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'.

The PBCC – as fatally flawed as any Sect can be

The PBCC – as fatally flawed as any Sect can be

The bible tells us at every turn of the page, to beware of false prophets. It seems that over the ages -mere men have been eyeing off God's tenets with a view to making them their own. And in the last century - in particular - we have seen a raft of such individuals rewriting the bible to their own ends.

The PBCC's Hales gang are by no means the forerunners of this practice. You might argue that Darby was - but he really only took exception to the developed practices of the High Anglican church -preferring a simpler model with guys at the pulpit who did not dress up like Thomas Becket. Actually he is not the best example as they murdered him not that far into his tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury. Either way- old Darby didn't like the pomp and ceremony of religion per se and opted for the Baptist model of robe-less, smokeless, pulpit jockeys belting their bibles without the aid of ornate chapels and Gothic religious insignia. He also translated his own version of the bible - which today would be done with the aid of a Thesaurus anyway. So he gets points for that in an age when the candle and quill were the only way of getting such a task onto the Vellum.

It was the 'Brooklyn factor' that was to diametrically change Darby's bling-ed-down version of his breakaway church. And the name Taylor. But it wasn't until we got to Taylor 'Junior' that we saw men intent on fiddling with what many considered was a really good idea. Taylor Junior basically went ballistic midway through his twenty year reign -succumbing to the demon alcohol and probably the pleasures of the flesh if the universally detested Aberdeen chapter holds as much water as everyone says it does. The photograph doesn't lie I say. I would no more put my arm round another man's wife with my hand lying perilously close to one of the main attributes of her womanhood, in his position, than fly to the moon. His excuse that he got into bed with her because he was rooting out traitors is spectacularly unbelievable and I'm sure, would be scoffed at by a team of 12 true and tested jurors.

All that aside - the heavies of the day knew to a man - that if they agreed that Taylor was indeed a drunken philanderer, the gig was basically up. Their breakaway 'church' would have lost most -if not all- of its credibility on the spot. So they backed the man up. Sadly his other pursuits ended his life shortly thereafter. Those that didn't back him up - unconditionally- were thrown out on the spot. Which ironically spawned another raft of breakaway - er - sect-like gatherings.

But this Baptist modeled breakaway mini- church was to be turned into a sect the moment Taylor Junior decided he wanted to shut the world out altogether. It was a grotesquely flawed directive- if for no other reason that it flew in the face of Christianity and the bible itself at every turn. This is why people today cannot get their head around doing business with the Brethren - but being shunned everywhere else. If you are really 'not of this world' then you need to take yourself hither and really mean it - shutting yourself off into a closeted community of religious weirdos with big fences and gates. Well - they've already got the really big fences and gates -supposedly because they are fearful of what lies beyond them - but it begs the question - why haven't they also got them round their homes and businesses as well, due to the same impending worldly threat? (Well apart from Bruce Hales who does have really big fences and gates around his mega-peeb-palace. Because like most dictators- he believes in conspiracies.)

So by fiddling with the Bible and Christianity itself - these men have progressively degraded the real spirit of Christianity - to a point where they now believe that they are the only right ones- they have the only true church -and that their man at the top is in fact the Man of God. Which is a pretty blasphemous thing to call yourself.

And Hales Junior (it's appears that the 'juniors' are the real threat here) is flat out rewriting not only history but the sins of his father. Although - technically he has two father's being the 'Man of God' if you get my drift. Worse- he says that any criticism of him is blasphemous and traitorous and will lead to an eternity in hell! Some call! I thought that God himself was the only one with his hand on the drafting gate in the heavenly waiting room. But no doubt he takes recommendations from Hales on the issue as well.

America is full of false prophets - who - with the wonder of television - a once vile, offensive, reviled medium in Peeb-land - have connected the dots and seen that they can do their religious tap dance for MONEY! For them! Or as they call it - for their 'ministry'.

