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2,105 total votes have been cast on this survey | 173 user comments  ( edit survey )

Have you read the 'Purpose Driven Life' by Rick Warren?
Created: 3/24/2005 | Last Vote: 9 years ago | Comment: 9 years ago
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 •   I have not read the book and do not plan to read it
  50% | 1,042 votes

 •   I have not read the book, but plan to
  4% | 89 votes

 •   I have read the book, and would recommend it to others
  13% | 265 votes

 •   I have read the book and would not recommend it to others
  27% | 560 votes

 •   None of the above
  4% | 90 votes

 •   No answer. Skip this survey, I do not care to vote on this topic.
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Survey1/2/10 12:02 AM
coora | Australia  Find all comments by coora
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How can anyone who has not read the book comment on it without bias? If you are to speak to people who have been infected by this doctrine you must at least know what it is to show them the error.

Survey11/24/08 6:39 PM
Nathan | Australia  Find all comments by Nathan
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St Jeremiah

I have spent the last few weeks investigating this so I can see what is going on and it would be worth investigating Rick Warren and associated "church growth" authors in the light of books written by Alice Bailey, Annie Bessant, H G Wells to name a few occultists.
The language of the Purpose books are serious loaded with all the terms and language of such books and books like the Aquarian Conspiracy etc.

Alice Bailey herself said that the church was to be a primary vehicle through which the New World Order would be set up and preached.

I conclude that the church has been infested with high ranking occultists over the last 80 years. Almost all prominant christian ministers and authors are seriously duped by such or are such. I believe Rick Warren to be such.

I was wrong originally saying it was a waste of time to read. It has shown me how far down Alice Bailey's road the church has gone.

Hold fast to that which you have.

Survey11/11/08 3:28 PM
St Jeremiah | Salt Lake City, UT  Contact via emailGo to homepageFind all comments by St Jeremiah
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I was a member of a Conservative Baptist Church in which our Pastor was going to have "40 Days of Purpose" seminar. I had prior to this been involved in dicussions and had to read to book to decide if the "Purpose Driven Life" was good. First I investgated the author, Rick Warren. I found in print comments that concerned me. Then as I read the book..I kept a list of issues I had found. The first concern was that he did not define his audience. The second concern was how he handled the word of God. I presented my research to my Pastor. After a few days he said to me;

I have now gotten about half way through the Purpose Driven Life along with the rest of the board. While it is not a perfect book, we are all favorably impressed. Thursday, July 15, 2004

There are a few instances where he takes a verse out of context but this is not the pattern of the whole book. July 27, 2004

My former Pastor did agree with me that there was problems...he felt he could correct them as he went along. I could not I moved my membership to an independent Baptist Church.

Survey11/3/08 1:41 AM
Nathan | Australia  Find all comments by Nathan
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I must retract some of my previous statements. As much as I do not want to read this book, it looks like I may have too.

The church my wife attends is an Anglican Church and they did the "40 days of Community" thing. I had nothing to do with it, but now knowing that it comes form the Purpose Driven Life, I am concerned that this church is one of the many being dragged by mainstream Christianity.

I will have to go over the program and do some work regarding for the benefit of those on the outskirts but are getting drawn into gravitational pull of this black hole of 21 Century Christianity.

Survey10/27/08 9:21 AM
Nathan | Australia  Find all comments by Nathan
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CMT you are on the money with your comment in not wanting even books for free.

A good message on Sermon Audio might be of interest to you by Dr Scott Johnson regarding Ghost writers.
People like Billy Graham have had it done and some of the Christian books written today are Ghost written by Atheists and Homosexuals with the name of a "famous" Christian pinned to the front.

With all our reading we know less than we did 100 years ago.
And like what they do with the scriptures, drown out the truth with a plethora of other dubious at best and wicked at worst translations, they are also coving their bases with works by Christians, to ensure good godly works are also not read.

I think this is the hand of God acting to wake up those who are conscious to perceive that the only way to know God is to read His Word, pray and seek His face and ask Him for understanding and not the wisdom of man.

