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UBF Founder's Day 
3rd-Oct-2007 02:31 pm
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The annual UBF "Founder's Day" will be held in Chicago this week, followed by a wedding (of course). The Samuel Lee praiseology sharers are supposed to have prepared their praiseologies "according to the facts" about Samuel Lee. ("According to the facts" seems to have become a catch phrase in UBF in recent years.) I hope some members and "sheep" will consider the facts about Samuel Lee that will be presented here in the next couple of days, unpleasant facts that they are not likely to hear during UBF "Founder's Day".
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4th-Oct-2007 06:11 pm (UTC) - The Founder was abusive pretty much since the beginnings of UBF
Read the 1976 open letter to S. Lee from a group of UBF staff "shepherds". Here's an excerpt:


You beat people for training. Do you remember a big traffic jam in January of 1973 due to a severe snowstorm? Shepherds Nam-Kyun Lee, Isaac Koh, Jonah Kim, and Matthew Sohn were late for the leader meeting on that day. You ordered them to hit each other 10 times. Some of them fainted and some were hospitalized because of their wounded ears. According to the testimony of Moses Kim, you locked Dong-Jin Park in your house and made him sit naked in ice water for five hours. You ordered missionary candidate Ki-Hwang Yoo to be your personal driver. When he didn't obey you, you expelled him to Jejoo Island. You also ordered shepherd Nam-Kyun Lee to give Ki-Hwang Yoo only one meal per day at Jejoo Island and beat him 100 times everyday. He finally got pneumonia due to ill nutrition and horror. You made shepherd Man-Suk Chang take his two toenails out. You beat National Medical Center doctor, Hyung-Sik Sunwoo, at Chongno chapter before his brothers and sisters. You ordered shepherd Man-Suk Chang to beat Ki-Cho Kim at the CNF Mission Report in September of 1975. He got bruises in his face and ears. After this, he left UBF. There are a lot of cases. Shepherd Lee! We can not find anything like this in Jesus. If a victim sues you, UBF will be considered a cult and will be sentenced as guilty.


The abuses described in the rest of the open letter are shocking, to say the least.

The claim that S. Lee's and UBF's "problems" in the United States were due to "cultural misunderstandings" is debunked by this open letter written in 1976, in Korea, by Koreans. Yet, this "cultural misunderstandings" excuse is still used today by UBF.
4th-Oct-2007 11:53 pm (UTC) - The Founder continued a pattern of abuse after bringing UBF to the USA
Read the chapter of Ron Enroth's "Churches That Abuse" that deals with the abuse experienced by Tom Brown beginning in the late 1970s, which was typical of the abuse dished out by Lee. Here's an excerpt:

Tom was to use any means available to extract the four thousand dollars from his parents. Lee did not care how it was done. After several attempts, Tom began to realize that “Not only was I beginning to attempt to exert control over my parents, but I was also beginning to actively try to control the students at the MSU chapter. I used my position and the Bible to get them to make ‘decisions of faith’ that would conform them to the image of a servant of God that I held. I even began to rewrite messages that students were to deliver, just as Samuel Lee had rewritten mine. Those students who accepted my direction in writing were ‘good.’ Those who did not were ‘rebellious.’” Tom had become a little Samuel Lee, and he was appalled.

This continuation of the abusive behavior that Lee exhibited in Korea resulted in UBF developing its long-term reputation as a cult in North America. Lee's reach and authority over all other UBF chapters meant that the abuse was not restricted to the headquarters in Chicago.
5th-Oct-2007 06:53 pm (UTC) - The Founder demanded a level of control that only cult leaders demand
Lee demanded (and was given) a level of obedience and control that only cult leaders demand, that is, a near-absolute level of obedience. His ordering pregnant women to get abortions or ordering familes to give away their children are only the most grievous examples.

Read the testimonies of James Kim, Jimmy Rhee and Joseph Park concerning the abortions that were ordered by Lee. Here is part of Joseph Park's testimony:


My mom was allowed to raise me for the first 8 months of my life before Dr. Sam Lee forcefully took me and gave me to Mr. and Mrs. James Jeung. They took care of me for 9 months before they gracefully returned me to my mother.

During my absence, my mother was forced into a second marriage with the promise of me being returned to my mother upon marriage. My mother would not subject herself to a second marriage but decided that having her only son back was worth a second marriage.

I was NOT returned upon the marriage because she was just recently married.

She was married for 3 months and pregnant for 2 months before her new husband could not take the UBF church. He ran away in the middle of the night and disappeared without a trace.

My mother was then forced to have an abortion by Dr. Samuel Lee. Her only consolation for losing her second child was the return of hert first son.


