Amid online criticism, Joel Osteen denies church was ever sealed during Houston flooding

Pastor Joel Osteen says a doors of his 17,000-seat Lakewood Church in Houston are open to inundate evacuees, notwithstanding outrageous critique directed during him in new days for a trickery apparently being shuttered. 

Lakewood Church was sealed this weekend as Harvey dumped adult to 24 inches of sleet on a Houston area. On Sunday, Lakewood Church tweeted a inventory of shelters accessible in a Houston area. Notable, Lakewood Church was not among a inventory of shelters. 

Among a inventory of shelters enclosed a series of other internal churches. 

Although streets around Lakewood Church were reported as not flooded, streets within a mile of a church were sealed due to high water. 

This week, Osteen denied that Lakewood’s doors were ever closed, notwithstanding a church tweeting on Sunday, “Lakewood Church is untouched due to serious flooding!”

According to USA Today, on Tuesday morning, Osteen said in a statement, “We have never sealed a doors … We will continue to be a placement core to those in need. We are prepared to residence people once shelters strech capacity. Lakewood will be a value to a village in a emanate of this storm.”

Lakewood Church is a converted NBA arena, that was a home to a Houston Rockets. 

A orator for a church told a Houston Chronicle that H2O had risen above a church’s floodgate.  

“It’s not a unwillingness, it’s only practicality. It’s been a reserve emanate for us,” orator Don Iloff told a Chronicle. “Lakewood Church has a heart for this city.”

On Saturday, Osteen sent a twitter charity prayers to a victims of Harvey. But amicable media users suspicion Osteen should offer some-more than prayers. Osteen, whose net value is believed to be over $50 million, has been criticized for not creation any contributions to a liberation efforts.

“Victoria and we are praying for everybody influenced by Hurricane Harvey,” Osteen tweeted. “Please join us as we urge for a reserve of a Texas friends and family. 

On Monday, Osteen’s church responded by soliciting donations from a public. It also combined that it would collect infant and adult diapers, baby regulation and baby food, and assistance discharge to a community. 

“We know a need is great,” Lakewood Church pronounced in a statement. 

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