BDH has advanced ‘Hinn’s’ Syndrome.

Bruce is suffering folks! He has had this disease for some years and fairly recently it has become full blown and very probably inoperable. This nasty condition was first seen in the United States and there are several cases of it now, on our shores. Doctors say there is no known cure although theologians, being the optimists that they are, say it is curable with something of a personal epiphany. However, the likelihood of this is at best, remote. The great leader has not sought treatment and it is unlikely that he ever will.

Bruce, being the stalwart that he is, together with his immediate family round him, is fighting on. His quest to spread the gospel has now been lost in the mists of time, having been completely overrun by his mission to be richer. And richer. Only last week, his cohorts and he raked in another 3 million bucks from his crazy business 'church' meetings. Now you don't even have to attend. You can log on, on the 'pipeline of filth' - but don't forget to pay your $850.00 entry fee.

A few weeks ago they even brought in a New Zealand Rugby player to one of their business hype sessions, to tell them how to focus and train and go for the touch down! The absurdity of that almost makes my head spin clean off!  But folks- these are your Brethren in the new millennium.  A money making machine - with the profits going straight to the top.

And so it follows that they start to become dissatisfied with their digs- the Hales are all following suit in the quest for even more luxurious surroundings as the Great Man has shown us in recent times with his new ponderosa. I found this on the web - so the medium they once reviled and now embrace as a money maker is valuable to all of us. Hales' posh properties need to be posher.

Bruce's brother Stephen - who has resided right under the sign of the Big 'dubbleya' -for those who have watched "It's a Mad Mad Mad World" - where the money was buried under crossed Palm trees - has now sold his Symington maddening palatial pad and is heading to greater opulence somewhere else. The money is on Cherrybrook - slightly further north - and where you need a big chequebook to put your stake on a piece of dirt. Apparently Bruce has been buying properties up there for some time now. Brother Steve sold the old place in Ryde for a cool $3.8 million the other day and upon looking at this residence of the Great Man's brother, who married his brother's (BDH) wife's sister, Steve has not been doing it tough for a long time.

What does impress are the gardens - manicured to a blade and leaf - and in direct opposition to the beliefs of his own father- the other Great One - who had as little time for gardening and its pursuits - and exhorted the Brethren not to engage in the worldliness and futility of it. Symington would also turn over in his grave if he could see the opulence of the Hales circa 2017. He spent years grinding the Brethren down, forcing them to divest themselves of any trace of privilege and to send the proceeds to him so he could increase his rural holdings.  Which he did. And admitted to.

Either way - the Hales are living large and well. And they can thank those regular donations coming in through the letterbox from the ordinary Brethren and the windfall that is UBT and its money raking branches all over the world. Universally! And probably the odd inheritance which would have found its way into their pockets. Just like it did in the days of his father and uncle when they would counsel the widows to leave it all to them.

This is what happens when mere men become so called religious 'leaders' of scared and sycophantic plebs and one day they realise that people will do whatever you tell them or threaten them with. I sometimes feel for the ordinary Brethren - those that have plodded away in life - but have failed to make a fortune like the Hales and the Gadsdens. You can imagine their importance to people like the Hales these days- somewhere between zero and zilch. Which is why religion and wealth should never mix. One eventually over-rides the other. And with the Hales - money is God. It always was. With money comes power. With money comes lifestyle. People without money are to be distrusted and pretty well- completely ignored.

And that folks is 'Hinn's' Syndrome. It takes its name from a shonky little Israeli (so called) Christian- who is now on the VIP list of every Versace, Gucci and Loius Vuitton store in the world. His crusades around the world always see him spreading his version of the gospel and returning home with his pockets bulging with cash. His homes match those of the Hales. His jets sit alongside Bruce's at airports. And like them- he found out that there is money in God. 

Anyway 'outs' - check out Stephen Hales recently disposed of joint. That by the way is what John Gadsden calls us. 'Outs!' All I can say is - sometimes it pays to be an 'IN'.

