Homeless Preachers - 2x2 Belief
Homeless preachers - the 2x2 older brothers, their overseers and their workers preach that true preachers are homeless and all others preachers are of the devil. Their followers believe this too, being a primary teaching of theirs. However, this teaching is not found in scripture.
The verse most often quoted, to try to insinuate some justification of their teaching is found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke:
Matthew 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Luke 9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Let's look at the context of this scripture in Matthew.
Mathew 8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
When I read this, after having been out of the cult for over a dozen years, I don't get anything like "All preachers must be homeless" out of this scripture. I see a scribe telling Jesus Christ that he would follow Jesus Christ wherever. And Jesus said he didn't have a place to lay his head.
In another place, a disciple asked Jesus where he dwelled:
John 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
The 2x2s don't talk about this verse. 2x2s take one incident recorded in two places in scripture, and come up with a weird teaching that fits their religion, and then ignore these other verses in the gospel of John. The scripture does not conflict itself.
Looking at the verses after, a disciple asked Jesus Christ to be allowed to go bury his father. Interestingly enough, a person could also erroneously say that Jesus Christ is telling him that unbelievers should bury the dead, and it would look reasonable. At least more believable than "all preachers must be homeless". However we know that many faithful men of God: Isaac, Jacob etc all buried their own parents. And it would be contradictory for Jesus Christ to teach not to bury your dead because he also taught to treat others as we want to be treated. The disciples who loved Jesus Christ wrapped him in linen, anointed him with spices and placed him in new tomb, and nobody finds fault with this.
The scripture is not telling us preachers have to be homeless.
And, funny enough, 2x2s have funerals for their own workers, and like to officiate at funerals of their followers.
Now, let's look at the gospel of Luke:
Luke 9:51+ And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
From context we can tell that this passage describes the same incident as recorded in Matthew's gospel. Again, there is no statement here "All preachers must be homeless". It is recorded that Jesus flatly stated "let the dead bury their dead". But 2x2s reject this to mean that the spiritual dead are to bury the physically dead. They bury their own dead. Such is the contradiction of the 2x2s. They come to bizarre conclusions from one scripture but strongly discount using their same interpretation rules on other scripture. They believe in a bizarre god of their own making.
Looking at the preaching of the law and the prophets, you will not find a single teaching that says prophets, priests, kings, or any servants of God must be homeless. And because their is no teaching or prophecy like this in law or prophets, the apostles also did not teach this. Because the apostles taught and preached from the law and prophets, the things Jesus Christ taught them.
You can read through the whole scripture and you will not find a single incident where God teaches that preachers must be homeless. It is very convenient for those witnessing to 2x2s to be able to show them that this primary teaching of theirs is not from God, but a lie they have been taught.
So this brings up the point: the 2x2 religion has a primary teaching and belief as shown by the older brothers, overseers and workers that is not found in scripture. So this makes them false preachers, proclaiming God is teaching something when He is not. So their accusation of others being false preachers is a false accusation. And the scripture which teaches against false accusations then accuses them of evil and finds them guilty.
Obviously this idea of preachers having to be homeless has a purpose.
So what is their motivation, besides preaching lies and getting people to condemn others without cause? What drives them? Why make such a weird teaching and stick with it?
Let's look at some reasons why 2x2s choose to teach lies to people - lies not taught by scripture. Having been a 2x2 preacher before, I know of at least two: money ($) and control(power).
Beginnings of 2x2 Organization
When the cult started around 1897, many of the early workers were homeless. William Irvine organized them and imposed his rules on them. As a result, many left, but some stayed. But nowadays, the 2x2 workers are not all homeless. Older brothers, overseers and workers may rent apartments, rooms or homes while they preach in new areas. However overseers don't allow workers to buy a home.
The current set of workers would never sleep on the street like early workers did. Much has changed since 1897. Today, 2x2 workers would get a motel...and not just when fornicating with other workers. You wouldn't see a current "suit and tie" 2x2 worker sleeping on the streets or in a shed.
