The Liberty Connection

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Are the Two by Twos Really Unique?

E-mail Print PDF

Are the Two by Twos Really Unique?

Webster's Definition of “UNIQUE”


u-nique (yoo-neek') adj.
1. one and only; single; sole.
2. having no like or equal; unparalleled.
3. highly unusual, extraordinary, rare, etc.

Similarities To Other Churches:


• Church in the Home:

1. Plymouth Brethren (1829) Darby, England
2. British Brethren (1820's) British Isles
3. Yorker Brethren (1843) York County, PA
4. Christadelphians (1844) Thomas, USA
5. Old Order Amish (1720) Switzerland
6. The Church Which is Christ's Body (1925) Johnson
7. The Way International (1942) Weirville, OH
8. Lumber River Annual Conference of the Holiness Methodist Church (1900)
9. The Apostolic Faith (1907) Crawford, OR
10. Community of Catholic Churches (1971)
11. Mormon Polygamist (1852) Smith, MO, UT
12. Children of God (1970) Berg, CA
13. Quaker (1652) Fox, England
14. The Local Church (1962) Lee, Korea, USA
15. Faith Mission (1886) Govan, Scotland
16. Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland

• No Official Earthly Headquarters or Organization:

1. Primitive Baptists (1827) USA
2. Berean Fundamental (1936) NE
3. Gospel Assemblies (1907)
4. The Church Which Is Christ's Body (1925)
5. Jehovah's Witnesses (1872) Russell, PA
6. Churches of Christ (1906) Campbell, USA
7. Faith Mission (1886) Govan, Scotland
8. Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland

• No Collections:
1. Apostolic Faith (1907) Crawford, OR
2. Primitive Baptist (1827) USA
3. Bible Protestant Church (1939) East USA
4. Plymouth Brethren (1829) Darby, England
5. Jehovah Witness (1872) Russell, PA
6. Children of God (1970) Berg, CA
7. Faith Mission (1886) Govan, Scotland
8. Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland

• Itinerant Ministry:
1. United Christian Church (1862) Hoffman, PA
2. The Church Which is Christ's Body (1925)
3. Lumber River Annual Conference of the Holiness Methodist Church (1900)
4. The Apostolic Faith (1907) Crawford, OR
5. 17th Century Quaker
6. Original Methodists (1738) Wesley, England
7. Children of God (1970) Berg, CA
8. Plymouth Brethren (1829) Darby, England
9. Faith Mission (1886) Govan, Scotland
10.Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland

• Unpaid Clergy:
1. Apostolic Christian Church of America (1847)
2. Christadelphians (1844)
3. Primitive Baptists (1827) USA
4. Old Order Dunkers (1881) OH, IN, PA
5. Plymouth Brethren (1829) Darby, England
6. Reformed Mennonites (1812) PA
7. The Church Which Is Christ's Body (1925)
8. Old German Baptists Brethren (1881)
9. Gospel Mission (1962) Tartan
10. Quakers (1652) Fox, England
11. Two-Seed-In-The Spirit Predestination Baptist (1775) USA
12. Children of God (1970) Berg, CA
13. Original Methodists (1729) Wesley, England
14. Jehovah's Witnesses (1872) Russell, PA
15. Faith Mission (1886) Govan, Scotland
16. Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland

• Non-Denominational Intent; Name Forced Upon Them by Others:
1. Primitive Baptists (1827) USA
2. Plymouth Brethren (1827) Darby, England
3. Christadelphians (1844)
4. Gospel Assemblies (1907)
5. The Church Which Is Christ's Body (1925)
6. Christian Congregation (1887) IN
7. Mennonites (1536) Simons, Netherlands
8. Children of God (1970) Berg, CA
9. Quaker (1652) Fox, England
10. Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland

• Non-Ordained, Untrained Ministry:
1. Amana Church Society (1854) Germany
2. Apostolic Christian Church of America (1847)
3. Primitive Baptists (1827) USA
4. Berean Fundamental (1936) NE
5. Plymouth Brethren (1829) Darby, England
6. Christadelphians (1844)
7. Old Order Amish (1720)
8. The Church Which Is Christ's Body (1925)
9. Children of God (1970) Berg, CA
10. Jehovah's Witnesses (1872) Russell, PA
11. Faith Mission (1886) Govan, Scotland
12. Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland

