What’s Wrong with the Purpose Driven Movement?: We Need a Savior Not a Purpose

I want to answer that question by getting to the point and not writing in circles. Here I go!

Primarily, we don’t need to find a purpose. We need a Savior who finds us.

The epicenter and focus of the Purpose Driven movement becomes about finding your purpose. The general idea is that there are all of these tasks and problems in the world that need solving, and God has created people to meet those needs, and we need to find out what task/problem we are to solve.

Jesus and the gospel become a means to that end.  The thing is, Jesus didn’t die so we could find a purpose or big dream to accomplish for this life. We don’t need a purpose, we need a Savior.

The Purpose Driven movement has it all backwards. On paper the PDM will say it’s about God and not you, but in actuality it becomes all about you as you focus over and over again on YOUR purpose.

They’ll take Ephesians 2:1-10, and turn the emphasis on the works we do, instead of putting it on the Savior we need.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.


I extracted most of my entry from some ideas in this lecture by Chris Rosebrough.





Studious Shawn Bolz: The Art of Doing Your Homework Before Giving a Cold Reading “Prophetic” Word


A good case can be made that Shawn Bolz’s ability to be studious and do his homework before giving a “prophetic” word, has helped in his ability to give what appears to be accurate prophetic words.

At The Send 2019 Shawn Bolz gave a prophetic word to a “random” guy in the big crowd named Dennis Melnichuk. Here is the word, and some commentary on the word from Dennis. Link if it doesn’t load below.

Looks impressive, yeah? Here’s the thing, you have to register to attend the send, meaning there is a long list of names anyone leading the event can access.


It would be very easy for someone who has the “gift” of getting words from God to scan the list for people they want to “minister” to, to then go on the Internet and mine for information. It’s interesting how much information Dennis has about himself on his own website. He also has a lot of information public on his Facebook profile.


Also this extensive testimonial video.

Shawn Bolz lacks credibility on a lot, so I’m highly doubtful God is speaking to him. It’s more believable that Bolz is really studious and did his homework. Read about Shawn Bolz’s credibility issues below.

Shawn Bolz Moves Goal Posts in Word of Knowledge says Close is Accurate Enough

“Prophetic” Mystery Meat – Shawn Bolz Needs a Lifeline

Shawn Bolz Sees Dead Child in Cold Reading

Holy Spirit Uses Smart Phone to Help Shawn Bolz Do Cold Readings

Saddleback’s Album Promotion Party During Sunday Worship


Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church used their Sunday worship service to promote Genessis and Nikki’s new album. Their pastor called the service a party. Their opening song Love Somebody Today had no mention of God, but did default to some lyrics proclaiming works based salvation, along with a around 20 total seconds of gibberish.


Watch the entire service here.