The Purpose Driven Life.
Author, Rick Warren
Deceiving & Man Centered?
I Think So!
Meat of the Word?
Thank you for reading this review and
commentary. Though lengthy, I do believe you will benefit from reading
the entire text. My hope is that after reading, you will take the
opportunity to do your own evaluation, if you think it is necessary. I,
as one reviewer mentions below, strongly urge you to have a King James
Version of the Bible next to you as you read and take the time to
compare the Scriptures mentioned in the book.
My love for God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and for you,
have left me no alternative but to write this article. Please accept it
in the spirit it was written, “to enlighten you to the real Scriptures
and to help you avoid being deceived by writings though written by
famous and/or education persons, that do not measure up to the Bible.
Rick Warren's newest book is taking the world, well at least America by
storm. The Purpose Driven Life has sold millions of copies so far.
Convert that into dollars and you have over $20,000,000.00 dollars in
gross sales. Now don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong
in making money in itself. There certainly is something wrong in
making money promoting a product that is as unscriptural as these books
are. I have studied this subject extensively and I can without
reserve say that Rick Warren and his newest “purpose” are deceiving
churches and preachers. There are numerous Scriptural errors in
this book. I believe that most people who read it will ascertain that
the book seems to be a good read and a practical book giving decent
advice, while not Discerning that the book is filled with dangerous
errors and is loaded with tons of "New Age" philosophies. The book
does cover a lot of basic teachings for new Christians in a sense, but
the biggest problem is that there is no conviction, repentance, or
actual absolute reliance on the Master for our life sustaining needs.
There is a lot of fluff . . . milk instead of meat of the word.
The book “A Purpose Driven Life”, reminds me of a more humanistic
view than a Christian view of what we are here for.
The Scriptures referred to in these books are taken from
translations that are certainly of suspect and without a doubt are being
used to bring the definitions into view with the authors wants and
wishes. This is in itself, dangerous ground.
Warren himself stated; "Therefore I have deliberately used
paraphrases in order to help you see God's truth in new, fresh ways...(The
Purpose Driven Life, pg. 325) How
deceiving to all of us to think that we need to see God's Truth.... in
ANY new light or way! John 14:6 says,
saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me.”
for one, do not need a “new, fresh way” … Jesus’ way is good enough for
me! It’s my contention that if you take
approximately one-fourth of this book and throw away the rest, you will
end up with a new believer’s Sunday school lesson.
Certainly not enough true Gospel messages to make such a
tremendous splurge on the Christian scene.
Maybe, that in itself speaks volumes … is it possible that the Churches
today have left so much of true Biblical teaching behind that even a
small amount of fluff like this can cause such a storm.
I do believe this is not only possible, but also probable…..
Nathan Busenitz of Shepherd's Fellowship states the following:
"The Purpose Driven Life is not outright heresy. In fact, it
teaches many very biblical concerns, such as the importance of
worship, fellowship, spiritual growth, spiritual service, and
evangelism. At the same time, its approach is typical of
contemporary Evangelicalism - fluffy, feel-good, and watered-down.
Because of its shallow doctrine, its cavalier approach to Scripture,
and its market-driven approach, The Purpose Driven Life should be read
with much discernment - if it is read at all. Those seeking to
deepen their understanding of Warren's five categories will probably
be better helped by any of the countless Christian classics that have
more thoroughly addressed those topics".
some of the book reviews from Amazon.com concerning the Purpose Driven
Life. To be fair, there were a lot of positive reviews also, but as with
all beliefs, there are two sides to consider.
There are a lot of churches promoting these books, and as I do not
support them, have decided to include reviews that are of the negative
approach. Please take a look at Amazon.com for
all the reviews, pro and con.
Christianity for the Lazy,
January 24, 2005
This book and the home study
sessions now being touted by many churches is a bunch of bunk.
