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4th-Aug-2007 11:09 pm

I just finished reading a book called I Sold My Soul on eBay. The author Mehta is a Jain-turned-atheist who was paid to visit Christian churches and comment on how they appeal (or not) to nonreligious people. Mehta includes some biographical information before mentioning his experiences at different churches, and he explains that he studied at UIC (a campus UBF is known for targeting). Following is a quote from page 44 (emphasis mine):

It seemed that most religious organizations on campus were out to convert me by coercion. ... Several times on my state university campus I would pass a table where students would ask if I knew where I was going when I died. My response of "nowhere" never went over well. And since I wanted to be polite, I'd stay and listen to a lecture explaining how I was doomed unless I came to their Bible study.
It certainly sounds that this "friendly atheist" wandered across the path of the UBF. This just serves to highlight what a disgrace UBF is to Christianity and to religion in general.

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6th-Aug-2007 04:52 am (UTC)
I was doomed unless I came to their Bible study

I am very sorry that Mehta has turned an atheist. Surely, the UBF bible teachers must have played some part in this tragedy with their false presentation of the gospel of Jesus. Actually, the UBF bible teachers are not real bible teachers. They are just UBF member-makers. They think they are disciple-makers. But they are nothing more than member-makers who teach sheep they are doomed unless they study the Bible in UBF. And their discipleship-training is nothing but membership-training.

The real problem with an organization like UBF and other Korean churches is that disciple-making is considered the same as member-making. Practically, all Korean Christians are NOT disciple-makers but member-makers raised up by pastors who are full of business mind. These pastors do not work hard to train themselves and their sheep with rigorous theology. They just press hard their members to make more members by any means.

So what's the difference between a disciple-maker and a member-maker? That is a very good question. What follows below is just my personal effort to elaborate issues about disciple-making and member-making.

I think the whole problem stems from the mis-interpretation surrounding the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations..." The immediate context seems to teach us the clear difference between a disciple-maker and a member-maker. Verse 20 reads "and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." A disciple-maker should teach sheep EVERYTHING JESUS has commanded.

First, a disciple-maker should teach ONLY what JESUS has commanded. A disciple-maker should not teach what he thinks/believes or what Buddha said or what Confucius said or what Mohamed said or what Dr. Samuel Lee said. This point seems to be very critical. APPLICATION: Did Jesus say that one is doomed unless he studies the Bible in UBF? NO! Jesus did not say that. So UBF bible teachers are not disciple-makers but member-makers.

Second, a disciple-maker should teach EVERYTHING Jesus has commanded. Clearly this EVERYTHING does not include Korean culture. Clearly this EVERYTHING does not include Dr. Samuel Lee's spiritual legacy. It only includes EVERYTHING Jesus has commanded. Anything besides EVERYTHING Jesus has commanded clearly is not included in EVERYTHING Jesus has commanded. The UBF member-makers seem to believe that EVERYTHING Dr. Samuel Lee said is included in EVERYTHING Jesus has commanded. So these UBF member-makers are not the disciples of Jesus but the disciples of UBF system devised by Dr. Samuel Lee. APPLICATION: Is UBF-style marriage by faith included in EVERYTHING Jesus has commanded? NO! Therefore the ubf bible teachers who enforce UBF-style marriage by faith are not disciple-makers but only member-makers.

Third, a disciple-maker should teach sheep to obey everything Jesus has commanded. A disciple-maker should not teach sheep to obey anything other than everything Jesus has commanded. A disciple-maker should not teach his sheep to obey himself in order to make his sheep a loyal member of his ministry. A disciple-maker teaches his sheep to obey Jesus. A member-maker trains his sheep to obey himself in the name of helping him grow spiritually. A disciple-maker teaches his sheep to obey everything Jesus said. A member-maker trains his sheep to conform to his system. APPLICATION: Did Jesus say that one should divorce his wife when she wants to move to a better local church? NO! So Dr. Ben Toh is not a disciple-maker but a member-maker.

Conclusion: When a bible teacher does not teach his sheep everything Jesus has commended, the sheep might turn an atheist. So the UBF member-makers should focus more on Jesus than on Dr. Samuel Lee's beautiful spiritual legacy. The big difference between a disciple-maker and a member-maker is that a disciple-maker teaches sheep to obey Jesus when a member-maker teaches sheep to conform to his system.

One Word: Be a disciple-maker not a member-maker!
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