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    A Facebook prankster who maintained a parody page mocking evangelist Joel Osteen had some fun with followers of the mega-church head by impersonating Osteen on his own Facebook account and bragging about his wealth and how he fleeces true believers.

    According to the Houston Chronicle, Ben Palmer — whose Joel Oldsteen Ministries Facebook account was taken down following his hijinks — showed up in Osteen’s comments and engaged followers who thought they were hearing from the evangelist himself.

    Palmer’s trolling of Facebook commenters is reminiscent of Mike Melgaard who recently posed as the Target Help Desk and tweaked conservatives who were enraged when the retail chain stopped separating toys by gender.

    Using an Osteen avatar and despite using the “Oldsteen” variation in the name, Palmer answered questions and hawked Osteen merchandise while continually pointing out how rich he was.

    The responses by Palmer have since been deleted, but the Chronicle captured enough of them to show how Palmer parodied the evangelist who is as known for his self-merchandising as he is for talking about Jesus.

    In one exchange “Oldsteen” tagged onto a real Osteen post discussing “serving an eviction notice” to negative thoughts. Oldsteen added that he used the eviction analogy since most of his followers have been evicted from their homes at one time or another. He then stated: “Some of the items I have in my house are more expensive than your house. I have a tooth brush holder that could pay a year of your rent. How does that make you feel? Are you jealous?”

    Facing criticism from “Linda” over not giving back to the poor, Oldsteen said the poor would “be fine” if they bought his book “The Power of ‘I Am,'” after which he said they could complete the title with “Out 16 dollars.”

    Alerted to the impostor, Osteen — or his Facebook administrator — deleted the offending posts and told readers to report the account to Facebook.

    A sampling of Oldsteen Facebook posts below courtesy of the Chronicle:

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    • #3
      In none of those impostor posts does he display knowledge of the Bible. Very convincing.
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      • #4
        This made me smile, thanks. If it wasn't so blatant about the imposter flaunting Osteen's money, I would have had a hard time telling them apart. I do think that most prosperity churches are like that. It was disturbing how on point the parody was about how business like these pastor's mindsets are. I'm okay with taking care of church business and want it to prosper so you can do amazing things like build schools in other countries and feed the poor but some of them are crazy. I don't remember who it was but there was a pastor who wanted his church to buy him a personal jet.
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        • #5
          I've never been a big fan of Joel Osteen anyway, so this imposter does make me smile. What he says is definitely true, and I think what he's doing is great, pointing out to the world what Osteen is really all about, and doing it in a truly hilarious way. I mean, people can get offended if they like, but TV shows like Saturday Night Live have been doing the same sort of thing for decades. SNL makes fun of someone and we all laugh, and then we all talk about it with our friends the next day. We don't get hysterical about it or try to ban the actor responsible. In fact, many of the people who have been represented by the SNL caricatures have been delighted with the fact. I see no reason that "Joel Oldsteen" should be banned for doing the same thing.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by cornelius View Post
            in none of those impostor posts does he display knowledge of the bible. Very convincing.
            lol
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            • #7
              I think anything like this is bound to put a smile on peoples faces, and while it's just a bit of fun, it does kind of point out the serious side and try and show people that these people aren't always what or who they seem.
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              • #8
                All Joel preaches is the prosperity gospel and feel good messages. Messages that tickles the ears.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cornelius View Post
                  In none of those impostor posts does he display knowledge of the Bible. Very convincing.
                  haha, this made me LOL for real.

                  My quote was going to be ´someone imitating Joel Osteen imitating a pastor´..

                  The funny thing is that these type of impersonations are so spot on , that many people who really see ´prosperity churches´ for what they are, have a hard time seeing the difference. In my opinion, what this impersonator said was really not that different than what Joel Osteen actually says.

                  And actually this wasn´t hacking, the person was just able to guess Joel´s password which was ´showmethemoney´
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Shellales View Post
                    All Joel preaches is the prosperity gospel and feel good messages. Messages that tickles the ears.
                    Indeed, and the Prosperity Gospel in itself presents a contrary message to the true Gospel:

                    1 Timothy 6:

                    6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and[c] we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
                    Also, I read that Osteen is not even an "ordained" pastor.

                    God bless,
                    William
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