Spokesman for Exclusive Brethren hits back at sect claims

The Courier-Mail | Thursday 15 August 2019

Plymouth Brethren Christian Church spokesman Lloyd Grimshaw (left) said the faith has a charity, is misunderstood and they are not secretive nor a sect. Pic: Supplied

Plymouth Brethren Christian Church spokesman Lloyd Grimshaw (left) said the faith has a charity, is misunderstood and they are not secretive nor a sect. Pic: Supplied

It has 5000 Brisbane members and just received the green light for a new church in the city’s east, but criticism from well-known Australians has created a series of negative headlines. Now a spokesman and long-time member has hit back.

AN immensely private religious group says it’s misunderstood and is not an extremist sect and its members could be your neighbour, workmate or even your boss.

The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, which has more than 5000 Brisbane members, have just been given the green light to build a new place of worship at Tingalpa.

The approval follows a lengthy and yet unsuccessful development application in Manly West that met fierce resistance from Manly West residents who claimed they did want the sect’s church in their neighbourhood.

The Brethren’s spokesman and longtime member Lloyd Grimshaw said there were many myths circulating about the faith, including that it was secretive, and they were simply not true.