Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen defended his decision not to provide shelter to Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston until he was shamed into opening his massive Lakewood Church late Tuesday.

Osteen, 52, defended his actions in an interview with the Today Show Wednesday morning. The prosperity preacher said the widespread flooding in Houston caused "safety issues" and the city didn't ask him to open his doors.

"If people were here, they'd realize that there were safety issues,' Osteen said. "This building had flooded before, and so we were just being precautions. But the main thing is that the city didn't ask us to become a shelter then."

Osteen originally told his Twitter.com followers on Monday that the church, which is housed in a former sports arena, was closed due to flooding. But Houston residents walked around the perimeter of the structure with their cell phones recording empty streets and no evidence of flooding.

He reportedly blocked Twitter followers who questioned why his 17,000 seat megachurch remained closed.

Osteen said he did welcome "some" of the flood victims after he received widespread criticism on social media.

On Tuesday evening there seemed to be more volunteers than evacuees inside the Lakewood church.

Photos show less than 100 empty cots organized in neat rows in a small room inside the church, while hundreds of volunteers stood in line to donate clothing and other goods to evacuees.

Another photo shows a lone church member seated in a vast room of empty chairs while waiting to be processed into the temporary shelter.

Social media users criticized Osteen for providing shelter to members of his faithful flock whose tithes help support his extravagant lifestyle.

Non-members are reportedly being turned away and diverted to one of 230 other shelters in the Houston area.

But Osteen denied the reports.

"Our church has always been open. I think this notion that somehow we would turn people away or that we weren't here for the city is about as false as can be," he said.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Then Ole Joel just stated on CNN that the building was never closed, BUT was not accessible. Playing on words huh. It still was closed. They just lie so much. They don't realize they are lying or believe their own lies!!! SAD, if nothing else, this storm exposed who Joel REALLY is. Believe people when they SHOW you who they are!!!

  • Monique B

    Finally showing his true colors.

  • yvette46

    He waited on the City to open doors. He don't wait on the city when he accept those tithes..

  • MookieFly

    What a shyt show. Watch his members still show up Sunday too smh

  • ShelbyMoore

    What a PR nightmare!! Sheesh!

  • Neia

    People really follow and buy into this plastic face crook, smfh

  • Jennifer

    Father Michael Pfleger is the only white preacher I know is truly sincere. The others are false prophets.

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    Pastor Joel Osteen should've kept on moving and do God's words in silence.

    Going on National TV to defend himself turns away the focus on helping his people.....

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    you must laugh to keep from crying.

  • KcoolMuziq

    He's full of it!! He just didn't want them(blacks) in there. Until he was called out on it. Smh

  • KLo

    something about his looks is off. so **y of him

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Issa lie.

    In one sentence he said that the church flooded and it was a safety hazard so he couldn't let anyone in. The next breath, he said they were accepting people the whole time. Which is it Joel? Something about him has always rubbed me the wrong way. Possibly his creepy azz face...

  • KLo

    that lowlife wants you to open your wallet but close church doors on people in need. Joel is just another false prophets fleecing people to enrich his lifestyle. wake up people.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Its that pastey azz Bare Minerals foundation he wears...

  • stav

    Absolutely!

    2 Peter 2:1

    However, there also came to be false prophets among the people, as there will also be false teachers among you. These will quietly bring in destructive sects, and they will even disown the owner who bought them, bringing speedy destruction upon themselves.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I have watched a few of his teachings on TV & seen him on interviews. The one thing I always walk away with, "He is a nice guy but soft."

    He can barely defend scripture on Hot Topics because he is fearful of others opinions.

    I can literally see him NOT opening up the church because no one told him to. I can legit see that. Not that he is stupid but when it comes to decisions outside his normal, safe realm, he can not think.
    My opinion. *kayne shrug*

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Yep. They will show up because they do not want him to fail crooked or not. YT protect their own right or wrong.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    I simply can not!

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    It honestly makes him look worse. I wouldn't of said anything...you don't have to explain yourself.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Isn't it! He owes no one an explanation honestly. Mainly because whatever he says won't be good enough!

