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UBF=God 
7th-Jan-2006 03:47 pm
Dilbert
The "UBF=God" equation is really at the heart of the whole UBF calamity.

It stands short for the following beliefs:

UBF is "God's ministry"
UBF leaders are "servants of God"
UBF leaders convey the will of God to you
UBF leaders' commands to you are God's commands to you
UBF leaders' orientation is God's orientation for your life
You need to obey UBF leaders as you would obey God
Training by UBF leaders is training by God
etc.

What is "faith" in UBF? Actually it is faith in "UBF=God."

I think this problem deserves its own thread.
In the comment section I will explain more.
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7th-Jan-2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Anyway these 4 factors are very very strong. You cannot underestimate their power and infcluence on the people. They are the real reason why UBF members cannot discuss rationally and see the truth and the light. This one axiom "UBF=God" has become more influential and important for their mindset than the truth.

I also said "faith" in UBF is actually faith in the equation "UBF=God".

Let me give some evidence for this proposition.

Take, for example, "marriage by faith". What is marriage by faith? The real UBF marriage by faith is when you marry somebody without having seen him or her before, just because a UBF leader tells you. Where is the aspect of faith here? It is in believing that the arrangement made by the UBF leader is God's will for you. That's the crucial difference between UBF marriage and ordinary marriage. You don't trust God to directly show you a marriage candidate, but you trust that UBF leaders (and only they) convey God's will to you.

Here is another example, taken from a UBF testimony here:
http://rsqubf.fortunecity.net/discuss/archive/kevin_albright_black_sheep.html

"There was a time when I had all black sheep or Chinese sheep or street sheep. Once Dr. Lee gave me a direction to give away my black sheep. Reluctantly I did so. Then God gave me 3 NA boys to study with. Several months ago, Dr. Lee told me to give away my non-student sheep, which meant basically all of them. My spiritual energy was being consumed by an unchanging girl sheep who finished her PhD and never simply accepted the word of God. Dr. Lee sensed my stagnant shepherd life. When I obeyed his direction from my heart, God granted me 5 new sheep in 2 weeks. "

This typical pattern could be called "obedience by faith": You think, according to your ratio, to your Biblical knowledge or to your conscience, a command by a UBF leader is silly, unethical or bad. Then the UBF teaching is "obey him anyway" (http://drchungj.blogspot.com/2005/12/but-obey-him-anyway.html). If you do this, you are considered to have "faith". Faith in what? Faith in UBF=God.
7th-Jan-2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
Dr. Lee sensed my stagnant shepherd life. When I obeyed his direction from my heart, God granted me 5 new sheep in 2 weeks.

What is very disturbing in the testimony by the UBFer is that he claims that when he obeyed Samuel Lee's direction from his heart, God blessed him. What does he mean by "obeyed his direction from my heart"? Is this what is required for any UBF member in UBF? What is more surprising is that he seems to claim this subconsciously without being bothered to further qualify his claim. It seems to come to his mind automatically that Samuel Lee(UBF)=God.

I believe that anyone/anything who can claim our heart is God. So then does he mean that any UBF member must obey UBF system as if he/she obeys God? And if he/she doesn't, God will punish him/her by bringing sufferings? Then we are qualified to say that UBF system has become an idol. What the UBFer wrote in his testimony clearly generates a lot of biblical/theological questions. But the UBFer doesn't seem to be bothered by them.

I think every problem in UBF stems from this kind of unbiblical attitude enforced systematically by UBF leaders. UBF is clearly unbiblical organization because the UBF system is set up to glorify Samuel Lee one person even after he died in a fire. The level of the glorification of Samuel Lee in UBF is not less than the glorification of Kim Jung Ill done by North Korean leaders and than the glorification of Rev. Moon done by Moonies. At the current level of rampant glorificaion of Samuel Lee in UBF, the UBF leaders will soon want to erect a great statue for Samuel Lee. Samuel Lee is God in UBF together with Peter Chang and there are more who are God in UBF. Incidentally they are all Koreans. But please note that most non-UBF Koreans are good human beings who are not God.
7th-Jan-2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
I believe that anyone/anything who can claim our heart is God.

I just want to add that loving our neighbors from our heart is different from obeying UBF system from our heart or loving UBF system from our heart.
7th-Jan-2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
I just want to add that loving our neighbors from our heart is different from obeying UBF system from our heart or loving UBF system from our heart.

Yes. And those people who blindly obey and never criticize do not even really love the system. Lev 19 says (only one verse before the one about loving our neighbour): "Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt." It seems only the UBF reformers have really loved the UBF system...
7th-Jan-2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
Good observation. He created a progression by writing that when he obeyed only reluctantly, he was only blessed a little (3 new sheep), but when he obeyed "from his heart", he was blessed more (5 new sheep).

The problem is here not only that Mr. Lee's advice was unbiblical/unethical. It would be even a problem if the advice would have been a good one, because it teaches that the blessing did not happen because he obeyed God or God's Word or the Holy Spirit, but because he obeyed the advice of Mr. Lee.
7th-Jan-2006 10:53 pm (UTC) - Preach To Whom UBF Commands

Several months ago, Dr. Lee told me to give away my non-student sheep, which meant basically all of them. My spiritual energy was being consumed by an unchanging girl sheep who finished her PhD and never simply accepted the word of God. Dr. Lee sensed my stagnant shepherd life.

This quote exemplifies another problem with equating UBF=God; members allow UBF to determine to whom we preach the gospel. Albright was tired of teaching the Bible to a woman who would not "accept the word of God."

As Christians, we would pray for the woman and allow ourselves to be used by God to preach the gospel to whomever God wants. This is often difficult. It is not always easy to preach the gospel to people different from us and/or who do not seem to care. This would require personal time with God in prayer to decide what to do. However, in UBF, members can just forget about the person who is not white and not a college student. Thus, there is no personal struggle. The Bible clearly reveals that God wanted the early Christians to be open to preaching the gospel to everyone. How did Paul react when he was told to give away his Gentile sheep? Paul proclaimed strongly that the gospel was for Jews and Gentiles. UBF members can just forget about people that God has put in their lives by rationalizing that the UBF leaders told them to "give the sheep away." God never gives up on anyone. God certainly does not want us to ignore people that he placed in our life when an opportunity to preach the gosple arises. But UBF would rather take the easy way out and just fish white sheep.

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