"Like proponents of the Prosperity Gospel, Rick Warren is so in line with the American way of life that his purpose-driven model of life is too American, not equipped to transform American society or even to address the Narcissism and self-centeredness that plagues America and western society today." (pg. 32)
"Both [Osteen and Warren] minimize the role of grace in providing the good life (they are almost Pelagian in stressing our works) and correspondingly have a weak conception of sin. ... [They] both agree that you have to do something in order to be blessed. Warren only speaks of faults, weaknesses, or mistakes, and Osteen only refers to barriers of the past, mistakes, or 'disappointments.' Neither of them actually refers to Romans 7:14-24 and original sin." (pg. 43,44)
"The real problem with our condition . . . is that people do not want to admit they are sinners, and will not unless confronted with the Law and Christ." (pg. 47)
Brave sinning is not "permission 'to do your own thing.' Rather, [it's] a word of permission to do God's 'thing' joyously and with reckless abandon." (pg. 64)
"For Luther... joy is not based on ourselves or our situation in life. It is based solely on the hope that Christ's work provides." (pg. 78)
"The brave sinner is someone so totally dependent on God that he or she looks at life, even the most important projects, as play. They are play, because what we do has no ultimate significance unless God makes it significant." (pg. 81)
Any discussion? Any debate?
If interested, see previous posts for more information and quotes from this book by Mark Ellingsen.