Reviews - What do customers think about Driven Away by Purpose?
What a Disapppointment! Sep 16, 2008
I ordered this book believing it would be an analysis of the purpose driven life movement, which I also oppose. What a disappointment to learn right away that the author is a Calvinist and like many, he is absolutely consumed with its false theology and warped concept of God. The book becomes nothing more than a forum to lecture us on the rightness of Calvinism as opposed to Arminianism.
The author makes a statement that demonstrates the piousness of many Calvinist authors. He says that "you are either a Calvinist, an Arminian, or a confused person." How insulting! In other words, you have to either bow down to the allegorical mysticism of Calvinism or the deluded system of Arminianism or you are a confused person. I'm not confused at all! I am a Bible belieiving dispensationalist who understands how to rightly divide God's Word in light of Paul's distinct apostleship and message.
The book is overpriced for what you get. The author tends to repeat himself over and over again as if we didn't get his point the first time. It is quite obnoxious. It seems that his main purpose is not to expose the false doctrine and philosophy of Rick Warren. It is to prove that Rick Warren is an Arminian. Like anybody besides another Calvinist cares!
The author looks like he is about 16 years old on the back cover and is definitely not an accomplished writer. There are typos and the book comes across as very amateur.
If you want a thorough analysis of PDL movement and Rick Warren, forget this book and get Who's Driving the Purpose Driven Church?
An Examination worth reading Mar 24, 2008
This book is an examination of the purpose driven life book, and also the 40 days of purpose and Rick Warren's Peace Plan. The book also evaluates Richard Abanes 2005 book which was a defense of Rick Warren's PDL church model, and it's books, and programs against it's Critics. The Author writes from his own experience of seeing the consequences of the Purpose-driven life movement within his own church in Singapore. Daniel Chew shows how the PDL teachings compromise the purity of doctrinal truth and in many cases is a False Gospel.
This Author takes a thorough examination of the PDL's uses of poor translations and in some cases mistranslations of the verses used in the Purpose Driven Life book Warren uses to support points in his book. Evidence is given to show that Warren's uses of Paraphrase Bible verses leads to a misunderstanding of the true intent of the verse and can distort a persons understanding of Scripture. This book effectively shows that methods can change the message and can be harmful.
One area that is most disturbing is PDL's giving of the Gospel. Chew sites entries from the PDL book. The emphasis is on 'Invitation' rather then a turning from and repentance of sin. The brokenness and godly sorrow that leads to Salvation (2 Cor 7:10) is missing from repentance. PDL's invitation is something less then the gospel requires. With this being the case the Author shows an example hypothetically of how a New Ager could still pray Warren's prayer and still remain a new ager.
One out of several important aspects the Author examines is: Warren's denigration of doctrine and how his PDL church model elevates Unity above Truth. Daniel Chew quotes from the PDL book in making his points clear. He shows how there is an overemphasis on unity and relationships in promoting a protection of Warren's Church model, and the purpose-driven life definition of unity is not the biblical definition of unity mentioned in the bible. The PDL model of church does not allow disagreement centered on doctrine or discernment and leadership. In the PDL Church model- 'Unity' becomes Militant and can be confrontational and truth is disregarded in the process. Compromise of the Faith becomes inevitable. We've read other books assessing the PDL movement, this book takes a much different approach showing the theological position within the purpose-driven movement.