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Shepherd cannot be brother 
19th-Jun-2006 04:46 am
I found one of the major UBF doctrines, "a shepherd may not be a brother" in an official UBF message. Usually, these doctrines are not spoken or written down, so this is interesting. We also have it for the record if anybody claims it is different in UBF. The reasoning is also kind of funny. (see comments for more)
19th-Jun-2006 03:12 am (UTC)
Here is a passage from one Chicago UBF message (original here).

There was one shepherd in UBF at the beginning time of UBF [of course, they mean Lee, or even Lee is talking of himself in the 3d person]. The shepherd was a man of thought and at the same time he was a man of a broken shepherd heart for his people. He started student ministry to fix up his country from a nation of beggar mentality to a nation of world conquest [officially, their goal is evangelization, but this comes closer to their real goals]. But one problem happened to him in his heart. At that time he and many of his sheep were almost the same in age. So many girls called him, not “shepherd” but “brother.” The problem was not the girls, but the shepherd himself. He felt his sheep were emotionally like brothers and sisters. The shepherd saw women as women. That was the big problem. So he came to God and asked for his help. Then God gave him John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” He meditated on this quite a long time. “What is the meaning of being a shepherd?” Finally, God inspired him, “A shepherd cannot be a brother or sister to his sheep. He must be a spiritual father to them.” As soon as this thought came to his heart, God circumcised his heart. God also changed his feeling toward women. The shepherd did not see women as women, but as spiritual daughters. Because of this, he earned great respect from all the women around him. These women began to work hard. Thus, UBF grew and grew.

The actual problem was that this man considered himself a shepherd, though he was too young and probably not yet married. If, as it is explained in the Bible, the shepherds (=elder) are married man with experience, and if they do not apply that intense personal shepherding of UBF, there would not have been any problem. He is trying to solve a problem that is only a problem in the unhealthy UBF environment. The solution was to invent an even unhealthier teaching, namely that shepherds cannot be brothers or sister. This is formulated very generally as a doctrine:

“A shepherd cannot be a brother or sister to his sheep. He must be a spiritual father to them.”

That is one of the hidden doctrines of UBF, though it is in complete disagreement with the teachings of Jesus: "you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father"

So easily that "man of thought" dismissed the teachings of Jesus and set up his own teachings.

It is interesting how he makes it sound that he had very spiritual thoughts and motivation of "not looking at women as women", but he derives a completely unbiblical general teaching from this.

By the way, can anyone confirm who is the author of that message? Did Lee write about himself that he was a "man of thought"?
19th-Jun-2006 04:59 am (UTC)
By the way, can anyone confirm who is the author of that message? Did Lee write about himself that he was a "man of thought"?

The story is the same story that Sam Lee included for years in Chicago UBF sermons, the story that he had an epiphany after going to pray on top of a mountain (it's always a mountain, isn't it?), that he must be a father rather than a brother to his "sheep."
19th-Jun-2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Isn't that how all tyrants get started? At first, they are your brother, your comrade in a great revolutionary struggle ("Pioneer all nations! Conquer all nations!"). Next thing you know, they are your absolute authority figure, your father, your virtual god. It was the case with Stalin, Mao (China), Min (Vietnam), Kim (N. Korea), Castro (Cuba), you name it.
19th-Jun-2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Recently I saw a documentation about Castro and yes, it sometimes reminded me of Samuel Lee.
19th-Jun-2006 05:04 am (UTC) - Thanks
Thank you so much for sharing this quote; I think it is very valuable in showing some key problems with the church. While the church's problems are often social, not theological, there are some members in UBF who genuinely want to follow God's word, and things like this may convince them of the church's theological error. This is a pretty seriously sinful statement in my eyes.
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