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19th-Jul-2006 06:18 pm
Reading Joe Grady's testimony that has been placed prominently on the Chicago UBF website reminded me what UBF "training" does to people. The art of UBF leaders' "training" is not only to manipulate people to do what they want them to do, but at the same time making the trainee believe this training is their expression of "love" and now they are eternally endebted to the "trainer." Quote from the testimony:

As a growing disciple, I was trained in various ways through message delivery, drama performances, testimony sharing and serving CBF. I also received a great deal of training from Little Sarah ... I will always be indebted to her for her labor of love.

That's where they want people to have, that's what UBF leaders would call a success story and what they want to be written in testimonies for others to imitate.

I believe that 1) it is totally wrong of Christians to "train" with personal trainers in the sense of UBF, and 2) that it is totally wrong to make others become "indebted" or somehow loyal to you.

"So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow."

"Freely you have received, freely give."

Not everyone should be a teacher. And even if you are a teacher, you can only plant and water, not "train". And even if you can plant or water, you cannot be proud of that or expect others to "pay something back" to you (money, time, loyalty and obedience, as demanded in UBF).
20th-Jul-2006 12:04 am (UTC) - UBF Always Wants Members to Pay Their Debts
I also received a great deal of training from Little Sarah ... I will always be indebted to her for her labor of love.

One former member of UBF (when we were still in UBF) told me that one of the reasons he quit a good job, uprooted his family, and incurred much debt to join the "poineering" work of his shepherd was because he wanted to repay his debt to his shepherd for leading him to Christ. He would make this point in many testimonies and personal conversations.

UBF fosters an environment where the sheep is indebted to the shepherd because the shepherd bore with the sheep and suffered much to give the sheep the gospel. The sheep believes he or she would not be saved without the shepherd's broken shepherd heart. Of course, salvation is greater than anything on earth, thus the sheep can never serve enough, obey enough, or sacrifice enough to repay the debt. The UBF member will do anything for the shepherd to repay the debt. The shepherd will impose as much as possible upon the sheep, constantly reminding the sheep of the debt. For the Abused UBF member, this is a never-ending cycle of working hard to repay the debt, falling short (being trained and rebuked), and then working hard again, with each cycle causing greater abuse against the sheep. Only because of Jesus were we set free from this cycle of abuse.
21st-Jul-2006 01:10 am (UTC)
Amen! Only Jesus sets us free from ubf abuse.
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