In his book, Rick Warren proposes that we have five purposes and that those purposes are supposedly God ordained.These purposes are:
- You were planned for Gods pleasure
- You were formed for Gods family
- You were created to become like Christ
- You were shaped for serving God, and
- You were made for a mission
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?
By BRETT BIGG
ontinuing our series on a Doctrinal Critique of Rick Warrens book The Purpose Driven Life. We will evaluate several chapters from the book itself.
Based on the purposes themselves, one could be lead to believe that the book is kosher but is it? Its not the purposes themselves that need to be examined, but how Rick Warren defines these purposes and what he expects his readers to understand.This critique analyses Rick Warrens doctrine (teachings) used in his purposes/ themes. In this way, the purposes themselves are also studied.
Business or Church
Before we start our evaluation of the doctrinal content of the book, it is worth noting the background, approach and the reason for Rick Warrens worldlysuccess, and that being the advice and principles of Mr Peter Drucker.
Peter F. Drucker is a writer, teacher, and consultant specializing in strategy and policy for businesses and social sector organizations. He has consulted with many of the worlds largest corporations as well as with non-profit organizations, small and entrepreneurial companies, and with agencies of the U.S. government. He has also worked with free-world governments such as those of Canada, Japan, and Mexico. He is the author of thirty-one books which have been translated into more than twenty languages.Thirteen books deal with society, economics, and politics; fifteen deal with management. Two of his books are novels, one is autobiographical, and he is a co-author of a book on Japanese painting. He has made four series of educational films based on his management books. He has been an editorial columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and other periodicals.
Drucker was born in 1909 in Vienna and was educated there and in England. He took his doctorate in public and international law while working as a newspaper reporter in Frankfurt, Germany. He then worked as an economist for an international bank in London. Drucker came to the United States in 1937. He began his teaching career as professor of politics and philosophy at Bennington College; for more than twenty years he was professor of management at the Graduate Business School of New York University. The recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, Peter Drucker has, since 1971, been Clarke Professor of Social Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. Its Graduate Management School was named after him in 1984.
Peter Drucker has been hailed in the United States and abroad as the seminal thinker, writer, and lecturer on the contemporary organization. In 1997, he was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine under the headline, Still theYoungest Mind, and Business Week has called him the most enduring management thinker of our time.
||Lets engage our imaginations, substitute the word business for church and see what Warren has to tell us.
Mr Druckers credentials and experience speak for themselves. When it comes to the business world his knowledge, experience and advice are synonymous with success.
But what about the church?
Should the church incorporate those principles that work in the world?
Are we to copy the world or separate ourselves from the world?
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?
For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE, says the Lord. AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me, Says the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NAU)1
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the fiesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.
1 John 2:15-19 (NAU)
My comments here are not intended to impugn Mr Drucker, his qualifications, experience or even those businesses which utilise his experience. The question is, Should Rick Warren, Saddleback and the Church in general incorporate them?
The Drucker-Warren relationship may surprise many readers, but it goes back two decades, to when the young minister came to Drucker for advice. Under Druckers tutelage, Warrens own success as a spiritual entrepreneur has been considerable.
Saddleback has grown to 15,000 members and has helped start another 60 churches throughout the world. Warrens 2001 book, The Purpose-Driven Life, is this decades best seller with 19.5 million copies sold so far and compiling at the rate of 500,000 per month.
Warren and I met at Druckers surprisingly spartan home in Claremont, California, on a cloudy Tuesday morning. We were greeted by Druckers wife, Doris, and ushered into the den for what developed into a two-hour conversation. During the first 30 minutes, Drucker a religious man himself, albeit of a more muted Episcopalian type as compared to Warrens exuberant brand of Southern Baptist advised Warren on the challenges of ministry and church building.
This consultation is one Drucker and Warren have engaged in twice yearly for two decades
Peter Drucker on Leadership, Rich Karlgaard, 19 Nov 2004
http://www.forbes.com/home/ management/2004/11/19/cz_rk_ 1119drucker.html
What may surprise readers even more is Forbes magazines article entitled Purpose Driven.
I give you the best book on entrepreneurship, business and investment that Ive read in some time. Its not new and its not a business book. It was written in 1995 and comes from the field of religion. Its titled The Purpose-Driven Church and was penned by Rick Warren. Warren in 1980 and from scratch launched Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif.
Under his leadership, the church has become the fastest-growing one in America. (Saddleback is a Southern Baptist evangelical church, by the way.) Weekends bring in an average of 15,000 worshippers. Saddleback has spawned dozens of so-called daughter churches throughout the country. Were it a business, Saddleback would be compared with Dell, Google or Starbucks.
The Purpose-Driven Church has sold more than 1 million copies. Its sequel,The Purpose-Driven Life, has sold 12 million copies. Whatever you think about Warren or his religious beliefs, he has discerned a consumer need out there.
S o lets eng age our imaginations, substitute church and see what Warren has to tell us.