Though there are so many nice people at this church, please be aware that if you have a passion for doctrinal purity, you might be frowned upon (and possibly hatefully shunned) at this church by one or more people.
Before reading these direct quotes, look at this Warning Signs List by world renowned Expert Consultant and Intervention Specialist, Rick Ross. Warning sign #2 says, “No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry”. Sign #1 in the third section says, “A safe group leader will answer your questions without becoming judgmental or punitive”. Also, please watch this video by Pastor Chris Lawson.
The Bible calls us to be patient with each others’ questions and “tender-hearted” (Ephesians 4:32) with each other, and after all, we are commanded to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1). The Bible says we must teach what is sound doctrine in Titus 2:1. It is very important in the Christian religion and to God that we have doctrinal purity. Also, the Bible says, “As I besought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that you might charge some that they teach no other doctrine…” (1 Timothy 1:3). Also, “Whoever goes beyond, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). Purity in doctrine is part of being a Christian, and especially one who claims to be a Christian teacher. Jesus and the Holy Spirit put a very high emphasis on doctrinal purity; in fact, the Spirit of Truth wrote the Bible (2 Peter 1:21). Churches are free to do what they want; however, if they claim to be Christian, Bible-teaching churches, they must follow through with that claim and be patient with those who are inquiring about their beliefs.
If you are interested in sound doctrine, you may want to inquire what this church teaches in regard to Pentecost (the pouring out of God’s Spirit; an event that happened in the past; Read Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17) and the “secret rapture”. Also, if you have the gift of tongues (I don’t), the leadership will not allow you to use your gift at church. Here are direct quotes from the lead pastor (Boyd):
“As for Acts 2:17…People much smarter than I (John MacArthur is one) believe this refers to after the tribulation.”
“Acts 2:17; Most scholars believe ‘last days’ refers to after the rapture and during the tribulation period.”
Remember, in Acts 2:17, the Apostle Peter was quoting a prophecy given by Joel (in Joel 2:28). That is because Pentecost was happening that very day (read Acts 2 which says Pentecost occurred on that day). This is why Peter brought up Joel’s prophecy in the first place. That day was a fulfillment of Joel’s prophetic prediction. Pentecost already happened as a historical event recorded in the very pages of scripture in Acts 2. Since Pentecost, God has poured out His Spirit. Pentecost is not an event that is yet to happen in a distant time in the future, or “after the rapture”. According to orthodox Christianity, Pentecost already occurred.
A helpful article on the tithe as a false doctrine: Tithing: The Great False Doctrine by Battered Sheep Ministries
A helpful video on the Malachi verse twist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXgSYwMBGM4
A helpful article on the tithe vs. New Testament giving: http://www.newtestamentpattern.net/christianarticles/shouldachristiantithe/originsanddevelopment.htm
Green Valley Baptist promotes Beth Moore’s studies. Here is a helpful article on Beth Moore: http://www.examiner.com/article/beth-moore-promotes-new-age-teaching-apologetics-article-part-i