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3rd-Feb-2007 05:40 pm
I found an article on www.prestlynation.com. Here is an excerpt from the acricle:

When God established our ministry, God intended us to become "different people." God raised us up to be different from worldly people, gave us a specific mission different from that of other ministries, and led us to carry out our mission in different ways. Now it has been 40 years since our ministry began. Forty years reminds us of the forty years of the Israelites' wilderness training. Since the forty years are over, shall we go to the land of Canaan and enjoy flowing milk and honey? Sometimes it may be good to enjoy milk and honey. But one thing is clear: whether we enjoy milk and honey or not, in any and every circumstances, God's will for us is that we become different people, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

For the last two years our ministry experienced a painful division. Someone said, "Well, the time is changed. We have been persecuted a lot. Now let us change our ministry as one which serves the same common functions of the church." Others said, "We must maintain our specific mission, spirit and way of working in UBF to the end."

How can this UBF messenger justify UBF ministry only based on the fact that UBF is "different"? I mean, being different is the most critical requirement in establishing a Christian ministry? Being "different" is nothing but a political propaganda to maintain the present power structure in UBF. The UBF leaders are using the sincere hearts of innocent UBF sheep to maintain their power and authority
4th-Feb-2007 09:04 am (UTC)
Good find. I think it shows clearly the elitist mindset in UBF. The problem is that UBF is "different" not only from contemporary Christianity, but also from the ways mission and church life is described in the Bible (regarding 1:1 shepherding and authoritarism, for example).

You would expect that after the passage you mention, the author would start to discuss which of these options is right, define more carefully what makes UBF different (instead of using buzzwords) and check them against the Bible. But to the amazement of the reader, the passage quoted was not the start of a discussion, but its end already. The answer given is: "We *must* maintain this spiritual *heritage* God." No explanation, just because it is a "heritage" given to the "ancestors." Another word that he could have used is "tradition". "We value tradition higher than the Bible." But that would not have sounded not so good and would show that they are much more similar with the Catholic mindset than the Protestant. Their "ancestors of faith" (i.e. Barry and most of all Lee) are given as the ultimate legitimation and oritentation for UBF, without asking whether these very ancestor made some things very terribly wrong, and lead UBF into an unbiblical cult-like direction. But they are determined to follow that direction to the end. Recently I got a letter by a UBF 2nd gen complaining that my website describes UBF as a cult. Well, if UBF decides to maintain that cult-like direction to the end, then please don't complain that you are treated like a cult.
4th-Feb-2007 10:27 am (UTC) - still doing arranged mariages to strangers
rickross.com has a discussion froum about ubf. In that forum there is yet another brand new story about arranged marriage for an American kid, right here at

hope this comes thru
4th-Feb-2007 02:30 pm (UTC) - Re: still doing arranged mariages to strangers
That link is from Google cache. The life link is this:
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