2x2s, Two by Twos and the 2x2 Religion
The two by twos or the 2x2 religion has too many names: two by two religion, two by twos, 2x2s, 2by2, the Truth, the Faith, the Way, 2x2 faith or 2x2 church. The 2x2 religion operates in most countries of the world under different registered and unregistered names. The religion was founded by a FreeMason William Irvine in about 1897.
So how do you know for sure, that the very group you are thinking of might be the two by two religion?
Positive Identification of 2x2 Religion
To identify the 2x2 religion, for sure, look at their hymnal. In English speaking countries they sing songs from a hymn book simply titled "Hymns Old & New". The 2x2 religion hymn book is published by R.L. Allan & Sons and is titled "Hymns Old and New". You may be handed a hymnal to use during a meeting. Look at the front cover. Does it say "Hymns Old & New"? And turn a page or two - look for the publisher of the hymnal within the first three pages. It will say "R.L. Allan & Sons". Also, Hymn 1 is titled "Tell me the Story of Jesus". If that's it, then you know for sure. Nobody else uses this hymn book, just the 2x2 church.
It is necessary to warn you and describe this religious organization because 2x2s do lie to gain converts. The 2x2 church is secretive about their beliefs too. You would have to press hard with questions to find out they believe you are going to hell for not attending their meetings. I'm warning you because you can waste much time in your life in this anti-Christian cult. And you can really get hurt in the process. The hurts may range from something simple of being lied to...all the way up to child sexual abuse, rape, or bitterness against God.
A Simple Home Church? Think again
2x2s want you to think they are a simple home church or informal Bible studies. "We're a family, not an organization..." they say. You may be invited to home Bible Studies..or to "gospel meeting" run by two preachers in a rented hall or a home. They may tell you "We are not part of any denomination, church or organization." They may claim not to have take a name or be "non-denominational". Two by twos may tell you that these Bible studies are not run by anyone, simply local God-loving folks who are studying the Bible. As a result of being told these things, you may attend...and then later find out these are all lies.
Faith in God or Workers?
The two biggest commandments of God are: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Compare this to the two biggest teachings of the workers: Love the workers as the only true servants of God, and come to the workers' meetings.
The gospel of Jesus Christ as preached by the 12 apostles:
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
What must we repent of? Sin. To repent of sin, we must turn from sin. What is sin as defined by the the prophets, Jesus Christ and the apostles?
1 John 3:4 ...for sin is the transgression of the law
A testament is a will or covenant. A will goes into effect when a person dies. You may know parents and older people who have their wills written up. What was Jesus Christ's will? It is the law of God written in our mind and hearts. Transgression of God's commandments is sin. The will of Jesus Christ is spelled out in Hebrews 8. When Jesus Christ died, his will went into effect.
Hebrews 8:8+ For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Jesus Christ was not just any man. This is how great Jesus Christ is. When he died for our sins, his will/covenant replaced the covenant that the Father made with the children of Israel(who broke the first covenant), making the first covenant the "old testament" and his will the "new testament".
Jesus Christ wants God's law written on our hearts instead of tablets of stone. This is his will. When he died on the cross for us, this is what he wants us to do. What is the law of God?
The Law of God include the ten commandments. Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.
The apostle Paul wrote: "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
The Workers' "Gospel"
The "gospel" of the workers is "Repent of all Christian affiliations, support the workers as the only true preachers and keep coming to meetings so we can keep telling you to keep coming to meetings." Workers/2x2 preachers don't preach, teach or keep the ten commandments/ the law of God.
The two by two workers don't believe the prophets, Jesus Christ or the apostles regarding the definition of the word "sin". They live in sin. They break the commandments of God every week. And it doesn't bother them. Most workers could not even list the ten commandments.
I don't know a single person leaving the 2x2s that knew God's definition of the word "sin". All the ones I talked to thought sin was an ambiguous "missing the mark" or couldn't define sin. And they didn't know the 10 commandments. And they didn't know what the New Testament was (Hebrews 8, Jeremiah 31:34 etc). These people leaving meetings are witness to the false gospel and brainwashing of the workers.
