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Joel Osteen target of elaborate Internet hoax
Houston Chronicle ^ | 04/09/2013 | Robert Stanton

Posted on 04/09/2013 1:39:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

It's a news flash with an asterisk: Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen has resigned from the mega church that he has led since 1999, a move prompted by his decision to leave the Christian faith due to his "lack of faith."

The asterisk is needed, mind you, because the story is false, as in Internet hoax.

Whoever devised the elaborate hoax didn't just stop at a fake church website - http://www.joelostenministries.com/ - which is almost identical to the genuine Joel Osteen Ministries website - http://www.joelosteen.com/.

The hoaxer also has put up bogus news sites trumpeting the fictitious news, replicating news outlets that include CNN, Yahoo.com and the Christian News Network. They've also posted a fake YouTube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxVo9wV5CtA& - and bogus Twitter page - https://twitter.com/PastorJoelOsten. Osteen's real Twitter account can be found at @JoelOsteen.

A fake CNN site trumpets the headline, "Pastor of mega church resigns, rejects Christ," with a subhead, "Cites lack of faith, pledges 'new church.' "

Likewise, the pseudo Lakewood Church website includes "A special message from Pastor Joel," where a would-be Osteen elaborates on his decision to leave the church:

In the message, the Osteen poser states that he has "been accused of altering the 'message' to fit my own doctrine and dogma. 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," the bogus message states. "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.'

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: hoax; internethoax; joelosteen; megachurch; osteen; pastor

1 posted on 04/09/2013 1:39:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Olstein IS a hoax. So that makes two.


2 posted on 04/09/2013 1:43:40 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: SeekAndFind

Not really a hoax. Osteen really HAS abandoned Christianity.


3 posted on 04/09/2013 1:43:46 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not a fan of his at all. That “feel good” preaching isn’t what sinners need in this day and age. Between those and the prosperity preachers, there are a lot of people being misguided.


4 posted on 04/09/2013 1:45:13 PM PDT by mothball
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s not hard to fool people these days. There were idiots on Facebook believing a couple of weeks ago that Justice Scalia had thrown his robe on the ground and yelled out that he was leaving the Supreme Court and leaving the United States.


5 posted on 04/09/2013 1:47:02 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: richmwill

RE: ustice Scalia had thrown his robe on the ground and yelled out that he was leaving the Supreme Court and leaving the United States.

I kinda wish the “leaving the United States” part were true for Obama.


6 posted on 04/09/2013 1:48:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Good Free Advertising... the only ones that will believe this are ones that could care less anyway..
Would have been a good publicity stunt had Joel planned it..


7 posted on 04/09/2013 1:49:28 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: SeekAndFind

No fan of his prosperity gospel but he was good natured about the hoax.


8 posted on 04/09/2013 2:01:54 PM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: SeekAndFind

That is funny.


9 posted on 04/09/2013 2:15:11 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s not a hoax, it’s “satire” by today’s standards.


10 posted on 04/09/2013 2:22:26 PM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

This was not “elaborate”...


11 posted on 04/09/2013 3:54:49 PM PDT by FoxPro
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To: SeekAndFind; DocRock; del4hope; Alex Murphy; Gamecock; Dr. Eckleburg; jude24; Ottofire; fishtank; ..
The YBPDLNPL is generally published infrequently, but based on the exploits of the megachurch pastors posts can spike for a period of time. If you would like on or off of this list please FReepmail me.


12 posted on 04/11/2013 6:41:32 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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