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Ridiculous UBF engineering 
23rd-Jan-2006 09:02 pm
The following is an excerpt from the recent UBF Sunday message. It describes the building process of the new UIC Bible house. It seems that there are a lot of problems with the new UIC Bible house.

We experienced this while building the UIC Bible house. The original plans, approved by the city, called for an adequate foundation. However, due to a quirk in the system, the Chicago Board of Underground became involved in the project. They insisted that we put iron shoring around the foundation. The end result was that the foundation became twice as thick as originally planned. This required much more time and money. Missionary Paul Chung had to arrange the sewer lines, water lines, gas lines, and power lines, and to satisfy all the building codes, sweating a lot. It was great training in patience and persistence. But in the end, it produced a strong foundation, strong enough to last 300 years. Some neighbors commented that it would make a great bomb shelter. We learned that God likes the foundation of his building to be rock solid.
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24th-Jan-2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Part I

If you read this particular part of the UBF Sunday message, you will notice that there are at least 9 problematic points to be investigated. I don’t think any UBF people would have noticed any of the problems when they heard the message. It is because their critical mind has been effectively shut down by the fake UBF theology. Since UBF no longer has the ability of critical thinking, it turns to outside source such as this RSQUBF website. So it seems that our website has the divine(?) responsibility to carry out all critical investigation of everything that is going on in UBF system to serve innocent people who has fallen the victims of corrupt UBF system. Listed below are 9 problems I have found problematic with the new UIC Bible house. Any comments on them are welcome.

(1) The original plans, approved by the city, called for an adequate foundation.
(2) due to a quirk in the system, the Chicago Board of Underground became involved in the project.
(3) They insisted that we put iron shoring around the foundation.
(4) This required much more time and money.
(5) Missionary Paul Chung had to arrange the sewer lines, water lines, gas lines, and power lines,
(6) to satisfy all the building codes, sweating a lot.
(7) But in the end, it produced a strong foundation, strong enough to last 300 years
(8) a great bomb shelter
(9) We learned that God likes the foundation of his building to be rock solid.

According to (1), the original plans were supposed to have an adequate foundation and it was approved by the city. But then according to (2), the original plans didn’t seem to have the adequate foundation as claimed in (1). The UBF pastor who wrote this message claims that (2) happened due to a quirk in the system. Now we cannot but ask, “Wait a minute, what is going on here?” Something must have happened in (1) and (2) that doesn’t seem to be just “a quirk in system.” In (3) they insisted that iron shoring around the foundation be placed. Why did they have to insist on UBF? Was it because UBF didn’t want to comply with the city codes? So does this mean that the original plans didn’t have adequate foundation? Then how were they approved by the city?

What is more at concern is the original plans. Did the original plans really have all necessary and adequate requirements? Is the foundation the only part that didn’t have adequate requirements? Or is there any other part in the original plans that did not meet the adequate requirement and somehow escaped the city’s investigation? UBF is well known for constructing and modifying buildings “by faith” with no regard to any construction codes. They follow only UBF codes. Samuel Lee’s house was burned in fire because it was modified according to UBF construction codes. Was something like this happened in (1), (2) and (3)?

In (4), the author says that more time and money had to be put in due to (1), (2) and (3). What does this mean? Does it mean that (1), (2) and (3) happened because UBF tried to save time and money in the original plans by trying to avoid all city codes? This makes sense. It is now widely known that UBF is getting short on cash these days because the offering money has been significantly decreased.

Point (5). Now who is Missionary Paul Churng? Does he have a degree in civil engineering? Does he have enough credentials to carry out “to arrange the sewer lines, water lines, gas lines, and power lines”? Before I left UBF, many people talked about him. They said that UBF hired him to save money because he claimed that he could save a lot of money by using his unique know-how in construction business. As discussed in other post, there used to be a big wooden beam in Chicago UBF that supported the window frame of the sanctuary balcony. Some questions were raised against the structural stability of the balcony. One day I found that the wooden beam was placed under it. So I asked the UBF staff if any testing was conducted before it was placed. They said no. they said this fellow Paul Chung placed the wooden beam under it. So he came up with a solution without even knowing the problem, probably to save money. And this same fellow was involved in the construction of the new UIC Bible house.

Contines in Part II...
24th-Jan-2006 03:04 am (UTC)
Part II

It is quite possible that this fellow, Paul Chung, was motivated by the craving for self-glorification in UBF community. The construction of UIC Bible house was a very big project. So if he could save a lot of money in this big project, the board of UBF would praise him as a hero of the cash-strapped organization. Therefore the project was a great opportunity for him to promote himself as a “star” missionary. Every UBF missionary and all native shepherds are very much motivated by this self-glorification or human honor. In fact this human honor is a big theme in UBF. They compete against each other to display excessive amount of loyalty to the UBF system so that they might be honored by “the” servant of God who used to be Samuel Lee.

The UBF system also uses this kind of opportunity to “prove” the superiority of UBFKoreans over native shepherds. I saw in many occasions the UBFKoreans trying to prove their superiority by carrying out some big project with less amount of cost and in a short time. They never put native shepherds in charge of a big project claiming that native shepherds are easy-going and they have no power and no spirit. So the UBF system never gives the natives the opportunity to prove themselves in fear of losing the control over them. So in UBF the natives are inferior to UBFKoreans by default.

