Megachurch pastor and multimillion dollar author Joel Osteen recently reported a theft from his congregation’s safe. The amount? Just over $600,000. Now that’s a lot by any standards, but Osteen’s own admission about what the big bucks were from has raised some serious concern for those who do the math…
The heist wasn’t targeting some secret vault where the church stores money in the event of the an apocalyptic bank fallout. Instead, this was essentially the day safe, that held money until it could be deposited the following Monday, when their bank opened.
That’s right… this was how much they had collected IN ONE DAY.
On March 18 Osteen’s Lakewood Church took in a mere $600,000 – far less than some weeks – adding up to an estimated $32 million a year, when the $600,000 for Olsteen’s weekend donation collection is multiplied by 52 weeks in a year. Since some weekends, like Easter and Christmas, the donations are much higher, this is a very conservative estimate.
Osteen’s own church released an official statement at the time of the theft last week admitting to it all, without realizing it…
“It is important to note this was not an electronic data breach, but was instead limited to donations made in the services on March 8 and 9, 2014. You were not affected if you put your offering in a drop box, you gave online or through other electronic means, or you made a bookstore purchase.”
Add the stolen $600,000 (times 52 weeks) with what Osteen’s church brings in from “other electronic means” and from the “online,” donations, the real figure they rake in is likely double the $32,000,000 annual figure.
Osteen has several best selling books, television revenue as well as world tours. Now that’s all fine and dandy, were it not for the fact that he is claiming to represent a faith based on teachings such as:
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24)
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:23-24)
Oh well… consistency is really overrated when it comes to profits fit for a casino, right?
(Article by M.B. David)