The above testimonies also reveal Lee's continued practice of forcing parents to give up their children, a practice that was first mentioned in the 1976 open letter to Lee. A recently archived discussion thread also describes this practice of Samuel Lee's:


Here's a tradegy that went on in UBF that I think needs to be discussed more:

Samuel Lee/UBF leaders made members give up their children. Before Barbara D. could "marry by faith" in UBF she was told that she had to give up her child that she had had through an immoral relationship. If I remember correctly, her child was about 7 when she was told to give him/her up in order to marry Jerry Robinson. And from what I remember, she did give up her child for adoption. I was told she had to do this to start a new life and that a future husband wouldn't want someone already with a child. This is so sad, tragic and evil. If Barbara became a Christian her sins are forgiven, including getting pregnant outside of marriage. Samuel Lee and other UBF leaders should have encouraged her to continue to take responsibility for the wrong choice she made earlier by taking care of her child. Instead, the-ever-so warped Samuel Lee pushed her to give up her child as the only way for her to get married in UBF.

There are other cases: Jacob Kim told me he was married before to someone else in UBF. Together they had a son. His wife had mental issues and they divorced (I don't remember if Samuel Lee told them to divorce or if she was critical of UBF-- does anyone know?). Samuel Lee also told Jacob Kim to give up his son for adoption and then to re-marry in UBF which he did. A few years ago I asked him if he sees his son and has a relationship with him and he said no. I just don't understand these things. I think this is so wrong. You don't abandon your child. You love them, take responsibility for them and care for them.

Remember Samuel Lee also tried to make Rebekah Yoon give up her child to the Joungs. In fact, they did have him for about 9-10 months, if I remember correctly. Who else did Samuel Lee do this to? Kathy Calabrese also wrote in her testimony that when she was pregnant with her 5th child Samuel Lee told her to give up her baby for adoption after birth. Thank God Kathy refused and stood her ground even though Samuel Lee later slandered her. He lied and said Kathy was so burdened financially by their 5th child and that somehow she ruined the Northeastern ministry. Did Samuel Lee do this horrible, evil thing to anyone else???
6th-Oct-2007 03:08 pm (UTC) - The Founder was inhumane in his treatment of members and former members
Lee used a tactic that is commonly used by cult leaders. He told horror stories about former members to plant fear in current members who had thoughts of leaving UBF. This tactic is reportedly still in use today in UBF.

In two reported cases, Lee ordered the doors of dwellings nailed shut or boarded up when the members who lived there seemed to be on the verge of leaving UBF. Read the cases of Rebekah Yoon and James Kim.

Lee was determined to publically defame and discredit anyone who left UBF. In his attempts, he often revealed his inhumanity, calling one former member a "brainwashed vegetable woman" and another "the fat lady who resembled a globe".
6th-Oct-2007 03:15 pm (UTC) - Re: The Founder was inhumane in his treatment of members and former members
> ... and another "the fat lady who resembled a globe".

See http://www.geocities.com/holly.lord/ubf.html for the full testimony of Holly Lord.
8th-Oct-2007 07:15 pm (UTC) - Re: The Founder was inhumane in his treatment of members and former members
In two reported cases, Lee ordered the doors of dwellings nailed shut or boarded up when the members who lived there seemed to be on the verge of leaving UBF. Read the cases of Rebekah Yoon and James Kim.

Slight correction needed here. It should be:

"Read the cases of Rebekah Yoon and Joseph & Lucy Park".
6th-Oct-2007 10:49 pm (UTC) - The Founder did not value truth as much as he valued success ...
...or, at least, the appearance of success.

See http://ubfhistoryx.livejournal.com/2007/10/06/ .

As someone commented:

They used scissors and glue to make these images. They also use scissors and glue when they write UBF history.
8th-Oct-2007 04:58 pm (UTC) - Final comments
By his chronically abusive behavior in words and actions, Lee showed that he was unregenerate. He was used and abused in his youth, as he testified about often. But that can excuse his behavior only so much. Other leaders who have called themselves Christians also had rough childhoods, but they, at least, displayed the changing power of the gospel in their lives.

The gospel that Lee believed and taught in sermons, letters, announcements and behind closed doors was NOT the gospel of the Bible, the gospel of Paul, the gospel of Martin Luther, the gospel of mainstream evangelical Christianity, because his gospel was devoid of the realities of grace and the finished work of Christ on the cross (salvation as free gift).

Instead, his oft-stated anti-gospel and philosophy was "Do it by any means!", a legacy that seems to be alive and well in UBF today.

"Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin! You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life. The stones of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it. Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime!" - Habakkuk 2:9-12
9th-Oct-2007 02:02 am (UTC) - Addendum
Samuel Lee ...


"... ordered Rebekah Yoon to get an abortion ..."
"... treated former members inhumanely ..."
"... treated offering money like his personal bank account ..."
"... could not be challenged because we were afraid he would kick us out ..."


