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UBF Bible twist example 
6th-Jan-2007 07:15 pm
Dilbert
Today I came across the following verse in the Bible:

1 John 2:27: "As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit- just as it has taught you, remain in him."

I wondered how UBF would interpret that verse since it obviously contradicts their whole teaching (and generally that of shepherding/discipling/G12 etc. movements) that all believers need some "superior" Christian (the "shepherd" or "discipler") to lead and teach them. Jesus Himself said something similar ("Nor are you to be called 'teacher', for you have one Teacher, the Christ.") and there other passages about that but for now I only want to look at 1 John 2:27.

It was a bit difficult to find a UBF 1 John 2 message since you know UBF has its favorite Bible books that are always preached while others are more or less neglected. Finally I found a UBF message on 1 John 2 (included here). Of course, it did not come surprising that verse 27 was not the keyverse and not used for the title. UBF often claims their passage based Bible study is "objective" but they start already bringing a subjective focus to a passage by deliberately choosing a certain verse as key verse and a certain title. You know how important they take the title - they speak it loudly at the beginning of a message and stick it in big letters on the wall. Could you imagine anybody in UBF choosing verse 27 as the title: "YOU DO NOT NEED ANYONE TO TEACH YOU"?

Now let's see how they interpret the verse in the message. Quote:

"In verses 26-27, St. John urges prayerfully that they must remember that they are anointed ones."

That's all UBF has to say about 1 John 2,26-27. One meager sentence that only repeats the content, and only a small selected part of it. No word and no explanation of "you do not need anyone to teach you". How much do they talk about other verses like "feed my lamb" - they make whole conferences with that one verse. But this one they just ignore. Just elegantly hop over the Bible passages that are contradicting UBF teaching. Nobody will have noticed anyway, since that was already the end of the sermon and everybody was already asleep.

Hey, hello! If any UBFer is reading this: Wake up from your sleep. Read the Bible yourself and think about it. UBF pretends taking the Bible seriously, but they don't. Don't let anybody fool you.
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7th-Jan-2007 04:55 am (UTC)
Thank you, Chris. I really appreciate your finding the Chicago UBF messages. I always wanted to have something like that to see how UBF theology was developed and gone astray from the truth of God. Since most of them were written between 1995 and 2004, they must have come from Dr. Samuel Lee. I want to go through them and post articles about them from time to time.

I want to add some comments about your posting. I think the context of 1 John 2:27 is that there were some false teachers in the church who tried to lead astray God's flock. So the question is then: Who is a false teacher? John says in verse 22, "Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son." So my opinion is that a false teacher is the one who lies about Jesus; a false teacher is the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ.

So I think that the main point is how we should understand the meaning of "denying that Jesus is the Christ". I think sometimes it is very obvious. Some people plainly do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God. This case is easy. But the trickiest case can be found among those who confess that they believe that Jesus is the Christ.

UBF is such a tricky case. For example, UBF claims that they sacrifice everything to raise up the disciples of Jesus. But it is now well-known fact that Dr. Samuel Lee, the great servant of God, gave orders to abort unborn babies so that the UBF shepherds could devote more time to serve UBF ministy. I think that this fact alone clearly reveals that Dr. Samuel Lee denied that Jesus is the Christ! So Dr. Samuel Lee was a false teacher.

When there was a strong reform movement in UBF a few years ago, John Jun helped materilze the division of UBF organization into two. I think this act of dividing UBF into two clealy shows that John Jun denied that Jesus is the Christ. So John Jun is a false teacher.

Mark Yang is considered the greatest Bible scholar in UBF. But he committed adultery with a female member under his care. In this way Mark Yang denied that Jesus is the Christ. So Mark Yang is also a false teacher.

Recently, Dr. Joe Schafer criticized topical Bible study to glorify Dr. Sameuel Lee's style of Bible study. As he said in his testimony, "The vast majority of preachers today use topical Bible study". So by criticizing topical Bible study, Dr. Schafer denied that Jesus is the Christ. So Dr. Joe Schafer is a false teacher.

There are many Bible teachers who claim that they believe that Jesus is the Christ. But in their real life they deny that Jesus is the Christ by abusing their authority. These people are false teachers. We should avoid them. We should not listen to them. We should fight aginst their abuse and hypocracy. We should not regard them as Bible teachers.

All UBF Bible teachers put Dr. Samuel Lee's spiritual(?) legacy ahead of the Bible. They also put expanding and maintaining their UBF business ahead of teaching the truth of God. In this way they all deny that Jesus is the Christ. So the UBF Bible teachers are all false teachers. St. John tells us in his letter that we should not listen to them. Of course the poor sheep in UBF will never have any chance at all to learn about all these things.
7th-Jan-2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
Good question, human12. Chapter 4,2 is a similar verse: "This is how you can recognise the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God." That really does not sound like a good criterium. All kinds of cults and false teachers acknowledge Jesus Christ.