  • blackbutter63

    He simply had time to speak to his public relations director and he still didnt keep the story straight.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    I happen to like listening to Joel. He is always encouraging when I need it. I do not know if he is right or wrong, I just know when I am down and in need of a pick me up, he's the one I go to. NO ONE is as encouraging as he is.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Joel Osteen should have kept his mouth completely closed! Why explain yourself when anything you say won't make it right or solve the problem. You end up digging yourself further and further into a hole. I watched this man everyday up until this.

  • You Could Never
  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Yes you are so right. And this is what makes it hard for me because I watch him everyday but I was torn because of this situation

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    OMG I can totally see this as well. I'm like why does the city have to ask you to open it for you to open it?!

  • Ms.Vanilla

    You should still watch him If he gives you what you need. No one knows what's in this mans heart. Who are we to judge.

  • Ni Ni

    Yep, he is a safe preacher. He tells us what we WANT to hear. I've heard him brush off hard topics.

  • Bonsai

    You need the city to tell you to open your doors? If you're naive enough to follow him and hand over your money then that's on you and not him.

  • bella28498 .

    anyone who go to church after this a dayum fool

  • V Dubb

    Screw you!!!!

  • You Could Never

    Black Kev from Philly asks his rich ass frens, hey I know yall got it, please see it in your heart to give and is vilified.

    Folks ask white Christian Joel from Houston, to open the doors of his church, in his own community that he too grew up in, he basically says kiss my ass this is my church.

    Hell to the hell no, I will open them when I am ready…and he is given a pass.

  • MistaO

    I like Joel and still support! Should have opened his church sooner and fully, but we all fall short on occasion.

  • free

    what else does he do in the community? is the church there for people every other day of the week? i haven't heard anybody bash him but folk who don't go to church anyway using it as a reason to justify why they don't go to church.

  • JV

    Joel Olsteen strikes me as a person who, if you don't like him, you probably dislike him. There's no room for in-the-middle here.

  • ShWa

    Something doesn't sound right, fess up and do what's right which is help the people of Houston, you are beyond blessed so give back, god's watching.

  • Dowoop

    Anyone who likes going to church and lets this dissuade them is a fool. You are not going to church for nobody but yourself.

  • Rayne

    Ok when the hurricane hit I thought god would put it in his heart to immediately help these ppl, but you need the city's permission ?? naw son I ain't buying it.

  • Nophace

    To everyone complaining about Mr. Smiles Too Much and him not opening his doors or whatever I ask you this: Have you ever opened your doors to the homeless to give them a place to stay? If you have, good job, keep doing you. If not, STFU!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Whelp... His true selfish nature has been revealed. He doesn't have to wait on the city of Houston when it comes to raking in the cash and making millions off of his followers but he needs "the city" to tell him to open his mega church to those who are in dire need of help during this mega disaster?!?!? He preaches love and prosperity but I see that love and prosperity extends only to himself -- not his fellow Houstonians. Olsteen's multi-million dollar business is all about fleecing the flock. I hope people wake up and realize who he truly is...

  • JV

    From what I've read, many of his sermons revolve around the "God wants you to be rich" mantra, which, ya know, says it all to me.

  • Dowoop

    The church is not his home and while people may not have given the homeless a place to stay they may have helped them in other ways. How many homeless people have you housed?

  • stav

    He reminds me off all the wolves in sheep clothing! Matthew 10:8 says " You received free , give free". There should NEVER be a such thing as a rich reverend , priest, deacon, etc. this goes against what Jesus taught. You don't use scripture to increase your bank account, these ones will have a crucial judgement.

    Luke 16:13

    No servant can be a slave to two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves to God and to Riches.”

    He and MANY others like him are slaves to riches, they prey on those truly seeking spiritual enlightment, while they get rich off of the poor and trusting.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Joel Osteen is a thief, liar and a false prophet! The idiots in here that are defending him deserve get robbed , hoodwinked and lead astray ! This man is not of the most high, he lies constantly and only became a so called preacher for money. He's a pimp that continues to bleed black people and other fools dry with his false teaching and bull shit doctrines. He doesn't read nor follow the bible correctly. He reads from the book of Joel Osteen on how to rob , cheat and steal from the naive and poor.
    The gospel is for free! Church isn't a building nor does it require a cover charge.
    Tithes are food not money and it isn't 10% of your check either!
    Stop letting these thieves in the temple!

