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Brian John Karcher
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Recently I shared a two-part article about what was happening in Toledo UBF. In part 1, I shared how the Toledo UBF members tore down the old center building that James Kim had built and how 7 families, 38 people, 282 years of committment from American leaders was lost in a short time period. In part 2, I shared several thoughtful, heartfelt and restrained responses from my friends who left the ministry around the same time my family did. This week Toledo UBF finally responded. A generic form letter was sent to several of those people who had shared in my “part 2” article. We each got the same letter. Here is my public reaction.

http://ubfriends.net/archive2015/2013/11/14/what-happened-in-toledo-ubf-part-3/index.html
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So here it is. This is the sequel you’ve all been waiting for. It’s nothing new however. There’s no need to read this post. These words have already been shared in 2011. Two years ago. The leaders with whom these words were shared didn’t feel the need to share these words with others. They saw no reason to do anything except write a few thank you letters in return. No one cared.

http://ubfriends.net/archive2015/2013/09/13/what-happened-in-toledo-ubf-part-2/index.html
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In a recent comment Vitaly asked numerous valid questions about what was going on in Toledo UBF. It will indeed take many years for the ministry there to recover from the events of 2011. But why? Do people understand the magnitude of what happened? I feel compelled to share what happened in Toledo UBF from our viewoint– the viewpoint of those of us who left. In my discussions with people outside of Toledo UBF the past two years, I get the impression that most people don’t understand the scale or significance of what happened. Here is what I observed. Please correct, modify or react in whatever way you see fit.

http://ubfriends.net/archive2015/2013/09/10/what-happened-in-toledo-ubf-part-1/index.html
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“This book is part of a critical examination of University Bible Fellowship. It gives insight into the structures and methods of this controversial group that’s work is focused on students.”
–Dr. Reinhard Hempelmann, Director of the Protestant Centre of Religious and Ideological Issues, Berlin Germany
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Underneath all the holy paint and self-aggrandization lies a dark underbelly in UBF. Many recruits may not realize this dark underbelly exists, until the recruit shows signs of dis-loyalty. The UBF organization has earned the cult label for decades primarily because three serious problems have not been addressed openly and publicly. Instead, the UBF leaders have repeatedly chosen to remain silent, while numerous leaders have admitted these problems in private conversations.
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I was there! Not one but TWO standing ovations.
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