Houston Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen Responds To Online Backlash

Texas pastor Joel Osteen has responded after the televangelist was slammed for not opening his megachurch to victims of Hurricane Harvey. On Sunday, Lakewood Church posted on Facebook that it was "inaccessible due to severe flooding" and directed displaced residents to shelters in the city. The church has previously been active in relief efforts, including sheltering displaced people during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Pastor Joel Osteen said today that his Lakewood Church has been taking people in "from the very beginning" of Harvey as he pushed back against criticism that the church did not initially welcome evacuees."We were here for people. We were a shelter," Osteen said today on "Good Morning America.""We were taking people as soon as the floodwaters receded," he added.

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