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1st-May-2007 12:14 pm
Dilbert
In the confluct among UBF leaders and their critics, UBFers often feel confirmed that the leaders are on the right side ("God's people") and critics are bad people (belong to "Satan") by these references in the Bible (I took those from NT, while hardcore UBFers also will take passages from the OT, comparing Samuel Lee with Mose etc.):
  1. Bad people "sneak in" and "secretly slip in" (Gal 2:4 and Jude 4).
  2. Bad people "despise authority" (2Peter 2:10 and Jude 8).
  3. Bad people "went out" (2Tim 4:10 and 1John 2:19).
What can be said about this? (More in the comments)
Comments 
1st-May-2007 10:44 am (UTC)
First of all, these verses are very handy for all who start their own cult-like organization. Since they are the founders, they cannot be identified as those who sneaked in. Since they have no authority in their organization above them, they cannot reject authority, but others who criticize them are doing so. Usually they also never leave their own organization, but their critics leave. So what do we learn from that? Start your own organization or church, and you'll be always right (many UBF subleaders who understood this are doing this on a lower level by "pioneering" their own chapters.)

I assume you already understand what's the wrong reasoning here: In these verses, the UBFers silently assume that "we" and "us" refers to the UBF organization, not the universal church, the body of Christ consisting of all believers. They also refer "authority" to human authority, not to super-human authority as the context of the quoted verses makes very clear.

In reality, Samuel Lee is the one who "sneaked in" (into the Presbyterian church), though he had no theological education and background and was not an approved and trusted Christian who himself submitted under any teacher, he immediately started to grab control, exert authority and divide from the church. In fact it was him who "went" out from the Presbyterian church (and Sarah Barry together with him - though officialy she did not leave, practically she deserted her mission and betrayed her church, doing her own "thing"). In fact Samuel Lee was the one who rejected all authority over him, while erecting a terror regime where everybody was under his and others' authority.
3rd-May-2007 02:59 am (UTC) - Sneaking in and dividing
In reality, Samuel Lee is the one who "sneaked in" (into the Presbyterian church), though he had no theological education and background and was not an approved and trusted Christian who himself submitted under any teacher, he immediately started to grab control, exert authority and divide from the church.

I was reading a commentary on the current state of the ICoC, and saw that these cult leaders (Kip McKean, Samuel Lee, etc) operate in similar ways. There was this bit about McKean "making a comeback" lately by repeating the same "sneak in and divide" pattern:

"Kip merely seems to be repeating patterns of the last 20-30 years; he began reconstructing churches since the early 80's, stealing them away from the Mainline Churches of Christ. He is using similar rhetoric and phrases. He is using similar tactics that he's always been using. The main difference is that, having done this already, he is pursuing the tactics far more aggressively: for instance, with reconstructions, it was at a relatively slow pace, but at this point, he is basically calling for as many churches to align with him as possible and then forcing the issue by approaching numerous churches through his contacts."
2nd-May-2007 03:31 am (UTC)
Very good point. I think most Bible study in UBF is done in the context of UBF organization itself. Simply put, all the questions are answered in UBF in the context of whether they are good for UBF or not.

Coniser for example "Deny yourself". How is "denyting yourself" done in UBF? "Denying yourself" is good only when it is done for the benefit of UBF. If it is done other than for the benefit of UBF, then it is bad.

Another example is "marriage by faith". If it is done inside UBF, then it is good. If it is done outside UBF, then it is really bad.

If you "seek his kingdom and his righteousness" inside UBF, then it is good. If you do that outside UBF, then it is really bad.

UBF one-to-one Bible study is carried out only in the context of benefiting UBF organization and preserving the established power structure in UBF. But all these are done "by faith" fighting against "enemies of God" who criticize UBF. This kind of mindset proves that UBF is a cult. Many college students are not well trained enough to understand the context of UBF one-to-one Bible study. Since UBF one-to-one Bible study just follows assigned Bible passage, they are easily fooled to believe that the Bible study is done in the context of the given passage. Only after they begin to be deeply involved in UBF "member-making" programs, they probably see what is really going on. But then it becomes very difficult at this point to separate the biblical context from the UBF organizational context. Some people leave and others just stay to give their lives to preserve Dr. Samuel Lee's beautiful spiritual lagacy.
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