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Joel Osteen: 'We never turned away' Hurricane Harvey flooding victims

31 August 2017

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the ongoing flooding in Houston, Texas, Joel Osteen has officially opened his megachurch as a refuge for the thousands who are now homeless.

Dozens of Houston-area churches, mosques, schools and community centers opened their doors to offer temporary shelter to survivors as Hurricane Harvey pummeled the city earlier this week. Osteen finally caved to pressure on Tuesday, saying the Lakewood Church would open its doors, and he's been doing damage control on the church's reputation ever since.

"We have never closed our doors", Senior Pastor Joel Osteen said in a statement quoted by ABC.

"So there was a safety issue the first day or two", Osteen told Cuomo. But the main thing is that the city didn't ask us to become a shelter then. "That's what Lakewood is all about". The church disputed online criticism, stating "we are prepared to shelter people once the cities and county shelters reach capacity".

What the liberal propagandists at Indivisible USA didn't know was that Osteen had already asked his staff to stand by, and as soon as it was safe they opened the church.

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"Hypocrisies and conflicts in church, when they (inevitably) erupt, don't just drive people to other churches, as in the past, but sometimes take them out of Christianity altogether", Georgia pastor David Gushee wrote previous year. "But there was a time, Chris, that this place was flooded". I thought Christian conservatives were all about private charity, needy people turning to the church like they used to in the good old days.

"We're housing hundreds of people that have been displaced by the flooding".

"I don't pay much attention to it...life's too short to let that negative get in", Osteen responded before noting that he believes the criticism was orchestrated by people on social media who oppose evangelical Christians. "This is an obligation, a religious obligation to help others", M.J. Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, told Mic.

The church opened its doors Tuesday and has been serving primarily as a distribution center for supplies to help flooding victims. Everybody that's making a difference is going to have critics.

"Shame on Joel Osteen", one person tweeted. When it comes to future plans for recovery, Osteen said the church is in it for the long haul and would be helping the city rebuild for years to come.

Joel Osteen: 'We never turned away' Hurricane Harvey flooding victims