Sexual Abuse within the 2x2 Group
Sexual abuse in 2x2 religion has happened from the foundation of the movement. The acceptance and covering up of it by the overseers, workers, elders and parents has allowed it to continue to happen.
The 2x2 cult is loaded with sexual abuse problems. Having been a worker myself, I can tell you the inside scoop on this issue. I have talked with the previous Oregon overseer about things and also had a companion worker who had "issues"/multiple affairs (I believe most workers have issues of some sort). Plus, I heard things that other workers talked about with my companion and me. Lastly, I overheard conversations between Howard Mooney and Wayne Harris about sexual crimes committed by workers. Also, I was told by my older companion Randy Russell (he had been in work 13 years at that point) that workers were moved to other fields until "things quieted down" whenever there were problems.
Children of 2x2 professing parents are the most vulnerable victims of sexual abusers. Their parents often love/idolize the workers above even their own children. Their parents are taught in meetings and by other parents not to listen to anything that would hurt their faith in the workers. And child sexual abuse by workers and elders damages their reputation. So cover-up of child sexual abuse has been a historical fact of the 2x2 religion and probably continues to this day. More and more stories are coming out.
Why is There So Much Sexual Abuse?
Why is there so much sexual abuse in the workers' religion? What does the Bible say?
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Well, that's clear. 2x2s told that Jesus Christ is God will deny it (spirit of antichrist). The people profess as stated in scripture above. They idolize the workers instead of praising of God. Have you ever been to a meeting where a worker lifted their hands to heaven and said "Praise God!"? I have not. Their behavior is evidence of their focus of worship. Now, ask yourself, how many times have you heard 2x2 praise, idolize or thank the workers?
Reported Statistics of Child Sexual Abuse
Emory University psychiatrist Dr. Gene Abel reports:
Please tell me. How many stories of child sexual abuse have come out? How many are still being repressed by children squelched by their parents? If we take all the stories we know about, divide it by .03 (3%), how many cases are there? And of those cases, multiply that times 52 (taking the smaller number) and tell me how many children have been affected? Of the children who have been affected, how many do you think will be messed up inside? And how many will they affect? Is anyone now going to tell us "It's not a big deal"?
Let's do some math. Let's say you live in Oregon. Maybe you know 50 workers "fairly well" enough that you would know if they sexually abused children. And you know one worker who molested children. As stated before, only 3% of cases are detected. But here, we are talking about people who idolize workers. Yet, to be conservative, let's see how many workers have statistically molested workers. 1 worker divided by .03 = 33 workers. Yes! For every case you hear about, there are probably 33 workers you don't know about!
And of those 33 workers, if each only molested 52 children, then we multiply 33 workers x 52 children per worker = 1716 molested kids! But it doesn't stop there. 1,716 molested kids who will hate God because of their perception of God as caused by the workers' religion.
Now, let's keep going, because most of these kids live. How many of those 1,716 kids will heal in a religion of repression? And of those kids, how many of them will become workers or elders and come to molest kids (because many have been taught that it was OK, and they were helping the worker stay in the work etc)?
And say, you've only heard of one worker who was molesting kids. Is this worker still in fellowship? Have they made restitution to all their victims? Have they openly repented? Are they recovered? Are they still taking part in meetings despite the unresolved and unreconciled past of offense and criminal acts of hurt?
Different Rules for Workers and the Friends
If some of the friends cannot take part in meetings because of fornication, then why can workers who have molested kids continue to not only take part in meetings, but also be preachers/workers, preach in meetings and take part in the bread and fruit of the vine?
Now, after the math has done, and you have now been led by the hand through some logical conclusions, "Is it a big deal to cover-up the sexual abuse of children?"
If you don't think it's a big deal to cover-up child sexual abuse, I would like to hear from you. There's a form at the bottom. And if you don't think child sexual abuse is a big deal, then the workers will welcome your children with open arms. The love you.
If you don't talk about child sexual abuse with your kids, the workers will certainly take advantage of that.
Do your own research. Do you think the research on child sexual abuse is faulty? Do you think you know better? Please, do your own research. Publish the results and let's get out the truth.
Abuse Patterns - Sexual and Otherwise
Workers learn early on that abuse is OK, as long as it is done in the LORD's name and you are doing it (or can convince others) for the "good of the kingdom". The pattern of picking and choosing and twisting scripture to justify the 2x2 beliefs is set early on in a worker's career. And they learn, that since they believe they are the "only way" (not Jesus Christ), that cover up of sins to maintain their image is more important than believing in Jesus Christ and the cleansing of sins. Better, they learn, to cover up sins and uphold the "reputation" of "the kindgdom" than to admit sin, plead for forgiveness and be saved through the blood of the Lamb of God. Sadly, the reputation the workers have gained has been that of cover-up of child sexual abusers. Ruben Mata and a host of others is a good example of that. And please remember, that's only the 3% that we know about!
