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Somebody's Not Seeing the Hook in the Bait 
7th-Feb-2006 11:53 am
Periodically, I go to the home page set up by the Cincinnati chapter of UBF (http://www.cincinnatiubf.org) to check up on people I knew and whenever I begin to miss Cincinnati. I was reading the Key Verses for '06 that were posted there in Microsoft.

One really rattled me--and I don't rattle easily. A newbie there posted in her Key Verse (sorry, I forgot to jot down the name before I logged on here) about how enthralled she was to be at UBF. She said (and I'm paraphrasing here) that she never dreamed that she could learn so much about the Bible and the Christian life outside of a seminary. "And it's free, too!"

She must still be at the love-bombing stage. Thoughts?
8th-Feb-2006 01:56 am (UTC) - Seeds For Abuse Planted
Upon reading the key verse testimony of the new recruit, Laura, I found an excerpt from her testimony that reveal the beginning stages of abuse and deception by Laura's shepherd, Esther.


"My limited perception and knowledge of the bible began to increase and I began to become convicted of Gods promises from the Old Testament rather than just the New Testament. I soon learned that my time with him before consisted of him pursuing and fighting for me but now I had to learn to pursue him and fight as well which is much of what the Old Testament is about. I began to learn how to really depend on prayer, dig and search for meaning in Gods word with an understanding that was not my own, but claiming it as mine and storing it in my heart."

Esther teaches Laura the works-based doctrine. Laura admits that Christ pursued and fought for her. However, in UBF Christ is not enough. In UBF, Laura has to fight and pursue God. Laura has to work instead of allowing God to work. UBF misapplies the main point of the work in the Old Testament. The Old Testament reveals clearly that people fail in their efforts to fight for and pursue God. Everyone falls short of the glory of God. Therefore, we need Christ to pursue us and fight for us. Esther deceived Laura by convincing Laura that she has to depend on her own works rather than Christ. Esther turned Laura away from depending on Christ alone and teaches her to depend on prayer and Bible study. Prayer and Bible study are blessings from God which enhance our relationship with Christ. Instead, Esther teaches Laura to replace Christ with prayer and Bible study. This allows Esther to impose UBF's twisted version of prayer and Bible study upon Laura as a necessity to grow in Christ.

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