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THE PURPOSE DRIVEN Lie
PART TWO A Doctrinal Critique of Rick Warren’s book ‘The Purpose Driven Life’

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SUMMARY: 
In his book, Rick Warren proposes that we have five purposes — and that those purposes are supposedly God ordained.These purposes are:


Conclusion
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
Continuing our series on a Doctrinal Critique of Rick Warren’s 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? It’s 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 Warren’s 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 Warren’s 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 world’s 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 Forbe’s magazine under the headline, “Still theYoungest Mind,” and Business Week has called him “the most enduring management thinker of our time.”

— http://www.pfdf.org/ leaderbooks/drucker/bio.html

Let’s engage our imaginations, substitute the word “business” for “church” and see what Warren has to tell us.
Mr Drucker’s 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 Drucker’s tutelage, Warren’s 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. Warren’s 2001 book, The Purpose-Driven Life, is this decade’s 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 Drucker’s surprisingly spartan home in Claremont, California, on a cloudy Tuesday morning. We were greeted by Drucker’s 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 Warren’s 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 Forbe’s magazines article entitled ‘Purpose Driven’.
…I give you the best book on entrepreneurship, business and investment that I’ve read in some time. It’s not new and it’s not a business book. It was written in 1995 and comes from the field of religion. It’s 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 let’s eng age our imaginations, substitute “church” and see what Warren has to tell us.
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