A Grandmother’s Questions

Sometime in 2011 a grandmother contacted me out of concern for her grandson, who had gotten involved with ubf bible study. Her grandson eventually left ubf. Here is her summary of the problems of ubf, in her own words. I think ubf directors should honestly answer her questions. Take a look…

UBF seems to teach their people that salvation and righteousness is by works and can be lost if the Shepherd is disobeyed. Eternal salvation also seems to depend on leadership approval and some are kept in constant doubt of theirs. There even seems to be the thought that no one outside of UBF is saved. How can anyone who knows the Bible believe any of this? Eph. 2:9 says “Not of works last any man should boast.” In John 10:28 Jesus said “Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

UBF seems to believe that this is the highest command of God. Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love one another. Additionally, the Great Commission also includes water baptism (Matthew 28:19), to which UBF gives little emphasis. How can you obey half of Jesus’s command and thumb your nose at the second part?

The Holy Spirit seems to be given little emphasis and takes second place to UBF leadership commands (human dictates). This leaves no room for the leading of the Holy Spirit in one’s life. For example, Missionary appointments are by the organization and not dependent upon the call of God. How can anyone who knows the Scripture leave out the work of the third person of the Trinity in their life or the lives of their members? You might want to do some Biblical research on just what the role of the Holy Spirit is in our lives.

Jesus instituted the ordinances of Water Baptism and Communion (The Lord’s Supper). In fact, he commanded them. How can you just ignore Jesus’s commands and neither teach nor practice them except on rare occasion?

Shepherding seems to be a fulcrum of UBF teaching. This practice is not taught in Scripture and leads to abuse and excessive leadership control. In fact, the originators of the shepherding movement (not UBF) have renounced it as a mistake and apologized for their part in it? Why would you want to be a part of an organization that is so caught up in this misguided practice?

Testimonies are wonderful but what is the reason for asking people to share sins of which “they need to repent?” It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to convict of sin, not man’s. Repentance is a personal action between ones self and God, not with an added “father confessor.” Why would you want to participant in an activity In which man attempts to usurp the Holy Spirit’s role?

Dating seems to be looked upon as sin and members are highly discouraged from having any romantic relationships. Why would you want to promote this since it’s not Biblical (read Song of Solomon and the book of Ruth)? Additionally, God made young men and women to be attracted to each other. Why would you want to take something beautiful that God made and condemn it?

Without getting into details, this is utter nonsense. We live in America, not some other country that still practices arranged marriages. Isaac and Rebekah’s arranged marriage was a special circumstance and has nothing to do with God’s direction for today. How could anyone support such a nonsensical practice that is far from Biblical?

There’s a lot that could be said about how UBF uses guilt, authoritarianism and compulsion to control the lives of their members and gradually takes more and more of their time until UBF is the only thing that’s important. How can you sanction using these practices on young people that are trying to get an education and prepare for the future? Do you think God is pleased with this?

UBF has a history of pressing their married members to the point where they neglect their children. There are documented cases of local authorities being notified of parental neglect by UBF parents. How could you be a part of an organization that would so dominate their members as to push them to such non-Christian actions? Do you think God is pleased with this?

The Bible teaches that His family should not isolate themselves from other Christians yet UBF tries to avoid contact and cooperation with other churches or ministries. You might ask yourself “is there something they are afraid of?” Do you really believe that UBFers are the only ones going to heaven?

Just one question here: How could you feel good about being a part of an organization that uses threats, fear and intimidation to keep members from leaving. This isn’t exactly the approach the Bible teaches.

There seems to have been no supervision or control over finances in the past so members didn’t know anything about how much money the organization had or how it used it. How could anyone be expected to support an organization that is so secretive and is not accountable to the people that contribute? Again, not what the Bible teaches.

Do you have a “blue book” from the 50th Anniversary Missionary/Shepherd Seminar in Korea? If so, are you comfortable with what it says and what’s going to be expected of you over the next 50 years?

3 thoughts on “A Grandmother’s Questions

  1. That granny rocks. Short and concise summary of the major reasons why nobody should join UBF and member should re-think if they really want to continue to support that organization if there is no real fundamental change in all of these issue.

  2. These 14 points are 14 hammer blows to the unbiblical fantasy world that is UBF. May these blows strike true, hard, and quick to shatter the lies and deceit that keep so many people oppressed under the heavy yoke of works-righteousness and the spiritually-deadening idolatry of UBF heritage.

    I challenge all readers to give a deep, thoughtful, and prayerful examination of your faith and practice in light of these questions.

  3. @Chris: Yes that list rocks. The interesting thing is that the grandmother only put things on the list (items 1 to 13) that she saw in her grandson’s experience and from her family’s interaction with RW and Chicago ubf leaders. The grandson’s dad also contacted me and their whole family was concerned about their son being pushed to break up with his girlfriend, to live in a less-than-desirable apt. and severe guilt-tripping about visiting home sometimes. Item 14 was added by her as a concern after I sent her information about the blue book.

    @Joshua: Yes, I have come to the conclusion that the ubf worldview is just as you say “a fantasy world”. It can only exist as long as there are people to enable it and support it. I had to ask myself, Is the kingdom of God so frail that it needs me to enable it? Certainly not! Thus I realized that KOPHN is a wishdream or what some call a “shadow mission”, not the real mission Jesus gave His followers.