Mr. Warren has written NOTHING NEW here! All he has done is
ripped off the work of others before him and dummied it up. As I
went through this 40 days with some friends 2 Catholics, 4
Lutherans, 3 Episcopalians (The local Lutheran Church was the
sponsor). I was bored to tears!!!!! We are reading along and I
stated that this sounds like Brother Lawrence in "The Practice
of the Presence of God". Well in the next chapter Mr. Warren
finally gives credit to Bro. Lawrence after having used his work
repeatedly. As we continue through the book I find myself saying
that this is nothing more than what has been said before by St.
John of the Cross or St. Teresa of Avila and their books are a
whole lot more interesting translated from the "Old Spanish".
Do yourself a favor do not try to cram zero to spiritual in 40
days! The walk is never-ending!!! Read the Complete Works of St.
Teresa (it is a 3 volume set) and "Dark Night of the Soul" by
St. John of the Cross. You will be better off!
Please DO NOT BUY the
Purpose-Driven Life! It sucks!, December 29, 2004
I own this book. It is awful. He
misquotes the Bible, and promotes the "Just believe and be
saved" LIE of the denominations. Why doesn't he just tell people
the truth? Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name
of Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. Acts 2:38
NOT just believe. Get baptized, Rick Warren! Get real salvation!
Modernistic, New-Agey claptrap,
December 28, 2004
Okay, in all honesty, there are a
few good points made, but too many important facts are missing,
and Pastor Warren seems to utilize some questionable methods.
First, there is really NO real covering of the issue of "How to
Get Saved"-without that first being established, the rest is
useless self-righteousness, which are as filthy rags in the eyes
of God. Also, in Chapter 11, it is suggested to use "breath
prayers", short words or phrases, repeated over and over again,
to "practice the presence of God". That's identical to the vain
repetitions used by various eastern cults when in meditation,
and very similar to the positive affirmations used in
pop-psychology and the New Age. Then, there is the issue of
accepting worldliness and disposing of biblical, Christian
separation from apostates, along with more, ad nauseum, all adds
up to a pretty poor excuse for a Christian book. I recommend
trying some good "Sword of the Lord" literature, instead. Or
just, uh, the Bible?
My Purpose is in Christ and Him
Crucified, December 22, 2004
I do not recommend this book but
if you choose to read it then read it with a King James Version
Bible and not the Message paraphrase because this really
distorts Scripture. The Christian's purpose can easily be found
in the Holy Bible. This book is not much into the meat of God's
word it is a works driven and based book. If I read this book as
a non-Christian I would be given the impression that doing good
works in the right frame of mind would be enough to get me to
Heaven. That associating myself with a church will get me to
Heaven. But this is not true. The line is blurred between the
Christian (faith in Christ and Him crucified) and the
non-Christian. Simply filling my life with good works and happy
people won't get me to heaven. ONLY faith in Christ and Him
Crucified will do that. Rick Warren is wrong in saying that a
Christian is defined by his church or the group he associates
with. The group did not save my soul neither did the church.
Faith in Christ alone saved my soul! As a Christian this book is
an offence to me. The quotes of atheists and new age leaders is
disgusting. There are ample Christian examples of faith and
changed lives in our Christian history and in the Holy Bible
without the need to quote from non-Christian philosophers. Be ye
not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what
communion hath light with darkness? 2 Cor 6:14. People say this
book changed their lives...being reminded to put someone else
first, that there is more to life than yourself is a good but
it's taken too far in this book. I am not a Christian because of
my good works but because of the mercy and grace of God making a
way by His Son Jesus who died on the Cross for Me. As a
Christian I will do good things because Christ is in me - but my
works will not save me and they will not define me. There are
plenty of non-Christians and non-faith people who do-good works
but their works do not make them a born again believer in
Christ. You want your purpose than read the KJV Bible and ask
God to fill you with what He wants in your life. It's easier
than you think to get an answer from God - faith in Christ!
Beware of Hucksters Selling
Easy Answers, November 30, 2004
This book gave me a purpose -- to
tear down false idols like this author and his snake oil
The book claims that there are "five purposes for our lives"
which are "clearly revealed" by the Bible. They are (1) You were
planned for God's pleasure, (2) You were formed for God's
family, (3) You were created to become like Christ, (4) You were
shaped for serving God, and (5) You were made for a Mission.
