20 October 2012

Author and Pastor Max Lucado to Preach at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church

The name of Max Lucado is known to most anyone who has ever wandered the aisles of a so-called Christian bookstore. Along with former Willow Creek pastor Randy Frazee, Lucado pastors Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. He also is the author of such books as Fearless, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference, God's Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours, and When God Whispers Your Name and participated in the Be Still DVD with popular SBC Bible teacher Beth Moore. Many know that Be Still featured contemplatives Richard Foster and Dallas Willard. In 2004, Christianity Today went so far as to name Lucado "America's Pastor."

That title, of course, appears today to be shared by two different men, namely Rick Warren and Joel Osteen. It seems fitting, then, that Max Lucado would be pleased to announce today on Twitter that he will be preaching this weekend at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church:
Indeed, Lakewood Church does not want you to miss this weekend:
In recent months, Lakewood Church has invited some rather interesting names to grace its stage. Not quite two months ago, the Osteens welcomed Seeker-Driven superstar Steven Furtick to preach the weekend services at Lakewood.

Earlier this summer, Word Faith pastrix Christine Caine of Hillsong Church was invited to speak at Lakewood's Youth Conference, an invitation that she was "honored" to accept. Interestingly, Caine also was found to be preaching the weekend services at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church earlier this month.

Lucado and Caine have a history of mutual appreciation, as he recently endorsed and even wrote the forward for Caine's new book, Undaunted
On Caine's official website, a quote from Max Lucado likens the effervescent motivational speaker to the Apostle Paul, to Mary and to Esther, further revealing his excitement not only about the book, but about Caine herself:
This decision by Lucado to eagerly accept an invitation to speak at the church of this nation's greatest proponent of the prosperity gospel may not surprise in light of the above information. Still, many will continue to readily devour the words of Lucado, whether in his preaching or in his books, ignoring these cautionary flags.

This reminds us of the importance of remaining faithful to the Word of God, and of forsaking ear-tickling sermons of warm, fuzzy feelings if they are found to be self-serving and erroneous. Today error runs rampant in a great number of evangelical churches. Those who truly belong to Christ must nurture and exercise their God-given discernment in order to avoid being swayed by these devilish teachings.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Further Reading
Rick Warren Says Annual Campaign Is the "Single Most Important Ingredient" in Saddleback's Growth
Learning to Pray with Steven Furtick and Joel Osteen
Christine Caine to Preach Weekend Services at Saddleback Church 


  1. Long ago I realized that I cannot even read his books about "God" to my children. I totally do not get how any grown up would read this fuzzy pablum that he writes. I am sure his speaking fee will be at least $10K if not more which is all "normal" in the great leavenjellycal whore-dome. Yet with that all of that is just the beginning of what is to come...

  2. Max Lucado thinks Christine Caine is the "Paul, Mary and Esther" to our generation?

    So...does that mean he thinks she is the equivalent of an apostle, a virgin and a queen all rolled into one?

    Sorry for the sarcasm, but as good ole' Charlie Brown would say: Good Grief.


  3. Never read his books, but remember the whole 'God has given our generation...' quote. Now it's a case of never *want* to read his books.

    There's an awful lot of 'your' as in 'me' in the titles there, aren't there? I thought all this Christian stuff was about, well, Christ and Him crucified, risen again and our blessed hope of eternity.

    PS - love the 'leavenjellycal' - great term!

  4. I'm always amazed how most of the people who criticize others is because THEY'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING

    All of these comments disgust me, with this whole web page

    But you know, what would you guys do in life if it wasnt for the people who are REALLY doing something!!

    Antonio Valoiz

    1. Ah, yes. Cue the token critic who demonstrates by their comment that they have not bothered to read the comment policy. If they had, they would know that such an argument, tantamount to declaring, "You're a meanie" usually is not entertained on this blog.

      Antonio, how is it that you can unequivocally state (in all caps, no less) that nobody on this blog is "doing anything"? Do you have a hidden camera that follows each of us around all day long? I highly doubt it and, if you do, well, please stop.

      The bottom line here is, men like Osteen and Lucado are propagating false teaching and compromising the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, if that's the definition of "doing something," then count me out. God doesn't care how busy we are if what we're busy doing is contrary to His Word and detrimental to His kingdom.

      So yeah, I'm doing something - I'm calling out compromise and false teaching where I see it, striving to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Seems like you, on the other hand, are embracing the compromise, and well, that gives me one more thing to do: pray for you and people like you who are wandering in the darkness of deception.

    2. "...if it wasnt for the people who are REALLY doing something!!"


      I have good news for you. No human being is doing anything for God but God is doing a lot through some people according to His will and His choice...

    3. Amen, just last week the Lord gave me the opportunity to share the gospel with a co-worker and a week before that I shared my testimony and the gospel with a woman at a car repair shop... Been praying for them.. Yep the Lord is doing many things through his people....

  5. I've never cared for Max Lucado.. Sadly, He will fit in well with Osteen and the world. I've listened to him a few times on my radio to find out what he had to say. Max just speaks a cotton candy family oriented Walton's type message. No substance, nothing about repentance, sin or the unadulterated Gospel. If he does it's usually very watered down.

    help on marriage or your children, etc, etc. "Where is Jesus in all of THIS? I never ever ONCE hear ANY of his messages that are motivated by God's mercy or the obedience that comes from FAITH-Rom. 1:5 -faith

    too many man-made fix it yourself encouraging us in the FLESH programs and hardly ever do I hear Jesus being the primary factor for a Christian's strength(it's omitted)

    1. By the way, I just wanted to add a thank you to your dedication out of your love for Christ and his purity by exposing these false teachers and unities along with the many dangers they present on this site. When one compromises on one area then it only follows that they begin to compromise on other areas and explain away the Truth. There are many Christians out there who simply don't know. And although there will be resistance, some-thank God- will be convicted by the Lord to be more like their heavenly Father who is holy rather than compromise any longer and follow the crowd. It's more than worth it so keep up the Faith EBenz~

  6. Do you know if this sermon is on line somewhere? I would like to have a link to it, but can't find it.

    1. Hi Glenn,

      I did a quick search just now and didn't see that this message was posted permanently online. If I find it, I'll let you know.

  7. I was fortunate enough to attend Oak Hills Church the morning he had proud atheist, Hemant Mehta, speak in front of the congregation. It was the very last time I subjected myself and my family to the heresies of Randy Frazee. I'm not going to go on with the many scriptures that teach us not to sit with the evildoer and associate with those who blaspheme God. Instead I would encourage others who are attending the 'feel-good' ministries of Oak Hills Church and Randy Frazee to search the scriptures for the truth because you're not getting it there.
    Any pastor who allows a professed atheist to sit in front of his congregation and mock God, belittle Christianity, and insult the Scriptures with statements like 'your magic book' and 'I sat there with my phone, on Google, and proved everything the pastor was saying to be nonsense [speaking of his previous experience at another church] all the while smiling and laughing along can only be described as being a friend of the world. I encourage Randy Frazee to read 2 John 10-11 and 2 Cor 6:14. I realized later that Frazee comes from the increasingly liberal teachings of Dallas Theological Seminary - I suppose I should expect a dog to bark, huh?


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