The Friends or Friends of the Workers

The friends, short for friends of the workers, is a term we used in the 2x2 religion to let people know whether they belonged to our group or were an outsider.

The Friends - Distinguish Inside or Outside

The term "the friends" is used by members of the 2x2 religion to indicate to others whether someone is "friends with the workers" or if they are an "outsider".

How Members of the 2x2 Religion Use the Phrase "The Friends"

But the name "the friends" only refers to the followers. I said things like "Are they one of the friends?", kinda like a mafia person asking if someone was a "made man" (part of the group, approved by "the boss"). How we (when I was a 2x2 also) treated people was based on whether they had "professed. We (when I was a 2x2) didn't live by the teachings of Jesus Christ, but on the principles learned by the behavior of the workers and their elders and the friends of the workers.

When I was a worker or one of the FRIENDS, I wouldn't have understood what a person meant if they refered to me as a 2x2. I wouldn't have understood much anyway. I hadn't read any books about the group before. The Bible certainly is not what we followed as 2x2s. So just because I was very ignorant of the groups founder and the hadn't analyzed the whole religion, does not mean that the name of 2x2, 2x2 religion or the 2x2s was not valid. It just pointed out my ignorance of my own religion.

While the WORKERS could be said to be "one of the friends", this would not be entirely accurate. Workers rule over the friends. And the 2x2 religion in general is comprised of much more than just the friends, just like a famous singing group is much more than just its fans. The FRIENDS are followers of the WORKERS just like a crowd are fans of a rock group at a concert. So calling the 2x2 religion by the name of "the FRIENDS" is incomplete, only partially accurate, misleading, as it only refers to the lesser important fraction of the 2x2s and the 2x2 religion.

Some people refer their religion as "the MEETINGS", but again this name falls way short in referring to the 2x2 religion or the 2x2s. This name is even more misleading than "the FRIENDS". The MEETINGS are a common place for WORKERS to push their version of the gospel, but the MEETINGS would not take place if it were not for the WORKERS. And the WORKERS would not be there without the OVERSEERS. And the OVERSEERS would not be there without the great 2x2 lie.

Some 2x2s refer to their group as "the WAY". This is a good name from their perspective, because it shows their belief of them being the way to heaven and not Jesus Christ.

Some 2x2s refer to their group as "the FAITH". This is a good name from their perspective because it shows their belief in them having the only "true faith" (insinuating that all other faiths are "false"/ evil/ of the devil. Sadly their faith is in the workers and not in God.

The 2x2s believe in a works based theology. They believe in the 2x2 ministry of homeless workers preaching in pairs, going to MEETINGS and other rules of the WORKERS. Forget relating their religion to Matthew 10 because their group doesn't follow Jesus' instructions to the 12 apostles who went out to the Jews and healed people of sicknesses. And the workers have many more rules that shape their following. Many people are tired of their changing rules. And because they think the 2x2s are the only way to heaven, they get discouraged and disheartened about God because they think the 2x2s are the only way started by God. This is why many who leave the cult become agnostic or atheists. They are sick of religion and it's contradictions. And since they equate the 2x2 cult with God, they are sick of the image 2x2s have portrayed about God.

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