JOEL OSTEEN THE VICTIM OF AN ELABORATE HOAX!

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Someone set up an elaborate hoax that left Lakewood Church’s Joel Osteen reassuring members of his flock he is not going anywhere.

If you didn’t watch FOX 26 News Monday here’s what you missed.

Some prankster set up a fake CNN article along with a bogus Drudge Report and social media accounts saying Joel Osteen has quite the church.

According to the fake sites Osteen renounced his Christianity.

One YouTube account even posted a video that indicated the prominent religious pastor left his mega-church because he lost his faith.

Osteen says he felt like it may have been an April fool’s joke but he feels no ill will towards the prankster.

So, if you think Mr. Osteen has left Lakewood – then you’re absolutely wrong!