A lone Minneapolis man behind the Internet hoax targeting televangelist Joel Osteen has been identified, along with his reason for perpetrating the ruse.
That man, Justin Tribble, says he is a “big fan” of Osteen, the pastor of the Lakewood Church in Texas, but calls the pastor’s message “too shallow.”
Tribble said of his elaborate scheme to send a message to Joel Osteen:
“There is no doubt about it, his sermons are a lot of self-help platitudes. I want a message to get through to this guy, turn down the clichés and get real.”
He decided to make his point in ethically questionable fashion: