Osteen ripped on social media for not opening megachurch to flooding victims

by Lawrence Cooper August 30, 2017, 4:22
Osteen ripped on social media for not opening megachurch to flooding victims

Televangelist Joel Osteen is speaking out after he was accused of shutting down his Houston-based megachurch, Lakewood Church, instead of opening its doors to those displaced by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

As previously reported, Osteen had come under fire on social media for allowing his huge worship facility, the former home of the Houston Rockets, to remain empty as thousands of displaced citizens are being forced into shelters that have already reached capacity.

The church posted on Facebook Sunday that it was inaccessible due to the severe flooding.

"We have never closed our doors", he said in a statement quoted by ABC and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Speaking to The New York Post, Iloff continues to imply that the poor and unwashed would be better off relying on government assistance, saying the George R. Brown Convention Center "has everything inside there".

Also, Lakewood Church wrote, "Lakewood is receiving people who need shelter".

The church's reaction was met with fury on social media, with people accusing Osteen of failing his duty as a Christian to care for the most vulnerable in society.

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"We want to help make sure you are safe", a spokesperson for the megachurch, which can hold more than 16,000 people, wrote.

The criticism comes after Osteen called for prayers for everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey on Twitter, and angryusers flooded his response. It's unclear if the church was damaged in the storm.

- Jimmy (@JBrookzFilms) August 29, 2017 Lakewood is a collection site for distributing supplies to area shelters but can't take in flood victims?

In the wake of this natural disaster dozens of Houston-area churches, schools and community centers have opened their doors to offer temporary shelter to survivors. "We are also receiving supplies such as baby food, baby formula and other shelter needs", Lakewood Church tweeted on August 29.

"We know the need is great", Lakewood Church said in a statement. What better combination than a man who has dedicated his life to doing the work laid forth by his god, and an obvious shelter for so many in need? The post raised eyebrows, especially after photos surfaced showing the outside of the church unaffected by the rising flood waters.


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