"For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 'Death has been swallowed up in victory'" ( 1 Cor 15:53-54)
What does it mean to be resurrected and have eternal life?
To be clothed with the "immortality" and the "imperishable"
Shincheonji used this verse in 1 Cor 15:53-54 to say that we would be clothed with the imperishable spirit of those 144000 who passed away
This is the one and the main verse to claim this teaching
This is the reason why all Shincheonji members work day and night so that they can become one of the 144000 who are alive to be clothed with this imperishable spirit of 144000 in their souls/minds. Since no one will fully know who this 144000 but only God according to Shincheonji, there is no limit to working for God's kingdom.
Their teaching is that Jesus would come to Man Hee Lee's body in this way, calling it a spiritual marriage, and other persecuted souls/spirits would come into current Shincheonji members.
But what does the Bible say?
"You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ" (Gal 3:27)
It is true that we will be CLOTHED with the immortality.
However, it is not the souls of dead people, but with Christ through faith in Him!
How different it is and twisted it is.
It seems like Christ is not for all but only this particular person, Man Hee Lee.
Although they say that Jesus died for all humanity, but the spiritual marriage or connection is closely between Jesus and Lee. But then they also said Lee has the spirit of John to write the Bible and reveal the truth about revelation, calling him a new John.
So then what is he? Jesus? John?
The Bible says that Jesus is coming into all of us.
All of us.
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me" (Gal 2:20)
Of course they can differentiate it somehow. To them they would say this is not talking about spiritual marriage but the general picture of salvation that was for all of us.
What is clear is that 1 Cor 15:53-54 is the only verse that talks about being clothed with the imperishable. And there is no other Biblical evidences to prove that we are going to be clothed with the dead spirit of those who died for Christ.
Rather the Bible says that we are going to be clothed with CHRIST.
Shincheonji is again all centered around the promised pastor, Man Hee Lee.
I claim that the Bible, salvation, life, resurrection, eternal life, gospel, and everything is centered around Christ.