Hales likewise has connected the dots - the ones that Taylor didn't get his head around due to being too preoccupied with booze and women it would seem - and after one bungled effort by his father John, and uncle Bwooce to make their followers subscribe to a fiscal loss as well as their own selfish wills- he has finally delivered his masterplan of milking every last cent from his followers and governments that he can. And to hell with frugality and parsimony. Hales now lives like - well - Joyce Meyers, Benny Hinn, Brian Houston and Jimmy Swaggert to name but a few shining examples of the hundreds of people who thumbed their way through the good book while putting the claw out for a big pay day. They had connected the dots that Religion + A broadcast medium + A suitably ear-bashed and brainwashed audience = MONEY. And lots of it! To a man (and woman because there have been several) they have raked it in and lived beyond their wildest dreams. As Hales and his tribe are doing today. While exhorting the flock for more.

But Hales has taken the whole idea that little bit further. He un-bans stuff because there is also a quid in it. And screw principles. So while his 'church' is madly ruining families in the 70's and 80's and 90's for even mouthing the word 'computer' - or 'electronic garage door closer' or 'mobile phone' - he suddenly reverses the edict because he needs all these things to grow his own empire - his 'Universal' empire - and he figures- he can also do a Bill Gates and become the exclusive agent to his 44,000 followers for all their computer and electronic needs. By law! Most of Hales' edicts are law.

Screw all the poor buggers that they threw out and tried to destroy for doing- or thinking about doing - what he was now doing! If ever there was a case for taking them to the cleaners for having your life wrecked with the loss of all you hold dear - this is it! I mean - have you ever heard of anything more transparently wicked and unjust in your whole life? One day it's a sin - and the next- it's mandatory practice! How in the name of anything holy- can that be right??

But at the end of the day - Hales is just another bloke playing games with people's hearts and minds. Like his father did before him. And Symington and Taylor before them. It's just a big bloody game masquerading as a highly tweaked religion. Any religion - that departs dramatically from the intent of its Christian foundation is a SECT. Of that we can be absolutely sure.

Any religion where a man says he is God - or the Man of God or the Son of God is immediately dodgy and should be avoided like the plague. Because you just know that the mechanisms for separating you from your hard earned are about to follow. Because men who set themselves up as these things are utterly deluded, and without exception - GREEDY! They have succumbed to one of the great highlighted evils of the good book itself.

I mean look at Hales. He drives a car worth in excess of $100,000. He lives in a home that cost him many millions. He flies in a jet costing more millions because he doesn't like waiting round at airports and hunkering down in Business Class with the Plebs. Worldly plebs! He likes to be important. Because his father told him that he was the next Man of God!

Whatever happened to living like Christ himself lived? Well funnily enough - that only applies to the ordinary Brethren. They can't afford to live like Hales. Unless they are immediate family they are there to feed this insatiable lust for greed. So the very lifestyle of this man flies in the face of the very religion he professes to love. And the reason why he does this is because he is making the rules - and not God! As Mel Brooks said - It pays to be the King!

So anyone who looks at this now cruel, divisive, SECT - be they government administrators or souls looking for a religious model - don't be fooled by the platitudes and mentions of 'normality' and 'simple Christianity.' Because the last thing the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church is - is normal or Christian. I mean we are talking about a highly- tuned business here where they don't even believe in what they call themselves. A couple of years ago they were simply known as the Exclusive Brethren. Which was at very least - honest. But honesty has long gone by the wayside where these people are concerned as the sudden name change might imply.

But I'll tell you exactly where the PBCC lost me altogether. And that is Bruce Hales' almost manic dedication to rewriting history where it concerns his father. The man was withdrawn from three times for his sins. Sins I might add that he acknowledged. And today Bruce says he was sinless - he was incapable of sin. He never sinned. He doesn't know what sin is. Funnily enough - drawing from what I was taught in the bible - there is only one sinless entity and that is Christ himself. So for Bruce to elevate his natural father to being parallel to Christ is blasphemous at worst and the statement of a mad man at best. Let me be more emphatic in my rebuttal of the Hales mentality here. That means that Christ did not die for John Hales. Because as we are taught he died for our sins. Except of course- John Hales'. Who was sinless and therefore not in need of the sacrifice.

See what I mean?

Hales, the bully – with one of his cruelest lines of thought – Suicide

“He’d be better to take arsenic, or go and get some rat poison or something, take a bottle of it.”

