08 March 2010

A Wonderful Deception

I recently started reading Warren Smith's book A Wonderful Deception. It's a follow-up to his book Deceived on Purpose. Both books examine the dangers of Rick Warren's "purpose-driven" movement, the New Age implications of it, and other errors within. I admit, I'm not very far into this book. I started it last night and almost wanted to call in sick today so I could stay home and read it! (No, I didn't call in sick and I didn't take the book to work with me and hide under my desk to read it)! Nevertheless, my highlighter was flying while I was still reading the Preface! Here's a snapshot of the tone of this book and what it will be discussing:
"We are not to blindly follow spiritual leaders just because they are in a position of leadership and power. We must be true to Scripture and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (Preface, ix)
Can I hear an "Amen"?!
"Today, this New Age/New Spirituality is the spiritual foundation for an emerging "new worldview" that if adopted by the world-and the church-could usher in a false world peace that in actuality will be no real peace at all. It will be a deceptive New Age peace for a deceptive New Age. It will be everything that the true Jesus Christ warned would come in His name." (Preface, x)
"In Jeremiah 9:3, Jeremiah warns about those who are "not valiant for the truth." Sadly, Rick Warren is a man who is not wholly valiant for the truth. [...] It is a pastor's job to protect the flock from heresy, and Rick Warren is not doing that. On the contrary, his worldwide movement has serious New Age implications." (Preface, xi)
"Out of the fifteen different Bible versions Rick Warren uses in The Purpose Driven Life, he chooses to cite Ephesians 4:6 from a new translation that erroneously conveys the panentheistic New Age teaching that God is "in" everything. [...] According to properly translated Scripture, God is not "in" everyone and everything, and God's Holy Spirit only indwells those who truly accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior." (Chapter 1, 16-17)
 I'm very anxious to continue reading this book and I'll try to keep you updated as I go along. Based upon what I've read thus far, I'm quite comfortable recommending this book. I've heard Warren Smith on multiple radio interviews as well and he is a great contender for the faith!

Warren Smith has also authored the online book Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel. You can access the PDF of that e-book here.

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