My experience with baptism

A few years after I professed, I asked the workers if I was old enough to be baptized. Around Boring, OR convention time, I was baptized in a creek near Boring, OR by Stanley Sullivan, a 2x2 worker. I had been baptized into the workers message. After that, I was then allowed to participate in the bread and grape juice when it was passed around in Sunday morning meetings. That step was exciting as a kid.

As a child, I learned that the steps are: go to meetings, profess, get baptized by workers and then try to endure to the end.

When I was a worker, everyone who professed needed to be baptized. Even Christians who knew the gospel, had already publicly stated their belief in Jesus Christ and had been baptized by Christians, were expected to profess and then be baptized by workers. It was clear to me as a worker that the overseers believed that Christians were not 2x2s and conversely 2x2s were not Christians.

As a Worker in 1990

In 1990, while a companion to Randy Russell in Albany/Corvallis Oregon, Will and Phyllis Smith came to meetings through some of the friends in the Albany field, Maynard and Peggy Beattie. The two (Will and Phyllis) were Christians and had been divorced and remarried. They were trying to find a church that would accept them because they had divorced and remarried while their spouses were still living. Randy Russell talked with Howard Mooney (the Oregon overseer at that time) and got permission from him to allow this remarried couple to profess. The condition for them to join our group was that they had to profess and be baptized by us. Randy and I had a "visit" with Will and Phyllis. Randy told them the conditions for joining our "church". They agreed to the conditions. Randy preached about Abraham sent out a servant to get a bride for Isaac (common worker sermon likening the workers to the servant Abraham sent out). Then he tested the meeting. They stood to their feet to profess their agreement with the workers. Later they were baptized by the workers. This sent out a loud, clear message. No matter what people tell you, 2x2s do not believe other Christians are saved and the workers believe they need to initiate them into the cult through "professing" through a worker and baptizing them by a worker.

After I was treated horribly and left the cult, I learned the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Then I was baptized by water into the true gospel in about 2004-2005.

On about Nov 2nd, 2011 I was baptized with the Holy Ghost by Jesus Christ. This was something that I had never experienced before. I was filled with the Holy Ghost and many changes occurred in my life at a much faster rate. I began researching in the Bible to learn what this baptism was about.

Joh 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
2x2 Beliefs

Foundation

Creator

Above Jesus Christ

Jesus not God

Darkness

Long Hair & Buns

No Makeup

Workers are apostles

Gospel 10s

Not Hirelings

Homeless Preachers

Going 2x2

Meetings in Home

Spiritual

One Fold

They are the Only Way

No Church Buildings

Marriage Forbidden

Darkness

Shunning

Attend Meetings

The Right Spirit

2x2 Gospel

2x2 righteousness

Belief Changes

Workers Interpret

No Jewelery Rule

No Pants Rule

Personal Convictions

Must Go to Meetings

Professing

Must be 2x2

Name

2x2 Rules

Bread and fruit of vine

Dying Ministry

Give Your Testimony

Appearance

No TV

Spirit

Worship Workers

Salvation by Workers

Controlling Myths

Workers Shouldn't Work

Workers Send to Hell

Activities

Baptism

Deny yourself

Prayer

Sunday AM Meetings

Tradition

Twisted Scriptures

Taking Part

Way Perfect, people not

Workers not working

Testing Meetings

Sad feedback

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