Suicide and Bruce Hales, leader of the Exclusive Brethren, or Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.

The delusion of men who pronounce themselves as direct conduits from God - and who meter out their OWN interpretations of divine justice - is as wicked and delusional as anything I have ever heard.

The Brethren do it. And so do others like the Scientologists. They basically say - if you don't believe in me, then you are better off in complete exile from me and your families. Or dead! And if you dare say 'Hang on! - that's not right " then you are branded as an evil 'opposer'. There is no right of reply with these people.

The result is that you have congregations of people who then live in fear of the wrath - not of their God- but of their leader. God doesn't tear families apart and make pronouncements on a person's fate. These tin Gods do. The Brethren basically say - if you have trouble being a fully compliant member of our congregation -then you are better off dead. (This was stated to me in those exact words when I left - a confused upset young man.) Hales has said - in essence that if you do not comply - then the only way out of it, is for you to die! Or as they put it- for God to 'take you'.

It's not God who is doing the 'taking' here - it's the likes of Hales. He is the man making the pronouncements. For any man to promote the concept that he is God's actual anointed deputy is plain nuts. It's not God's mind at play here - but a mere man's! Show me the transaction- the directive - the charter from God to Bruce Hales and I will admit I am wrong. God didn't tell Hales he was to be his main representative on earth. John Hales did! But I digress.

And so we see the most recent take on this reoccurring problem of confusion and non-compliance - particularly among young people. Pushed around by numerous Brethren heavies - they get confused. I know all about it. I was pushed around by the Brethren until I could take it no more. They had stuffed with my life and my future to the point of my absolute despair. They had sneered- they had made all my decisions - that had told me what to do and it didn't work out. So they sneered some more. And when they had me on the ropes - a broken young man in his teens - they still threatened. I wanted to leave - to give myself some sort of chance in life. I couldn't get the education that I would have liked because it had been banned by a pig farmer who hated people who went to University. Because I presume he didn't. They told you who to work for. They controlled every aspect of your life. You had no say in your own life. Not bullshit! A fact in my case and hundreds of others.

And so we see this young man who Hales is at pains to point out is a grown man. At 25 - he is. But Brethren kids are not that smart at 25 either. Because they have been deprived of development normality and threatened with the loss of everything they hold dear all their lives, they are retarded in some way - unaware of the realities and normalities of life. Deprived of further education and forced to work only for Brethren -and having most important decisions made for them (forced on them) they are not like normal 25 year olds. So this young chap is confused and sick of being bullied and cajoled, I presume, by the Brethren. I've seen it before. And the man charged with the care of this young man says to Hales in the meeting where he is holding 'court' because that is what it is - 'How do I help him? He's confused - he doesn't want to come to 'church' anymore - what do we do Oh great oracle of all that is good and true.'

And Hales barks a few questions on this fellow's life status and then embarks on a Taylor-esque tirade that harks back to the madness of the late 60's. He decides that this young man who has had contact with someone outside - should perhaps just take rat poison or cyanide. Having gotten pretty deep into the subject of what works best and what would do the job more effectively- he then has a few seconds of clarity where he says - he cannot advocate suicide of course- but goes onto discuss the concept further anyway.

This is crazy on all sorts of levels. Firstly- the Hales themselves have not been immune to the sort of personal desperation where someone is so confused- so upset - so despairing, that they take their own life. This alone should temper his wild foray into such a subject - even jokingly. Secondly, it ISN'T a joke. Thirdly - it is not something that a genuine, caring, thinking man of any religion - would or should say. The Pope for example - would never say such a thing. It is therefore a stupid- cruel- unconscionable thing to say. I mean- how did this young man's family feel while Hales discussed the potential killing of their son with rat poison or cyanide? How desperate did this make them feel? How cruel was the concept to them? Hales doesn't care about that of course- it's not his family. God knows heaps of people have suicided both in the church and even some who left it who could no reconcile their lives. I know a couple myself. But Hales treats them with total disdain.

