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by Moonraker
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Research on Brethren (e.g. History, Sociology and Demographics)
Topic: Comments on Percy Lyon and Alfred Gardiner, London
Replies: 13
Views: 4053

Re: Comments on Percy Lyon and Alfred Gardiner, London

These memories of AJG and PL have been very interesting and thrown light on some questions that have troubled me. I always wondered why brethren gave in so readily to JT Jr's unscriptural "not eating" doctrine. If London had endorsed it in a special meeting, then of course all others had to fall in ...
by Moonraker
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Requests for Information
Topic: The Dorking Issue
Replies: 15
Views: 5555

Re: The Dorking Issue

When Robert Stott took fellowship meetings in Birmingham, late 1970 or early 1971, he confessed to being aware of JT Jr's drink problem because he had twice witnessed him insensibly drunk. Later, privately, he told some of us that one of those occasions was at Dorking.
by Moonraker
Sun May 14, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: We knew about the System- but never to this extent!
Replies: 18
Views: 3087

Re: We knew about the System- but never to this extent!

Posterchild, I think the answer lies in JND's doctrine of "the public ruin of the Church". He believed that the outward form of the Christian church, with all its sects and denominations, had failed beyond repair. 2 Timothy predicted this and gave us guidance: individuals were to separate from all e...
by Moonraker
Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Moonraker's Memories Thread
Replies: 1
Views: 10121

Re: Moonraker's Memories Thread

Thank you, Balaam's Ass. My first response has been to submit my "Personal History", once on Peebs.net, to the Library. Which blows my cover and lets everyone know who "Moonraker" is, not that it's likely to matter. To complete the disclosure I was brought up in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, where the afor...
by Moonraker
Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Confessions of a ten year year old ....
Replies: 21
Views: 35789

Re: Confessions of a ten year year old ....

Indeed I remember Joy Hemmings very well, being brought up where he lived. I think he was manager of Dent's Gloves and quite well off, which even pre-system gave him quite a bit of influence. Kind but a bit pompous - I remember he pronounced Noah as "Naaaw", to our amusement. I don't know why he was...
by Moonraker
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Research on Brethren (e.g. History, Sociology and Demographics)
Topic: The Failed Coup of 1965
Replies: 39
Views: 92853

Re: The Failed Coup of 1965

Thank you, Peter, for your thoughts on a subject I have often pondered, namely the relationship between the Hales brothers and JT Jr's seizure of power in 1960. I remember around 1958 my parents being in serious discussion about letters from "down under" criticising Mr. Cowell's ministry there. Appa...
by Moonraker
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Research on Brethren (e.g. History, Sociology and Demographics)
Topic: The Failed Coup of 1965
Replies: 39
Views: 92853

Re: The Failed Coup of 1965

Do we know how this ties in chronologically with JT Jr's "drying out" session which must have been around this time? He was out of circulation with an unspecified illness for several months, if I remember rightly. Did the Hales brothers take advantage of this to assume control? I have wondered if JT...
by Moonraker
Sat Oct 22, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Aberfan and JT Jr
Replies: 14
Views: 13444

Aberfan and JT Jr

As the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster has been in the news, my own memory recalls Jt Jr's response at the time. It was to the effect that God was saying, "You killed my son, I'll kill yours". At the time his chilling lack of compassion shocked me, but like so many things I shrugged it off ...
by Moonraker
Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Last Will and Testament
Replies: 13
Views: 3536

Re: Last Will and Testament

Fisherman is quite right in saying everyone has a right to consult a solicitor and make their own will. I was certainly not advocating do-it-yourself wills. But in the 1960s JT Jr told solicitors they couldn't practice so they sold their businesses to competitors who employed them to do Brethren's b...
by Moonraker
Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Last Will and Testament
Replies: 13
Views: 3536

Re: Last Will and Testament

Not so easy, Fisherman. The will has to be witnessed and you can't ask fellow members otherwise your secret is blown. So you have to know two non-EBs and get them to witness your signature without raising suspicion. Then you have to entrust the will to some helpful non-EB. But how will they learn ab...