These purposes seem somewhat repetitive to me, but the author
apparently thinks they are complex. In his introduction,
entitled "A Journey with Purpose: Getting the Most from this
Book", he advises that we also purchase two additional items,
the Purpose Driven Life Scripture Keeper Plus and The Purpose
Driven Life Journal, to aid us in our spiritual journey. What, I
wonder, is a Scripture Keeper Plus? The new and improved version
of the Scripture Keeper, standard model? Is this a book or an
Once you get past the author plugging his "purpose driven"
paraphernalia, you will notice that he cherry-picks the Bible
for quotes that will "prove" his personal viewpoints, even if
the Bible's actual meaning is quite different from what he is
saying. For example, in Chapter 1 the author goes to great pains
to state that his book is not a "self-help" book. He then
writes: 'The Bible says, "Self-help is no help at all.
Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your
true self."' Huh? The Bible predicted and dissed the
contemporary self-help genre 2,000 years ago? According to the
book's endnotes, that quote of Jesus putting down self-help
literature is from Matthew 16:25.
The King James version of Matthew 16:25 is as follows: "For
whosoever shall save his life shall lose it: and whosever will
lose his life for my sake shall find it." Reasonable minds can
differ on what that passage means, but it clearly was not aimed
at the self-help industry of late 20th and early 21st centuries.
The author continues his biblical borrowings in Chapter 1 by
saying that "God has not left us in the dark to wonder and
guess" about the meaning and purpose of existence. He has given
us the Bible, our "Owner's Manual" of life. To "prove" his
point, he quotes, no surprise, the Bible itself: "God's wisdom .
. . goes deep into the interior of his purposes. . . . It's not
the latest message, but more like the oldest -- what God
determined as the way to bring out the best in us." According to
the endnotes, that quote is from 1 Corinthians 2:7.
The King James
version of 1 Corinthians 2:7 is as follows: "But we speak of God
in mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before
the world unto our glory." Again, reasonable minds can differ on
what that passage means exactly, but it is distinctly speaking
of the presence of deep mystery and hidden wisdom in this world
God created. The passage serves as a timely warning to be wary
of snake oil salesmen like Rick Warren, who promise to reveal
the mystery and hidden wisdom of God in a five-step process.
The book is
divided into 40 chapters, and the author advises us to read and
digest one chapter each day. The chapters tend to follow the
pattern described above, where the author makes an unprovable
philosophical statement and then cherry-picks a biblical quote
to "prove" his point.
Some of his
points are blatantly unscientific, such as some ramblings in
Chapter 2 to the effect that the universe is the result of
intelligent design rather than any sort of evolution. In this
chapter he also makes bizarre and philosophically unsound
statements such as "There would be no right or wrong, and no
hope beyond your brief years here on earth" without God. There
are all sorts of demonstrated ethical and philosophical
frameworks that give great thought to right and wrong without
taking God into account. One such framework is the United States
Constitution and the laws it has generated. Rick Warren and I
and our friends, families and countrymen have derived great
benefit from this secular framework of right and wrong. As far
as there being no hope beyond our brief years here on earth
without God, our children and grandchildren provide hope and
reason for acting ethically and morally with regard to future
generations. God can be a wonderful force in our lives, but
atheists, agnostics and other non-believers can love their
children and the world around them, and can know right from
wrong, as well as anyone else.
Some of the author's points are worthwhile . Examples are his
Day 3 teachings regarding simplicity and anti-materialism, his
Day 7 admonitions to be Christ-like, and his Day 8 material
about hypocritical worship. But given his shameless attempts to
sell his various "purpose driven" companion items, I question
his ability to practice what he preaches.
If you are looking for purpose and meaning in life through
Christianity, there are some wonderful books out there. My
personal favorite is the Journal of George Fox. The books of
Bishop John Shelby Spong are also extremely enlightening texts
that provide readers with the opportunity to both learn Biblical
history and to deepen your spiritual faith. I recommend avoiding
authors like Rick Warren, who promise easy answers to questions
that prophets and saints have wrestled with for generations.
