Please listen to pastor david wilkerson's warning about this movement as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtxzD-... A simple video message explaining the danger of the current church growth movement. AKA The Purpose Driven or Willow Creek Association method. If you suspect your church is 'up the creek' go to willow creek association website and go to find a church and you see if your church is listed. That's how i found out about my former church. Also search the willow creek assoc or pastor.com website and see if "your pastor's message" is there( they download and share sermons). They usually use the latest TV Show(i.e. "Extreme" this or that, "Desperate Housewives") or current movie to "relate" to their audience.
For further study, I recommend reading John MacArthur's book: "Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes like the World" . My findings are not based on what others have told me about these movements. I was part of 2 seeker friendly churches and witnessed firsthand the problems. I've already read Warren's books the purpose driven church and purpose driven life and have read their teachings in the context..
I also recommend listening to, or reading the text of the sermons titled "The Gospel of Accommodation", "Falling Away to the Anti-Christ, and "Beware of the Wisdom of Men" preached by David Wilkerson and Carter Conlon. Each of these is available online for free. Try Greg Gordon's sermon index website. www.sermonindex.net
"..the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." (2 Tim 4:3)
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