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Grateful Trainees 
19th-Jul-2006 06:18 pm
Dilbert
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).
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22nd-Jul-2006 04:54 am (UTC) - Loyalty to one's abusers
I thought about why those who have been treated the worst are sometimes those who believe they are indebted most and received so much "love". Maybe it is because they believe that when they received painful training, it must have been also painful for the shepherd to give such training, so he/she loved the trainee so much? Maybe it also has to do with the Stockholm syndrome?


A couple of related links that someone wanted me to post here are as follows:

* excerpts from "Healing Spiritual Abuse"

* http://www.barnabasministry.com/review-healingblue.html

Another relevant link might be the account of a 21-year member of the "Church" of Scientoloy at http://www.apologeticsindex.org/s26.html?FACTNet .
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