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


    Joel Osteen’s getting blasted on social media for closing the doors to his 16,000+ seat Houston Megachurch to those seeking shelter while other churches and schools opened their doors. 

    Here’s a question; has anyone taken a boat ride the Southwest Freeway to see if the church is indeed flooded or is it easier to report from afar – PB/TK

    Joel Osteen’s Houston Megachurch Blasted For Closing As Thousands Are Displaced – By Antonia Blumberg (huffpost)/ Aug 28 2017

    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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