    Ezekiel 13:9
    9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.

    Jeremiah 23:16
    16 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.

    2 Timothy 4:3-4
    3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

  • JV

    The decision is up to the person, absolutely. But hopefully people make informed decisions. Look at all the stuff Ernest Angley's done.

  • Mrs.Meenie

    I totally agree, perfectly said...***APPLAUDS****

  • Pamela

    "We were just being precautions".
    Should be "We were just being precautious".
    I'm anal retentive like that when it comes to proper usage of the English language. Blame it on the British schools I attended the first 18 years of my life!

  • Mrs.Meenie

    Oh my....sounds like someone just got checked.

  • MissHarlem

    I been side eyeing his wb frog looking ass since I knew who he was ? there's plenty of blinded fools who will always seek in another man vs the most high which is within so have at it.

  • stav

    I've heard he's a prosperity preacher, with the prosperity only working in his favor.

  • Pamela

    This isn't about us though. This is about Joel Osteen not extending his Christian hand to help in time of need. Try to keep up.

  • You Could Never

    Joel nem house is the church?
    That's God's house.

  • You Could Never

    So bc your home has gotten blowed off the face of the earth, underwater in the past 24-56 hours...that makes you scum of the earth type homeless.... or temporarily displaced and in need of shelter?

  • Nophace

    I'm keeping up, trust me. I have issues with it as well but I have also opened my doors to those in need. Have you?

  • Nophace

    I'm pretty sure that weird smiling white man owns the deed to the church and pays the mortgage on it so in a sense, it's HIS which is why they are concerned with him opening the doors. If he doesn't own it then I'll be the one to STFU.

  • Nophace

    The church doesn't have to be his home. It's a business that he OWNS. Just like furniture stores that opened their doors for ppl. That's not their home but they opened doors to a business that they owned. Currently 5 homeless people are residing in my home. Anymore questions???

  • Pamela

    Yes I have. My door is always open to family, friends and any stranger that needs help. This article is about Joel Osteen seemingly not offerin offering assistance at a time it is solely needed.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'm not a Joel Osteen fan at all, but still...
    Even if you open you church doors, you stil have to have sufficient & proper personnel on hand to manage things at the location. You cant just have thousands of people just roaming around the church facility. And many of his members who could have been volunteers were just trying to stay dry and survive themselves... and also would have had transportation problems trying to get thru those flooded streets to even get to the church.

    It's real easy to "pile on" in situations like this, and criticize from the outside looking in when you dont know the whole story. But personally, I'm not going to drag him too hard over this.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    "Houston residents walked around the perimeter of the structure with their cell phones recording empty streets and no evidence of flooding."

    That literally made me holler! ?

  • bashi

    Hmmm that's all I got to say Hmmm

  • Capricornlady

    i Just died!!!!! LOOOOOOL

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Exactly. To me it's always funny/strange to see people who don't go to church anyway talking about "See, that's why I don't go to church", using Joel Osteen and other preachers as their excuse.

  • You Could Never

    In a place that HE TOO IS FROM

  • Pamela

    I don't understand what you are saying.

  • You Could Never

    not offerin offering assistance at a time it is solely needed

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    Mean that he is from Houston. Born and raised there. Seems like he would see if at the LEAST his city that had his back, needed him right now.

  • Dowoop

    Just a comment - I SMELL BS! Giving 5 people you know a place to hunker down when they are on hard times is different from giving 5 strangers you don't know a place to stay. I highly doubt the "homeless people" in your house are strangers or that they are homeless for that matter.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Soft.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Afraid to think outside the box.

  • Lia Washington

    Hmmmm...Interesting!!!...##YEAHOK##

  • Lia Washington

    right!!!!

  • Lia Washington

    Well said!!!!

  • Lia Washington

    Exactly....If it wasn't for the "members: tithes and offering they're would be no church....This was definitely an eye opener...!

