I apologize that I just stumbled across this blog entry by Chris Rosebrough originally posted on June 6, 2008 apparently it was lost in the myriad of other things I research daily. Chris’ thoughts are a challenge to his perceived emptiness of Pastor Rick Warren’s messages for sinners who are primarily interested in getting rid of sin instead of putting patches on it. I can certainly empathize with Chris’ frustration with sin. St. Paul once remarked that he was the chief of sinners, but I can assure everyone here (as can my family and friends) that he only got to say that because I had not yet been born. And I’m not trying to be cute – I really do struggle with sin – a LOT.
The most helpful book I’ve read yet (other than the Bible of course) is a series of writing done by Dr. John Owen on Sin, particularly the work “Of the Mortification of Sin in the Believer’s Life” After reading this book I am convinced that overcoming sin is possible. 1 John 3:9 is truth. And the trite, but true, advice to repent is often inadequate without more. I don’t suggest that the scriptural mandate to repent is incorrect or malaprapos. But I do suggest that we as Christians live out repentance one to another daily (James 5:16-17; Hebrews 3:12-13).
In any case, the article investigates whether the “Purpose Driven” message offers anything to people interested in becoming Holy or if it is just a gimmick to a better temporal life.
Extreme Theology: Rick Warren Purpose Driven Critique – Does PD Preaching Have Any Good News to Offer Me?