Purpose driven or Christ directed?

Christians have a choice. We can either strive to live a life that is driven by purpose. Or we can allow Jesus Christ to live His life through us which results in a purpose filled life. One is a life driven by duty, the other is a life directed by devotion to Christ. One is a life driven by labor; the other is a life directed by love for Christ. Jesus is “rest” in the midst of our necessary Christian labor. Jesus produces the fruit; we simply abide in the True Vine.

Pastor Jim Owen is my dear friend and spiritual mentor. I value his wise counsel and appreciate his compassionate stand for the truth. He has a love for God’s word as a result of his deep abiding love for the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As Christians, we should each endeavor to rightly divide the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 exhorts us to, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth .” And 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness


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This article is not a personal attack on Pastor Rick Warren, author of the best selling “The Purpose Driven Life.” In this critique, Pastor Jim Owen vehemently proclaims God’s unwavering truth in a spirit of genuine love. So as you read his comments, please hear the “tone” of his writing. He is not out to get anyone, but simply desires to point people to the one truth that will set them free. This article addresses, from a Biblical position, the issue of how a person should live the genuine Christian life.

I pray you will benefit from its message,

Brother Forrest


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