The Purpose Driven Life…Calvinist. I know that Rick Warren might not explicitly claim it, but when you open your book saying that God has a purpose for your life all planned out in advance and even the exact moment of your death is already predetermined, all the major events and minor ones too, its all predetermined, God’s already prescripted everything. The author can claim to be an Arminian till the cows come home, but he is clearly in reality a Calvinist. Almost all “Arminian” pastors in reality are Calvinist. And there is not a dime’s worth of difference between Classical Arminianism and Calvinism anyway. Classical Arminianism is just another brand of Calvinism. Only “semi-Pelagianism” (i.e. denying predestination altogether) which is loosely called Arminianism by Calvinists differs from Calvinism; Classical Arminianism is exactly the same but with some slightly different wording, some minor nuances in sophistry.
“God also planned where you’d be born and where you’d live for his purpose. Your race and nationality are no accident. God left no detail to chance. He planned it all for his purpose.” (Page 31, Purpose Driven Life)
Calvinism, Calvinism, Calvinism. And pretty much every Protestant church in the US has done a study through the Purpose Driven Life in church as if it were Scripture itself. So don’t give me this load of crap that “other groups” who aren’t Calvinist engage in this abuse. Those other groups are Calvinist if for no other reason that having accepted this line of nonsense from Rich Warren’s little Calvinist propaganda book that has infiltrated almost every Protestant church.
Oh, and need I add that if God predetermined all this, then he also must be accused of predetermining all the abortions? Rick Warren’s next sentence still on page 31:
“Most amazing, God decided how you would be born. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you.”
Or in causing your parents to abort you, as the case might be. This sort of grotesque Calvinist thinking destroys all the foundations of Christian morality and cannot be tolerated by anyone who truly loves the Lord Jesus Christ. “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.” (1 Corinthians 16:22)