Letter from John S Hales


This is a letter written 18 November 1965 by John S Hales to Brian M Deck of Motueka, New Zealand, in which he acknowledges his sin in promoting commerce in the assembly.


12 Austin Av

Brian M Deck


I have sinned against you & your wife & household and the saints & the assembly in Motueka at the meetings in May. My course has not been in the Spirit but in the flesh & there has been much transgression, but the things that weigh on me are these.

The way in which the status & exercises of the assembly in Motueka were set aside and not given any place to.

Much that was offensive in speaking & unbecoming was allowed in the meetings. I think in particular of the way I spoke to one brother concerning his contribution to the special collection. This was wholly anti-Christian & grievously injurious to the brother.

There were references to two other brothers concerning their private income - one for being small and one for being large. Besides a direct transgression against the brothers, it brought in the spirit of the world & commerce & worldly advantage & the ridiculing of a saint of God.

I am ashamed of the way I spoke to your wife at the family table. I was expressing my judgement which I now see to have derived from the flesh & not the Spirit. I transgressed most grievously.

I transgressed against you too in having part in commercial meetings in your house at the time of the meetings. It is clear too that the interference in your business matters was a transgression on my part.

I am appalled as I think of the kind of man I have allowed in the assembly & among the saints in contrast to the spirit of the men of God who have laboured & lived amongst you & live yet.

I am horrified at the dishonour to the Lord & to His assembly, at the kind of alien spirit & conduct that has been so active in the holy things of God. I am grieved at the pain & suffering I have inflicted on the saints.

I am under discipline for my course but I desire to convey something to you to put right in some way the awful wrong I have done.

(Signed) John S Hales

Copy of original

Copy of the original letter: View letter

For further information:

Roger Pudney
5517 Orchard Oriole Trail
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Mobile: +1 984-444-1122
Email: rogpud@gmail.com
Evan Pudney
42 Bowbell Avenue
Christ Church, BB17127
Mobile: +1 246-829-4764
Email: evanpudney@gmail.com
Jethro McMullan
8509 Stonegate Drive
Raleigh, NC 27615
Phone: +1 704-684-7976
Email: jethro.mcmullan@gmail.com
Nicolas Noakes
24 Buena Vista Close
Mandeville, Manchester
Mobile: +1 876-821-4026
Email: nicolas.noakes@gmail.com
Daniel Bricknell
8112 Sapwood Court
Raleigh, NC 27615
Mobile: +1 704-977-4886
Email: danielbricknell1@gmail.com
Alex Paynter
101 Fryling Ave SW
Concord, NC 28025
Mobile: +1 704-606-2290
Email: alexpaynter26@gmail.com
Justin Pudney
2401 Globe Drive
Knoxville, TN 37912
Mobile: +1 865-256-9529
Email: justinpudney74@gmail.com
Nigel Pudney
2836 Norcross Road
Maryville, TN 37803
Mobile: +1 865-995-8807
Email: nigelpudney2014@gmail.com
Jason Pudney
8161 Karr Street
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Mobile: +1 423-681-0323
Email: jsn.pudney@gmail.com
Peter Morley
706 Colonial Trace
Frankfort, KY 40601
Mobile: +1 865-441-6646
Email: peter.morley.usa@gmail.com
Javan Morley
122 Redding Road
Georgetown, KY 40324
Mobile: +1 502-234-0116
Email: jvmorley@gmail.com