Pastor Joel Osteen: ‘Our Church Doors Have Always Been Open’ | TODAY


>>JACOB RASCON, THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>>PASTOR JOEL OSTEEN IS WITH US THIS MORNING. THANK YOU FOR GETTING UP EARLY WITH US.>>GREAT TO BE WITH YOU ALL.>>BY NOW, YOU’RE FAMILIAR WITH THE CRITICISM THAT THE CHURCH HAS FACED. AND I GUESS MY QUESTION IS TO YOU, WHY DID THE CHURCH WAIT UNTIL YESTERDAY TO START TAKING IN PEOPLE?>>WELL, OUR CHURCH — OUR CHURCH DOORS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OPEN. IN FACT, WE TOOK PEOPLE IN WHEN THE WATER STARTED TO RECEDE, A DAY AFTER THE BIG STORM HIT. WE WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE CITY, FOUR MILES DOWN THE ROAD, THE CITY ESTABLISHED ITS BIGGEST SHELTER WITH ROOM FOR THOUSANDS, WITH BEDS, WITH KITCHEN SUPPLIES, WITH EVERYTHING THEY NEED. SECURITY. THEY DIDN’T NEED US AS A SHELTER RIGHT THEN. WE COORDINATE WITH THEM ALL THE TIME. IF WE NEEDED TO BE A SHELTER, WE WOULD HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN A SHELTER RIGHT WHEN THEY FIRST ASKED. BUT ONCE THEY FILLED UP, NEVER DREAMING WE HAD THIS MANY DISPLACED PEOPLE, THEY ASKED US TO BECOME A SHELTER. AND WE SAID WE WOULD LOVE TO BE A SHELTER. THAT’S WHAT LAKEWOOD IS ALL ABOUT. THE NOTION WE WOULD TURN PEOPLE AWAY OR WEREN’T HERE FOR THE CITY, IS AS FAR AS CAN BE.>>IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU THINK THE CRITICISM IS UNFOUNDED AND A BIT SILLY. BUT YOU PUT OUT A STATEMENT ON MONDAY. IN THAT STATEMENT, YOU SAID, IN PART, WE ARE PREPARED TO SHELTER PEOPLE ONCE THE CITIES AND COUNTY SHELTERS REACH CAPACITY. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE READ THAT OR HEARDEARD THAT AND THOU WHY WOULDN’T HOUSE OF WORSHIP OPEN ITS DOORS IMMEDIATELY, INITIALLY, EVEN PERHAPS BEFORE SOME OF THE OTHER SHELTERS?>>WE’RE ALL ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE. THIS IS WHAT THE CHURCHES AND OUR CHURCH IS ALL ABOUT. I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S UNFOUNDED. I THINK IF PEOPLE WERE HERE, THEY WOULD REALIZE, THERE WERE SAFETY ISSUES. THIS BUILDING HAD FLOODED BEFORE. WE WERE BEING PRECAUTION. THE CITY DIDN’T ASK US TO BECOME A SHELTER THEN.>>DO YOU SORT OF WISH YOU COULD HAVE A REDO ON THE LAST FEW DAYS? IT HAS BEEN A P.R. NIGHTMARE FOR YOU GUYS. WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?>>I’M SURE WE’D DONE SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY. BUT THE FACT IS, I DON’T KNOW IF WE WOULD HAVE OPENED ANY SOONER. AGAIN, THERE WERE SAFETY ISSUES. I THINK SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, SOMEHOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE POWERFUL AND CAN CREATE FALSE NARRATIVE. IF YOU’RE SITTING IN ANOTHER STATE AND YOU’RE NOT HERE, MY NIECE WAS STRANDED ACROSS THE STREET FROM THIS BUILDING, NOWHERE TO GO. THIS BUILDING WAS ONE FOOT FROM FLOODING. IF WE DIDN’T HAVE OUR FLOODGATES, IT WOULD HAVE FLOODED. IT IS EASY TO SAY, THERE’S A BIG BUILDING. WE DON’T HAVE VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF THAT COULD GET HERE. WE ARE ABOUT HELPING THE CITY. IF THEY WOULD HAVE ASKED US TO BECOME A SHELTER EARLY ON, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN PREPARED AND READY TO HELP. THANK GOD WE CAN DO IT NOW AND HELP THE CITY.>>WERE YOU SURPRISED HOW FEROCIOUS THE RESPONSE CAN BE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. WERE YOU SURPRISED AT HOW THAT REACTION PLAYED OUT?>>YOU KNOW, I DIDN’T — I GUESS I WOULD SAY YES. BUT I DON’T PAY MUCH ATTENTION TO IT. I’VE NEVER READ ONE NEGATIVE THING. AND SO, I LET THE TEAM TELLS ME, THERE’S A BIG THING. THE MAIN THING IS, SOCIAL MEDIA DOESN’T RUN OUR LIFE. WE RUN OUR MINISTRY. EVERYBODY THAT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE, IS GOING TO HAVE CRITICS. IF YOU’RE SITTING SOMEWHERE NOT IN THIS SITUATION, THINK OF THE STORY IF WE WOULD HAVE HOUSED A BUNCH OF EVACUEES AND THE BUILDING FLOODED. WE TRY TO USE THE BEST WISDOM WE CAN. WE’VE BEEN HERE FOR 60 YEARS TO HELP THIS CITY AND BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO, LONG AFTER THE MEDIA AND EVERYTHING HAS DIED DOWN. WE’LL BE HERE FOR FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, HELPING THESE PEOPLE. WE FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE’RE DOING.>>IN A WORD, WHAT DO YOU NEED? WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO TO HELP?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, WE NEED FUNDS. THERE’S THE RED CROSS AND DIFFERENT AREAS — DIFFERENT AVENUES YOU CAN GIVE TO. TODAY, WE’LL BE TAKING IN SUPPLIES. BABY FOODS, MEDICAL SUPPLIES. WE’RE A DISTRIBUTION CENTER. PEOPLE ARE DROPPING OFF BY THE THOUSANDS ALL KINDS OF SUPPLIES. WE FEED THE DIFFERENT SHELTERS AROUND THE CITY. THE CITY SETTING UP A COMMAND POST HERE, AS WELL. NOW, WE NEED PRAYER AND SUPPORT. ANY WAY YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.>>PASTOR JOEL

