Newsagents’ shops, cinemas, theatres or “any other place”. Perhaps he means any other church.
BDH Vol. 53 page 111 (Sydney, 15 July 2006)The authority of darkness, it’s like-we’re talking about going to that newsagent’s door. As soon as you walk into the area of a place of darkness, and we don’t like even to name them, but we know what they are. You could start with just the theatre, the wretched rotten filthy theatres, the cinemas . . . But as soon as you go through the door you’re in the company of darkness, as soon as you cross the threshold you’re immediately under the influence of darkness. The question is to come out of that authority, get; out of it, come out of the authority of darkness. God has provided for us. Or any other place, any other place you go, as soon as you cross the door you come under that inﬂuence.
Football, baseball or cricket matches
BDH Vol. 17 page 6 (Sydney, 4 May 2003)going in a common entrance and paying, or maybe getting in without paying, in a common entrance and sitting with a common crowd, watching a football match or a baseball match or a cricket match, and barracking with the crowd, that’s a link with the world, that’s a direct involvement with the world.
Car, bike, horse or dog races
BDH Vol. 73 page143 (Newcastle, Australia, 20 March 2008)I hope no one is going to the racetrack, racetrack, car races, bike races, horse races, dog races; it’s the pits.
Saloon bars and billiard halls
BDH Vol. 17 page 6 (Sydney, 4 May 2003)B.D.H. What was your recollection of J.H.S.’s brief spelling out of Romans 6?
R.G.H. The football field, saloon bar, the cinemas.
B.D.H. Yes. Did he include billiards? Maybe not. The billiard hall at one point?
R.G.H. Yes. He used to vary it each time.
BDH Vol. 17 page 25 (divinely inspired epistle of May 2003 read out at Sydney, 6 May 2003)Certain unacceptable features based on irrefutable witness and universal report are as follows Attending venues of worldly entertainment, including restaurants.
Hotels and bars
BDH Vol. 85 page 241 (Castlemaine, 25 March 2009)if younger persons have ever been attracted by going to hotels or bars you can get to the point where even the smell of the beer or the smell of the place becomes utterly obnoxious to you.
Anywhere with a billiard table, even at home
BDH Vol. 108 page 49 (Warragul, 2 February 2011)Well, I’ve been severe against billiard tables, but I’m not going to give up on that, because billiard tables associate themselves in my mind with places that we shouldn’t have been.
Bowling alleys and amusement parks
BDH Vol, 46 page 57 (Sydney, 10 December 2005)bad literature, worldly music, and all this other stuff, you know, theatres, cinemas, you name it, bowling alleys, amusement parks, worldly entertainment, all that area that the devil has at his disposal to trap us, bars, you know, clubs, all this great range that’s the life of this world
BDH Vol. 107 page 258 (Sydney, 23 January 2011)get clear, just make a declaration. Mingling with worldly crowds . . . amidst the throng of worldly people watching the fireworks or whatever. It’s ridiculous really, but still. But be man enough to acknowledge it
Public swimming pools
BDH Vol. 78 page 228 (Kalamunda, 16 August 2008)Keep them out of the public swimming pools, and that kind of stuff,
Private swimming pools
BDH Vol. 23 page 126 (Sydney, 22 November 2003)Why anyone would thing they could justify having a swimming pool in their house, I can’t understand. lt came up in the sixties, our beloved made it crystal clear. And it’s been restated since. It’s an issue. Our beloved called it compromise, it’s an issue, it’s an assembly issue should be regarded as such.
BDH Vol. 23 page 175 Lilydale, 26 November 2003)But he just, just completely, completely spoke against the idea of having swimming pools . . . Our beloved said that it was the way the devil would get into our houses.
BDH Vol. 30 page 177 (Perth, Australia, 16 July 2004)it’s stupid, foolishness, to go back to swimming pools it’s just — it’s an issue anyhow, it’s a test of fellowship, as far as I’m concerned, a test of fellowship.
BDH Vol. 102 page 562 (Penrith, 29 August 2010)So this is a church, we’re in a church here, beloved young people, this is a church. It you go to church you’re expected to be a believer in Jesus. Can’t say that about all the churches round about. Don’t go there, you won’t get salvation.
Any place where there is no meeting; i.e. most countries and most cities.
BDH Vol. 47 page 7 (Sydney, 1 January 2006)he brought out or stated that you wouldn’t stay overnight in a place where there was no meeting, for business, you wouldn’t stay overnight there
JSH New Series Vol. 27 page 439 (Sydney, 18 January 1975)Well, we've had it spoken about the beaches; somebody still going to the beaches, that's an issue right away. The Lord has pronounced on the thing, and that's ﬁnal, it's His word. Somebody still doing it deﬁantly, that's an issue, that's all.
Readings At Nostrand Avenue and Other Ministry, Vol. 2, pages 101-102 (Preston, 17-19 July 1970)J.T.Jr. Better if you had never gone to school, all these people who went to colleges, better if they never went. Like J. there, what in the world did he go to school for, or college? Look at him, you can see he is a nut. What is the use of going to college? I never went to college, what do you think I would go to college for? My father never went to college, what do you think I would go to college for? My father never went to college, and I followed him. That is the way to do, follow your father. He does not go to college, you do not go.
John S. Hales (original series) Vol. 13 page 165-166 (Sydney 31 Aug 1988)So we need to be clear why we don't go to universities.
John S. Hales (original series) Vol. 62 page 28 (Sydney 5 Jun 1991)Somebody asked me, could they go to the university for a lecture? I said, I wouldn't go near the place, I wouldn't go in its doors. Now you might think I'm extreme, somebody might have to go and do some business there. Well, I wouldn't, that's all, I wouldn't send a young person there anyhow.
BDH Vol. 125 page 37 (Sydney, 7 July 2012)B.D.H. Yes, I'm not encouraging anything about a zoo, okay? I'm not really in favour of zoos.
BDH Vol. 53 page 151 (Sydney, 22 July 2007)don’t go near the library. You don’t need to go to the library to find out some product, about some product, don’t need to do that. Get someone else to do it for you. Pay someone, pay someone. It would be a lot cheaper than going down there wasting your time fiddling about.
The Bible and Gospel Trust claims copyright of nearly all the above quotations.
It will be interesting to keep a count of how many of these rules are openly discarded. Some of them are already being ignored, but usually not openly. Leaders still say that not one of these great men's words fell to the ground.