THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIE
The latest in a growing list of Baptist Press articles spotlighting Rick Warren is one by Erin Curry promoting the pastor's latest book entitled, 'The Purpose Driven Life' - obviously a sequel to 'The Purpose Driven Church'. My intention here is not to review
In his September 25th article, Curry wrote the following:
What makes focusing on this particular comment so important is that it reveals the humanist philosophy and psychological manipulation that fuels today's church growth movement. (CGM) First of all, the bible does not teach that we are to develop anything spiritual in and of ourselves -- especially "a heart for the world". Instead, we are to simply yield to God and His Word -- that is, "let go and let God", as the saying goes. For me to develop something implies that I am in control and affecting my own change.
It denotes a psychological transformation that occurs through personal experience, trial and error, human interaction and the praxis (or practice) of Hegel's dialectic, otherwise known as the Hegelian Dialectic or "Diaprax". Spiritual attributes are not developed like muscles on men but are given like gifts from God. You either have them or you don't. They are not designed and "developed" over time through human initiative and experimentation. And although the term "developing a heart" is merely creeker-speak for "learning to love", notice if you will, that
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world" -- 1st John 2:15-17
When we focus our affection on a dying world instead of the Living Word, we ourselves become susceptible to its power and influence and over the course of time are seduced by it into compromising our own convictions until we tolerate, then accommodate, then approve, then imitate, then embrace and finally love the very world we were saved FROM. By deception, attrition, peer-pressure and self-gratification we fall prey to sheepish-looking wolves roaming the herd, twisting the truth of scripture into ear-itching lies that transform gullible "seekers" into global serfs instead of godly servants. These charlatans can't just come right out and tell us to "love the world" because far too many would then recognize their heresy. So, they cloak the lie in fluffy CGM psycho-lingo to avoid setting off any discernment alarms and instruct us instead to "develop a heart for the world".
That's why at seeker-sensitive, promise-keeping, purpose-driven, churches you'll always find plenty of Jungian psychology, charismatic clichés, sensual music, tempting dress, irreverent behavior, boisterous applause, celebrity worship, biblical ignorance and smiley-faced pride because everyone there is busy living out the purpose driven lie "developing a heart for the world".
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." -- James 4:4
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Brett Brigg ( www.bvov.net ) added this criticism of
"The Purpose Driven Life is a book of motivational psychology, where the leading of the Holy Spirit is replaced by the plans of men, and the conviction of the Holy Spirit is replaced with hype-artistry and the pop-psychology of inspiration and motivation; a book where the Holy Spirit has been replaced with the spirit of the world. What are we saying to, and about, God when we accept teachings and concepts of the world and mould the Word of God to our own personal life experiences?
* God's out of touch with today?
* What worked two thousand years ago doesn't work today?
* We have technology and concepts which Paul could not write about; therefore we will redefine and reapply God's Word to how WE think it should be?
Why don't they just say what they really mean? "God got it wrong."
So, despite Rick Warren saying, "It's not about you" (page 17) it really IS about "you" and what "you" think. What "you" think the Word of God should say. What "you" think God should accept. What "you" think is ok. It's because of this thinking that the Gospel of Rick Warren is not the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ."
"Rick Warren is selling his spiritual wares around the world; and the blind, the wretched and the naked are lining up to buy it, rather than the eye salve, gold and white robe that the Lord Jesus Christ offers.
Did you get that? The defining trend of the apostate church, the
Folks . . . this is the VERY same lie Satan decieved Eve with in the Garden of Eden . . . Genesis 3:5
". . . for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." - Literally, "Deciding for yourself what is good and evil."
Here we are . . full circle, back to the Garden, back to the same deception - People Judging For Themselves.
IT'S YOUR CHOICE
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves,…Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 2nd Timothy 2: 1-2, 5-7
James Sundquist, author of a great new book entitled, “Who’s Driving The Purpose Driven Church?” (Which I highly recommend, by the way) recently sent me a copy of Rick Warren’s column from the March 2005 edition of the Ladies Home Journal. What makes this particular piece a must read for any Christian, is how perfectly it illustrates what Pastor Warren REALLY believes and/or wants YOU to believe.
In it, this wolf momentarily steps out of his sheepskin to address what is most important to him; his REAL religion: making people feel good about themselves, which of course, makes them feel good about Rick Warren, and his “ministry.” It is the essence of good marketing: telling people what they want to hear, even if it is a boldface lie; and because he claims to be doing it for Jesus, the “spiritual” end justifies the diabolical means.
You see, a “successful” salesman always makes his prospects feel good. If he accomplishes this, he knows that many, if not most, will reward him by purchasing whatever it is he has for sale because you see, the REAL product for sale IS the salesman. Everything else is just an accessory. The better the customer feels, the more they like the salesman. The more accessories that likeable salesman sells, the more he is acclaimed worthy by the world. Not only that; but the more he is acclaimed worthy by the world, the EASIER his accessories are to sell. In time, the salesman’s growing popularity and the trustworthy image that is perpetuated before the public eye provides all of the necessary momentum to sustain his “success” at least until, for whatever reason, the good feelings wane or the next big thing comes along.
How does a “successful” salesman make you feel good? In a word: Flattery – what we all want to hear from those around us. Flattery And The Big Lie.
In Pastor Warren’s March column, he wrote:
“To truly love yourself, you need to know the five truths that form the basis of a healthy self-image.”
Here he begins by endorsing the very thing conservatives loathed Bill Clinton for: narcissism. Now, keep in mind, this is a “man of God,” a “preacher of the Gospel,” laying out five “truths” for your consideration. But these “truths” came not from the Bible, the Word of God every legitimate shepherd is called to proclaim. No, they came from the world of secular psychology. But, if any preacher or pastor proclaims something other than God’s Word as truth at the expense of the Gospel, he is betraying Christ, not obeying Him.
