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“Over the Top” Indeed

(Note: This post has been corrected and updated.)

The Sword of the Lord crowd has nothing on Saddleback, as this link proves. Rick Warren was urging people to sign up for last weekend’s Class 101 at Saddleback, hoping to push the number of those enrolled from 2400 to 3000 in order to eclipse the 2000 year old world record set at Pentecost. It appears that they didn’t quite make it, but you have to appreciate his fervency:

“We only need about 600 more people to register TODAY for CLASS 101, to put us over the top and make world history with a 3,000 person Class 101.”

Congratulations are still in order. Though they didn’t set a new mark, from where I’m sitting, “over the top” was still accomplished.

Be sure to scroll down to the newspaper article which follows Warren’s personal invitation (which I found to be a little different in tone from Peter’s message in Acts 2). Here’s a taste:

Citing the Bible, Warren challenges prospective believers to match the 3,000 who were baptized 2,000 years ago on the day of Pentecost. “If you’ll join us this weekend, history could be repeated at Saddleback,” he said… “I was asked, ‘Rick, if you could wish for anything to celebrate your 30 years of service at Saddleback, what would you dream of?’ I said, to experience a repeat of Pentecost—and see 3,000 people affirm their faith and join our church family on a single day.’ “

They tried to take the Apostles’ record at Pentecost down! How exciting is that?! The only way I can see topping it would be feeding 6000 with a few fish and loaves.

Perhaps some people genuinely came to Christ at Saddleback this weekend. Probably so. If so, I rejoice (Phil 1:18). But urging people to come to Christ or join a church in order to be part of some bogus world record?

Ridiculous.

(HT: Carl Trueman.)

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2 Responses

  1. […] to meet some sort of goal by baptizing 200 people on Easter Sunday—a play right out of Rick Warren’s book. One has every right to look at this sort of showmanship and ask, “Is this really what […]

  2. […] attempt to meet some sort of goal by baptizing 200 people on Easter Sunday—a play right out of Rick Warren’s book. One has every right to look at this sort of showmanship and ask, “Is this really what dependence […]

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