One of the many boasting points that XCF can claim is it’s unwavering commitment to the understanding and teaching of sound biblical doctrine and knowledge, and this dynamic is most certainly apparent in their raising up of seminary level teachers
and leaders. This is the thinking as well behind the “sports team” analogy that XCF has put forward as a justification of their rather strict and well disciplined approach towards raising up committed members and leaders, specifically through their
ministry house network, though not solely confined to that method. The general idea being that any serious athlete intent on winning will of course have to commit themselves to said discipline and sacrifice in order to achieve their goal, and this same idea
is put forward by Paul in several of his letters found in the new testament.
However, this is probably as close to biblical grounds for this behaviour that XCF is going to get. Again the major flaw in XCF practice is its inability to see a lost world
beyond the bounds of XCF influence. What good does it do to train up even the most competent evangelist that can never travel beyond the borders of Columbus, Ohio? They almost seem to take the sports competition analogy too far in that they act as if there
is only one playing field, and they are the only real professionals who can play the sport and win. But, this isn’t a sport. Imagine a medical college that through education and research had discovered vast sums of cures and other treatments, yet refused
to send out any graduates due to a faulty belief that the only true calling is within the walls of its own buildings. And this, of course, is more than just the business of saving lives. It is the business of saving souls.
It is true that XCF has put
out money, time and effort into the field of missions, and even gone so far as to create a few partnerships with outside groups. But by their own admission they have shown a tendency to work only with agencies where they can dictate their own mission goals
and terms, and thus sending out their own hand picked teams under their strict influence and control.(see "Strange things in Xenos" here) Of course, the reasoning behind this is once again the idea that
XCF has the exclusive and superior method toward Christian missions as well as Christianity in general, but again adding to the critique of “doesn’t work well with others”, or “not a team player”.
In the same way,
XCF has had some rather disappointing results in their failed attempts at taking their particular approach towards church building on a more local scale. The several occasions that XCF has sent out groups to some of Ohio’s surrounding cities have been
“unfruitful” to say the least, which would seem to suggest one of several flaws in their fundamental group structure. The most obvious issue is their inability to exert the strict controls they incorporate within the larger mass that exist back
in their mother city, Columbus, Ohio, and specifically the “ministry house” model that has worked so well for them since their inception. At it’s heart XCF has always been a college town phenomenon.
Another common thread throughout
every aspect of XCF theology is their almost complete lack of any biblical humility whatsoever. One of the core elements of Christianity from the very teachings and actions of Jesus himself, to the polarizing effect Christianity has had on the world in general,
is it’s distinct call for humbleness. And yet time and time, and time again XCF refuses to learn from it’s past mistakes as well as the other models of success that have been set before them, while still clinging to the almost outmoded and
out dated cultish arrogance that somehow they have stumbled across a “new and improved” church model that only seems to be able to operate with a mass core of followers but falls flat in an otherwise modern to post modern world of individual thought
and identity. Basically, XCF really has nothing new to offer at all, and at times resembles more of a bitter echo of the very Catholic Church they claim to be nothing like.
The Downside of Exclusivity