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SIMON * (Site Administrator)

I have never professed within the 2x2 fellowship, however I have many relatives who are members of that church. While there were aspects of it that confirmed for me that I personally would never choose to be involved, I had deep respect for many of the people within it. I strongly believe in the purpose of this site to help people find the place that is right for them in life – whether inside or outside of that fellowship. After building this site, I am very happy to remain involved, in an administrative capacity.

    
CARISSA *

I was raised in the Two by Twos and spent my early adulthood preparing for the work. For the most part I enjoyed my time with the workers and the friends and believed with all my heart that it was the true way of God. Somewhere along the way during my last year or so in the fellowship I began to question behaviours of people that I had grown to respect and some of the beliefs about people outside. I also started to feel that I was suffocating. It just felt like I couldn't grow anymore and I couldn't breathe anymore - that I needed to leave so that I could discover who God wanted me to be instead of who other people wanted me to be. Adjusting to life outside of the Two by Twos was difficult and at times overwhelming but somehow it got easier and opened up a wonderful new world of hope and possibilities that I had no idea existed.


Short Testimonies of a Selection of Mentors

ROSS BOWDEN

I professed when young, and during my teenage years I accepted what I had repeatedly been told - I was part of God’s only true way on earth. Shortly after marrying, my wife and I became increasingly aware of the inconsistencies between God’s Word and what was being preached. We came to understand God’s plan for mankind in a deeper way, why Jesus really came, who Jesus claimed to be and why He was worshipped. We saw more clearly the magnitude of what He achieved for us on Calvary and why because of His death and resurrection we could be right with God and have confidence to approach our Father’s throne of grace. Our decision to leave the 2x2 church was not easy. We felt a need to distance ourselves from the church’s teaching, whilst not distancing ourselves from those we loved in the church. We ultimately settled into a new community of believers where the focus was solely on God and the eternal righteousness that can be ours through the death and resurrection of Jesus, our Saviour. It has been an incredibly rewarding journey.
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PAMELA STEWART

I was born and raised in ‘The Way’. I accepted that it was God’s only Way because of the ‘homeless’ ministers. I believed the teaching that all who left went to hell. I professed at age 14 and wanted to serve God with all my heart. But had no assurance I would be good enough to enter heaven. I was aware of a suffocating and heavy atmosphere – something wasn't right about it. I did not feel able to share this with anyone so I hid it. It became so awful I cried to God to show me what was wrong. He sent someone to my workplace who shared the true Gospel - Jesus died for our sins and paid the penalty so we could be forgiven. My salvation depended upon Jesus alone through faith and repentance not in a homeless minister. ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no-one can boast' (Ephesians 2 v 8-9). I learned God had given me a gift, an ability to discern error, a distortion of Scripture that deceives people to trust in something God never intended. Leaving the group was the hardest thing I have ever done but I knew God wanted to use me as an example to help others and my book ‘The Certainty of the Unexpected’ was written to do that.

JOHN

I came to Christ while in the 2x2 fellowship. But I became progressively disillusioned and frustrated by the incomplete doctrine that I witnessed being preached inside the church. This increasingly made me feel 'out of step' with the majority of my brothers and sisters. In time the doctrinal concerns began to weigh me down heavily and this led me to seriously consider my future in the fellowship. After much thought and prayer I was satisfied I could not continue while maintaining my integrity. Leaving wasn't easy but I can honestly say I have never regretted my decision since I left. I am very grateful for where God has led me since and for all the help and support others gave my family, as we made our step into the unknown. It has improved my life. God has been wonderfully gracious in all that He has opened up to us.
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LORETTA *

I have spent many happy years in the 2x2 church. That is not to say that I have never had times of doubt and concern. There was definitely a time when I went through the turmoil of considering the pros and cons of leaving the fellowship. Leaving the church would have had huge impacts on others in my family and would likely have meant making the journey on my own. In the end I felt the impacts on my own life and others close to me would have been too great for me to bear. I am satisfied that the decision to stay is the right one for me in my circumstances. At the same time, I rededicated my life to living with my faith set in Jesus. I am happy. I feel assured that God understands my decision and the commitment that I have made to focus on following Him only.

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