The primary thing that kept running through my mind was the leaders of these churches have a responsibility, an obligation, given to them by God. He sets the job description and it is up to the pastor/priest to follow it to the letter. I realize they are human and sinners like the rest of us, but they are to be an example, not a replacement God. There are many examples in the Bible of what is expected of these leaders, so I am pretty sure God felt it was important. Included with these examples of the false teachers and an glimpse of what will happen to those who are really not qualified. I guess my question is this: Where is Crossing Church looking for their job description for their pastoral staff?
To be fair, I did listen to a couple of recent "sermons", each "preached" by one of the Dykstra's. The Bible verses that were used were mostly one verse, thrown out so quick, you barely realized they were reading from the Bible, or they were verses used inappropriately. I actually chuckled to myself when Eric threw out Jeremiah 29:11. That particular verse is one that makes me cringe when I see a sign or reference to it, as if God is speaking to you or me today.
Here is the job description. Does Crossing Pastoral Staff measure up? Not from my view. Scripture should be read in church, more than a verse here or there. You just may awaken you own mind to what you should be fed in church. Don't take my word for it, read the Bible yourself. Big chunks, chapters, READ IT.