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Moscow UBF schism now official 
2nd-Jan-2007 11:36 am
Dilbert
The official UBF 2007 world mission prayer topics have as point 4: "Moscow Ministry: 1) M. Stephen Kim, 2) Bowman Tech. College Pioneering (M. Gideon Kim)" This means nothing less that the division of Moscow UBF is now official. As usual, the infighting and split is concealed as "pioneering". I heared that UBF was operating at Baumann university (not Bowmann college, as usual they cannot even get the names right) for at least 5 years already anyway, not to speak of other Christians there. The whole thing is very similar to what happened in Cologne UBF 2 years ago.
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2nd-Jan-2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
In UBF Young Disciples Conference 2006, there was a discussion about the future of UBF and a lecture by Dr. Rebecca Kim who is a Sociology professor at Pepperdine University. I think Dr. Rebecca Kim is Becky Kim who shared her life testimony about UBF marriage by force.

There is a very interesting part in this report:

"Dr. Rebecca Kim is a Sociology professor at Pepperdine University. She gave us a special lecture based on her research and newly published book, “God’s Whiz Kids”. She presented statistics concerning Asian American ministries. She also talked about how most sects either dissolve, institutionalize, or go mainstream. She asked what the future of UBF would be and opened it up for discussion. Would UBF dissolve? Would it institutionalize? Or would it go mainstream? It was very encouraging to hear many students who showed a sense of ownership of UBF ministry during this discussion. The discussion concluded with the statement that wherever our ministry is going, we want to preserve one to one Bible study, world mission, and discipling."

I think the young disciples who attended the conference were UBF 2nd gens. The title of the conference was "Unashamed". But it is very interesting the conference staff decided to include this lecture. Why? Well, I am not sure. But I think we can at least conclude that the UBF 2nd gens are concerened about the future of UBF. What could have sparked this concern among them that they wanted to hear from a sociology professor who did research on Asian American ministries? By the way, last year's theme was "REBUILD".

I think the REBUILD project is not going well. One must rebuild based on the truth of God. But Dr. Ben Toh and other UBF leaders are trying to rebuild based on Dr. Samuel Lee's stupid theology. There is always a split when something is built on man's legacy rather than on the truth of God. I feel sorry for all UBF 2nd gens who are forced to live their lives based on Dr. Samuel Lee's legacy. They must be freed so that they can live their lives based on the truth of God and build their own legacy. But in UBF one is discouraged to build his own legacy. It is considered a sin of pride.
2nd-Jan-2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
"I think the REBUILD project is not going well. One must rebuild based on the truth of God. But Dr. Ben Toh and other UBF leaders are trying to rebuild based on Dr. Samuel Lee's stupid theology. There is always a split when something is built on man's legacy rather than on the truth of God."

Yes. In order for UBF to continue to rebuild upon Samuel Lee's legacy, they are going to have to continue to idolize him and justify his abusive actions.

As far as the second gen's desire "to preserve one to one Bible study, world mission, and discipling", how many ministries around the world have been and are doing that now without abusing and exploiting it's members as UBF does? In order for the next generation of UBF to preserve it's version of one to one, world mission and discipling, it is going to have to do so with a more "us against them mentality"
2nd-Jan-2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
The striking thing here is that they speak about the possible future but completely miss to speak about the past and the failures of the past of which they should learn, which should not be repeated etc. And on other occasions whenever they speak about the past of UBF is is depicted as glorious only. So if it was that glorious, why need to talk about any changes in the future?

Also, the core problem is not whether they engage in "Bible study, world mission, and discipling", but how they understand these terms, and HOW they practice it.

Anyway, unless they do not make the first step to open their eyes for their sins, atrocities and failures in the past, and repent, there will be no meaningful change and nothing that could be pleasing to God. The first step is to become humble and show remorse. But they do the opposite (ho was that title? "unashamed"?)
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