Dr. Rick Warren stated on May 23, 2005, at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public
“The word 'fundamentalist' actually comes from a document in the 1920s
called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic,
narrow view of Christianity.”
five fundamentals of the faith to which Dr. Warren objected are:
The inerrancy and full authority of the Bible
The virgin birth and full Deity of Jesus Christ
The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
Christ’s atoning, vicarious death for the sins of the world
5. The literal second coming of Jesus Christ
Dr. Warren is right in one way. It
is the senior members of the church who do indeed hold a church up and keep it from falling into apostasy.
Are we to believe that Christians who hold to these basic foundational doctrines of the
Christian faith are narrow and legalistic? On the contrary. The Bible teaches that we are to stand up and proclaim the 5 foundational
author of The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life has stated: “When
you reveal the vision of the Purpose Driven Church to a church, the old pillars are going to leave. But let them leave . .
. they only hold things up."
To start a Purpose Driven Church or change to one with the full knowledge and
consent of the membership is one thing, but to practically steal a church from Christians who have given and served to build
it without their knowledge or consent is quite another. Don’t be fooled by the Saddleback website, or the Purpose Driven Church concept. Be careful! There are many wolves in sheep's clothing.
While some PDC initiators may not implement the full PDC format, generally there are signs indicating that
a church may be targeted for a Purpose Driven Church format.
I Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,
giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in
the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
John 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither
bid him God speed:
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There is nothing wrong with a church being large or small, as long as that church stands
on the basic fundamentals of the Word of God!
Remember: "A person who does not stand
for something will fall for anything." There are many sheep who are not listening to the Shepherd's voice. Some
are not paying attention and are being led astray! May God help us to stand up for our Lord!
pray for your Pastor, church leaders, your church family and our country.
Oh, one more thing: In case you
didn't know, the "Purpose Driven Church" movement is also known as the "Emerging Church"
Because of Christ,
R. Woodard, D.Min.