Posts Tagged ‘more-than-the-gospel’

Spurgeon on the graceless pastor

September 27, 2004

Something I wrote in March about another nominally Christian, “mission-minded” monster named Feroze Golwalla, whose small but incredibly abusive “missionary-training” cult included students from Wheaton College (of all places!):

Date Posted: 12:27:33 03/22/04 Mon
Author: Joe
Subject: The characteristics of a young Samuel Lee
In reply to: Joe ‘s message, “Re: UBF is not the only cult where Wheaton failed…” on 12:06:32 03/22/04 Mon

As I read more about this Golwalla at http://www.ferozegolwalla.com, I get a picture of what Samuel Lee might have been like in his youth, already a liar, a deceiver, a monster. A Moody [Moody Bible Institute] professor recounts at http://www.ferozegolwalla.com/id36.html that Golwalla’s personal conversion account seemed to be devoid of Christ, an observation that many have made about Samuel Lee’s own personal conversion account.

When Feroze returned to campus for the Fall semester, my wife and I invited him over to our home for dinner. At this point I asked him to tell me about his conversion to Christianity. In the thirty minutes that he took to relate his conversion, he never mentioned Jesus Christ nor his atoning death on the cross. In fact, he stated that prior to his conversion he was intimate with God. (If so, then why would Christ be necessary for our being reconciled to God?) I got the impression that he was an unregenerate religious man with a thin, superficial Christian veneer.

The Golwalla described by this professor is the Sam Lee that I observed.

Spurgeon saw (foresaw?) the disaster that a graceless, unregenerate pastor brings [from “The Minister’s Self-Watch”]:

How horrible to be a preacher of the gospel and yet to be unconverted! Let each man here whisper to his own inmost soul, “What a dreadful thing it will be for me if I should be ignorant of the power of the truth which I am preparing to proclaim!” Unconverted ministry involves the most unnatural relationships. A graceless pastor is a blind man elected to a professorship of optics, philosophizing upon sight and vision, discoursing upon and distinguishing to others the nice shades and delicate bleedings of the prismatic colours, while he himself is absolutely in the dark! He is a dumb man elevated to the chair of music; a deaf man fluent upon symphonies and harmonies! He is a mole professing to educate eaglets; a limpet elected to preside over angels. To such a relationship one might apply the most absurd and grotesque metaphors, except that the subject is too solemn. It is a dreadful position for a man to stand in, for he has undertaken work for which he is totally, wholly, and altogether unqualified, but from the responsibilities of which this unfitness will not screen him, because he willfully incurred them. Whatever his natural gifts, whatever his mental powers may be, he is utterly out of court for spiritual work if he has no spiritual life; and it is his duty to cease the ministerial office till he had received this first and simplest of qualifications for it.

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Jesus in UBFism

September 3, 2004

Some posts regarding what I’ve called “UBFism“:

Author: Joe

Subject: Re: Jesus not so important in UBF

In reply to: former ‘s message, “Jesus Not Important in Toledo UBF” on 07:10:34 06/28/04 Mon

>The Toledo director does it again! Another Jesusless message!
>
>http://www.kille.org/ubf/message.htm

The Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Moonies, even Muslims, mention Jesus in their sermons. UBF defense and “UBF critics exposed!” web sites have phrases like “May Jesus be gloried” or “May all glory go to Jesus”. Jesus is on everybody’s lips.

What matters is how UBF understands Jesus, represents Jesus and interprets and carries out his commands, and on those counts UBF is incomplete or unbalanced at best, cultic and dangerous at worst. From claiming that Jesus “didn’t mind violating the Samaritan woman’s rights” to the emphasis on works over grace for salvation, UBF gets Jesus and his gospel all wrong, IMHO.

And it’s clear from all of our UBF experiences that Jesus and his gospel are not the true pillars of UBF. Nor are the written statement of Christian faith (hastily copied from others) or bylaws the true pillars of UBF. The true pillars of UBF are “spiritual order”, obedience to human leaders, tithing to the “Central,” etc.


Author: Joe

Subject: Re: Jesus Not Important in Toledo UBF

In reply to: former ‘s message, “Jesus Not Important in Toledo UBF” on 07:10:34 06/28/04 Mon

>The Toledo director does it again! Another Jesusless message!
>
>http://www.kille.org/ubf/message.htm

It is strange to walk into a nominally Christian church on Sunday and not hear the name of Jesus mentioned or even alluded to in a sermon. But then the UBF statement of purpose goes something like this:

The University Bible Fellowship is an international evangelical student organization with emphasis on world mission … to teach students the Bible and to help them live according to its teachings.

No mention of Jesus there.

Then you go to a site like the University of Chicago “Bible Club” homepage which just recently added a UBF affiliation statement after a few years without one, and instead of even a passing mention of Jesus, you get something like, “Because you can only gain from knowing more about the Bible.”

You get the impression that UBF doesn’t know what kind of church or organization it wants to be. Instead of taking the name of Jesus with them wherever they go, they take the name of UBF, and their “world mission” seems to be about self-propagation, rather than propagating Jesus’ name.


Author: Joe

Subject: Re: Jesus Not Important in Toledo UBF

In reply to: Joe ‘s message, “Re: Jesus Not Important in Toledo UBF” on 12:03:21 07/08/04 Thu

>You get the impression that UBF doesn’t know what kind
>of church or organization it wants to be. Instead of
>taking the name of Jesus with them wherever they go,
>they take the name of UBF, and their “world mission”
>seems to be about self-propagation, rather than
>propogating Jesus’ name.

In fact, UBF has always wanted to be “more than christianity”, “better than christianity”, “beyond christianity”, “super christianity”, a “christian minority “(*), a “remnant”. They have always derided “old Christians.”

Sam Lee clearly expressed UBF’s vision of “super-christianity” this way, “Believing in Jesus is not enough. Believing in Jesus is not enough. you must have a vision for yourself and your nation.” Genesis 12:2 (yourself as blessing) is studied first and emphasized much more than John 3:16 (Christ as blessing).

(*) There is irony in the fact that UBF members want to be considered “fellow christians” but consider themselves to be a “minority” in Christianity.