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RICK WARREN – ‘not fit for purpose’
Back in May 2006, when John Reid was the British Home Secretary, he made the now very famous statement that, as the whereabouts of hundreds of foreign prisoners liable for deportation was not actually known by his department, that the department was ‘not fit for purpose’ ( you can read more on http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2006/may/24/prisonsandprobation.ukcrime)
Basically Mr Reid was saying that his department were not up to doing the very job they had been employed to do. Since making that statement the phrase ‘not fit for purpose’ has been used by a whole host of people to describe other diverse situations where they feel people are ‘falling down on the job’.*
Rick Warren, misguidedly viewed by many as a leading evangelical preacher and defender of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, has in the past 15 years built that reputation upon his authorship of, in particular, 2 books called ‘The Purpose Driven Church’  and ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ . It will not be my purpose in this article to analyse the contents of those books as many other gifted apologists have written reports highlighting some of the many shortcomings contained in Mr. Warren’s books (see reports for example on http://www.biblebb.com/files/PDLreview-SB.htm and http://www.biblebb.com/files/PDCreview-SB.htm ).
What I want to focus upon is a recent supposed ‘Apologetics’ conference [11-12 December 2010] hosted by Mr Warren at his Saddleback Church. A very helpful report highlighting some of those who spoke at this conference will be included in this article but perhaps I can make a few comments of my own before going to that report. To continue reading and for links and footnotes, click here.
*Editors Note: In this article, punctuation is according to UK grammatical standards. In the US, a comma and period always go inside a quotation mark.