garden, and Lee Jae-rock of Manmin Central Church. All of them claimed themselves as messiah or saviors of humanity, the Korean Herald reported on March 10.

It uses testimonies of former members who recalled their terrifying experiences and revealed shocking facts about the cult leaders whom they once believed were “messiahs.”

JMS Church, also known as Christian Gospel Mission, was started by Jung Myung-seok in the 1980s as the Providence religious movement. It started to grow in the 1990s by recruiting young people from Korea and other countries, media reports say.

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