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Hitler's vision in UBF 
26th-Mar-2009 03:21 am
Dr. Ben Toh said in his message that Hitler was a man of vision. Dr. Ben Toh also said that Dr. King was a man of vision.

"Even a lunatic like Hitler, when he had a vision of a superior German race, was able to shake the world for a brief time."

So according to Dr. Ben Toh, both Dr. King and Hitler were men of vision. I am having a great difficulty in reconciling Dr. King and Hitler on the ground of 'vision'. What is more confusing is that Dr. Ben Toh preaches this notion of 'vision' based on Proverbs 29:18a which says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (KJV). How can one say that Hitler was a man of vision, the vision described in Proverbs 29:18a? I want to say that Hitler's vision was a "toxic" vision. But then based on Dr. Ben Toh's world class message, even a "toxic" vision has a merit that can inspire a lunatic to shake the world for a brief time.

Clearly, Dr. Ben Toh is confused about the merits inherent in God's vision and the derivatized merits of the ideologically and institutionally conditioned vision such as UBF's vision built on Dr. Samuel Lee's wonderful spiritual legacy.
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26th-Mar-2009 02:46 pm (UTC) - "Believing in Jesus is not enough, ..."
"... you must have a vision for your life." --Samuel Lee

I had a friendly (non-confrontational) conversation with a UBF person recently. One of the first questions they asked me was "What is your vision for your life?" No questions related to my faith were asked. A new UBF recruit, going through the usual UBF program starting in Genesis, will be asked "What is your vision for your life?" probably long before and much more often than they will hear about Jesus or the gospel. Yes, in UBF, "vision" is paramount, and the gospel is for "old Christians". And by being so involved in a recruit's life and telling them repeatedly what "God's vision" for his/her life ought to be (Ph.D.-shepherd-doctor-marriage candidate-missionary), what should normally be a personal response to God's leading, becomes a man-controlled, man-dictated "vision".
27th-Mar-2009 08:45 am (UTC) - Re: "Believing in Jesus is not enough, ..."
"... you must have a vision for your life." --Samuel Lee

I heard this often times in UBF. UBF system is very tricky. For example, I fully agree that one must have a vision for his life. It is also very biblical that one has a vision. So I think I can say that Dr. Samuel Lee is right that one should have a vision. Now comes the tricky part.

UBF system teaches that one must absolutely accept UBF vision built on Dr. Samuel Lee's beautiful spiritual legacy since it is biblically right that one should have a vision. See how tricky that is?

Since it is right that you should have a vision for your life, you should absolutely have a vision to become a faituful UBF shepherd. So when a sheep is taught in a one-to-one bible study session that he should make a decision of faith to become a UBF shepherd, he can't counter this kind of UBF logic easily because it sounds like the suggestion is based on a biblical principle. But then he is scared to make immediate commitment to the suggestion because something doesn't make sense. So his one-to-one bible teacher will keep on reciting that he should have a vision for his life which is a biblical principle. So the UBF logic is:

1. It is biblically right that you should have a vision.
2. Therefore you should have a vision to become a UBF shepherd.

So if you reject 2 but accept only 1 in UBF, you are regarded as in fact rejecting 1. But the poor sheep in UBF do not have enough spiritual ammunition to counter this kind of UBF theology. So they feel so guilty about rejecting 2 because they are pressed to feel like they are rejecting 1 when they reject 2.

What I have learned in my current church is that I must accept 1 as absolute truth. But whether or not to accept 2 is completely my own personal decision. I have absolute freedom endowned by God either to accept 2 or to reject 2. As long as one gets 1 absolutely correct, God can help him with what to do next. But UBF theology teaches that you can never get 1 right unless you absolutely accept 2 first. Very tricky.
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