The Purpose Driven Church
(the throwback to Aristotle, Kierkegaard & Kant)
In a lecture delivered by Andrew Irvine in 1998 we can discern that in this philosophy there is only room for one reality and that is a world of chaos. So by taking this philosophy into “purpose driven”we see a recognition of the world of chaos. This is the only one reality and so the individual works in that rather than being taken out of it to Christ Jesus.
Now we know within this there are religious interpretations and there can be a mystical approach to this and we see it in the Emerging Church, but that mystical approach seems to be embraced in the one reality – what is seen – the natural as in Aristotle.
Now with Kierkegaard he brought in the religious but only as part 3. The concept of the pre-eminence of Christ Jesus is a million miles away from this philosophy and this is what is happening in the Emerging Church. There is a place for the mystical, there is a place for religion but only down the line, not at the forefront!
Kierkegaard’s three points of life:
- The first stage is the aesthetic, the quest for sensual and intellectual pleasure. This eventually leads to boredom and then suicide, however, so there is an impulse to move to a form of life in which there is a conception of oughtness.
- The second stage is thus the moral in which we freely align ourselves with the moral law, determined to be good. Hegel tried to synthesize the moral life and the aesthetic life but this is actually the highest form of aestheticism. Kierkegaard argued that a jump is involved in moving from one to the other and that we must simply choose.
- The third stage is the religious in which we must be open to a teleological suspension of the ethical. In the religious life, divine command is paramount and true love for God is expressed in the willingness to set aside moral habits and respond to the divine command.
The third stage – religion all sounds good but there is a problem in this philosophy. In this stream of thought there is a huge emphasis on the existence of the individual, thus the philosophy gives a foundation for the mainstream individual-priesthood system of Baal. Now when this is placed within the philosophy of their only being one absolute then surely this religious creed of this philosophy has to be to the god of this world for that is the only absolute.
The true God demands union with his Church which is his absolute body but this union has no place in this philosophy. Kiekegaard relates works to responding to the divine command but the true faith is not of works – it comes through our admission of inability to set aside moral habits and to be saved by the blood of Jesus. Where is that blood in this Emerging Church? Taken out of Wagner’s NKJV at the Commissioning Service of Bentley for Wagner’s “equipping” Bible has taken out the word “blood” 23 times!
Developing Drucker’s philosophy therefore we not only discover Aristotle, we also find Kierkegaard and now Kant in his two story belief system, the lower story being one of the five senses that is treated as absolute which remained Drucker’s view, for the classic absolutes of Christianity in this belief like the virginbirth, miracles, resurrection and the second coming are only products of mysticism rather than reality.
The emphasis therefore in Warren’s “Christianising” of all of this is the emphasis on what is seen as the one absolute – the natural world and thousands of evangelical pastors download all of Warren’s sermons and join the system for church growth – church growth being in the pre-eminent position rather than Christ who is mystical in the upper story in effect out of the way!
Friendship with the world was key to this business model.
James 4:4 King James Version (KJV)
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendshipof the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of theworld is the enemy of God.
The World of course honoured Warren with grants for his purpose driven system for the offence of the Cross was taken out and friendship with the world restored. Evangelicalism had become un-offensive and open to the World’s blessings rather than persecution, the real Church growing the latter way.
The World Approved Mega-Church started to grow and those called to stand on the old foundations isolated as fuddy-duddies unable to embrace the “paradigm shift!” The new models included Bill Hybel’s Willow Creek, Randy Frazer’s Connecting Church, Robert Lewis’s Church of Irrestible Influence and the Perimeter Church Atlanta.
In Britain we have the three Pentecostal Denominations as shown on this website embracing this culture. Elim's evangelistic website fully embraces this code, a far cry from Jeffreys crusades!!!!!!!
Even the Baptist Union of Great Britain’s Baptist Church at Caldicot, South Wales has embraced this:
Rick Warren will guide you through a personal 40 day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to lifes most difficult question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions and give meaning to your life.
Here you have a traditional Baptist Church portraying a dragon on its website and Rick Warren’s philosophy of life!!!!!!!!
The South Wales Church featured here is embracing Drucker’s philosophy of changing lives in the social sector. They have a “Street Warmers” outreach to seemingly befriend rather than preach the gospel which is pre “paradigm-shift”. No one is being offended by this outreach but by be-friending the Church is friends to the World rather than an offence to it.
1 Corinthians 1:17-19 King James Version(KJV)
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: notwith wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perishfoolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, andwill bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
1 Peter 2:7-9 King James Version (KJV)
Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto themwhich be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is madethe head of the corner,
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to themwhich stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they wereappointed.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holynation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him whohath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
As looks likely from this South Wales website, befriending to Drucker is more important than personal evangelism for this cannot change society:
In spite of his need and search, Christianity and the churches have been unable to provide a religious social solution. All they can do today is to give the individual religion. They cannot give a new society and a new community. Personal religious experience may be invaluable to the individual; it may restore his peace, may give him a personal God and rational understanding of his own function and nature. But it cannot re-create society and cannot make community life sensible.
According to Drucker therefore the Welsh Revival was a failure, the emptying criminal courts of the unreal higher story, the emptying bars of addiction nothing more than a pipe dream. In fact man getting saved does not change society. How wrong can a philosophy be?
Ah! All that was before the “paradigm shift!” It is now for the Remnant to bring the latter rain for the principles of God never changes, this new Emerging Changing Church is doing nothing more than bring confusion and sending a generation of its followers to hell.
It is time to restore the old time message as depicted here:
It is time for the straight talk of the Gospel, the Gospel is an offence but a Gospel of salvation that involved the actual, not the mystical death of its founder but a Gospel that portrays not be-friendship but sacrifice of God’s own begotten son who gave his life to save the sinner from a fiery end, a message be-friendship can never achieve.