I was taught as a child that preachers must be homeless. I was taught that only the 2x2 homeless workers were the true servants of God and all other preachers who had homes were of the devil.
Primary Reason for Homelessness
I'm going to jump to a critical point right away: I believe the real reason why the overseers want the workers to be homeless is for money and control.
Money to Be Gained - Covetousness
For money - by getting people to sell their homes and give them the money in order to become a worker. Also, workers who live in the homes of the followers have don't have expense of renting. This means that the workers will have more money to give to the overseer each year.
Think of this "homeless preacher" teaching from another financial perspective. If you have 5 new workers go out in each year, and they each have homes they sell, how much money is this? Say each person has $30,000 in equity in the homes they sell. 5 people times $30,000 per home per person is $150,000! Is this motivation enough to teach that only true preachers are homeless? When tempted with this money, it is easy to see why overseers succumb to this false teaching.
Control - Power
For control - because without a home a worker depends on the overseer's approval. If the overseer doesn't approve of them, then the friends don't give them $. Also, when a worker sells everything, it shows the worker is being controlled by the overseer. It strengthens the overseers control in the eyes of his staff.
Another aspect of control is the workers living in people's homes gives them first hand experience and news how they are doing. They can record this in their field manuals and divulge this information to other workers and the overseers. They can use it to spy on people.
William Irvine - Sell All and Give it to Me
2x2 founder William Irvine started the homeless ministry idea. And it was a lucrative teaching. William Irvine made a fortune off of Eddie Cooney when Irvine convinced Cooney to sell everything and give the money to him (ka-ching).
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows
Pedophiles in Homes
Before I continue on, I have to notify you of the dangerous side effect great of this "homeless" "ministry". It not just that the workers are homeless. Please take note. It is that the workers want to live in YOUR home. Just like a pedophile acts nice towards kids so that parents will trust them, workers can act nice in meetings so they can get into your homes.
Overseers do not conduct background checks. You may be inviting a pedophile into your home. You may be feeding a pedophile in your dining room. You may be housing a pedophile. Don't expect an overseer to warn you when they send KNOWN pedophiles into your home. The overseer Jerome Frandle was convicted of failing to report child sexual abuse to the authorities. Jerome Frandle and Bill Denk took the criminal out of the state. They didn't warn other people. They don't care for your soul! This is not about something that happened 100 years ago. This is the way this religion is now. The "work" attracts pedophiles because this gives them access to your home and your kids. It's one thing for you to waste years in this religion, and it is another to allow your son or daughter molested by a worker. And to make it worse, many parents don't listen to their kids about child sexual abuse because these parents idolize the workers. This is one of the many dangers of idolatry.
Don't let the "poor me, I don't have a home" make you have compassion towards a worker. They are able to work and get their own home. Don't let the appearance of sympathy or compassion over ride your sense of making sure they are a true servant of God. The ministers of Satan are liars. Do workers lie? Sure they do. They lie about how they got started, about being homeless, about being sent by God, don't believe in new testament (Hebrews 8 - law of God/10 commandments in heart) and don't love Christians. Do you want liars in your homes brainwashing your kids?
You Could Be Sent to Prison for Negligence
If you knowingly allow a pedophile into your home and they molest your kids you may end up arrested for negligence and sent to prison.
Alert to workers. If you are caught in the act of molesting a child, from what I understand someone can use deadly force to stop the crime. While you may think molesting a kid is your pleasure, it could end up being your death!
Sharing Workers Punishment
If you house these workers who lie and answer with guile, bringing a false gospel, then all their sins (including molesting children or adultery or fornication) land on you. Here's the scripture for it:
2 John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
"Homeless" According to Overseers
Let's review what "homeless" means to 2x2 workers. It means that their ministers must not and do not own a home in their name. However if you or I rent an apartment, then we are not considered homeless by the overseer. If you get a mortgage on a home and the value of the home drops and you are in the hole, then you are not considered homeless by 2x2 overseers. But somehow if a worker goes and rents an apartment or gets a motel room, then they are somehow still homeless. And if overseers have the elders set up a trust fund over which they control the money and buy a convention grounds and build a house and convention barn, then somehow they are still homeless. Overseers judge others by one criteria and judge themselves and their workers by another criteria. This is known as hypocrisy. And God hates hypocrisy.
