Jake Sturmer wrote: .... Before Mr Jun even arrived there was tension ‚ÄĒ with his supporters clashing with one of Korea's mainstream TV news crews.
Later, the pastor arrived to applause, apologising for causing alarm.
He then accused President Moon Jae-in of trying to blame Sarang Jeil for what he called the "Wuhan virus" and urged his followers not to be fooled.
His friend and spokesperson for the church, Kang Yeon-jae, told the ABC it felt like a "witch-hunt".
"It clearly shows that the Government is using this infection and the way it announces numbers to the media to try to start a witch-hunt against groups critical of the Government," she said.... .... But as anger mounts, some organisations are looking to take more direct action against the church.
South Korea's national health insurance operator says it will try to force the Seoul church and its members to cover costs of treatment of patients linked to it.
Some restaurants in the area near the church have put up signs asking followers to stay away....
excerpt from, "South Korea is experiencing another wave of coronavirus. And once again, it has led to a clash between church and state"
Shincheonji's teaching claims that their founder Lee is the pastor who is prophesied in the new testament, sent by Jesus Christ in the time of Second Coming and that the Book of Revelation is written in secret metaphors which only Lee is capable of deciphering. Before founding his own religious movement, Lee was a member of a controversial group called the Olive Tree, a cult which spawned the first countercult movement in post-war Korea.
Shincheonji teaches that it is the true faith with its members receiving salvation at the time of final judgment. Everyone not in the group will be denied forgiveness and destroyed.