Joel Osteen caught a lot of heat this week for allegedly shutting down his mega church in Texas to Hurricane Harvey survivors. Well, the famous pastor spoke out, denying claims and blaming it all on Twitter.
During an interview with the Today Show, the Lakewood Church leader blamed the city of Houston for the mix up, saying, “The city runs the shelters. They asked for a distribution center. We could’ve been a shelter from day one if they needed that.”
He continued, “Somebody created a notion that, you know what, we’re not open in time but they’re not sitting here seeing that the mayor is saying don’t stay on the streets, don’t get on the streets, that this building is a safety issue.”
As for the Twitter photos of his church not looking too flooded, which made the rounds on the Internet after Lakewood church tweeted they were “inaccessible due to flooding” , the televangelist insisted, “There was flooding. If we didn’t have our flood gates out back here, it was within one foot. This building flooded in 2001, the whole bottom floor. It would’ve been a safety concern at the start.”
On Tuesday, Lakewood church opened their doors to hurricane evacuees after being dragged on social media.
Who said Twitter can’t save lives?