Numbers Driven / Seeker Driven leaders are now asking the question "Are you educated beyond your obedience?"
I've heard these types of points being made at several Purpose-Driven type conferences over the past year. Here's the latest example from the Catalyst blog.
"Chris James (duodigetst.blogspot.com) recently wrote about the problem many Christians have of being educated beyond their obedience:
'The sadly funny thing is we've somehow become convinced that the best way to follow Jesus is to learn something new about God, when in fact, we'd be far better served to act upon one thing we have already 'learned.' You might say that the almost ignorant activists make better disciples than the learned philosophizers. And this is an indictment of me, as it is likely to be of you - who derive some pleasure from reading a blog about Jesus. :)'"
This is very dangerous thinking. I've heard Seeker Driven leaders and pastor use this as their rationale for not preaching substantive Biblical content from the pulpit and I've heard this used as an ad hominem attack against me when I pointed out that the Biblical duty of a pastor is to preach the word (1 Tim 4:1-4).
This type of thinking also demonstrates a supreme lack of understanding of the purpose of God's Law. God's law was not given so that we can learn how to obey it in order to EARN the right to learn more Biblical doctrine. The purpose of the law is to show us our utter sinfulness and need for a savior (Rom 3:20)
When we open the Bible we learn that is through the scriptures that God sanctifies us. As Jesus prayed, "sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth." John 17:17