2x2s, 2x2 Religion, 2X2 Cult
2x2s and 2x2 Religion called: "The TRUTH", "The WAY" & "The FAITH"
The "2x2 religion" or "two by two religion" is also called: THE TRUTH, THE WAY, THE FAITH by their followers: OVERSEERS, WORKERS, ELDERS and FRIENDS.
In 1897, William Irvine (a Freemason) started the religion whose main beliefs are homeless ministers that go out two by two who have sold everything and given it to him. Later he allowed meetings in the home and also a hierarchical classes of OLDER BROTHERS, OVERSEERS, WORKERS, ELDERS and the FRIENDS (FRIENDS of the WORKERS). Eventually as new OVERSEERS gained power, they sidelined William Irvine, rejected his new revelations. William Irvine later died in Israel of throat cancer.
Two by twos attend SUNDAY MORNING MEETINGS run by their ELDERS, evening "GOSPEL MEETINGS" organized by the WORKERS, mid-week "BIBLE" STUDIES run by Bible-study ELDERS, SPECIAL MEETINGS organized by OVERSEERS and annual CONVENTIONS held on CONVENTION GROUNDS and much paid for by collections from the religion.
In America, the 2x2s use a Hymnbook they've compiled, titled "Hymns Old and New" published for them by RL Allan and Sons.
Non-Professing, Non-2x2s, OUTSIDERS, STRANGERS, Infidels
The 2x2 religion is the religion of the overseers, workers, friends who meet in homes. They believe they are the WAY. They believe they are the KINGDOM OF GOD, the REMNANT, the TRUTH, the LIFE, the WAY and the one true FOLD. They believe they (their religion) is the only way going to heaven and everyone else is going to hell. Many 2x2s believe that Jesus Christ was the first 2x2 and that he started the cult, but of course they have no history or proof of this. The 2x2s go to SUNDAY MORNING MEETINGS and are known for faith in supposed celibate ministers going out in pairs and other rules they make up not based on scripture. And these man-devised teachings lead to lies about their founder, guile, deceit, hiding their beliefs from new recruits, flattery to new people attending meetings, fornication especially among young followers, adultery, rapes, molesting of children, child sexual abuse, harassment, illegal phone eavesdropping and brainwashing. The 2x2s refer to all people who don't attend MEETINGS and don't PROFESS as "OUTSIDERS" or "STRANGERS". They believe all paid preachers who preach in church-owned buildings are evil and going to hell.
(ALL CAPS are used to help distinguish words using cult definitions as opposed to Christian definitions.)
Basic 2x2 Religion Organization and Hiearchy
The 2x2s are a cult organization with followers believe in OVERSEERS and OLDER BROTHERS who rule over provinces or set states countries through the world. These OLDER BROTHERS and OVERSEERS rule over a STAFF of WORKERS who are assigned by OVERSEERS to preach in limited geographical locations that they call FIELDS. There are FRIENDS (people who PROFESS to believe in the WORKERS) who attend SUNDAY MORNING MEETINGS or MEETINGS IN THE HOME which are guided by the OVERSEER and WORKER appointed ELDERS.
GOSPEL MEETINGS and PROFESSING
The FRIENDS attend GOSPEL MEETINGS (typically held at rented halls) held by WORKERS about 1-2 times per week to show they are being FAITHFUL. WORKERS hold GOSPEL MEETINGS in which they share the 2x2 MESSAGE to get people to join "the only way to heaven" by a process called PROFESSING (standing to their feet in a TESTED MEETING). After people PROFESS, they are encouraged to TAKE PART in SUNDAY MORNING MEETINGS or MEETINGS in the HOME. They are BAPTIZED by WORKERS once they have proven loyalty to the WORKERS. The majority of 2x2s believe that anyone who doesn't PROFESS in the WORKERS MEETINGS is going to hell.
Names for the 2X2s
The name "2x2s" is used because their fundamental belief is that only the TRUE SERVANTS OF GOD/WORKERS go out "2 by 2" (in pairs). 2x2s is a short, quick, easy-to-type name. They also have registered organizational names. In Vietnam they are registered as Christian Mission.
