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28th-Jun-2007 10:05 pm
An article on UBF appeared today in the Diamondback, the student newspaper of the University of Maryland College Park. From the comments posted about the article, we can see that damage control has already begun. One UBF Korean posted, "Yes I learned to obey spiritual leaders. Aren't we supposed to obey our parents, teachers and professors?" If the article itself doesn't warn people away from UBF, words like those will. It puts a chill up my spine to hear such language promoting blind and absolute obedience to religious charlatans. What aggrieves me even more is the thought that I was once part of this group....
12th-Aug-2007 04:51 am (UTC) - They call it "trust."
"Lee said the idea of asking a leader for advice is not a function of control, but rather of trust."

As usual, the leaders (in this case, the leader's son) twist what actually happens in UBF. We who've been in UBF know that it's not mere advice that the "sheep" become conditioned to ask a leader for. No, the "sheep" are taught and trained to ask for what amounts to permission from the "shepherds". It is this way with all abusive discipleships. Lee tries to characterize the UBF shepherd-sheep relationship as based on "trust". But this "trust" is a one way street. The sheep are expected to trust the shepherd absolutely, even enough to allow the shepherd to choose their marriage partner. The shepherd is ever suspicious that the sheep might try to "go his own way" (think for himself, make his own decisions); he never trusts the sheep. That's the UBF "trust" relationship.

There's another word for trust. That word is "faith". So, here we have the UBF problem in a nutshell, and a UBF leader gives it to us almost straight. In UBF, your trust, your faith is in your leader, and he tells you what God's (UBF's) will is for you.
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