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Friday, 22 November 2013

A fascinating short report about the hales exclusive brethren / PBCC aired today

http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/video/watch/19974619/religious-rebrand/

STATEMENT FROM PLYMOUTH BRETHREN CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Today Tonight has asked the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church to respond to claims aired by Marion Evans.

Family break ups are always difficult for those involved.

However, this is a deeply private matter and as such it would be inappropriate for the Church to comment publicly on Marion’s circumstances.

The preservation and protection of the family unit is fundamental to the Brethren and we work hard as a community to achieve that aim.

The rate of divorce amongst Brethren is extremely low.

Today Tonight also reported on the Church’s 2012 decision to revert to its historic name, the Plymouth Brethren.

We believe our historic name, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC), dating back to the early nineteenth century, best articulates our relationship with the broader community.

We have never tried to hide the fact that we were known as the Exclusive Brethren for a number of years.

This is explained on the homepage of our website www.plymouthbrethrenchristianchurch.org and the media page.

Church members have always worked and lived alongside people from many walks of life and many Brethren own businesses that collectively employ thousands of non-Brethren.

The Church has changed in the past 10 years and now has more contact with the broader community, though previous claims we were cut off from society were false.

Plymouth Brethren members are typically caring, active and contributing members of their local communities.

This reporter is on Twitter at @JackieQuist7


6 comments:

  1. Many thousands of people who have left the Exclusive Brethren (re-branded as the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church) could tell similar stories.

    The Hales Exclusive Brethren may be able to fool some people into thinking that they have always used the name "Plymouth Brethren Christian Church" but those of us that left that group know the truth.

    Most "mainstream" Christian churches (as the Hales Exclusive Brethren claim to be) don't have a need to change their name. Luckily for those of us who have left this group, the internet has made it impossible for groups like the Hales Exclusive Brethren to hide.

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    1. I've read elsewhere that Marion was called early on the scheduled day of broadcast with the Exclusive Brethren trying to bribe her to get the report pulled. What have they to fear in the truth - unless of course they've done wrong.

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  2. I'm sure that the various MOGs have said that we shouldn't read fiction.

    of course, if they have changed, that's a good thing. Sadly, that change hasn't reached those who have loved ones within the invisible handcuffs. It would be wise for the EB to make a public, attributable statement to the effect that they have changed, specifying those areas where change has taken place and agreeing that prior to the change, what they did was wrong.

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  3. "We have never tried to hide the fact that we were known as the Exclusive Brethren for a number of years."

    When asked if they were the Exclusive Brethren, I seem to recall that Bruce Kenneth Hazell (the name behind the illegal sponsoring of the Bush US presidential campaign, and now part of the Exclusive Brethren legal team) told the select committee that it was a myth. I can understand him wanting to distance himself from the notoriety associated with the EB, but to suggest it was a myth is misleading. I am glad that they have now put the record straight by saying they have never tried to hide it. I presume that BKH now needs to be withdrawn from to clear the assembly – see, it’s a 7 day matter.

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    1. I don't think any notice should be taken of a money launderer and someone who is regarded as a felon by the Authorities in the USA.

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  4. I feel we should have a look under his bed too. It's what the PBCC do when they come to your house. They did when they came to mine.

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