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Still Honest To God 
29th-Nov-2005 07:52 pm
Dilbert
Probably many of us have read the famous open letter "Honest to God" by Henry Kriete about the problems of the ICOC. In the following, many members and local ICOC churches repented. When the hole building started to collapse and children of the top leader Kip McKean left (something that he had prophesized would never hapen), Kip McKean and the 2nd level leadership wrote "apologies". However, time has shown these apologies were half-hearted, pragmatic attempts to appease the members and keep the status quo. There was no real repentence by the top leadership. Now, after some time has passed, the top leaders are trying to gain power again. And Henry Kriete is blamed for having caused all the problems. Some people even wrote to Henry Kriete and asked him to "apologize" for his letters. Here is his Henry's answer to these charges:

http://www.leebase.com/icocnews/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=310

I think this is again a very helpful reading for current and former UBF members.

Some abbreviations used:

ICOC = International Church of God
H2G = "Honest to God" (Henry Kriete's open letter)
RR = "Revolution through Restoration" (Kip McKeans "apology")
WSL = "world sector leader" (like a national director in UBF)
Comments 
1st-Dec-2005 03:40 am (UTC)
I think it is a must-read especially for UBF Koreans even though they wouldn't understand what they read.

I believe the ICOC has passed through the fire of God's judgment and its foundation has been revealed for the wood and straw it was. Period. It was not built on the word of Christ alone ,as we boasted all along, or it would not be in such a mess today. Christ himself promised this would happen, but we refused to listen.(Matt.7)The ICOC was built ,not on the pure foundation of Christ alone, but on a seriously inadequate version of the person and work of Christ, and on a very deficient understanding of the grace and truth of Christ. In short: a different Jesus, a different gospel.Kip's version of Jesus. As we followed Kip’s leadership in the ICOC ,this was the ‘different’ Jesus that he himself was following… and follows to this day.
3rd-Dec-2005 02:27 pm (UTC) - Cultic leaders don't change.
Kip McKean and the 2nd level leadership wrote "apologies". However, time has shown these apologies were half-hearted, pragmatic attempts to appease the members and keep the status quo. There was no real repentence by the top leadership. Now, after some time has passed, the top leaders are trying to gain power again.

History proves it over and over again. Cultic leaders don't change, whether it's in the ICC or in UBF. I guess some people have to learn that the hard way.
3rd-Dec-2005 04:36 pm (UTC) - Re: Cultic leaders don't change.
"Cultic leaders don't change, whether it's in the ICC or in UBF."

Unfortunately, that's the truth I had to learn the hard way as well. Of course, "cult leader" is not well defined enough; there are various degrees and if it is not too extreme, there may be some chance. There are a few factors that make cult leaders inclined to not change:

- the more they have a "power monger personality"
- the more power, honor or wealth they have already gained with the cult
- the closer they are to the top of the leadership, or even at the very top
- the more time of their lifes they have spent as cult members/leaders
- the more the other cult members flatter and adore the leader

The more of these factors apply, the lesser the chance that a cult leader will renounce and it approximates zero very quickly.

There are some examples of cult (sub)leaders who changed. Some of the ICC leaders changed, but not those at the top level. Many leaders of the WCG repented, but not the man at the top, Armstrong. The "5 Shepherds of Fort Lauderdale" repented, but they were probably not a real full-grown and segregate cult at that time. So these all are not really good examples, rather exceptions proving the rule.

Nothing is impossible. But it is easier that a camel should pass through the eye of a needle and a billionaire sees the Kingdom of Heaven than that a cult leader repents.
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