Joel Osteen slammed for closing church amid Harvey disaster
It’s simpler to move by way of the attention of a needle than it’s to get inside Joel Osteen’s megachurch in Houston for shelter from Hurricane Harvey.
The $50-million preacher, who lives in a $10 million residence, shut the doorways to his large Lakewood Church within the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey — although it may possibly maintain as much as 17,000 folks.
Osteen posted a discover on his web site that the church could be shut over the weekend — and it remained closed Monday.
The preacher stated he was unable to supply his venue as a brief shelter as a result of the freeway in entrance was flooded.
However Twitter consumer Charles Clymer posted an image of the roadway main as much as the church — which was the house of the NBA’s Houston Rockets — that confirmed all was excessive and dry Monday morning.
“Entrance of @JoelOsteen’s big Lakewood Church in Houston at 11 am. Closed as a consequence of “flooding.” One who took it requested to be nameless,” Clymer stated.
After a vicious response on-line, it appeared Osteen’s Christian spirit was born once more.
“A supply at Lakewood Church simply advised me they’re planning to open their doorways to Houston’s homeless and displaced. Lastly,” Clymer tweeted at eight:40 p.m.
He then posted an image of blow-up air beds and stated the church was getting ready to open its doorways.
Osteen had initially shut down the venue and posted a discover on his web site asking his followers to donate or volunteer.
“Our hearts break as we see the harm and destruction in our metropolis. Please be part of us in serving to Houston get well,” Osteen tweeted, with a hyperlink to his web site.
His preliminary refusal to throw open his doorways drew immediate criticism on social media.
“#Houston’s Joel Osteen has a internet value over $50m and a church that holds 16,800 however that is all he is providing,” tweeted Mark Elliott, with a hyperlink to an image of the preacher’s packed Lakewood Church.