26 May 2012

Louie Giglio to Preach at Osteen's Lakewood Church

America's largest and fastest growing "church," Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, often finds itself with guest speakers in the pulpit. With pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen traveling often for their own "Night of Hope" events, or for other special speaking engagements, it must be helpful to know so many prominent pastors and speakers who would willingly substitute on any given weekend.

On the weekend of 26–27 May, Lakewood Church will welcome Louie Giglio to the stage. In fact, Victoria Osteen excitedly invited all of her Houston-based Twitter followers to visit the Lakewood venue for the occasion:
A quick visit to the website of Lakewood Church confirms this speaking schedule:
Louie Giglio is the pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta. He is also the founder of the Passion Conference. Back in January, a strange thing occurred at Session 5 of the 2012 Passion Conference event. As was reported on this blog at that time, speakers Louie Giglio, Beth Moore, John Piper and others engaged in a Scripture reading exercise followed by a time of silence and meditation while the audience of young people was instructed to "be still" as they waited to "hear" from Jesus.

Here is Beth Moore leading her portion:

And John Piper: 

Finally, to close the session, Passion founder Louie Giglio stood and declared the following:
How many of you heard the voice of God speak specifically, clearly, directly, and personally, to you? Can you just put a hand up? I’d like you to share it. Can you put a hand up for a minute? 
Just want you to look around; that’s people saying, “God Almighty (pause) the Maker of heaven (pause) the one Who’s sitting on the only throne (pause) that’s not under threat (long pause, audience cheers)—He spoke to me. He spoke to me.” 
“God spoke to me.” (long pause) Don’t let the voice of the darkness, tell you that you are not (pause) worth (pause) that God would not speak to you. (pause) Don’t let him tell you, you don’t matter. (pause) God spoke to you.

This exercise can perhaps best be described as "Lectio Divina lite." When did Protestant leaders begin to teach that we have the Bible "plus" anything? God has spoken perfectly in His Word. We have no need to be still and wait for His voice.

It is curious, then, that Giglio, the founder and leader of the Passion event, would also be preaching at the one of the largest Word Faith churches in the country. But then, mysticism and the false, heretical prosperity gospel are both fruits plucked from the same bad tree.

Biblical Silence vs. Mystical Silence and What Really Went on at Passion 2012?
Beth Moore and John Piper Lead Lectio-Divina Lite at Passion 2012


  1. That's just plain weird. Would not have expected such from John Piper.

  2. Didn't Jim and Tammy Faye Baker hear from God too? Jimmy Swaggart? Most Pentecostal, Charismatic, Word-Faith Televangelists hear from God also.

    If someone says that God told them something, am I obligated to believe them?

  3. John Piper has been esteemed by many. He did Lectio Divina last year. How come there's no decry from well respected well-known pastors such as John MacArthur, Phil Johnson or Al Muhler to confront and rebuke John Piper for practicing false teachings? Or have one of these Pastors said something already?

    Why are Pastors silent with Piper? Shouldn't they just like Paul did to Peter oppose him to his face?"-Galatians 2:11(for such Catholic mysticism?)

    John Piper is a highly visible and influential Pastor who is leading many astray.

    Same thing with Beth Moore, wheres the decry from men who are credible pastors to speak against such false teachings?

    Someone needs to step up

  4. Are you serious! All of your post and this website are out of line and need to repent. I am not for the health and wealth movement either. Just give it a rest. You should all be ashamed of your selves. Trying slander good christian leaders. Who do you think you are? Do you really think that your above Piper, Giglio and Beth Moore? Pride would say yes.

    1. Obvious you are blinded with an answer like that. Maybe you should read your bible. God warn the people four times about deception in the last days. So obvious he knew how bad it was going to be.


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