From the Purpose Driven Website FAQ itself:
Is Pastor Rick marketing Christianity – and compromising the message of repentance in the process?
One common misconception about evangelistic/seeker services is that they use a marketing ploy catering to consumers. But the truth is that every style of worship service caters to someone: A traditional service caters to those who grew up in that tradition, a formal service caters to formal people, and an emotional service caters to emotional people. If you want to know which “consumers” your church is currently catering to, just try changing your worship service next week. You’ll discover very quickly who they are!
The real issue isn’t whether you target but who you target. We shouldn’t be surprised that most members never bring lost friends with them to church when everything we do in our services is geared to the long-time Christian who understands all the phrases and knows all the tunes. Even in churches that have evangelistic sermons, you often find every other part of the service is aimed at members. When we send mixed messages, we get mixed results. When Pastor Rick planted Saddleback Church, he deliberately decided to “niche” the services: one service for growing Christians, the other for non-believing friends. The evangelistic service is called “seeker-targeted.”
The evangelistic services are designed so someone without any religious background can understand everything that takes place. They’re also designed so members can bring their non-believing friends to the service, knowing that the message will be focused on the Gospel. Our members are constantly on mission to bring their friends and neighbors to these weekend seeker services. As a result, we’ve baptized more than 1,000 new believers each year for the last decade.
Somehow or other, the question about repentance never quite gets addressed.
So lets check their purpose driven statement of faith:
* God is bigger and better and closer than we can imagine.
* The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for living.
* Jesus is God showing himself to us.
* Through his Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us now.
* Nothing in creation “just happened.” God made it all.
* Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God.
* Faith is the only way to grow in our relationship with God.
* God has allowed evil to provide us with a choice, God can bring good even out of evil events and God promises victory over evil to those who choose him.
* Heaven and Hell are real places. Death is a beginning, not the end.
* The church is to serve people like Jesus served people.
* Jesus is coming again.
I’m still not too sure what they are preaching. Jesus is mentioned, but not repentance, or even salvation. The Bible is a guidebook for living – but is it Truth? Do they believe the gospel but are being palatably vague? What are they actually selling, here?