Bondage in the 2x2 Religion

Bondage comes from man-made rules but true liberty comes from faith in God.

2Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

While I was a follower of the 2x2 religion, I had come to believe that rules (although we had rules) were not good and that people telling you what to do was something to be avoided. We didn't have oversight or accountability. We had tattle tales and gossips but no real direction of the LORD. I didn't realize the bondage that I was in, because I had never known the freedom of God's will.

Many comment after they quit going to meetings that they feel an immense freedom or relief. And this is true. I felt immense freedom, not from quitting meetings, but by not listening to the workers. Trying to believe the workers and believe in God was an impossible task.

Most people who quit meetings have left the bondage of the workers, but quickly enter into other bondages of false religion or many become atheist (a religion of itself), coming to have faith in evolution and other vain theories of men. Few, and I mean very few, people who leave the 2x2 religion ever come to know God, and many who actually hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, ever accept Jesus Christ as LORD.

Most who leave the 2x2s, follow the same pattern of the workers, picking and choosing from the Bible what they will or don't want to believe and accepting excuses of others to justify their cause. No different than the religion that they left.

Many 2x2s even claim that the workers aren't always right. But they still claim that the workers are the only true servants of God. The Bible says that "...of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." My conclusion is that these people who have been overcome by the workers and their recruiters are brought into bondage, whether they want to believe it or not.

Exodus 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

It was only until I left the 2x2 cult, and came to know God as the creator of heaven and earth. I realized that His commandments were binding to myself. I became servant to God and at that point felt true freedom. I felt freedom in God's will to do things that were good; things that gave me joy, peace and rest of heart. I have found that most people don't care to hear about the commandments of God. One "Christian" woman told me she believed that the sabbath was "bondage". How does she think that resting from our own work and doing God's work bondage? How can we believe in God who created us if we don't trust His commandments or word. Is God a liar bringing us into bondage, or does God give us liberty, peace and rest of heart?

I encourage you not to have close relationships with people who view God's commandments as bondage. I have only found liberty in the counsel of God and the doctrine of the apostles. Believing in God's word will result in judgment and people who don't love God's word will feel it too.

Increased Bondage When Asking Questions

The story of the children of Israel being delivered from the cruel taskmasters and the king of Egypt is a story that people coming out of false religions into a relationship with God can understand and relate to.

More Work

Exo 5:8 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God. Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.

The workers get angry when people start inquiring about the God of heaven and learning to worship God instead of the workers. They may start spreading rumors to discredit you. They may tell others about private things they know about you from living in your home. They may try to drive a wedge between you and your spouse or your kids. The burden on you and the stress can seem overwhelming. Their goal is to make leaving the cult very difficult emotionally and mentally. They want you to tell God that it's too much work to leave and blame God for the stress on your life. Please remember that it is the workers that teach the lies which create the stress. They are doing the evil, not God. Trust the LORD to deliver you from evil cults. I think you will find it helpful to read Exodus chapters 1 through 5.

I remember when I began questioning the workers that more lies and burdens were laid on me. They tried to put me fear. They said that they were in authority over me and I had to obey them. They were like the Egyptian taskmasters. And in order to obey them, I would have had to gather more straw (reasons to support their beliefs) to make their bricks (ideas to build up their imaginative treasure cities). Since the WORKERS didn't want me to read and pray with my friend Phu, I stuck to my faith in a few things I believed in the Bible and did not obey them. When I finally quit going to meetings, I felt immense relief. The burden of believing and accepting the workers was gone. I could not justify their putrid fruits as coming from God. Instead, I felt very lonely and afraid. I realized I didn't know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But God showed himself to me and I know and love God now.

Just as God gave to Moses his word and strong signs to show them, God had given to me strong signs that he was helping me. I had my Bible and I knew it was the Word of God. The words of the Bible encouraged me to read and pray with my friend. And I had the specific commandments of Jesus Christ in Matthew 18 on how to deal with offenses. This was a sign that I was in the right. There were things that Dave Nealon, Milo Wicks, Harold Bennett, Linda Brist, Jeff Uding and others could not refute. Jeff Uding and Dave Nealon said that those words of Jesus Christ did not apply, but when I challenged them on it, they could not find any verses that would apply. God showed me that they were unreasonable, unGodly and confused.

Missing Meetings, Not Giving Your Testimony

If you miss meetings or don't give your testimony in meetings, then after a bit the workers may have a talk with you. They may wait a bit if they think it's just a phase, but if it lasts too long, they're going to start asking questions. You may feel it goes like this:

Exodus 5:14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?

The workers way depends on people attending meetings and giving their testimony. Consider this: If nobody gave their testimony at a meeting when workers weren't preaching, how long would a meeting last? If no one went to meetings, how long do you think the workers' brainwashing would last? Would people allow the workers to keep living off of them? They have an organization built on lies that requires continual rebuilding (bricks made of straw and clay) and it will all fall down without everyone's "slave labor". It's a high maintenance religion of man and I think it best to leave the task masters and learn about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

People Who Warn The 2x2s

If you warn the 2x2s, you can probably relate to this:

Exodus 5:21 And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.

And God may have heard this from you:

Exodus 5:22 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.
Matthew 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

In summary, God knows what he's doing. Leaving the 2x2s may not be easy, so don't tell people it is. Things will probably get rough before they get better. Leaving the 2x2 religious services will bring a temporary freedom. Most people quickly go back into the bondage of another religion, justifying themselves in the company of people they choose. Quitting most religious services do. But I have only found true freedom and joy in putting my faith in the LORD and his word and commandments for my life. Only God's word frees me from bondage.

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