Lakewood Church was built from the ground up by Joel Osteen. His father started the house of God on a small-scale and after his death Joel took the helm and transformed it into a mega-empire of sorts.
Joel Osteen and his wife have been managing the affairs of the church for quite awhile now. His sermons are heard by millions on a global level. But something very odd occurred over the weekend.
A lot of money was stolen from the coffers of the church. It included checks and cash donations. This is a very shameful deed and the police are looking high and low for the criminals responsible for the theft.
According to an email from Lakewood, the theft "is limited only to those funds contributed in the church services on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2014."
What kind of mind would steal from a church!? Some of the donations were in envelopes that had credit card info written on them. Thus the 40,000 members of the church have been contacted and warned to be super-careful regarding any suspicious usage of their credit cards by the thieves.
The theft did not include those funds that were transferred to the church electronically. The evangelical brand of Christianity preached by Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria Osteen holds up wealth as a basically good thing in life.
In short, it is a slightly controversial version that allows materialism some sway in religious matters. Osteen’s sermons are seen on television by so many each week. And his self help books on Christianity are read by many who want some sense and meaning in their lives.
No one has been arrested so far. The list of suspects is being made though and it won’t be long before the clues lead to the culprits. If the incident proves anything, it is that there are all sorts of people in the world today. Some would die to save you from any harm and then there are others who would take everything you have and not feel the least bit guilty about it.