The web was buzzing about Joel Osteen resigning from Lakewood Church in Houston and even walking away from Christianity all together. Thankfully, for anyone who was believing the rumors, we can say that they are 100% false and it was a complete hoax.
There were images of articles on CNN, Drudge Report and Yahoo News showing headlines announcing Osteen's resignation but no links to click on if you actually wanted to go check it out.
The announcement appears to have originally stemmed from a WordPress blog named Joel Osteen Ministries and claiming that there was a statement released on the website for Joel Osten Ministries (notice the spelling of Osten).
The fake Osteen's "statement" 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."
So clearly, if people looked closely they would notice the misspelling of his name on these sites, however it goes to show you again the power of social media. You just set up a free twitter account, free WordPress blog and set up a website with close spellings and the fake impersonating is in full force.
Fellow Christians and members of Osteen's church will be relieved and happy to know that 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 or walking away from Christianity.
The most recent real article about Joel Osteen on CNN discusses "The Bible" miniseries on The History Channel. Osteen was a consultant for the series and is personal friends with producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Osteen shares that he is not surprised by the show's success and when asked about the Obama to satan comparison in the show he replied, ""I felt like it was nonsense," says Osteen. "People can draw funny conclusions."