This one would make me laugh if there wasn't so many people that fall prey to this sort of thinking. Rick Warren says Christians are failing the Battle of the Mind. Hate to tell Rick Warren but Christians are not supposed to battle where supreme intellects beat the stuffing out of the weaker intellects, but allow for the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Bible warns all over about the clever and those always learning but never coming into truth and then there is this verse: 1Cr 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
When I was an Unitarian Universalist, I was surrounded by published authors, college professors and some of the highest IQ folks in the land, smarts doesn't mean truth, which is why it alarms me even more that Rick Warren is coming up with this stuff, telling people: [see article link]
“We must out think, out dream, [and] we must outsmart the world,” said Warren, “not for out benefit but for the glory of God.”
I agree that Christians should have their minds captive to Jesus Christ and avoid satanic entertaiment and about the lies behind sins but here is another weird line from that article. Read this one over again:
"Taking control of the mind begins by not believing everything you think, Warren emphasized."
Wow: talk about a weasle sentence. The more one reads these guys, the more you can see how they sneak stuff in. How do you not believe what you think? I agree that Christians should test all feelings, emotions and thoughts, by God's Word, and ask for the teaching of the Holy Spirit, but what is that stuff telling people not to believe what they think? Sounds like an inverse of moral relativism and almost like he is channeling the Jesuits or something such as when Ignatius Loyola of the Roman Catholic church and head of the Jesuits said "We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears white is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides". Folks it is not wrong to have beliefs, even strong ones, let God dictate them of course instead of preachers like this who tell you not "to believe what you think". The God of the Bible calls us to reason together Isa 1:18. ANY teacher who tells you being a Christian is about shutting down your mind and not asking questions, is one you should run from. I'd be more inclined to give Warren the benefit of the doubt here, if I wasn't so used to confessing "Christians" who believe the greatest sin on earth is to have a belief and stick by it and the other false teachings I've heard from him but something is very wrong with that message.
However overall, if you are a Christian thinking you are going to outsmart anyone, you are going to be prone to the biggest errors, Satan has an IQ of a million points or beyond, and if you do not have the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit you will be sunk. The smartest people in this world in some ways can be some of the ones who are fooled even more as they do not follow simplicity in Jesus Christ, but every absurd multi-layer fable out there. Praise God for His teaching, instead of worrying about "outsmarting" anyone. The Mensa clubs and college professorships are full of atheists for a reason. The false religions have their scribes galore, filling their heads with vain philosophy, legends and things like canon law. There are "geniuses" among the confessing "Christian" crowd, who out of pride, or never having been truly born again, who let even smarter men sway them into great errors and heresies.
2Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.