For the dogma driven
Christian only, November 26, 2004
I saw this book on the bestseller
list and picked up a copy to read, the title seemed like
applicable to any one, who does not want a purpose driven life
anyway? After a few pages and watching a coincidental interview
w/author on Larry King, I promptly returned it to the bookstore.
I don't have any comments on devout Christians who find it
useful but I am appalled at the self-righteousness and
exclusivity that seems to pass off as 'Christian belief' - by
the author among other people. Literal interpretation of
scripture/religion is easy, compelling to do and elicits lots of
people as followers as everyone wants the easy way out. But we
are given thinking brains for a reason, that we balance faith
with humility/acceptance and tolerance of all forms of living -
be it Christian or pagan or any other form of faith. If you
believe your purpose in life is through Christ's words then
someone else has a right to say his/her life is meaningful, say,
through Buddha, or even Martin Luther King, or Gandhi, or
anyone. There is no evidence, spiritual or otherwise, that one
is better than the other and we are all better off acknowledging
The reasons for this book, November
This book and its success will
tell you much about what's wrong with America and many Churches
today. But it
will not help bring you closer to God. America is full of
churches that have no purpose and are spiritually dead. But
these same churches are experiencing huge growth and large
numbers of new members. They are held out as models and praised.
Why is this? Because many so-called evangelicals have become
more interested in getting people into the doors of Churches
than getting Christ into the hearts of people. And the leaders
of the Church are as often as not playing politician or
businessmen while the people of the Church are neglected. That
neglect leads to a need for a "simpler" and more
attractive Christianity to appeal to the ignorant and worldly.
So in comes Rick Warren with his new commandments. The new
Christianity is much more attractive because it turns the Church
into a sort of community "club" and entertainment
center. In the new purpose-driven Christianity, "sin" (an
unpopular topic) is replaced by "loyalty" to worldly
Rather than confess sins and bow before God, the new Christians
believe that they are above sin in many cases. Or (worse)
they see Grace as a license to sin without consequence. Sin is a
problem for the people they hate outside their Church, not for
them. Rick Warren gives these new Christians five new
commandments (or purposes) all of which they can fulfill while
leading an utterly sinful and amoral life. Its a Christianity of
works over faith and of pride rather than confession of Sin.
It’s a Christianity where bodies stacked in Churches means more
than bringing people to God. The true "purpose" in all of
this is to turn our Churches away from God so that they are like
stadiums, entertainment complexes, political halls, clubs and
places where businessmen (like Warren) can sell products.
purposelessness is indeed 'driven', November 1, 2004
Deceitful, October 26,
This book is very deceiving. I
would give it a negative number if that were possible. It
mixes in scripture and tries to give an explanation of that
scripture in a twisted way. Warren may want to do a "good"
job, but he's going about things in the wrong way. Every
church seems to be jumping on this bandwagon and people need
to start waking up and realize what's going on. It's NOT
is indeed subserviently 'driven'. Unfortunate for the author, he
has managed to do more harm than just to himself and advocate
simplicity and indulgence for vested interests. Be sorry and
read this book, or spend the precious time and find some
purposes elsewhere. The book talks with basic simplicity-prone
prose and ignores the sociological implications of idealism. In
the book, one doesn't find the awe of god but instead, the awe
of mobs. A Gould's quote would give a good summary of such
problem: "only two possible escapes can save us from the
organized mayhem of our dark potentialities - the side that has
given us crusades, witch hunts, enslavements, and holocausts.
moral decency provides one necessary ingredient, but not nearly
enough. the second foundation must come from the rational side
of our mentality. for, unless we rigorously use human reason
both to discover and acknowledge nature's factuality, and to
follow the logical implications for efficacious human action
that such knowledge entails, we will lose out to the frightening
forces of irrationality, romanticism, uncompromising 'true'
belief, and the apparent resulting inevitability of mob action.
reason is not only a large part of our essence; reason is also
our potential salvation from the vicious and precipitous mass
action that rule by emotionalism always seems to entail.
skepticism is the agent of reason against organized
irrationalism - and is therefore one of the keys to human social
and civic decency".