Just shows how much they really believe in their conscience-soother, "The way is perfect, but the people are not." If they really believed this, why not admit sin and believe in Jesus Christ for the cleansing of conscience? Why not compensate people for their wrongs? Why not care about the people who are hurt?
I believe children bear the brunt of the sexual abuse problems in the 2x2 religion. It's the children that are affected by the pressure to profess. It's the children that are pressure by the workers to idolize the workers. It's the children who are commanded to sit in meetings for hours on end in conventions. It's the children who the parents often take their frustrations out on. It's the children who are made to conform to the image the workers desire because the children don't have much choice. They were born into a family and have no resources to leave the abusive environment.
Children respond to this pressure through stress-symptoms, nervous breakdowns, acting out, bolemia, anorexia etc. Even forcing outward conformance through buns of hair, long dresses etc cannot coverup the sadness and depression inside. "Unpassionate" describes their love life with the 2x2 religion.
As one person testified (without reprimand) in a California convention ~"It's a sign of our love for God when we love the workers more than our own children." Yes, excuse me while I go vomit. Obviously this person doesn't know the definition of "Idolatry", nor "Love your neighbor as yourself". It has turned by the workers into "Love us more than yourself or your kids."
The parents are used by the workers to do their evil work in the children. And when children don't accept the 2x2 religion, it's the parents who are blamed by the workers, and then the parents often take it out on the children. Again, the children bear the brunt of the abuse. "If I would have been more faithful..." the parents say. Faithful? What? Like wear your hair in a bun more days out of the week, type of faithful?
Abused boys can learn from their abusive dad how to misuse, use and abuse women when they get older.
Abused girls are acclimatized to abuse and as women marry abusive men.
The abuse continues for generations.
I know children that have suffered nervous breakdowns as early as about 12 years old. Some children suffer emotionally from lack of love, some from psychological abuse, some from sexual abuse and some from being beaten and physically abused. As long as parents adopt the 2x2 religion with its false "gospel" of inequality of love, hatred for people who don't belong to their group, refuse to believe in the ten commandments, then the abuse will continue. The 2x2 religion and abuse of children cannot be separated. Abuse in many forms is the byproduct or fruit of the 2x2 religion.
Even people who have left the cult have trouble wrapping their mind on how overseers and workers have knowingly done so much evil. It is mind boggling. Even Godless people shun the OVERSEERS, WORKERS and the FRIENDS for their evil ways. And many relatives of people in the 2x2 religion are ashamed of them. People who escape the cult had no idea of how many stories of abuse, sin and crime were withheld from them by the OVERSEERS, WORKERS and FRIENDS.
Acceptance of Pedophile Activity in the 2x2 Religion
A "Gospel" Which Promotes Child Sexual Abuse
Pedophile activity, adultery, fornication, rape, emotional and psychological abuse of women will never go away from the 2x2 religion. The essence of their "gospel" is the absolute control and authority of the WORKERS who are to be idolized. Therefore, all actions done by the WORKERS must be accepted. I firmly believe after hearing stories that children are emotionally disabled, ridiculed, doubted, put in fear, made to doubt their salvation and otherwise psychologically bound and gagged BEFORE children are ever molested through the avenue of the "gospel" of the WORKERS. I believe child sexual abuse, immoral activities, unrighteousness in general are the fruit and being of the false gospel taught by the WORKERS. The WORKERS who know about the child sexual abuse and cover it up, share them as companions etc, is proof of their acceptance and how child sexual abuse fits in with their belief system.
"It's like David." NO, It's not.
I have heard 2x2 recruiters justify the child sexual abuse, claiming it was like David when he sinned with Bathsheba, and that "all churches have these problems". These are outrageous lies used to deceive brutish individuals who don't know their Bibles and don't know "other churches".
First off, many Christians churches preach the ten commandments which labels such abuse of children as "sin" and "evil". People who practice these sins are excommunicated by the church and are not fellowshiped with. Contrast that with pedophiles, adulterers and fornicators who are presently in fellowship with 2x2s. Take for example, Leslie White, accused of raping a woman worker. He's still in fellowship with 2x2s. Look at Ruben Mata, who molested children in Mexico, was moved up to USA to avoid prosecution and finally was jailed his new sexual crimes against children in the USA. Many workers and elders knew of the problem and worked together as they often do to promote "their kingdom" (of Satan). There are numerous other historical facts of similar fashion.
