(Posted by "ex-member" on 11/20/2000)
Fruitlessness in UBF
I wanted to post a subject to examine and discuss why UBF has been so fruitless in America over the past twenty years. If you look at the breakdown of the nationalities of UBF members you will still find that a majority of UBF members in America are Korean. What this says to me is that if UBF considers America to be a mission field it has basically been very unfruitful over the past years. My guess is that there are maybe a couple of thousand Koreans here in America and maybe a couple of hundred American staff members. Obviously a church full of missionaries should be more fruitful than this and actually the growth rate is stagnant to falling in UBF right now.
So why is this? Well one good thing to do is blame the Americans with some lines I've heard from Korean missionaries: "Americans are so hedonistic, how can we plant the Gospel in their heart?" or "Americans do not have mission, thats why they can't commit to the UBF disciple's life." Well thats nice to say except for the fact that this is shifting the blame, and totally denying the sovereignty of God.
Some people in UBF have questioned this web site saying "Why hinder God's work? Leave UBF alone and start serving God." Two points: Firstly maybe we are serving God by voicing these concerns which the Spirit is prompting in us. Secondly God's work has already been hindered through UBF's unfruitfulness and possibly it is because they are ignoring the voice of the Spirit of God.
This issue of fruitlessness is very important to acknowledge and address. Matthew 7:18,20 states "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." If the ultimate judgment of a tree's true inner character is the fruit it produces, UBF is in a very bad situation.
Following that we find these verses "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"
Maybe the reply of some UBF members will be "Lord, Lord, did we not teach the Bible in your name, and in your name do campus fishing?" But Jesus may reply "You did not truly do the will of my Father in heaven."
So if UBF is unfruitful, which is an outward sign of its inner character, maybe they are not doing the will of the Father in heaven- they are rejecting the Holy Spirit. This is so important because UBF still considers itself the premiere church of God, ignoring the reality God is showing them. By continually denying the Spirit they are also hurting many young college students, who trust them as spiritual guides.
So why is UBF fruitless? Is it because they are not doing the will of our Father in heaven? Maybe it is because of their attitude that everyone should be the same, namely a Bible teacher and missionary, when the Bible clearly tells us there is a diversity of gifts given and many different positions we should have.