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Redefining Christianity [Paperback]

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Pages   252
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   21C
ISBN  0977196437  
EAN  9780977196432  

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SUBTITLE: Understanding the Purpose Driven Life Movement

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Essentially True  May 9, 2009
Besides some minor details and certain exaggerations (that I am not going to mention right now), Bob Dewaay depicts accurately how the PD movement has redefined Christianity in terms of a mere marketing process. In doing so, the author reveals Rick Warren's teachers and influences and explains why his PD paradigm has achieved such a big success. Rick Warren is an excellent motivator and a carismatic leader. He attracts people because of his informal approach and strong relational skills. Even more, Saddleback Church's written doctrines and theology are sound and orthodox in accord with the historical evangelical teachings. However, Rick Warren's public preaching and statements sacrifices the gospel according to Jesus Christ before the altar of the "seeker friendly/sensitive" philosophy. No talking about repentance, sin, and God's wrath at all, because that is the part of the story that people would not put up with. That is the problem with the PDL book: it does not mention the need of repentance. The author points out sharply that this explains its universal acceptance: everybody wants to hear that God has a big purpose for his life, but a few are willing to plainly accept that they are sinners who need to repent. Bob Dewaay states clearly that Rick Warren preaches a "narrow gate" gospel that may increase the visible church, but not necessarily the invisible one. Church Growth is not an end in itself, and no minister of Jesus Christ has been called to make converts or members, but to preach the complete and biblical gospel. The author shows how the PDC paradigm ignores the Sovereignty of God and the Election of God, both essential biblical doctrines. Beyond the fact that Rick Warren may have good intentions, the big question thrown by Dewaay's book is: "Are people joining the Church of Jesus Christ or the church of Rick Warren?"
A Church Designed for Unbelievers  Jan 28, 2008
"Redefining Christianity" may seem like a harsh title for an evaluation of The Purpose Driven Life, but Bob DeWaay makes a strong case for the book (and the ministry of Rick Warren's Saddleback Church) to have redefined and debased real Christianity.
DeWaay gives cogent examples of Rick Warren's misuse of Scripture. He also critiques Warren's ministry philosophy and redefinition of the church, showing from Scripture how they fall short of the biblical norm. De Waay points out at great length (this section is somewhat weak and tends to go a bit too far) how the "covenant" Warren requires of all church members is unbiblical in its demands, infringes excessively on Christian liberty, and makes liars out of everyone by demanding conduct that no one can perfectly keep.
Perhaps his strongest chapter is 8: The Problem with Private Confession." Someone has said, "If you want to know what Rick Warren believes, see the doctrinal statement at Saddleback Church where he preaches. "No," claims DeWaay, "If you want to know what a man really believes, don't look at official doctrinal statements (which are routinely ignored), but what he actually confesses in public and preaches from the pulpit.
There are many helpful chapters and a fine appendix in which Christ's evaluations of the seven churches of Revelation are compared to the church model espoused by Rick Warren. This is "must" reading for anyone who may be tempted to get on The Purpose Driven Life bandwagon.
A MUST READ! Proof that the Purpose Driven Life is heretical  Sep 4, 2007
Pastor Bob Dewaay is well qualified to address Rick Warren's heresy, having done his homework. You must check this out, as Dewaay's devastating critique is a warning of the dangers of seeker sensitivity for church marketing purposes. The Purpose Driven Life fad has taken over almost entire denominations including the Southern Baptist Convention and the Assemblies of God, who have shifted from fundamentalist-style roots in order to be more socially acceptable to the middle class postmodernists in society who reject absolute truth. Contemporary "churches" are now filled with people who consider themselves "spiritual" but "not religious," and the seeker movement caters to their "felt needs" while sidestepping historic Christianity's more controversial doctrines. Whether one is a Christian or not, all should agree that honesty in marketing is essential. Churches that hide or obscure their true beliefs (a literal Hell, Christ being the only way to God, that Christ's gruesome shed blood on the cross is the only way God forgives humanity for their sins that invoke His divine wrath, etc.) are deceiving "spiritual seekers" who deny such beliefs, but attend those churches anyway to meet their psychological and therapeutic needs. Such "seekers" who have no intention of becoming biblical Christians should do themselves a favor and stay home, to avoid being lied to by these market driven seeker churches that don't have the integrity to reveal to the public what they REALLY believe.

Why doesn't Rick Warren tell his secular audiences who read his "Ladies' Home Journal" column or on his Larry King Live appearances the TRUTH of what he believes in private, that non-Christians are going to burn in Hell for eternity? To you Rick Warren fans who don't really know what an Evangelical really is or detest "bigoted, intolerant" Christian fundamentalistism, Rick Warren really believes these fundamentalist Christian dogmas in private! He talks around those beliefs in public, because he doesn't want to offend you! He conveniently leaves out those hellfire-and-brimstone dogmas from his Purpose Driven materials so he and his movement can remain popular, and he can maintain his public image of being a tolerant down-to-earth guy who barbeques in his backyard like the rest of middle class Americana.

The truth is-Rick Warren is a closet fundamentalist Christian who has no private tolerance for other beliefs besides Christianity. His approach is dishonest, because his seeker friendly approach to Christianity doesn't disclose Christianity's true beliefs to unsuspecting seekers who visit his church.
Objective, scriptural based reasoning to reject the PDL  Aug 23, 2007
I will not pretend to add to the voluminous reviews in agreement with this book other than to say that if you become confronted with Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Life" movement, you should read this book and "Who's Driving the Purpose Driven Church?" by James Sundquist before you agree to anything. The deception is so insidious that those Christians who spend more time watching 'American Idol' than reading their Bible will easily fall into the trap of the 'seeker sensitive' church of Purpose. To those who have already joined the Purpose Driven Church, take the time to read this book and judge for yourself if what you see is true or false. As a Christian you should not be afraid of the truth and you should be able to discern it.
Fantastic Resource  Jul 4, 2007
Great resource in the battle against the recent church growth movement nonsense. He backs everything up with hundreds of footnotes, and scriptures. Unlike Mr Warren and the other "seeker sensitive" crowd, Pastor DeWaay rightly uses the scriptures. If your Church is thinking of going "Purpose Driven" you MUST read this book FIRST.

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