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Is he really a Christian? 
7th-Jan-2006 06:47 pm
Isaac Kim's letter to the Reformers

After I have read Isaac Kim's letter, I could not but ask this: Is he really a Christian who worships God or a cult maniac who whoships Samuel Lee? I am not sure if he really knows the full implication of what he is talking about. I think not. If he is one of the top leaders in UBF-USA, then his mindset might represent very well the mindset of average UBFKorean leaders. I think Joe is right when he said that no one can grow spiritually in UBF environment. Anyway I wanted to post Isaac Kim's letter in its entirety for open discussion of the mindset of UBFKorean leaders. To see his letter click on comments.
8th-Jan-2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
But Isaac Kim takes this sentence "love always trusts" and interprets it in this situation as "love always trusts anybody". Or actually, not even anybody, since they never trusted the reports and testimonies of reformers. So he interprets it as "love always trusts Samuel Lee."

You are right. He took "love always trust" out of context. 1 Corinthians 13:6 and 7 say, "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. To know what it means by "love always trusts", we also have to know what it means by "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." But since Isaac Kim and UBFKorean leaders study the Bible politically, Isaac Kim put more emphasis on the former than on the latter in protecting the glorification of Samuel Lee. But if he or any of UBFKorean leaders were to train his sheep, he would put more emphasis on the latter than on the former. So here we have the problem of how to apply biblical truth to practical problems.

Isaac Kim is kind of easy-going here. He insists on "love always trust." But he does not qualify his position seriously. The only statement that supports his position seems to be that "Samuel Lee is God in UBF" which can be easily refuted by elementary theological arguments. Of course this "humanistic" arguments would not be appealing to the blind UBFKoean leaders. Why wouldn't Isaac Kim apply the same truth, "love always trust", to the reform leaders as he would apply it to Samuel Lee? Since "love always trust", he should trust the reform leaders and accept their request. But strangely by using the same truth, "love always trust", he rejects their request. Why does he not articulate further on his position?

Isaac Kim does not seem to have the ability to articulate his theological position further except appealing to his personal opinion that Samuel Lee is God. That is his limit and UBFKorean leaders' limit. Their limit is Samuel Lee. Samuel Lee is all the world that they know. They are like a frog who lives in a deep well and sees only the part of the whole sky presented by the small opening of the well. Isaac Kim and UBFKoreans are caught in the well of Samuel Lee and his theology. All they see is the part of the great sky presented by the small opening of Samuel Lee and his pathetic theology.
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