Changes in the 2x2 Way

The Way of the overseers, workers, elders and friends has changed many teachings. Overseers claim that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. But their way has changed considerably.

God as Author of Salvation

Early workers didn't like the control of the clergy in many churches. They believed anyone could be saved who believed and had faith in Jesus Christ. They didn't believe others controlled who God saved. Many early workers believed that people who fellowshipped with Christians were saved.

Mark 9:38  And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part. 

Today workers believe that whoever knows about them and their meetings and doesn't support them, then these people going to hell. They don't believe someone could be saved by reading the scriptures, having faith in God and being saved like Abraham (who believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness). They believe people need to hear their gospel by their workers under the control of their overseers in order to be saved.

The overseers claim to have a monopoly on salvation and use this beliefs to recruit workers from which they collect money annually at their home conventions. I believe it's just a money scam using God's name and fear-mongering.

John Long was an early worker who rejected that William Irvine's workers had exclusive control over salvation.

Freedom to Visit, Preach and Travel

Many early workers loved the freedom of being able to travel, preaching to whoever needed help, as they felt the spirit was leading them.

Now the workers are subservient to overseers. They have traded the freedom of following where they believe the spirit is leading for being ruled by an overseer who demands, quite frankly, to be worshiped in place of God. Workers are told what they can preach and what they cannot, even contrary to scripture. Workers are told where to preach and where not to preach, even contrary to scripture.

The early worker Edward Cooney (who was so famous that they were called "Cooneyites" early on) disagreed later with overseers dictating everything to the workers.

Workers who break these man-made rules are kicked out by the overseer without even bringing the issue to their church. Marg Magowan, a former worker in Canada, is an example of this.

The "Jesus Way"

Early workers claimed they were going out "Jesus' Way", by selling all and preaching freely, depending on God to provide for their very needs. Many tried to follow Matthew 10.

Now workers give their money to the workers, buy suits and ties, luggage, laptop computers and go to work for overseers with trust funds and sometimes incorporations (sometimes 2x2 overseers will incorporate their business as a for-profit or a charity).

Trinity

Early workers such as William Irvine, John Long and others believed in the trinity.

Today overseers will remove a meeting from the home if an elder believes Jesus Christ is the son of God and should be worshiped like the Father. They say this doctrine is of the devil. By doing so, they claim that early workers were teachings doctrines of the devil.

Hebrews 1:6  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

Workers Clothing

They used to have workers that only had one set of clothes and a Bible. They wore clothes similar to the common working man.

Now there are workers who have have trust funds from which they can withdraw any monies they need. They wear suits and ties and have multiple sets of clothes.

Workers Transportation

Early workers walked and maybe a bicycle they purchased for travel.

Today there are many workers who drive around in luxury automobiles costing many times more than the average citizen could afford.

Views on Clergy

Early workers despised the laziness of clergy in churches who would go out and preach the gospel to poor people in small villages. Early workers would go out looking for people.

Current workers will sometimes hand out invitations from door to door, often just dropping the small flier on the door and not even ringing the bell. And then they rent a building to preach in. They wait for people to come to them.

Open Preaching

Many early workers would do open air preaching. They would go to the town square and preach and people would gather around and listen. The bulk of these people who be people they didn't' formerly know.

Now workers invite people to their "gospel meetings" where they preach they are the way (this is blasphemy, Jesus Christ is the way), and the 99% of the people already attend meetings or have to be there because their parents insist. Maybe a dozen new people each year attend their meetings.

Workers today would not dare to have an open forum or debate in a community because they don't know their Bible and are teaching false doctrines and don't want to be exposed.

Clothing

Early workers and friends wore modest clothing, and often to the extreme. They wore black stockings, and got to be known as the "black stocking gang".

Now 2x2 women and their daughters were see-through blouses, short skirts and makeup. These things would just appall the early workers.

Divorce and Remarriage

Early workers did not permit divorce and remarriage. In fact, some states in the US don't allow those who are divorced and remarried to take part in meetings.

However in Texas and a growing number of states, many who are divorced and remarried take part in the meetings.

In some places, divorce and remarriages are decided on a case by case basis. Many have noted the decisions are based on how much money the people have, if they have relatives in the work and how much they worship the workers.

TVs

When radios became popular, many workers despised them. Some even broke off car radio antennas. When TVs became popular, they were forbidden. However when INTERNET became popular, it was accepted.

Today, in many states, even some elders have TVs in their homes. The rules vary according to how the overseers choose to run their religious business. Obviously if a wealthy person contributes to and likes the workers and has a TV, they probably are not going to say anything.

Of everyplace we had lived so far (and since) none has been as liberal as Oregon.

When we originally moved back, I was ostracized by the local kids for a while because---they all had stereos and I did not. My family wasn't about to have a stereo in their home--and the professing children all thought that I was a hopeless loser because I didn't have one (and I knew that I wouldn't be getting one).

They also all played sports and watched sports and were very proud of those among the flock who were good at sports. I had always longed to play--and was never allowed.

so at that time--they seemed worldly to me. Of course these things are acceptable most places now.

so in the 1970s they were quite worldly compared to some of the other areas I had been in. ckirkham - a 2x2

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is clear to see that the way of the workers is not the same yesterday, today or forever. Their rules vary according to what keeps their number of followers, what is popular and how much money is involved. It is just another harlot church governed by the rule of unGodly men.

2x2 Beliefs

Going 2x2

2x2 Founder

Jesus not God

No Church Buildings

Bun Heads

No Makeup

No Jewelery Rule

Workers R apostles?

Above Jesus Christ

Creator

Darkness

Gospel 10s

Not Hirelings

Spiritual

One Fold

They are the Only Way

Marriage Forbidden

Darkness

Shunning

Attend Meetings

The Right Spirit

2x2 Gospel

2x2 righteousness

2x2 Way Changes

Workers Interpret

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

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