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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.
20th-Jan-2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Good observation, human12. You revealed the fundamental double standard in UBF:

* "Sheep" must be rebuked when they "compromise with sin".
* Leaders may never be rebuked, let God care for them.

Everybody understands that leaders should even be more rebuked if they sin. That's the Biblical standard. But the UBF standard is different.

You also pointed out that it probably was not even sin what the sheep did. They "compromized with their family" in UBF terms, i.e. they considered their family higher than UBF. They loved and honored their parents. In this they showed a higher standard than UBFers do. A girl had a boy-friend. Hm, I suppose that even Mary the mother of Jesus had a boy-friend, Joseph, before they became engaged. No "leader" decided that Mary should marry Joseph or told them to break their friendship. Thirdly, the sheep were said to be "arrogant" in UBF terms, i.e. not obedient to the leader. The reality is that the writer of this report (I know him personally) is one of the most arrogant people in UBF. And yes, you're also right that he only copies the attitude of his leader (Peter Kim) who in turn copied the stance of the top leader Samuel Lee. He was the root of all this arroganze and authoritarism.
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