Monday, October 18, 2010

Rick Warren Wants Christians to Outsmart the World!

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.


Anonymous said...

All that intelligence didn't keep Solomon from digressing into idolatry.

Anonymous said...

I get the distinct feeling from reading this blog, that the owner of this blog is thinking more highly of himself than he ought.
Ro 12:3 (KJV) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

But there is one thing neither you nor Rick Warren seem to take to heart:

1Co 1:25 (KJV) Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Bible Believer said...

I agree it happened even to Solomon

1Ki 4:34 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.

Bible Believer said...

to Anon #2, I know in many circles, the false teachers have convinced people to remain silent about their errors, so they will condemn the messengers of thinking "too highly" of themselves. I am sorry you feel that way. I do not disagree with 1 Co 1:25 at all. In fact in the essay, I quote the verse almost right before it.

Anonymous said...

Anon. #2 sounds like she has an ax to grind. While agreeing that Warren is false, she at once attributes fault to the messenger. Anon. #1

Bible Believer said...

I agree, that certain poster seems to always focus on the messengers faults rather then dealing with the issues at hand. It makes for an odd double-mindness, because she/he admits she/he is supposely against Warren, so why the complaining if she/he AGREES with this particular issue?

Anonymous said...

Christians weren't called to to 'outsmart the world". What kind of wacky thinking is that? We are not called to solve its social, economic or political woes, we are exhorted to not become entangled in the affairs of it. As Jesus said, it would only get worse until he returns.

Warren has it all backwards because he is pushing the new age 1 world agenda which is not Christian in any way and is in fact totally antithetical to Christianity. Christians need to smarten themselves up regarding the true Christian faith and not let smooth talking false leaders using Christian rhetoric so dangerously mislead them, as so many are doing today.

Anonymous said...

Amen, Anon. #3!

Anon. #1

Bible Believer said...

Hey Anon #3, great post, I totally agree. one thing about the woes of the world, we have to be careful as Christians, not to read too much news and have that alone get us down, I am having to take news breaks from time to time. I think the political system and more are too far gone and Bible makes clear who is running it. That is one thing they are deceiving Christians with that whole "go marry politics" Dominionist stuff, and where they focus on "changing this world" instead of preaching the gospel to the lost. You are right Warren definitely has it backwards, and is part of the one world religion.