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Spurgeon's devotional on UBF website 
4th-Dec-2005 12:33 am
As I was looking for something else on-line, I found the Richmond UBF has a link to Spurgeon's morning and evening devotional. While I love Spurgeon and began reading his devotionals when I left UBF, when I saw that on their website, I thought this was just another "outward appearance" of change.

4th-Dec-2005 01:28 am (UTC)
Spurgeon has been a staple link on UBF web sites along with some other Christian resources links for a long time, so it's certainly not an indicator of change. These common Christian links on their sites serve to tell visitors that "See, we in UBF can speak Christianese, too." But of course, their own "Daily Bread" is what they push recruits to purchase and use every day.
4th-Dec-2005 09:36 am (UTC)
I can only confirm what Joe says. Links to Spurgeon and other universally accepted Christian sources are not very new for UBF. They just need to put something on their website that will not look cultish.

The typical "canon" of external links on UBF websites: Online Bible, some links to Christian music (hymns and sometimes contemporary), and one or two links to "classical" reading such as Spurgeon.

Actually, UBF members would also read books from Spurgeon and others semi-officially. Many of these books are evangelistic in direction of impact, and UBF has no problems with such books. However, I have never read Spurgeon's sermons on baptism and other doctrinal issues. They would never go into detail.

In our center, we even had a commentary, but besides me, hardly anybody used it. When I prepared Bible study for my "sheep" with the commentaries, my chapter leader praised me in front of the others, but he made clear that I need to go one step farther, ignoring the commentaries and reading the Bible only to become really spiritual.

Another observation I made is that UBF hardly ever links to websites with contemporary material (except music). For instance, you will not find links to the Ray Stedman Library (http://www.raystedman.org) or John Mc Arthur's Grace To You (http://www.gty.org). The message is: "Once, in the past, there had been good Christian leaders. But now, only UBF has the relevant teaching and is following their footsteps." You also will not find links to websites on Christian apologetics and doctrine for obvious reasons.

And you should keep another thing in mind: Those who make the websites may not completely reflect the spirit of UBF. They are often made by naive, non-Korean members who believe to be Christians. For instance, I made the German UBF website when I was in UBF. I probably could have put anything on the website, they would not have cared or noticed even. In my last year, I put a link to a website with reform issues there. Only then I got big troubles because one native member tattled me to the Korean leaders. Probably today, they are a bit more aware and let only loyal members make the websites, but anyway I believe the leaders don't really care much. I often had the impression they did not even appreciate to have a website at all. They do not really like public attention.
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