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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.
9th-Jan-2006 01:25 am (UTC) - Re: Christians also get caught in that web.
I was also desperate when I was fished in to UBF. I grew up with no friends at school and a miserable family life. The only way I survived my high school years was through the love and support of my church youth group. However, since they were a group for high school students, I was unable to stay in the group after I graduated. When I met Teddy Hembekides on the OSU campus in June 1982 and started going to 1:1 and group Bible study with him, I thought I had found a group like the church youth group. It wasn't until I had been there a year or that I began to see behind the love and concern with which I had been initially greeted. Even after beginning to see what was really going on, it took me another seven years to reach the point where I finally decided to leave for good. And, unfortunately, along the way I recruited my younger sister into the group. Thank God she left on her own a couple of years after I left permanently in June 1992.
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