Excellent article about the PBCC in Winnipeg

Some excerpts on what appears to be an excellent article on the PBCC:

Inside the secretive and strict Plymouth Brethren sect in Manitoba

The Plymouth Brethren discourage interaction between their followers and outsiders, and the church encompasses all aspects of social and professional life for its members. Critics say it has gone from being a Christian sect to full-blown cult.

STONEWALL — Quietly, and out of earshot of Winnipeg, Stonewall had its own mini “British Invasion” a decade ago.

Newcomers from England started to descend on this town just north of Winnipeg that has historically been a limestone quarry and agricultural service centre. They bought homes, started businesses, built a church — all the usual stuff.

There are a remarkable number of Brethren-owned family businesses in Manitoba for a religious sect of just 450 members.

The Free Press counted at least 25 small businesses, and there are  undoubtedly more. It’s not clear why members of the Plymouth Brethren  Christian Church are so successful in business. That companies can  receive interest-free loans through Brethren might be part of the  answer.

Business is a big part of being a Brethren today. Virtually all  Brethren work for companies owned by Brethren families. However, PBCC  doctrine stipulates that companies stay small.

Winnipeg companies owned by Brethren members include Acure Medical  Equipment, Officescape, and Central Dental Supply Ltd., all owned by  John Haldane; Applifast Inc.; Insign Architectural Signage; Chemwest  Supply; Van Extras; FRS Group Inc.; Superb Sprinkler Service; Acure  Safety; Insta-Foil Specialties; Acculift Airmax Inc; Excel Interiors;  Meditek; Western Enivronmental Canada, and NP2 (an advertising agency).

In Stonewall, Brethren own at least half the industrial park off  Highway 67. Like elsewhere, they do not belong to the local chamber of  commerce because that is forbidden. Stonewall companies include Accent  Group; Mitybilt Products Inc; Paragon Securities; Arrow Specialties;  Lakeland Group and Universal Business Team.

Woodlands-area companies include Northstar Enterprises and Arrow  Farmquip, and North American Rail Products Inc. is next door in Argyle.

It was Taylor Jr. who introduced the hard-line doctrine of separateness, starting with banning members from eating and socializing with non-members.

The rules included everything from banning men from wearing shorts (thy naked, spindly legs are an abomination, presumably) to who should take out the garbage (that falleth to the husband, naturally).

Exclusive Brethren Don’ts

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  • Don’t cut your hair (female)
  • Don’t have facial hair or long hair (male)
  • Don’t wear shorts (female & male)
  • Don’t wear trousers (female)
  • Don’t wear make-up (female)
  • Don’t wear any other colour of shirt than white on Sunday (male)
  • Don’t smoke, chew tobacco or chew gum

At home

  • Don’t use or own radios or television
  • Don’t go to the movies, theatres, shows or concerts
  • Don’t eat in a restaurant or go to bars or pubs
  • Don’t own a computer, digital camera, mobile phone, cd player or MP3 player that is not purchased from the EB
  • Don’t read books written by immoral authors, or novels unless they are approved by the EB
  • Don’t own remote-controlled toys or any electronic gaming system
  • Don’t listen to pre-recorded music by non-EB
  • Don’t live on a farm
  • Don’t have in-ground swimming pools at the home
  • Don’t rent or own condos, apartments or a house that is joined at any wall
  • Don’t share sewers or driveways with neighbours
  • Don’t have pets
  • Don’t go to the beach unless it is not crowded
  • Don’t have a heart transplant
  • Don’t watch firework displays

In business

  • Don’t be employed by non-EB
  • Don’t work in non-EB homes
  • Don’t rent space or anything to non-EB
  • Don’t own shares of non-EB company
  • Don’t go to non-EB schools if there is an EB school in your city
  • Don’t belong to a professional association (nurses, lawyers, etc), union, or any other outside organization
  • Don’t sell products that you cannot use (cigarettes, contraception)
  • Don’t stay in a hotel or motel
  • Don’t vote or run for public office
  • Don’t go to university

