A report has been circulating since April 2, stating that Joel Osteen, the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and a televangelist whose ministry reaches millions of viewers, has resigned from Christianity, citing a lack of faith in the validity of the Bible as the word of God.
An image shows a doctored copy of the article on CNN, Drudge Report and Yahoo News headlines announcing Osteen’s resignation. However, there are no links to those articles on CNN, Yahoo, or Drudge Report. Instead, the announcement originates from a WordPress blog named Joelosteenministries.wordpress.com in which the only post on the site is an alleged article from CNN claiming the resignation of Joel Osteen.
The statement allegedly written by Osteen reads in part, “I believe now that the Bible is a fallible, flawed, highly inconsistent history book that has been altered hundreds of times. There is zero evidence the Bible is the holy word of God.” He goes on to say that he has informed his closest colleagues that he is leaving the church, which will continue in a “bare-bones fashion as we liquidate our assets and fulfill various financial obligations.”
The second clue that something is off about Osteen’s reported resignation is the final paragraph, which states that Osteen is having trouble transferring ownership of some of his ministry’s websites. So in case you were wondering why the website has only one “e,” it’s because it was the only website Osteen is able to control.
“I’m dealing with some church leaders who refuse to accept my resignation,” he says. “They are refusing to change or alter any of our many web sites, and this is the only one I have control over.”
A look at Joel Osteen’s official website reveals no indication that the 50-year-old, who has led Lakeview Church since 1999, has any intention of resigning.
The most recent article about Joel Osteen on CNN discusses the televangelist’s dismissal of the controversy over History Channel’s The Bible miniseries. Osteen, who is a consultant on the show, said he is not surprised by the show’s success.
We conducted a Whois domain serch to know who created this fake message, and we found out it is the creation of someone named Lucas Skass, from “BMG Enterprises LLC,” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Whatever his reason for creating a fake Twitter account, creating a free WordPress account, and purchasing a similar-yet-different domain name, this person has created mass havoc and confusion among Osteen’s fellowship as of this writing.