  • MookieFly

    True dat. They go the distance for the bullshyt

  • Pamela

    Oh I get now. I agree with you.

  • Jazzy T

    I used to watch him as well, always wondered to myself, hmmmm is that just his TV persona? (very nice, & soft). Is he really the who appears very mild mannered in front of the cameras, BUT for the folks who really know him, he is mean as a rattle snake...just a thought that crossed my mind one Sunday watching him..

  • Coco

    I think it's the opposite, his faithful followers will still follow him no matter what. Just like there are still Catholics after all their priests shenanigans.

  • BigCapacityCumDumpster

    This pale fucckkk nigggga and his wife!
    I'm not buying it!
    We weren't asked so we did not do nuttin? ???
    He part of the dindu tribe - didn't-do-nuthin.
    Sick of this shyt.
    He ain't welcome back to da hood no time soon

  • Coco

    I read somewhere "Jesus fed the poor, nowadays it's the poor that are feeding preachers".

    These preachers are living in mansions, driving the best cars, owning private jets... while the members of their congregation are living in poverty.

  • JENNYJONES1

    YES WHY DOES THE CITY HAVE TO TELL YOU TO OPEN THE DOORS OF THE CHURCH WHEN A MAJOR DISASTER IS HAPPENING. IF ANYTHING HE SHOULD HAVE VOLUNTEERED HIS CHURCH B4 THE STORM TO BE A SHELTER AND MADE UPSTAIRS ACCOMMENDATIONS READY EVEN IF IT WAS FOR JUST 5 OR 10 THOUSAND PEOPLE. I HAD FALLEN BACK FROM WATCHING HIM AFTER HE TALKED SO HIGHLY OF DONALD TRUMP NOW THIS WILL JUST ADD TO MY DISTASTE FOR HIM. BYE JOEL!!!.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • Coco

    ? ? you know they don't play when it's comes tithes, you can feel the passion when they preach about it.

  • Coco

    Nobody gives us offerings and tithes. We also pay taxes.

  • Ms Thang

    Shut up

  • soujourn_erets

    He is a satanist.

  • soujourn_erets

    He doesn't care: the man is a satanist

  • soujourn_erets

    Straight up satanists. Him and all mega church pastors

  • Pamela

    Pissed off that you got to spend the first 18 years of your schooling in some inner city, 1 teacher per 100 students ratio school? Don't take your resentment out on me, I was blessed to attend THE best schools in my area. Toodles.
    Oh, by the way you are BLOCKED.

  • Pamela

    I never liked your comments. They show your lack of education.

  • KarmaBackAround

    Them folk been draggingg him on social media

  • thrift.store.jungle

    bye joel. u are a fraud am i'm not surprised. fleecing people and leaving them out to struggle and perish. he wouldn't have gotten one dime for me even before this. now i just hope my social media acquaintances quit posting this fraud's quotes.

  • klwbaby

    I think he would have been better off just saying the church is now open, Amen...

  • W??j???™

    I attended British schools too, and American colleges for my two graduate degrees, but so what?

    The point being that this blog, albeit mostly an entertaining and light- hearted space, is addressing a very serious event with this story, and all you can offer in terms of comment, is spelling correction!

    In so-doing, it shows you're obnoxious, pretentious, unempathetic, and so far-removed from the actual suffering of victims in Houston, and the hurdles they continue to face through re-victimization by opportunists like Joel Osteen.

    So, yes, shut up! No one cares about your schooling and/or your being anal retentive. Clearly, attending British schools for 18 years hasn't done you ANY good as far as being a decent human being, has it?

    Have some modicum of compassion, where it is due!

    @WanjiruTM on Twitter

  • Pamela

    Yawn. I'm so bored.

  • Karen Brady

    Old crooked face. Done with you JS!. No one should have had to ask you.. You're a man of God with a huge mega church right there!.. Btw, the pic of that brother sitting there pensive breaks my heart. God bless all!

  • Karen Brady

    Less is more sometimes.

  • Karen Brady

    I spotted it too.. figured it was a typo maybe?

  • W??j???™

    ??? Typical.

