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The testimony of a former New Ager and how he sees a connection between Purpose-Driven Life and the New Age!It is clear that Robert Schuller is tied in with New Age leaders and philosophies - now the question is, is Rick Warren connected to Robert Schuller? We believe he is, and that puts the majority of the Christian church at risk!

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I was not that surprised that Robert Schuller would use a New Age leader to make a sermon point about hope. But Rick Warren? Bernie Siegel's New Age hope is a false hope and no hope at all. Was it Schuller's obvious high regard for Bernie Siegel, and Rick Warren's high regard for Robert Schuller that prompted Rick Warren to make this reference to Siegel in The Purpose Driven Life.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Stream Press; 2nd edition (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976349205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966707137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Smith (B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M.S.W. Tulane University) A free lance writer and community social worker who was formerly involved in the New Age movement. He has served as a program coordinator for people with special needs, directed several homeless programs, and has worked most recently as a Hospice social worker in New Orleans and on the California coast. He has written extensively on the subject of spiritual deception and has been widely interviewed on radio and television.

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165 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Deceived On Purpose is probably the most important contribution in the ongoing discussion about Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life and all things Purpose Driven. It is one of only a couple of book-length treatments of the subject and the one that brings the most to the table. The author, Warren Smith, is a former New Ager who, after being saved, researched and has written extensively on the topic of spiritual deception. Having been immersed in the New Age movement for many years, he is sensitive to the inroads of New Age beliefs into Christianity. He says "Because of my New Age background, I have written this book Deceived on Purpose to specifically address some of the New Age implications of these purposes [for the church]." His discussion of the New Age implications of The Purpose Driven Life merits consideration by all concerned believers.

The author is clear from the beginning that this book is not a mix of positives and negatives. He believes that Rick Warren is leading the church astray and will mince no words in defending the Body of Christ. Leafing through the book, the reader might be surprised to see how much of the book is dedicated to a discussion of Robert Schuller. As a matter of fact, I suspect the book has more references to Schuller than to Warren. Why this apparently misplaced emphasis? Smith contends that many of Warren's ideas and beliefs were shaped by Schuller. Hence to learn about Schuller is to learn about Warren.

Smith leaves no stone unturned in exposing Robert Schuller as a major player in the New Age movement. Schuller has often invited New Age teachers to appear on his show and preach from his pulpit.
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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Theophilus on June 22, 2006
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Deceived on Purpose addresses a very important issue in the church today, namely the infiltration of New Age beliefs and practices into evangelical churches. Warren Smith knows what he is talking about. He has first hand knowledge of the New Age movement, having been a devotee himself. He is more sensitive than the rest of us to the use of New Age terms and ideas. Whereas most of us would skip right over Rick Warren saying that "God is in everything," Smith legitimately sees this as a New Age concept. Smith reads "as above, so below" in Eugene Peterson's translation of the Lord's Prayer in The Message, and red lights go off in this mind. This is New Age language! We need to listen carefully to people like Warren Smith. He is the canary in the mine.

But I believe that he sometimes overstates his case. Some of the connections he sees between Warren and New Age thinkers appear to be stretched. I am reminded of the concept of "six degrees of separation," the idea that everyone on earth is connected to everyone else through a chain of acquaintances with no more than five persons. Warren's connection to most of the New Age people seems to be little more than six degrees of seperation. He would have done better to focus on the obvious dangers in The Purpose Driven Life, like its advocation of "contemplative prayer" which is nothing more than Eastern meditation in western garb.

Yet for all its faults, this is a book that needs to be read by everyone who believes in Purpose Driven Christianity. It will open your eyes. Other newer books, which I think do an even better job at critiquing the Purpose Driven phenomenon, are: More Than a Purpose by Marshall Davis, and Redefining Christianity by Bob DeWaay.
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48 of 60 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Walker on November 15, 2006
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If you're concerned about the way the 'evangelical' church is headed, if you have questions that no one can answer with sufficient Biblical authority, if you question the paraphrased "hippie" style version of the Bible that many are using, quoting, and embracing; then this book is a must.

Warren Smith exposes the Purpose Driven 'phenomenon' back to its source with carefully detailed, indisputable facts. Just because 'everyone' is doing it, doesn't mean it's right or of God. THINK CHRISTIAN, THINK!
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Seaotter on April 11, 2005
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So far this well written, Scripturally accurate, thoroughly researched, book has received only the highest rating of five stars, which I very much feel it deserves.

Having been deeply involved in the new age before giving his heart to Jesus Christ, Warren Smith was shocked to find so many new age authors quoted in Rick Warren's book, "The Purpose Driven Life." Upon checking out the book reviews on Amazon for "The Purpose Driven Life," I found quite a number of former new age Christians saying exactly the same thing. For example, they wanted to know why Rick Warren was quoting from Neale Donald Walsch in the dedication to his book, and not to expose his error either, but rather in praise of the man. Further investigation revealed that Walsch believes that Hitler is in heaven. First of all because there is no hell, and also because in his unresolved state Hitler's "mistake" of killing six million Jews and even more Christian did not warrant him judgment. Also Walsch doesn't believe Jesus was perfect. Whoa!! These statements are found in the Walsch's book, "Conversations With God" which is the same one that Rick Warren quotes from in the dedication to his book. "The Purpose Driven Life." For further details on this read Brain Flynn's book, "Running Against the Wind." The information on Walsch is found on pages 125-131 of Flynn's book.

In his extensive research Warren Smith made the startling discovery that the material in Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Life" is taken almost exclusively from Robert Sculler's books. He has visited the Crystal Cathedral a number of times and received advice from Robert Schuller. He also found out that Schuller is holding classes on "A Course in Miracles" at the Crystal Cathedral, which is the same material that got Flynn so deeply involved in the new age. Even though Warren says Billy Graham and his dad are his mentors, most regretfully we'll have to include Robert Schuller on that list. Help! Help! Help!
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