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UBF Bible twist example 
6th-Jan-2007 07:15 pm
Dilbert
Today I came across the following verse in the Bible:

1 John 2:27: "As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit- just as it has taught you, remain in him."

I wondered how UBF would interpret that verse since it obviously contradicts their whole teaching (and generally that of shepherding/discipling/G12 etc. movements) that all believers need some "superior" Christian (the "shepherd" or "discipler") to lead and teach them. Jesus Himself said something similar ("Nor are you to be called 'teacher', for you have one Teacher, the Christ.") and there other passages about that but for now I only want to look at 1 John 2:27.

It was a bit difficult to find a UBF 1 John 2 message since you know UBF has its favorite Bible books that are always preached while others are more or less neglected. Finally I found a UBF message on 1 John 2 (included here). Of course, it did not come surprising that verse 27 was not the keyverse and not used for the title. UBF often claims their passage based Bible study is "objective" but they start already bringing a subjective focus to a passage by deliberately choosing a certain verse as key verse and a certain title. You know how important they take the title - they speak it loudly at the beginning of a message and stick it in big letters on the wall. Could you imagine anybody in UBF choosing verse 27 as the title: "YOU DO NOT NEED ANYONE TO TEACH YOU"?

Now let's see how they interpret the verse in the message. Quote:

"In verses 26-27, St. John urges prayerfully that they must remember that they are anointed ones."

That's all UBF has to say about 1 John 2,26-27. One meager sentence that only repeats the content, and only a small selected part of it. No word and no explanation of "you do not need anyone to teach you". How much do they talk about other verses like "feed my lamb" - they make whole conferences with that one verse. But this one they just ignore. Just elegantly hop over the Bible passages that are contradicting UBF teaching. Nobody will have noticed anyway, since that was already the end of the sermon and everybody was already asleep.

Hey, hello! If any UBFer is reading this: Wake up from your sleep. Read the Bible yourself and think about it. UBF pretends taking the Bible seriously, but they don't. Don't let anybody fool you.
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7th-Jan-2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
Good question, human12. Chapter 4,2 is a similar verse: "This is how you can recognise the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God." That really does not sound like a good criterium. All kinds of cults and false teachers acknowledge Jesus Christ.

My explanation is that John extremely simplifies things in his letter to make a point. E.g. he says "God is love" but to be more balanced you should say "God is love (on the one side) and just (on the other side)". But John chose to make a point to show what is the more important thing according to the Bible. He trusted the readers to fill in the details and exceptions.

So, of course the verse "you do not need anyone to teach you" is a similar simplification. Of course Christians need teachers in theological matters. But they do not need teachers in the sense of UBF, i.e. teachers who do not only teach, but manipulate, make decisions for the disciple, force them, act as their superiors, override their conscience etc. Again, John teaches only the core point: All reborn Christians are personalities standing before God individually, with their own conscience and the Holy Spirit guiding them personally. Nobody should dare interfering and putting himself over the conscience of the sheep and guidance by the Spirit. But that's what UBF is doing.

And it is the same with the verse "all who acknowledge Christ are from God, i.e. good teachers." It is a simplification too, that show the crucial point. All who deny Christ are not from God, but not all who cry "Lord, Lord" are His people as Jesus Himself explained. Not all are his friends, but only those who obey His teaching, and UBF is deliberatly ignoring His teachings (what's worse, they miss the most important parts of His teachings, just like the Pharisees who give God a tenth of their mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but neglect justice and the love of God). Here the point is that "acknowledge Christ" certainly means more than just using His name, but it means living and teaching according to Christ's teaching and standards.
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