• $600,000 Stolen From Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church This Weekend

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    Via: Christianity Today – Kate Tracy

    A total of $600,000 was stolen from Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church this weekend in Houston.

    According to a statement sent to church members, someone allegedly stole cash, checks, and credit card information from the church safe, the Houston Chronicle reported.

    Church leaders urged members who had given over the weekend to closely monitor their accounts for fraud.

    ALSO READ: Actress Kerry Washington Reveals What She Learned from Pastor Joel Osteen

    “The funds were fully insured, and we are working with our insurance company to restore the stolen funds to the church,” Lakewood’s statement read (full text below).

    CT’s previous reporting on Joel Osteen includes how the prosperity gospel is now surprisingly mainstream.

    CT’s previously reporting on theft includes the rash of church metal thefts, including how such theft decreased by 60 percent in the United Kingdom thanks to “voice of God” alarms. CT also reported how fraudbuster Barry Minkow was convicted of stealing $3 million from his own church, how Jesus’ name exposes Christians to identity theft, and how a departing diocese sued the Episcopal Church for identity protection.

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