I was very thankful for this book. My eyes were opened to the truth. The Lord used this book to expose the false teachings that our family was being exposed to. Very subtle but always had a check in my spirit. The author did his research and I did my own while reading the book. It all checks out!
This is an excellent book. The reason I believe this book is so important is because Warren Smith was in the New Age Movement himself before he came to the know the real Christ through a Bible someone gave him. His background makes it possible for him to see things that most of us might overlook. For instance, the change Eugene Peterson has made in the Lord's prayer in his paraphrase of the Bible, The Message, is quite eye-opening when Smith explains it. The phrase is definitely New Age. And in several newer versions, Ephesians 4:6, has not been translated properly from the original, making God in all things and in everyone...not just Christians. I never thought I would say this, but after reading this book, I am going to stick with my King James or the New King James translations as the final authority. Smith also shows more than casual connections between Robert Schuller, the New Age and Rick Warren and others. Actually, the facts in this book would be frightening if we did not realize that God is really in contol and we are His. Smith believes a persecution within the Church is coming. To get a more complete picture of the "New Spirituality" and the "Emergent Movement" within the Church today, you might be interested in also reading, A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen and Faith Undone by Roger Oakland. I do not know which of these three is more important. It seems like they fit together like a puzzle. They carry a vital message to the Church if we are to keep from being deceived in these last days. I highly recommend all three.
In this book Warren Smith only touches the tip of the iceburg. The truth in his book can be more clearly understood if one will truly seek truth. The history of deceipt entering into our modern church organizations go far back into our history. Without the apologetics research, that Smith and others have done thoughout the years, we would not understand the different cults popping up left and right. Also, look at the fruit the movements such as the Purpose Driven Life has brought forth. And compare EVERYTHING with scripture. So, before you condemn this book, research the subject and seek to know the truth even if it hurts.
THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK! God has used Warren Smith to expose the enemy of the Purpose Driven Churches. Warren is not attacking Rick Warren, Bruce Wilkinson, Robert Schuler, Eugene Peterson but exposing the deceit, lies, and connections with this New theology of Heaven on Earth. God used Warren Smith's past life as a New Ager to bring this evil to light! I commend him for the time and research that he did. It was only through His relationship with Christ that God used him to expose this. Thank you God! May God get this book into the hands of the multitude! May they have eyes to see and ears that will hear!
I give it two stars because I found it to be overreaching. This book is more or less a review of Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven" books. My problem with "Deceived On Purpose" is that I think Mr. Smith is so passionate about preventing others from being deceived that he may have been overly sensitive to the use of some words in the "Purpose Driven" books. In "The Purpose Driven Life" I find that the text does adhere to the truth of God's plan for Salvation and does not deny the need for repentance for sins. The hallmark of "New Age" beliefs is that there is no sin and no need to repent. Like Mr. Smith, I too question Rick Warren's use of "The Message", a paraphrase of the Bible, and to some extent, Rick Warren's credibility, since he is closely associated with Robert Schuller.