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Twitter Rises Up in Fury as ‘Pastor’ Joel Osteen’s Lifestyle Exposed While Also Keeping $4.4 Million in PPP Loans

Yesterday, news traveled fast that the Houston Mega-Church to which Joel Olsteen is the senior “pastor” got $4.4 million in forgivable PPP loans, which is an astonishing amount for a $90 million dollar a year enterprise. The craven money grab opened Olsteen’s ridiculously luxurious lifestyle to further research and exposure. We reported on the beginning of the wave yesterday. Our report contributed to the tsunami already building. This morning, Joel Osteen is trending on Twitter and people continue to look at his hypocritical lifestyle, the untaxable church, and income, versus Jesus’s actual teachings.

We have already reported on the fact that Olsteen’s church is hardly a church, more a business, and he uses that businessΒ  to hide many of his expenditures:

Joel says that all of his income comes from book sales, and he earns an average of $3.5 million every year from said book sales and other religious events/ventures.Β Since he’s a member of the Lakewood Church, Joel can technically receive a bunch of allowances and stipends for his travel and lodging. These funds are not taxable.

Theoretically, he can also have credit cards and other expense accounts through the church that he is not obligated to pay taxes on. The Lakewood Church is a huge money-making entity that has around a $90 million annual budget, so it’s crazy to think that they don’t have a top legal and accounting team making sure that everything is on the up and up, especially on paper.

Given the PPP loans going to a $90 million untaxable “company” that refused to open its doors to Houston’s poor and suffering during Hurricane Harvey, Olsteen’s eight-digit home, and Ferrari, the net lit on fire:

That’s the guy.

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Jason Miciak is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is originally from Canada but grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He now enjoys life as a single dad, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic that cannot add and loves dogs more than most people. He also likes studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology, and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.

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