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Joel Osteen’s Church Tried To Collect Money From Harvey Victims During Mass

Pastor/founder/moneyman Joel Osteen caved to public shaming last week and opened his Lakewood Church's doors to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. 

Lakewood is in hot water again after footage emerged showing the staff collecting donations from those who had been affected by the storm. 

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Dedicated to hurricane victims in the audience, the service includes Lisa Osteen Comes asking those who have been affected by Harvey to stand up:

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Many people in the audience do stand, and their fellow churchgoers pray for them:

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Almost all experts agree that recovery from a disaster of this magnitude will be both slow and hard. 

Comes tells worshipers that recovery from Harvey will not be slow or hard, but quick! And easy!

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As soon as Comes finishes praying for victims of the hurricane, ushers begin passing out collection plates so the people of Houston may donate to the church. Remember, many of those people have lost their homes to floodwaters, while Osteen's net worth is as estimated $40–70 million.

Watch the whole video:

Joel Osteen's eye is always on the bottom line: how much money can we make and what do we have to say to make it?

In a 2013 interview with The Christian Post, Osteen talked about asking for money:

But I don't believe in pressuring people for money. At America's Night of Hope, I'm going to take a donation for World Vision, for other people. But on the flip side, I believe God wants us to excel and be blessed so we can be a bigger blessing to others. I feel very rewarded. I wrote a book and sold millions of copies; and Victoria and I were able to help more people than we ever dreamed of. But when I hear the term prosperity gospel, I think people are sometimes saying, "well, he's just asking for money." 

Poor Joel. Maybe he should stop asking for money.

H/T - DeathandTaxes, YouTube