This site is about the "2x2 Church" which arrogantly calls itself "the truth."
They want you to believe that their church has been around "since the beginning."
But they will lie in order to convince you. The truth is, this church started in 1897.
This site tells the truth about "the truth" since those in charge of "the truth" do not.
The Four Classes of Saints/Friends
Within the structure of the 2x2 system there is a type of class distinction. This is understood but not talked about within the group. (This distinction does not include the workers who have their own class distinction.) One could say that the "friends" fall into one of these four categories:
1. The Snubbed Saints
The ones who have re-professed several times. Those in divided homes, the very poor, the widows, those with handicaps, disease, obesity, single mothers, the families with special problems. These are the forgotten ones, the ones no one invites to dinner, to sings, etc.
Former "Snubbed Saint" writes:
"It is clear to me now that I started out as a "Celebrity Saint" having professed as an adult "outsider." I gained notoriety in that first year and was paid lots of attention-it seemed like I gained instant friends! But as time went by I soon became a "Snubbed Saint." After all, I didn't have an "in" with the big professing families and worst of all I was from a divided home! The fact that my kids went to meeting for years, yet never professed, was another reason for my low status! But there is still another reason, as I now so clearly see it, for my low standing in the "Way." I never did quite catch on to the deportment of the group-that necessary quiet demeanor, soft speaking voice, lack of "worldly" talk and use of slang, and seemingly gentle spirit which seemed to count for so much!" - S.G.
2. The So-So Saints
These are just the run of the mill, ordinary ones. They aren't ostracized, but neither do they enjoy any privileges or attention. They notice they are left out but aren't sure just what the reason may be They are the main body of neglected "friends." They often have problems with their families leaving the church. They try hard but fail often, having little comprehension of what they believe.
3. The Celebrity Saints
These are the ones who by virtue of professing in only three meetings gain reputation. Or, they may be some personable, wealthy or religious person. These usually have money or status which lend credibility to the church. They also include the older fourth or fifth generation members who have workers for relatives. Newly professing people are in this category for about one year. Then, they too, join the So-So Saints. A change in status often occurs when people move from one location to another.
4. The Superior Saints
These have meeting or convention on their property. Or, they have influence with the head workers. Some of these families even have more influence than some of the workers. Their homes are approved for all gatherings. They are aware of many of the situations in the church that the others never know about. They bear the brunt of most responsibility and privileges. These people are usually better able to verbalize the church beliefs than others.
Former "Superior Saint" writes:
"I have read with interest the discussion on the beliefs among 2x2's re: salvation. The understanding of what is taught hangs precariously on one's history in the group. Those of us who were raised in it, and had generations (in my case four) of hearty service, were 'privileged' to participate in discussions that 'babes' would NEVER experience.