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Abusing Bible key verse... 
19th-Nov-2006 10:45 pm
It seems that the most widely abused Bible key verse in UBF is Matthew 6:33. The key verse is about "seeking first his kindgom and his righteousness". In UBF "seeking his kindgom and his righteousness" has been established as attending Friday meeting absolutely, attending weekly fellowship meetin absolutely, attending summer bible conference absolutely, attending easter conference absolutely, participating christmass drama absolutely, having 12 one to one absolutely, writig testimony absolutely, marriage by faith, obeying one's shepherd absolutely, sending out 100,000 missionaries etc..

This kind of UBF mindset is not unique. This kind of mindset is very popular among Korean churches and other cultic organizations. The problems is that UBFers have no doubt that things may not be "seeking his kingdom and his righteousness". In their effort to promote their business, UBF leaders practically narrowed the meaning of the Bible keay verse under religious subjectivity. So when they teach "seeking first his kindgom and his righteousness", they actually teach that "serving UBF", "partcipating in UBF work", and "obeying UBF system absolutely" are the same as or more importat than "seeking first his kindgom and his righteousness".
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21st-Nov-2006 04:33 am (UTC)
We had discussion about problems in Kiev UBF in Ukraine. Take a look at the following example:

* Andrew and his elder brother Ivan were down with influenza and temperature above 39C. Yet, they were commanded to attend a meeting. Ivan did not attend the meeting, therefore his wedding was postponed. Andrew – being younger and not so courageous to decline – attended the meeting that lasted after midnight when there was scarce public transport. After that, he got a sever pneumonia and later bronchitis, which healed completely only after leaving UBF, because in UBF he had never enough time to rest and recover.

Under the situations in which Andrew and Ivan were suffering with influenza and high fever, what should have been done to "seek his kingdom and his righteousness first"?

Kiev UBF commanded the two brothers to attend the meeting even though they were suffering from influenza and high fever. Obviously, the Kiev UBF leaders thought coming to the meeting under such situations was "seeking his kingdom and his righteousness first". But is this what the Bible teaches us to do? Does the Bible teach us that the two brothers should not have rested skipping the meeting? It is hard to imagine that the God of rest would command the two brothers to attend the meeting even though they were suffering from influenza with high fever of 102F.

The Kiev UBF leaders might have thought that they were being ABSOLUTE about their attitude of seeking his kingdom and his righteousness by commanding the two brothers to attend the meeting. But was it "seeking his kingdom and his righteousness" less to have the two brothers rest under given conditions? Isn't it "seeking his kingdom and his righteousness" more to have the two sick brothers rest than to tell them to attend the meeting?

The UBF leaders might argue that the work of God might not make any progress if everyone is allowed to skip the meeting when he is sick. Or They will argue that no one can become a disciple of Jesus if he cannot overcome his influenza by "faith". This is UBF business mind disguised in religious zeal.

Just consider what happened to UBF work. When Dr. Samuel Lee insisted on his own unbiblical theology, he failed. His work of life time divided into two and his death was not glorious one either. Dr. Samuel Lee and his supporters did not seek his kingdom and his righteousness first. They sought their own glory and honor through UBF. They used UBF to glorify themselves as many other unscrupulous religious leaders have done.

UBF leaders in their blind zeal to glorify themselves have twisted the meaning of the Bible. They have turned "seeking his kingdom and his righteousness" into "protecting UBF authority and UBF traditions". They are evil-doers. When the Kiev UBF leaders told the two sick brothers to attend the meeting, were they really seeking his kingdom and his righteousness?
21st-Nov-2006 05:00 am (UTC)
When Dr. Samuel Lee insisted on his own unbiblical theology, he failed. His work of life time divided into two and his death was not glorious one either.

I think that Dr. Samuel Lee didn't know that he was getting old and God was preparing a new generation to replace him. This is the principle of history in God: a new generation always replaces an old generation. Under this scenario, what could be "seeking his kingdom and his righteousness"? Dr. Samuel Lee and his supporters tried to continue to protect their power and authority by telling the young generation that obeying them was "seeking his kingdom and his righteousness". But didn't John the Baptist say, "He must become greater; I must become less"?

But Dr. Samuel Lee didn't want to become less than the new generation. The problem that the current UBF has between old generation and young generation is very similar. The old generation doesn't want to become less. But the young generation doesn't want to become less either. Both of them want to become greater by "seeking his kingdom and his righteousness" in their own way while sheep suffer not knowing what to "seek".
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