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A man after his own heart 
21st-Apr-2009 04:45 am
UBF is holding another discipleship conference. The key verse of this conference is 1 Samuel 13: 14, "The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people…”

But the real purpose of this conference has nothing to do with "a man after God's own heart". As it is clearly stated in the application instruction for the conference posted on the UBF website, the real purpose of this conference is all about "a clear commitment to UBF"

What is the purpose of the Bible study and numerous discipleship conferences in UBF? It is all about "a clear commitment to UBF". So we see a very clear pattern in UBF: Use the Bible to force "a clear commitment to UBF". So how can one have a heart after God's own heart when everything is about "a clear commitment to UBF"?
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22nd-Apr-2009 10:10 am (UTC)
1 Samuel 13: 14, "The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people…”

What does it mean that a man is after God’s own heart? In UBF it means a man with a clear commitment to UBF. So if a man is not clearly committed to UBF, he is considered a man who is not after God’s own heart. In fact, UBF encourages a man to become more committed to UBF organization than to be a man after God’s own heart. This is at the heart of all the problems that reside in an organization such as UBF.

When a person has some critical opinions about UBF, he is a humanistic rebel. When he expresses such opinions, he sounds like he is not clearly committed to UBF. However, he could be expressing such opinions because he decided to be more a man after God’s own heart than to try to be committed to UBF.

When Samuel was called to serve God, he had been working for Eli all his life. It seems that Samuel respected Eli as a servant of God and obeyed him. Samuel seemed to be also very loyal to Eli. But Eli was not a perfect servant of God. There were some things that God was not happy with him. The first message that God gave Samuel to deliver was about God’s judgment on Eli and his household. The Bible clearly shows us Samuel’s struggle and agony between his loyalty to Eli and his commitment to God. Samuel was committed to Eli but he was committed more to God and finally delivered the message of God’s judgment to Eli who was like his father.

In John 21, Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me more than these?” Dr. Samuel Lee interprets this in a very narrow way that his interpretation turns out to be a wrong one. When Jesus asked this question, he clearly meant Peter’s organization with the question “Do you love me more than these?” If Peter loves his organization more than Jesus, he can never be a man after God’s own heart. Rather he will become like Dr. Samuel Lee who loved his organization more than anything else. Now the UBF leaders are trying to make campus students love UBF and be committed to it more than love Jesus and be committed to him.
28th-Apr-2009 05:38 pm (UTC) - A man after UBF's own heart
Thanks for posting this. This seems to confirm UBF's continued determination to be "ingrown", exclusive and "elite".
29th-Apr-2009 06:05 am (UTC)
1 Samuel 13: 14, "The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people…”

“A man after his own heart”: Is it really possible in UBF system? Of course the answer is no.

Freedom is the most necessary element in establishing the notion of “a man after his own heart” in an organizational setting. Then what is freedom? Freedom could be interpreted in many ways. But only the meaning in terms of an individual in an organizational setting will be considered.

What does it mean that one has freedom in an organization when he wants to become a man after God’s own heart? The most important meaning of freedom in this context is that one is not hindered in his effort to become a man after God’s own heart. How can we see this?

Suppose that one must have a clear commitment to UBF to be recognized (and honored; this notion of “honor” plays a very important role in UBF) as a leader in UBF. Now suppose that this “honored” UBF leader is in a situation in which his clear commitment to UBF contradicts his effort to become a man after God’s own heart. For example, consider the case of Dr. Ben Toh’s advice to a former UBF member to divorce his wife when she wanted to leave UBF (This was discussed some time ago but I can’t find the link to it).

Would it be possible in current UBF system that the “honored” UBF leader would have a choice to honor his commitment to become a man after God’s own heart more than his commitment to UBF and still be honored in UBF? (This choice is the foundation of his freedom in UBF system to pursue his commitment to become a man after God’s won heart.) No, it cannot be done in current UBF system where the preservation of the spiritual legacy of Dr. Samuel Lee contradicts almost all biblical principles and anybody who expresses any critical opinion is labeled as a humanistic, immature and unspiritual rebel.

In an organization where there is no freedom to pursue one’s commitment to become a man after God’s own heart, how can a true spiritual leader whose heart is after God’s own heart be raised? In such an organization, UBF being its best example, a person with a clear commitment to UBF who becomes an “honored” leader in UBF is like a person who gives up his freedom to become a man after God’s own heart.

Therefore in this context, a clear commitment to UBF by giving up one's freedom is ultimately an act of spiritual euthanasia.

2nd-May-2009 05:40 am (UTC)
I was informed that UBF has removed the phrase "a clear commitment to UBF" from the discipleship conference instruction that I placed a link in my previous post. So it looks like I am just making up a bad story about UBF. But they forgot to remove "a clear commitment to UBF" from the following link:

http://www.chicagoubf.org/discipleship/

I have a screenshot but can't put the screenshot on this comment.
4th-May-2009 08:28 pm (UTC) - age requirement
Look at the age requirement. Aah, to be young and manipulable again!
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