Joel Osteen hoax: Lakewood Church pastor not resigning from Christ due to “lack of faith” (Video)

By on Apr 9, 2013 in Internet, United States, Weird Comments

A so-called Joel Osteen hoax recently surfaced online, saying that the Lakewood Church pastor resigns from Christ due to “lack of faith.” It all started when a website called Joelostenministries.com was launched and had an alleged screenshot from CNN with a video, as shown below.

Joel Osteen hoax CNN

Joel Osteen hoax news from “CNN”
Image Credit: Joelostenministries.com

“Thank you for visiting. As many of you may know, and may have heard in the news recently, many of my sermons have deviated from traditional Christian doctrine. I have been accused of altering the ‘message’ to fit my own doctrine and dogma.” An alleged statement from Joel Osteen reads at Joelostenministries.com.

“Others have accused me of preaching ‘feel good Christianity’. I have also been accused of profiting greatly from my ministry, with my books and television deals. Many of their criticisms are legitimate. What they don’t know is that deep down in my heart, for a number of years now, I have been questioning the faith, Christianity and whether Jesus Christ is really my, or anyone’s, ‘savior.'” The statement added.

“Today, I informed my closest colleagues of my decision to leave the church. Our ministry will continue in a bare-bones fashion as we liquidate our assets and fulfill various financial obligations.” The website said further. However, a keen observer should notice that the website has wrong spelling of Joel Osteen‘s name.

The Joel Osteen hoax website also has a link to ChristianityNewsTexas.blogspot.com, where the same “official statement” was published, and to the “official Twitter account” which is now suspended. It also has an invitation to “Join us for A Night of Hope for Joel, a fundraiser for Joel, in Houston, Texas on April 20, 2013.”

Apparently, this reached the knowledge of Lakewood Church‘s camp and immediately denied the report. A representative of Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) tweeted this Monday, April 8, 2013, “It is a false rumor: Pastor Joel is not leaving the church. –JOM Team


Joel Osteen hoax report from “CNN”
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