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The Purpose-Driven Church Growth Movement

Source: The Internet, Sunday October 1st 2006

Rick Warren’s doctrine is not rooted soundly in the scriptures; it is a combination of scripture mixed with Jungian Psychology and business success strategy as taught by Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie 100 years ago and made famous by Peter Drucker in this time.

The Scriptures teach that we are not to lean on our own understanding, but on the Word of God, that our doctrines should come from the Scripture. (Prov. 3:5-6)

Warren’s mixture of the scripture with the wisdom of men leads him to a faulty view of man and of God. Warren would assert that if you are good at and like art then your purpose in life must be to use art to serve God. When in reality the Scriptures show that when God chooses to use man for His purpose, he often chooses a man that could not possibly do what God would have him do except that God made it possible. Moses, who could not speak well, was used by God to speak to Pharaoh and to lead the people out of Egypt, this is but one example.

God does not desire us to be purpose driven, but Spirit led.

God does not desire us to be self sufficient but self weak and God strong.

God does not seek men who will work for God, but men who will die (to themselves) and let God work through them. (Rom 6:1-2)

We are not here to find our purpose in this life … we are here to surrender to His purpose for our lives which have become His life.

-- posted on the Internet

I would add, “there is a way the seemeth right unto a man” Proverbs 14:12