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