Scared people indeed write horrible books.
What about birth defects and
AIDS babies? , October 20, 2004
Warren claims that there are no
accidents, and that God plans every detail of every child. He
does not even try to explain unpleasant things like severe birth
defects or mental retardation. He also claims that God plans and
designs everything in the world - again, he does not discuss how
the bacteria that causes flesh rotting disease or the plague
fits into God's plan. Or nasty animals like mosquitoes, or
poisonous reptiles. This book is for people who don't know or
care about science and medicine. He is the Christian
fundamentalist version of Depak Chopra or Wayne Dyer. Where is
Voltaire when we need him?
Purpose Driven Wallet,
October 19, 2004
One must ask when reading this
book. What does the Bible say? Look up his 16+ Translations
used. That isn't a huge issue by itself. The fact that some are
Catholic, etc... Mormons, Oneness Pentecostals and Jehovah's
Witnesses also have used it too. I calculated about 60% of the
time Warren uses the Message Paraphrase hardly an accurate
translation. Does this affect Warren's book?
On Pg. 19 Warren quotes The Message
Matthew 16 (MSG)
25 Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my
way, to finding yourself, your true self.
Compare to the NIV...
Matthew 16 (NIV)
25For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but
whoever loses his life for me will find it.
And then says, "This is not a self-help book." See the
difference and how it affects the book? Warren is also hostile
to anyone disagreeing and disrupting unity. It’s the Unity above
Principal. Christians are ALWAYS to speak against error. That
does NOT preclude Dr. Warren.
I am no KJ Onlyist. But Warren plays fast and loose with the
scriptures. He is openly hostile to traditional worship. CCM is
fairly shallow as is Warren's book. I can't help but wonder
where Sin is? One must understand their own sinfulness in order
to understand WHY they need Christ. It’s not to make your life
in this life better. The scriptures do not teach this Warren
Warren takes scripture after scripture out of context and seems
to select translation on how well it follows his theory.
Warren's book is shallow at best and deceptive at worst. Read it
but with a Bible handy. Hopefully something a bit more literal
than the Message.
Warren is making money on this. You see Purpose Driven
everything that should give one pause. As for loving Jesus you
will love this book. I love Jesus, but I do not like this book.
I only love one book in that level and that is the Holy Bible. I
care not what translation you use. Be cautious in accepting
whatever comes down the pike.
Those who are solid in the faith. Will find this book basic and
glossing over various things. However, the unbeliever is not
going to get a clear picture of Christianity. They are going to
see it presented in a "What's in it for me." Mentality. I just
don't see where this is edifying for anyone. It is theologically
weak and wrong in several places.
The book starts out with its not about you. Then goes about
telling you it’s all about you.
October 15, 2004
This book is not scripturally
sound, as is especially evidenced by the fact that Rick Warren
relies mainly on a paraphrased version of scripture to make his
points, which is very different from what a literal translation
states. In addition, most of his advice is based on human ideas
instead of biblical wisdom and human ideas are generally wrong
while God is always right.
It's a shame that so many Christians are gravitating toward this
book looking for some magical “40-day" formula instead of
seeking the truths found only in the scriptures. I cannot
recommend this book under any circumstances.
End-Time Deception, July 25, 2004
Reviewer: Todd Thompson (Palestine,
When Jesus said most people on earth
will be lost, He did not temper that by saying...except all
churchgoers, or....except everyone who reads popular writers. Mt.7:13
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the
way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in
You must realize that the world's system has church.
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth
unto life, and FEW there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, (where are false prophets but in the
church) which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are
When one reviewer said this could only happen in America, he was
probably correct. America is covered by a glass bubble of false
security and unreality brought on by materialism. As long as you think
this is just a big happy Christian society, you will swallow whatever
is offered to you. You devour the latest bestseller but can't seem to
figure out Proverbs.
