Joel Osteen Denies His Church Closed to Harvey Relief

Kristopher Drake
August 30, 2017

Osteen's megachurch, Lakewood Church, is located near downtown Houston, and would make an ideal refugee center from those trying to escape the flooding.

- Reaffirms support and commitment to community.

Houston pastor Joel Osteen said he never kept his Houston-area megachuch closed after users on social media criticized him for not helping storm victims.

Through a series of Twitter posts, Pastor Osteen has debunked these claims and extended his support to the victims. The additional room would be more than welcomed from Osteen's facility and good news finally came this morning, courtesy of CNN: Lakewood Church will be opening its doors to Hurricane Harvey survivors as of noon today (August 29th). We love you and continue to pray for all of Houston and Texas.

On Sunday, Lakewood Church posted on Facebook that it was "inaccessible due to severe flooding" and directed displaced residents to shelters in the city. The "church" is housed in an arena with 16,800-seat capacity in downtown Houston. We will continue to be a distribution center for those in need. The church also said that "it had launched a fundraising campaign for victims of the hurricane and was acting as a collection site for supplies for shelters in Houston", as reported by Newsweek.

Let me say this again so that people in the back can hear it: If you live blocks away from the church and your home has been flooded, you cannot stay at the church.

The church is also working with Samaritan's Purse, an organization operated by evangelist Franklin Graham, on its relief efforts.

Osteen, the senior pastor of Lakewood Church, issued a statement saying the accusations were false and that his church is more than prepared to be a place of shelter for Harvey evacuees.

The church itself sent photos to ABC showing what it said was flooding in and around its complex. It was clear from the photos that the church remained unscathed by flooding.

Lakewood is a nondenominational church that hosts about 52,000 attendees weekly and is one of the largest congregations in the U.S.

He later added, "Our hearts break as we see the damage and destruction in our city".

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