OK - so let's examine Hales for his obvious stupidity. And Taylor in the same context as he displayed exactly the same traits as Hales displays now. Including his rudeness to the Brethren. BDH and JTJnr. were more similar than you might think. They both have this arrogance - this right - that they can speak to people however they like. THEY CAN'T! It's bloody rude at best - and unforgivable for anyone in that position to do - at worst.

Look at Taylor. In his last years he called people in the church - while IN CHURCH or the assembly as they call it- 'Bums', 'stinking bums', 'Bastards', and 'Sons of Bitches'. He not only called some brother's wives 'Bitches' but 'Mad'. How dare a man in his position say any of these things to people! If you called a man in the world a Son of a Bitch he would probably punch you on the nose. And rightly so. But Taylor called people's mothers bitches - in a place of worship and gets away with it. In fact they sat there and laughed.

Hales similarly talks to people very rudely. There's no respect. There's no decency or contrition. The Hales can speak exactly how they like to people. His father and uncle did it too - before him. Hales does not concede this is true however. He's now promoting a stream of thought - which is probably already a directive that his father was incapable of sin. Which is plain silly because every man is capable of sin. Just because you say something doesn't make it so.

But Hales is also the authority on what makes a Christian. Which is more arrogance! I keep saying that 44,000 out of 5 billion is not a number that God is happy with. Or would be happy with. According to censuses, there are 2.2 billion Christians in the World. According to Hales - there are not real Christians- but just them- the PBCC. He says that (so called) "Christianity is the light they (evil people in the world) have got and we leave it to them." But if you leave the Brethren - 'you can never claim to be a Christian'. Which is similarly ludicrous! And offensive. And patently wrong. And as usual - bloody arrogant. But they then bugger their own argument by saying in all manner of worldly mediums that they are just a 'normal' Christian church! Not you're not Mister Hales- you just said the opposite in your ministry!

Which is why Hales advocates discussion on killing yourself if you intend to leave or talk to anyone outside their church.

Now I know how Hales would take this line of thought if he read it. He would do what they all do and wave his hand dismissively and say something along the mines of - that's what you would expect a Godless opposer to say. No it's not Mister Hales. It's what you would expect a reasonable, decent person to say. And Hales sadly- with his tenure as Man of God - is adding more weight to the theory, that to be in his position you need to rude, arrogant, a bully and probably quite mad to fill the role effectively.

I know this - that being in this 'evil world' that they shun - I have never- been treated with complete disrespect, had my family called vile names, and been made to feel as worthless as the Brethren are told they are from time to time. I only got that in the Brethren.

I feel for this young man. I was him once. And I too was treated appallingly by their heavies and their men of God. And my enduring respect and decency has now turned, many years later, into complete astonishment that anyone would be expected to put up with their nasty, bullying tactics and cruel predictions, their evil threats and their prophecies of death and destruction. Hales has no right - NO RIGHT - to discuss anyone's extermination because they don't conform to his model of acquiescence.

I wonder if any of these so called Brethren priests told this confused and bewildered young man that Hales had floated the concept of him killing himself with rat poison or cyanide? I daresay - if he had done it- they would say it was the devil that made him do it. Sadly - the devil comes in more forms than a myth with horns in a hot place.

It also takes the form of a delusional fat man with his hand in the till.

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.

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Lifton’s Criteria for Thought Reform

All the below are experienced daily in the confines of the PBCC, Exclusive Brethren Christian Cult. Sad, but very true.

Authoritarian Groups

Dr. Robert J. Lifton’s

8 Criteria for Thought Reform


Milieu Control. This involves the control of information and communication

both within the environment and, ultimately, within the individual, resulting in a

significant degree of isolation from society at large.


Mystical Manipulation. There is manipulation of experiences that appear

spontaneous but in fact were planned and orchestrated by the group or its leaders

in order to demonstrate divine authority or spiritual advancement or some special

gift or talent that will then allow the leader to reinterpret events, scripture, and

experiences as he or she wishes.


Demand for Purity. The world is viewed as black and white and the members are

constantly exhorted to conform to the ideology of the group and strive for

perfection. The induction of guilt and/or shame is a powerful control device used



Confession. Sins, as defined by the group, are to be confessed either to a personal

monitor or publicly to the group. There is no confidentiality; members’ “sins,”

“attitudes,” and “faults” are discussed and exploited by the leaders.