    Tried to come off as well-educated and particular about the English language, but when confronted by true intelligence, you cower away.

    Why? Because you're empty-headed, and all the hot air you blow here is enough to cause another hurricane.

    So again, shut up, "anal retentive" blow-hard. You're not smart AT ALL. ??

    And catch this BLOCK on your way out.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Straight to hell and back!! ?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux
  • LuLu

    ANDDD-UHHH...!! That's not his HOUSE! His house is a huge, unnecessary mansion!

  • MissyJ

    That's what I said. Why are you doing an interview trying to clap back?

  • LuLu

    2 Timothy 4: 3, 4: For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the wholesome teaching, but according to their own desires, they will surround themselves with teachers to have their ears tickled. They will turn away from listening to the truth and give attention to false stories.

  • Carla B

    Sandra why not make a post about all the black owned mega churches that didn't open their doors? Pastor Hillard and Pastor J only asked for money, none of their churches were flooded or surrounded by water like Lakewood. I'm tired of black people pointing the finger at white people but refuse to point out the black people that are doing the same thing. FYI I live near Lakewood and the Hwy and streets were all flooded we couldn't get out until the day he opened his church.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I'm done with him too. I would have been done with him sooner if I had known he was so fond of Donald Trump. He let the world know that he's just another money grubbing preacher...

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    "the doors of the church are now open, won't you come"

    LOL!!!!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    RIGHT>>>is Bishop Jake somewhere around there too?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I don't know. Lord, knows I know folks like that though. Nice guy in public.
    A demon behind closed doors.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Potter's House is located in Dallas, hundreds of miles from Houston. The roads are blocked in Houston. How will the evacuees get there?

  • Carla B

    That's T.D. Jakes church right? Pastor Hilliards church is New Light Christian Center he has 5 different locations and a helicopter but he wasn't flying around helping people. Pastor J's church is Higher Dimension aka Higher D he has 2 locations. There are a ton of mega churches in Houston and surrounding areas and only a couple opened their doors. Hitchcock, La Marque, Texas city, and Dickerson were under water but the small churches opened their doors. Hell the old middle school in Hitchcock opened their doors and barley have food and water. Once the water went down a little the locals started doing rescues and donation drops.

  • Carla B

    Its in Fort Worth TX.

  • Nophace

    You pay taxes?!? I get paid cash, under the table! I'm not with that tax stuff! J/k....you're right. Lol

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    True....

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Very true

  • ?Royalty?

    They shouldn't have had to ask, Joel. SMH

  • ?Royalty?

    I'm mad at you for this. Lmaoooo!

  • You Could Never

    Are their churches former arenas that have been used as shelters before for past during storms? That is the diff. The building that Lakewood is now in, was literally built partly for that purpose. that is why every storm, he is pressured to open up. If you dont want to open when its bad out, dont buy former arenas, make them into churches from the city. Do like the blacks did and build from ground up and maybe nobody would bother you.

  • bella28498 .

    dgaf what you talking about, church aint shit but a big concert and thats cool if you like that type of entertainment. Fawk church

  • OP2

    Right. Did he not forget that there is uppose to be a separation of church and state? Why would Megapastor wait for the government to tell him what to do with his church or how to be charitable?

  • OP2

    Aren't you talking about other churches that much farther out and several hours away by car? How will the thousands of homes flood victims people even get to the likes of Dallas, etc.?

    Makes way more sense to utilize buildings in the immediate area first for faster relief efforts. -Some folks are too blinded by their emotions that depend of psychological feel-good words of a charismatic figure.

    The sheeples donated funds into the millions to give him a rich lifestyle. It took snapping pics of his mega church/arena and reposting his excuses for him to be shamed into doing the right thing. -that's not really being charitable. ijs

  • OP2

    That's in Dallas which is about a 6hr drive north west of Houston.

  • Carla B

    No. These other mega churches hold thousands of people and they are in the immediate area and yes I have been to them. Several are in old malls and the others were built on acres of land 1 of the pastors owns a helicopter and during the service they have a offering just for the helicopter.

