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Hurricane Harvey | Pastor Joel Osteen’s Un-Christian Behavior

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‘Looks like you can f***ing open up your church’: Furious Texans post videos claiming multimillionaire pastor Joel Osteen’s megachurch WASN’T flooded as he FINALLY opens its doors to refugees

By James Wilkinson and Michelle Ganney | 29 Aug 2017

On Monday, Osteen had said in a Facebook post that the church was ‘inaccessible’ due to flooding.

But now video and photos are emerging that suggest the building had not been inundated with water yesterday, and could have taken in several hundred people.

In one video, posted on Monday night but filmed during daylight, a man is seen walking around the church, noting just a few puddles here and there.

‘Looks like you can f**king open up your church right now, Joel,’ he says. ‘Why don’t you go ahead and do it? Because you know what’s happening across the freeway?

‘People are dying.’

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‘Our number one priority is safety’: Multimillionaire preacher Joel Osteen DEFENDS not opening megachurch to evacuees earlier and claims it was too dangerous

By Jenny Stanton and James Wilkinson | 30 Aug 2017

On Monday, Osteen had said in a Facebook post that the church was ‘inaccessible’ due to flooding.

And in a since deleted Instagram post Sunday by Lakewood associate pastor John Gray, he said: ‘For the people spreading lies about my church. If WE could get there WE WOULD OPEN THE DOORS.

‘As soon as the highways aren’t flooded please know @lakewoodchurch will do all they can alleviate the pain and suffering of as many people as possible. Love y’all! #CantStandLiars.’

Three people who showed up at the church on Sunday spent the night there before being taken to a city shelter.

After claims were made that the church was inaccessible, video and photos emerged that suggest the building had not been inundated with water Monday, and could have taken in several hundred people.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4835348/Joel-Osteen-defends-not-opening-doors-church-earlier.html

 

‘We were just being precautious’: Smiling Pastor Joel Osteen DEFENDS his decision not to shelter desperate Houston evacuees in his 17,000-seater megachurch sooner, citing ‘safety issues’

By Ashley Collman | 30 Aug 2017

Pastor Joel Osteen doubled down on his defense for not opening his Houston church to flood evacuees sooner.

Osteen was widely criticized when he tweeted on Monday that his church was ‘inaccessible’ and wasn’t being used as a shelter, despite pictures showing it was mostly unharmed in the storm.

In an interview with the Today show Wednesday morning, Osteen said that his church has worked with the city in the past, but that the city didn’t reach out to use them as a shelter before Hurricane Harvey hit.

Harvey made landfall on Friday, and left thousands displaced. But Lakewood Church wasn’t opened up until Tuesday, because of safety concerns, Osteen said.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4836498/Joel-Osteen-defends-decision-not-open-Houston-church.html

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