My explanation is that John extremely simplifies things in his letter to make a point. E.g. he says "God is love" but to be more balanced you should say "God is love (on the one side) and just (on the other side)". But John chose to make a point to show what is the more important thing according to the Bible. He trusted the readers to fill in the details and exceptions.

So, of course the verse "you do not need anyone to teach you" is a similar simplification. Of course Christians need teachers in theological matters. But they do not need teachers in the sense of UBF, i.e. teachers who do not only teach, but manipulate, make decisions for the disciple, force them, act as their superiors, override their conscience etc. Again, John teaches only the core point: All reborn Christians are personalities standing before God individually, with their own conscience and the Holy Spirit guiding them personally. Nobody should dare interfering and putting himself over the conscience of the sheep and guidance by the Spirit. But that's what UBF is doing.

And it is the same with the verse "all who acknowledge Christ are from God, i.e. good teachers." It is a simplification too, that show the crucial point. All who deny Christ are not from God, but not all who cry "Lord, Lord" are His people as Jesus Himself explained. Not all are his friends, but only those who obey His teaching, and UBF is deliberatly ignoring His teachings (what's worse, they miss the most important parts of His teachings, just like the Pharisees who give God a tenth of their mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but neglect justice and the love of God). Here the point is that "acknowledge Christ" certainly means more than just using His name, but it means living and teaching according to Christ's teaching and standards.
7th-Jan-2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
I would also make a difference between "false teachers" and "wrong prophets/wolf-shepherds". The former are recognizable by their wrong teaching, the latter by their authoritarian behavior as "mediators" though they are not Godly people at all. Of course these two things usually go along with each other, but I still would make a difference for clarity sake. For instance when I call Samuel Lee or Mark Yang a wrong teacher I would not do this on grounds of their (private, secret) sins like adultery, forced abortions etc. but on grounds of their teaching and how they live their role as shepherd in public. Theoretically, they could teach correctly and still commit adultery in secret. In this case I would not call them "false teachers" but "hypocrites."

But anyway it is clear that all UBF leaders are false teachers because they do not teach and practice what Christ taught: "But you are not to be called 'Rabbi', for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth 'father' [or even 'mother' for that matter], for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called 'teacher', for you have one Teacher, the Christ." In fact they teach and practice the exact opposite. They deliberately ignore the teachings of Christ and teach the opposite. (This teaching does not only comprise the UBF messages and Bible study, but the overall practice and behaviour in UBF.) They are clearly both, false teachers and wolves in sheeps' clothing.

I think it is very important to make this separation on our web sites. Often UBF critics have mixed these *two* problems of UBF together which is not very helpful. The *one* problem is that the life style of the leaders is not a Christian one (adultery, forced abortions, amassing money, ruining the life of people etc.), the *other* problem is that their teaching and practice is contrary to the Bible. UBF would be a cult even if the lifestyle of its leaders would be more examplary and unblamable because of their wrong teachings and practice that is forced upon all members and that is carried on even if the worst of their leaders already died. Therefore I think it is essential that we differentiate between the hypocritical and immoral life of the leaders and the wrongs inherent in the UBF "system" itself. These two things cause each other like in the famous "hen and egg" problem, but still it is good to differentiate here between both "hen" and "egg".
8th-Jan-2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
the *other* problem is that their teaching and practice is contrary to the Bible.

You are right. UBF clearly has theological issues. But the leaders enforce their false theology on their sheep by abusing their authority. For exmaple, Becky testified the following in her life testimony:

“하지만, 모두들 그와 결혼하라고 압력을 넣고, 그렇지 않으면 하나님께 불순종하는 것이란 느낌을 심어왔습니다 (But everyone around me kept on pushing me so hard to marry him. They also made me think that it would be disobeying God if I didn’t marry him.)”

It is clearly a false teaching/practice that not accepting a marriage partner presented by UBF system is disobeying God. It is just ridiculous. Samuel Lee also claimed that Jesus did not mind violate human rights to help the Samaritan woman. In Anamgol UBF, sheep is taught to respect his parents and to respect his one to one shepherd as someone who is equal to God. In Kiev, Peter Kim kicks out a sheep when the sheep disagrees with him. Maybe we should make a list of all the theologically questionable UBF teachings and post it here or distribute it via email to our poor brothers/sisters in UBF.
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