Part 2: The Purpose Driven Church (the throwback to Aristotle, Kierkegaard & Kant)
2 Timothy 2:15-16 King James Version (KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needethnot to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase untomore ungodliness.
Colossians 2:7-9 King James Version (KJV)
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as yehave been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vaindeceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and notafter Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
God has a purpose but the true Church is not driven by the purpose – we are driven by God in the same sense that the true Christian is not motivated by healing but by THE HEALER; is not motivated by salvation but by THE SAVIOUR, and is not motivated by deliverance but by THE DELIVERER.
Colossians 1:17-19 King James Version (KJV)
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is thebeginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have thepreeminence.
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
In his book New Evangelicalism: The New World Order Calvary Publishing, Costa Mesa, California Paul Smith makes considerable reference to the Purpose Driven Church. Right from the start Smith gives reference to Peter Drucker rather than the widely known founder of “purpose driven” Rick Warren.
Coming as a graduate from the now rebellious Fuller Seminary, and this point we can prove Warren came together with Drucker, a humanist baptised into the philosophy of Aristotle. Drucker whilst admitting not being a Christian saw a place in his society model for what he saw as a third sector, an added sector for humanity down the pecking order for Christ Jesus demand for pre-eminence.
There became what is known as a “paradigm shift” giving the now widely accepted evangelical notion that the church must become of the world (they use the term postmodern) to reach the world. Part of this process is the removal of absolute truth outside the natural sphere.
One of Drucker’s influences was certainly Aristotle who despite of being a student under Plato differed with him when it came to absolutes. Although Aristotle’s philosophy is complex we can be sure that he rejected the notion of an eternal world, the only absolute being what is seen.
The Word of God however declares:
Hebrews 11:1 King James Version (KJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence ofthings not seen.
Rick Warren in being captivated by Drucker to whom he refers as his mentor is therefore embracing an ideology that denies the current inerrancy of the Bible and the absolute of faith based on what is not seen! This is the basis of the Emerging Church with its “signs and wonders” emphasis based on what is seen!
With Drucker’s philosophy therefore we see an emphasis in “purpose driven” in what is seen rather than not seen, thus we have an emphasis not on Christ Jesus but on man’s needs! With this we have Community Churches! Without the emphasis on the exclusiveness of Christ Jesus therefore this new Emerging Church can comfortably sit with the mainstream apostate Church leaders, liberals, Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, Confucians and in this context being multi-faith makes sense. The pre-eminence therefore is in social reform rather than Christ Jesus.
“Christian Theology” was accepting a plurality and an adaptable Gospel and the Fuller Seminary from where Warren came was fully embracing this with Emerging Church guru Peter Wagner:
And to apply the revelation of God – which I can even sign the Evangelical Theological Society statement that the Bible is infallible, or inerrant Word of God, and I buy all those adjectives because – because when it was contextualised in the first century situations that’s exactly what the revelation of God was.
Now, this is a very significant statement by the Emerging Wagner for he says acceptance of inerrancy – then – but not now and this is the hub of the Emerging Purpose Driven Church for it only accepts infallibility or inerrancy when it was written but not now.
This now explains the widespread use of “new translations” for they are forever changing to contemporary conditions so Wagner and Warren can use their business terms like equipping the saints as at Lakeland rather than perfecting them for that only applies to another society. So we now have an ever-changing God for an ever-changing society and this is the core belief of the Purpose Driven Church and it “Bibles” that change too. Hear the Nestle-Aland Committee in the introduction to their 27th. edition of text underlying all new translations that Warren and Wagner use:
The text shared by these two editions was adopted internationally by Bible Societies, and following an agreement between the Vatican and the United Bible Societies it has served as the basis for new translations and for revisions made under their supervision. This marks a significant step with regard to interconfessional relationships. It should naturally be understood that this text is a working text (in the sense of the century-long Nestle tradition): it is not to be considered as definitive, but as a stimulus to further efforts toward defining and verifying the text of the New Testament .........
This is now the widespread approach of the vast majority of Seminaries and Colleges even of evangelical heritage and why God has called us here in North Wales to restore the Bible College of Wales using the faith model of its founder.
A major objective of Drucker was to bring about a business orientated mega Church movement and Smith points out in his excellent book how this was achieved, Smith comparing this model to what the Bible says:
Galatians 1:1-6 King James Version (KJV)
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
It is clear from the evidence that Warren’s testimony relates to Drucker who became in the business world the 20th. century most famous management guru. As well as to Aristotle, Drucker was committed to existentialism particularly of Kierkegaard.