Brother Rev – Quote
One family who left to go to another Christian Church have not had to suffer the sectarian actions of an ‘assembly meeting’ and they have not been ‘withdrawn from’, as its said ‘they have done nothing biblically wrong’. While this is actually correct according to Gods Word the Bible, is good news and should be welcomed, it is a position diametrically opposite to that taught by successive EB leaders since JND and certainly opposite to that taught by James Taylor and certainly opposite to all Renton EB ‘Assembly Actions’ since the original corporate group was formed in 1972. It highlights the so called ‘divine teaching’ from the likes of JT is indeed nothing more than just false teaching, if it can be ignored
Yes that was our thought too. Of course it is welcome news. If there is no Biblical sin involved, holding an ‘assembly meeting’ and ‘withdrawing’ from persons and casting them out as unfit for fellowship, is totally unwarranted, is against Christian teaching and shows clear lack of understanding and no appreciation of Biblical teaching on the Body of Christ, or the Sovereign work of Christ in other Christians. Leaving to go to another Christian Church is not a Biblical sin.Humbled - Quote
Wow. In terms of brethren theology is this not verging on heresy?
However, it has been treated as a Biblical sin since JT Senior times and possibly before that. These teachings are normally venerated as ‘divine’ within EB circles and held up as part of the ‘recovery of the truth’. from the “men of God who have worked out the truth for us” (direct quote from N Henry) printed in a Renton EB White Book.
To reject this teaching is effectively to throw away the foundation of EBism. It is very welcome that some have begun such a journey and are slowly beginning to understand and truly appreciate the Body of Christ outside the walls of Renton EBism. This can only be a good thing, although I fear that persons on this journey may well have hurts to endure from those intent on maintaining sectarianism and will have to battle the usual double minded spin, hypocrisy, fear mongering, selective use of scripture and ministry that comes so easy to those clinging on to EBism. Such actions are disguised as ‘caring’, yet in reality it is nothing but desperation tactics to try to befuddle and confuse those trying to leave, in order to stop them leaving.