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.

Affiliated Sites

Telling The Truth
The largest collection of 2x2 historical documents on the Internet

The Liberty Connection - Forum
Discussion board for former members of the 2x2 church

The Liberty Connection - Website
Stories and experiences in the 2x2 church

2x2 Dictionary
Terms & Definitions

Reasons Why Friends & Workers Left Meetings

What 2x2s say... What We say...
The following excerpts were said about, or directly to, people who have departed the 2x2 church. Readers will note the complete lack of logical reasoning.
  • they were offended
  • they believed that history stuff
  • they are apostates
  • unwilling
  • rebellious
  • loved the world
  • got mixed up with the internet lies
  • never got the revelation
  • didn't have a good understanding (parable of seed which sprang up and withered in the sun)
  • didn't get it
  • never got it
  • married outside
  • wanted to remarry after divorce
  • differences in doctrine
  • too religious
  • wanting his own way
  • got caught up with the world
  • he knows this way is right
  • We are praying that your eyes will be opened.
  • They wanted to start their own church.
  • They wanted to do their own thing.
  • They'll be back when they find out that there is nothing better.
  • "They went out from us because they were not of us" (quoting 1 John 2:19).
  • They didn't love the truth.
  • They got puffed up.
  • They know this Way is right, but...
  • They didn't have the right Spirit.
  • They found it was just too hard.
  • They lost their way.
  • They nibbled the cheese.
  • They loved the world more than the Lord.
  • They lost heart.
  • They let education go to their head.
  • never learned to submit
  • their love waxed cold
  • they fell away
  • they lost out
  • lost their vision
  • took their eyes off the Lord
  • "these things" took him/her away
  • _____ took them out of the Lord's favor
  • their heart was hardened
  • they've been reading the lies on the internet
  • they got bitter
  • they were too weak
  • they were too headstrong
  • they were taken in by false religion
  • but they know this is right
  • they are unGodly people
  • they left what they knew to be God's only Truth and Way
  • He turned aside.
  • They were disobedient.
  • Need to stop questioning.
  • They had the wrong spirit.
The following excerpts are from various people who have departed the 2x2 church.
  • A hurtful experience, in which it became evident that a lot of lies were necessary to make this appear to be "the truth."
  • Lies masqueraded as "Truth" played a big part.
  • Being lied to about what is believed and is expected to be supported.
  • Being lied to about the origins of the workers and meetings.
  • Not being allowed to question or challenge false doctrine.
  • Being expected to quietly submit to teachings which one sees as seriously in error.
  • Getting fed up with being dismissively put down.
  • Not being allowed to object to lies being told about one's self or one's family.
  • Being told that one is no longer to participate.
  • Being told that one is not saved (and similar words to that effect) and must submit and re-profess before being reviewed before taking part again.
  • Because of the coverups and the silence about William Irvine and the beginnings.
  • I never got taught the truth about Jesus in the meetings and I could not stand the boredom of them any longer or the silly dress code.
  • I left meetings because I finally realized that it was limiting my relationship with God.
  • 2x2s put conditions on unconditional love.
  • No accountability. No transparency. No real leadership.
  • Finally figured out that Jesus was 'the Way', not our little group.
  • Finding out there was no unbroken line "from the shores of Galilee".
  • Realising the doctrine that all others were going to hell was no longer credible.
  • Watching our son be kicked out of the group for asking questions.
  • There were just too many false and wrong interpretations of the scripture.
  • Inadequate dealing with questions
  • Examples of fallacious reasoning
  • Lack of unity
  • Presence of immorality
  • Requirement of celibacy
  • Abuse of authority by workers
  • Abuse of power by workers
  • Lack of joy
  • Organizational structure
  • Conformity required
  • Lack of love
  • Lack of charitable works
  • Lack of converts
  • Presence of judgment and scorn
  • Secrecy regarding money
  • Presence of church buildings
  • Presence of EXTREME legalism
  • Incompetent advice
  • Idolization of the workers
  • Idolization of the system
  • Withholding baptism and the emblems
  • Lack of knowledge regarding of Holy Spirit and His work
  • Misplaced emphasis on works
  • Doctrinal ambiguity
  • Required to be hypocrites
  • Misplaced emphasis on sacrifice/suffering
  • Presence of women preachers
  • Lack of teaching for adults and especially for children
  • Lack of preaching/teaching emphasis on nature of sin
  • Lack of accurate teaching regarding prayer/natural things
  • Lack of spiritual food
  • Indifference to errors
  • Obedience is mandatory--Not a free choice
  • I would attend meetings and hear how wonderful "the truth" was and "the way" that we were in, but all I saw was unhappy people.
  • I couldn't stand the abuse of my children and I any longer.
  • I left because of lies that were spread about me.
  • Workers committing sex offenses being moved to other fields by overseers who knew about the crime and did nothing about it.
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.

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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