Ministry of B. D. Hales Vol. 88 (Maitland, 26 June 2009)
Page 262S.H.P. No, I was just thinking of your exhortation to leave quickly after the meetings.
S.H.P. Would that have some bearing, and help practically?
B.D.H. Well, it would. See, whether we believe in it. See, our beloved brother, our beloved brother carried a concern about it. You love the young people, of course you love them. But, see, the groups don't help, the groups of young people don't help. To mature is the critical matter, to see what manhood is, what maturity is. Not to go back to them, make a stand, just make a simple declaration. There's so much on hand, there's so much to go in for, there's so much—time is so short, isn't it? See, to go home and follow something up. How else am I going to be formed? I could lose, I could lose any impression I get in the meeting. I mean, you go through these exercises when you're young.
One distinctly remembers a point in one's life when you just couldn't, you didn't, you didn't wait around for anything, you had got something in the meeting, and you didn't want to lose it. The other thing was you didn't have any special friends. They're the bane. No special friends.
Page 263-264See, our brother has brought it up, Mr. Stephen has brought up about the groups, and the waiting fifteen minutes. See, why don't we do it? Well, we're doing it after these three-day meetings, I'm insisting on it. They go immediately, immediately, proceed immediately. It's like you have to get out because of a fire, just go straight to the exit doors, and straight to your means of transport. Is that fair enough?
S.H.P. So that would be pattern for us?
B.D.H. Yes, that's pattern for us at these meetings. I mean, that might mean you get to your means of transport in five minutes, mightn't you? What's wrong with that?
Page 265-266I don't hesitate to deal with young people straight on the knocker, straight between the eyes, Get going, stop talking to those girls, get, get out of here. Get hold of my boy, Get out of here, just get moving on now, okay, now? Well, you need that kind of authority.
The Bible and Gospel Trust claims copyright of the above quotations.K.J.O. It refers to a king against, against whom none can rise up.
K.J.O. Is that what was demonstrated then really?
B.D.H. Sure it was. And that's what we need in every local assembly, we need absolute monarchy.
There is plenty of evidence to show that the leaders all had special friendships, but they condemn special friendships that they are not part of. Are they afraid cliques may become conspiracies, and conspiracies may become rebellions? Is this a sign of insecurity or paranoia?
An extraordinary aspect of these extracts is that BDH seems to think he is entitled to tell people where, when and with whom they may chat. This is not just “absolute monarchy”. This is dictatorship of an extreme kind.