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$600K stolen from Joel Osteen's Lakewood church in Houston


$600K Stolen From Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church In Houston
Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, was robbed of more than half a million dollars Sunday.

Authorities say $600,000 in cash, checks and credit card donations were discovered missing and presumed stolen sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.



KRIV reports all $600,000 in donations were collected during church services Saturday and Sunday and then placed in a safe. But online donations are safe - the theft did not include any online data breaches.

According to Lakewood Church, the money lost in the theft is insured but the bigger problem might come from churchgoers who donated with their credit card information.

According to KHOU, 'There is an insurance policy on its collections so they are not expected to lose money. However, you can if your identity was stolen.'

Lakewood released a statement Monday after the theft, which said in part: 'We were heartbroken to learn today that funds were stolen. If you made a contribution ... we would encourage you to pay close attention to your accounts.'

According to Outreach Magazine, Lakewood is the largest church in America with an average weekly attendance of more than 43,000 members.

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pudge March 11 2014 at 8:20 PM

$600,000 given to a church on one weekend. What do they do with all that money??

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marcsmpsn pudge March 11 2014 at 8:22 PM

Live very well....

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larryeart pudge March 11 2014 at 8:26 PM

Too bad they get to call it a "church"..It's really just a business of public speaking-like Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker. Osteen doesn't even read/know/understand the Bible and it a FALSE/dishonest carney who calls himeself a "Chrisitan-pastor". The dishonest thug does not know the Bible-but misleads/fleeces the flock. That is called "anti-Christ" by real believers.

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quincy_maxwell March 11 2014 at 8:34 PM

I hate to say this...but ...............good. These mega churches are all about money. They save or help no one. How soon we forget the Jim Baker and Tammy Fay fiasco. Not to mention the countless others. I hope the money goes to those who really need it and not a dime to some rich guy like this hate filled so-called Christian.

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bagthepi March 11 2014 at 6:49 PM

If that is his typical Sunday collection, I'd love to see the accounting for all that money given that his ministry probably is a 503(c)3 non-profit which pays no taxes.

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peckandelliot bagthepi March 11 2014 at 7:06 PM

Do you really have any doubt as to their tax status?

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djs7500 March 12 2014 at 2:25 AM

In a safe no less. Sounds like an inside job of that Holy Spirit. God always seems to be broke and the Heilege Geist persona seems a likely culprit.

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RV CENTER March 12 2014 at 9:36 AM

INSIDE JOB!!!

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Fred March 12 2014 at 9:46 AM

1/2 million in 2 days, what fairh.

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wana43 Fred March 12 2014 at 10:01 AM

yesth a fairth. Fred, leth take him out and thstring him up.

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smart8001 March 11 2014 at 8:37 PM

lambs to the slaughter!

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PASTALIDUS March 11 2014 at 6:41 PM

I left a $10,000 donation in cash, and my wife also left $15,000 in cash. Can we still dedu7ct it on our 2014 income tax??????????

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rperez8129 PASTALIDUS March 11 2014 at 6:47 PM

Are you serious or just joking?

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holtjackl March 11 2014 at 6:41 PM

He claims to believe Christ is Lord, and claims to believe His word. But when Jesus Christ the Lord says, " I" meaning " I, and I only, am the way, the truth, the life, (John 14:6) Osteen refuses to believe the Lord's plain words. He is an unbeliever. When Larry King asked him if he believed Jesus is the only way to heaven, Osteen refused to say. He wouldn't confess Christ, but denied Him as Lord by refusing to believe His words and say, "Yes He is the only Savior." Jesus says He is, Osteen says He isn't. God asks, "Is there any other Savior besides Me"? Osteen, "Oh yes!"
And people give this man who will not confess Jesus as the only Lord and Savior their money.
They are joining with him in denying the claims of Jesus Christ our Lord! Jesus said," If you deny
me before men, I will deny you before My Father" (Matt. 10:32).

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Charles F Oliver holtjackl March 11 2014 at 6:49 PM

This is a great statement There is only one God and Savior

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hurhas March 12 2014 at 2:32 AM

Osteen probably took it himself. Since it's insured he gets it twice!

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