Joel Osteen Closes Church After Hurricane, Tells Members To Pray

Joel Osteen Closes Church After Hurricane, Tells Members To Pray August 28, 2017

Social media erupts after televangelist Joel Osteen closes his Houston megachurch after Hurricane Harvey hits.

Osteen’s megachurch, Lakewood Church, is a spacious 16,800-seat arena located near downtown Houston. However, the megachurch was closed during and immediately after Hurricane Harvey, leaving many perplexed as to why the church was not reaching out to help shelter those in need during the crisis.

A statement on the Lakewood Church website reads:

Due to the weather impact of Hurricane Harvey and concern for the safety of our members, all Lakewood Church worship services for this weekend, Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th have been cancelled.

While the church is closed to those who might need shelter from the storm, Osteen, who leads Lakewood Church in Houston with his wife Victoria, did manage to tweet out a prayer to the victims:

Victoria & I are praying for everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please join us as we pray for the safety of our Texas friends & family.

However, many used Twitter to express their displeasure with Osteen’s lackluster response to the natural disaster that is devastating his community:

Bottom line: When the going gets tough, prosperity gospel televangelist Joel Osteen closes his doors and disappears. But don’t worry, after the water recedes and some sense of normalcy returns, Osteen will be back, and he will once again be asking the faithful to send him money.  

(Readers can find ways to help the survivors of Hurricane Harvey here.)

Update: Joel Osteen Will Open Megachurch to Hurricane Refugees After Public Shaming 

 

Joel Osteen Closes Church After Hurricane, Tells Members To Pray (Image via Twitter)
Joel Osteen Closes Church After Hurricane, Tells Members To Pray (Image via Twitter)

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