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Theory on Sogam by Dr. Joon Ki Jung 
23rd-Jun-2006 11:16 am
The following is an excerpt of “Theory on Sogam” presented by Dr. Joon Ki Jung. It was delivered by him as a special message in UBF 2006 World Mission Report in Seoul. The English translation is not done by UBF but by me.

http://www.ubf.or.kr/bbs/view.php?id=2006Missionaryconference&page=1&sn1=&divpage=1&sn=off&ss=on&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=26

소감(所感, testimony)의 한문의 뜻은 “느끼는 바”이며 영어명의 의미는 “신앙의 고백, 간증”입니다. 그러나 UBF의 소감은 UBF에서 독특하게 사용하는 개념으로서, 성경을 ‘관찰’, ‘해석’, ‘행하는’ 귀납적인 성경공부를 하는 가운데 탄생한 용어입니다. 단순히 주관적으로 느끼는 바를 기록한 것이 아니라, 성경 말씀에 기초해 자신을 비추어 보고 깊이 생각하는 가운데 성경적인 가치관, 성경적인 관점에서 자아를 형성하도록 돕기 위한 글쓰기입니다. 즉, 소감이란 성경의 메시지를 통해 본인이 깨달은 점을 글로 쓰는 것이라고 정의할 수 있습니다. 이러한 소감에는 세 가지 필요 요건이 있는데 성경 말씀, 회개(죄 고백), 결단이 있어야 한다. 처음 소감을 쓰는 사람들은 말씀에 대한 묵상 없이 그 말씀에 대한 자신의 생각을 나열하는 경우가 많은데, UBF에서는 그러한 소감을 지양(止揚)하며 자신의 생각이 아닌 성경 말씀 자체를 정리하고 깊이 영접하도록 훈련을 줍니다. 그러나 이 훈련이 인위적이거나 강압적이지는 않습니다.

Sogam(所感, testimony), according to Chinese translation, is to express one’s thought on something. Its English translation is to confess one’s Christian faith. But Sogam in UBF has different meaning. The meaning of UBF Sogam has been formed through inductive bible study in which one first observes a bible passage, interprets it and applies it to his life. When one writes a Sogam, he does not simply express his subjective opinion. Sogam is designed to help one deeply think about himself based on the Bible that he can view himself and shape his identity based on biblical value system. So Sogam is defined as writing what one has learned through a message in the Bible. There are three elements that make up a Sogam: word of God, repentance (confession of one’s sin) and making a decision. Those who write a Sogam for the first time tend to list their personal thoughts about a bible passage without deeply meditating on it. UBF does not encourage such Sogams. In UBF one is trained to pay more attention to what the Bible says than to one’s personal thoughts so that he can accept the word of God deeply. But one is not manipulated against one’s will to receive this training in UBF.
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23rd-Jun-2006 04:20 pm (UTC) - Dr. Joon Ki Jung lies about UBF manipulation
Dr. Joon Ki Jung claimed in his speciall message on “Theory on Sogam” that “그러나 이 훈련이 인위적이거나 강압적이지는 않습니다 (one is not manipulated against one’s will to receive this training in UBF.)” I want to claim that Dr. Joon Ki Jung is lying. Anyone can clearly see that a person is being manipulated in UBF when he reads Becky’s life testimony below. Only those who are as strong as Becky can defeat the manipulation in UBF. But those who are as strong as Becky are labeled “humanistic” and “rebellious” in UBF.

Posted below is an excerpt from life testimony by Rebecca (Becky) Kim (Los Angeles, Downey Chapter). English translation is again not done by UBF but by me. Becky shared her life testimony—UBF Sogam—in 2006 UBF Missionary Conference held after 2006 World Mission Report. Becky says that “하지만, 모두들 그와 결혼하라고 압력을 넣고, 그렇지 않으면 하나님께 불순종하는 것이란 느낌을 심어왔습니다 (But everyone around me kept on pushing me so hard to marry him. They also made me think that it would be disobeying God if I didn’t marry him.)”

