How many Brethrens are there in Australia?
In Australia alone, our history spans more than 100 years, and we have more than 15,000 members who gather at more than 80 churches. We refer to ourselves as the “Brethren” because we are a close tight-knit community of families held together by our shared Christian belief founded on the Holy Bible.
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Why are Brethren so wealthy?
The Brethren have also grown wealthy from their success in business, with some well-known family businesses run by Brethren members. Millions of dollars was brought into the sect from the sale in the 1960s of the McAlpin family’s flour business and Mac’s shortbread company.
Do Brethrens pay tax in Australia?
All our members pay tax just like all Australians who abide by their tax obligations.
What are Brethrens not allowed to do?
Members of the Exclusive Brethren are very limited in their contact with outsiders. They must not: visit other churches. join any other religious organisation.
Are the Brethren rich?
The Brethren are hugely wealthy and politically connected. They were regularly in contact with former Prime Minister John Howard, donate secretly to the Liberal Party, and have lobbied for and supported conservative causes.
How do Brethren marry?
The Brethren encourage a traditional marriage and family life. Children live at the family home until they marry, and are required to marry within the fellowship. Physical contact between young men and women before marriage is not tolerated, and courting between couples is chaperoned.
Do Brethrens celebrate Christmas?
Traditionally, many Brethren groups did not celebrate Christmas or Easter, arguing that there is no Biblical command to do so. There are still some assemblies that take this stance, but many Brethren churches today do celebrate these festivals, and sometimes use them as an occasion to evangelise in the community.
Do Brethrens believe in Christmas?
Do Brethren drink alcohol?
Brethren members can drink alcohol at home, but being visibly drunk is frowned on and smoking and gambling are forbidden.
How do brethren marry?
How do brethren dress?
Today, the Brethren suit is still worn in the most conservative congregations, although some men dress in a simple style by wearing a collared shirt in a single color without a tie, while women in these congregations may continue to practice the use of a prayer covering.
How do Brethren dress?