Posted by: reformbama | October 30, 2010

“What Is Really Behind The Purpose Driven Life”

If you are reading this and are a Christian, I would hope that we agree that Scripture is the rule to go by on the way church is suppose to be “done”. Not man’s opinions or preferences or by some survey to find out what the lost wants in a place that is suppose to equip the saints.

Have you ever took a moment to see what was used to create Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life & Purpose Driven Church books? Thought about how he came about it. Do you think it was all pulled from Scripture? Well the way he twists Scripture some of you may think so. I am going to paste some detail research into this post and then put in the link to the rest.

I used to subscribe to Rick Warren’s pastor toolbox thing and received a special offer for a “LIFE CHANGING SERMON” for you to preach to your congregation. I am surprised he did not have a video of the Sham Wow guy or Billy Mays pushing it. For this “life changing” sermon it will only cost you $295 dollars. Ever wonder about the trade marks on Purpose Driven? Now for the post.

Spirit Led Or Purpose Driven

As most of you know, Rick Warren, the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California, has been leading the way and breaking new ground in today’s Church Growth Movement. With over 50,000 names on his church roll, he models the success of the church management process he outlined in his earlier book, The Purpose-Driven Church.

He also founded pastors.com, “a global Internet community that serves and mentors those in ministry worldwide.” This website tells us that “over 60,000 pastors subscribe to Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, a free weekly email newsletter.”[4] Then it summarizes his ministry:

“Rick Warren is well known as the pioneer of The Purpose-Driven Church paradigm for church health. More than 250,000 pastors and church leaders from over 125 countries have attended Purpose-Driven Church seminars in 18 languages. Peter Drucker calls him ‘the inventor of perpetual revival.’ Rick’s previous book, The Purpose-Driven Church, has sold over a million copies in 20 languages. Winner of the Gold Medallion Ministry Book of the Year, it is used as a textbook in most seminaries, and was selected as one of the 100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century.”[4]

Notice the reference to Peter Drucker. What this legendary management guru began teaching large corporations decades ago has now been applied to God’s churches as well as to communities and governments around the world. Since the new methods seemed to “work” equally well for churches as for corporations — and since the measured results offer statistical “proof” of “success” — pastors from countless nations have embraced and implemented Drucker’s marketing approach to “doing church.”

In a 2002 article in Business Week titled “Peter Drucker’s Search for Community,” Ken Witty describes the world view that drives Drucker’s plans and purpose:

“He brings a communitarian philosophy to his consulting…. He said that what he’s all about is this search for community, the search for where people and organizations find community for non-economic satisfaction….

“A lot of his ideas have become so accepted that it’s hard for anyone to understand how original they were at the time he introduced them. It’s sort of like Freud and psychoanalysis. Peter was the first, for example, to help managers understand that they had to define their businesses from a customer’s perspective.”[5]

Focusing on the “customer’s perspective” brings success. People feel satisfied. They come and they buy. When this process is applied to churches, it works! With polls and surveys, a church can easily uncover the “felt needs” of the unbelievers in the local community — then target their services to their intended consumers. Pastor Warren learned that lesson early from Robert Schuller — the “possibility thinker” who called MikhailGorbachev a Christian despite the protests of this unrepentant Communist. The people-pleasing methods that worked so well at the Crystal Cathedral would prove just as effective at Saddleback.

Now for the link to the rest of the information “Spirit Led Or Purpose Driven”

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