Facebook users got on Facebook LIVE to show just how “flooded” Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church really was
Lakewood church closed their doors to people displaced by the heavy flooding claiming the church was inaccessible due to“severe flooding”
Two Facebook LIVE videos from the Lakewood Church show the claims of heavy flooding was a farce
Lakewood Church denies the accusations of closing their doors to those in need
As Houston is still going through one of the worst natural disasters Texas has ever seen, people all over the country are doing what they can to help those left with nothing following the damage from Hurricane Harvey. That is everyone except for Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, in Houston, Joel Osteen.
Lakewood Church, founded by Osteen’s father, claimed that the church was “inaccessible due to severe flooding.” The claim prompted several people to go and see just how bad the flooded church was.
Two Facebook LIVE videos showed the disgusting moment when the church appeared to be completely fine. A little wet, but no great flood that would warrant turning people away from the church in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Lakewood Church claims that was not the case and posted pictures showing a flooded parking lot and some water in hallways. By no means was the church flooded, but there were some pretty healthy puddles. The church already had a flood wall due to a past storm.
We Have Never Closed Our Doors
According to CNN, church spokesman and Osteen’s father-in-law Donald Iloff stated, “We have never closed our doors. We will continue to be a distribution center for those in need.”
We are prepared to shelter people once the cities and county shelters reach capacity. Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm in helping our fellow citizens rebuild their lives.
The church says that the water has already receded.
The pictures of the “flooded” church did not help to calm backlash on social media, which should not come as much of a surprise. After all, Osteen’s megachurch is turning away people who lost everything due to a few hallways with standing water. At least four have died, and thousands have been rescued, showing how serious the situation in Houston truly is.
Houston officials have asked for help from anyone with boats and high-water vehicles to assist in rescues. If you are interested in helping you can call 713-881-3100.