Watch this video for an in depth examination of Rick Warren’s ministry. Draw you own conclusions, but this documentary highlights many of the issues Truth Watch has been talking about for more than a decade. Warren’s mentor was Peter Drucker who openly acknowledged he was not a Christian and had no interest in Christianity. To him it was just one of many faiths, but he was interested in promoting community projects using the church model. Warren and Hybels used Drucker’s ideas for church growth to build mega-churches off a marketing strategy and not the gospel of Jesus Christ. Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life was simply an extension of Drucker’s church building formula. Warren used proof-texting from Scripture to justify his promotion of a self-centered ‘christianity’ that he knew would be more appealing than the real message of the Bible. Many in church leadership have tried to emulate his success at the expense of truth and the gospel.
Despite decades of pushing friendship evangelism the western Church has not seen much growth. In fact the reverse is true. Acceptance of Christianity, especially amongst youth continues to shrink in the face of a concerted anti-Christian campaign, as Barna research (Read U Turn by George Barna) proves. Church leaders have consigned the Church to a modern wilderness by refusing to confront secularisms drive to marginalise Christianity while simultaneously adopting management marketing principles to recruit church goers, rather than to disciple true believers. There has been an escalation of commitment to seeker-friendly friendship evangelism by leaders, especially through the emergent church movement and the mega-church influence of Rick Warren’s purpose driven me-ism and Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek. This escalation has continued in the face of abundant evidence that it is failing to produce true followers of Jesus Christ. Barna catalogues this failure with plentiful statistical evidence in U Turn. In a 2014 article on this issue Truth Watch explains why friendship evangelism is failing to live up to expectations. The issue we cover include presenting the real Jesus, developing a comprehensive Christian world view, the importance of apologetics, the law to grace method of evangelism, the church’s defencelessness and the church’s teaching treadmill. All is explained in the article.