By Christian Research Network Associate Editor Erin Benziger of Do Not Be Surprised…
This is a repost of an original article on Do Not Be Surprised…


Since Mark Driscoll typically is lauded by the “new Calvinist” camp, the choice of these particular speakers is interesting. Many who follow Driscoll and the ministry of The Resurgence may be surprised to find a schedule packed with seeker-driven motivational speakers.

Perhaps it is this walk down the seeker-sensitive path that scheduled speaker James MacDonald was referring to when he noted:

The Resurgence conference is not going to be another tribal gathering but a gathering of tribes, united by grace as one body in Christ. We want to bring together different voices, traditions, and backgrounds to show that the most significant, life-changing, can’t-miss, unifying theme of first importance for the church across all time, all countries, and all peoples is Jesus Christ. The conference will be an invitation to pastors, church leaders, and Christians everywhere to make it all about Jesus in life and in ministry. (Source)

As the visible church continues to weaken and compromise its stand for biblical truth, the call for unity at all costs grows stronger and louder. Accompanying this seems to be a revival, or a resurgence if the pun will be pardoned, of the same man-centered, “purpose-driven” doctrinal obfuscation which has been infiltrating the church for some time.

Today’s blog post at The Resurgence website illustrates this quite well. Entitled, “You’re Created With a Purpose,” it highlights Rick Warren and a talk he delivered at TED in 2006. Quoting Warren, The Resurgence post states,

Some people have the misguided idea that God only gets excited when you’re doing “spiritual things,” like going to church or helping the poor, or, you know, confessing or doing something like that. The bottom line is, God gets pleasure watching you be you. (Source)

The Resurgence has made Warren’s entire 21-minute talk available here. Courtesy of Apprising Ministries, however, and to close this post, below are the final minutes of Warren’s lecture. When listening, the reader would do well to remember that the TED talks are not a Christian event, and thus Warren’s audience likely would have included people of all religions and faiths.

The original appears complete with a comments section for you to join the discussion right here.

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