Michigan overseer Jerome Frandle was charged with a misdemeanor for Failure to Report Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)
within the 2x2 ministry.
Frandle entered a plea of Not Guilty at the arraignment.
A pretrial motion to dismiss the case based on the argument that Frandle is not a minister fell completely apart.
Frandle's case was to go to trial on April 24, 2012.
Less than a week before the trial, a key witness suddenly forgot a few details and the case was dismissed.
Anyone willing to call that a coincidence?
Frandle's lawyer, of course, will be paid for his services using money donated by the friends, no doubt. Meanwhile lemming Michigan 2x2s will
express their gratitude next Sunday morning for Frandle's "sacrifice" and bob their heads in agreement like good little unwitting sheep.
However, the important question that should be asked is...
What is the penalty in Michigan for intimidating a witness?
This case started when former brother worker Darren Briggs was convicted of Child Sexual Abuse and given a wrist-slap of 180 days in jail.
It is interesting that he only received 180 days given that, after being found out, he fled back home to New York with the assistance of other workers, possibly including Frandle.
Frandle's attorney attempted to defend Frandle by claiming that Frandle is not a minister and thus is not a mandated reporter.
This was pure deception.
How many meetings has Frandle led?
How many gospel meeting missions has he conducted?
How many funerals has he conducted?
How many times has he stood on the platform at convention and preached (the 2x2 version of)
the Gospel to the friends gathered there?
Whose name is at the top of the Michigan workers list?
And he claims he isn't a minister? It's an outright lie.
Are we to assume then that none of the workers are ministers?
Do they not care for their flock?
Do they not care about others, or the salvation of those to whom they preach (the 2x2 version of)
Given that workers are not accountable to their followers, then perhaps it would be fair not to call them ministers. But then, what are they if not ministers?
If they are not ministers, then.... have they been paying their taxes?
If they are not ministers, then under what authority do they excommunicate anyone who questions their authority?
If the workers in Michigan are not ministers, then why are they completing the Ministry-Safe training?
Doesn't make a whole lot of sense, does it?
Where this church is concerned, not much does.
According to Michigan state statute, Comp. Laws § 722.623, mandatory reports include "Members of the clergy."
According to Webster's Dictionary...
: a group ordained to perform pastoral or sacerdotal functions in a Christian church
: to invest officially (as by the laying on of hands) with ministerial or priestly authority
: one officiating or assisting the officiant in church worship
Frandle is trying to tell the court that he is not
a minister (one who officiates in church worship)
because he was not ordained (invested with ministerial authority)
as clergy (performing pastoral functions in a Christian church).
To parse this out, Frandle is arguing that he does not officiate in a church, that he has no ministerial authority, and has no duties in a church.
For this to hold true, Frandle can no longer be a worker, much less overseer of the 2x2 church in the state of Michigan, especially given
that he has declared to the court that he has no authority over the Christians who attend his church.
So, based on this... Jerome Frandle can no longer be considered a worker, or receive the benefits and privileges granted to workers.
He has declared in court that he does not merit it.
The bottom line... Jerome Frandle, an overseer in the 2x2 church, is willing to lie to the court in an attempt to protect himself, but he
does very little to protect the victims of Child Sexual Abuse perpetrated by workers under his responsibility.
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