collective existence began through the labours of
John Nelson Darby (1800 - 1882) of County Wicklow,
Ireland, who, with others, left the Established
Church in 1827 to practice the teachings of Holy
Scripture in their original purity. In each generation,
up to the present, God has raised up leaders from
among the Exclusive Brethren who have faithfully opened up
the doctrine and its practice as it applies to their
daily walk as Christians in an ungodly world.
Exclusive Brethren practice separation from evil, recognising this as God's principle of unity. They shun the conduits of evil communications: television, the radio, and the Internet. Their charter is 2 Timothy 2:19 "The Lord knows those that are his; and,
Let every one who names the name of the Lord withdraw from iniquity."
As a matter of conscience, their social activities and links are reserved exclusively for those with whom they celebrate the Lord's Supper. This sacred remembrance of the Lord Jesus and His death is the core of their Christian fellowship, and the inspiration to live a life apart from worldly pleasures and pursuits; a precious heritage passed down the generations.
believe in Government and are subject to it as outlined
by Paul in Romans 13:1. They do not live in countries
that do not have a Christian Government. Their approach
is non-political. They do not vote , but hold Government
in the highest respect as God's ministers , used
by Him to restrain evil and provide conditions for
the promotion of the glad tidings. Exclusive
Brethren hold formal
prayer meetings every week and include prayers for
the support and guidance of right Government which
is clearly of God , and also for divine resistance
to the devil's efforts to influence it. Contact
with members of parliament or congress is encouraged
to express a moral viewpoint of legislation in relation
to the rights of God and this ongoing communication
is found to be acceptable and productive.
mission is to serve God, preach the glad tidings
in Gospel Halls and in public, represent Christian
conscience to Government and those in authority
and to train their families to take their place
in the testimony of our Lord.
The fact that the fellowship continues to exist and thrive, strengthened in its universal commitment, without moving away from the fundamental tenets of its origin, is well known to be a tribute, not only to its success, but also its inherent truth. These features live on, in spite of the absence of a hierarchical organisation of the kind which the average religious mind may look for.
a third-party academic study of the Exclusive
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