Joel Osteen Falls Victim to Hoax Claiming He Quit Over ‘Lack of Faith’

(WPIX) — Reports of Pastor Joel Osteen’s resignation from the popular church he founded have been greatly exaggerated.

Pranksters went through the trouble of creating a convincing-looking fake website claiming the Houston-based evangelist had left the Lakewood Church, the megachurch he founded in 1999. And the reason was a headline-grabbing shocker: He had developed a “lack of faith.”

It wasn’t yet clear who was behind the hoax, which even had impressive social-media chops, coming complete with a YouTube video and Twitter page, which was suspended later Monday afternoon.


Above is the fake YouTube video.

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