Purpose Driven Problems
A couple of years ago, I, along with millions of others, read Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life and gleaned a lot of good from the 40-day devotional study. Since then, I have read and heard a lot, both pro and con, about Warren, his methods and his ministry. Recently, I ran across an article on Tim Challies' excellent blog (Challies.com), where he shares his misgivings about this phenomenal bestseller and the man behind it. He writes: ...
I have decided to present to you my three primary concerns with Rick Warren, his ministry and all things Purpose Driven. These concerns are: Warren's ongoing abuse of Scripture, the all-encompassing nature of the Purpose Driven programs and Warren's ecumenism.
I do not wish to indicate that these are the only concerns I have with Warren, nor do I wish to indicate that there is nothing beneficial happening because of his ministry. I merely wish to express what I feel are three serious, overarching concerns that Christians should be aware of because of Warren's increasing profile as America's pastor and as a leader of the Evangelical church. [To read the entire article, click here.]
I admire a lot of what Rick Warren has accomplished in his ministry and believe he is sincere his endeavors. However, Tim's article gives me pause and demonstrates to me that we as Christians need to be more discerning when it comes to fully embracing studies and programs such as The Purpose Driven Life.