Origins of the 'Exclusive Brethren'
To the brethren,should you ever come across this article, if you should read anything here with which you dissaprove or percieve to be incorrect ,please feel free to leave a comment or to e-mail me direct,I will in response edit the offending section. It is my intention to do no other than understand your culture and pass on my findings without prejudice.
The Christian Evangelical otherwise known as the Plymouth Brethren has over 1,000,000 followers. Back in 1848 the above sect split into two divisions - the 'Open Brethren' where the majority of the followers continue to worship and where the doctrines and practices remain similiar to that of the early brethren. and the 'Exclusive Brethren' or the Raven Taylor Brethren.
The afore mentioned exclusive brethren is not the one that we are all concerned about, the 'exclusive' in this case was applied to the group by others, it was given , partially because of their determination to dissasociate from everything that they perceived to be evil.
Splitting , once again, and with a following of some 40,000 grew the Taylor/Symington/Hales brethren. This group adopted the term 'Exclusive Brethren' and used it to the exclussion of other groups.
This group, has over 300 assemblies over 19 countries ,though, are represented most strongest in Australia,New Zealand,North Africa and the U.K.
The 'Exclusive Brethren' hold a separatist doctrine and have evolved differently compared to other brethren groups and also mainstream Christianity. They are sometimes referred to as the 'connexional brethren' as any disciplinary action taken at one meeting is upheld throughout all of their branches. for example: if one of their members are excluded , they are also excluded from all other branches aswell. These other branches must then treat the excluded member as a' leper'
There is a family that left the brethren , and although sadly her husband has since passed away, Ngaire Thomas has written a book exposing her life within the brethren. Just type her name into your browser , Ngaire ,also welcomes e-mails , should you wish to contact her and all of this is on her website.
In an interview Ngaire had this to say:- " I just love doing all the things I wasn't allowed to do before. Freedom to make choices is a wonderful thing, and once you've got that freedom , you don't want to forfiet it, you don't want to give it up for anything"
I would like to add that I have not read Ngaire's book and so can not possibly comment on the contents, also I have no wish to read this book at this juncture as I feel that this may prejudice my research.
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