My name is Gordon Rainbow and I am responsible for the My Brethren web site. This is my Personal page.
In early 1971, my wife Betty and I withdrew from a system which had become, and is, completely and irreversibly leavened by popery, clericalism, sectarianism and evil teaching – and is characterized by wicked and cruel practices.
I have been increasingly concerned for those who have suffered from the legal system which emerged in 1959 – but till now have lacked means of contacting them.
In the past year I became aware of the possibilities of reaching out through the internet.
The result – still in progress – is 'My Brethren'.
In March 2001, I wrote privately to a number of guests inviting them to join with me in prayer as to the future of 'My Brethren'.
Advancing age and declining energy had made it clear that – if MB was to continue – I would soon need the help of some one who shared my exercise and who, ultimately, could assume full responsibilty for MB.
I am thankful indeed for several encouraging replies, for good counsel and for continuing prayer.
The Lord's answer to our prayers came unexpectedly.
issues 'Bulletins' to highlight items on the site and other related news of special interest,
notes new Guests in the 'Guest Book' and Guests with current correspondence in the 'Mailbox',
provides a permanent chronicle of site activity.
Guests: My Answer replies to guests' questions as to the meaning, the application or the interpretation of the Scriptures – or related practical matters – rather than to the somewhat controversial matters dealt with in 'My Stand'.
'My Answer' is based on light received through personal searching of the Scriptures, and
help obtained from the ministry of the reliable servants featured on 'My Brethren'.
As opportunities arise 'My Answer' will also feature articles by some of the frequent correspondents or fellow helpers of 'My Brethren'.
It is my hope that guests will be helped and stimulated to pursue their own personal search of the Scriptures. Questions are welcome.
'Copyright Information' outlines the principles which have governed brethren and the practices which they have followed. The same principles and practices govern 'My Brethren'.
Notes of ministry, hymns, tunes, poetry, letters of interest, historical accounts, articles etc. – whether printed books, mimeographed, in manuscript, typescript or photocopy – in accordance with longstanding custom among brethren have been issued without claim to copyright or copyright notices.
This can be verified in the publications of Stow Hill Bible and Tract Depot, its successor, Kingston Bible Trust – as well as G. Morrish and other publishers.
The matter of copyright has been such a non-issue among brethren that there is no reference to it in the indexes to the published letters, ministry or other writings of such well-known teachers as J. N. Darby, J. B. Stoney, F. E. Raven, C. A. Coates, J. Taylor and G. R. Cowell.
After a thorough search, the only relevant comment I can find is by C. T. Lambert, compiler of the tunes for the 1932 revision of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Little Flock, the hymn book in use by the brethren since 1856. In the preface to the tune book he says,
"Of the 500 tunes in the book … the majority are either voluntary contributions composed for the hymns or well-known old ones. The former are available for any use in the interests of Christ and no copyright would be claimed for them".
Stow Hill Depot would not have published this statement – in a book intended for general use – unless it was an accepted and unquestionable tenet of the brethren.
Within my own memory – of fifty years or so – notes of ministry, hymns, tunes, poetry, letters of interest, historical accounts, articles etc. – whether printed books, mimeographed, in manuscript, typescript, or photocopy – have always been freely re-copied and circulated among the brethren.
To the best of my knowledge and belief all ministry, hymns, poetry, letters of interest, historical accounts, articles and other items on this site were written
by myself, or by my co-editor Jeff Kuns,
by brethren – dead or living – who would consider their works to be covered by the above custom.
by guests and correspondents of 'My Brethren' who have been openly and clearly informed in Guests: Policies: Correspondence that – subject to certain qualifications and restrictions, or a special request – their names and messages might be posted on this site,
or are in the public domain.
Nevertheless, if any legal rights have been inadvertently infringed, it is sincerely regretted, and notification would be appreciated so that the matter might be rectified and, if possible, such items might be retained on this web site with notice of permission from the legal copyright holder.
To preserve the integrity of the 'My Brethren' web site, please request agreement to post a link.
While no copyright is claimed, it is only common courtesy and brotherly consideration to request and obtain agreement before publishing any items, whether on the web or in print.