Joel Osteen Responds to Claims He Closed Church to Hurricane Harvey Victims

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Instead of providing them accommodation, the pastor broadcast a message to his many followers: lean on the faith they have for Jesus Christ. Then on August 27, he wrote, "There's a simple phrase you have to get down in your spiirit, "God's got this." And the following day on August 28, "Jesus promises us peace that passes understanding". He added that such is peace even when it can not be understood. If WE could get there WE WOULD OPEN THE DOORS.

As the former home of the Houston Rockets, the church's 16,000 seats are spacious enough for big crowds.

In a 2012 interview with Oprah, Osteen said he didn't feel guilt or the need to apologize over his wealth. 'It's the least you could do'.

Joel Osteen took over as Lakewood Church's senior pastor months after his father died in 1999.

Meanwhile, one Twitter user actually went outside and took video showing that there was no flooding surrounding the church.

The church is no stranger to helping relief victims. "Lakewood's doors are open and we are receiving anyone who needs shelter". We are also coordinating with the city as a collection site for distribution. Thousands of evacuees have streamed into Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center, the largest shelter used in the calamity.

A Twitter user called Phillip Harris said: 'Where's Joel Osteen?

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The megachurch announced that it's going to open its doors on Tuesday at 12 p.m.to start collecting "infant and adult diapers, baby formula and baby food". He said it would "house people once shelters reach capacity". Notable, Lakewood Church was not among the listing of shelters.

Lakewood Church sent photos to ABC News Monday evening that it said shows flooding in and around its complex.

On Tuesday morning, Lakewood church tweeted that it is "receiving people who need shelter".

Lakewood Chruch posted on its Twitter page that it is coordinating with the city and collecting supplies to distribute to Houston area sheleters.

"Seriously quite sickening when people spread negative news without knowing the situation", she wrote, according to People.

Donald Iloff, spokesman for the church and Osteen's father-in-law, later responded to criticism leveled at Osteen and stated that claims of the church turning away refugees were untrue.

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