Does God accept us without Christ? Does He accept us even when we reject Him and/or willfully disobey His Word? Is that not what “unconditionally” means? So, is Pastor Warren implying here that Jesus really didn’t need to suffer and die on a cross two thousand years ago to atone for our sins with His own shed blood to make those of us who belong to Him acceptable to God the Father because God ALREADY accepts anyone and everyone unconditionally? If so, is he also suggesting that Hell is reserved only for the devil and his fallen angels or are they accepted unconditionally, as well?
The truth is; Hell is never mentioned in the article; neither is sin, repentance, redemption or the cross of Christ; only God’s “unconditional acceptance” of everyone reading the Ladies Home Journal, Christian or not.
Tell me, who’s more in love with “self” than self? At the very heart of our sinful nature is an unrestrained self-love. Does scripture say: “Thou shalt love thyself with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength?” Of course not! There is a reason for that. We already love ourselves instinctively. We were born with an undying love for self. If it weren’t so, Jesus would not have told us to “…love thy neighbor AS THYSELF.” – Mark
Even those that commit suicide are doing it for themselves, in spite of
the life-altering pain and suffering they inflict on their family and friends.
They don’t hate themselves. They’re filled with fear, anxiety,
guilt, anger, loneliness, resentment and a desperate need to BE LOVED. If they
are simply instructed to “love self,” then their sin and separation
from God remains ignored; and not only are they still lost and bound for an
eternity in Hell, they are encouraged by false prophets like
So, here’s a “minister of the gospel” instructing his readers from every walk of life, Christian or otherwise, not to love others or even to love God as the bible teaches; but instead, to “love yourself.” OK – All you Mary Kay Letourneau, Lynette "Squesky" Fromme, Hillary Clinton, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Brittney Spears types, listen up! I hope you renewed your subscription because the good reverend is about to say something here that I’m quite certain you’re going to like:
3. Warren: “Be true to yourself…consider your heart – what you love to do – as well as the strengths and weaknesses of your personality…Don’t deny your weaknesses…be content with them.”
You might hear that in a Walt Disney movie or on the Dr. Phil Show but you won’t find THAT in your King James, folks. What you WILL find is this:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” – Jeremiah 17:9
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself…” – Matthew
If we forgive ourselves without Christ, without confession and without repentance, not only are we fooling ourselves, we are unwittingly condemning ourselves through delusion and have essentially learned how to bypass the conscience God has given us and “seared” it from ever feeling the burden of our sin and guilt again.
Furthermore, if God doesn’t expect perfection from us, Jesus would not have said:
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48
Apparently, somebody’s lying to us. Do you believe Jesus Christ or Rick Warren?
The Lord has NEVER ONCE instructed us to “believe in ourselves!” This is the world’s religion – the heart of humanism and “the pride of life” that the Bible repeatedly warns us against! There is nothing to gain from believing in oneself but the praise and admiration of the world, which is not only what Rick Warren wants but also what he knows YOU want, even though it could cost you your very soul.
Here’s what the Word of God says about self:
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” – Isaiah 64:6
“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” – Jeremiah 17:5
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?.” – Matthew 16:24-26
And, here’s what scripture says about WHOM we should believe in:
“Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.” – John 12:44
“And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” – John 11:26a
Pastor Warren closes his heretical commentary with the following:
“It’s your choice. You can believe what others say about you, or you can believe in yourself as does God, who says you are truly acceptable, lovable, valuable and capable.”
Amid all these lies, Rick is right about one thing: IT'S YOUR CHOICE. And, what a choice it is! You can believe what God says about you in His Word or you can "believe in yourself" as Warren and every other self-help motivational speaker advises us to do. But ask yourself this: When did God EVER say He believed in you and me? When did He EVER say we were “acceptable, lovable, valuable and capable?”
Here’s what He REALLY said about you and me:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” - Romans
And, FIVE TIMES He said this:
“…there is none that doeth good…” – Psalm 14:1, Psalm 14:3, Psalm 53:1, Psalm 53:3, Romans 3:12
But, about Jesus Christ, God the Father had THIS to say:
“And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” – Mark
…a Son whose precious name was NEVER ONCE mentioned in Rick Warren’s article. THAT ALONE should speak volumes about what he believes and in whom he believes. Sure he used the name “God” throughout the article; but to a Muslim, that’s not Jesus; to a Mormon, that’s not Jesus; to Moonies and countless other followers of the world’s various religions, that’s not Jesus. That's how he and others like him slip in under the radar. The way he presented "God" in the magazine, "God" could be anybody you want Him to be, including yourself. (Telling you what you want to hear while offending no one) Well friends, he sure offended me, and I HOPE he offended you!
About the name of Jesus Christ, the Bible says this:
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts
According to Time Magazine, Rick Warren is “
YOU, my fellow Christian; whether you’re a preacher, a pastor, an evangelist, a church leader, teacher or simply a layman; after reading here what Pastor Warren wrote in The Ladies Home Journal, have an obligation to take a stand for Jesus Christ and His Word and warn others about Warren’s unbiblical teaching. If you do not, and just sit silent to save your ministry, church, career, family, friends or your own reputation then I would encourage you to re-read Matthew 16:24-26 one more time because he is leading people astray around the world in vast numbers and we are commanded to rebuke him for it with the Word of God and separate ourselves from him and his heresy if he does not repent.
That is our duty as disciples of Jesus Christ. If we accommodate anyone’s lies and deceit for selfish reasons, especially those who call themselves a “brother,” then we show our Lord, the world around us, and that “great cloud of witnesses” that we are not FOR Christ, but are in reality, AGAINST Him.
“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.” – Jeremiah 23:1
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