Pure from the World

  • Peter Herriot


The tight Brethren world view contrasts carnal ‘natural’ man with spiritual man. Believers, of course, constitute the latter category, but have to beware the lingering seductive power of the former. This emphasis provides a differentiation which can attract and retain adherents, permitting them a self-perception of greater purity from the world. To achieve such a level of purity, believers must become separate from all other social relationships except those within the family and the assembly, the only safe havens. Social relationships are compromised by the temptations of the flesh, but often more dangerous are the temptations of education and professional status. This high level of separation distinguishes the Brethren from most other fundamentalist movements, which practise a degree of involvement in politics.

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  • Peter Herriot
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  1. 1.Birkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK

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