So now that you know the real reason from an ex-worker, let's look at the Bible and see if it actually teaches that preachers must be homeless.
I was Brainwashed as a Child
This 2x2 teaching that preachers must be homeless was hammered into me as a child. I was told to memorize the phrase: "Foxes have holes, the birds of the air have nests but the son of man hath not where to lay his head." The workers would even have "children's questions and quiz the kids if they had memorized this verse. Here is an example of brainwashing kids with lies. After I was brainwashed as a kid and would read that verse in Matthew 8 and Luke 9 I would think to myself that it meant that all preachers had to be homeless or they were of the devil. And as a result of this I despised Christian preachers who were not homeless. I believed they were going to hell because they were not homeless. And the workers thought it was so cute to see the children raise their hands and quote this scripture.
Workers Claim to Homelessness
Workers claim they are homeless because they may have sold their home and given the money to the overseer. This is more like a claim to stupidity for being defrauded than it is homelessness. I sold a home and kept the money. Does this make me homeless? I know some people that sold their home and rented an apartment. Does this make them homeless? So in the same way, just because a worker sold their home and gave it to an overseer doesn't make them homeless but rather shows they got conned by an overseer and didn't search the Bible to see if the workers were telling the truth.
Scriptures they Twist
Like other cults, the 2x2s twist scripture to try to support their beliefs rather than search out what the Bible says and obey God's commands. There are commonly four stories in Bible they will twist. The first is claiming Jesus did not have a home, second they claim they are following Matthew 10, third that the apostles all left their homes (they insinuate that this means they sold their homes) and fourth they claim Jesus commanded people to sell all and give money to overseers. I will address all three and show their claims to be lies.
1. Claim Jesus Did Not Have a Home
Workers claim that Jesus Christ did not have a home. And one of the text they use most often to justify their belief is their misunderstanding of Matthew 8:20 and Luke 9:58.
Matthew 8:19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Luke 9:57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Just reading the passage you can see that Jesus Christ never said "All preachers must be homeless to be righteous preachers."
You can take many passages in isolation to start many new religions. However the Bible has many gospels and many passages that need to be taken into account before making commandments out of things that God did not make commandments. Just because Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem doesn't mean we all should. Let's look at another passage where a man was wondering where Jesus slept:
John 1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
So here is another passage in the Bible where Jesus had a home to stay in. That is a good passage to memorize and quote back to the 2x2 workers.
Apostles had Homes
We can read about Peter, a disciple of Jesus, and quite possibly John in the book of John, chapter 20 verse 10. It says:
Joh 20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
Simon Peter and John are called "disciples" and "apostles" in many places of the Bible.
2. Workers Claim to Follow Matthew 10
Of all the false claims of workers, this is one of the biggest lies.
I revisited Matthew 10 and was surprised to see how I never even came close to following Matthew 10 as a worker.
Matthew 10:5+ These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
The first instruction here in Matthew 10 was that they were not to go into the way of the Gentiles. The workers go to the Gentiles. First lie.
If you point this first (of dozens) of contradictions out to a worker or to one of the friends, they will likely say, "Well the apostle Paul went to the Gentiles." And my response is then, "Well why are the workers claiming to follow Matthew 10 then?" They totally ignore that they are the ones boasting of following Matthew 10 and then when shown their lie, they try to use other scripture to justify themselves and don't acknowledge their error. This shows the blindness of the 2x2s.
The instructions here of Jesus Christ were to 12 Messianic Jews. Jesus spoke to these Jews directly and commanded them. They were that they should go to the Jews only, "the lost sheep of Israel". As a 2x2 worker, sent by the Oregon 2x2 overseer at the time Howard Mooney, we did not go to the lost sheep of Israel. We did not follow Matthew 10. The belief that we were following Matthew 10 was a delusion.
