Think about that for a moment. Better still - let me break it down for you. I am moved to consider this subject in response to the increasing number of EB /PBCC members who come on here trying to push their crazy points of view. Sadly, their arguments are always flawed. This is because their system is flawed. But was it always thus?
I've argued in the past that if (PBCC/ Exclusive Brethren founder) Darby were alive today - he would have been given the boot ages ago. Although he wanted a simpler form of religion - away from the over-organised and over-symbolized main stream churches - preferring the Baptist model where mere men from the congregation can take part in the dissemination of doctrine without the need for titles and religious garments, his church today would scare him. It is nothing like the one he envisaged and inaugurated.
We can thank the 20th century so-called Men Of God - JT Jnr, JHS, JSH and BDH for that. Each of these leaders have become progressively corrupted in their view that they are God-like, Men of God or God appointed and therefore unimpeachable. Infallible. Watertight.
Let us be clear. No man is faultless. It is a complete folly and a denial of the human condition to say so. Men are not divine beings. They never will be. But this progressively deluded belief adds weight to the argument that absolute power corrupts.
We see today the barrow of irreproachableness being shoved that little bit further with every new so called 'man of god'. Taylor became so out of control in the end, that his tenure was cut short by his lifestyle and antics. Did God have a hand in that? Seventy is hardly an advanced age. You make the call.
Symington ruled his flock with his strange rural values coming to the fore throughout his occupancy. Not happy until he had ground his flock down to a point where they were forced to abandon their educations and their nice residences. The only one adding to real estate assets and worth at the time was Symington himself.
Hales -the first of the Australian 'Men of God', was desperate for power. He had had it and lost it - three times. And this time he was never going to let the opportunity go by. Not even if it meant wiping his political adversaries and fellow contenders off the face of the earth. Which he did.
Hales of course passed on, his luck changing position only coming after a lifetime of controversy. And it was simply a matter of a bit over a decade before he shoehorned his son into the hot seat to be his successor. If you challenged that decision, you would have, or did get the boot on the spot. With every modern passage of 'Men of God', the losing contenders have always gotten the arse. It's the way they work. Mysterious as it is. And un-Christian.
But with each modern MOG we see the mushrooming control, the unassailable leader ticket being pushed that little bit harder. They have engineered things to the point today, where to say a word against or query the doctrine of one of these men, is a death warrant, if you want to stay within this so called church. You are simply branded as evil and wiped off the map. Which in the spirit of Christianity, is an evil thing in itself.
They even push the line these days that their leader does notsin! They say (he says?) that BDH has not sinned since the age of 12. Which is clearly rubbish! He's a man. All men are fallible. No man commands a total purity of thought. They even push the fine line further by calling him things like "Paul'. Which, although not blasphemous as Paul was also a man, is all part of elevating someone well beyond their staturein life.
BDH pushed the theory that his father never sinned either. Which is also rubbish. He admitted to sinning several times. But Bruce is having none of it. He has spent more than a decade trying to whitewash his father's name. The whitewashing has now turned to brainwashing. They believe it. They are forced to believe it.
If a man says he is 'The Man of God' - or is Divinely appointed - or acts like he is God - as indeed Hales does - he is in many people's minds, a blasphemer. If the Brethren had a system like the Catholics where the elders appoint their leader, that would at least be honest. But they don't. They have this strange little elder-fight and those who can see inevitability looming, quietly shut up and say no more lest they leave skid marks out the door of the church, out of their home and out of their workplace.
But the Brethren - the actual congregation, have NO say in it at all. The political bum fight is not something that anyone wants to engage in because there will be, and always are, casualties. Put your money on the wrong man and you are for the high jump. History proves this is correct. Hundreds if not thousands of decent Christian people with their lives destroyed as a result of someone, hungry for power, who does not want them around. (I fully expect someone from among our readers to list some of these names.)
When I look at the good men who have been kicked out because a jostling leader, simply did not like them or felt they were a threat to their autonomy - I feel sad for them. Because really, they have done nothing so bad, as to warrant such a cruel and spiteful response. But that is the Brethren. They are a bloody cruel people. Even though it was their leader who made them do it.
They only way a so called 'man of God' can be deposed is by numbers. Vast numbers. A major uprising. Without the numbers, no Brethren revolution has a chance in hell.
Remember this. No 'Man of God' can do anything bad enough to guarantee his removal from 'office'.
This was the case with Taylor Junior. Even being caught in bed with another man's wife was not bad enough, for the powers that be to take affirmative action. They simply believed his frankly implausible excuse and got on with it. Mind you, hundreds if not thousands did walk away at that point, but not the numbers required for the remaining congregation to sit up and take action alongside them.
Which simply means that the Brethren are sitting ducks. They will do whatever they are told to do. None have the remotest chance of an individual thought. So they live in fear. Plain and simple.
Which all begs the question, what happens next? When BDH shuffles off this mortal coil as he will, I know and you know that his son, or at very least, a close relative will be readied for the 'calling.' Readied for anointment. And if that person is called 'Garf' a lot of people are going to be seriously peeved. Peeved Peebs. Because they know that this bugger is and has been as big a sinner as it is possible to be. Even when you drill down into the ranks of the extended Hales clan, sinning is something that they are supremely adept at. Everything from alcoholism to gambling to houses of ill-repute. And everything in between. Pleasures of the flesh are endemic with the name of Hales. The love of money should also get a mention.
So if you don't want your next 'Man of God' to be a man whom you know to be as dodgy as a three dollar note, I suggest dear Brethren, you start getting the numbers together now to prevent a complete bloody travesty. Because there will be blood. A complete and utter cock-up. A utter mockery of what Darby and Co. set out to do.
And remember, men are men. And God is God. And never the twain shall meet. Not even if someone calling themselves 'God' tells you so.