But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”

And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. (Acts 15:1-2)

A while back Apprising Ministries did a parody of our text verses above as they might appear in the fictitious Innovative Purpose Driven Church Planter Bible translation:

Some inovative church planters came down from Judea and started teaching the Lord’s followers that they could not be saved, unless they were circumcised as Moses had taught. This caused lead apostle Paul and his missiologist bro Barnabas to include them in the next Explosive Growth conference so they share how they had contextualized the gospel.

So it was decided to send Paul and Barnabas and a few others to Jerusalem to have a missions conference with the apostles and the church leaders there to teach them how the missional church planters were engaging the Jewish culture and bringing the church back to her Jewishness.

With this in mind, consider the below from Purpose Driven/Seeker Driven innovator Rick Warren concerning Dr. Al Mohler, fellow Southern Baptist and president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:


The above was also retweeted Wednesday by Mohler so all of his followers would be sure to see it:


However, Christian apologist Bob DeWaay put it well when he said of Rick Warren that he has “file card orthodoxy.” DeWaay explains it’s as if Warren has an orthodox profession of faith he stores away in a file cabinet.

Then whenever someone questions Warren about his beliefs he pulls it out and shows it to them. Afterward Warren puts it back and it really doesn’t appear to influence what he does, how he writes, or how he preaches.

It’s not a very useful orthodoxy. We have much reason to question what Rick Warren actually believes. For example, consider what I showed you a couple of years ago in Rick Warren And Teachings of Demons.

Despite his claim to be orthodox, contra the Protestant Reformation, it’s an incontrovertible fact that Warren considers the apostate Roman Catholic Church to be a viable Christian organization:

“Now I don’t agree with everything in everybody’s denomination, including my own. I don’t agree with everything that Catholics do or Pentecostals do, but what binds us together is so much stronger than what divides us,” he said.

I really do feel these people are brothers and sisters in God’s family. I am looking to build bridges with the Orthodox Church, looking to build bridges with the Catholic Church,”… (as cited here, emphasis mine)

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Perhaps we really ought to wonder what Dr. Mohler is trying to accomplish with Rick Warren. Especially considering the impression it’s giving publicly as evidenced in the following comments below:


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