UBF Doctrine – Behavioral Slogans

m1How then shall we live? I heard that famous question many times in ubf. In fact, the first 7 ideological points of the ubf heritage were often quickly taught or skipped in order to jump into the last 5 points: the ubf lifestyle. In ubf I was judged by what I did. And then I was judged by how much control I could exert to get others to behave according to these last 5 slogans. How I felt or what I thought was generally dismissed or ignored. What mattered, I was taught, was how I behaved. The last 5 slogans tell you just that.

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UBF Doctrine – Ideological Slogans

m1Just to re-cap, next up on my systematic review is point 8 of the 12 point ubf heritage. This “house church” point begins a new section, which I call “behavioral slogans”. So before moving on, I feel the need to pause and briefly review where we are at.

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UBF Doctrine – Introduction

sWhat does ubf believe? What are their doctrines? The answers to these questions have been ellusive at best for over 50 years. Some people point to ubf’s Presbyterian roots. Some point to Samuel Lee’s lectures. Some claim ubf is just a “mainline evangelical church”. But none of these accurately describes what ubf officially believes. There is no official doctrine statement. There is no “core values” document. What we have is the “missinoary pledge”, but that doesn’t begin to explain what ubf officially¬†teaches or believes. In some sense, ubf is a “one-legged stool”, focusing on orthopraxy while ignoring or marginalizing orthodoxy and orthopathy. The best we have (insiders or outsiders) is the ubf heritage list.

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