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Brisbane Christian Fellowship -- and related churches

Abusive Church; Cult of Christianity

The Brisbane Christian Fellowship (sometimes known as BCF), and other related “Christian Fellowships” e.g. Stanthorpe Christian Fellowship, Sydney Christian Fellowship and Melbourne Christian Fellowship are a Christian sect. They have teachings which run counter to the clear teaching of the Word of God. They believe the only alternative to death for those who do not join with them in their doctrines and practices is to “deny the Lord”.

The Christian Fellowship denomination believes God has just one true Church in every town and city to which he is calling all Christians. Only those who join themselves to this true Church will be made perfect, as Christ himself, before Christ comes again.

“... if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21).

The above statement is relevant to our discussion. If righteousness could be gained through belonging to the Christian Fellowship denomination, then Christ died for nothing. Christians need to be on guard against error. The apostle Paul warned the Galatians not to turn to another gospel, “which is really no gospel at all...” (1:7). Jesus warned, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matt. 7:15). To the casual observer they appear to be harmless, but they are far from harmless if they get their way.

The apostle Paul warned, “I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.” (Acts 20:29-30).

The distortion of the truth by BCF, has the effect of drawing many people after themselves in a spirit of fear. They dare not leave BCF because of the fear that they may not be purified ready for the coming of Christ. Christians need to carefully study the Word of God so as not to be deceived by those who distort the truth.

The truth sets us free (John 8:32). The truth is that we can not stand before God with the righteousness which is required of Him by attending a particular Church or denomination; nor by involvement in a particular movement, no matter how extraordinary the claims which it might make for itself. We can only stand safe and secure in the presence of God on judgment day through the work of Christ; through his righteousness, not our own.
- Source: Who are the Brisbane Christian Fellowship?offsite by David Holden

Former cult members have spoken out to warn others of a Brisbane church they say is emotionally abusing its followers.

Former followers have told ABC’s Four Corners program, to air tonight, the Brisbane Christian Fellowship, in the north Brisbane suburb of Stafford, was ripping apart families under a veil of secrecy.

They said elders, including leader Victor Hall, made all members’ decisions and drove wedges between couples, siblings and parents and children to create fear and control followers.

Followers are banished if they disobey directions.

The church is linked to others worldwide, including the Melbourne Christian Fellowship, and has been operating under different names in Australian since the 1950s.
- Source: Ex-cult members speak out over abuse, AAP, via (Australia), June 23, 2008, quoted at Religion News Blog

In opinion of the publishers of Apologetics Index the Brisbane Christian Fellowship is:

Note the differences between sociological and theological definitions of the term 'cult'.

In other words, we consider the Brisbane Christian Fellowship to be an abusive church, both theologically and sociologically.





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[1] About Us, Brisbane Christian Fellowship. Last accessed Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 2:25 PM CET

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