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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".
22nd-Nov-2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
They are taught from a young age that all human authority is false because all human beings are flawed, and no person has the right to tell another person what to believe of how to live.

So is this teaching false or not? Does he want to say that UBF leaders are not flawed and never abused their authority or never will? Does he say that certain persons have a right to tell other persons what to believe and how to live? Even God doesn't do this, does he? But even if perfect trustworthy human authority existed (one that should be allowed to control us), how would we be able to recognize such authority and discern it from illegitimate human authority? Simply because people claim they are "God's servant"? Even UBF people have to choose whom to obey: The Pope, Benny Hinn, or Samuel Lee? How do we make such a choice when it is not allowed to question authority? UBF's teachings are completely inconsistent, contradictory and irrational.

"Dr." Schafer laments that "To their [non UBFish] minds, all people are imperfect and should be regarded as equal." But sorry, Mr. Schafer, this is exactly what the Bible says. All people are imperfect and should be regarded as equal.

"There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Rom 3)

"But if you show favoritism [i.e. don't regard all as equal], you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers." (James 2)

"But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers." (Mt 23)

"From one man he made every nation of men, ..." (Acts 17)

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Gal 3)

Jesus and the Bible teach differently from Mr. Schafer and UBF.
22nd-Nov-2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
They are taught from a young age that all human authority is false because all human beings are flawed, and no person has the right to tell another person what to believe of how to live.

Now that I think about it again, I am not exactly sure if this is what postmodernism teaches or if this is Dr. Schafer's impression about postemodernism. I usually don't give too much credit to Wikipedia but one article on Wikipedia claims the following:

To some critics, postmodern skepticism appears similar to relativism or even nihilism. Defenders of post-modernism would argue that there is a distinct difference, however: while relativism and nihilism are generally viewed as an abandonment of meaning and authority, postmodern philosophy is generally viewed as an openness to meaning and authority from unexpected places, so that the ultimate source of authority is the "play" of the discourse itself.

Assuming that this claim is accurate about postmodernism, postmodernism does not abandon any kind of authority. It wants to give a place to other types of authority that has not been traditionally considered an authority. It questions traditional authority not to abandon it but to consider the ultimate source of authority by questioning traditioanl authority.

But in general UBF setting, questioning established authority itself could be considered an attempt to abandon the established authority or a compromise. The UBF leaders consider it a terrible threat to undermine their established authority. I think this further leads to misunderstanding of postmodernism. This also leads to further division between the old generation and the younger generation in UBF hierarchy.

We find in many places of the Bible that there is authority established by God that should be respected in the world. I think there is no denying that authority estalbished by God should be honored. So the question is not whether or not there exists authority. The question is how it should be exercised. And one good thing that postmodernism brings into this generation is that it makes us think about the ultimate "source" of authority. The ultimate source is of course God himself. The ultimate source of authority is not Dr. Samuel Lee or a UBF shepherd. I think that that much is what we can get out of postmodernism.

So if we can somehow present to the postmodern people that God is the ultimate source of authority and they can trust him and not a shepherd, working for postmodern generation could be a lof of fun. But it requires more rigorous study than the superficial Bible study in UBF.

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