Joel Osteen Accused Of Refusing To Help Hurricane Harvey Flood Victims | TODAY


WHO IS AT LAKEWOOD CHURCH THIS MORNING.>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING, SAVANNAH. THE PASTOR’S FIRST PUBLIC RESPONSE, WAS TO ASK THE FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER IN PRAYER. BUT MANY SAID YOU CAN DO BETTER. THIS MORNING, JOEL OSTEEN’S LAKEWOOD CHURCH IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.>>THERE YOU GO, SUGAR. DO YOU NEED A TOWEL?>>Reporter: TAKING IN HARVEY EVACUEES AND TRUCK LOADS OF DONATIONS AFTER FACING A STORM OF CRITICISM. THE 16,000-SEAT MEGACHURCH, NOW OWNED BY THE CELEBRITY TELEVANGELIST, FOLLOWED BY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. WHEN HARVEY SLAMMED INTO TEXAS, PASTOR JOEL OFFERED PRAYERS, BUT LITTLE ELSE. AND SOCIAL MEDIA POUNCED. OPEN YOUR CHURCH AS A SHELTER, ONE PERSON WROTE. PROVIDE FOOD AND CLOTHING, PLEASE. A FELLOW PASTOR TWEETING, YOU HAVE A HUGE OBLIGATION TO SHOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST AT THIS MOMENT. OPEN THE DOORS. THE CHURCH SAID THE BUILDING WAS INACCESSIBLE DUE TO FLOODING. OTHERS RESPONDED WITH THEIR OWN, LESS DRAMATIC PICTURES FROM OUTSIDE THE VENUE. A SPOKESPERSON TELLING “THE WASHINGTON POST,” THIS IS CRAZY. PEOPLE SAYING WE HAVE LOCKED THE CHURCH. THE CHURCH HAS BEEN OPENED FROM THE BEGINNING BUT IS NOT DESIGNATED AS A SHUTTER. AMID THE BACKLASH, OSTEEN TWEETING, VICTORIA AND I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT OUR FELLOW HOUSTONIANS. LATER GIVING THIS EXPLANATION TO KPRC.>>WE WERE WAITING FOR THE RIGHT TIME. REALLY, LAKEWOOD IS ALWAYS OPEN. WE DIDN’T NECESSARILY HAVE STAFF HERE THE NIGHT THAT IT FLOODED OUT HERE.>>Reporter: NOW, VOLUNTEERS ARE FLOCKING TO THE MEGACHURCH, PACKING DONATIONS. WHO IS GIVING THIS STUFF?>>THE NEIGHBORS IN THE AREA. THAT’S IT.>>Reporter: WHAT IS BEHIND ME, JUST A TASTE OF THE RESPONSE. AND 300 PEOPLE ARE SLEEPING UPSTAIRS THAT CAME IN FROM THE STORM. WE TALKED TO SOME OF THEM YESTERDAY. I DON’T KNOW IF THEY REALIZE

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  1. Won't open the doors…the neighbors are making the donations…but he and his wife offer you their prayers…folks, if you are still giving this "thing"–cannot use the term "man" one CENT of your money, shame on you!

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