Sacred Science. The group’s doctrine or ideology is considered to be the ultimate

Truth, beyond all questioning or dispute. Truth is not to be found outside the

group. The leader, as the spokesperson for God or for all humanity, is likewise

above criticism.


Loading the Language. The group interprets or uses words and phrases in new

ways so that often the outside world does not understand. This jargon consists of

thought-terminating clichés which serve to alter members’ thought processes to

conform to the group’s way of thinking.


Doctrine over Person. Member’s personal experiences are subordinated to the

sacred science and any contrary experiences must be denied or reinterpreted to fit

the ideology of the group.


Dispensing of Existence. The group has the prerogative to decide who has the

right to exist and who does not. This is usually not literal but means that those in

the outside world are not saved, unenlightened, unconscious and they must be

converted to the group’s ideology. If they do not join the group or are critical of

the group, then they must be rejected by the members. Thus, the outside world

loses all credibility. In conjunction, should any member leave the group, he or

she must be rejected also. (Lifton, 1989)

The Bench Brownie Point Buy-Out (UK)


Park Benches – Donation by Plymouth Brethren Christian Fellowship.

1) It was agreed to accept the kind offer of a park bench.

2) Design selected was Corbridge.

3) Immediate decision was on Station Road by Telephone Kiosk. Clerk to reply and contact Highways

for approval



To consider application to donate a Park Bench by Plymouth Brethren Christian Church Resolved: To approve a timber constructed park bench to be placed in the Recreation Ground on the boundary with 2000 Centre, to be maintained by the Council following donation.


The Town Council of Royal Leamington Spa Warwickshire

To consider the donation of a Park bench by the Brethren Christian Fellowship.


Groby Parish Council

The Clerk advised that the Brethren Christian Fellowship, a charity who continually benefit the public and local community, have set aside some funds for an offer to donate a new park bench to Groby Parish. Three (3) types of benches to choose from – due to Health & safety reasons, the offer is a supply only donation, however a further donation to cover fitting costs could also be made. The

Trust would like to include a plaque to indicate that it was donated by the Trust.

RESOLVED unanimously to place this item on the agenda for the next Parks & Cemetery

Committee meeting for further discussion.


Brundall Parish Council

Donation offer of a park bench to the parish

Cllr Nurden declared a non-disclosable pecuniary interest in the agenda item. He left

the room and took no part in the discussions or voting.

Cllr Davies took the chair.

It was resolved by a unanimous decision to accept the offer of the bench from the

Plymouth Christian Brethren.

The Council opted for Logic Millennium Standard bench and the location would be in

the Cemetery to the right of the grave spaces near to the planted tree so that visitors

can be seated near to the graves.

Cllr Nurden returned to the room and resumed the chair.


Thorpe St Andrew Town Council Meeting

Donation of park bench

The Brethren Christian Fellowship had offered to donate a park bench for community use.

Mr J. M. Ward proposed, seconded by Miss S. P. Lawn, that the offer of a Corbridge teak

bench was taken up. On a show of hands it was RESOLVED to accept the offer and to

suggest a location on the grass verge near the electricity sub-station opposite 56a Thunder Lane




The Offer of a new bench received from The Brethren Christian Fellowship was widely

accepted and it was RESOLVED that the Millennium bench would be chosen and to be placed in Fryer Field

Voting: Unanimous


Sprowston Town Council


RESOLVED to accept the offer of a park bench (millennium metal) from the

Brethren Christian Fellowship to be placed at Wilks Farm Drive open space.

Fen Meadow

The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church has very kindly donated a recycled – plastic bench to the Town Council.  This has been installed at the upper end of Fen Meadow close to Fen Walk.

Councillor Charles Notcutt, Town Mayor has officially unveiled the seat in its new location and can be seen admiring the view across the Meadow to St Marys Church.



To ratify the recommendation regarding the type and siting of the bench donation

by Plymouth Brethren Christian Church – It was unanimously RESOLVED to ratify the

recommendation of the Property Committee that a wooden bench be located in Bill Bailey’s Memorial

Field as it was felt that the links to young people made this site particularly relevant to the church.


