Sunday, 5 January 2014

The distant past


  1. They've never been charitable within my memory - over 50 years. I used to wonder when I was in there why something as easy and cheap as giving blood was not allowed. I still don't know the answer.

  2. Interfering in other people's funerals certainly isn't charitable. If they won't speak to you when you're 'out', why do they suddenly want to get involved in your burial? The recently rebranded PBCC(Exclusive Brethren) have really twisted morals.

  3. Here's a nice little untruth to start the week: http://www.theplymouthbrethren.org.uk/news-views/rapid-relief-team/

  4. Before 1848 some of those in the still-unified Brethren movement were extremely charitable. A striking example was the saintly figure of George Müller of Bristol. He was born in Germany as Johann Georg Ferdinand Müller on 27 September 1805 and lived till 10 March 1898. During his life he cared for 10,024 orphans and educated them to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. He established 117 schools, offering free education to over 120,000 children, many of them orphans.

    That was before the days of universal State-funded education for all in England. By contrast, the programme of universal education in Scotland had begun in 1561, and Scotland had four universities at a time when England had only two. I suspect that this long, inbred tradition of valuing education is part of what saved the Scottish Brethren from the ravages of Taylorism.

    I suppose if the Brethren are trying to show they have a tradition of charitable activity, they might go back to the outstanding work of Müller, and quietly overlook the fact that JND withdrew from him in 1848.

    Sadly, since then the Exclusives became progressively more self-centred and selfish in both teaching and practice.