Even though Becky, by God’s grace, married the UBF shepherd whom she wanted to marry by her 'own' faith and not by other’s faith, this life testimony—UBF Sogam—clearly shows that students are manipulated against their will in UBF. They are manipulated to think that they disobey God when they do not marry someone whom UBF presents to them. It seems that Becky didn’t have any choice but to marry the UBF shepherd. So it seems that she wanted to marry someone at least by her ‘own’ faith if she had no choice but to marry a UBF shepherd.

What if someone who didn’t have as strong faith as Becky was pressured hard to marry a UBF shepherd? That person could have been easily manipulated to obey God by marrying any UBF shepherd presented to him or her. But do not forget that we are talking about a person who is a child of UBF missionary here. What if the person happened to be not a child of UBF missionary? Could the person have had a chance as Becky could afford? If a person is manipulated with his/her marriage this way, what about other matters besides marriage in UBF?

http://www.ubf.or.kr/bbs/zboard.php?id=2006Missionaryconference&page=1&sn1=&divpage=1&sn=off&ss=on&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=26

18살 된 이후, 부모님은 계속 제가 한국인 선교사와 결혼하기를 원하셨습니다. 이것은 제가 죽어도 하기 싫은 일이었습니다. 전 고생스럽게 살고 싶지 않아서, 캠퍼스에서 nice 한 크리스천 boyfriend를 찾았습니다. 그와 결혼할 계획까지 세웠습니다. 하지만, 그 사람은 제가 UBF를 떠나기를 원했기에 결국 우리는 깨어졌습니다. 이 때문에 부모님은 더 적극적으로 저를 UBF 선교사와 결혼하도록 push 하였습니다. 몇 번의 시도마저 실패하고 나서, 끝내는 2000년에 UBF 목자를 만나고자 한국에 갔습니다. 그런데, 처음 상대를 만난 순간 전 우리가 서로에게 맞지 않음을 직감했습니다. 하지만, 모두들 그와 결혼하라고 압력을 넣고, 그렇지 않으면 하나님께 불순종하는 것이란 느낌을 심어왔습니다. 모든 게 뒤죽박죽 된 것 같고, 절망스럽고, 외로웠습니다. 저는 주변의 압력에 의해서가 아니라, 믿음으로 결혼하고 싶었습니다. 그러나, 모두들 그 목자님과만 결혼하라고 하였기에 전 아무에게도 영적인 조언을 구할 수 없었습니다. 의지할 곳이 없는 가운데, 제 인생 처음으로 사람을 의지하지 않고, 오직 하나님께 간절히 기도하였습니다. “하나님 제발 절 도와주세요.” 하고 부르짖었습니다. 이 때, 놀랍게도 다음날 전 다른 목자님께 소개되었고, 단 한 번의 데이트 뒤에 그와 결혼하였습니다. 저를 모임의 믿음이 아닌, 바로 제 자신의 하나님께 대한 믿음으로 결혼하게 하신 하나님께 감사드립니다

After I turned 18, my parents pressured me to marry a UBF missionary. I wanted to rather die than marry a UBF missionary. I didn’t want to suffer. I met a nice Christian boyfriend. I planned to marry him. But it didn’t work out because he wanted me to leave UBF. After this happened, my parents began to push me even harder to marry a UBF missionary. All my attempts to refuse their suggestion failed. Finally I gave into them and went to Korea to meet a UBF shepherd. The moment I met him I knew that he was not meant for me. But everyone around me kept on pushing me so hard to marry him. They also made me think that it would be disobeying God if I didn’t marry him. I was confused so much. I was in deep despair and was very lonely. I didn’t want to marry someone just because people around me to pressure me. I really wanted to marry someone by faith. But I couldn’t seek spiritual advice from anyone around me because everyone around me said that I should marry the shepherd. I could not trust anyone. For the first time in my life I turned to God in earnest prayer. I cried out to God, “Lord, please please help me.” To my surprise I was introduced to another shepherd the next day. After just one date, I married him. I thank God who helped me marry my husband not by other’s faith but by my faith.
23rd-Jun-2006 06:16 pm (UTC) - Re: Dr. Joon Ki Jung lies about UBF manipulation
Even such a strong person which is atypical in UBF was pushed and manipulated. She did not marry the first candidate, but she married the 2nd one. That is a typical pattern in UBF. Sometimes they allow that you reject their marriage "proposal". But woe to those who would reject a 2nd time! You are kind of forced and pushed to accept the 2nd proposal. "After on date, I married him." I think this wrong. People should not marry aftr only one date. You need more time to learn to know somebody until you can decide to marry.

