Show Him The Money: Joel Osteen is not cancelling his megachurch services this weekend despite concerns over the coronavirus crisis.
Joel Osteen’s megachurch services will power through the coronavirus crisis — which has officially been classified a pandemic — meaning close to 50,000 people will gather to worship with him this weekend.
Sources close to Osteen and his Lakewood Church in Houston tell TMZ … its 3 scheduled upcoming services — one Saturday night and 2 Sunday — are still on, with expected crowds of 16,000 at each service.
Osteen’s plan to continue his megachurch services despite the threat of coronavirus is irresponsible, and hopefully the church will reverse its decision. However Osteen is not the only leading religious figure to minimize or deny the coronavirus threat.
Indeed, many religious institutions are failing to respond well to the coronavirus crisis. For example, in a disastrous public health move, the Greek Orthodox Church has issued an official statement declaring that the coronavirus is not transmitted via communion.
And, as should be expected, some conservative Christians are blaming the gays for the coronavirus. For example, conservative Christian Pastor Steven Andrew, pastor of the USA Christian Church, claims that the coronavirus is punishment for “LGBT sin.”
As for Osteen, the following is a sample of social media reactions to the news that Osteen is not cancelling his megachurch services this weekend despite concerns over the coronavirus crisis:
— HoustonFBpodHost (@IamYoungarigold) March 11, 2020
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) March 11, 2020
I’ll say em.
Osteen is a bitch ass con man who is willing to put people’s lives at risk to squeeze them for a penny more
— Fro (@Frobeus_NS) March 11, 2020
If we’ve learned anything about Joel Osteen, he ain’t passing up on any money. https://t.co/4Wa9WhAkih
— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) March 11, 2020
About Osteen, previously Progressive Secular Humanist reported:
Joel Osteen is a wildly popular televangelist, and the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church located in Houston, Texas. Osteen’s church is the largest Protestant church in the U.S., and his ministry is seen by over 7 million broadcast media viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 nations around the world.
The prosperity gospel, or prosperity theology, is a popular Christian doctrine that promotes the idea that financial donations to Christian ministries will always increase the faithful’s material wealth.
Last March over $600,000 in cash and check donations were stolen from Osteen’s Lakewood Church. All of the money was from one weekend’s donations.
$600,000 in one weekend? No wonder Osteen is eager to keep the church open, and the money rolling in.
Bottom line: Joel Osteen is not cancelling his megachurch services this weekend despite concerns over the coronavirus crisis.