Has the Brethren approach to technology changed recently?
It is true that as a rule the Plymouth Brethren generally have been cautious in embracing new technologies brought about through the electronic age.
The prime concern has been how to use these technologies without any harm to the user. As the ability to do this has developed, tools have been embraced to enable Plymouth Brethren members to operate this technology safely and effectively.
Do members have radios, television or computers?
Along with many persons in the wider community we are concerned about content coming into our households that is corrupting or damaging to children and vulnerable younger family members. Most members would use computers at home, work or school, with appropriate internet filtering. TV and radio are not used, except in an educational setting at school, due to the fact that it is very difficult to filter out content.
Is it true Brethren don’t pay tax?
This is completely false. Brethren members are subject to the taxation laws of the country they live in just like any other member of the general public. Many Brethren own businesses which are operated within the framework of all current applicable laws in the country of operation, including taxation, employee benefits and safety requirements with no special exemptions, tax or otherwise.
The Church does not own or operate any businesses and taxation fraud is regarded seriously and would be a basis for excommunication from the Church.
Does the Church donate money to conservative political parties?
The Church itself does not and has never made donations to any political party.
At times, church members have exercised their democratic right to make public statements or donations to individual politicians, this is their own matter.