2x2 Cult hierarchy
The hiearchy of the 2x2 organization includes the OLDER BROTHERS, BROTHER WORKERS, SISTER WORKERS, ELDERS and the FRIENDS with the PROFESSING FRIENDS children being at the bottom.
The cult is owned and operated by Satan. The overseers work for him, misinforming and deceiving people about who God really is. The overseers are assigned a geographical area by the OLDER BROTHERS. From these the overseers has a STAFF of WORKERS who work for him. Under them are the followers known as the FRIENDS. The overseers keeps track of all the WORKERS and all the FRIENDS. The ELDERS report to the WORKERS and the WORKERS report to the overseers. And the overseer reports to who? If you look at the fruit of the overseers: they lie, deceive, manipulate and control people. They have covered up the sexual abuse of children by their STAFF of WORKERS. It's my opinion that the overseers work for Satan. Overseers come and go and get moved around, but the cult remains.
Read what 2x2 Bonnie Koning of the 2x2 religion testifies in court about the 2x2 hierarchy and organization in Jerome Frandle Case Court Transcripts p26-30
The teachings of the cult contrast starkly with the teachings of God. Consider what Jesus said as recorded by Mark:
Mar 10:42+ But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
If that wasn't clear enough, then consider what Matthew wrote:
Mat 20:25+ But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
I believe it's pretty obvious to see how the 2x2 organization is not founded on the teachings of Christ. But just in case, there are more teachings that illustrate God's will:
Mat 23:8+ But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
The OLDER BROTHERS are the ones who make up and control the overseers. I believe that each country has its own OLDER BROTHERS. They perform the following things:
The OLDER BROTHERS rule over all the overseers.
Senior overseers are overseers that carry a lot of pull with their opinions. They have raised up through the ranks over the years, know a lot of people and can pull strings.
The senior overseers are the most domineering and demanding of WORKERS. They are also called "HEAD WORKERS". Their decisions are presumed to be the final word in the minds of most of the workers and other overseers. They control a STAFF of the WORKERS. They control the current set of doctrines in their territory. WORKERS below them may be removed at any time without the issue even being brought before the organization. Overseers have the final say in who can become an ELDER. Overseers have the final say if there is debate on whether someone can PROFESS. Overseers hire (accept) and fire (dismiss) WORKERS. Overseers often are kept in separate housing at CONVENTIONS and are served at a table separate from his STAFF of WORKERS.
Younger Overseers or Younger "HEAD WORKERS"
Younger overseers have moved up through the ranks of the WORKERS and have been newly assigned an area to rule in by the OLDER BROTHERS.
Overseers' Geographical Boundaries
The overseers have geographical boundaries (usually at state lines) within which they must work. Overseers determine doctrine within their state. The geographical restrictions are pretty much kept the same each year and are traditional. The boundaries were originally devised by previous OVERSEERS.
The WORKERS on an overseers STAFF are given FIELDS within which to work. They are giving geographical boundaries within which they must remain. The WORKERS in their overseers' area must only teach doctrines approved by the overseer. And doctrines vary from state to state, especially on TVs, radio, remarriage after divorce, divorce and dress codes.
There are several classes of people within the 2x2 movement. Classes are distinguished by who has power to abuse who and get away with it. The organization of the cult was designed (either by the devil) or by William Irvine. It has undergone several changes since its first inception.
"Senior WORKERS" or "Elder WORKERS"
The senior or elder workers are the next highest title below overseers. Other workers must respect them and follow their orders especially at convention time. This is made up of a group of older male workers who are the "Yes" men and "hatchet men" for the overseer. They are chosen and given favors by the overseer because of beliefs that they have and how well they submit to the head worker. Elder workers decide when to "test" a meeting, who can "profess" and who can be baptized into the cult. Elder workers receive more and better speaking times at conventions and special meetings.
The Older Workers
The older workers are the ones who report things in their "field" to their assigned overseer. They are given a "companion" (same sex) to help them. Their companions are typically the younger workers. The older worker is responsible for making appointments, deciding which homes to stay in, where to preach in the field, if/when/or if they will hand out invitations (rare from what I hear now), decisions on elders (with approval of overseer) and other more important "field" decisions.
Regular workers include new workers who are not distinguished. They may be male or female. They serve as the servants to the older workers in the field. They are expected to drive the car, wash the car, change the oil, help with carrying baggage and assisting in the older workers promotion of certain ideas that they like. etc. Workers expect the friends to pay for their car, insurance, make their bed with clean sheets, often wash their clothes, buy them shoes, and fix them meals.
Sunday Morning Meeting Elders
The "Sunday morning meeting elders" are controlled by the senior workers in their fields. The workers decide which older "friend" may receive a meeting in their home. However fewer people want a meeting in their home because of the work involved and the extra care from more visits from workers. Elders are told by the workers who is to go to their meetings and who cannot.
Bible Study Meeting Elders
The Bible study meeting elders have "bible" studies in their homes where people repeat back what they have heard in meetings. The Bible study elder position is the one right before they become a Sunday morning meeting elder.
These are the class of people who provide support for the elders, the younger workers, the older workers, the elder workers and the overseers. They are told where to meet, with whom, when to meet and what gospel meetings to attend. They are expected to pay for the rental of halls either directly or indirectly.
People in the cult refer to people outside the cult as "strangers". For example, "Where there any strangers in the meeting tonight?"
Staff (of workers)
Classes of Followers
|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.|