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Rick Warren says the last thing believers need is another Bible Study…Uh, what?


Rick Warren, aka Relevant Rick, recently said that the last thing we need is another Bible study…….. My reaction to this was…duh, what? (then again, that is my reaction to many of the things I hear and read from Rick).

OK, I can give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he is partially correct. We do not need another culturally-centered, post-modern, looking-through-happy glasses type of drivel that is sometimes called Bible study these days. What we really need is more, much more, real Bible study—Genesis to Revelation!

I have noticed over the past 10 – 15 years that there has been a drift in Bible knowledge (not that the drift has just begun…I just began to notice such things). In the past, conservative Bible-believing people knew a good deal about the Bible. Today, I read reputable polls and articles from bonafide researchers that say things like: 30% of professing, church-attending ‘Christians’ believe there are many ways to eternal life besides Jesus; 50% of ‘Christian’ youth¬†believe premarital sex is OK and homosexuality is fine as long as it is inside a committed relationship; 80% of ‘Christians’ use porn¬†semi-regularly, and so forth and so on.

I figure the message he was trying to clumsily communicate is that we need more than mere study, we also need action. I agree we need to be actively involved but that involvement does not replace or preclude study of God’s word.

I believe Rick, once again, has placed his foot securely inside of his mouth…

Opine, if you please…

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3 responses to “Rick Warren says the last thing believers need is another Bible Study…Uh, what?

  1. Daniel

    July 18, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I would be interested in the context of his statement. I certainly will not choose the issue of Rick Warren’s theology as a hill to die on, but in this particular case I think you are right about his point. The point (as I understand it and firmly agree) is that as Christians we must begin to obey what the Bible says and act on it. Note that Rick didn’t say we don’t need “more Bible study” (which would mean we shouldn’t study the Bible), but rather we don’t need “another Bible study” (such as the canned daily studies that have become the fad – and are often more commentary than content). I absolutely agree with this statement. More than ever people have access to biblical information (and some of that is not so biblical), but the idea of being obedient to the Scriptures has eluded the church. I think Rick’s point (or at least mine) is that we must get away from judging spiritual maturity by how many of Beth Moore’s studies we have completed, and rather are we being obedient? Another statement that Rick made that I definitely do agree with is that when we as churches measure our numbers, we should not be measuring success by the number of people in the pews, but rather we should be measuring success by the number of people we are sending out into the field as obedient mature disciples who are carrying out ministry. His exact words were, “We shouldn’t measure success by the number of people we are seating in our churches, but rather the number of people we are SENDING…” In my mind this is a point well made.

    Blessings!

     
    • Truthinator

      July 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      Daniel,

      Thanks for commenting. You give Rick a good deal of wiggle room and I do not. I realize his point is that Christians should do more instead of just sit in passive Bible studies and I also agree. But, when you look at what Rick himself teaches, you would do well to avoid HIS studies more than most! That is the side-door irony of it all!

      Look, Rick gets a lot of credit but when you look at what he is doing, it is pragmatism pure and simple. Is he Christian? I don’t know and neither do you. I hope he is but he has deviated from the path. As proof, I cite 1) his ecumenical ties to other religions 2) his ties to the apostate Emergent movement 3) his lack of ties to good, solid, foundational Christianity 4) his pathetic sermonettes and misleading, ear-tickling messages 5) his love of the world and its prestige (sure we must reach the world but we cannot reach it by becoming like it nor by becoming something the world will accept when it will not accept Biblical Christianity).

      There is more but this should suffice. This is why I say the last thing we need is a pathetic, worldliness-driven, topical, ecumenical-oriented,nonBiblical Bible Study! What we need is REAL Bible study where we learn what God has said in proper context then we will be reminded (or introduced) to what we should be doing in His name. So, I say we need MORE study and not less. More study will cause people to be convicted, convinced, and saved. Then fruit will begin to show in the believers.

      Out with pragmatism and in with the Bible!

      I hope this helps. Should Christians do more in the name of Christ to help others? YES! But we must do so in the spirit of what the Bible teaches because we know God through what His word teaches not by some touchy-feely-human-emotional trip nor some mystical message that elevates the “god within” nonsense of Rick’s friends in the Emergent cult.

      Blessings. Thanks for stopping by the Truthinator’s Blog. You are welcome here always.

       
  2. The Narrowing Path

    September 21, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Amen brother…out with pragmatism and in with the Word of God!

    And please…no wiggle room for Rick, Bill (Hybels OR Johnson), Brian, Tony (either of them), Benny, Kenneth, Rob or their buddies. Except perhaps to make room for them to fall to their knees so they can repent of their sin and false beliefs like the rest of us have to.

    Honestly, in a year of research, reading the awful books of the seeker-catholic-emergent-mystic-signs-and-wonders-law-of-attraction-inner-god-oneness-spirituality movement, listening to even worse sermons (and the podcasts – Rick’s are mindbogglingly unbiblical) and having to replenish my spirit with the Word of God on a daily basis to counteract the slight queasiness of spirit, I have come to the conclusion that seeker-catholic-emergent-mystic-signs-and-wonders-law-of-attraction-inner-god-oneness-spirituality is a false religion. Call me crazy, I just can’t find it in the Bible. Okay, well I can…only not in a good way. For the sake of discernment ministries, I wonder could they just come up with a new name for it? A shorter one, less hyphenated? Recently they shortened mine…to ‘hater’. Much easier, if a wee bit inaccurate. :-)

    False teachers make me cranky. Chocolate and funny people don’t. Thanks for being part of the latter category. If you also turn out to be a large chocolate bunny, well won’t that just be the coincidence of the year.

    Blessings to you, in Christ Jesus. Sherryn

     

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