Some of the most important teachings of 1 John are the “God is…” statements.
1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
1 John 3:20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
Yet ubf directors deem it necessary to SKIP some of the most critical teachings that would be most helpful to their staff. Instead, they continue to emphasize that your ONLY calling is to be a bible teacher. The titles of the two 1 John lectures say it all.
“Our Fellowship” (or UBF IS GREAT)
The staff conference lectures starting tomorrow will proclaim yet again the importance of OUR FELLOWSHIP, how ubf is the BEST WAYS of eternal life coming directly from God and established eons ago as God’s ways. Probably ubf will claim that Adam had 1:1 with Eve :)
“He will Forgive us” (or FORGET THE PAST)
The staff conference lectures will also attempt to re-enforce the forgiveness of God. The focus will actually be on “forgetting” rather than “forgiving”. The idea emphasized yet again will be that God forgave ubf all their sins in the past, so we should not talk about the sins of the past any more, because they are not sins anymore. The line of thought goes like this: Any abuse or criticism against ubf should be fogotten because Jesus “paid it all” on the cross.
The real titles ought to be something like “GOD IS LIGHT” and “LET’S CONFESS OUR SINS”.