Dying to Yourself

2x2s seem infatuated with the topic of dying and giving things up. Since leaving the cult, I have been more interested in obtaining: increasing in knowledge, understanding, wisdom, strength, and counsel.

I remember the phrases "you need to die to yourself", which translated meant to me, "you need to quit thinking and acting in your best interest and do what I tell you."

I remember preaching at one 2x2 funeral. I don't remember what I said. Many 2x2 workers preach their 2x2 message, insinuating in a mild (or not) fashion that the person is going to hell since they were not professing.

I remember asking my companion Randy Russell why he didn't preach that an unprofessing man was going to hell. He told me that he couldn't know for sure. But later, Randy preached a professing man into heaven at his funeral. So I asked Randy why he did that. He told me that he needed to assure the professing people. Seemed like a double standard more intent on pleasing people than telling the truth. Which brings up an interesting point. Is it in the best interest of a cult leader to tell others they are trying to seduce into a cult that they are going to hell unless they profess? Kind of a turn-off if you ask me. So, they come up with this thing "I cannot tell if you are going to hell or not." Or "we cannot really know for sure can we?" or "Only God knows." Hmmm. So let me get this straight. 2x2s don't know if they are going to heaven? They don't know if overseers and workers are going to heaven? Brilliant! So you live your whole life, "hoping" you might be going to heaven but have no indication one way or the other? I don't know about you, but why gamble when there is no need to gamble. Are they saying that at their funeral they want people to say "Joe professed and was an elder for 50 years in this way, but we don't know if he made it to heaven! Isn't there some way a person can tell if they are going to heaven? Surely there must be some answers in the Bible. I thought for sure that when you believed in Jesus Christ for real that you were saved.

see also Who is Saved?
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