Joel Osteen's Houston Megachurch Blasted For Closing As Thousands Are Displaced

Joel Osteen's Houston Megachurch Blasted For Closing As Thousands Are Displaced
Joel Osteen's Houston Megachurch Blasted For Closing As Thousands Are Displaced  

Hurricane Harvey has dumped over 30 inches of rain throughout parts of Southeast Texas since it made landfall on Friday evening. The storm and ensuing flooding have left at least 300,000 people without power and roughly 30,000 displaced to temporary shelters.

Thousands of people were still awaiting rescue as of Monday morning.

Dozens of Houston-area churches, schools and community centers opened their doors to offer temporary shelter to survivors, while other local houses of worship organized volunteer teams to help with relief efforts.

One church, however, drew criticism online for remaining shut. Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church, a 16,800-seat indoor arena, announced on Facebook that it was "inaccessible due to severe flooding."

The post included a long list of resources for those impacted by the storm, including the street addresses for nine temporary shelters in Houston and surrounding counties.

Osteen also posted prayers on social media over the weekend for those affected by the disaster.

Osteen and his wife live in a $10.5 million mansion in the upscale River Oaks neighborhood in central Houston. The neighborhood was hit with intense flooding over the weekend, with rescue teams coming to evacuate residents and their dogs. The preacher did not say whether his home was impacted.

Lakewood Church has previously helped with relief efforts in the city, most recently hosting a benefit concert in 2016 after heavy flooding. In 2001, the church sheltered roughly 5,000 Texans displaced by a tropical storm.

But the church's response to Harvey drew harsh criticism on social media, with hundreds of users saying Osteen owes the city more than his prayers.

Osteen and Lakewood Church did not immediately respond to requests for comment or say what other relief efforts they would be offering.

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  • William Moore
    (2017-08-29 09:08:47Z)

    He must be a liberal. Notice the likes of Hillary and Bill Clinton, with their 'clinton foundation' and the likes of dianne feinstein and nancy pelosi haven't given woe damned dime to help these people. probably because they are 'nothings' that can't advance their cause or vote for them. Pure disgusting and thieving hypocrites, each and all of them!

  • roy
    (2017-08-29 18:34:19Z)

    osteen must forgot his bible which does say a rich man chances of going to heaven is the sane as a camel going thru the eye of a needle. I think he loves money more than jesus


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