The Crossroads Church had a program on discipling which became known as the Crossroads Movement.It is out of this Crossroads connection that the present leader of the ICC, Kip Mc Keen, received his start.In fact, it is this overly-strong emphasis on discipling that has drawn as much criticism from outside the church as inside - from those who were once members.The ICC is Orthodox, affirms the Trinity, salvation by grace, Jesus' virgin birth, and physical resurrection, His deity, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, heaven and hell, and much more.This discipling operation within the ICC has drawn much criticism for its intrusive practices and has been labeled as a form of brainwashing and psychological and emotional manipulation.There are numerous websites on the Internet devoted to ex-members of the International Church of Christ who warn people not to be involved with the movement.Therefore, the International Church of Christ tends to be very legalistic and controlling.Many of its former members attest to requirements that they confess their sins to their disciple leaders, that they submit to the decisions of their disciple "leaders" regarding dating, frequency of sexual relations for married couples, jobs to take, places to move, and so on.
(Ephesians , Romans , Acts , Matthew -20) They do not subscribe to the "sinners prayer" as a biblical method of conversion (James -26).
The ICOC, or International Church of Christ, is a family of churches spread accross 155 nations of the World.
They are racially integrated congregations made up of a diversity of people from various age groups, economic and social backgrounds.
While holding to sound doctrine is important, the ICOC teaches that Jesus is "full of grace and truth" (John ) and that ultimately God decides who will be saved.
They have expanded rapidly around the world with an ambitious plan to have churches in every country, city, town and village.