I think maybe one time I preached that the kingdom of heaven was at hand. Of course, when (and if) I said this, I was thinking of the 2x2 religion being the kingdom of heaven.
As a 2x2 worker, I never healed the sick, nor was I ever aware of taught that any other 2x2 workers could or did heal the sick.
As a 2x2 worker, I never cleansed the lepers, nor was I ever aware of taught that any other 2x2 workers could or did cleanse the lepers.
As a 2x2 worker, I never raised the dead, nor was I ever aware of taught that any other 2x2 workers could or did raise the dead.
As a 2x2 worker, I never casted out devils, nor was I ever aware of taught that any other 2x2 workers could or did cast out devils.
Jesus Christ commanded the 12 apostles, all Messianic Jews, to freely give as they had freely received. As a 2x2 worker, I never directly charged people for sermons. The followers knew that it was expected of them to provide us with shelter, food, clothing, medical and spending money. This was our salary
Matthew records in his gospel that the 12 apostles were to "...provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat." This obviously means that they didn't need to save up money for the work that they had been commanded by Jesus Christ and sent by Jesus Christ to do, because, as Jesus Christ said, "the workman is worthy of his meat." or as Luke records in his gospel, chapter 10 verse 7, "...for the labourer is worthy of his hire." (underline by me). Which contradicts the workers teachings on not being "hirelings" as they have often claimed (less so in more recent days) to not be hirelings. See also
These two verses in Matthew 10:9-10 are horribly twisted by the 2x2 overseers to insinuate that people must give everything to the overseers to become a worker until they have no two coats, no money etc". And this is a hallmark of cults to want all your money. Please notice that they refer to Matthew 10 for going out in pairs and not Luke 10 because Luke uses the word "laborer" and "hire" and 2x2s also twist John 10 to claim they are not hirelings. So, to reduce people finding out they are hirelings, they refer to Matthew 10 more instead of Luke 10. See also Sell All
Jesus Christ gave instructions that when the 12 apostles went into a town, they were to stay in ONE person's home as long as they were in that town. As a worker, we never did this. We went from home to home.
And if a 2x2 should reply back "Well, Paul the apostle traveled from home to home." Then I would point out that according to the teaching of the overseers and your beliefs then you must believe that Paul was a false preacher and is going to hell for doing so. Because it is the overseers and workers who claim that they must follow Matthew 10.
3. Leaving Homes
It is true that the disciples left their homes to preach with Jesus Christ. When I go to work out of town, I leave my home too. And when I am through with a job, I return to my town and home. Just because I left my home does not mean that I sold it and gave the proceeds to an overseer. To claim that people have to sell their homes and give the proceeds to an overseer because the disciples left their homes is a gross failure in logic and evil teaching.
Workers Believe Bible Not Translated Correctly
If the workers contradict the Bible then the workers believe the Bible is wrong.
2x2 Garrett Hughes preached at a Florida Special Meeting 1987 "John 19:26 Jesus looked down at the foot of the cross, and His mother was there. John was standing there. He said to His mother, 'Woman, behold thy son. Then, he said to John, behold thy mother.' In your Bible it says he took her to his own home. BUT THAT IS NOT RIGHT! HOME IS AN ADDED WORD THAT DOESN'T BELONG THERE! He took her to his own people. JOHN DIDN'T HAVE A HOME!"
I guess Garrett Hughes thought he knew John personally and that John had a home or he knew better than the translators of the Bible. What do you expect from a man who makes his living off people who he has taught that all preachers must be homeless? It says in John 20:10 that the disciples Peter and the other disciples returned to their home. People who don't search the scripture might be swayed by Garrett Hughes.
4. Sell All and Give to Overseers
Workers lie about the story of the young man who came to Jesus and wanted to know what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. People miss the obvious point that the man wanted eternal life. Shouldn't we all want eternal life? If you want eternal life does this mean that you should sell everything and give it to the overseer of a cult?
Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
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|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.|