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The naiveness of College freshmen 
14th-Sep-2005 04:32 pm
Here is an excerpt of an email I received today:

I am a freshman student at ... State Univerity.
Recently, I have been doing a bible study with a man who introduced himself to me during my orientation.
The man (Doug) began to go though the Bible with me doing prepared "Bible studies". (...)
After I few weeks, I noticed that some of the lessons he taught me did not agree with what I belived with, so I asked my dad to do some research. He found this site and after I have read it, I relize that this man is part of (...) a known cult.
Doug still would like to meet with me on a weekly basis, but I do not know how to explain to him why I would not want to meet with him anymore.
It would be helpful if you can let me know a good way to "get out" without hurting the guys feelings.

Don't we all feel like we've been there?
At least I would compliment that young person for heeding the warning signals and getting some unbiased background information from a source they could trust (the dad).
However, I feel this is really the typical pattern for luring people into cults:

First, create some friendliness.
Second, make the person feel that you care for them.
Then, you can use guilt as a weapon against them when they want to leave, even if they have GOOD reasons.

This young student knows clearly that things with the group aren't just fishy, but that they got themselves involved in a "known cult", according to their own terminology. However, they can not simply "go away" because they feel that they would "hurt the recruiter's feelings".
So many young college students fall victim to cults all because they believe that the care and concern the recruiters display is genuine. They feel that they would be too harsh to just "go away" and maybe even take the blame upon themselves for "hurting the other's feelings".

We need to send out a clear voice: it's the cultists that continually hurt, belittle and reject other's feelings to further the agenda of their group, it is best to just go away for your own good and for the cultist to maybe one day ask themselves why seeking young people can not see Christ through their preaching. The person leaving such an environment shares no guilt.

The blame is entirely on the cultist, because they had been using deceptive and manipulative tactics from the beginning. No person needs to feel guilty for refusing to be deceived and manipulated!

And it doesn't matter whether that group is UBF or any other cult in the world.
Young students shouldn't naively believe that cult recruiters react the same way like they would, cult recruiters are programmed for a single purpose: get you lured into the cult without knowing it!

In Christ,
Mike K.
15th-Sep-2005 01:10 pm (UTC) - Re: Ends and means
In Mt 10:14, Jesus said, "If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town." But in ubf, you are trained that you will make sure you get at least an email address from the unwelcoming sheep when you leave him so that you can continue to contact him just in case if you don't get any sheep for the Christmas service registration. In this way, you are not properly trained to serve sheep but to treat God's sheep like an unwilling customer whom you must solicit forcefully by any means for the registration business. Their justification for this kind of forceful solicitation against the will of sheep is based on Lk 14:23, "Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full." Here the Bible teaches us God's broken heart for the lost sinners. But ubf seems to interpret this passage in such a way that God has more interest in the business of filling his house. In other words, they are more interested in 'make them come in' when God is more intereted in 'make them come in'. There is a big difference between sheep-oriendted ministry and business-oriented (power-oriented) ministry.

ubf persistence is business-oriented but God's persistence is
love-oriented. But ubf doesn't care about what kind of persistence they use as long as they can get the registration business done.
15th-Sep-2005 03:59 pm (UTC) - Not properly...
In this way, you are not properly trained to serve sheep but to treat God's sheep like an unwilling customer whom you must solicit forcefully by any means for the registration business

Not properly trained? Well, that hits the nail on the head.
UBF "trains" people in submission and dependence. UBF doesn't train people in godliness and Christian virtuosity. Of course, UBF "missionaries" and "shepherds" are "not properly trained to serve sheep", if they were, they'd get out of UBF as fast as they could because the entire UBF pyramid marketing scheme isn't about godly care but about using cultic recruiting tactics to do things "the way of the world".
If you had checked Farenheit 911's "recruiting tactics" that the U.S. recruiters are using, you might have realized that UBF tactics are more like the military than like the Bible, and that's most definitely not a coincidence, since Sam Lee, UBF founder, took glee in equating UBF activity to military activity from time to time.
UBF shepherds and leading ones are "shepherds without competence" and their euphemism "shepherd's heart" pretty much could be translated as "stalking", because what else is it to harass and follow a person just to "convince" them to do as you want them to?
UBF doesn't even know what the Bible words really mean, much less do they know how to truly live like a Christian because terms like "freedom in Christ" and "loving God" are anathema in UBF, how can you expect them to be "properly trained to serve sheep"?

And yes, "business oriented" fits UBF quite well. "God's work" in UBF eyes is "make people dependent slaves and exploit them so that they will spend all of their time, money and energy to make a profit for you just because they're afraid of not pleasing God", which is so absolutely contrary to the Lord's "Come to me all who are toiled and are burdened and you will find rest for your souls" and "It is finished!".

In Christ,
Mike K.
15th-Sep-2005 06:21 pm (UTC) - Re: Not properly...
I agree with you. I never agreed with UBF's practices, opposed them, and never practiced them. In fact, I personally was attacked by UBF leaders constantly with the usual "you are rebellious, unspiritual, proud, etc. and falsely accused of things, etc. Having been saved prior to UBF, I was happy for my "sheep" (who are really Jesus's sheep) who came to know the grace of God through Jesus through our bible studies. When they left UBF to serve in other churches, I supported them. Some still keep in touch.
16th-Sep-2005 01:53 am (UTC) - Re: Not properly...
One thing you frequently hear in ubf is "spiritual order". But you never hear from them what exactly it means biblically. They seem to mean the religious hierarchy established in their organization that you must obey with no question asked. It seems that they put more emphasis on "order" or "religious order" than on "spiritual" or "spiritual order." I am preparing an essay on it. Has anyone done some study on it?
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