Scary Thoughts I Had as 2x2

Have you ever wondered something in your mind? Entertained some possibilities? and then because the conclusion was frightening, you just quit thinking about it?

I used to ask my dad "What if....."? And dad finally got tired of it and said "No more what if questions."

But "What if...." questions are useful. When I was a 2x2, I was told that I must obey those that are in authority over me, and that was the workers. So I got to thinking. If we were the only way to heaven, and the workers were in authority over me, and I was to obey them, then how would other people come to meetings if they obeyed their preachers? Surely, we were the only way, so how was the scripture going to get them out of their evil religion (non 2x2s to my way of thinking) and into our only way?

So, I'll recount my "What if..." thinking. Say I was in the evil Catholic religion. And the Pope or some high-uppity bishop was in "authority" over me in the Catholic Church. And he told me that I wasn't to go to meetings. If that was the case, then how would I, (if I were a Catholic) be able to follow this scripture and get out of the Catholic religion and come to gospel meetings and profess?

Well, as you might imagine, this was a scary thought. If the Bible doesn't give instructions that would get people out of the Catholic religion and to come to meetings, then were we the only way? And if only the workers were the ones in authority, then what says that the Pope wasn't to be obeyed? Because you could not obey the Pope and the workers, so who is wrong?

This "What if...." line of thinking got me to think about people in other religions. Later on, in a conversation with Everett Swanson, he gave some reasoning to support his arguments (particular to a discussion): claiming that the 2x2s were the only way because God was still with them, people were still coming to meetings and people were still professing. So I told Everett, that the Catholics could claim that God was with them because people were still attending mass, people were still joining the Catholic church. So how did his claims justify us (the 2x2s) when the same claims could be made by the Catholics. Ohhw wow! Everett got really upset and shut me down with "Brad, you should know better than that!"

Well, it worked. He got me to shut up. It stopped the conversation. But for the life of me, I could not think of how I was wrong or how I could know better than that. What happened in my mind as a result? I just concluded that I found a flaw in his reasoning and Everett Swanson was too scared to admit it. I tucked that thought away in my head. I found it helpful to test what the workers said against common sense. My innocent question was too scary for the worker Everett Swanson. He couldn't answer my question. I had stumped him.

This conversation with Everett Swanson happened in Montana. It was many years later that I left the cult, but I believe it was the many little stepping stones of thinking like this that helped me to restore my mind to proper reasoning through the patience of God. God must have thought I was an arrogant, pitiful self-righteous pig for being a 2x2, and if so, He was right. But God had patience with me and saved me. Bless the LORD, or my soul!

Later on, when I was living in Oregon, the worker (at that time) David Nealon in the Portland field told me that I had to obey him. I had run into this before. But David Nealon was telling me to not read and pray with my friend Phu Nguyen. This was opposite to what God was telling me to do. So I disobeyed the worker Dave Nealon because I had to obey God above men. When I quit going to meetings and starting crying out to God to help me, God did. A few years later I became a Christian. So what I learned from my scary thought, years ago, helped me to become a Christian. Obeying those who are in authority over us saves our soul from hell. When someone claims to be above God and tells me to do something against what God teaches me, then I don't listen to them anymore. If they cannot prove they are of God, then I don't listen to them. Obeying the scripture got me out of the 2x2 group (what I used to believe was the only way, only fold on earth) and into fellowship with Christians.

Now I know that some of you reading this would be horrified by the thought that the 2x2s are not of God and are evil, satanic cult. But I've published my challenges and I know that if you read the scripture and obey God (and eventually you will have to disobey workers and they will kick you out or you will leave), that God will get you out of the cult and into fellowship with Christians. Some thoughts are scary because they are true and we are believing in a lie that we are comfortable with. But some lies can kill. And some lies can be comfortable. So I encourage you to love the LORD with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and trust Him. Believe in God. Desperately cry out to Him in prayer "LORD, save me. Lord, help my unbelief" and Jesus Christ will save you. God helped me, and He can help you too. Trusting in the LORD may be scary at first, but I've found that it's more scary to believe lies. The 2x2 lies nearly killed me several times. I have faith in the LORD now. He's more sure than gravity.

Challenge

I challenge you now. If you think the workers are in authority over you, the how do you know this? Why do you believe this?

Write down all the reasons why you think the workers are of God. And then think, can other religions say the same thing? If they can, then you are going to have to find more reasons. And I don't think you can. I can give you a list of many reasons why the workers are following Satan. And I have irrefutable proof. Check out my challenges page some time. I will put my money where my mouth is. Are you courageous enough to stand up for God and prove to yourself whether the workers are of God or the devil?

If you can come up with a reason why the workers are of God and not the devil, and no other religion can claim this, please send it to me in the form below. God bless you :)

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