It is not impossible to find a local church that is Biblically sound in its theology – there are lots of them and they are not all of one denomination.
Let’s take a short walk in one of them. There is a pastor there who has the responsibility to protect the congregation from theological error. And that pastor has a BIG and important job that first of all requires that Biblical theology is believed and taught regularly in that church.
The pastor has no time to learn to recognize all of the possible wolves wearing sheepskins when they are sitting right in front of the pastor in that church. And as has been 2x2 practice from its very founding, in walks a 2x2 worker watching for any new converts in that church – the pastor is not equipped to recognize 2x2s on sight. And as that worker shows up hunting for the weak to draw away to 2x2ism, if the pastor discovers that worker in the process of misleading a weak member and confronts that worker, that pastor will have all he can do to dig out the real church that worker represents. But now, supposing that pastor does find out that worker belongs to “the Truth” and can hunt for “the Truth” and find out it has registered names such as “ The Testimony of Jesus” or “Christian Conventions,” that pastor is then equipped to contact a Christian research organization whose job it is to learn about ALL wolves in sheepskins. And so our pastor contacts CRI and asks if it has anything on “the Truth,” “The Testimony of JESUS” OR “Christian Conventions.” And as CK has demonstrated, in no time that paster receives a reply pointing at its research that assesses 2x2ism as “a much to be avided legalistic trap” and “heretical cult.” Now our pastor is equipped to both recognize 2x2 workers that come hunting in that church and to correct whatever wolf-meal any member of the congregation has swallowed.
God’s church is equipped by God-given gifts (and their responsibilities) to teach Biblical essentials to the congregation. And the local churches are just part of the whole church of God, which includes many more gifted groups than just a CRI. God’s church is equipped with gifted groups who reach out to the poor on the streets, or the persecuted churches in other countries – the list is a very long list of God’s gifts to His church. And what shines like a searchlight in the whole view here and now is that it is God’s church that is being built by God, not pastors, theologians, sociologists CRI or any other human being or human organization.
What makes CRI great is that it is God's gift to His church.
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