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"The TRUTH", "The WAY" & "The FAITH" and 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".
Please note that I have put cult jargon in ALL CAPS so you can see how the cult uses them. These words have a special meaning to cult members that is different from the dictionary definitions.
They have a core faith in homeless WORKERS who preach in pairs and MEETINGS in the home.
2x2 Religious Organizational Hiearchy
The 2x2 cult religion consists of a well-defined hierarchy of:
The 2x2s call people who don't attend The WORKERS' MEETINGS either "OUTSIDERS" or "STRANGERS". They believe these people who don't attend meetings are going to hell. People join the cult by a process of attending the MEETINGS, believing all the WORKERS preach and then "PROFESSING".
The FRIENDS, MEETINGS IN THE HOME, CONVENTIONS
The FRIENDS obey the WORKERS, attend their assigned Sunday morning meetings, Wed BIBLE STUDIES and their evening 2x2 or two by two GOSPEL MEETINGS and annual CONVENTIONS at the CONVENTION GROUNDS. The FRIENDS" support the whole organization by providing the WORKERS salary of food, clothing, shelter and money for the homeless workers they put their faith in.
The name "2x2s" is used because their fundamental belief is that only the true servants of God go out "2 by 2" (in pairs). 2x2s is a short, quick, easy-to-type name. They have registered organizational names. In Vietnam they are registered as Christian Mission.
1Jn_1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
2x2 Religion in a Nutshell
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 AM 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.
Why I Expose their 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
Their teachings don't make them any better than other cults and they have all the same problems that come from man-made rules. 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.
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?
2x2s are a Secretive Cult
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
This is a quote by Judge David B Herrington at the sentencing of 2x2 overseer Jerome Frandle for failure to report child sexual abuse.
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 like about their origins). I would slander them (like they slandered me for following the Bible which I have a constitutional right to do). I would slash their tires (like they vandalized cars by breaking off antennas). 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. 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.
2x2 Organization/Cult with "No Name"
They will lie to you and tell you that their church has "no name" or is a "non-denomination Christian church". But they do have a name and amongst themselves call themselves "the truth" or "the way" or "the testimony". They were started in 1897 William Irvine (Master Mason degree in 1885), though they will often tell people that they have no founder. 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 since a child being raised in this group.
The 2x2 overseers and workers preach a gospel against God. The preach that people need to come to meetings and "profess" to be saved. They demand attendance to their meetings and not Christian fellowship. They do not preach repentance 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.
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 "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. They are afraid of people preaching their 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.
Although the overseers have been told the true gospel, they continue to preach their perverted gospel.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
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.
The two fundamentals of the faith of Christ are the minister without a home and a church in the home. - Jack Carrol, regional overseer of the Western United States 1951 at San Diego, California 2x2 convention.
Secretive and Occult
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 gradualy 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.
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
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