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A THOUGHTFUL CRITIQUE OF THE "PURPOSE-DRIVEN"-TYPE MEGACHURCH
on November 29, 2010
Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren---sometimes called "America's Pastor"---has written vastly popular and influential books such as The Purpose-Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission and The Purpose Driven® Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?; Warren and similar "megachurches" are the intended target of Noah Hutchins' book.
Hutchins "was a member of the second largest Baptist church in Oklahoma, where he had served for fifteen years. Then suddenly, his church converted to a Purpose Driven format... he has counseled with hundreds who have been disenfranchised from Purpose Driven churches by conscience or invitation."
Here are some quotations from the book:
(Letter from David Wilkerson) "Dear Dr. Hutchins: Your article concerning Rick Warren's ministry is one of the most balanced exposes of what I see as a very dangerous movement. I find no animosity in what you have said and I believe it is a message that every pastor around the world needs to hear." (Pg. 40)
"One aspect of that lifestyle that Dr. Warren evidently did not change was his love for rock music. Rock music is a vital part of the purpose driven church movement." (Pg. 98)
"For example, 'purpose-driven' sounds better than 'market-driven' but it is basically the same thing." (Pg. 110)
"Dr. Warren has stated repeatedly that there is no such thing as Christian music, there are only Christian lyrics. Dr. Warren was once a rock musician in his college days, so he knows he is not telling the truth. You do not hear 'Amazing Grace' in a casino." (Pg. 153)
"Dr. Warren has encouraged changing to the new versions of the Bible. In 'The Purpose-Driven Life,' 99.5 percent of the scriptures are from the newer versions, most based on the Westcott and Hort Greek New Testament from the Catholic Alexandrian texts." (Pg. 172)