100 thoughts on “Pastor Joel Osteen: ‘Our Church Doors Have Always Been Open’ | TODAY”

  1. Matthew 24 v7-8
    7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8All these are the beginning of sorrows.
    this word nations in the greek is 1484. ethnos and it means ethnicity/race AND
    this word sorrows in the greek is 5604. ódin and it means birth pangs
    SO what does that mean, well the closer a women gets to conceiving the more frequent here pangs become/the more frequent natural disasters become.
    Matthew 24 v6
    6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
    Its when you here of world peace
    global warming is just a hoax to establish a global carbon tax
    Daniel 11 v20-21
    20Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle. 21And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
    tha vile person is satan he plays many roles and goes by many names.
    Revelations Chapter by chapter – verse by verse
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE6BXN6XKYY&list=PLJ_kBnXSmGMU4d-cC1XkH_ohpnYEhQu7O
    or/and
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uziqXYaYF8A

  2. So incredibly sad how people trash him. May God avenge him for the vile hatred people have spewed about him…starting with other people who "claim" to be Christians (but clearly are not).

  3. …..and for a hefty price you can enter through our open doors! Just another scam artist wanting your money in the name of a made up religion.

  4. When she asks what do you guys need can how can we help the first thing this man says we need funds money wow I used to listen to this guy all the time but for the past few years all things strange been happening and it's Church

  5. There are tons of idiots that believe in him and his lies. They won't change and ignore many passages in the bible. He with a close mind is a fool.

  6. It's a Lie,his Doors were not Open !! LOCKED doors when Victims tried to get in !!! That means it was Not Open !! WHO Did His Church Take In ??? WHO ???

  7. SEE.. The Truth !! Listen to Him !! Lies…We wouldn't have opened sooner…we helped people right after the flood…they were locked up !!! Liar !!!! He is a Liar ! Just listen from start of Video very closely!! He lies 3 times in first 3 minutes !!!

  8. GOD is Dealing With the False Witnesses.. He is a Number 1 False Preacher/Speaker,What Ever He Calls Himself,He is FAKE,LIAR,unChristian !!

  9. Joel… it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle then it is for rich man to get into heaven… who said that Joel.. Lakewood should have been a refuge for god's people like the superdome in Katrina.. guess it would have cost you too much to clean it afterwards… SMH… sell all that you have and follow me… who said that Joel and why? Please preach the gospel and not prosperity peace and love ..life's journey learn from others and your mistakes and do better. I have suggestions if you care contact me God bless..im not just bashing you

  10. People could file lawsuits if something happens to them on his property. That's why he had to wait for the city to ask him to open the doors!

