But while there is only one way to heaven, there are many ways to Hell, and one of those ways is by watered down doctrine. One example of it is the whole “purpose driven” fad which I’ve always been wary of. If you’ve gotten something out of it and have a stronger walk with God, then I have no problem with it, but so many such faddish programs get people out of a singular focus on the Bible and a close walk with God by offering easy, slick, well-packaged religion. They are a big departure from the messier, harder path that follows in our Savior’s suffering. This and so many other modern Christian fads have never seemed right to me. They sounded too much like the methods of the world with slick marketing and truth bound up in convenient bite-size nuggets. God’s truth is so much bigger, touching on every aspect of life, just as He wants to be intimately involved in our lives like any loving father.
I always felt in my spirit that this was not real truth. I felt that God was showing me years ago how these methods were worldly and were extra-biblical, stepping outside the bounds of truth. People lean too much on packaged theology; they always have. It is so much simpler to accept someone else’s ready-made package of ideas and beliefs. It is so much easier than the path of struggle and turmoil to discover and live out truth personally. But finding truth for ourselves is our responsibility. As 2 Tim. 2:15 admonishes, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” So when it comes to biblical truth, we’re supposed to be thinking for ourselves. But we reap what we sow. If we sow to easy shortcuts, we will reap the harvest of apostasy and destruction. If we sow to real truth and put in the hard work to understand it within our spirits, getting accustomed to thinking our own thoughts that are worked out in hard effort either through prayer, meditation, or during our daily obligations, then we will reap the real and tangible victory of God’s work in our life as we apply His truth to every aspect of our lives and become the people that we want to be in His service.