Where for years I regarded the EB with some respect - probably because my family was among them - this has now dissolved to a residual anger that these people have gotten away with an awful lot - largely unchallenged. In the last 10 years - they have become sneakier, they lie to suit their aims, they break their own rules and they faun to a leader who is clearly feathering his family's nest. Going by his new home and new vehicle -being a MOG is a very lucrative profession.
I think back to why I left all those years ago. It wasn't because I was particularly rebellious or non-conforming. It wasn't that I did not see good in some people. But the ones that mattered - the cage rattlers - the would be leaders- were the reason I walked away. Well them and their silly bloody rules that didn't make sense.
Look at the Brethren at a local level - and in almost any locality - and there was always a deep seated resentment and even hatred. One-upmanship, vindictiveness, family feuds - you name it. These people really did not like each other. The victorious moments when one got something on their enemy were legendary where I came from. A soap opera played out every week. And I thought at the time- we are supposed to be Christians.
But when the heavies started playing with young people lives - making decisions for them that would seriously affect their futures I walked away. I had people telling me I MUST work for the Brethren -people I might add who didn't work for the Brethren themselves. I wanted to do tertiary education - but was told this was not possible. Despite others doing it. And today they rudely proclaim - as if to thumb their noses at us -that their kids can go to University - and then return to the fold after they have finished. Extraordinary!
All that aside - any organisation that throws teenagers out into the gutter with nothing - as they did me- does not deserve respect. It is very obviously not a Christian based charter. Today they love to proclaim their good deeds making sandwiches for firefighters and shoveling snow for road traffic - while there is a generation or two of kids who were thrown away without even a backward glance on their parts. The ones with some nous are here talking about it. The others didn't make it. Many are dead. And while I now get bored with fighting their cruel anomalies on websites such as this - I will continue the fight through those who are motivated to fight them. Luckily these now include some heavyweight players in Great Britain. How refreshing to have a staunchly Christian Baroness taking up our cause so effectively. She sees them for what they are.
I do detest the Exclusive /Plymouth Brethren. They are evil - they are cruel and they do not deserve respect. They destroy people. They change their rules that once inflicted a lifetime of pain on some people - with no regard for the fact that people are going to be extremely peeved about that. They throw people out and wreck their livelihoods and families for the slightest separation issue - and yet their leader has frequently broken this code himself - through his business dealings, his liaisons with a PR shyster and his comeback deals with a man who was booted out for 20 years and lived life to the full. He broke the strictly held eating and mixing issues several times here - even eating in 'worldly' people's homes.
When any organisation loses its credibility over things that are the cornerstone of its existence - you know you cannot believe in them anymore. And Hales' reversal of everything these past few years - to suit himself and his own fortunes - is a prime example of a corrupt, greedy, evil organisation that deserves to be taken apart and pulled down.
This so called church has wrecked thousands of lives - and now uses every tool that the world provides to portray a sickly sweet charismatic front which is a world away from the real truth. It points people to its slick website - which is full of creative and totally dishonest PR babble - when people reading this would not realise that just having a website a few years ago destroyed dozens of families. If all these things they take for granted today are now blessed by their leader - why does he not put matters right and reinstate all those they threw out for owning a mobile phone or having a computer. Why does he not pay compensation for the businesses he wrecked and the families that were destroyed? The answer is simple. He doesn't want to lose any of his millions. And he doesn't wish to face the truth or admit his double standards.
These people are inherently dishonest. Like the lifelong liar - they cannot even recognise the truth anymore. And many people in positions of power are either misinformed enough or non-caring enough to just let them get away with it. One thing I have learned in life is that the truth will always prevail. Sooner or later - the fraud that is the Exclusive/Plymouth Brethren - will be exposed in all of its twisted reality. And hopefully their judgment day will be on earth - and not heaven.