What’s wrong with the Purpose Driven Life

The Purpose Driven Life has not doubt left a mark on 21st Century Evangelical Christianity. In a 2005 Survey conducted by George Barna, American pastors, leaders and ministers point out that it is one of the books that have influenced their ministries greatly.

Wikipedia cites that it is “arguably one of the best-selling non-fiction” because of the fact that it has been “on the New York Times Best wholesaler Seller list for advice books for one of the longest periods in history. “ To date, more than 30 million copies of the book has been sold.

In a nutshell, the Purpose Driven Life takes readers to a 40-day personal spiritual journey. The general outline of the book is that it presents God’s five purposes for man here on earth.

purpose-drive-lifeI used to have a copy of the book and I have read it from cover to cover. I forgot where I placed it. Recently a friend mentioned that she wanted to give me a copy of the book, she said that they are coming out with a new edition. Later on she discovered that it was just a reprint and not a new edition. This reminded me to revisit the book and write a blog post about it.

With all the glory and commendations heaped on the Purpose Driven Life what could be possibly wrong with the book? What’s wrong about the book is that it presents a watered down, incomplete Gospel. I have written a post entitled “What the Gospel is truly about” you might want to take a look at it and compare it to the Gospel being presented in the Purpose driven life.


John MacArthur, my favorite preacher has an interesting observation about the book and I totally agree with him. Click on the youtube video below to see how the Purpose Driven Life measures up to the true Gospel.

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7 Responses to What’s wrong with the Purpose Driven Life

  1. chang says:

    nothing is wrong with purpose driven life book.. it helps me a lot, making a “U” turn. u know what i mean.. happy easter!

  2. zigfred says:

    chang: 🙂

  3. dan says:

    it is true that it is a watered down gospel and it’s okay for those who are seeking to understand the meaning of life. If Pastor Warren has to write the fullness of the Gospel, I don’t think anyone can understand or want to read this book. He makes the book simple and plain for the mass to read and understand.

  4. zigfred says:

    Dan: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” – Galatians 1:8

  5. Bree Henderson says:

    …a watered down gospel is a great place for beginners (gotta walk before you can run) but too many beginners never get to the meat of the gospel 1) because the watered down version is so delicious and easy there’s no point in moving beyond it or 2) because the pastors aren’t telling them it’s just a watered down incomplete version and to move on to the meat. There’s no money to be made in real Christianity… only in cheap grace.

  6. zigfred says:

    Bree Henderson: A watered down Gospel may not be Gospel truth at all. I think half the truth is worse than a lie. 🙂

  7. jeff hacker says:

    To repent is not a little thing to leave out it a part of being saved we need to be accountable to God and repent ask for mercy and grace which he freely gives The gospel is a rock of offence we need to see and acknowledge our sins and it is by our acknowledgment we come to God

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