Bristol City Council



– Installation of a metal bench (includes concrete base) by the Childrens Play

Area for Arnos Court Park, donated by the Plymouth Brethren Christian

Church – £370





Two representatives of the Plymouth Brethren joined the meeting.

Their organisation has kindly offered to donate a bench to the village and it has been suggested that this could be sited on the new Community Space.  Three designs are available and details will be forwarded to the councillors for their choice. Landscaping should be completed by the end of June and a site meeting will be arranged to decide location of the new bench.  A plaque will be included as well as the cost of installation.   The chairman said the gift was much appreciated and thanked the Plymouth Brethren on behalf of the Parish Council.

Cllrs Burns gave some background information on the project which is now known as Benhall “Community Play Space” and is run by a group of parents headed by Rachel Nightingale.  The contractor is Simon Leonard.


Minutes of BFRA AGM Held on 22nd February 2013

A bench and disabled access to the play park by the shops have now been installed. The

bench was kindly donated by Plymouth Brethren Christian Church for which we are very

grateful. The disabled access and the installation of the bench were funded by the Parish.

We hope that these new facilities will be an asset to those using this play area.


Kesgrave Town Council

The Town Council had been approached by the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church who wished to donate a bench to the Town and, if accepted all they ask is for a plaque to be attached, acknowledging the donation. The Committee was presented with three different types of benches and agreed the all metal type was preferred. However, the Committee asked if it would be possible to provide or part fund a bench similar to those already located in the Town to give continuity. The Deputy Clerk will investigate.



The Parish Council was pleased to note that the bench donated by the local Plymouth Brethren Christian Church had now been installed in the Queen Street shopping area.


Meeting of Frampton Cotterell Parish Council

Donation of bench for The Park

Pursuant to Minute 605, the Clerk reported that the bench offered by the Plymouth Brethren Christian

Church, with back support, would match those already in situ at The Park. Two quotations for the

installation of the bench had been obtained. Members considered the most suitable location for the new

bench and


x (1) subject to consultation with the rugby and cricket clubs, the bench be located along the

boundary adjacent to the rugby pitch;

x (2) the quotation from Mr C Belcher for the installation of the bench in the sum of £200 be

accepted; and

x (3) the Council’s sincere thanks for their generous donation be extended to the PCB Church.


Hyde Park Cemetery

Donated Benches

Earlier this year the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in Doncaster Kinly offered to donate two more benches for installation in Hyde Park Cemetery.  We thank them very much indeed for this generous gesture.  The benches were recently fabricated by ET Developments.


Blofield Parish Council



The council expressed their thanks to the Brethren and Mr Goodenough. The council agreed that

this bench should be placed by the Town Pit. A decision on which style of bench will be delayed

until the area has been cleared of excessive growth and an improvement plan developed. The

council resolved to approve the expenditure of up to £500 (excluding VAT) of section 106 funds to

cut back the excessive growth around the Town Pit and get this area tidy. Clerk to contact the

Garden Guardian to carry out this work. The council will then consider further improvements and

placement of the bench to make this area pleasant and enjoyable for the community



Donation of Public Seat

The Council is grateful to the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church for its generous donation of a new hardwood bench at Cutlers Green.  Lovely to see it being used so creatively!



A donation has been received from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church for the purchase of a picnic

table at the recreation field and a bench on Manor Road play area.



Windmill Estates Residents Panel – Thanking Council for the donated bench from the

congregation of the Plymouth Brethren which is greatly appreciated by residents; another resident

pleased with new one in Home End.



Play Area – Cllr Gibbs – Plymouth Brethren has come up with a solution to fix the donated bench to the existing concrete base using a resin. RoSPA inspection is due next month, Cllr Gibbs feared that they would mark down the play area’s existing springer equipment and asked the Clerk if it was worthwhile making contact with them informing them of the imminent replacements. The Clerk said that the report would be based on the equipment that is in place and being used at this time so felt that getting in contact would not be beneficial. The gate at the top end of the play area needs to be padlocked closed so prevent children from playing with it and leaving it open.




of £1000.00 and practical assistance by the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church – noted  with grateful thanks.


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