Which Christian denomination is this?

(11 Posts)
ItHasANiceRingWhenYouLaugh Sun 29-Jun-14 18:17:26

They popped by to sort out some problem with a key or something ffs! My friend offered them a cup of tea or glass of water while it was sorted out, out of politeness, and the neighbour regretfully declined! Honestly, it wasn't like they were invited to dinner, showed up, and then said, actually we can't eat with you heathens!

Thumbwitch Sun 29-Jun-14 14:53:04

There was something on a thread a while back about a child at school who had to sit separately to eat their lunch, I think that was Exclusive Brethren too.

It's not rude unless he was invited for dinner - if he was just round there and they were offering a cup of tea/biscuit, then it's a polite refusal

MyrtleDove Sun 29-Jun-14 14:49:58

Definitely sounds like Exclusive Brethren (there are other kinds of Brethren who would be OK eating with others).

They base it on a Bible verse that says not to eat with unbelievers but the verse in context is about not eating food sacrificed to pagan idols. They are a very literalist denomination.

nicename Sun 29-Jun-14 11:31:52

I think it is rude - just like if you are vegetarian or teetotal, you would tell your host before turning up for a meal.

This is very much a minority view (even Budhist monks who are usually veggie would eat meat if given by a donor as a gif)- in any religion - so they would know that people would be surprised by this attitude.

It's very much a snub - saying that the hosts are what, dirty? Sinful? Unworthy? Damned? Where in the bible does it tell you to act in this way?

deepbluetr Sun 29-Jun-14 08:13:49

"I think the neighbour regretfully declined the offer of a drink and stated the restrictions of his faith in a polite way. It wasn't rude. "

Of course it's rude. It's their choice.

UniS Sat 28-Jun-14 23:09:24

Sounds like breathern , Plymouth or similar. Used to live opposite some, was at school with the kids who always went home for lunch.

nicename Sat 28-Jun-14 23:07:14

I've not heard of christians doing this... It's so 'unchristian'!

ItHasANiceRingWhenYouLaugh Sat 28-Jun-14 23:03:24

I think the neighbour regretfully declined the offer of a drink and stated the restrictions of his faith in a polite way. It wasn't rude.

But as a sort of whole faith policy, it is a bit... Wow.

deepbluetr Fri 27-Jun-14 23:58:26

That's just plain rude.

Sounds like Plymouth Brethren.

ItHasANiceRingWhenYouLaugh Fri 27-Jun-14 23:30:24

A friend said his neighbours can't eat or drink anything in my friend's house because it is against their (Christian) religion to eat/drink with unbelievers. I've never heard of this... what denomination is it?

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