As useful as some books may be, I think we have mode them more important than the very Word of God.

Survey10/26/08 7:13 PM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Find all comments by Michael Hranek
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Just a brief comment.

The problem is not with people reading the "Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren, the problem is with those who refuse to see and acknowledge and Biblically refute and reject the subtly false and often openly false, yet very false, teachings of this popular religious celebrity but still one of the foremost false teachers of this day.

btw when Obama visited Saddleback and many urged that he not be allowed to speak because of his pro-abortion record, Rick Warren despite this had him speak and claimed he would make a good President. Now if Obama is elected will Rick Warren become some new kind of Billy Graham to give a venear of Christianity to yet another ungodly Whitehouse? We will see.

Survey10/26/08 9:09 AM
CMT  Find all comments by CMT
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It seems that with the Purpose Driven Life the quality of Reformed Christian books in general has depreciated considerably. I was at a Reformed Church conference a few years ago and couldn't find one book I even wanted for free, much less spend 10 bucks on. Usually at a Reformed Church book table there are some books featuring the writings of the Puritans, or Van Til's writings. Nothing. They were all these books with hip, emotionally charged, sensitive titles which are starting to look and sound a lot like mainstream Christian Bookstore stuff by Zondervan and Baker. They've all taken on this postmodern, effeminate and condescending tone. They certainly don't use the KJV and most don't even use even the NKJV anymore. They're all into the ESV now.

And even a lot of the good books remaining are written by authors who see God's Law as a guide for Christian morality, but not for society's. The Ten Commandments are viewed as the law in exclusion to Biblical Case laws. The Ten Commandments are not the Law! They are a summary of the Law.

There were some Doug Wilson books there, but that's a different topic entirely.

This may seem like nitpicking, but it makes the difference between reading something by Thomas Brooks or Samuel Rutherford and these soft PCA-type guys.

Survey10/25/08 12:53 AM
Nathan | Australia  Find all comments by Nathan
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So many books such short a life.
Too short to waste my time reading blatant 21st Century tripe like this.

Survey7/15/08 8:13 AM
Bluefish | Asia  Find all comments by Bluefish
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Had to read this because so many immature believers I know were panting after it like the newest Nike shoe. (The fact that they were ones who loved it was alarm buzzer number one...)

Trite. Empty. Vapid. Ignorant. Immature. Fluff. Those are the best adjectives I can use to describe it.

Survey1/18/08 7:27 AM
lisa | wales  Find all comments by lisa
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I have watched the popularity of this book, and think it very telling. Either a person loves it and is totally sold out to it, or G-d brings warning and understanding of apostasy.I think he is using it to sift te wheat from the chaff...But very sobering how so many good folk are unable to discern the false teaching therein. I think we should be very concerned that the church has not given enough thought on how to prepare for false teaching over the years...We were warned!

Survey9/2/07 3:51 PM
Susan Miller | West Palm Beach, FL  Contact via emailFind all comments by Susan Miller
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Obvious Truth, thank you for your messages and efforts to alert Christians to the reality of our times. Only recently, I began to learn about these things.

Jer 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

"Woe unto America! Many of our nation's highest leaders worship Satan, and are willing servants of EVIL. They are controlled by Satan, the god of this world (2nd Corinthians 4:4). Satan controls these men through the occult (i.e., "hidden" organizations). Jesus said "in secret have I done nothing" (John 18:20), because He had nothing to hide. Why the secrecy from our nation's top leaders? It's because they are of the Devil." see link

[URL=]]]Bohemian Grove Exposed [/URL]

See Nixon Tape - discusses Bohemian Grove
[URL=]]]Nixon Tape[/URL]

David Gergen Questioned about Bohemian Grove
[URL= ]]]David Gergen[/URL]

Fred Thompson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
[URL=]]]Fred Thompson[/URL]

Survey9/2/07 9:40 AM
Mappy  Find all comments by Mappy
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Obvious Truth said that Richard Land was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations along with Rick Warren; that still doesn't make it right. Christians need to be grounded more in the Word of God, something which this book isn't!!

