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Millionaire Televangelist Joel Osteen Explains Why He Didn’t Open His Megachurch To Harvey Victims

It is possibly the worst disaster in Texas history and it may take years for the state to fully recover from Hurricane Harvey, according to FEMA director Brock Long, but as we learned during Sandy and Katrina these disasters tend to bring out the best in people. 

Countless numbers of volunteers have rushed to Texas from all over the country to help with disaster efforts. Some people however began to question the charitable nature of multi-millionaire televangelist Joel Osteen after his initial decision to keep his Houston megachurch closed to displaced evacuees. 

A supporter of Osteen even went down to the Lakewood church to see why it wasn't open.

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Hours later though a picture appeared showing air mattresses being set-up inside the church. 

In a statement released Moday Osteen said "we are prepared to shelter people once the cities and county shelters reach capacity." Later,  in an interview with TODAY on Wednesday Osteen said "Our church doors have always been open. We took people in right when waters started to recede, which was a day or two after the storm hit." He went on to say that his decision was a precaution, citing previous flooding in the building and also added "the main thing is the city didn't ask us to become a shelter then."


In regards to the backlash on social media the pastor said "I don't really pay much attention to it. Social media doesn't run our life." Later on Wednesday the official Lakewood Church Twitter account began posting Tweets about their relief effort. 

H/T - TODAY, DailyMail