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20th-Jun-2007 10:50 pm
Thanks Amy for posting the email correspondence between you and Dr. Toh. I learned so many things that I never knew even though I was in UBF many years. Now I really regret that I supported UBF blindly. I thought I was serving God absolutely with no compromise and with no human thinking.

Dr. Ben Toh’s response clearly reveals the dangerous mindset that can really hurt innocent campus students using spiritual authority in the name of serving God. I would like to highlight a few points about the UBF mindset revealed in Dr. Ben Toh’ email.
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21st-Jun-2007 05:07 am (UTC)
2. absolute vs. absurd

In UBF, having an ABSUOLTE attitude is the highly advertised sales phrase. However, the ABSOLUTE attitude in UBF demands absoluteness with no rigor in sound theology that the absolute attitude leads only to the ABSURD attitude.

Consider the excerpt from Dr. Ben Toh’s email:

“The gist of our 4 hour conversation is this: I asked Jamie, "In your opinion, is what your wife saying, thinking and doing right or wrong?" He said, "Wrong." I also asked, "If you believe she is wrong, are you willing to help her spiritually, no matter what it takes and no matter what the cost?" He slowly and reluctantly said, "Yes." Then I said (paraphrasing), "If you really want to help Amy to struggle spiritually before God, then you may be even willing to tell her that you would divorce her to help her to struggle before God, because Amy loves you dearly and would never want to be apart or separated from you." I also added, "Of course, you should never ever divorce your wife under any circumstances. But you could tell her and let her think that you would really divorce her, even though you never would." This was the gist of our conversation, even if it is mostly paraphrased.”

Let’s just consider the following part. Dr. Ben Toh asks Jamie “are you willing to help her spiritually, no matter what it takes and no matter what the cost?” Consider carefully “no matter what it takes and no matter what the cost”. In the case of Jamie, it meant “divorce”. Now should we consider it absolute attitude or absolutely absurd attitude to divorce a spouse to help her spiritually?

The problem with UBF system is that UBF system never teaches sheep that absolute obedience to the system could be absolutely absurd. Dr. Ben Toh must have never learned from Dr. Samuel Lee when absolute attitude could turn into absolutely absurd attitude.

The difference between a cultic organization and a sound Christian ministry is very simple. The latter has the ability to clearly say that divorcing a spouse to help her spiritually is absolutely absurd. But the former will say that one who is not willing to divorce his wife to help her spiritually is a humanistic sinner with no absolute attitude toward the word of God.

What is more absurd is that the UBF leaders use Abraham who was willing to sacrifice Isaac by faith to justify the UBF theology of “absurd attitude”. A UBFer might ask, “Was God being absurd when he told Abrahm to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering?” If there is a UBFer really asking this kind of question, there could be no other absurd question in the whole universe than this one. My answer will be: How can the Almighty God be ever being absurd at any moment? When God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering, he was absolutely not being absurd. But when Dr. Ben Toh told Jamie to divorce Amy, Dr. Ben Toh was being absolutely absurd.

Another immature UBFer like Dr. Ben Toh might ask: “But isn’t it in the Bible that we should be willing to sacrifice our own Isaac to serve God absolutely? So shouldn’t I be also willing to divorce my wife to help her spiritually to serve God with absolute attitude?” The answer is yes and no. Yes, it is in the Bible that we must serve God with absolute attitude. No. it is not in the Bible that Dr. Ben Toh should divorce his wife to help her spiritually or even pretend to divorce her to struggle before God.

What Dr. Ben Toh learned from Dr. Samuel Lee is how to use what is in the Bible to grow his fellowship ministry, which is absurd. Dr. Samuel Lee planted in Dr. Ben Toh’s heart the absolute attitude toward his UBF ministry so that he may never leave UBF but support him with all his heart and with all his mind and with all his strength and with all his money. Dr. Ben Toh learned that doubting the spiritual authority of Dr. Samuel Lee is absolutely absurd even though in reality it is absolutely absurd.

In conclusion, Dr. Ben Toh’s mindset reveals very clearly how blindly UBF leaders are holding onto the absolute absurdity of the UBF system with absolute attitude. They also teach their sheep to have absolute attitude toward Dr. Samuel Lee’s absolutely
22nd-Jun-2007 01:26 am (UTC)
Continued from 2. absolute vs. absurd...

...(Dr. Samuel Lee's absolutely) absurd theology.

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