Joel Osteen Speaks On Lakewood Church Controversy
Joel Osteen has a perfectly good explanation for what went down at his Lakewood megachurch in Houston. After the Pastor was destroyed to Deuteronomy for not opening his doors soon enough to victims of Hurricane Harvey, he appeared on TODAY to defend his actions.
According to the church leader he never turned away evacuees from Hurricane Harvey and city officials initially didn’t ask him to use it as a shelter.
“(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.
He also noted that there was a shelter just 4 miles away that was being used and once it filled up, he was asked to open his church–which was actually never closed in the first place.
“Once they filled up, they never dreamed that we’d have this many displaced people, (and) they asked us to become a shelter,” said Osteen. “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.”
Our church doors have always been open,” Osteen said. “We took people in right when waters started to recede, which was a day or two after the storm hit.”
Osteen also stated that safety played a factor considering that the church’s lower level flooded back in 2001.
Do you believe him or do you think the Pastor shadily turn away refugees???