• Apostolic Succession or Underground Church Doctrine:
1. Primitive Baptists (1827) USA
2. Pentecostal Assemblies
3. Roman Catholic
4. Landmark Baptists
5. Waldensians (1205) Valdes, S France
6. Lollards (1309) Brabant, Switzerland
7. Hutterites (1527) Austria
8. Methodists (1730) Wesley, England
9. Disciples of Christ (1832) Campbell
10. Jehovah's Witnesses (1872) Russell, PA
11. Episcopalian/Church of England
12. Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland

• This Way Is the ONLY True Way, i.e. The Church Is The Way:
1. Roman Catholic
2. Jehovah 's Witnesses (1872) Russell, PA
3. Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (1820) Smith, MO, UT
4. Christian Science (1879) Eddy
5. Plymouth Brethren (Exclusive Branch)
6. Seventh-Day Adventist (1840) Miller
7. Reformed Mennonite (1812) PA
8. Old Order Amish (1720) Switzerland
9. Churches of Christ (1906) Campbell, USA
10. Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland

• Emphasis on Conformity in Dress and Hair Style:

1. Amana Church Society (1714) Rock & Gruber
2. The Apostolic Faith (1907) Crawford, OR
3. Old Order Dunkers (1881) OH, IN, PA
4. United Zion Church (1855) Bringer, Germa-ny
5. United Christian Church (1889) USA
6. Reformed Mennonites (1812) PA
7. Exclusive Brethren (1848) USA
8. Exclusive Mennonites (1536)
9. Old Order Amish (1720) Switzerland
10. Shakers (1747) Wadleys, England
11. Old German Baptist Brethren (1881)
12. Evangelical Wesleyan (1962) USA
13. Hutterian Brethren (1536)
14. Church of God in Christ (1859)
15. Pentecostal Fire Baptized Holiness (1907)
16. Apostolic Gospel Church of Jesus Christ (1963) Abernathy
17. Sanctified Church of Christ (1937) Leary
18. Quaker (1652) Fox, England
19. Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. (1952)
20. Christian Faith Band (1877) Cox
21. Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (1906)
22. Mt. Sinai Holy Church (1924) Robison
23. Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland

• Use of Tracts, Notes or Letters in Addition to the Bible:
1. Amana Church Society (1854) Germany
2. Jehovah's Witnesses
3. Seventh-Day Adventists (1840) Miller
4. Christian Science (1879) Eddy
5. Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (1820) Smith, MO, UT
6. United Pentecostal (1945)
7. Children of God (1970) Berg, CA
8. Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland

•Annual Conventions or Conferences:
1. Old Order Dunkers (1881) OH, IN, PA
2. United Christian Church (1862) Hoffman, PA
3. Old Brethren Church (1915)
4. The Way International (1942) Weirville, OH
5. Bible Protestant Church (1939) East USA
6. Standard Church of America (1919) Horner
7. Sanctified Church of Christ (1937) Leary
8. Wesleyan Tabernacle Association (1936)
9. Church of God, Holiness (1914)
10. Lumber River Annual Conference of the Holiness Methodist Church (1900)
11. Quaker (1652) Fox, England
12. Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. (1952)
13. Associated Brotherhood of Christians (1933) Riley & Partridge
14. Christian Faith Band (1877) Cox
15. Church of Lord Jesus Christ of Apostolic Faith (1933)
16. International Ministerial Association (1954) Kidson
17. Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (1906) Frazee
18. United Pentecostal (1945)
19. Mt Sinai Holy Church (1924) Robison
20. Evangelical Bible Church (1947) Marine
22. Full Gospel Minister
23. Faith Mission (1886) Govan, Scotland
24. Two-by-Two's (1897) Wm Irvine, Ireland


JUDGE FOR YOURSELF:  ARE THE "TWO BY TWOS" REALLY UNIQUE?


[Compiled by Jim Vail, Boise, Idaho. Permission granted to copy or reprint this text in its entirety. NOTE: This comparison is not represented to be all-inclusive and was written in the late 1980s]