2x2 Workers expect Professing People to Give their Testimony
Expectations of People who Profess the Workers Way
If you profess the workers' way, then you are expected to "give your testimony" in each Sunday morning meeting you attend.
Testimony - A formal written or spoken statement, esp. one given in a court of law
Getting a Testimony
As a kid, I learned to "get a testimony" by reading my Bible on Saturday night. A testimony to me was:
What Does "Spoke to Me" Mean
Something "spoke to me" if I found it relevant to something that happened that week.
Here's an example of my first testimony. I just copied what other people did. On Saturday night or Sunday morning, I would read my Bible for a "testimony". That is, I read the Bible with an intention of finding something to say to meet the expectations of the other people at the meeting. This is how kids protect themselves from the condemnation of their parents. They find something to say for the meeting that pleases other people, and not necessarily God. This is how idolatry is taught by parents, other "meeting-goers", the meeting elder and the workers.
In the Sunday morning meeting at Bob Brand's house (which happened to be our neighbor too, the meeting was next door), we were taught and in the habit of saying "amen" after every testimony that we approved of. If you said something that was...say..."out of line" with the 2x2 teachings, then you wouldn't get very man (if any) amens. The amens were behavioral feedback to me as a kid whether what I did was "ok" or not.
Now you may say, "But weren't you supposed to read your Bible for yourself and not just for something to say, you hypocrite!" And my reply is "Sure", if you like being punished. If you were to read the Bible, ask honest questions and then believe the Bible above them, you would be kicked out. And this is awfully hard on a kid who is trying to grow up. I didn't have the emotional tools or knowledge to know how to get out of the cult as a child, and hardly at the age of 33 when I did get out. So, if you know some 2x2 kids, please understand how they are trying to survive and see how they cope by just learning and practicing the hypocrisy of their parents.
So..back to the "getting a testimony" part. My first time "taking part", I was reading in Matthew 5. Now, I think it's relevant to mention that almost everybody used a King James Version Bible, most of which was purchased (at a very hefty price) from the private printing press used by the workers who printed Bibles just for them under one business name.
Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
At the time, I was 10 or 11, and didn't know that the books of the Bible had been divided into chapters and verses by some monk. And I had started at the beginning of Matthew and didn't relate to much there, all those "blesseds", but when I saw "Ye are the light of the world." Then that triggered my little brain-washed mind to think, ~"Yes, we (the 2x2s) are the light of the world. We are God's people" and so I could relate to this. Here was a part of the scripture I understood, or thought I did. And then it says "A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." That didn't make any connections with me. And then it says "Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel..." which didn't make much sense to me since I didn't know what a bushel was. I understood that candlesticks were used to put candles in and gave light in the house. But then when it said "Let your light so shine...", then I thought, "Here I go. Here's a purpose and a testimony."
So now, I go to Sunday morning meeting next door. We get to the testimony part and everyone is giving their testimony, and I ask my mom when I'm supposed to give mine. I mean, after all, I never figured out as a kid or even thought about which order they all went in. And she said it was "ok" to go now. So I stood up and read Matthew 5 verses 14-16 and then stammered out "And I would like be a light in this world." and then sat down. And everyone smiled and said "Amen", so proud of their new convert who was "learning" to be just like them. And they all probably thought something like , "This is wonderful, God working in little kids like this."
So, I hope by spilling my guts about my first "testimony", you can see how kids are taught through behavioral control how to give their testimony, how a "testimony" is "gotten" and why so many read their Bibles just in order to find a "testimony" for their Sunday morning meeting.
This is how kids are born "of the will of men" as John wrote about:
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
I was born of the will of the workers, doing things to please the workers and meet the expectations of my parents to profess and give my "testimony" every Sunday morning, just like them.
I was not born of God. I didn't have faith in God. And how could I? Having only been taught about a 2x2 "god" that wanted people to profess in workers' meetings and only attend their meetings for the rest of my life.
I hope this gives you some insight, if you've never been part of the cult, to why so many have been taught as a child and practice idolatry of the workers and behavior that conforms to their will.
Jesus not God
No Church Buildings
No Jewelery Rule
Workers R apostles?
Above Jesus Christ
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.|