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UBF Koreans' Disrespect and Dismissal of American Missionaries 
10th-Jul-2005 07:09 pm
There is a previous thread regarding Joseph Ahn's lecture on Korea UBF between 1966-1977. However, the following excerpt is so disturbing that I decided to start a new thread about the total disregard and disrespect UBF Koreans have for American missionaries who gave their lives to preach the gospel in Korea.

Excerpt from Joseph Ahn's lecture

"In short, UBF history of Seoul pioneering was the history of the word of God. It was God who began his history in Korea through one person who loved his word with all his heart, soul and strength."

According to Ahn, God's history did not begin in Korea until Samuel Lee started UBF. Ahn dismisses the numerous American missionaries who gave their lives to preach the gospel in Korea.

History records that God was working greatly in Korea before Samuel Lee was even born.

Elizabeth Underwood wrote a book entitled "Challenged Identities: North American Missionaries In Korea, 1884-1934" A summary of the book can be found at http://www.seoulselection.com/shopping_book_view.html?pid=648. The gospel was being preached in Korea well before Samuel Lee and Sarah Barry were even born.

This quote is taken from an article in the New York Times on November 1, 2004, written by Norimitsu Onishi and can be read for free at http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=1193.

"Roman Catholicism first came to the Korean Peninsula in the late 18th century, followed a century later by Protestant missionaries from the United States. Christianity failed to set firm roots in Japan and China, where 19th-century missionaries were seen as agents of Western imperialism. But it spread quickly on the Korean Peninsula, where American missionaries helped Korean nationalists fight against Japanese colonial rulers and informed the outside world of the brutalities of Japanese colonialism."

I am disgusted by UBF Koreans total dismissal of how God used Americans to preach the gospel in Korea. Even a mainstream newspaper acknowledges that American missionaries had success in preaching the gospel and helping Koreans fight against oppressive rulers. That an organization who considers themselves Christian would portray Korea as having no gospel preachers until one Korean man decided to start a church is an insult to God himself and to the men and women who gave their lives to preach the true gospel of Christ and not some man-centered, works-based, Confucianistic doctrine falsely portrayed as the gospel.
11th-Jul-2005 04:18 pm (UTC) - Not only
Actually, they don't do that with the foundation of Korea UBF, they're doing the same everywhere.
When they say how UBF came to Germany, they make it sound like God hasn't had a testimony in Germany before UBF came there, forget about Luther, forget about Count Zinzendorf...
It's just selective overly self-centered history. Everything UBF = God's Work. Everything not UBF = Satan's work.

Typical black/white paining by people with a limited world view.
Don't feel too disgusted about it, it's not worth it.
11th-Jul-2005 04:53 pm (UTC) - Re: Not only
"It's just selective overly self-centered history. Everything UBF = God's Work. Everything not UBF = Satan's work."

This is not just referring to a country, but individuals as well. A good example of this is my own life testimony. When I first came to ubf and wrote my life testimony (which, of course, goes through many edits), just before giving mine at a spring conference, it was cut down some more. What was cut out was when and how I came to receive Christ, a year before actually studying at ubf. I didn't even have time to think as it was handed back to me just before I read it. Afterwards I just cried that the one single most important event, how and when I received Christ and was saved, the POINT of my testimony, had been removed from my testimony. (They obviously just wanted me to go directly from my old life to UBF, so UBF gets the glory, not Jesus) I complained enough that two years later, I was given another opportunity to give my testimony. But, it was an appeasement.
11th-Jul-2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
The main problem is they think UBF is EVERYTHING in the world. The Korean reformers already pointed out that UBF leaders (particularly Samuel Lee) are like a frog in a small and dirty pond who believe his pond is the whole world. Because UBF is the whole world for them, they believe UBF history is the history of the world. Because UBF is the whole world for them, they believe UBF mission is world mission. UBF is completely self-centered.
12th-Jul-2005 06:12 am (UTC)
UBF Koreans like to extremely exaggerate their importance and achievements. You can see this also with Peter Chang bragging about his ISMF. In reality it's a small laymen orchestra. But they brag as if they were the London Symphony orchestra. As Mike mentioned, instead of simply speaking about "past concerts" they speak on their website about "past historic events" etc.
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