WINNIPEG FREE PRESS – PLYMOUTH BRETHREN RESPONSE
Saturday, 10th May 2014
REBUTTAL OF FALSE ALLEGATIONS MADE AGAINST BRETHREN
IN WINNIPEG FREE PRESS – CLOSED DOOR CHURCH ARTICLE
May 10, 2014
|1.||The Plymouth Brethren discourage
interaction between their followers and outsiders.
|The Brethren do not discourage interaction within the
mainstream of society. Our whole disposition & attitude encourages interaction except when it comes to church fellowship and any matter of social relationship that affects our conscience before God.
|2.||The Brethren forbid computers with
anything other than email functions.
|The computers utilized by the Brethren are no different from any commercially available computers. Internet filters are used for protection from pornographic and other corrupt images and content. A large percentage of the general population would have similar filters in their homes and businesses. Parental control is practised.|
|3.||Brethren women are required to wear ankle-length skirts.||Brethren women (sisters) wear skirts or dresses, the length of which is a matter of personal choice.|
|4.||Plymouth Brethren Christian Church
businesses are successful in business because they can receive interest-free loans through Brethren.
|The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church has no
connections or affiliations whatsoever, of any kind, or at any point, with the financing of Brethren’s businesses and the financing is arranged by the business owner at their sole discretion, through whatever financial channels are available.
|5.||PBCC doctrine stipulates that companies stay small.||Brethren’s businesses seek to manage their businesses within their financial constraints and with what is available to them by way of resources of personnel, etc., but there is no stipulation, as alleged, to ‘stay small’.|
|6.||A number of businesses were mentioned in the article as being owned by the brethren.||6 businesses named in the article have no ownership or affiliation with any of the Brethren at the date or time of your publication: Insign Architectural, Signage, Chemwest Supply, Instafoil Specialties, Paragon Securities, Superb Sprinkler Service, and North American Rail Products Inc.|
|7.||Exclusive Brethren ‘DON’TS||The Brethren do not have a set of rules or a creed to follow. We simply endeavor to live our lives in accordance with the Holy Scriptures, and the meaningful and intelligent interpretation of the scriptures, as set out by the Lord Jesus Christ, the apostles and Paul, and what has been established as righteous and holy principles, since the establishment of the Plymouth Brethren Recovery in 1827.
|8.||Don’t be employed by non-brethren.||Many Brethren are employed by non-Brethren companies.|
|9.||Don’t rent space or anything to non-brethren.||Another false allegation. In fact, many Brethren operate Equipment Rental companies.|
|10.||Don’t go to non-EB schools.||Brethren have their own government accredited schools for older grades. Younger children attend public schools in their community.|
|11.||Don’t stay in a hotel or motel.||Brethren stay in hotels or motels as required but the
generous hospitality of the Brethren reduces the necessity to stay in such accommodations.
|12.||Don’t visit the graves of deceased often.||Brethren conscientiously visit the graves of their loved ones.|
|13.||Air tickets must be purchased through a Brethren business.||Most air tickets are purchased on-line directly from air carriers, or through travel agents.|
|14.||Their churches, called meeting rooms, don’t have windows.||Many Brethren churches do have windows.|
|15.||Certified teachers are not allowed to even utter the word university, or encourage students in any way to attend post-secondary schools.||Many Brethren undertake Post-Secondary Education by correspondence after they graduate from high school. Students are encouraged to continue formal study after they complete secondary schooling.|
|16.||Women’s only role in church is to hand out hymn sheets.||The role of Brethren women in the church is very important, including direct involvement in the Lord’s Supper and selection and announcing each Hymn, at each & every meeting of the congregation, on a daily basis, freely selected and given out from our Little Flock Hymn book by the women (sisters).|
|17.||A former Brethren member tells of seeing Symington so drunk one time, two men had to help him walk into church.||This allegation is a total lie and there is no evidence whatsoever to substantiate this.|
|18.||Mr. Taylor was caught in bed with a married woman half his age in Aberdeen, Scotland.||This is a false allegation that originated at a time when a Brother & and his wife were providing much needed care for Mr. Taylor when he wasn’t well, and very very weak physically, 3 months before he was taken from this earthly scene by our Lord Jesus Christ on October 14, 1970.|
|19.||Mr. Hales owns a private jet.||Mr. Hales does not own a private jet or a share thereof.|
|20.||When you leave the Brethren — or are kicked out — you’re dead to them.||Another inaccurate allegation. Brethren are diligent in ensuring that suitable care and compassion is extended to persons who have left the church.|
|21.||You have to be born into the church.||Many current members of the Brethren were not born into the church and made their own decision to join the Brethren.|
|22.||The Brethren have a network across the globe for matching up young men and women.||A completely false allegation. Young Brethren are free to choose their own spouses.|
|23.||The UK charity commission could find no public good that the PBCC performed to obtain its charity tax exemption.||A completely false allegation. Please visit the church
website to review some of the documented activities of the Plymouth Brethren clearly displaying public benefit.
© Copyright Plymouth Brethren (Exclusive Brethren) Christian Church 2014
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