... they truly love Jesus, and they preach salvation. IMHO, they have had a difficult time getting past the salvation thing, however, and I have seen many CC folks move to other denominations after a few years.
Fundamentally, they're strong in teaching the Word. They are now moving in the gifts, especially tongues, so that is not a worry.
As for Chuck. I have listened to his teaching over the last 30 years, and not heard too much that I didn't like. When his theology crosses mine, I allow him that, and go on. He loves the Lord, and has built a fantastic church around the world.
In Southern California, they are more of a clique like church. If you want to be someone, meet someone, or, impress someone, you go to CC. If you're new in a community, a lot of folks make their way to a local CC.
My wife and I have ministered in music as numerous CC's and never once had a problem with my message being received. I share the exact testimony in ministry dates as I do in my book, Prodigal Daze, and I usually have good size alter calls.
I'm not sure of their Baptist/Calvinism bashing, as I have not heard it, but, some of their pastors could be teaching this.
Here is a good sight to check out their beliefs.
Great to hear from your again brother, and, I'll be praying for you as you look for a church that meets your spiritual needs. CC may do this for a while, and it surely won't hurt you, because they are a "win the souls" type church!!!