Joel Olsteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Tx has been the center of ridicule since Hurricane Harvey touched down on the 3rd Coast on Monday. In an interview on TODAY Wednesday, Houston pastor Joel Osteen disputed that his megachurch turned away evacuees from Hurricane Harvey and countered a wave of criticism by saying city officials initially didn’t ask him to use it as a shelter. (see link above)
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TMZ reports, On Monday, Lakewood officials said the church was closed due to severe flooding — but fact is there was no outside evidence of that. Plus, witnesses tell us church staffers and security were on the grounds Monday. Olsteen tells TODAY, “(The city) didn’t need us as shelter then,” Osteen said. “If we needed to be a shelter, we certainly would’ve been a shelter right when they first asked. Once they filled up, they never dreamed that we’d have this many displaced people, (and) they asked us to become a shelter. I think this notion that somehow we would turn people away or we weren’t here for the city is about as false as can be.”
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Notice Olsteen contends that if the city needed The Lakewood Church to be a shelter the doors would’ve been open but how when The Lakewood Church officials say the church was closed due to severe flooding. The Lakewood Church finally opens its doors on Tuesday after a disastrous weekend. Social Media has given Joel Olsteen and Lakewood Church more than “15 mins of fame” with a huge backlash for locking the doors of the “MEGACHURCH”.
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