2x2s, Two by Twos and the 2x2 Religion

The two by twos or the 2x2 religion has too many names: 2x2s, two by two religion, two by twos, 2 by 2, the Truth, the Faith, the Way, 2x2 faith, 2x2 sect, tramp preachers, testimony of Jesus, Go-preachers or 2x2 church.The 2x2 religion was founded by the false prophet and FreeMason William Irvine in about 1897.

The 2x2 Denomination

A denomination is an autonomous branch of religion. The 2x2s fit this description. The 2x2 religion operates independently of other denominations. They conduct their religious business in many countries of the world. They work under different names which may or may not be registered. Sometime their preachers register as a charity and other times as for-profit corporation.

The 2x2s deny being a denomination. Some of their faction wishfully claim to be "non-denominational, Christian". However they are a denomination. And they are not disciples of Jesus Christ according to the scriptures.

The Workers' Way - The Way of the 2x2s

"The Way", "The Truth" or "The Faith" is simply the 2x2 leadership's way of systematically brainwashing people using the name of God and religion in their "gospel meetings" or "bible talks" or "home meetings" and annual meetings called "conventions".

The 2x2 Creed: Homeless preachers and Fellowship Only in Homes

The two primary teachings, doctrine and creed of the 2x2 religion are homeless preachers going out 2 by 2 (hence the name 2x2s) and Sunday morning fellowship meetings in homes of elders of which their preachers approve. These are the summation of the spirituality, mythology and superstition of the 2x2 denomination from which they derive their self-righteousness, morality and piety.

Where did these two crazy statements of doctrine of the 2x2 cult come from? They are the teachings of their founder William Irvine. William Irvine died a false prophet in Israel. Here is a quote from Jack Carrol, a more recent false prophet in the 2x2 church, and who is now dead:

"There are two fundamentals of the faith of Jesus that are vital to a true understanding and interpretation as recorded in the New Testament. First, the church in the home, and the home only; secondly, the preacher without a home. These two are foundational." ~ Jack Carroll, 2x2 leader
"The church in the home and the preacher without a home are vital...What a terrible calamity it would be if we, as the servants of God, had to be continually occupied with building synagogues. But our eyes have been opened to see that the building of synagogues and the hiring of preachers belongs to Babylon." ~ Jack Carroll, 2x2 leader

The sects bizarre teaching that all preachers must be homeless is not found in scripture. Their divisive teaching that any preacher with a home is "of the devil" is not found in scripture. It is heresy, a lie.

The fundamental teaching of the 2x2 church that fellowship meetings must only be in homes is not in scripture. And the idea that all congregations who don't fellowship in homes are "of the devil" is not in scripture. It is heresy, a lie.

Their professed beliefs and words contradict their actions: 2x2 preachers spend much time on their annual conventions - and their church buildings (in which they fellowship) to hold their conventions.

The two fundamental teachings of the 2x2 religion are not taught in the law, the prophets, by Jesus Christ or his apostles. And when they convince other people to act on these lies to their own injury and harm, I believe it is fraud.

So why teach these two things not in scripture? In a word, money. The only thing that makes sense to me in preaching these lies is this - requiring preachers to sell homes and give their church the money gives them more money. And requiring fellowship meetings in homes reduces the overseers church building expenses and shifts the work and expense on their elders. Money.

2x2 Fraud: Natural Fraud and Spiritual Fraud

According to the website www.uslegal.com, "fraud is generally defined in the law as an intentional misrepresentation of material existing fact made by one person to another with knowledge of its falsity and for the purpose of inducing the other person to act, and upon which the other person relies with resulting injury or damage. Fraud may also be made by an omission or purposeful failure to state material facts, which nondisclosure makes other statements misleading."

I believe overseers know that there is no scripture that teaches that people must sell their homes and give the money to the workers to become preachers of Jesus Christ. I believe they know this is a lie. By the time 2x2 preachers/workers have become overseers, they have talked to many ministers of other churches and been asked about this by their followers.

