Considering his belief in the toll houses, would it be wrong of me to print out an icon of Father Seraphim Rose to add to my corner? Has the doctrine of the toll houses ever been condemned as heresy?
In September-December 2001, in the official periodical "Tserkovnaya Zhizn'" (Church Life) published by the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Aboard, there was an article on the toll houses by Protopresbyter Vassily Boshchanovskiy.
This article, approved by the bishops, describes the toll houses as an illustrative metaphor. In other words it is in the same category as The Ladder of Saint John Climacus.
Neither the Ladder not the Toll houses can be seen as heretical if they are only illustrative metaphors. If, however, somebody wishes to raise either of them to the level of doctrine or dogma the suspicion of heresy could be raised.
Thoughts from the edge of the world.