Monday, 13 January 2014

This comment by John is worthy of its own post

The Exclusive Brethren, now calling itself the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, has been outed as a church which is a stranger to compassion. It is salutary that it has taken a secular state body to remind a church which professes to be mainstream that compassion should govern what it does.

It is hard to understand how the EB/PBCC could declare victory to their members when a regulator has had to tell them not to act with vindictiveness to those who are about to leave or who have left. It is also an indictment of the capricious nature of their entirely unaccountable international leadership, who are described in the draft deeds as the ‘Ministers of the Lord in the Recovery’ (length of title appears to be in inverse proportion to compassion), that the doctrines and the leaders have to be nailed down in a binding document due to their well-known characteristic of moving the doctrinal goal posts to wrong foot people and to appalling effect.

The Charity Commission has had a hard time politically over the last couple of years, not least because of its attempts to regulate this tiny but wealthy and disproportionately harmful organisation. Its resources are limited. I do hope that they are able to monitor compliance with appropriate vigour. I am sure that they will need all the help that they can get. 

Blog author's note,

for the full report of the recent Charity Commission decision click below (note last 5 pages as they are of particular interest) 

It has been brought to my attention that the rank and file Hales exclusive brethren know nothing of the detail in this document and are struggling to access it via UBT(PBCC) computers.


  1. Now to try and drum up enough courage to contact our loved ones who are still stuck in the PBCC to see if it's just lip service to the Charities Commission or whether there will indeed be efforts on the part of the Hales Exclusive Brethren to mend fences and build bridges with the scads of family members that HEB have left hurt and damaged in their wake.

    It's a pretty difficult thing to do knowing the number of times that we have been fooled into thinking they were mending fences only to have all contact withdrawn on a whim. There's only so many times you can take this kind of crappy treatment before you give up hope of the group ever acting in a Christian way.

  2. Personally I am leaving attempting contact for a few weeks. That provides adequate time for the EB hierarchy to brief the rank and file on the implications of the agreement made with the Charity Commissioners.
    By the beginning of February if those who have left or been excommunicated continue to be treated as "unclean" and "untouchable" by the EB then it will be clear that the leopard is not about to change its spots and instances of inappropriate treatment should be recorded and sent by email as suggested elsewhere by John.
    It is of course entirely possible that many of the rank and file will remain in the dark about the detail of the CC decision and its implications but after a reasonable time has elapsed the leadership will be responsible for that ignorance and subsequent inappropriate conduct towards those who are no longer members of the EB.
    We need to keep their feet close to the fire in the coming months.