  11. Excuses. A church of God is very powerful and always open. There are no locked doors. They knocked. You didn't host. Main thing. In the Bible..find the verse…bs. Nice how you talked so sweetly.

  12. God bless Joel Osteen.
    How can people be so cruel and judge so harshly. The Bible says not to judge. If you don’t agree and you are a Christian, then forgive.

  13. He's an Atheist. I'm an Atheist too but you'd be surprised at how many of these money making pastors are actually non believers! Its so easy to take money from a believer, its actually really sad! He doesn't believe in god. Anyone preaching the word of the lord would NEVER make money from it.

  14. Those news reporters don't look busy helping out the victims in sleeveless dresses and suits.

  15. Joel Osteen is a member of illuminati. He claims to be the pastor while he hides the truth about why Jesus Christ opposed the Pharisees and the scribes. All the details can be seen in my small youtube video "Jesus Christ vs. Pharisaism" and "Second Coming of Jesus Christ in 70 AD."

  16. Osteen God knows everyone's heart. He sees all. Living in and of this world (In which many believe this is Heaven) We are all held accountable ( and some who suppose to be over His Flock are held at a higher level) So what you think you are getting away with is only of this world. A "Lukewarm or lazy Christian" God do not tolerate.

  17. a true man of God will not wait until city shelters reach capacity to finally lend a hand. clearly Joel is looking after his own well being, such a fake pastor.

  18. I'm pretty sure if he was a TRUE man of god, he'd give most of his money away, teach despite it and live regular like most people. Oh but that big mansion is too tempting huh Joel?

  19. Joel Osteen is a very rich man. As Jesus once said.. "You cannot serve two masters, money and God." I think the Osteen's are more equipped to reach into their own "funds" than to ask the people for donations. Shame on them!

  20. He happens to be a motivational speaker with Christian literature as his reference point. I hear him almost every dawn on a certain radio station. Some of his statements are just contentious and he teaches as though the Christian life has this earth as a final destination.

  21. when i look at this guy i see a light around him but its false because it shifts to darkness those with eyes like mine can see this guy is a phony

  22. I love Joel osteen. he did his best. some of you could never shelter anyone in your homes you just criticise.
    God will judge you too

  23. Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money we know who he serve greedy person

  24. Oh so the city did ask and he said no. Until it hit social media. I heard a different story from his mouth. Nothing like this one

  25. This preacher is a joke, liar and he's upset because he's got no excuse but back lash cures his lies huh? I've not heard this man really afford such a fabrication of help but yet he's refuted the true Word of God to help your Neigbors if they need it but yet he's talking as if they didn't get help by financial leaps and bounds, who's he kidding they have millions and yet are so greedy only helping a few hundred and PR is just as a big lie in all this making church member liars too.. That's this big liar for you Houston.

  26. Joel was trying to protect his building trying to make sure it doesn't get ruined.

    We need funds? You have funds buddy. Stop lying

  27. John 13 :34
    So now I am giving you a new commandment : love each other . Just as I have loved you , you should love each other . 35 . Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples . I pray for Joel .. I love u in Christ amen

  28. “We feed the different shelters around the city”
    Um no. The people who donate all of their money and goods to you do

    You are a lazy liar

  29. This chruch too big, n lot of money. I think many your people will move to another chruch.
    Joel lift your money, n repend

  30. He has millions and millions, and multiple estates with arolls roice and he needs donations? lol..
    For some towls? and baby food? LMAOOOO

  31. I live in Houston and if you listen to this guy he tells you his master is Caesar. No one had to tell any other church in Houston they needed to open their doors. The pictures that he took where from 10 years prior during the last major flood. 5013c is a corporation a dead corpse not part of the living body of Christ and Joel is not a man of the most high.The GOD OF MONEY is his lord and savior..

  32. Shame on this man…uses God for his agenda aka money period…pray for all false prophets & hopefully we can find the real ones we can truly listen to.

  33. That smirk tho…that smirk says it all. 60 million dollars that he doesn't deserve is what it says. Feasting off the stupidity of lukewarm Christianity.

  34. Pastor osteen gives more than any church. Taking people in is the government's responsibility. Stop sidestepping away from your obligations to the people. Y'all people just want the government to be bare bones at any cost. Its because of you the homeless rate is so high. The homeless shouldn't have to relegate themselves to special interest religious groups to get back on their feet. This country was founded on the basis of religious freedom.

  35. Joel should have said "They are absolutely right, I am a follower of Jesus Christ and as soon as the flood happened, I should have responded with love and righteousness in Lord Jesus's name. I am going to start doing more"

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