Then Irvine was expelled (and afterwards Cooney), and uncomfortable questions began to be met with lies and diversions. Though they had disguised some of their unorthodox teachings from the outset, there developed a dual set of explations: one for the world, and another for the professing few, along with the development of terminology that looked orthodox from the outside, but hid esoteric meanings that were anything but. The doors closed and street preaching largely ended, which produced an environment where the myth-making and skewed doctrinal innovations could continue without being examined or questioned by outsiders. For a while, that worked and growth continued in more rural areas. A series of revelations beginning in the 1940s, and continuing through the 1980s was met by severe crackdowns. That worked, too, and some growth continued. The various books, from Parker and even moreso with subsequent publications, caused a minor exodus, but there again, cracking down on dissent, forbidding such materials and enforcing Two by Two doctrinal tenets minimized the damage. Only with the Internet did the ugly lies and false claims begin to seep into the consciousness of the Friends, and folks began leaving in greater numbers. To counter this, the workers began to loosen up on the "Standards" and stopped forbidding things like Internet access. This only worsened the outflow and led to further uncomfortable information being uncovered. In areas where things were loosened more and some of the past acknowledged, the more it confirmed to folks that they had been misled, and the worse the loss in numbers. Further loosening of the "standards" has occurred lately, but it seems to be a vicious cycle - the more the workers allow people to deviate from the doctrines and standards, the more leave. Has it reached the point of no return?
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