Archive for June, 2005

The Holy Spirit led me to commit to God first

June 28, 2005

(Related: 1, 2, 3)

If you read or listen closely enough, what’s wrong with UBF becomes apparent in their sermons and announcements (besides the plainly obvious wrongs such as their numbers obsession and arranged marriages).

Two common themes in UBF sermons and sogams come to mind.

One, the UBF message performer or sogam reader says, “One man said, ‘The Holy Spirit told me not to come to UBF (or skip the UBF Sunday meeting or attend another church or leave UBF).” This is usually followed by some chuckling by the UBF audience because they cannot comprehend that the Holy Spirit (as they understand the Holy Spirit) might do that.

Two, the UBF message performer or sogam reader says, “One man said, ‘I commit to God first, not UBF.’ (UBF audience chuckles again.) Such a man cannot commit to anyone.”

From One, I see that UBF rejects the Holy Spirit’s leading in a “sheep’s” life, leading that might be independent of a UBF “shepherd’s” direction or opinion, leading that might take the “sheep” out of UBF. We who criticize UBF are condemned in UBF as “blaspheming the Holy Spirit,” meaning that we have commited an “unforgivable sin,” are “going to hell,” are “little Satans,” etc. (you get the picture). But who is it that is really blaspheming the Holy Spirit? (*)

From Two, I see that UBF rejects a direct relationship with God, a relationship that is independent of a commitment to UBF. Symptoms of this include the trademark UBF exclusivism.

From these common UBF themes, I see an obvious desire that is common to all high-pressure, highly-controlling groups: the desire to bind the recruit to a leader/shepherd and to the group. Independent decision-making and a direct relationship with God are anathema to such groups and to UBF.

(*) In fact, they have shown that they actively fear the role of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life. They actively try to usurp the role of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life (many of whom they stole from other churches). To utter the words “Holy Spirit” was at one time sort of a taboo in Chicago UBF, as described here,

Once D. Lee sensed the change in M. Joseph, he began to be alert and warned him. One day in a staff meeting he shared a Sogam, which did not follow D. Lees lecture faithfully. Rather, he exhibited his own scriptural expounding.

Later, D. Lee sent Henry Park, who is a crony of Samuel Lee, to scold M. Joseph, saying that in his Sogam the words of the Holy Spirit were repeated 26 times and that he had to repent and change the word, the Holy Spirit, into Jesus.

and here,

However, Missionary Samuel Lee’s excessive accusation of missionaries who attended the revival meeting alarmed me. He constantly criticized them, blamed them and made fun of them publicly. He called the woman minister a witch, a magic artist, etc. I felt that Missionary Samuel Lee was in danger of calling the work of the Holy Spirit the work of the devil. Another thing that struck me was that many missionaries had been ignorant about the work of the Holy Spirit. Some who did not attend the revival meeting were not sure whether they had been born again or not by the work of the Holy Spirit. Some who attended the revival meeting were said to have said that they experienced the work of the Holy Spirit for the first time.

What was clear to was me that Missionary Samuel Lee and UBF leadership had been either reluctant or ignorant about deeper truths about the work of the Holy Spirit even though they taught elementary things about the Holy Spirit. For example, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, being led by the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit as the deposit and guarantee of our salvation, not grieving the Holy Spirit etc. were hardly mentioned or taught if ever in my 16 years of UBF life up to that point. I myself learned about these spiritual truths by reading non-UBF spiritual books.

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Get your priorities straight

June 15, 2005

(Related: 1)

Matthew 6:33, Matthew 8:21-22, Luke 14:26, Genesis 22 are just some of the Bible verses and passages that are twisted by UBF in the name of teaching recruits to “give priority to God.” But how does UBF want its recruits to observe this biblical principle in practice? If you are already a Christian and attending another church or group, UBF wants you to “give priority to God” by attending UBF functions, by committing only to UBF, by considering UBF to be “God’s ministry.” If a parent dies and the funeral is on a Sunday, UBF wants you to “let the dead bury their own dead, and you follow me,” except UBF’s definition of “follow me” is not to miss their Sunday meeting no matter what. In UBF, the definition of “follow me” may mean if your spouse is opposed to UBF, consider divorcing them (contrast with 1 Peter 3:1). In UBF, the definition of “follow me” may mean giving up admission to the graduate school of your choice to stay near the UBF chapter. In UBF, the definition of “follow me” may mean giving up a job that you had been praying for, and instead, going to “pioneer” where the chapter director tells you to. In UBF, the definition of “follow me” may mean risk getting fired from a job or call in sick under false pretenses so that you won’t miss any day of a UBF weekend conference. In UBF, the definition of “follow me” may mean an 18-19 year old’s moving out of their parent’s house to live in a UBF apartment with only UBF people. In UBF, the definition of “follow me” may mean not going home for the summer or for Christmas to stay in the UBF environment almost all year round, so that UBF is practially your new family. The point is this: In UBF “to give priority to God” is “to give priority to UBF.” In practical terms, be enslaved to UBF. In effect, submit yourself to spiritual abuse.

The excuse given may be that UBF “provides students with practical ways to follow Jesus.” But they reveal their ever-shallow and organization-centered understanding of what it means to follow Him. The challenge for a Christian is to follow Him wherever they are, whether it’s in an unbelieving home or among unbelieving friends (1 Peter 3:1, 1 Peter 2:18-21). This runs counter to UBF’s agenda for you.

Any fool can confess Christ, quote and twist "word of God"

June 11, 2005

(Alternate title: Any fool can speak Christianese.)