  • Carla B

    I have lived here all my life and the arena has never been a shelter, don't confuse the Astrodome and the Arena

  • MRiGOThim

    I'm in Dallas Auntie...they can get them down there/up here. TD Jakes has planes, vans, a helicopter, buses, & boats. If that "WALRUS" in a suit wanted to help he would've, but then again he's not gaining nothing :

  • OP2

    Ok. I wasn't aware that their were other megachurches in the area of Houston. Seems like other commenters aren't aware either.

    Looks like you are in-the-know and therefore empowered to expose. Go to sites of various major news and paper seach formtheir news tip contact. That's how you start exposing them or a larger scale. From there, social media will catch on. ijs

  • ALLMINE

    don't blame him..

  • Ms Thang

    She talk junk then block you. lol all of that fine education and she's on a blog arguing with uneducated person as myself. Talking bout she never liked my comments as if I gave a flying fungus.

  • Ms Thang

    Right. Those people have lost everything that they have worked for and she's talking about her damn education that nobody asked about.

  • Ms Thang

    But you read them so boom bish bye.

  • EntrepreneurialSpirit

    At the risk of sounding like a Single White Female (80s babies get it?) you and I are best friends. I love everything you post!!

  • Jussjess25

    Wow. See when are peolple going to learn about these fake caring preachers. Smh. I knew he wasnt nothin after he voted for trump. The fact is what he said could have been true" had he said that in the beginning with an alternative, but he didnt. Taking all the people money but couldn't help out until he was exposed. See God has a way of exposing these lying ass stealing white devils ?

  • Jussjess25

    Hello!

  • Jussjess25

    Preach op2!!!!

  • Jussjess25

    Nonetheless the arena is 52,0000 sq feet. Can will fill that up first then start worrying about everywhere else?? You have a point, but dont miss the point. The man said no! And did not open his doors untill he was exposed.. does that not mean anything? If it werent true what people were saying. The. The people wouldnt be dry on beds on the church floor up until this day.. its not about black and white.

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly

  • Jussjess25

    Can somebody tell be where cleflo dollar church at ??..

  • Jussjess25

    Okay!

  • Jussjess25

    Girl I unfollwed his ass after I found out her voted for trump ?

  • Jussjess25

    So millions hes earned over the years from the poor, wouldnt have helped in a situation like this... the man wasnt even in the city, he flew in on a private jet to hop on the news and save face. Let the people in atleast and deal later. It will be stressfull for the next couple months. Buts its his JOB!!!!

  • http://www.Samanthagwrites.com Samantha G.

    Joel please. The city HAS to ask you to turn YOUR building into a shelter?? Really?? You got to be asked to turn your own sh*t into something?? ?????

  • Judi Lauren

    Atl, and you KNOW his doors will be padlocked. I can actually hear ,"I ain't letting these n***gas in here!!" coming out of his mouth...smh

  • VM

    F### this dude and the horse he rode in on, this dude is a snake. Old rabbit teeth bastard don't shuck and jive now after you getting dragged for filth. This is unimaginable to see the level of devastation and displaced families who have lost loved ones and people are being met with resistance before any help is offered. I'm praying for everyone that's affected by this tragedy.

  • VM

    Call them out and expose these crooks, no one is exempt.

  • VM

    I want to windmill you right now ??

  • Electricbird83

    Amen!!

    Sheep is exactly right! Can't lead themselves anywhere or any idea outside of what their "wolves in sheep clothing" shepherd tells them. Sad

  • Electricbird83

    Which ones? ?

    That's big as Lakewood who didn't open their doors?

  • Dowoop

    Exactly to each his own but i'm not going to push my beliefs about church onto other people whether i go or not. To each his own!.

  • TOO REAL

    PATHETIC - all this he did in God's name - really

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    "Tickle their ear and then fleece the flock". He says what people want to hear and then CHARGES them in the form of "tithes" that are always brought up in every subject. Funny how Jesus said that "Life-giving water" was free... SMH

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Sad thing is, people will be RUNNING back to those churches to fill the coffers AS SOON as the waters recede

  • http://www.swedishsoul.com Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    this man cares only for profits. Trying to go on gail Kings show and lie..... People do better and better. Stop supporting people who dont support you.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    tee-hee ?