I also believe that when overseers use guile to deceive people to get them to sell their homes and give them the money so they can preach that this is a way of fleecing people or defrauding people for the sake of money. I believe it is a way to control the person who wants to preach (they no longer have a home or job). I hope that someday a God-fearing person who has been defrauded by the 2x2s who will sue them for fraud.

Statute of Limitations on Fraud in Oregon

I have read that "Under Oregon statute, the majority of civil actions must be filed within two years, including personal injury, defamation, fraud, and medical malpractice. There is a six-year statute of limitations for injury to personal property, trespassing, contracts, and debt collection."

2x2s are NOT in Fellowship with Christians

Sydney Holt, a leader in the 2x2 religion, puts it plainly:

We do not accept those of different denominations as one in spirit or belief with our fellowship.

I underlined the whole statement, because I believe it's important. Some 2x2s pretend they're Christians. Some ex2x2s claim 2x2s are Christians. But 2x2 leaders make it clear - they are not in fellowship. They are not in fellowship. They are not in fellowship. They are their own denomination and reject other denominations. Read the letter in context: Sydney Holts Letter. They are not in fellowship with Christians.

After years of telling their lies, it shows. The fruit of their false doctrines is self-evident: unbelief in God, unbelief in scripture, deceit, guile, lies about God, dishonoring Jesus Christ, deceiving young kids, willful ignorance, self-righteousness, false accusations, pride, boasting, mocking, scorning, hard-heartedness, hatred, despising, child sexual abuse, coverup of crimes, money laundering, physical child abuse etc. One senior worker even killed himself (unless someone else made it look like a suicide).

Your Warning

It is necessary to warn you and describe this religious organization because 2x2s do lie and use guile to gain converts. The 2x2 church is secretive about their beliefs too. You would have to press hard with questions to find out they believe you are going to burn in the lake of fire for not attending their meetings. You can waste much time in your life in the 2x2 religion. You can really get hurt in the process. Hurts may range from something as simple as being lied to and deceived, taken advantage of...all the way up to child sexual abuse, rape, or bitterness against God.

All Eyes on Maine

An interruption here. Eyes are on Barry Barkley and his workers in Maine - they are my focus now. If you live in Maine and know of things that are going on there, please contact law enforcement and tell them what you know.

Recruiting - "Come Over for Dinner?"

2x2s will act all friendly, inviting you over for meals, a bit of social pressure and afterward asking you to come to their meetings. They like to do favors for social obligation to get you to their meetings. They often claim at first to be "non-denominational Christian" but really believe everyone is going to perish in the lake of fire except them: in their homeless ministry and Sunday morning fellowship meetings in the home.

"No Thanks"

You can simply reply to their invitations with "No thanks, I'm not interested." or "No thanks, I am satisfied", and most times that should be enough. You would think. But if they think you will cave, they may press you harder. If so, you can politely and assertively ask them "Do you know about Ruben Mata, the California 2x2 worker who was a pedophile and workers put in homes with children and didn't inform the parents?".

A Simple Home Church? Think again

2x2s want you to think they are a simple home church or informal Bible studies. "We're a family, not an organization..." they say. You may be invited to home Bible Studies..or to "gospel meeting" run by two preachers in a rented hall or a home. They may tell you "We are not part of any denomination, church or organization." They may claim not to have take a name or be "non-denominational". Two by twos may tell you that these Bible studies are not run by anyone, simply local God-loving folks who are studying the Bible. As a result of being told these things, you may attend...and then later find out these are all lies.

Remember how the subtle serpent deceived Eve in the garden of Eden. He beguiled her.

2x2s will often discourage newcomers from reading about their religion on the INTERNET by saying "It's all full of lies". You can give them links to court documents about their own overseers convicted for failing to report child sexual abuse by their own workers. Child Sexual Abuse or convicted overseer Jerome Frandle. Ask them if they support religious leaders who are commit crimes and don't repent.

If You Are a 2x2 Worker and Want Help - An Unbeatable Offer!

