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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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Robert March 11 2014 at 6:13 PM

God only knows....

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Bobby Robert March 11 2014 at 6:19 PM

I pray that God is finding a better use for it

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onlitradehh March 11 2014 at 6:16 PM

no big deal, the money was originally lost after the donation was made

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lopaa March 11 2014 at 5:23 PM

WOW!!! I love Joel..No wonder he is always so happy..I would be happy with $1000.00.
And it's insured! God really loves him.

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david March 11 2014 at 5:33 PM

I was in the wrong business, 600,00 a weekend ??wow

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bedbugtoo March 11 2014 at 6:16 PM

What do you think the $600,000 is used for?????? Hmmmm! Most churches are broke or just about. That is why you see all the hangerson on television. Praising the lord and can't sing!

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darlaalder March 11 2014 at 5:33 PM

Money is the root of all evil and with all the strife that goes on in churches that's why I stopped going . Besides where does it say if you want to pray it's going to cost you or even to have to buy a bible !! (Didn't know God was for sale)

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freeeeebee March 11 2014 at 5:53 PM

no doubt this church guided the contractors for that 600K stairwell in the prison where they belong.

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Pete March 11 2014 at 5:55 PM

Or maybe God decided he didn't want him to be so wealthy. What a huckster.

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vinceraneri March 11 2014 at 6:13 PM

Allow it to come out in the wash (no pun intended)

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sadiemae1214 March 11 2014 at 5:55 PM

If you don't listen to the preaching, it's not bad. Joel Osteen should be a motivational speaker, not a preacher.

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danieltx6129 sadiemae1214 March 11 2014 at 6:01 PM

no he is a motivational preacher I've been to his church a few times and not once does he mention hell or the reasons why you should do what the bible tells you. he makes people feel like whatever they are doing is ok so yeah that's why I stopped going a long time ago

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rude sadiemae1214 March 11 2014 at 6:03 PM

He's motivating you to part with your money, whether it's to buy his books or not.

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