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2nd-Dec-2005 05:44 pm
I was reading the Bonn thanksgiving report and had to make some comments on the following.

12 years of intensive Bible study by Mr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Paul Koh shared a heart moving lecture about Dr. Lee’s spiritual legacy based on his personal experiences with key verse Psalm 1:1,2. The spiritual legacy of Dr. Samuel Lee is so great and many that it could be written in several books. Among them, Dr. Paul Koh testified two special points very deeply. First, intensive bible study; second, burning shepherd’s heart. Dr. Samuel Lee studied the bible deeply starting from writing the daily bread. For 12 years he wrote daily bread for 4 hours everyday. He read through the whole bible every year, reading the bible wherever he went. 12 years of intensive bible study became the foundation of Seoul pioneering ministry, Bible Korea, and World Mission. He overcame hardship and persecution through the bible study and helped shepherd and sheep, who were in hardships.
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2nd-Dec-2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
The Bonn report says that Mr. Samuel Lee studied the Bible deeply. He studied the Bible so intensively for 12 years that his intensive Bible study became the foundation of UBF ministry. But I don’t understand how one could come to the following conclusion after 12 years of deep and intensive Bible study:

However, Jesus did not mind violating her human rights</u> to talk about her sin problem in order to heal her sin-sick soul.

How could 12 years of intensive Bible study lead one to conclude that Jesus did not mind violating the Samaritan woman’s human rights? Moreover how could such Bible study be the foundation of any Christian ministry? I am not sure if Mr. Lee’s Bible study was focused on Christian business or Christian ministry.

I think UBF organization is more focused on Christian business than on Christian ministry. One clear indicator of this is that Mr. Samuel Lee’s flawed theology is never discussed openly in UBF. If UBF were a sound Christian ministry, a flawed theology of a leader and unbiblical practices by a leader should be discussed openly in the organization. This never happens in UBF and this is not a good sign for any sound Christian ministry.

Jesus criticized Peter harshly when he was full of business on his mind. He said in Mark 8:33, “But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. Get behind me, Satan! he said. You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Jesus called Peter Satan. Peter was his top disciple. But when Jesus saw that Peter was full of unbiblical views about his ministry, he called him Satan. Then clearly, Mr. Samuel lee was playing Satan when he was preaching that Jesus did not mind violating the Samaritan woman’s human rights in order to help her. However, this is never discussed in UBF. So is UBF a Christian ministry or just Mr. Lee’s and his loyal followers’ business organization?

In this Bonn report, there is a very interesting passage:

And through Sh. Joachim Dietzel’s life testimony and his decision of faith to be used as God’s chosen instrument for the world mission like St. Paul, we were much encouraged. He is one of the senior native shepherds, but was attacked by Satan and went through spiritual crisis and slandered God’s work and the servant of God with evil words during the division in our ministry. But through the unconditional love of God and God’s servants he repented of his sins.

The author of the report is claiming that criticizing Mr. Samuel Lee is Satan’s work regardless of what the nature of the criticism is. But according to Mark 8:33, this is clearly wrong. If Peter could play Satan, then any Christian could including Mr. Samuel Lee. As can be seen many of Mr. Samuel Lee’s teachings, he certainly was/is playing Satan. If this is the case, his teachings must be openly discussed and criticized. If this is prohibited in UBF, we cannot say UBF is a sound Christian ministry but just a private business organization. If his teachings and practices are full of things of men rather than things of God, they must be openly criticized. If UBF itself doesn’t, then God will as we have already witnessed in UBF split and Mr. Lee’s tragic death. As can be clearly seen in many of UBF messages and reports, the current UBF is full of things of men rather than is full of things of God. At the heart of the problem is Mr. Samuel Lee and his blind loyal followers.
3rd-Dec-2005 09:17 am (UTC)
For 12 years he wrote daily bread for 4 hours everyday.

You should not take anything that is written about Samuel Lee by UBF seriously. They exaggerate and often simply lie. There are also stories that he ate only one hamburger every day for 12 years and thinks like that. I think that these all are legends of the cult, brought up by himself and exaggerated and decorated by his followers. You can hear the same kind of stories about Lenin and Kim Jong Il in communist schoolbooks of the former USSR and Northkorea. Maybe he ate hamburgers for several days just because he liked it and then they made it a heroic deed of several years. Another example are the thousands of letters he allegedly wrote every year. Yes, he wrote many letters, but he usually only wrote one indoctrinating message bragging about himself and UBF, and then added 2 or 3 words above to make it appear it was an individual letter. I think these letters and the UBF newsletter was an important instrument for him to increase his power and esteem in UBF. Do you think anybody has controlled his "writing daily bread"? And who could tell that he prepared his manipulative Sunday message in that time?

We all know that Mr. Lee never made serious Bible study. He only studied or read the Bible in order to impress others and find twists to passages in order to manipulate people.

... was attacked by Satan and went through spiritual crisis and slandered God’s work and the servant of God with evil words during the division in our ministry. ... The author of the report is claiming that criticizing Mr. Samuel Lee is Satan’s work

In this case, "the servant of God" did not refer to Samuel Lee. It referred to Peter Chang who is considered "the" servant of God in Bonn. It may be hard to believe for you, since Peter Chang himself wrote that report so he was calling himself "the servant of God" but that's what he does. If you read Joachim's new testimony, you will also see that he was reffering to Chang when he said he criticized "the servant of God." Joachim never criticized UBF or Samuel Lee as far as I know, he only criticized Peter Chang for things like beating or calling himself "God".

The thing that is considered a sin was not that Joachim did not tell the truth. His sin was that he was criticizing "the servant of God."
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