Pastor Joel Osteen Welcomes Hurricane Harvey Victims Into His Megachurch After Backlash

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Televangelist Joel Osteen announced Tuesday that he is opening his megachurch to victims of the Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Chronicle reported.

His megachurch has a capacity of 16,000. The church has previously been active in relief efforts, including sheltering displaced people during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

CNN published photos of Lakewood Church, located at Norfolk and Edloe streets in Houston and formerly host to the NBA's Houston Rockets, showing standing water inside the building. "We were a shelter", Osteen said.

"We have never closed our doors", said Osteen, Senior Pastor of Houston's Lakewood Church.

It also said that the church "will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm in helping our fellow citizens rebuild their lives".

"So there was a safety issue the first day or two", Osteen told Cuomo. We installed flood gates, but you know, you have to have a lot of faith in those if you are going to put a lot of people into the building.

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Osteen's church appears to be in good shape and able to serve as a center. Photos of the flooded church were also posted by members of the church on Twitter.

"The church doors have always been open". He said the firestorm may have "helped us to step up some things" to prepare for evacuees. "Jesus would open the doors and care for the needy".

"Unfortunately for Osteen, the King Of The South heard about the conflicting church messages and chose to drag the pastor from one end of the city to the other for being a" clown" and a "fraud". Several hundred people may be housed on its second floor if necessary, they added.

The church was founded by Osteen's father in the 1950s. There have been four confirmed deaths due to the tropical storm.

Lakewood Church in Houston is now receiving victims of Hurricane Harvey and providing shelter and aid, the church tweeted this morning. The post had many people skeptical, and concerns were raised when critics posted pictures of the surrounding area, proving that the church was not affected by "severe flooding".

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