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7th-Jan-2006 03:47 pm
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

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.
7th-Jan-2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
Actually, the most frightening about this 5th aspect is that it has to do with the “original sin” of wanting to press God in a visible image, which goes against his second commandment. A prototype of this sin can be seen in the story of the Israelites and the golden calf. This is also explained as being the original in Romans: “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” You want something visible, something “at hand” – an image, an organization or a leader.

The problem is also mentioned in Corinthians: “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. ... Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men?” And even: “You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face.”

The ex Jehovah’s Witness in the recently mentioned TV talk answered when asked why he willfully gave up his personal freedom in the group: “You loose some freedom, but you gain security.” Everything becomes simple, convenient and secure if you simply follow the principle “UBF=God”. The irony in all of this is that UBF members usually accuse all others of living an “easy-going” or “convenient” life-style. But actually, I think the most convenient and easy-going life style is the one of UBFers. You don’t have to think for yourself, you only have to follow the UBF=God dictum. “Simply obey him anyway...”.
7th-Jan-2006 11:49 pm (UTC) - Isaac Kim expressed this idolatry
Isaac Kim of the Los Angeles UBF and currently one of the top leaders of UBF USA expressed this idolatrous desire for someone "visible" in 2000:

"First, I am afraid to say that in the name of conducting reformation, you are comitting the sin of rebelling against God who uses a visible servant like Dr. Samuel Lee."
8th-Jan-2006 12:26 am (UTC) - Re: Isaac Kim expressed this idolatry
"First, I am afraid to say that in the name of conducting reformation, you are comitting the sin of rebelling against God who uses a visible servant like Dr. Samuel Lee."

As discussed here, Isaac Kim, one of the top leaders of UBF-USA, does not devote his time to study Bible but to glorify Samuel Lee and his false theology. I think we can safely conclude that every UBF leader does nothing but that. Maybe it might take another UBF split until they really go back to the Bible and study it seriously.
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