Joel Osteen's Church accused of closing doors to Hurricane Harvey Flood victims

Is Joel Osteen's Megachurch Too Flooded to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims?

Joel Osteen, the pastor of a Houston-area "megachurch", will take people in after it received criticism for allegedly shutting its doors amid Hurricane Harvey.

Emily Timbol, an author who has written critically about homophobic views among conservative Christians, tweeted: "It doesn't make sense why you're not opening up your mega church to house Houston citizens, help me understand that".

It has been reported on Twitter by people living in the Houston area that Joel Osteen has closed Lakewood Church due to flooding. But many Houstonians took to Twitter to post pictures of the Church from outside, while others questioned Osteen's decision to keep the church doors closed and not use his vast network to actively organise relief efforts. Taking in a crowd of storm refugees over the weekend would've been unsafe, though Iloff maintained that the church's doors have always been open.

He has also authored numerous books and his broadcasts from the Lakewood Church in Houston each Sunday reaching more than 100 million homes in the United States and millions more in 100 countries around the world.

The televangelist pastor has a massive congregation - so much so that his "Lakewood Church" in Houston is a 16,800-seat arena that was once the Compaq Center. Notable, Lakewood Church was not among the listing of shelters. Speaking to The New York Post, Iloff continues to imply that the poor and unwashed would be better off relying on government assistance, saying the George R. Brown Convention Center "has everything inside there". It was clear from the photos that the church remained unscathed by flooding.

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CNN published photos of Lakewood Church, located at Norfolk and Edloe streets in Houston and formerly host to the NBA's Houston Rockets, showing standing water inside the building.

August 29, 2017Houston's @indivisible_usa is acquainted with @JoelOsteen's Lakewood Church. Thousands have been rescued since Harvey made its landfall on Friday, many are still waiting to picked up.

The storm and ensuing flooding have left at least 300,000 people without power and roughly 30,000 displaced to temporary shelters.

Gray's comment read: 'For the people spreading lies about my church.

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