- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing (May 18, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414106637
- ISBN-13: 978-1414106632
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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More Than A Purpose, An Evangelical Response to Rick Warren and the Megachurch Movement Paperback – May 18, 2006
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I was looking for a good Christian book to give as a present to one of my friend who isn't a Christian and was considering buying "The Purpose Driven Life". I had read a portion of it before. While I wasn't able to determine exactly what was missing in this "best selling" book, I felt that it seemed kind of plain. I wrote it off to the author coming from a Baptist background, while my background was more a charismatic / pentecostal one (no offense, fellow Baptist Christians!). I know that eventually it does not matter, as I believe that true Christians can be found in all denominations.
I think that the fact that "The Purpose Driven Life" has become so popular in itself seems to be a warning sign, since the Bible tells us that the way that leads to life is narrow and there are few who choose it.
1) "Blessed is the nation whose God is YAHWEH." Not a generic something called 'Spirit', etc.
2 & 3) "You are the salt of the earth." "You are the light of the world." It doesn't includes politics, and it mainly speaks of things other than political/culture changing, but it doesn't negate it. It allows the application to all nations and what is allowed by law.
4) "Righteousness exalts a NATION; sin is a disgrace to ANY PEOPLE."
So, if Christians are to speak out, vote, etc., they should advocate biblical morals, positions, and so forth. NOT a so-called 'theocracy' (That's a deceptive smear & inaccuracy by the Secular & Religious Left), and not the top priority, but IS allowed for in the above verses. John the Baptist also did not hesitate to denounce a politician for moral 'sin'.
Christian evangelism, Christian growth, body life, etc., are certainly more important than political involvement, as are feeding the hungry, etc. However, the Bible does NOT justify Big Gov't as the solution in the Church age, or the gov't doing the charity work by forcing as much money as politicians want to get their programs in place, or as big as they want them. The church should do it through the church/worldwide body of Christians in a biblical manner, including an evangelistic side (though no need to be pushy, but it can be done tactfully. A Song and/or prayer before meal is served, tracts at the door, a tract at the tables for each person to take it or leave it, etc).
The author also praises and advocates liberal self-confessed Marxist (YES. He SAID he is A MARXIST- plain & clear) & that 'redistribute the wealth' = "that's what the gospel is all about" Jim Wallis of Sojourner's. I HEARD him advocate and state BOTH in interview(s).
SEVERELY wrong & heretical. The ONLY definition of the New Covenant Christian gospel is in 1 Cor 15:1-4: "THIS is THE gospel..by WHICH you are saved..that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and resurrected according to the Scriptures". NO works (So the LDS/Mormon Church's theology that it includes works (Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 27), including "LAWS and ORDINANCES of the [LDS] Gospel" (LDS Article of Faith 3) and Mormon temple works ("The Life and Teachings of Jesus & His Apostles", p 418/419 print & online as of 2/5/2011) preaches a false gospel and damns (Gal 1:6-9, 2 Cor 11:3-4,13-15).
Adding Marxist and/or Socialistic principles still pollutes the biblical gospel, and is to be denounced and rejected.
For the author on homosexuality, Wallis, Religious Right - read pp 199-203. More illogical and shallow thinking then is covered here. One thing- he asserts homosexuality ("homosexuals", evolution, etc., aren't the problem.
Well, actually, if he investigates much further, he can see how all of that influences the youth and others who go to the church, and weakens, or destroys biblical teaching in their minds and hearts. I could go into more details. Don't be misled by the author here. It is a tactic of the Secular and Religious Left. I don;'t know how much he is into the Religious Social Left, but he sure parrots their lines in some places.
I have problems with Rick Warren, but be careful for one set of errors to advocate the Left & Far Left diversionary line falsehoods in Wallis' system of political/social/'social justice' agenda substituting for Warren's errors. Wallis is a spiritual adviser to Barack Obama.
Birds of a feather ... flock together.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know why the megachurch is so successful in creating members but not as successful in creating disciples. This book answered a lot of my questions about why I was not satisifed after visiting a couple of megachurches.
These churches are great self-help seminaries and training grounds for people who want to buils their self-esteem.
As for myself and a lot of other believers, we want to go to church to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached from the pulpit. We want to hear about the birth, life, death, burial and ressurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That is the foremost reason for going to church and the rest is just icing on the cake.
Glenn E. Rogers
Mr. Davis contends that the Gospel presented by Mr. Warren is deficient. "In Warrenism there is no genuine commitment to Christ because the genuine Christ has not been preached and the way of salvation has not been explained." The teaching of Rick Warren, Mr. Davis asserts, is "Gospel lite: tastes great, less filling."
Such assertions might draw a debate, especially from the millions worldwide who testify to the positive effect of reading the Warren books, but this next observation will be met with a chorus of amens: "The American Christian has gone from being a disciple to being a customer, from being a follower of the Lord Jesus to being a consumer of a spiritual commodity." In this new marketplace, Mr. Davis says, entertainment has replaced worship in the public gatherings of Christians.
The antidote, he contends, is a fresh attention to evangelism, worship, theology and ethics. It's a good read on a timely subject.
- Book Review, Dallas Morning News
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