Further to my post above about Vic Hall plagiarising the heretical Doctrine of Sinless Perfection, I thought I would provide some details of how this has manifested and been dealt with in other churches other than The Christian Fellowship group of churches.
There is a historical connection of Brisbane Christian Fellowship to the Wavell Heights Presbyterian Church in Brisbane. In 1977 Presbyterian ministers, Alex Wylie and Ian Barlow, together with Presbyterian Session Clerk, Bill Barnes, left the Wavell Heights Presbyterian Church along with a large number of the congregation to go and fellowship with Brisbane Christian Fellowship at Enoggera(?). Consequently, the historical roots of the Brisbane cult have a Presbyterian foundation, with a bit of Pentacostalism thrown in.
To be fair to Wylie, Barlow, Barnes and the Wavell Heights congregation, the Presbyterian Church in Australia, up until the creation of the Uniting Church of Australia in 1977, had a dreadful track record of having very liberal teachings and theology which concerned a lot of bible believing Christians. This liberal teaching resulted in two famous Presbyterian heresy trials, Samuel Angus in the 1930's and Peter Cameron in the 1990's (these guys didn't believe parts of the bible and saw some things as optional). Anyway, fortuitously for the Presbyterian Church, all the liberal ministers, elders and congregation pretty much joined the UCA in 1977 thus clearing the decks of the PCA. This was the greater church climate that Wylie, Barlow and Barnes were living in, and the doctrine of Vic Hall and BCF must have been very alluring at this time. After 1977, the PCA forged a path as a definitely bible believing church with reformed beliefs and teachings.
David Holden has written an excellent summary of the dodgy teachings of BCF. You can find his book/article here:
(click on BCF History and scroll down to Churches Split for the Wavell Heights information).
Moving from Brisbane to Melbourne, we go to Trinity Presbyterian Church at Camberwell (and two other nearby Pressie churches). It is here that there is a group known as The Fellowship. Essentially this was a cult like sub-group of the three churches that privately met and exhibited all the same teachings and dangerous group behaviour and pressures that are exhibited in the Brisbane Christian Fellowship group of churches. The Trinity Fellowship group had been meeting for decades and predated Ray Jackson and Vic Hall's "revelation" of Sinless perfection.
In summary, The Fellowship at Trinity basically did all the same bad stuff that BCF and Vic Hall are known for. Putting pressure on people, practising the denounced pastoral methods Shepherding and Discipling of the Fort Lauderdale Five (these terms of Shepherding and Disciplining are specifically related to a group in the USA and are not the conventional biblical terms as we know them). The Fellowship also extensively practiced exclusivity and shunning of family members. (where have we heard this before!!). The Presbyterian Church of Victoria received a flood of complaints and held an investigation that resulted in quite a few of the leaders of The Fellowship being excommunicated from the Presbyterian Church and cutting out the cancerous tumour.
It has variously been described as:A perfectionist movement, an authoritarian movement, an unbalanced movement, and exclusive movement. (pg15,16)
You can have a good read about all the details of the Trinity Fellowship at these links and I would encourage you do so. Because knowledge of history is extremely important so we don't make these dreadful mistakes again in the future.
Here is a link to the report published by the Presbyterian Church of Victoria. It is called Fractured Fellowship and should be mandatory reading for anyone wanting to know about where the teachings of BCF will lead you.
Here is a link by Rev Rowland Ward (Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia) with a review of Morag Zwartz book.
https://rowlandward.net/review-fracture ... urch-cult/
And just so there is no ambiguity. I do believe that we Christians should be holy, we should turn away from sin and turn to the Lord and follow Him with all our heart and mind.
However, I strongly denounce the horrible way in which Vic Hall and his cronies teach faulty bible teachings, selectively shoehorning scripture for their means to exert fear and control over people. With Vic Hall and the Christian Fellowship group, there teachings is solely focused on control and they way they do it is with domination, intimidation and manipulation.
Hoping you are well and enjoying life.