2 Peter 2:1-3
Rick Warren is the lead pastor of Saddleback Church, a mega-church, and is author and co-author of many books. His notable book is The Purpose Driven Life. Also he created a guideline for churches called the Purpose Driven Church. A road map to have a church grow into a mega-church. Now a mega-church isn’t inherently bad. It’s a blessing to preach to the masses. But very rarely do we see a mega-church come into creation without a bit of lust for riches and increase of ego. For example, Rick Warren, he writes a book about the purpose driven life. Serving a market that desires purpose and a seemingly purposeless world but I spoke about in a previous entry, Junior Woodchuck’s Guidebook , that the bible has the answer to all your questions.
2 Timothy 3:16 – 17 – The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone. (TLB)
So knowing that the Bible is the only source of knowledge we need to better improve our lives why would we want to be fed by a man’s opinion about our purpose when God has already told us what our purpose is.
Starting from Matthew 6:33 we see that the first step to find our purpose in life for anything for that matter is to seek the Kingdom of God, to live righteously, and know that God will give you everything you need including but not limited to your driving purpose in life.
Matthew 6:33 – Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, he will give give you everything you need. (NIV)
He could have simply said that. He didn’t have to write a book that takes his opinions and places it over God’s word that speaks for itself. His avarice allows him to have several churches and make money giving people feel good gospel and teaching other pastors how to do the same. He’s a Father Cornello.
There are other pastors and even entire sects that are led by Father Cornellos from Joel Osteen to Jehovah Witnesses to the Mormons. They may have well intentions for your life but you must be wary of the doctrine that you receive. Even what you read from this very blog. Question it against what God tells you in his word and feel free to correct me if you find a problem but it is important that you choose your leader carefully. Choose what leads you carefully in life. There’s only one true leader we need to follow and He will point you in the right direction.
James 1:5-6 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. (ESV)
Heavenly Father, I pray that the people of who read this article seek you and your word. That they learn that they don’t need to purchase a book about a purpose driven life they can read Your Word and see the purpose driven lives of our King Jesus, The Apostle Paul, David, and Noah just to read a few. Let your children discern correctly the doctrine that they receive and only accept what is rightly from you. In Jesus name, Amen.