With people

  • Don’t have a cup of tea or eat with your non EB neighbours, parents, siblings or children
  • Don’t have friends outside of the EB
  • Don’t kiss or date before marriage
  • Don’t plan to marry unless you have permission
  • Don’t be gay or lesbian
  • Don’t marry outside of the EB, or outside of your race
  • Don’t divorce unless for fornication
  • Don’t use contraception (no matter how many children you have)
  • Don’t have an abortion
  • Don’t be involved in competitive organized sports
  • Don’t visit graves of the deceased often
  • Don’t miss daily church meetings
  • Don’t question EB rules

Further proof of censorship in PBCC schools

Just in from a source who wishes to remain anonymous:

Here is an information pack sent to people applying for a teaching job at a Focus School. Most of it was printed in 2007.  The last few pages illustrate the restrictions on education imposed by the Focus Trust.  Page 15 dictates how to teach evolution.  Page 16 shows that the New AQA Science: GCSE Science A Student Book by Jim Breithaupt was the only recommended Science course for September 2011, but it was censored by having some pages removed before delivery to the schools.

It says,

“Pages 50 – 53 deal with hormone control and fertility and should be REMOVED

Page 58 – REMOVE

Pages 66 and 67 deal with drugs and should be REMOVED

Pages 70 and 71 also deal with drug addiction and should be REMOVED

Pages 122 to 129 deal with evolution and can stay in with caution

Pages 300 and 301 deal with the Big Bang theory and can stay in with a caution.”

There is no explanation for the objection to page 58.  It must have been something unmentionable.

Since pages are two-sided, their removal takes away some pages that are needed, so these are provided separately on a CD.

I am told by a teacher that in other books pages are removed that refer to reproduction, fossil fuels, the ages of rocks, redshifts and radiocarbon dating methods.

The full report can be seen here.

James Bell Releases Memoir, THE EXCLUSIVE SINNER – BWWBooksWorld

James Bell Releases Memoir, THE EXCLUSIVE SINNER – BWWBooksWorld.

In “The Exclusive Sinner” (published by AuthorHouse), author James Bell sheds light on the extreme Protestant group, the Exclusive Brethren, revealing his struggles growing up in a Brethren family, his eventual break with them and his life after his escape.

“I care and love the Brethren, no criticism is implied,” Bell stresses. “They have painted themselves into a theological corner and now find that they are trapped. I believe it is the responsibility of the Christian Church to help such people.”

“The Exclusive Sinner” chronicles Bell’s life from childhood to adulthood and his eventual escape from his Exclusive Brethren family. Growing up, Bell often felt at odds with his family’s Brethren-influenced belief, which preached that society outside the Brethren was evil. Bell’s family, like other Brethren families, isolated themselves, banning televisions and radios and interacting only with other Brethren families.

Bell’s writings demonstrate the loneliness and confusion about his family’s religion and their zero tolerance policy for sin and outsiders. It is not until his family interferes with his plans to marry the love of his life that Bell decides to break free and take control of his life.

“The Exclusive Sinner” offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the Exclusive Brethren that is both honest and poignant. Through his book, Bell hopes readers take away a more rounded view of the Brethren.

“It is hard not to criticize the Exclusive Brethren,” he says, “because they are deceived what they need is love and understanding.”

“The Exclusive Sinner”
By James Bell
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 204 pages | ISBN 9781491889954
E-Book | 204 pages | ISBN 9781491889961
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
James Bell worked in retail sales until he was 21. He then served in the National Service. Afterwards, he spent 15 years in the nursing profession, 10 years in pharmaceutical sales and 10 years as the managing director of a private nursing home. He also served as town councilor for a number of years. He retired at 60.

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Now the PBCC claim Nazi persecution?

Is there no limit to what is coming out of the PBCC currently? Quoting from this review:

Society for the Study of the History of the Brethren Movement in Germany In 1995 historians of the Brethren assemblies in Germany met together to found a society for the study of the history of the Brethren Movement (Arbeitskreis Geschichte der Brüderbewegung).

