Joel Osteen, author of "Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps To Living At Your Full Potential," poses on September 1, 2004 in Laguna Beach, California in this handout photo. (Greg Schneider/VIA BLOOMBERG NEWS)

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It is a false rumor: Pastor Joel is not leaving the church. -JOM Team”

-Joel Osteen’s church tweets in response to online reports that he was leaving Christianity. The rumor was drummed up by “an elaborate hoax” which included a fake Web site and fabricated news reports indicating that the megachurch pastor had left Christianity. Those rumors were false.

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