The adversary is vastly smarter than you and you have absolutely no
chance against him unless you understand the BIBLE.
Not only is this book about consuming individuals for the benefit of
Church Big Business, it is part of the end-time plan to offer up
millions of softened and conformed persons to further submit theirs
minds and wills to the next world order. The author talks down to the
readers saying that their identity is found in church attendance, and
says that the church is their "source." And sets a clear division
between church leaders and you, making you an ever-so-necessary cog in
The Word says that most people will be lost. What sets YOU apart? What
makes you different from the church crowd? The carnal world has
church. How do you know you are not part of the majority that will be
Ex 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil;
Lu 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did
their fathers to the false prophets.
If you are a student of history, you will recognize, in this book, the
methods of socialism. The methods of socialism are to convince you to
give up your individual power, your individual confidence, and your
individual initiative. So much for helping you find your
purpose...that's just the lure...that's why it's called DECEPTION.
This end-time plan cannot trust or permit your individual power,
ministry or anointing. Your individual power, initiative and anointing
is the enemy of this dark philosophy.
The devil's plans are massive; they are based upon militarily sound
principles and executed over centuries with patient expertise. If you
refuse to think critically and/or engage your discernment you will be
deceived and lost, end of story.
Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even
those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both
good and evil.
If you refuse to separate yourself from the crowd by discernment and
holiness, you have absolutely no chance. Get back in the Word, fight
for wisdom and understanding and discernment.
Now, let us take a few minutes to look at
some quotes from the Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose
Driven Church and compare them to what I believe the Bible actually
PDL-Purpose Driven Life,
PDC-Purpose Driven Church. RW-Robert Wise
PDL, pg. 325 “….We often miss the full
impact of familiar Bible verses, not because of translating, but simply
because they have become so familiar! We think
we know what a verse says because we have read it or heard it so many
time. Then when we find it quoted in a book, we
skim over it and miss the full meaning.
Therefore I have deliberately used paraphrases in order to help you see
God’s truth in new, fresh ways…”
Revelations 22:18, 19 says…
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the
prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall
add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this
prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out
of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
RW … I contend that the Lord has
supplied us with all the understanding we need for the different
Scriptures. The problem with writing
paraphrases is that it allows misleading meanings to come into the
definitions without any scrutiny from the reader.
I know most persons will say….:I cannot believe you think I would
read something and just take it at face value”.
Well, unfortunately that is exactly what most of us do all the time.
The majority of persons are just too lazy to take
the time to compare and study what they are reading. Authors know this
and take advantage of it. Satan uses these
types of deceptions all the time. Don’t act so
alarmed. It’s true; we just have a hard time accepting it sometimes.
PDL, pg. 231 “The last thing many
believers need today is to go to another Bible study. They already know
far more than they are putting into practice”.
RW … Evidently Mr. Warren believes that
once you have learned a certain amount from the Bible, it’s all over.
As he says here…a Bible study is the last thing many
believers need. I for one know that every time
I pick up my Bible and read something, I seem to gain more insight than
the last time. I believe this is one of the
ways the Holy Spirit works in our lives.
Therefore I urge any and all Christians to attend a Bible study if they
are not now doing so.
PDL, pg. 307 “I strongly urge you to
gather a small group of friends and form a Purpose Driven Life Reading
Group to review these chapters on a weekly basis … After you have gone
through this book together as a group, you might consider studying other
purpose driven life studies that are available for classes and groups.”
RW … WOW,
what 76 pages won’t change? Only 76 pages ago,
Mr. Warren seemed to be all against Bible study.
I guess the difference he is contending, is that his book is not
the Bible therefore it is ok to have this type of weekly study group.
How sad this makes me feel. I can only imagine what the Lord must
think about such statements. To think that the Bible is not appropriate
for believers but this book is! This borders on Blasphemy!
I believe Mr. Warren’s statements speak for themselves in that it
doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this statement is
nothing short of self-promotion and salesmanship.
