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Dr. John Armstrong 
29th-Jan-2007 11:26 pm
The following article by Dr. John Armstrong was posted on UBF website. Dr. Armstrong says the following:

Two things have totally convinced me of the credibility of UBF. First, my own personal relationships with UBF leaders. I have taken the time to get to know Pastor Ron Ward of the Chicago UBF very well. We have shared hours and hours of fellowship over the past twelve months. I know this man and I love his heart for God and for the gospel. He is a sound, humble, and Christ-centered servant. He is willing to admit his mistakes and is personally gracious almost to a fault. I have come to love him and I deeply admire him. When I pursued these charges with Ron he answered them in ways that I found convincing and credible. He admits that there were errors the group made in the past and more things will likely be discovered and need further correction in the future. But Ron seeks to grow and be faithful as a servant of the church. And he is both accountable and genuinely teachable.
Comments 
30th-Jan-2007 02:39 pm (UTC) - personal testimony about Ron Ward
This use of personal testimony as a type of evidence is not valid. In 12 months Armstrong could not uncover the deceptions, bad motives, bad behaviors of Ward and ubf. He came to a conclusion that ubf and Ward must be good. Is Armstrong not saying, "If I found Ward to be credible, then he is credible"? This is totally a false conclusion. I believe Armstrong is purposely engaging in a logical fallacy called 'argument from personal incredulity'. He is saying that since he did not find evidence that Ward and ubf are not good, ubf and Ward must be good. (Can you say 'simpleton'?) ubf follows this up with a logical fallacy called 'argumentum ad populum' where if everyone decides to believe the ubf story, then it must be true. Then the fact that this group decides to believe a story is the sole evidence presented. Dr. Armstrong, did you ask Ron Ward about Tom Fosler's testimony to learn cold, hard facts about Ward? I think Tom spent considerably more time with Ward then you ever will. That is just one tiny event in more than 25 years of Ward playing ubf, there are hundreds more. I think Armstrong's testimony should be placed in the context of an outside observer who has not seen or experienced ubf, so his testimony is of extremely limited value. It only proves that ubfleaders can fool some of the people some of the time. No student should trust Armtrong's testimony in making a decision to join ubf or other similar groups. I won't mince words on these false endorsements. Don't trust Armstrong's testimony or Ward. I can line up 100 people who will say Ward is a bad guy, a buffoon, a puppet, a horse's behind, a yutz, etc.
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