Elders of the 2x2 religion are appointed by the overseers and workers to control the Sunday morning and Wednesday Night Bible studymeetings. Elders are trained by workers on how to conduct the meetings. Elders enforce workers rules while workers are not present.
2x2 Elders enforce who is allowed to come to the meetings and who is allowed to participate in meetings. Elders are required to learn the rules of how to run meetings. These are things that I've learned as a worker and from attending meetings through almost all the 50 states of the USA.
2x2 Elders Believe that 2x2 Workers are the Only True Servants of God
The primary belief of the 2x2 religion is that the workers are the only true and righteous servants of God because they are homeless and travel in pairs. They believe all other preachers or ministers are going to hell since they are not homeless.
They believe all this despite there have been some married workers who they believe went to heaven. And also some workers had homes, but yet they believe they went to heaven. Some early workers (~1890s) believed that people who had faith in God but didn't go to meetings were saved.
The 2x2 religion is full of man-made rules and traditions that contradict each other and make themselves hypocrites.
The Workers Iron Grip on Elders
With this spiritual stronghold and the elders faith in the workers instead of God, the workers have an iron grip on these 2x2 elders. Any disobedience of the elder to the workers instructions and will is then considered disobedience to God and justifiable reason to remove them from their place.
Nobody in the 2x2 religion is allowed to set up a meeting in their home. All meetings have to be approved and sanctioned by workers.
Elders live under the threat of the meeting being removed from the home if they don't comply, and the resulting embarrassment in front of all the people in their area.
Worker-Justification and Satan's Power
When they are not in fear, I believe 2x2 elders come to love their place of power and control in the religion. If an elder strongly supports the workers no matter what, then the workers will overlook crimes.
I know of one elder who had a meeting in his home and was sexually abusing his daughter.
Workers in Oregon even kept the man an elder and left the meeting there even after they knew. See Debi Gordon.
I know an elder in Portland who abused his wife and workers kept the meeting in his home. It wasn't until they divorced that the meeting was removed.
Elders Control the Meetings
Since elders have faith in the workers, they cannot believe in God. So people who go to their meetings are not allowed to speak in meetings even when led by the Spirit of God. If you talk about things that are taught in the scriptures but that the workers don't like, then the elders are the first ones to try to silence you.
Common slander and character assassination by workers includes: "They have the wrong spirit", "They are not teachable", "They wouldn't listen", "They're not child-like" for all the people who dare to believe the scripture and speak about it in meeting.
Depression Amongst 2x2 Elders
I believe many 2x2 elders are depressed due to the way they treat people who meet in their homes. There is certainly no reward from God for this work. I wouldn't be surprised if someday we hear about 2x2 elders committing suicide. There are already 2x2 elders on anti-depressants.
Reject Jesus Christ as God
2x2 elders also don't believe that Jesus Christ, the Saviour, is the word of God. If an elder in the 2x2 religion tells a worker that he believes Jesus Christ is God, then they will have a "talk" with them to try to "correct" this doctrinal error. If they don't change, then they remove the meeting from their home.
While 2x2s claim to believe in the Bible, try reading them these verses and then asking them "Who is the word of God?":
John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
The Bible tells us that this disbelief in Jesus Christ as God is the spirit of the antiChrist. Therefore, 2x2 elders by their own beliefs and the Bible they claim to believe have condemned themselves. According to their own beliefs, they do not follow God and are anti-Christ. see also in more detail Are 2x2s Christians?
Please read about an elder who came to believe in Jesus Christ and refused the workers in his home because they reject Jesus Christ as God. Letter by Earl George
Promoting and Defending Lies
God said to love others. If we lie, we hate. 2x2 elders lie about the cult beginnings. The 2x2 elders cannot keep the commandments of God. If they do, they would be kicked out of being an elder. No elders keep the ten commandments written on their heart according to the New Testament which was in the blood of Jesus Christ.
The 2x2 elders do not fellowship with Christians, because they believe Christians who don't follow their rules and don't come to meetings are going to hell. They are divided against people who have faith in Jesus Christ.
2x2 Elders Divide
Elders of the 2x2 religion believe the workers message that anyone who knows about the workers and doesn't come to meetings is going to hell. The 2x2 elders divide the church, getting people to profess in their meetings and expecting them to drop any relationships with Christians and come to meetings instead. The apostles taught that we should mark those which cause divisions.
If a man wants to become "elder material", when he (usually a married) man wants to move up in the cult, there are certain things he can do usually in this order:
Responsibilities of 2x2 Elders
Expectations of 2x2 Elder's wives
Requirements of 2x2 Eldership
2x2 Elders lead Sunday AM meetings. If a worker is present, they must relinquish all control to the worker. If the elder cannot be present, they may request the "backup elder" to lead the meeting.
The Last Word
2x2 elders almost always pray last and speak last so that they can inject any thoughts or criticisms they need into any prayer or "testimony" to "correct" any "errors".
Elders in the cult around Portland Oregon include : Jeff Uding, Milo Wicks, Jim McDonald, Jim Welsh and others.
Elders with Money
Wealthy elders may use their finances to hold and invest money for the overseer to keep the money out of the overseers name. Some elders may be expected to handle Wills left by the deceased. The person (while they were alive) may be asked to leave everything to the elder. The elder is "expected" to pay taxes on this money and then give the money to the "older brother worker" or overseer directly depending on how much money is involved.
Good Questions Elders Should Ask Themselves Before the Judgment Day
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Claude & Martha Axtel
|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.|