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Regarding John Armstrong's article 
7th-Feb-2007 09:05 am
I would echo similar thoughts elsewhere that John Armstrong's article be taken with a grain of salt. He mentioned a twelve-month acquaintance with Ron Ward supposedly as evidence of getting to know one top UBF leader, but most people know it can take quite a while longer to see and experience the dangers in UBF. The phrase "personally gracious almost to a fault" doesn't say anything beyond the fact that John Armstrong had a good time talking with Ron Ward. He also uses the word "errors that the group made in the past", referring to UBF behavior, which obviously minimizes them. The same behaviors referred to as "error" in the leadership, when seen in junior members, were often referred to much more strongly. Leaders apparently commit "errors" which will "likely....need further correction in the future." Everyone knows the same language was not used with junior members. The language used to describe the mistakes of UBF is obviously far more toned down than the language used within UBF when junior members commit mistakes, who rather are "sinful" and need "repentance" and quite strong corrections, often involving public humiliation. The article by John Armstrong is obviously not complete, and even biased, so take it with a grain of salt, for what it is only, which is a weak attempt by UBF to counter claims made against UBF.
9th-Feb-2007 01:04 am (UTC)
He posted another article related to his position on UBF. He says: "UBF is trying to do something that is both needed and very dangerous." In his previous article he said, "Two things have totally convinced me of the credibility of UBF." Now he seems to see danger in UBF.

I think that is a very good progress. I think "very dangerous" is a strong word. Something might have alarmed his working with UBF. I expect that he will have more objective view on UBF system. He says that he will post more extensive dicussion about UBF soon. Let's pray for him that God may give him more biblical and objective understanding of UBF system.
11th-Feb-2007 03:27 pm (UTC) - Use of "very dangerous" phrase
I wish you were right. However, he is claiming UBF style is also "needed" in the same sentence. He might not be using the word "dangerous" as you or I might when referring to UBF. He might be meaning that other people feel threatened because of their spiritual laziness compared to UBF (in his eyes), for example, or something like that. So they become very defensive around UBF (and perhaps should be!). I hope you're right, but it seems that John Armstrong may not really be doing an about-face regarding UBF. Time will tell. As you said, he wants to write more about UBF, so we will see what his attitudes and beliefs are more clearly, hopefully.
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