If you recall, the main point of my post tornadoes are destructive things... was that we can examine both physical clues and personal testimonies to verify that a particular church is in fact a heretical, abusive, legalistic, non-gospel preaching church.
My last blog post highlighted an interview of Jeremy Rogahn and his testimony of his experience at The Crossing. If you haven't listened to that interview, I highly recommend that you do! Jeremy Rogahn interview I have posted a couple other testimonies in the past, and there are probably others out there too; if anyone wants to share theirs, I would be happy to receive it and share it on my blog if you give me permission to do so.
For the next couple of posts however, I want to focus on physical clues; that is, what information is available to the general public that can help verify that The Crossing is a heretical, abusive, legalistic, non-gospel preaching church?
To answer that question I will begin my point by point critique of all ten doctrinal points of The Crossing church as discussed in Preview on my critique on The Crossing's beliefs...
The first of the ten doctrinal points under scrutiny is this: and I quote this exactly as it was written on the "I love my church" video and stated by Tom, pastor of the Big Lake campus...
- "The Bible is God's Word and totally accurate. It is our final authority."
Wow! What could possibly be wrong with a doctrinal statement like that? After all, The Crossing explicitly states that the Bible is their final authority. Do they stick to the Bible and make all their decisions based on the Bible alone?
Tom, leader of the Big Lake campus and participant of the discussion group, comments on this particular doctrinal statement. He says, and I quote this word for word,
"The Bible, from cover to cover is absolute truth. And we believe everything in this book has either happened or is going to happen. We believe it is factual. It's where we end. We start here and we end here. It is our final authority. If there is a discussion taking place within the church and we need to know which direction to go, we go here. This is the beginning and the end of what we believe here, the Bible."
That sounds fantastic, doesn't it? After all, pastor Tom confirms all the more that The Crossing uses the Bible as their final authority. He claims that when there is disagreement in their church, that it is the Bible alone that instructs them which direction to go. Judging from doctrinal point number one and pastor Tom's commentary of it, it would appear that The Crossing does everything according to God's Word and nothing else. What could possibly be wrong with that? Is that a true statement?
Because I like cliffhangers and I also like to be a little bit annoying, I'll let those questions nag and gnaw at you for awhile and answer those question on my next post! Meanwhile, see if you can come up with the answer yourself. I'll give you a hint. The answer lies in the "I Love My Church" video when the leaders discuss the values of The Crossing.