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UBF and 'special' mission 
11th-Jun-2006 10:02 pm
The following counseling was featured on the open counseling section of the Korean UBF homepage. One sheep was having trouble with whether or not he/she should continue to say in UBF. The sheep wanted to know if he/she should join other local church and serve God there. The shepherd who wrote the following counseling said that UBF mission is ‘special’ and only small number of those who come to UBF can continue to live with this ‘special’ mission. Special mission? I heard a lot about this ‘special mission’ in UBF too. What is so ‘special’ about UBF mission? I think this ‘special mission’ is nothing but another UBF business-oriented invention that has nothing to do with biblical truth.


http://board.ubf.or.kr/counsel2.php

“그전에 많은 양들을 쏘잉하고 초청하지만, 결코 특별한 사명을 감당할
만한 리더로 키워지는건 소수에 불과합니다. 이것이 우리 모임의 특징
입니다. 그리고 그 길을 포기할수 밖에없는 사람들은 믿음의 길을 저버
린 것이라는 생각과 또한 알수 없는 정죄감으로 살아가게 되죠..
사명을 버렸다는 말로도 표현되기도 하구요…”

“Even though we recruit many sheep, only small portion of them are raised to become leaders who can continue to carry out special mission. This is a special feature our church. Those who give up this way of life live under the self-condemnation thinking that they have given up life of faith. Some people also say that giving up this way of life is deserting mission…”
Comments 
12th-Jun-2006 04:52 pm (UTC) - why target everyone for a "special mission"
If this mission was so "special" I wonder why they target people without any discretion? Why not target the potential "leaders" or those who can "handle the special mission"? And why aren't new recruits told about this? UBF wants to pretend it has a special niche in the Christian community, but hides this agenda from any new recruits. This is just not an effective strategy, even if it were true.
12th-Jun-2006 10:57 pm (UTC) - Re: why target everyone for a "special mission"
The other problem with claiming that UBF mission is something "special" is that they recruit everybody on the campus, including people with severe psychological problems or people who are currently in a life crisis or mental crisis (because such people are easy to fish). When they recruit people, they don't tell them that UBF is something "special". They say it is simply a Bible study by a non-confessional ordinary student church. The claim that UBF is something special comes only later when people are already hooked. That's called deceptive recruitment and is one typical sign of cults. I also remember that UBF claimed towards the media that they are an "ordinary" church.
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