Professing parents of children of the 2x2 religion have responsibilities for the upbringing of their child just like any other child. Here are some things you may not have considered:
Child Sexual Abuse by Workers
It's no secret now that overseers and workers have molested children. And it's no secret that overseers and workers have covered up child sexual abuse by workers for years.
You might not know that overseers have not done background checks on workers. Overseers would like to think they are not "employers", but according to IRS guidelines, overseers are employers of workers.
Fines, Jail or Prison Time
Child abuse and neglect are considered crimes in many states. You may push this to the back of your mind, but you could go to jail or prison for leaving your child with an overseer or worker if your child is molested.
Consider if your child was taken from you and was being raised by someone else who took your child to some religious services and left them with preachers of a cult who have covered up child sexual abuse for years, had no background check on them and may have molested kids in the past.
When you finally received your child, could you not sue this person for neglect and cruelty and negligence? Wouldn't the court rule in your favor due to the carelessness of this person with your child?
How furious would you be?
Are you doing this to your own kids? Are you leaving them with overseers or workers who have covered up child sexual abuse, or sexually abused kids themselves? Has a background check been done on the workers in your field? Are you asking the overseers if they have done background checks before these workers were hired?
And if you child is molested, and sues, you could be involved in a big court case. And your meeting elder(s) and your "professing" friends may be called to testify. I think it would be good if a child is molested (unfortunate) and sues their professing parents for neglect. It might wake up a lot of parents to how neglectful they are of their children and how cruel it is to cover your eyes to crimes and expose your kids to this.
Don't think it would be just you who could be sued. It would probably involve the workers in your field, the friends and the overseer (employer of the workers). Just think of how popular you could be with the workers. And if this frightens you, perhaps you should care about your child's welfare.
If you think you would just lie in court about your children being abused by workers, then I encourage you should consider the judge of all the earth:
Psalms 94:2 Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.
Psalms 96:13 Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
And if you think "truth" in this psalm means the 2x2 cult, you may want to read the whole psalm. It's better to think clearly about the Bible then face Yahweh on the day of judgment for allowing a child of his to be sexually abused. Remember the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Children Grow Up
Children grow up. When they are small, they will believe most anything. But they get into their teen years, and begin to ask questions. Kids talk at schools. And they have cell phones. Many kids are on INTERNET social media sites like Facebook, Twitter etc. It's not long before kids will learn about William Irvine and how he started the 2x2 religion. They will start comparing your answers to their questions to research they have done online. Then what?
Are your children going to find out that you allowed a worker into your home that was a child molestor? Are they going to find out that you lied about William Irvine?
I can tell you from experience, that it only takes a few sentences of truth to radically transform the relationship between a lying parent and a truth-seeking child. One day your child or teen may go to meetings, and the next day...wow. You may be so amazed. Some professing parents have found out the hard way.
But it's reasonable: if you lie to your kids, and make them prey to child abusers, then what did you really think would happen to your relationship? Don't be surprised as a professing parent if your truth-seeking child thinks that you are a deceive liar and doesn't respect you. Can you blame them?
Don't be surprised if the whole neighborhood looks at you differently as your teen talks to people, perhaps trusting their feedback more than you, because you lied to them and they don't trust you now.
It's one thing for an individual to lie to themselves, and have affairs with workers, or congratulate each other at meetings about how stupid people are for rejecting the workers. But you enter a new realm of consequences when as a parent you deceive children. The law looks at it with much more scrutiny. Your self-justifications to remain a 2x2 may work for you as in individual, but I strongly encourage you to rethink your decision if you have children.
Count the Cost
If you count the cost, I believe you will find it is cheaper now to admit your error and turn to loving the LORD now (eating humble pie) and have the respect of your kids, then to continue on in sin and blindness and have your kids find out the spiritual fraud.
I know 2x2s don't believe in the ten commandments. But I encourage you to read the 10 commandments in Exodus 20 or Deuteronomy 5. Check out the 4th commandment:
Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Can you see that Yahweh visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the 3rd and 4th generations of those that hate him? Do you think idolizing the workers and obeying workers above Yahweh and neglecting your children is an example of hating Yahweh?
Your sins will be visited on your children. Yahweh is the same, yesterday, today and forever. He does not change.
Divided Homes, Broken Relationships
Some parents put down their children who don't profess. They divide the professing against the un-professing, just like the workers do. And it stinks of pride and self-righteousness.
And at some point many worker-worshipping parents will have older teens, some of whom go to meetings and some who don't. And it should be obvious to you, and it's even more obvious to them, that the family is divided, and your love for them is less.
And when these non-professing kids may choose to do drugs, or leave home early, or live with their boyfriend or girlfriend (because they find them to be more listening and loving than you), don't think to say to yourself that you are justified in loving them less because they didn't profess. Have you considered that they feel lost? Have you considered that they know your beliefs but see the huge hypocrisies and it disgusts them? They may not have answers to life's tough questions, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be loved.
Consider if they seem lost that you are the ones who is supposed to teach them. So who's fault is it? Should anyone be loved less. From all the stories I have heard from having this website, and all the people I've talked with on the phone, kids who don't profess do not think much about their parents and can feel the palpable difference in love between them and their "professing" siblings.
Kids are not stupid. Blindness on the parents part is not justification for neglect.
Not Growing Well
Children who don't feel loved often won't do well in school. They may not do well socially. How would you do if you didn't feel your parents didn't love you because you didn't join a religion you felt was stupid?
Kids may develop obsessive-compulsive disorders, they may be shy, act out etc. What do you think kids do when they don't feel loved? Have you seen kids who are loved and supported by parents? They do better. They may learn quicker. Kids may be more gently, apt to get along with others. Have you thought how it affects your child's life if you teach them that all their classmates are going to hell because they don't go to meetings?
Try telling the school counselor what your religious beliefs are...and how you go to listen to homeless, non-educated people about the most important subject of your life. Do you think this educated teacher would think you're crazy? Who would send their kids to go listen about math, reading, writing from an uneducated homeless person?
Don't presume to tell the school counselor that the 12 apostles were not educated. Because the apostles were educated. They were taught by Jesus Christ, the son of Yahweh, the best teacher in the world. And so was Paul, a very learned man who wrote most letters in the Bible.
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