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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jesus not God
No Church Buildings
No Jewelery Rule
Workers R apostles?
Above Jesus Christ
Meetings in Home
They are the Only Way
The Right Spirit
2x2 Way Changes
No Pants Rule
Must Go to Meetings
Must be 2x2
Bread and fruit of vine
Give Your Testimony
Salvation by Workers
Workers Shouldn't Work
Workers Send to Hell
Sunday AM Meetings
Way Perfect, people not
Workers not working
|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 speaking to Saul, see Act 26:18, see Salvation through Jesus Christ.|