The following is actual spam I’ve received. If you think that’s an example of the absurd use of “Christianese,” try reading the revered writings of Sam Lee or a recent UBF “message”.

From: “benjamin haastrup”
To: benhaastrup2@latinmail.com
Subject: MY TESTIMONY(DONATION)

Dear Beloved in Christ,

It is by the grace of God that I received Christ, knowing the truth and the truth have set me free. Having known the truth, I had no choice than to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God for eternal life and in the sight of man for witness of God’s mercy and glory upon my life.

I have the pleasure to share my testimony with you, I am (Barrister)Ben jamin Haastrup, the legal adviser to late Mr.Bill Edison,an American ma n that lived in my Country Nigeria for 26 years before his died in the plane crash late last year.

This man was a good Christian, He was so dedicated to God but they had no child this was why he divorced his wife before death cut up with him Throughout his stay in my country,he acquired a lot of properties like lands, house properties,etc.

As their legal adviser, before his death, Mr. Bill Edison,instructed me to write his WILL. Because he had no child,he dedicated his wealth to G od since he has divorced his wife about seven years before his death. According to the WILL, the properties have to be sold and the money be given out to a foreign ministry for the work of God. As his legal advis er, all the documents for the properties were in my care. He gave me th e authority to sell the properties and give out the fund to the Ministr ies for the work of God.

I sold all the properties after his death, as instructed by Mr. Bill Edi son,before hiS death. And as a matter of fact, after I sold all his pro perties, I realized more than $3,000,000.00 (Three million US dollars p lus), and what supposed to be the percentage interest of my right legal fee was firstly deducted by me out of the total amount realized from t he sold properties, this was base on the initial agreement between me a nd the owner of the properties before his death. Therefore the total am ount left to be invested into God‘s work as instructed by the own er,is $3,000,000.00 (Three million US dollars)only. But Instead of givi ng the main fund out for the work of God as instructed to me by the own er before his death. I converted the fund to myself with the intention of investing the fund abroad for my personal use. I was afraid of putti ng the fund in the Bank, because I have to give account to the bank on how I got the money. I then packaged and sealed the fund in a trunk box and deposited it with a security company.I did not want the management of the Securi ty Company to know the content of the trunk box, therefore I registered the content of the trunk box as church valuables.Now, the security com pany believes that what I deposited with them was church valuables.

I had encounter with Christ when Pastor Benny Hinn was preaching on television concerning Ananias and Saphira in Acts 5:1-11. After hearing the word of God, I gave my life to Christ and became a born again Chris tian. As a born again Christian, I started reading my bible and one day , the Lord opened my eyes to Ezekiel 33: 18 and 19 where the word of Go d says:”When the righteous turns from his righteousness, and committ in iquity, he shall even die thereby.

But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby”. From the scripture, I discovered tha t the only way I could have peace in my life is to do what is lawful and right by giving out the fund as instructed for the work of God by the owner b efore his death.

I have asked God for forgiveness and I know that God have forgiven me. But I have to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God by giving out the fund to the chosen ministry for the purpose of God‘s work as instructed by the owner before his death.

After my fasting and prayers, I asked God to make his choice and direct me to a honest Christian or the chosen ministry that deserves this fund by his Grace. I then came across your address on the Internet as I was browsing through a Christian site, and as a matter of fact, it is not o nly you or your ministry that I picked on the Christian site initially,but after my fervent prayer over it, then you were nominated to me through divine revelation from God, so these are how I received such a divine revelati on from the Lord, how I got your contact information, and I then decided t o contact you for the fund to be used wisely for things that will glorify the name of God.

I have notified the Security Company where I deposited the trunk box that contained the fund,that I am moving the consignment abroad and the security company has since been waiting for my authority for the trunk box to leave my country and move to abroad.

So if you know that you will use this fund honestly and wisely for thin gs that will glorify God‘s name, You should also forward to me your contact address where this consignment will be delivered to you, also telephone and fax number for easy communication and to fax you the documents conc erning the consignments.

Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

Yours in Christ.
Thanks
BARRISTER BENJAMIN HAASTRUP.
Private email:(benhaastrup50@yahoo.com)

Gee. Mr. Haastrup sounds like a “faithful stewart.”

UBFism distorts key Christian concepts

June 3, 2005

(Related: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Another post on the phenomenon that I’ve called “UBFism“:

Author: ChicagoXile for Daniel S.
Subject: Re: New testimony
In reply to: Andrew S. ‘s message, “New testimony” on 22:27:38 03/30/05 Wed

>Hello everyone. FYI, I have just completed testimony about my two years in UBF.
>I’ll be presenting a form of this story to the
>students at the high school where I teach.
>Thanks and God bless.
>
>Andrew S.

I read translated version by Chris. You can see very clearly the problems of UBF even though you had been there only two years!

I had been in Heidelberg UBF 18 years and two years in Giessen (to pioneer). I tried to write a book about problems of UBF, but I realized myself too indoctrined in a long term. I could not see the problems clearly. Now I have been studying theology since four years, I can more and more understand the differences between the biblical messages and UBF teaching. They distorted all important biblical keywords: grace, love, faith, mission obedience… This is a main reason why the Korean Ex-UBF members can not be integrated in the local church. They must be cured intensively and professionally. This is also a reason why they can not do anything after they quit the UBF. They do not understand the problems. They are too far indoctrinated and confused. Anyway I must study longer and deeper Bible and Theology. May God give me wisdom to complete my book.