The aims of this society are:

a. running an archive with documents from the Brethren-Movement in Germany,

b. publishing literature in the field of Brethren-History and

c. organizing conferences on topics related to the history of the brethren.

Members of the society belong to the different wings of the German Brethren-movement. They are teachers of the Bible-Institute Wiedenest in the Rhineland and individuals interesting in the research of the Brethren Movement. The society meets two times a year.

The archive is located at the Bible-Institute Wiedenest in the city Bergneustadt, near Cologne. It contains books and pamphlets, mainly written by members of the assemblies in Germany. In addition there are more special sections in the library of the Institute, which are relevant for research, for example the Erich-Sauer-Archive, a special collection of Brethren journals, some files with letters and material on the Brethren in the Third-Reich etc. The archive is open for the public


The Society functions as editor of a special series of books on the Brethren history. The books are published by

Jota-Publishing House in Hammerbrücke, Germany (

In the last years we organized two conferences, both at the Bible-Institute at Wiedenest. One conference in 1998 in memory of Erich Sauer, well-known lecturer at Wiedenest and author of many books, the other in 2000 in memory of John Nelson Darby. In fall 2003 we were involved at a larger conference in Dillenburg in memory of the 150th anniversary of the German Brethren Movement. In 2005 we host the BAHN-conference.

The Brethren Movement in Germany starts in 1853 in Wuppertal-Elberfeld. Some earlier assemblies in the area of Dillenburg and Rhineland later joined this exclusive wing of the movement, which became the largest brethren group in Germany. This movement became well known by its own bible-translation, the „Elberfelder-Bibel“, edited by John Nelson Darby, Carl Brockhaus and Julius Anton v. Poseck, who later emigrated to England. The beginning of the „Open-Brethren-Movement“ is not easy to date because there were many forerunners in the field of „alliance-assemblies“, who later joined the „Open Brethren“. They were assemblies in Berlin, Dresden and Bad Homburg. The 1905-founded Bible-Institute in Berlin (since 1919 at Wiedenest) became a centre of the movement. In 1937 the Nazi-regiment closed the exclusive brethren assemblies in Germany. In the same year – under the pressure of the regime – the exclusive assemblies were reopened again und joined together with the open brethren assemblies in the „Bundfreikirchlicher Christen“. In 1942 they founded together with the Baptists the „Bund Evangelisch Freikirchlicher Gemeinden“, meanwhile some assemblies meet in hidden secret outside this union.

After the war more than half of the brethren assemblies left the union with the Baptists and created the „Freie Brüdergruppe“, others joined with the „secret-brethren“ of the Nazi-time to found the new group of the Exclusive Brethren.

For more information see or contact Dr. Stephan Holthaus

. See also

Charity Commission Decision

Full Decision pertaining to the Preston Down Plymouth Brethren Charity Commission Case.

In Short:






The issue before the Commission

1. The Commission considered an application by the Preston Down Trust (PDT), a Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC) meeting hall, for registration as a charity. In reaching its determination, the Commission considered whether PDT is charitable as being an organisation:

(i) established for the advancement of religion; and

(ii) if so, whether it is established for the public benefit.

2. PDT made an application to be entered onto the register of charities in February 2009, which was refused by the Commission in June 2012 on the grounds that PDT had not demonstrated that it had sufficient beneficial impact on the wider community to meet the public benefit requirement to be a charity.

3. PDT appealed to the Charity Tribunal and the Horsforth Gospel Hall Trust (registered charity number 700960), a PBCC with identical objects, joined the appeal. A stay in the proceedings was requested by PDT, with a view to saving further significant legal costs. The parties agreed, with the consent of the Tribunal and support of the Attorney General ,to the stay to see whether there was an alternative way to deal with the issues outside of the Tribunal process.

4. The Commission looked at the matter afresh as the Tribunal would have done and took into account evidence which was not available to the Commission when it refused to register PDT in June 2012. In doing so it considered and reviewed the relevant law and the full legal and factual case and comprehensive supporting documents (including expert and other evidence) which had been put to it by PDT and others. .