2x2 Religion Founder William Irvine
The "2x2" religion, "2 by 2" religion or "two by two" religion is the religion founded by William Irvine (Master Mason degree in 1885) in about 1897. They also call themselves "The Faith", "The Way" and "The Truth". To become a WORKER, one must sell everything (including your house), give them all your money and follow the OVERSEER'S and your older WORKER COMPANION's instructions.
2x2 Core Beliefs
The 2x2 cult has a core faith in homeless WORKERS who go 2x2 and preach the 2x2 message and set up MEETINGS IN THE HOME. Here's a quote from one of their leaders:
The two fundamentals of the faith of Christ are the minister without a home and a church in the home. - Jack Carrol, 2x2 OVERSEER of the Western United States 1951 at San Diego, California 2x2 CONVENTION.
A more accurate wording of Jack Carrol would have been "The fundamentals of the 2x2 religion is to believe in and obey the OVERSEERS and WORKERS that are approved by OVERSEERS". This sharply with the two fundamentals of Christianity: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. And as Jesus Christ says "Love one another as I have loved you."
Two by Twos in general strongly believe that if you don't PROFESS and attend meetings then you are going to hell. That's because they believe they are the "only way" and all other ways are false and of the devil.
Hierarchy of the TWO by Twos
The 2x2 cult religion consists of a well-defined hierarchy of clergy and followers. The clergy includes the OLDER BROTHERS (regional OVERSEERS), state OVERSEERS, WORKERS. The followers would include ELDERS and "THE FRIENDS". Some may say that the ELDERS are clergy too, although they never baptize people, never hold gospel meetings or such.
Two by Two Proselytizing
The 2x2s proselytize by getting people to attend MEETINGS and getting them to PROFESS (standing in a WORKER TESTED MEETING). This contrasts sharply with Christianity where people are shown their sin and encouraged to repent and put their faith in God. If a Christian (mistaking their meetings as Christian) wants to join, then they must PROFESS in a TESTED MEETING, and they must be baptized by the WORKERS. A Christian baptism is considered evil by them. Also, they must quit fellowshipping with Christians. However 2x2s may attend a Christian churches to proselytize for the 2x2 religion.
2x2 Religion Financial Support
The 2x2 religion is a for-profit religion. The FRIENDS support the whole organization by providing the WORKERS salary of food, clothing, shelter, transportation, cars, insurance and cash for the homeless workers they put their faith in. The FRIENDS also provide annual CONVENTION GROUNDS (land property, buildings, cooking equipment, accessory buildings etc) for the WORKERS to hold their annual CONVENTIONS.
1Jn_1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
Why I Expose the Two by Two Faults on this Website
2Co 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
This cult is like many other cults whose founders were Masons, like Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons etc
2x2 Problematic Teachings of OVERSEERS and the OLDER BROTHERS
Their teachings don't make them any better than other cults and some make it worse (forbidding their ministers to marry which leads to child sexual abuse as they live in their followers homes). The 2x2s believe that their workers are the only true servants of God and all preachers who receive a salary and preach in a church building are going to hell. They try to lure people away from Christian churches. I know, because I use to be a 2x2 religion homeless 2x2 preacher who lived in homes of followers and received money from them to support the work of recruiting new followers.
Ex2x2, EXWORKER Turned Christian - Who I Am
My name is Brad Lewis, and I was raised in this cult group, PROFESSED through two WORKERS Grace Ploegsma and Willa Dahlin. At age 18, I sold everything and gave it to the OLDER BROTHER WORKERS at CONVENTION to become a WORKERS myself. I put up this website to warn people. Their man-made rules and beliefs and lies nearly killed me several times. I don't want others to have to go through what I went through. Please learn from my mistakes. I have over 800 pages on this website showing that this group is just another cult. Please listen. Jesus Christ is the Way, not the workers' group or some other cult. Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Way. Praise the LORD! Can you praise the LORD with me?
