10 Things the Workers Don't Want You to Investigate
- Most workers have taught that they and their "way" of ministry and church in the home have continued down from the commissioning of the original 12 Apostles in Mathew 10. They vehemently deny that it was founded by a man. Other workers teach that "this way" is from creation itself, is "from the beginning," or that "no one knows when it started." However, their religious movement was founded by one William Irvine at the end of the nineteenth century.
- They teach that their "way" is unchanging, citing "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever." However, their doctrines and practices have changed considerably over their short history.
- They don't want you to know where their money comes from, how much they receive, and what they do with it. They claim to be penniless and without possessions, but this is rarely (if ever) the case.
- The workers have always publicly claimed to have no name and to be non-denominational. Yet they have taken official names over the years and registered under these names with governments around the world. In the U.S.A. they are the "Christian Conventions," in Canada they are "Assemblies of Christians," etc.
- They try to appear orthodox in their doctrines and terminology. However, this is not the case. They teach that God the Father and Jesus are not one and the same God, but that Jesus was only a man. Some will say that He was "from God" (i.e., divine), or "a god" (small "g"). Their "gospel" also in no way corresponds with the good news as one sees it preached in the pages of the Bible (their ministry and tradition of worship is the "gospel" they preach). They are exclusive, holding that salvation is impossible unless one hears their "gospel" preached through the mouth of one of their workers, and unless one continues in fellowship with them until death. These are but three of the many cases in which their doctrines differ widely from what is stated in the Bible. They have their own definitions for many terms, which allow them to appear to agree with orthodox doctrine -- without betraying their true, secret tenets.
- They want outsiders to believe that they have no written rules, traditions or codes. Technically, this is generally true, as they have only rarely put anything down on paper. However, new members eventually learn that their conformity to their unwritten traditions and rules is expected and rigidly enforced.
- They do not want you to know about their organization and hierarchy. They pretend to have neither -- yet they are highly organized, with a definite, formal hierarchy.
- They want you to believe that the Bible condemns any goup of believers who meet in or own buildings (for religious purposes) other than homes. This is not the case -- the Bible gives no instruction as to where believers may gather, and indeed gives several examples of meeting in buildings other than homes. They themselves hypocritically construct and maintain buildings for their annual conventions. The Church certainly is not required to meet in a "church" building, and there is nothing wrong with meeting in homes. However, not a single Scripture commands that believers should only meet in private homes.
- They do not want you to examine or question the words of the workers. It is held that God speaks to the world through the mouths of these men and women. To examine or question, thus becomes evidence of a lack of faith. In contrast, the Bible extolls those who "examine everything."
- They don't want you to know who Jesus is, or what the true Gospel is, as clearly stated in the Bible. They tell stories, cite examples, change the subject -- anything to keep you coming to their meetings. Once human relationships have developed, they know that peer pressure and a desire to hold these new friends in a positive light will cause many to stifle questions and to submit to their authority.
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Cult to Christ: The Church With No Name and the Legacy of the Living Witness Doctrine
Elizabeth was born and raised in a nameless and secretive worldwide cult that claims exclusive origin from the New Testament apostolic ministry and blatantly describes all other churches as 'false'. A fourth generation member, she professed faith at the age of sixteen and fully intended to remain there, even when she discovered that the system she believed in was based on a lie. A love story both human and divine, a journey from spiritual bondage to freedom in Christ; this confronting and deeply personal account gives an inside perspective into the mindset of cult members, and reveals the fear and trauma associated with being forced to investigate your own beliefs even if it could mean destroying the very foundations of everything you believe.
The author, Elizabeth Coleman, is one of our moderators at the TLC Forum!
Reflections: The Workers, the Gospel and the Nameless House Sect
This is the first of a series exploring the varied experiences of those who have come out of a supposedly nameless, world-wide religion
which has managed to elude the attention of outsiders for much of its history. The accounts collected here have been written by
former members, worker/ministers, and relatives. Together, they present a fascinating and rare glimpse into a religious system all
but unknown to outsiders. Most of the former members who have written here were passionate believers in "The Way," before being
jarred into reexamination by encounters with serious issues and inconsistencies.
Far from being a clinical examination, these accounts are sometimes stirring, even heart-rending, and always bear the stamp of genuine personal experience.
Reinventing the Truth: Historical Claims of One of the World's Largest Nameless Sects
They meet in homes and in rented halls, presided over by itinerant preachers known as "Workers." This religious fellowship usually goes under the
names listed above, although its members vigorously deny that the group bears any name. As to its origins, the group positions itself as being a
direct continuation of "the New Testament Church." And even though they deny having any organizational structure, the activities of this nameless
sect are world-wide in scope.
It is often very difficult for the outsider to gain any concrete knowledge of this group's doctrine, structure, or history.
Reinventing the Truth
examines these issues, focusing on the historical explanations the group has offered for its origins.
The Church Without a Name
This secretive group has been called by various names over the years: The Two-by-Twos, White Mice, Black Stockings, Pilgrims, The Meeting, The Workers, The Truth, the Secret Sect, Die Namenlosen, Les Anonymes and many others.
But they claim no name of their own. Outside of the group, little has been known of the ways and the diverse belief found among believers in this homespun religion.
Here is a book that exposes the origins and the unwritten traditions of the Two-by-Twos.
The purpose of this book is to summarize the teachings of this religious group in order to encourage people to draw nearer to and obey God.
It is an attempt to bring to light what the workers have tried to hide from the public for over a century.
These are doctrines and behaviors that have been observed and learned by an ex-member whose family has been part of the group for five generations, since the founding of the religion in the late 1890s.
Reflected Truth: Former Workers and Followers Unmask Life in a Large, Little-Known Sect