During his church service just yesterday, Joel Osteen told his congregation that he was “at peace” with his decision not to open the doors of his 16,000-seater auditorium as a shelter in the initial stages of the Hurricane Harvey onslaught on Houston, Texas.
The Megachurch Pastor took the opportunity to ensure that amidst the heavy social media backlash he received, fuelled by what he called “misinformation’, the Lakewood Church congregation was very clear on why their church doors remained shut. In his address to church Osteen said:”This building flooded back in 2001 when the Rockets were still playing basketball here. There was over 5ft of water in this lower bowl area. Knowing
“This building flooded back in 2001 when the Rockets were still playing basketball here. There was over 5ft of water in this lower bowl area. Knowing that when we took possession we installed large flood gates all around the building. Last Sunday morning during all the rain, the waters came within a foot or maybe 2, breaching the walls and flooding the building once again. Without those floodgates, we wouldn’t be here today.”
Osteen went on to explain that the waters had only started to recede on Monday. As a result, he felt it was “safe” to start taking people in on Tuesday.
Osteen said: “I’m at peace with taking the heat for being precautious, but I don’t want to take the heat for being foolish.”
“It’s easy for people to make judgements from a distance without having all the information.”
“Some people who don’t know the facts and don’t want to know the facts will continue to try to stir things up.”
True to preacher form, Osteen reminds his congregation of the dangers of letting social media run their lives. He says that he never pays attention to the negative comments he receives and that his reputation is in God’s hands.
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