So far in the USA we have learned that two groups of religious people perished after government became involved in investigations of allegations.
After the experience that government officials had on November 18 1978 with Jim Jones and the religious group he led, government again involved itself even more forcefully investigations against David Koresh. In both cases, while the beliefs of both groups were publicly available, the government officials acted as if they had more authority over those people than their God. And in both cases the beliefs centered on End Times Prophesy.
With the Royal Commission in progress in Australia, in which government once again is investigating religious groups, one might hope that this time round the government officials will first investigate AND RESPECT the beliefs of religious groups before trying to enforce the laws made by men.
Where this is most important in regard to groups that hold beliefs centered in End Times Prophesy, another government investigation without first understanding the beliefs of each group may be less important in regard to groups that do not center beliefs in Bible Prophesy – such as the 2x2s.
It is clear that this once secretive group is now known to hold one belief that spans Beginning to End – and that belief is that its so called homeless Ministry is “the Truth,” “the Way” (to heaven) and that its so called homeless Ministry is “the Good News” (i.e., “the Gospel”) of the Bible. To 2x2s, its Ministers replace Jesus Christ with themselves, and therefore whatever those Ministers make into a 2x2 law is believed by its laity to be “God’s law.” In the case of 2x2ism, this so called “Good News” has shown itself to be very weakly believed by the majority of 2x2 laity, (I think) mainly because thos Ministers who teach it do so in ambiguous sermons, seldom actually teaching anything in clarity.
In the case of 2x2ism, government officials need to understand that 2x2ism still thinks its doctrines are secret and will attempt to keep those doctrines secret by dishonesty if lying is seen as a method of achieving enough confusion to re-bury 2x2 beliefs. And because 2x2s have avoided study of and therefore beliefs in regard to End Times Prophesy, it is unlikely that careless government investigations would end in causing another whole religious group to perish either by suicide (Jonestown) or by government military force (Waco).
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