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$600,000 stolen from Joel Osteen's megachurch
« on: March 15, 2014, 07:26:21 AM »
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(CNN) March 14th, 2014 - Talk about thieves in the temple.

Some $600,000 in cash and check donations were stolen this week from Lakewood Church in Houston, according to the city's police department.

Incredibly, all of the money was from one weekend's donations, the church says. For many American churches, $600,000 in tithes would be a good month or even year.

The church, which is pastored by bestselling author and preacher Joel Osteen, told congregants the stolen money came from contributions on March 8 and 9.

The theft occurred between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. About $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks were stolen from a church safe, said Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made, Silva said.

Lakewood Church also warned congregants to keep an eye on their credit and bank accounts, since some of the stolen goods include envelopes with credit card information on them. The church said there was no electronic data breach, though, and the stolen money is insured.

Officials at the evangelical church declined further comment.

According to Christian researchers, Lakewood is the largest church in the country, with some 43,500 members attending Sunday services. It meets in a former sports and entertainment arena just outside downtown Houston.

The church's popularity has been built on Osteen's relentlessly optimistic, and some say unbiblical, teachings, which often focus as much on self-help as eternal salvation.

"Part of my ... success is that I've stayed in my lane," Osteen told CNN in 2012, "and my lane is lifting people's spirits."

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Re: $600,000 stolen from Joel Osteen's megachurch
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2014, 07:27:34 PM »
That was just from the cash register in Line 5 in the lobby.

Grocery stores are jealous.

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Re: $600,000 stolen from Joel Osteen's megachurch
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2014, 08:12:13 PM »
I read somewhere that megachurches bring in $6-10 million yearly; what's a measly $600,000? Just one scammer scamming another scammer.

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Re: $600,000 stolen from Joel Osteen's megachurch
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2014, 08:23:56 PM »
Sounds like Joel is bringing in 30 million a year. Well, this year. Normally its a little more, but what with the robbery and all...

Hey, what's with this "insurance" thingy? If you've got God on your side, WTF do you need insurance for? A little writing on the wall at the culprits house should get the money back right quick, then a little smiting would end the threat. Problem over, and no pesky premiums.

Have they no faith?
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Re: $600,000 stolen from Joel Osteen's megachurch
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2014, 10:05:37 AM »
Sounds like Joel is bringing in 30 million a year. Well, this year. Normally its a little more, but what with the robbery and all...

Hey, what's with this "insurance" thingy? If you've got God on your side, WTF do you need insurance for? A little writing on the wall at the culprits house should get the money back right quick, then a little smiting would end the threat. Problem over, and no pesky premiums.

Have they no faith?

Yes they do have faith, in the gullible nature of their parishoners
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Re: $600,000 stolen from Joel Osteen's megachurch
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2014, 06:35:10 PM »
No doubt the stolen money is being put to better use - if even to pick up dog poop while the thief walks their dog.

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Re: $600,000 stolen from Joel Osteen's megachurch
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2014, 06:04:28 PM »
Sounds like Joel is bringing in 30 million a year. Well, this year. Normally its a little more, but what with the robbery and all...

Hey, what's with this "insurance" thingy? If you've got God on your side, WTF do you need insurance for? A little writing on the wall at the culprits house should get the money back right quick, then a little smiting would end the threat. Problem over, and no pesky premiums.

Have they no faith?

That's what jumped out to me--that and the large amount taken. Insurance? Really? What happened to everything being part of god's plan? (I am sure that is how they are spinning it.)

Why would god's money need to be insured against theft? What happened to the power of prayer? What happened to "god can do anything"?

Anything but protect his follower's donation dollars, I guess. For that you need a security company. Also, it was probably an inside job because who knew a)how to get into the safe and b)when the money would be there?

And they say atheists are cynical.... &)
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