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You know, I’m really not angry. I don’t feel like a victim,” Osteen told ABC News Monday night, saying that he found the hoax mildly amusing. “I feel too blessed, that life is too short to let things like this get you down.”

On Monday, a “special announcement” on a website pretending to represent Osteen claimed that the popular minister said, “I have one, simple response: I have come to realize my followers have begun to deify me and listen to me, and not God. This, among other reasons, led me down a path of awakening.”

The website also features a full statement from Osteen who supposedly describes how and why he is quitting the church: “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.”. You can read  more about the hoax in In The Light For April 8,2013: Deacon Sentenced To Life For Sex Crimes, Janet J. Muslim & Joel Osteen Hoax

“You can’t stop everything from happening, but you can choose to say, ‘God, it’s in your hands.’ I’m going to move forward. I’m going stay full of joy and I’m going enjoy this day,

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