I know one American shepherd in Chicago UBF who is very excellent worker in almost everything. Personally I learned a lot from him. But by default he is not fit to take the charge in a big project in UBF. I believe he can do much better job than any other UBFKorean missionaries in Chicago. I hoped this fellow would be in charge of the new project of building the UIC Bible house. But it was of course impossible because of Samuel Lee loyalists. But just because he is a native shepherd, he is not allowed to take charge. UBF promotes the idea that all Americans are lazy. They must be ruled by UBFKoreans.

UBF is like an ancient class society in which one’s social position is determined by birth. By default UBFKoreans are superior and natives are inferior. That is one of the reason this fellow, Paul Chung, was given the opportunity to promote himself as a superior servant of God who could construct a big building by saving huge amount of money. During the construction and after the construction, this fellow could have never stopped talking about how impressive job he did by saving a lot of money for UBF and also in record short time.

But UBFKoreans never ask this: What has been compromised to save a lot of money and to finish it in record short time?

Consider (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) again. They show that the original plans were not adequate enough at least in terms of the foundation. This clearly indicates that something in the construction was compromised to save money and time. But the city insisted that UBF should spend more money and time to insure nothing in the foundation was compromised. But UBF is very sneaky organization so they would never give up trying to save money and time. So UBF found this fellow, Paul Chung, and had him arrange the sewer lines, water lines, gas lines, and power lines. Why? Because UBF now had to make up for the loss in spending more money in foundation. This fellow must have done his best to save money and time in arranging the sewer lines, water lines, gas lines, and power lines to make up for the loss. Please notice that “power lines” were arranged by this fellow. The cause of the fire in Samuel Lee’s house was related to power line. Probably this same fellow must have been in charge of arranging the power line in Samuel Lee’s house.

Continues in Part III...
24th-Jan-2006 03:26 am (UTC)
Part III

In (6), the author claims that all building codes were satisfied. But in terms of 1), (2), (3), (4) and (5), should (6) be taken at its face value? Probably not.

What about (7)? The UBF pastor believes that the new UIC Bible house has strong foundation that can last 300 years. I believe that too. But the question is not whether the foundation can last 300 years. The question is whether the new UIC Bible house can last 300 years. If the power line of the new bible house is not adequate enough, the new bible house will burn to ground soon. In fact, if the sewer lines, water lines and gas lines are not adequate enough and not arranged well in order to save money and to finish the construction in record time, the new bible house will come to ruin quickly even though it has very strong foundation.

But what is more shocking is the UBF pastor’s attitude toward the whole thing. He believes that the new UIC bible house has a very good foundation and he seems to be very happy with it. This clearly shows his spiritual immaturity as a leader. He doesn’t seem to have any spiritual insight to see what is really going on in this whole thing. He is like the disciples in Mark 13:1-2 who were so impressed by the massive stones and magnificent buildings in the temple.

In contrast to the disciples, Jesus said in this verses, “Do you see all these great buildings? Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down." What a surprise! Here we learn that the magnificent building were physically sustained by very strong stones. But spiritually the great buildings were sustained by corruption and political power struggle instead of being sustained by sound biblical truth. Why were the magnificent buildings destroyed? It was not because they were sustained by weak stones. It was because they were not sustained by the sound theology based on the truth of God. Jesus had this spiritual eyes to see what was beyond what was visible. Any spiritual leader must have this quality. But I don’t see this in the UBF pastor who wrote this message.

The UBF pastor sees only the strong iron shoring in the foundation of the new UIC Bible house. But he fails to see that the new bible house was being built on one person’s craving for self-glorification. He fails to see that something had to be compromised to save construction cost. He fails to see the power struggle going on in this project to keep the power structure set up by Samuel Lee. He fails to see that the new bible house was showcased to display the superiority of UBFKoreans over the default inferiority of the natives in UBF.

With no spiritual insight whatsoever, he claims in (8) that the neighbors praised the new bible house as a great bomb shelter. Many UBFKoreans who were so impressed by their glorious superiority must have cried out loud “Amen” at this point. But if the new bible house is itself a bomb that is going to explode who knows when, how can it be a bomb shelter?

In (9), the UBF pastor says that they learned that likes the foundation of his building to be rock solid. Yes that is correct. But personal craving for self-glorification is not the foundation God is looking for. Compromising necessary requirements is not the foundation God is looking for. It is not the foundation God is looking for to maintain the superiority of certain group of people by making other group of people inferior by default.

So the real question now is this: What was the real foundation of the new UIC Bible house? The UBF pastor sees only the strong iron shoring. Too bad. I hope the new UIC Bible house does not have any serious problems in less than 3 years.
24th-Jan-2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
I hope the new UIC Bible house does not have any serious problems in less than 3 years.

Their UBF-style renovations rendered the old Chicago UBF center and old UIC building uninhabitable, so I'd say there's a good chance that they'll ruin this new building also. That's in spite of their talk of "stewardship."
25th-Jan-2006 01:43 am (UTC) - UBF Message Missed the Point of the Scripture
I found that the worst problem with this section of the message was that the messenger used Jesus' words to boast about UBF rather than God. Jesus said that putting his teachings into practice is similar to building our house on a rock. We have a stong spiritual foundation through Christ just as we have a strong building foundation on rock. Instead of focusing on Jesus, the messenger focused on people, in particular UBF members. This scriputure should be applied to encourage people to put Jesus' words into practice. Instead, the scripture was applied to boasting about UBF. UBF messengers could not honestly encourage members to focus on Jesus' words because that would contradict their main purpose of encouraging members to practice the words of UBF leaders into practice. Putting the words of UBF leaders into practice is similar to building a house on sand.
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