Secondly (and I believe this is enough), David was confronted by a prophet and confessed his sin. This is different than the 2x2 coverup and moving abusers from field to field by the overseers. Also, David confessed his sin to the LORD and forsook it. This is different that the overseers who have covered up child sexual abuse by their workers for years and have moved them into new fields, given NO WARNINGS to parents, put them in meetings and homes with children! and have promoted a gospel that encourages parents to threaten their own children who complain when they are violated. This is not the love of God, and not people after God's own heart. Unrepentant sin leads directly to hell. What the overseers have done, and continue to teach is nothing like David's sin and repentance in the Bible. They are simply justifying unrepentant sin, wickedness and iniquity. And this is why the 2x2s hate Christians who believe in God. Darkness cannot understand nor comprehend light.
They probably exist in a very very few examples, but I have NEVER met a worker that I would regard a psychological sexual 'pervert' or as a clinical pedophile. The reason some have been included in this kind of description is simply the result of a hopeless sexual starvation, and being placed in an environment that clearly overtaxed the will to resist temptation. A doctrinal construction of 2x2ism.
Forbidden to Marry
The cult teaches that as a worker you cannot marry. If you break the rule, they kick you out of the work. But it doesn't stop there. If you are kicked out, then you are deemed a failure. They misuse Jesus' words, "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Jesus never started the cult and the people Jesus was talking to were not 2x2 workers. The overseers misapply the word of the Lord.
1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Co 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
Shunning People Who Disagree or Who Question
The problems are so deep rooted and inaccessible due to perverse doctrines that most people are overwhelmed and either bury them in their forgetfulness or leave the group.
Followers of the workers' way are controlled and manipulated with fear. Here's a quote from an Australian about a former overseer who molested children.
As a individual who has had personal dealings with this poor excuse that calls himself a worker and Christian, i have from a child felt creeped out by this man and would never allow myself to be alone with him, he stayed in our home. when i spoke out saying he was creepy i was condemned.. I believe i understnd why the rest of these girls wont stand up and be counted. Its called FEAR. FEAR of condemnation from those who stand beside this man and fund his defence and support his action.. as far as im concerned they are as guilty as him.. and they call themselves Christians. They have covered up and looked the otherway for far too long. May God have mercy on all these souls when they meet their judgment day.. No human law will ever be justice.. REAL JUSTICE. Ive watched the man sit there and lick his lips while around young children like they were his next feed.... He MAKES ME SICK ALONG WITH THOSE WHO STAND BY HIM AND HIS SICK WAYS.. SHAME ON YOU ALL. sheena66 on May 23, 2011
Sexual abuse Coverup
Sexual abuse is a huge problem that I believe goes largely undealt with. For examples workers having sex with kids and the overseers moving the workers around to cover up the situation. You can tell who the coverup people are by who the overseers move into a field after there has been some "issue" or "disturbance" in a field. Read about the worker Ruben Mata who was convicted of his sex crimes against children. Who knows how many other children were affected. Because of the followers worshipping the workers, the workers are embarassed totally and loath to admit any wrongdoing to get help for themselves.
Just recently Darren Briggs (2x2 worker) was sentenced in Syracuse, NY. See news article.
I have heard an account from my mother about a man sexually abusing his own daughter in the Portland area. It was also reported that he was confronted about it and he made things right with his daughter. Unless the Bible is followed and abusers are confronted, their crimes will most likely continue and cause horrible scarring.
It has been reported to me personally that much sexual abuse happens within the 2x2 group. I've talked to several members who have made statements regarding sexual abuse in the 2x2 group. Here's a link to a website of a man said to be abused by the worker Noel Tanner (google "Noel Tanner sexual abuse worker" because the link keeps changing).
My website doesn't focus on sexual abuse, but many people have reported to me sexual abuse they've experienced at the hand of workers. More information is being gathered on this.
See also http://www.wingsfortruth.info - Wings For Truth - Child Sex Abuse Prevention.
I have been contacted by several people who have been sexually abused by 2x2 elders and 2x2 followers. Unfortunately some people have committed suicide because they could not deal with the hurt and pain caused by the 2x2s.
If you are the victim of sexual abuse, please report it to the authorities in your area immediately. If you need help in doing this, feel free to contact me.
Workers Gossip and Slander
One of the biggest problems in the cult is that workers are not trustworthy. Workers insist on staying in people's homes (rather than getting their own) and tell other 2x2s about what they hear in those homes. New workers coming into the field will often share their bias with new workers rather than let the new workers make decisions on their own. People's marriage issues etc are blabbed to elders and their wives in the field. It is common knowledge that the workers are the biggest gossipers around. The workers don't have meaningful employment to keep themselves busy so they get involved in business that isn't theirs. This makes marriage issues harder with all the gossip. When workers don't like one person in a marriage, then they may slander them to others in the field, dropping hints here and there to turn people against them. When workers belittle others with issues, then it makes it even harder for them to get help for their own problems.
Lies & Hypocrisy
2x2 Mind Control
Lyles letter - Tim Severud
Fears of 2x2s
|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.|