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:
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 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)
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