On Monday, a website posing as Osteen’s official webpage unveiled a ” special announcement,” claiming the pastor of the Lakewood Church in Texas was leaving the Christian faith and bashed the Bible for being a “fallible, flawed, highly inconsistent history book.”
In a statement released on his fake official website he said he has been questioning the faith for a long time.
I believe now that the Bible is a fallible, flawed, highly inconsistent history book that has been altered hundreds of times. There is zero evidence the Bible is the holy word of God. In fact, there is zero evidence “God” even exists. I believe I am more like God than the God of the Bible, a fictional character.
I was even fooled those damn internet hoaxer’s
Osteen spoke with ABC News overnight and said he found the entire hoax mildly amusing.
“You know, I’m really not angry. I don’t feel like a victim,” Osteen said. “I feel too blessed, that life is too short to let things like this get you down.”
The fake website also rolled out a video complete with a screen grab of CNN’s website with the headline. “Pastor of mega church resigns, rejects Christ.” A Drudge headline proclaimed, “Osteen: I am no longer a Christian.”
The bogus site featured a letter title “I am leaving the Christian faith.”
While the leader of the 45,000 member church is adopting a forgiving attitude, he did not rule out taking some sort of legal action.
The website’s domain was registered to a group called BMG Enterprises in Milwaukee and it went live on April Fools’ Day. BMG did not return ABC News’ request for comment.