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The Serious Problems with
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By Warren Smith
(author of Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose Driven Church)




Purpose Driven Research
The Spiritual Direction of Rick Warren
As Rick Warren moves ahead toward his global peace agenda, working with virtually anyone or any group who rallies behind him, he has moved to the forefront of evangelical leaders who are propagating the contemplative prayer movement (i.e., spiritual formation). In essence, he has become an evangelist for contemplative spirituality. For those who realize that contemplative (that is mystical meditation) is the driving force behind the kingdom-now, heaven-on-earth emerging church movement, this is an alarming deduction. - Rick Warren Plays "Catch Me if You Can" While Promoting Mysticism


1. Rick Warren encourages the use of breath prayers. (pp. 89, 299 PDL) and on pastors.com

2. Pastors.com recommends several contemplatives: Brennan Manning, Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster, Thomas Merton, Jan Johnson and many more.

3. Kay Warren recommends Henri Nouwen's book, In the Name of Jesus and says this about Nouwen's book, "[I]t hits at the heart of the minister.... I highlighted almost every word!"

4. Warren speaks in 2004 at the National Pastor's Convention (put on by Youth Specialties) where yoga, labyrinths and contemplative prayer are used and promoted.

5. Rick Warren integrated Youth Specialties and Group Publishing leaders (who are very contemplative) to train at his 2005 Purpose Driven Youth Ministry convention. Youth Conference Speakers

6. Rick Warren and the Aspen Institute
[Research paper on Aspen Institute]

On The Emerging Church:
New Age sympathizer Leonard Sweet, who will be training church leaders and pastors at the 2008 Saddleback Small Groups Conference in April, is accepted by Rick Warren as a trustworthy source of Christian leadership. However, Sweet's view of the value of small groups lines up more with the New Age and Alice Bailey than it does with biblical Christianity. In his book, Quantum Spirituality, Sweet states:
The power of small groups is in their ability to develop the discipline to get people "in-phase" with the Christ consciousness and connected with one another. Read more.


"Rick Warren and others say we need to pay attention to the emerging church. Things are changing, they say and the "emerging church" has the answers for our generation. But what will the emerging church emerge into? Could it be a form of Christianity that embraces experience rather than God's Word?"—Roger Oakland, Understand the Times. Read Entire Article
On Poor Bible Translations:
Rick Warren's use of the paraphrase,
The Message
, for much of his writings. We bring this to your attention because we believe too many people are using The Message as a literal translation, which it is not.
On Theology:

"Warren teaches that God 'created the church to meet your five deepest needs' just as the Roman Catholic Church says, 'The Church is the mother of all believers.' Warren, like Rome, has switched from obedience to the Word and Person of the Living God to submission to a church to achieve one's needs. It is the oldest and cleverest temptation known to man."—Richard Bennett, The Adulation of Man in the Purpose-Driven Life

"The Purpose Driven Life maintains and promotes a poor theology stemming from an inadequate bibliology. Verses are used out of context ..." Read more Tim Todd

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"The video on exponential growth, presented by Warren, is one of the most shocking teachings I have ever seen emerge" ...Read on

What Does The Rick Warren's Plans
for the Future


"Personal computers have brand names. But inside every pc is an Intel chip and an operating system, Windows," Warren says. "The Purpose Driven paradigm is the Intel chip for the 21st-century church and the Windows system of the 21st-century church."—Rick Warren, Christianity Today, Oct. 2005

"Since we are to work with "the man of peace" in each village, I came up with a P.E.A.C.E. Plan that our members at Saddleback could get a hold of."—Rick Warren

"I believe that we are possibly on the verge of a New Reformation in Christianity and another Great Awakening in our nation," said Warren. "The signs are everywhere, including the popularity of this book." —Rick Warren,

Rick Warren's own words:
11 characteristics of an emerging PD church


His Own Words
and Ideas

"You should also require those joining to attend a new members class, he said. 'A strong membership class will produce a strong church.' At Saddleback Church, the required membership class teaches basic doctrine on subjects such as salvation, the foundation of the church's belief statements, the purpose-driven strategy of the church, and the congregation's structure. In addition, Saddleback requires new members to sign a membership covenant. 'When your church adopts a membership covenant, you are choosing who stays!' said Warren." From pastors.com, Believe, belong and become.

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Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). Common terms used for this movement are "spiritual formation," "the silence," "the stillness," "ancient-wisdom," "spiritual disciplines," and many others.

Spiritual Formation: A movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual formation movement.