Tarnname für eine christliche klassische Sekte. Sie hat Merkmale eine
"Untergrund-Gemeinde" und taucht unter verschiedenen Tarnnamen auf.
Folgende Tarnnamen sind bekannt:
- Christian Church of America
- Christian Church of Australia
- Damnation Army
- Faith Missioners
- Les Anonymes
- Die Namenlosen
- New Testament Church
- Non-Denominational Church of America
- Truth, The
- Way, The
- Two by Twos
Friedrich Wilhelm Haack (Findungshilfe 2000, München 1990 S. 44 - 46)
zitiert eine kritische Darstellung von Treshing Foloor Ministry, die ich
hier wiedergeben möchte:
"The church without a name has dozen of names. The church without doctrine
has very repressive doctrines. The church without a history with a
definitely traceable past. The church that calls itself the truth that is
built upon deception, falsehoods and double talk. The preachers that call
themselves servants who rule with apparently unchecked authority. The
primary doctrine of the COC ist that the only access to Christ is through
their homeless, itinerant, unpaid preachers, and the church without
buildings or a name. Beyond that, the church has a vry undefined theology.
Therefore, not all of the members are aware of the other tenets of this
The following list of beliefs an practices is taken from notes and tapes of
meetings from all over the world, for several generations. It shows
doctrinal points consistently held by the church since the early 1900's.
- Denial of the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity.
- Denial that Jesus is God. Belief that the Holy Spirit is a Force, not a
personality of God.
- Belief that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are completely seperate
entities united only in attitude and purpose (Polytheism).
- Belief that natural life is seperate from spiritual life. Natural life
and all that pertains to it are worthless. Spiritual things should be the
only focus of a Christian's life. (Gnosticism)
- Belief that Jesus could have sinned but did not. (Arianism).
- Belief that Christ's blood isn't enough to cover our sins; one must
obey certain rules definded by this church. Man is saved by faithful
self-denial and methodology. (Legalism)
- Belief that a divorced an remarried person cannot have salvation unless
seperated from the second spouse.
- Belief that Jesus is our example instead of our substitute.
- No training or education is required to preach.
- Members coall the church THE TRUTH and consider it THE WAY.
- Baptism by immersion valid only if done by them. Permission for baptism
must be given by the preachers.
- Denial of their founder, William Irvine. Claim of apostolic succession
or the restoration of New Testament apostleship.
- One cannot receive Salvation unless he has heard the message from a 2x2
Besides the theology described above, William Irvine and his associates
initiated many attitudes and practices that continue to this day.
- Full authority rests with the head preacher of each region. There is no
balance of power.
- The condem the use of church buildings yet church money is used for
building on church convention grounds.
- No practice of formal counselling, teaching of the scripture, worship,
praying for the sick, fasting, tithing, or wedding cermemonies.
- (...) Marriage is considered inferior to being an unmarried preacher.
- Women and girls ar expected to wear their uncut hair in buns no
cosmetics or jewelry.
- (...) great emphasis on prohibitions. People may not own television,
dance, go to movies, smoke, drink alcohol, or swear.
- Refusal to publish a statement of doctrine. They claime that the Bible
is their doctrine, yet they ignore large portions of scripture.
- The church does not practice collective charity to others. It does not
want to be a 'loaves and fishes' church.
- Double talk and frequent contradiction of logic an previous statements.
- No system of appeals for those who ar excommunicated or who are
adversely affected by the leaders. No financial support for retired
preachers. (Anm: Die damit der Allgmeinheit via Sozialfürsorge
- Little or no teaching on birth control, homosexuality, charity,
immorality, or abortion.
- Psychological isolation from family an friends that are not church
members, and isolation from the reality of normal life.
- Members ar warned against careers in sports, the military, law,
entertainment, politics or police work. Few vote.
- Unacknowledged funds managed by elders or head preachers."
- The Church with no Name (kritisch)