2x2 Doctrine... written by a 2x2
Finally... a 2x2 has written down their version of 2x2 doctrine and posted it online.
Here's my effort toward a sincere and honest assessment of the majority view within the Fellowship regarding key doctrines.
- God is not a trinity
- There is only one God, the Father
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is divine but never to be called "God"
- The Holy Spirit is an impersonal force that emanates from God and Christ
- Strong belief in solo scriptura which is not the same as sola scriptura - the former emphasises the totality of knowledge about the truth exists solely in the Scriptures and that no additional understanding or clarification can come forth from any source outside of the Scriptures.
- Emphasis on the practical component of the New Testament
- Many professing people - particularly Gen Xers - deny that the Scriptures are infallible or inerrant. Many believe the Scriptures contain mistakes. Whenever there is doubt about some element of Scripture, the ultimate authority are the practices and behaviour of Western professing people.
- Workers are authoritative teachers of the Bible, but not the only authoritative teachers. Some believe they are fallible, others hold the Workers as inerrant teachers.
- There is no original sin. Human beings are born innocent and are schooled in sin by the environment and a wilful human nature.
- Human nature must be erased and replaced with a divine nature.
- Strong emphasis on free will - both sin and salvation are voluntary choices.
- There are three sacraments
- Baptism by immersion - does not of itself revoke sins
- The emblems (Lord's Supper) - which are only signifiers, but many maintain are also conduits of grace, and that by eating sins are removed.
- The ministry (Holy Orders) - God calls, sanctions, and marks individuals for the ministry
- Church buildings are markers of false religiosity
- Public collections of money do not belong in worship and must be avoided
- Organ and piano musical accompanyment only
- Unrehearsed preaching - no notes must accompany the minister
- Salvation is never assured until after death
- It is possible to lose salvation at any time
- Jesus "makes it possible" for us to live a righteous life
- Jesus atones for sins, but does not justify - justification is dependant on our actions
- Justification and sanctification are the same thing
- We are justified by a life of ceaseless self-denial and personal sacrifice
- We are not saved by grace alone through faith alone
- Grace is power that God grants the believer to accomplish good works
- Salvation is largely dependant on persevering in the church to the end
- Salvation is absolutely impossible for those outside the church
This is my honest and heartfelt assessment of what is a majority opinion from my experience.
Obviously there are exceptions, and I do not promise that this account is accurate in all places, at all times.
It should be noted that this article is not representative of the views of the author. The author himself has many times
expressed beliefs which are contrary to mainstream 2x2 teaching. This article was an attempt to put into writing,
as he stated, "the majority view within the Fellowship," and now it is up to the wolves in 2x2 clothing
to denounce his work for fear that somebody might think that their beliefs do not line up with the Bible... which is the
primary reason the 2x2 church has avoided writing down their beliefs all this time. If that is their fear, then
the above author is to be commended for shining some light into one of the biggest things 2x2s don't talk about... their beliefs.
What a concept!
But one must wonder. What happened to "workers go out in pairs?" How else did they come to be called the 2x2 church if
it weren't for the so-called requirement of ministers going out "two and two?" Is the author suggesting by omission that the majority
of the 2x2 church does not believe in such a requirement? The author obviously missed this one. The majority of 2x2s believe that
workers must go out in pairs and that church can only be held in someone's home; and that's why they are the ONE TRUE CHURCH. D'uh...
The following books were written by people who escaped the 2x2 church!
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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!
A look inside a worldwide, supposedly nameless religion that meets in homes and rented venues, yet is almost unknown even to many
friends and relatives of its members. This book collects accounts of the varied experiences from many former members. Although it
has managed to elude public attention for most of its history, this group has been known by various names, both officially taken and
nicknames, that include: Two by Twos, the Testimony of Jesus, Meetings in the home, Assemblies of Christians, Christian Conventions,
The Truth, the Workers and Friends, the No-name church, the Way, Blackstockings, Die Namelosen, Kristna i Sverige,
Non-denominational meetings, Gospel meetings, Les Anonymes, Cooneyites, etc. Revised and expanded second edition.
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.
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.
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