Friday, 25 April 2014

Historic Pontification


  1. On enlarging the scan to be legible the following comes to mind:

    It is dated 2003 - 11 years ago. Nothing seems to have changed.

    Mr Hales quotes what has been reported to him with "irrefutable evidence" but he apparently was not aware of these things himself. Is that because he doesn't stop to communicate with people, but comes in late, leaves early, all under the watchful eyes of his security keepers?

    The fact that alcohol, drugs, inappropriate activities with young people have been going on in a "Christian" church appears to me IMO to reveal a lack of teaching. A grave error was made about 80 years ago when Taylor Senior abolished Sunday Schools; eliminating basic Bible principles when kids are most receptive.

    I do not see a kindly tone of exhortation or encouragement from the leader. There are veiled threats that disobedience will mean non-attendance to group fellowship meetings.

    No Biblical basis is quoted to encourage to walk in a godly way, e.g. Eph 4:1-3 or Titus 2:1-2; just a threat that God will judge the disobedient.

    The letter is signed off without a word of love or encouragement, but just a signature like a business letter. Compare all the epistles of St Paul how he ends his letters.

    1. Onwards and upwards27 April 2014 at 13:16

      To me, it reads like the letter of a cult leader to his followers.

      Lots of small changes, Phil T, over the past 11 years IMO. But I'd definitely say no *fundamental* changes to EB/PBCC operation, no changes that really count.

      It depresses me how the decades are ticking past with our relatives still stuck in there, our family relationships barren, no progress by the Breth towards the light of true Christianity (despite being helped quite specifically along the way to it by the Charity Commission in the UK)...

      Those Negro slave songs come to mind - "Oh Lord, how long?" or the Hebrew lament "Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?" I sometimes feel a bit like a Jewish person who somehow escaped from Hitler's concentration camps, only to realise that I've lost all the people who were dearest to me, in the Holocaust. But I haven't quite lost them, because many of them are still alive, stuck behind the fence. Their skinny arms and hearts stretch out to me on the odd occasion I make the effort to go back to the fence to see them, but I stupidly can't help those thousands of people I love, to get to freedom.

      No counsellor has yet come up with a strategy for helping me deal with that 'dead while living' quandary... so I see-saw between trying to forget about my loved ones in the Breth for a while, to get a bit of peace and enjoy my free life... to the opposite extreme of being quite occupied at times with working away at campaigns to set them free. I suppose even this posting is another form of coping strategy - a lament, if you like.

  2. I believe this is the letter of which B. D. Hales claimed, “I was inspired when I wrote it.”
    See Ministry of B. D. Hales Vol. 28 page 157. He again attributes it to the Lord in Vol. 45 page 89.

    You may well think the bits about cameras, sideburns, faded jeans, CDs, restaurants and mobile phones are stupefyingly silly, but BDH thought they were inspired. So the Lord gets the blame for any silliness as well as any subsequent corner-turning.

  3. 'The Lord has the right to make an issue at any time' A chilling reminder to the blinded 40,000+ followers of Bruce David Hales, that he holds the whip hand.

    Compare this statement with the scripture Romans 10:13 'For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved' and you see just how far the PBCC have strayed from the gospel.

  4. What a plonker. Sad that the followers give any credence to this.


  5. What an indictment of the Exclusive Brethren (PBCC Ltd) that young people have to be warned concerning EXCESSIVE drinking (alcohol) at meeting rooms and precincts.

    As far as I am aware, most young people would not dream of drinking in, or around, their churches. The matter would not even arise.

    How decadent the standards of behaviour of the PBCC! Especially considering their claims of purity through separation


  6. Is this the one where all cult members had to publicly state their loyalty to it?