Some UBF leaders continue to live in denial. These are, in fact, the top leaders–those who make the policies and are accountable for the organization. I find it laughable that such people try to cleanse the internet year after year, repeatedly demonstrating their denial of the realities facing their organization.
Denying Wikipedia Rules
I learned quickly that Wikipedia has certain rules. Yes the site is open to the public. But no, you cannot just say anything you want. One of the primary rules of Wikipedia is that you cannot self-publish information about yourself or your group or your company. Wikipedia strongly enforces their Conflict of Interest policies. They value what other people say about your organization more than your own claims. In this way they try to filter out self-aggrandized propaganda.
This poses a problem for UBF leaders of course, since their whole belief system is built on propaganda and self-glorification. As the public can see by the many self-edits to their own article on Wikipedia, UBF leaders care nothing about other people’s rules or policies. They only care about dictating their own rules. Take a look at how “jahnubf” and “ubfwebteam” tried to edit the UBF entry on Wikipedia and judge for yourself.
Denying the Accusations
Instead of answering serious accusations and reports, UBF denied them and was expelled from the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) back in 2004. They rejoined later, but never addressed the accusations of many kinds of abuse. Now, thanks to the internet, the public knows the accusations are true– forced abortions happened, suicides happened, sexual abuse happened, physical abuse happened, financial abuse happened and psychological and spiritual abuse also happened.
Here is what “jahnubf” wrote in an edit to Wikipedia on November 8th, 2015:
Current UBF members refute accusations on three grounds: (1) personal experiences or misunderstandings of a few ex-members, (2) misappropriated authority by a few leaders, and (3) natural consequences of faithful preaching and living out the gospel lifestyle in a non-Christian environment (Jn 15:20; 2Tim 3:12). UBF leaders initiated an Ethics Committee in 2012 and encourages each local chapter of twenty members or more to establish elders locally in efforts to safeguard against the misappropriation of authority. [http://www.ubf.org/sites/default/files/ubf_local_chapter_guidelines_2015.pdf]
source: Wikipedia edit log on UBF
This person (who presumably is the real Joseph Ahn) denies the accusations with the typical cult defenses.
Are there only a few ex-members speaking up about the problems? No. Our prior blog, ubfriends.org, generated nearly 20,000 comments and filled a small encyclopedia. Could so many current members and ex-members have the same misunderstandings?
Are there just a few bad apples, a few leaders spoiling the good UBF name? While there certainly are a number of abusive leaders at UBF, the real issue that we repeatedly point out is the harmful nature of UBFism. The system of UBF is the problem no matter how good the leader’s intentions are!
Is being labeled a cult by many former members and 8 cult-watch groups around the world just a natural consequence of obeying Jesus? Are mass quantities of accusations confirmed with facts simply the normal way of Christian life? No!
To believe such bullshit is simply a grand act of denial. Stay tuned folks, there is much more of the iceberg of accusations coming to UBFland…Oh and those shiny new UBF chapter guidelines? They are PROOF that my book, Identity Snatchers, is true.