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.

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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.

I have heard workers and friends alike discussing in our home, and in my presence, issues regarding the 'understanding' of babes...what they were 'getting' and what they weren't, where they were 'growing' and where they weren't. These issues were never discussed in meetings.

Because I grew up in that 'confidential' atmosphere, I believe the things I understood were the intended meaning behind the 'double speak'. I would hear contrary things in the presence of the 'babes' in the guise of protecting them because they 'weren't ready for it.'

I think one's beliefs and understanding about the 2x2's depends a lot on how long a person (or their family) has been professing and how exposed they were to the 'inside scoop'."

The following books were written by people who escaped the 2x2 church!
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.

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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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