The story of this Brixton cult is told in words and photos at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt ... c21ef0f932
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I noticed several parallels with Exclusive Brethrenism.
The cult had one supreme leader, whom they called Bala, who exercised total authority over his followers.
Like Brethren leaders, he exercised his control partly by deception and fear. He warned of dire consequences for those who disobeyed him.
Like Brethren leaders, he restricted the education of his followers. That made it easier for him to deceive and control them.
Like Exclusive Brethren, the followers were subjected to indoctrination every single day.
Like Jim Taylor, Bala had delusions of power, claiming to exercise covert control over governments. See for instance Readings at Nostrand Avenue and Other Ministry
, Volume 1 page 95 (26 August 1970) where Mr Taylor claimed, not for the first time, “We rule the world; we overthrew the government in U.K. through the prayer meeting”. Elsewhere Jim Taylor claimed to be in control of Richard Nixon and Edward Heath, and claimed that he was the source of some of their policies.
Like several of the Brethren leaders, Bala believed that he will one day rule over the world in an official capacity. For instance, see JT New Series
Vol. 41 Page 94 “It is not therefore given to us to rule the world now, but we are being trained for it”
One of the most chilling parallels with Brethrenism is that before the followers escaped they did not realise that they were deprived and oppressed. They had been made to believe most fervently that they were specially privileged to be under Bala’s guidance. He not only controlled their bodies: he controlled their minds too.