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I grew up in Co Fermanagh Northern Ireland and my maternal grandparents and many of my relatives were all part of the 'meeting people' as it was euphemistically called. I attended Sunday morning meetings, missions and convention with my grandmother and was mystified by this claim that they were the only way to heaven!
My curiosity meant that I simply had to dig deeper to find out what motivated this idea of exclusivity and in 2008 I started to research the 2x2 movement for a Master of Philosophy degree at Queens University, Belfast. I researched the movement's history, sociology and theology and was awarded a degree for my thesis in 2012.
Getting the information for my research was a long and arduous task but with tenacity I got there!
I published by thesis, Two by Two the Shape of a Shapeless Movement in 2013. www. irvinegrey.com .
So there is nothing about the Demiurge or anti-materialism teachings like are commonly part of Gnosticism. Plus, whereas in Gnosticism, salvation is commonly considered to be from sacred "knowledge" (gnosis), according to the article, in the Two by Twos' group, "Salvation is achieved through willingness to uphold the church's standards, by faithfully following in "the way", and by personal worthiness."The orthodox Christian Trinitarian doctrine is rejected, and members are told to deny any church name. ... The church has rejected the doctrine of the Trinity since its inception.[Q] Though members believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, they hold a unitarian view of Christ. The Holy Spirit is held as an attitude or force from God. Jesus is God's son, a fully human figure who came to earth to establish a way of ministry and salvation, but not God himself.
Two by Twos - Wikipedia
Unlike later secretiveness, initially, the church was in the public eye, with questions about it being raised in the British Parliament beginning in 1900. .... Apart from their hymnals, officially published documentation or statements from the church are scarce, which makes it difficult to speak in depth about its beliefs. Some former members and critics of the church have made statements about its beliefs, although these points have rarely been publicly responded to by any authorities within the church. ... The Bible itself is held as insufficient for salvation unless its words be made "alive" through preaching of its ministers.[N] The extemporaneous preaching of the ministry is considered to be guided by God and must be heard directly. Great weight is given to the thoughts of workers, especially more senior workers. Salvation is achieved through willingness to uphold the church's standards, by faithfully following in "the way", and by personal worthiness. Doctrines such as predestination, original sin, justification by faith alone, and redemption as the sole basis of salvation are rejected.[O] The church is exclusive — all other churches, religions and ministries are held to be false and salvation is only obtainable through the Two by Two ministry and meetings.