The average 2x2 refuses to investigate the history and doctrine
of his own church. Why would that be? Well, when you've been
taught to believe a certain way for so long, you come to accept
it as absolute truth no matter how close or far from reality
it might be.
Here's an example:
Suppose every day for 30 years I were to tell you that the
box below is blue. For the purpose of this example, let's assume you have
no other source of information regarding this box.
Over time, your perception of this box will conform to what I have told you.
Since you have no contrary evidence against my stance regarding its
you will eventually accept my definition of its color to be absolutely true.
At some point in time, you might want to share the bluebox with
another person. So you bring them with you to your bi-weekly gathering of
fellow blueboxers. This person is almost taken aback by the sheer number
of other people who also profess to the blueness of the box. But over time
they lose the desire to declare the green reality for fear of upsetting their
bluebox friends and family.
Finally, after years and years of blueboxing, everyone is certain of their
rightness in declaring that their box is not only blue, but it also is the only
right box, with all other boxes being false, regardless of their
blue / greenness.
Then one day, all the blueboxers are joined together
in blueboxship at the regional
blueboxing arena. One of the children calls out,
"That box is green!"
And all the blueboxers smile a little nervously as they wait
for the child's father
to take him out for a good spanking.
If this story makes you think about "The Emporer's New Clothes," you're not alone.
Check out these books about the 2x2 church!
Click on the book covers to learn more about each book.
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