Backlash Forces Osteen To Open Megachurch To Flood Victims, Mosques Were Already Open


On Monday, Joel Osteen, the pastor of Texas’ Lakewood Church learned what America expects of its Christian leaders. Initially, Osteen had closed the $50 million megachurch in Houston that was unaffected by flooding during Hurricane Harvey, prompting many to ask why they wouldn’t be opening their doors to flood refugees.

The prominent preacher of the “prosperity Gospel” — which teaches that God wants you to be rich — had no immediate answer, so internet sleuths worked their magic:

Immediately, suspicions about the “Hurricane Relief” donation page on the church’s website arose:

Hours later, there was word that Osteen had finally decided to open the church — “once the shelters are full,” of course — to those seeking refuge from the storm. In fact, the church, or perhaps even the pastor himself, purchased “countless” air mattresses and laid them on the floor:

Meanwhile, at least one mosque (and reportedly many more) nearby had their doors open all day, even as Twitter was just beginning to pressure Lakewood Church and the Osteens:

This mosque, just 20 miles from Osteen’s sports-arena-turned-megachurch is in a strip mall. But as soon as the way was passable, they welcomed “any needy families” through their doors for food and shelter.

The mosques, of course, are not the only churches that were open to struggling victims. Christians, Jews, Mormons, and any number of other religions all had locations open to those seeking shelter where possible. Other religious groups, including this Muslim youth group, did rescue work where they could.

Only God knows why it took so long for Joel Osteen, the one Emissary Of The Lord most able to help with resources, to respond to cries for help.

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  1. Had Osteen lived in Palestine in the first century, he would have been one of guys hammering nails into Jesus’ hand and feet during the crucifixion, or maybe he would have sold tickets to it.

    • He’d be the guy at the temple who tells you “That sacrificial lamb won’t do. You need to buy a pure lamb from Moshe over there. Tell ‘im Caiaphas sent you!”

  2. Osteen is basically a grifter not a giver, a faux Christian. Now he is being faced with the reality of who he really is. He is being forced to do what is right and is having his true character revealed in the process. I hope he learns from this and abandons the con job he is pulling on his followers and himself.

  3. I r/t about 20 tweets berating osteen directly to him wondering if I’d be suspended by twitter or blocked by him first.

    Someone on twitter visited the Mosques web page and made note of the fact there is NO donate here button

  4. “What in God’s name was he thinking?” That’s just it, he’s a megachurch plutocrat, not a “man of god”. His “God” is $$$ MONEY and he doesn’t care about what is right, moral or decent. He cares neither for god or for people.

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