Other Visible Practices of 2x2s: Sunday Morning Meetings
2x2s meet in homes of their elders every Sunday morning for what they call "meetings" or "Sunday morning meetings". This is another one of their big beliefs - Sunday morning meetings in the home. Although many religions meet in homes for convenience, the 2x2s do it out of the commandments of the workers. To you, they may refer to Sunday morning meetings as "Bible studies" or "Bible talks" so that you won't Google the word "meetings". They "worship" on Sundays. And they sing out of their R.L Allan & Sons hymn book each Sunday. If they hand you one to use during the service, this is your chance to positively identify the 2x2s. The hymnal will say "Hymns Old & New" and say R.L. Allan & Sons as publisher. This is a clincher to identify the 2x2 religion.
2x2s attend annual church conventions they call "conventions". Conventions each year are about 2-4 days long and consist of 2-3 services per day. I think of them as big brainwashing sessions. Most children of their followers "profess" or join the group because of the peer pressure of several days.
2x2s will often discourage newcomers from reading about their religion on the INTERNET by saying "It's all full of lies".
Who I am - A Former 2x2 Worker Who Now has Faith in God
My name is Brad Lewis. That's me on the right. I was 18 years old and made a 2x2 preacher. I had to sell everything and give it to them to go preach 2x2 style. That's Randy Russell on the left, my first companion. We went out in pairs - 2 by 2.
I was born and raised in the cult in Oregon. Our family believed the workers. I "professed"/joined at about 10 or 11 years old in the workers' meetings. I was baptized by the worker Stanley Sullivan a year or two later.
In 1989, at age 18, I became a worker in this religion. This is a picture of my "companion"/preacher that I was assigned to work with my first year.
By the second year "in the work", it was obvious this religion had theological problems. I was asking "too many questions" and my companion Craig Jacobsen became uncomfortable. I started preaching lessons taken directly from the Bible. I was confused by our hypocrisy - claiming to love God but gaining a following for ourselves instead. It damaged my health. My companion dropped me of at my parents' place so they could pick up the pieces. My parents didn't know how.
After an emotionally painful recovery from being in the work, and then many years later at about age 33, I went through the struggle of trying to figure out this religion again.
In the process of helping a friend, I found the core evil beliefs of the workers: they wanted me to obey them instead of God. Out of disgust I quit going to meetings. This enormous step took about a year and a half. The workers were teaching lies, knew it, and were doing it anyway.
After leaving meetings, and realizing after 33 years of meetings that I didn't know God, I pleaded to God for help. I came to believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as described in the Bible. I came to believe in his son Jesus Christ, my Saviour.
2x2s Reject the Two Greatest Commandment
The two by twos reject the greatest commandment of God, which is: Love the LORD thy God with all they heart, soul, mind and strength. Why?, you ask? Well they don't believe Jesus Christ is God, so how could they worship God?
Rejecting Second Greatest Commandment
The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. Since followers of the overseers and workers don't love God who inspires us and gives us power to obey him, then how can they love their neighbor as themselves?
All of the ten commandments are based on these two greatest commands. If a person doesn't agree with these two greatest commandments, they won't keep the ten commandments or believe in Jesus Christ, the prophets or the apostles.
Misconduct to Criminal Level
Don't take my word for it. Read letters from their own workers who tell that they don't follow Jesus Christ, messages from a sister worker who says she was raped by an overseer and read the court documents of convicted overseers.Leslie White accused by sister worker of raping her.
2x2s Belief about Jesus Christ
2x2s don't believe Jesus Christ is God. They believe this is false doctrine and of the devil.
2x2s do not believe in the prophesied and written will of Jesus Christ. 2x2s do not observe the New Testament which is the law of God/ the ten commandments written on the heart.
Baptism of Two by Twos by the Workers
Christian baptisms are rejected by 2x2s because Christians believe in a different Jesus Christ than Christians and preach a different gospel than Christians.
Regular Gatherings of 2x2s:
2x2s preach that to join or become a member you must:
Even after all these requirements of theirs, the workers claim you cannot know if you are saved. Somehow you are expected to accept them as saved and of God, damn all others to hell and not know about your own eternal end.
Their "Don't" Beliefs:
Most children know their religion according to what they "don't" believe in. Some rules vary according to overseers and workers as to what degree they are believed or enforced but here are a few that many will recognize:
So if you have identified the group you are thinking about as the two by twos or the 2x2 religion, you can quit attending meetings and decide to read your Bible instead. That's what I did. Jesus Christ himself is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and God our Saviour just as He said He is.
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|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.|