Joel Osteen Denies Keeping His Houston Megachurch Closed To Hurricane Harvey Refugees

Joel Osteen Closes Church After Hurricane Tells Members To Pray

They also released photos of flooding in and around the Church. "Jesus promises us peace that passes understanding", he wrote.

Critics, however, were not receptive to Osteen's comforting words.

Close the church, exaggerate its flood damage, and finally open its doors only after receiving a thorough Twitter shaming, apparently. Others shared more images taken at the church, while one man did a livestream from outside. 'It's the least you could do'.

- Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) August 26, 2017Going to open your nice church for shelter for flood victims?

The Lakewood Church has responded to the allegations. We will continue to be a distribution center to those in need.

Don Iloff, a church spokesman and Victoria Osteen's brother, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that floodwaters had rendered the building mostly inaccessible before receding Monday afternoon, but he said the church wasn't closed. "Anyone who comes there, we'll let in".

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'It has everything inside there - medicine, doctors, places to sleep.

While various reports claimed that the church had already opened its doors Monday night, it had yet to say so explicitly on its public channels until Tuesday morning.

"We want to help make sure you are safe", the post said, before providing a list of shelters in the area. On Sunday, Lakewood Church tweeted a listing of shelters available in the Houston area.

Charles Clymer posted photos of Lakewood Church, which appears to be weathering the storm just fine. The massive church holds 16,800 seats and pretty much looks like a huge concert venue.

US Coast Guard Lt. Mike Hart said the coast guard is receiving up to 1,000 calls per hour from people needing to be rescued. It also added that it would collect infant and adult diapers, baby formula and baby food, and help distribute to the community. The church is not housing you until the shelters have reached capacity, so as long as there is space at a local shelter, even if getting to said shelter requires a boat, then you are out of luck.

A megachurch in Houston closed its doors in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused catastrophic flooding and forced thousands to leave their homes.

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