If you are a 2x2 worker or have recently quit the 2x2 preaching and need help to exit the cult (since you don't have a good paying job and are homeless), then there are people to help you with the transition to normal life. See https://workertransition.weebly.com/

Positive Identification of 2x2 Religion

2x2 Hymn Book by R.L. Allan & Sons

To know for sure if the group you are thinking about is 2x2 religion, then look at their hymnal. In English speaking countries they sing songs from a hymn book titled "Hymns Old & New". The 2x2 religion hymn book is published by R.L. Allan & Sons. You may be handed a hymnal to use during a meeting. Look at the front cover. Does it say "Hymns Old & New"? And look for the publisher of the hymnal within the first three pages. It will say "R.L. Allan & Sons". Also, Hymn 1 is titled "Tell me the Story of Jesus". If that's it, then you know for sure. Nobody else uses this hymn book, just the 2x2 cult. They won't have the song "Amazing Grace" in their hymnal. They don't believe in "that grace stuff".

Destroying Families - Most Common Danger

If you are a parent, have children etc then the most common danger of the influence of the 2x2 cult is that of breaking up of families. It happens when children are not taught the Bible and are led away from God by these preachers. Then they turn the children against the parents. Horrible pain! The 2x2 workers seem to have no heart for families, perhaps because they are not allowed to be married in their ministry. This breaking up of families has been a problem since this recent religion formed in about 1897. Adultery is common, with workers having "affairs" (adultery) with married people in their organization.

2x2s Have Faith in their Preachers Above the Scripture

The greatest commandments of God are: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.

Jesus' Gospel

The "gospel" by definition is the teaching or revelation of Christ, as preached by Jesus Christ and his apostles.

Acts 2:38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

What must we repent of? Sin. To repent of sin, we must turn from sin. What is sin as defined by the the prophets, Jesus Christ and the apostles?

1 John 3:4  ...for sin is the transgression of the law

A testament is a will or covenant, which goes into effect when a person dies. What was Jesus Christ's will? It is the law of God written in our mind and hearts. The will of Jesus Christ is spelled out in Hebrews 8. When Jesus Christ died, his will went into effect. This is the testimony of Jesus Christ.

The apostles of Jesus Christ suffered persecution for preaching the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Revelation 1:9  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ

Testimony of Jesus Christ Spelled Out

Hebrews 8:8+  For finding fault with them[the Jews who broke the covenant of God], he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Jesus Christ wants God's law written on our hearts instead of tablets of stone. This is his will. What is the law of God?

The Law of God include the ten commandments. Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.

The apostle Paul wrote: "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

The Workers' "Gospel"

The "gospel" of the workers is "Repent of all Christian affiliations, support the workers as the only true preachers and keep coming to meetings so we can keep telling you to keep coming to meetings." Workers/2x2 preachers don't preach, teach or keep the ten commandments/ the law of God.

The two by two workers don't believe the prophets, Jesus Christ or the apostles regarding the definition of the word "sin". They live in sin. They break the commandments of God every week. And it doesn't bother them. Most workers could not even list the ten commandments.

I don't know a single person leaving the 2x2s that knew God's definition of the word "sin". All the ones I talked to thought sin was an ambiguous "missing the mark" or couldn't define sin. And they didn't know the 10 commandments. And they didn't know what the New Testament was (Hebrews 8, Jeremiah 31:34 etc). These people leaving meetings are witness to the false gospel and brainwashing of the workers.

Other Visible Practices of 2x2s: Sunday Morning Meetings

2x2s meet in homes of their elders every Sunday morning for what they call "meetings" or "Sunday morning meetings". This is another one of their big beliefs - Sunday morning meetings in the home. Although many religions meet in homes for convenience, the 2x2s do it out of the commandments of the workers. To you, they may refer to Sunday morning meetings as "Bible studies" or "Bible talks" so that you won't Google the word "meetings". They "worship" on Sundays. And they sing out of their R.L Allan & Sons hymn book each Sunday. If they hand you one to use during the service, this is your chance to positively identify the 2x2s. The hymnal will say "Hymns Old & New" and say R.L. Allan & Sons as publisher. This is a clincher to identify the 2x2 religion.

Annual Conventions

2x2s attend annual church conventions they call "conventions". Conventions each year are about 2-4 days long and consist of 2-3 services per day. I think of them as big brainwashing sessions. Most children of their followers "profess" or join the group because of the peer pressure of several days.

