Why 2x2ism = Despotism & How to fix 2x2ism May 9, 2016 12:16:07 GMT -5
Post by simpleton on May 9, 2016 12:16:07 GMT -5
Back to the original post, the "heart of the matter of what is wrong with 2x2ism". My observations have led me to conclude that the many behavioral traits exhibited by the 2x2 masses (manner of dress, friendship limited except to other 2x2'ers, power of administration given to the ministry, etc) all have roots in the commonly held belief of exclusivity. The idea of exclusivity puts 2x2'ers on an island with each other in a sea of people and drives behavioral traits that have previously defined someone as belonging to 2x2.
You raise an interesting point regarding a link between exclusivity and the behavior /org structure. I don't think that it's the case that a group of people with exclusivist views necessarily results in the particular behavior and org structure. Instead I believe that the org structure came first, then the exclusivity theme was emphasized in order to maintain the org structure.
Think of it like this: Why do 2x2s accept the despotic org structure of their system? Why do they not demand there be 'rule of law' or formal redress processes or an elected board of governors? The answer is widely mentioned by 2x2s - the workers/overseers are 100% driven by God, so whatever they do it is the right thing to do, therefore no need for checks and balances. In otherwords, 2x2s accept a despotic org structure because they believe the despots are 100% benevolent - no chance for nefarious behavior by any people of authority. How do 2x2s come to such a ridiculous belief about a 100% benevolent leadership? Here is where I think your point about exclusivity comes in - only 2x2s have the Holy Spirit in them (all others are false churches), and it's obvious by the behavior of 2x2s (the fruits of the Spirit - clothing, pairwise ministry, home church, etc). Notice that evidence of the Holy Spirit is all external frankly irrelevant things - but things nonetheless which are exclusivist items.
To run the story another way, imagine if Amish folks said they were happy with a despotic org structure because their leaders are 100% benevolent because they have the Holy Spirit in them, and they know this because the leaders never use electricity. Exclusivist behavior as a reason for maintaining a despotic org structure.
This is not a fellowship. This is a cult. It has an extremely bad org structure - that's what makes it a cult.