How I Got Out of the 2x2 Cult

This is how, I, Brad Lewis, got out of the workers religion.

After I had left "the work", I had continued going to meetings. Until at the age of 33, I tried helping a friend Phu Nguyen who was going through a separation with his wife.

The 2x2 friends in the Portland, OR field had taken sides with his wife and were slandering him and abusing him spiritually, socially and mentally. Phu asked me to help him. I talked with him and asked him to talk with the workers (What a mistake!). Phu asked me again, and I talked with his elder, asking him to help Phu (What a mistake!). I prayed to God and said ~"God, if Phu asks me a third time, I will go and help him".

Phu and I read and prayed together. Phu told me of the problems he was having.

Since I could not resolve the issues myself, I encouraged Phu to follow Matthew 18:15-20 in confronting his offensive wife and the elder Milo Wicks who was going out with his wife at night.

For encouraging Phu, reading and praying with him, and encouraging Phu to follow Jesus Christ (the Word of God), the worker David Nealon got upset at me for reading and praying with Phu and commanded me to quit reading and praying with Phu because it was "causing problems in the field".

I followed Mathew 18:15-20 in confronting Dave Nealon. Instead of listening to his offense, David Nealon told me that I had to obey him instead of God. I was afraid but confused. I knew what the Bible said. I knew we were to obey God above men. Clearly Dave Nealon was not of God!

I started interviewing workers and found out that not only did Dave Nealon believe that the friends were to obey the workers above God, but it was something commonly taught in the cult by the other workers: obedience to them above God.

This gave me solid proof that they were not of God. This gave me proof that I didn't have to be concerned about what they said. So I quit going to gospel meetings. The deception that the workers were wrong but "the way" (the 2x2 religion) is right was still believed by myself. I was slow to learn.

The whole process took about 1.5 years, much prayer, fasting, weeping and crying out to God. I had to decide between: my health or the actual truth. I decided that if it was going to kill me, I wanted to know God and obey God above them.

What I thought might kill me (knowing the truth), actually brought me life and a loving relationship with God. I thank the LORD for delivering me through his word (Matthew 18:15-20) and for saving my soul from hell. I love the LORD and He loves me. Praise God, he is good!

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