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Peter Popoff, Faith Healer 
28th-Jul-2006 10:11 pm
The boldness of "Christian" leaders and the naivety of their followers seems to be unlimited. How can anybody believe that a man who makes such a show and has such a voice can be a man of God? Disgusting... But the same principles work in UBF: Boldface lying by leaders and utmost naivety by members. Just believe whatever a "man of God" says.

(At least, it must be said to the favor of UBF, that they never make such healing "events". Yes, Samuel Lee was notorious as a quack doctor, but what Mr. Popoff did was even more disgusting.)
29th-Jul-2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
Actually, there's a faith healer in Korea who is visited fairly regularly by UBF members and leaders.
29th-Jul-2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, I also heared this from UBF Koreans. The reason why they go to external healers in Korea is the lack of teaching and practice of healing inside UBF, and their being deeply rooted in shamanism and "magical thinking".

BTW: I think it is a very difficult issue anyway. According to Mk 16:18 every believer/disciple should be able to heal, according to 1Cor12:9,30, only those who have a special gift of the spirit, and according to Jam 5:14 it is connected with the office of an elder. These passages seem to contradict each other. So the whole issue needs to be carefully discussed.

BTW #2, UBF always claims that they are obeying and fullfilling the world mission command as of Mk 16:15: "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." But if you read the next verse Mk 16:16, it says "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." Why then does UBF neglect baptism if it is so closely related to world mission and being saved? And then it goes on in the next verse Mk 16:17: "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." Did you ever see any of these things in UBF? So are they not carrying out world mission and are they not believers? It's interesting for me how they take the one verse Mk 16:15 and take it as the highest command in the world, and then just ignore the next two verses as if they do not exist.
30th-Jul-2006 08:52 pm (UTC) - Popoff Still Making Money
Popoff was exposed on national television twenty years ago, but he still is doing well (see www.peterpopoff.org). Popoff offers to send a book called "Prosperity Thinking and "miracle spring water" free of charge. Popoff offers his "Divine Propsperity Kit," a number of books, DVDs, a necklace, and "holy dirt" from Jerusalem for a $89.99 "love offering." No wonder Jesus preached against miracle seeking. People like Popoff take full advantage of miracle seekers for every penny they've got.
30th-Jul-2006 09:51 pm (UTC) - Re: Popoff Still Making Money
Wow. This beats me. And leaves me with the question: What is greater, Popoff's brazenness and trickiness or the foolishness and naivety of his clients? Anyway they seem to build an ideal symbiosis. You can find a similar symbiosis in UBF between the leaders and the rank-and-file members.
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