These aren't quotes from former members. These are quotes from some of the same people who have shared their Samuel Lee praiseologies at UBF "Founder's Day" meetings. This culture in which such contradictions can exist is another "legacy" of Samuel Lee.
10th-Oct-2007 09:07 pm (UTC) - scumbag
One memory about Lee that came to me was his arranged marriage business. He arranged marriages at this timeo f year, his birthday, not to just to honor himself and control the recruits. He very methodically used arranged marriage to collect gifts for himself. One ubfKorean told me that son-in-law Charles C. Kim came to his with the very vague message "Dr. Sam Mule Lee is praying for your daughter's marriage these days." That was it. The ubfKorean was then expected to appear the Chicago Revenue Center shorlty afterwards with a check for Sam Mule Lee for at least $5,000. How many times did this guy perpetrate this scam? I don't know about the other ubf chapter leaders, but my hunch is they all extracted something, every chance they got. They did this extracting mostly from Korean members, not Americans. Thus American weddings were not high on list of things to do.

I'm so glad that Sam Mule Lee is dead. I wish he had died at a very young age, the world would be a much better place without him. I guess only the good die young.
19th-Oct-2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Someone forwarded me the following quotes from the Founder's Day praiseology by Jim Rabchuk which was posted on the UBF site
at http://www.ubf.org/bbs/view.php?id=worldmission&no=1247:

Samuel Lee promoting child neglect:

- "He asked me to support Moscow mission by translating all of his Luke’s gospel messages into Russian. I did it even when my Ph.D. study seemed to be failing, and later, when my first son was in the hospital because of his heart. Dr. Lee brought me to the Korea WMR 1991 and had me share my testimony in Russian."

God supporting divorce:

- "In time, God himself opened the door for me to divorce Lydia, and it was finalized in the spring of 1992. I sent her away with the money I had saved up as a teacher for retirement." [Someday, I'd really love to hear Lydia's side of this.]

"Marriage by faith":

- "In September of that same year, Dr. Lee introduced me to Sh. Jennifer Fitzpatrick [i.e., arranged their marriage]. Sh. Jennifer only knew me in my time of struggling. But she did not judge or despise me for my sin. She believed in God’s grace of forgiveness, and after a lot of prayer – 30 minutes a day for a month – she agreed to marry me before God."
19th-Oct-2007 10:35 pm (UTC) - Addendum: sins of the sheep
The "sheep" had a part in enabling the abusive behavior and utter corruption of the UBF Founder. As written in the essay "Authoritarianism in The Church" by Steve Martin at the ironically named founders.org, there are also "the sins of the sheep":


Sad to say, but the sheep themselves contribute their own sins to the creation of authoritarian ministries. Having talked with several wounded sheep, it has struck me how seldom they have seen their own culpability. They are quick to foist all blame upon their harsh taskmasters. But petty dictators cannot reign without the consent of their craven lackeys and servile subjects. There are at least three sins which they contribute to the sinful pathology of authoritarian churches.

1. Idol-worship: sinful flesh is not content with the reality of the one true God. It wants to fashion an idol in place of the invisible God who is spirit. There is always the temptation to act like the Jews of Saul's time who wanted a human leader they could see, rather than the unseen God (cf. 1 Kings 8:1-18). But God shares His glory with no man, not even "called men" who are promoted to demi-god status by their adoring flock. Such flocks too often find for themselves a man who likes to lord it over the flock. Thus a sinfully symbiotic relationship is complete with an abusive authority figure coupled to his idol-worshipping minions (Jeremiah 5:30-31).

2. Fear of man: too many sheep are more gripped by the desire to please a man or more fearful of displeasing a man than they are of pleasing or displeasing Almighty God (cf. Prov. 29:25; John 5:41-44). They spend their time dancing around their idol, expending their energies catering to his every whim and seeking to avoid his wrath. Men pleasers have little stomach for potential conflict. They would never dare ask their exalted leader a question, no matter how respectfully. They would never ask for the biblical basis for a decision made by the leadership, even when that decision seems to fly in the face of clear Scriptural teaching. Such men-pleasers crave the smile of a man's countenance more than the smile of God and they will not speak the truth in love (Eph. 5:15).

3. Unbelief: too many sheep do not believe that God still guides His people today through the means of prayerful meditation upon the Word of God and the illuminating ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is easier for the flesh to suspend the use of spiritual faculties and scriptural means of guidance for the short-cut of asking the leader to determine God's will and make the decisions all the time. It is not surprising that sheep who put men on pedestals, who cravenly serve men and who do not believe that God still guides will fall prey to abusive shepherds. It is only by the grace of God that it doesn't happen more than it does (Even good men know the temptation to become surrogate "gods" for their people and must stoutly resist the temptation to always answer questions of guidance and decision making.). Perhaps, some of the time, authoritarian shepherds are God's chastening rods on the backs of idol-worshipping, men-pleasing, unbelieving sheep who will not have God to be their God but who substitute a mere creature in His place (cf. Is. 2:22; Ps. 33:13-19).


Unfortunately, as in N. Korea with the Kims, the sins of the sheep are still being committed in UBF.
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