16 Facts About Plymouth Brethren


Plymouth Brethren movement began in Dublin, Ireland, where several groups of Christians met informally to celebrate the Lord's Supper together, the first meeting being in 1825.

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Plymouth Brethren returned to Plymouth where Newton was in control, and he disagreed with some details in a book that Newton had published concerning the tribulation that was coming.

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Plymouth Brethren objected to Newton's place as an elder in the Plymouth meeting.

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Plymouth Brethren issued a circular on 26 August 1848, cutting off Bethesda and all assemblies who received anyone who went there.

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The Open Plymouth Brethren suffered one split which occurred at different times in different parts of the world.

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Nevertheless, both the Exclusive and the Open Plymouth Brethren continued to expand their congregations, with the opens expanding more rapidly than the exclusives.

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Plymouth Brethren generally feel an obligation to recognize and adhere to the disciplinary actions of other associated assemblies.

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Reasons for being put under discipline by both the Open and Exclusive Plymouth Brethren include disseminating gross Scriptural or doctrinal error or being involved in unscriptural behavior.

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Many Open Plymouth Brethren will hold gospel meetings, youth events, or other activities in partnership with non-Plymouth Brethren Evangelical Christian churches.

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The majority of Christians known as Exclusive Plymouth Brethren are not connected with the Taylor-Hales group, who are known for their extreme interpretation of separation from evil and their belief of what constitutes fellowship.

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Group called the Raven Brethren seceded from the Raven-Taylor-Hales group and are less strict and isolationist.

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Open Plymouth Brethren churches are all independent, self-governing, local congregations with no central headquarters, although there are a number of seminaries, missions agencies, and publications that are widely supported by Plymouth Brethren churches and which help to maintain a high degree of communication among them.

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The complexity of the Plymouth Brethren's history is evident in charts by McDowell and Ian McKay.

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Plymouth Brethren assemblies are led by the local church elders within any fellowship.

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Open and Exclusive Plymouth Brethren differ in how they interpret the concept of no clergy.

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Open Plymouth Brethren consider that this reveals a mistaken understanding of the priesthood of all believers which, in the Assemblies, has to do with the ability to directly offer worship to God and His Christ at the Lord's Supper, whether silently or audibly, without any human mediator being necessary—which is in accordance with 1 Timothy 2:5, where it is stated that Christ Jesus Himself is the sole Mediator between God and men .

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