Survey9/1/07 10:06 PM
Obvious Truth  Find all comments by Obvious Truth
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Susan, you mention Rick Warren being a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

So is Richard Land, head of the Southern Baptists.

And all the big name evangelicals belong to Moonie front groups and most take money from Moon as well.

As you know, Moon says he is the Messiah, and Jesus was a fraud and a failure.

Modern Christianity is a RACKET!

Full of lies and heresies.

Survey9/1/07 2:38 PM
Susan Miller | West Palm Beach, FL  Contact via emailFind all comments by Susan Miller
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Rick Warren admits to being a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. See link [URL=]]]Rick Warren a member of the CFR[/URL]

"We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine, and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But now the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supra national sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries." - David Rockefeller, Private Banker, CFR, June 1991

[URL= ]]]Council on Foreign Relations[/URL]

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

It was the money changers in the Temple that made Jesus angry.

Survey8/31/07 8:36 AM
Doug | Petoskey, MI  Contact via emailFind all comments by Doug
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I first read the Purpose Driven Life as a baby Christian and thought it was the greatest thing. I bought copies for all of my family members and friends. Then two years later, after growing in the faith, I thought I would re-read it next to the Bible so that I could more richly enjoy it. What I found dropped my jaw! Almost every Biblical reference in the book was horribly out of context or used a translation that inferred something contradictory to every other translation.

Furthermore, I found it fascinating that the first line of the book tells the reader "it's not about you", and then every page thereafter tells the reader the opposite.

Rick Warren's and Bill Hybel's drivel is bad theology at best and poison to the church at worst.

I have attended a number of "Purpose Driven" churches over the last few years and without exception, the PD model eroded the spiritual core of the church. The externals were great, and the church grew in numbers. But the spiritual center of the church rotted away. I have known a number of street evangelists who make a point of handing out tracts and preaching the Gospel outside of some of these "churches". Almost without fail, the churchgoers are completely ignorant of the Gospel - but they hear great sermons on the family!

Survey3/5/07 6:51 PM
Bro. Williams | KY  Find all comments by Bro. Williams
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It is trully perplexing. I guess that is what the "Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?" is all about.

And they call us extremists!

Personally, if someone I looked up to was eating babies, I would be all for the government prescribing a bullet for the sicko!

Survey3/5/07 6:17 PM
Cbcpreacher | NY  Find all comments by Cbcpreacher
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Isn't it amazing, Bro. Williams, what people will tolerate from their favorite teachers? To think that someone could even make a statement like that shows why people are led of into cults and all kinds of wierd teachings 9RCC). Maybe that's why Scott has no problem with Warren. If he literally eats the flesh and blood of christ, he can support a false teacher who eats babies for breakfast!

Survey3/5/07 6:14 PM
Bro. Williams | KY  Find all comments by Bro. Williams
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I actually had nearly forgot about that baby comment...

That is a pretty sick thought you had going there Scott.

Survey3/5/07 6:12 PM
Cbcpreacher | NY  Find all comments by Cbcpreacher
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Scott, we are commanded in scripture to expose and steer clear of false teachers. Rick Warren is one because, unlike your comment, he is not sound theologically. And I would really avoid him if he ate babies for breakfast

Survey3/4/07 4:45 PM
Scott | Cleveland, Ohio  Find all comments by Scott
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I have perused this thread and have remembered why I have left the whacko wing of the fundamentalist movement.

Rick Warren is a man, he is by that very fact going to have flaws. Show me a perfect man, and I will already know His name, Jesus Christ.

I don't spend time dissecting Rick Warren's life. That, to me, would be a worthless waste of time. I spend my time becoming more like Jesus Christ. That is worth it all.

PS - Read the book. I couldn't care if RW ate babies for breakfast. The theology is still sound.

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