Sermons of 2x2 Workers at Funerals
Sermons of workers at funerals are disrespectful. They don't talk about the person so much, but rather talk about themselves: how the person met them, professed through them, bought them meals, had them over to spend the night and came to their meetings - all glorifying workers.
Giving Their Judgment
We will all be judged by the Word of God. But workers don't really care about that, so they often give their own judgment - insinuating whether the person is going to heaven. I asked my first companion, Randy Russell, why workers don't preach that a person has gone to a lost eternity. He told me that it's not our place to judge. Then later we had the funeral of someone who was professing, and he "preached them into heaven". And so I asked him why he did this, and he told me that "people need to be assured." What contradiction of philosophy and teachings.
2x2s are quick to condemn others to eternal punishment, but many 2x2s don't know if they are saved. Some say they cannot know if they are saved. Evidently they think God's wants them to guess about their salvation. The apostle John stated to the church:
1 John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Workers may say at funerals that someone was "professing, but were they possessing?" Meaning that the person professed in a meeting but evidently there was doubt as to how much they worshiped the workers.
"How sad it would be to only have one foot in the door.", as if you could get halfway to heaven. Either we believe in Jesus Christ or we don't. You cannot half believe. And Jesus Christ didn't die halfway on the cross.
What the workers are really teaching is salvation by doing the work that they have prescribed for their followers: attending meetings, professing, going to meetings, taking part in meetings, being baptized by workers, feeding the workers, housing the workers, giving the workers money, including the workers in your will etc.
Workers will often use the opportunity of the polite audience to do their fear mongering. They may tell stories about so and so who left meetings and then died - insinuating that if you quit attending meetings then something tragic will likely happen to you, and you will "go to hell".
No Love for Jesus Christ
At all the funerals I attended, I don't ever remember a worker giving praise to Jesus Christ for dying on the cross and his blood atoning for the sins of the deceased. Which makes sense, if they haven't trusted Jesus Christ in their life, how could they after they had died?
If they believed God, then they would be so grateful at the close of life, to know and talk about how much Jesus Christ has done for us, in showing us our sin, leading us to repentance, the blessings of God, the benefit of obedience, his covenant, his forgiveness of sins, his grace, goodness, and mercy...the resurrection, the life, being with God forever. But they don't talk about this, so they have convinced me (again) that they don't love God.
Notes about funerals often include all the workers that were present, but don't list all the family was present. Which makes sense because many parents idolize and love the workers more than their own family, especially if a family member is not "professing".
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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.|