As a former Sales Manager for a major medical laboratory, I
recognized right away what was going on. Subtle
for sure, smooth as can be, sly as a fox…. but it is nothing else but
advertising and promotion.
PDC, pg. 297 “Read Scripture from a newer
translation. With all the wonderful
translations and paraphrases available today, there is no legitimate
reason for complicating the Good News with four hundred-year old
English. Using the Kings James Version creates
an unnecessary cultural barrier. Remember, when
Kings James authorized the new translation, it was because he wanted a
contemporary version. I once saw an advertisement that claimed, if Kings
James were alive today, he’d be reading the New International Version!
That’s probably true. Clarity is more
important than poetry”
RW … The King James Version of the
Bible is a word for word translation of the original wording.
The problem with the different translations is that they have
been paraphrased. It is the same as when someone tells us something and
instead of repeating it verbatim, we say it in our own way and by doing
so, we sometimes distort or misinterpret the meaning of the original.
Using multiple versions also causes confusion and God is not the
author of confusion. I honestly believe that
the reason most persons write by paraphrasing is so that they can
intentionally change meanings to fit their own beliefs even if those
beliefs are contrary to actual Scripture. I do
not believe any of this is an accident. Persons as intelligent as Mr.
Warren know exactly what they are doing.
PDC, pgs. 255, 271 “Crowds always flock to
hear good news. There is enough bad news in the
world that the last thing people need is to hear more bad news when they
come to church. They are looking for anyone who can give them hope and
help and encouragement…A good salesman knows you always start with the
customer’s needs, not the product.
RW … I was not aware that sales
techniques were a part of sharing the Gospel message with the lost or
the saved. Can it possibly be, that the problem
with most churches today is that they are so busy trying to figure out
what the church members needs are, that they forget the Gospel message
is what they need. So many churches are
concerned with get togethers, fun activities and the like that they
overlook many badly needed areas of the church that need their
attention. So many preachers are so afraid to
speak the truth or to use language in their messages like: repent,
death, apathy, hell and damnation for the unsaved, etc.
They are afraid if they insult a member they may be ask to leave.
Good news, I thought the Gospel was the GOOD NEWS!
Once again, this shows the difference in what the Bible tells us
and what man can do with free hand paraphrasing.
And, bottom line is this, we have to know the bad news to know
the good news. If we are taught there is no bad
news for those who reject Jesus and their Savior, then we are teaching
only one-half of the Gospel message.
PDC, pg. 244 “Making a service
comfortable for the un-churched doesn’t mean changing your theology,
it means changing the environment of the service”.
RW … Making things comfortable for the
un-churched? I wonder how a un-believer comes
to be convicted by the Holy Spirit to change when he is so comfortable
in his surroundings. The un-believer needs to
be un-comfortable in his sins and his life in order to repent, believe
in the Gospel, and become saved. The
un-churched MUST be told the Gospel which lets all of us know that we
must repent and be baptized. John the Baptist,
preached a message that was not so comfortable but it certainly worked.
Jesus preached about repentance. Jesus
talked about Hell. Jesus talked about damnation
of the unsaved. Where is all the
comfortableness in this? Being comfortable is
not the answer. The Word of God is the answer
and the Word of God can be found in the Bible, not The Purpose Driven
Church or the Purpose Driven Life.
While there certainly are some good points in the books by Rick
Warren, there are too many discrepancies and too much distortion of the
Scriptures to make it them good books. Don’t be
deceived if or when your church asked you to begin a study group on
these books. Tell your Preaches and Pastors,
that there are enough good Bible Study materials available along with
the Bible to more than teach you what your purpose is.
By the way. ….. Your purpose in life? …… To accept Christ and Him
crucified, be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy
Ghost and to spread the Gospel to all nations while you await His return
and your rightful place as a saved soul in the Kingdom of Heaven for
eternity or live as you wish, try to make your heaven here on
earth, ignore the Gospel and Christ only to spend your eternity in the
Lake of Fire as told in Revelations. The choice
certainly is yours to make. Just make sure you
make the right one for once the Judgment comes, there is no changing of