I had trouble breaking free from the cult because I was brainwashed as a child to believe it was the only way to heaven. I had great trouble thinking straight. Once I examined the fruit of the doctrine of the workers, I saw it was a dangerous satanic cult. I realized that Satan has ministers too. The Bible teaches about satan's ministers in 2 Cor 11:15. This was a shock to me. Using the correct words and (not their redefined cult language) to describe the organization explained clearly what the workers do and don't do. It explained who is guiding the organization (Satan) and this understanding helped me to heal. And, this is nothing new. Paul wrote about deceitful workers to the Corinthians hundreds of years ago and thankfully we have his clear warnings in the Bible.
Act_26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
This is what Jesus had in mind for Saul of Tarsus. I hope you too turn from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God. I hope you receive forgiveness of sins and are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ. Can I pray for you?
"THE FAITH" - A Secretive Cult - Court Judgment
Judge David B Herrington quote of 2x2s
Read this quote from Judge David B Herrington during the sentencing of 2x2 overseer Jerome Frandle who was convicted and sentenced to jail for failure to report child sexual abuse by a worker on his staff. This quote was taken from page 16 of the transcripts of the sentencing of Jerome Frandle in Huron County, Bad Axe Michigan.
...On the other hand, during the course of the hearing it became very clear to the Court that this organization, which I believe is THE FAITH is a highly secretive organization. I don't know how the hiearchy operates on a day to day basis. I don't know whether or not Mr Frandle has participated in the removal and transfer of other people that may have been involved in this type of conduct. But I'm not assuming that he has. I'm pointing out for the record that we don't know. It's a very secretive and non-transparent organization
Obviously judge David B Herrington saw that the cult DOES have a name, they are an organization and they are very secretive and non-transparent. The masonic roots of William Irvine are showing.
This is Not a Hate Site
This is not a 2x2 hate site. If I hated 2x2s, I would lie about them (like they lie about their origins with founder William Irvine). I would slander them (like they slandered me for following the Bible which I have a God-given right to do). I would slash their tires (like they vandalized cars by breaking off antennas of people who owned radios). If I hated them, I would not warn them about the health consequences that afflict cult members (like they denied me medical care when I was dying of salmonella). If I hated them, I would not warn them but would join their ranks in preaching their twisted gospel of the WORKERS. If I hated them, I would not spend hundreds of hours explaining scripture to people who have been deceived by the overseers and workers. If I hated them, I would not pray for them. If I hated them, I would not have spent hours helping 2x2s maintain their homes. If someone tells you that this is a 2x2 hate site, it is because they have not known the love of God.
Common Two by Two Lies - "No Name, Non-denominational"
They will lie to you and tell you that their church has "no name" (lie) or is a "non-denomination Christian church"(lie). But they do have a name and amongst themselves call themselves "the TRUTH" or "the WAY" or "the TESTIMONY". They claim they are not an organization(lie), but they are very organized with tens or hundreds of thousands of members around the world working together. They were started in 1897 by their founder William Irvine (a Master Mason degree in 1885), though they will often tell people that they have no founder(lie). This organization has a religious form and is very evil! Read their 2x2 Beliefs in the navigation section above. They will not fellowship with Christians, unless appearing to do so will deceive an OUTSIDER into joining their religion. Most of them believe that they alone are the "chosen ones", "the remnant" and only ones going to heaven. They are anti-Christian in deed and despise Christians in their heart. I know, because this is how I learned to think from being raised in this group.
2x2 WORKER Preaching - A Different Gospel - Anti-Christian
The 2x2 OVERSEERS and WORKERS preach a gospel against God. The preach that people need to come to MEETINGS and PROFESS. Many believe that you cannot know if you are saved until after you die. They demand attendance to their meetings and not Christian fellowship. They do not preach repentance of sins and salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. They do not believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. I believe they will tell you anything, avoid objective discussions and lie to you to get you comfortable with them. Please do not attend their MEETINGS. There is an evil, sweet lying spirit in their meetings that they use to get people to submit to their will.
