Illegitimate Marriages by 2x2s
2x2 illegitimate marriages are marriages that are not considered legitimate by the WORKERS since one or both were not PROFESSING.
Many of the WORKERS believe that if a 2x2 marries someone who is not PROFESSING, then the marriage is not legitimate and recognized by God.
There are legitimate and illegitimate transactions in the business world. For example, a contract is not valid and binding unless it contains certain elements. And so it is with marriages (like a contract), that many don't view them as binding. One of many reasons why WORKERS may see these marriages as void is because God says not to yoke with unbelievers. And since this is sin, it's ok to break marriage vows if it causes you to live in sin. Just like a contract to perform a theft would not be binding, because it is illegal.
2x2 Voided Marriages
One of the dangers of marrying a 2x2 is that the 2x2 feels like they are a failure and keeps their same beliefs despise going to their spouse's church. This is what happens when someone is born of the will of man and not of God. They never repented of their sin and never really changed their heart beliefs. They just said what the other person wanted to hear. Their behavior stays the same. And after 10-20 years of marriage, they feel like going back to meetings and REPROFESSING so they don't go to hell. I have had people contact me who are/were married to 2x2s (mixed marriage of believer and 2x2) and their spouse has left them (divorced them) to go back to meetings. And I'm sorry, but there is nothing I know of to convince a 2x2 in heart to become a Christian. Only God can save, and verbal persuasion doesn't work. And if a Christian breaks the Word of God, then it really leaves all their relationships vulnerable. Of course their spouse said they would never divorce them. But really, what spouse plans on leaving a marriage before they are wedded? And many people will say anything to please their boyfriend or girlfriend during the heat of the moment.
Can Preachers Marry People?
Some people believe that if you stand before a preacher, and he says you are man and wife, then you are married. And so men marry men and women marry women. And perhaps someday, somebody will marry their pet. Who knows? Where does it stop? However there is nothing in the Bible that shows a precedent of a preacher, minister, pastor or anybody marrying anyone. In fact, only God can marry people. It is God that joins people together, not people in their self-will. But of course, the Bible is not recognized as a relevant authority on the matter by many and they live their lives as they see fit.
What God has Joined Together
The justification of men marrying men is that "what God has joined together, let not man separate". Would you or do you except marriage by homosexuals? If so, on what basis? If it is performed by a preacher and approved of by the State? Is this really the teaching of the Bible? Does God bring two men together to marry? Does God bring two women together to marry? Does God bring cult members and Christians together to marry? Is God a hypocrite? It is funny/odd that the same people who quote the scripture to keep others from breaking apart their marriage, do it to justify sin, supposing that the Bible promotes sin. If the Bible in their mind does justify sin, then why quote it as an authority? And if a person is living in sin, why do they care what the Bible says? I think the only purpose for mixed marriages (Christian and non-Christian) is to deceive themselves and others.
The 2x2 WORKER view is that if a PROFESSING person marries a NON-PROFESSING/OUTSIDER person in a moment of weakness, then the marriage is not legitimate. And since they married an OUTSIDER, this is against God's will. Therefore, they reason, the marriage can be split apart by their approval and with their counsel, because God (in their mind) has not joined them together. So if they break apart the marriage (which they have been known to do), they don't feel condemned, but believe they are doing the will of God. Then the WORKERS may say "They are free to remarry, but only "in the LORD" (which means to them that they can only remarry a PROFESSING person).
And so, many 2x2s have divorced (legal proceedings) from these illegitimate marriages and "really" married a PROFESSING person. This is one of the cases in which OVERSEERS and WORKERS approve of divorce and remarriage (because to them, there never really was a marriage recognized by God).
Having been a worker for 1.5 year and having been in the cult for over 30 years, I've seen quite a bit. I've also traveled the 48 states and been to meetings in almost every state. While traveling, 2x2s drove me to meetings and would tell me all the local news. I think this is the quickest way of really getting a lot of information that is normally not talked about. Sometimes people really open up to strangers. But if you really think I'm wrong about this, then just get the OVERSEERS to put it in writing what their beliefs are on the subject. But I don't think they ever will because they don't want to know what's said behind closed doors as 2x2s divorce and remarry.
Divorce and Remarriage not Approved of by Some FRIENDS
Some of the FRIENDS don't accept people in the TRUTH (the religious group) if they divorce a PROFESSING spouse and marry another PROFESSING person. I understand why many of the WORKERS are so licentious in their views: they need a place to stay and money for gas for the car they are borrowing.
Divorced and Remarried 5 Times
Also, I have seen a man who have divorced and remarried 5 times in the South (their previous wives were alive).
Workers Give OK to be Remarried
I talked with a man who was divorced and remarried, came to MEETINGS and PROFESSED. He was told that it was OK to live with his second wife because he first wife was not PROFESSING and "He didn't know better" at the time. Rules and traditions and teachings of men change. One thing I've learned is that God doesn't join Christians and cult members, but this is the work of the devil. And I don't believe that God joins men to men and women to women because the Bible speaks against this. The Bible teaches that people fall by their own wicked counsel. And it's interesting to see what happens in the marriages of people who openly support illegitimate marriages.
2x2 Unity on Teachings
One thing that is clearly a teaching of the 2x2s is that PROFESSING people should only date and marry PROFESSING people.
Whoredoms and Plagues
Here is another instance WORKERS may quote in justifying breaking up marriages. They can justify any counsel to dissolve a marriage because they believe they will be rewarded as the man was in the following scripture. Please remember that many cult members have been members for many years. A heated year or two of dating may pass, but their innermost beliefs remain.
Num 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor. And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.
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