5. The Commission concluded that it is prepared to register PDT on the basis of an application for registration based on revised trusts set out in a Deed of Variation presented to the Commission and annexed to the Commission’s decision document. The Deed of Variation varies the existing trust deed by declaring new trusts which contain, as an integral part of the trusts, declarations of the core religious doctrine and practice of faith of the PBCC.

6. The Commission considered the charitable status of PDT on the basis of the revised trusts. Following adoption of the Deed of Variation, the Commission is

satisfied that PDT is established for exclusively charitable purposes for public benefit and can be entered onto the register of charities. The Deed of Variation provides a framework for the future administration of the trusts in a way which is charitable and which is binding on the trustees.

7. On the basis of the revised trusts and evidence available to it, the Commission is satisfied that PDT is an organisation established for the advancement of the Christian religion in accordance with the declarations of the core religious doctrine and practice of faith of the PBCC.

8. The Commission examined the nature of the religious practices of PDT and whether they confer a benefit. On the evidence, the Commission determined that the doctrine of separation from evil, which is central to the beliefs and practices of PDT and the PBCC, resulted in (i) both a moral and physical separation from the wider community and (ii) limited interaction between the Brethren and the wider public. In addition, the Commission had regard to the disciplinary practices carried out by the PBCC which gave rise to allegations of detriment and harm.

9. Full and detailed evidence of public benefit arising from the practices of PDT was presented by PDT. Some of this evidence was new and additional to that presented prior to June 2012. It showed an organisation which was evolving and increasing its level of engagement with the public. The Commission also considered evidence from members of the public who wished to make representations and did not support the application for registration of PDT as a charity.

10. The Commission considered whether there is a genuine openness of worship to the public including the nature and level of participation in the services by the public. The evidence showed that all services are open to non-members except Holy Communion services which are ordinarily restricted to PBCC members and very occasionally attended by non-members with the consent of the congregation. However, there was evidence that it would be very rare for a non-member to attend the meeting halls and that some people had not found it easy to access services.

11. The level of engagement with the wider community was assessed because the law requires that public benefit for a religious charity is determined by the extent to which its moral and ethical teaching impacts upon the community leading to the betterment of society.

12. Having carefully considered all of the available evidence, the Commission concluded that the PBCC has a beneficial impact through its instruction and edification of the public in a Christian way of life by:

 providing the public with access to worship. The public have an opportunity to attend and to participate to some extent in services. The requirement to be a well disposed person and adhere to their dress code does not prohibit public attendance and is common to some other religions;

 engaging in street preaching which involves distribution of religious publications and spreading the word of God; and

 engaging to a certain extent in the wider community, including through disaster relief work, encouragement of charitable giving and living out Christian beliefs in the community.

13. The Commission considered whether the benefits are conferred upon the public or a sufficient section of the public. There was some evidence that the PBCC are inwardly and strongly focussed on their nuclear and extended families (in so far as they are members of the community) and on their local meeting halls and wider PBCC fellowship. The Commission considered that the evidence, on balance, may tend to suggest that PDT operates predominantly rather than exclusively for the benefit of its members. However, it concluded, that in law this was not necessarily fatal to charitable status where there was engagement with the wider community.

14. Evidence relating to allegations of detriment, harm or disbenefit was presented to the Commission following its decision in June 2012 and considered by it in the context of assessing public benefit. The allegations related to:

 The nature of the doctrine and practices of the PBCC generally

 The nature and impact of its disciplinary practices

 The impact of the doctrine and practices on those who leave the PBCC

 The impact of the doctrine and practices on children within the PBCC.

Further detail is contained within the decision document.

15. The Commission concluded, on balance, that there were elements of detriment and harm which emanated from the doctrine and practices of the PBCC and which had a negative impact on the wider community as well as individuals so as to present a real danger of outweighing public benefit. In particular, the nature and impact of the disciplinary practices and the impact of the doctrine and practices on those who leave and on children within the PBCC may have consequences for society.