Eph_6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Having faith in the WORKERS that you must believe in their "GOSPEL" and that they are "the WAY" and "the TRUTH" will not save your soul. This is anti-Christ. Jesus teaches:
Joh_14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
What the OLDER BROTHERS, OVERSEERS and WORKERS Have Done to Become a Cult
The OVERSEERS and WORKERS don't fellowship with Christians. It's either the WORKERS WAY or the highway. If you are not PROFESSING, then you are an OUTSIDER. The OLDER BROTHERS, OVERSEERS and WORKERS teach this cult mentality. Their goal is to get you to join or discredit you.
There are many reasons why I believe the 2x2 organization is a cult. First, I know from growing up in the cult that it is all about an outward form dictated by the WORKERS of PROFESSING and GOING TO MEETINGS. I didn't have to have a relationship with Jesus Christ much less know who he really is. Secondly, the WORKERS have a great lust to be in control over their followers who they call THE FRIENDS. They are afraid of their followers even preaching their version of Jesus on their own or having their own Bible studies unless the person is seducing someone. I have witnessed these things first hand. Third, the fundamental teachings are anti-Christ. They exalt themselves over God. They tell people one thing and believe another and practice another thing. I have personally done this myself. There was a huge difference between my true beliefs and what I said as a 2x2. This hypocrisy worked death in my soul. Also, I felt like I would go to hell if I didn't "profess", even though at the same time, I didn't know if I was saved. I was very confused from their brainwashing when I was dumbed down from their "GOSPEL" MEETINGS.
2x2s - Their Condemnation
Although the overseers have been told the true gospel, they refuse it, and continue to preach their perverted gospel.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Hallmarks of 2x2s
The fundamental beliefs of the 2x2s is their "homeless workers" and their "meetings in the home". The hallmark of the devout 2x2s that I've seen is that they can lie directly to my face and not flinch. This makes them very dangerous to unsuspecting people. They have seducing spirits.So please, please do not mistake kind, sweet answers to your questions as a sign of truth-telling. The first lie you will probably ever hear from them when you ask about their religion is "We don't have a name". The second lie will probably be "Our ministers go out like the 12 apostles". While they appear so "sincere", upon questioning you will most likely find that they will still lie even when confronted with the truth. Some of them may even say, if asked, that that this website is not even about them or is about some other group. Typically, people can only detect when someone is telling a lie 50% of the time. That's not good odds. Now, consider that most 2x2s believe their own lies. That makes it even harder to tell when they lie. Plus, those who reject the truth, are given a lie to believe in. That's how much they believe their lies. They are given over to lies.
2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Secretive and Occult Practices
The 2x2s are secretive. They often carefully answer questions with guile, often using double meanings. They redefine words in cult members minds to make their Christian-sounding preaching strengthen the cult mind control while appearing innocent to bystanders. Their man-made theology can be revealed through careful attention to detail and good documentation. The occult knowledge is passed down verbally through the ranks and let out gradually as people demonstrate their commitment and devotion to the workers.
Some Claim to be Christians
Some 2x2s will claim to be Christians for their own gain. But it is in word only. When I've spoken to my 2x2 relatives, they will tell me "Don't try to convert me" (knowing full well I'm Christian), when I tell them about the Jesus Christ in the Bible. They have their god and they don't want the God of heaven. It's so clear. Here's what I hear them saying:
You have your God, we have ours. I don't want to hear about your God. I don't want to think about it. I don't want to hear about it. Don't talk to me about God or the Bible. I don't even what to think about it.
They may go to your church (not for fellowship, but for getting you to buy into their lies) in a trade with you if you will go to their 2x2 meetings. But it's only for the purpose of doing whatever it takes to get you to their meetings where their spirit works. They know the lying spirit will do it's work from there. The devil and time are on their side. They know you will become conditioned to the easy to swallow lies that appeal to brutish, naive and simple folk.
Form of Godliness
2x2s have a wonderfully remarkable appearance of godliness. If you don't do your research, you can be seduced. Rat poison contains more than 99.9% good food. It's the lesser ingredient of poison that kills. How much? Less than 0.1% of it is poison. The poison destroys and kills and negates all the good food in rat poison.
