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The commitment trapdoor 
29th-May-2006 09:09 am
Dilbert
Recently we discussed about how UBF defines commitment as something only relating to UBF, and how they pressure people to become “committed” (to UBF, i.e.).

The treacherous thing about this commitment pressure is hat commitment in UBF has a “trapdoor” character, it is a one-way street. By this I mean that UBF makes it for you extremely easy to commit yourself to everything they want – weekly Bible study, attending conferences, attending sogam sharing sessions and prayer meetings, playing an instrument at the worship service or joining the choir, or take a duty like typing in or correcting the message for the leader every week, but they make it difficult and virtually impossible for you to ever give up that commitment in order to commit for something else (e.g. if you see you need to take more time for your study or your parents). If you want to leave a commitment, you suddenly need to reason why, you need a good excuse, and no excuse will be good enough in UBF. You will be called “unspiritual”, lazy, uncommitted, “pleasure-seeking”, following your desires of the flesh, and everything that was mentioned in the message quoted by human12. Once they got you committed to something in UBF, you cannot get out of it any more. Instead, they immediately start and try to get you committed to the next thing. And the more weekly commitments you already have, the easier it will be for them to cajole you into the next thing, because they meet you every week and can easily find a situation in which you wouldn’t say “no”. (Saying “no” to anything would be considered “unspiritual” anyway.) [more in comments]
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29th-May-2006 07:27 am (UTC)
We recently discussed that mechanism in our church and found it is also at work in many agile Christian youth movements. The young people (often students) commit to always more activities, sometimes culminating in foreign mission even, because these groups make it very easy for you to get committed, and you will be honored and flattered if you commit, and may also have a lot of fun in these activities. But these groups never teach you to “count the costs” and to look whether there are other activities in your life that should have priority. Girls seem to be particularly susceptible for this. So often, you end up with 37 year old ladies who have no proper education, have no family, but served in many different church missions. However, they suddenly see they missed something and become bitter, accusing others of not being so spiritual as they were. (Maybe Sarah Barry was one of them.)
30th-May-2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
If you want to leave a commitment, you suddenly need to reason why, you need a good excuse, and no excuse will be good enough in UBF. You will be called “unspiritual”, lazy, uncommitted, “pleasure-seeking”, following your desires of the flesh, and everything that was mentioned in the message quoted by human12.

As we have discussed, commitment itself is virtue and we all regard it very highly in our everyday life. But this commitment we value in our everyday life must be clearly distinguished from the commitment UBF leaders advertise with business mind.

UBF business mind tells that disengaging from the commitment to UBF is “unspiritual”, lazy, uncommitted, “pleasure-seeking”, following your desires of the flesh as one can see clearly in many UBF teachings/trainings/messages. This is clearly a false teaching. The Moonies and other cultic organizations employ exactly the same strategy to expand their organizations and to keep the members committed to their organizations.

The reason many people fall into this kind of trap is that commitment itself is a virtue. Many good people with clear conscience believe that commitment is a great virtue. But UBF commitment and the Moonies commitment are in their nature "business mind". UBF commitment is nothing but ugly "business mind" beautifully wrapped around with a great virtue called "commitment".

In reality, UBF does not sell "commitment" but "business mind". Whatever is not good for their "business" is condemned as “unspiritual”, lazy, uncommitted, “pleasure-seeking”, following your desires of the flesh.
30th-May-2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
In reality, UBF does not sell "commitment" but "business mind".

One might say then "Is business mind bad?" Not at all. That is not the point of my arguement. Without the business mind of modern entrepreneurs, modern society cannot be sustained. Here I am argueing against a particular type of business mind such as the business mind to fake accounting book of a company or the business mind of false advertisement of products and services etc.. This type of business mind is not only harmful to our society but also a threat to the very foundation of the modern civilization. I am argueing that UBF business mind is this kind of harful one.

We who are in Christian ministry are not in the business of "controlling" the conscience of people. We are in the business of "helping" them to follow their own good conscience based on biblical teaching. UBF teachings are more of "controlling" one's conscience than "helping" one follow his own conscience based on the Bible.

Behind this "controling" one's conscience is UBF business mind to increase the number of its committed members. UBF business mind "controls" one's conscience with false teachings that appear to promote great virtues such as 'commitment', 'faithfullness' and 'obedience' etc..
31st-May-2006 02:18 pm (UTC) - it takes faith to stop controlling someone
Along with many other factors, the reason UBF "shepherds" seek to control the conscience of "sheep" is that they refuse to leave this task to the Holy Spirit. Though the Holy Spirit is occasionally mentioned at UBF, He is stripped of all His power because the "shepherds" guide the conscience and morals of the flock and don't leave this position to the Holy Spirit. It takes FAITH to trust the Holy Spirit to work in peoples lives instead of controlling them. What a bad idea, to trust a sinful human leader with your conscience instead of the perfect Holy Spirit!
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