Prosperity preacher and millionaire, Joel Osteen, the famed pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, is facing massive criticism on social media for shutting the doors to his massive Lakewood Church in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, even though it can hold up to 17,000 people
In a post on Twitter Saturday, Osteen said he was praying for those affected by the storm, which has dumped 20 to 40 inches of rain on the Houston area alone, with more on the way.
Osteen, the $50-million preacher, who lives in a $10 million home, posted a notice on his website that the church would be shut over the weekend — and it remained closed Monday.
The preacher said he was unable to offer his venue as a temporary shelter because the highway in front was flooded.
But Twitter user Charles Clymer posted a picture of the roadway leading up to the church — which used to be the home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets — that showed all was high and dry Monday morning.
“Front of @JoelOsteen’s huge Lakewood Church in Houston at 11 am. Closed due to “flooding.” Person who took it asked to be anonymous,” Clymer said. Then the church advertised how people could help victims but still didn’t open its doors to victims for shelter.
Joel Osteen came under so much criticism on social media that he changed his mind.
“A source at Lakewood Church just told me they’re planning to open their doors to Houston’s homeless and displaced. Finally,” Clymer tweeted at 8:40 p.m.
He then posted a picture of blow-up air beds and said the church was preparing to open its doors.
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