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The Two-by-Twos
« on: May 05, 2011, 04:58:14 PM »
Has anyone heard of the "Two-by-Twos"?

Their clergy are "[r]eferred to as "Workers," "Apostles," and "Ministers," but also called "servants," "handmaidens," and "true shepherds." Shun all formal religious training. State that true ministers must be homeless itinerants, remain unsalaried, give up all possessions, and go out preaching "Two and Two." Ministers remain unmarried, although in the past a handful of married couples were allowed to remain in "the Work." The laity provides the "Workers" with shelter, food, transportation, clothing, money and all other physical needs.

They believe that Jesus is a "god-like human" upon whom rested the "Christ Spirit". They also believe that the Holy Spirit is not a Divine Person, but an emotional/psychological state of godliness that comes from God, but is not God.
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Re: The Two-by-Twos
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2011, 05:36:56 PM »
Yes indeed.  They are also known as the Cooneyites after their Irish founder.  I met a family of them and even went to their church service to witness what they were about.  On the surface they appear like relatively mainstream conservative Protestants.  They refuse to vote and are conscientious objectors in times of conscription.  Their services are 19th century hymns and Scrfipture readings and a long-sermon.  Their women do not cut their hair but nor do they cover it, and they wear it up in a bun or off the face.  The men wear normal clothes.  They hold services in homes but have Gospel meetings in rented halls to which they invite the public via doorknocking - from the two by two missionary/elders.
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