|The Wyman collection of Brethren rules|
27 July 1998-
I have a strange request. My family who has never been in the brethren want me to compile a list titled something like: One hundred and one + easy steps to salvation — a list of Brethren Rules. Could we have a list that everyone could donate all the choice rules on — There are just so many rules, I can't possibly think of them all by myself and would like some help to remember.
Received 14 August 1998
Once everybody decided to confess when they had used a cellphone or even touched one or a cordless phone and that they had a judgement of the thing etc. and one elderly brother picked up the mike and confessed he had a cordless kettle at home.
Another time we confronted the priests and asked what was wrong with fax machines and cellphones. They said the cellphone operated radio waves and Satan is the prince of the air but for the fax machine they didn't know. They had some poor excuse about it being the cut off point of modern technology. Mr Hales had said no fax machines so no fax machines it was.
Posted 14 August 1998
In an interview with a reporter for the Star Tribune (a Minnesota newspaper) published on May 3, 1998, a member of the Vesta congregation who sells used cars said he removes the radios before selling them because of the "power of the air". It makes one wonder how airplane travel can be tolerated. Certainly Mr. Darby didn't travel by airplane, nor did Jesus, for that matter.
Received 16 August 1998
Of all the things not allowed, the fax machine is best - how could these poor souls be harmed by such. If it is pictures sent from outside or some other fear - the same exists with the postal service. Hales had the same problem with Telex machines. I also recall him banning skateboards. He is one screwed up individual.
Posted 16 August 1998
The definition of superstition includes these statements:
- An unreasoning fear of what is unknown, mysterious, or imaginary, especially in connection with religion.
- A belief or practice founded on ignorant fear or mistaken reverence.
It seems likely that the brethren prohibitions on advanced education will leave them vulnerable to some strange ideas about technology.
Received 17 August 1998
More things that the brethren were not allowed to do.
- Not go to the beach.
- No paddling pools for the kids in the summer.
- No swimming allowed in a public bath.
- On fax machines you understand the brethren were not allowed any but MR Hales was.
- He also has a computer and they have word processers for the printing of the ministry.
- Even for work you were only allowed the simplest of typewriters, nothing too electronic.
- Not allowing the kids to go to any exciting places on their holidays.
- Not travelling anywhere on bank holidays.
Received 18 August 1998
Brethren are not to learn swimming as swimming baths are used by both sexes and it is regarded as unclean. So most of the brethren although they travel alot, including on the sea, most of them can't swim.
Received 18 August 1998
Just a comment on faxes — I worked in an office next to a business owned by PBs and they always came in to use our fax machine!!!
Received 19 August 1998
I have read most of your material with a great deal of interest.
I have worked for a Closed Brethren company for over five years.
In this time, being a Christian myself, I am amazed by their inconsistencies.
I am happy to work for them, they are hard working, pay fairly, and have always treated me well.
For this I am grateful. I have mostly found them open to discuss these issues.
I queried them on fishing, I fish and so did Jesus and the disciples, why don't they?!?
However there are more important issues. On eating with non-brethrens, did Jesus and the disciples not do this?
In our society with the need for friendship evangelism eating with people, and thus gaining the right to share Christ with them is essential.
The brethrens I work for pay a company to use computers for them as well as using the fax machine up the road.
However for all their discrepancies in my dealing with them I have found them to be fair and honest in their dealings with me.
Some of the material about them on the TV and Newspapers is exaggerated, lies and mistruths.
Obviously some of it is true, and I can see from your website that many people have been hurt by their pursuit for controlPrev - Next >>