In order for sin to do its evil work, it must present itself as something that is anything but evil. Lust masquerades as a love for beauty. Gossip lives in the costume of concern and prayer. Craving for power and control wears the mask of biblical leadership. Fear of man gets dressed up as being a peacemaker or having a servant heart.
The name of Max Lucado is known to most anyone who has ever wandered 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…
Since the announcement in September 2011 that Oneness Pentecostal and famed prosperity preacher T.D. Jakes would be invited to the Elephant Room 2 (ER2) event, Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) and senior pastor James MacDonald have been under scrutiny. Many in the evangelical community expressed shock and disappointment at the invitation. The event finally took place in January of this year, and left various types of victims in its wake.
Some longtime members chose to leave the Chicago-area church. Other autonomous churches that were members of the affiliated Harvest Bible Fellowship (HBF) either chose to leave HBF or were asked to leave. Further, in the months since ER2, some people have begun to speak out about other concerns they have surrounding HBC and James MacDonald—concerns that are not necessarily directly related to this controversial conference.
Many of those concerns have been expressed on a website which launched on 7 October 2012, The Elephant’s Debt (TED). Read more of this post