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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.
Comments 
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.
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