A Purpose Driven Problem

It’s been some time since I brought up Rick Warren and the unbiblical nature of his “Purpose Driven” philosophy. But it certainly is unbiblical, and a recent Warren update and sermon review from Chris Rosebrough’s Fighting for the Faith get to the very root of the problem: a faulty premise.

In logic, the premise is where you begin. It’s what you build upon to come to a conclusion. If the premise is untrue your conclusions will be as well. This is precisely the purpose driven problem and in this episode (beginning at the 41 minute mark and through the end of the program) Rosebrough catches Warren succinctly stating the premise of purpose driven theology. And it isn’t from Scripture. Warren’s faulty premise has become so pervasive it is literally shaping churches and misleading people around the world. This false teaching is incredibly popular. We must search the Scriptures to see the problem, be on guard against its deception in our own lives and ready to warn others about it.

The Bible doesn’t tell us to find our purpose. It tells us to repent and be saved by placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ’s atoning work on the cross.

Here are some of my older posts about Rick Warren and the Purpose Driven movement:

Rick Warren Misinterprets Psalm 46

Rick Warren Twists Scripture: Allegory and Eisegesis

My Rick Warren/PDL story (mentions resources that expose the Purpose Driven theology as unbiblical)

Warren’s Daniel Plan Created with Muslim and New Age Doctors

Warren Tweet: Finding the Cross in Every Verse is Eisegesis

Warren Endorses Books by Docs Who Promote Eastern Meditation

About Julia

Here's what you might like to know about me. My name is Julia and I'm a Christian. I love the Bible and, much less importantly, a good steak. My goal with this site is to share the truth of scripture with believer and non-believer alike, and to specifically encourage believers to study and know the Bible, and warn them of false teachings in and around the church. Romans 1:16-17 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith."
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2 Responses to A Purpose Driven Problem

  1. Truth2Freedom says:

    Reblogged this on Truth2Freedom's Blog.

  2. Peggy Cox says:

    I enjoyed your article and I’m going back and reading others regarding Rick Warren. We are presently at a crossroad with our home church because of the extensive use of Rick Warren’s ministries and books. My husband fully believes that he (Warren) is “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”. The time is near for us to take a stand and possibly leave this church if things do not change. The current plan is for all of our weekly small groups to study Warren’s “Transformed” and for the pastor to preach a sermon series from the same book. I cannot, in good conscious, sit under this teaching. Prayers, please, for the truth to win out in this situation.

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