But do they agree only with their lips or also with their minds and hearts? It is often difficult to tell.Amazing fact: Bruce Hales thinks he speaks God's word.
Even more amazing fact: 40,000 people agree with him.
There are three reasons why I think most of them agree only with their lips.
1. If they agree with their minds, a lot of their beliefs must contradict one another, and it is very difficult sincerely to believe two contradictory statements at the same time. Try it yourself and see if you can do it.
2. If they agreed with their minds or with their hearts, it would show in their behaviour. They would not be planning for many years ahead because the rapture is just around the corner. They would not be making any long-term investments, such as building schools and preparing their children for a lifetime of work. They would not be laying up treasure on earth. And they would be obeying the letter and spirit of the Preston Down agreement, which had BDH’s endorsement.
3. They have to agree with their lips, or they will suffer cruel consequences, but they are free to disagree with their minds and hearts, because no one needs to know. Some members have told us that this is what they do, and many ex-members remember doing it.