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UBF abuse in Turkey 
19th-Jan-2007 02:32 pm
A UBF missionary in Turkey says the following in the mission report:

Two sisters D. and H. who faithfully studied the Bible, came to our house to have daily bread and attended the SWS. But during the year many problems arose. I rebuked D. for making compromises with her family and H. for not being willing to break up with her boy-friend and for her arrogance. After that they started to complain and left. Our two Turkish brothers N. and Y. also left us after I rebuked them. I thought of myself really badly and wondered if I had done right. Finally I remembered my motto which I had back in the Ukraine before coming to Turkey – It is better not to compromise and be without sheep than to compromise and be with sheep. When I kept this life-style in the Ukraine God made me fruitful. So I renewed my personal decision to live as a witness of Jesus making no compromise with sin or relativistic thinking.

This UBF missionary doesn't seem to have sound theological and biblical understanding of "compromise with sin". We do not have enough information in the report why the UBF missionary concluded that D.'s compromise with her family was compromise with sin. The UBF missionary rebuked H. for not being willing to break up with her boy-friend. Is this really appropriate for a Christian missionary to handle the situation regarding H.'s relationship with ther boy-friend? This UBF missionary also rebuked H.'s arrogance. Wow, how did he know that H. was arrogant enough to be rebuked by him? The UBF Turkey ministry is a good example of the abuses going on in every UBF chapter. In UBF compromise with sin is not determined biblically. If one skip UBF worship service to visit his family, he is rebuked for compromising with sin. If one engages in a relationship with someone outside UBF (or even inside UBF), he is rebuked for compromising with sin. This kind of interpretation of compromise with sin is purely based on UBF business and culture set up by one-person authority namely Dr. Samuel Lee. This kind of interpretation is not biblical at all.
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20th-Jan-2007 02:46 am (UTC)
The UBF missionary in Turkey also says: When I kept this life-style in the Ukraine God made me fruitful. So I renewed my personal decision to live as a witness of Jesus making no compromise with sin or relativistic thinking.

This seems to imply that he learnd this kind of life style-"rebuking sheep"-in Ukraine. Dr. Peter Kim, the Ukraine director, must be behind this kind of "rebuking sheep". And Dr. Peter Kim must have learned this kind of "rebuking sheep" from his shepherd in Korea. And his shepherd probably must have learned this kind of "rebuking sheep" from Dr. Samuel Lee.

When I was in Chicago UBF, there was this strange impression that the more you could "rebuke" your sheep, the more "spiritual" Christian you are. From time to time, Dr. Ben Toh was praised for "rebuking" his sheep. One Korean missionary told me that other local churches are not "spiritual" because they do not "rebuke" their sheep.

This UBF missionary in Turkey sounds very proud of his "rebuking". One must be rebuked when he commits sin. One must be rebuked when he compromises with sin. But when shoud a Christian leader conclude that one has committed sin to be rebuked or has compromised with sin to be rebuked? I think the UBF missionary didn't spend enough time to pray about the matter before God. But he must have fell into some kind of Christian heroism and acted on his own personal opinion instead of acting on sound theological reasoning. This is the core problem of UBF ministry. Most UBF teachings/practices are based on a leader's personal opinion rather than on sound biblical teaching.

How can the UBF missionary say that D. compromised with sin when she compromised with her family? Is having a boy-friend sin? This is not to say that everyone must have a boy-friend. The issue is whether or not the Bible says that having a boy friend is sin. Suppose a girl had a boy friend before she began to study the Bible seriously. Should she break up with her boy friend now that she is studying the Bible? Or should she be "rebuked" if she decides to maintain the relationship? If she does, does she compromise with sin in this case?

The UBF missionary in Turkey did not teach the biblical principles to D. and H.. I think it is because the UBF missionary was not prepared to handle the complicated real world situation biblically. The only resources he had in those situations were what he learned from Dr. Peter Kim in Kiev UBF spiritual(?) environment. UBF Korean missionaries do not teach the Bible to their sheep. They only teach their sheep to become a committed UBF member. It is all about UBF business.

The UBF missionary says that he renewed his decision of "making no compromise with sin". I don't think he clearly understands what he is saying. He may not even clearly understand his decision of "making no compromise with sin". He may not even know what sin is. So he may not know what it means to "compromise with sin". Probably, he might think that it is sin not coming to UBF sunday service. He might think that it is sin to move to local church. He might think that romance is sin. But without sound theological support based on the good topcial Bible study on them, the UBF missionary might be just acting on his personal opinion. When he forces his personal opinion on others, well, clearly they will argue against him. But then he will say that arguing against him is sin!!! What is worse is that he will believe that that is what the Bible says!!!
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