  • Quitedeliteful

    And kicks it onto a garbage heap!!! LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!

  • OP2

    Most conservative pastors & churches tend to vote conservative.

  • OP2

    Um. He did not grow up in that sports-arena which was acquired just 7yrs ago in 2010. He renamed Lakewood after like the one that he grew up in.

    -Houston parishioners faithfully gave their $$$ and help pay for it along with his multimillion dollar lifestyle. Took being exposed in videos sent to the news to shame him into doing the right thing.

    A number so-called megapastors use the typical formula of writing a few books & selling some tapes as a cover for how they got wealthy. Simply let the people stop giving their fund$ and watch the income and lifestyle dry up.

  • OP2

    A nice guy, but soft. But, wasn't Jesus soft aka meek??

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ROFL!

  • MocaPretty

    So any other time he claims to hear God but bc he didnt hear from the city to open the door..... maaan GTFOH!

  • Malcom Flex

    On FB so many stupid church lady bw defending this pulpit pimp SMMFD!!!

  • Malcom Flex

    BECAUSE that is a MEGACHURCH and he biggest one in Houston stop caping for that white man he don't give a F about you!!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Nope.

  • Carla B

    Its a 4 hour drive and the northern counties and cities were affected as well due to the rivers and creeks out of there banks. People from Louisiana and Oklahoma have been here for the last week helping with rescues.

  • Carla B

    Its a 4 hour drive and the northern counties and cities were affected as well due to the rivers and creeks out of there banks. People from Louisiana and Oklahoma have been here for the last week helping with rescues.

  • VM

    Tell it!

  • VM

    Tell it!

  • Carla B

    So True.

  • Carla B

    So True.

  • Carla B

    He never said no he wasn't at the church he was with his family just like the rest of us trying to make sure our family was safe. Was he supposed to put a "S" on his chest and fly to the church? This church sits in the middle of Houston surrounded by water and they don't live there. My home flooded just like rest and I believe if 1 pastor got dragged for not opening their doors all should. Two days have pasted with no rain and those other pastors are only asking for money. I don't put my faith in man I have my own relationship with God so I will continue to help others even when my own home is moldy, stinky, muddy mess.

  • Carla B

    Second Baptist Church - Houston

    Pastor Ed Young holds over 25,000
    The Woodlands Church - The Woodlands

    Pastor Kerry Shook holds 20,000
    New Light Church 5 locations- North, South, East, and West Houston, and Beaumont

    Bishop Ira V. Hilliard holds 20,000 at each location

    The Fountain of Praise - Houston

    Remus Wright holds 10,000

    Higher Dimension Church - Houston and Katy
    Pastor Terrance Johnson holds 12,000

  • bella28498 .

    not pushing chit....many ppl know church aint chit

  • Carla B

    I have but whats trending is more important.

  • Carla B

    I don't care what color he is, my point is that he isn't the only mega church pastor in Houston if you blame 1 blame all. You don't know what that man has done for this area during the last flood he helped my family and thousands of others that weren't members. A lot of the other churches wont help if your not a member. There is a Mega church in Texas every 20 to 30 miles and he's 1 of many.

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly. Cleflo aint helping nobody ?.. smh these money grubbing pastors are so fraudulent.

  • Jussjess25

    Carla, I dont disagree with you. All pastors should be critiqued for not helping these people. However, we cant negate the fact that the man has a church in the immediate area. Whether or not he said the words no" or what have you. He didnt step up quick enough, I would go as far as to say he should have made a plan of action with his church to be one of the first places to take people in. Because of the size of the church and the resources he has. And no he didnt need an S" on his chest.. all he had to do was fuel up his private jet.

  • Electricbird83

    Wow, I really didn't know. I went to 2nd baptist when I first came to Houston years ago, but those others never heard of them.

    Well, including Lakewood, I guess u provided me a list of churches to avoid when I decide to start attending again?????

  • MissyJ

    Awwww hey Nancy!!!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ...??

  • Sunnie?

    Why does the city need to tell you to do the right thing?