Anyway, I wonder why they allow such a testimony to be published. She certainly has got a lot of privileges.
24th-Jun-2006 03:29 am (UTC) - Re: Dr. Joon Ki Jung lies about UBF manipulation
People should not marry aftr only one date. You need more time to learn to know somebody until you can decide to marry.

You are right. One date doesn't seem to be enough for anyone do decide whether to marry someone or not. UBF marriage policy seems to be: Marry any UBF man or woman first and you will have life time to get to know your spouse.

Becky seems to have been under ginormous pressure that any normal personal could not imagine. All she could do was at least not to marry the first candidate by any means. Considering all the scary contingencies surrounding her marriage if she didn't marry even the second candidate, she didn't seem to have any other choice but to marry the second candidate on the first date.

But as she confesses in her life testimony, she was under great pressure with no one on her side but everyone was on UBF side including even her own parents. Was she in spiritually and emotionally competent state to make such a huge decision under the highly charged circumstances she describes in her testimony? Was her decision really based on faith in God? Was her decision just an escape from her terrible circumstances and from the first candidate? Anyhow we just hope for the best. By the way I heard that there have been some people who became mentally ill during their membership period in UBF. I also heard that they mentally broke down especially during UBF marriage process and after UBF marriage. I can guess why that happened now.
23rd-Jun-2006 06:23 pm (UTC) - Re: Dr. Joon Ki Jung lies about UBF manipulation
"one is not manipulated against one’s will to receive this training in UBF." I want to claim that Dr. Joon Ki Jung is lying.

You're right. That is a lie. A shepherd who would not write testimony would be kicked out sooner or later. Even if you missed writing one week only, you were seriously rebuked.
24th-Jun-2006 03:04 pm (UTC) - She got gamed.
Becky's story isn't all that uncommon. I went through one failed "engagement" before I found myself getting married in 1995. She may have been "strong" enough to resist pressure once or twice, but in the end she succumbed to the pressure and fatigue described a while ago by ex-UBFSoul.

She seems to be trying to make it sound as if she made her own choice, but it's obvious from what she wrote that she was made to play the UBF discipleship game and lost.

A few things she wrote are quite telling:

* Her stated reason for not accepting the initial pressure from her parents is that she "didn't want to suffer." She describes pressure and UBF's equating "marriage-by-faith" with obedience to God's will, but she lets UBF off the hook and blames herself and her desire "not to suffer."

* Her relationship with a Christian man could not continue because he wanted her to leave UBF. She seems well-indoctrinated to put the UBF organization above all. What if her current husband wants to leave UBF?

* She writes about her own "faith," which is not the same as her own decision. She got shot-gunned into a quick marriage after one "date" with a man who was "introduced" to her by the same people who introduced her first "marriage candidate." Of course, she would have no business calling this marriage her decision.
24th-Jun-2006 04:09 pm (UTC) - Re: She got gamed.
She seems to be trying to make it sound as if she made her own choice, but it's obvious from what she wrote that she was made to play the UBF discipleship game and lost.

You are right. She lost and UBF won. As long as Becky married a UBF shepherd and remained committed to UBF, that was all that mattered to her parents and to the UBF leaders.

Maybe the UBF leaders and her parents thought that she didn't want to marry any UBF shepherds judging from her initial response to the first candidate. Then later they found out that she was willing to marry another UBF shepherd. And it didn't matter to them who she married as long as she married the UBF shepherd. This way of marriage by faith is the best business practice in UBF to keep any UBF member committed to UBF system.
2nd-Mar-2007 05:22 am (UTC) - Re: Dr. Joon Ki Jung lies about UBF manipulation
I recently found out that Korean UBF website went through major changes. As a result some links do not work. Becky's testimony is here http://www.ubf.or.kr/bbs/view.php?id=2006Missionaryconference&page=1&sn1=&divpage=1&sn=off&ss=on&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=26
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