Evident Goals of 2x2 Overseers
The goal I see of the overseer is to get you to: listen to followers, come to meetings, profess in meetings, be baptized into their group, give them all your money in inheritance when you die. It's like a pyramid scheme with no real product or service in which the regional overseers and state overseers end up with the money. And you go to hell, having rejected the real Jesus Christ and the true gospel.
The 2x2s use hymn books from RL Allan and Sons titled "Hymns Old & New". Ask your boyfriend or girlfriend if you can look at their hymnal. It may say near the front cover. This is one way of positively identifying a 2x2 follower. RL Allan and Sons was set up by another company to only print the workers' hymnals and Bibles.
Brief Hierarchy of 2x2 Religion
If you can pry out of them the name of their "ministers/workers" then you can do an Internet search on those names to confirm their religion. For example, type "Lyle Schober worker" or "Lyle Schober 2x2" into a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing
The 2x2 religion is made of several classes of people (listed in descending order)
Meetings of the 2x2s
You can tell if someone is a 2x2 by their choice to worship on Sunday morning in a home only (and think church buildings are of the devil), though they do not rest on that day. In fact, in some countries they go to bars after their meetings. They have by tradition several meetings: Sunday morning "fellowship" meetings, Sunday "gospel" meetings, Wed night "Bible" studies, Wed night "gospel" meetings, "Special Meetings" and "Conventions".
Most people find out about their boyfriend's or girlfriend's religion from the name of their annual conventions. You can Google the name of the convention or it's city and state location that they give you. You may have to pry it out of them. (ie. search on "Georgetown Texas Convention") or go to the countries and states listed in the site navigation section above. There are conventions all around the world. The main purpose of conventions is to get more people to become "workers". People who become "workers" must sell everything, give proceeds and all their money to senior workers (typically) and become homeless. A person can only be a "worker" if the overseers approves of you.
"Special Meetings" are annual get-togethers that last just one day. There are usually two or three meetings per day. The goal is similar to conventions: to get more peopel to become workers. People will "go out into the work" at special meeting times just like conventions. You can do an Internet search on special meeting locations, but it is much easier to find out through conventions or the workers' names.
Sunday Morning Meetings
This is where the followers, under the direction of an elder, give each other their prepared statements of what they liked about what the workers said at the meetings or what they think the Bible means. They call this "giving their testimony" or "taking part". If you find out where they have Sunday morning meetings, then I doubt you can Internet search the address and confirm their religion. You would need to contact me probably or talk to someone who knows the people. You can send it to me and I can research it, but it would be much easier if you had the name of their workers or where they go to "conventions".
The 2x2s work be getting people to meetings so the seducing spirits in the meetings can give a person a special "revelation" that they are set up by God and are the only way going to heaven. They prey on ignorant, brutish, simple-minded and naive people that have had recent tragedy in their lives.
"Friends" are given "meeting lists" that tell them which Sunday morning meeting, "Bible" study and "Union meeting" (first of month, done in some areas) they are to attend. Lists are also given that tell them which annual conventions they are to attend along with addresses and dates. If you don't attend, your assigned elder may call you to find out why. Non-attendance of meetings can result in removal of your name from the list.
If your boyfriend or girlfriend lies to you about the cult, lies and denies about sexual deviances and cover-ups in the overseers and workers and elders, doesn't believe in Jesus being God, tries to buy you with money and gifts, then who is being fooled? If your boyfriend or girlfriend does this before you are even married, how do you believe this same liar will treat you after you are married? Flee youthful lusts and seducing spirits. 2x2s believe you are going to hell if you don't profess.
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
I believe the 2x2 religion or 2x2s is an evil system that leads to broken homes, broken relationships and sin and death. I once placed my faith in the OVERSEERS and WORKERS but got out once I realized it was a cult. I later came to know Jesus Christ. see From Cult to Jesus
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To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me (Jesus Christ). - Jesus Christ speaking to Saul, see Act 26:18