Steven Furtick Signing $110 Million Contract To Preach At Lakewood Church With Joel Osteen Is Satire

By Shawn Rice

Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick signing a six-year contract worth $100 million to preach at Lakewood Church alongside Joel Osteen is Christian satire. There is no truth to a report that Furtick is joining Osteen. Rather, Furtick himself took to Twitter to dispel a satire site’s claim about him. So, where did this satirical article originate?

The Christian satire web site Babylon Bee published the article on July 28, 2017, reporting that Furtnick made a professional athletics-style deal to move to Lakewood Church.

CHARLOTTE, NC—In a stunning move that is making waves throughout evangelicalism, Pastor Steven Furtick has announced he has come to an agreement with Lakewood Church to preach alongside Joel Osteen, forming the core of a “superstar preaching team.”

The contract is worth $110 million over the next six years, Lakewood confirmed, making it the largest the preaching world has ever seen.

Donning a Lakewood Church hat and suit, an emotional Furtick broke the news in a two-hour televised special on TBN Thursday night, dubbed “The Decision.”

“I’m going to take my talents to Houston and join Joel’s legendary squad,” Furtick said as hundreds of cameras flashed around Elevation Church’s press conference room. “I wish Elevation the best of luck in the seasons to come, and hope they can find someone as ripped and godly as me.”

However, there is no truth to the above story. While the false claim gained traction on social media, Furtick was quick to publish a video to Twitter explaining the joke to his clergy.

CONSIDER THE SOURCE pic.twitter.com/Jtuv8QoX8u

— Steven Furtick (@stevenfurtick) July 30, 2017

Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.

We have no problems with people making money, but this story takes that to entirely new level. Do you feel a… https://t.co/XLQeYO7paq

— The Rebel Agency (@rebelagencyga) July 31, 2017

Preachers signing contracts for multi-millions?
Steven Furtick Signs 6-Yr, $110 Million Contract W/Lakewood Churchhttps://t.co/KPVhS8QKGp

— SheTweetsTruth (@MsKTweetsTruth) July 31, 2017

Part of gods plan for him, amen https://t.co/is8k4Juio8

— Herschel Sarnoff (@t341) July 31, 2017

Church sources tells me Steven furtick signs 6-year 110 million he will provide upside at his positions. https://t.co/ueJhyZbTSZ

— ⚡️Jawan (@Eletricfied_Zeu) July 31, 2017

SMH-Pastor Steven Furtick Signs 6-Year, $110 Million Contract To Preach At Texas Church https://t.co/OKKdB42FCU via @DailySnark

— Mustafa Santiago Ali (@EJinAction) July 30, 2017

Somebody hand me a bible I’m becoming a preacher lol https://t.co/oEGoqc8vm8

— Shout Out World (@shoutoutworld1) July 29, 2017

Steven furtick just signed $110 million dollar contract that’s the biggest joke I’ve ever heard in my life

— BrianHritsko (@BrianHritsko) July 30, 2017

This is crazy !! Christ was humble and poor https://t.co/ff9pU6VkgO

— Cathy Weaver (@Roadqween) July 29, 2017

The Babylon Bee is a satire site whose humor is intended for Christian readers. The Babylon Bee has a footer that clearly states its satirical intentions.

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