How Workers Preach
When workers preach they mislead people through same tactics as Satan: using scripture out of context, read parts of scripture in a different context to insinuate that it is teaching something it is not.
Bible Talks - Taking God's Name
Workers will sometime advertise their services as Bible talks or gospel meetings. They also claim to be servants of God. But the Bible teaches us that this does not mean they are of God.
Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
The third commandment tells us we should not take God's name in vain. Workers use God's name to advertise their business but the don't keep the sayings and commands of Jesus Christ. When people claim to preach in God's name then we should ask ourselves: "Are these people taking God's name in vain?"
Dress in Suit and Tie
It used to be that the workers were called tramp preachers, because they were poor and had the clothes of a common working man. Indeed, early preachers would despise today's workers of the 2x2 religion. Jesus warned about the tactic of people appearing nice on the outward but were inwardly hypocrites. The workers lying about their founder William Irvine is a good example of such hypocrisy, and so is their cover-up of child sexual abuse by workers and so is the annual collection of money from the workers by the overseers:
Matthew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Claim to Be Apostles - but are Liars
Workers claim that they are apostles of God. And many claim (and many followers believe this too) that they are following the 12 Jewish apostles who were sent out to the Jews: Matthew 10, Luke 10 etc.
This is an old tactic, addressed by Paul in his second letter to the Corinthian church:
2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
And covered by John in the book of Revelation:
Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
But anybody who knows the workers would know they don't follow Matthew 10. So on one hand the workers claim to be of God, and following God's direction to someone else and use this lie to claim to be workers of God. But instead they are liars. And the father of lies is the devil. I don't think you could get one worker to put in writing that they DON'T follow Matthew 10 and Luke 10 even though it is obvious they don't.
Workers Read Scripture During Their Preaching
Workers read scripture during their preaching. Maybe some people think they are of God since they read a few verses during their sermon. However the Bible teaches us that Satan quotes scripture too. Since Satan uses scripture to mislead people we should learn from this and not think that workers are of God just because they quote scripture.
Workers take scripture out of context to make it appear to mean something that it does not. Satan does this too. See how Satan tempted Jesus and misused scripture:
Matthew 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Is what Satan quoted in scripture? It sure is:
Psalms 91:12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
The problem wasn't that Satan was misquoting scripture here, but that Satan was insinuating that a certain scripture could be used a certain way that it was not intended. The devil was trying to deceive, using guile. Certainly Satan is subtle.
Jesus replied, and quoting scripture using it correctly (he is the word of God so he knows scripture).
Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Jesus was showing that Satan's understanding was not correct because it contradicted other clear scripture. So we should know the Bible and use clear scripture to gain an understanding of scripture that other's twist.
When people quote scripture, we should look it up to see if they quoted it correctly. And we should read all the context and see if this was how the author of the scripture intended it to be used. Is the person quoting the scripture misusing the scripture, wresting it, to get us to do something that we should not? Or are they trying to keep us from doing something we should be doing? When others speak, we need to judge:
1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
Since workers twist scripture so often and so intentionally, it makes the point that they are ministers of Satan and not of God.
Shadow, Type and "Spiritualize" Away
When workers don't do something, and don't want to, they claim that this part of the Bible is speaking symbolically, or is a type or a shadow and that magically somehow they have the real thing. But we all know that when you have a real object that you have a real shadow. For example, if I have a basketball in my hand, you can see the basketball and you can see the shadow that the basketball casts.
For example: the workers may claim that you don't need to keep the sabbath because they have rest of heart, which is the fulfillment of the sabbath. However, workers have neither rest of heart nor do they keep the sabbath. The sabbath was made holy and they go about profaning it. And if they had rest of heart, then why do they have to lie so much to deceive people about who they really are? And why do they misquote, misuse and wrest scripture to maintain their righteousness?
Bearing False Witness
I have heard and read notes from workers' sermons where they take a group of people, say that the groups believes one thing and then bash the whole group to the mental applause of the 2x2s. This is called "bearing false witness". It's easy to take a religious group that the workers know their followers disagree with, give them a shallow argument and then bash the whole group. The workers have been doing it for years. Misleading young people in the service and some of the others about what some religious groups believe is called lying. And it is not right.
One of the biggest errors in the 2x2 preaching is their omission. They focus on small details on which almost everyone would agree and ignore bigger points of which they are in error. Jesus covers this error in preaching:
Matthew 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
To me, workers just pretend to be preachers, like kids playing house (except not so innocent), and make up their own sermons. They should consider:
Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
Other Preaching Sins
Using scripture out of context to teach things the author did not mean nor intend.
Teaching people (by misuse of words) that certain Bible words mean something contrary to or opposite of how they are used in the Bible.
Making points that others don't make and then ridiculing people.
Avoiding major points that people have made about their false religion.
Promoting teachings that are not teachings of God.
Making irrelevant points seem relevant.
Omitting scripture that is relevant to the topic they are speaking about.
Equating the workers way with Jesus Christ- blasphemy.
Paraphrasing scripture instead of quoting it directly to avoid people learning what the scripture actually says.
Reading scripture and then appearing to summarize it but giving summarizing it to a point the author did not intend.
Minimizing and despising the judgments of God.
Using scripture that is less clear to override a scripture that is clear.
Coming to conclusions at the end of their sermon that is just the opposite of the point they claimed to make at the beginning.
Workers take advantage of people who don't know their Bibles.
Workers make fair speeches but are not edifying or they tear down faith in God.
Adding/reading/insinuating things into scriptures to make a point the author does not make.
Falsely equating things in scriptures to their religion if it sounds close.
These are a few characteristics that I see in most of the preaching of the 2x2 workers.
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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.|