16. The PBCC acknowledged past mistakes, demonstrated a willingness to make amends and proposed to address these issues by amending its trust deed, clearly setting out its doctrine and practices, including highlighting the concept of showing compassion to others. The Commission was satisfied that the doctrine and practices are integral to the trusts; these demonstrate charitable intent and are binding on the trustees when administering the meeting hall. The Commission was further satisfied that it is able to regulate against these trusts.

17. The Commission concluded that the revised statement by the PDT of its doctrines and practices, in particular its interrelation with the wider community, was essential in enabling the Commission to accept the PDT for registration as a charity for the public benefit. Accordingly, the Commission agreed that it would register the PDT on the basis of the attached draft Deed of Variation which incorporates as part of the trust purposes the Schedules containing (i) a Statement of Core Doctrine of the Brethren and (ii) Faith in Practice.

18. The decision is made on the facts of the case in accordance with the law of England and Wales.

19. This is a summary of the decision; the full decision should be referred to for the complete reasons, terms and effects.

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Charity Commission adds 12 more charities to double defaulters inquiry | Third Sector

The regulator broadens its inquiry to include charities with annual incomes of between £250,000 and £500,000, including Cymmer Workmen’s Hall and Institute in Porth

The Charity Commission has announced investigations into 12 charities that have failed to file annual reports and accounts for at least two years.

The regulator announced in September that it had opened a ‘class inquiry’ into 12 charities with last-known annual incomes of £500,000 or more a year that had accounts outstanding for at least two of the past five years. Of these organisations, nine have since filed accounts.

It has today broadened the inquiry to include 12 charities with annual incomes between £250,000 and £500,000 that have failed to file accounts for two or more of the past five years.

They include the Muslim Cultural Society of Birmingham and the National Patients Support Trust, which both have accounts that are more than 1,000 days late, and the Michael Davies Charitable Settlement, which lists its activities as “general charitable purposes” on the Charity Commission’s website and also has accounts that are more than 1,000 days late.

The Charity Commission originally identified 71 ‘double default’ charities, but only pursued inquiries into 12 because the others had either ceased to exist or were going into liquidation or administration, were already subject to existing compliance cases, or agreed to file their documents before the inquiry started.

Failure to file accounts with the commission is a criminal offence, and trustees risk prosecution if they do not comply, the commission said.

Sam Younger, chief executive of the commission, said that trustees who do not file accounts show “contempt for the public they are accountable to”.

The commission has also today published inquiry reports into five of the original 12 charities.

These reports show the commission ordered the trustees of two charities – The Bridge (Oxford) and the Grace Church Christian Centre – to prepare and submit missing information, and issued an order to obtain bank records and financial information for these two charities. The other three charities, all of which had Bournemouth Borough Council as a corporate trustee, complied without needing direction.

The three charities in the first tranche that have still not filed accounts are the Yad Vochessed Association, the Achiezer Association, and Beighton Welfare Recreation Ground.

Younger said: “The message to trustees from the reports we have published today is simple; submitting this information is your responsibility, even if you delegate it to charity staff or your accountants to do.

“If trustees before you have failed, it is your duty to make good on the default.

“As I have said, we will not tolerate charities that demonstrate contempt for the public they are accountable to by failing to meet reporting requirements. We are continuing to target double defaulting charities and we will pursue these breaches of duty.”

The commission said it planned to extend its investigation into double defaulters below £250,000, but has not said when the next tranche will occur or how many charities are likely to be investigated.

The 12 charities added to the investigation announced today are:


Cymmer Workmens Hall and Institute

Markazul Uloom

African Families Support Services

Jamiat-Ul-Muslemeen Quwat-Ul-Islam Masjed

The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Peter, Notting Hill

Michael Davies Charitable Settlement

Crawley Islamic Centre and Mosque

Muslim Cultural Society of Birmingham

Life Line Missions

The National Patients Support Trust

Hadley Playing Fields and Recreation Ground

The commission said that the parochial church council of St Peter has since filed accounts and had been removed from the inquiry.

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