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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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F R E I D A March 12 2014 at 1:55 PM

That is so sad that happen in his church. It lets us know that the devilsi so busy and even in the church. God still blesses us.

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daniel F R E I D A March 16 2014 at 3:29 PM

I agree the devil is very busy in that church.

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Beautiful March 12 2014 at 11:58 AM

At least the money went to someone that obviously needed it.

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bob08nv39 March 12 2014 at 10:49 AM

WHAT A FAKE

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no7mk1 March 12 2014 at 10:46 AM

..the best snake oil medicine show in town.....

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pllove49 March 12 2014 at 10:42 AM

And how many people in TX...US ...and whole world really need money....

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kennyb4570 March 12 2014 at 10:42 AM

He is supposed to help the needy, I guess someone needed it !

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broberts6205 March 12 2014 at 10:58 AM

Is the records public? Can any of the members see where this money goes.? This seems to be a lot of money for any church. God wants us to be humble, not boastful. God gives and God taketh away. we need to pray for this congregation.

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doris198 March 12 2014 at 10:53 AM

Perfect example ... Jesus gave freely --- He was against collecting money, even turned the tables over in the temple when he saw them doing so. He wasn't passing out money he was busy preaching to people where ever he could find them freely. Many doing the same today without being paid a dime.

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rhill65 March 12 2014 at 10:54 AM

This is not a problem because when your congregation is 200 GOD whispers to you, when its 43,000, GOD SCREAMS, ergo the money will be easily replaced.

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ramzproud March 12 2014 at 11:05 AM

I am a regular viewer of Joel Osteen's Ministry on television every Sunday morning and I am shocked that the 'Devil' was able to enter Lakewood and steal from the Church. I pray that law enforcement is able to solve this case quickly and that the 'Devil' is punished to the fullest extent of the law. Although the Bible encourages us to "Forgive those that trespass against us", the missing funds are important to the continuation of Joel's Ministry, which is an important part of my life and gives me hope and inspiration and to "Forgive" this 'Devil' for compromising this important part of my and millions of peoples lives, will be difficult. I'm glad to hear there was insurance.

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geewiz55555 ramzproud March 12 2014 at 11:09 AM

Foregiveness is one thing, being held accountable for your actions is another.

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mkdm0 geewiz55555 March 12 2014 at 11:22 AM

Thank you, absolutely right

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