Who I am - A Former 2x2 Worker Who Now has Faith in God

My name is Brad Lewis. That's me on the right. I was 18 years old and made a 2x2 preacher. I had to sell everything and give it to them to go preach 2x2 style. That's Randy Russell on the left, my first companion. We went out in pairs - 2 by 2.

I was born and raised in the cult in Oregon. Our family believed the workers. I "professed"/joined at about 10 or 11 years old in the workers' meetings. I was baptized by the worker Stanley Sullivan a year or two later.

Randy Russell & Brad Lewis 1989

In 1989, at age 18, I became a worker in this religion. This is a picture of my "companion"/preacher that I was assigned to work with my first year.

By the second year "in the work", it was obvious this religion had theological problems. I was asking "too many questions" and my companion Craig Jacobsen became uncomfortable. I started preaching lessons taken directly from the Bible. I was confused by our hypocrisy - claiming to love God but gaining a following for ourselves instead. It damaged my health. My companion dropped me of at my parents' place so they could pick up the pieces. My parents didn't know how.

After an emotionally painful recovery from being in the work, and then many years later at about age 33, I went through the struggle of trying to figure out this religion again.

In the process of helping a friend, I found the core evil beliefs of the workers: they wanted me to obey them instead of God. Out of disgust I quit going to meetings. This enormous step took about a year and a half. The workers were teaching lies, knew it, and were doing it anyway.

After leaving meetings, and realizing after 33 years of meetings that I didn't know God, I pleaded to God for help. I came to believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as described in the Bible. I came to believe in his son Jesus Christ, my Saviour.

2x2s Reject the Two Greatest Commandment

The two by twos reject the greatest commandment of God, which is: Love the LORD thy God with all they heart, soul, mind and strength. Why?, you ask? Well they don't believe Jesus Christ is God, so how could they worship God?

Rejecting Second Greatest Commandment

The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. Since followers of the overseers and workers don't love God who inspires us and gives us power to obey him, then how can they love their neighbor as themselves?

All of the ten commandments are based on these two greatest commands. If a person doesn't agree with these two greatest commandments, they won't keep the ten commandments or believe in Jesus Christ, the prophets or the apostles.

Misconduct to Criminal Level

Don't take my word for it. Read letters from their own workers who tell that they don't follow Jesus Christ, messages from a sister worker who says she was raped by an overseer and read the court documents of convicted overseers.

See Graham Thompson and Graham Thompson Letter
See Jerome Frandle convicted overseer.
See Chris Chandler convicted.

See Leslie White accused by sister worker of raping her.

2x2s Belief about Jesus Christ

2x2s don't believe Jesus Christ is God. They believe this is false doctrine and of the devil.

2x2s do not believe in the prophesied and written will of Jesus Christ. 2x2s do not observe the New Testament which is the law of God/ the ten commandments written on the heart.

Baptism of Two by Twos by the Workers

Christian baptisms are rejected by 2x2s because Christians believe in a different Jesus Christ than Christians and preach a different gospel than Christians.

Regular Gatherings of 2x2s:

Public meetings:

  1. Sunday afternoon or evening Gospel meetings
  2. Wed or Thu evening Gospel meetings

Fellowship Meetings

  1. Sunday Morning meetings
  2. Wed or Thu night Bible studies


2x2s preach that to join or become a member you must:

  • go to their meetings
  • listen and believe their Jesus
  • believe that the workers are the only true servants of God (all others going to hell)
  • believe their antiChrist gospel
  • profess in a meeting that is "tested" by workers
  • be baptized by workers (a previous Christian baptism is not accepted)

Even after all these requirements of theirs, the workers claim you cannot know if you are saved. Somehow you are expected to accept them as saved and of God, damn all others to hell and not know about your own eternal judgment.

So if you have identified the group you are thinking about as the two by twos or the 2x2 religion, you can quit attending meetings and decide to read your Bible instead. That's what I did. Jesus Christ himself is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and God our Saviour just as He said He is.

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